Not Just Your Garden-Variety Neurotic Smartass.

Shaking Off Slackerdom.

Good morning! It’s a rainy day here in the hood, and I woke up at four to a kitten kneading my armpit.

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie/The Postal Service has been doing live acoustic shows from his home studio every night, and I’ve been watching them every morning. It really puts a great spin on my day, because I’m a huge fan of both bands.

Yesterday I got my ass in gear for the first time in a hot minute and cleaned out all of my dresser drawers, my closet, and the large cabinet in my room; and I wound up with five stuffed-full trash bags of clothing that either doesn’t fit or that I just don’t wear. Five bags! Needless to say, my closet is finally manageable; but I couldn’t part with a single concert t-shirt, so there’s still a sizable amount of clothes for me to lounge around in.

It felt really good to do something productive and not just sit on my ass watching Netflix all day, but I was so busy all day and so tired that I passed out on the couch at 6:30 and didn’t wake up until midnight, thereby missing a Zoom meeting with some good friends I haven’t seen in a year or so. I was PISSED.

There will be other meetings, though, I’m sure, and we created a group chat as well, so I’m glad to be a part of that.

I’m also listening to the radio constantly, which is great because I haven’t really done it in a while; and I’m hearing some fantastic new music and also some recorded live shows that WXRT has been playing. It truly helps the clear the pall that’s been cast over the world at this point in time.

Today I’m going to give the house a decent cleaning, and finally vacuum my dog hair-coated rugs. Pro tip: don’t get a light tan dog that sheds like a fiend when you have dark carpets.

Right now I’m just sucking down my morning pot of coffee and listening to The Red Hot Chili Peppers on the radio with a cat in my lap, and I’m glad to be safe in my home.

I really can’t express how grateful and in awe I am of all of the healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines dealing with this mess, and also the people I might not have really thought too much about; including truck drivers, food service workers, and grocery store employees. I’m so thankful for all they’re doing.

The rain has stopped, and the birds are singing outside, and it’s almost time to get in gear. Have a great day.

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