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Sunday, February 7th, 2010
12:41 pm
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It'sbeen a while since I've been here, hasn't it?
Oh well, for those of you who are still reading at all, coming up soon: I'm playing at Wicked Faire, Bound Brook Library, Cryan's Pub, the Steampunk World's Fair and a bunch of other stuff. Also, I'm looking for a better job, which is an improvement over just plain "looking for a job" which is how I spent most of 2009.
Over and out.
Monday, November 24th, 2008
4:39 pm
The Big Run: Matt Completes the Philly Marathon
26.2 miles.
42 Kilometers
More than 46,000 steps
6,000 calories

Any way you break it down, it was a huge event for me. I thought it was going to be incredibly hard, and it turned out to be even harder than I imagined. But it was a great experience, and, although it hasn't all processed yet, I think I'd do it again (I'm not committing to anything bigger than a 5k for a while. Actually, I'll commit to a pizza if anyone offers).

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Current Mood: exhausted
Friday, August 15th, 2008
4:00 pm
That big, hairy thing of yours
I just finished watching the press conference with the two guys from Georgia (the state, not the place that's being invaded by Russia) who claim to have found a Bigfoot corpse.
Now, I do have a special affinity for the big guy, being a large, hairy primate myself, but I maintain a healthy level of skepticism about whether or not this is for real.
It doesn't seem likely, it's very possible that these two wanted to scam the local newspaper for a laugh, and are now in over their heads and are just playing it all out to the end.

On the other hand, how cool would it be if there was actual proof of a previously unidentified North American ape? Especially one with such a human-like physiology. I keep an open mind, after all, researchers just found well over 100,000 previously misplaced gorillas, and we still can't find Steve Fossett's crashed plane, it's a big world.

So my personal stance is that this whole thing is pretty shady, but I would really like to believe it's true. Only time will tell. Hell, they got a national press conference, Orson Welles only got a bunch of pissed-off New Jerseyans, even if this is a hoax, I give them props.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
10:31 pm
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
5:07 pm
So it begins: The Road to Philly Marathon
Today was my last semi-scripted distance run (one hour, 45 minutes at a very conservative pace), from here on in I'm on my official 16-week training schedule, which involves getting up early, eating healthy and staying in Saturday night's so I can get up at 5:30 a.m. to do my multi-hour long runs before it gets ridiculously hot.
It means no more skipping days because I'm busy, if I get home late and didn't run in the morning, I run in the dark. I'll be doing extra loads of laundry, cross-training with bicycling and yoga, spending a lot of time in my funny looking running shoes and drinking water by the gallon.

It's exciting, and a pretty serious project that's going to require some planning and commitment to balance on the line between pushing myself and hurting myself.

The race, by the way, is November 23, just a few days after my 33rd birthday. It starts at 7 a.m. and I should be done by lunchtime. I'm going to put off any sort of birthday celebration till after the fact, but I'd really  like to throw an after-the-marathon party, where I can eat some junk food, drink some beer and celebrate the occasion with some good friends and my lower legs in a bucket of ice water.

If you're around and want to show your support, I'd love people to run with (I'm slow, so it's easy) or do yoga with or whatever. I'm pretty stoked about this. Last year's goal was to get a job as a professional journalist, which I did, this year's goal is to get back to being an athlete. I'm on my way.

Current Mood: determined
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
3:42 pm
I got to watch about 1/2 to 2/3 of The Dark Night last night before the fire alarm went off and the theatre was evacuated. What I saw was pretty good, and, I admit, Heath Ledger more or less lived up to the hype.
In my analysis, though, Heath Ledger's Joker may have been pretty darn good, but Gary Oldman's Lt. Gordon was friggin' awesome. The man is a credit to his trade.

But anyway, I'll get back and see the rest soon enough (you can spoil the ending if you want, I'm really not that fanatical), but that's not what brought me here today.
What I really wanted say was:

It looks truly awesome. I'm psyched.

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
2:36 pm
On low-tech running
Been suffering a minor tendon inflammation in my ankle (not achilles).
Got new running shoes and took a week off. New running shoes feel ok.
Oddly enough, though the thing that feels best seems to be running barefoot. Could there be something to the theory that 4 million years of evolution are ahead of 40 years of athletic shoe technology?
Who knows, but I'm going to incorporate more barefoot training into my mix (primarily on level sidewalks where it's easy to see things like broken glass and used hypodermics), and getting a pair of Vibram FiveFingers shoes. I'm thinking at least 1/4 to 1/3 of my running is going to be sasquatch-style.

On the upside, I'm down nearly 30 lbs from my peak tubbyness, and on course to begin the hardcore part of my marathon training in late August.

May the Farce be with you.
Sunday, June 15th, 2008
7:58 pm
Only in my surreal world...
A squirrel got into the house somehow. It's my mom's house, and it's old, cluttered and in bad repair. I had no idea how it had gotten in, so I had no idea how to get it back out.

So what did I do?

I grabbed an ornamental samurai sword, and I chased it around the upstairs and killed it.

With a sword. I just killed a squirrel with a sword.

Yeah, it was weirdly funny.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, June 13th, 2008
4:50 pm
Well, I did it.
I paid my entry fee for the Philadelphia Marathon, now I'm committed.

Sunday November 23, less than a week after my 33rd Birthday, I'm going to try to run 26.2 miles.

Yeah, I'm a total action nerd.

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
6:14 pm
Roller Derby! Sunday, sunday sunday!
I've always had a special place in my heart for the underground, D.I.Y. and local type sports, as opposed to big arena events. I think they're a lot more fun, and way more accessible (not to say there's anything wrong with big sports, I'll be watching the Olympics and the Tour de France updates whenever I can, and have been known to sit through a football or hockey game on TV a time or twelve).
So I've been having a lot of fun following the local Roller Derby team, which is about as Grass Roots as it gets. A friend of mine is on the team, which is how I got into watching, but I admit, it's a blast to watch.
I highly, highly recommend you check it out if you're at all interested in such things. Not only will you see some serious athleticism and hard work going on during play, but there's a great punk aesthetic that goes with it, which just makes it more fun. It's racing, with an attitude.
Most of the bouts, as they're called, are all-women's events. There are the occasional men's events, which are definitely worth seeing. The women skate fast, hit hard and take no prisoners. The men do the same, except that they're generally bigger and stronger, so when they hit...well, the guys can't let the girls show them up, can they? It's too much fun (very rarely does anyone seriously get hurt, but it's definitely a contact sport)

Now, if you live in my area, there's been bouts at the Kendall Park skating rink,  with the NJ Dirty Dames roller derby league. However, the team is merging with the Garden State Roller Girls soon, and their last bout, as the Dirty Dames, will be this Sunday.
So, what can I say, go check it out, it's an intra-league bout between two DD teams, and it's your last chance to check 'em out in the Somerset/New Brunswick area. After that, you gotta go to Newark.

Oh, and did I mention, for one-time-only, admission is free.
7pm, may 25
Kendall Park Roller Rink
3550 Route 27, Kendall Park, NJ
Monday, May 19th, 2008
9:43 pm
Open letter to a careless driver.
To the guy in the gargantuan white SUV whom I encountered this morning at the intersection of Readington and Hillcrest roads,

You may not have seen me there till the last minute, while I was riding my bicycle. I'm a small guy, being only 6'3" and my bicycle is a hardly-noticable shade of neon green. I could see how it would be so easy for a conscientous driver such as yourself to miss.
However, there was a stop sign to the right of your cyclopean gas guzzler, just before the point at which you made that left turn at full speed. You may have seen them around. They're red, have eight sides and have the letters S-T-O-P printed on them fairly largely.
We have this tradition, some might even consider it a law around these parts, that when one comes in direct contact with one of those signs, one is supposed to bring one's vehicle to a complete halt and look both ways before proceeding about one's business.
One is not supposed to roll through it, even if one is in a hurry. And one is certainly not supposed to, say, kill the poor guy riding his bicycle to work.
See, I was there, riding along, trying to do my part for fitness, the environment and my lack of surplus cash. I was following all the traffic laws, as I prepared to make the turn onto the road you were coming out of. I first looked over my shoulder to make sure the way was clear, then I looked ahead, I moved to the left side of the lane and stuck out my left arm in what we call, where I'm from, a "turn signal."
Up to that point, everything was going smoothly, as an experienced cyclist, I felt that I had judged my speed and my position on the road proper for such a turn. What I wasn't expecting was for you to come flying out through the stop sign and directly at me to make your own left turn.
You may forgive me, then for the loud, inchohate noise I made to alert you to my presence. I hope you'll also forgive me for some of the possibly inappropriate language I used in my attempt to explain how, according to our local customs, you may have not handled the manuever properly.
See, when one is traveling along, trying to operate one's vehicle safely and properly, it can be something of a shock to have a large truck suddenly directly in one's path. Fortunately, I was alert enough, and experienced enough to brake and change direction slightly so that, with what I can only believe is the direct intervention of the Madonna di Ghisallo, I avoided a painful collision. However, if it had been a less competent cyclist (I make no claim to extraordiary ability, mind you, but I've got enough mileage to be at least moderately confident in my skills) or even a heavier, less manueverable vehicle, such as a motorcycle, or even a car, the situation might have devolved into such a mess as to, say, damage your otherwise pristine paint job.
If I may make a suggestion, perhaps you should do some research on our quaint local customs regarding traffic signs. And, if I may be so bold, you may wish to reconsider your choice of vehicle. In addtion to a lack of manueverability and a poor field of view, such a means of conveyance, in these days of international tension and environmental crisis might be considered by some, even those you haven't nearly killed recently, as somewhat...gauche. Unpatriotic even. Far be it from me, who merely uses muscle power on occasion to lessen my personal dependence on foriegn oil, to question your lifestyle, but it is something to consider.
Thank you,
A Cyclist.

Current Mood: aggravated
Friday, May 9th, 2008
7:41 pm
A Man, a plan, a foot race, Philadelphia!
OK, so it's not a palindrome, but the point is, I'm starting to work out, lose weight and get back into running. When I'm in shape, my talents tend towards endurance.
I've done a sprint triathlon
I've done a century bike ride
So there's one distance event I haven't crossed off my life list: the Marathon.

The Philadelphia Marathon is in late November. The question is, can I go from a 3-mile-a-day runner to someone capable of the 26.2 in 6 months?

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
8:14 am
GIG ALERT! Flemington, NJ
I'll be playing at the Friendly Grounds coffee shop, on Mine St. in Flemington, NJ on Friday May 2, 8-11 p.m.

It'll be a Matt DeBlass solo gig, acoustic guitar, celtic harp and whatever other instruments I decide to bring. Mostly traditional music with some contemporary folk and acoustic rock thrown in for the heck of it.

No Cover, no age limit, it's a coffee shop.
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
3:54 pm
I atn't dead
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted over here. I've been doing the occasional appropos-of-nothing ramble at MyS**ce, but mostly, I've been too busy trying to be a real journalist to blog much.
How y'all been?
Monday, June 25th, 2007
7:37 am
I know, I know
"you never call, you never write, you never blog anymore, you only come around when you want something"

I've been neglecting the intertubes in general and lj in particular, but here's your chance to actually see me for real doing what it is I do when I do stuff

Live at Mannion's Pub
Main Street, Somerville, NJ
Friday June 29
9 p.m.

Celtic songs of Whiskey, Women and War! aka, the usual stuff
Come on out, pack the bar, drink, have a good time!
Monday, April 16th, 2007
9:26 pm
Need some help
I'm performing at a Renaissance Faire in North Jersey next sunday, which is fine, and I have my daughter that day, which is also fine. However, her mother picks her up before the time of my last performance of the day.

So what I need is someone to come with me who will be able to drive her back from here.

I will pay admission, food and gas money, and hopefully a little besides. I'm posting here because I know there are a few reliable friends who may be going and might read this.

email or call me!
Friday, April 13th, 2007
8:31 pm
He finally got that quail!


Cheney's plane kills bird

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
11:18 pm
Goodbye Blue Monday
I just read on the New York Times's Web site that Kurt Vonnegut is dead.

Good night, and godspeed Mr. Vonnegut, I learned a lot from you.

Current Mood: sad
Monday, March 19th, 2007
11:07 pm
She can hug my tree any day.
I'm all for anything that draws attention to environmental causes, even, or maybe especially if they are Not Safe For Work.

The British may be on to something, when Page Three girl Keeley Hazell goes green and topless, she's bound to draw attention to the cause. And apparently, she's the real deal,  she buys organic, keeps her energy use down and rides a scooter or (gasp!) Public Transportation.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, March 15th, 2007
7:23 am
Another show added!
Not only will I be playing at O'Brien's Tavern till my fingers fall off, but, just to get an early start on Saturday (that would be Saint Patrick's Day for you god-hating communists who can't be bothered to keep track of the most important holiday of the year) I'll be joining some friends down at Mannion's Pub on Main Street, Somerville from noon till 3 or four, depending on the crowd.
I'll be there with "Irish Mark and Chris" also known as part of the Immortals. Pub songs, dance tunes and a good time by all, then I'll load up and head to South Bound Brook/ Somerset to get ready for kilted mayhem at O'Brien's
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