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A Pirate Looks at 30

I told myself that I would blog more, so why not start as I sit here during the last hours of my 20s?

A year ago, it seemed like such a big deal to close out this decade. I was kind of dreading it. I guess it will still be weird facing a new decade.

I thought I’d make a bucket list for 30. I didn’t really. There was a lot more activity in my life this year. A lot of running, a lot of hiking, etc. It’s been a good year for that, and I foresee more in the future.

I didn’t write the great American novel before I turned 30 but I’m okay with that. There are things I would have to have done by now, but I feel like I’m on track with life overall. Traveled to a lot of places. Got a lot of things done and I have time to do a lot more.

So here’s to 30 and another fun decade!


Hiking Crystal Cove (5/4)

Too lazy to post this twice 🙂

Run Plahr, Run!

Long ago, in the days in which I called Orange County my stomping grounds, the group of us had vowed to start hiking more. This lasted about a hike and a half. I say half because one hike consisted of us driving to a trail that was closed and then looking at animals. The goal was to eventually hike around Crystal Cove and that never actually happened.

Should I be jealous? Should I be jealous?

Well, it never happened. Not until this past weekend, a good six years later. It was a fun hike. The initial idea was to avoid getting sand in our shoes and just walk along the cliffs, but that got old fast. Besides, what’s more Orange County than hanging out at the beach? Going to the mall, I guess, but we did that the night before.

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I’ve started a new blogging venture to keep me in line with exercise. Made me kind of miss this blog. I say that a lot, though. We’ll see.

New Project – My Soundtrack

I’m still trying to work out the logistics of my new blogging project, but I guess I should kick it off with a bit of an introduction.

I’ve been in a strangely nostalgic mood recently when it comes to music. Songs I listed to years ago have brought back poignant memories of what things were like when I was obsessed with those songs. The end result was that I wanted to turn this nostalgia into a fun project.

The goal will be to figure out my life soundtrack for every year going back until 1999. I go with 1999 because music really wasn’t that important for me. The lists for these years would be relatively short, consisting of mostly the one or two albums I bought that year, plus whatever Disney movie was in theaters. I might be able to scrap something together for 1998, but that might be a stretch. We’ll see.

Right now, I’m trying to figure out of if I have enough songs for each of those years and trying to catalog the songs to figure out what goes where. Songs from 2000 and 2001, for example, tend to blur.

So, look out for those posts in the near future.

A non-update

For months, I’ve been trying to figure out how to give this blog a little kick start and start blogging again. The job has been keeping me busy, but I’ve done a lot of fun things along the way. I think I’ve come up with a small project to undo the writer’s block, but I’ll need to figure out how I want to do it.

Stay tuned.

Did you miss me?

Hi blog. It’s me. Maybe you don’t remember me. Life got busy. I got a job and that has been my main focus. Not that my life was particularly exciting before, but there definitely hasn’t been much to write home about of late. I am enjoying the job though. A lot.

So I’ll try to write more. I promise.

What I’ve Been Listening To

There was a while where I didn’t listen to much music. It was a sad and dark time. Not only was it depressing to to not only be completely oblivious about the mainstream popular music, but I also had no idea what was going on in the indie world. Lately, as I’ve been spending my days behind a desk, I’ve been trying to fix that issue. I’ve been trying to keep up with what’s going on and also have discovered and rediscovered albums that had been on my iPod. Sometimes I get really excited about Amazon mp3 deals and buy an album only to later forget I had bought it at all. It’s the epitome of a first world problem, but it also feels amazing when you’re later flipping through your iPod options and discover that this album you’ve had on your iPod for months is an absolute gem. That’s what I felt when I listened to the Zola Jesus album a couple of days ago. In any case, here’s what I’ve been listening to of late (in no particular order):

1) Hospitality – Hospitality

2) Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

3) Zola Jesus – Conatus

4) Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

5) Air – Le Voyage dans La Lune

6) The Like – Release Me

7) Tune Yards – W h o k i l l

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Britney Spears. I used to hate her when I was in middle school and high school. Some time during college I discovered that she makes for great workout music and she’s been my jogging music the last few weeks.Also got the new Grimes album Vision yesterday and am kind of in love with it.

Changed the Theme

It’s a little more subtle now.

New Theme

Every good reboot deserves a brand new look, right? I really liked this Adventure theme. I guess the picture of the elaborate Peterhof doesn’t exactly go well with the rustic theme, but I’ll probably cycle through with new travel pictures every now and then.

That trip to Europe wasn’t so long ago, but it feels like it’s been ages.

Hello again

So my whole new years resolution thing failed. I was supposed to be posting here a lot more frequently. I’ve been recently inspired to start blogging again, so I think that means that I’ll bring this one back from the grave. I think I’m just going to turn this into a general life blog. Don’t feel like theming it.