Saturday, March 31, 2007

Daddy likes men

Route: Downtown Circle

Distance: 3.25 miles
Time: 4.30 pm
Stretches: yes
Sit-ups: 60
Bicycles: 60
Drink: Gatorade

1977 Playlist
Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac
Nothing Achieving - The Police
Cretin Hop - The Ramones
We're A Happy Family - The Ramones
Turn To Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) - Stranglers
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel

God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
Warsaw - Joy Division
Heroes - David Bowie

"We can try to understand the New York Times effect on man."

Tonight was opening night, we tech'ed during the afternoon, and I had enough time to put in a run around downtown. It must have been fast - it was three and a quarter miles but I cleared it in roughly 25 minutes.

Lately I have been having some difficulty justifying my existence. Not much to show for thirty-eight years, living in the same space. The brief loop I took around downtown showed me many things - it will sound like showing off, but these things happened, they are true, this is my life.

  • Heading out from Playhouse Square - where I am performing on the stage of the Ohio ...
  • Past the Greyhound bus station - where I picked up R. & P. before heading back out with them to Los Angeles in '91 ...
  • Down 13th Street and past the Galleria - where I got to shake hands with Clinton ...
  • Onto Lakeside and turning right at the Free Stamp onto East 9th street where I saw ...
    1. The Coast Guard Station, where L. and I received recognition form Gulf War vets for a theatrical production we collaborated on ...
    2. Voinovich Park, where my wife and I participated in a Spencer Tunick installation and interviewed a bunch of nude people (while nude) for an audio diary broadcast on NPR ...
    3. The Rock Hall, where I performed my one-man show on an early March morning three years ago ...
  • Then ran past the Stadium - where they taped that nationally broadcast sit-com I had a featued appearance in ...
  • Up West 3rd towards the Renaissance - where I married a couple last November, and where my wife and I had our wedding night ...
  • Turned left onto Frankfort, past the Old Stone Church - where we produced a fantastic Christmas pageant in 2000 ...
  • By the war memorial - where I was an extra in a Hollywood movie ...
  • Up East 5th and past the library - where C. and I performed scenes from Farenheit 451 ...
  • Around the BP building and down Euclid, past where my father used to work, past the building my uncle used to own - and where I spent a summer in college as a go-fer ...
  • And back to Playhouse Square - where I work for a living, and where there is a big-ass picture of me dressed a Shakespeare on the marquee.

    A three-mile diameter. I own this town.

    But who's buying?
  • Thursday, March 29, 2007

    My blood wants to say hello to you

    Distance: 5.15 miles
    Time: 9.30 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 60
    Bicycles: 60
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 165.5 lbs.
    Weather: 46º

    1997 Playlist
    One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn faces - Ben Folds Five
    Parsec - Stereolab
    Burning Ground - Van Morrison
    Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Brothers
    Smack My B*tch Up - Prodigy
    The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails
    Atom Bomb (Atomix 1) - Fluke
    Tubthumping - Chumbawumba
    Good Sh*t - Cornershop

    "Pissing the night away."

    Tech was a bear yesterday, just worn out and weary. I could deal with the hours - 12 noon to 11.30 pm - if I did have to wak up at six-thirty with a two year-olds foot up my nose. I almost bagged the run today to go back to sleep after the kids went off to school, but I'm sticking with it.

    Hey, uh ... I ran out of 90s.

    "Kiss my ass."

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    My whole life flashed before I crashed

    Distance: 5.15 miles
    Time: 9.30 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 60
    Bicycles: 60
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 165 lbs.
    Weather: 66º overcast & cool - perfect

    "We got an engine, but we ain't got wheels."

    1987 Playlist
    Pump Up the Volume - M/A/R/R/S
    A Japanese Dream (remix) - The Cure
    Fear Is Never Boring - The bears
    Join In the Chant - Nitzer Ebb
    Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    True Faith - New Order
    Party Machine - Hoodoo Gurus
    Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson


    Pulled a hamstring in my right cheek almost years ago, plagued me all last year ... and it's gone now, entirely. Pulled a string in my right big toe that fall, stuck with me all last year ... not there. So things are good.

    "Annie, are you ok? Annie, are you ok? Are you ok, Annie? Annie, are you ok? Annie, are you ok? Are you ok, Annie? Annie, are you ok? Annie, are you ok? Are you ok, Annie? Annie, are you ok? Annie, are you ok? Are you ok, Annie?"

    Sunday, March 25, 2007

    Just a minute, let me slip something on

    Distance: 5.15 miles
    Time: 3.30 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 60
    Bicycles: 60
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 162 lbs.
    Weather: 64º

    1990 Playlist
    Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
    Everybody Everybody - Black Box
    Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
    New Power Generation - Prince
    World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode
    Here's Where the Story Ends - The Sundays
    Little Fluffy Clouds - The Orb
    The Power - Snap!
    Burning the Ground - Duran Duran
    Hippychick - Soho

    "Stay off my back or I will attack and you don't want that."

    Now, I used to think using painkillers was cheating, but everyone does it, don't they? I'm watching people at rehearsal sucking down liquid ibuprofen like it's going out of style. My life is filled with protein bars, energy drinks, pain relievers and lots and lots of water. And I feel healthier than I ever have done.

    I am completely in denial that I am approaching 40.

    Friday, March 23, 2007

    Stop f*cking with me

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 9.30 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 60
    Bicycles: 60
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 164 lbs.
    Weather: 42º

    1995 Playlist
    Scream - Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
    I Saw the Light - The The
    I Don't Wanna Grow Up - The Ramones
    White Lines - Duran Duran
    The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Alt. Mix) - David Bowie
    Car Song - Elastica
    1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
    Cooldown: Geek Stink Breath - Green Day

    "Sometimes I just can't function. My heart's spaghetti junction."

    Sometimes it's more enjoyable to climb a steep incline, and then run downhill the rest of the way home. But that's clockwise. There isn't anyway to run counter-clockwise that way.

    And why does this matter? Because, it's also impossible to run clockwise without crossing a million streets. I have a pretty safe three mile path navigated through my neighborhood, something that will prevent my getting struck by a bus, and going through as few intersections as possible.

    Also, is it just me or is it always preferable to make left turns to right turns when running?

    "And we don't know just where our bones will rest, to dust I guess,
    Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below."

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    You’re lucky, lucky, you're so lucky!

    What you listen to when you jog matters

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 9.30 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 50
    Bicycles: 50
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 166 lbs.
    Weather: 36º

    It is always 36º. It always has been 36º. It always will be 36º.

    2005 Playlist
    Touch the Sky - Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco
    I Predict a Riot - The Kaiser Chiefs
    Winners - 7 Seconds of Love
    Badass - Chemical Brothers
    Water of Nazareth - Justice
    The Sporting Life - The Decemberists
    Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
    Cooldown: The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails

    "So far I had known no humiliation in front of my friends and close relations."

    Chug, chug, chug.

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    Ja tvoi sluga. Ja tvoi Rabotnik.

    Distance: 2.25 miles
    Time: 3.40 pm
    Stretches: no
    Sit-ups: no
    Bicycles: no
    Drink: water
    Weight: 165 lbs.
    Weather: 36º and dreary

    1978 Playlist
    The Robots - Kraftwerk
    Spinning Top - XTC
    Next To You* - The Police
    Birdland* - Maynard Ferguson

    "Just like a needle that's sticking in the same old groove."

    Okay, so there's this ad for a dual cellphone/mp3 player that takes place in this gym, and there's this muscle-bound date rapist-looking guy who shares - with us - his love of a new song by Fall Out Boy (?) and then takes the headphones back because he's got a call from his "lady" ...

    I mean, is there a joke here I'm missing?

    Oky, so I had twenty minutes to run before picking up the girl from school. I wouldn't get a chance later, I won't have the opportunity tomorrow. I could wait until Wednesday ... OR RUN REALLY REALLY FAST WITHOUT STRETCHING.

    Lesson: Don't do this.

    It was a great, fast run. And now I am in pain. Like, would I rather not take share of these shin splints? Is it, like not important to me at all?

    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    It's a physical thing, but not hard to do

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 3.00 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 50
    Bicycles: 50
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 165.5 lbs. (I guess so...)
    Weather: 30º

    1988 Playlist
    (Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads
    I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
    Can U Dig It? - Pop Will Eat Itself
    Bring the Noise - Public Enemy
    Reptile - The Church
    Sister Madly* - Crowded House
    What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society
    Cooldown: Da Butt - Gap Band

    "We like the music. We like the disco sound, hey."

    Hmn. Thirty degree weather, which suggests long johns, but it was so sunny it made for a lot of sweat.

    Other than that, I got nothing.

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    Perfect solution to the stress and the strain

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 5.45 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: 50
    Bicycles: 50
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 164.5 lbs. (?)
    Weather: 36º

    1998 Playlist
    Take California - Propellerheads
    Sexy Boy - Air
    Red - Sister Soleil
    Kalifornia - Fatboy Slim
    Because We Want To - Billie Piper
    Outside - George Michael
    Cooldown: The Way - Fastball

    "There's nothing here but flesh and bone. There's nothing more."

    I just realized I think I can do magic. When I run, I truly believe I can cast spells. Whenever I feel a car's tragectory is a little too close for comfort, I squint at them with my right eye, and they swerve out of my way.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    The sun struggles up another beautiful day

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 1.00 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: no, the boy woke up
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 167.5 lbs.
    Weather: 70º

    1991 Playlist
    Breaking the Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
    The Other Side of Summer - Elvis Costello
    All This Time - Sting
    Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) - Crystal Waters
    The Globe - Big Audio Dynamite II
    Gett Off (Urge Single Edit) - Prince
    Real Real Real (The Real Dance Hall Mix) - Jesus Jones

    Hey, first bright, gorgeous day of the year and I get three songs in a row about how effed-up things are.

    "Good night, God bless, and kiss good-bye to the earth."

    Sunday, March 11, 2007

    I can go for miles, if you know what I mean.

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 1.30 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: yes
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 169.5 lbs.
    Weather: 37º

    2001 Playlist
    Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim
    August Day Song (King Britt remix) - Bebel Gilberto
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
    Start the Commotion - Wiseguys
    Get the Party Started - P!nk
    Packt Like Sardines In a Crushd Tin Box - Radiohead
    Drop - Cornelius
    Cooldown: Hindi Sad Diamonds - Moulin Rouge soundtrack

    "I'm a reasonable man. Get off my case."

    Yes, rest is very, very important. I should have taken the day off only 1) not sure if I can run tomorrow and 2) it's so effing beautiful out. I was a bit shaky when I finished - but oh my what a day. Definitely worth it.

    'Tis the season for delightful recreational drinking. I used to think I didn't have time for it, but apparently I do. That will have to change, though my switch from wine and beer to spritis may have something to do with my migraines falling off. I can't think of anything else I am doing differently. But as I just stated, I was a little wobbly finishing up and though i felt super waking up this morning, Alcohol has an undeniable impact on hydration in particular and physical well-being in general. This coming from a guy who never drank very much, all at once nor on a regular basis for his entire life.

    It's the pushing 40 thing, isn't it?

    "And we all lose our charms in the end."

    Saturday, March 10, 2007

    We are such stuff ...

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 1.30 pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: yes
    Drink: Gatorade
    Weight: 167 lbs.
    Weather: 46º and sunny

    1993 Playlist
    Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - U2
    Big Time Sensuality - Bjørk
    Regret - New Order
    Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
    Just Keep Me Moving - k.d. lang
    Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3
    Dreams - The Cranberries
    Cooldown: U Got Me Up - Dajae w/Cajmere

    "Maybe I've forgotten the name and the address of everyone I've ever known ... It's nothing I regret."

    Oh springtime. Springy, springy springtime. It has done such wonders for my head, my heart, my body, to resume running. In January I thought no way, there is no way I am going to suit up every other day and run in this crap. And yet I started doing it, and it made the most frigid and depressing winter I have had un years seem so much lighter. But it feels so good to just put shorts on and head out.

    Thursday, March 08, 2007

    The sun. More beautiful.

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 9.00 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: yes
    Drink: Gatorade All Stars
    Weight: 166 lbs.
    Weather: 21º and sunny

    1986 Playlist
    Oh Yeah - Yello
    Dreamworld - Midnight Oil
    I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
    Notorious - Duran Duran
    Infected - The The
    World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope
    Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
    Conga - Miami Sound Machine
    Cooldown: The New Style - The Beastie Boys

    "I've got too much energy to switch off my mind,
    but not enough to get myself organized."

    1986 was the year I graduated from high school ... but not an impressive cultural touchstone. Top Gun, the Challenger disaster, the meteoric rise of Whitney Houston ...

    Best movie: The Fly. And at least everyone was wrong about the Beastie Boys, but we weren't.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    And I'll need a kiss for my head that's achin'

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 9.10 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: yes
    Drink: Gatorade All Stars
    Weight: 167.5 lbs.
    Weather: 12º frigid - and sunny!

    1996 Playlist
    The New Pollution - Beck
    Magic Carpet Ride - Mighty Dub Catz
    Collapse* - Soul Coughing
    Broken English - Queue Up
    To You I Bestow - Mundy
    Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Bazamba - Sister Soleil
    Cooldown: Before Today - Everything But the Girl

    "Did you ever write a letter and you never sent it? "

    Here's my semi-sporadic physical self-assessment:

    No migraines for over a month. No real headaches, either. Taking Tylenol 8-Hour every other day for two weeks might have had something to do with it, but that doesn't explain everything. Even this morning, I woke with a dull ache (hard alcohol, good - last night's red wine, bad) and made it go away with 800 mgs of ibuprofen. Oh, and a thirty minute run.

    I lost sensation on half my tongue when I had my left, bottom wisdom tooth removed. That was in December. It's March. Sensitivity has largely returned, but my taste buds are still not what they used to be. Food is not as much fun as before.

    What happened to my Meralgia Paresthetica? It's (almost) like I never had it. There is still a sensation of pain when I press down on the tendon connectiors at my right kneee ... so I don't do that.

    Hip-hop hooray, if they were (almost) entirely pain-free today! I mean, nothing. What damaged shins rob me of is any speed, I just can't move my legs when they are in pain, there's no pick-up what so ever. Today I was making very good speed. I may well be ready for a race in three weeks' time. I wore braces on my left ankle and knee, which helped a great deal, but otherwise my legs feel great.

    It is a couple hours after. I have been through a physical rehearsal, and I'll be damned if I am not jonesing to hit the road again.

    It all has to do with money and preparation. Rehearsal periods afford for odd mealtimes, so I have been packing a number of snacks. And when they come from home they are of the fruit, granola or nutrition bar variety. When I forget to pack anything the snacks are of the Doritos, peanut M&M variety. So planning ahead is key, and so is consuming leftovers rather than fast food. I haven't had any fast food in several weeks, which is rare for me, nor have I gotten any of the fried stuff so available at the restaurants around the office.

    But tonight is pizza night. Yay, pizza night!

    Saturday, March 03, 2007

    I'm Fit (But I Know It)

    Yes. I know what "fit" means.

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 4.45pm
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: yes!
    Drink: Gatorade All Stars
    Weight: 167.5 lbs.
    Weather: 34º and a couple of snowflakes

    2004 Playlist
    Holiday - Green Day
    Yesterday Never Tomorrows - The Stills
    Beware - Jay-Z & Punjabi MC
    Arlington - The Wailin' Jennys
    No Expectations - I Am the World Trade Center
    Chase Me - Hexastatic
    Fit But You Know It - The Streets

    "If you're looking for a good time, call me tonight.
    If you're looking for a good time, call me, all right.
    If you're looking for a good time, call me tonight.
    If you have expectations don't call me."

    Okay, okay, shin splints, it's cold, blah blah blah. I hardly know what to put down anymore, my anatomy is just gross and I don't have any big event coming up to prepare for. This is just maintanance. And very dull maintenance. But the playlists are fun.

    I have a goal that involves living to see all of my enemies dead. Is that good enough?

    Thursday, March 01, 2007

    Flying like a cement kite

    Distance: 3.25 miles
    Time: 9.30 am
    Stretches: yes
    Sit-ups: no time (this time)
    Drink: Gatorade All Stars
    Weight: 167 lbs.
    Weather: 37º and rain

    1979 Playlist
    Killing an Arab* - The Cure
    I'm a Cult Hero - Cult Hero
    When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty - XTC
    Cleveland Rocks - I an Hunter
    Got the Time - Joe Jackson
    No Time This Time - The Police
    Touch and Go - The Cars
    Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
    24 Hour Party People - Happy Mondays

    "If I tell you what I'm doing today will you shut up and get out of my way?"

    UPDATE: A quick run, I attempted to stretch enough but it's never enough, not when it's cold and you are already weak in certain areas. A hobbling run, not as painful as four days ago - but with a new surprise. Upon arriving at rehearsal an hour later, my left knee began shooting with pain. It has largely subsided now, but I will be keeping a brace on probably for the next several days.

    And yet ... I feel ... very good.