My Favorite Day

My Favorite Day
Boo! Samhain. Halloween. Call it what you like. Today is my favorite day of the year. I love autumn in general, but there is something especially wonderful about 10/31. We even carved a couple of pumpkins this year… Teri carved one with scary frowny eyes, big fangs, and horns; mine has a big silly grin ...

The Windows Sales Pitch 3

We have known since purchasing our house that at some point we’ll replace our inefficient, leaky single-pane aluminum windows. We attend home remodeling shows to get ideas, and this month at the fall remodeling expo in Seattle, we signed up to begin gathering a few estimates. Last weekend we had scheduled a visit from a windows salesperson who ...

Hooray For Technology (?)

In the past couple of days I’ve had curious experiences with fairly large companies, involving problems with technology. It’s surprising when such companies overlook seemingly obvious opportunities for service recover, and it makes me wonder what happened to the fine art of paying attention to details. My position is this: sophisticated technology requires a sophisticated ...

New Bass Case

New Bass Case
Lately I’ve been looking around for a better case for my trusty Warwick Corvette fretless. It came with a reasonably sturdy gig bag, but I wanted something that would offer a little more protection for this instrument. I do have access to an Anvil flight case, but that is overkill for local gigs and adds ...

Preons At The Sunset Tavern

The Preons will be playing at The Sunset Tavern in Ballard on Saturday 11/10. We’ll be on the bill for the early show, probably hitting the stage around 7:00 PM. If you’ve always wanted to hear us, but need to be home before 9:00 PM, this seems like the perfect opportunity…

Family Site

Family Site
Over the weekend I redesigned and relaunched my family’s web site. Like this site, it is powered by WordPress 2.3 and I am excited to have a place where my extended worldwide family can post news.

Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube
On Thursday 10/18, reggae star Lucky Dube was fatally shot in a hijacking attempt in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a legitimate reggae superstar, long regarded as the “Bob Marley of Africa. He was South Africa’s largest selling reggae artist, and through his music preached tolerance and peace. During my years in Jumbalassy, I often listened ...

Upgrade to WordPress 2.3

This site is powered by WordPress, an open-source blog engine. Last night I spent about 30 minutes upgrading to the most current version, which went smoothly. This process updates the database and most of the site’s back-end files are deleted and replaced. It’s a little unnerving to erase the important files supporting the site functionality, especially ...

Are You A Verizon Wireless Customer?

If you happen to be a Verizon wireless customer, you may wish to know that Verizon will share your CPNI call data unless you speficially call them to opt out. The information being shared doesn’t individually identify customers by name or address, but since it does include call data and services used, it strikes me ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 10/13

I quite enjoyed our show this Saturday. It was an evening of seeing great friends and wrapping up Friday’s birthday fun (I somehow turned 44… I’m still not entirely certain how that happened). My friend Edgars made an appearance, having recently earned his computer science degree and joined the brethren of programmer geeks. He is one ...