Monday, September 25, 2017

Post 4561 - Making My Day

I have been working on a top-secret project this evening. I have done all I can do on it this evening. I look forward to telling you about it.

I got a very nice comment on the blog, very early this morning. It made my Monday, actually. Some two and a half years ago a friend of mine died. I wrote a blog post about it.  Go ahead and read the comments. You'll see that his son, Tristan, wrote me and thanked me for writing the post, which he only discovered on Sunday, on what would have been his dad's 56th birthday.

It is interesting how a post I wrote some time ago, more than 1500 posts ago, can still be out there and can be found with a simple google search. I am glad that this post gave Tristan a bit of comfort on what must have been a sad day for him. His father was a good man, and I miss him, too. I regret that we lost touch in his final years.

I have 4500 posts out there, chockfull of content that you can read to your heart's content. What are you waiting for, people? Start reading! You'll learn about my fear of metaphors, my award-wanna-be-winning "year in review" series, and so much, much more. Hundreds of thousands of words, just awaiting your eyeballs. I envy you, reading them for the first time.

I think I will turn in. I have much to do on Tuesday.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Post 4560 - Deep Roots Weekend

Well, hello there, handsome.

We returned to the city late Saturday afternoon. I should have written a blog post last night, but I was tired. Sorry.

We had a very nice time at Deep Roots this year. We did not go to all the events. Expensive. We did not get a weekend pass as other years. Still, we enjoyed the events we did see.

Patricia felt like a school girl watching the Lennie Gallant concert. Darrin Harvey introduced him and related the story about how, as a very young broadcaster, he introduced the Crashtest Dummies at Acadia University's University Hall. Gallant opened up for them, and Darrin made some kind of mistake in that introduction. Afterward, Gallant sought out Darrin, and they became friends. Darrin also said that Gallant is the only he knows who has Jimmy Buffett's phone number on his cell phone. Buffett has recorded at least one of Gallant's songs.

Anyway, the Gallant concert was fine. He was in fine form. The show was recorded for some kind of later broadcast, so it seemed a bit  overly polished, with very little spontaneity. I got the feeling he was reading his banter off a script somewhere.

After the show was over, Patricia got Gallant to sign a cd for her. She was in heaven.

Friday at noon, we returned to Wolfville to see the amazing Jonathan Byrd and Johnny Waken. Waken uses a modified hand saw as a musical instrument. He plays guitars and jumps around like a guy with ants in his pants. He and Byrd both sing like angels. We saw them when they were at Deep Roots in... 2014? 2015? and loved them. Patricia started following him on Facebook. We were both thrilled to see them return this year. Byrd used to have two "Pick up Cowboys", but one of them died, so now it is down to "just" him and Waken.

After that was over, we returned to the house only to leave again at 3:30 as we were going on a tour of one of the breweries in Port Williams. There are two there, now. Plus a distillery. Growing up, the village was dry as butterless toast. Now, not only can you get a drink, but they manufacture alcohol there. Anyway, as part of the tour, we were each given a growler and a drinking glass. The drinking glass from the Wayfarer's Ale Society will be the new water glass I use at work every day, starting tomorrow, if I think of it. Drop by and see it.

Friday night, we returned to Wolfville for the evening show, which featured five performer, four of whom we liked a lot, especially a repeat performance by Jonathan Byrd and Johnny Waken.

Here are a bunch of pictures for you to look at...

In 2016, we went to Deep Roots but walked away disappointed. We very nearly did not attend this year. Now, we look forward to Deep Roots 2018. Maybe only going to a few events this year was what the doctor ordered.

Saturday morning we stayed in. Patricia watched some stuff on tv. I puttered in the kitchen. We returned in the afternoon.

Today, I stained about half the front deck. I hope to do the other half in the next day or so. Long overdue. Shame on me for not staining the deck in 2016.

We return to work in the morning. These long weekends go by soooo quickly.

I missed writing you the last few days. I will try to get back on a regular schedule.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Post 4659 - Chris de Burgh

Back home from the Chris  de Burgh concert. In short: we loved it. The man is getting older, and cannot hit all the high notes any more, but by and large, he was in fine form.

He was funny. He was playful. He was in control from beginning to end. And, during "Lady in Red", he walked among the audience and shook hands with folks, and even danced with some of the ladies in red in attendance.

I was so happy that he did "High on Emotion", a song  you cannot dislike. Patricia was disappointed when they did not do "Patricia the Stripper", only to learn that it was the final song of the evening.

Such a good time.

Not the end of the music this week. Lennie Gallant in Wolfville Thursday night, plus other Deep Roots stuff Friday and Saturday.

Chris is playing in Halifax Thursday night as well. I would imagine there are still some tickets left, as tonight's show was not sold out. Do yourself a favour and go, will you?

Pushing midnight. I really should turn in.

See you tomorrow.