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Archive for October, 2012

gathering focus…

It’s been a little over one month since I’ve been on tour with Blue Man, and so far, I’m seeing how I go through waves of gaining focus on my goals, then straying away.

I’ve broken my goals down into 5 basic things, so it’s easier for me to keep track of. Then, recently, I decided to make this image with one symbol representing each of the 5 goals:

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Clockwise from top the symbols represent:

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Morning Light

The light coming thru the curtains caught my eye this morning.

Morning light in Benton Harbor, MI

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Kale chips! Last night in Cinci…

It’s our last full night here in Cincinnati, so that means it’s packing night.

So far for me I’ve been making a little tradition of packing night being the night when I pack, (obviously), and I also try to cook up all the food that I have left in the fridge. It’s only occasionally that we get to stay in places that have a full-on kitchen like we had for two weeks here in Cincinnati. If we’re only staying in the city for a couple of nights, we usually have a normal hotel room, and we’re lucky if there is a fridge and microwave in the room. So I try to take advantage of it when we have these apartment – suites like we did here in Cincy. (more…)


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Home (hotel) cookin!

Since I’ve been here in Cincinnati, and after I found the Findlay market, I’ve been cooking fish in the apartment almost every night. The only drawback I suppose is that my apartment suite smells like fish!

This is a dish that I was cooking a lot while I was here. As per my wife’s recommendation, I cook the vegetables first, usually just putting a bit of water in the pot and covering it, and cooking on medium low heat. Tonight was broccoli, asparagus, and kale. I prepare the fish by simply putting salt and pepper on both sides. I like to let the pan warm up with a little bit of olive oil in it, then just pan fry the fish. When the fish is almost done I like to throw in little grape tomatoes that I’ve sliced in half because I like the flavor they add. Then the brown stuff you see on top of the fish is the parts of the fish that stick to the bottom of the pan. I like to scrape it off and put it on top for some flavor and a little bit of crunch. I top everything off with lemon and perhaps a bit more of my special Himalayan rock salt that I brought with me on tour.

Tasty. Healthy. Satisfying.

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Today’s Lunch!

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How about an avocado, basil pepper chicken sandwich on toasted Multi-grain bread with grape tomatoes, olive oil mayo, and pesto spread!

Delicious!

The chicken was precooked and flavored from Findlay Market. Got the hand made pesto spread there too!

Findlay Market is a farmer’s market type place, close to downtown Cinci, that’s open 6 days a week! It’s really great, with lots of local produce, meats, and on-site bakeries, spiceries, etc… It’s where I did the majority of my shopping here in Cinci.

I’m gonna miss you Findlay!


family life- and a little back story

Yesterday, while “facetime-ing” with my son, Taiyo, he asks me, “Do you miss me Papa?”

“I miss you a lot Taiyo.”

“But it’s good that we get to facetime.”

He’s so right, and what an amazing difference it makes.  Just to see him, and make funny faces at each other, and say “lululululululu,” is such a wonderful treat when we’re apart.  I can’t believe how much he’s growing and changing already.  When I get to see him again around Christmas, he’s going to be a whole new kid.  (more…)


tour so farther (pt 2…0)

This one isn’t going to be just about my iphone, ipromise… (get it?  a bit of igeek humor there for ya!)

One thing that has struck me about touring is how I have to get used to constantly being off balance.  I hadn’t really thought about this, but everything around me is constantly changing.  Essentially I go to work, and do the same show, but we’re constantly on the move to different cities, and you can’t get what that really means until you go through it… (more…)