Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mid April

Halfway through the month - unbelievable.  These days in some regard seem to drag on.  The sleepless nights (Shelly + Wally) and the crying is growing old, but I fear there are a few more months of unsettled life. Wally fights and fights every step of the way.

We all had a terrific Easter weekend.  Lighthouse Street was opened up and the Johnston's came over and we were more than able to accommodate, space and feed the bunch.  It wouldn't have been possible on Quebec Street  - well not as possible.  Nothing is impossible I suppose.  There was maximum food and drink, and minimum squawking and complaining.

It was good having a huge breakfast scoff with the Beasley's and Coup's too on Easter weekend.  We got Molly this V-Tec kids digital camera.  We got it at a scratch and dent type store for $12 or something.  Well wouldn't you know it was full of pictures from the family who once owned it before it found its way to this liquidation store that we got it from...  And we had a great visit with the Guelph crew of Trista and the donkeys.

Over the past few weeks we have really went to town purging and cleaning up the backyard.  There was quite a lot of waste to get rid of, limbs to trim, trees to pull out or cut, and so on.  I explained to my neighbour that this is just like cutting hair - it will grow back.  But he is in his mid 70s and wasn't so confident of my analogy.  However for me and what I am used to, it will come back.

The motorbike is running fine.  It loves the cold air.  I have gone through a tank of gas anyway so far this year.  Not too much.  I had it in my mind to really give it a go last weekend because I had the time, but I got a bit cold.  Hopefully I will have more than enough warm weather and time coming over the next few months.

At school today we had a guest entertainer/assembly.  A country music talent named Ryan Laird.  He has an anti-bullying message, coupled with fantastic music.  I was asked to bring in my amp and whatnot for him to use.  I don't know exactly what it is called, but it is a Bose, and you can plug your guitar and microphone into it and it is really portable and good.....  We got it as a wedding gift and it really is quite the system.  At any rate I was a bit taken back that I had to bring it to school for this guy to use.  (Well, not exactly - it was just that he requested a system of some sort be available for him to have his sound travel through....)  He had a custom Cithara guitar [$3k ? at least..], he has professional videos, he was found/or has worked with Taylor Swift by the sounds of it, he has toured with serious country musicians, obviously has management and an agent representation, and the like....  So, ya, I figure an amp and microphone plug in thingy would be the least of his concerns...  To make this long story short he used my system = Well I'll tell you, sound has never ever been so clear out of that thing until he put it to use.  Now I am not saying it was cool that he used my gear, but it sort of was.  And it really does sound awesome.  It filled the entire gymnasium - and clearly.

2 of these 3 boys bought us the sound system - Thanks AJ and Lyndon..

And to finish the story - Ryan is an amazingly talented musician...  The message was well received by the students...  The assembly was great....  He is a songwriter and a musician....  I got chit-chatting with him and he was very nice....  That's it.  Oh, and also his guitar slipped out of its strap, fell to the ground, and broke the patch cord/cable end (the steel part which goes) to the amp = Roady Drew was to the rescue and I let him use mine!  To think what would have happened today if it wasn't for my equipment and me....  It was a good thing I was around.

Again - too much time in between postings.  A friend who reads this blog just said to me last night that she has checked it out a few times and nothing.  Well nothing new.  So Amy - thanks for reminding me and I will do a bit better.  *Tell Jeff that I really want to go see the new Mad Max too.....

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