So the last time I posted here (way back in July - it's freaking OCTOBER now!), I mentioned the new music site I was planning on launching next month. Here's a progress update - there IS no progress. And that's not a bad thing.
I bought the domains and everything for the music site, but I was failing to get support from local musicians and promoters. I was trying to book a show to launch the site for my birthday, which is November 13, and couldn't get help with that. On top of all that, when I actually sat down and thought about how much work was actually going to have to go into doing everything I wanted to do, and it was overwhelming. So, I stopped working on it for a while, and was going to come back to it soon. In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't get back to work on it.
Around a year ago, I deleted all references to All WNY Radio from my bios, blog posts, and my resume for personal reasons I'd rather not get in to. As I sat down in my studio one morning last week, I saw the logo in a very unexpected place - as the Facebook profile picture of the founder of All WNY Radio, Scott Leffler. It had been years since Scott was involved with the station, so I was surprised to see the logo on his page. I come to find out the old regime decided to cut ties with the station entirely, and Scott got it back. As such, I'm pleased to be back on board with All WNY Radio. I'm in on the ground floor this time, working directly with Scott and trying to make things much better for our listeners. Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be a lot more coming your way soon!
Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here. So long, in fact, that my last post references my wife, whom I've been (amicably) separated from for almost 5 months. I guess it's time to update you guys on what's going on with me.
Since my last post, I've officially been named one of the three Buffalo Joes, as I've taken on a role with The Buffalo Joes' Booking & Promotions. This stemmed from my attempt to create a one-stop destination site for all things music in the Buffalo/Niagara region, which is an ongoing project that I'm currently taking a moment away from to refresh and approach with new ideas. A moment in which I'm writing this blog post. I've got a renewed interest in the local music scene, and these two projects are helping me reconnect in a new way, being active while not being a performer.
It's summer, which means I've been mostly up to going to as many free outdoor shows as I can. Earlier tonight I saw Street Dogs and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Next week I'm going to see "Weird Al" Yankovic for the second time, and the following week I'm going to see Reel Big Fish and the Sublime tribute band Badfish. There's nothing I love more than a good live show.
That's pretty much everything that's going on since the last time I posted. I'm hoping to put together a show with some great local bands on my birthday as a launch party for my new music site. I'll try to pop back in here more often and keep everybody up to date on what's going on in my life.
So. I weigh 190 lbs. My friend just got down to that weight, and I'm happy for him because that was his goal, but I'm UP to that weight for the first time in my life, and I feel like complete crap. I get out of breath bending over to tie my boots when I'm getting ready for work, let alone walking to the bus stop in the freezing cold temperatures and mounds of snow we're getting in Buffalo. So needless to say, I am completely out of shape and I hate it.
I had been going to the gym for a little while, documented via Tumblr, and I was making some progress there, but when the cold weather hit that year, I started slacking, and then the gym was bought out by LA Fitness, and I decided I didn't want to trade in my local gym membership for a corporate gym membership and canceled my membership. Meanwhile, I started doing DDP YOGA, which I absolutely love. My problem is that everytime I start, I find some excuse not to do it. "Well, this person was supposed to come over and do this with me, I don't want to get too far ahead." Eventually, I started running with it and doing it every day - before I fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed my car. Then I was too sore to do DDP YOGA. So I got out of it again. Now I have a start/stop relationship with the program again. I feel like Diamond Dallas Page is going to jump out of the TV at some point and hit me with a Diamond Cutter.
Meanwhile, my amazing wife started really focusing on losing weight. She became a vegetarian, joined a gym, and lost a bunch of weight. She looks incredible, and she says she feels great too. I tried going to the gym with her but wound up spending all of my time walking on the treadmill and watching The Big Bang Theory. I just wasn't into it at all, so I didn't go anymore.
So now, I'm just some overweight, balding, out of shape dude with a smoking hot wife, and I feel like complete shit about it. Yesterday, I decided to hit DDP YOGA again. I didn't overdo it, I did YRG Energy, the first real workout in the set, and rather than say "screw it" and jump right into YRG Fat Burner, I backed off and stopped after one workout, while I still felt good. On top of that, I decided to jump in and get the DailyBurn free trial. My wife has been wanting to get it, and since I feel like complete crap, I figure I'd check it out so maybe the two of us can work out at home and I can start slow. I also need to start eating better, which I tend to do at home because she likes to eat healthy, but not so much when I'm at work. I drink a 24oz Pepsi every night at work because I rely on the caffiene to keep me awake at my boring overnight job. She keeps telling me to drink green tea. And water. Because I never drink water unless I'm working out. I'll go through a glass or two during my DDP YOGA sessions. I'm 33 years old, I need to turn this around and start getting into better habits and generally feeling better. My hot wife deserves to have a husband who is in shape, at least. Right?
So the other day I downloaded all of the files on my old server so that I could cancel it - but what I failed to do was download the databases. AGAIN. So I went to Archive.org and recovered every old article from the old ThinkSoJoE's Thoughts that I could and posted them here as archive posts.
And a random question. How long is Today that it starts at 2AM on NBC?
So. I just sent it out. My WordPress theme that I've been working on for a little while now that's based on the one I did for BoredHockeyFan. I submitted it to ThemeForest, rather than the official WordPress theme directory simply because I feel it's good enough to make some money on. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way, the files are all uploaded and the theme is awaiting review. So maybe a little later on I'll be able to jump on here and say "Hey! I'm approved!"
Really, I put way too much time into that. But now it's done and I can focus more on client sites. In fact, I updated one yesterday morning. I'm also preparing to launch a new site devoted exclusively to my web design in an effort to attract more clients. It's pretty much ready to go, I just need to update some of the stock pictures I'm using as placeholders at the moment. I'll get on that soon enough.