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this week has been phenomenally busy: i got back from OCF last monday, and monique left for alberta on wednesday. i got the radiator in my car replaced, mowed the lawn, cleaned up the entire house, went to 3 rehearsals, shipped out 3 packages of incense (including one containing huge amounts of incense to the company in chicago that sells my incense) and re-packed and put away all of my camping gear before tuesday of this week. i also started dealing with a fiasco that may or may not be happening with the Sousa Band email list, of which i am administrator. tuesday this week, i had a BSSB rehearsal, wednesday i had a BSSB performance at des moines beach park — an hour and a half: most of the BSSB sets are half an hour or less, and i was playing first trombone (read “exceptionally high parts”) which is the first time i’ve done that in many, many years (i only fluffed a couple of notes, though… 8) ), and tonight i have a snake suspenderz performance at St. Clouds restaurant, for Robert Fulghum (the author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It). he saw us at the ballard sunday market a few weeks ago, which is another party for another rich and influential person we have gotten by busking at the ballard sunday market… i think we need to do that more often… 8)

monique is leaving for a veterinary conference in san diego next wednesday, and will be gone for a week. we still haven’t seen the guy about the thing that i mentioned a few weeks ago, which is now just sitting there collecting dust. eventually we will both be home for a long enough time that we can get together with the guy and work out exactly what we’re going to do with it, but it can’t be soon enough for me.

things i want to do this week

  • finish organising my OCF photos, taking into account the new, slower, buggier interface for uploading photos to flickr pictures here
  • create a “Big Boys With Poise” patch, which is going to be made by b coole
  • make at least one long, rambling post about OCF
  • at least get started making a video of me playing my didjeri-flute (ultimately to be uploaded to youtube), which is not a fujara but is a specialised kind of overtone flute (both of which terms i heard applied to my didjeri-flute for the first time at OCF last weekend)
  • rehearse at least once with snake suspenderz

i ordered a gerard hoffnung

i ordered a gerard hoffnung CD more than a week ago, and it hasn’t arrived yet. i feel like i should give them a little leeway, since the place i ordered it from is in england, but at the same time, i ship things to england on a pretty regular basis, and it’s my impression that it takes less than a week… but i could just be paranoid, as well, because i’m paranoid, and it is a gerard hoffnung CD, after all…

some alien being has eaten my father and replaced him with an exact clone that has a human brain. it’s uncanny.

snake suspenderz went busking today. we played for around 2 hours and made $12.50 apiece, which is better than nothing, but could be a great deal more without any difficulty at all.

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i broke down and bought a plain black fez, because as nice as they are, the fez-o-rama fezzes (fezi?) are specifically not available without some kind of goofy logo on them, and so far they haven’t produced a goofy logo that i feel is representative of me (at least not all the time)… but i still really like wearing a fez, for a variety of reasons. the logical alternative, at this point, is to acquire a blank fez, and, with the help of Master Payne, (who gave me the secret information needed) i have now done just that. expect pictures when it arrives. 8)

i still haven’t gotten started painting my car. i’m pretty close to it, though, but i had better get some paint on it pretty soon, because SACBO is coming sooner than expected: i.e. the 16th, and not the 23rd, as i had thought originally… although, strangely enough, i’m only going to be able to make one day at the fair, because i have two snake suspenderz gigs the second day of the fair, and one of them is at a competing fair in burien – the wild strawberry festival (the other one is at the can can, with the wanderlust circus). fortunately, i, literally, “have to have some paint on it” to get into the fair, so i think i’m going to be able to come up with something.

cedar (the person, not the tree: son of reverend chumley) and i removed the large juniper bush at the top of the driveway last weekend. he took pictures, but i (for some reason) did not. now we have a twenty-foot crater where the bush was, and moe and i are discussing what to replace it with. the current fanasy is bamboo (i would actually like to rip out all of the juniper and replace it with a bamboo hedge), but that’s likely to change. i’ve made tentative arrangements with cedar (the person) to come back at some point and trim the cedar tree at the bottom of the property. i found out it’s a deodar cedar, which is the basis for a lot of tibetan incenses, so it’s my guess that, if i do it right, i will probably be able to end up with a fair amount of deodar resin incense after all this is over.

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Thomas and Minnie Hammondi’m feeling marginally better than i was yesterday, and yesterday i was feeling marginally better than i was the day before that, and so forth, for about a week… which, i suppose, means that i’m getting better, slowly… it’s gotten so i don’t actively feel sick, most of the time, but i still have bouts of coughing that are really annoying because of their unpredictability, and i still get exhausted really easily, which sometimes is accompanied by a bout of coughing, which exhausts me even more.

the dignified-looking people to the right are my great grandparents, Thomas W. and Minnie L. Hammond. i don’t know when the picture was taken exactly, but my guess is that it was some time between minnie’s marriage, in 1906 (she was 16 when she got married) and her death in 1946… and judging by how old she looks, i would guess about 1915 to 1925-ish. but, because of the fact that they were relatives of mine, i can pretty much assure anyone who doesn’t know, that they were very likely not anywhere near as dignified as they look. my general impression is that most of my relatives from that era are all but hillbillies from central missouri (pronounced “missourah”). after minnie died, tom hammond got married to another teenager (when he was almost 70), named Melmalee Clapper, and had another child before he died… so i guess i’m carrying on a family tradition by being married to a woman who is 17 years younger than me, as well as carrying on the family tradition of being the oldest child of a family who wants to have nothing to do with me. 😛 fortunately i’ve got a perfectly wonderful surrogate-family, which has taken over the family duties in a way that my family-of-origin never could.

i won’t have to go in for jury duty on monday, because, according to the jury-duty-check-in-phone-line that i was supposed to call friday evening, “there are no trials scheduled for the month of april”… which, considering that i received the message around april 10th or so, i would have thought that they knew that already, but apparently they don’t. oh well, i guess i don’t get to go in and inform all of the other potential jurors about the right of jury nullification, and disqualify us all from the jury pool… 😉

i’ve got a really weird anomaly with my blog: i use a plugin called “Jetpack” that connects my blog to wordpress.org, and gives me stuff like stats for the site, and the ability to short-link to my blog, and stuff like that. there is a number "➊" in a black circle, next to the jetpack link, which, under normal circumstances, means that there is an update to be applied, but i can’t find it anywhere, and there are no other indications that updates are even required, which there usually are if there’s an update that is really supposed to be applied. i can put up with a random "➊" character, but anything outside of what’s normally supposed to happen makes me extremely suspicious.