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March Brief

March 3, 2013

Well, I actually remembered I have a blog in under a year!  

Okay, the last post dealt with a few things that now need updating; 1st is politics, and the Sequestering of public funds.  I think I figured out why they call it that, rather than locking 12 people away without outside contact and instructions to not discuss “the case” in any way, the idiotic Congress has decided to do that with our money, and they can’t talk about it, either.  Well, at least the Republican leadership isn’t talking, except to place blame on Obama for “excessive spending.” Bull, anyone with a brain knows Obama can’t spend money Congress doesn’t give him with orders TO spend on what THEY “dictate.” Don’t believe me? Read the Constitution, that’s how our system works.  So, that’s started this weekend, and no one knows exactly how this is going to affect them, their families, their friends.  We’ll see though, soon enough…

Next, last month “Tessa” (my 2004 Corvette LeMans Commemorative Edition Convertible) finally got the Kenwood DNX9990 head unit and 2 cameras (front & rear) installed, along with a 250W subwoofer in the trunk, that my “specialist” connected the control box to incorrectly.  He used a 4 wire cable to extend a 6 wire, and I found it myself only after taking the car to 3 different places for opinions on why I couldn’t hear this “powerful” subwoofer.  Eh… Well, it was a harder job than my guy anticipated, and I think he got caught hurrying to finish, after having the car for 4 days.  Should’ve been a 2 day job at most, and that’s about the amount of time he charged me for.  Anyway… Bought a new cable, I’ll put that in today and go for a short drive to try it out, and charge the battery, circulate the oils (yes, there are several kinds of oil in the car) & coolant, because it’s been sitting for close to 2 weeks, due to inclement weather.  I don’t think ANY car likes to sit without being driven for too long.  Tessa sat in a shed in northern Minnesota for most of her life, until I got her in July of 2011.  Granted, I haven’t driven her a lot by anyone’s standards, but in under 2 years, I’ve more than doubled the mileage she had after the previous 8 years of existence.  2,800+ showing now, still new.  I keep being torn between driving Tessa a LOT (because that’s what she’s made for & she’s an incredible joy to drive), and keeping her mileage low for posterity/value.  I like to “go with the flow” in my life for the most part, so for now, I think I’ll let “the flow” determine how much this beautiful C5 Corvette gets driven. 🙂

Currently, I’ve been playing my “new” Gibson Custom Shop CS-356 w/Bigsby the most of late (with the choice of several guitars I like to play right now), an ax that I “got for a song,” because whoever took it in on a trade didn’t know to put a couple of small washers under the truss rod nut to “fix” the problem of having run out of threads to tighten it.  As a result, the neck was severely bowed, and the bridge was then raised so high for the strings to clear the upper frets, it was nearly impossible to play.  I added the washers (I just happened to have a box full of the right size), adjusted the neck to get rid of the bow, lowered the bridge, and NOW she plays like a dream…  I’ll make a video of me playing this beauty, a Custom Shop Gibson that is my “old age” replacement for the red 1962 “Custom Made Gibson ES-335 w/Bigsby” I actually DID get for a song in 1969 (long story for another time), the main ax that I played professionally for 29 years.  Put ‘er down only when I’d decided that the ax was worn out (again), and was too heavy for me to keep playing anyway, so instead of more extensive repairs, I traded her for some other gear.  I was already playing a much lighter ax, and “Miles” was just sitting in her case, doing nothing.  But, for years I’d missed the sound of the 335, and the feel of the neck, I really just wished the body wasn’t so big & heavy.  Well, this new one is exactly the right ax for me now; same type/kind of pickups and controls I used for all those years; the same sound, same neck feel, but this body IS a LOT smaller & lighter.  She fits right to me in my chair, is not too heavy to stand up with for a little while, and is cosmetically one of the most beautiful guitars Gibson has ever made.  I’ll take some pictures and post those soon, too.  I’ll hafta play her some more, right after I take Tessa out.  😉

Okay, that’s my update for awhile, I’ll try to stick with my earlier intentions of writing something every month (or sooner), meanwhile you can look for those pix & a video or 2…  Thanks!



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