Yup, it’s been a wicked cold one this year. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 we had a low of -24.2F here in Norridgewock, ME. Yeah, that’s wicked cold.
Vaughn and I have a standing father/son time every weekend in the morning playing guitar. Recently he has started to play with me, clicking the button on an old stomp box I made back in college. This morning I decided to try my hand at some Siravo. So I tuned down to drop C, cranked the overdrive to 11 on my little K-20X, flipped down to my bridge pickup on the tele, and did my best to keep up. Vaughn was impressed, quickly telling me that it “sounds like rock ‘n roll, daddy!” That made me smile.
I did quickly learn that I need to practice my rock rhythm guitar chops badly and that it is also very unlikely I will fill in for rhythm duty in the Siravo lineup any time soon. But, little mister and I had a blast doing it, and we filled the house with obnoxious guitar noise like I was in high school again. Good times.
Someday I’m going to upgrade my tele, and when I do, it will have these cool Fralin’s on it:
My desk is also my workstation and I need to keep little fingers from my dangerous leaded electronic parts etc, so I gated it off. Using a bit of ingenuity, an old refrigerator shelf, a junk piece of wood, and a small section of brass rod I came up with this locking door:
To open the door requires you to pull the brass rod out (which is flush with the side of the desk on purpose so little fingers can’t do it easily) by first moving it slightly out with your finger via the slot, then lift the door up a half inch, then proceed to open. Closing is a simple reversal of the process.
Our little man, now three years old, is such a good boy. He does take a lot out of you though. For instance, tonight I had to read to him for an hour before he would go to sleep. Even though my voice gets a bit hoarse, it is worth it.
Oh, yesterday he told me, “Daddy has big muscles, Daddy strong!” That made my day
I’ve finished the new site for the Norridgewock Area Chamber of Commerce. I’m pretty happy with it! I even added clickable phone numbers for those of us using smartphones on the web.
Lord, put us together with broken pieces,
So that we will know you.
Lord, build us with a God-shaped keystone,
So that we require You in us.
Lord, make us cry both when we are happy and when we are sad.
Tremble with fear,
Burst with joy,
Crumble with despair,
Stand tall with pride,
So that we know we are human.
Lord, make us imperfect, as I long to be.
– Joseph Raymond 2014
2005: “Angels (Isaacs) We Have Heard On High” – Isaac Raymond
2006: “A Maine Christmas Song” – The Raymond Brothers
2006: “A Maine Christmas Song – Banter Track” – The Raymond Brothers
2007: “Little Drummer Boy” – The Raymond Brothers
2008: “Silent Night” – Joseph Raymond
2010: “Joy To The World” – The Raymond Brothers
2011: “What’s This? (Baby Version)” – Joseph Raymond
Yup, I got hacked. I suppose it was bound to happen at some point – can’t be perfect you know! But, I tracked it down eventually. Someone managed to get some cron jobs onto my web hosting account and were adding malicious files into certain directories every hour on the hour. They’re gone now, but man, that was a pain to figure out! Thanks Yahoo! Search for finding this post that tipped me off to check.
I’ve always wanted a barlow style knife, but haven’t found a single blade, Made in USA barlow that I’m happy with. That is, until I came across the Bear and Son “One Arm Bandit.” It is their model number 2181RAZR for the rosewood handle one (actually laminated ash dyed the color of rosewood, from Vermont). The whole unit is 100% made in the USA and of very sturdy construction. The design is based upon barlow knifes that amputee soldiers would modify with a hook so they could open it using one arm and lever it on their shoe or other objects around them. It works great!
This particular model also has a detent at 90 degrees so you can one hand close it without it cutting your fingers. I purchased mine from KnifeCenter.com and got a really good deal on it, plus they accept PayPal which is always a plus for me.