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March 5, 2014 rogue
It is that time of the year. The Rogue is here.
My days (at rogue time) begin with Rogue performers converging for salon. Some old friends some new. Between 8 AM and noon… and sometimes even after that… they saunter in and float out. Over coffee (which I supply) and pastries and such (that others supply) there is conversation and exchanges over topics a many. Some serious, some fun… and all (mostly) engaging.
Kurt Fitzpatrick is co-host simply because he is housed here for the duration of the fest. He has been for the last three or four years. He “drowns the frog” along with the rest. On occasion champagne appears at the salon and he takes it in like a rock star supermodel. (see pic on top.)
The first w...Read More
February 12, 2014 bits and pieces
… not that you were looking for it but you’re thankful that you did.
Yesterday was a bit of a frustrating one. I was deep in the “nerd pit” trying to troubleshoot an issue with a new install of some updated software. It wasn’t a life or death issue but one that would create more convenience. Ironic considering it took a whole day… without a definitive solution.
Then I wake up this morning and (bing!) figure out a work-around. Sure, we all know this kind of thing happens all the time. Walk away… get some space… and the solution comes. Of course, it is a lot easier than the complicated way you thought it should be done. (Isn’t it always? Myopic vision always attempts to cram too much into one little tube.)
So, now I’m all happy with this current state of affairs...Read More
February 6, 2014 Da Count
Last week I posted a couple I grew up with as status updates on FB. They were fun postings. Several friends of my generation (growing up where I did) got a kick out of them. The rest probably found those both amusing and charming. Others might have found them strange and/or confusing.
Colloquialisms, just like everything, fall in and out of favor and victim to the ever changing zeitgeist. Remember when “bad” meant “good” or “amazing”? You don’t hear much of that anymore. It has since been taken over by “sick” or some other thing. Geography and culture also play a major part in phrases being coined.
Anyway, here are some I grew up with (the first two were featured in FB status updates.) :
Context: Akin to “Bullshit”.
student: I left my homework at home…
BALL CA...Read More
January 30, 2014 bits and pieces
From about 5 AM Facebook lit up with status updates from Californians announcing this event. One would think it was the rapture or some other earth shattering event. But it was just rain.
Even though it is still a mere trickle (as of this writing)… it’s been a long time coming. This has been the driest and warmest Winter I’ve ever experienced here. The lack of precipitation has even prompted the Governor to officially declare the state a drought zone.
The rain has brought smiles of delight. Especially happy are farmers and those in the central valley who have suffered from bad air. I count myself as one of those. Respiration is no fun when you can taste the air… and not in a good way.
It’s supposed to come down (off and on) for the next couple of days but that’s not nearly enough by far f...Read More
No, it’s not a post about music… not in the conventional sense. In a status update yesterday I posted that I spend at least 10 minutes a day listening to the sounds of my neighbourhood. It’s true… I do.
I think I always have. This was probably inspired by my Dad. During the times when he was bed ridden he could describe everything happening outside the window. And when it did it almost seemed like a movie. That was when the idea of life as a symphony was first introduced to me.
It was later in life when I was struck by the notion that every place had it’s own “tune” so to speak. There are variations from day to day. Maybe it is a siren or a lawn mower.
For instance in the mornings where I live I can hear the sounds of various critters...Read More
January 22, 2014 bits and pieces
“Right… we’ve heard that one before, haven’t we?”
Yeah, I sat down and started writing yesterday. I was ambivalent about doing it (as I am every time I have started a project of this sort) but I managed to crank out 5 pages within the first hour. For me that was a sure sign this one might just bloom.
Reading through it (the first five pages) the crackle and pop seems to be there but there is still a ways to go. Still it’s a start, eh? BTW… crackle and pop is essential in the first write in order for me to continue. It’s a condition I absolutely require. (I can be such a demanding bastard.)
Though I did notice a difference this time around… when I began writing, that is. Mostly in my attitude. A squishy voice in my head says, “No big deal… just do the damn thing...Read More