Thursday, October 29, 2009

A big rubber ball

My customer made this completely from scratch using rubber bands from newspapers.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The pit for BAT BOY

Chris Schlagel (I played Hairspray with him) and Erik Daniels (I did Tommy with him) are the keyboardists, and Elaine Lord (World's Greatest Drummer) is on the traps.

Last night at RH Phillips Winery

I played a wedding reception today at the winery famous for its Toasted Head label with the rearing bear on it. The winery, I learned, is going out of business and this was their very last event.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bat Boy at CSUS

I fixed the programming for the keyboards at Sac State today.
Isn't this a great poster?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The chosen ones

This cartoon got over 4,000 hits today.

The return of head shops

Positioning themselves for the coming legalization of marijuana.
When I first moved to Sacramento, the Tower chain actually had a store, Tower Posters, that was partly a head shop.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Antonio and a girlfriend

I visited Matias Bombal for the first time since the death of his father Antonio, who was my tuning teacher. We looked through many of Antonio's old pictures, including this one of him and an old girlfriend.
If you have Facebook, you can see a whole lot of the photos here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

While at Cache Creek Casino....

...tuning for Lea Salonga, I noticed this truck in the parking lot. It's from Wisconsin and has a Packers logo on it.

At Willie's Burgers, they tie up their tacos with a bow

And it was probably the best chicken taco I've ever eaten.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Loading in for Bat Boy

I brought the synths for Bat Boy to the theatre at Sac State today. The loading zone was full of fallen branches from the previous day's storm. I got out and moved enough of them out of the way so I could park my car there.

Big rain today!

I love driving through flooded streets.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Suddenly there was a spontaneous glissando

This harp once belonged to the principal harpist of the San Francisco Symphony. Later it ended up in the house of my tuning customer. One day while all the family members were in different rooms they heard the harp make a sound and came in to find that the soundboard had popped off on one side. No one plays it, so twenty years later they still haven't fixed it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Musicians waiting for the show to restart

Is the safety curtain safe?

Tonight, with about fifteen minutes left in the show, the safety (fire) curtain came down, seemingly on its own. In the picture, you can see the conductor and assistant conductor talking on the phone with the stage manager. It took twenty minutes to get the show started again.

One of the LEGALLY BLONDE dogs...

Monday, October 05, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Two girls came to see LEGALLY BLONDE...

...dressed like Elle Woods.

More about Legally blonde

Today the other keyboard player loaded the wrong file and so he played the first third of the show with just a piano sound. I never would have noticed. Also, he and the conductor constantly look at their cell phones between songs during the show. I said, "In my day we read NOVELS between songs."