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    Rainy day lunch...

    Drove up to North Carolina to retrieve some lunch. Only 5mi to the border, another 10 to Smithfield's in Shallotte (pronounced "Sha-loat"). Pints of Brunswick stew are discounted by the pair...so I bought 4. Two for lunch (Miz Diane and me), two for the freezer. BTW, that is Brunswick stew from...
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    Need to start a mandolin business?

    Opened a box marked "mando parts" this morning...
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    I found a guitar-making book from 1963...

    A.P. Sharpe's "Make Your Own Spanish Guitar", 1957, revised and reprinted 1963. I've been laughing at it most of the afternoon. Here's why: The seminal Cumpiano book = 387 pages. Sharpe's book = 31 pages. The advertising flyer for Sharpe's book reads like PT Barnum wrote it. "The...
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    LOLOL, Look what I found! "Homade" Electric Banjo...

    OMG. As some of you may remember, I bought a local luthier's estate several years ago. I'm still unboxing... Just a few minutes ago, I opened a box marked "Mando tops, Heater". Tall box...yup, had an electric heater for bending sides, a pressure cooker, enough tops for a dozen mandolins and this...
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    Ibanez PT3DX...1990s?

    I just found this thing in U-haul box. Probably hasn't seen the light of day in decades. I can't remember when I bought it. It seems to be working. Anyone know anything about it?
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    Busted busker...S000 disappointed.

    Guy I've seen a good bit recently. Set up in our Publix parking lot (and I've seen him in other parking areas), battery PA (I assume). Plays violin, classical stuff. I've never been close enough to actually read his sign or had enough time to watch him play. The music is very good and I enjoy...
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    It's what's for dinner...

    15 Bean Soup and meds... I also got home-made Tapioca pudding...but that stuff doesn't photograph well... Had my facial carving done this morning. Mohs surgery for basal and squamous Cell carcinomas. Luckily it was all gotten out in one scoop. 6 stitches. I was out walking Rocket this...
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    Letter from the front, 1919

    I transcribed the following from a newspaper article I found hiding in a trunk, Oct. 27, 2021. The paper “Your Community Newspaper” is dated October, 30, 194- (the last digit is cut off). Probably from Jamestown, ND. It is typed verbatim. I have commented in brackets []. Donald Smith was my...
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    Skin tags...

    I've had these for 40ish years. Not usually a big deal: go to dermatologist, get 'em removed. We're still in the process of getting new medicos. I finally decided to vet a new dermatologist, having some itchy patches coming up on the side of my face. My appt. was Friday...and everybody in the...
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    Coin collectors? WWII era Oz & Kiwi...

    Just opened up a shoebox and found a baggie of Aussie and Kiwi coins. Half-penny, one penny, 3d, sixpence, shilling, florin, half-crown. Plus a couple of Honolulu bus tokens, some sales tax tokens and two Indian-head pennies (1896, 1899) Earliest date on the Oz/Kiwi stuff is 1911, most are...
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    Done went fishin'...

    Been wanting to get out on the ocean since we started coming here in 2014. Miz Diane decided that her back wasn't getting any better and she thought she could stand a half-day out on a charter. Friday, we finally did it and we couldn't have picked a more beautiful day. Temps in the 70s, calm...
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    Making lemonade when life hands you a lemon...

    Tomorrow was supposed to be my first banjo rally (special annual meeting of players of 1870-1890 banjo music). I drove 12hrs over yesterday and today to get here. I pulled into the venue and the rally leader is standing in the parking lot with a grim face. He checked in to his room...found...
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    75 yrs ago today (well, yesterday actually)...

    Recorded in the CBS studio at WBBM Chicago, Sept 16, 1946, released July 14, 1949. Bluegrass is born with the first recording of Bill Monroe (vocal, mandolin), Lester Flatt (guitar), Earl Scruggs (Banjo), Howard Watts (Bass) and "Fiddlin' Chubby Wise (Fiddle). One of my all time favorites, the...
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    The price of strings...

    I don't want to hear anyone b!tch!n about how much their strings cost... Walked into the music room yesterday and my Viola had a busted G string. $32 each, if you can find one. My viola is, of course, an unusual size (50cm with a 43cm vibrating length). A full set is $112 (£81 shipped from...
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    Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and his 1948 recording...

    We're having a discussion over on BHO (Banjohangout) about this and I thought it interesting enough to post here. So, Arthur Smith records "Guitar Boogie" in 1945 but MGM doesn't release it until 1948. Big hit, seminal recording...linked to early Rock and Roll, etc. In the meantime, Apollo...
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    NGD (well, I won the auction...)

    There has been an online auction going on at Guernsey's since yesterday, a collector selling his collection of music stuff...including masses of fiddles, banjos (yesterday) and today, guitars and ephemera. Lots of Rock 'n' Roll ephemera (posters, autographs, etc.). This morning it has been...
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    Some days, you need a treat...

    North Coast "Old Rasputin" RIS. Yummmmm.
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    Yellow Rat Snake visting...

    This little guy was crossing our driveway this morning. At first glance, I thought it was your typical Garter Snake but after I got looking at the picture, I thought, "black stripes on yellow...that's odd for a Garter"...which usually are dark with light stripes. So, after a little research, I...
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    Rant: trading in the old phone...

    Yah, long pointless ranting, mea culpa, etc., etc. (insert old man shaking fist at clouds). Ordered "upgrade" phones for myself and Miz Diane. For the past few decades, this has been done at the brick 'n' mortar store: talk to sales-person, pick out new devices, pay them and stand around while...
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    Whiskey advent calendar...

    So, Miz Diane and the favorite niece got me a Whiskey Advent Calendar for my birthday a few weeks ago. These things are essentially a box of 24ea, 1oz bottles of whatever...this one being Scotch whiskey. I started it two days ago (no, I'm not waiting for actual Advent). Going thru it one per...
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    Not looking forward to Monday...

    It's been 14 yrs...
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    Like a dog with a stick that's too wide for the door...

    I'm still shifting hardwood up to my attic...but getting nearer to the big stuff on the bottom. This is a pair of 1", book-matched Ambrosia Maple planks about 12' long and 10" wide. Probably close to 50lbs and awkward as hell to maneuver, esp. from the top of the ladder. The big plank to the...
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    Track saw guide rail...it's bent.

    Ok, I have a Festool track saw. Works great but the track I have is 1400mm/55". I need to break down some 4X8 plywood sheets. That required me ordering the 1080mm/42" extension rail to give me a full length cut. Yah, I could do it in two cuts, etc. I'd rather link the rails and do it in one...
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    Valeton Rushead Max...

    First, I'm not an amp guy. Remember that, please. I've owned two "box" amps in my life: a Gretch tremolo (60s? It was small, had tubes, was gray and had a trem that could be controlled by a footswitch) and a modern Mustang GT40 modeling amp. I have several of the Vox amplugs (Blues, Clean and...
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    R.I.P. Diana Rigg...

    Posted nearly the same time as another tribute. See that one. Good bye, Mrs. Peel. Thank you!




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