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All the Pretty Challenges

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I am connected to my wife. I also call her my connection to life. She brings a palette of flavor and perspective into my world that has always been two dimensional, vapid, and unchallenged. Ever since our initial endeavors and have since then, forged our way through a strange land of mystery, obstacles, and excitement, the world I have assembled with her has been the ultimate test of preservation and reflection of all the pretty challenges.

We made a promise to each other four years ago today. No matter how rough and tumble our lives are going to be, we’ll always be the strength and weakness that keeps together this foundation. I’ll depend on her forever to be those things we’ve talked about in our restless and dark nights. I’ll continue to depend on her as we grow older, hopefully wiser, and more patient and understanding.

It’s always going to be a process. And as I compare our lives with those around us, our elders who have been together for many, many years…I’m always going to look forward to those nights that we struggle through. I’m always going to look forward to those moments when it’s absolutely the worst case scenario. And I’m always going to look forward to those times when we’re just caught up in whatever obstacle is in front of us.

The above image was taken at an eatery after a photo-walk that we took together as our first date over six years ago. Throughout the years, we’ve recognized plenty of moments to be thankful for like that one, but we’ve also remembered the pain and heartache of times where we had miscarriages as well.

Peaks and valleys of life, I guess.

I’m grateful to my wife for each singular laughter and tear that we’ve shared together. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for her presence and for her beauty, courage, and strength. And there’s never going to be a day that I’m not acutely aware that I may be the most fortunate person to be able to share in the ugliest of nights and the prettiest of days with whom I call my best-forever-friend, my wife…Paola.

Happy Anniversary! I can only dedicate this song, “Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild” by J.Richman and this day to you.

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August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Searching for the Right Movie

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Last Saturday night we spent it at home. Paola was sick and I did my best to think about not being sick (which went a long way). After a little bit to eat, we wanted to watch a movie. Documentaries and foreign films are usually the modus operandi when it comes to selecting something to get the full attention of my wife. And for the most part, that’s a pretty good way to select something interesting to watch. However, on a mentally fatigued person, the last thing you really want to do is put more stress on the brain. Foreign film…out of the question. A good documentary was calling to us…and to that end, it really called to us in the form of this documentary called Searching for Sugar Man.

We knew right away that we had chosen the right one to watch for the night. Immediately, we were taken aback by the music, his bigger than life mythology in South Africa, and the unknown man.

Our friend had watched it in the theatre last year, but we never had a chance to watch it. And we had no idea it recently won the Oscar for best documentary (we don’t watch the oscars like my mother wants me to).

Just to quickly sum up how we felt about this documentary and this man, Rodriguez, overwhelming at times to watch how selfless he is and just how remarkable his music transcended cultural boundaries. By the end, we were both very moved by this film, this story, and this amazing musician/person/father. Thank you Rodriguez.

And I’m very honored to have this be the 100th blog entry! Thanks for reading everyone!!!

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Boy About Town

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Probably the singular anthem of choice where ever I go by the Jam. And I still periodically jam out to this by doing, of course, air drumming…Love this song immediately, ya you!

Thanks to @nicknowhere for introducing me to this miracle.

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October 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Spotify: Making a cd for your friend without the disc!

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Spotify made that Transatlantic voyage across to discover the land that is USA, North America. It required the natives to declare their curiosity by asking to be invited into that European club. While some were quick to hit that send button, others were still clinging onto more familiar services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Grooveshark, and LastFM.

And while some of us (Pandora for me) can still use these cloud service music players anytime, how many of us can make playlists for our friends to enjoy? How many of us can use the aforementioned music services to collect songs we find endearing, reflect who we are, or consider listenable without feeling guilty that Pop Culture as wrangled another one of us?

Consider using Spotify to make an online cd for you to give to your friends! Why burn a physical disc that will oxidize in a few hundred years when you can make something that will theoretically last throughout the “Space-Time Continuum” (don’t know about this? why click here).

The image below is an example of how simple it really is to accomplish making an online cd through Spotify. See arrow of how I made a playlist for my wife? After you’ve added your friends to your account…this is what you do: 1) make a playlist 2) name a playlist 3) drag appropriate music to named playlist 4) send email or text/phone call to friend that you spent some time thinking about him/her and have made a playlist worthy of their listening pleasure. 5) wait for a return playlist from that friend.

I’m making a playlist for my wife…things that she’ll like, music that would put a smile on her face (High Fidelity inspired moment with Stevie Wonder to remind you).

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Take Five

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Still has to be one of these most played tunes across the world of Jazz, in tunnels, covered by start up Jazz quintets, and on the resonant concrete jungles all over the world.

Listen and enjoy.

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February 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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