Archive for May, 2004

To marathon or not to marathon?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

I have kind of a tough decision to make. J, one of the runners I see in the locker room every morning, is going to start training for the Chicago marathon. She’s enlisted my boss’ boss, L, to train with her, and she was working on convincing another gal, C, in the locker room this morning. After C agreed, I told them I was getting envious because I really want to do it too but I don’t feel ready. J started sort of interviewing me about my running (what’s my base distance, what’s my pace, etc) and pronounced me ready. I talked to L about it, and she agrees with J.

J made a really good point: she said that she looks back and can recall times when she was offered the chance to train with someone who was more advanced than she, and she passed up several of those opportunities. I don’t want to risk injury, yet I know I’ll feel more than a twinge of regret when they come back from Chicago in the fall and they’re all talking about how great or how hard or how exhilarating it was.

I still have to talk it over with Karsten. I hate to give up my morning runs with him, but he’s not interested in training that hard, so if I’m ever going to do it (and it’s one of my life goals), I’m going to have to stop running with him for at least a little while. I’m already pushing for 6 miles every morning instead of 5, and he doesn’t feel ready for that. So maybe our days of running together in the morning are numbered anyway. Who knows.

I’m intrigued by what this will be like, but I don’t know if my body is ready to be pushed this hard.

A hopeful thing

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

We went out last night to a writers’ night that I consider the best-kept secret in Nashvegas, and we saw a gal play who’s reputed to be a real up-and-coming singer-songerwriter. We’d seen her a few times before, but not for several months, so it was great to hear that her writing really seems to be improving — of course, it can’t hurt that she’s collaborating with some of the top writers in town.

Anyway, we chatted with her a bit after the show, and she mentioned that although she’d been reluctant to do vocal work on demos in the past, she’s now starting to consider it. So Karsten and I talked about it on the way home and we think we figured out the perfect song for her to record. The hope is, of course, that if she records it for us and she likes it, that she may choose to include it if she cuts a CD of her own.

So that’s what I’m excited about this morning.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis with Dani Carroll

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Cocktails Bar & Grill. Saw Dani Carroll play again — we used to see her a lot at the Broken Spoke. Talked with her for a while afterwards, and she mentioned an upcoming show at the Bluebird. We’ll be there for sure!

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Like I could resist a lyrics meme?

Friday, May 7th, 2004

On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first twenty songs on the list, write down your favorite line of the song. Try to avoid putting the song title in the line. Then, have your friends comment and see if they can guess the songs.

Well, my “current playlist” is my entire MP3 library, so I “shuffled” it by sorting it by play length and clicking on a random song to begin. Heh.

1. “A saddle for a pillow and some sagebrush for a bed…”
from “When Cowboys Didn’t Dance” - Lonestar

2. “Tell me something that you mean, not just what comes to mind…”
from “I Know You Know” - Lyle Lovett

3. “We don’t get along, but it really ain’t that bad…”
from “Off My Line” - Spin Doctors

4. “Someday soon we’re both gonna saddle up / And it’ll be ride camel ride…”
from “Taliban Song” - Toby Keith

5. “These are the days of miracle and wonder / This is the long-distance call / The way the camera follows us in slow-mo / The way we look to us all / The way we look to a distant constellation / That is dying in the corner of the sky / These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don’t cry, baby, don’t cry…”
from “The Boy In The Bubble” - Paul Simon
(One of my all-time favorites!)

6. “Once in a while I think you’re someone else…”
from “99%” - Soul Asylum

7. “You take it on faith / You take it to heart…”
from “The Waiting” - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

8. “If I had to stop the world from turning / I would …”
from “I Would” - Jolie & The Wanted

9. “I want to live my life close to the bone …”
from “The Real Life” - John Cougar Mellencamp

10. “What do I do when lightning strikes me / And I wake to find that you’re not there…”
from “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” - Joe Cocker

11. “I wish I were the rain running down your neck / And off your fingers…”
from “I’m Jealous” - Shania Twain

12. “Even when he’s with you / You’re still alone / You want to reach out, but you don’t know where to start / It’s easier not to talk at all …”
from “Trouble In Paradise” - Sherrie Austin

13. “Hold my breath, close my eyes / Goodbye …”
from “Three Mississippi” - Terri Clark

14. “You’re not that honest, you’re not that nice / But if I kiss you once I’m gonna kiss you twice …”
from “Burning Up” - Kylie Minogue

15. “All you want is something I can’t be …”
from “Think About Me” - Goo Goo Dolls

16. “If I force a fight, then I’m twice a fool …”
from “Delayed Reaction” - Daryl Hall and John Oates

17. “Let’s wander slowly through the fields / Slowly, slowly through the fields / And touch the leaves that touch the sky …”
from “Fields of Joy (Reprise)” - Lenny Kravitz

18. “You’re the only one with the only love that’s strong enough to claim me / So please forgive me, I’m just stingy but how can you blame me …”
from “Stingy” - Ginuwine

19. “Take your shirt off / Twist it ’round your hand / Spin it like a helicopter …”
from “Raise Up (All Cities Remix)” - Petey Pablo

20. “And you know I didn’t plan to stay / But the roads were old / They washed away …”
from “Someone Else’s Dance” - Dan Seals