Friday, September 28, 2007

Jim's Fall MI-5

It is now fall and with that change we say goodbye to many outdoor activities for another year. This five is mostly about indoor things we do when the weather isn't so warm anymore.

Listening to Music
1. What was the first musical album (record, tape, cd etc...) that you purchased and do you still listen to it?

The first album I bought was called Radio Active. Mine was, of course, on 8-track. I no longer have it. It may be at Mom's house.

2. What are you reading right now and if you aren't reading anything tell us the last book you read and if it is/was good.

I'm reading The Jesus Family Tomb. Chip in the MIS Newcastle office brought the Discovery Chanel TV show to my attention. I'd not heard of it. I've been looking for it on the Tivo, but they're not replaying it for some reason. So Susan checked the book out for me at the library. For those of you not familiar with the story, they found a tomb with 10 bone boxes (ossuaries) in it. There was a Mary, a Mariamne (supposedly Mary Magdeline's real name), a Joseph, a Jesus son of Joseph, a Matthew (how he got in there is a little strange), and a "Judas son of Jesus."

3. Do you have any favorite cool weather foods you enjoy? Please feel you can share a recipe if you have one.

I have this sausage soup that I love. Also, roasted squash.

4. Do you enjoy the parties that cold weather can bring such as Christmas, New Years and Valentines? Tell us about a memorable one...

Sure, I like 'em. Memorable ones? Where, there was this one Christmas party where I was a DJ, and some girl I used to know from Sunday School years ago came up to me, and was, um, coming onto me a little. Her boyfriend jumps on stage, and decides he needs to beat me up. A bunch of other people, who saw what was really going on, came on stage, pulled him down, and said (though not verbatim), "Dude, maybe you ought to take your wife home." Later, the owners of the business apologized for the behavior of their employee--the girl!

The oddball question
5. You can relate this to our theme if you want or you don't have to if you don't want to. As a child did you ever think something crazy that as you got older you realized wasn't true?

That my father could predict the future, specifically when a red traffic light would change to green. He could snap his fingers, and BAM, a red light would turn green.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Vacation Continues

Yesterday, I got most of the garage painted. The yellow field was all done. I thought today I would do the accent color, and, due to rain forecast for tomorrow, do the trim on Friday or Saturday. I started painting the accent color around 8am. At about 9am, Pastor Dave called. "I've got my painting clothes on. Can I come over?" When he got here, the green accent color was all on. (Well, the first coat was on.) So I figured with Pastor Dave's help, we'd start on the trim. Between the two of us, we were able to get it all done! Well, I do have to do a little cutting in around the windows of the doors, but that's all that's left. I got all cleaned up, picked up, and showered by about 3pm. It's about 5:30pm now, and I waiting for Susan to finish the roasted potatoes, and then I can throw some steaks on the grill.

Tomorrow, I'm taking Julia to school. Then, I have a Salvation Army board meeting at 8:15. Then, I'll be heading to Spruce Head for a couple errands. Tomorrow night, I'm starting my adult ed ebay class. When I called the Adult Ed office on Monday, there were 10 students signed up for the class, so I probably will use the scheduled three hours for lecture.

I have no major plans for Friday or Saturday daytime, though I do have gigs each of those nights.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Weekend Isle Au Haut Wrap Up

My weekend started on Thursday. Three Button Deluxe started a weekend of gigs with a birthday party at the Captain AV Nickels Inn.

I took Friday off from the office so I could pack and get ready for Isle Au Haut. As you can see, it's one of those you can't get there from here gigs. Heck, it would be much quicker to take a boat out of Rockland, but the boat left from Stonington. So I left the house around noon, and got to Stonington a little after two. The boat left at 3:30, and had a good ride out to the island. The Friday night gig was right at the "boat house," which was right where the boat let us off. The bride and groom threw a party for the island, since they couldn't invite everyone to the wedding proper. They put us up in somebody's "maid's cottage." It was three bedrooms, living room, bath, and kitchen. It was really a very nice place, and the view was fantastic.

Saturday, and we had the morning to ourselves, mostly. We did have to go to the boathouse, break down our gear, and take it to the wedding venue. We went back to the cottage, changed into our zoots, and headed back to the inn. The wedding was great, the stage they gave us was great, the food was good. We ended at 7:30pm so we could catch the 8:30pm boat. And we made it. We broke down, changed clothes, and got to the dock in an hour. (Thanks to all the guests, who helped us carry gear to the dock!) The boat ride to the mainland was a little hairy--the fog was super thick! The boat was supposed to drop of us and be back to the island at 9:30. Well, the fog was so thick, the boat didn't drop us off until 9:45! The ride home was pretty foggy too. I got home a little after midnight, I think.

Sunday, and it was the usuall. Susan had picked up a danish and some donuts for us. Morning church. Lunch at Mom's. A nap in the afternoon. Church in the evening. Home. A sub from Amatos for supper. Bed.

The end.

Oh, and I'm on vacation this week! Yeah!

Reading: The Lost Tomb of Jesus
Just finished: some risotto

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, September 21, 2007

I'll Be Away For A Little

I've got a gig this weekend on Isle Au Haut, and won't be home until early Sunday morning. (Did you read the site? Seems like they're really friendly of visitors! End sarcasm.) Anyway, I love you Susan.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Theramin

You may not be familiar with the theramin. I really knew about it only in passing. As a musician, I was somewhat familiar with the crazy instrument you played while waving your arms around in the air. When I saw Medeski, Martin, and Wood in concert in Portland, Medeski played one briefly. (Heck, he played everything briefly. I commented to Jim at the time he was like a mad scientist, flitting from instrument to instrument, banging on this, adding some of that.)

Then today, on the drum newsgroup, someone posted a youtube video of some guy doing the Gnarls Barkley tune on the theramin. It's crazy! I keep watching it. From there, I found the video of basic theramin lessons. Crazy!

Edit: Oh my heck, it gets better! He even plays My Funny Valentine!. Outta sight!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Who Do My Kids Look Like?

See the "Get More Here" section for the surprise!

Set this day by the hand of Billy Rhythm [Link] [Get More Here]

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekend Wrap-Up

Here's my weekend wrap up.

I left the office at 5pm Friday, and headed for my gig down in Portland. Three Button Deluxe was playing a swing dance at the North Star Cafe. Too bad the Portland Grange has a swing dance the first and third Friday of every month! So the gig was sparsely attended, as well as very hot (remember how hot it was Friday?), but we had a good time. It was an "early" night, and I was home before 1am.

While at the gig on Friday, Quick mentioned there was going to be a Medieval Fest at Fort Knox, complete with a pumpkin shooting trebuchet! The boys are big fans of swordplay, and I thought it sounded like fun for all of us. So Saturday morning, I told the family I had a surprise trip planned, but wouldn't tell them where. I didn't even tell Susan, though she figured out where we were going from random clues I'd throw out. We had a good time, though Julia was a little moody. Oh, and we forgot our flashlights, and so couldn't go through all the passageways. The pictures are up in the gallery. Oh, and the pumpkin trebuchet was too big to get on the grounds! At about 3pm, we hit McD's in Bucksport for some lunch, then home. I was able to mow the lawn before dark, and then I think we just watched some TV in the evening.

Sunday morning, and we had church services, as usual. One new thing was the addition of my Dad's memorial bell. Mom and the kids rang the bell for the first time, which was a nice touch. Sunday was "Grandparents Day," so we had a special lunch to celebrate--Mom's favorite: mac and cheese and meatloaf. I took a nap in the afternoon, and then back to church in the evening. Susan and the kids wanted more McNuggets, so it was back to McD's for supper. Me? No thanks. Too much fast food. Instead, I had a way better hot dog and bun. Delish! (Not really.) What I wanted was a Subway chicken/bacon/ranch, but I was trumped four votes to one. Susan watched Big Brother, so I think I hit the sack around 9pm.

Watching: A special about the Beatles
Reading: Leviticus

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Aunt Ginny's Indian Summer MI-5

Aunt Ginny says: "Traditionally, Labor Day marks the beginning of fall for most of us, even though it isn't "official" until later this month. Thought some Indian Summer questions might be in order."

1. Do you have a favorite outside activity at this time of year? What? Tell us about it.

Get things ready for winter, maybe? Get the gas out of the lawnmower. Take all the kids toys and put them in the garage. Put the grill away. :-( Just make sure the "grounds" are in decent form. This year, I also hope to paint the garage, and pull down the bushes in the back yard.

2. What indicates to you that Indian Summer has arrived? Is it the weather? the date? something else?

I'm with my sister. In the fall, when you think summer is over, there will be one last week of heat. Who knows, for us it may even be this week. Heck, yesterday it was near 90! We had a swing dance down in Portland, and we were in full zoots! We fried. Heck, I didn't even wear my coat in set one! Usually, even when it's hot, I try to leave it on for a set or two, and as the night draws on, shed the coat, then loosen the tie. Not last night! Too hot for the coat at all!

3. Now that we are between summer tourists and leaf-peepers, do you have any special last hurrah plans for this summer? Details?

Last hurray plans are the about the same as item #1.

4. What is your favorite season/time of year? Why? What is there about it?

I like fall. I like to cool temperatures, and the leaves, the smell of wood smoke as people start lighting fires to take off the chill.

5. If you had no responsibilities like family, work, church, etc., how would you spend these last few days of summer? Why? Alone or with someone else?

I would spend them alone with Susan. Mom, Aunt Ginny, and Lisa can watch the kids! We'd probably find a B and B along the coast somewhere, and just sleep late, read books, drink tea in the afternoon, and hot tub under the stars.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Philosophy of Chairs

Yes, there is a new look. Do you like it? Be honest. I just wanted a change, and this is what I came up with. Leave a comment, would ya?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Labor Day Weekend Wrap Up

Let's start with Friday night, ok? Of course it's ok, 'cause it's my blog, and I start where I want! Friday night, Blind Al was playing in Skowhegan at Bloomfields. There's almost always a good crowd there, and they have good energy, so though it's a bit of a haul, it's usually fun. Second to the last song I took a solo that I actually liked! Very rarely do I play a solo I'm happy with; this one, I liked.

Saturday morning, and I slept fairly late: about 8:30, I think. I had a gig in Waldoboro at 11am, and I needed to be there by 10am. I left the house, grabbed some coffee at Second Read, and thought I'd hit the unfinished furniture store on the Warren/Waldoboro town line. (The boys pushed the back of the stereo cabinet, and it's all rickety.) They were closed. So I was at the gig plenty early, and I was still hyped up from my performance the night before. I told the leader "I'm going to play with fire today. I'm ready!" Too bad I didn't deliver! Not a bad performance, but about my average. I got home, and Susan wasn't feeling so hot, so we didn't go to pirate days as we planned. We did make a quick trip to the grocery store, but other than that, we didn't go out.

Sunday morning, and our Sunday School started at its new 9:30 time. I needed to pick up some coffee, so back to Second Read. The two people behind the counter didn't seem to be in any hurries, so it took me much longer than I anticipated. Still, I had built in enough time to make sure I wasn't late. Since Sunday School starts earlier, we now have time for a little coffee "social" between services. The new coffee pot, however, took twelve minutes to brew a pot! So, I was just as busy between services this week as when we had only 15 minutes between services. Lunch was at Ma's in honor of her birthday, and we had about as many people as we would for Chirstmas! It was packed. After that, we did make a quick trip down to Pirate Days. Then, I did some more shopping looking for a new stereo stand. Still no luck. Then evening church.

Monday morning, and I was up early with the boys. Somewhere along the line, I'd deciced to give up on finding a new stereo rack, and just see if I could fix the one we have. So I unloaded all the gear, added some bracing to the rack, dusted everything, and put it back together. I also washed the dishes, did some laundry, cut out a shelf for Susan's hoosier, and touched up the paint on said hoosier. Susan had a craving for BLTs, so that's what we had for supper. Susan was also into the whole America's Next Top Model thing, so I went to bed at about 8:30.

Now, it's Tuesday morning, and Julia is getting ready to go back to school. Summer's over. :-( I love fall, but I'm not so big on winter.

Watching: America's Next Top Model
(Susan's been watching a marathon.)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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