That was a pretty great weekend. I had fun times, shared a few laughs, and hurt myself multiple times. Let's get to the action.
Friday: As always, I had a GREAT time at the Boxing Donkey! I played a number of the new songs I've been working on ("The Cave," "Galway Girl," "Death Valley Queen," etc.) all by request. That is what I call well timed effort! There were a number of fun groups who sang along and made great requests, so if you are reading this and were in one of those groups, then give yourself a pat on the back! If you're reading this and are the guy that paid me $10 to play "Let Her Cry"- then an extra special thank you goes to you! I wish my day job paid me $10 every 4 minutes.
I'll be back at the Donkey (300 Lincoln in Roseville, CA) on Friday March 11. I'll be playing 9:30pm - ???. Normally I play until 12:30 or 12:45, but on Friday I played until 1:15am. If you all want it, who am I to refuse?
Saturday: I went to work out in the morning and had pain in my left knee. It's so frustrating getting old. It's like my joints have new pains each and every day. I ended up riding the bike for 20 minutes, and I HATE riding exercise bikes. I hate them with a passion. The last thing I need is my ass hurting after a worse work out than running. It's the worst of both worlds.
Later on, I went to my brother-in-law's birthday dinner. It was pretty fun, though nothing too spectacular happened to report. I am bummed that I got a call for a gig and wasn't able to help out because of the prior engagement, but in no way was I going to be a dick and bail on my family. I do pride myself with being the kind of flexible musician that can help out in last minute situations, so keep it coming if you are a musician who needs a sub or a venue that needs last minute entertainment. Much like the songs that are requested at my shows, if I can do it, I will!
After returning home pretty late, Mrs. B. and I popped in the "Social Network." Interesting? Yes. Best Picture worthy? Eh. I don't think so. It was about what I thought it would be which makes me happy that I didn't see it at the theater. Best part of the movie? Two things- 1) the soundtrack! 2) "What's better than a million dollars?... A billion dollars!" Nice, JT.
Sunday: I hurt the arch of my right foot doing laundry in the morning. See what I mean? My rickety body is falling apart!
I was unable to run on the treadmill later in the day because of my foot injury, but it ended up being a positive in the end. Mrs. B. has been doing "Dance Party Xtreme" aerobic classes at the gym and is performing at the Sacramento Kings game on 3/9 (vs. the Magic.) I'm excited to go and support her. She's been to so many shows of mine and I'm pumped to see her perform. Anyway, from my treadmill where I was walking rather than running, I was able to see her audition in the aerobics room. She killed it. I was (am) very proud of her! She's doing a great job of going to classes all the time and learning new routines all the time. It's inspiring (and probably does keep me on a regular workout schedule as I'm going with her most days.)
Last, I watched a little bit of the Oscars. I'm not a huge fan, in general. Back when I worked at Tower Records in the early 2000s, I was much more into it. I'd watch all the movies and care about the result (go Lord of the Rings!) Now, I could care less. Mrs. B. made a great comment during the show. Talking about Colin Firth's acceptance speech for Best Actor:
"This speech is about as boring as I would expect the actual movie (The King's Speech) to be."
Well said indeed.
Hey! At least Trent Reznor won an Oscar for Best Original Score! That is awesome! I have to stop blogging now... I think I hurt myself again (yeah, I'm old.)