Well, gang, 2012 has started off strong, and the month of January has ended.
In that time, we’ve seen the passing of music icon Etta James, famed football coach Joe Paterno, and former “sweat hog” Robert Hegyes. I’ve always felt “At Last” was overplayed, I’m not a fan of football, and Welcome Back Kotter was never one of my favorite shows, but these folks all had an affect on our culture, and they will be missed.
McDonald’s was forced to reformulate their hamburgers. I have not eaten there in over a decade, but I’m certainly glad those of you who do eat there, even on occasion, don’t need to put ammonium hydroxide and assorted cow scraps in your body any longer, especially when you think you are just eating plain old ground meat.
I started the month sleeping in my car, and I am ending it in my own bed — a big upgrade, if you ask me. And as I sit here in my room, amidst nothing but happy silence, I want to be more wordy and descriptive in my reflections. I want to be more wordy, but I’m not feeling it. That’s okay!
I made a promise to myself at the end of 2011 that I would eschew soda and fast food, and I’ve made it one whole month without complaint or regret. I also promised to cook more things at home, and bring my prepared food with me as often as possible, instead of relying on restaurants and convenience foods. The fact that I know how to cook does make a difference. I picked up a hand-crank pasta maker, and I must say the stuff you do at home blows anything from the store right out of the water. I have been going back to my old cookbooks, where inspiration abounds. I’ve fallen in love with James Beard all over again.
2011 saw the much anticipated release of Antiquated, my first album since Travelogue. It has been a long time coming for my music career, and now I think I’ve hit a stride that will carry me along nicely in this new year. Soon you’ll be able to purchase Antiquated through my web site. Rest assured there will be another album in 2012 — no more of these 12 year gaps!
I will continue to write, create, eat, and generally make a donkey out of myself, but in the most positive, loving way.
As always, I thank you all for your love and support.