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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I made a wooden guitar stand!

After not finding what I wanted in my local area (a guitar stand made of sustainable materials, made in the USA), I decided to build one myself.  I used 1″x 3″ pine boards and maple dowels along with some elmers glue.  It works well for both my Telecaster and acoustic.  The acoustic slid around a bit, so after the photo shoot I did end up using a bit of neoprene on the tops of the “feet” where the guitar sets for extra grip…not sustainable, but neither is my guitar falling.  For reference, the “feet” are about a foot long.

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Here are all the pieces, right before I got ready to glue them together.

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Here is what it looks like from the front. The pegs at the front to hold the guitar protrude about 2″ in height.

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Side view of the stand, notice the roughly 10 degree backwards slant.

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Here is the stand holding my Squire Affinity Telecaster.

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Side shot, still holding my Tele.

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The Toyota acoustic fits just fine as well.

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Notice how much more vertical the acoustic is in this stand. This is due to the extra depth of the instrument. It is perfectly stable though.

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My Tele in the stand, plugged in and ready to rock.

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All picked up, this is where the stand lives while not in use.

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Nothing better

I was playing with our son last night and wandering out behind our house in the backyard.  He was investigating everything and noticed my brother’s old 1974 Polaris Colt.  The first thing he said was “space ship!”  That just made my day.

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Brick Church Concerts – Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips will be playing on April 19th 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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