Twittering, Work, and a General Catch up.

I think the last time I was really regular about keeping a blog was Scotland.  Before that it was the long stint I spent while on crutches (and being Daclaren’s blog buddy, though she far outclasses me!).  Now, I’m so sorry I have to sneak everyone in.

My “tweets” should be appearing on my blog — so if you are ever curious, don’t feel bound by the dates I post, I’m pretty good about getting some kind of 140 character message in, even if it’s to tell Brent Spiner I find his posts amusing, or to try and pimp the Gorn Cannon idea to mythbusters.    I know, according to all the world I’m lame for microblogging, and that’s really just fine with me.

Work has been going nuts, which in my field of work is rather expected.  Duane’s advice to me rings in my head — “You’ll never get a job because things are running smooth.”  And that’s fine.

On the home front, the dogs are doing well.  Darren got my clarinet restored completely, and I got him a banjo.  I’ve decided to follow in Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman’s footsteps, and to learn swing.  To that end, I am ditching the Pomarico Crystal Emerald mouthpiece for a vintage mouthpiece that is ACTUALLY made by the master who also, you got it, helped Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw with such issues.  Of course, the mouthpiece will get here before the reeds, but HEY.  It’s something.

Along those musical lines are two other purchases:  A Didgeridoo, and an Autoharp.  Maybe we can play the Autoclub on the Autoharp!

Interestingly enough ,swing was music that was discouraged by three main people in my life — My clarinet teacher (“You’re so talented at your Mozart”), my band teacher (“Clarinets have no place in jazz band!”), and my grandmother (“go play your Mozart!”).  

So, now I’m going to play my instrument my way!  YAY!

So, some good things to note:

Manny runs a great music shop here in LA to restore instruments:

1507 N Gardner St
Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 876-9662
JunkDude is an AWESOME place to buy COOL music instrument accoutrement, and their customer service is unbeatable.  I can’t wait to play my mouthpiece!  
My Twitter, in case you were wondering.
Back to work with me, dear reader!  Notice you are now singular — I do have blog stats 😉 
Just kidding.  I’ve got at least two in my fold!

3 thoughts on “Twittering, Work, and a General Catch up.

  1. More than two, I’m sure.

    I don’t “get” Twitter, so I really don’t use my account much. I’m afraid to give them my cell # because I don’t want spam (meaning unsolicited ads, not tweets…heh), so it sort of defeats the purpose. I’m afraid to give it to Facebook, too, though I’d love to text updates to FB.

    ”Clarinets have no place in jazz band!” – sounds exactly like something she’d say. I have lots of fond memories of band, but not any of her. All of that was clouded by the fact that she put me in a position where I felt like the best way I could stand up for “my” section was by quitting – showed how strongly I felt about the whole thing.

    Thanks for the comments! We have a whole hillside full of the periwinkle. Commenting about the photos reminds me…how are you liking your camera? I’d like to go to a DSLR, but I think I’d miss too much about a prosumer cam. I like being able to switch almost instantly between regular, macro, and super-macro modes, and I love having video mode (with a dedicated video button and stereo sound). I would rather have SLR-quality photos, though. Ugh…agonizing decisions. 😉

    • You can actually really control what twitter sends to your phone. I guess I love that sort of thing since a blackberry is much more conducive to twitter than to a blog, but I’ve been known to write quite a bit on those little things. And Facebook I’ve found is also very trustworthy, and handy using the updates. They don’t spam that I’ve seen, but that’s just my experience (and I’m a psycho about controlling such things).

      As for HER I completely understand. I still don’t get how clarinets aren’t jazzy. WTF. And yeah, she wasn’t very nice to at’all.

      A HILLSIDE of periwinkle? AWESOME!

      My camera — I’m loving it, but it’s not as portable as I’d like. I should get a prosumer for when I don’t feel like carrying it (video is a plus, since I don’t want to drop a grand on a SLR that will do that). I can switch pretty rapidly between modes, and the lenses are easy to take on and off, but again, you’re carrying a huge bag with a lot of stuffage. The photo qualities are amazing — some of those I have posted on picasa you can zoom into individual hairs on Cesar’s face. They are beautiful pictures, and being able to see the pic as I take it is awesome. Beware of those that have the live view — it takes a long time. If you want to talk to someone who has a Canon, or at least I can get a review from, my stepdaughter Ana is the proud owner of the Canon series SLR.

      I love it, but it’s a downer to take places, and you really have to be fully invested in the pictures.

      But yeah, my god, they are NICE pictures. I’ll take more this weekend to show some of what it can do, and make sure I publish the stats on the lenses, etc. I find that the two I have more than suit my purposes (but I drool over the idea of a telephoto lens!).

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