Siravo – “Stigma”

Siravo has just released their new video, “Stigma.”  My brother is the bassist, rock on!

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Favorite guitarists

Short list of favorite guitarists (in no particular order):

Eric Clapton
B.B. King
Synyster Gates
Brad Paisley
Tom Scholtz
Jeremy Popoff

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Been a while, been busy

Whoa, over a month since my last post!  Whoops.

Since my last post I have started a new position as a Computer/Network Support Technician at MSAD54 (local school district).  I’m loving my new job, it’s been crazy busy but good.  And things here on the homestead have also been crazy busy.

Amidst the busyness, I’ve managed to cobble together my first friction folder.  I modified a stainless blade from a broken pocket knife ($5 Marden’s special 6 years ago) and worked it into a functioning tiny friction folder with a huge tang.  All parts were “junk” that were laying around from various broken things.  The wood for the chassis was an end of a window slat that I shaped by hand.  This knife was brought on by my current fascination with the Svord Peasant knives.

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It measures 4.6″ closed due to the giant tang sticking out the rear.

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The screw in the middle is the “stop” screw that keeps the blade from pivoting too far through the chassis.

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With only a 1.5″ blade, this knife is small. It measures just 4.4″ open. Of note, it is longer closed than open due to it’s long tang. This same tang is what keeps the knife from closing on you while in use. The stronger your grip, the less likely the blade can close on you.

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Brick Church Concerts – Native Oak

Native Oak will be playing on June 28th at 7pm as part of the 2014 Brick Church concert series.  Tickets are $10 at the door, children under 5 are free.  All are welcome.  Proceeds benefit the Church general fund.

** All Brick Church concerts are performed at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon Congregational Church UCC in New Sharon, Maine.

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Typo

“This formula contains a bitter ant to help discourage inhalant abuse and is non-flammable.”

I read this on an ad for a 6pk of compressed air.  Not sure what the disgruntled anthropod will do if you abuse the can though.

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Fine

As my good friend Josh Turner puts it, “everything is fine.” In fact, everything is more than fine. I couldn’t ask for much more out of life than what has been given to me.  I’m just feeling really good about being me.

On a side note, I have realized that this is fairly ironically posted right above a poem I wrote about things not being so great. My poetry, as with all art, should be taken as words that don’t necessarily relate to my own real life, but to things I’ve noticed around me or sometimes complete fiction.

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Tomorrows

A brighter day will come,
A brighter day will be.
It is not now for most,
It is not now for me.

My time has come,
My mood has gone sour.
It won’t be long though,
For cometh the next hour.

As time passes by,
One realizes there is no reason.
But reason or no,
There will be a new season.

The next day comes,
A bright sun above.
The same sun in science,
A new sun in love.

A fresh catalyst appears.
Motivated and peppy,
This will be all of us,
Grinning, laughing, and happy.

- Joseph Raymond 2014

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Brick Church Concerts – Tricky Britches

Tricky Britches will be playing on May 17th at 7pm as part of the 2014 Brick Church concert series.  Tickets are $10 at the door, children under 5 are free.  All are welcome.  Proceeds benefit the Church general fund.

** All Brick Church concerts are performed at 21 Cape Cod Hill Road, New Sharon Congregational Church UCC in New Sharon, Maine.

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New guitar strap and new guitar stand

I’ve been on the look-out for a new strap for my tele.  Well, I’ve found one.  It’s made here in the USA and it’s made from old car seatbelts.  Thank you Couch for making such a killer strap.  It was pretty affordable as well at just $22.

The same day this came in, a package from my brother came in.  It was my birthday gift – a model CC37 String Swing guitar stand.  All metal, all awesome, all made in the USA.  Also inexpensive at only $24.99.

Both of these items are built to last and will probably be around until I am at least of retirement age.

My Telecaster sitting in it's new String Swing stand and wearing it's new Couch guitar strap.

My Telecaster sitting in it’s new String Swing stand and wearing it’s new Couch guitar strap.

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Plumbing upgrade

We needed to shut off the upstairs hot water and found that we could only slow it down…the crappy plastic valve that came with the house had worn out.  So I went out to the hardware store and purchased the necessary supplies to convert to a copper ball valve – the way it should have been put in to begin with.  All is well with the world now and I feel much better.  I also feel safer since the boiler is directly under where that plastic valve had been, just didn’t seem like a great idea.

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This is the old CPVC gate valve, which not only would not close all the way anymore, but was also just a hazard waiting to happen. That valve is about 24″ above the boiler’s exhaust pipe.

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Here is the new copper ball valve, 1/4 turn goodness. I extended the copper so that there is no more CPVC above the boiler exhaust. All joints are soldered except of course the CPVC end of the union which is glued.

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