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Thu, 25 May 2006
One of the many things Katrina wrecked was my guitar equipment. I lost two amps -- a Johnson modelling amp and a partice amp -- and two guitars. The acoustic was decent but I really loved my electric. It was a Franken-guitar with an old Gibson Melody-Maker neck and an SG-type body. The body was "finished" simply with lemon oil rubbed into the natural grain. It had two pickups including one aggressive Gibson "dirty fingers" humbucker. Someone had smashed all that stuff together and made a really fun guitar. It wasn't worth much monetarily but it was fun to play. It also confused the heck out of people who know guitars.
So I had been guitar-less since the big K. And while I didn't play much it really was an enjoyable way to relax and I definitely missed it. So when two of my friends hinted they were going to get me a guitar I was ecstatic. My friend Mike Raeder had a few of his gutars damaged by flooding. Our other friend, Mike Fowler, does guitar repair and setup work. So I figured they were probably just going to sand down a guitar, clean it up, and go with that.
Fowler went a lot further though. He hand-crafted an electric guitar body into a Gibson-SG style shape. he routed it all out by hand and assembled the entire thing himself using only one of the old necks from Mike Raeder's collection. It is his very first, from-scratch guitar build. I was shocked because I knew the amount of effort and labor that went into it. And it's wonderfully playable too. It sounds fantastic and looks great. As soon as I can get a link from Fowler, I'll put it up because he does great work and deserves the business in the future.Wed, 19 Jan 2005
A fellow nolugger wrote this article about New Orleans. I think much of the same could be said about European countries. Certainly my recent honeymoon to Spain had me thinking in a similar mode. Priorities, perspective, and values....Fri, 08 Oct 2004
We completely rearranged the online photo album and put up all the digital wedding pics we've received so far as well as the honeymoon pics. As always, the album is here.Mon, 29 Mar 2004
Well, I haven't posted in a while but I'm planning to change that. The biggest news I have to report is that I'm getting hitched to Jennifer this September. The wedding is going to kept real small but, per family requests, I've started a separate site here. Out of town guests, (ie. her family), should be able to find some useful info there.Thu, 20 Mar 2003
It's hard to imagine anything positive to say about war -- regardless of one's opinions of the decisions that led up to it. Hopefully few (or none!) are hurt or killed and this ends quickly. Hopefully the divisions that have been created are mended. It's hard for me to imagine positive outcomes but I hope that I am wrong.Fri, 07 Mar 2003
Well, it's finally come and gone and I for one shall miss it. Mardi Gras has to be my favorite holiday. It's special. it's different. Everywhere else, Tuesday was just another Tuesday. In New Orleans it's so much more.
Lots of people only think of Bourbon Street and baring body parts for beads. Sure that's going on but really the entire city -- the entire southern half of the state -- celebrates in a myriad of ways. There are the lavish parades, not just in New Orleans, but also in the 'burbs. There's the music, the impromptu parties, the private marching krewes. There's even a parade for dogs. I put up my annual onslaught of pictures here. It's perhaps the central cultural event of New Orleans and a great reminder of how different this place is from anywhere else.
p.s. Now that it's over, I've taken the time to launch NOLUG with the new site.