Friday, November 30, 2001

Floor Tom on the way?

So the Ludwig Floor Tom that I won on November 10th, and which I paid for on November 11th, supposedly shipped today. I say supposedly because the guy called me without any tracking number. He said he sent it Priority Mail via USPS, and they don't have any way to track it. That is, of course, complete horse hockey. You can add tracking to a Priority Mail package for $.45, I believe. When I sell on ebay, I always use tracking with USPS. Anyway, he gives me his phone, and tells me to call him if I haven't received the drum by Wednesday. That's December 5th. Almost a month. Very bad.


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Good bye, George Harrison

As a huge Beatles fan, it is my duty to take a moment to reflect on the loss of George Harrison. I wasn't a huge fan of his writing: he wrote some good songs, but I'm sure he suffered being in the same bag with Lennon/McCartney. John and Paul were such great songwriters, it would be hard to stand up at all to that. And, as a drummer, Ringo holds a special place in my heart. So George was my "least favorite" Beatle. Where George was really overlooked was his guitar playing. He was a really cool guitar player. Maybe not a technical wizzard like Hendrix, and maybe he didn't have the lyrical playing of Eric Clapton, but man he did some cool stuff. "Savoy Truffle" is one of the best rockers on the White Album.

"Creme tangerine and montelimat
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert--yes you know it's good news
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle.
"

Written while eating chocolates over at Eric Claptons house.

Also written with Clapton, by his pool: the Cream's hit "Badge."

"Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
And I'm thinkin' 'bout the love that you laid on my table.

I told you not to wander 'round in the dark.
I told you 'bout the swans, that they live in the park.
Then I told you 'bout our kid, now he's married to Mabel.

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?
And you better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down,
Yes, before they bring the curtain down.

Talkin' 'bout a girl that looks quite like you.
She didn't have the time to wait in the queue.
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle.
"

George also played some really jazzy licks on Abbey Road's I Want You/She's So Heavy." Very nice work.



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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Bill The Mighty Censor Speaks

This is a test. It failed. Anyway, I thought about banning comments, due to the recent trouble I've had. But that's not really what I want to do. So, Greymatter has a censorship function, where I can censor certain words from comments. So, that's sadly had to be put in place. Leave comments, but leave your email, and only use nice words. OK.

Sincerely,
The Admin



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Ludwig Be-Bop

Nice Ludiwg transition badge Be-Bop on ebay.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Ghost pedal ebay auction

Someone on ebay is using info derived from billyrhythm.com to sell their Ghost pedal on ebay. And he didn't even ask! I just stumbled onto it. I'm quite flattered, actually.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Barry's Snare Fetish

So here's another little addendum on the vilification of Billy Rhythm by the persona Cool Drums of Hi Treason Studio. Ask him about the snare drums with which he's recorded. On his album with Work in Progress, he used a certain black piccolo snare on a track or two and the remaining tracks were recorded with a 1958 WFL snare. Both snares were owned by Billy Rhythm. In fact, Barry needed so desperately to capture the essence of funknicity that accompanies Billy Rhythm, that he bought that black piccolo snare. Now that he's recording my licks on someone else's album, he figures that to truly exemplify the soultrussion that is Billy Rhythm, he should borrow a certain Starclassic birch snare, also owned by Billy Rhythm. It seems that Billy Rhythm's aura, or at least his snares, is needed to apply the proper exemplification of groovousity on the recordings of the certain "Best place to record in Maine."


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Monday, November 26, 2001

Low Z Studio

So Barry from Low Z Studio invites me over, purportedly to record a drum track that he felt I would be better suited towards. So I go over, run the tune down, get it under my fingers, and record it in like 3 real takes. After I'm fairly happy with the take, Barry clues me in: he really hasn't gotten the go ahead for this project. He's actually going to be the drummer on it. So I go over, teach him the groove (that really blew his first attemps out of the water, with a cool half time thing I was doing), so he can steal it from me, and then record his own version!!! Dude, can you come over and give me a free lesson! I mean, c'mon! After I tell him what a swampy thing this is to do, he now says he'll give me some kind of credit. Yeah, whatever. And PS, Barry looks just like Shaggy from Scooby Doo!


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Good News!

Billy Rhythm heard some good news today. I may not be at liberty to discuss it, so I won't until given permission. But let's just say that Billy Rhythm is very happy. And, it's not even drum related! Imagine that!

So this weekend was a Freeview weekend on HBO. Luckily, with my new Tivo (or better: Sue's new Tivo), I was able to save some sweet all digital movies. I've already watched MASH and Men of Honor. I'm 1/2 way through The Scarlet Letter with Demi and Gary Oldham (I think Gary is Todd's brother!). Still saved I have The Perfect Storm, The Patriot, and Gladiator. I think The Patriot is even in Dolby Digital. Sweet. Daren from 3-Dimensions is going to hook me up with an optical cable do I'll have some sweet digital surround audio. (Note to readers bearing Christmas gifts: Darren's cable is just a cheapie, so a nice optical cable is still on the Cristmas list.)


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Sunday, November 25, 2001

'ello, 'ello, 'ello!

Back from Bethel. It was a fairly uneventful gig. I took the Starclassics. Man, is that a good sounding drum kit. I've owned them 4-5 years, I guess, and it's time for me to put them in the shop. They've never had the full Billy Rhythm treatment, so I'll give them a good cleaning.


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Thursday, November 22, 2001

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who may be looking at the page today. I went online to help my sis look for a Christmas present for someone. While I was on, I thought I'd do a quick post. There probably won't be too many updates this holiday weekend.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2001

For Adam and The WOP!

So, Adam's got a date with his wife tonight. Cool. I'm very happy about that. And, Genova's been chattin' up a cuttie with a midriff like Britany. So, in honor of them both, I've uploaded some new tunes. R&B by Maxwell. Maxwell, if you're not familiar with him, is like the love child of The Brand New Heavies and Sade: smooth soul and snappy funk. So, today you get Sumthin' Sumethin', The Urban Theme, and 'Til the Cops Come Knockin. All very smooth grooves that Billy Rhythm likes to play when, ahem, amorous with Mrs. Rhythm.


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Today's events

Today, I'm helping out a little in the Damariscotta office. Mike has been working alone all week, and not able to go to the bank like a regular human. So, I'm down here covering so he can do some stuff before the holiday. For lunch, we're having a killer Spanikopata pizza from Romeos. 3 cheeses, sausage, spinach, and 'shrooms. Tres good.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Random Abstract is down!

Random Abstract is down! It seems Ron just happened to try and run a cgi script on a server with a full hard drive. Down she went! Now, the host (MIS) had backup files, and up they went. But for some reason, they just weren't happening. So Ron is having to rebuild that freakin' humongeous page from scratch, pretty much. And, he's about to go on vacation! Bummer.

I gotta give props to the Old Man here at work. He turned me on to a cool Photoshop tool that automatically makes a photo collage. I used it to make a page for the Rockland Kiwanis Bike Rodeo. It worked fairly slickly.


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What a nice wife.

A guy over at Drum Center Forum was asking some questions about some very expensive Gretsch drums. The reason: "Oh yeah - the reason is my wife actually said (I swear to God) " Well, if you want another set of drums I think you should have what you really want." I knew there was a reason we've been married 27 years."

Hear that, honey! If your husband wants more drums, you should encourage him to get what he really wants!


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Monday, November 19, 2001

Christmas, part the third

If you feel like getting me those Pure Sound Snare Wires, here is a good mail order place. Also, I could use a metronome that has a A=440 tuner in it. This T-shirt is kinda fun, too. Oh, and a Music Stand is needed too.


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Mac OS 10.1

Some of my loyal readers may remember when we got a G-3 here at the office, and I put OS-X on it. What a pain! But after 3 tries, I got it down! Now, OS 10.1 is out, and we were given a copy from RCC in Rockport. So, I'm installing it. It said it would take 8 minutes. We're going on 30! Is this what I am to expect when it's supposed to run 2-3 faster than OS-X? If the installer is this slow, how's the system itself going to be! Man. I almost switched back to Windows this morning. This new OS better be good, or it's back to 2000 for me.


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Saturday, November 17, 2001

McDonalds rots

What's up with the Rockland McDonalds? A week ago, I picked Adam up for work, and we went to snag some breakfast. The drive thru was out to the road, for cryin out loud! So we skiped it. Then this morning, we decided to do the same thing. They were backed up again, so we decided to go inside. We didn't even make it out of the vestibule. They had one register open at 9am on a Saturday!!! Hello? The line stretched, I kid you not, across the width of the entire store! It was easier to leave. But a big shot out to Adam for buying me breakfast.

Also, played at The Black Bull Tavern here in ROckland last night. They don't pay us well (they don't pay us badly, really either), but they feed us well. Anything on the menu is free game. Blind Al had the tournedos of beef in a red wine sauce, Glen on bass had the wassabbi sesame tuna, and I had penne in a boursin cream sauce with provencal spiced chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and roasted peppers. It was to die for! And thanks to all my buddies who showed up to see me: Steve, Mike, Jim, and Barry. (Adam wussed out. He was too tired.)


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Friday, November 16, 2001

Christmas List, continued...

This phono preamp is the one I want. Kit form is fine--I'd like to try my hand at building one. The Sumiko Blue Point Special has been on the list for several years. I guess most people just don't buy me $250 record needles. Rickie Lee Jones' LP Pop Pop is on the list too. It's a little hard to find on vinyl.


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Christmas List

Ok, so you wanna know what I want for Christmas. Well, I would like a new set of Pure Sound snare wires for my WFL snare. (Item number PL-1416.) I made a wish list over at Amazon. That list is here. I'd also like a scanner. This one does moblie and base duties, but a base unit is my primary need. I'd also like a Dremel kit with the flexi-shaft. I think this would make a really great drum restoration tool. Chocolate is always nice too. These Harbor Sweets Harbor Lights are my favorite all time chocolate. Sue used to work for the company that did their ordering, so she got an extra discount. I haven't had any for years. I have an ongoing quest to find an affordable alternative. One doesn't exist! I need an extension ladder. I'd like a pliers/vice grips set. A Toslink digital cable. (To be continued...)



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Thursday, November 15, 2001

My Drum Quiz

Harmonic Distortions from Independance Scorned showed me this cool "make your own quiz" site. So I threw together this little drum quiz. Take it! Now!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Today's Update

Started gluttony week here at the office. The boys and Gina went through 12 eggs, 2 pounds of bacon, 2 pounds of sausage, 2 1/2 loaves of bread, 1/2 gallon of kiwi raspberry juice, a quart of milk, and 2 pots of coffee.

(And for anonymous, I don't consider gluttony a sin. But that's another post. And, what's up with these anonymous comments? I'm all for freedom of speech, but this is my page, and I get to say what goes. Anonymous, feel free to leave your comments, but stick something in the name field, would ya!)

So after breakfast, the boss took me to lunch at the Thomaston Cafe. (It was a late lunch.) I had a not-so-good Caesar salad (not-so-good when compared to Ingraham's) and a slice of Linguica, onion, and mushroom quiche.

And that's all you get today. Not much to post really. Oh, I should mention Disturbing Search Requests in an upcomming post. Remind me, would you?


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Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Yes indeed here we are.

Yes indeed, here we are now, at St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast! (Actually, at work we are celebrating gluttony week. I'm making breakfast for the staff tomorrow morning. On Thursday we're going to make Eye-talian samiches. And then on Friday, The Blind Man and I are playing at the Black Bull Tavern here in town. Everyone is invited.

Please donate to this site by Paypaling me a bunch of money. Or, visit my Cafe Press store. (I don't really have one, but someday I will.)


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Monday, November 12, 2001

Why is English hard to learn

Ron at RA sent me this: Why English is hard to learn.

REASONS WHY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS HARD TO LEARN

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?



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Help!

Arrgghhh! It's a holiday, and everyone thinks we're closed! Very sloowwwww at the office today.


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WFL WMP FLoor

This floor tom is just what I need. I have a 1958 set of WFLs, sans floor. This is the right color, the right maker, heck, it's the same YEAR as my other drums. I must own this drum. Imperative I own it. Must sell other drums to own this one? Sure, I'll do that.


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Saturday, November 10, 2001

Gladstone Snare

This snare was made by Billy Gladstone. Mr. Gladstone invented a tuning system in which you can tune the top and bottom heads simultaneously, without having to turn the drum over. He also invented a graduated tone control, so you could dial in just the right anount. He only made about 50 snares, so they're way rare. (I did not bid on this drum.) Incidently. Mr. Gladstone also invent a pratice pad that shipped with Ludwig student snare kits for years and years.


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Friday, November 9, 2001

Woman Gets Life for Skinning Boyfriend

Woman gets life for skining boyfriend after orgy. I kid you not. I wonder if my 'stralian friend Jim knew about this.


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Today's update

Drum pages are up and working. Only thing left to change is the Flash movie and non-flash index page. Hey, how about someone leaving me some comments or something.

So Barry over at Lo-Z Studio has the oppurtunity to do some recording for an insane amount of money tomorow. Sad part is, he has to work. He asks everyone else in the office, and no one can deal. Then he asks old Billy Rhythm. Billy makes a few calls, has his wife cancel her plans, cancels his plans, and bails out Barry. This will hang over his head for some time. (Incidently, the picture of me at the top of the page was taken by Barry while I was recording in his studio.)


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Thursday, November 8, 2001

New Drum Index Page

Billy Rhythm Drum Pages


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Must Post, must make loyal readers happy!

Today, I woke up. Then I went downtown to my job. Then I hung out with some of my friends. Not really. But my new Ludwig Vintage style head came in for my '58 WFLs. (I had to post something drum-my.)


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Wednesday, November 7, 2001

WW II era snare drums

Lot of Six WW II era snare drums. During the war, drums were only allowed to have a certain percentage of metal parts. So lugs and rim were made with wood. I've wanted a WWII snare for many years--here's my chance to own 6!


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Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Red Vistalite Page

My Red Ludwig Vistalites! (Not done, but o.k. for an hour's work.)


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Are you a blogaholic

My score: 29 out of 100. "You are a casual weblogger. You only blog when you have nothing better to do, which is not very often. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you'd post a little more often, you'd make your readers very happy."

Are you a Blogaholic, stolen from the genius, Biz-a-bah Stone.


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Afternoon break, headphones phixed!

So the other day, Adamup/Youngblood busted the work headphones. I tried my hardest to fix em, but I just couldn't. In the process, I broke the plug. So I went to Radio Shack (You got questions? We got bad, half cocked, make no sense answers) and bought a new plug. Brought it in today to fix the phones, and JP done took the soldering station home. So me, the good employee, on my lunch hour, got my personal soldering station, brought it in, and put the new plug on so my fellow employees could once again dig some tunes without having to borrow Barry's pieces of crap headphones that don't sound as good as a couple of tin cans on a string holy cow this is a long sentence. I'll remeber this little deed when my review come around (next September!).


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Gig at Joshua's in Brunswick

On Sunday afternoon, I played this gig at a place called Joshua's Tavern in Brunswick. Now this restaurant has a very strange meal policy for bands: food is full price, but liquor is free! (Ususally it's the other way around.) Well, Billy Rhythm stuck to his personal limit of 2 drinks (kind of), but figured "hey, if they're payin' for it, I'll go all out." So I had a Bloody Mary. I had the best Bloody Mary ever! It was fantastic! Very spicy! My first reaction was "Whooo-hooo!" The barmaid thought she made it badly. I said no way, best ever! No mix. Vodka, tomato, horseradish, Lea and Perrins, Tobasco, black pepper, and a little Guiness (never seen that trick before!). Very yummy.

So for the second drink (an hour later, mind) I had a Maker's Mark bourbon. 3 ice cubes. No water. This guy from Georgia is siting next to me and says "You drink bourbon without anything with it?" I explained to him that I like most things un-blended. If you take 3 types of coffee, and mix them together, it's hard to know the true flavor of each one. Why would you take a good bourbon, and mix it with water, or ginger ale, or whatever. He says to me "You are the man!" I agreed. So then Brian says to me (Brian is his name, FYI) "Do you like E and J?" I've never heard of it. Apparently, it's very popular down south. He can't belive I have never heard of it. So he calls his roommate, and asks him to bring the bottle down to the bar! So on the next break (again, an hour later) he gives me a slug of it. Turns out, it's not a bourbon at all: it's a brandy. He's a real brandy freak. I try it. He asks what I think. "It's ok. It's better than Hennesy maybe, but it's nowhere as good as Courvessier." He agrees with me. He's a huge Courvessier fan. So we talk a little more. I tell him I've never tried Remy Martin. He tells me he has a friend in PA who gets Remy for him at $24 a bottle! (It's like $60 here in Maine.) He bought like 16 bottles for him last time! Long story short, Brian wants me to email him next time we play there, so he can bring me some Remy!

Oh, and guess what Brian does? He's a Unix sys/admin for the Navy! So wild crazy brandy props being shot out to him!


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Monday, November 5, 2001

Today's Afternoon break playlist

Here's today's afternoon break play list:

(Especially for the WOP) "Murder by Numbers by The Police. (Probably the greatest snare drum sound ever recorded. Rumor has it that The Police wrote this song while jamming over the polyrhythmic Stewart Copeland beat. They got it under their fingers, ran it down, and had it in one take!)

"Midnight at the Oasis" by Brand New Heavies. (Pretty good, but nowhere near Maria Mauldars.)

"My Funny Valentine" Frank Sinatra and the Magnetic Crayons. (That's just a joke. It was just Frank. If you like that band name, it's available. Please note that it is copywritten 2001 by Billy Rhythm.)

"Here My Train A' Commin." Hendrix.


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Random Stuff, Tivo, etc.

Well, the page has been re-hacked, and looks correct now. It was the width of the search field that was screwing things up. Response to the new look has been very positive. Thanks all!

This weekend, I installed a DirecTivo system. I will do a full review in a couple of days. Intial review is this: Tivo rocks! Telephone rings during Whose Line? Just pause it! Gotta leave for a gig before that rerun of SNL is over? One button record it! In digital quality! Nice! Ron over at Random Abstract is going to hook us up with some info on how to hack it for super huge recording and archiving purposes.


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Saturday, November 3, 2001

ACK!

Something's not right at 800x600, but Adam wants to go. I will have to hack later.


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New Colors

New colors, folks! Next, I need to make a new banner for the top. And, I brought back the othe column, as people seemed to prefer it. Now the page is formatted for 800X600, when it had been formatted for 640X480. So, if you've got your rez set for super-huge, the page won't fit. (At least I test my page at different resolutions, with different browsers, and different OSs. The bagman says "Visit my page using Windows, I.E., 1024X768, or don't come at all!" (Note to Bagman: I'm the guy that shows up in your logs with Mac OS X using Netscape 6.1.)


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Ingrahams

Well, I had neither the lamb or the chicken. The lamb was off the menu. I did think about the chicken, but decided to go with the Filet Mignon...char grilled place on sourdough croutons with grilled portobello mushrooms finished with a roasted garlic & gorganzola cream sauce. Holy Yummy! Sue had a special: bacon wrapped (anything wrapped in bacon has got to be good!) sirloin with a bourbon ginger glaze. House salad for her, Caesar for me. (Ingraham's has the best Ceasar I've ever had.) Then we came home and watched Chocolat on DVD. We both liked it in the theater; we both liked it better at home!


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Friday, November 2, 2001

Dinner tonight!

Tonight, my beloved and I will be dining Ingraham's Restaurant. (I got a Gift Certificate for doing September's dishes at MIS.) I've had the duck, and the pork, and I've tried Sue's filet and lamb. Tonight I shall try either the lamb (which was very good, and would like to try again) or the pecan chicken. Or perhaps a special... I had the scallops fetuccini once, and it was fantastic! I'm making myself hungry!


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How do you prefer the page?

How do you prefer the page? One column for navigation, and one for posts, or 3 columns: navigation, posts, and about me? Leave your comments!


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Thursday, November 1, 2001

Vista Photos

Pictures of my 1974-5 Ludwig Vistalites are here. No page yet. Soon. But feel free to peruse the fotos.


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Yea Lindsay!

Glad to see Lindsay back in my logs.


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