Thursday, July 31, 2003

Reasons 4 Love #17

Sorry. I know this is supposed to go up on Wednesday, but I was so busy I forgot.

Reasons 4 Love #17

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love.

Taking a different spin on the R4L this week. The I-Man said something on his morning show that got me thinking. How many marriages end in divorce? About 50%, right? Of those who stay married, how many do so because it's not convenient to get divorced? How many stay together because of the children? How many stay together because of the money?

How many people are married because they're in love with the person they're married to?

I am in one of those marriages.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Onion tart for lunch

Having lunch in the office today. With the Lobster Festival in town, no one wants to give up their parking spot. I had some of Carol's onion tart. Now, I know I've been singing the praises of her onion tart for weeks, but it really does go deeper than that. Check out this post from over a year ago, and see me dreaming about onion tart. (Just for fun, I've been reading my own archives. Strange to see some posts I've forgotten.)

Also, if I ever have another web log, I think I'll name it "Onion Tart."

Wanna know what I'm listening to on lunch break? Here ya' go!
Chocolate Salty Balls, Chef
Facts About Jimmy, Shawn Colvin
Witchita Skyline, Shawn Colvin
*****, The Rolling Stones

Some racy stuff in there, no?

Also, I fixed the link for the quiz, so if you want to take it, click the link a little below.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Take the Billy Rhythm Quiz

Take the Billy Rhythm Quiz I sent an email to some of you, but others (maria, michelle x 2, wop, blah blah blah) of you I don't have your email. So just click it and take it, by gory! If it doesn't work, and you want to take it, leave me your email...

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Lunch time post/music list/random quote

(Sing to the tune of "Midnight at the Oasis")

Lunch time here at the office, ate a bagel with cheese.

Actually, it was a garlic bagel with mexacalli (jalapeno, cumin, black olive, red pepper) cream cheese, leftover from breakfast this morning. For dessert, a chocolate crossaint left over from yesterday's breakfast.

One of the guys at the office thought it would be a good idea to have a random tip show up on our homepage. Since I already had used a random quote generator on this page, I said "Hey, I have a java script I know how to use." They said "We don't want to use java. Find another way, and make it happen. So I tried this cgi script here on this page. It's actually really slick. You can log into a cgi control panel, and edit the quotes from there. So now, I need to move all my old quotes over to this new version.

Here's the MP3 playback list for today:
Alison: Elvis Costello
Rosemary: Lenny Kravitz (funny the first two are girl's names...)
Rebirth of the Slick (I'm Cool Like That): Digable Planets
Vincent: Don McLean
Don't Mess With Bill: The Marvelettes
The Look of Love: Dusty Springfield
I'm Hip: Dave Frishberg
Sex and Candy: Marcy's Playground

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Ludwig Colors

We've talked before about the wild colors Ludwig put out in the 70s: Psychedelic Red, Mod Orange, and Citrus Mod. Citrus Mod is wicked rare. I could count the drums I've seen pictures of on two hands. I've never seen it in real life.

Ludwig reintroduced Psychedelic Red a couple of years ago. Of the 3 wild 70s colors, it was the most common, and made the most number of years. Back in the 70s, there were about three variations of Psych Red, each a little different--most notably, the amount of green swirled in.

Now, Ludwig is going to reintroduce Mod Orange. This picture came from explodie. He's a guy who hangs out on the vintage drum sites, and was the one who sold the citrus mod set a few months back. It seems Ludwig had a set at a drum show, and explodie bought the display. Now it's for sale on ebay. Here's something strange about the color, to me, at least. All the mod orange drums I've seen have had the purple faded from the sun. So it really looked orange. The re-release has way more purple than I imagined.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Load Time

I made a subtle change to the site. You probably won't see it, unless you're reall geeky. But I did something to help the page load faster. Those of you on dial-up (Leese, Mom and Dad, etc.), let me know if the page seems to load faster, ok?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, July 28, 2003

Funny, did my sister's truck pass?

(This part of the post was left over from the other day.) Man, am I in a funk today. I wasn't this morning. Must be a late in the day thing. Bi-polar Billy is on the loose, so watch out!

Have you watched Last Comic Standing? Susan sucked me into it. It's pretty good for reality TV. (I'm not big into reality TV. I'm not big into any TV unless it's Tales of the Gun or Mail Call or Good Eats.) Just some quick notes: Dat Phan isn't funny. No way was he funnier than Dave Mordal. Ralphie is going to win the whole thing, as that playa' knows how to rock a mic!

Well, White Lightnin' passed the Maine vehicle safety inspection today. I didn't think she'd make it. I never have a vehicle pass the first time. And since I've owned Ford trucks (the last 10 years or so), you basically do some major maintenance every year. Ball joints and brakes, ball joints and brakes was my mantra. Every third year or so, throw in some body work and exhaust work. Not this year. I guess I found a new shop to do my inspection.

My sister is still looking for the Andrew Wyeth "Sailor's Valentine" print. I finally did find an online shot . I'll keep looking, Leese.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Good morning, frineds!

A few little changes to the site. The most notable should be the random quote generator. It was down at the bottom of the page. I feel it says some really cool things about me, and felt bad that probably not too many people see it. So I've put it at the top. Let me know if you like it.

Also, I updated what I was reading and watching. That's always a little behind. But hey, you get an idea, at least. I've got about a dozen CDs in the truck at all times, and of course tons in the house. The CD listed in the listening section is just the last item I happen to remeber listening too. And since I've got to travel to my gig tonight, that Shawn Colvin CD will be out, and 12 new CDs will be in.

So my gig on the M/V Monhegan went well. The Uptown Rhythm Kings left the dock about 11am. We headed straight out of Rockland harbor, and went due east towards Vinalhaven. The ocean didn't appear to the eye to be very rough, but boy were there some big swells. We'd roll side to side far enough so you couldn't see the horizon over the gunwale. My drumset tipped over. Paddy had to put his foot on the kick to keep it upright. Once we got into the Fox Island Thoroughfair (the straight between the two islands on the map, with North Haven to the, uh, north, and Vinalhaven below that) things calmed down. Then we headed for Camden Harbor. With the wind behind us, this leg was easy going. Turning around in Camden haror, we headed for home. Now the wind is blowing hard of our port side, and it's blowing hard! Hold on, and start battenin' down everything. We pull into port, and the sky is getting really dark. We start haulin' gear off the boat as fat as we can. I'm the last one off, of course, being the drummer. I put the last drum in the truck seconds before the rain came down. In the time it took me to drive home from the boat (about 1 mile) it was pouring! Thunder and lightning! Yea! A real thunderstorm! The first good one of the year.

So, we played for 5 1/2 hours, had a great time, everyone loved the music, and made really good money. (In fact, it's the most I've ever made for a single gig as a drummer, I think.)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Flowers for Grampy and Grammie-Nan

Thanks to Mom for cutting my hair tonight. It will help me look sharp for my gig tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow's gig, there'll be a few days of lite posting. Tomorrow I gig from 11am until 4pm on a boat. Saturday, I work in the morning, and have to play in Bar Harbor on Saturday night. Bar Harbor, for those of you in Florida, is about 2 hours away when there's no traffic. Of course, there's always traffic in Bar Harbor in the summer, so it's more like almost tree hours. Anyway...

Here's a picture of a pretty girl, along with the flowers Grammy-Nan let her pick for her mommy.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

The Billy Rhythm mobile?

Oh boy!

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Reasons 4 Love #16

Reasons 4 Love #16

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love.

I love Susan because:

She's a really good mom--as evidinced by our really good kid!
She's done a lot lately to keep the house clean, and I appreciate that.
She's done a lot recently to make the house look nice on the outside; she's done a great job with flowers.
She told me the other day that she thought I should buy another drum kit.
(I was kidding on that last one.)
She makes a mean mashed potato.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Billy Rhythm Mobile

I like having a pick-up. They're very handy, and they're great for carrying drums. But I haven't really bonded with my current truck, White Lightin'. I did have a bond with my first truck, The Blue Turd, as we knew her. That truck was a work truck. No headliner, no head rest, no interval wipers, no nothing. But she treated me well for $1900. Anyway, I feel I need a Billy Rhythm mobile. Here are some options:

The fire truck. Sure, impractical. But I've always wanted one, so why not get one? Other than they're big, bad mileage, and no place to put drums. Other than that, they're very cool. (Now I know fire trucks are made to be around heat, but this is crazy!)

The old station wagon. How about a homely nine passenger Chevy Impala? That suits my style, that's for sure. And you'd know that was me coming down the road.

The Hearse. Really. Fairly affordable. Always loaded. Easy driving miles. Heck, they even got curtains in the back! And rollers--drums roll in and out easily. This one already has cool paint, but I'd really like purple with silver metallic flakes. Something a little older would get me some super-groovy lines, though. Yeah, I can see me driving that...

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

I've a cold

Not feeling like posting. I've a bit of a cold, and when I come home from work, I'm just beat. Last night, I wanted to go to bed, but I needed to teach two drum lessons. Tonight, I should've mowed the lawn. Instead, I fell asleep on the living room floor, watching Star Wars "Return of the Jedi" with Julia.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, July 21, 2003

Cheap Sunglasses

Several weeks ago, I had a discussion with Paddy about the lyrics in ZZ Top's tune "Cheap Sunglasses." He sings the song in our band Spork, and he sings the second line in the second verse as "In a funky pair of Levis, and her sweater's kinda tight." I always thought the line was "In her funky fine Levis. I did a search today, just for fun. The reults: about 50 / 50 What do you think it is?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, July 17, 2003

God, my Dad, and Microsoft--in that order

There have been times that I've felt like that if there were a Protestant version of Monastery, I'd join up. Is that weird? Of course, I wouldn't do it now. I have a family I love and need to support. But if I hadn't met Susan, I could see myself devoting my life to God somehow. You know (of course you don't know, it's just a saying), I had at one point considered going to UMO to study philosophy. Useful major that would be, no?

My Dad, being his wacky self, on the front page of the local paper. Would you believe this man does Client Relations for a successful attorney based out of Maine's largest city? Me either. :-)

And what's up with Microsoft? They're crazy! On a Mac, if you want to close and application, it's Apple key and Q. Q as in Quit. Makes sense right? Windows apps are all over the place. Sometimes it's Windows key and Q, sometimes Windows and X (for exit), sometimes Windows key and C (for close). Today I hit one that was Windows key + F4! An F key? C'mon, that's crazy! Make 'em all the same Microsoft!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Metallica Sues

Metallica sues over some other band using the chords E and F. That's the funniest thing I've heard since I read about Clear Channel buying the FCC.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]


Paddy's back, and Double Taps is working again! Some crazy host-allow thing that we all know about here in Internet land, but I won't bother you with details. (If you want details, leave a coment.) Anyway, he's back, and I'm glad I didn't have to pull his link down. Now if we could only get Clarke to post more than once a week...

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Reasons 4 Love #15

Reasons 4 Love #15

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love.

I love Susan because:
She's a true friend. Not just to me, but to her friends as well. She often puts herself last, and her friend's needs first.
She worked very hard to make Julia's 5th birthday party a success.
She's helping out a Vacation Bible School this week.
She takes care of the bookkeeping. No more bill paying for me!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Purple Trixon Speedfire

Cool kit, cool color. Maybe, maybe worth that much in original condition. Recovered? Nope. Still cool though.

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Monday, July 14, 2003

My Sma-ht little pumpkin

That girl of mine can really get me sometimes. The other day, we were looking at flowers. There was this purple flower that she thought looked like the same hue as lilacs. ''Lilac-ian purpleish'' she called it. I was very impressed that, though the word was made up, she would use a construction like ''lilac-ian.''

Then last night, we were watching some tv. I needed to leave the room, and I changed the channel--don't want her seeing something inappropriate. So I changed the channel to FoodTV. It was some special on a Cowboy Cookoff. Julia asked that I tape it for her. Then later, I was watching a special on Martin Luther. She asked me to tape that for her as well. Well rounded, that girl is.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, July 12, 2003

POP Jazz Festival

Here's a rarity. The Ludwig Jazz Festival was a 5"X14" wood snare with eight lugs and the P-83 snare strainer. They've been very collectable over the last few years. Pink Oyester Pearl was only offered for 2 years or so, like 1958-59. I personally love the color, but not many were sold.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, July 11, 2003

Ebay work, my friends!

Anybody want to bid on a binch of vintage Eerie comic books? After this lot, I still have about 20 more to sell! Selling 10 or so at a time is about all my brain can handle when shipping time comes around!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Once again, proof!

It always happens. I save a little money. I look at drums. There's nothing on the 'bay. So I use the money for something else. As soon as the money's gone, a snare I'd really like to have shows up for a super great price. It happens every time. (Note to self: when you have a couple of extra bucks, pretend to spend it. Then wait. Then pick up the drum you want once it shows up on ebay with the money you didn't really spend.)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Taking a break

Just taking a quick break to check email and whatnot. I've been working on painting and scraping and such. I came in and had some breakfast and iced coffee.

Remind me to tell you about the trip to the ice cream store.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

To-do list getting smaller!

I've whittled some stuff off the to-do list. The drum room is all reorganized. The honeysuckle has been planted. Also yesterday, I installed a piece of trim board on the back of the house. (And that wasn't even on the list!) Today is "non-list" day. I made a big breakfast: corn beef hash, poached eggs, toast, and coffee. Then a shower. At lunch time, we're going to the beach with Jim and Rachelle. Then we're going to visit Sue's brother Hound Dog and his wife and new daughter. Tomorrow, I plan on painting the front door and the window trim for the whole house. Friday plans? Not sure. Then Saturday, I go back to work for a few hours, the Julia's birthday cookout, and then the North Atlantic Blues Fest.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, July 7, 2003

Busy vacation, friends

Vacation--all I ever wanted. Vacation--have to get away. Well, not really. Julia is going to ballet day camp this week, so we can't make any long trips. But we do have some fun stuff planned. But I also have a very to do list, too. See #2: Build Walkway. I got that done last night and this morning. About 4 hours all told. And I hate manual labor. I hate it. That's why I decided to do well in school. I would way rather use my brain than my brawn. But it needed to be done for my beloved, so I obliged. Something else to cross off the list, at least.

I've got two drum lessons to give tonight, so this afternoon I'll be reorganizing the drum room in the cool basement. Good game plan, huh?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, July 3, 2003

The Late Lunch

Late lunch today. It's almost 3pm. I'm having lunch here at the office. Again, having the onion tart from The Pastry Garden. Man, it's so good. Also having a little cheezy bread stick thingy, and a diet Dr. Pepper. (It tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper.) I'm listening to some music. The line up? I thought you'd never ask!

Tyrone, Erica Badu
Georgie Porgy, Toto
Hold the Line, Toto
Murder by Numbers, The Police
Tea in the Sahara, The Police
Kid Charlamange, Steely Dan
Aja, Steely Dan
The Price I Pay, Robert Cray

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Buried treasure?

We were digging in the front yard last night, when we dug up this Dick Tracy looking die cast car. The paint's a little scratched up, and the only marking is the word STATE (slightly legible in the picture) on the bottom. I'm trying to get info on it.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Reasons 4 Love #14

Reasons 4 Love #13

Every Wednesday those who are involved in a relationship with somebody share a few (simple but significant) reasons for their love.

I love Susan because:
She doesn't get angry when I spend my play money on drums, instead of more practical things like clothes.
She agreed, when making ice cream, to make chocolate ice cream with Andes mint candies, even though she isn't a huge mint fan.
She likes Moodys as much as I do.
She loves me too. And I've never doubted it--that's how much she loves me. She loves me so much, I never ever wonder if she does.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Northern Kingdom Music: Best Music Store in the World

Wild, crazy props to the boys at Northern Kingdom Music. I was in there a couple of days ago (more like a month ago), and they said "Hey Bill. We can get you a really crazy deal on these little Tama mini-tymp thingys. Now, I wasn't really in the market for 'em, but the price was so incredible, even a tightwad like me couldn't pass it up. They arrived at the end of last week, and I forgot to post about them until now. Just need to give the due out where it's called for!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Another ripper of a day

The office van is going to be used to haul a float in the 4th of July parade. So I took it to our local trailer place to have a hitch put on. The 1 hour appointment was two hours and a quarter. While I was there, I did a system update on their Windows XP machine, hacked the registry so the guys Outlook Express spell check would work again(which also involved copying a .dll file from another system over the network), set up a second email address, and configured another users email client. Man, am I a nice guy!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, July 1, 2003


What a day. Yesterday, I left the office at 10am with a migraine. I went home, and consumed a total 1400mgs of motrin, and two Fioricet. Then I slept 'til 3pm. Not much got done. Today started out alright. I delivered Meals on Wheels for my Kiwanis club, and was back around 11am. Then we had a quick meeting with the guys installing our new phone system. Then lunch. Then something went wrong. I spent an hour on the line with one customer. The phone was ringing off the hook. A couple of little technical problems came at the same time. I was ready to leave when 5pm came around!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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