Now Normal Chronicles or: Saviour of the Universe

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Today is the 40th anniversary of the US release of the soundtrack to Flash Gordon from Queen. Now, I understand the film was probably crap to some of you, but to me, I fell in love with it because I am a fantasy/sci fi fan. I dig it. Plus, I love Queen so… this is a great version!

And, I walked almost 3000 steps today. Again, not 6000 that my watch says I should be doing, but a start. That’s three days in a row. And it’s strong walking for that bit. It takes me around 13 minutes or so. And, while I had to steer around some blocks, I think I ate well today, too. Good for me!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“He’s for every one of us. Stand for every one of us. He saves with a mighty hand. Every man, every woman. Every child, it’s the mighty flash.” – “Flash’s Theme” (May)

The Verdict Is In or: Well-Balanced

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So, I had my meeting with my friend Kristen Norton today. Kristen, as I told you yesterday, is with Well Balanced Nutrition and from my health things that I either am reading too much into, not enough into, or just because I need to, I think we have a plan that I can live with! Below is what we came up with for me, and remember this is just for me, what I can do (mentally/work-related) and what I’m willing to take up. Here we go:

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1. Include veggies with my meals 3-4 times a week. Doable. As I’ve grown older, I have found a love, or at least a tolerance, for things I wouldn’t eat as a kid, even into young adulthood.

2. Minimize poor quality carbs (white bread, white rice, french fries, crackers, pizza crust, etc) when possible. Again, doable. I don’t care if I have white bread (I can get other buns for my burgers), fries, crackers, etc. The pizza crust will be harder. But, it’s up to me to adapt. I won’t do cauliflower crusts and stuff like that. I don’t want imitation food, even when made from other food.

3. Choose a cupped handful (or 2) of fiber-rich carbohydrates like potatoes w/ skin, beans, corn, peas, or whole grains. Now we’re talking. I like potatoes with skin. We had baked potatoes last week, twice, and I eat it all, skins and everything. Another long ramp to where I started, I now like beans. I will find beans. I never thought I’d say that. I like corn and peas and I love whole grain things.

4. Start small cause you’ll eat it all. On the Hunger Scale: aim to stop eating when you still feel a bit neutral 5-6, so you end up at a 6-7. I’m not going to share what all the numbers mean because that’s Kristen’s thing. But, let’s just say that I stop before I’m miserable. I have to allow my body to adjust to just eating. I can’t do much about how fast I eat, but I can stop and let my brain catch up with my stomach. In the past, it’s always been “all I see” and not “all I need.” Just because it’s in front of me, just because I paid for it, doesn’t mean I have to eat all of it. If possible, I will get a to go container, although that’s a whole other phobia I have to work on internally.  

5. Consider at least a 12-hour fast overnight and see if you can stretch it to 13, 14 then 15… Going gradual can ensure you don’t get so hungry you want to overeat for your first meal. I am pretty okay with this one. I mean, some nights, according to my work load/schedule, I may not get to eat until 8p. That’s not great because your metabolism slows down once the sun goes down. But, sometimes it can’t be helped. So, if I don’t get to eat until 8p, then I don’t eat until after 8a. That’s okay, though, I don’t usually eat before 1030a or so, so at 12 hours, that’s easy. I am not a big midnight snack person, other than peanut butter. I will eat that, so I have to train not to have that spoonful at midnight. That’s okay, though. I can do it.

That’s my “plan.” Kristen is amazing and had a lot of questions and listened to my excuses and reasons why I can’t. Which, not that I think about it, I didn’t have a lot of reasons as to “can’t.” I had more why I “hadn’ts” if that’s a word. I am totally into being here and doing what I can to make it better. I am into addition, not subtraction. It’s not what I have to do without, it’s about what I can add. She was awesome walking me through that. She wasn’t scary. She didn’t take my favorite things away. She tried to steer me to better choices. So far, I’m okay with all of that. Thank you, Kristen!

If you’d like your own consultation with Kristen, or just want to know more about what she and her company, Well Balanced Nutrition are about, visit this page. Tell her that The Podfather sent you!

Oh, and I walked good bit today. I walked over to my mother’s house which is about a ¼ mile and then back, so ½ mile. Then, I walked in my circular driveway until I was well over 2000 steps. I ended up around 4700 or so for the day. I was proud of it. I have to work my way up.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Even if you do understand nutrition, knowing what to eat is only part of the equation.”
– Well Balanced Nutrition

A New Development? or: Is It?

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I haven’t ever made any bones about the fact that I’m slightly overweight. I’ll pause while you all laugh your tails off. I can totally take the “slightly” off that. I am overweight. Not only that, I’m obese. Morbidly so. I’m 6″-6’1″ or so and at about 315 lbs. I say about because I haven’t weighed myself in the last bit because… why, really?

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Last week, I had my blood work done for my semi-yearly doctor’s appointment. I got my results back almost immediately. I looked through the results and everything looked mostly good but I noticed my glucose levels were above 99. Anything above 99 is in the range of “pre diabetes.” That kind of scared me. I will tell you, I sit at 105 on the levels. It’s still low on the range but also, still over 99. Now, the caveat here, I haven’t talked with my doctor, yet. I have an appointment on Thursday afternoon.

I have not been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I know that I am not a doctor and me reading these results is dangerous for self-diagnosis. There are probably other factors that come into play. But, I also know that where I sit, overall, it won’t hurt to fix some of these things regardless of the outcome or contingency of diagnosis.

I can’t afford, neither in my job nor in mental capacity, to go on a restrictive diet. What I need is direction and support. So, I have an appointment tomorrow with my very own licensed nutritionist and wellness coach, Kristen Norton with Well Balanced Nutrition. I’m hoping she can work me through my fears about eating healthy and get me moving in the right direction.

This past Saturday, the BCPF and I walked a lap around our compound. This morning, I walked it by myself. I walked it briskly and other than making sure I wasn’t going to pass out, I didn’t really stop until I completed that lap. That lap equals about a half-mile. It was rough but it’s a start. Again, I’m ~315 and more than that to start with would be silly anyway.

So, I’ll let you know what Kristen and I talk about when that happens and I’ll keep you informed on my progress. But, I want to be here and this isn’t a “resolution.” This has to be a choice. I have to convince myself that this is my idea and I’m not being forced into it. Wish me luck, and I apologize up front for the “health” updates.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 1/23/21

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The BCPF and I got off to a late start yesterday and finally made it to Underdog Records, which was jumpin’, by the way. We bought our four records and went and had some delicious brunch at a new place in town called Clementine’s Gourmet Toast and Juice Bar. Check out The Man Who Ate the Town’s IG for more on that. Here’s the haul:

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Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail — This is the seventh studio album by the band. It was released in January 1976 and was the first album to feature drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. It did quite well in the UK and U.S., reaching No. 3 and No. 31 respectively. As I have stated so many times, I have a love/don’t care attitude with the Genesis brand. I love Peter Gabriel. I really like Phil Collins-led Genesis. I do not like Genesis with Peter Gabriel. This is a great album, still with Steve Hackett on guitar, and it sounds amazing! I had never had this on vinyl, only on CD after the remastering in 2007. Gatefold, 180g Yellow Vinyl. Rhino “Start Your Ear Off Right” Release. New.

Genesis – Duke — This is the tenth studio album by Genesis, released in March 1980. The band had been dormant for a bit. Phil Collins moved to Canada in an effort to salvage his failing marriage, while Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford recorded solo albums. Collins returned to the UK and wrote a a lot of material in the wake of the end of that relationship. Some of the tunes were used for Duke and some tunes were reworked for his first solo album, Face Value. This has two of my favorite Genesis songs, because I like hits: “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again.” They were still doing their prog thing at this point but the radio-friendly hits (the ones that I like best) were starting. We had this but it was only in VG or so. 180g Vinyl – Rhino “Start Your Ear Off Right” Release. Limited edition of 3350.

Sebadoh – III — As you may have guessed, this was Sebadoh’s third album, released in 1991. Sebadoh, if you’re not aware is one of The BCPF’s favorite bands. At least her favorite kind of band. We have seen them live once together and I believe she had seen them before. She has a “secret” crush on Lou Barlow, one of the founders and lead singers and guitarists. He’s also part of Dinosaur Jr. and Folk Implosion, probably best known for their tune “Natural One.” She got to smell his hair at that Sebadoh show we saw. It’s classic Indie rock at it’s best and it was a good listen. NM.

Battleaxe – Burn This Town — One thing I noticed yesterday was that someone had come and off-loaded their entire heavy metal collection. Most of it was later-year death metal but this one interested me. I knew it was from 1983 and that it looked like that period. So, I said, let’s give it a try. I haven’t listened to it, yet but I asked Eugene and Bob (drummer from Heavens Sake who was all over this kind of music), both who are my 80s heavy metal gurus, so to speak and neither had heard of them. Bob did some digging and found this: They were a relatively obscure early 80’s NWOBHM band. Imagine Saxon, Motorhead, early Priest…with a raw, 70’s style sound. I heard like 3 songs and liked all three. Would’ve loved it when I was young. They just never caught on. I have recently gotten into the early Judas Priest so I’m looking forward to hearing this. Eugene said he would have overlooked it because the cover looked cheap, but there’s a reason for that. According to Wikipedia (the end-all/be-all of internet truths): …they entered the recording studio to make a demo called “Burn This Town”. In doing so, they garnered the attention of Roadrunner Records and the result was their first album… It went on to say: Once a deal had been struck with Roadrunner Records, the master tapes were sent to Roadrunner Records and the album title was agreed upon as Burn this Town. The record company asked the band for some concept ideas for the cover artwork, so the guys asked a friend and local artist Arthur Ball if he could come up with anything. He then produced the first Burn this Town cover artwork as it is now, but only as a rough proof drawing, and stated that, if it were approved by the record company, he would redraw the whole thing again to a much higher standard. However, when Roadrunner received the proof artwork for approval, they went ahead and pressed 2000 units for a worldwide release without the band’s consent. The original Burn this Town cover artwork is one of the most talked-about album covers in heavy metal history. The graphic looked amateurish, and the band worried what it might do to their reputation. However, the music did the talking and the album sold well. The band began developing a reputation in the region as a solid heavy metal outfit. The sleeve is VG/VG+ but the media is EX.

Sorry that last one was extra verbose, I just wanted to give what I knew about it and let on that I was really looking forward to hearing it.

Underdog Records is open Thursday-Saturday from 11a-7p and Jonathan does in-store pickups, curb service, and store-to-porch deliveries Monday-Wednesday. You can shop his new inventory, day or night, 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. I know I keep teasing this, but there is news coming from Jonathan and me in the (hopefully) very near future. I use Discogs to track my collection, value the collection and sometimes buy for the collection.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Since then I’ve been running around trying to find you. I went to the places that you always go. I rang your house but got no answer. Jumped in my car, I went ’round there. I still don’t believe it. He was just leaving.” – “Misunderstanding” (Collins)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Golden

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Today is the 45th anniversary of David Bowie’s Station To Station album. I’m not a huge fan of this era of Bowie. The Thin White Duke thing doesn’t do it for me. But, I like Bowie, so it made it. I am a sucker for looping. I have never tried it and think I’d just fall apart trying it, but I am fascinated by people who can. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere, angel. Come get up, my baby. Run for the shadows, run for the shadows. Run for the shadows in these golden years.” – “Golden Years” (Bowie)

Charting or: Not What You Think It Is

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I woke up today with some good news. I got an email from a podcast charting service (that I am not subscribed to) and was told that Asylum – Tales from the Devereaux Diaries podcast, the one I do with my Kousins about KISS; part of The Less Desirables Network, had charted at #100 on Apple Podcasts in Sweden. I know it’s Sweden, but still…

Asylum – Tales from the Devereaux Diaries Podcast

But, that’s not all, we were also charted at #205 on the same chart here in the US! The chart is for Music Commentary. So, I take this as a win. In podcasting, while there are new ways popping up all the time, charts are pretty much the way to measure any kind of success. I am proud of all my podcasts as some of them are ranked on other podcast charts around the country but this is the highest we’ve been on any of them. So to Kousin Marvin and Kousin Gary… congrats to us!!

That is all. Give us a listen anywhere you find podcasts, give us a like, and if you’d be so kind, a rating. That helps us tremendously!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


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Now Normal Chronicles or: She Don’t Know Me

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Today is the 37th anniversary of Bon Jovi’s debut album. Now, I get it, Bon Jovi gets a lot of flack for being like one of THE “hair metal” bands. They’re somewhat cheesy but for their time, they were just where they needed to be. I also think they fell into the snob-ridden screwjobbery that is some people’s idea of putting down someone because they are popular. Let me tell ya something, they’re popular for a reason. Most likely, those people are square in the minority. I don’t mind Bon Jovi. My favorite album from them is this one. I love the whole thing. For 1984, it certainly is sugary, poppy and all those other adjectives. My favorite tune on the album is “Love Lies” but I couldn’t find a decent version of that, so I went with this one, or as I like to call it, the one that isn’t “Runaway.” Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I dream of when she’ll be mine. I dream of crossing that line and holding her so tender. Dreaming it could come true. So many things I would do if only you’d give me a chance.” – “She Don’t Know Me” (Avsec)

A New Day or: The First of Firsts

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I want this clear up front, this is not a political post. It’s a personal post.

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I just want to say that is a great day today. We as a 244 year old country finally inaugurated our first 1) woman vice president 2) woman of color vice president 3) woman of south-Asian descent vice president into the executive branch. Also, it was a breath of fresh air to hear someone that sounds presidential speaking to the country, without yelling, spreading vitriol and deception as a man of power. It feels as if a shroud has at least moved a few extra miles or so over the country. We were awed by the youngest Poet Laureate in our country’s history (and she also happened to be a person of color). We just woke up to a new day.

Again, none of this is meant as political. It’s not about politics. It’s just about my personal feelings about the people that either are occupying an office or were occupying that office. This speaks nothing on policy, only on character. And while I am usually a fan of characters, the one we just pushed out of the way was the wrong kind of character for me.

All I can say is, wrap up folks, it’s minus 45 out there…

(ps… any political crap thrown at me for this will be deleted… thanks)

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast.” – “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Now Normal Chronicles or: So What?

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Today is the 33rd anniversary of Megadeth’s third studio album, So Far, So Good… So What! I wasn’t too familiar with either Metallica or Megadeth until around this time. I didn’t know their histories or the politics within. I thought Dave Mustaine was cooler than anyone in Metallica, but I felt Metallica’s music more accessible. As I grew older, that view shifted. I like old Metallica from Metallica back (yes, even and especially the “black” album) and I like Megadeth from Countdown to Extinction back. I will admit that I can only listen to so much Megadeth at a time, but I dig it. This tune is pretty awesome and this guy doing it on acoustic is almost mind-blowing. Especially since he sounds so much like Mustaine. Well, enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In my hour of need… Heh, no, you’re not there. And though I reached out for you, wouldn’t lend a hand. Through the darkest hour, your grace did not shine on me. Feels so cold, very cold. No one cares for me.” – “In My Darkest Hour” (Mustaine/Ellefson)

Murder Be Damned or: Wall of Mystery

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Yesterday, it was announced that murderous, yet borderline genius Phil Spector had passed away at the age of 81. Spector was serving out a 19-to-life in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson whom he shot in his mansion/castle in Los Angeles. Be that as it may, he was previously best known for his “Wall of Sound” (WOS).

The Wall of Sound on “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles

I have read someone compare his WOS ambitions to Wagner and how epic Richard Wagner’s compositions were. The WOS was Wagnerian in scope. He wanted to make it sound as if the listener was encased in the sound.

Some critics didn’t like that. They thought he cheapened or perhaps covered a lot of crap from the artists’ renderings of the tunes. I like production and I have conflicting feelings about the WOS. If you’re wondering about what the WOS is, well, you can listen to The Beatles Let It Be album. It’s all over that. If you don’t believe me, then listen to Let It Be: Naked which is the album without the WOS treatment. I actually prefer his work on this album.

One of the things about the Righteous Brothers’ music, in particular the two biggest hits, “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” (which Spector co-wrote) that I have never liked is how they sound like they’re in a big underground tank. That is Spector’s doing. I hate that.

So, as I said, hit or miss with him for me. Spector died on January 16, 2021 from natural causes. Some said it was C-19 but it’s been confirmed it was just death and nothing more. RIP, I guess, Phil. You definitely left a mark on music. I know this is a very truncated post about Phil but who has time to write all that? Plus, Given how I’m hit or miss, I’m even more hit or miss to the man himself, so…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m dealing in rock’n’roll. I’m, like, I’m not a bona fide human being.” – Phil Spector