Memory Dump, Random Thoughts.
Let me see if this works for anybody. It is now 2:58 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2005. I have plenty to do, but I am also great at doing nothing.
I thought I would just list all the thoughts and feelings floating around the gray matter located in the hat rack between my shoulders.
This is being written live and in the moment. I will still review it and make corrections to it. In the past this sometimes led to simply hitting the erase key and all my thoughts enter the eternal bit bucket
where they can never be found.
This time I will attempt to write them with the point that they are for publication. Upon editing I will only make minor changes but not interrupt the spontaneity of how this is written. Hey not everything has to be perfect, does it?
After taking off from walking on Monday and Tuesday, I hit the track at 9:00 AM Wednesday with a real burst of energy, and then proceeded to sleep and read my way through the rest of the day until 4:00 dinner.
I did cook a quick lunch for two that really did not turn out all that tasty. I will not be trying that combo again too soon. Rice, pizza sauce, tuna fish, onions and jalapeño peppers. Dinner last night was three cheese ravioli.
Mail call delivered the Monday and Tuesday New York Times and the latest copy of Electronic Musician
. The magazine is really a tease in that most of the technology in the magazine is all new to me. I understand the theory and possibilities of electronic music but in terms of actual use of any of the technology I have no idea what to do.
Back in the early seventies, we used to use two Sony reel to reel tape decks and came up with some pretty interesting sounds. One of our teachers actually had a contact at Columbia University
and a few of us got to spend a few hours with one of the original Moog synthesizers
! Mr. Moog, the designer
of the Moog
synthesizer recently died
. I saw his obituary in the Times.
I spent most of the evening reading the New York Times
and managed to read through four days worth. Tomorrow's objective is to knock another four off starting with Sunday, August 14, 2005. I keep hoping that the mail will have a letter for me, but then again since I owe a few letters back for the ones I have already received, it is an unrealistic expectation. Yeah like I do not do that too often. Unrealistic expectations, not me.
I did receive a letter from the U.S. Court of Appeals
last Friday. I was bracing myself for the bad news, but it turns out the clerk was informing me that I needed to file yet another motion, I had to send about twenty pages of letters that I needed copies of to the editor, and am waiting for those back to write the needed legal work.
Until the copies return there is not much I can do on the legal front. It is now 3:27 and I will be eating in the chow hall tonight. They are serving spaghetti in meat sauce. That will be happening at 4:00 and when I come back from eating, the mail will be ready to be distributed and I will see if I get a letter. Hope springs eternal.
Having walked the one hour yesterday, I slept in this morning. Not a good thing, but I was tired. The loss of the hard steel bed has certainly cut into the amount of deep sleep I get.
I just finished reading "L.A. Connections
" by Jackie Collins
. My major accomplishments so far today, managed to get up in time for breakfast, scrambled eggs. Brushed my teeth after that and then climb into bed where I did the read and nap thing till lunch at 12:00.
That tough regiment was interrupted at 1:15 by the count. This required me to actually sit up on my bed. After lunch, I played a few hands of three-handed spades
. Then back up on my bunk to read some more. Finally by 3:00 I got up enough energy to pull the typewriter out and start this post.
I thought I had so many thoughts running through my mind that I would be able to sit here and type them all out. Now my brain is drawing a big fat blank. Not really true, but probably the ADD
is kicking in. I did cut out some articles from the paper and since I already have more subjects than I can possibly deal with.
I thought I would simply write a couple sentences on each article and then toss them out. I need to cut down on the amount of paper I am keeping. Plus, as much as I would like to be able to pontificate on all the articles, I now realize that to write a well written opinion piece takes time. What I need to do is pick one or two subjects a week and concentrate on that. It is too easy for me to become distracted from the end result, in this case writing an interesting and readable essay, by the process of gathering background and cutting out the articles.
For approach number 9,335 I am going to simply make a short remark of the articles I clipped out yesterday.
(To be continued)