Observations 2022-01-14

  • The harmonic sequence emanating from my electric razor.

Observations 2022-01-13

  • Sewing a button back on to my pants. My first time sewing since kindergarten. [Update 2022-01-15: It’s kinda coming off again :/ I didn’t sew it well enough.]

Observations 2022-01-12

  • This awesome clip of The Pretenders “rehearsing” “Brass in Pocket”. [Via Dad.]

Observations 2022-01-11

  • The breathing-like hiss of our gas meter.
  • Casey’s birthday!

Observations 2022-01-10

  • The only way not to waste time (in the long run) is to waste time (in the moment).
  • Sam Learner’s River Runner and Drumset projects.

Observations 2022-01-09

  • Buying smoked salmon at Hagen’s Fish Market with Sammy, one of Chicago’s oldest school, family-owned smokehouses.

Observations 2022-01-08

  • Stepping outside barefoot when Basil has to pee in this freezing weather, in solidarity.

Observations 2022-01-07

  • Peering inside our walls with Jason’s new borescope.

Observations 2022-01-06

  • The second-floor apartment with a green fingerpainted tree (ish thing) in its window.

Observations 2022-01-05

  • The cats spilling a mason jar of tiny beads sometime around 7 AM.
  • Basil turning around to head back inside the moment he feels the howling winter winds. “Nope.”

Observations 2022-01-04

  • Painting over the old plastic bathroom countertop at the studio.

Observations 2022-01-03

  • The flavor of the salsa at our local burrito joint, which changes subtly but noticeably every week.

Observations 2022-01-02

  • The wide range of quality in snow shovels. You want one with a good scoop capacity, bucket strength, and striker durability.

Observations 2022-01-01

  • Starting 2022 with spicy Korean soup in my stomach (but, this time, not on my shirt).
  • The grocery store cashier’s almost cyborgian wrist brace and latex fingertip getup.

Observations 2021-12-31

  • Casey’s and my fourth anniversary!
  • Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on Chicago’s Channel 5 New Year’s Eve countdown.

Observations 2021-12-30

  • The new season of pen15. The best.

Observations 2021-12-29

  • Watching Crock of Gold with Dad and Sammy, growing to love Shane MacGowan. Also, nearly crying at the intensity and earnestness of Irish traditional music and the early Pogues footage.

Observations 2021-12-28

  • Melting my mind listening to cymbal samples on MyCymbal.

Observations 2021-12-27

  • Routing more audio snakes at the studio.

Observations 2021-12-26

  • David French and Sean Illing talking about masculinity.

Observations 2021-12-25

  • Christmas Day with Casey and her family :)

Observations 2021-12-24

  • At a rural gas station, around dinner time on Christmas Eve, a gruff- but young-looking dad waiting to drop his daughter off with her mom.
  • Neil Young talking about building train diorama mountain ranges out of live wood and moss on Broken Record.

Observations 2021-12-23

  • Metro night 2!

Observations 2021-12-22

  • Metro night 1. On Sammy’s birthday! It felt so good.
  • If You Ever Find Yourself” by Erika J. Simpson. How, sometimes, reading stories about people who overcome systemic injustice with love can make me momentarily complacent. Like, “Wow, the problems that caused Erika’s suffering are so deep and so pervasive, but I guess I don’t have to do anything about them because she had love and she ended up OK.” But that’s not how it works. Just because Erika made the best of things and found support doesn’t mean that the systems that were stacked against her are tolerable.

Observations 2021-12-21

  • Rehearsing s’more for our Metro shows.

Observations 2021-12-20

  • Rehearsing for our Metro shows.

Observations 2021-12-19

  • The Producers with Sammy and Dad.

Observations 2021-12-18

  • Traveling back in time, through the year, through tours, categorizing my credit card transactions.

Observations 2021-12-17

  • The Time of the Foxgloves by Michael Hurley.
  • Getting a PCR test at a bizarre, empty, Catholic clinic in an office-y medical building, from a nurse who moments prior had been the maskless receptionist, and who forgot to ask for my contact information after collecting my nose sample. Was it a black market DNA harvesting operation?!?

Observations 2021-12-16

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