Archive for July, 2018

Session 2

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Got a second adjustment yesterday, and the plates are considerably better.  Next Tuesday should be the date for relining.  That should be the end of it, except perhaps a follow up.  Then I can learn to eat and sing, as they won’t be changing after that (hopefully).


Taking the day off today, tomorrow is the birthday party in Elgin.  First public appearance for me and Egee.  I dread it, in a way, too much gregarious attention.  But I’m determined to have fun anyway.


The weekend will be my time to catch up on chores, backups, installations, etc.  No shortage of catch up here.


Lots of baby birds on the wing, being tutored by their parents.




Bowed out of the party tomorrow.  It’s a little too soon after surgery to be out in the summer heat and carrying on.  Antibiotics still affecting my system, even though I finished them days ago.  Teeth not quite there.  Just not in the cards to be kicking up my heels yet.

Getting there

Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 2:12 am

Gums have almost healed.  Still some sensitivity when pressed, but overall settling down.  Still eating honey roasted cashews.


Might be a busy week.  A Bryan run tomorrow morning.  Dentist appointment Tuesday.  After that, it’s up in the air.


Playing a little music here and there.

Honey Roasted Cashews

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Had the dentures adjusted today, and they are MUCH better.  I put a Seabond strip in the lower plate, and I ate the celebratory honey roasted cashews.  It has been a looooong time since I have tasted any.


Spaghetti for dinner tonight.  Not quite ready to eat in public yet, still a bit of healing to do, so the salad bar will keep, but I definitely look forward to it.


I am more optimistic by magnitudes about the way they’ll work out for me.  I can relax this afternoon.  Things are definitely looking up.


Posted on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 2:59 pm

The slice and dice is finally over!!!!!!!!!  (Chomp chomp, as soon as the numbness wears off.)


Q: How do you take a pain killer before the procaine wears off, when you can’t drink fluid without drooling it all over the place?

A: Crank up the washing machine.

#6 Egee

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 4:51 am

My 6th guitar, hereby dubbed Egee is a Takamine EG523CDX12.  (12 string)  It has just entered my possession.











#1 – Electric solid body, unbranded and unnamed, purchased with S&H Green Stamps in 1966.  I experimented it to death, since I never really learned to play it.  (I still have the amp and it still worked the last time I plugged it in a few years ago, despite a slight tear in the speaker cone.)


#2 – Ny A nylon string guitar that I bought in 1968 for Sharon, who gave it back to me when we broke up.  I don’t remember the brand, it wasn’t expensive.  I took it to college and performed on stage with it, gaining SROs at the Basement.  I gave it to a friend after getting #3.


#3 – Yammer Hammer A Yamaha FG160 dreadnaught acoustic that I bought in 1974 from a co-worker when I was working for Automatic Electric. It turned out to be an exceptional Yamaha.  I wore it out in the 24 years I played it, housed in the denim print carry bag.  Lots of fond memories and stories.  I was offered three different Martins for it, trades which I declined  (Stored in the closet.)


#4 – Meenie A Takamine G335 12 string dreadnaught acoustic that I purchased new in 1997.  18 years of joyful service until the bridge popped.  Plans are to get it fixed.  My favorite guitar thus far, with more than a few good stories. (Stored in the closet.)


#5 – Maha My second Yamaha, a FS720S concert acoustic that Vince Bell sent me when the bridge popped on the Meenie in 2015.  It is also one of the exceptional Yamaha gems, and played much the same way #3 played, so adapting to it was easy.  Most noted is the StarWars b/w hard case.


#6 – Egee The Takamine EG523CDX12 jumbo that I brought home 11 hours ago.  This one was was accepted from a friend, in lieu of money to be repaid.  It plays much like the Meenie, and it has the TK40 electronics/tuner built in.  It’s also the first time in my life that I will have two working guitars together for any length of time (assuming I survive long enough).


(6 hours until dental surgery)

The Approach

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Friday is getting closer.  Things are going well for the prep.  Most of the recovery prep is done.  All of this week’s cooking is done, the soup diet ready to roll.  I’m pretty much ready for the third and final.


Finances have been rough the last three months, and I’ve seen the reservoir drop in large chunks.  I won’t hit dead bottom, but close enough.  At least I’ll have pearly whites to chomp with.  But I am having to reel in extraneous expenses, go back into saving mode.  It’s summer, my needs are covered.  Hunker down and catch up.


Not doing too much otherwise.  Building up my stamina, getting myself oriented.  If I stay on top of it until surgery, I’ll get through fine.  No partying on the 4th to distract me.