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The slower you get…

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 10:48 pm

The slower you get, the more hugs that you need.

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I penned that last Sunday, as I gathered my share of hugs.  It seemed to go over pretty well.

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Added three songs to the book this week.  None are unknown, I’ve played along with them before or know them well enough.  None of them are difficult, but they aren’t classic progressions either.

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Still getting my share of sleep.  Body not quite back to snuff.

A Farewell to Richard Dobson

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 2:27 am

On Sunday, friends of the late Richard Dobson gathered privately in Elgin to join his widow Edith in bidding him a musical farewell.  There was a long list of hallowed musicians and songwriters from Texas and Nashville performing two or three songs that Richard wrote.

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I was one of the local acts who brought up the rear, sharing the stage with Ellen, Julie, Stephen, and Lynette.  We pretty much brought the crowd activity to a halt, something no other set managed.  Our rehearsals paid off, and we did well.  And the compliments from high were a bit overwhelming.

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Following the show was a jam that went from sunset to the wee hours.  I was the last jam leader to fold.  All in all, I feel that Richard would have approved.

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It was a good gathering.  Much of the family was there.  Lots of catching up and warm fun.  It was a good time.    Julie got to meet and play with some of the musicians for the first time.  We headed back to Brenham in the wee hours, a nice warm glow.

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R&R was intense for a couple of days, and on Wednesday, I got all my business for the week behind me.  Now I have the rest of the week to do my stuff, I hope.

A busy week and change

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 10:10 pm

Been a fairly busy ten days.  More web work.  Rehearsing for the Sunday memorial for Richard Dobson (this coming Sunday) at a couple of music schools.  Hard drive house keeping.  Lots of this and that.  The list is long.

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This is not to say that it hasn’t been fun.  The wild flowers have been gorgeous this year, though much of the land is being grazed by livestock, so it’s not as spectacular as it could be.  The music schools have been impressive.  Can’t complain about the quality of life.

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Just did another t-bone.

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Gear shift knob

Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 5:04 am

Got a new gear shift knob to celebrate the truck’s new registration sticker.  It doesn’t spin and has a top, unlike the old one.  It’s a little spiffier, but not too much so.

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Another tenderized, marinated chunk of sirloin.  Yum.

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Truck

Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 1:32 am

Truck is registered for another year, insurance for 6 months.  Thursday was an expensive day, but I took Julie out to Chili’s for dinner.  I at least got a little fun out of spending a gob of money that day.  The truck passed inspection without any prep being done to it.  Met the deadline by two and a half hours.  I hate what sinus infections do to one’s schedule.  Big rain storms too.

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Rehearsing Hum of the Wheels for Richard’s memorial.

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Good Friday was a holiday here, so I just kicked back and holidayed, all my errands done.  Chili cheese spud for dinner.

Street

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 3:22 am

I have a street.  It went from compacted dirt mix to street in one noisy, smelly day.  Like the guy hitting himself with the hammer, it’s so nice when it stops.

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And I think I’m finally over the sinus infection.  That means it’s back to business.  About time.  Too long a burden.  So nice when it stops.

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Now onward to the third and last medical butchering.

Jumble

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 5:16 am

Well, the upper respiratory infection has lingered on to the two week point today.  Not bad, and I’m once again free from medication.  But I still occasionally blow my nose.  But it is finally coming around.  Finally.  Knock on wood.

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Road construction has been going on for two days, and the house has vibrated frequently.  Asphalt Zipper, loaders, grader, vibrating soil compactor, smooth vibrating compactor, water trucks, the list of road paving equipment has been a long one.  It will be nice when they get done, hopefully by the end of the week.

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Still looking ahead to dental work.  Hopefully I’ll get started on it next week.  Also truck title, registration, inspection, and insurance.  I’ve got a week to get that done, once the road work allows me to get the truck out for inspection.

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Put together a concept image in Photoshop for JW², a potential duet with Julie and me, since JW is both our initials.  My intent is to use the guitars in a photo, her Martin 12 string and my Yamaha, rather than this rough composite.  But it shows how to arrange the instruments for the PR image.

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Turning the corner

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Well, I am feeling better, and some of the symptoms are improving, some are not.  Drainage is decreasing, but it’s getting more color to it.  The soreness is almost gone, but I’m getting a little short of breath at times.  It’s not so much the infection now as it is the symptoms that are giving me the most trouble.  But it’s now just riding it out.  I am feeling better, overall a definite improvement.

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To celebrate, I broiled a rib eye.

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and a half

Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 4:49 am

The bug is going for my throat.  This is NOT what I wanted.

Downtime

Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 9:20 pm

Sinus infection brought my train to a grinding halt.  It’s viral, so all I can do is wait it out.  Antihistamines, Sudafed, Afrin, and ibuprofen to the rescue.  Can’t seem to turn the tap off, though, and it’s depriving my kidneys.  So I’m in isolation, as I’m still contagious, and spending a lot of time in the La-Z-Boy with my eyes shut.

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One silver lining.  I got relieved of the last jobs on the website.  They were the label reps ideas, and she has been dragging her heels.  So I got cut loose.  So I am prepared to sit around and watch movies and be lazy until this clears.

Recovery

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Side effects of long term medication can be a pain.  Fortunately, there are solutions.  I’ll leave it at that.  I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

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Still on the website/CD release for a few more days.

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Exile on the horizon.  Fuzzy but there.

BlueBell Strawberry Cheesecake is back!!!!!

Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Just bought my first tub of BlueBell Strawberry Cheesecake since the shutdown.  Ahhhhh.  Found room in the freezer without thawing anything.  It was tricky, but…  Fibber McGee’s Freezer.  I have ample goods already moved to the fridge that made it possible.  (Ribs, pork loin, ground chuck, chicken, etc.)

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Made a bacon cheese burger last night, and I will repeat the feat tonight.  I was planning it for the end of the release project. but it turned out that I’m not that close, and the ground chuck was already thawed.  Not complaining.  I’ll just do a ribeye to celebrate.

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Saw the first bluebonnets of the year today.  Cherry laurels are starting to blossom with a vengeance.  Redbuds are dotting the landscape.  Many of the lawns in town have already been mowed.  Forecast shows nothing near freezing for the next two weeks.  Spring is indubitably in gear.

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Waiting for the last of the content in the CD release project.  Might not have any work to do today.  But that’s okay.  I can be lazy.

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High kudos from the producers of Vince’s CD (and the label agents) for the two slideshows I cranked out.  It’s nice when people are happy to pay you.  They like the website, too.  So all that effort achieved what it was supposed to do.  And it makes updating so much easier.  Win/win.

Long Lost Sandwich

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 4:25 am

It has been years since I had a bacon/avocado/alfalfa sprout sandwich, at least until a few hours ago.  I like the aluminum pans from the pound cakes as a sprouting vessel.  It makes enough for two sandwiches or a large salad.  And I can stage them days apart, so that I have them fresh at proper intervals.  And a half an ounce of seeds goes a long ways.  I just have to remember not to buy an avocado until the day of the harvest.

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Looks like I’m heading back to work later today, slideshow video.  This should be the final segment for the CD release.  Well, maybe a jukebox/playlist on the website, but that isn’t real soon and not release related.

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Had a cool day yesterday, but it’s warming up again.  I’ve been out of layers for better than two weeks, and I love it.  Spring is here.

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Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 3:48 pm

T-bone

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Spring rain

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 3:59 pm

It’s the first day of the year in my memory that the glasses (containing an iced beverage) are sweating.  Mid 70s, light rain for much of the afternoon.  Feels good to be out of layers.

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Still dealing with a number of small details on Vince’s site.  Added a video, that I converted from DVD and edited, converted from a copied VHS cassette, shot on a home video tape camera in 1994.  Interesting.

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I don’t think that there is much else going on at the moment.  Still winding down.  Played a little music with Julie today.

Freewheeling Fringy

Posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at 5:16 am

The freewheeling gears are still spinning.  Vince’s site is completed and launched, but the brain is still cranking.  The weeks spent on it, not to mention the months of original learning curve in 2017, has given me a whole new perspective on HTML.  And I will say that the $99 spent on muse-themes.com was well worth it.

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T-bone is on sale for $4/lb, and I’m ignoring it.  I need the freezer space for chicken, which is running out.  Besides, I still have plenty of rib eye and sirloin.

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Weather is warming up into the 70s, more days than not.  Another early spring.  Summer birds are returning.  Trees are budding and blooming.  Nice to be able to open up the house and wear nothing on the sleeves.

Still busy

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Still working on Vince’s site.  I’m hoping that the last of the brain benders are behind me, but I’m not counting chickens yet.  So far, everyone is happy with the results.

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Not much else going on.  Food has been supportive of work.  The mashed baked potatoes turned out quite tasty.  It will be several days yet before another thaw.

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Looking to make music school this week.  It will be in the 70s on Wednesday.

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Got to within a hair of freezing last night.  Found a way to keep Myka out of the oats when I need to bring them inside, using a hanging wire basket.  She does love them, she spent quite some time eyeing them last night, trying to figure out a way to reach them.

mixed busy

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Back on Vince’s site today.  Looking at two or three more days.  Today was mostly the big picture, creating new pages, placing widgets, etc, but also a few details, and more expected tonight.

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Went to Bryan yesterday for a follow-up with the ophthalmologist.  My vision, especially in my left eye has improved markedly.  The incision has healed quite well, nothing but a pretty report.  No more appointments for a year.  All the rest of the medical appointments will be local.

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Was busy in the kitchen today.  Chicken/broccoli/rice was lunch.  I wanted to clean out the kitchen this morning before I took the garbage to the curb, so I was busy.  Tenderized and marinated sirloin just came out of the broiler.  (Yum.  I am getting addicted to this.)  And I just cooked up a batch of spuds for mashed potatoes, which I haven’t made in ages.  They will go well with the sirloin.

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Base Fin

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Done with the content loading on the site, Now it’s all responsive adjustments and tweaking. So to celebrate, I went this way: broiled rib eye
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Fizzle

Posted on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 6:00 am

Made a lot of progress on Vince’s site the last couple of days, getting the hardest parts behind me.  The learning curves, html babel, puffy eyes, and scrambled brains are receding, but not entirely gone.  While the bulk is done, it probably won’t be finished until some time in February, as Sarah undergoes stem cell transplant next week.  But most everything is on the pages and just needs responsive layouts and tweaking.  The hard part is done.  Whew.

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The weather isn’t quite as warm as it was, but it also isn’t freezing in the 10 day forecast.  I can deal with that.  February looks to be an early spring, much like last year, though the Gulf isn’t as warm as it was last year.

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Got a portable Canon flatbed scanner this week.  It’s not a top of the line scanner, but the price was right for as seldom as I need one.  I haven’t had the time, energy, and focus to install the software to run it yet.  I’ll probably give it a shake down next week.  It’s USB powered/LED lit, so it can operate on the run from the laptop battery.

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Sketti is gone, multi-thaw in progress.  Steak, chicken, ribs, brats…

Warmth

Posted on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 6:57 am

Well, the deep freeze is over, taking the sleet residuals with it.  Days are back in the 70s, doors and windows open to let in the southerly breeze off the Gulf of Mexico.  The steak is also gone, finished off with eggs and toast.

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In a spaghetti cycle.

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Got a toaster and an ultralight vacuum cleaner, both definitely bargains.

Winter

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 12:18 am

In the middle of a 30 hour freeze.  My response to the duty of keeping the pipes from popping is this,

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Tenderized, marinated, broiled sirloin taco meat.

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surprise

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at 9:47 pm

I found out today that the rest of Vince’s site is being designed in the next couple of weeks.  Just when I thought I was getting a break…

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Subscribed to muse-themes.com today.  Just what I needed, more learning curve…

Digital adaptation

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 11:13 pm

The learning curve is an amazing thing, starts as opaque and ends up as transparent.  I finished the media kit for Vince’s CD release, which now is slated for April 3rd.  Still more work to do, but all of that is stuff I already know how to do.

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I never did like CSS, XML, and Javascript protocols.  Paper-head technology turned phone-head.  But it’s the future.  What is more annoying than the protocol is those who have learned the curve who insist that one’s fundamentally sound html is ghastly inferior.  They fail to see three things about fringewood.com.

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  1. I don’t cater to people who use phones.  I cater to desktop artists.  Photoshop, 3D, software you do’t see on a phone.  Phones don’t deal with zip archives.  I don’t need a website that is phone friendly.
  2. My website is a hobby site.  I don’t expect any income directly from these pages.  I don’t post my commercial stuff except maybe once in a blue moon, and never more than a small detail.  (Speaking of which, we have back to back blue moons in January and March of this year.)  Why would I want to redesign it in order to make more money with it?
  3. And the implication that I am incapable of creating competitive websites is a little irritating.  I can still handwrite code when the editor gets fussy.

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I like my site just as it is.  Yeah, the 3D is outdated.  But it’s what I shared, my pound of flesh in return on display.  Like I said, hobby site.  I doubt that fringewood.com will ever go to css and xml, beyond the blog and galleries.  At least I have the decency to use php when I do.

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The site is comfortable, where it belongs, on the desktop, a little piece of history.

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That said, the eye is doing well, focus is better.  No more antibiotic gel treatments.

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Will be assembling code for the rest of the month.

Eye surgery

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 8:01 am

I had my appointment with the ophthalmologist yesterday, Julie driving me, which was advantageous.  I was expecting a five minute introductory visit, but that notion vanished quickly once I was in the exam room.

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I was given a top to bottom, front to back eye and vision exam by the nurse.  While I was made aware of the deficits of my current vision state, I was not given a prescription for glasses.  Everything was logged in the computer, and when the ophthalmologist finally arrived, he looked at the figures, then my eye, then ran a couple more eye examinations.  After seven or eight minutes in the room, he asked, “Do you want the growth removed today?”  I paused about 1.6 minutes, thinking of Julie, who wasn’t expecting this long of a wait either, and said “Yeah.”

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So after waiting a few minutes while he took care of another patient, the surgery got underway.  Prep took a couple of minutes.  Anesthetic was local only and it wasn’t entirely effective, especially toward the back, which was last to be severed.  And the growth had been there long enough to develop its own vascular system.  So much of the surgery time was dedicated to stemming the flow of blood.

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In the end, after a lot of patience and stoicism, the surgery was completed, the growth placed in a specimen bottle for a biopsy, and me pressing a gauze to the wound to stop the final light bleeding.  After a quick visit, the homeward journey was made, and I came up with the song lyric, “I left a piece of myself in Bryan today.”  Never mind that it was technically in College Station, but the rhythm is all wrong.

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So I’m at home, healing nicely.  The trauma and ordeals from the last couple of days are behind me after a nice solid sleep.  Time to get ready for slice and dice #3, oral  And because of the all in one visit event yesterday, it will be sooner rather than later.  That suits me, because the clutch repair and social engagements in December bumped its spot on the schedule.  I need to consult insurance about confusing statements that I’ve received in the last couple of months.  But that is the final barrier to beginning the end of my butchery.

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Two down, one to go.