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ho ho

Posted on Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

It’s Christmas Eve, and my fingers are sore from playing last night at the solstice celebration.  Julie and I went early and worked the afternoon, then partied into the wee hours of the morning.  That makes twice (Music School and Solstice) that I have pressed my fingers to the limit playing music.  But it was a lot of fun to be playing that much.


It has been fun socializing, but it’s time to hunker down and ride out the cool weather that has taken residence in the neighborhood.  I have plenty to do to keep me occupied here at home, not to mention the medical visits and procedures coming up in January.


I have plenty to eat in the fridge, a nice selection of items from the freezer thawed and ready to eat.  And there is plenty of produce to go along with it.  I need to use up the milk too.  Of note, I did get to eat one of the prime ribs this time around, sharing it with Julie.  I’m tempted to go get another pack, as today is the last day they’re on special.

TRD jr

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 7:41 am

Waiting for the sun to rise to start packing in earnest.  There’s not a lot to pack.  Cooking utensils and cutlery, clothing, bedding, musical, food and ice, meds & first aid, and misc.


Tonight will be my main musical sessions, while it’s still warm.  Looking forward to it.  I’ve been saving my fingers all week, and they have had three good sessions recently to toughen the pads.  So I should be good for several hours.

Final day of rest

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 7:05 am

Today is the final day for gathering steam.  Tomorrow, I head to Webberville to release the serving table for the party from storage.  Then Friday I depart for the party in the afternoon.  Packing and loading will fill the 24 hours between jaunts.


I have pretty much decided on ribs, pork loin, and cheesecake as my contributions.  I don’t think the caramel corn will arrive in time.


Weather looks good for Friday, but the norther will come rolling through on Saturday with some stout winds and dropping lows.  I don’t think I’ll last until Monday, as Sunday night looks to be quite chilly.  At least the chance of rain is minimal.  I will pack warm.  I plan on wearing my fingers down to the bone playing music on Friday night while it’s still warm.


Posted on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Went through Wahine/Sister Jane rehearsals on Thursday night for Saturday night at the Good Luck Grill, which was a joy.  In between on Friday, I discovered a frozen bolt (now a stripped head frozen bolt) on the alternator (model 7744), so it hasn’t been replaced.  Was a Mac security expert today.


I’ll be in Brenham tonight and in Bryan tomorrow morning.  I have been rolling…


Been very warm last couple of days, a tropical bulge ahead of a norther w/ rain.  The front is moving in, not too many miles off.


Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 8:07 am

The party was enjoyable.  Lots of music, plenty of food, all went quite well.  I played until my pads blistered, though my voice persisted.  I got to play and sing with a lot of friends.  Cooked a couple of pork loins (kept half of one), mesquite marinaded, mesquite sauced.


Running an errand for Franci before I head back, as she needs to be in three places at once today.


Rain all over the area, but it looks like it will be clearing out today.


Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 8:04 am

Sitting in Austin, waiting for the party in Elgin this evening.  Marinated pork loins are my contribution.  Not sure if it will rain tomorrow as the forecast predicts.  But I’m ready to play music.


Health issues seems to be the main news in the last week, and none of it particularly good.  Fortunately, I’m doing pretty well, all told.  I lost some weight being in Elgin.  I’m just tired and sore from all the baggage toting.


I look forward to being back home next week.  I need the rest.

T – 3 days

Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Starting to gear up on the logistics of heading back to Brenham, what goes where now, what has to wait for packing, errands to run.  The holidays have slowed things, but there is still ample time to get everything done.


It got up to 84°F today.  Whew!


Tabbed Killing Time in Texas today.  Not that hard to learn from having played it Donnie so many times.  And I can do it in E (capo) as the original or in C as I’m used to doing.


Thawed out one of the packs of pulled pork for Christmas Day.  That stuff is yummy.


Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 8:18 pm

The pulled pork got made today, and it turned out yummy, everyone wanting seconds.  The Bowmans and Donnie Green and Sharon showed up for an afternoon jam session, and we had a very good time celebrating Lyse’s birthday in absentia.


Got yet another batch of homemade cookies for my birthday.


Didn’t get all my chores done today.  I dozed off after getting everything in order.


Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 8:50 am

It has been several years since I had to recover from a major party.  The party was fun.  Lots of music, plenty of food, lots of fond familiar faces.  Lots of exercise, guitar pad blisters, blown voice, all sorts of aches and pains.  But it was lots of fun.


And recovery is taking about the same schedule as usual.  Slept like a hibernating bear, ached something awful.  But one difference is an elevated blood pressure that just doesn’t want to go away.


Staying indoors today, avoiding Black Friday anything.  Got plenty of food, so there is no need to go anywhere.  I may go to the Apple Store on Monday to check out the details on the MacBook Pro.  No need to do it now.

Off to Bryan

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Heading to Music School today.  My fingers and voice have been sorely neglected the last six weeks.  Tonight will reveal just how badly the neglect has set in.

New toys

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Well, the new toys are here.  525 G placed on the new hard drive so far, a quarter of the way there.  Maybe.  Not in a huge hurry to get those DVD burns copied over, but not poking either.  You don’t get a drive filled by doing nothing.  Lots of box shifting.


Microphone came in, and the amp equalizer, while crude, helps balance the hot high end.  I can get my voice and guitar to co-exist pretty well on the amp.  The set is complete now, except maybe the backup mike and cord.  Not in a hurry for that, as I’m not gigging with it yet.  Amp, mike, cord, guitar and pickup, guitar stand, mike stand, boom, iPad and holder, power strip, extension cord, folding stool.  It’s a two trip set up.


I am back in stride, and tomorrow starts the 65 years old things.  Finally getting a chance to apply, etc.

One week to go

Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 12:27 pm

One week left before I head back east.


I performed at Liberty Tree Tavern on Friday night (the former Quoffer’s), a set of five songs.  I was expecting a few more, so my energy curve was too subtle, and I finished with Wagon Wheel.  Got to see old friends and had a good time.


One negative thing about Granny’s is how quickly bread will mold.  I lost 3/4 of a loaf.  Bleeh.


Speedo has really taking a liking to me, wanting pets all the time, anxious to see me, hanging out with me in Granny’s.  She’s just always so happy to see me.


I could stay a few extra days, but I have things to do in Brenham, and some prep needs to be done for the water heater, a good sweeping under the bed, and more.  So best if the place is vacant a few days before Richard and Edith arrive.

Three part syncopated dreaming

Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 6:51 am

It bugs me to no end when I dream a song that I love and that I’ll never be able to perform, much less remember.  It had three part syncopated harmonies, two male and a female, a bright, upbeat, happy song about sunshine and moonshine, with lots of intricate overlapping interplay.  And the world will never know it.  *Sigh*


Granny’s doesn’t hold its heat very well.  It lost about 10° overnight, and it wasn’t close to freezing.  Fortunately, the trend is a warming one for the coming week.  At least the bed is warm, as long as I keep my breath warm.  It’s just getting out of bed that’s the rub.


Except for a dog barking off in the distance, it is a very quiet morning.  What a way to start my first morning in Elgin.


I must have been tired last night, cause I couldn’t stay awake for SAA.  I conked out about 10 pm.  I slept a full eight hours.


Morelia’s is on the agenda today, the new location can not be missed on the drive by, as well as a little light shopping.

Music School

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 9:24 am

Went to Bryan yesterday for Music School, Walter Sphinx, Andre, Sharon, and Frieda were there, which was a real treat.  Did Happy Boy, which everyone liked, despite the fact that I had less than 24 hours to prepare for it.  Hubba hubba hubba hubba hubba.  We all had a lot of fun.  I drove back last night, rather than staying over, as it looks like rain.  Fingers are sore as usual, voice is marginal.

Prop side

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 7:38 am

Eric and Alicia are back from Hawaii.  A fair bit happened in the meantime, but nothing that was that worth noting.  Fun with the paws and daily life stuff, the days passing along.  A lot of this and that.


One thing of note is that I recorded eight requested rehearsal tracks for Doug and Ellen.  They had better not go public.  They’re not horrible, but they aren’t good either.


But yesterday evening while watching a recorded pay per view of the Grateful Dead reunion, I saw them using iPads mounted on holders fixed to the mike stands.  “I have got to get one of those.”  I ran a quick search, went over The Guitar Center and bought one, along with a mike stand.  (Buying a mike stand felt funny after having owned 12 of them.)  I am no longer thinking about buying a music stand.  Two and a half days until I get to show it off.


6 string fingers

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Giving up 12 string fingers is not an easy thing to do.  Got the Yamaha FS 720S DSR, which arrived shortly after 10:30 AM, in tune and shaken down.  I’m getting a quick feel by playing songs that I used to break in the Yammer Hammer.  Don’t Think Twice, Some Day Soon, etc.  I’m also getting a feel for new ones.  Waiting Round to Die, Deep River Blues, etc.


It’s not the same as the Meenie, but it’s a familiar feeling from a loooong time ago.  I’ll make it manage.


Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

The Takamine popped its bridge last Friday, not a complete separation, but a distinct crack and detune.  It has been retired.  I have reached for it a couple dozen times in the last four days.  I miss it.  Vince and Sarah are sending me a Yamaha 6 string that Vince got for a trip, only been played three times.  It should be here tomorrow.


Like a fool, I went to Craig’s List and found a Meenie clone for $350, barely been played, in San Marcos.  I can’t justify the $350 at this point.  Dumb thing to do.


I have been hunting distractions all weekend and this week.  Nothing quite replaces the void.  One of the distractions in modo.




Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 9:53 am

Came back from Bryan sore and creaky, but happy.  Music school was fun.  Lots of good tunes.  Lots of song leaders, so I got to play percussion a bunch and saved my pads from being part of the list of painful body parts.


Made it back in the late morning and proceeded to nap off and on for about six hours in the recliner.  Still gobbling ibuprofen this morning, but it’s getting better, now just mainly my back.  My hips, thighs, and knees are mostly quieted from the comfy rest.


Got Myka new mice, the good fuzzy ones from Petco.  She likes the rattles inside and the fuzzy texture, keeps her busy.

Music and savage breasts.

Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 at 12:05 pm

William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697  Act 1, Scene 1, opening line, spoken by the character Almeria.


Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.


This has been misquoted more times than just about any other phrase in English language history.  (Music soothes the savage beast.)  In my experience, savage beasts run from most music, especially cats when I play my 12 string, sort of a contra-pied piper.  And birds which gather to listen to the competition are hardly savage.


But what is a savage breast?  In the time it was written, it meant a raging heart or tortured soul.  But today, with mass exploitation of nudity in the media and culture, the meaning is surely much different.  A stereotyped savage breast today would surely be tattooed and pierced.


Its oxymoron in the literal state is indeed a seed of comedy.  “Beware the savage breast!” is sure to draw at least a snicker from a crowd.  It immediate brings to mind a classic breast with a face, one which is wild and angry, bearing sharp crooked teeth and scraggly facial hair, attempting to bite anything that comes within the ring of personal space.  Following with “A hard time getting to first base” is a sure chuckle.


Alas, the misquote is better known than the original.  It crops up in all sorts of movies, most of which are poorly written, with no budget for verifying quotes.  Most common is when a musician distracts a raging beast in mortal combat with the movies heroic male lead, turning the tables on what seemed sure death for the hero.  Very cheesy.


But hey, be careful.  You can never tell when a breast might be savage.  So never slide a hand down into a bra without at least peeking first.  Or at least play some music.


Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Back from Bryan, an enjoyable, if somewhat taxing, visit.  Cleaned up the shop for Doug, still on the injured list.  It was no small cleanup.  But the party was enjoyable.  I wore out my pads and came close with my voice.  There was a whole swarm of complements, much to my surprise.  Miss Lette was there, first time to see her in 20 years.  It was fun.  Alicia and I sat in the shed after it shut down and reminisced about the shed’s role in our lives, until I mentioned that it was 4:40 AM.


I had a good time this month, seeing friends I haven’t seen in some time.  It was a warming tour, lots of laughter, lots of hugs, lots of smiles.  It wore me down to a nub, but it regenerated my spirit.  No doggy bags, though.  I have tons of food already.


Now I need to hibernate and let my body recover.  I am tired and sore and partied out, and smiling.  Let Christmas pass me by.  I’m content.

Oy, what a great time.

Posted on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Tail dragging. The CD release was great. Dozens of friends were there whom I haven’t seen in over a year, and I got to talk to them all. The music was fun, very tight and balanced, a very good performance. Lots of dancing and carrying on.


The food has been fabulous and non-stop. All four days have seen me stuffed to the gills because the food was too good to quit with room available for desert. (Grouper, Enchiladas del Rio, home fried chicken, shrimp, venison steaks, and lots more.) That means that all the seven chocolate items I got for my birthday haven’t been touched. It was definitely a birthday worth leaving town for.  I haven’t played any music this trip, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any live music.  It just wasn’t jamming.


I’m staying over an extra half day. It’s only an hour run there, but my arm got twisted to stay over one more night. Then I’m home for two days, then off to Bryan for Solstice. The first day will be a chauffeur trip for a friend’s doctor visit 90 minutes away. Then there will be a day and a half of party prep. Then the solstice party where I will play music.


The I get to go back home and collapse into a post-partium stupor for the rest of the holidays.

Settled with a squirt gun….

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I swear that I will not play Love Me Do (Beatles) in front of Myka again.  With claws in my leg and teeth in my arm, I swear, never again.  The song is evil.


Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 8:45 am

Back in Brenham with the kitten.  Bryan was much needed and a great 4 hour jam session.  Jesse, George, Catherine, Steve, Pete, Will, Tina, plus others, and of course Doug and Ellen.  Had a wonderful time, and I found a new Cool Gear drinking bottle.  (Only one, I was hoping for four, but one will suffice for now.)


Almost have the fleas under control on the kitten.  The Dawn bath got most, and now I’m ambushing individuals that hid on the head during the bath with moonshine.  I’m being sure to get only in areas not accessible to her tongue, which slows the process, but it’s working.  Only a very few left.  Otherwise, the kitten is doing fine.  Even Annie is settling down and starting to accept her.  She even lies on her back in my lap/hands already.


It was too hot last night to get to sleep before 3:30 AM.  I wish that I could open some windows or that the AC worked.  (It does, but it needs season prepping.)  It takes a long time to cool the house with fans.  I need a nap.  Three and a half hours won’t cut it.


Almost caught up on downloading.  The net is still a bit iffy, but it’s moving enough to get the downloads finished.



Meenie strung

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

New strings on the Meenie this evening.  What a chore, removing old strings, cleaning, putting on new strings and trimming, tuning (several times).  And for what, harmonics so dominant that you can hardly hear the base notes.  But it’s done, and I won’t have to do it again for a while.


I like dead strings…..  But I can’t leave them on forever.  So I suffer new strings until I can tame them with a lot of banging.  The Meenie is just too resonant.



Shifting gears

Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Funds became available Tuesday, so I was able to get into business mode for a change.  Convalescence lasted long enough, I hope.  This weekend will tell.


Went to Bryan yesterday, got the license sticker and insurance slip for the truck.  Also played music for several hours, giving my pads a pre-party break in.  Good music.  Ended up getting a break on some expenses to boot.  It was fun, to say the least.


Figured the belt on the pickup (newly replace belt shredded part of its width) is a matter of pulley alignment.  I’ll see if I can align the pulleys before putting on the new belt (virgin).  For the time being, the narrower belt seems to be working okay.  A  job for April, or at least post-party, by my estimation.  I hope it won’t be a roadside operation.  But I can handle it if it is.


Tomorrow kicks in the Fling.  I’ll pack tomorrow morning and scoot.  I was hoping to get laundry done today, but logistics dropped that idea.  I have enough clean clothes to last me through the party and to south Austin.  I’ve got the boudin, 12 pounds worth.  Got it on special, so financial serendipity there too.  (Got a Lone Star card today, to complete the trifecta.)