Thursday, October 31, 2002

Trick or Treating Down to the Sea in Ships

Trick or Treating
Down to the Sea
In Ships
Richard Brautigan
From Revenge of the Lawn

As a child, I used to play Halloween as if I were a sailor and go trick or treating down to the sea in ships. My sack of candy and things were at the wheel and my Halloween mask was sails cutting through the beautiful autumn night with lights on front porches like ports of call.

Trickortreat was the captain of our ship, saying "We are only going to be in this port for a short time. I want all of you to go ashore and have a good time. Just remember we sail on the morning tide." My God, he was right! We sailed on the morning tide.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

My Day

I'm on lunch. It's 2pm. I haven't event been to ebay yet today!

Thanks to my mom and dad! Dad walked in this morning with a plate of pot roast and mashed potatoes and gravy. I asked what it was for. Dad said "Mom just thought you'd like some pot roast." (I do like pot roast!) Then, as it turned out, I wasn't able to break away for lunch, and needed to have something here anyway. God knew I would need lunch, and sent it via my parents!

Speaking of God, I was working on a computer today. No, not His computer! It had a virus on it. Since I knew exactly what virus it was, I downloaded a fix tool, and ran it. After that, Windows wouldn't boot. But, after some tinkering, and praying, I got it fixed. I need to stop doing that. Whenever I go above and beyond, it always goes badly. Luckily, God always bails me out!

This pot roast is awesome!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

West Side Story

Did I mention I was playing drums for the RDHS production of West Side Story? I've always wanted to play this show. You are familiar with Buddy Rich's versions of these tunes, right? Scary! Some tunes I handled ok. Some I blew. One was a train wreck! We didn't have the cue lines yet. All of a sudden, the piano player launches into "When You're a Jet." I wasn't there! I never caught up! Good tunes, though, but hard. Time signatures in 3/8? A measure of 6/8, then a measure of 3/4? A measure of this, and a measure of that. It will keep me on my toes.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, October 27, 2002

My day, Sheila E

Susan's not feeling well. Instead of going to my folk's house after church for dinner, we came straight home. I did some dishes, baked some bread, and made a quiche. (Turkey, cheddar, and red peppers.)

This is quite possibly the best drum ad ever.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, October 26, 2002

Nickle hoop, not good

So I bought this nickle hoop for my 16" WFL floor tom. $30 at a music store--not the best music store on earth, Northern Kingdom, but another one I won't name. This "Drum Shop" in "Portland" set it aside for me, and I had to go pick it up. So, last time I was in Portland with Jim, we did. It was in pretty gross shape. But there was no rust, so it wasn't anything a polish wouldn't fix. So, I polished it. Twice. Once with the dremel. It was scuzy. Finally, it was done. It was an easy hour's worth of work. Today I went to put it on. It's a 15". It doesn't fit. So I have to take it back. Downside--it's in better condition now then when I bought it!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Walnut drums

So I found this beautiful snare on ebay. Walnut?! Delicious! And then, low and behold, I found this one! Walnut with maple hoops with olive wood on top! Paddy says they're too pretty to hit! I'd hit 'em ok!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday Five

the friday five
(On Saturday, of course!)

1. What is your favorite scary movie?
Hmm. Is Se7ven considered scary? Probably not really. The Omen series.

2. What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Aunt Dianna's caramel apples are a treat I look forward to every year. Mallow Cups come out this time of year too.

3. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, describe your best Halloween costume.
I used to dress up. I'm too old now. I had this great Haulocaust cloak with red around the bell sleeves and cowl. Put a skull mask on underneath, or makeup, and PRESTO! Add a battle ax or sickle for a really cool look.

4. Do you enjoy going to haunted houses or other spooky events?
Yes and no. I like it, but it scares me! Spooky? Cool. A totally dark room, you're walking through, and someone jumps and yells at you? I'm dead.

5. Will you dress up for Halloween this year?
No. SUsan doesn't want to "celebrate" Halloween. Instead, we're declaring Julia Day!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 25, 2002

My upcoming weekend, drums, and a lost old friend

I've almost got a free weekend. I have to work at the office, 9am to noon. Then I'm done. No gigs. For fun, I looked through the calendar to find my last weekend truly off. You know, no gigs, and no MIS work? First weekend of June.

Check out this very ugly Gretsch snare drum. The wrap was put on at the factory upside down! An no one caught it. Quality control at it's finest. Here's a little story of my Gretsch floor tom. I add it here for posterity:

"I was recovering a set of 70s Gretsches. I took of the White Nitron, and used Tony Williams yellow instead. Now, when I got to the floor tom... I took off all the hardware, and noticed that the bottom holes had been misdrilled. They didn't match up to where the holes on the rims would be. E.g., 3 lugs were under the holes in the rim, and 3 were not. So, they just egged out the holes a little.

After removing the wrap, I found that the floor was not plain maple with greenish glue under it. Instead, it had Rosewood laquer on it! On closer inspection, I found a second paper label under the first paper label on the inside. But even more strange? There was silver paint on top of the second sticker! My thought was that this floor was at one point a Rosewood floor. They needed a white floor, so took this one, repainted the inside without removing the old paper label, slapped a new label on--almost lined up with the old label, but not quite, and put white nitron wrap on the rosewood laquer!"

I love it when this happens! This antique dealer finds an old snare, and decides to list it on ebay. $20 opening bid, no reserve. What they have is an old Black Beauty, the most highly collectable snare in the world. And it's in beautiful shape, too. How come I can never find one of these for $20?

I had a friend when I was in school. He was a very talented guitar player. Very talented. He moved away to seek his fortune. I guess he's doing well. Or maybe not. His band was on the Conan OBrien show. So that's good. But I've heard he's hooked himself into a heroin addiction. Not good. He's got a record contract. Good. One of his promo pictures is him lying on the floor of the bus amidst booze bottles. Not good. I hope he gets to the point where his talent can be respected in an atmosphere a lot less destructive.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 24, 2002

The Ghost has made me famous! I miss Shotgun!

When I was in high school, my dream drum set was a Tama Superstar kit in Super Maple finish. A 22" kick, 10", 12", and 13" rack toms, and a 16" floor. Now, look at this snare. This sure would compliment that kit. Gorgeous. Perhaps a touch overpriced with Buy It Now, but not badly.

Also, dig this Yellow North set. One day, my friends, one day.

Breaking news! I must be somewhat vague, as this project is still under wraps. A major drum author is going to be putting out a book. In it, he makes a small reference to the Ghost drum pedal. (I, of course, have the best online resources for the Ghost pedal) He is going to include my site in his book. You know, like, for more info, go to Billy Rhythm's site! How cool is that!

I heard that Southwest Airlines was offering fares on the cheap. I spoke to Jim about going to see Shotgun. He had already checked it out. Southwest doesn't go to Denver. Sorry, Shotgun!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 21, 2002

No more TV, and a quiz

A busy day here in the office. A machine went down. THE machine went down. That which is Midcoast Internet stopped working. It hadn't done that in a long time. A couple of years, maybe. No one could get online. This happened several times this weekend. I answered about 150 voicemail messages.

Susan has decided that she watched too much tv. So she asked if I minded if we got rid of it. (See my post a little lower.) Of course I didn't. So we closed our DirecTV account. We'd been with them almost from the begining. But, here's a chance to do more as a family, get more done, and read and listen to music more. It will be a challenge at the start, but I think we'll like it in the long run.

X. Starting time: 10 minutes of the hour.
X. Name: Bill
X. Nicknames: Billy Rhythm
X. School: Rockland High, University Maine Augusta/Fort Kent
X. Eyes: Blue
X. Height: 5'10"
X. Sex Before Marriage? My parents read this page!
X. Been so drunk you threw up? Never been drunk.
X. Been so drunk you blacked out? See above.
X. Ever helped somebody else cheat? Never.
X. Missed school b/c it was raining: no
X. Set any body part on fire for amusement: No, but someone once set my jeans on fire in Choir class.
X. Kept a secret from everyone: yes
X. Had an imaginary friend? no
X. Wanted to hook up with a friend: yes (before marriage, of course.)
X. Cried during a Flick: yes. It's very strange. It happened only once: Wrestling Earnest Hemmingway. I bawled like a baby.
X. Had a crush on a teacher: yes (It wasn't my teacher, and it was 4th grade.)
X. Ever thought an animated character was hot: yes! Many! Daphne from Scooby is hot, as are Ariel the mermaid and Jessica Rabbit.
X. Ever at anytime owned a New Kids on the Block tape: never.
X. Prank called someone: don't recall but probably did.
X. Been on stage: weekly.
X. Shampoo: Don't care, but I must shampoo every day. (Once, while working at Wal-Mart, I forgot to wash my hair. On my break, I bought a towel and shampoo, and did it in the restroom.)
X. Body wash: Soap.
X. Colors: Purple
X. Day/Night: night
X. Summer/Winter: Autumn
X. Online Smiley: I don't really use them, so my favorite must be :-)
X. Lace or satin: satin
X. Union or Confederate: union
X. Like anyone: yes
X. Known the longest of your friends: Susan
X. Who's the loudest: Dwane
X. Who's the shyest: Michael "Shotgun" Genova
X. Who do you go to for advice: Dad.
X. Who do you get the most surveys from? Maria and Michelle.
X. Who do you cry with: Susan
----------IN THE LAST 2 Weeks------------
X. Cried: yes
X. Cut your hair: no
X. Worn a skirt: no
X. Been mean: Yes, but I didn't mean it. I was more of a jerk than mean.
X. Been sarcastic: At least once per hour.
X. Talked to someone you have a crush on?: Other than my wife? No.
X. Missed someone: no
X. Hugged someone: lots
X. Fought with your parents: no
X. Wished upon a star: no
X. Laughed until you cried: Yes. And I frequently laugh while crying. Two seperate acts, but at the same time. Julia can make me do this. She did it the other night while doing the hula.
X. Played Truth or Dare: no
X. Watched a sunrise/sunset: no
X. Went to the beach at night: no
X. Read a book for fun: yes
X. Ate a meal: I eat about 6 meals a day!
X. Are you lonely: sometimes. Remember, you can be lonely in a room full of people.
X. Are you happy: Yes.
X. Are you talking to someone online: no
---------DO YOU BELIEVE IN------
X. God/Devil: Both.
X. Love: yes
X. The Closet Monster: No. Cookie Monster? Yes.
X. The Big Bang Theory: Creation for me, baby!
X. Heaven/Hell: Yup. And I know where I going!
X. Superstitions: Do I believe that they exist? Yes. Do I have any? No.
X. What is your full name? William Rogers Batty, Jr.
X. Who named you?: Mom
X. Backstreet Boys or N Sync? Art Blakey.
X. When was the last time you showered? This morning.
X. What was the the last thing that you said online? I don't chat.
X. What is right next to you?: My phone.
X. What is your computer desk made of? sawdust and glue masquerading as wood.
X. What was the last thing that you ate? Turkey and American on oatmeal.
X. What is your favorite state?: Maine
X. Where do you want to go on your honeymoon? I went to Popham Beach. I would have preferred Ireland.
X. Who do you want to spend the rest of your life with? Ahm? My wife!
X. How many buddies do you have on your list: none
X. How's the weather right now?: fine.
X. What did you do last night?: went to chuch. Had supper. Went to bed. None of your business!
X. What's the best thing that you find about the opposite sex? The curves.
X. Favorite hair color in the opposite sex: I like them all, but redheads and blondes are appealing.
X. Pizza or ice cream?: pizza
X. How do YOU eat an Oreo? Open cookie. Take half with cream and give to Susan. Eat the plain chocolate cookie myself. (The cream is overrated.)
X. Dream car? Sea-foam green '57 Chevy. Stock.
X. What do you want to be when you grow up? Wealthy enough to not have to work.
X. What are your future goals?: Pay of my debt, excluding the house.
X. Favorite music?: jazz
X. Favorite movies? Star Wars.
X. Favorite days of this year? I've no idea.
X. Least favorite time of the year: Mud season.
X. Fast or slow? slow
X. Are you too shy to ask someone out?: No, but haven't had to in a while, and will never need to again.
X. If you could change your name, what would it be? Roosevelt Franklin. George Harry Leicster Reginald Bradburry, retired from his majesty's Navy.
X. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No.
X. Have you ever been in love? yes. Still am.
X. What will your first son's name be?: I'm voting for Zachary. SUe's voting for Bill III.
X. Favorite drink?: 2% milk. Coke. Diet Pepsi Twist, or Diet Dr. Pepper. A good English style ale.
X. Do you like scary or happy movies better? happy
X. Lust or Love? Lust within Love
X. Do you consider cheerleading a sport?: It's right up there with billiards and shooting.
X. Do you want your friends to do this survey?: I don't care.
X. When's your birthday? Decembre 7th.
X. Time done? Half past.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Pictures of the Tamas

You know, I don't have any pictures of my Starclssics online. SO today, I finished setting them up at home, and thought I'd take a few pictures. Here's the bes shot. It's a small room, without a lot of light. Here's a shot from the other side, and here's a shot from the drivers end.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

A little Halloween pumpkin

Check out this this pumpkin. Hard to believe she's 4, huh. Too me, this picture makes her look much older. It makes me feel older too.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 18, 2002

Friday Five, Tombstones, and Drums

1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
Two. A 31" RCA Home Theater model in The Indigo (my yet to be built home theater), and a 25" Sanyo that Susan won at one of my Christmas parties.
2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
A couple of hours a day. Let's say 14.
3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
Too much TV isn't good for kids. Too much TV isn't good for anyone. When we were first married, Sue and I didn't have a TV. There are days (many!) that I'd just like to get rid of ours.
4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken?
Heartbroken? None. I do have the Tivo set to record two shows: Good Eats and The Thirsty Traveler, both on FOod Network.
5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?
Submarine movies, cooking shows, "Tales of the Gun," and doccumentaries about Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden.

Ron hipped me to this cool t-shirt. I'm a huge cemetary fan, especially the old ones. This shirt as an imprint of Poe's grave stone. Poe, of course, is one of my favorite writers. Also from the same pile o links from Ron, this corset named The Batty.

Here's another Slingerland Rolling Bomber set. The front head is a repro of Glen Miller's drummer's front head. Too bad the kit has been re-wrapped.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

A bit of a problem, there

So on those quizes, you just cut and paste some code after you take them. One of them (the pie one) had a font tag left open. The result: All of my posts had tiny little print. It was an easy fix, but I've never had that happen before. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.

Also, this dang Mac keeps shutting down! I've got a dual processor 450 G4 mac, and after about 3 hours, it just shuts down. I leave it off for an hour, and it's ok for another 3. If you don't let it rest, the reboots get closer and closer together. That leads me to believe it's heat related. I'm trying different RAM sticks now, to see what that does. My guess? Nothing.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Quizes and drums

Yuoo ere-a zee Svedeesh Cheff!
Yuoo ere-a a guud cuuk, thuoogh yuoo cun't speek Ingleesh fery vell. Bork Bork Bork!

find your inner PIE @

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Thanks to Michelle for the fun.

Another Slingerland Rolling Bomber snare. I love WWII era drums. Less than 10% metal. The Slingerlands used rosewood lugs and rims, and were the only era drums that had separate top and bottom tuning. They're just beautiful dums, IMHO.


According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

I can't run a cash register!

I went to a grocery store this evening. This place is being remodeled, and has a new self-serve check out line. Now, I worked in retail for 5 years, so I know how to run a cash register. I work for a high tech computer company. I have my own home theater. I run a DJ business with mixing consoles and the like. So I've got a fairly good grasp of technology. So I scanned my items (there were two). I put them in the bag. The register told me to take my unpaid item out of the bag. I hadn't paid for either, so I don't know why it asked me to take the unpaid one out. So I took one out. The the register said "No, the other one." So I took that one out. I was confused by this point. "Frig it," I thought. "I'll just swipe my debit card, and this stupid machine will like it." I couldn't find the slot to swipe my card! So, I went to a human. "So, you can't use a debit card on the self serve check out?" "Sure you can," said the girl half my age.

Then I realized that I am old. I can't make something work without asking for help from some whiper-snapper.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 14, 2002

What I did today

I took the day off. Susan had it off as well. So what did we do together? Nothing. She spent the day doing laundry. I fixed the deck, and cleaned the garage a little bit. I bought a new watch band at Wal-Mart. Had my Kiwanis meeting. (Since we changed meeting places, the quality of the lunch is through the roof! Last week was roast beef. Today was stuffed haddock!)

On Saturday, I did a DJ gig for a guy I went to high school with. (Congrats Darren and Janet. Some of you know Darren--he's Dynamite's grandson.) They first thought they wanted me for 8 hours. A normal gig for a DJ is 4. So, they decided to cut it back a little; they booked me for 7! Then, everyone was having so much fun, they booked me for another 1/2 hour! 7 1/2 hours ties for my overall longest gig. Someone once had me for 7 1/2 for a 25th wedding anniversary.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Check out this set!

This is quite a set! You have to admit, this is a sure fire way to get people to look at your auction.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 11, 2002

North Drums, dream about mom, Will Calhoun

Marc's North Drum kit
North Drums are cool. When I was but a wee little drummer, me mum and dad took me to Portland to a drum shop to look for a china-boy cymbal. I will never shop Portland Percussion again, but that's another story. In their front window was a set of North drums--white ones. $600. Then, I thought they were cool, but I wouldn't be caught dead playing them. Now, I think they're cool, they probably sound like dog doo-doo, but I'd like to have a set.

OK, crazy dream time again. I dreamed I was riding with Mom--she was driving. We were in Augusta, but with more traffic. We were just coming down Duh Hill when I said something not nice about Mom's driving. Mom didn't like to hear such things, so she decided to get back at. She was driving too fast, changing lanes by the threes, and at one point, she went right over a median. I tried to grab the wheel from her, and she just started jerking it all over. I said "Mom, maybe you should let me hitch hike home." So she pulled over and let me out! So there I am, at Billy's corner in Augusta (how I ended up back there I don't know), with my thumb stuck out. The second "car" pull sover to pick me up. But it's not a car: it's a horse drawn buggy full of an Amish family! And they didn't want to pick me up; they just wanted directions to--and I can't remember which--the airport or Service Merchandise!

Next week, I'm playing a gig for PopTech, the popular technology conference in Camden Maine. It's the same line up I use for my own trio, The Uptown Rhythm Kings, but I didn't book the gig. So instead we're being billed as trio fromagi: The Three Cheeses. Anyways, one of the presenters at this conference is Will Calhoun. He's the drummer for Living Color! He was voted "Best Progressive Drummer" by Modern Drummer Magazine three times! And he may be coming to see me play! It would be nice to meet him. I don't want him to hear me play.

I remember once playing a gig with a bunch of other Jazz bands. One of the other drummers there was Steve Grover, my old college drum professor. I played before him, unfortunately. He came up afterwards and said "Nice playing, Bill. That was really tasty." And then I came up with my motto on my own drumming.

"I have to play tasty, 'cause I have no chops!"

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Gig Haikus

Squeaking and squawking
All eyes roll to the heavens
The clarinet speaks

Get more in the more section.

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Da Blues

I just finished The Browning Version. For those who haven't seen it, a teacher that no one appreciates is forced to retire, all while his wife is having an affair. So at the end, he's got no job, they denied him his pension, his wife is gone, and he's forced to start over. Happy, huh? From the same director as Leaving LasVegas. You know, the one where the alcholoic guy falls in love with the prostitute whilst trying to drink himself to death? Yeah. Good fun there, huh. And Chet is playing on the hi-fi. I may need to go drink some hemlock!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

My world is coming to an end

It started with 3 cheese Minute Rice. Now, the local market no longer carries Hamburger Helper Cheesy Hashbrowns. The horror! the horror!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

The WOP's back

I put the Greasy Wop's button back up. As long as you keep wid da postin, Mike, it will stay. Speaking of Mike, I stole this from him:

What box do you get put in?

brought to you by Quizilla

I don't think I buy it.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Selling a car???

The local adult ed wanted to sell a 1961 Dodge Seneca. Who they gonna call? You guessed it! Frank Stallone! But if you want a cool deal on a cooler car, check it out!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Headache, reprise

Last night, the headache came back. About 8:30. I called and canceled my radio show. Took the big gun of the headache arsenal--the $10 Imitrex. Went straight to bed. It worked. Feel much better today. Good thing too--tonight I teach a beginner's Internet class for the local adult ed.

I'm posting from the break room computer. Man, do I love this keyboard. It takes a good strong stroke to make the ke hit register, and it has nice tactile feedback. But it looks like someone spilled a pot of coffee on it. And it's not USB, so it won't work on the Mac. Otherwise, I'd confiscate it!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 7, 2002

Headache and weekend update

I woke this morning at about 4am. The pain behind my right eye was unbelievable. I get migraines. Nothing strange there. But sleep is what helps them--so to wake up with one was really strange. And my migraines are not usually over (or behind) one eye. That's text book. Mine feel like I was shot dead center in the forehead. So to have one over an eye was strange too. So, I called the boss, took 800mg of ibuprofen, and called in for the moning. I felt better around noon, so I went to my Kiwanis meeting, then to the office.

The gig in Portland was uneventfull. Everyone was nice at Brian Boru, as they always are. But regular bartender Jeff had the night off for a wedding. And the crowd was light. But the feedback was good. Everybody seemed to like us.

One of my clients for whom I do computer repair called. He'd gotten a virus. I have to be on the radio tonight, so he wanted me to come after that: that's 10pm! Luckily, he figured it out.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 4, 2002

Snare, sandwiches, and shouts out to friends

Here's a good looking Grestch snare. I don't think the color would go well with my yellow kit, I think. edit It's gone already! It lasted about 1 hour after I found it.

A comment from Genova! Great greasy wops, Batman! I've been calling you for a week, and your phone is disconnected! How do we best reach you?

And about the sandwiches, Dad. Jim's sister owns The Pastry Garden. Jim has a little bizness where he sells a bag lunch for $3.50 from his sister's store front. Get a sammich, chips, and pickle for $3.50. It's a good deal. Well, for the last couple of days, he's had a special order of about 50 extra lunches. So he hired me for a couple of hours each morning to help him. The pay's no too shabby, and I netted a free tuna sandwich today. I was going to go tomorrow too, but they don't need as many sandwiches tomorrow, so I've been given the day off. I plan on sleeping a little late, then making breakfast for the family.

Speaking of breakfast! Last Saturday, Patrick and I pulled the morning shift here at the office. On Friday, Patrick said we should have SPAM and eggs. He didn't have to ask me twice. Then, he suggested chicken in a biscuit. Or what some may call a toad in the hole. Or, what I call a Hole in the Middle--thanks to Poppy from NYC. So that's what I did. Fried SPAM, with holes in the middle--made with real fresh eggs (and pretty big u'ns, too), and Canadian brown bread. They were, and I'm not bragging, simply AWESOME! They were so good. And it was a good thing, too, 'cause we were hammered with calls. We brewed up a pot of French roast coffee (which we both drink black) and drank the whole thing, just the two of us, before 11am.

And Maria... Thanks for leaving your kind comments. Although we've never met, I can tell by your comments and by your blog that you are a really sweet person. Your friends should be pleased to know. And tell your husband Happy Birthday from Billy Rhythm!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 3, 2002

There is nothing to see here.

I have nothing of importance to post on today. (Not much of a change there, huh?) I'm helping my buddy Jim and his sandwich biz before work in the morning. 5:30 is early. (I used to work a job when I needed to be there at 5am. That meant I was up at 4am. Now that's early! That was the same big box retailer where, in the winter, I would go to work, and it was dark. I would go home, and it was dark. And since there were no windows, that meant I wouldn't see the sun for days.) And tonight I'm teaching an advanced email class. Tomorrow night I'm off--no gig. That'll be nice. And I don't have to work Saurday day, so I can rest up then too. Saturday night, I'm playing Brian Boru in Portland. Now that's a nice place to play.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Beautiful Tama Exotix Snare

Note to Grammy and Grampy--Julia was telling me today how much she would like one of these. Now, don't let this poor little munchkin down! :-) This snare is is bubinga (BUBINGA!!!) with inner and outer plies of Hawaiian Koa, with a real abalone inlay around the middle. I think it would look nicer without the stripe, but Julia likes it the way it is.

--edit: Dang! Somebody bought it!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Corner Chair

Have I told you about my corner chair experience? Once, in college, Susan and I attended a poetry reading by this woman who read Emily Dickenson's poetry in the character of Emily Dickenson. On stage, there was this chair. It was so strange looking. I couldn't figure out how it worked--it was like M.C. Escher designed this chair. The back was along the side, somehow. I thought, "How does one sit in that chair?" When she finally came out onstage, and sat in it, I realized what I was looking at. It was a Victorian corner chair. Since that day, I've wanted one. I kept a fairly diligent search on ebay. They used to go about $400-$600 each. For that much, I could buy a drumset! So, I've never had one. But now, you can find reproductions. Check out this one. $240 shipped! And it's got ball and claw feet (like I want) and uphosltry that's not gawdawful.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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