Day 2085: Wrestling Wednesday!

At the weekend there was a lot of wrestling for me to enjoy. I went to see WWE live on Saturday, then on Sunday Clash of Champions was on. 

At WWE live there were a few fun matches, and I had a good time. I saw Ricochet vs Luke Gallows, obviously it ended with interference from Karl Anderson and disqualification, and then Cedric Alexander came out, then AJ Styles and eventually Braun Strowman. It was turned into a 6 man tag which was cool. It all ended once Braun finally got into the ring and went through the OC. 

Then we saw Natalya vs Yamuna which was okay, nothing really positive or negative to say about it. 

Next up was EC3 vs No Way Jose in a pretty decent match, which ended with No Way Jose winning, then Cesaro came out and beat down No Way Jose, and did some amusing stuff and was eventually halted by The Miz. The two of them had a match that was good, and they worked really well together, though I shouldn't really have to point that out from Cesaro. 

After the intermission The Viking Raiders took on Ryder and Hawkins in a decent tag match, no real surprises, solid work from all involved and the victory for the Viking Raiders.

Then we had Lacey Evans vs Becky Lynch, who is by far the most popular person around right now, at least in Macon that's what it seemed like. Becky Lynch obviously came out on top after a match that was better than their match a few months ago, though in a similar fashion to that event the main event followed, Seth Rollins vs Baron Corbin where they essentially recreated and rehashed the finish to the match of a few months ago, though both Seth and Baron got put through tables. It was a cool show, and I had a good time, what I didn't realise is just how Becky is the biggest star right now, Seth and Braun are both behind her just, and everyone else just got moderate reactions. Like I said on Saturday though, the crowd was very different to others I've been in, though that's not very surprising.

Next week, I’ll talk about Clash of Champions and the fall out from that, as well as the NXT show after it’s been on USA for the first time live! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2084: Running

Last night, Rachael and I went on a walk, after one lap her leg started hurting, and I wanted to keep going, but I needed to be considerate, so I asked if I could do a little run. I got my legs ready and set on my way doing a little run around the park. It felt good, but it was also 95°F out, but I got the week started off well.

Today though, we decided to go to the gym, and I decided that I wanted to focus on running and try to run 10km, which was a daunting task as I’ve been only running 5km at most. I set out running at about 6.5 miles per hour, and stuck with that pace for the whole hour. It was fine, everything went okay, but it was tough. I finished the 10km in 58 minutes, and rounded out the hour to finish the 6.5 miles.

I know that I can run faster than that, but I didn’t know if I could as it was the first time I’ve gone over 5km since getting here 4 months ago. Now that I know I can, I will try more, maybe at least once a week to try and get more distance covered.

Cycling has kind of taken a bit of a backseat for the time being with the gym going well, but overall I’m still getting some miles done.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2083: Music Monday!

I have nearly got 3 songs down and memorised. They aren’t particularly tough songs, but it’s progress, and they’re fun to play. 2 of them everyone should know, and the last one is just a fun simple song to know.

When I set about writing a list of songs, I wanted ones that I’ve known about and enjoy hearing so much so I would pretty much be able to nail the song structure the whole way through relatively easily, and some of the songs needed to be easier than others, of which I’m still working on learning.

Actually, there’s another that I’ve also got down that I’d kind of forgotten about because I’m there or there abouts with it, I just need to sit down with a singer and play through it a few times.

As for the songs I’ve been working on, now that I have a Capo, I can learn songs that are easier in different positions, or would require complicated fingerings to sound right. The two songs that I’ve found that have needed it are Kiss From a Rose by Seal, and Rocket Man by Elton John, easy enough to play just a guitar and voice, and benefit from simplicity, as the melody is handily carried by the voice throughout.

The other one however is a bit of a wild card, as Freedom at 21 isn’t the first song people would go for when you say it’s a Jack White song, but it’s fun, easy to play, has some wild bits in, and again, works with just guitar and voice, and is easily adapted.

The song I’d remembered was I Shot the Sheriff, and that’s just a fun song that’s easy to adapt into a jam, which is great fun all round.

That’s about it for today, I’m still trying to pick more songs to learn and play through. Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2082: Took me to church

Today Rachael and I went to church. More specifically we went down to the church her father preaches at and met the congregation.

The sermon allowed me to do some reflection, and think about some stuff. While I don’t have anything specific to share, it was definitely a good few things to think about.

We were greeted in the community and welcomed and met a whole bunch of people. It was an interesting time, but far too short for me to catch many useful things about anyone. That’s a shame, but overall I think good impressions were made all around.

I also was happy with what wearing, as per Rachaels recommendations. I’m glad that I did get moderately well dressed up, and I felt really comfortable in that get up, especially in the Georgia weather.

I spent the time while Rachael was driving reading Salt Fat Acid Heat, and made very decent progress. I’m nearly finished the main chunk of the book where all the information is, rather than the recipes and it’s been a very worthwhile read.

Anyway, that’s about it for the day! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2081: Noticing Differences

Today I went to see a wrestling show! It was cool! Rather than focusing on the wrestling, which I’ll cover on Wednesday, I want to talk about the differences in the crowds that I’ve been apart of so far.

I haven’t been to many shows over here, but I went to I think the same amount of wrestling shows in the UK, and then I went to many many gigs too, and the crowd mentality generally seems the same.

At the wrestling shows, the crowds in the UK were much older than here for the WWE shows, while the NJPW and AEW shows in both had crowds of people of generally the same age. The youngest crowd was the crowd I was in today, and the builds and the chants were practically non-existent, just spontaneous applause or on demand from the wrestlers, but no escalating cheers and lead ins to moves that were being telegraphed.

In the UK as well we had much wilder chants, though I’m sure thats because of the football/soccer chants and general British crowd behaviour. I find that Americans tent to be much louder individually, but as a crowd the UK are far more cohesive and welcoming to different chants.

Actually, at the AEW Fight for the Fallen show someone next to me tried to start a USA chant, which was promptly shut down, but I’ve never heard a UK chant at all, nor for any other promotion I’ve watched. Also, it was odd to have a house show open with a national anthem, that caught me off guard, didn’t know that was a thing really. I thought that was for Wrestlemania.

Tonight I kind of wanted to start a chant for main eventer Seth Rollins for his intro thingy ‘Burn it Down’, but no one was into it, and even when he was telegraphing the end of the match no one was really into the chant itself, just clapping raucously. I’m not saying it’s bad, but the crowds are very different. I think the AEW crowd was one of the best, but I’m not sure if the NXT UK tapings and the NJPW Strong Style Evolved UK shows spoiled me.

Certainly I noticed a difference in crowd participation when I went to see Baroness last month, it all felt a little more reserved and altogether a bit tamer than I was used to or was expecting.

I’ve noticed a difference, it’s not bad, I think I just need to readjust my expectations.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2080: I'm also dressed in a dinosaur onesie

I feel like I’ve done a lot today. I played guitar, I went to the gym, I played some games, I thought about my business ideas and how to make things work, and how I’d try to get it all to work. I listened to music, I watched Off Topic, and I listened to what Geoff had to say about the whole situation.

I completely understand what went on, especially as when I was back in the UK when I was working where I was at for a long time, there was a scaling back of personnel in a team of 40, which was a tough time for the company. I also completely understand why he was talking about all the people speculating across the internet about what’s going on. It’s just a necessity of business, and it’s a harsh reality of any business that finds itself at an important juncture.

This week has been an odd week, maybe I’ll share in the future, but my paperwork is still waiting to be completed, and progress made, and I looked into stuff that was needed for the next medical assessment thing I’ll have to have. I’m hoping that in the next few weeks progress is made, but it’s completely out of my hands, so I don’t know with any certainty what is happening.

Over the weekend there is a bunch going on, a friend is visiting town tomorrow, and I’m going to WWE live tomorrow night, and then we are going down to Rachael’s parents on Sunday to catch up with her dad and his church community. Should be an eventful weekend.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2079: Odd Thursday and a new Podcast!

Today I have put out a podcast I recorded earlier in the week with Spencer! We talked about a whole bunch of things, including the closure of the old Rooster teeth Community Site, as well as the new Tool album, my thoughts on it, and my new microphone. It was a great chat and you can check it out here!

I went cycling this morning, and ended up, once I got back in, very dehydrated, I didn’t really look after myself like I should have, and ended up with a cracking headache, so the day started off on a weird note. I powered through and got myself back on track, and ended up having a decent day.

Then I watched a few videos by Mary Spender based around writing and recording music, and it was a really fascinating insight into what kind of stuff to think about when writing music. It’s all stuff I talk about regularly about other things. It’s a wild time, and definitely got me a little motivated.

I’ve been learning a few other songs, now that I have a capo and it feels good. There’s certainly a few more ideas I’ve worked harder on as well, and I’m happy with how the songs are evolving. I like music. Who knew.

That’s about it for today, I spent a bunch of time playing Path of Exile, and working on my Summoner build, which is going really well.

Anyway, have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2078: Wrestling Wednesday!

This Saturday I’m going to a WWE live show which should be fun! I have no idea who will be wrestling, I believe that the only thing announced is Seth Rollins vs Baron Corbin, which could be cool.

With the match on Saturday being the night before Clash of Champions, I am intrigued to see how it’ll play out, with the Champion against one of the King of the Ring finalists. I am certain Rollins will win, but I also don’t really want to see Corbin win the tournament, but who knows what else will go on.

I’ve not really caught up with much else, I know that Jordan Myles wrestled Adam Cole, and I’ve heard it was good, so will seek that out tomorrow or Friday, and then the NJPW tournament shows have gone up, and I really want to see Ospreay vs Amazing Red.

I’ve been really enjoying listening to the Cultaholic podcast, it’s kind of a mix as well, I like their wrestling discussions, they’re class, but they also talk very british with their mannerisms, and their distractions. It kind of reminds me of the UK a lot more than many other things. It’s the thing I’ve been listening to the most consistently, especially of all the podcasts I used to keep up with.

There is stuff going on, but I don’t really know what to make of it all! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2077: New Path of Exile thoughts

It’s been a good day! I got strawberries, orange juice and grapes from the store so I can have a tasty breakfast tomorrow.

I’ve been playing Path of Exile, I started the new league on Friday with a Lightning Trap build I tested in the previous league, and now that this one is going on, I started from scratch with it. It’s fun, I like it, and there’s a lot that’s good about it, but I also want to try a bunch of different things.

Necromancers and other minion builds got a serious buff and rework, so I started playing a Necromancer yesterday to get a feel for how it is, and I like it so far, but I’m not too far with it. I’m still trying to decide between a Raging Spirit and Skeletons/Zombies build, but I can’t figure out which I prefer so far. I’ll likely end up down the Skeleton path though.

I want to try some other things too, like a Vaal Earth Quake Plague Bearer Pathfinder, which relies on casting then autocasting/triggering high proliferation poison throughout the enemies. Then there’s the Ice Nova cast on crit build that looks mad and fun. There’s so much variation that if you can put ideas together and know what you want to do, it’s possible to make anything work. Somethings will be harder than others, and making certain encounters easier is difficult, mainly because they are mechanically intense rather than just needing to burst things down. It’s a good game, and I might end up with more than 4 characters this league. Who knows. Fun fun fun.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2076: Music Monday!

There’s a Blink 182 album coming out in like 2 weeks, and I listened to the EP that was released earlier in the year, and I really enjoyed it. It was well thought out, they obviously know how to write songs, and I thought it was good. I don’t really know what I was expecting.

I managed to get more thoughts on the new Tool album together, and I’ll be sharing them on this weeks podcast, which I should be recording tomorrow. I know I have a lot to say about it, and I wonder if the sentiment is shared. I’ll write about it next week no matter what.

I’ve been listening to odd things here and there, today I saw the name Thin Lizzy pop up and I wanted to hear The Boys Are Back In Town, and it was good choice. It’s a good song.

Then, I’ve just been listening to a mix of Baroness, Mastodon, and Clutch. At the gym I’ve been enjoying Killswitch Engage, and that’s been keeping me running strong for the 5km runs I’m doing, and I’m getting them reliably at about 24-25 minutes, and it feels good. I’m heavily reliant on music for the faster paces, I know that I need fast paced songs to get my going.

I’ve got a new song idea, I need to get other ones recorded, but there’s a lot going on in my head. I need to focus on them one at a time. Now I have a capo I also need to learn some more songs as well. I think yesterdays journal ties into how I’m feeling about it all. I want to learn more songs now, even though I’ve written my own. I want to learn and be inspired by how artists in the past have created their work, and see the reasoning behind the decisions they made.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2075: Getting to an end

Today will be the last day I post on the old Roosterteeth community site. Obviously, I have other places I post, the new community site and my own website, but with the announcement that in less than a month the site will be gone with nothing really carrying over, there’s no point continuing the effort posting on the old community site too, especially with the lack of users, and interaction that I can see there right now.

I started out writing over there daily over 5 and a half years years ago and it’s been a shame that it’s just a shadow of it’s former self. I think that’s due to a multitude of reasons, none of which I’m really concerned about sharing, but the majority of it is the focus to more hot take immediate response sites such as twitter to share thoughts. I certainly see more activity from anyone I know there, but there’s significantly less reason to foster a conversation.

It more so feeds in to my lack of interest in social media, and particularly of facebook, where I never log in because in my mind it’s just people complaining about stuff and reposting things and not creating new things. I saw something the other day, this might have been a few weeks ago, saying that you should follow artists and creators, and stop fuelling the ‘influencer’ types. There is a clear distinction, and I’ve never really been one to follow people who typically identify as influencers, though that seems to be a rising thing over the past few years, and that saddens me. Where is the artistry and creation and the credit for original works?

I think that idea that has been underlying for me was that I never wanted to learn other peoples music, I should be able to forge my own identity without learning the songs of others. I know that to learn things you have to put your own influence and style on them, which is why music is fascinating, but I rarely see visual artists copying works, and that’s strange, but I think that’s where I got into my head.

I see the value in learning from others now, but at the same time, I think there might be too much weight put on the wrong things, which I think the point I mentioned about following artists and creators becomes more important. Sure, there’s definitely more to think about when trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, but forging your own path and being true to your own identity can be daunting. Live, be yourself, follow what you enjoy, but consume honest media, and support those who need it, not those who want and crave the attention.

I lost track of where I was going, instead of chilling out and thinking about the old site, I got caught up in another tangent. I’ll miss the old site, but for it’s old memories, nothing memorable has happened recently, which is sad. All that’s really left to say is, there’s a new site coming, hopefully it’ll have new life injected into it, but I’m not sold on the situation of the social media landscape for it to be a thriving place for a community to re-establish itself. I expect to be communicating to the void for much longer, with much more reliable, down to earth numbers.

As I’ve always said though, I write for me, and for me alone. I need to channel my thoughts somewhere, and I’ll continue to do that, they’ll carry on being for me, but if you want to read through my adventure through life, feel free to join me.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2074: Ideas

Rachael and I went to place called 7th Street Salvage today and it was a place where they salvage old stuff from houses, and then reuse or re-purpose them.

I liked it, and it gave me ideas about what kind of things can be done in a house. There was a bunch of stuff around from what looked like old train stations, and that was fun, and it turned out it was right next to some old tracks.

There is something I’ve been playing that I’m sure is a chord progression for somewhere else, but I can’t figure it out, but I like how it sounds.

Rachael and I started watching the new episodes of The Great British Bake Off yesterday, and over the last few days we’ve also started watching Fairytale and we’re enjoying both. I really like the story and introduction to Fairytale, and can’t wait to watch more, but I don’t want to full on binge and get burnt out, especially as there’s other things to do at the moment.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2073: Blight!

The new Path of Exile league began today, and it’s been going alright so far, no real issues. It’s been a good start, we made it to act 3, and I’m feeling nearly ready to hit the labyrinth.

We went downtown for First Friday today, and had some good food, and walked around a few places.

I’ve also been playing a bit of guitar, I want to learn more stuff, and now that I have a capo, I really need to start using it. A few of the songs I was planning to learn needed it, so now I’m prepared I can start on those.

This weekend should just be chilling out, I want to go to the gym, and there’s a market somewhere downtown tomorrow, so might head down there to check it out.

Should be a fairly relaxed few days ahead. Have an excellent weekend! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2072: I knew this day would come

There was an announcement from Rooster Teeth about the support for the old site ending, and the transition to the new community site. I needed to extract all of my journals up to number 900, and was going to go through it all, but luckily Radius has create a tool to extract everything, which I have done.

It turns out that I’ve done about 2313 journals to yesterday, based on the fact that I had 93 full documents of 25 posts, and a 94th with 13 journals in it.

Tomorrow the new league launches in Path of Exile, and I’m excited, I’ve been doing a bit of planning out of stuff. I am looking forward to starting up from fresh again, and I have some strategies to have a good time.

Today though, I put out a podcast that I recorded alone, talking a little bit about wrestling, and video games, which you can check out here!

We also went to trivia today, and got a perfect score in the first round, and won the other two rounds, and got the answer right for the final question too, and won the whole night, it was a good trivia day.

That’s about it for today! Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2071: Wrestling Wednesday!

The weekend was quite crazy! There were so many good matches, and I want to highlight just a few.

At Royal Quest, I had big expectation for Ishii vs Kenta, but unfortunately they carried on after a dangerous fall that Kenta took, and it really detracted from the match. Okada vs Suzuki was okay. All in all, Royal Quest, in a surprised to me was the weakest show of the weekend. New Japan usually puts on the best, and the show wasn’t bad, but the others were exceptional.

At NXT UK Takeover Cardiff, Cesaro vs Ilja Dragunov was excellent, I really really enjoyed it. I was hoping for something that good from Cesaro, and I hope it reinvigorates him, it was so good.

The 3 way tag team match was amazing, it was well paced, and really enjoyed how the whole match was structured and built.

The crowd throughout the show was amazing, but they really went wild for Walter vs Tyler Bate. The match went around 45 minutes, and was a delight. I think it’s worth checking out, it was maybe the best WWE match in years. Maybe some of the NXT matches recently have been as good, but that match was incredible.

Then, All Out was on. Matches worth checking out are Cody vs Shawn Spears, I wasn’t expecting much on that one going in, but it was very well done, very interesting story progression too. I really liked it. Then, I think Pac vs Kenny Omega was also great, there was a bit that didn’t work, I think it was Pac going for a poison-rana? The rest of it was crazy good and very athletic.

My favourite match of All Out was the Ladder match between Lucha Bros and The Young Bucks. It really showcased a lot of typical wrestling concepts, and the removal of Pentagons mask was well timed, and reminded us that the Bucks in this feud really are the heels, something that so far has been overlooked.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2070: 2019 Progress Report, August Edition

August was mediocre. So much so I kind of put off doing this, and hence it is out now that September has got underway.

I had 6 goals, and things are making progress. I started going to the gym, so I have been cycling a little less, but I’m at about 800km of the 2,000km goal, and I’ve started running so I’ve made progress there too.

I’ve also been reading a bunch too, and that’s fun! I started a book called From Chaos to Creativity, and so I’m learning some things, and I’m nearly done with Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

I haven’t really made much other progress. The job is dependent on paperwork going through, so I’m just waiting. I also haven’t done any things in learning stuff about Nobel Laureates.

I have however been recording a bunch of music, however, over the weekend I didn’t get a bunch recorded, but I’ve got a load written, so it’s going to be recorded at some point soon.

I have been writing a bit, it’s been going okay, but it’s not high high priority. There’s lots to do.

Simple catch up was simple. Woo!

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2069: Music Monday!

The new Tool album came out on Friday, and I like it.

I don’t know what else to say than that to be honest. It’s a new Tool album, I thought I’d like it, it’s been a long time coming, and it picks up pretty much where the last one left off. It’s well constructed, flows well, very interesting melodies, and is a great thing to put on a listen to. I don’t know how each of the tracks will hold up on their own, separated from the whole experience, but I’m sure I’ll find out soon.

I tried my best over the weekend to record a bunch of music. I got no where near the amount I wanted to get recorded done, but that’s alright, there’s always more time. I also did a bunch of other stuff in it’s place, and now feel better about spending time playing guitar.

The song ideas are all still together, but I think I’m going to try and put them together one by one, as I was jumping around just trying to get as much recorded as possible, and it didn’t go particularly well.

This week I plan to get a little more done, but I’m happy with where some of the music is. I got a new microphone and have been testing it out, and I really like how it sounds. I’m probably going to try and get some more stuff recorded that I can test out to get an idea of how to build a sound more.

That’s about it for today, I’ve just been listening to some music, but all was good, and I found a bit more inspiration. My main guitar is tuned down to something like drop G and it’s mental, maybe I’ll come out with some Doom style stuff with it, just got to remember to play slower.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2068: Cleanasaurus Rex

Today, while my mission for the weekend was to record music, I spent cleaning, for a good 6 hours at least. I really wanted to get some surfaces clear in the kitchen, so I decided to go fully through it, take everything off the sides, wash them down, put things away in places where there was space, and make it a bit more clutter free. I also cleared the table of all the paperwork, and threw out all the boxes that were left over from Fridays delivery.

I knew that I also needed to straighten up the front room, so I took care of that too, and got that all in order. I sorted out all of my pedals, and kind of reigned in the amp set up situation for the time being, as there’s still more to do soon, and I recorded a few jam things yesterday that I might upload as an example of creating space and ensuring clarity while using multiple amps. I like, how they sound, but I don’t really like how I recorded them.

Anyway, I’m feeling content with how I left the kitchen, and I want to do more, I want to clear out the little entrance room where the washing machine and dryer are, and then tackle the room where the extra things go. I know the bathroom is relatively clean, that’s the easiest room to keep on top of. Then the bedroom is relatively in order, but I also have a limited amount of stuff around the place in there.

Tomorrow, the only thing I want to do before Rachael returns is listen to the entirety of the new Tool album.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2067: Music, Cycling and Wrestling. And baking.

It’s been a rather odd day. I got up and went cycling. I didn’t eat breakfast before I went, I can’t tell if that was a mistake or not. I did okay, finished the 26km in 1 hour and 2 minutes.

I spent a little time working on music. Then a friend came over, and we played guitar for about 3 hours. It was awesome. I got some ideas, and I created some massive sounds. I need to get more recorded. I did set myself a massive goal for the few days surrounding now, but I knew I just wanted to get a few tracks and ideas recorded.

I know I want to do a bunch of cleaning tomorrow, and there might be a raid on the cards, but I know that I want to get a lot done, and there’s an endless list of stuff to do.

I’m currently watching All Out, and it’s been awesome so far, and while watching it I’ve been eating a rather large Skillet Cookie. It was delicious, and it was definitely too much.

I’m having an alright time. Hope you’re all having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-

Day 2066: Little music stuff

It’s not even music monday, but there’s been a lot going on. I’m going to gloss over a lot, but things are alright.

The new Tool album came out today, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard. I need to listen to it more. And I will. I’ll listen to it so many times.

There’s a new Andertons Jam Tracks album out to play over, and that was cool. I played over most of the tracks today.

I got a bunch of cables for my amp set up, and I’m still working on it, but it’s creating some big sounds, and it’s all exciting. I’m looking forward to nailing it down a bit more.

I completed 4 challenges in Path of Exile today, taking me to 24 challenges complete, and earning a new skill effect. It looks cool, it’s a bunch of purple crystals surrounding the character when the aura is up.

I started two of the songs, so far, and have so much more to do! Woo!

There’s been a lot going on, so much so I don’t want to write too much.

Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!

Peace -x-