Sky Guy

Last month my Dad celebrated his 70th birthday.

He's been fascinated by these "sky dancer" things so we rented one for his party.

He can do a pretty good imitation of one.

It was pretty loud, but it was easy to set up and use. Thanks to the folks at Monster Party Rentals for making everything easy for me.


Les Paul 1915-2009

That's a pretty good run. Obit HERE.

Les DID A LOT to make music what it is today. Thanks Les.

I'm off to listen to some Couch Flambeau.



Out With the Old!

... and in with the not quite as old!

My Sharp Carrousel II from 1992 died this weekend. It would no longer heat my half 'n' half to froth up for my coffee. I did some testing with a cup of water... it was done. I guess the magnetron finally gave up.

Sad day. :(

A short trip to the basement later... presenting my wife's Sharp Carousel from 1994.

It's a bit smaller and we can't pile as much stuff on it as we could the old one. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Probably good.

Hopefully it will hold in there for a little while. I've been thinking about a combination microwave/convection oven anyway... something like the Sharp R-820JS. If anyone has any suggestions let me know.


DTV for Cheap!

Look! I've got digital television. I'm high-tech.

I have a Zenith digital to analog converter I got for my grandmother with my government DTV handout a year or so back. . She has cable now so the converter box ended up back here. Unfortunately the remote control for it disappeared somewhere in the great city of Huntsvegas. You can't get to the setup stuff without the remote.

Luckily my mother-in-law gave me Emerson remote control that's bigger than my head for a 40th birthday present. It seems that the converter box uses the same control codes as some satellite converter box. Woohoo! I'm in business.

Add that to my $6 B&W TV I got from Office Depot (or maybe Staples) a few years back, dig up some rabbit ears and a bow-tie antenna, and I've got a better picture than this TV has ever had in its dreams (unless B&W TV's dream in color).

I'm going back to watching NASCAR on cable now.

Mabel Appreciation

I tried to send this from the park (twice) this morning but it never came through.

Looks like Mabel got a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of Georgia since I was here last. I'll get a better picture when she's here and I bring a real camera.

Now if the park would clean things up a bit.

Foggy Mountain

Not broken though...