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Brees had another great year and the defense had another terrible year
NFL.com says "Last season (2015) marked a downturn for him (Brees)..."

Really?

In 2015 Brees was in the top 10 of every QB stat except for interceptions, which he was #12 (min 300 attempts). The Saints led the league in offense yards, and ranked #8 in points. You can't ask for more from the guy.

He can't play defense too. The Saints defense ranked #2 in defensive yards and points given up. An offense can't overcome that very often. With a terrible defense, they still managed to win 7 games. Hell, just a few years ago the Saints set the all-time record for the most yards allowed in a season.

I don't expect much different from the Saints in 2016. We are one game in, and it looks like more of the same. They scored 34 points, but gave up 35. Brees threw for 400+ yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions. He even threw a franchise long 98 yard TD to WR Brandin Cooks.

At 37 years old, we can't expect more than a couple of more good years out of Drew. Even the all-time greats (which he is one) hit a huge wall in their late 30s. By 37, most have already hit that wall, but even ironmen like Favre and Peyton eventually can't do it anymore, and 39-40 seams to be the absolute max.

Brees will be in Canton one day and the Saints will kick themselves for wasting his last few productive years. At least that's the way it's heading, but I would love to be surprised. We'll see.

4 miles done and pooped.

My run started out pretty warm. I think it was 91 degrees. But it's great now. cooled off and there's a breeze but I am spent.

Low Gear farewell show
9-3-16
I went out to the Curtain Club in Deep Ellum to see Low Gear's final show. I had not seen the band in over 10 years. My friends David Osbourn, Rob Wilson, and Roy Johnson got back in the band for the final show. The last few years Dave and Rob had moved on to other projects. One project being the band Driven Below, who also played that night.

It was a fun night. Both bands were awesome and it was good to talk to Rob and Roy, although I left before talking to Dave.


1969s rehearsal. New song in the works. Good jams.


The 1969s have been moving along pretty slowly these days, but we are keeping our chops up, and we have some new material in the works, so def progress. Hopefully a show will happen soon.
Ever wonder what all Google knows about you? The answer is, everything.
Keep in mind that this image is not from a GPS tracking app. I didn't have any app running to track my movements. This is what Google does all the time, every day. It's cool and scary all at the same time.


I picked a random day from a vacation we took earlier this year. You can see everywhere I went that day. It evens knows the difference between walking and driving.

If you have a Google account and are an Android user, you can go to Google Maps and the click on the menu and go to "your timeline".

That's just the start. Go to myactivity.google.com and check that out. It knows all.

Enjoy.
Fun times working on a logo for a new project.
Working on a new tune. Not much more than a verse and chorus, but it's something
Fun Run in the Sun. 100 degrees make for a slow 3 miler.
My first run in double digits. Oh boy, it was hot.

Yes, my pool is about as low-rent as it gets, but I was one cooled-off white trash honky mofo. Hate all you want.
Cheap delay pedal - did I get what I paid for?
So I bought this cool little Donner delay pedal. It's super small, but very sturdy. It was also very cheap, around $35. I wanted a no-frills small pedal and the YouTube videos made it sound good, and the reviews were mostly good. The only knock was that a couple of people wrote reviews saying the "click" sound was very loud. Others specifically said that the pedal they purchased was not particularly loud when you stepped on it. So, I took the plunge.



Well, sure enough, that sucker is loud. When you step on it and click, the sound is way louder than my other pedals which look to have the same standard on/off switch. I don't know what it is about this one, but it's annoyingly loud.

It's so loud that I think with softer parts of some of my songs, and the small clubs we play, that the audience will hear the click from the stage. It's that loud.

I guess I'm going to return it. I wish I could just replace the switch. I kind of looked into that, and I can buy a switch for a couple of bucks, but I'm not so sure about my soldering skill.

I have another cheap Behringer delay pedal that was about the same price, and although the click is not loud, the thing is made out of plastic and it just seems like it's made like crap. The Bonner is really sturdy with a metal case.


Birthday at White Rock lake
Tue 1-12-16

I took the day off and spent it at White Rock Lake. The lake is always busy, but it's relatively calm on Tuesday. The weather was a bit cool, but not too bad at all.



For my 50th birthday I had set a goal for a 5.0 mile run, 50 push ups, and a 50 mile bike ride.

I went for a nice 5 miles run. I felt good and the temp was perfect for running.

I knocked out the 50 push ups.

The Ride
I haven't rode for any significant distant in a long time. It's probably been 3 years since I've gone over 10-15 miles. I ride my mountain bike from time to time, but those are usually short distances. I do ride a few miles on the stationary bike at the gym, but that is usually only 5 miles at a time. So this will be interesting.



It's right about 10 miles around White Rock Lake. On my first lap and was about 7-8 miles in and I came to the split in the trail where you can take the Santa Fe Trail to Deep Ellum. So I jumped on the Sante Fe Trail and made my way towards downtown. It was very cool. It took you through a few sketchy neighborhoods, but it was a nice trail with some interesting scenery.



The trail hits a "T" so I took a left. This trail ended very soon, so I turned around and took the other trail which ended at Elm Street and Exposition, right across from Sons of Herman Hall. I took the sidewalk down towards Trees, Da Da, etc. I was so cool that I could get down there that quickly. I looked around a bit, and turned around and headed back to White Rock.












I got back on the trail around the lake and made it back to my car at around 20 miles in. At this point
my back, butt, neck, feet, etc. were starting to yell at me. I was about to throw up the white flag. I rested a few minutes and then decided to go for one more lap.

I made it another lap, but that's all I had in me. So 30 miles is where it ended. It was a good ride, but 50 wasn't going to happen.

All in all it was a good day at the lake and I felt good about it all. I will be sore, but not too bad for being a half a century old.

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