Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Web and Wallpaper Blues

You may have noticed the random quote generator isn't at the top of the page. Something happened to my cgi-bin, and there was no back-up of the script. I have no idea what it was called, so I can't just reinstall it. Maybe I have a copy of it on my work machine. My calendar also flew the coop, too. I found that one, and re-installed it, so it's back up.

For Christmas, we're redecorating Julia's room. It's got plaster walls, so I decided to put paintable wallpaper on it. That way, if we want to change the look, we just repaint. Well, after taking a little break, one 4 foot panel fell off the wall, and the remaining 4 or so panels were all peeling to varying degrees. My Mom--a pro wallpaperer--thinks the glue is old. So I have to re-do everything with wallpaper paste. So much for prepasted.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Christmas Wrap Up, Web Work, Gladstone For Sale (kinda)

What's the take? Well, a couple of good books, a couple of dress shirts, three DVDs (including the Buddy Rich "Lost West Side Story Tapes" which I've already watched thirce!), a griddle, some tools, socks and ephemera. I had a great time, even thought it created three long days for us--especially the twins.

I updated my Snares To Get list. Not shown on the list are the Premier "Heavy Rock Nine" and a Tama 11-Lug model (11 lugs on top hoop, 10 on bottom). I don't have photos of either of these drums. But added to the list is a Gladstone. Well low and behold, a Gretsch Gladstone shows up on ebay. (Gladstone was in cooperation with Gretsch before he went on his own. There are more Gretsch Gladstones than real Gladstones, but they're both rare.) Too bad the auctions's over. I would of liked to seen where it went.

Oh, I forgot to mention I got yet another snare drum: the Rogers chrome-over-brass Dynasonic. This guy from a vintage message board emailed and said he saw the site, and saw I wanted a Dyna. He had one in his closet he hadn't touched in five years! He sold it too me for a very good price. It showed up, and it was in wicked nice condition. Score! It sounds great!

I've been doing some web updating for this Kelly Ripa fan site. The designer is Brian from 3IP, one of the area's top designers. But he's so busy, the client wanted me to make some quick changes for her. No prob! Anyone know a cool cgi/java aplet for doing a poll kinda thing? She wants to add some hot-or-not type voting to some of her movie clips.

Listening to: various Christmas carols
Reading: Alton Brown I'm Only Here for the Food, PT II

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, December 24, 2004

To Jesus on His Birthday

"To Jesus on His Birthday"

For this your mother sweated in the cold,
For this you bled upon the bitter tree:
A yard of tinsel ribbon bought and sold;
A paper wreath; a day at home for me.
The merry bells ring out, the people kneel;
Up goes the man of God before the crowd;
With voice of honey and with eyes of steel
He drones your humble gospel to the proud.
Nobody listens. Less than the wind that blows
Are all your words to us you died to save.
O Prince of Peace! O Sharon's dewy Rose!
How mute you lie within your vaulted grave.
The stone the angel rolled away with tears
Is back upon your mouth these two thousand years.

--Edna St. Vincent Milay

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Christmas Gifts For Me!

Still looking for a last minute Christmas gift for me? I forgot to mention a griddle.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

For Jimmy T

Congratulations to Jimmy "T" Thompson for getting that college degree. It was a long time coming, but he perservered and got it. Now he's got his BS in Business Administration. Rock on, Jimmy T, rock on! Also, Jim bought me a new gun case for Christmas. That was thoughtful. I guess seeing my weaponry wrapped in a tarp in the back of the truck on the way to the range was too much for him.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

All Things Ringo Are Expensive, But He Used No Dyna

Remember the Ringo snare that ended at $2400? How about the same kind of snare stand he used? Already at over $150. Did Ringo own it? Nope. Just the same kind he used, that's all.

I got an email earlier this week. Seems a drummer who hangs out on the Drum Center of Indianapolis message board visited here, and saw I was looking for a Rogers Dynasonic. He's got one, and was willing to sell it to me for $200, and that included the shipping. How could I not??? So after that one, there will be only two real snares I need for the collection: a single ply Slingerland "Radio King," and a Slingerland "Rolling Bomber." Then I'll be done. Mostly. I still could use a Tama bell brass, and a Leedy Shelly Manne, and a WFL Twin Sensitive, and a Black Beauty, and maybe a couple of others...

Drinking: Coffee that's way too old
Listening To: Jimmy Smith Christmas Cookin'

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, December 20, 2004

School Vacation and Weekend Activities

Julia's on school vacation this week. The public school kids go to Wednesday or Thursday, I think. They had a whole week off at Thanksgiving, and Julia's school only had two days. So they're making up for it this week. And what does that mean to me? Well, I slept an extra 20 minutes this morning. I didn't have to wake Julia at 7am, fix her breakfast, fix her lunch, and get her ready for school. I did the same load of laundry I do every morning. I cleaned the cat box. And I still have time to throw a quick post on.

This weekend, I played Friday nite at Joshua's Tavern in Brunswick. I haven't played with Blind Al since sometime in October, I think. The six weeks off really did us some good. The first set went well, with a couple of drunk chicks dancing to the music. And when drunk chicks dance, well guys start dancing too.

You won't believe what just happened. Julia just got up! She wants a snuggle before I go to work, so I don't get to finish the post after all!


Feeling: Pretty refreshed
Listening to: Imus in the Morning

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, December 17, 2004

Christmas MI-5

1. What's your favorite Christmas carol of the religious variety?
It's too hard for me to pick a "favorite," as I have so many. On the list of "really digs," I'd put "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "How Great Our Joy," and "Coventry Carol." I like the ones in the minor keys. :-)

2. What's your favorite secular Christmas song?
Nat King Cole (from whom one of my sons takes his nickname) sang the difinitive version of "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...), even thoug Mel Torme wrote it. (Mel wrote it with another Jewish guy in July in California. Funny that's it's a perennial Christmas favorite.) Carol of the Bells is another minor key favorite. So is Gabriel's Message.

3. Ever performed in a Christmas pageant? Where? What did you do?
I think I was a Sheppard once. I remember going to the fields on Waterman's Beach and doing something, though it's all a little hazy. And I sing in the church's Christmas Cantata every year.

4. Fruitcake or Eggnog?
Uncle's Ade's eggnog. As you can see from the comments, it gets rave reviews. I think Aunt Ginny makes it every bit as good as he does. For those of you who haven't had it, let me try and explain, if I can without crying (it's that good!). First, it's not heavily spiced. It's got cinnamon and nutmeg, but just a touch. The creaminess really comes through. And egg whites. Something in there about them, too. It's light, not all heavy and cloying like commercial egg nog. It looks like snowballs made of clouds. I was discussing my uncle with a mutual friend (Arthur) the other day. Uncle Ade's eggnog came up for discussion. Arthur starts discussing his Mom's recipe for eggnog, and by gory he starts describing the same thing! Light, creamy, eggnog, not all heavy and nasty. He's of Massachusettes Portugese desent, and Uncle Ade is from NY and English (I would guess). Not sure where the recipe came from, but my guess is they're from the same neighborhood somewheres along the line.

5. The Christmas tree--got anything you'd like to share? Special ornament, or special ritual for set-up?
As we did when I was a kid, so continues the tradition in my house. Dad (that's me now) sets up tree (we use fake), and shapes it. The father then strings up the lights and garland. His job is now done. Mom and kids now add ornaments, and tinsel at the end. I do have a special pink ornament my grandmother gave me, and it sits proudly towards the top where neither cat nor child hands can reach it. My parents still display some hideous and heavy wood ornament I made for them when I was in kindergarten or first grade. The teacher picked up some wood spheres someplace, and we painted them as we wanted. I think I started out painting it all blue, but then switched to yellow. So the ornament is some ugly yellow/green/drippy looking thing. One year they didn't put it up, and I accused them of not loving me. So Mom put it up. It doesn't make the tree anymore, but Mom always hangs it somewhere.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, December 13, 2004

It's been a long time since I posted (about drums)

Psych Red Ludwig kit in rare original 4-piece configuration. The high bidder, Steve Maxwell, is quite a collector, and well known in the drum community.

Speaking of Ludwig drums--did you check out where that OBP "Ringo" snare ended? $2140.06! Yowza! That's more than the worth of my entire OBP kit!

Things are right wicked busy on the home front. Gigs, choir practice, birthday celebrations, school activities, lessons, more gigs... That's why posting has been so lax recently. I'm taking the week after Christmas off, though. I'll slow down that week.

Listening to: Cab Calloway Are You Hip to the Jive

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Birthday Post

Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes. It was really a very nice birthday. Let's see if I can recount everything without leaving anyone out. Lisa left a b-day comment, and Maria sent an online card. Jim and Paddy fought over who would take me to lunch, and Jim won. I ate Chinese food until I couldn't move! He also bought me this cool joystick that you plug into your A/V system, and the joystick has about 10 of the old Atari Activision games built right into it! I can relive Chicken Run, Pitfall, Spider Hunt, and a bunch of other cool games we had as kids. Gina hooked me up with a chocolate cream pie, and the office bought me a chocolate cake that was sooo rich, I drank two cups of coffee to cut through it! (I wish we had some milk at the office!) A police officer let me out of a ticket because it was my birthday. (A non-moving violation, btw.) And so many people wished me a really heartfelt happy birthday. It was really nice--and I'm not usually much on birthdays.

Drinking: icy cold Coca Cola
Listening to: Robert Cray, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, December 6, 2004

Dreaming of Shane

I had yet another wild dream the other night. I was in the public parking lot behind Main Street in Brunswick. It was snowing. I started to leave the parking lot and turn on to Main Street, but the street was blocked by a public works truck. Apparently, they were blocking the way as there was a parade. So I stopped. Then someone got behind me and bumped my rear bumper. It was slippery and everything, so I didn't worry about it too much. But then the guy kept going! He kept ramming me out of the way, until he could get around me and the dump truck. I grabbed my cell phone, and called the cops. And, I pulled out and started following the guy. He's going way faster than me. He's 3-4 blocks ahead of me, easy. As we get to the end of the parade route, there are some cops leaning on a sawhorse. "This guy just ran into my car!" I yelled out the window. "And I've got dispatch on the line right now! Get in your car and get moving!
Now, I'm at a celebration of Shane Kinney's life. How'd he die? I have no idea. But I'm the MC of a comedy/music show in honor of Shane. (Shane's a drummer and stand up comedian.) So the first band has there equipment set up, and I notice the drummer is playing a Tama rosewood snare, exactly like the one Shane just sold me in real life. It was with sadness that I thought back about Shane and that snare. The female comedian just left the stage, and I went out to get her another hand. But I couldn't remember her name! So I said "Come on guys, let's give another hand for her! Up next, we've got Johnson and Smith (or something like that), a great rap/comedy duo coming all the way from New Jersey just to be here tonight!" I looked down the stairs, and this big white rapper and this big black rapper (who's carrying a huge boom box) are coming up the stairs. "You must be Johnson and Smith," I said. "What makes you think that?" one of them said. And then I woke up.

Watching: You don't even wanna know what Susan's watching!
Listening to: Stevie Wonder

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, December 3, 2004

Ringo's Snare

When Ringo appeared on Ed Sulliavan, he was playing an Oyster Black Pearl Ludwig kit. Much like this one, given to me by Chick Bailey. Notice on my kit that it has a metal snare drum. In '64, Ludwig drum kits came with metal snare drums. You could ask for a wood one, but that wasn't standard. Ringo didn't use a metal drum He played a 5"X14" Jazz Festival, a wood 8 lug drum. So if you want to really have that Ringo look-alike kit, you need an Oyster Black Pearl Jazz Festival. And they're expensive! Why? Well, 'cause Ringo played one! A Jazz Festival in a "regular" color is $300-$350. One in the Ringo finish? As you can see, they fetch a lot more!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]


You are chosen to go on an Arctic expedition for a year. Your job consists of reading a pressure gauge once a day, so you will have lots of free time. Space is limited, but you can bring one each of the following items. What do you chose?

Book: The Bible

Board Game: I'm with Paddy on this one. Trivial Pursuit.

DVD (single, not a box set): It's a toss up. Either Star Wars (A New Hope) or Citizen Kane. I lean towards Kane, as it's complete it and of itself. Meaning, I wouldn't be left with loose ends that get (or got) cleared up in sequel/prequels.

CD (no cheating and saying a mixed disc of mp3s!): How about the Beatles' White Album? It's a double disc-er! Plus it's chock full of great tunes. Barring that one, it would either be Abby Road (another Beatles choice) or Shawn Colvin's Fat City.

Magazine Subscription (delivery charges are covered!): Hmm. Modern Drummer, maybe. Or Newsweek?

Billy Rhythm Bonus Question! (Note: I did NOT put this here. It was in Paddy's original. For those of you not sure which snares I own, here's a list.)

Snare: Due to climate, you'd want to take a metal snare. And my #1 covers-all-the-bases metal snare is my Pearl bronze Sensitone Classic.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Gene and Buddy

Gene Krupa: great guy, great drummer. He played Slingerland drums throughout his career.

Buddy Rich: by many accounts, a big jerk. He played Slingerland, WFL, Ludwig (two stints with Ludwig) Gretsch, and Vox. Not only did these companies have to give him almost unlimited free drums, he also demanded cash to play them. Towards the end of his life, Drum Workshop sent him a kit to try and woo him into their camp. He said he didn't like their clock face looking lugs. He never used them.

He never used them

Slingerland drums are back in production. They even offer a Buddy Rich signature kit. Well, for a little while. It seems the Rich estate has sold the rights to market the Buddy Rich Signature drum kit to Drum Workshop! Take a look at this snare. It's a real Slingerland. And look at this one, another Slingerland, but with Beavertail lugs.

Now look at the two snares on the left. Drum Workshop is apparently paying more than Slingerland to market the Buddy Rich Signature kit. Even though Buddy never played one. And, they go so far as to copy the design of the Slingerland drums he did play! Outrageous!

Business is business. If the Rich family wants to sell out Buddy's name to the high bidder, fine. It's what Buddy would've done, that's for sure. But I'll never think Buddy Rich and DW together. If I wanted a Buddy Rich kit, I'd buy a 70s era Slingy just like what he actually played!

Still, though, I'd rather go with Gene.

Reading: Bible Trivia
Listening to: The Eels

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Susan and the Dead Guy

I had yet another weird dream last night. I dreamt Susan was having an affair with Emilie Gledhill's husband Robert. (In real life, Bob's been dead a couple/three years, I think.) Anyway, I was pulling into my driveway, and Susan was just pulling in too. I asked her where she'd been, and she said she'd been downtown paying her fine.

"What fine?" I asked.

"Well, it's a long story," she said.

Right then, Emilie appeared. "I think you'd better take a walk with me," Emilie said. We started around the corner, and Emilie explained that Susan and Bob had been carrying on for some time. I couldn't believe it! "It wasn't sexual," Emilie explained. "At least, not yet. They were meeting up for the first time, and that's when they got caught. But I looked at Bob's email, and there was a bunch if stuff in there."

"Wow, I've never thought to look at Sue's email," I said. "I never even suspected! But now that we know they were into it, perhaps we should hook up to get back at them!"

That's wasn't flying with her.

Anyway, I asked her what they arrested them for. "Well," Emilie began, "Susan wouldn't let Bob go after they met up. She pleaded it down to, oh, something slightly less than kidnapping." Right at that moment, we were in front of a lawyer's office. A woman stepped out, and having overheard us, said “She was charged with accelerated incandescence.” Then I woke up. Susan was awake too. I told her about it, and she said “Accelerated incandescence? Like in a light bulb?” I couldn’t really explain it. The only thing I could think of was that my Id needed some big lawyer sounding word, and that’s what it came up with!

Listening to: a noisy hard drive
Drinking: coffee

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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