The Stress Factor

Cardiologist who worked with me a couple of months ago wrote that, “The biggest killer of men over fifty is ‘freaking ourselves out’.”

Stress. Kills more men over fifty than any other preventable condition. Obesity, obviously, is increasing in the population and will soon supercede other causes of death.

Obesity and stress, especially in combination, are already the biggest killers for women. Nearly all women with a BMI greater than 34 after their 40th birthday will be dead before their 60th birthday.

It’s becoming clear that, within just a couple years, obesity will be the leading cause of death for people older than forty-five. Obesity is “the new smoking” epidemic. It has already surpassed smoking, as a leading cause of death, by nearly 300% !!! That’s a 3x increased risk of death, over and above the risk from smoking, perpetrated by the new American “obese lifestyle”.

Heart Health update

My Cardiac Ejection Fraction (EF%) has now fallen to a point where it can no longer be measured in an echocardiogram. We can measure it accurately with the Nuclear Medicine scan but that’s an expensive test and it’s sort of a moot point. The cardiologist estimates my EF is somewhere around 5-6%.

My last CPX was good, though, and the internal pressures in my heart – measured during surgery last year – were pretty good.

I was at elevation yesterday, though, down in the Magdalena Mountains, and had some definite troubles above 7k feet. Dizziness, mainly, and developed a bad headache. I don’t really believe I have lost a thousand feet of elevation-tolerance; but I am certainly not handling rapid elevation changes as well as I was last Summer.

Regardless I’ve packed up my climbing boots and trail shoes, and plan to go camp/play in the mountains for the next week. I’ll do totally primitive in the Malpais for two nights, then head into the high country around Quemado where there are lots of good camping areas.

I will FINALLY get to see the Walter De Maria lightning farm, though it’s too early in the season to see much in the way of lightning.

But then I plan to go way South into the true Chihuahuan Desert, much lower elevation, where I’ll be “hot and full of breath”! Hehe.

Tunes in the key of Awesome!

I could not have returned to the UNM culture at a better time!  I am sooo jazzed to be going to the TrapFest (phuturePrimitive and two more similar DJs, as well as some of our best new glitch and hardstyle artists).  It’s March 10 at the Rey.

March 20 marks the annual return of Jeff Abel (Excision) to the ABQ.  Given his creativity, his work-ethic, and his passion – both for his fans and for his art, Jeff is easily the best EDM artist on the planet.  This will be the 7th time I’ve seen Jeff play live.  Four years ago, when he first played the Rey, they sucked so much power off the downtown ABQ power grid that all of central Albuquerque went dark.

Jeff agreed with ABQ authorities that he would always bring his own power if he played again here.  Sure enough he’s returned to the ABQ every year since – and he’s always brought his own juice.  It’s like a whole municipal power station set up in the lot behind the theater!

Damn, dude.  I haven’t seen Cookie Monsta since 2010!!  I never see him on the charts so I thought maybe he’d quit!  Very cool.  That guy’s got serious bass in his soul!



Dead ahead

I was sixteen when an older camp counselor, on our permanent staff like myself at John Knox Ranch in the heart of the Texas hill country, introduced me to the Grateful Dead.  Late that Summer we got to go see the Dead at Manor Downs, a bit Northeast of Austin, and we got to hug Jerry Garcia on his 40th birthday.  That might have been the most significant, most socially intertwined, moment of my entire life.

No one in the band, and no one in the crew around the band, was wound up that night.  Warm, sure.  But very laid back.

There was a beautiful blonde girl dancing in front of the stage that night.

My best friend Diane (40 years later) was there.  She was the beautiful blonde!  She’s still a beautiful blonde!!!  And she’s NOT a real blonde – she just acts like one!




Land of the Golden Subaru

If you want to spend time in a community filled with bitter middle-aged divorced women, then you definitely should go live in Taos NM.  For that matter, throw in the phreaks and antisocial people of the West Mesa – and the “Earthship People” near Tres Piedras – and I guarantee you will have made your recipe for isolation and quiet disdain.

If that Northern New Mexican woman (likely displaced from the US Northeast) is worrisome, though, just watch for the Subaru!  The most despicable, self-centered, bitter and hostile women in Northern New Mexico *all* drive cars from Subaru.  Santa Fe is worse than Taos, but not by much.

Here’s the acid test.  Go walk around on a weekday afternoon in Cid’s grocery store in Taos.  If you’re the least bit sensitive, you will immediately recognize the high level of anxiety in the store – and the high number of middle-aged divorced women.  When you’ve gotten to the point of “over saturation”, pay your bill and go out in the parking lot.  Half the vehicles there are from Subaru.

Did you know the 4-cyl Subaru engine, used in all their passenger cars from the 1970s to the most recent models, is the exact same engine Subaru built for the Kamikaze aircraft used at Pearl Harbor???

Same engine, different aggressors.  No wonder there are so many angry American women driving cars from Subaru.

I just bought a very old Chevy “project car” with my new oil & gas contract, but I love love love my Buick!!!




No political solution

Our nation is clearly in crisis; but if you think there’s a political cause, or a political solution, for this crisis you are a fool.

We’ve become a broken, self-centered, society of people.  We care far less for our neighbors than we do for ourselves.

Happiness, and a collective recovery of our empathy and compassion, are an inside job.  No amount of political hyjinx will ever fix what is broken in us.  We have to do this ourselves, and we have to do it in harmony and congruence with our neighbors.