After
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
So yesterday was April 16th, the day after The Day. Moving around the city was very different, once my shoulder bag had been emptied of my tax preparer manual, IRS Pub 17, tax course notes and several folders of miscellaneous office stuff. I felt ever so much lighter.

There's a metaphor in there somewhere.

Ladies and gentlemen, the amazing human guitar stand!
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
I only have a couple of minutes to write about this, but I really wanted to note my extreme pleasure at having been able to get out last night to the inaugural show of Andrea Kremer's Boston Pop Underground series at the Lizard Lounge. The Animators, Candy Butchers, and Jedediah Parish and the Mother Tongues all did great melodic rock songs. Andrea (AKA marm0t) was the local organizer for the traveling "International Pop Overthrow" fest, which I saw at TTs not too long ago, but never got around to writing up (what was I doing with all that free time?), and this series is clearly in that spirit.

My personal favorite moment (and an example of the intimate vibe they're trying to generate) was when Mike Viola of Candy Butchers kept switching from guitar to piano, and lacking a guitar stand in the right place, kept giving the guitar to me to hold for him!

I'd say this is definitely a monthly (second Thursday) event for me from now, if not for the fact that it's the day before the also-monthly Raw Bar cabaret series run by Leah Callahan, and I can see certain situations in which I might have to choose (I'm missing Raw Bar tonight and probably in April because of my work schedule).

Excusable, I hope
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
Well, at least I have a good excuse not to have been writing the last few weeks. My tax-preparation job has been taking up more than 50 hours a week since the third week (I'm at the end of week six today) and I'm lucky to get my laundry done and groceries bought (the new printer has been sitting there unopened for weeks).

It astonishes me how little I accomplished with the entire year I had between jobs. I may not see that big a chunk of free time again until I'm too old to work, and I pretty much blew it. Of course, the broken arm had something to do with that, but still...

This week is the eye of the storm (most of the people with simple returns and big refunds have been in already, and the ones with complex situations or who have to pay are still procrastinating or getting their stuff together). It'll start getting nuts again pretty soon, but for the moment life is a bit more normal. I actually went to see some music last night (Elvis Costello at the Wang Center) for the first time since the job started. And now I'm writing this.

Slower and slower
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
Thought I'd update my progress again.

19 pounds lost in the first six weeks (from 251 to 232)
16 pounds lost in the next six weeks (from 232-216)
8 pounds lost in the most recent seven weeks (from 216 to 208)

It appears that my metabolism has made a long-overdue shift to recognize that it's getting less calories to work with lately. But 208 was my first really big goal (officially out of the "obese" BMI range), so I'm not complaining. I wouldn't be surprised to be averaging a pound or less a week very soon, especially since I'm now eating three meals again (before I started work I usually got up late enough that a combined breakfast/lunch was my usual first meal).

Speaking of work, I have to be up early Saturday, so I'll close here.

Bob's ATP Trip Report: Part 3 (Sunday and after)
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
Things went pretty calmly Sunday morning, with Kitty and I ensconced in the Long Beach Courtyard Marriott. However, the part of Downtown Long Beach we were in looked like it would have been dead even on Saturday. On Sunday, even more so. Luckily, our guest and myself were able to finally track down a Subway so I could get something reasonably non-destructive to eat (such things being completely unavailable in the venue itself). We then set off..Collapse )

Bob's ATP Trip Report: Part 2 (Saturday)
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
So where are we now?

Oh, yeah. I've gotten to the West Coast, hung out in Hollywood with rustynewnails (aka BurmaKitty), and survived the old-ticket-for-wristband ordeal. And the show is ready to start!

Except it didn't, just yet. After all that rushing to get there on time, we ended up cooling our heels outside for about an hour until they were ready. We then proceeded down into the bowels of the ship. This particular portion had been turned into a large multi-level club with a side room that looked out on the old boiler room (an interesting sight, to be sure).

Musically, things started a bit slow.Collapse )

Bob's ATP Trip Report: Part 1 (Arrival)
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
Note: As noted in the title, this is a trip report, not just a gig review. In fact, this first installment (it was becoming obvious that the only way this was going to get done was in parts) is entirely pre-gig, and thus skippable if you've no interest in my general impressions of this trip.

Two points of data offered as an illustration of where things are right now; it took 17 minutes for my roommate (thanks, Eric!) to drive me from Watertown to Logan Airport using the new tunnel, but over 30 for me to get to the front of a 100-ft line to the security screeners.

And so the trip beganCollapse )

Catchup time
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
OK, this isn't the ATP report, but I haven't forgotten it.

So let's update some situations.

Weight: The last time I talked about this, I said (after recording an 19 pound loss in the first six weeks) that I'd be ecstatic if I maintained a two-pound-a-week average for the next six weeks (that would have been another 12, for a total of 31). Well, I didn't get my 12 - I had to make do with 16 instead (total of 35 off my starting weight of 251). But since then I've definitely seen signs of a slowdown - it was a whole nine days after I first saw 216 that I first saw 215 (today, in fact). Given that, I'll be perfectly happy with an average of 1.5 pounds for weeks 13-18. That would be another nine pounds (eight, counting the one I've already lost), which would get me to 207, officially out of the "obese" BMI range.

Employment: It looks pretty certain now that I will be gainfully employed during tax season, as Taxman (the people who ran my tax-prep course) seems ready to hire me. I'm supposed to talk to the office manager of the Watertown office tomorrow. The office is a three-minute bus ride from my front door!

The arm: I can now stretch it to its full extent (except behind my back). There's still some stiffness if I overdo it, but most days I just don't notice it.

That's all for the moment. I'm hoping to brave the blizzard tonight to see Rocket From the Tombs (the pioneering mid-70s Cleveland band who birthed both Pere Ubu and Dead Boys. We'll see if I get there.

12/07 UPDATE: I went back to an earlier post and discovered that the figures I originally posted yesterday (18 pounds for the first six weeks and 17 for the second) were just a bit off - If you look at the beginning of ths post, you'll see the corrected figures (19 for the first six weeks, 16 for the second).

Previews of coming attractions
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
Due to several factors, my extensive trip report on ATP Pacific has been delayed. I put a few brief comments at the end of this thread in the burmafan community. Once I get this done, I guess it will be time to write about International Pop Overthrow. I'm never gonna catch up!

Last stop before skyway
Agata of Melt-Banana
bobcolby
I wanted to keep catching up by doing a post on seeing two favorite writers, Jonathan Lethem (books) and Robyn Hitchcock (songs) in the same day last week, but that will have to wait. I'll be leaving the house a bit after 5 AM to get an early-morning flight to the West Coast for ATP Pacific, and it's not just that I still have to pack, I also have loads of planning still to do. No sleep tonight!

Since I have to miss tonight's Brett Milano book party for Vinyl Junkies because of this, I really shouldn't spend another second on here. Back on Tuesday!

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