Katherine and Peter's New House...
Happy Wedding Anniversary To Us...
Happy wedding anniversary to me and Cathy. It was our 24th on Monday June 24th.
Here we are pictured on Katie and Peter's street in Chicago on our visit there this week. Love you honey!
Stopped at Cuz's House...
Back Home After a Long Trip...
I was pulling back into East Texas this afternoon after a 1700 mile drive.That does not even count the six hours traveling done by Amtrak. As you can guess my truck was a little dirty. Amtrak was still clean. They have rules and stuff to make sure you keep it that way.
So I have many adventures to blog about but maybe I'll go in kind of a reverse order. I'll start with the dirty truck and a shameless plug for my buddy GW's car wash in Garrison Texas. I come barreling down old 59 getting all dirty I stop and wash at GWs. You can see me doing it to those caked on bugs and road grime.
This photo shows the results. I highly recommend GW's for getting all clean.
It's Hard to Win one on the Road...
It's hard to win one on the road but we did help the Astros top the Cubs yesterday at Wrigley field. The score was 4-3.
I have always been an Astros fan but have kind of lost track of the players names with the switch from the Astrodome to Minutemade Park. One of those things that just did not seem right. I guess some games at Wrigley might not seem right to some die hard fans, such as the night games. Wrigley was build in 1914 and I think they have only been play night games since the addition of lights in the 1980s.
It was a great time, not bad at all for an outdoor game, with our party consisting of me. Cathy, Katherine, Peter, Kevin, Margaret, Addision and Grayson.
There Are Those Times...
When you just have to says what you feel. This is one of those times. I hope you feel the same way Bubba.
Whoops, just realized something. I know lots of Bubbas.
I Thought You Said...
You Said Chicago?
I thought you said we were going to Mexico!
Your Tuesday Morning Lure Suggestions...
In case you are down at your local sporting goods store, in this neck of the woods it's Academy, and you are having the first world problem of being unable to decide what bait to pick out from the shining rows of offerings so richly offered by the factories of China let me make a suggestion or two.
For pan fish try the good old Charlie Brewer Crappie slider. Here you see one of the short jig ones but the longer weedless worms work well also. It's a "do nothing" lure. Cast it out and reel back real slow. The paddle tail does all the work.
This bass took a jointed Rapala. The bass in Morgan's pond where these photos were taken like soft plastic jigs and spinners but this is the best hard bait I have found. I bet this lure is 30 years old. I have had it a long time.
I know it's only two baits I suggest here but some places in the world people have no bait at all. Don't be greedy.
Does This Look Pink to You...?
These days when something does not look the right color it's pretty easy to make a photo, post it on the internet and get the opinion of others. Hey, that's kind of a novel idea, get the opinion of others on the internet but anyway here's a couple of Cathy's photos made recently at sundown on Lake Sam Rayburn.
I think we can all agree, the sky and water were pink that day.
More Shameless Self Promotion...
I know it's Father's Day weekend and that should be enough but here's more. I posted this sound clip on facebook but decided I would get it up for my blogger friends also. It's the last guitar I build and the tune is "See That MY Grave is Kept Clean"
Texas Blues man Blind Lemon Jefferson wrote and recorded this traditional tune "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" in 1927. I recorded it on one of my homemade 4 string guitars tuned to G minor and played through a 1968 Fender Bandmaster.
Blind Lemon was born in Coutchman Texas in 1893 and died in Chicago in 1929. He was buried in Texas in the Wortham Negro Cemetery and the grave was unmarked until 1967. That is when when a marker was erected in what the cemetery committee considered the most general area of his burial.
One thing I considered after making this recording is I have a trip to Chicago planned in the very near future. It's said that Blind Lemon either had a heart attack, froze, or was poisoned. Probablly only one of those three is open to me at this point but I did have a good time with a spookey minor key version of this old tune.
Photos from a Drive Across Texas...
Please Text Me....
If you have any idea how to land this thing. I'll gladly take your input.
Here's guitar build #7. It made from an old Russian made Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phase Shifter guitar effects box. Or parts there of. It took some imagination and problem solving as the original laminated box was a little hard to work and too thick for the control pots to pass through with enough clearance. I got it though and if you are familiar with these boxes and effects pedals I think you will "get it."
Good pick up. Pleasantly surprised with it's clarity. Sounds good through my 1968 Fender amp but then most guitars do. This piece plays and stays in tune well.
My first attempt at a more complicated headstock design.
On my travels this weekend I stopped at a storage build sale on the road side and purchased an old jewelry box with broken hinges and a cigar tin that seems to be from the 1920s. I have plenty of guitar making items on hand and an order of tuners and other parts on order.
Stay tuned on these pages I am invited to the faculty art show at SFA later this summer with plans continuing to have my stuff shown at a future show. I'll keep you posted as I fine tune my builds.
Side view volume and tone pots. I ordered the long shaft pots for my next build so you can bet they will be too long.
I'll be posting a few photos the next week or so chronicling pond life at Morgan and Ali's country place. Here Ali, Cathy and Nell fish from the new dock. Morgan's an engineer you know. This dock will go down in history with the aqueducts of Rome. It's solid.
Nell says "Are these good to eat?"
Nell says "Ok hurry up and catch more."
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