I went silver

A random comment made a few days ago set me off thinking – I’m very aware that I have male pattern baldness, but someone said if I went white or grey it wouldn’t be as obvious.

Today I booked in at the hairdressers and this happened.

Waiting… Note the jeans!

Before…

Trimmed up and ready to get the treatment.

First layer on. This is the one to strip the original colour out. My hair goes yellow when stripped, bit wait for the end result.

First treatment washed off. See what I mean about the Yellow?

Next… The toner. This is what gives it the silver colour.

And finally… The reveal!

Very platinum. I’ve got to say I really like it, and it’s given me the impression of having more hair than I actually have!

The epic gig.

Yesterday was yet another epic run out for a gig. I’m getting tired of these two hour journeys now (*there’s light at the end of the tunnel as a local agent has now took us on).

The A1 all the way up to Newcastle for a change – no A19 required.

A few changes though – first we didn’t take our lights in. It was an upstairs load so the fewer boxes we take the better.

Second Dennis and I have finally swapped sides on stage after planning it for a few months. Yes it’s happened!

The final annoyance though was the 10:45 stage time. It’s not really fair when a band has a two hour journey home to make stage time that late. Usually it’s 10:15 or at the latest 10:30, but we’ve not had a 10:45 in ages.

Considering it’s a 45 minute set plus encores that brings us off at about 11:40 and means we are leaving at 12:30.

My bedtime? 3:15am.

Gah

Today I’ve headed out to get something to clean the chain on the Fiido. The last few rides have really browned it up so I thought I’d do a bit of preventative maintenance. With the impeding bad weather I headed out (appropriately dressed again) and collected a chain cleaning kit.

I also stopped for coffee at my favourite coffee shop.

Skinny cappuccino is my poison today.

This afternoon I cleaned and lubricated the chain, and the rain came. I did well!

Now I’m going to fall asleep in front of Krampus, after all it’s Krampusnacht!

Buggering bollocks!

That moment when you get back to work having queued through a monumental traffic jam, only to realise you still have the keys for the building in your pocket.

Not wanting to face the traffic again, I decided to use my Fiido for a real practical use – caught a train to Wakefield, rode across town to the building, dropped the keys off in the keybox, and rode back to the station for the next train home.

Leather trousers were the order of the day – the weather was wet and horrible. Many layers!

Not a lot to report happened really, just the silly women with pushchairs who got on at Thurnscoe and tutted at the cycle rack being full of cycles until the guard pointed out that the pushchair rack was at the other end of the train.

We still had to endure mopey Karen face though.

Musings and piercings.

So Mrs Loons is buying me three new earrings for Christmas, in the style of the three inner planets. Now that set me thinking, and as someone who has always been a fan of ear piercings and has always wanted a sizeable number up each ear, I think I have a plan.

Hear me out…

Right ear:

1. 2.0mm flesh tunnel or plug in orange (Sun)

2-4. Mercury, Venus, Earth (as purchased by my good wife)

5. Helix – Mars (red anodised labrette)

Left ear:

1. 1.2mm flesh tunnel in orange – Jupiter

2. 1.2mm flesh tunnel with hoop through – Saturn

3. Green anodised labrette for Uranus

4. Blue anodised labrette for Neptune

A cool idea would be to then have the PL symbol tattooed behind my ear really descretely, but that won’t be happening ever, after all that would be permanent – I can’t have the helix on my left ear pierced as it was done with a gun years ago and the cartilage is split

I think I’m going to make this plan so. It involves three more piercings, one in cartilage (eek).

In other news, I met up with the MancMonk yesterday. He was on good form… He was also in Sheffield for a change so outside his comfort zone.

We traveled back in time to the 1980’s and went to Andrews Tea Rooms for dinner. I know I say that in a derogatory way, but it really isn’t. Andrews Tea Rooms are a breath of fresh air in this coffee shop Panini world. Old fashioned food that’s actually really nice.

I got a few looks too! Due to the huge amount of snow we’ve had over the last few days and the need for me to take public transport I decided to take the Fiido in on the tram so I could cycle down and meet him at Rutland Road. The weather mandated my thick leather jeans.

Not only are they really warm, but with the somewhat slippery nature of the ground I just though it was road rash protection in case I did slip. I didn’t though.

And the gigs?

Well yeah we had two gigs over the weekend too. It’s been a few years since we did a double! First in Pennywell, second in Rotherham.

The first gig was a bit of a technical mess. First the snow, which we sort of had a warning about, but when you’re contracted, you have to try and make every effort to get there.

Our first warning was on the A1 as the matrix signs warned us as much. It always amuses me that the matrix signs get more primitive the further north you get. These are just 8 X 6 pixel displays mounted in a frame. Further south you get colour.

We arrived at Pennywell and as soon as we started loading in the snow started. We didn’t get tons of the stuff, but enough to make it slippery getting out of the carpark – especially as the taxi drivers had polished it smooth.

The gig itself was great. Five brand new songs in the set. Unfortunately technical glitches caused some issues. The lighting stopped working about 5 minutes into each set and froze on a single colour, and I snapped a tuning peg on my spare bass.

It was A that snapped, so I swapped it with B as I can live without B, but A is essential.

We arrived home at about 2:20am after a very snowy drive home. I did catch a really cool photo from the van though. You can see Orion at the top, and M42 is quite clearly visible. Not bad for a hand held long exposure photograph from a moving vehicle through a dirty windscreen.

The second gig went a little better. Apart from getting the van stuck in the carpark (a problem solved by buying the local shop out of salt) I investigated and found the cause of our lighting problems from the night before.

The WiFi antenna on the MyDMX lighting controller had been hit and was broken, so the WiFi signal was flaky. Luckily our home router has the same aerial socket so I ran home and borrowed one of those. The gig was only about 15 minutes away so it wasn’t a problem, and luckily I was in the Jag with it’s all wheel drive so the handling in the icy conditions was better than average.

Now I’m back to work. I’m definitely going to go to Doncaster this afternoon and get pierced, but I’ve got two jobs to do first.

What’s with all the hate guys?

I sparked controversy a couple of days ago. I’ve had some pretty opinionated comments on Instagram from people who have since been removed from my circles. Why? I hear you ask?

Well consider this photo. I’m out on my Fiido enjoying a ride. I’ve got the trailer hitched on the back and I’ve just been shopping. You’ll notice I’m wearing leather trousers. Leather chinos to be precise (not jeans, and if you want to stay friends with me you’ll learn to differentiate between chinos, jeans and formal trousers! 😉)

That’s the problem.

Guys think I shouldn’t be riding a bike in “expensive leather trousers”.

Fellas… They were £15 off eBay. Most of my leather trousers/jeans come from eBay and cost under £20.

Now let me put this in perspective; I have a couple of pairs of Levi 501’s. A pair of 501’s is currently around £90. You don’t say a thing when I wear unwipeable non water-resistant £90 jeans when cycling but you moan because I wear a pair of fifteen quid leather trousers?

Seriously guys, stop standing in front of the mirror getting off and sharing bedroom photos on Instagram and get the fucking things worn in your life!

I’ve been wearing leather trousers in my daily life for about thirty years now and I won’t be changing any time soon!

Snow! Again!

We have had a rather snowy winter this year. We have often gone for 2 years with no snow but this year we’ve had a few bouts of heavy snow which have settled.

This morning I started work late. Too hazardous at first to take the van out, so I went to mum’s in the Jag (it is AWD after all) and walked her dogs.

I’d say we had about 2″ of snow in total although it’s now turned to rain.

What’s in my bag, 2021

Years ago I used to carry a bag with me containing laptops, battery bricks, cables, in fact loads of stuff! They weighed a tonne but it was what I needed. Nowadays, however, my “bag” is variable depending on what I intend to do. These are the items that go in my full size travel bag; but obviously I do change from day to day and sometimes by bag read pockets.

1. Top left – T-Core power brick. It’s a decent two charge brick with USB C support. I also have larger bricks for weekends but this one is a good daytrip one.

2. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phone – the powerhouse of my setup. The reason I don’t carry a laptop everywhere.

3. Cheerdots “Cheerpod” (with it’s case and USB C cable) – A Kickstarter I backed for an air mouse/desk mouse combination. It turned out to be a great little device and it can replace both a presentation controller and a mouse; plus it’s a USB C charger.

4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (the beans) – I have very small ear canals and these fit great. I can wear them for a few hours without even realising I’ve got them in. Plus because they’re not “in the ear canal” I don’t get the perpetual ear infections I get with regular in ears.

5. Andoer LED video light – a multi function full RGB video light and emergency battery bank. Great for the never ending live streams and video chats we have these days. Superb for throwing effects onto photos and multi directional lighting.

It has a 4500 mAh battery bank built in which is a great saviour too.

Finally, the thing I get asked most about is the keyboard.

6. LG Rolly 2 – a roll up keyboard. Of the portable keyboards I own this one is the best to type on. It’s great on a flat surface. The length of it can be a bit off-putting as it is about a foot long rolled up, but it fits inside my coat pocket and I don’t notice it’s there.

It even fits in a jeans pocket… Sort of. But you might not want to sit down. These are some of my looser fit leather jeans and the pockets are quite big. I dread to try this with my slim fit latest pair.

So that’s the contents of my bag. Tiny isn’t it! I often keep it in a retro Gameboy Advance case although the keyboard is the issue here – I do a have different folding keyboard that fits in there but I’ve never found one as nice to type on.

Perhaps in a few years it will change again, but for now it’s been stable for quite a long time.

Badass is definitely back.

I’m loving my new tattoo. I can’t wait to get it finished now. Under my arm is going to have a few Sheikah words.

It looks great with the leather. I just need to get the zip mended on these trousers as it no longer locks up.