Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Out & About

I drove for the first time yesterday! I was a bit apprehensive, not only because of my ankle, but also I am not familiar with how traffic works here. I bopped around for a couple of hours, but was always withing 10 or so miles from my house. I am in my studio as I write this, but it's still mostly Ben's bedroom. 

Ben's wife, Maria, and 11-year-old Zoey will arrive on Thursday! Ben rented them a house because their house is being renovated. I'm guessing they will be there a month. I don't get the rest of my stuff that was accidentally put into storage with all of Ben's stuff, until they move in their new home. But I'm just fine.

I'm getting contacted by women on Match, but I haven't done anything yet. I'm in no rush. I still have appointments with two doctors to review my ankle. Plus, it's summer. When it's 107 every day, people tend to stay in. I don't mind the heat at all. Today I've got a few errands to run, so I'll be out and about again.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Even Hedonists Have Their Limits

Sunday Stealing: From Danielle

1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything what would it be? I'll sy a Hobbit house. Not that I'd like to live on the side of a fucking hill, but the answer allows me to move on.

2. What do you think is in outer space? Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock & Dr. McCoy.

3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been? St. Martin.

4. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Find Jill Hennessy.

5. What is the worst smell in the world? Nope. I won't go there. Even hedonists have limits.

6. If you could, what animal would you be? I got asked this in an interview. I responded, "An eagle so I could fly away from this interview. I got the job. It sucked.

7. What is the greatest thing ever invented? 331/3 record album.

8. What is your favorite word? Why? Fuck. Fuck if I know why.

9. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why? JFK for the babes.

10. If your pet could talk, what would it say? My pet is a picture of a dog. Woof?

11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark? How does Santa get down that chimney? Your turn.

12. What makes you cry? Bad memes.

13. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it? No never. I am not a funny personality.

14. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Moving four thousand miles. But it will be the best, too.

15. What is the most important appliance in your house? Refrigerator. Need ice for Smirnoff...

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Bigger Question

Saturday 9: Yesterday (1965)

Chosen because June 18 is Paul McCartney's 80th birthday.

1) Paul McCartney sings that yesterday all his troubles seemed so far away. Can you recall a time when your life seemed carefree? College. We never knew what was coming. One night, I was so high on Quaaludes that I fell down 9 flights in an elevator. The elevator was fine, I just couldn't stand up.

2) He has always insisted the melody to "Yesterday" came to him in a dream. Did you dream last night? I always dream, but I don't always remember. Last night, no idea. I was on a narcotic once that allowed me to remember ever detail of my dreams. It was very weird.

3) The lyrics were inspired, in part, by the death of Paul's mother when he was 14. Thirteen years later, he named his daughter Mary after her. Are you named after anyone? If you're a parent, did you name your children in honor of anyone? I am named after my dad, I am a junior. I named my son Ben, is the III.

4) Over the years, Paul has performed on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and drums, but not the first instrument he owned: the trumpet. A present from his dad for his 14th birthday, he exchanged the trumpet for a guitar because, "you can't sing while playing the trumpet." Have you more recently a) exchanged a gift, b) donated a gift you didn't want to charity or c) regifted? No. But I bet there is a bigger story behind this question...

5) Paul grew up seeing how much his dad enjoyed placing a bet and then listening to the horse race from his favorite armchair in the living room, so he took his salary from making the film A Hard Day's Night and surprised his father with a racehorse. After father and son proudly watched Drake's Drum win at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse, the horse retired to Paul's farm in Scotland. If money were no object, what gift would you give a loved one? I'd love to pay for college for a grandchild. Or ten.

6) Paul is considered one of the world's wealthiest entertainers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. This month, as he approaches his 80th birthday, he is winding up a 16-city North American tour, during which he performs 30+ songs in a 2 hour, 40 minute show. If you had all the money you needed, would you continue to work? Or would you kick back and relax? As an entertainer, of course. I do not mind that I do not sell liquor anymore.

7) Paul first joined the Beatles when he was recruited into the band by John Lennon. They met as teenagers when Paul showed up at a church picnic where John's band was performing. Paul recalls pedaling over on his bike to hear them, his guitar flung over this back. When did you most recently ride a bike? Not since I got my driver's license. Oh, I got my AZ license yesterday.

8) Paul met his first wife, Linda, at a London club and then again four days later when she was a photographer at a press party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Think about one of your romances. Where did you meet? When I was at a radio station in Hartford, I had to do a promotion at a nightclub for Valentine's Day. It was sponsored by Together, a dating service that was Match before the internet. At 11PM when my role was over, I said to my boss, "One lap. If no women pop out, I'm home." I took three steps and met my second wife.

9) TV journalist Barbara Walters played matchmaker for Paul and his current wife, Nancy. During the summer of 2007, when Paul was vacationing in The Hamptons, Barbara repeatedly and intentionally invited them to the same parties and picnics. Have you had any success in a matchmaking scenario -- as either the matchmaker or one of the dates? Never. 

My stalker has texted twice. Last night I finally replied with, "Please stop." So far, so good. See ya soon!


Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Break in the Action

So I didn't just hurt my ankle I broke my ankle it. So here I am in a goddamn boot! So, no singles club. In fact I haven't been able to do much. It SOOOOOOOOO frustrating having my car arrive and I can't go anywhere. I love my new house. I;ll be back when there's action to report!  

Saturday, June 4, 2022

The Journey of Possessions and a Thousand Stairs

It's Saturday morning in the Valley of the Sun. Or just "The Valley" as they call it here. My shit came yesterday. Most of it. Some glassware and two Ikea type tables did not make it. Some of my stuff, like my 65 inch TV got stuck in my son's storage. No biggie. We have two others  Cable comes tomorrow for internet, although some of our devices, like this HP Google Chrome laptop of my son Ben, work. 

My intent was to play Sat-9 today. But, I can't figure out how to copy questions. So when Ben returns, Ill figure it out. But by Monday, my desktop should be set up. While I have my iPods, it's not the same, but for me, certainly a must. It's still hard to believe all 55 years of recording sessions are on two small iPods.

Ben's away this weekend. I was suppose to have his car, but I couldn't find the keys. Typical, no? But, I had a nasty fall yesterday. I didn't realize I had sprained my ankle until I got up to pee at 3AM. Holy shit! I was in pain! I grabbed a bag of ice from my brand new fridge. Iced it till I awake after 8AM. So, since it's my right ankle, driving would have been problematical, anyway. Sunday night I'll Uber to the single's meeting. I am more interested in meeting single guys, first. I spoke with The Queen yesterday and I said that while I want to meet women, I first want to learn the lay of the land.

There's a lot to learn. Everything is different here. Pot stores are in such competition that it's inexpensive, by 50%!! As compare to Massachusetts, anyway. Where I was in Connecticut, it was legal but we still had no stores. So I bought from a guy who charged about the same as here, and even delivered. A friend of a friend of my son James, he was great the last four years. The medical pot in CT is so expensive that I gave up my license to buy it after 2 years. 

Liquor is the same. A 1.75 of Kettle One (I consider it the world's best) in CT or Mass is $52.99. I bought (shockingly) a 1.75 here for $36,99. I will save. Smirnoff was $19.99 in New England. Ill be interested to see the price here. 

I have not met a soul here. But that should change tomorrow. But once my car is here and my new house is set up, I'll start knocking on doors. My car will be here on Monday. It wasn't until my stuff was here that it felt like my new house! One level! I had a slit-level which means a thousand stairs a day. My house is an open concept, which means my living room, dinning are and kitchen share the space. Everything now is steps away as compared to the aforementioned thousand stairs.

That's about it. I slept in my own bed although my sheets are in storage. I ordered new sheets & a new mattress pad. I'll get it tomorrow. Today I'll even cook for the first time. Dinner though, will be Grubhub. Instead of 5 choices, there are hundreds! I'm in the fourth biggest city in the country. The city that I live in is part of Phoenix metro but has  250 K here and a downtown of free parking and 45 bars and nightclubs. I haven't even been downtown yet. Okay, my buds, see you soon. Same time. Same blog.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Eagle Has Landed

Hi again! I'm here, but in a rather empty house. I am on day 7 in Phoenix. We had a cool Memorial Day. It was only 95. I flew out last Thursday. The flight was rather uneventful and as pleasant as a travel day can get.  My son Ben picked me up at the airport and we spent my first night in a hotel. We are on air mattresses at my house. He's sleeping in what will be the WTIT studio in Phoenix. I've got two full bathrooms so we are fine here.

His house, a beautiful home (with a great pool where we spent the holiday weekend) is being renovated. It's huge. Meanwhile, I live in a huge HOA with a pool, gym, golf course. Once a month they have a singles thing. This Sunday is it. So I might meet people! 

Right now I have no car. It's on it's way. I expect it soon. My possessions by next week. That's about all the news from less than a week.