Tryptophan

It’s Thanksgiving week, so it’s time to hear about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us tired. I always wondered about that , and read that while tryptophan helps produce Niacin in the body, which helps with sleep, the reason why people get tired has more to do with everything else we jam into our mouths. Carbohydrates releases insulin into the body, which removes amino acids (but not tryptophan) from the body, which can increase the tryptophan levels. Add in some bad football games, lots of people in a room that causes the room temperature to rise, and bingo! you’re sleepy. It all makes sense to me now.

The article suggests eating a carbo-loaded snack if you have trouble sleeping. I can pass, as sleeping has always been easy for me. It has been difficult for me to get comfortable enough to sleep over the past ten days, but that’s the accident. Today I actually am less sore than I’ve been, so maybe I am actually healing. Thanks to everyone who’s contacted me – surprising how much that helps.

Before sleeping after your turkey (or any meat, fish and cheese), listen to the latest podcast – not a turkey among ’em. This week’s artists are the Rascals, the Mojave 3, His Name is Alive, Julia Holter, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Joan Armatrading, Randy Crawford, Brenda Holloway, Johnny Nash, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, the Creation, Beck, and Relatively Clean Waters.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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I am healing

Thank you, everyone, for your concern. I am healing (slowly, oh so slowly). “Weeks” is the latest prognosis for how long I’ll be sore and achy – again, better than the alternatives. Need to get the insurance company going, though (theirs).

Got a jazz podcast to share. Lots of great jazz put out this year, both new and older resissues. This is all jazz that is easy to follow – give it a whirl. Listen to Wes Montgomery, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Daniels, Shorty Rogers, Cory Weeds, Eddie Henderson, the Larry Goldings Trio, Ezra Collective, and Julian Lage.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Crash!


I’ll steal my son’s joke – “hey, the license plate looks ok.”

I hurt. On Thursday night, as I was sitting in traffic (the normal back up on Spaulding) I was hit from behind by someone going around 40 MPH (gleaned from conversation – I wasn’t looking). I don’t know if you’ve experienced being in a stopped car while another car hits you at 40 MPH, but it’s very different from what I have ever experienced before. As a human crash test dummy, I can tell you that the airbags all inflated as they were supposed to, the rear end of the car accordianned up, and the front and also crunched in nicely (of course I was sent into two cars ahead of me). The interior of the car did not noticeably crunch in – people were able to open my door and the driver’s side rear door, and yesterday I was able to open the passenger’s side front door. I was taken to the hospital the only one in the 4 cars to go), where they determined that there was nothing broken or seriously wrong with me (internal bleeding, punctured lungs, etc.), but I do have bruises where the seatbelt saved my life. And it hurts – badly. My ribs on the right hand side are bruised, and it still hurts if I have to take a deep breath, or laugh. My left shoulder can only be partially lifted without searing pain, and I have to walk extremely slowly – yes, even walking hurts. Heck, I have to be careful when I sit, and the transition to sitting and getting back up is painful. But the pain reminds me that I am alive, and not one of the other things that could have happened that night.

Music helps soothe this savage, damaged breast, so listen in today to hear the J. Geils Band, Elvis Costello, the O’Jays, Them, Johnny Cash, Insect Trust, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Beat Happening, Galaxie 500, Pavement, Guided by Voices, and the Jefferson Airplane.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Vote!

Simple post today – VOTE! Just get out there and vote. We need everyone to vote, with no excuses. I had an excuse – I’ll be away on Tuesday and can’t vote, so I got an absentee ballot. So vote, no matter that it’s the mid-terms – it’s big, as all elections are (and should be) big.

When waiting to vote (we never have that long a wait to vote), listen to the latest podcast, with Concrete Blonde, Cat Power, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Blondie, Lou Ann Barton, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Sam Phillips, Nick Lowe, Earl King, Cocteau Twins, Kristin Hersh, the Grateful Dead, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and Marvin Gaye.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

Download here