1700 Vaccinations Today

I received my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine this morning, courtesy of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, their friendly staff, and their well-organized queueing operation. I’m feeling fortunate and also recognizing this is a challenging logistical problem to solve.


  • I learned about today’s free drive-in vaccination event from Tacoma Pierce County Health Department‘s (TPCHD) informative Daily COVID-19 email (subscription link near the bottom of the page). The available appointments disappeared quickly.
  • I was able to schedule an appointment and TPCHD confirmed my date and time via email.
  • After I was vaccinated today, TPCHD let me know that they would contact me again by email to schedule my second shot in four weeks.
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 info is available on the TPCHD website.

This Morning, 1/26/2021. Sometimes The Mountain is not the main story! :-)

10/27/2018. Sometimes The Mountain is not the main story! :-)

“It’s easier to get people to do what you want them to do if you don’t care whether they do what you want them to do.”

– Zen Master Bill E. Bob

What's the Meaning of Soul?

I’ve watched Soul two times all the way through and have skipped through another three or four times looking for clues. I’m always seeing something I didn’t see before and also coming away with questions. I think it’s a deep, deep movie!

I’m still struggling with the difference between “_purpose_“ and “spark.“ What did that seed mean? What IS “soul???”And… And also… And?

Rewatching Soul is like analyzing a poem. Last night this bit registered for the first time:

Joe: By the way, why do you sound like a middle-aged white lady?
22: I don’t. This is all an illusion.
Joe: Huh?
22: This whole place is a hypothetical._

A hypothetical??? That’s deep! Is Joe (or his soul) really zipping around the universe, or is he just having a conversation with himself?

#JazzChurch 39 - Sunday, January 24, 2021

#jazzchurch 39 – Sunday, January 24, 2021 – featured music by Miles Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Branford Marsalis, Return to Forever, Indra Rios-Moore, Johnny Nash, and Gil Scott-Heron, among others shown below:

  1. Minority (Dezron Douglas)
  2. Nefertiti (Miles Davis)
  3. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington & John Coltrane)
  4. A Night In Barcelona (Bobby Hutcherson)
  5. Doctone (Branford Marsalis Quartet)
  6. Procession (Bobby Hutcherson)
  7. Sorceress (Return To Forever)
  8. Trieste (Branford Marsalis Quartet)
  9. Cherokee (Kamasi Washington)
  10. All Matter (Robert Glasper Experiment)
  11. Poem For # 15 (Steve Kuhn / Steve Swallow)
  12. Heroes (Indra Rios-Moore)
  13. To a New Day (Sinne Eeg & The Danish Radio Big Band)
  14. Lady Day and John Coltrane (Gil Scott-Heron)
  15. New York Minute (Herbie Hancock)
  16. New View (Albert Rivera)
  17. The Man With the Horn (Miles Davis)
  18. 1-2-3 (Len Barry)
  19. I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash)
  20. Eternal (Indra Rios-Moore)
  21. Eternal (Branford Marsalis)
  22. A Minor Blues (Lee Konitz)
  23. Minor Blues (Kenny Barron Trio)

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01-23 – 1-2-3

Okay, this is strange! Why, oh why, do certain songs pop up into my head unannounced and without premeditation?

I always begin each daily journal entry with the date and a song title, usually the first, that’s reverberating in my head that morning. Today’s song is “1-2-3” by Len Barry. No idea why that came up. Haven’t heard it in, probably, decades!

I just sat down to write in my journal. I wrote today’s date as follows: “01-23.” Omigod!!! Somebody somewhere must be tryna tell me sumpin’! Or maybe a message from my subconscious, my brain noticing and acting on something before bringing it to my attention?

So my #JournalEntry, so far, is “01-23 – 1-2-3!” That’s deep!!!

“When you say something unkind, when you do something in retaliation, your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and they try hard to say or do something back to make you suffer, and get relief from their suffering. That is how conflict escalates.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Taming the Tiger Within

aka, #collusion #ideasfor2020

“Everybody reading this knows the downside of procrastination. But it has an upside as well. Sometimes it’s not about taking action, but having time to think.

“And procrastination produces a lot of the latter.”

It may look like I’m procrastinating, but I’m actually thinking! And it occurs to me that I get paid to think!!! :-)

He gone. Hope he stay gone!

A little over a half hour ago, 1/21/21 21:21:21 + 21stCentury!


So this happened (1/21/2019).

I’m preparing to facilitate another Outward Mindset workshop and have spent some time over the past couple of weeks meeting with and getting to know some of the participants. In the process, I’ve run into several folks who have been in earlier workshops, and that’s led to some really nice conversations.

I was on the elevator going up to one of my 1on1 meetings when two women got on. They said hello. I said hello. Then one of them said, “you don’t remember us, do you?” The other woman said, “we were in one of your workshops!” I asked for their names and apologized with an explanation. Their response: “It’s good that you don’t remember us because there have been so many people taking the class!”

They loved the class and are happy it’s getting some traction.


We interrupt this DryJanuary to have a glass of champagne! MaybeTwo? BackAtItTomorrow!

Gotta love Workboard’s Velocity Guru! Based on experience, there will be suffering. You just have to get over it by facing the challenge. Or you can give in to the suffering.

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

Photo from 8/19/2017.

Wait ‘til Next Year! (1/18/2015)

Here’s a six-years-ago-today post I shared on Facebook.

I’m a Niner fan living in Seahawks country. And actually, I started out as a Jet fan. I root for the Seahawks to beat everyone except those two teams. And for the last few years, I’ve been rooting for the Hawks to play (and lose to) the Niners in the NFC championship game. Well, not this year, to be sure.

I’ve been thinking of the NFC Championship as the real Superbowl and saw a sign to that effect in Century Link today.

This is the first place I’ve lived where there’s only one NFL team, and it’s really cool to see how everyone, well, almost EVERYONE here, is behind this one team. The 12th Man is no joke!!

Today’s game was simply amazing. With the Niners, I’m already in wait til next year territory. And it was looking like my Seahawk-loving friends might join me. But what an unfrakkinbelievable ending to that game. I can’t think of a game that comes close, not even Superbowl III!

One reason I like this team so much is Pete Carroll’s leadership. His use of team psychology to get the players playing not for themselves but the team. I think those ideas have great relevance at work, but most of the time, they’re just ideas. So it’s really cool to see true team success, in NFL football. Seahawks football!

So that’s it. GoHawks!

Notes: I love the insight about teams, both on the field and at work. Of course, the Seahawks went on to lose the Super Bowl to the dreaded New England Patriots. Moral of the story? Build a great team and run the damn ball! (aka, “execute like crazy”)!

Good Morning!

Republicans overwhelmingly believe the election was stolen.

We had a couple of visitors yesterday. I was returning from getting the mail, headphones on, listening to music, and shocked when I noticed them. They stayed put while I took this photo and watched me all the way into the garage. They acted like I was the interloper!

Update: As it turns out, I was/am the interloper!!!

#JazzChurch 38 - Sunday, January 17, 2021

#jazzchurch 38 – Sunday, January 17, 2021 – featured music by Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Living Colour, Elvin Jones, Black/Note, Meklit Hadero, and Madeleine Peyroux, among others shown below:

  1. Syzygy (Michael Brecker)
  2. Pushing the World Away (Kenny Garrett)
  3. Nubian Breakdown (Bobby Watson)
  4. Necessary Evil (Elvin Jones)
  5. Homegrown (Rymden – Wesseltoft, Berglund, and Öström)
  6. Beatrice (Elvin Jones Jazz Machine)
  7. Haynes Here (Kenny Garrett)
  8. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell)
  9. Spleen (Richard Galliano)
  10. Look to the Sky (Take 1) (John McNeil & Tom Harrell)
  11. El Rey (Kenny Kirkland)
  12. Steepian Faith (Kenny Kirkland)
  13. Mixolydia (Hugh Masekela)
  14. Think Twice (Donald Byrd)
  15. Wade: Hurricane Suite: Storm Warning (Dr. John)
  16. Be.YOU.tiful (John Beasley MONK’estra Plays John Beasley)
  17. Walk Up (Meklit Hadero)
  18. Dance Me To the End of Love (Madeleine Peyroux)
  19. What’s Your Favorite Color? (Living Colour)
  20. No Introduction (Black/Note)
  21. Doc Tone’s Short Speech (Kenny Garrett)
  22. Cult of Personality (Living Colour)
  23. Waynes’s Thang (Kenny Garrett)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 38 - 2021-01-17
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Semi-Random Journal Entry

It’s 2:30 AM on May 26, 2020. I can’t sleep. Despite having been in bed for less than four hours, I’m wide awake—mind racing. I get up and grab my journal. Maybe capturing my thoughts will help me get back to sleep. Ten pages later I’m worried about Marshall Law and Civil War…

So now I’m afraid and see it so clearly
Donald creates distraction
The governors keep things shut down
so DJT foments the crowds
Break all the f-ing rules
& now governors have no choice
more chaos

So, where does it end?
With DJT, it doesn’t end.

I see threats and intimidation coming from his base as we move forward

The masked vs. the unmasked
Worse inequality as essential workers stay black, brown, and poor
Anti-democratic (small “d”)
Roving bands discourage “voter fraud “to help DJT win
Insurrection/chaos so DJT can impose martial law

The courts can’t save us
The Republican judges won’t save us
The Repubs stay silently complicit

It’ll be more chaos, a lot more.

Donald wins reelection, and it continues
Donald loses reelection, challenges it
He’s out and he challenges

His base, his movement continues to support him, making him the biggest celebrity apprentice of all time

To what end?

Destroy his “enemies“ Make it impossible for Biden to govern

Civil War
Military coup
Race riots

My God, where does it end?

It ends when the 65 percent say no to the 35 percent, i.e.
Trump base
White supremacists
Anti-vaxers (I didn’t know anything about QAnon at that point)

Plus, COVID-19 ain’t going away - Science is overwhelmed - The rich get richer - Middle-class shrinks

Unemployment stays staggeringly high - Economy in deep recession (42% of lost jobs not coming back)

So DJ T needs all the distraction he can get _ AND that’s his modus operandi anyway!

DJT needs enemies

Black people
Evil people
There’s always a new one

Paranoid? –> Maybe!
Flights of fancy? Not implausible

This threat is existential! - To COVID-19 victims - Medical profession (we get DJ T doctors versus deep state doctors) - Yamiche and the tribe of reporters - Twitter enemies - Brown people at the border

Totalitarianism – not just run amok!
*Run over our f-ing heads!

And I was just gonna play my bass!

Think of birtherism as a form of cursing
“I don’t have to really believe Obama was born in Kenya”

Just saying it is incendiary, bomb-throwing
shouting “fire” in a crowded theater

  • And it distracts –> us
  • and gathers allies
  • “dog-whistle” out loud for all to hear

Meanwhile, Chuck Todd and the media stay safely in the middle

If it’s war
Just Voting (& counting on institutions we don’t trust)
is unilateral dis/un/armament

Q. How will the Civil War happen?
I’m not the first person to think like this!


I hadn’t heard of QAnon at the time. I also didn’t know about the murder of George Floyd the previous night.

Today is National Nothing Day…

I’ve got nothing…

One year ago today (1/16/2020), my first mask photo ever! It was a harbinger that 2020 would be the worst from a health perspective! A cold that wouldn’t go away, then shingles, then avoiding novel coronavirus all. year. long. And I clearly didn’t have the worst of it. Mostly needed, and continue to need #patience.


What Is Jazz?

The “What is Jazz” debate is over, peoples. Jazz ain’t nothing but soul! It’s also the music of my people. And, the music we listen to at #JazzChurch!

Jazz is whatever you need it to be.