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, 24 May 2006
It's been a while and I've been working a new job so not much time to say anything. Reading a lot of the New Orleans bloggers but I'm taking the long view and trying not to get wrapped up in the emotional side of things as much.
Par for the Corps - Washington post editorial asking why there isn't more outrage at the failures that actually caused our city to flood in the first place. John Barry's companion editorial and the discussion that followed are interesting too.
Anyone interested in what really happened should take a look at the T-P's interactive timeline. Of course you could also learn alot by following Chris Rose. Though his columns are informative and educational in a different sort of way.
Of course we're preparing to evacuate ourselves early and evacuate often this year. On the plus side of life, we bought ourselves a kayak last week. Not for paddling around NOLA after a flood, but just for the fun. We've been talking about doing it forever. So while we're waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for our house to be rebuilt, at least we can stick with some of our pre-katrina plans and goals.
Lastly, there's this list of links to various and sundry 80's videos on youtube. Videos you've probably never seen or last saw only once back when you were a kid suddenly available again. I could lose days on this.