Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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Some Halloween stuff I saw today.
PianoDisc recently had a big fire at their warehouse. Here Jerry Reiersen, one of their technicians, pretends to tune a burned-up piano.

Monday, October 30, 2006

My customer's daughter did this lovely wall in his otherwise conservative house. I don't know how old she is. Posted by Picasa
This is from the wall of the Russian church where I tuned today. I assume it is Matthew 13:39— The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The proverbial brain in a jar. Posted by Picasa
My customer's daughter has this wonderful poster on the door to her room. Posted by Picasa
Two palm trees used to stand at the entrance to the Palms Playhouse in Davis (now in Winters). Developers forced them out; when the new streets and homes came, they moved the trees to stand on opposite street corners. Today I noticed that one of the trees had died. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I was alone in this school gym with the scoreboard controls so I could have scored an entire fantasy game. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Zach's Halloween costume is a "Jack in the box." Posted by Picasa
It's a tradition at Espresso Metro to fill up the tip jar with water on Sundays. Posted by Picasa
The keyboard 1 book for Sweet Charity. The show opens here on November 1. Posted by Picasa
The new owners of Espresso Metro's building are doing a lot of remodeling, including these new tiles on the pillars. They are controversial. I think it's a huge improvement, but many of the regulars don't like it, and others are afraid that all this work means that the coffeehouse is on the way out. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 21, 2006


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Last night the Peace Corps group ate a new Salvadorean/Mexican restaurant, Tacuba, at 5452 Auburn. It's a foodie's dream: a hole-in-the-wall with great food.

Friday, October 20, 2006

A collection of trinkets in a customer's glass-topped coffee table. Posted by Picasa

Draftsman's studio

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My customer today does renderings for developers and architects. I love the way his studio is organized. Click on the image to see all the photos.
He also leads groups that go into Communist countries and distribute Bibles. One of the photos in the web album shows a table covered with memorabilia from his trips to Vietnam and Cuba.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dan Dannenfelser, a fellow technician (in fact, president of our local chapter), declared that I have the most organized toolbox in town. Posted by Picasa
I tuned the piano of the fine composer and reed player Grant Reeves today. He also is quite design-y... he makes all his own posters and CD packages, which are quite nice. His whole house looks like a Sunset magazine spread and look how he drapes scarves over his saxaphones, "to keep the dust off." Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 16, 2006

Some impressive marquetry on the floor of a customer's house. Posted by Picasa
The Oak Park Library on the McGeorge campus, just over the bridge from Curtis Park. Posted by Picasa

Italianate villa

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I tuned in an incredibly lavish, yet tasteful house today.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Did you know that you could get M & M's with custom messages on them? Of course you didn't. Posted by Picasa

Elaine and Donna play Oktoberfest

Polka the eye with a sharp schtick.

Oktoberfest at Little Prague

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I went to Little Prague in Davis to see Donna Pool (tuba) and Elaine Lord (accordion) play. There was a $15 charge for the (truly awful) buffet, with the (excellent) beer extra. I had never really heard Elaine play accordion before, and she did it masterfully. The drummer looked as if he'd rather be anywhere else.
Now I've seen Oktoberfest, so I never have to again.
When someone asked what time it was, I realized that I didn't have my cell phone, and that I had dropped it on the walk over to the restaurant. I thought I'd lost it forever; but today a nice person called to say that she'd found it, and I drove over there to retrieve it. There are still so many good people in the world.

An amazing video from the New York Times

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