Archive for October, 2011


Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 10:28 pm


Weekend rest

Posted on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Haven’t been worth a whole lot this weekend, though I did replace an exhaust fan motor in the greenhouse yesterday and have gotten more than I wanted done in small chores.  The first Thursday night jam was quite enjoyable, with five song leaders and lots of talent to backup.  It was a good night of music.


It’s official, TRD is dead.  Doug sent out notice.  The streak ends at 30.  Three decades of getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner by stretching out the stomach in a most enjoyable manner, days ahead of time.  It was a marvelous run.  I guess we’ll have to come up with  an alternative.


Need to start working on  Need to raise some money.  Need to get storage transferred here.  Ugh!


But not this weekend………


Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Addded Torf by Nursoda to the collection.  I just love his figures.


Reflections of Absence

Posted on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I was reading the Daz3D Commons forum, looking at Daz Studio users complaining about the lack of “real” dynamic clothing, when it suddenly struck me just how happy I am to be away from all that, to no longer be a part of that circus.


I could go back and lay out a string of “I told you so”s that could fill a page.  But as they say, living well is the best revenge.  And I am living well.  And they are still griping about what has been obvious to me for years, without me around to kick for calling what I see.


The Thursday night jam session will kick off its first gathering this week, following the installation of the garage doors on the barn tomorrow.  Weekly music, free style, in the barn.  Being this close to Austin, I know the music will be hot.  Every week.  And I’ll probably be playing, and I’m locked into doing sound.  With a little luck and patience, we’ll shortly being having mp3 cuts of the jams on .  And we’ll be posting recordings from the party as soon as the site goes live.


And we have a house concert booked for Dec 3: Sister Jane, Richard Dobson, and Nani Wahines.  More are looming, ready to pounce on a date.


And today I was asked in an email “What does etwah mean?”.  At first, I hadn’t an inkling what etwah meant, but then after a little reflection, I remembered seeing it often enough in cajun song lyrics.  And then I understood.  The correct spelling of the phonetic expletive often heard in Cajun songs is “et toi”, French for “and you”.  In English, the equivalent is “Take it,” indication by the band leader for a member to step up and strut their stuff instrumentally.  However, “et toi” can also indicate that the whole band should play the instrumental section with vigor (fortisimo).


Hey, life is good, I’m living well.  I’ve got a domain to build and design.  Etwah!

Party tracks

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Here is an excert from the party, from a typical Sunday noon jam.


Willin by Lowel George (Little Feat).  6.6M MP3  Me on 12 string & vocal, Steve Baker on lead guitar, Doug Duryea on bass, Franci Jarrard on keyboard, too many vocalists in the chorus to list (and I was too busy playing to take a head count).


I’m still not recovered from the party. My body is still seeking R&R a week afterwards.

The approach

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 1:16 am

42 hours and counting to Fais do-do.  Sound system is installed and tested.  The plumbing in the barn is proceeding nicely.  Lighting is complete.  The new concrete is finished.  The dry spots in the lawn (because of construction) are being watered.  We are very close to being ready.  Granted, we could work for weeks to achieve perfection, but that’s not what we’re trying to achieve at this point.  What we’ve got is going to be a lot of fun.  We are going to have some sweet music and good food and lots of smiles.  The barn is party ready.


Unfortunately, my body is not.  Oy!