No. 11 and New Dec(k)or


This was one of those times where I got so distracted by life that I didn’t even realize it was going to be a 3 day weekend until last Friday. I wasn’t at all upset when I realized that Monday was Columbus day. Saturday I completed my 11th marathon. My post-finish photo to the left is courtesy of B. It was also my first race since I had ligament reconstruction on my ankle. Even though I felt pretty good on Sunday morning, I was definitely happy to have Monday as a bonus recovery day.

B didn’t waste any time giving me a honey-do list on Monday since I was going to be around the house all day. One of the items on the list was to hang a couple of skate decks (above) that had been stacked in the corner for several weeks now.

One additional mention-worthy-item is that the weather has officially turned fallish. Driving back from Hartford on Sunday there were a lot of leaves that had already changed colors in western Connecticut near Danbury. Monday, the high temp in NYC was still cool enough to be deemed hoodie weather. I’m pretty excited about that. The in between seasons are definitely my favorite.

Lastly: my second favorite BBC1 DJ, Phil Taggart put on a fantastic session Sunday night. I’m linking to it here (avail for 30 days, only).

Happy Autumn + September Playlist


I know that autumn does not officially start until September 22. But this is Labor Day weekend, and mine actually starts today. As you can see by this crappy iPhone photo, the sun has already started to move south again. This means that kids are back in school, college FB is here again, and cooler temps are hopefully around the corner. I’ll have the pleasure of spending this holiday weekend in rural Maine (as opposed to urban Maine, hehe) for a wedding. Hoping to come home with minimal mosquito bites, and with lots of good memories.

New month= new playlist. Here is my September 2016 playlist. Safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Jamie XX ‘Gosh’ Visual and July Playlist

Jamie XX, Gosh from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

It is July 1 and since I have a bit of time on my hands, here is a music post. One of my modern faves, Jamie XX, released a video this week to accompany some of the audio from his track ‘Gosh’ that came out ahead of last year’s In Colour album. While the video does have some striking visuals, I would have much preferred that he just give us some new music. I had a couple of WTF moments while watching the vid. The first was the choice to use a Subaru in the vid. I guess when you come from the country that gave us Aston Martin, Subaru is exotic? Next, I was wondering if that Eiffel Tower was CGI (esp during the shot that pans out at the end). I did some quick innanetz research (Googled ‘eiffel tower replica china’), and it turns out it is just a replica built in the city of Hangzhou China (where the entire video appears to have been shot).

Part two of music post:

I love Spotify. I was one of the early US subscribers when you still had to be invited to be a guinea pig on the domestic Beta iteration. Like half of the rest of the country, I was invited to join by the mysterious “Mrs. Kutcher,” Hahaha. Anyway, I build a monthly Spotify playlist of stuff I’m digging at the moment. For example, today I published my “July 2016” list, and started building the playlist for Aug. Anyway, I decided to share the July playlist below. Maybe I’ll start publishing my lists every month, like the ISO50 guys used to do (which I loved, btw). Anyway… here:

Happy and safe 4th of July!