Best Moments of 2016

I wasn’t going to do this but my mate talked me into it. I thought I’d had enough 2016 stuff in here – the top 10 music and the blog about the bad rough year it has been. But here are some good moments that will be remembered as well. We shouldn’t forget the good stuff.

10. Picasso Painting for my mate on her birthday: For my gal’s birthday, I took her to the Tracy Aviary where a macaw parrot named Picasso painted a picture for her. It was super cute and fun to watch. The end product was adorable.

9. Balloon Races in Reno: In September we went to visit my mate’s parents in the Reno-Tahoe area, and watched the balloon races which started before sunrise. 100 Balloons soared up into the sky during mass ascension, which was the grand finale of the show – before that was Dawn patrol and Night Glow.

8. Halloween Costumes: We were “Lions, tigers, and Bears, Oh My!” this year. I was a tiger, and my mate was a lion. I held a bear with a scary mask on that had a poster attached to it that said Oh My! We ran the Haunted Hustle, a fun run at the Sugarhouse Park with zombies and a medal at the end. We dressed up again for a contest at a bar called Gracie’s where the prize was $500, but didn’t win. We also dressed up for the contest at our job but did not win that either. But that is ok, we had a great time dressing up and we looked really awesome!

7. Utah Arts Festival: We went on a Friday to the Utah Arts Festival which was in the summer. A whole large park had been blocked off to create a huge festival with artwork of all kinds, amazin food trucks, performing arts, and concerts. At night we caught Beats Antique. We ate some amazing food and enjoyed looking at all of the art. It was really nice, and a warm day.

6. My mate’s birthday: The day before she turned 33 we went out to this great sushie restaurant where she had some quail eggs and a lot of other stuff that she really loved. I hate teriyaki chicken, which was really good. Then the next day we went to the Tower Theater where they showed indie films, to see “Swiss Army man” which was a really interesting movie. We had a brew afterward. A nice summer hot day.

5. Seeing Family: Though being at my mom’s memorial service was rather sad, I enjoyed seeing a lot of family that I had not seen in many years. I was very touched to see my cousin Jenny out, and my cousin Sara.  I got to see my aunt, and meet my sister’s boyfriend. It was nice being able to socialize with them and see how everyone was. I miss my family often, and this was a good opportunity to see them.

4. Brandi Carlile at Deer Valley: We went to Park City, UT to see Brandi Carlile perform in Deer Valley resort, where, in the winter is a bustling favorite for skiiers. She put on an amazing show as per the usual, having her daughter brought out on stage by her wife, and then having a 9 year old come up and sing along with her. We had a tailgate before the show, with some great food and drink – especially the watermelon rum slushie that my mate made. It was so good I drank all mine down before she had a chance to pour her own.

3. While visiting my mate’s parents this summer, we went kayaking. Her mother had survived cancer and as a present, she got kayaks. We went up to a lake up in the Tahoe area (I did not realize how many lakes are up there!) and took turns in the kayak. It was a nice warm day and I really enjoyed being out on the water with the light breeze lapping at the water while I glided and paddled around. it was serene and enjoyable. I really like kayaking and go whenever I get a chance.

2. The Rodeo: The Days of ’49 Rodeo was in town at the Energy Solutions Arena (Now called Vivint Arena) and we had gotten tickets. It was amazong, and we immediately purchased tickets for the 2nd day. We got to meet a lot of the riders and get autographs. The winner of the barrel racing contest was a 10 year old girl – she was amazing. We had a conversation and picture with the reigning champion the day before. It was a lot of fun.

  1. And the best moment of the year – The spa massage and fun in Park City for my Birthday: My mate treated me to a lovely massage which I enjoyed. I had not ever had a professional massage before so it was pretty cool. We walked around park city and had dinner at High West which is always a good place.

So you see, 2016 had it’s good moments. I would not say that it was the best year I had ever experienced – it in fact may have been the worst. But there are always good moments and bright sides to every storm. And these were the best 10 of them. I’d like to end it on this lovely note, but I have one more blog entry to write. The worst moments of 2016. I had debated to even write it, because I think in my previous blog I explained why I hated 2016, but this will put it into better perspective.

 

New Years Resolutions

Ugh I hate this part. I have so many things I need to work on. And I hate doing resolutions, no one ever sticks to them. Let’s see if I can!

  1. I want to be a more positive thinking person
  2. I want to be a less irritable person
  3. I want to lose at least 20 lbs
  4. I want to be a more honest person
  5. I want to be a more caring and loving person

There I think that covers about all of the “sub-genres” of things I’d like to work on. Now here are 3 ways for each thing that will help me accomplish them.

To be more positive I will:

  • Continue positive meditation practices
  • Have gratitude for all the wonderful things that I have, or have experienced
  • Turn around negative thoughts and think good things in comparison to them

To be a less irritable person I will:

  • Use empathy
  • Let arguments go by thinking “is it really that important?”
  • Think to myself “does this effect me?” and if not, let it go

To lose 20 lbs I will:

  • Continue to work my muscles daily
  • Continue to run (outside or inside)
  • Eat smaller portions of food

To be a more honest person I will:

  • Weigh the consequences of being truthful vs. non-truthful
  • Reward myself for being truthful
  • Keep an open mind on ways to accomplish the same end but by honest means

To be a more caring and loving person I will:

  • Be empathetic toward others, put myself in their shoes and walk a mile
  • Put others first before myself
  • Be grateful to others for what they give to me

I think I can accomplish those things. 🙂

Best Psy Albums of 2016

Yes, I know it is early, but here it is anyway. You’ll love it either way.

Here is the top 10 Best Psy albums of the year. This time I
smooshed the list into best psychill, ambient, and psytrance, because
I couldn’t find 10 of each really. 2015 was a crummy year for
music in the psy electronic world, and this was a little better, but
one of the reasons of the short list was that my computer broke
in September, and I haven’t replaced it. So I’ve been listening to
the music on my phone. Here are the results:

10. The Key – The Light Within The Darkness the-key

The Key is Ovnimoon and Ascent, bringing together their hard banging styles of progressive psytrance. Fine, sharp melody underlaying steady beats and trippy shadows, this album is a great voyage into the mind. From the bandcamp site of BMSS records, “he Key, an innovative vision plucked from the mind of Ovnimoon from Chile, mixes the psychedelic and progressive sounds of the prolific Ascent from Serbia with the powerful emotions that fuel Progressive Psytrance. With pure fine touches of magical ideas that expand through their music into our harmonious universe, Stuardo & Bojan have soared over both distance and borders bound by the profound alchemy of friendship and fellowship. Using brilliant technical precision, The Key steps forth and delivers tight, definitive Psyprog tracks that encapsulate and stay true to the euphoric delirium of that old school Goa sound. ” https://bmssrecords1.bandcamp.com/album/the-light-within-the-darkness

9. Unusual Cosmic Process – Aerial unusual-cosmic-process
** The first album released by Unusual Cosmic Process in 2016,
Aerial, contains some remixes of the acclaimed “Spactrip” album
from the previous year, as well as some new gems. Sparkling
with polished tones as well as some deep psychill-into-
progressive-psytrance vibes, this album is a must-repeat. From
Ovnimoon records bandcamp site: “After many successful
releases of ambient, downtempo and chill creations, Unusual
Cosmic Process presets his all new album titled Arial. Making a
new musical twist on his sound Arial is a jump into the creation
of progressive psytrance crafting a storyline through some
various arcs of the genre. Once again utilizing the power of his
multiple projects, such as Psypheric and Phantom Sentinel there
are new takes of Spacetrip Part 7, Parallel Streams and No
Gravity, plus an amazing prog remix done for E-Mantra’s track
Passing Through. These songs all bring a deep style that drips
heavy with tribal mystic energy, fueling melodies and acidlines
over intelligent percussion and symphonic atmospheres, the
music will creep through every cell of a dancefloor.”

8. Siebzehn – Starship Signals siebzehn
** From Hadra productions comes Starship Signals, the new
album from Siebzehn, a talented psychill producer who shines
on this album with fusing some ambient and subtle psychelic
vibes together. From the label: “In this refreshing release called
Starship Signal, SiebZehN becomes our heart-warming guide in
the course of a radiant ethereal trip in the deep deafening
silence of cosmos and the vastness of the empty space.
Gathering musical influences since his early childhood, he
transforms them into a broad, lush and meditative audio
experience that brands his very unique sonic signature.
If from Chaos the stars are born, SiebZehN definitely is one of
the brightest ones!” https://beatspace-
hadra.bandcamp.com/album/siebzehn-starship-signals-hadra-
productions

7. Dhamika – Endless Horizons dhamika
** This album is full of chillgressive and psychill vibrations that
haunt the mind. This is also worthy of being put onto repeat.
From the label Altar Records: “Dhamika aka Sven Lundgren is
back today to present his second album with Altar Records.
Entitled “Endless Horizons”, the album works in a genre that sits
between downtempo and psychill. While each track is a gem
unto itself, the album is a full experience, which is what you can
say about the best in any genre of music; it’s not just background
or another electronic album in the genre. Sven’s music is like an
ocean wave we longed to dive in and let the crystal clear
glittering pulses of light creating a current that nourishes our life
energy.” https://dhamika.bandcamp.com/album/endless-
horizons-24bits

6. Koan – Condemned koan
** Another amazing release from the always re-invented Koan.
This album is nothing like the acclaimed “When The Silence
Speaks” but is an amazing journey into darkness with
psychedelic chill vibes. Unable to find a description from the
artist or label on this particular album, I’ll just say this dark
psychedeclic album has ambient, garage, and psy influences that
make this a very unique trip. Made in Russia with a few sparse
french vocals, and the bass can’t go wrong here.
https://www.discogs.com/Koan-Condemned/release/9438656

5. Ascendant – Meridian ascendant
** From Synthpaera records comes Ascendant’s 4th album,
Meridian. This is an ambient dream world, brought to light by
flickers of psychedelic chillout and downtempo feeling. From
the bandcamp page: “10,000 years from now. 10,000 light years
from here. A New Land, come of age into a time of abundance,
transcendence and enlightenment. The Age of Earth and Stone,
where… An enlightened man exists alongside post-singularity
machine AI that manifest as floating coils of light. Frozen clouds
are summoned and then flash-melted to provide the planet’s
water, and liquid has memory. A planet where habitats the size,
shape & semblance of mountains hover over large bodies of
water. A planet where enormous belts of sub-orbital forests
scrub the ozone and provide oxygen. A world where gravity
bends, but time does not. A world of alchemical transmutation,
elemental summoning, and abundance. The Age of Earth and
Stone. Meridian. ”
https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/meridian

4. Various Artists – Starseed starseed
** Much like Ascendant’s ‘Meridian’, this album jumps into the
ambient/psychill cosmic soundwaves and takes the listener on a
hypnotic voyage. Also on label Synphaera, Ascendant, Germind,
Fourth Dimension, and Chronos are just some of the featured
artists. From the bandcamp page:” Matter spreads through space
like a cosmic code traversing the universe inside solar
windblown motes of space-dust or interwoven into encoded
beams of starlight. Explore this cosmic migration through the
stars and the origins of life, as the artists on STARSEED evoke the
patterns and frequencies of the universe. Every man and woman
is a star. ” https://synphaera.bandcamp.com/album/starseed

3. Sky Technology – Spirituality sky-technology
** Taking a break from goa trance, Sky Technology brings the
melodic layers of goa with a fusion of downtempo psychill vibes
and presents a master blast of a trip. Take the trip of this album,
on repeat, several times. Think “E-Mantra” and you’ll know how
it feels. Beatspace records bandcamp:
https://beatspace-geomagnetic.bandcamp.com/album/sky-
technology-spirituality-tim1cd050

2. Astronaut Ape – Unknown Sector astronaut-ape
** My favorite downtempo artist is back with a new gem of an
album that features a space theme, (what can you expect with a
name like Astronaut Ape?) that takes the listener on a journey
through an entrancing forest of spacetime. From the
Microcosmos records bandcamp: “Microcosmos Records
presents “Unknown Sector”, long-waited chillout album by
Astronaut Ape. Space. Dark, cold and empty void between the
stars. Despite all the space explorations, we still know nothing
about it. What are quasars, actually? How can we travel to
another galaxy? Why the universe is expanding? Are there any
other civilizations or we are alone in the space? We don’t have
the answers yet. But one day humanty will explore the unknown
sector of space! Astronaut Ape is a guy in the orange space suit.
He do ambient and chill-out gigs for last 5 years and got fans on
every continent of planet Earth. Once he became an expert in
proper mood flow at chill space of any size. Try what he has to
offer on his 5th album! Warm cosmic melodies topped up with
radio transmissions, computer noises and slow pulsating
rhythm. They teleport us right into the spaceship. Robots doing
routine tasks, crew members are on their stations, all systems
ready to hyperspace jump. One lonely spaceman looks into the
window… Deep bass patterns, relaxing echoes and sci-fi sounds
lift your emotions to the higher level. This music is inspirational
and relaxing at the same time. Wonder what’s next? Experience
the great music journey in space and time! Welcome to the
“Unknown Sector”…”
http://shop.microcosmosrecords.com/album/unknown-sector

1. Dreaming Cooper – Mysterious Places dreaming-cooper
** Dreaming Cooper comes in at #1, definitely taking the listener
on a hallucinogenic rapture to mysterious places indeed. While
boiling over with psychedelic chillout madness, the album is
subtle and smooth, clean, crisp, and clear. From Altar Records
bandcamp: “After years of silence, Victor Khlyustov aka
Dreaming Cooper is coming back with a full album entitled
“Mysterious Places”. This opus was composed with the blue
color in mind and was made especially for Altar Records.
Comprised in a range of 85-95 bpm with smooth 4/4 beats and a
slight old-school feeling, it’ll be sure to inspire both spiritual
feelings and a deep desire to go outside and look at trees.
Guaranteed to give a very relaxing feel, completely dreamy and
de-stressed… ”
https://dreamingcooper.bandcamp.com/album/mysterious-
places-24bits

Viscious.

The United States elections had me depressed. I noticed how we (democrats) were failing. Either bump this puppy into gear, or don’t win at all. But my fellow Democrats really tried their best. I donated money to the Clinton campaign as part of their last ditch effort. There was not much else I could do. The numbers had fallen. We were losing in the fact of madness and uncertainty. The polls had predicted a Clinton win/ So how did that happen?

With a man, a Presidential Nominee stating he’d investigate every opponent he could,  He stepped out of the race and into the title of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

I couldn’t believe my ears. On Facebook, I couldn’t believe my eyes. This country was no longer about upholding the values we all shared as a patriotic country… it was more to do with money and influence.

Trump takes offense at 3 different minority groups that I happen to be a part of. First, I am a woman. Trump thinks women are beneath him, and he will treat us any way he wants, because we’re women. We’re not important as men. That’s #1. #2 is that I am mentally disabled, with a mental illness which is claimed under the individuals with disabilities act. I should be protected.

I am 3 groups of people Mr Dump (I refuse to call him Mr. Trump) would like to see go bye-bye. Well you know what? Unlike some of my scared compadres moving North or South… I’ll be here just fine. I am sad, I am hurt, I am angry to the death of me but I will NOT tolerate any bigotry in the name of President Dump.

No matter what happens, no matter how much we protest and loot… the outcome will be the same. He will be president. So how about we make it a little hard for him?

We’ve got to ban together and do whatever is possible to make his presidency worst ever, including Bush W’s. We’ve got to really make it hard for this asshole to get away with passing any laws that prohibit the constitutional rights of other people.

It all starts at the bottom. Work your way up to working for politicians. Work for senators. Work for governors. Work work work. Don’t let them take your identity away. Don’t let them deport Muslims or Mexican Americans who’ve lives here their entire lives. It’s just NOT right, and Not OK. Let’s stick it to him.

Who’s with me, America? Let’s go!

 

fight

 

The Intruder

So wednesday Sept 28, I was getting ready for bed, with the lights on in the bedroom, when I heard something at the window. There was a thumb, then a knocking sound, and then tapping. I flew out of bed and grabbed my phone. I went outside to the back fire alley where our bedroom window is at shin-level, and shined a flashlight. I figured I’d need to do that before calling 911 otherwise wouldn’t that be embarassing if it was something else?

I saw a silhouette of a man with a red shining thing that was either a small penlight or the red tip of a smoking cigarrette. I dialed 911 and within minutes there were 6 cops, and a K9 unit at the apartment. They did a thorough search and found nothing, except advised there was a hole in the fence. They did a sweep through my apartment to make sure no one had gotten in.

Again on Saturday night my mate and I were watching a movie in the living room, when she thought she heard the cat doing something. I got up and she asked what it was. “oh, nothing except someone trying to get in through the window…” she jumped into action with her camera and I got my baseball bat. She knocked hard on the window, and whomever it was knocked right back. We knocked on the neighbor’s door as well, and he went out there with a bat and a flashlight. No one was there, they must have left.

At that time, all we’d had was a dowell in the window. Now we have the dowell, a window lock, and a security bar wedged in there.  So we feel a little safer. Plus now there are randomly timed police patrols out there.

Our neighbor fixed the fence hole. Then we discovered a bench propped up against the fence behind us, and we toked and prodded and pushed and it crumpled into a dilapidated crush on the ground. For someone to try and use it again would be really stupid.

Still feel violated and anticipatory of when it could possibly happen again…

So I am trying to calm myself the best I can.

5 Essential Steve Roach CDs

Steve Roach is awesome.

The Echoes Blog

The #2 Icon of Echoes and His 5 Essential CDs

Steve Roach has s released nearly 50 solos albums and just as many collaborations, so narrowing his  output down to 5 CDs is daunting. So I have limited myself to pure Steve Roach solo albums, leaving behind great works with his Suspended Memories group and his pair of CDs with Robert Rich.    Roach is so prolific that albums often blend together, but when you start pulling them out over  an expanse of time you can hear the monumental shifts in sound he’s explored over the last 30 years.

Steve Roach is #2 among 20 Icons of Echoes and of all the icons, I’d say he’s made the most uncompromising and challenging music, often forcing listeners ears into new and uncomfortable terrain.

SYou can see a complete list of the 20 Icons of Echoes.

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Oh, Utah.

Utah drivers are the worst. THE WORST. I remember reading a statistical poll that concluded Idaho had the worst drivers. I agree that Idaho drives like morons, it is true – however, I think Utah needed to be #1 on the list for bad driving.

When I moved here, I was appalled. Coming from WA where the traffic is terrible in the Seattle metro area, and people drive like crap over in Spokane due to the Idaho influence, I expected the population to be a lot better at operating moving vehicles. I was wrong.

I was made to take a computer test (why do they still refer to them as ‘written tests’?) before I could get my license in Utah. I think they seem to blame the out-of-staters for the driving issues, but if we have to take a test and native Utahns don’t, then there goes that theory right out the window.

Here is a non-comprehensive list of items that need work:

  1. Running red lights. Every day at least once, I see people running a red light. It is completely dangerous and ridiculous.
  2. Speeding. I am a fan of doing the speed limit. They wouldn’t set the limits at what they are if they didn’t think it wasn’t the safest possible. Plus, who wants a speeding ticket? Not I.
  3. Cutting people off. No one leaves any room between themselves and the car in front of them, so when people are merging over, it is a necessity to cut someone off. Leave more room between yourselves, people! Ever hear of the two car length rule? Because I live in Utah, I use about 2.5 car lengths. Just to be on the safe side. You never know.
  4. Driving while talking on their phone. I see this every so often, and usually the person is driving like an asshole. I’ll see someone do something stupid, and then when passing by, I’ll glance to see who it is (we all do this, c’mon) and usually it is someone on the cellphone.
  5. Big trucks parking like dipshits. Ok, so this isn’t related to the vehicle actually moving, but it is quite annoying. I think this is a problem everywhere (except Seattle where they shirk large trucks – in fact, you see a lot of scooters and egg-cars in Seattle more than anything). Next time you see a monster truck parked in the lot, check out how they parked. They are either taking up two spaces with their truck bed, or taking up two, maybe even 3 spaces with their sloppy angle. Not a fan.

Those are just a few things I hate about Utah driving. There are more, but those are my top 5 pet peeves.

I’d like to see a new list come out of the worst drivers, and have Utah be included as the #1 for worst. It would be highly accurate.

My Mom

Right now, my mom’s name is Jan. She is a loving mother and a good wife to my step-father. Her sense of humor is very sarcastic and fun. She is fun to talk to for hours and hours, about anything.

She and I share a lot of the same beliefs in things like spirituality, metaphysics, and the paranormal.

She and I are very close.

Soon I will be using these things in the past tense, as any time between now and tomorrow she will be gone.

I cry because I will miss her. That is the human side. I am happy for her that she’s going home… her real true home, and jealous, as it is full of love and light and peace. So I don’t feel bad for her, just her suffering.

 

Today I had my sister hold the phone up to my mom’s ear. She is non-responsive, doesn’t eat, doesn’t sleep. It is almost time now. But I told my mom how much I loved her, and that I’d see her again soon, and to go to her happy place once she moves on with her journey into the life after lives. I told her how much we all loved her, and how she was loved. It felt good to be able to say goodbye. Originally she was going to die with dignity via doctors, but this is happening quicker than that could allow.

 

Mom, I love you and I will never forget you. I will see you again, and you can show me the beautiful quiet forest that you always dreamed about.

 

Be well, with love and light.