Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The national pastime

I was in the customer lounge at the Jiffy Lube, watching a baseball game on the television. The batter hit a long ball down the third base line; the left fielder scooped it up and made a tremendous throw to catch the batter at second. "Great play!" I said. The young man at the register looked at me with incredulity. "You think baseball is exciting?"
I replied, "Yeah. About every fifteen minutes there is five seconds of excitement."

Old music played by young kids for old people

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The Pleasant Grove High jazz band playing at the Elks Lodge No. 6. I later complimented the pianist on his playing and how he had memorized all the arrangements. He confessed that he didn't read music.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My former teacher


Back in 1984-86, I studied piano work with Del Fandrich. He was a fine rebuilder trying to become a piano designer. Recently, he spent four months in China and Korea redesigning the entire line of Young Chang pianos. He's a legend!
I saw him today at a seminar he was giving in town. People came from Seattle and San Jose to see it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Someone parked a fridge in my favorite spot


I hate when that happens.

Martha Stewart's taco.


If you go to the Willie's Burgers on Arden, you are discerning fellow who likes his tacos tied up with a bow. However, if you go to the Willie's Burger off Broadway, you are a grease junkie with no self-respect.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Makes your pens fascinating and incomprehensible


Many people glue things to their pens to keep others from stealing them. This person attached the characters from Lost. But wouldn't that make people want to steal them more?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My customer has a signed photo of Floyd Cramer


Who, you say? He's only the greatest country piano player of all time.
He's a giant who has influenced practically every professional pianist.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Another bird in wreath

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For the third straight year, birds are nesting in the wreath on our front door.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

If I were a skateboarder...


...I'd want to ride these ramps at the UC Davis Medical Center. (Also the perfect place to get a skateboarding-related injury treated.)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Missed photo


I drove an hour and a half to tune a piano in Grizzly Flats, CA (post office is only business in town). On the way back, I missed the chance to photograph a hand-lettered sign that said: NOT MY COWS.

Monday, March 01, 2010