Monday, January 31, 2011


Here's what I was talkin' about.
the fresh finished Ukulele and the 12 gauge double barrel flute.

Seven tries at getting a good shot of the uke, this one isn't very good, most of the inlay detail doesn't show, but at least it's in focus.

Thought I'd do 20 but it was too cold.

8.34 miles
1:00:24 hours
8.2 average
32.9 max speed
690.9 + 1307 =  1997.9 odometers

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sticky keys

Just linked "TubaTuba"as an audio clip on my profile.
Been practicing clarinet 2 hours a day for a week.
Had a bunch of technical malfunctions with the clarinet but I think I've got them licked. For a while there the thing would suddenly shut off and refuse to play anything. I had to stop and slap it around a little before it would straighten up and fly right for a while.
Sticky keys
Now when it plays the wrong note it's because I'm pushing the wrong button.
Got the fancy ukulele finished finally, the new fretboard, the one that fits the 13" string length, seems to finally be in tune. Also I thinned out the soundboard hoping it would sound a bit livelier. Sounds almost like a real ukulele now. Got a bunch of other awful sounding "musical" instruments on the bench. I have no idea why I do this kind of thing.
Or why I feel the need to write about it.
Watched "Barber of Seville" Saturday.
Seattle Opera
Heard Mendelssohn's violin concerto this afternoon.
James Garlik  with the Simphonia Northwest.
Great performance of an exciting hunk of music.
Also Beethoven's fourth symphony.
And some Delius.
Birds ascending and rivers flowing
Got a double barrel Native Indian style flute for Christmas.
Sounds nice.
I'm setting up a sort of studio in my basement so I may be able to record some live stuff.
If I ever manage to play anything all the way through.

Monday, January 24, 2011


After the ride, we took a walk along the Cedar River. Trying out the camera on it's movie setting, we got four videos of the very full river.
The other three came out sideways.
They are posted on my Youtube site.
 My Youtube site

Here are some stills.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A ride

Thought I'd take a five miler to the hardware store for some ABS plumbing parts for a stupid invention I'm wasting my time on.
Ended up wandering around and doing a little more.
13.78 miles
1:18:24 hours
10.5 average
26.3 max
682.5 + 1307 = 1989

Been putting 2hrs a day practicing clarinet always getting better but never getting good.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Recycle bin

thing growing in my brain this thing this accumulation of flotsam tucked away in the interstices of practical knowledge and deflated dreams this dead end storage of lost hopes unrequited loves broken promises unpaid debts insults dishonored contracts
missed trains and misunderstood words? What is this

You only go around once and there is no delete button

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Charles Mingus - Moanin'


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

First ride of the year.

83 1/3 feet in my basement.
Shop to laundry room and back.
abt 20 seconds on the trail.
1 mph.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Michael Jackson

After a month of migraine, rhinovirus, exsanguinating nasal passages, blackout inducing coughing, blackouts induced by trying to read a poorly written murder mystery while trying at the same time to ignore the jabbering of beloved family members as they went on and on about how the world is incompetently constructed and how it should be constructed without ever mentioning any paths that might lead to it's proper construction thereby leaving it (the world) with it's usual construction which is not, nor will it ever be constructed any better than this sentence and other joyous holiday activities, I managed to stay awake until the end of the year during the celebration at Len & Miriam's Sou'Wester lodge in Seaview.
At one point I dropped and did ten push-ups just to check and see if there was still a real seeming aspect to this seemingly eternal bad dream
The new year has yet to heed the millions and millions (est.) of exhortations to be a happy one.
But that's not too surprising.
It's a black ugly twisted enigma and lethargy is still the boss of me.

I wash my hands, but I don't wear gloves.
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