Archive for October, 2010

The urge to scratch

Posted on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I have discovered, the hard way, that my decades of immunity to poison ivy has ended.  Late last week, I was clearing out some poison ivy, as I have done many times in  the past, so that those who are allergic to it won’t be in contact with it.  It had spread into pathways and had become impossible to avoid, and it had to be removed.  Normally, I am careful about contact, surgical techniques used to avoid getting it on myself so that I don’t spread it to others with incidental contact, both direct and indirect.  However, there was a lot of pruning to do in a short time, and I got sloppy.

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Fortunately, it’s restricted to my left arm from the sleeve (t-shirt) to the wrist, and the worst of it is above the elbow.  It’s not as bad as many have described to me, so my immunity may still be partial.  I was cutting the runners, the parts below ground, which are the most potent part of the plant, richest in sap (which is the irritating agent).  And those rubbed up against my arm as I was loading the trash bag with the clippings.  I didn’t think a whole lot about it, other than I would need to wash up thoroughly before making contact with others.

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Live and learn.  I’m still not afraid to clip it in the future, but I will be considerably more careful in a HAZMAT state of attention regarding contact, with protective clothing.  Until then, I get to ignore the urge to scratch.  It really isn’t that bad most of the time, and there is hydrocortisone on the rare occasion  that it does demand attention.  Most of it has already subsided in a couple of days.  And I am being careful not to make contact without immediate washing, since I don’t want to re-infect myself.

Glug, glug, gasp…. coming up for air.

Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Tire and sore from the weekend, typical for Wednesday after a good party, and good it was.

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The barn turned out to be a rave.  I took many bows for the design.  But the music and food were the real show.  I got to open it with a set, since I designed it.  And then I pretty much played sound man for everyone else.  So most of my playing was early Friday in three different sets.  I played a set early Saturday to kick off the show again, drawing company on the stage area.  I also did a closer, solo, while the place was thinning out on Sunday, a tribute to Mike Davis, whom we lost this week.  I played some of the first songs we ever played together, decades ago.

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Everyone had a good time, as far as I could see.  No frowns.  Everyone loved the place, how well it lent itself to the affair, and how pretty it was.  It wasn’t 100%, but enough to be a pleaser.  Everything worked well.  It lent itself to partying naturally, all needs easily covered.  Seating was comfortable and the tables in the barn were the center of activity most of the time.

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So now I’m paying for it, and the weeks of hard work preceding it.  It feels good to do nothing, which isn’t easy.  There have been a lot of residual chores, taking stuff down, storing it away, put off because of exhaustion.

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There is still a little to be done, but not immediately.  I have to get back to other things.  But I’m slowly getting there.

Party

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

Been working for several weeks to get the place ready for a party.  Aching joints and muscles every day for weeks, sometimes well beyond the range of ibuprofen to ease.  But the place is ready except for a quick mowing of grass seed stalks and picking some poison ivy.  (I’m not allergic, knock on wood).

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I completely rewired the barn, with appreciated assistance.  RGB lighting for the stage, clean electricity for the audio equipments (amps and PA), lots of rope lights and utility lights, a lit bar, among other stuff.  Landscaping was a monster and a half, but it’s done (except for a few zones where it’s still a WIP, but not close to the main flow of the party.)

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Among this was the loss of a friend and his funeral yesterday.  His being a songwriter will assure that we’ll be playing his music this weekend.  RIP, Mike.

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Looking forward to playing music this weekend.  At least I won’t be working my buns off, just my voice and fingers.

Tiny Japanese Girl

Posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Can’t seem to get Tiny Japanese Girl by Savlonic out of my head.

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Animation by Weebl.

Where’s there’s smoke, there’s BBQ

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Took loppers to a mesquite tree today, ended up with a lot of smoking wood for the coming party (2 weeks away).  It also made it safe for people to walk around, as all the thorns are at least seven feet off the ground.

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Also weed whacked (with a 4 HP high wheel trimmer) some rather tall weeds in the low spot here (hadn’t been mowed this year).  Amazing tool for heavy brush.

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Also shook down black walnuts from the tree in the orchard.  I think we’ll have a nut cracking contest at the party.  (Hehehehehe.)

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Nice that the weather has been cooperative.  Very pleasant working conditions.

Back to roost

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 am

Well, the birthday surprise went over quite well.  It was a wonderful party with lots of old friends, lots of good food, and plenty of live music.  And the surprise presentation of the Celery song went over quite well.  Doug was quite tickled.  Lots of little jokes were spawned from it, some of which will no doubt follow him for years.  It was a great time for everyone involved.

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Had to drive back early today, when I would have preferred staying.  Was sore and tired today, and took a long nap in the afternoon.  Despite this, it was a contented day.