friday random elevenish: “winter is coming” edition

26 Oct

It’s been a relatively uneventful week, at least in areas I’m going to talk about in this forum (how’s that for vague?). I worked, I slept, I took cold medicine to sort out my sinus issues related to the changing of the seasons. I played a decent, if experimental (gotta work on that acoustic arrangement of Sabbath’s “War Pigs”) set at Isley Brewing on Wednesday, and was introduced to a musician who’s performance I admired greatly by another musician I admire greatly as “a badass motherf**ker of a player” (in a British accent no less), so there’s that. I hit level 39 on Pokemon Go. I had a rather successful kickoff meeting for my program with the new contractor, though I found out this morning that, embarassingly, I got a guy’s name wrong on a request to set up a follow-up to address a training issue. Oops.

And yeah, it got cold this week. It was in the mid 70s last week. Today, it’s not going to get above 49. and it’s supposed to rain today. Cold rain – yay.

I’m hoping for a pretty chill day and evening tonight; gonna be cold and rainy anyway – stay in, make something warm and nourishing for dinner, chill. Especially because the weekend’s going to be relatively busy, though it should be fun. The dancers have a couple of performances (weather permitting) at the Celtic Festival over at the Raceway this weekend, Saturday afternoon/evening we’ve got some friends rounded up to do the Scott’s Addition Booz Crawl, where we’ll once again do the stumbling tour or Scott’s Addition, hitting our favorite breweries and cideries and meaderies and whatnot with a bunch of other RVA types. I plan on pacing myself, though my friends over at Isley tell me they’ve got five(!) new beers on tap to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary, so I’ll have to try at least a couple of those; good thing we’re planning to hit that one first, so I’ll be able to walk it off (though there’s going to be nourishing curry about halfway through!).

Sunday, my lovely spouse and I have been invited to sit in as part of a four-person team by some friends we don’t see nearly enough to participate in CaryTown Cupcakes “Cary Potter” 2018 Trivia Night; where we’ll eat cupcakes, answer some trivia questions, and hopefully have a good time. I’m glad I’m on the team with these other folks, because despite my status as a wizard rock semi-celebrity, my wife and these friends know a hell of a lot more about the nuts and bolts of Potter than I do. I still think it’ll be fun.

That’s about it, really. I’m just trying to get through life right now; the end of the year is in sight, and honestly, I kinda need that little break I give myself (I noticed where we were based on the whole year-end eval thing I talked about recently, and having just put my leave requests in for the rest of the calendar year). 2018’s been exhausting for so many reasons, both really long, and passing ridiculously quickly at the same time. Temporal perception is weird.

All that is left before I wrap this is up is introduce the random streaming playlist. Neat mix with a lot of the usual players, but a few neat little gems included, producing interesting memories in some cases. I’ll let you figure out what those are.

  1. “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” – AC/DC
  2. “Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure
  3. “Medley: King Kong/Chunga’s Revenge/Son of Mr. Green Genes (live)” – Frank Zappa
  4. “Beat It” – Michael Jackson
  5. “Human” – Rag’n’Bone Man
  6. “Bittersweet Symphony” – The Verve
  7. “Under the Presssure” – The War on Drugs
  8. Careless Whisper” – Wham!
  9. “Shove” – L7
  10. “Someone To You (Acoustic)” – BANNERS
  11. “Belfast Hornpipe” – Irish Traditional
  12. “Just Look At This Mess” – Punch Brothers
  13. “Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
  14. “Een Geldersch Lied” – Heidevolk
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