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One of my all time favorite gigs was the Temple gig when we followed a puppet show. And I’m thrilled that we will be playing there again on Saturday, December 13.  SPIL is in the short Peace Concert included in the Temple’s Annual HolidayAuction evening.

The doors open at 4:30 PM and I think we’ll be playing around 5 PM. Tickets are $10.00, which includes the auction, vegetarian food, and the concert.

If you’re in town, the auction will be a great place for bargains on art, services, and event tickets.

For more on the evening, go to the temple website:


I teach for a living (not drum, alas), and the first 2 weeks of December is our rush period.  Students come at all hours of the day, dropping off papers, begging for extensions, and excusing absences.  And it’s 8:30 PM and I’m waiting for an errant student to finish a make-up final exam.

In this brief moment of waiting I realized that my blog missed me.  It’s weird, isn’t it?  This space has developed a personality in my head as if it was a person I should be talking to — or, would rather be talking to.  So, what have I wanted to tell you in the weeks since my last post?

  • Our cat has cancer.  I know… I forgot to mention.  He was diagnosed during the first week of orientation, I have barely had time to think about it until now. 
  • Short Punks has a gig on Saturday and I haven’t picked up a drumstick in months
  • I filed my dissertation and was cleared to graduate
  • It’s 22 degrees in Chicago
  • Oh yeah, and they arrested our Governor (big surprise)

There was a list in my head of really cool stuff I wanted to write about and you know what, this isn’t it.

I guess what I want to remind myself was that I need to open some space for the drumming and the writing.  This is my new challenge  — creating that space for the things I was doing before I began full-time teaching.

I’ve got a job — a real job. The kind you have to show up at or they look really unhappy with you.  Oh wait, that’s all jobs.

In this real world of employment I have discovered that there isn’t any time for “the stuff I really want to do.”  Like this blog.  I think about this blog a lot.  I take notes for it.  I take pictures.  And yet, I never write the posts.  Why?  I’m too tired most of the time from reading student papers and commuting.  And for the first time in a long time, I spent hours vegging in front of the TV.  The remote in one hand, and a bowl of food in the other.  Whole days evaporated in front of the TV.

But, today is a new day, and I’m going to try a new approach:  speed posting.  I have a 40 minute break between classes.  I eat for 20 minues, and now, I’m going to try to write a post in the remaning 20 minutes.  Okay, I have ten minutes left.

What do I want to write?  What do I want to say here that I can read later and remember?

It’s snowing.  I have to pee.

For more about the band, go to: