Friday, August 22, 2008

My Blog Has Moved

Hello, friends. I've recently switched away from Grematter. My new blog can be found at The old Greymatter posts can be found at

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Politics Today

I heard on the news today that McCain is floating a trial balloon: How about a pro-abortion VP? Hmmm. As one who is decidedly right of center, I can tell you that I'm currently an undecided voter. I have decided not to vote for Obama, but I haven't decided for whom to vote. I'm already not a McCain fan; a pro abortion VP would certainly not help things, at least for me. I understand the Libertarian candidate is also pro-abortion. (Probably better, he's pro "don't let the government decide one way or the other.) Who knows, maybe I'll be voting for the Constitutional candidate. Now exactly who is that? :-)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link] [Talk to me!]

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Broke My Blog

I've been down the last 12 hours or so. I tried to upgrade my blog software, and the new software isn't totally compatible with the old version. All my .html templates got lost. Thankfully, JP replaced my files from back-up for the cost of a whoopie pie! Now I'm testing to see if we're back in business. I may just drop Greymatter all together and switch to Word Press or something. All this because of comment spam...

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link] [4 people have rocked the mic!]

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bad (Amazing!) First Sentence

I was listening to NPR yesterday, and they mentioned a contest for the "worst opening sentence for a novel." Here's the winner.

"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city, their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped 'Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J.' "

Personally, I think it's awesome! I'd keep reading!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link] [2 people have rocked the mic!]

Friday Fill-Ins #85

My answers are in bold, as always.

Here we go:

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was at the Brass Compass. I had a cup of soup and a tuna sandwich with Officer Peasley.

2. A smoked mussle is something I intensely dislike. Generally, though, I like mussles, and I like smoked food, but I just don't like these two together.

3. The full moon was very beautiful in the cloud draped sky last night. The hues of black and blue were a sight!

4. "You're a punk face!" is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it's best to not worry about the mortgage. This is especially true at 1am.

6. I don't know if I could tell you what is the best movie I've seen so far this year. I don't even recall what the last movie was I saw

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I�m looking forward to having pizza with my sons (the ladies won't be home), tomorrow my plans include TWO gigs, and Sunday, I want to have billing day at the office run super smooth!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sorry for the Comment Spam

Some people who choose to visit this site regularly also choose to have a notice sent to them when something new gets posted. This includes when new comments are added. Over the last few days, I've been killed with comment spam. It used to be the spammers would find you if a post were left open for a week or 10 days. Now, they're finding me on something that's been posted the same day! I've been banning IP addresses, but that doesn't really help much. So I've had to close the commenting on some of the entries. It appears Greymatter, the software I use to run this site, has some updates that will help with the spam. Of course, I need to back everything up and install it, so that will take a few hours, but I hope to have it up soon. If that doesn't do it, I may have to move to Movable Type or Wordpress or something. I don't really want to do that, because I'm quite familiar with GM, and it works for me. But I've got to do something about the spam, and turning the comments off isn't really an option; a blog without comments is lame.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, August 8, 2008

Amy's MI-5

Amy says: "this is all about where YOU live":

1. If I were coming to visit you- what time of year would you suggest?
~October. The best of Maine is October. The air is crisp and cool, but not cold. There's a hint of woodsmoke on the breeze. The trees are all aflame in color. The bugs are gone, and so are the vast majority of the tourists. (But they are starting to catch on about Maine in the fall.) If it could be October year 'round, I'd take it.

2. Any specific things you would suggest I visit while there?
~You should take a walk down to Spruce Head Island. You should visit the Old Port in Portland. You should see some woods, too, not just the coast. Although it's a long hike, the area around Millinocket is quite lovely. Maybe a paddle on a nice lake? Espcecially if it's October!

3. Where should we eat?
~I think my sister suggested Wasses Hot Dogs. I second that. Paddy suggested Moodys. Another excellent choice. My beloved wife suggested Prism Glass... DON'T go there. If word gets out about that lovely, quaint little place, she and I will never get a seat there! And no one has mentioned Rockland's own Brass Compass yet--home of the Billy Rhythm burger! You have to try one of those, too.

4. Is there anybody I should meet?
~Well, you should meet the entire MI-5 cadre, of course! One of the neat things about living here in Maine are all the famous people who live here, but you don't know they live here. A famous football player has a home here. Famous computer folks are here, and lots of artists. There's this writer out on Islesboro I talk to every year--he asks for me by name. We've never met, only on the phone. Maybe you should meet him, and I could come with you and meet him too!

5. Where else should I visit in your state?
~Oh, I think I mentioned that in #2. Whoops!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday Fill-Ins #84

1. You know you're old when you go to bed when the sun's still up, and get up when the sun's still down!

2. My heart is divided between left and right ventricles.

3. MORE COFFEE is what I need RIGHT NOW!

4. I have felt the grace of God, I have known the depths of His mercy. (Though I don't know this for sure, I bet that sentiment is found in a Psalm somewhere.)

5. Gah, won't these people go back to their home state!

6. Get your tax returns in as soon as you can!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I�m looking forward to a peaceful evening at home, tomorrow my plans include playing an afternoon gig and Sunday, I want to see if I can get that fishing trip in from last week!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lobster Fest Float

There are some pictures of Harmony Bible Church's award winning float in the gallery. Unfortunately, there aren't any good shots showing the entire float all built--just various stages of construction, though. For those of you not from Maine (read: Amy!), this is what a Maine lobster trap looks like. Well, the new ones look like that. The old ones were wood. Of course, when I say "new," I mean traps since the 1980s, I guess. It seems like Uncle Ted fished mostly wire traps when I was a kid, and Uncle Ash had some wire and some wood ones. And here in Rockland, we call 'em traps. I guess some places call 'em pots, but not around here. And when you're going to pull your traps, you're going "Out t' haul!"

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Taylor is spending the night with Julia tonight. Her dad, David, dropped a little something off along with his daughter: scallops! They were HUGE! Though he works on a dragger, these were as big as diver's scallops. The image in the link are 10 - 20 scallops per pound. The ones he dropped of were seven per pound! we had to cut them in 1/2! I wrapped them in bacon, added some sea salt and pepper, and stuck them under the broiler. Oh my yummy heck! They were so good, I called him right after dinner and thanked him. What a nice surprise for a Wednesday!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekend Wrap-Up

It's been quite some time since I did a weekend wrap-up. Here's what I got...

On Friday after work, a bunch of people from church came by the house and worked on the Lobster Festival float. It was designed to look like a huge lobster trap. Dwane put a lot of time in before the build, so it really didn't take much time. It looked really nice. If I can find an online photo somewhere, I'll post a link.

On Saturday I played a gig in some town. I can't even remember where it was. Basically, go to Lincoln ME and go east a little. It was between 2.5 and three hours to drive there. I picked Paddy up at 7am, and we headed out. The gig started at about 11am, and they kept asking us to play more quietly. We played really softly. In fact, most of our energy was concentrated on keeping the volume down, and not on putting on a good show. I think the people really missed out on what we could do, but unfortunately, that's what the venue could accommodate. We stopped in Bangor on the way home, as Paddy was in the mood for pizza. I got home around 6:30, I think, and then it was pretty much bed.

Sunday, and Matt and I were up at 6:30. We made blueberry muffins, and Matt proceeded to dump most of the blueberries on the floor. Oh well, I added some raspberries to make up for it, and that made up for everything. We had our regular church services, but this week service included a thunder storm and a brief power flicker. Lunch was at Mom's, as usual, and Lisa made a really delicious terriyaki steak. The secret, she said, was the Jack Daniel's marinade. It was really good. We came home, and all had an all too short nap. Then back to church for the "pot providence" supper, and the evening service. I'm still playing bass in the evening church service, and I'm noticing that I'm progressing a little. If the songs don't drift away to some of the more unusual intervals (major 6ths and 7ths), I'm usually ok. Finding some of those strange notes can lose me a little. Then, after church, it was time for bed.

Thus, the weekend ended.

Reading: an Alton Brown cookbook
Watching: Corine Bailey Rae on Austin City Limits

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, August 1, 2008

Paddy's Radio MI-5

Paddy sayz: I just started a radio show on WRFR 93.3FM in Rockland (streaming on the web at and I thought a radio-related 5 for this week:

1. What was the first song you remember hearing on the radio? Maybe a favorite that you really looked forward to hearing?
~I guess the earliest songs I remember hearing specifically on radio were the hits that were playing the year my Aunt Ginny and Uncle Ade took my sister and I to New York. It seemed like no matter what station Uncle Ade had the radio on, you heard Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, or Dance, Dance, Dance. I guess that makes it 1979--I would've been seven at the time. I still really dig all those songs, especially Bad Girls--the only pop song I know that features a samba whistle!

2. As a kid, I had a transistor radio that I took with me EVERYWHERE! Did radio play a big part in your childhood? What specifically did you listen to?
~Radio was a big part of my childhood. I can remember taking my old cassette recorder, and using the internal microphone to record FM broadcasts. We had a radio, and we had a cassette recorder, but they weren't build together, so you had to use a microphone to get the signal onto the tape! I remember taping in our living room one day, and someone slammed the door into the house. I said on the tape, like I was some kind of DJ: "You may have heard some big noise right then, but everything is ok now." In fact, you couldn't hear it on the tape. And that taught me a valuable "on air" lesson: don't bring up your mistakes on the air. Your audience probably didn't even notice it.

3. When I was a teen growing up in Maine, there were two kinds of kids: WBLM kids (album rock) and WIGY kids (Top 40). Which one, if either, were you? If you aren't from here (or are older or younger), relate as best you can your listening preferences as a teen.
~I remember WIGY, and WIGY the Wonderdog. I don't really remember them playing soft hits, though, as Paddy remembers. I'm a little younger than Paddy, so maybe they had a little more edge when I was listening to them. Not as edgy as WBLM, but I remember songs by the likes of REO Speedwagon, Jon Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, and that kinda thing. By the time I was a teen, though, WIGY was gone, and the CD was just coming in. I was one of the first teens I knew to own a CD player. You can read all about that somewhat sordid tale here.

4. Do you have a special "radio moment" that you can share?
~I can remember listening to Larry Glick out of WBZ AM in Boston. Lisa, Mike, and I would make our own radio programs on tape, based on what Larry would do on the air. I also remember when Jim and I had our own program on the same station as Paddy. "The Jazz Workshop" lasted two years, I think, on Monday nights from 9pm-10pm. I think we had few listeners. My dad lived too far away to get any signal from the tiny 100 watt station, so every few weeks we'd record our show on CD, and give him a copy. One week, Jim invented a Jazz musician by the name of Lefty Hefterson. A few weeks later, I said something about Jim's character Hefty Lefterson. Jim and I got laughing on the air about how we imagined some large lady, abandoning her toddler, as in "Hefty left her son." And, of course, this was the week we were taping the show for Dad. When he heard the CD, he too got the side-splitting laughs; not because he thought the joke was funny, but he got laughing because we were laughing. We didn't even tape the Lefty Hefterson show--he didn't know the background story at all. Still, I remember him laughing every time we listened to that show. I think I still have that CD at the house.

5. In this age of micro-mp3 players, XM and iTunes ... how often (if at all) do you listen to radio?
~I listen to NPR in the shower Monday-Friday. Why would this conservative listen to a decidedly left leaning station? Simple. It's the only local news station I can get in the bathroom! Other than that, I don't listen to FM. Now, my XM radio practically GLOWS from use. I listen to it all the time! It's a constant companion in the car, offering me everything for bluegrass to Latin Jazz, and everything else you could ask for. Country? About 10 channels. Blues? Yup. Heck, there are even four comedy channels! I like to listen to the Laugh USA "clean comedy" station as I drift off to sleep. It even has BBC, NPR, and every Red Sox game, regardless of what park they're playing in. I used to say "I'll never pay for radio." Now I say "I can't believe I listened to the same songs on FM for so long!" I'm a true XM convert.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday Fill-Ins #83

May answers are in bold

1. If I could travel back in time, I'd go to the Holy Land back in Jesus' time.

2. Give me black coffee or give me something else to drink. (And if my only option is hazelnut coffee, well, I guess I'll go thirsty.)

3. I am listening to a lot more Jazz lately, specifically Grant Green's "Idle Moments."

4. Somewhere, someone is thinking "Has anyone seen my Palm Pilot?"

5. I'll always be a father and a drummer. And, in love with Susan!

6. My idea of a good time includes me, Susan, and kids at grandma's house!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight Im looking forward to helping with the church's Lobster Festival parade float, tomorrow my plans include a gig in some town three hours away, and Sunday, I want to go fishing!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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