Pan smoke

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Cooked a 3 quart pot today.  Boiling 6 eggs, dozed off, wondering what the smell was when I woke.  I found out when I left the office.  Yikes!  The idea was use up the 10 eggs before the end of next week.  That much I made good progress accomplishing.  Doh!  Fortunately, it was a cheap pot to replace.

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It will take a while to air out the house.  It’s going to linger.  Vanilla Fabreze in the meantime.

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Sirloins have been postponed until tomorrow.  At least I got them trimmed down before garbage went out.

Singing with teeth

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Went to Music School last night and had my first experience in singing with dentures.  Over all, it was successful, but I did learn a few things.  Adhesive on the lower plate is a must to avoid irritation to the gums.  Breathing will be different.  More power on the bass notes is needed.  And lots of little things that aren’t easy to describe.  But over all, I now know that I will be able to perform in public with them.

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Slept 15 hours since I got home.  Whew!  Not just napping, it was lights out.  Sore too, upper legs and back fussing big time.

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Ten days until exile.  The countdown begins.  Four chunks of sirloin to be tenderized and marinated, broiled and frozen for the stay.  They’ll join already cooked ribs, pork loin, chicken, etc.

Freezer

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Doing what I can to reduce the load in the freezer.  Rib eye…

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Gas Tank

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Just a quick model and first render in modo 12, a propane tank.

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Back

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My three day stint is behind me.  Back home.  Been raining a bit this week.  But everything is going well.  No complaints, other than a little sore from the waist down.

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I’m going to take it easy for a few days, settled in, relaxed.  Chance of rain for the rest of the week.  Highs in the mid 80s.  A good time to relax.

Bryan

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Headed tomorrow to housesit in Bryan, Friday to Monday morning.  Feed birds and Squirt and new feral cats.  I’ll take care of business while I’m there.  Haven’t made any Music Schools recently.

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Paid auto insurance today.  Ouch.  Still staying afloat though.  Only have storage left to pay for the month.

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Starting to look at next month’s exile.  I will have fresh 90 day scripts for everything, so no pharmacy juggles.  Looking at what I need to pack for a 30 day w/ Myka jaunt.  I will probably take the audio mixer and do some recording.  I expect to do a little jamming as well.

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Not much to worry about in the meantime.  Lots to eat.  Just killed off a loaded pizza.  Had a chicken/broccoli alfredo before that.  Steak, ribs, and smoke turkey/provolone sandwiches are filling out the main courses.  A risotto is for when I get back from Bryan.  Still not gluing the plates in yet, but the partial helps a good deal when eating without them.  That is about to change, though.

-ember

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Finally resolved the digestive issue in this morning’s wee hours.  It had kept me at home for a couple of road trips, so I’m happy to resolve it.  The bloating was getting uncomfortable and straining my repaired abs.  The new hypertension med will hopefully not repeat the problem.  I was happy with the valsartan.  A shame they recalled it.

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Speaking of meds, the pharmacy has been problematic.  Actually, the online refill function and the insurance were the issues, not the pharmacists themselves.  One more refill toward the end of the month, and I’l be set for exile in October, no refills until I get back (knock on wood).

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Had a strange dream about being tattooed.  It came from a video I saw of a band’s performance, the singer had strange tats on his neck.  I dreamed that I joined some social/political group (that part was fuzzy), and the requirement was getting tattooed.  In the dream, I woke up with a flower on each bicep, didn’t dream about the actual imprinting, and I wasn’t happy.  The flowers were the same as on one side of the singer’s neck.  I tried to make them go away, but none of the dream resets was successful, and that was quite frustrating.  I was glad to wake up.

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Weather starting to change, the heat fading ever so slightly, with a continuation in the near future.  Triple digits to lower 90s is a welcome change.  I’ve had my fill of peak summer, though I’m sure I will miss the heat when it turns cool.  It will help in thawing and cooking the freezer contents.  Ribeyes, sirloins, and more to be cooked.  They’ll join ribs, pork loin, chicken, and more that are already cooked while in exile.  I will be fed and dining out during my stay, so no large masses will travel.  But I will have plenty variety to tide me over when I have time to myself.  I just want to empty the freezer as much as possible for my absence, considering the last exile’s debacle.  I will stop replacing what I eat this month.  (Skipping the baby back ribs sale isn’t easy.  But the $4 Blue Bell won’t be a problem.  I’m near the bottom of the tub.)

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September is an expensive month, auto insurance being the big ticket.  But I am still above water.  Now that I have taken care of my digestive tract, I can make a run to Bryan and do bank business.  Maybe even take in a Music School.  All in all, things are looking up, though they weren’t all that bad.

Sirloin

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Two halves of an inch thick sirloin is tenderized and sitting in the fridge marinating.  Photo-op to follow.

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Upped the dose on the irbesartan to 300 mg/day.  A little dingy, but manageable.  Able to drive, no problems.  I think I can maintain it.

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Today was not triple digits, after a week of them.  It only got to 98°F.  I slept through most of the heat.  Hanging close to the nest.

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Washington is getting interesting.  I’m enjoying it.

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Sirloin, tenderized, marinated.  Yummy tacos.

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T-bone

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A post of few words.

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99°F

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We’ve been having a string of days with highs at 99°F, with a couple more due this weekend.  Needless to say, I’m not hanging out outside much during the afternoon.  In fact, I’m pulling graveyard shift, sleeping mostly during daylight.

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It started Thursday, the day after I went to Music School, debuting Egee and my chompers.  Got back about 2 am, stayed up a while, then sawed logs until late in the afternoon.

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Music School was fun.  There were ample leaders, so no one got worn out.  The Egee did well, and I discovered that it has the same body as Doug’s Takamine G Series Bass. (Well, he has the two piece back, Egee is a three piece.)  But from the audience, it’s the same body with a different neck, bridge, and guard.  Both have the same jumbo body in honey burst.

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I also sacrificed my 20 month old open bottle of Patron Anejo, my getting the first shot.  It was a good way to celebrate being permitted to drink lightly again (hypertension med change).  The bottle didn’t last long.  It was a pretty rowdy night.  But we had fun.  My pipes were in good shape.  It was a good night of music. The ears and spirits were well treated.

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But since I’ve been back, it’s been a snail’s pace.  Not in a hurry for anything.  Myka has taken to the air conditioning, and I’m her doorman.  (In and out and in and out…)  6 am store runs.  Avoiding the heat as much as possible.

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Thawing out a T-bone.  First steak in almost two months.  Part was dental, but part is the kitchen heat.  More to be thawed in the weeks ahead.  I have a freezer to empty as much as possible by the end of September.

More Summer

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August remains fairly mild, mid-90s, high humidity, symptoms of a typical Gulf coast summer.  A little rain here and there, not excessive, but enough to keep things green.  Staying in the A/C most of the time.

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Still waiting for the sore on my gums to heal.  It’s almost there, but not quite.  Not suffering, but not gluing in the lower plate yet.  Spending most of the time without them, which suits me fine at this point.

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The headphones are working fine.  I’m familiar enough to use them properly, powering up and down as needed.  They charge with the same charger as the phone uses.  All in all, what I wanted.

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I will probably make Music School tomorrow.  Was at Julie’s yesterday, playing the Egee.  Voice has been neglected the last month while healing.  But I’ll blow out the pipes soon enough.

Creed

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Defense attorney creed:

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When the facts are against you, argue the law.

When the law is against you, argue the facts.

When both the law and facts are against you, wave your arms and yell that the entire case is a set up!

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/For those who are not attorneys or know any personally/

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The original creed has the third line reading:

When both the law and facts are against you, plead guilty.

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Hence, the logic is that if you see a lawyer denying the validity of a trial or investigation, guilt can pretty much be assumed.

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Ordered a set of quality Bluetooth headphones at a great price from Amazon yesterday.  This will allow me to go cordless on the laptop which has blown its internal speaker circuity.  They are due to arrive tomorrow.

Unleashed

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No medical appointments until February.  After over a year of slice and dice and prick and prod, I have finally exited the experience of doctors and dentists for the next six months.  Knock on wood.  Woohooo!

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Granted, everything I’ve been through began as an elective treatment, something I chose to do.  And at this point, I have finally reached the point where it was all worth it.  I have everything the way I want, I have the medications I want.  I’m in pretty good shape, over all.  Not saying that I have the body that I had when I was 18.  But I’m not complaining.

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Now I can relax, nothing on the schedule, live life as I see fit.  No more counting off the hours, getting prepped, being there on time.  And no more surgery, no more healing, no more special care in the things I do.  I can just be me again, as I please, full time.

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Roasted the bag of chicken quarters last night, restocking the freezer.  There was room for it, but once again, there is not a lot of room to spare.  Oh well, I need to work on it as I learn to eat again.  As soon as the sore in my mouth from chomping down on a wayward cashew heals, I will be thawing steaks and ribs and loin and relearning to eat.

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I need to go stock up on fresh veggies.  And I need to get bagged peas and beans, but not until it cools down a little.  Small pots and pans rule until the weather cools.

Shopping

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Got my complete denture maintenance kit together in a plastic container.  Cleaning, adhesive, padding, pain.  All there in one place, clean, travel friendly.

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I also got more honey roasted cashews.  And a bag of chicken, more alfredo mix, some cheese risotto mix, and some replacements for things I’ve wiped out.  A moderate shopping spree.

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Today was payday.  Nice to see a balance left after the smoke has cleared.

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Things are slow after the burn session.  Plenty more catching up to do, but a little rest and concentrating on day to day stuff is useful too.  Won’t be going to Bryan yet, so Music School is not on my schedule this week.  But that’s okay.  Not quite ready for it.  And I haven’t learned to sing yet with the dentures in my mouth.  Playing a little music here and there, but it’s not a primary focus at this point in time.

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Myka is thoroughly enjoying the box for the laptop battery shipping.

Whew!

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Burned out.  82 discs total.  15 minutes a piece, plus an hour for logistics.  21.5 billable hours.  Took closer to 25 hours though.  It was a pain, but it’s nice to have the 400G available on the catch all drive.  I can procrastinate again.  I have another 6 (maybe 8) DVDs to burn from a different external drive, but I’m in no hurry there, as it won’t change what is stored on the drive.  I need to do some sorting before that happens.

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I still have the hard drive to hard drive backups to do.  But I can sleep during those.  And there is some sorting needed before that happens.  Plenty of time in the schedule, no hurry.

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Scanning is next, but not today.  The rest of the day is rest day.  I’ve been waiting for the computer battery to arrive today, which it just did.  It arrived 80% charged.

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Nice to have the primary browser back online full time.

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Used up the milk.  No spoilage.  The chicken/broccoli alfredo turned out well.  No leftovers.  Almost out of recipe chicken.  Time soon for another bag of leg quarters.  I think I’ll have room for it in the freezer, though I should think about peeling those crawfish tails from the fling.  They would go well in dirty rice.  Thinking about a tenderized sirloin.

Argh

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End of day 2: 63 down, 17 to go.  Procrastination, like karma, even for good reason, is a β!†©#.  Fortunately, I am well overstocked in DVD blanks, cases, and labels.  But I am tired.  At least the third day is a half day and not a full one.  I’ll make it.  The catch-all hard drive has lots of available space on it now.  Hardest part is doing without the main browser during the burns for the sake of RAM usage.

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Cooked the third batch of sausage gravy today.  Tonight will be the chicken and broccoli alfredo, when it cools down.  Then the milk will get used up on time.  No shortage of food to eat.

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I used the dentures to eat a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich.  The teeth work well, but the gums are still a bit on the sore side where the extractions were made.  Adhesive will help, once I get the brushes to clean them.  I ordered the brushes from Amazon to get free shipping for the laptop battery.  I could have gotten then locally a week ago, but I couldn’t think of anything else as the shipping balance item.  Just as well, I’m not quite ready to use them, though the dentures work quite well.  Sharp little suckers.  Got pastrami, smoked turkey, gouda, baby swiss, and provolone as an incentive for future sandwiches.  Until then, I’ve got plenty to eat.

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Feels good to be on my own time and feeling up to making use of it.  Between work, medication side effects, medical procedures, and other people making use of my time, it’s good to finally be in the clear.  The last 12 months have been an ordeal.  I’m happy to see some free time that I can call my own.

Nothing happened today

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Well, I did make a store run.  Got DVD blanks, a prescription, cat litter, etc.  But otherwise, nothing happened.  Well, I did dishes and cooked pasta, got Myka some grass to munch.  Seriously, it was a lazy day.  I went through some old photos, looking for stuff to scan.  (Seriously, who was that girl?)  Some of them will show up here.  But I really didn’t do anything.  Don’t mind following the news in Washington, or playing guitar, or wearing Myka out.  It was a nothing day.  Nothing happened.

Chomp

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I think they’re stable and usable.

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I also think I have reached the point where it’s finally all been worth it.  Today was my last doctor appointment for six months.  (Okay, one more dental follow up just to check progress in adapting.  Nothing expected to happen other than talk.)

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Doctor appointment today went well.  Going to test a step up dosage on the valsartan.  Everything else went well.  Testing won’t be done for half a year.  I am off the hook.  I think I finally reached the point where I can say that it was all worth it.  Whew!

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Now if I don’t get called for jury duty again.

Scanner

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Six months after getting the scanner, I finally got the software installed and the unit working.  Actually a good image, considerably better than $55 price tag would indicate.  And I like the flexibility of the output, capable of doing what I want it to do, which is just placing the image in the folder I want without trying to do a bunch of other stuff.  I like its mix of simplicity and quality.  The prolonged delay says much about this year thus far.

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Now the next task is plugging in the external disk recorder.  I have a bunch of DVD backups to burn.

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The last of the big recipes have finally been consumed, dishes washed.  As hot as it is, doing a lot of easy grazing from the fridge, cabinet, and microwave, for which I am well stocked.  Thawed out ham and stadium bratwurst.

Session 2

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Got a second adjustment yesterday, and the plates are considerably better.  Next Tuesday should be the date for relining.  That should be the end of it, except perhaps a follow up.  Then I can learn to eat and sing, as they won’t be changing after that (hopefully).

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Taking the day off today, tomorrow is the birthday party in Elgin.  First public appearance for me and Egee.  I dread it, in a way, too much gregarious attention.  But I’m determined to have fun anyway.

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The weekend will be my time to catch up on chores, backups, installations, etc.  No shortage of catch up here.

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Lots of baby birds on the wing, being tutored by their parents.

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Bowed out of the party tomorrow.  It’s a little too soon after surgery to be out in the summer heat and carrying on.  Antibiotics still affecting my system, even though I finished them days ago.  Teeth not quite there.  Just not in the cards to be kicking up my heels yet.

Getting there

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Gums have almost healed.  Still some sensitivity when pressed, but overall settling down.  Still eating honey roasted cashews.

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Might be a busy week.  A Bryan run tomorrow morning.  Dentist appointment Tuesday.  After that, it’s up in the air.

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Playing a little music here and there.

Honey Roasted Cashews

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Had the dentures adjusted today, and they are MUCH better.  I put a Seabond strip in the lower plate, and I ate the celebratory honey roasted cashews.  It has been a looooong time since I have tasted any.

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Spaghetti for dinner tonight.  Not quite ready to eat in public yet, still a bit of healing to do, so the salad bar will keep, but I definitely look forward to it.

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I am more optimistic by magnitudes about the way they’ll work out for me.  I can relax this afternoon.  Things are definitely looking up.

Done!

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The slice and dice is finally over!!!!!!!!!  (Chomp chomp, as soon as the numbness wears off.)

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Q: How do you take a pain killer before the procaine wears off, when you can’t drink fluid without drooling it all over the place?

A: Crank up the washing machine.

#6 Egee

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My 6th guitar, hereby dubbed Egee is a Takamine EG523CDX12.  (12 string)  It has just entered my possession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – Electric solid body, unbranded and unnamed, purchased with S&H Green Stamps in 1966.  I experimented it to death, since I never really learned to play it.  (I still have the amp and it still worked the last time I plugged it in a few years ago, despite a slight tear in the speaker cone.)

 

#2 – Ny A nylon string guitar that I bought in 1968 for Sharon, who gave it back to me when we broke up.  I don’t remember the brand, it wasn’t expensive.  I took it to college and performed on stage with it, gaining SROs at the Basement.  I gave it to a friend after getting #3.

 

#3 – Yammer Hammer A Yamaha FG160 dreadnaught acoustic that I bought in 1974 from a co-worker when I was working for Automatic Electric. It turned out to be an exceptional Yamaha.  I wore it out in the 24 years I played it, housed in the denim print carry bag.  Lots of fond memories and stories.  I was offered three different Martins for it, trades which I declined  (Stored in the closet.)

 

#4 – Meenie A Takamine G335 12 string dreadnaught acoustic that I purchased new in 1997.  18 years of joyful service until the bridge popped.  Plans are to get it fixed.  My favorite guitar thus far, with more than a few good stories. (Stored in the closet.)

 

#5 – Maha My second Yamaha, a FS720S concert acoustic that Vince Bell sent me when the bridge popped on the Meenie in 2015.  It is also one of the exceptional Yamaha gems, and played much the same way #3 played, so adapting to it was easy.  Most noted is the StarWars b/w hard case.

 

#6 – Egee The Takamine EG523CDX12 jumbo that I brought home 11 hours ago.  This one was was accepted from a friend, in lieu of money to be repaid.  It plays much like the Meenie, and it has the TK40 electronics/tuner built in.  It’s also the first time in my life that I will have two working guitars together for any length of time (assuming I survive long enough).

 

(6 hours until dental surgery)

The Approach

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Friday is getting closer.  Things are going well for the prep.  Most of the recovery prep is done.  All of this week’s cooking is done, the soup diet ready to roll.  I’m pretty much ready for the third and final.

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Finances have been rough the last three months, and I’ve seen the reservoir drop in large chunks.  I won’t hit dead bottom, but close enough.  At least I’ll have pearly whites to chomp with.  But I am having to reel in extraneous expenses, go back into saving mode.  It’s summer, my needs are covered.  Hunker down and catch up.

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Not doing too much otherwise.  Building up my stamina, getting myself oriented.  If I stay on top of it until surgery, I’ll get through fine.  No partying on the 4th to distract me.