Day: December 20, 2017

365 Challenge: Day 283 – Hole

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Hole: (a)  small or unpleasant place, or (b) where Jay goes when searching for music


Ryder and I had the apartment to ourselves last night, as W had to be out of town for the day. I thought I’d spend a few hours reading and get to bed early, but that didn’t happen. Pitch Perfect 2 was on the television, and I succumbed to the music for two hours, only to drag myself into bed completely focused on recalling various songs from the 1980s. Reading was no longer an option, so I decided to look up a few of my faves on the YouTube app on my phone while in bed. Ryder slept at my feet until I apparently pushed him too far. I was prepared to spend 15 minutes searching, then turn it all off. That never happened… the proverbial rat hole we’ve all gotten stuck in took over! One song led to another, which led to more memories. Ryder abandoned the bed within fifteen minutes and curled up under his own blanket in his own bed. I guess he wasn’t in the mood to listen to my jamming. Though I had gotten in bed at 11pm with a 100% charge on the phone, next thing I knew, it was 1:30am and I had a 13% charge on my phone. I don’t recall anything that happened during those 150 minutes!

I have this occasional habit when I’m home alone of listening to sad songs and power ballads. You name it, I probably listened to it last night… starting with three different versions of Hallelujah. Air Supply certainly figured prominently, as did a few Heart songs. It stayed mostly in the 1980s, but I did jump around a little bit. Adele was the last song before I finally told myself to go to sleep, as I had to be up at 7am to do laundry. Our building is changing over the laundry room provider tomorrow, and we won’t have services for 5 days. Since we leave on the weekend for Christmas, I had to get it done today. All the maids (seems like everyone has one in this building) arrive by 8am to start cleaning, so I had to get to the laundry room first, especially on the last day it was available. I’m my own maid!

Anyway… I realized two things last night: (1) I am easily distracted by music and therefore do not listen to it while I write; however, there were some amazing French songs that I could probably have in the background, as the words wouldn’t mean anything to me nor disrupt me, and (2) I woke up this morning with tons of lines I want to add into Father Figure. I wrote many of them down, but now I need to verify none are from the songs I listened to! I doubt they are, as I basically crafted them as I was pulling clothes from the washer and putting them into the dryer. The words feel original. The point being… both laundry and music led me down a hole in the last 24 hours, but in the end, I came out the other side with some really fantastic improvements to the book.

I call that a hole in one!

{Worst line of cheese I’ve ever used… good thing I’m not a writer! Oh, wait…}


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

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