The Saddle.

I'm back in it.
The saddle, that is.

It feels really good, I went almost two whole weeks without seeing Lloyd, usually I don't go more than two waking hours.

We chose a couple matchups to start writing, lined up two very special guests returning, found some great beats to start writing with.
Now we just crank, and keep cranking until the 6th rap battle is uploaded.

It's a strange process for me, because it just never stops.
Not in a bad way, not in a good way, it's just how it is.
There is always something to do, up to the last second before we upload a video.

Even after we upload it there is always some spelling error in the description, or link not working, or some thumbnail image that is too dark.
Always something to improve.

I used to be terrified of all the work, it felt so hard to keep making things good enough.
So I started reading more books about people who actually had to work hard.
The kind of working hard where your life depended on it, or someone else's life depended on it.

Right now I'm reading a thick book about the Allied invasion of Italy, WWII style.

It goes into really great detail about the individual people involved, from Winston Churchill, to Eisenhower, to General Patton, to some Colonel, to a captain, to a private on the front line, down to an old Italian woman looking for scraps of bread while she ducks from artillery shells.

It sounds depressing, and I guess sometimes its pretty dark, but I keep reading things like this because it puts my life and my challenges in perspective.

It reminds me what people are actually capable of when they try their absolute hardest.   
Italy was defended by hundreds of thousands of soldiers with their guns pointed forward, and hundreds of thousands of other soldiers pretty much ran straight at them.

They watched people fall around them, and they just kept going.  The men giving orders knew they were sending other men to die, and they would have to live with those decisions for the rest of their lives, but they kept making them anyway, as part of a larger objective to end a war that had taken over most of the world.

It makes my late nights editing rapping Ghostbusters seem not so hard after all.

-np





 

11 comments

  • Michael

    Michael

    Daniel Radcliffe's father would always listen tell him "Well at least you are not down a mine" every time he was having a hard go of things. It is a good way to keep things in perspective. Sure the work is stressful and tedious but at least you are not down a mine.

    Daniel Radcliffe's father would always listen tell him "Well at least you are not down a mine" every time he was having a hard go of things. It is a good way to keep things in perspective. Sure the work is stressful and tedious but at least you are not down a mine.

  • Michael

    Michael

    And I should proof read before posting

    And I should proof read before posting

  • Nice Peter

    Nice Peter

    my WWII thinking brain was reading it as "land mine" and I was very confused for a moment.

    my WWII thinking brain was reading it as "land mine" and I was very confused for a moment.

  • Michael

    Michael

    Either works in this case as both would suck. Admittedly the land mine may only suck for a second or two before you bleed out.

    Either works in this case as both would suck. Admittedly the land mine may only suck for a second or two before you bleed out.

  • Thais

    Thais Sao Paulo, Brazil

    It's sad to think that we sometimes complain about such small things while throught all the years lots of men and women fought and struggle for a better future and for something better for us,, the martires are a great example of people who fought for an ideal! By these examples I try to be better in the ordinary things of each day, by reading about then and "knowing" then, we gain power that capacitate us to be better! I wish to someday give my heart into something great, thinking about a better and greater future!

    It's sad to think that we sometimes complain about such small things while throught all the years lots of men and women fought and struggle for a better future and for something better for us,, the martires are a great example of people who fought for an ideal! By these examples I try to be better in the ordinary things of each day, by reading about then and "knowing" then, we gain power that capacitate us to be better! I wish to someday give my heart into something great, thinking about a better and greater future!

  • Sarah

    Sarah Mission Viejo

    Hey Nicepeter, I just wanted to give you some encouragement for what you do. I was in the middle of nursing school in Nashville, TN when my then boyfriend and his roommate introduced me to a rap battle on YouTube between Chuck Norris and Abraham Lincoln. I absolutely loved it and was later introduced to a Monday show by some dude named nicepeter. The jokes were great and the positivity was inspiring during the most stressful time in my life. I would sit in coffee shops spending hours studying to be a nurse and every few hours, I would watch an ERB or a monday show for just a few moments of levity. Imagine how silly I looked giggling to my laptop in the middle of a quiet coffee shop :-). I can honestly say your videos helped me through nursing school. Later, I married my boyfriend and joined him in Orange county. I now have a job as a nurse in Lynnwood and I'm facing a new challenge. Being a nurse is one of the hardest things I've ever done. There are so many things to do with the stakes so unbelievably high. Thank you for this post and for inspiring me again. Hope you're well, I miss the Monday show and thank you for reminding me of this: any job worth doing is one worth doing well. Just remember that you and I are both human; we can give ourselves some room for error. Hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. Oh, and I'd like to see Julian Assange and Neo fight in a rap battle :-). Take care, Sarah

    Hey Nicepeter,

    I just wanted to give you some encouragement for what you do. I was in the middle of nursing school in Nashville, TN when my then boyfriend and his roommate introduced me to a rap battle on YouTube between Chuck Norris and Abraham Lincoln. I absolutely loved it and was later introduced to a Monday show by some dude named nicepeter. The jokes were great and the positivity was inspiring during the most stressful time in my life. I would sit in coffee shops spending hours studying to be a nurse and every few hours, I would watch an ERB or a monday show for just a few moments of levity. Imagine how silly I looked giggling to my laptop in the middle of a quiet coffee shop :-). I can honestly say your videos helped me through nursing school. Later, I married my boyfriend and joined him in Orange county. I now have a job as a nurse in Lynnwood and I'm facing a new challenge. Being a nurse is one of the hardest things I've ever done. There are so many things to do with the stakes so unbelievably high. Thank you for this post and for inspiring me again. Hope you're well, I miss the Monday show and thank you for reminding me of this: any job worth doing is one worth doing well. Just remember that you and I are both human; we can give ourselves some room for error. Hang in there and keep doing what you're doing.

    Oh, and I'd like to see Julian Assange and Neo fight in a rap battle :-).

    Take care,
    Sarah

  • Charli

    Charli Lake in the Hills, IL

    At the risk of sounding dark myself, I'm very into WWII from beginning to end. I really enjoy how you gave a nod to it in your blog. I'm a fan of course of ERB, you as an individual and Lloyd as an individual. You two remind me of the US and Great Britain. Thick as thieves but can stand alone apart. I can also relate to the need to constantly improve the things I work on. I'm like that with my writing. I get surged with an idea and start to write, but once I'm done and I re-read it later I wonder "Was that really a good idea, cause it could be more of this way instead of that". From there I will mess with the same project over and over, tweaking every detail that mocks me. What I'm saying, to get to the point, is it's nice to read a blog that almost sounds like me in a way. :) Kind of fun to see it from this side.

    At the risk of sounding dark myself, I'm very into WWII from beginning to end. I really enjoy how you gave a nod to it in your blog. I'm a fan of course of ERB, you as an individual and Lloyd as an individual. You two remind me of the US and Great Britain. Thick as thieves but can stand alone apart. I can also relate to the need to constantly improve the things I work on. I'm like that with my writing. I get surged with an idea and start to write, but once I'm done and I re-read it later I wonder "Was that really a good idea, cause it could be more of this way instead of that". From there I will mess with the same project over and over, tweaking every detail that mocks me. What I'm saying, to get to the point, is it's nice to read a blog that almost sounds like me in a way. smile Kind of fun to see it from this side.

  • Calls

    Calls Sweden

    Hey Pete, fellow history nerd here, just wonderin what's the name of the history book? :)

    Hey Pete, fellow history nerd here, just wonderin what's the name of the history book? smile

  • Nice Peter

    Nice Peter

    @Calls - it's called "The Day of Battle" by Rick Atkinson. I got into it after reading "Operation Mincemeat" about a deception operation before the invasion of Sicily. That one is fucking incredible, and a fast read. The Day of Battle is long, drawn out, a little depressing, a little inspiring, and great.

    @Calls - it's called "The Day of Battle" by Rick Atkinson. I got into it after reading "Operation Mincemeat" about a deception operation before the invasion of Sicily. That one is fucking incredible, and a fast read. The Day of Battle is long, drawn out, a little depressing, a little inspiring, and great.

  • Jeremy

    Jeremy Los Angeles, California

    Hey Pete, another history nerd here, have you read Undaunted Courage? One of the best written biographies to date in my opinion.

    Hey Pete, another history nerd here, have you read Undaunted Courage? One of the best written biographies to date in my opinion.

  • Calls

    Calls Sweden

    @Nice Peter Thanks! Will check both of them out!!

    @Nice Peter Thanks! Will check both of them out!!

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