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Cream of the Cool

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

It's been a tough month. I'm not happy with much of the goings-on. In large part it has to do with having to move. After almost five years of living in one place, I'm about to become nomadic again. For those years I have been living in a studio apartment on a friend's piece of property out in the country. It's a place that holds many memories for me. But she's getting on in years and the property has become a burden. She…

It's really difficult to be a casual fan of Jazz. It's such a complex world, such a long deep and endearing history, that for those who don't play the music or who don't listen to it exclusively it's easy to feel uneducated and intimidated by the neverending wellspring of it. It's a daunting task to go about discovering the music and how it might fit into your personal taste and listening habits. Most don't even try. But believe me, it's well worth incorporating jazz into your musical…

On Saturday, 16 July 2022, I attempted a half marathon. And it fucking sucked.

From January to beginning of April this year, I ran 4 - 5 times weekly, covering 8 to 10 kilometers per run. However, in April, I stopped because of Ramadan. I have not redisciplined my self to restart. This discipline bit is important because even when I ran regularly, I did it rather reluctantly. Every day, I would have to start psyching myself from like 6pm, so that by 9pm, I am ready to run. And if for any…

I haven't flexed my professional skills in a long time.

On the drive down to the client's site for field testing, I was worried I might be stale, that after so long doing my best to bury it I might have succeeded. That the bear might finally have died.

But no.

It was the feeling of prying up the outhouse floorboard to find the old iron wrapped up in oilskin and slowly putting back on the wide leather…