Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Back Room

I've got a building bug. The success of the chair has given me a certain amount of confidence in my ability to achieve a goal that I've set for myself. Those square pieces of wood were stacked in that back room for months, just sitting there, mocking me, saying, "you don't know what to do with us. You're going to screw it all up. You don't even know the first step of making a chair." And they were partially right. But it turns out I DO know the first step of making a chair, or making anything, and the first thing you make is a plan. Damn, starting to get clever again.
Since I really like my chair, despite its flaws, I'm excited about my next big project, which is to enclose the back porch. Now, there was once a patio off of the dining room and hallway, and that had a roof over it, and many years ago somebody enclosed it. I'm not entirely sure how they did it, but it's got painted plywood on the outside and fake-wood paneling on the inside. It's always very whateverthetemperatureisoutside in there, and the bugs have easy access. I intend to seal it up, eventually putting vinyl or fiber cement siding on the outside, but primarily pulling off the paneling, adding insulation (if it's not there already), reinforcing the wall frame as needed, and putting up drywall. I plan to put in a solid door where there is currently a 60" x 80" sliding glass door, and I plan to cover up one of the windows.
I've been reading about framing and drywall, I've been looking through Google Images, watching videos on the proper way to use drywall joint compound, and I'm really excited about this project. That kind of excited I was about the video project for work a couple of weeks ago: looking forward to doing it while being a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to. Well, now my thrill is coming from this home improvement project. I have to make sure I have all the tools and supplies I need to pull it off, that I have it planned out well enough that I can do most of it in a day, or at least a weekend, and don't leave the house exposed much. Fortunately, as it is an add-on, and the interior, formerly exterior, wall and doors have not been compromised, if I leave the back room open, the house is not any more exposed than it was 30 years ago before the porch was closed in.
So the more I research it and plan for it, the more confident I feel about executing it, and I can't wait to get started. Sadly I have a lot of prep work to do in the way of clearing out space in our storage shed to fit everything that's in the back room now in order to get it empty so I can rip the walls off, etc. So the main thing I need to do to get started is plan. I need to set aside some time in which to expect to tackle these steps of the project.
The next step is unfortunately difficult to plan for. I need to pull the paneling off to find out what kind of frame is behind there. Is it 2x4s and insulation with fire breaks and cripple studs and all that, or is it a flimsy construction of sticks and mud? There are windows set in the walls, and they seem sturdy enough in their frames, like there must be some solidity to the structure. But with rafters spaced 36" apart, I don't know what the stud spacing is or if there is insulation or anything. Will I need 2x4s to reinforce the frame? Will I find rotting wood that needs to be replaced?
I have figured that I will need 8 sheets of drywall at 8'x4' to finish both of the new interior walls. That's not bad. Fifty bucks worth of sheetrock. Outside of the new door, that looks like it will be the most expensive part of the job. I was nervous about finishing the drywall, but after watching a couple of videos on YouTube, I feel totally confident in my ability to do that, even the corners. I'm still not sure about finishing the window frames, but I'm sure there's a video for that too. Get some corner beads and just compound over it like it's an outside corner. I think I'm going to want to replace the windows also. That gets really expensive really fast, but it will be necessary for temperature and noise control.
I have asked for a quote on the vinyl siding, both for materials only and for complete installation. I haven't seen any videos on it and I'm not at all confident about my ability to do that. Once I see the quotes I will likely fire up the ol' YouTube and teach myself how, so I can save hundreds of dollars in the end. Or maybe not.
So, assess the frame, make adjustments as needed, insulate, drywall, finish and paint. Somewhere in there put in new door(s) and windows.
Next step: put in a ceiling. Another thing I haven't read or watched videos about. I imagine it's not much different than the walls, as I can use drywall for that too. I'm going to put in a ceiling fan either way, but putting in insulation and an actual ceiling will help so much with temperature control. With the amount of time I have before the project start date, I'll be able to do plenty of research on putting in ceilings, so I'm confident I'll be fine. But, first things first: MAKE A PLAN.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chairs & Knots and a potty.

Got a busy week coming up. I'm at work Monday, and not at work the rest of the week. I built a chair on Saturday. Felt good to get out there & bust out the woodworking tools. Got to use a circular saw, a jigsaw, drill, router with table, clamps and a framer's square. It's a pretty good-looking, very sturdy little chair. It's a time-out chair for the baby. She needs it. Boy does she. She has started to not listen to mommy and daddy at all. She's testing limits, and our patience is being pulled pretty thin. It was rather unexpected and sudden. If I had seen it coming I might have been able to prepare for it better. We'll get the hang of it. Potty training is not going well either.

I will pay my respects to Kay Haas on Tuesday, going to Cirque du Soleil's IRIS on Wednesday, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, and Friday I'm playing again with 13 Knots. Oh yeah, we played for the first time in almost 6 years on Saturday, after I built the chair, and everybody wants to do it again this Friday. So I'm looking forward to that. My playing and cooperation got rave reviews from other members of the band. I'd been dying to play bass again, and it did feel good. So we'll do it this one other time, then the studio we use (Pasadena Rehearsal Studios) shuts down for good. I know there are people who would be interested in seeing the Knots live once again, but so far there are not enough of them speaking up about it to book a gig. I'm pretty sure we'd all be down for it, if the chance arose. Unfortunately Xena lives in Austin now, so hasn't been able to join us, and it's unlikely that she would if we had a gig, though not impossible. She'd probably need at least one rehearsal with us, which would be easy enough. I don't think anyone's mentioned it to her yet. But again, the gig is not yet in the works, so that falls to the people with an interest to raise their voices and make it happen.

So anyway, the chair still needs sanding and painting, but other than that I think it's good. Delilah has asked me to build her a table also. First I think I will build an extended shoe rack or a cubby hole kind of shelf unit for the bedroom. The nice thing about building it yourself is you make it just the way you want it. Luckily I'm pretty good with Illustrator now and so I can plan it out real nice with scale drawings.

Welp, time to go.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Year End Ketchup

I've been very busy, working hard at the job, raising the little girl. I haven't thought about this blog in months, let alone found time to update. But I wanted to say, Support Wikipedia

I've been trying to catch up on my Burn Notice addiction. Bought season 2 a few weeks ago. I'm on disc 4. Christmas is coming up fast, and I'm going to ask for seasons 3 and 4. I just really like that show.

One of the things I've been updating a lot is my YouTube page, www.youtube.com/daddymunro1. I've added many of my songs, including 3 or 4 I've written in the past few months. I'm also making a fairly regular appearance on Facebook, now that Emily and I have a computer at home, and an internet connection. I was starting to think it would never happen, but we budgeted and researched and ended up with an Acer laptop so she can take some online college classes, and I can do some marketing of my music and budding side project of freelance graphic design.

I rebuilt a gate next to the house to keep the dog from getting out of the yard. Boy did it need it. Rotten wood and broken planks, the thing would hardly open and close. The original gate used a steel frame, so I used that and 3 of the old planks, and I put in new cross-support 2x4s, two new dog-eared cedar planks, and all new screws. Besides the trip to Home Depot, the whole job took me maybe an hour. It was good to get my tools out and do something manly for a change. Oh, and I went to Sears and bought a few more tool things with a gift card I got for my birthday.

I bought tickets to Iris, the new Cirque du Soleil show at the Kodak Theatre. We're going on the 23d, the day before Thanksgiving.

I won a costume contest at work, but have yet to collect my prize. Not sure what's up with that, but it will come.

The old band, 13 Knots, is getting together for a little revival practice. Scott decided he wanted to jam again just for kicks, and he got through to the rest of us (except for Xena, who is in Austin). So we're going to do that this Saturday. I'm looking forward to it. I've been wanting to play bass with somebody for a while now, pretty much since I got my new Danelectro bass and Ampeg amp. And the Knots haven't played together since my wedding reception almost 6 years ago.

It looks like I'll be heading back to Buford, GA next month to shoot a video for the job, then I rush back and start editing it to beat a January deadline. I'm going to need a new computer for that, as we've already purchased Adobe Premier Pro for the project, and none of our computers will run it! I guess we're going to start making training videos, etc, now that we will have the means to produce professional-quality videos. And I get to learn how to do it! I'm the go-to guy for this, on my way to being a big-time movie director. Yeah, that's it.

Delilah is almost 2 1/2, and she is getting into the terrible stage, testing limits and patience and all that. I think we'll all come out better for it in the end. She really is amazing.

So there's a lot going on, and I am looking forward to the future and all that it holds.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back in back

Vacation was fantastic. Many many pictures at my photobucket page. Also click on "travels" to get out of the "Delilah" album. Thousands of photos there. I'm back at work and at a new desk, over by Accounting where I was when I got back from Atlanta, but in the front office. There's good and bad about it. I don't like having my back to the door, but I don't know what else to do. My old friend and first drummer Jeromy is coming to work here next week. Finally I have someone to carpool with! And by "carpool" I just mean I give him a ride. It'll be nice getting to catch up with him -- he's been living in Austin, TX for the last 10 years or so. Now he lives in Whittier right near me, but still I never see him. We've just been out of touch for too long. Plus I've changed a lot. He needs a chance to get to know me over again. I'm not the drunk teenager I was then. So that'll be fun. Not much else to say at the moment considering it's time to go.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Good Day not too much Sunshine

Great news! Wifey's not going in for surgery. I wasn't worried, except a little. But SOOO glad it doesn't have to happen. Such a relief! Now that it's not a concern, I suddenly started to wonder if we would have had to pay for it. It's not a life-threatening condition, so we might have had a hefty co-pay. I hadn't thought for a moment of the cost. That's a step. That's the kind of thing I always admired in fictional heroes: not one thought of a financial aspect of something typically costly when it concerns the health of a loved one. I've always felt that characteristic may be missing from me. But hey, there it is! Great news indeed.

Vacation, all I ever wanted

I put in my request for 1 1/2 weeks off from work next month. On the first day of August my little family & I board a plane for Dallas, and after almost 10 days of traveling around the south we get on a plane in Atlanta back to L.A. We will visit at least 3 states and various family & friends, some for the first time in years, some for the first time. It will be Delilah's first time on a plane. And second. And third. It will be her first time out of California. Except for our drive to San Francisco back in October 2009, it will be our first family trip. This has all been made possible by a man who I'm sure would prefer to remain unnamed due to too many people having access and government conspiracies and coverups & whatnot. Anyway, thanks old man. We'll try to make sure they don't rent us a Kia.
So that's exciting.
Tonight we're supposed to go on a sort of double date. Again, I don't know that I should name names, but one participant is my cousin by marriage and the other is a friend from work. Looks like it's just a dinner, but I'll try to talk everyone into a movie also. A good date movie seems like it would be Larry Crowne. I'll see what I can do.

Friday, July 1, 2011

She loves you yeah yeah yeah

This is a very exciting time in Delilah's development. She is talking all the time. She's learning to put together all kinds of sentences, & I hear from parents of other children her age that their babies don't talk anywhere near as well as she does. Besides that, it's great that we can communicate with her now. It was only 3 months ago that I was amazed by her handful of one-syllable words in her vocabulary. Now we carry on conversations. I've always been fascinated by the idea of molding a young mind, creating a human personality. It's scary & adventurous. There's no telling what she's going to turn out like despite our efforts, or rather because of them.
She understands an amazing number of things, she recognizes things like t.v. show sets, people's voices (like Randy Newman), & she is showing signs of being a great dancer. She's got rhythm, & for that I am endlessly grateful. I don't know yet if she is going to have an interest in playing music, but I have a feeling it may be a while before she does, if she does. She doesn't seem to like to be told things, how to do things, etc. She likes to do things her own way. I have NO idea where she gets that from. Anyway, I'm more than happy to teach her anything I know/she wants to know about anything musical.
We went to the company party last night, & she charmed everyone with her sweetness, her beauty, her behavior. She's very loving and she's everything I could want. I want to thank God, and my Kindergarten teacher Ms. Miller, my friends & family, the academy, Mr. Futa, who didn't believe in me but let me prove myself to him... I should say real things but I may have forgotten how.
Currently reading: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Update 16 June

Delilah's birthday party was pretty great. Unfortunately I got hit with a pretty bad flu bug or something that morning, so I felt crappy all day, & went home after the party & slept for probably 18 hours. I broke a fever & had tons of snot. Over that now. I'm feeling pretty good lately. I wrote a couple of new songs, & my bro Martinez is learning one of them. I'm having fun playing them, & I've been bringing my guitar to work.
Something's wrong with Emily's car, so I've been letting her take my car for the last couple weeks & I've been driving the faulty car because I can work with it. So it's kind of nice, thinking of her in all that luxury. & her car is not bad in general, so when we switch back I don't need to feel guilty about having the nice new car again. Besides, my commute is a lot longer than hers, so I spend more time in the car.
Delilah is growing so much, she's tall, she's talking. It's getting very close to the time when we can take her with us on all of our adventures. I really want to take her to some concerts. I got an email today that the Foo Fighters are playing at the Forum in October. She'll only be 2 1/2 at the time, but she used to really like them. If she would stand for keeping earplugs in we could possibly take her.
Well, it's coming up on time to go. I've fed the fish & I've finished all my work, so maybe I'll walk out a few minutes early and take my time getting home. I'm working to reduce my stress.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sports rant (Lakers/Mavericks game 2)

It's looking bad for the Lakers this playoff season. First we lose two games to New Orleans in round one, & now we're 0-2 against Dallas? That game last night was embarrassing! At least game 1 we made it look good, not that that windfall of 4 points at halftime was due to great playing or anything, but hey, way to hit those FTs Lamar! 3 for 3 on the half-court-foul shots. At least we were within a couple by the end of that game. Last night we had no excuse. We could not make an outside shot in the second half. What the hell was that? We were at home even! I'm so very disappointed. I'd hate to think we've come this far just to get knocked out in round 2. If we play that badly at home, what's it going to look like when we play in Dallas?? I understand Nowitzki's fade-away shot is nearly impossible to defend against, but we could let him have those if we could just MAKE OUR SHOTS! It was close enough throughout the second half that if he made all the same shots he did, but we made some of ours, we could have evened up the series. Kobe runs hot & cold a lot of the time so, even though he was still our lead scorer, I can excuse his off days because I don't put all my eggs in his basket anyway. But what really disappointed me was Fisher. He's not always a flashy player, but he's an old pro who pulls off the clutch plays much of the time. Where was he? & Artest wasn't worth his weight. Why did they keep giving the ball to Steve Blake? He didn't hit one of those baseline 3s when they really needed it. At least I had a nice dinner with my daughter, because the game wasn't very entertaining. Ouch.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Shameful truth

I just had a little deja vu moment with my work email. Thought I'd seen this same issue arise last week. It got me thinking: what if I did wake up one day & find myself back in time by a week? I wouldn't remember anything that had happened! I would be useless in a preventing-bad-things-from-happening way. I couldn't go back & stop some terrorist attack or anything. I don't pay attention. I don't know what's happened. It's actually pretty sad. I could tell you this: The Lakers are going to lose games 1 & 4 to New Orleans in the first round of playoffs. There ya go. That's my contribution from my vision of the future. & maybe I could stop my wife from losing her phone. Put sunscreen on the baby! Okay, so there may be a few things...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Time to move on.

I'm trying not to make this about anybody else, or to drag anyone into it, but I need to get it out, & I feel really funny talking to myself. This has so far been a safe depository for my thoughts & ideas, so here goes...
I think I have realized (been helped to realize) that I am wasting time & money trying to put together a band to play live gigs. It's what I want to do as much as anything else in life, but there are other things which will make me at least as happy, so I'll content myself with those. I'm starting to think it might make it easier to move forward with some other endeavors if I stop thinking about how things will translate into a live show.
I'm not saying I will give up music. That would be stupid. Stupid to say, stupid to do. It means far too much to me. But I can concentrate on writing & recording, & maybe I can become a composer of music for other people to play. I don't know. But if I don't worry about if I'll be able to pull it off on stage with just one guitar and bass & drums, I can 'unlimit' myself, & go with what sounds good rather than what I can recreate in a live setting.
I'm 40 years old. I've heard it said that it's pathetic for a 30-year-old to try to make it with his band. I've ignored the signs & I've kept trying. Sadly, a live band trying to be popular is just about the only place in music where youth & good looks are especially important. That & music videos. But in recording, writing, composing, etc. you can do it at any age. I have the wisdom of my years behind me, & I've never had the image to make a mark on the entertainment world anyway, so I don't think I'm in a bad position.
I would be willing to play live shows if I was a hired gun in someone else's band. That doesn't feel like it would be a problem. I would even come out of my semi-retirement to play as my own band if I was asked, but so far nobody has ever asked. It's always been me trying to force myself on gigs. I can let go of that ball of tension in my gut. Just forget it. I'm bad at it, I don't know how to be a frontman or a spokesperson, & I can't get a bunch of guys together who compensate for all that I am lacking.
For the record, this was not a decision made rashly. It was suggested to me that the band thing may not be for me at this stage in my life, and by one of the people in my band. When the other person in my band basically agreed with him, it really got me thinking. I don't have what it takes to make a band work. I think I could be a member of a band, & maybe they would even consider using or adapting some of my compositions, & that would make me happy. I'm going to start by trying to play for my church, & I'll see who I meet there & what might happen. That's the First United Methodist Church of Whittier, FYI.
Thanks for not coming here & reading this & bugging me about it. The Orange Cones have been run over & killed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Money, it's a hit

"But if you ask for a rise it's no surprise that they're giving none away."
I've taken on a whole new aspect to my job. I'm semi-officially part of the IT Department in that I have a login to the company Help Desk inbox. Yes, I'm assisting various project managers as PMAs with tasks to fix their little changes and glitches in The System. They're usually pretty good about giving me the acknowledgment and compensation for my additional and well-performed duties, & hopefully there's something in this taking-on of more responsibility and lightening the load of the specialists with their deeper understanding of programming & the like. I get to do more mundane maintenance tasks so they can focus on the overwhelming number of other things I don't understand. By mundane I don't mean to imply that it's boring or that I don't like it. It's really just that these things are a time-suckage to people who are in demand for their extensive skills, & my shallow comprehension of the way computers work generally is enough that I can perform some of the simpler tasks which keep the company moving smoothly. I actually like it quite a bit. I not only get to feel smarter because I'm learning new things, doing things for people which they are not able to do for themselves, but also I am doing exactly what they were hoping this opportunity would do for me, which is broaden my horizons and expand my usefulness in the company. It's just the kind of thing anyone would hope for in their job, & I'm lucky enough to get it and be able to do it! It's pretty exciting. Even so, it would be nice to get a decent salary bump for it. All the advancement in any workplace is really about the money, isn't it? Well, no, not really. There are two goals when moving up in a job: more money & easier work. Funny how that works out. By the time you're making the truly big bucks you're doing almost no work at all. I'm safely tucked away in the middle. So lucky.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Orange Cones at RSG 3/26/2011

Jaysson Black on bass, David Martinez on drums, David Munro Coutant on guitar

Yeah, we rocked it. Orange Cones and Daddy Munro's DJ services are available for parties and events. Go ahead & contact me any way you know how for details.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Proposed set list for 3/26/11

Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School
11233 Charlesworth, Santa Fe Springs, CA
3/26/2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

block one:
warm-up, “I Need to Ask You” inst.
Obla Di Obla Da
59th st Bridge Song
Sound
America
Jenga

block two
Mrs. Robinson
Karma Police
Papaya
I Can’t Take You (C#)
She’s Leaving Home
CK1

block three:
The Boxer
Norwegian Wood
I Imagine So/Superfluous
I’m a Believer
Just Like Heaven

block four:
Electrocube
Drive My Car
Weezer song
Homeward Bound
Everything/Wanna Be
For Emily
Easy Valley
Mr. Rabbit
Wanna Be

We may run out of time but better to have it & not need it.

Basket Case

Delilah at Gymboree. She's taken to climbing inside of things.

Last night we went for a walk and she got out onto the porch and said, "outside."  She correctly identified the moon, cars, houses, and her umbrella stroller, which she calls her "ride."  This is such an exciting and interesting time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

State of Delilah Address

The baby is doing wonderfully.  She is getting bigger (taller) and she is talking a lot.  She says bus and book and Elmo and car and mommy and daddy and "meow meow" and many other monosyllabic words, and she's working on saying her name.  She will say "me" and "mine" and "you" and stuff, but her name still comes out sounding like "Dee-ah".  It's great, she's great, everything's great. 
She's supposed to start working on getting past the diapers this summer.  She'll be 2 in June.  I can't believe it. 
It's funny, when I got married I knew that it would change my life as far as how I spend my time, but this having a baby has turned my world upside down.  I'll definitely take her over my old life in a heartbeat. 
I can't wait until she can go everywhere with me.  I want so badly to show her off to everyone in the world.  I just realized, I don't think she's been to Therapak since she could walk.  She's due for a visit.
Band practice tomorrow.  Last few before the gig.  Oh, it looks like I've signed on to DJ this shindig as well as bring the band.  Once again, it's 11233 Charlesworth Rd, Santa Fe Springs, CA on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Delilah will be there!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A beautiful thought on a beautiful day

News from the doctor: nothing's happening. I'm going to write a poem now.

when in life's garden
you think you plant a rose
don't be disappointed
if that's not what grows

life is the treasure
not the kind it is
be thankful for what you've got
cuz hey, that's show biz

there's a reason I stopped writing poetry.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

YouTube links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34_Zf6peENI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6_V3rmdbls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN0fZyJVkro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwi4XuRI34k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU2bppN3TIY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JJneuGbFq4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn02vFJi6rY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYDlH6D72dw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-ClGE1LoAk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e67U_AVI2jM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wUWEW1GU5Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoIhVsjEiCs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEf7linL92E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svi564t0mFc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_qIbd9d6ww
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XIl8ECHHdg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45BRWff4UAE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fupZuTeMB_8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKxpqAWOlGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOv4JtXBu8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8o4mPo9XdY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUiY3W97Z8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLsjdjGDQXU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzX8oZGJULM

Daddy Munro & the O. Cones

Traffic is slowing, patience is thinning, things are starting late.  Yes, the Cones are out again.  Bottleneck is making the city a tense place to be.  Let go of some steam, loosen your shoulders, stretch your neck, relax.  Daddy Munro & the Orange Cones (http://www.reverbnation.com/orangecones) are lightening moods & burdens with their bouncy, smarmy, observational portrayal of life in the twenty-first century in timeless, rhymeless harmony and variety of styles.  In a set including electric independent alt-pop, classic harmonic folk, & synthy, punky goodness, Orange Cones will strike a chord with you in one way or another.  With flavors of Reggae, funk, coffeehouse and Canadian roots rock (?!?) the Cones pay tribute to the likes of The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Lou Reed, Simon & Garfunkel and more.
If you haven't been taken to school in a while, come down to Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary at 11233 Charlesworth Rd Santa Fe Springs, CA.  Orange Cones will be performing between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m..  Come on down, play some games, win some crap, & listen to our band!  We will have a handful of copies of our CD 'Masterpieces of Entertainment' available.  There may be games of skill involved! 

For a fun romp & a chance to meet the infamous Delilah in person, COME ON DOWN!
The date is unclear at the moment due to scheduling conflicts with the city of Santa Fe Springs, but I will update as soon as the information is received.  It's kind of hard to promote such a thing if it won't stay still.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Delilah on Tube

I downloaded a bunch of videos from my phone. Watch the baby grow up.

Delilah's first time on a playground swing. This is at Central Park, across the street from the Methodist church we are most likely to be seen at. She is still to this day fascinated by watching other kids. It's why we think she needs a little sibling.

This is us watching TV one night.  She's really starting to show the personality she is bursting with now.  A lot of the old videos show her just staring & being mystified by everything. 

This is Father's Day 2010.  I ask her, "Is there anything you want to say to Daddy...?" & she says "no."  Then when I say "Okay," she immediately says "Happy."  I think that's what she meant.  She's in the Eddie Bauer carseat in the back of my 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOsFVXxG3PY

I'm the luckiest man alive.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

E.T. Life

 NASA Science News for Jan. 26, 2011

 Evidence is mounting that Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a bubbly subterranean ocean where conditions might be friendly to life.

Wow. Think how interesting this could be. Here we are on Earth, being largely deluded about being the only life in the universe, let alone our solar system, & yet there may be life on a moon of one of our local planets.
Imagine spending your entire life on a body where the sun doesn't rise & set each day, but where the sun is a distant speck in the constant night sky, & where the dominant astronomical feature is a giant bluish planet with fancy rings on it (which you would likely see mostly edge-on & so wouldn't completely understand the nature of). You would orbit this bluish planet, & you wouldn't know what it was like to be so close to heat & light like Earth is. You likely wouldn't understand the whole planet concept; you wouldn't realize that you were orbiting the planet which, in turn, is orbiting this bright speck in the sky. A solar eclipse is what you would call 'night'. The unenlightened on your 'planet' would assume that the giant thing looming constantly in the sky was orbiting you, & not the other way around. I can't imagine the theories of physics they'd come up with to explain it. Ptolemy's epicycles would have nothing on the genius of denial that would create that model.
I realize that any life which may exist in this subterranean ocean on a freezing moon is most likely a form of bacteria, & is not building a civilization and theorizing about science, & physics and theology, but to take the science fiction writer's approach, life is life & where it's possible, let's make the most unlikely assumptions.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Don't call me Shirley

I got a distressing message from my former bass player saying nobody wanted to play with him. I told him I did. I never asked him to leave the band. So we got the gang back together last week & it felt good. It feels like there's still a lot to do, but it feels like it's definitely do-able. I'm looking forward to getting good & tight again, & putting on some good shows here & there. Please make sure & let me know if you need a band to play somewhere. Check out some of our stuff here: http://www.duramark.com/img/
It's the section labeled as "Orange Cones," as that is the lineup once again. We're adding quite a few cover songs to our set list. Some you will have heard before, others you surely have not.