Archive for November, 2010

Cold Wind Blowing

Posted on Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

A blue norther just blew through this Thanksgiving afternoon.  I’m destined for points east early this evening, to house sit, so that a departed friend’s ashes can be spread on a favorite spot.  But hey, it means fried oysters for a late dinner tonight.  Still haven’t had the early Thanksgiving dinner yet, and it’s mid-afternoon.

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So it’s heading to colder accommodations to care for critters for the weekend.  Hopefully, I can move toward getting my car inspected in the process.  Money has been an issue the last couple of months, and the car has been sacrificed to make ends meet.

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But the big issue for the next few days is the cold weather.  I’m packing my long johns.  Hopefully I’ll get to play some music there at the end of the stay.  Hopefully I’ll be feeling up to it.  This week has been another tough one physically.

Packing

Posted on Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 11:33 am

Prepping for departure.  Kitchen active.  Expecting an early afternoon exit.

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Ran through the last of my prepping tunes to give my pads one last toughening before the onslaught.  I expect very sore fingers come Sunday evening.  I  just hope my voice holds out, as it’s been a little on the tender side the last few days.

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Feels good to be heading to the gathering.  I’m ready to see everyone.

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Celery poster a big hit.  Had to make a hi-rez copy for a special print.  I’m going to have to sing the song again, I just know it.  Maybe several times.  People have to know to go “crunch crunch” instead of gobbling.

Winding up

Posted on Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The finale party is looming, a mere four days away.  Preparations are in swing, though not so much here.  Here, I’m gathering wind, allowing my body to heal a little more before the onslaught.

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Connie and David will be appearing, as will Patty.  Got confirmation of Patty today, and it will be a joy to hear them play together.  I know they are looking forward to it.

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Rendering a higher resolution copy of crunch crunch.  I’ll probably be doing the celery song several times, just so that the poster makes sense, and everyone goes “crunch crunch” when Doug gobbles.

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Wish I felt better.

Admitting to a slump

Posted on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 8:05 am

I admit it, I’m in a 3D slump.  I haven’t rendered anything seriously in months.  There is no real drive to do so at the moment.  I’ve experienced it before, so there is no real concern.  No one is offering me money to render right now, so I’m relaxed about it.  I can live with it.

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There are numerous reasons.  One is lots of physical work has kept me off the processor more than usual.  Autumn has been a time for getting stuff done outdoors, between the heat and the cold spells.   Except for web work and some sales material layout, I’m not doing a whole lot commercially.  I’m not particularly inspired right now, and the 3D community is just rubbing me the wrong way, so I probably won’t get any juice from there.

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Music, while I’ve been learning new songs and relearning some old ones, is pretty slim too.  Not that I haven’t been playing, but my guitar pads are definitely atrophying, sometimes even peeling.  I’m not playing much between performances.  But that comes largely from being tired from the physical work.

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And I’m currently fighting off something in my throat, a slight soreness and a quick low-grade fever.  So all in all, I attribute it all to being physically exhausted.  Throw in the days getting shorter…..

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I need to come up with a TRD poster, an annual something I’ve been doing for a decade or more.  (Gobble, gobble……  crunch, crunch. /Inside joke.)

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(And I did……)

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Connie and David

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Saw Connie Gatlin and David Hauffpauir at Giddy Ups in Manchaca, Tx (aka deep south Austin) last night.  It was a little redneck dive, but it was fun hearing Connie and David.  And we might have gotten them to come to TRD, the season finale for our parties.  They would be a great addition to the music.

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Now to get Bill Cade and Patty Finney to show up.