Wednesday, September 05, 2012
La, la, la la, la.......
Happy happy joy joy!
I usually do not get this giddy, but...
I am approaching my 2nd anniversary of maintenance. How am I doing? A few pounds up, but still well within normal BMI and clothes fit fine. Working on losing the few pounds, but not hysterical about it.
So, for me this is big reward time! And I am shopping for a nylon crossover. All opinions about guitars in the blog are mine, no endorsements or money or guitars have changed hands!
Tech stuff: a nylon crossover is a nylon string guitar, It can have the same dimensions as a regular classic, or they can be different (narrower neck, longer fretboard). It does have a cutaway, onboard electronics, and pegs you can use to attach a strap. These guitars have been designed for steel players who want to experiment with nylon, but also suit nylon players who want the capacity of amplification (and the ability to stand up and play). For me, I am looking for a accompaniment guitar.
I have played 5 models, three Taylors and 2 Yamahas. Apologies to Chris (PUDDLECRAZY) but the Taylors do not cut it for me. Even the very expensive one I tried. The sound was wrong for me. Wise salesperson (about 18 years old with a mohawk haircut) said Taylor is best at steel string guitars.
Now, the Yamahas. The lest expensive was tantamount to a piece of you know what. But a model a few steps up, now..... it has the same dimensions as a regular classic, which means that wide 2 inch fretboard. but, you know, my left hand fingers have fretboard memory and are used to a fretboard that size. When I tried a guitar with a narrower neck, I missed the mark a lot. Just a bit difficult to do that 6th string 1st string stretch with my ring finger and pinky, but hey, after I am warmed up, I can do it--usually.
It has the cutaway, and the electronics, and the strap pegs. And, because it has standard classic depth (more tech stuff) it can produce that deep Yamaha bass. Its' trebles are also quite sweet!
And, for a relatively inexpensive guitar (less that $1,500) it is solid wood, no laminate.
Fit and finish were excellent, what you expect from Yamaha, and it had a very unusual sound hole inlay treatment, kind of modern art. And it comes with a case, so no extra expense there.
I have one more store to go to which will also have these brands. There is a third brand, but running my thumb across the open strings was enough for me to say no way!
Will probably hit the second store on Friday.
Friday, August 31, 2012
I was at the fracture clinic yesterday, last time for this go around.
I am "putting down a lot of new bone" according to the surgeon. This is good, and especially good considering my age and worries about arthritis in older ladies.
There is still a lot of soft tissue damage, and I will have discomfort for a while yet. For me, as long as I know the bone part is okay, I just motor through the rest. So, I am back in regular work shoes instead of lace ups. Now, don't think flip flops, I wear a sturdier shoe than that!
And, in case I forgot to mention, the bunion and hammertoe are gone, and the toenail is growing back. I have a normal foot!
Other stuff; the very difficult project I was working on is almost done. I had to be creative on demand, it caused a lot of anxiety for sure.
I am pretty quickly building up to my fitness levels. Full duration on the treadmill, and up to 2.5 mph. I was at 3.6 before the surgery. Also need to add the incline intervals. Should be up to speed in a month or so.
And, this is the best. Starting tomorrow, I wi.ll be retiring in exactly one year. September 1 is the last September 1 I will be employed, at least in this job. Life of meaningful activity as a retired person, here I come. Whoo-hoo!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Here is an almost bottomless source of free (public domain) books i have just come upon.
I have been listening to them for years, first on cassette tapes and then cd's from the library; then downloaded from Lit2go from iTunes U; and now librevox.
Librevox is a source of free audiobooks read by amateurs, I do find the quality kind of varied, but it is free. These are not going to be best sellers; they are public domain, out of copyright, and there are old familiar classics plus a lot of obscure and interesting stuff. I just finished one that consisted of the letters of a pioneer woman in Wyoming in the early 1900's.
So, you need an iPhone or iTouch, probably there is an app for android too. Download the app Audiobooks, there is a free version and an upgraded version that costs 99 cents. You will have a choice of free books or ones that cost, make your selection, download or stream, and there you go.
If you want to volunteer and read for librevox, you can go to the website.
Knowing me, I am probably the last person to find this resource, but hey, I wanted to share it. I find these audiobooks a great way to pass the time and learn something while driving, or housecleaning, or working out.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
So I'll write a blog.
I have come to pleasantly anticipate reading the regular blogs of some of my Sparkfriends, so I thought it is important that I reciprocate!
Monday at the supermarket.
I am in the checkout line.
It is extra long for some reason.
My first day back at work, I am tired and my foot hurts.
A pleasant looking older lady got in line behind me. She was carrying her groceries in a reusable shopping bag. At least I had paid the deposit and had a shopping cart to lean on.
She answered her phone, and had a clear, bell-like voice. I was not eavesdropping, but I heard "leukemia," and then I heard "heart," and then "guarded condition."
And I had one of those moments when I realized my troubles were minuscule, microscopic, sub-atomic in size.
S I tapped her on the arm and offered that she could go in front of me. At first she said no, then she said yes, and she said to me she would pay this favor forward.
That's the story. No big deal for me, and maybe her day was made a bit easier. I hope so.
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