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So this was an interesting find today. It is, as best I can tell, an original pressing (Discogs release #10900025 if anyone wants to check my work). Itโ€™s not a Blakey album I was familiar with, but I had a quick listen and loved it. Hidden gem for sure.

Anyway, the vinyl didnโ€™t look to be in great condition. So I talked them down (a lot), gave it a good wash (3 times), and am now listening through it. Not gonna lie, itโ€™s not the quietest record I own. But I feel like itโ€™s pretty good for something that was made in 1967 and has obviously been played a lot. Pretty sure I can sell it for 3x what I bought it for. But not this time. This is not an easy record to come by. So Iโ€™m hanging on for dear life to this piece of history.

Snow drama.

๐Ÿ“ Atkinson sledding hill, Portland.

Snow music.

๐ŸŽต Sting, Mercury Falling

The kind of album that can save a life if you hear it at the right time.

๐ŸŽต Nils Frahm, Spaces

I am equal parts excited and scared to read this.

๐Ÿ“– Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism.

Tonightโ€™s dinner-making music.

๐ŸŽบ John Coltrane, Stardust

Our neighborhood bar does this great thing called the โ€œSocialist Bartender Program.โ€ The owner goes out and buys a ridiculously expensive bottle of whisk{e}y every week, and then they sell 1.5 Oz pours to customers at cost price. It gives us an opportunity to try out whisk{e}ys that we would never be able to afford to buy for ourselves. Last night my wife and I shared a pour of this amazing 26-year old Islay Scotch.

I hope more neighborhood bars start doing this. Itโ€™s such a cool idea.

๐Ÿ“ Vintage Cocktail Lounge, Portland, OR

Coffee and reading.

๐Ÿ“Good Coffee, Portland, OR.

My 6YO daughter has good dreams.

Ah the good old days, when he still made good music.

๐ŸŽต Wake-up music for a gloomy Portland Saturday morning.

Weโ€™re not getting snow, but itโ€™s been awfully gloomy in Portland lately.

Last night we played Vindication for the first time. It is such an interesting game, with a very unique setup and story. You start off as a wretched human being. Immoral, corrupt, and thrown overboard by your shipmates, you wash up on an island and try to slowly redeem yourself. The person with the most โ€œhonorโ€ at the end wins the game. It has some elements of area control and worker placement mechanics, but with enough of a twist to keep it interesting. And the artwork is gorgeous. Highly recommended.

A sunset run through the streets of Philadelphia.

Espresso and sun at Wildbit HQ.

Snuck in a Philly run before it got too dark. Nice to stay in a different part of town this time!

End-of-year reflections at Mt. Tabor, Portland, OR.

End-of-year reflections.