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12/13/2002 Entry: "Zoot drum computer clocks"

Outrageous! Yellow double breasted zoot suit with peak lapels! The ultimate zoot!

Last night was the company Christmas party. Thanks to my boss, who presented me with a very nice Christmas bonus. He's a very generous guy. We're going to use some of it on bills, and some on our trip to Florida in January. I'd like to skim a little to buy a little something for myself. Practical things, of course. My DJ business could use a new tape deck--though it rarely sees use. An equalizer in the rack would be cool. I really need a CD storage unit for the house. CDs are in piles all around my hi-fi. Also, the computer at home needs an upgrade badly. Three years ago, it was top of the line: Pentium III, 450mhz. I've got a 40 gig hard drive on the way. I should upgrade motherboard and processor.

I DJ'd a wedding about 10 years ago for a couple. Then about 6 years ago, they sold their home, and Susan and I just happened to buy it. She passed away from cancer this week. She was 40, maybe. I knew her (and her husband) well enough to speak to them in the grocery store. They would always ask how the house was holding up. They were both pretty nice people.

BUBINGA!!! A Sonor Designer kit in Bubinga in Jazz sizes! Very rare. Most people bought these drums in thunderous sizes.

A Slingy Rolling Bomber set. Very nice. The price is too high, in my opinion. Also, the floor tom has been recovered. But is sure is purdy to look at.

Last night, I bid on this snare. Why? I'm 95% sure under all that crappy paint is a Tama rosewood snare. They didn't make an African Mahogany snare that I know of--and I would probably know. The Tama rosewood of the early 90s had gold hoops and tube lugs, as this one has. (For comparison, check it against this one from the Billy Rhythm archive.) But if I can get a pretty nice one for $300, I'm not going to spend all outdoors for one that needs tons of work. So I'm not really sad I lost it.

Check out the lighthouse gallery. In it is a picture of Boon Island, where my grandfather grew up.

Speaking of my grandfather... Years and years ago, the old schoolhouse in Spruce Head was turned into an antique shop by Arlene Drinkwater. When that shop first opened, my grandmother bought my grandfather a clock. She paid $8 for it. It's a marble shelf clock. I've admired it for years. The family knew that when Ma and Father passed away, the clock would go to me. A couple of weeks ago in church, Ma asked if I still wanted Father's clock. How could I not? She said "We don't use it anymore, so there's no reason you can't take it now." The next time I was over, I brought the clock home. It's not keeping time well. Sometimes I can get it to run for two days, other times it won't run for two minutes. Luckily, I do some web upkeep for a clockmaker. It's a very nice thing that she did for me.

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I'll just bet that when you go to sleep Christmas night, visions of snare drums will dance in your head! *lol* :o)

Posted by Maria @ 12/13/2002 08:11 PM EST

I'm glad that Dad did not see Boone Island after all the houses were torn down. It would have broken his heart.

Posted by dad @ 12/13/2002 08:18 PM EST

I might have to speak to your clock maker. I have an old clock my grandfather gave to me before he died. It is a really cool mantle clock and I have never seen one exactly like it. I would love to get it working again. I know my grandfather could make it work for a while but I have never been able.

Posted by Jim @ 12/14/2002 02:50 PM EST

I also have relatives that are light keepers. Yet another thing we have in common. Both the clock and the relatives. It is unreal how much we do have in common in terms of stuff like that.

Posted by Jim @ 12/14/2002 02:52 PM EST

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