My 500 Mile Bike Trip

  • Posted on: 11 September 2014
  • By: charliecheney

Monday 9/8/2014

I rode my bike to Fremont Michigan from Sheboygan Wisconsin in the past 17 hours. Well, I took the high-speed ferry from Milwaukee in the middle I must admit, but it was still over 100 miles riding. The past 2 weeks have been my biggest commitment to long distance riding yet. Two weeks ago I loaded up my Yuba Mundo with a rather absurd amount of gear and rode out of Sturgeon Bay around 9pm for a 90 mile overnight ride to Sheboygan. I've been riding ever since. That was Sunday night August 24th. Here's what the bike looked like as I pulled out of Sturgeon Bay:

Peering Into The Power Broker Society

  • Posted on: 3 June 2014
  • By: charliecheney

Last night and today I'm reeling a bit. I'm working on a project that lets me peer into the power broker society of big entertainment television, and I suddenly discovered a bunch of new perspectives that left me mind blown and fascinated. I always marvel at seeing things in new ways and my mind invariably begins to process and extrapolate out in several directions from there, building new links, trying out new theories. This morning's epiphany is that capitalism is designed for people to buy down from themselves, equal to themselves, but rarely up from themselves.

Los Angeles. Spring 2014.

  • Posted on: 18 April 2014
  • By: charliecheney

I leave for Wisconsin next Wednesday. My whirlwind 4 month adventure in LA ends for now and I'm already excited to come back in November if not sooner. I've come to love LA for sure. Yesterday I rode 38 miles on my bike on a pleasure cruise up Highway 1 into Malibu. It was wonderful. Stopped halfway to nap on the beach for a bit in the late afternoon sun, the waves calling out the tempo of their song. What's not to love.

This One Goes To Eleven... Ulysses Reading June 16th at Untitled Books in Sturgeon Bay WI to Celebrate Bloomsday

  • Posted on: 16 March 2014
  • By: charliecheney

I'm excited to announce that I've booked a performance at Untitled Bookstore in Sturgeon Bay on June 16th, 2014 starting around 4pm in which I will read large portions of Chapter 11 of Ulysses by James Joyce in honor of "Bloomsday". For those of you unfamiliar with Ulysses, Chapter 11 is the "Sirens" or music chapter and takes place in the book on June 16th 1904 starting at around 4pm as well. It will be the 110th anniversary so to speak. It is a rather uproarious chapter, filled with guffawing jokes and innuendo amongst the characters, and laced with musical imagery.

New shows booked for Feb 7, 8, and 14 in Wisconsin

  • Posted on: 21 January 2014
  • By: charliecheney

Wisconsin folks... Carley Baer and I have booked gigs on Feb 7th at Osthedler Saloon in Sheboygan Falls, Sat Feb 8th at the Fishing Hole in Idlewild (just outside Sturgeon Bay), and then will be performing in the QUEEN of all Valentines Day shows "Love On Holiday" at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay Fri Feb 14th. Woot! See you there! More info to come...

Megabus Research Toronto to Milwaukee

  • Posted on: 19 May 2013
  • By: charliecheney

I was just on the phone with my friend Debs and we started chatting about visiting each other this year. She lives in Toronto for the most part, so I started researching Megabus routes between Toronto and Milwaukee.

Megabus has a route from Toronto to Washington DC as near as I can tell. With connections in Buffalo, NYC, Philly, and Baltimore.

Now, in my madness, I'm creating a database app to help me create ideal Megabus routes between cities that require multiple transfers, so I can figure out the fastest routes, shortest routes, least expensive routes, etc...

Microsoft Chat

  • Posted on: 17 May 2013
  • By: charliecheney

This is a real chat I'm having with Microsoft right now... the language the first Microsoft rep uses. Oh my god. Then the logic of the 2nd rep... oh my god. We've descended into madness. I did not make any of this up. This is copied and pasted verbatim. I changed the email addresses so you won't try to email the kid who's account I logged into on Microsoft's instruction. What a fiasco.


Solar Panels, Greenhouses, Heirloom Seeds, and Compost

  • Posted on: 25 April 2013
  • By: charliecheney

I have a new thing I'm interested in, or more accurately, today I'm beginning to define how much I've been thinking about solar energy and gardening. I googled solar panels today and was pretty fascinated to see that Home Depot and Lowe's had top rankings in Google for solar panels. You can literally drive to the DIY store down the street now and buy solar panels. This link on how to evaluate your next solar energy purchase was the first one i read and it seemed like a good one.

Austin and the Aerie

  • Posted on: 22 March 2013
  • By: charliecheney

I've been living in Austin at the Aerie Studio for the past two weeks helping producer Mark Addison make a few local singer-songwriter records. This week we recorded 9 tracks for Wendy Colonna's new album and they were mighty impressive. A remarkable set of studio musicians made a bunch of magic. Rob Hooper on drums, Dave Madden on keys, Billy Masters on guitar, Michael Stevens on bass. Monster grooves. So tasty. Swampy New Orleans grooves and Texas singer-songwriter blues with some marvelous atonal bits.

Particularly impressed with and inspired by Dave Madden's work on keyboard.

The Pregnant America

  • Posted on: 25 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

I've met a handful of people in my lifetime who have switched political parties. It's like Heinz vs. Hunts, or ketchup vs. catsup. Did you know Target actually knows when you're pregnant and they also know that when you're pregnant is one of the few times you're likely to change brands? But they hide the advertisements that are specific to babies, hygiene, and food in their monthly mailers amongst other more "manly" items like tools and car accessories so as not to creep you out. So the question becomes... when are americans most "pregnant" and open to changing their long held beliefs?

Everybody Dies

  • Posted on: 24 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

Experiencing loss, like feeling hurt, feeling insulted, feeling grateful, or feeling broken is what music is all about for me. Writing songs is how I study and evaluate my own perceptions, values, and ability to respond.

My thought for today.