Friday, June 29, 2007


Well, today is my "big 5-0". I have no big plans, other than just hanging out around the house and relaxing. I know there are things I should do to make myself busy, but I intend to celebrate by forgetting about such things for the day. Maybe I'll take a nap, play some guitar, watch some TV, go for a walk.
I know I am suddenly supposed to feel older than I did yesterday, but I don't. I think I'll adopt the idea that "50 is today's 30" and go from there. That way, I feel YOUNGER than I did yesterday! 8-)>

Friday, June 22, 2007


I have been in Portland once during the past week, and am heading that way again today. I have been helping my mom clean out some of my late father's things, and the closest place that will buy Classical LP records and antique hardware is Portland (about 4 hours drive from here).

The LPs are tough to get rid of, I'm finding out. The Prius is packed with about 500 of them, which I tried to sell in Portland a few days ago to no avail (one place offered only $25 for the entire collection!), and I will try to sell at least some of today. I've been in contact with a private seller who looks for collectable LPs, and I think I may have a few for him. Tomorrow morning I'll be at the salvage department of a cool store that buys antique doorknobs, door locks, window sash covers, etc. and then refurbishes them or incorporates them into newly-built items. My wife is going along on this trip, and we plan to eat at a few of our favorite places along the route.

On my last Portland dash, I made enough money to pay for my trip about five or six times over. This trip probably won't be as productive, but it will be a nice getaway, even if it's brief.

See you in a couple of days!

Friday, June 15, 2007


The webcast of the Standard Deviation show from June 2 at Bud Jackson's is now archived at the following site:

After watching most of it, I would say we are definitely rough around the edges, and we did take a number of the songs for a real ride. The most important part is, we had lots of fun, like we always do! If you watch, Mark is the guitarist/vocalist on the left. Behind him and to his right is Steve on guitar. Joel is on drums, I'm the keyboardist/vocalist, and Mike is on bass.

Who knows, we may do another one of these on July 4, or there may be a video that gets archived. I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


While visiting England, George Bush is invited to tea with the Queen. He asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to surround herself with intelligent people.
Bush asks how she knows if they're intelligent.
"I do so by asking them the right questions," says the Queen. "Allow me to demonstrate."
Bush watches as the Queen phones Tony Blair and says, "Mr. Prime Minister, please answer this question: your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"
Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."
"Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up and says, "Did you get that, Mr. Bush?" ;
Bush nods: "Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that!"
Bush, upon returning to Washington, decides he'd better put the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the test. Bush summons Jesse Helms to the White House and says, "Senator Helms, I wonder if you can answer a question for me."
"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?"
Bush poses the question: "Uhh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
Helms hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back to you?"
Bush agrees, and Helms leaves. He immediately calls a meeting of other senior Republican senators, and they puzzle over th e question for several hours, but nobody can come up with an answer. Finally, in desperation, Helms calls Colin Powell at the State Department and explains his problem.
"Now look here, son, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
Powell answers immediately, "It's me, of course."
Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House, finds George Bush, and exclaims, "I know the answer, sir! I know who it is! It's Colin Powell!"
And Bush replies in disgust, "Wrong, you dumb shit, it's Tony Blair!"

Friday, June 01, 2007


The band I'm in, Standard Deviation, can be heard "live" on the net this Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. PDT. If all goes well, we will at least have audio, and with luck there may be some video as well. We are a bunch of old-fart garage-rockers, and we tend to take classic rock tunes for a real RIDE... heh... To hear us, and maybe see us, go here:

We'll be doing four sets, probably going until around 1:00 a.m. PDT. We do a few Neil Young tunes, a few by Steppenwolf, some Spencer Davis, some Chuck Berry, a bit of Dylan, and some mid-60's stuff like "Time Won't Let Me", "Land of 1,000 Dances", "Let it All Hang Out", "Mustang Sally" and "Nobody But Me". I play keyboards and do most of the singing. Hope you can come check it out!