Blog in Z-flat Major

Welcome to Z-flat Major, the official bPatrick blog.

Change, Rhode Island, and Vague Flashbacks to Once Upon a Time 

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy unfortunately not so far away, a fifth grade version of myself came home on the third day of school and announced he was never going back. My parents responded by doing what any concerned parents would do in that situation - they sent me to a shrink. OK, he wasn't exactly a "shrink," but was actually more of a psychologist/counselor. But "shrink" sounds more dramatic, so let's go with that. Of course, this all ended my early onset dropout days, and after a short while of…

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Grief and Hockey 

I've taken a bit of a blogging break over these past three months. Is it just me, or does time seem to fly by faster the older you get? My last post was about my dad, who passed away in March. Since then, I've been immersed in everything from helping my mom get settled, extensive recording, home improvement projects, and even a recent trip back to Rhode Island. So it seems appropriate that my re-entry into the practice of blogging would also be about Dad, who while always there with me in my thoughts, was…

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A Better Place 

My dad died last Monday, March 4th. He was 92, and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past summer. Due to the low success rate of treating that particular type of cancer, along with his age, he decided against chemo or radiation. He wanted to enjoy the remaining time he had left, and not spend it sick from treatments. He made it all the way through the holidays and into the new year with barely any symptoms, even as blood tests indicated the cancer was progressing. While hospitalized in…

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Breaking Bad Part II: "I Am the One Who Knocks" 

Wow! Wow! Ummmm.... wow! I've watched many television series over the years, but I have to say Breaking Bad was my favorite of all time. Vince Gilligan did a profound job of creating a story with multi-layered characters and interwoven plots that impacted viewers on so many levels. It was simultaneously entertaining, exciting, and disturbing. The messiness of humanity was masterfully portrayed, as was the reality that the line between good and evil may not be as distant or foreign as we may think. As Walter…

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Breaking Bad 

* The posting below was written while we were in the midst of watching Season 2 of Breaking Bad. Be sure to check out the Part II follow up to this, written after we concluded the series!

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Ok, so I realize we're about a decade behind, but Christina and I are obsessed with Breaking Bad, the AMC television series that aired from 2008 to 2013. We recently began watching it after getting Netflix. As many of you probably already know, the series gets its title from…

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Uncle Barry, Realignment, and the Price of Tea in China 

I was named after my mom's brother, and my uncle was a story all to himself. In my eyes, as well as many others, he was the definition of "cool." As a kid and young adult, he was always the one who got into all kinds of mischief. Yet he was the kind of guy who had a heart of gold, and would do anything for anyone. Uncle Barry was the life of any gathering, and had a personality that drew people in everywhere he went. From when I was a little kid, I always looked forward to and enjoyed being around him…

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Why Z-flat Major? 

Why Z-flat Major? What does that even mean? Anyone who has the slightest familiarity with music theory knows the musical alphabet only goes as far as the letter G, and then returns to A. There's no such thing as a pitch or a key designated by H, or I, or any other letter beyond G. There are such things as quarter tones. But Z-flat? That's not something we recognize as a musical classification or anything that exists. Which is exactly the reason I chose that name for this section of the site.

I'm not a…

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