Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12th, 2014 Mickey Gilley Gave Me A Beer

September 12th, 2014 Mickey Gilley Gave Me A Beer

Today wasn't in a position to be this good. It turned out to be an amazing day. It wasn't a perfect day (Not sure I have too many of those!), but it was exceptional.  My plan today was my morning show, then commercial production, a workout in the afternoon and a location broadcast from the county fair immediately followed by a late night trip to the airport two hours away in Oklahoma City (11pm arrival) to pick up a colleague returning from the NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis.

When I realized my production load wasn't too heavy, midday, I seized the opportunity to split my day and grab a nap at home before returning for a productive afternoon. One of the keys to me getting to bed earlier throughout the week is not taking naps--but today, considering I wouldn't get home until after 1am at best, a nap was critically important. 

I enjoyed a great nap, I mean--real quality sleep, then returned for an eventful afternoon. My plan included leaving the studio by 3:30pm, heading to the YMCA for a good workout, cleaning up, changing and driving to my fair broadcast at 5pm. That was the plan. It's not what happened.

I was to interview Mickey Gilley via phone on Wednesday, but for whatever reason we couldn't connect on the phone. Instead, an opportunity presented itself for a live in-studio interview this afternoon at 3pm, in advance of his performance tonight on the Poncan Theatre stage.

I couldn't miss the opportunity to interview a living legend! I agreed to get Mickey on the air, chat it up, play some of his songs and remind listeners about the remaining seats available for the big show. Mickey was inspiring. I hope I'm that incredible by the time I'm 78 years old! The interview lasted 16 minutes. We sat, just the two of us in the studio and talked for ten more minutes off the air afterward. We laughed and he shared some incredible stories--and we laughed some more.

It was quickly approaching 3:30pm when Mickey's road manager found him in the studio and requested he get on stage for sound check. Our studios are located in the front of this historic theatre, so getting from the on-air studio to the stage takes literally 60 seconds, tops. I asked Mickey for a picture and he suggested we do a selfie. Fantastic! We shook hands and I thanked him for being such a wonderful interviewee, he then asked his road manager to go out to the bus and bring back a Gilley's brand beer from his own personal fridge. Mickey Gilley gave me a beer today!! How crazy surreal is that?? He was one of the nicest celebrities I've ever met.
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Mickey and Me

By the time I edited the recording of our live interview for a drive-time re-broadcast, it was 4pm and I had officially missed my window of opportunity for a YMCA workout. I immediately modified my plan to include the Y workout after the location broadcast. I would have a small window with just enough time for a workout and dinner before hitting the road to Will Rogers World Airport in OKC.

I wasn't able to leave the fair until 8pm. I was hoping to leave a little earlier, but it wasn't happening! And that was okay, because my pickup at the airport still hadn't left Indianapolis. By this time I was tired and hungry. I quickly realized a Y workout wasn't likely considering how late it was--and the Y closes at 9pm on Fridays. No problem, I thought--I'll enjoy dinner and then a brisk walk at the trail--something--anything, as long as it could be considered a workout!!

I enjoyed a good dinner at one of my favorite little restaurants. After the meal, I walked outside and into the exceptionally cold night air and even though I had just received word that my trip to the airport had been cancelled--because my colleague's flight was cancelled, I didn't feel like hitting the trail. I was cold and tired. It had been a long day and I needed to get home. When circumstances pop up like this, I usually modify my approach and get done what I intended to get done. Tonight, I extended some self-compassion and gave myself permission to not workout. I worked out very well yesterday and I will again tomorrow. It's okay, I kept repeating in my head, it's okay.

This is all Mickey Gilley's fault, you realize this, right? :)

I felt exceptional all day today. It wasn't the nap or the interview with a country music icon. I was feeling great because I put on a warm pullover today and it fit perfectly. I've been wearing a lot of things recently that are way too big for me. The larger shirts make me look considerably bigger. With this perfectly fitting pullover, however, I was seeing a true reflection of how far I've come, physically, in the last five months. As for how far I've come mentally and emotionally over the last five months, I don't need a reflection to notice that at all. It's evident in everything I do, touch, see, think and feel.
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Progress!!

I was honored to be included in a small group of bloggers, along with one blogger turned writer for Huffington Post--in a Jack S**t blog post this morning. Jack turned me into the green Teletubby.

It was a different kind of day!

My Tweet's today:










Heather and I watched the documentary "Fed Up" last night. I had planned on writing my review this evening, but I'll wait until tomorrow's edition. If you get a chance to watch it--please do! It's exceptional, eye opening and at times, enraging!

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Added Saturday morning 9:40am Central: The Mickey Gilley interview without songs. Press play and enjoy!


16 comments:

  1. Mickey Gilley, that's exciting! He's great. Your job sounds like so much fun, although also exhausting at times! Wish I could have heard your interview! Sounds like he really enjoyed talking to you.

    Glad you didn't have to go to the airport and drive late at night after such a long day... whew! Another great food day for you.

    I'm finding it a lot easier to fit exercise in if I just do little short 3-4 minute segments throughout my day, even during my work day. Get up from the desk, do some marching in place, squats, wall pushups, whatever. Also helps keep me more energized, because otherwise I tend to get drifty sitting at my desk for long stretches. I don't really believe that exercise has to be long and tiring to be effective.

    In fact, here's a fascinating documentary that you and Heather might both enjoy, called The Truth About Exercise. It's really educational.

    http://vimeo.com/51836895

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    1. Becky, it was a very nice visit, for sure! I edited the post to now include the interview, minus the two songs--so scroll back up and hit play!
      It was a fantastic food day, indeed! I really like your strategy for getting in the exercise, thank you for this! We have a bunch of stairs at our studio--and it would be very easy to do an occasional 10 minute stair climbing workout--and I have once or twice--but I might just make it a regular habit!! I agree with you, 100%.
      Thank you for the doc recommend--I'll check it out!!

      I hope you enjoy listening to the interview! Thank you, Becky!

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    2. What a great interview! MAN, you have a smooth radio voice, and you're such a good interviewer! You should have been doing DJ work in LA while you worked on the standup stuff! Seriously, AWESOME voice.

      By the way, the photo you posted last night-- you are looking great. You don't look overweight at all.

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    3. Becky, thank you!! And thank you!! ;)

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  2. I really like how you are able to adapt as your day changes. One of my problems is that I get stuck with this "rigid" attitude that if I miss my scheduled time to exercise, for some reason I can't do it at a different time or do something completely different altogether. It's something I've been working on so it's inspiring to see how you find a way (well, most of the time anyway). Thanks.
    -FogDog

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    1. I try to remember, what I'm doing is long term--consistency is important, of course--but perfection isn't, nor should it be. One day, in the big picture, isn't going to amount to a big deal. The key is, when the decision is made to skip a workout--I must be very honest with myself...Am I skipping for the right reasons? Is it because I'd rather not, for whatever reason--or is there a legit circumstance where a better plan is suited? As long as I'm being honest with myself about the reason behind the modification or choosing a rest day altogether, then I'm good. Most of the time I'll find a way to do something. Last night seemed very appropriate to allow the rest. Thank you FD! I really enjoyed reading your blog yesterday. Thank you for your support!

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  3. I'm smiling after reading your daily post, as I usually do. Your excitement about how your life is going now is contagious. Love it!

    You look fantastic in that full length picture by the way. Ever onward. :)

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    1. Caron, thank you so much! I absolutely love it that you're loving it!! :) I'm glad it's contagious because it's a good thing in so many ways!
      I appreciate the compliment. Wearing the pullover felt wonderful--especially coming from a place of regain where I honestly feared and wondered if I could ever make it back. Thank you for your wonderful support!

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  4. What a beautiful day! Although as a Virgo I am a creature of habit and feel much peace and comfort from the same ole, same ole....I DO love when something spontaneous happens, I go against my grain and ROLL with it, and it ends up being spectacular! So I can appreciate just how spectacular this day was for you! Makes my heart smile. :)

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    1. Thank you so very much, Gwen!! You know how this feels, my friend!! Love the phrase "heart smile." I like that a lot.

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  5. funny, but I knew today wasn't going to be an exercise day. A friend was picking me up for a meeting in Modesto; said to be ready by 8:15 and she'd swing by to collect me. I walked up to the gate, arrived about 8:10 and called; she'd not left home yet. I decided to keep walking and she'd pick me up wherever I ended up. Turns out I got in a good 30 minute walk, on a day where I'd planned nothing Tomorrow will be another good bike ride before the heat of the day cranks up.

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    1. Nice work, Life! Is this Life Coach Gerri?? I don't know why --but it only says "life" for you....Interesting.
      Great exercise today!!

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  6. What a full-to-the-brim day you had! Your holistic strategies for weight loss are really paying off :) Good going Sean!

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    1. Nikki--thank you, very much!! It was very busy--so glad I didn't need to go to the airport after all!

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  7. I noticed this is one of your first "full body" shots and you look great Sean. That tells me you are feeling more comfortable with yourself. Next,a naked body shot? ha ha ha Joke.

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    1. Divad--yes--full body shot...I recently posted one of me on stage two weeks ago at the music festival-- I was wearing clothes that were too big for me---and it made me appear much larger.. The hard work and solid changes are really working.
      Um...Funny, young lady!!!

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