Fun with my family

I’ve got some good news… I am looking at publishing the new site much sooner than previously anticipated. I got some new script that I want to add to the site, and I have pictures that will be scanned and ready soon.

I spent the past weekend in Milwaukee helping friends and family out. I drove into town during the afternoon on Friday and headed to Uncle Bob’s Music Center with my buddy Mike (who is also my greatest guitar inspiration right now). He was looking at trading in his old ’83 US-made Fender Stratocaster for something different. On Saturday, we returned to trade in his old guitar for two nice pieces that were worthwhile: a 2002 US-made Fender Stratocaster (which looks similar to mine) and a Chinese-built Jay Turser Telecaster-style guitar. The Turser is unique, because there’s very little known about it, it’s super-light, it’s Chinese-made, it has no serial number or documentation, but it sounds and plays f*#%ing awesome. Even upon close inspection, Mike found absolutely no flaws in either craftsmanship or finish. When he plugged it in, it blew both of us away. I even tried it out. For a cheap guitar, the thing’s pretty ballsy.

While we were there on Saturday, I discovered a sweet Guild Starfire IV semi-hollowbody electric guitar. My fingers played it as if they had found their ideal partner… it was f*#&%ing scary, as if something was suddenly unleashed within me. But I know that I can’t afford to buy another guitar right now, and Guild guitars are not cheap. We’ll see what happens in two or three years, though.

Saturday night was fun. Karen and her family stopped by my mom’s house (where I stay when I’m in Milwaukee). Karen picked up my guitar (which I brought into town to show off and to practice) and started playing it (not well, I might add). She was trying to sing Helter Skelter when I grabbed it from her and demonstrated how the song is really played. For about an hour after that, I played, and she sang along to several Beatles tunes. She even tried Enter Sandman (Metallica, naturally). It was really fun.

Madeline celebrated her second birthday on Sunday, so I spent the afternoon celebrating it with my family and friends. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and close friends even brought their new son. Madeline got so many wonderful gifts, including a little tricycle that needed assembly (and guess who had the pleasure of bringing joy to his niece’s eyes when the trike was fully assembled?).

The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty busy for me, but I plan on preparing my web page for publication soon. No music yet, but lots of new pictures, and I still think the format is awesome.

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My new Strat

Has it been over a month since I last wrote? Given what I’ve been going through, I’m not surprised. I’ve been very busy. First, I’ve spent some weekends in the office to get some work done. Add to that my weekend job (Saturdays only for a month), and spending some time in Milwaukee. On the plus side, I found time to pay off my car and to buy a new Fender Stratocaster.

The new Strat is really nice. It’s a Double-Fat Strat, which means it has two double-coil (or humbucker) pick-ups (the magnetic devices that pick up the sound from the strings and send it to the amplifier), a really sweet sienna sunburst finish (which makes it look almost vintage), and a rosewood neck (I think they’re just easier to play). Playing it through the Mesa-Boogie amp I bought in May brings shivers to my spine… it’s that awesome! I still have my old Vester, and I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. I plan on posting pics of my guitars on the new site.

Speaking of the new site, I am debating if I’ll post it after I get the new desk installed. I don’t expect to finish it until November, so it may be a while. On the other hand, I may publish what I’ve got now and improve upon it as time goes on. I still have to determine what I’m going to do with the home page, so it may be a little while. I have tons of pictures to show here, but rather than having to “re-invent the wheel,” I’ve decided to publish them with the new site. If so, then I’m thinking closer to September… I’ll keep you posted.

Besides working and, well, working, not much has been going on. Stay tuned for more information.