No, surely not, it can’t be true, and yet…! Yes, it’s true, it’s a day off. Staying in bed until you wake and not having an alarm is a wonderful thing, but I’ve come to realise that a true day off is the day after the first day off because on the first day off you are getting over not having a day off and the second day off is a true break. Having said that it would still be the day before you start working again, so it only works if you have a week off, but then you realise that having time off is essential for longer periods, but you know you can’t do that and that’s kind of depressing, so really it’s best to never have a day off, especially if you like what you do when you’re working…it’s just a theory.
So, up late and hungry, breakfast and lunch were connected so closely that the cheese almost landed in the oat milk in the cereal bowl, not really but the day got all askew as the pattern of the previous weeks had been disrupted. It wasn’t long before I was upstairs watching the football with Sarah – Arsenal/Palace, 5-0. It was nice to just sit on the couch and drift in and out of the match – which is exactly what the Crystal Palace players seemed to be doing, too.
On this exciting day, the next stop was the supermarket to pick up some food for a rare home-cooked meal. It’s still cold and venturing out broke the indoor spell and my eyes were opened to the reality of the Texan streets, transported from North London in the ten minutes after the game. The Christmas decorations are mainly down, a few stragglers are holding on to their strings of multicoloured LEDs, but for the most part, the snowmen are deflated, their corpses slung over rotting Christmas trees on the grass verges.
The supermarket was quite empty, as if the families shopped early, and you could see that the shelves were ravished. I never know how they manage the stock, and I wonder how many oranges get thrown away every week. “In 2016, France legislated a Food Waste Law that bans supermarkets from wasting unsold food. It mandates that supermarkets must compost their leftover produce, or donate the goods to charity.”
We got in, Sarah put on Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 (1972), followed by Van der Graaf Generator – The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other (1970), followed by Wishbone Ash – Argus (1972), followed by Wishbone Ash – first album (1970).
Music today has been Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996) because we were talking about them last night and it’s been a while since I played this record. I have an original copy of this album and I think it’s kinda hard to find and a bit pricey. It’s Chicago post-rock with all kinds of inventive influences from krautrock, dub, to jazz, to progressive bands like Pierre Moerlen’s Gong which along with Neu! and Kraftwerk you can hear in the opening track Djed.