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08/03/2017  Went to the TreePeople Park again today, partially hoping to see if Gene would be there too. He wasn't. I got a schedule for the upcoming shows at the amphitheater. Looked up dongles online and I found one and bought it, supposedly with a 3 year protection plan (I wrote it in my notes but I don't remember getting any paperwork for it). It will be here on Saturday. Made a batch of chocolate ice cream batter without Belgium

08/02/2017  Wednesday; is here and it's time for Facebook Live! Because it's so humid, I wore a blue striped pullover shirt and shorts. I know I performed "Counting Stars" by One Republic, but I didn't review this video to get the full setlist. I'm going to come back to this issue some day since I now have a list of all the sets I did, and the songs, and where the data is lacking. Lucky has an eye appointment today so we stopped at the TreePeople Park. My voice was really strong this morning, and I was singing openly while we walked through the park. I turned around at one point and I saw a guy with a ball cap and a big Husky (Alaskan Malamute) coming toward us. I was a little surprised because I thought we were alone, and he was close enough to have easily heard all my singing. He said about his dog, who he called George, "He's friendly", so Lucky and George bonded for a minute. It was Gene Simmons and he was trying to hide his face with his hat. I commented on how big and beautiful George was, and I was petting him, and Gene looked at Lucky and said, "He's just a snack!". He then pulled George up the stairs and disappeared in the trees. I realized as he was turning to go who he was, and so I started singing again while he was going up the steps. Later I posted on his Facebook page. I had a hair appointment today also, but Cassie cancelled by calling Laurie's phone, which had been left in the car by mistake, and no one knew. Lucky's eye turned out to be completely healed, thank goodness. Jerry's for dinner, brisket for both.

08/01/2017  Cleaned the hummingbird feeder this morning and made a new batch of nectar. The humidity is really high today and it was raining a little. Found out about a utility program called SFC.exe, the System File Checker. I mean, I knew about it before, but I never fucked with it because I didn't have a need to. Just to see what it would do, I ran it on the Win 7 machine and it didn't find anything wrong. On the Win XP machine, it was a different story. I should have run it first with the /verifyonly switch to see what SFC might think is a problem (probably in both cases, although later I learned that Win 7 has different protections than XP. Thanks again Microsoft). In any case, if you do this on Win XP, or anything prior to Vista as far as I can tell, there aren't enough protections on the files, and the stupid program will "refresh" your system with all the OLD files that were there before you had them updated over the years. Needless to say, Winblows Update will now find all the old files as being out-of-date, and you'll have to sit through all the updates again that you had already applied before. Texted Collin about sativa content. Installed the latest version of MAME on Win 7. I don't like it as much as the old one, but it's OK. Had to download some files to get KLAX to work, but I found a new source of ROMs. Installed Cubase AI 8 that I recently upgraded for $10. It requires a Steinberg dongle to run that I have to get on Amazon. Went to look again at the properties on Sunnyslope and Addison.

07/31/2017  Took Lucky for a long walk this morning. Had an email exchange with Rafael. Sun and swim workout with the kids. Posted a photo of the old roller coaster ride "Jumbo Jet" that used to be at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I rode this coaster from a time before we were even tall enough to get on it by standing on the backs of our high-tops. It was awesome. That reminds me of when I rode Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain 11 times in a row without getting off the ride! That day had been very light, and there wasn't anyone in the queue each time the train came back to the station. My ex-brother-in-law Jason rode it with me, but could only take 6 times before he had to get off the ride. There were plenty of witnesses. I told the operators to just keep it going until the park closed, which was like in a half an hour. The ride duration is listed at 3 minutes, times 11 rides, there you go. After the 11th ride they shut it down, even though I pleaded for one more. It was the single greatest roller coaster event I've ever had, so far. Played through a set and it was excellent. The two girls down the street, Utah and Bailey rode by on their bikes again while I was performing. I call her Utah because she has Utah plates on her car. I met her once but I can't remember her name, I was so surprised that I was talking to her, she's really cute.

07/30/2017  Had to vacate the premises today from 9:45 AM until around noon for Jessifucks parents to come here and lie to the appraisers. Spent the day looking at houses, Laurie likes Sunnyslope. Got a MyPurMist handheld steam inhaler from Bed Bath & Beyond. I used it twice today and I'm breathing much better.

07/29/2017  Fell asleep on the couch last night until 3 AM. Went over the house listings. Did some organizing of the computer. Had a note that said, "deleted [all] Auslogics and and installed Puran Defrag", but I installed Puran on 6/3/2016. This note must be that I finally deleted all the Auslogics programs.

07/28/2017  Took Lucky for his usual morning walk and I met a woman named Karen who had a 20 year old dog. I don't think I ever saw her again. Got one little peek today during my workout with the kids. Laurie is supposed to tell Jessifuck today that the only reason we'll comply with her illegal demands is due to threat of eviction. I don't know if she did. Had a 6 PM house viewing with Rafael Gevorkian, a local realtor that we met in our search. Went to dinner at the Great Greek restaurant in Sherman Oaks. It was fun, there was music and dancing, very nice. I just love the Avgolemono soup, which I discovered when I was in Greece in the early 1980's.

07/27/2017  Took Lucky's "cone of shame" off since his eye's not bothering him anymore. Downloaded Pro Tools First, a free version of Pro Tools for becoming familiar with the interface. It will record up to 16 tracks, but I think it's limited in how much it will do until you send them some money. I got the Volt up to 71 miles and took a picture on my phone. Investigated tenants rights under threat of eviction. I was cooking kabobs for dinner when the power went out. I checked our electrical box, but I didn't see a problem with any of the breakers. I went outside and played an acoustic set in the garage, waiting for the power to come back on. After I finished playing, I noticed that my neighbor Sandy's A/C was running. That's weird, unless the power is down on my side and not hers. Hmmm. I continued cooking the kabobs over the stove, camp fire style, waiting for the power to come back on. I went out front and saw that the boys on the other side of the house had lights on in their garage. Now that's really weird, so I checked the electrical box again. I called the DWP and they asked me to go back out to the electrical box, and, one by one, they had me open and then close every outgoing breaker in the box. I already knew how to do this, and I had already checked for tripped breakers, but they won't continue helping you if you don't do as they ask. So I did. They finally said they would send a technician over to look at the situation. A while later a guy showed up with all the gear. I took him over to the electrical box and he surveyed it for a moment. He then reached up and cycled the mains, and the lights came back on. Dude, was I embarrassed. I checked all the outgoing breakers, but I didn't even think about the ONE incoming breaker, what a dumb ass. I fessed up to it with the DWP guy and Laurie.

07/26/2017  Wednesday; yet again, we get together for Facebook Live tonight! I was wearing an Eagles shirt I got at The Classic West festival and some shorts. I performed the songs "Lucky Boy", "Nobody Home" (small chord mess up), "DMS", "Forgotten In Time" (chord problem), and "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", at least, but this list looks short. Researched memory and video upgrades for the Win 7 computer. I want to double the RAM to 8 GB and install a dedicated video card to reduce the load on the CPU when I'm recording or editing video. For what I need, I've selected the NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 half-height video card. Jessica Canyon (Jessifuck in my notes, the slumlord. I wouldn't touch her with a ten foot pole, that bitch is so cold) has begun harassing us, and threatened to illegally evict us from her house if we don't vacate the property for a day so appraisers from the city of LA can come through, under the false premise that she is living there and not renting it, and inspect it for refinancing purposes. Apparently you can get a financial advantage if it's not being rented. We refused at first, but we're on a month-by-month arrangement after having fulfilled a year lease, and Jessifuck said she would have no problem giving us 30 days notice if we didn't do what she wants. They even tried to bribe us with money. I put more pictures of me and Laurie up around the house, and I wrote our names all over the boxes still packed in the garage so there would be different faces and names from what the appraisers might have, hopefully raising questions. Her parents were completely agreeable to this extortion and are going to be the ones to facilitate it. I hid my video camera on the mantle before we left. They put sheets over some of the furniture to make it look like it was in storage, but the cat and dog food, and water bowls on the floor, all over the house, and litter boxes, will be hard to explain. We asked them about that and they just laughed and said, "We'll just tell them that we brought our pets with us today", in reference to OUR fucking pets you stupid morons!!! They don't even know the animals names, duh! Laurie prevented me from confronting or refusing the situation. The house is at 13417 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423, if anyone looking it up might wonder what they're getting into.

07/25/2017  Made some chocolate ice cream batter. Researched ASIO and Reaper some more. I eventually found a website which described an issue about a Registry Key that is lacking the permissions for Reaper to access, which leads to the ASIO driver not loading. I looked in the Registry and sure enough, no one was allowed access to the key. I added permissions for SYSTEM, Tim, and Admin and it worked. Thank goodness! I can't remember the exact Registry Key, but it can be found online. The Playback device has to be the speakers to hear anything. The Record device has to be the Monitor Mixer to hear the Delta 1010 through the computer speakers. The Record device has to have "Listen To..." check marked to hear it on the computer. That should help. Made spaghetti for dinner.

07/24/2017  Drove Laurie to work to help her sore back out. Stopped at Coldwater Canyon Park again with Lucky. Later I verified the Delta 1010 ASIO driver and found that it was OK in all the apps except for Reaper. I'll have to work on this. Got a quarter pound of Master Yoda. Sun and swim with the kids, all by ourselves.

07/23/2017  As an experiment, I inserted a spare SATA PCIe card into the Win 7 machine to see if it would be recognized, and it was. I then shutdown and swapped the SATA card for the PCIe to PCI converter card, and this time it was recognized also. Now the sound card showed up in the Device Manager and the Control Panel. Excellent. I need to install all my music software now starting with Reaper. ASIO vs. WASAPI, need to do some research (ASIO is best).

07/22/2017  Laurie is feeling better today. I looked up more info on the Delta 1010 sound card to see if there was something that I was missing trying to get it to work. Checked all the voltages in the external box I just got done building and everything was fine (big surprise, NOT). Had dinner from Maria's Kitchen and it was good.

07/21/2017  Took Lucky to see the doctor about his eye. It's still scratched so he has to continue wearing the "cone of shame".

07/19/2017  Wednesday; time for Facebook Live again tonight! I didn't record what I was wearing, but I played an acoustic set in the living room with the TV playing a video of Yellowstone Park in the background. Some of the songs I played are "Lucky Boy", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. Laurie had back spasms and couldn't make it to work today. I went to work on the Delta 1010, but its power was off while I tried to load it and the system didn't find it, duh! Shutdown and restarted the computer and I checked the BIOS settings. I still haven't got the Win 7 system to recognize the PCIe to PCI expansion card and the Delta 1010 sound card.

07/18/2017  Today I have decided to move up in the world a little by swapping my two computers. I've been using the Win XP machine for a long time as my primary system. But more and more, as time goes on, it's harder to find software that will run on it. More precisely, the newest software won't run on Win XP. You can still get plenty of old software that will run, but it's old. Now it's time to start using the Win 7 machine instead. I use this system already for lot's of stuff, like video editing mostly, and running BOINC, but now I have to use it full time. I cleaned as I went, and moved the system towers and auxiliary equipment. It all went well, and the only issue I had was that the sound card was not recognized when I first booted up. I didn't get it working today. I'm calling this Win 7 Day. Ordered pizza for dinner, nice.

07/17/2017  Sun and swim with Tully and Lucky and our peeker. Played through a set. Two days at Dodger Stadium really messed up my respiratory system, but it cleared up after a while.

07/16/2017  Attended The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium, day two. Earth, Wind & Fire, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac.

07/15/2017  Attended The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium, day one. The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and the Eagles. Loge 162, A-3/4, sweet!

07/14/2017  Ants were in the hummingbird feeder this morning. I have to use ant spray on the pole holding up the feeder every now and then or they'll drain the damn thing. Modified the old power supply case to fit the PCIe to PCI converter. I had to cut out a rectangular portion on one end of the case where the bracket of the converter PCIe card would normally fasten to (this converter has two slots, so I had to make the opening wide enough for two cards to be installed). Eventually I got it all to fit nicely in the box. I should post some pictures. Me and the kids played in the sun with our guest. Storage Wars was at The Best Little Cat House in Burbank with some cat equipment they found. That's the place that overdosed Tully when she stayed there, I would steer clear.

07/13/2017  Downloaded the sheet music, or should I say the "tabs", for the song "Driftwood" I was looking for the other day from Ultimate Guitar Tabs. I played the song through a few times, it's so nice. I used to play this song a lot while I was busking. Updated Spybot and ran it on restart for the Win XP machine due to sluggish response. Later I realized that I had re-enabled Windows Update to check for updates, and I didn't turn it back off. On my version of XP, this causes a continuous 50% drain on the CPU making it sluggish. Microsoft probably does this intentionally just to piss you off and get you to buy a new OS or hardware. I wouldn't be surprised at all. I don't need their stupid updates anyway. Cleaned the entire Win 7 machine, including the desk and everything. The heat radiator was dusty and the fan was working harder than it needed to. There is an open PCIe slot that I want to use for installing the new PCIe to PCI converter I got, so I can migrate my Delta 1010 PCI sound card over to the Win 7 machine. I'm not sure if it will work properly, but I have to try it out and see. I found I could modify an old power supply case to house the card while it was slotted on the converter, and so I started that procedure. I cooked steak with corn-on-the-cob and potato's for dinner.

07/12/2017  Wednesday; I'm ready for another Facebook Live set. Wore my red pullover guitar shirt that I bought at the Walmart in Moses Lake, WA, and some shorts. I don't normally shop at Walmart because they censor what they sell based on their religious delusions, it was just the only place open at the time. Here's the setlist I have in my notes: "Lucky Boy", "DMS", "Forgotten In Time", "10,000 Years", "Childhood's End", and "Tomorrow Through Yesterday" (screwed up a verse). It seems like there should be more songs than that, I'll have to re-verify. The kids and I worked out by ourselves today.

07/11/2017  We had a Lucky doctors appointment today, so we had time to visit Coldwater Canyon Park, across from Beverly Hills Fire Dept. Station #2, Beverly Hills, 90210. I watched Neil deGrasse Tyson interview atheist extraordinaire Seth MacFarlane on  Neil's StarTalk TV show from 1/4/2017. It was really good. Seth personally helped pay for all of Dr. Carl Sagan's papers and memorabilia to be archived at the Library of Congress in The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive. I love you, Seth!

07/10/2017  Rafael Nadal lost a 5-set marathon against Gilles Muller in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Me and the kids worked out and swam in the sun, and someone was watching us. Played through a set, only loaded the main files.

07/09/2017  Looked through my physical sheet music to find "Driftwood" by the Moody Blues, which I used to have a sheet of, but I couldn't find it. The problem is, sometimes the songs were printed from the Internet without being saved to the computer, or they were photocopied from a book (only used for private study, scholarship, or research). I have a collection of songs on my computer that includes 782 files, some of which are duplicates (in different Keys and such, one is a setlist from a get-together back in 2009). Those files are only a portion of the actual sheets I have, and although I've tried over the years to organize the physical sheets completely by artist, they're sometimes grouped in the form of setlist's, or by genre, which makes it harder to find a particular song. One of these days I'm going to have it all organized properly, but until then, I can't find "Driftwood". Played "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band, with Laurie helping out on vocals, and "new chords". I think this is in reference to the fact that I used to play the song in the open position, but started using barre chords instead.

07/08/2017  Sun and swim with Laurie and the kids, Tully and Lucky. Made a batch of vanilla ice cream, churned it later. Went to dinner at the The Bellwether on Ventura Blvd.

07/07/2017  Lucky got sick again last night. Made chocolate ice cream batter and churned it after it set. Me and the kids played in the sun and pool and we got peeked. There were two big transformer explosions today on Beverly Blvd. that knocked out power in West LA and Cedars-Sinai hospital. Laurie had to go to the Command Center because the hospital is on emergency power. Later we found out that all three electrical feeds to the hospital were fried and a major cable has to be dug up and replaced. Wow. Played through a set. Mini meat loaves for dinner with potato's and corn.

07/05/2017  Wednesday; here we go with another Facebook Live session. I was wearing a black button down shirt and shorts, and there were many problems. I played the songs "Lucky Boy", "Only The Strong Survive" by REO Speedwagon (screwed it up), "Nobody Home" (nice!), and "Virtual Reality", and maybe some others too, I'll have to verify the setlist. Twice today the house alarm system started talking in a computer voice that a battery somewhere was low. I tried to find out what was going on, I removed the controller thinking it was a detector. This just made things worse. Every time I opened a door, the alarm went off. The owner gave us a phone number to call, but it was almost useless. Eventually, with a factory preset password, I was able to get the stupid thing to stop alarming and talking. I eventually pulled the power and disconnected the battery so we never had problems with it again. The alarm guy said the system had been active up until about two months ago because the owner didn't ask them to cancel it in writing. Sun and fun, worked out with the kids and had a peeker. The new neighbors across the street where Sue used to live are having some sort of party on their front lawn, with moms, and kids, and a couple of party performers. They're singing songs and sitting in the grass. I think it's a Jewish thing because of some of the chants I heard, I don't know, but they're being really loud. Why they can't do that in their backyard, I have no idea. Came up with a new song title, "Lemonade Soup" (don't ask me, it was written in my notes and I'm just putting it out there. It's probably related to the juicer and the lemons).

07/03/2017  Had to go to the DMV to renew Laurie's handicap placard, and we stopped at Canter's for a pancake breakfast. Back home to sun and swim for the long weekend party. I played through a set, and later we watched the movie "Free State of Jones" starring Matthew McConaughey. It was ok, but it was long. I looked it up and it only made $25 million for a budget of $50 million. That's not too good.

07/02/2017  Needed some weatherproof roofing sealant and some tape sealant. The tape is to condition the wood around the opening and give a flat, stable surface for the sealant between the tape and the skylight. It cost me $35 in materials and five hours of my time. Mind you, this was time spent on a roof, in the sun, by myself, moving around a 6'x4' skylight, and setting it in place without any leaks. Thanks again to the slumlords Jessica Canyon and Bob Guiney for not doing the job correctly the first time, and for screwing us over with no compensation (they've supposedly indicated that the house was rented "as-is" and therefore have refused to fix anything. All the while our hard earned money goes into heating and cooling the entire San Fernando Valley. Fuck you, that's what I say. Fuck you. That address again was 13417 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423, if anyone was curious). Had dinner at Sadaf Restaurant in Encino.

07/01/2017  Start of 4th of July Celebrations. I mention this because in Los Angeles, all of LA, for days leading up to and after the 4th, there are people setting off fireworks like crazy. Most of the noise you hear is probably from illegal fireworks (which can be easily purchased in Nevada) since the legal fireworks are timid and don't do much. You can also see them in the form of mortars and rockets, and it's not like just a few here and there. They're going off all at the same time, all over the city, in every direction, as far as the eye can see. Starting today, it ramps up until the 4th, at which time there is a tremendous roar that comes over the city and doesn't slow down at all until maybe noon on the 5th. I'm not kidding. The noise is incessant, all night long, in every direction, with mortars and rockets simultaneously lighting up the sky. When you wake up in the morning you would think it was over, but it isn't, and it went all night long. It's fucking crazy. My allergies are really bad and the air in the house is unhealthy. Looked into what it will take to fix the stupid skylight.

06/30/2017  Looked up a power supply distributor and found Best Buy on Van Nuys Blvd. only two miles away. That's close enough to walk, so I left at about 10:36 AM and arrived back home at about 12:05 PM, an hour and a half, and I took my time getting the right unit, an EVGA - 80 PLUS 600W ATX 12V/EPS power supply. It's a nice one. Installed the power supply and it works great, it's very quiet. Me and the kids played in the sun today without any guests. I cooked goulash with sweet potato fries and biscuits. It was good.

06/29/2017  Lucky has a doctors appointment this afternoon. The XP computer is down, the power supply is suspect. Cleaned and reassembled the computer and it still wouldn't boot. Looked for a replacement power supply online. I cooked hamburgers for dinner.

06/28/2017  Wednesday; let's get together for Facebook Live! I wore a nice blue nylon pullover shirt and shorts. For warm-up, I played four songs outside in the garage earlier, "Lucky Boy", "I Never Cry", "Nobody Home", and "Counting Stars". For my performance tonight, I played "Lucky Boy", "Counting Stars" (started twice), "I Never Cry" (good), "Forgotten In Time", "The Tully Song", "The Decay", "Virtual Reality", "The Universal Anthem", and "Changing Times". Worked out and swam in the sun with the kids Tully and Lucky, and the peeper.

06/27/2017  Texted George Bacchus, Collin Davis, Craig (from the skate park in Vancouver, WA), and my brother Dale to see if any of them wanted to go with us for the eclipse as we'll have extra room. I already had texted Alex and Marc, but they won't be able to make it. Too bad. It was predicted to be hot again today, I didn't record the temperature.

06/25/2017  Look at it go. It reached 114° F today. Not a record, but it was warm. Searched for house rentals for the eclipse and Laurie booked her return flight. I'm going to take the two days to drive back with Tully and Lucky.

06/24/2017  It reached 106° F today, spent some time around the pool. Made and churned a batch of vanilla ice cream. Had dinner at the Valley Inn on Sherman Oaks Way.

06/22/2017  Watched a film from 1967 called "The Day the Fish Came Out", and, well, it's a weird-ass movie filled with stereotypes and sexism, if not downright misogyny. In my notes I called it "stupid", but I couldn't stop watching.

06/21/2017  Wednesday; another night of Facebook Live. I wore a purple striped pullover shirt and shorts, and my allergies are acting up due to the high humidity and pollen count. Performed the songs "Lucky Boy", "Evangeline", "Time For Me To Fly" by REO Speedwagon (I screwed up a chord), and "Unravel Me", at least. This may not be a complete list since it's rather short. I'll have to update it later when I can verify the setlist. Me and the aminals (sic) played in the sun today and we had a peeker.

06/20/2017  It was already 79° F at 7 AM. I sent a friend request to the Saddle Ranch Fiddlers I met the other day, Michael Sherry and Stephen Perricone. They thanked me for sharing their Facebook page.

06/18/2017  The cable and internet are out, all Spectrum services are unavailable. They wouldn't come back on until after 3 PM this afternoon. I think we should get a rebate for the time we lost, and for the inconvenience. I tried to make pancakes but the batter wouldn't cook properly. I think the mix was too old and it wouldn't set up properly. I threw it all out. Went to Jerry's for breakfast with Alex and Marc. They left for home at about 2 PM (there was no TV or internet!), and I let them take the Yamaha PSR-240 keyboard with them to practice on. The rest of us went and played in the pool.

06/17/2017  Went to the Blue Dog with the boys and Lucky for brunch (it's pet friendly). Of course we have to sit outside with Lucky, but we have a booth that we try to get. Later on we had fun in the pool with Alex and Marc. Pizza for dinner.

06/16/2017  Today is my birthday. Did some laundry. Reviewed the video from yesterday's session. I worked out in the sun today and got peeped. Alex and Marc come by for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. We had dinner at the Saddle Ranch Chop House at Universal City Walk (this location closed on 1/2/2018). They have live music there that wanders around the restaurant, and when it was our turn, we had then play "Daniel" by Elton John. This is a song I used to play for the boys before they went to bed, so they should know it. I'll have to look these players up later on, they gave me their card. Nicki Lynne is in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. Tried to get out there to see her.

06/14/2017  Wednesday; welcome to Facebook Live in LA Live. I wore a blue tank top shirt and shorts, and started off by talking about the heat wave we're having here. I performed the songs "Lucky Boy", "Counting Stars" (good), "Nobody Home" (screwed up the chords), "DMS", "Forgotten In Time", "Childhood's End", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", and "Changing Times". Ellie was watching my performance, I love you! I saw Kristen and Catalina this morning. She said that they make cookies now and then, and after her walk, she went and got some cookies for me. Thank you Kristen! Made a batch of strawberry ice cream batter. Looked up a phone number for Kristen and found it. She lives in Everett, WA and comes down to LA on occasion, where she grew up. Did my workout in the sun, but no one was watching.

06/12/2017  The sun was out early today. During breakfast I watched a TV biography of chef Gordon Ramsay. Me and the kids played in the sun today and we had a peeker. I wrote down an idea about a new song called "Mountain Of Stones". The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. Talked to Laurie about Roger and her health.

06/11/2017  Laurie had to work today due to the LGBT Pride Parade in West LA. I walked Lucky and saw Debbie Robbins and her little white poodle Annie. She was getting her mail in a shirt with no bra, and she has a huge rack. I was obligated to stop and chat with her. I took her some lemons [11/14/2018; I learned she passed away on 10/25/2017, TAH]. Churned the vanilla ice cream from yesterday. Had Costco ravioli for dinner and it was good.

06/10/2017  Overcast mostly today. Had lunch at the Cactus Taqueria on the way home from Costco. Made vanilla ice cream with two whole vanilla beans. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Laurie cooked salmon for dinner.

06/09/2017  Made and churned some chocolate ice cream. Me and the kids played in the sun today and someone peeked.

06/08/2017  Took some lemons over for Kristen.

06/07/2017  Wednesday; another Facebook Live jam session coming to you from Los Angeles. I didn't do much in the way of dressing up, a pullover shirt and pants, sort of casual. I performed the songs "Lucky Boy", "Nobody Home" by Pink Floyd, "Counting Stars" (a little chord error...), "Virtual Reality", "Childhood's End", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday" (good), and "Changing Times". Laurie had a day long conference in Sacramento. She was on the same flight as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as he was going to Sacramento also. Me and the kids played in the sun today all by ourselves.

06/06/2017  Finished reviewing videos for now. Met a lady on Dixie Canyon who has a nice dog, and a nice house. I have a note that "I think the date for application to that music show has passed. Check it out. "The Playlist" Casting #". The deadline was supposedly June 2. I think they pushed this back, it was first documented in March 2017, and I don't think it ever made it on the air. I don't think I actually submitted anything for this show, I don't have a Username or PW recorded. The drain downstairs got plugged again and it took me a while with the plunger to clear it. Thanks slumlords.

06/05/2017  My wrist feels better today, although it still appears to be a little swollen. Cleaned the kitchen window so I could see out better. Me and the kids played in the sun today and we had an audience next door. I texted Laurie for the first time about the solar eclipse in Lincoln City, Oregon. Cooked steak, fries, and corn for dinner.

06/04/2017  Spoke to Jim Rader this morning and he said that he had some skunks living under his house. This is where the skunk went that I saw the other night. Saw Harry dog who had a nice, new lion haircut. After grocery shopping, we saw a big stray dog running house-to-house down Valley Vista Blvd. west of Van Nuys Blvd. We stopped and I was able to get the dog to come to me, and she was very friendly, but she didn't have a collar. We asked at a few houses if anyone knew who she was, but no one recognized her, so we put her in the car and took her home. We made up some flyers and distributed them around. We had a vet try to find a chip, but they couldn't find one. Later that evening we took her to the animal shelter where they were finally able to read a chip. They took the animal in at that point and we never saw her again. Some people said she was a Portuguese Water Dog, but the chip indicated she was a standard poodle.

06/03/2017  Performed an acoustic jam session to warm up for seeing Chris and Art tonight. Drove to Silver Lake and we found the house, and parking, easily enough. They have a nice, small place with a beautiful, multi-level backyard where we hung out and I played some music. Chris looked great! Dinner was excellent with steak and shrimp. Met their dogs Daisy and Lucy.

06/02/2017  Tried to continue reviewing my Facebook video, but I couldn't because something with Facebook is not allowing me to stop the video and restart it at the same place. Each time I stop it, it resets back to the beginning of the video!!! I wrote up a description of the problem and submitted it to Facebook Engineering. Checked out some new computers online. Worked out in the sun today by ourselves. Cooked pork chops and rice with corn-on-the-cob and applesauce.

06/01/2017  Saw Kristen and her dog Catalina out for a walk this morning. I think she said she's in town for her daughters baby shower. My wrist still hurts, and I forgot to take Advil, so it hurt even more by the afternoon. I think the strawberry ice cream is bad, somehow. Laurie thinks maybe it was made with cream or milk that might have been going sour. I started reviewing the video from yesterday's show.

05/31/2017  Wednesday; finally back to Facebook Live since I injured my wrist. Sporting a black shirt and pants, I played the songs "Lucky Boy", "Counting Stars", "Unravel Me", "Then I Explode", "The Tully Song", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", and "Changing Times". It wasn't perfect, I had to cough and clear my voice every now and then, but my notes say, "Nice haircut", and, "Nice" in reference to the last song. Note number 2 for today says, "RM@S open", but I have no idea what that means. I'm sure it's "code" for something. Made and churned a batch of strawberry ice cream. It looks weird but it must be my imagination. Laurie tried it later and liked it. Did my workout late since the yard maintenance guys were late, and the sky was overcast. Installed a security update for Windows XP SP3 (5/15/2017) I found on the Microsoft web site. Why it wasn't installed already I don't know, but it raises a lot of questions.

05/30/2017  It was overcast this morning. I left a note for the pool guy about the algae. Played through a set including "Lucky Boy", "Counting Stars", "DMS", "Forgotten In Time", "Key To The Past", "The Decay", "10,000 Years", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", and "Changing Times", while some girls on bicycles went by twice to see me play. The light is on in Kristen's room.

05/29/2017  Monday; Memorial Day. Got a newer, better wrist brace at CVS.

05/28/2017  We were supposed to go see Chris and Art in Silver Lake, but they cancelled this morning. Rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday. Had pizza from Ms. Pizza Connection on Magnolia, it was really good.

05/27/2017  The marine layer burnt off and we all enjoyed some time at the pool. Churned the chocolate ice cream. I now have chocolate, vanilla, and blueberry ice cream in the freezer.

05/26/2017  It was overcast all day, the sun never came out. It must be the June Gloom. Made a batch of chocolate ice cream.

05/25/2017  Heavy marine layer. Later in the afternoon it broke and cleared up. Made and churned some blueberry ice cream.

05/24/2017  Wednesday; today is my normal Facebook Live day, but my wrist is hurt and I won't be able to perform. Made a new batch of hummingbird food and cleaned the feeder. Those silly birds love me. Workout in the sun while the neighbors watched.

05/23/2017  My right hand and wrist hurts today, I don't know why. I found an old wrist guard I had in my closet and started using it. Researched the Key for the song "Counting Stars", it's in C# Aeolian, and since the Aeolian mode is the minor mode, that's C#m.

05/22/2017  Worked out with the kids in the sun. Had a practice session later on.

05/21/2017  Sunday; today is The Voice audition day. I got up at 3:30 AM to get ready. My hair was OK, but I wasn't able to work it very well. I wore clothes typical of what the band One Republic wore for their video of the song "Counting Stars", a pullover tee shirt and jeans, and my Nike Air Jordan XXXI's. I had my sunglasses in my jacket pocket and somehow they got broken, right in half. During my audition, I blew a line where I repeated the section I just sang instead of the section I was supposed to sing. At that point it's technically over, and pretty much a fail. I asked the producer if I could do the section again and she said yes, so I jumped right back into it and made the exact same mistake. At this point, I knew it was over for me, and I turned to try to compose myself when a female singer in our group actually spoke and said I should just do the chorus. I said, to no one in particular, that the chorus IS the section I messed up on. I recall just skipping that section and continuing on, but the damage was done. This is the only audition I've ever had where I messed up the lyric. I met a gentleman, Sterling, who was a singer, and he said he used to work in Vista. We chatted for a while, it was nice.  I drove home with my busted sunglasses propped on my head. Me and Laurie went to the Blue Dog afterward with Lucky, and it was very hot outside. I got some new sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at the Fashion Square Mall on Riverside Drive.

05/18/2017  Me and Lucky got to stop by the TreePeople Park again today. I have an appointment for a haircut with Cassie and Laurie has an event at UCLA. Larry the Heater Guy came by about the candle smell but couldn't find anything wrong. Right in front of me, though, he admitted to not being able to smell very well because of a problem he has with his olfactory system. I smelled the air and it smelled like soot, and so I told him that. He used the scenario that if it hadn't run in a while it might have accumulated dust, but then I reminded him that it runs every night because I have it set to 68° F. I said maybe something fell into the heater, but he couldn't smell it. I said I would open the windows and run it for a while, and all Larry could do is agree. I churned the chocolate ice cream before going to get my haircut. When I picked Laurie up from UCLA, I was driving around the area to avoid parking, and she got mad at me because I complained about it, or something. I apologized and things were better by the time we got home.

05/17/2017  Wednesday; Facebook Live, Live in Los Angeles. I was wearing a gray and white striped button down shirt and pants. In this episode, I started off having big problems with Facebook, and because of that, I cussed a few times. OK, well, maybe more than just a few times, but it was frustrating and I was trying to get past it, which I did, eventually. The rest of the video is good, but during the recording I got too hot, so I started loosening things up a little, which led me to have to take my shirt off during the song "Virtual Reality". Sorry about that. I performed the songs "Lucky Boy", "DMS", "Forgotten In Time", "Virtual Reality", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", "Unravel Me", and "Changing Times". A burning smell, like a candle burning, started coming from the heater this morning. Laurie will notify the slumlords about it. Churned the vanilla coconut ice cream and made a batch of Ghirardelli chocolate ice cream. Fun in the sun workout with peekers! While I was getting ready for bed, a candle soot smell started up in the house again.

05/16/2017  Sent an e-mail to Ellie about Bob. Sent an e-mail to Roger about a bill he sent me. Laurie checkbook incident. Switched to 1/2 med intake. Made vanilla coconut ice cream batter.

05/15/2017  The owner of our house, Jessica Canyon, is married to Robert Eugene Guiney of The Bachelor TV show. Their house is a big pile of crap and it should be condemned. [They forced us to leave the house, under threat of eviction, to try to show some entity in Los Angeles that they were actually living there so they could capitalize on special rates that only apply to homeowners who actually live in their houses, not rent them out to people expecting more than having to live in a pile of shit, 11/11/18 TAH]. The energy costs of this "house" were very high. It's more like a sieve it leaked so bad, with a roof that has a hole in it, and a fireplace with no flue to block the chimney. I'm not kidding, no flue. The air conditioning unit is severely undersized, and can only maintain, at best, about 25-30° F difference between the inside and outside air temperature. If you have the thermostat at 75° F, by the time the outside air temperature reaches about 100° F, the A/C is on continuously, and can never catch up, and the inside temperature then just keeps going up, while your money runs down the drain. If the air temperature reaches 130° F outside, it will be 100° F inside, that's with the A/C on!!! We had chocolates melting in the kitchen, and we couldn't cool ourselves down except to stay in the pool, or go to the store. Piece of shit, I say. Me and the kids played in the sun today and we had an audience! Played through "Counting Stars" a few times.

05/12/2017  Drove Laurie to work for her MRI today. As we were driving up the hill, southbound on Coldwater Canyon Drive, I saw Jay Leno driving the opposite way in what appeared to be a black Shelby Cobra, with his big head sticking out. On the way home, me and Lucky stopped by the TreePeople Park again. Then kids and I worked out in the sun and went for a swim. I have the note "Paige & Jack" in the sidebar of my handwritten logs, but I can't remember why, or who they are. Probably some folks I met walking Lucky around the block.  Laurie got a callback about her MRI.

05/11/2017  Me and Lucky stopped by the TreePeople Park this morning and I took some pictures with my phone. Normally I don't carry my phone on a hike since it's so heavy, but I have to lug it with me if I want to take photos. Checked out the song "Ophelia" by The Lumineers. It's good, but not as good as "Counting Stars" by One Republic. I must have seen Roger today, but I didn't document it anywhere. Had dinner at Goldie's on 3rd Street in Beverly Hills.

05/10/2017  Wednesday; let's do it, Facebook Live in Los Angeles. I went with a white pullover tee shirt and jeans. No playlist yet, but I have a note that I "did OK, had to stop "First" by Cold War Kids acoustic version due to screwing it up so much". Walked with Lucky up to the Petco to get some treats for Tully. Made some more chocolate ice cream using morsels.

05/09/2017  The Rump fired Comey today.

05/08/2017   Me and Lucky walked up to Ventura Boulevard this morning to deliver a letter that was incorrectly dropped at my house. Entered some background images for a Facebook atheist contest. Ate all the chocolate ice cream.

05/06/2017  It's a rainy, overcast day today. Fred Fox's house is covered in plastic (I later found out they have leaks. The house is worth $2.5 million and it's not that old). I have the following note, "The Playlist deadline is June 2, 2017, they suggest uploading two songs". It's for a new TV show called "The Playlist" on NBC.

05/05/2017  Cinco de Mayo! Checked the skylight and found it was only held in place with two screws, apparently just so it doesn't blow away with a big gust of wind. It has a label on it that says "Energy Saver", but that only applies if someone other than an idiot installs it. Didn't play guitar today for some reason.

05/04/2017  Visited the TreePeople Park again this morning with Lucky. I washed the Volt today, but first I had to move my truck out of the way. To do that, I had to clean the tree debris from the hood and doors and wash the windows enough to see out. It was pretty bad, but eventually I got it done. I drove around the block a little to exercise the truck. The passenger door of the Volt is squeaking when you open it, and it looked like there was a buildup of paint protector, or polish, on one point that was making contact when the door moved. I cleaned it up and it stopped squeaking. Saw Roger again. Had dinner at a Moroccan place in Beverly Hills, on Robertson north of Wilshire, called Tagine. I love Moroccan food. This place is co-owned by Ryan Gosling.

05/03/2017  Wednesday; once again we get together for Facebook Live. It's been a little cooler so I went with a black button down shirt and jeans. I performed the following songs, "I Never Cry", "Puff the Magic Dragon", "Asleep At The Wheel", "Forgotten In Time", "Childhood's End", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", and "Changing Times". The yard guys were clearing pine needles off the roof with leaf blowers, and because the skylight is not sealed, they blew needles and crap all over the living room floor. I'll have to go up there and see what the fuck is going on, and what I'll have to do to fix it. Even if we complain to the landlord they would just tell us "that's the way it is", and they wouldn't do anything about it. Texted Roger about tomorrow (check for context).

05/02/2017  Laurie suggested the song "Counting Stars" by One Republic for my upcoming Voice audition. I checked out their YouTube video and it has 1.77 billion views (as of 11/10/2018 it was 2.511 billion). She's going to see a specialist today about her numb lip. Debated the chlorine level in the pool with the pool guys, not the brightest bulbs. Made blueberry ice cream batter where I mixed a small portion of blueberry compote directly into vanilla ice cream, and then hand swirled the compote into the final mix. It's really good. Posted on Facebook about the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese dropping their support of Girl Scouts because they stopped discriminating against gays. A lady who claims she's with the census bureau came by asking about Sue's house across the street and whether anyone was living there. She had beautiful black curly hair (writing this I wonder if it was a wig), and eventually asked for my name and phone number. I was a little leery, but I thought maybe...Beef with red enchilada sauce and rotisserie roasted corn-on-the-cob for dinner tonight.

05/01/2017  Played an acoustic set today, "Under the Boardwalk", "Lucky Boy", "The Tully Song", "The Stranger", and "Puff the Magic Dragon". Laurie saw the big gray cat at the water bucket this morning, I put out some food to see what happens.

04/29/2017  Made a batch of chocolate ice cream today which I'll churn tomorrow.

04/27/2017  Had an appointment with Roger today and he wasn't there. I waited for a while and then left. Something got messed up with an email, or text, or yadda, yadda, yadda. Met Laurie in West Hollywood for dinner at the Granville on Beverly Blvd. and I had the beef stroganoff.

04/26/2017  Wednesday; time for my Facebook Live set again, this time with a white striped pullover shirt and shorts. I played "Lucky Boy", "Under the Boardwalk" (this one sounded bad), "DMS", "Forgotten In Time", "Virtual Reality", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", and "Changing Times". Me and the kids played in the sun today and someone was watching, with binoculars!

04/25/2017  Discovered that my Voice audition has been changed to Sunday, May 21 at 7 AM. My neighbor Sandy is cutting down a large tree in her front yard that keeps dropping leaves all over her car and could damage her garage or the road. I sent her a friend request on Facebook (which she later accepted 11/8/18 TAH). Looked up my form of ADHD and it's "Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD". Did some research on AD also and amyloid β PET imaging. During this research, I submitted something on myself. I can't remember what it was and my notes aren't detailed enough, but I looked up what day my birthday was (Thursday) and I submitted "Application #5750, Tim Herman". Hmmm, I'll have to look into that. Sent Roger a write-up about the house, Laurie's hip, and moving out of the Contour house.

04/24/2017  Tully the Cat came and laid with me during my workout. She's just in the way, but I accommodate her. She gets tired of it after a while and saunters off. It looks like we had company again.

04/23/2017  Churned the Philly Vanilly. It only reached 90° today, which is still warm, but not "that" warm.

04/22/2017  Made Philly style vanilla ice cream today, it has to set overnight. It got up to 102° F today, that's warm for April.

04/20/2017  Drove over the hill this morning so I could see Roger this afternoon. Went to the TreePeople Park with Lucky. Met Rosa at the Visitors Center who told me that on the 2nd Saturday of the month there's a park dog walk. Storage Wars Texas went to the Twisted Root Burger Co. in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX. Me and Laurie went there and had the deep fried pickles which is one of their specialties.

04/19/2017  Wednesday; performed again for Facebook Live. Wearing a gray pullover shirt and shorts, I started off with the song "First" by Cold War Kids. Walked with Lucky up to Petco to get some treats.

04/17/2017  Me and the kids played in the sun today and someone was watching! Modified workout for full viewing.

04/15/2017  Signed up for The Voice audition for 7 AM on 5/20/2017 in the South Hall of the LA Convention Center again. Tax day, finished my taxes with another big goose egg. Had dinner at Manuelito's Mexican Restaurant in Canoga Park.

04/14/2017  Went to the TreePeople Park today with Lucky. We took a trail we hadn't taken before that was out of the way. and it  went out on a spit of land that had canyons on each side. It was very quiet, and we were probably the first people to be on that trail today, and I was enjoying the view when I heard it. A rattlesnake, loud and unmistakable. I looked and saw the snake coiled about two feet off the trail, black with red beady eyes, it must have been 5-6 feet long and two inches in diameter. I quickly snatched up Lucky who was walking behind me and I kept my eye on him while we slowly moved away a little. It was a beautiful creature. He watched us too, and a few minutes later he uncoiled and moved off into the scrub. I had another ADHD appointment today with a guy named Richard. He wants to send me to someone else who will perform Rorschach tests for a half a day. I told him I'd get back in touch with him if I decide to do the tests. I never did them.

04/13/2017  Liked Tony Carey's Facebook page. Laurie lips numb, checked BP and laid down on the couch at 10 PM.

04/12/2017  Wednesday; performed on Facebook Live tonight wearing my black motorcycle tee shirt and jeans. One song I played was "The Stranger" by Planet P (Tony Cary). Me and the kids played in the sun today and someone was watching!

04/11/2017  Had a normal movement this morning with just a hint of Devilo. :)

04/10/2017  Major gastric distress, evacuated most, and eventually all, of the Devilo. Now I'm waiting for the ice cream.

04/09/2017  Gastric system locked down, evacuated some after falling asleep on the couch.

04/08/2017  Had brunch at Jinky's Cafe in Studio City and I had an omelet with Devilo hot chili, 10+ on their scale of 1-10. It was so hot I could only eat half of it. I only had popcorn for dinner because my stomach was headed for trouble.

04/06/2017  Today I had two appointments, one for an ADHD specialist named David, and Roger. The specialist referred me to someone else. I ran into a hummingbird when I left the house today. I had to go somewhere and I literally ran out the front door to go up the steps and the bird was flying by. I think it bumped into me mid-flight. Had dinner at Toca Madera in West Hollywood. Don Rickles died today.

04/05/2017  Wednesday; and it's Facebook Live again tonight. Wore my Ensenada tank top and shorts while I went on a rant about video games. Sang "Roy Rogers" by Elton John, at least, but I have to review the video for the full setlist.

04/04/2017  Today is the day I'm going to refer to as "The Brandy Incident". Bob got up today and one of the first things he did was to get the brandy out of the liquor cabinet. He then raised it up, and nodded to me as if he was asking for my approval, I guess to drink our brandy, even though it was his, but he had no clue. It was 9:35 AM and he said he needs it because it's "therapeutic" to him, for his throat, I think he said. I called him on it and said he was just a drunk, and that when he accepted that fact, we would all be much happier. Needless to say, the drunk got angry and took his football and went home, supposedly to never return. Poor Ellie, I feel sorry for you. I love you Ellie, you know that.

04/03/2017  Bob and Ellie are over for a few days, Monday through Wednesday. Went to La Paella in Beverly Hills for dinner.

04/01/2017  Went to dinner at Larsen’s Steakhouse in Encino, I had filet mignon.

03/31/2017  It was windy again today. I watched the Channel 4 news a little when they covered the wind, but me and Lucky didn't make it. The pool was a mess, I cleaned it up. Larry the Heater Guy is supposed to stop by today. He must have stopped by when I was swimming. Apparently he has to get some more parts and won't be back until Monday, today is Friday. Me and the kids played in the sun today and someone was watching!

03/30/2017  Drove Laurie to work for my appointment with Roger later this afternoon. Went to the Pan Pacific Park with Lucky. Later on, me and Lucky walked by this tree that had fallen recently in the high winds and a Channel 4 news crew was there covering the downed tree. We walked by slowly and checked them out, but they didn't stop us and ask us for an interview. I thought Lucky would be enough to garner a response, look how cute he is. No Larry the Heater Guy today.

03/29/2017  Wednesday; another episode of Facebook Live. You might have seen me in a green pullover shirt and shorts. I don't have the complete setlist for today, but I made a note that I didn't warm up enough and I had yuck in my throat. Me and the kids (Tully & Lucky) played in the sun today, but it was windy. No Larry the Heater Guy today.

03/28/2017  Larry the Heater Guy came and replaced some stuff, but couldn't test it because of the power outage. He said it should work when the power is restored. Played through an acoustic set of cover songs in the living room with the windows open. The power came back on after the heater guy left, and the heater still doesn't work.

03/27/2017  Played through a set. There was a power outage today that went through the night. I went and pulled the battery out of my truck to power Laurie's CPAP through an inverter. It worked good.

03/26/2017  Made tomato ice cream with mozzarella and toasted pine nuts, no kidding. It was really good, but it was almost savory instead of sweet. Cactus Taqueria for lunch and leftovers for dinner.

03/25/2017  A guy, Larry, came to look at the heater for a second opinion, he can't get the parts until next week.

03/24/2017  The heater in our rental house has failed, what a piece of shit. Someone came to fix it, but the landlord wants a second opinion so it won't be fixed today. The Obamacare repeal vote failed!!! So Dumb-old Chump said this morning that if it didn't pass, he was going to move on, and the fight was over. He also threatened GOP lawmakers that they would lose future Senate and House seats if they didn't pass it. Let's see what lies he tells now. Used the new juicer to juice a shitload of lemons. Made Thai green curry sirloin with mushrooms and carrots over macaroni for dinner tonight.

03/23/2017  Drove Laurie to work again today since I have an appointment with Roger this afternoon in Encino. Stopped at the TreePeople Park and it was cold and windy. A worker there told me to put Lucky on a leash. Had dinner at The Ponte in West LA.

03/22/2017  Wednesday; that means Facebook Live. I wore a gray button down shirt and jeans. Two of the songs I played are "Forgotten In Time" and "Unravel Me", I need to review the video for the rest. Our neighbor Sue is moving and the moving trucks are in the street. Made a batch of ice cream, that's all I recorded. Posted to Facebook about knocking on wood to alert the spirits inside. Me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had guest's.

03/21/2017  Drove Laurie to work since I have a doctors appointment today. I honked at some people near the hospital and Laurie got mad at me. After I picked her up and took her to see Roger, me and Lucky walked around the block in the spitting rain to a little park called Arnaz Mini Park.

03/20/2017  The new juicer arrived today, unpacked and read instructions. I got mad at Laurie, a little, during dinner prep.

03/18/2017  Made a new batch of vanilla ice cream today. Had dinner at Tequilas Cantina & Grill in Burbank.

03/17/2017  Friday; performed Facebook Live today to make up for Wednesday. I was sporting a black pullover tee shirt and shorts, and my beautiful Air Jordan XXXI's with Air-Sole brand insoles. No set list as of yet.

03/16/2017  Back at the TreePeople Park with Lucky this morning. Today we walked into Coldwater Canyon Park where it adjoins the TreePeople Park. We walked up the hill to the very top, up a steep and perilous trail, with Lucky climbing by himself because I could barely carry him. It was a beautiful and stunning panorama to look out across the San Fernando Valley, and down to people on trails below us. On the way down, the trail was so steep Lucky couldn't make it by himself, so I had to carry him. I went slow and we made it just fine. Roger.

03/15/2017  Wednesday; and it's Facebook Live again. I wore a white and gray button down shirt and shorts, half-ass casual. The connection to Facebook was terrible, and the audio skips so badly I had to block this video from view.

03/14/2017  Played a few songs today to check out the new amp. I got the drum sequencer from the garage and tried to hook it up to use the samples inside, but it doesn't work that way. The drum triggers are the only input I could determine would activate the samples, which means you have to play in the drum parts.

03/12/2017  Made some butter pecan ice cream and churned it. Zach texted me about a new business venture he had with a weed delivery service.

03/10/2017  Used the speaker wire to made up the new speakON connectors, then installed them. My voice was very sore today so I didn't sing or play. Made a batch of vanilla ice cream and churned it. Also made a batch of peach ice cream from some jarred peaches in the pantry. I'll have to wait until tomorrow to churn it because the freezer bowl needs to be refrozen. Just after I got done with the peach ice cream, the power went out for about ten minutes.

03/09/2017  Went to the TreePeople Park with Lucky this morning. Got a 100 ft. spool of 14 gauge speaker wire from Ace Hardware.

03/08/2017  Wednesday; Facebook Live today. I thought I would dress up a little tonight so I wore a blue, long sleeve, button down shirt and my good slacks. This is the primary way I've dressed for my auditions, with my sharp jacket of course, although I usually perform in just a tee shirt and shorts, or jeans, so I don't overheat.

03/07/2017  Found the electrostatic precipitator was off, and probably had been for a couple of weeks. Cleaned it and put it back in service. If the power goes out, the precipitator doesn't restart, you have to remember to turn it back on. I don't like that design, but there may be safety reasons for it. This could be part of why I've been stuffed up and have a sore throat. The Santa Ana winds started today also. Investigated how to modulate the fans in the new Gemini amplifier. Voted today by dropping our ballots off at our polling place on Dixie Canyon. Had a late dinner at Jerry's, a Monte Cristo sandwich. Needed Tums later on.

03/06/2017  The new amplifier arrived today and I hooked it up. The fans are loud and run at 100% even though it's not required. I'll have to see if I can modify the fan circuit so that they're not so loud. It may not be bad in a venue, but the studio is quiet and the noise is obnoxious.

03/04/2017  Went to see the movie "Get Out", and it was good. Received my speakON connectors from Amazon.

03/03/2017  Friday; performed Facebook Live today because I was busy on Wednesday. My notes say I played "The Decay", "Key to The Past" (in the key of A Mixolydian), "Forgotten In Time", "DMS", "The Universal Anthem", "Unravel Me" and "Changing Times", and I wore my blue and white striped button down shirt.

03/02/2017  Drove Laurie to downtown Los Angeles for a work function. Me and Lucky walked to Pershing Square Park and Maguire Gardens.

03/01/2017  Took Laurie to Burbank Airport for a one day conference in Sacramento today. Finished catching up on this blog. Selected the Gemini XGA-3000 amplifier as a replacement.

02/28/2017  Researched amplifiers since the one I have has many problems. I have a hand-me-down integrated amp that can take a record player input, and such, but I could get by with a dedicated, single input rack mounted amp. Looked at Gemini XGA-3000, GTD Audio 3000W Pro, and the Behringer NU1000 iNuke power amps. The Behringer only accepts speakON output connectors while the other two have speakON's, but they also have banana plug post terminals.

02/27/2017  My neighbor Kristen Kline told me that her dad, Rich Kline, had finally passed on from his long battle with dementia. I'm always happy when someone who was suffering is finally freed, and she had the same sentiments. I churned the vanilla ice cream from yesterday. Finally unplugged the sink with the plunger.

02/26/2017  Made vanilla ice cream base and let it chill overnight. The kitchen sink got plugged up.

02/25/2017  Helped My neighbor Jim Rader trim his bushes by holding his ladder for him so he could reach the top. Researching slow computer and I found that Windows Update was on. I had previously identified excess CPU usage to Update, and I had turned it off. But after I was recently checking for updates, I forgot to turn it back off. Made Banana Pudding ice cream. Didn't use enough liquid when churning and it became too stiff, too early, and had to be manipulated by hand. That didn't sound right.

02/22/2017  Wednesday; performed on Facebook Live today. I wore my blue striped tee shirt, and Ellie commented that they had watched me at home just as if I was playing there like I used to. I love you Ellie!

02/24/2017  Delivered a letter to Joel Franklin about my Holiday Party performance and my contact info. Had issues with the computer in that it was slow and unresponsive. Rebooted but couldn't find anything, although there were unusual reports.

02/21/2017  Researched different facial hair styles. A Soul Patch lies just under the lip, and a Chin Strip, or Goat Patch, extends to the bottom of the chin. I call my "arrangement" a Soul Pointer. It extends from under the lip to above the Adam's Apple, like a long isosceles triangle. Unlike a Soul Patch, a Soul Pointer actually has a purpose in that if you follow it, it will lead you to my soul. Actually, it's more like it will lead you to the Landing Strip where you can view my soul. All aboard!

02/20/2017  Still raining...played through set. No power to the front yard receptacle for charging the Volt (and it was never fixed).

02/19/2017  Went to a new restaurant called Donny's today, it took two hours overall and we stood outside for a long time. (As of June, 2018, Donny's was closed). Marlon installed plastic sheeting in front of the house to prevent flooding downstairs.

02/16/2017  Trying to catch up on my blog.

02/15/2017  Wednesday; performed on Facebook Live today, and described the element Thermium in the video description. Sported my black tee shirt with the Voyager graphics on it. Verified my Clear Voice order against my bank statement. Looks like I got a bargain thanks to Kelsey.

02/14/2017  Harrison Ford flew his airplane over a commercial jet waiting on the runway to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. What an idiot.

02/12/2017  Bob & Ellie are over for the weekend. Had dinner at Anejo Cantina & Grill in Sherman Oaks.

02/08/2017  Wednesday; made an announcement for Facebook Live tonight where I will perform my Voice audition song "Heaven Can Wait". Wore my jacket and slacks just like at the audition. Me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a guest. Checked website blog to see how far behind I was in updating it.

02/07/2017  Caught up on my logs. Retrieved the last files from the damaged HDD. Formatted and tried to fix bad sectors to no avail. Disconnected it for good. The sewage drain has clogged and crap is backed up in the shower.

02/04/2017  Auditioned for The Voice TV show in Las Vegas today. I sang the song "Heaven Can Wait" from Meat Loaf from the album "Bat Out Of Hell" (1977). The song is timeless, I used to perform it regularly, and it has a good range of emotion and tone. I was called up first in my group and I killed it, but no one in the group was selected. While we waited to go in to the audition room, the producers went by with someone who did make it to the next round, and we all applauded for him. I think I could identify him if he makes it to the show. Good luck brother! I also listened to a band later that night at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Silversage, who was very good and they gave me their card. They have a presence on Facebook and a new EP, check them out! Had dinner at Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho (the Drunken Donkey) at the Rio. Noted that the word for "drunkard" in Spanish is "borracho", which is not that far from Boracci, thanks Bob.

02/03/2017  Headed to Las Vegas for The Voice TV show audition. Had dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

02/02/2017  Had my appointment with Roger Schwarz in Encino today for the first time, it used to be in Beverly Hills.

02/01/2017  Wednesday; tonight is Facebook Live night, wore my galaxy tank top and shorts. Played the songs "Lucky Boy", "Orphan Of The Storm", "Forgotten In Time", "DMS", "Asleep At The Wheel" and "Changing Times". Me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a guest.

01/31/2017  Got my hair cut for my Voice audition on Saturday. Saw "Roger, not good."

01/30/2017  Monday; me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a guest.

01/27/2017  Friday; performed on Facebook Live again. I changed the camera angle, lighting, and wore a nice white striped tee shirt.

01/26/2017  I texted Alex & Marc, and Alex ended up calling. We talked for 41 minutes and 28 seconds.

01/25/2017  Wednesday; performed Facebook Live for the first time. I was wearing my work clothes, how embarrassing, and played the following songs, "Lucky Boy", "Virtual Reality", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", "Childhood's End", and "Changing Times". Thank you everyone for the feedback! Me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a guest

01/24/2017  Went to Coldwater Canyon Park again today.

01/21/2017  Saturday; the sun came out today in between showers.

01/20/2017  It rained all day today. Went to court in San Diego over an old disease that won't go away.

01/18/2017  Got my flu shot today.

01/17/2017  Went to Coldwater Canyon Park today with Lucky. It was very cold, 39° F, and it warmed up to 44° F.

01/14/2017  Mailed court documents I had been working on for weeks now.

01/13/2017  Had to adjust the kick plate on the front door because it wasn't closing properly. The house has been moving from all the water in the ground with the recent rain.

01/11/2017  Registered to audition for The Voice on February 4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

01/08/2017 Sunday: me and the kids played in the sun today with Laurie.

01/04/2017  Check out Ultimate Guitar Tabs for some great music!

01/02/2017  Rose Bowl Monday, USC wins in highest scoring Rose Bowl ever. Made a batch of orange ice cream, nice.

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12/31/2016  Made the first batch of ice cream, vanilla with blueberries, Philadelphia style. It came out alright, but there were problems adding the frozen blueberries at the end of churning, and they had to be stirred in by hand.

12/30/2016  Played a set in the living room like old times. Sandy called and thanked me for the fruit. She mentioned that her husband, Rich has dementia. I was sorry to hear that.

12/29/2016  Harvested fruit from the trees, took some over to Sandy Kline next door. Her husband is Richard "Rick" Kline, sound engineer who was nominated for 11 Academy Awards for music mixing in the movie industry.

12/28/2016  Wednesday; me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a guest.

12/27/2016  Bob & Ellie leave for home.

12/26/2016  Bob falls after getting too drunk to stand, we later found out that he cracked a bone in his arm.

12/25/2016  Bob & Ellie are over for the Holidays. Got Laurie an ice cream maker attachment for her mixer as a gift.

12/23/2016  Researched musicians Sheldon (Shelly) Manne, drummer, and Chuck Domanico, bassist, both of whom worked with Ted Greene in and around LA making music for the movie industry.

12/20/2016  Went to Coldwater Canyon Park today with Lucky. Ordered Ted Greene and Joe Byrd CD's, one as a gift for Joel Franklin for turning me on to Ted.

12/19/2016  Recorded the Ted Greene CD that I borrowed from Joel Franklin.

12/18/2016  Caulked the ants in the upstairs shower. Won $4 in the Powerball drawing!

12/17/2016  Cleaned, oiled and restrung my Ovation guitar in preparation for the upcoming Holiday Party tonight. At the party I met Joel Franklin, he's a music copyist and does music preparation for Hollywood movies. I performed two songs, "Orphan Of The Storm" by Mudcrutch, and "Changing Times", my own original song in his studio. I also met a guy named Jeff and his wife and we jammed together for a while. Joel let me borrow a bootleg CD from Ted Greene that he had, and I played a guitar that was previously owned by Ted Greene.

12/15/2016  Had a computer issue with Windows Update service where it was using 50% CPU cycles. Turned it off.

12/13/2016  Went to West Hollywood Park today with Lucky, and to the Laurel Canyon Dog Park on Mulholland Drive.

12/12/2016  Adrienne called about a Holiday Party on Saturday with friends of hers associated with music and asked if I wanted to go. Of course, thank you Adrienne.

11/24/2016  Thursday; Thanksgiving Day!

10/25/2016  Bob & Ellie leave with the B.Wreck, and I get TPK from Collin.

10/24/2016  Went to West Hollywood Park today with Lucky. Bob & Ellie came over for a visit.

10/23/2016  Went to Lulu's Cafe for brunch with Lucky. Took Sandy & Nancy back to the airport. Laurie hurt her back.

10/22/2016  Took a tour of the stars homes with Sandy & Nancy. Had dinner at The Lobster in Santa Monica.

10/21/2016  Picked up Sandy & Nancy at LAX and went to the BonaVista Lounge downtown.

10/20/2016  The temperature reached 100° F today.

10/19/2016  Called and talked to mom.

10/18/2016  Carrie texted about mom.

10/15/2016  Called and talked to mom. Made a dry run at the BonaVista Lounge in the Westin Bonaventure hotel downtown in preparation for an upcoming visit from friends in Oregon.

10/14/2016  Dale texted information about my mom's medical condition.

10/08/2016  Texted Alex & Marc about coming over for Thanksgiving.

10/04/2016  There was a water main break on Benedict Canyon Drive tonight, traffic will be affected tomorrow.

09/26/2016  Attended an informal get-together with the doctors of Cedar-Sinai.

09/21/2016  Met Adrienne La Russa who played Brooke Hamilton on "Days Of Our Lives".

09/20/2016  Went to Pan Pacific Park again today.

09/19/2016  Alex & Marc's Birthday!

09/11/2016  15th anniversary of 9-11.

09/10/2016  Researched multiple stopping; double stop, triple, quadruple. The notes are played simultaneously.

09/08/2016  Started having serious problems with the new hard drive, surface scan reports bad sectors. Tried many different means to analyze and/or repair the disk, but it seems to be failing more each time I look. The NTFS file system is corrupted and the disk is inaccessible. Had to disconnect the drive from the system.

09/06/2016  Went to Pan Pacific Park today and I saw a squirrel in a tree looking at me. I was calling to it, and went up to it, and it sniffed my hand as if I had a handout, but it wasn't afraid of me at all. I also heard a crow making a weird staccato chirp that I hadn't heard before. I thought it was another type of bird due to the unusual nature of the chirp, but since then I've heard other crows doing it, and now I can replicate it. On the way home, I saw a guy at the stop light at Ventura Boulevard and Vineland who was on his phone. I honked my horn continuously until he hung up and put the phone down. There's nothing illegal about honking your car horn.

09/04/2016  Bob and Ellie come by for a visit.

09/02/2016  Ants in the pantry in Lucky's food bin.

08/31/2016  Tripped a circuit breaker today while using the air fryer, the rotisserie, and then plugging in the Volt. Someone wired the outside receptacle to the kitchen appliances, good job. Not only that, but the receptacle in the living room supplying power to the entertainment center is on the same circuit. Holy crap, what a piece of shit.

08/30/2016  Research body shops for Volt repairs.

08/29/2016  Filled out a survey for Mars One today.

08/28/2016  Attended the Sawdust Art Festival in Newport Beach today. It was interesting and I saw a cool band play.

08/27/2016  Went to the Oyster House Saloon in Studio City for dinner tonight, but more importantly to see what kind of music they have there.  When we arrived we could hear a live band playing, but when we opened the door, the band was blocking the way. The guitarist turned and looked at us and moved to the side so we could enter. It was nice and cozy and I'm looking forward to coming back. The slippery brake pedal and tree incident.

08/26/2016  Played an acoustic set in the living room today.

08/24/2016  Called mom and she's going home on Friday, 8/26. Saw a bumper sticker for a radio station in LA, KXLU 88.9 FM, Westchester campus of Loyola Marymount University. I had found this station before when they had some speed metal playing, but I couldn't find it again. I ended up finding KCSN 88.5 FM, Cal State Northridge, which is really good also. They tend to play cuts that didn't necessarily make it on the radio, even though we heard them when we used to listen to records. My ATM card was hacked and there were some fraudulent charges. Applied for new card and bank sent papers to fill out for bad charges.

08/18/2016  Spoke to Dale and mom is doing great, she'll probably be going home soon.

08/17/2016  Called mom and she is feeling much better. She said her brain hadn't been talking to the left side of her body, but it was working now.

08/16/2016  Called mom again today, and she's already feeling better.

08/15/2016  Called my mom at her hospital room as she has been admitted due to complications. Talked to Dale too.

08/11/2016  The 2016 Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow. I didn't see any either night.

08/09/2016  Created an Avast Rescue Disk on a spare 500 MB USB Flash Drive (UFD).

08/08/2016  Looked into the IP address issue from yesterday. Apparently the Avast anti-virus program was trying to get updates, but couldn't because of a program error which prevented it from finishing. The problem could easily be related to the many crashes I had with BOINC last week. Tried updating Avast and the the computer crashed. Ran ChkDsk and it made corrections. Finally I was able to update Avast. Things seem to have settled down now.

08/07/2016  Something else crashed the computer again today. System Event viewer showed some unusual activity with the wireless network adapter, and a warning was issued that the computer had automatically reconfigured the IP address for the NIC. This doesn't look good. Played through set.

08/03/2016  Reinstalling BOINC cured a recent crashing spree when coming out of the screensaver (see 7/27/16 also).

08/02/2016  Pan Pacific Park today.

08/01/2016  Monday; me and the kids played in the sun today.

07/30/2016  Saw the new "Ghostbusters" movie at Universal City this weekend. I also met Collin Davis, who I had met, we reckoned, in passing at Adam Smith's house previously down in San Diego.

07/28/2016  A police helicopter was flying circles around the house. Noticed police offices scouring the area behind Fred Fox's house. They had started on the street above Fred and worked their way down. Now they're gone.

07/27/2016  Computer crash after waking from the screensaver, deleted and reinstalled BOINC (see 8/3/16 also).

07/23/2016  Sand fire in Santa Clarita. Green algae pool. Tully is doing better, but it looks like she had a Phenobarbital overdose that caused her to act drunk and lethargic. I couldn't give her any more because she needs to dry out (I never did start her back on the Phenobarbital from this point on. I found that she had the same number of seizures whether she was taking it or not. Eventually the seizures would stop altogether for reasons we don't know).

07/21/2016  Had to take Tully back to the vet's because she couldn't stand. I'm stopping all of her meds until such a time as she is coherent. The vet gave her a replacement for the Phenobarbital, but it's every 8 hours, and what's the point?

07/19/2016  Tully went to the vet's today since she can't walk. She had to have overnight observation to try to assess her condition.

07/18/2016  Tully the cat has been acting weird since going to the hotel while we were in NC. She can't even seem to walk, she's literally dragging her ass, and it's been a week since she came home. I think the cat hotel overdosed her on her seizure meds. She's supposed to have one dose every 12 hours, so to overdose at that concentration would require much larger doses (3-4 times larger!), or be more frequently administered (every 3-4 hours!). The staff should have been able to tell that she couldn't move, and question what was going on. Some of the employees didn't seem too knowledgeable about their own facility when we checked in and out. That leads me to believe they're not qualified to administer medications to a living creature that could die from improper handling. Laurie didn't want to make a big deal out of it with them, we just wouldn't go back there again. I didn't like that so much, I might just go online and write a comment somewhere.

07/14/2016  The Volt charged to 43 miles. The range has been increased, but it appears to be slowing decreasing.

07/12/2016  Pan Pacific Park again today. The pigeons scared Lucky while he was taking a crap and he started to run in the shitting position. Poor boy, but it was funny.

07/11/2016  Went to Pan Pacific Park with Lucky. Picked up Tully from The Best Little Cat House in Burbank and noticed that she was lethargic and not her normal self. It looks likes she's drunk or high on drugs, and she does take Phenobarbital for seizures. Started experimenting with the Chevy Volt by holding the charge uphill, and accumulating charge going downhill, to try to expand the electric range. I got it up to 55 miles, while it's rated for around 35.

07/10/2016  Sunday; returned to Los Angeles. It was nice to visit with my family, but mom isn't doing well. We stayed at the house mostly, except for running into town every now and then. It poured down rain the first night when we arrived, and we had to pull off the road when the water level went over the street curbs.

07/06/2016  Wednesday; travelled to Asheville/Leicester North Carolina to see my mother who is in failing health due to a brain tumor she had removed a few years ago.

07/01/2016  Disconnected the bad HDD.

06/30/2016  I'm using  Hiren's Boot CD which has many tools to repair computers, including a mini version of Windows XP, for troubleshooting, and Parted Magic, a Linux based rescue environment.

06/29/2016  The HDD copy ran all night and all day and finished around 6 PM!!! That's like 30 hrs, WTF? The disk loaded and then crashed. Rebooted, seems fine now. Installed some software and defragged. Got BSOD after rebooting. The volume has many errors, and it's the start of bad sector problems I had with the 320 GB disk.

06/28/2016  Took Lucky for a walk in Pan Pacific Park today. Started a HDD copy today around noon or 1 PM.

06/24/2016  Friday; Marc went home for the weekend. He was supposed to work tomorrow, but because he was coming home early and not putting in overtime for the job he had (at Cal State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, I think), they told him not to bother anymore, and sent him back to the union hall in San Diego. He arrived here only two weeks ago, today. It's too bad, since all he did was play computer games in his off-time. Trash fire.

06/22/2016  Marc came home early from work today. I thought he wasn't feeling good, but he just didn't want to work. Started sunbathing schedule today. There was a congressional sit-in for a vote on gun control, but the fucking Republican'ts don't want to infringe on the rights of anyone, even terrorists, to get a gun. That's exactly how they defended their actions.

06/21/2016  Saw a voucher on for Cubase AI8 upgrade for only $9.99. It was a 2.6 GB download and installs on Windows 7 and above, so I got it. The Stinking Rose for dinner tonight after seeing Roger.

06/20/2016  Lucky got stepped on this morning but he looks OK. I tried to rub his leg but he said, "No!". It reached a new record high temperature for me today, 122° F, which is also exactly 50° C. Posted pictures to Facebook.

06/19/2016  It was a hot day today, it reached 114° F. Continued with software installation.

06/18/2016  It got to 104° F today, a heat wave is coming. Played for the first time since I got sick around the 10th or 11th of this month...hmmm, that's exactly when Marc showed up. He did this to me last Thanksgiving too, even after I asked him if he was sick, which he was, and he said, "No", and then he was hugging me. Yuckkkk!!!

06/16/2016 Today is my birthday, and I had dinner with my son Marc at the Hamburger Hamlet where he paid most of the bill. Thank you.

06/15/2016  Didn't like the copy I made yesterday, reformatted the new HDD and started performing a clean NTFS install.

06/14/2016  Connected a 320 GB HDD and used Macrium Reflect to create a disk image of C:\. and copied it to the new disk.

06/12/2016  There was a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, today. Had issues installing my M-Audio Delta 1010 sound card, among other things, finally got it working at 12:30 AM.

06/11/2016  Marc left early on a Saturday for work! Dumped AVG anti-virus software because of high CPU usage, switched to Avast.

06/10/2016  Friday; continued software installation. Marc showed up today for his new job in Camarillo (see 6/24/2016 also).

06/08/2016  Carrie texted about coming to NC to see mom who isn't doing well. Marc texted and needs a room for two months of work out in Camarillo. Had issues with the anti-virus program AVG; last program update had a problem and I had to reinstall it.

06/06/2016  Found a hard disk to make a backup of my system. Continued refreshing software.

06/03/2016  Switched Disk Defrag utility from Auslogics to Puran Defrag after Auslogics increased the fragmentation of my disk from 17% to 20%. Puran Defrag is free and written by an engineer, and so far it works better than anything else I've found.

06/02/2016  Continued updating and downloading software including a copy of Expression 4 to test for web page construction.

06/01/2016  Went to Pasadena to see a movie sponsored by the Planetary Society about the earth-bound research being conducted in support of a manned mission to Mars, with lead scientist Pascal Lee. Got my Society lapel pin.

05/30/2016  A Trojan horse was trying to establish an external connection on the new system and it was caught by my anti-virus program (AVG at the time). The offending file is located in the System Volume Information (SVI) which is used by the system Restore function. I set the permissions to allow access to the SVI and I deleted the file, but I also turned Restore off on all drives to clear any other problems, and then turned it back on for C:/ only. The problem is gone now, but there are issues with the installed software and the system needs to be refreshed.

05/28/2016  Today is my audition for The Voice in LA. I sang the song "One More Arrow" by Elton John from the record "Too Low For Zero", but I wasn't selected. I was the best in my group, but no one was asked to stay behind.

05/27/2016  Found floppy disks to run McAfee Bootscan (it reported that it was 143 months out of date!) but nothing was found. Couldn't get the NIC to work, re-downloaded the software and I was finally able to get internet access so I could authenticate Windows, which was required after the signature became invalid yesterday.

05/26/2016  Troubleshooting computer problems, found Firewall logs that show some program repeatedly opening and closing TCP & UDP ports every 30 seconds or so since 5/21/2016. There is some evidence that the requests were being sent multiple times every second. Blocked Firewall completely while trying to figure this out. Found that the signature for Windows XP is invalid, error code 426.

05/25/2016  Started having computer issues trying to use the printer, something is interfering with the print requests, or the path to the printer has been changed, or something.

05/23/2016  Song selection for The Voice audition; "First" by Cold War Kids, "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay (or "The Scientist"), "Under The Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or "One More Arrow" by Elton John.

05/21/2016  Went to south central LA today to watch the Space Shuttle's main fuel tank, ET-94, make its way through the streets to it's new home at the California Science Center.

05/20/2016  Completed the videos for Lee Ritenour's 6-String Theory Competition and submitted them to the website.

05/18/2016  Compiled a list of outstanding issues and documented the condition of the Contour house (12 pgs, 227 hrs of work).

05/16/2016  Cutting back on my ADHD meds because it's affecting my voice.

05/15/2016  The deadline for the 6-String Competition has been extended to the 20th. Recorded some videos outside and got airplane noise in the mix.

05/14/2016  Recorded some videos for the Lee Ritenour's 6-String Theory Competition that I entered.

05/13/2016  Signed up for The Voice auditions in LA on Saturday, May 28 at 7 AM. Yamaha officially announces the introduction of the Montage synthesizer, the replacement to the Motif line.

05/06/2016  There is a Prince tribute concert today at LA City Hall from 5-8 PM. City advises to take public transport.

04/30/2016  Went up to Mount Wilson today. It was cloudy in the LA basin and you couldn't see the city.

04/28/2016  Looked up information about a Heart concert that I attended in Lakeland, FL, at the Lakeland Civic Center on May 1st, 1980. I think I did this for posting something on Facebook.

04/23/2016  "Back To The Future" night dance at the Peterson Automotive Museum with Missing Persons.

04/21/2016  Prince passed away from a drug overdose.

04/01/2016  Guns N' Roses played the Troubadour club in West Hollywood in preparation for their upcoming tour.

03/29/2016  Saw Manny Pacquiao at Pan Pacific Park again today.

03/21/2016  Entered the Taylor Guitar Contest.

03/13/2016  Updated website; fixed Navigation Bar links, the setting had inadvertently changed, probably a stray click.

03/12/2016  Rob responded to my message and we talked on the phone, sent him a friend request.

03/07/2016  Sent a message to Rob Arens on Facebook to see if it's the "real" Rob Arens from Cass Ave, Mt. Clemens, MI.

03/05/2016  Went to see the King of The Cage MMA fights at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Met some guys from the City of Maywood, CA, and had a good time.

03/04/2016  Updated website a little, there are still some outstanding issues.

03/01/2016  Me and Lucky went to Pan Pacific Park today and took some video footage.

02/29/2016  Still working on the submission package for that upcoming TV show "Songland".

02/18/2016  Today me and Lucky were attacked by some dogs that got loose. I picked him up and avoided a problem, but the stray dogs went down the street and attacked some other dog. I had to run down there and restrain the aggressive dog, who had the other's head in his jaw. We contacted the owner who came and took the injured animal to the veterinarian.

02/15/2016  Started taking my allergy meds again due to all the illnesses I've been suffering lately.

02/02/2016  Received an email about an upcoming TV show called "Songland" that I'm going to submit for. I've got to get to work on some videos.

01/30/2016  Wrote the initial Outstanding Issues list for the house at 13417 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423.

01/28/2016  Marlon the "maintenance guy" came by to replace the spare room light switch. The new switch was installed upside down, and the work area wasn't cleaned up. I later learned that Marlon is a "moron", mostly by talking to him.

01/21/2016  I've been literally sick for three weeks now, I'm just getting to the point where I can sing again.

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12/31/2015  New Years eve, and now I'm sick with a cold that feels like a flu. Just when I was getting over the stupid mold.

10/20/2015  Moved out of Hancock Park because the house I was living in ended up having mold and it made me very sick. I couldn't even sing anymore it was so bad. Don't rent a house from Brimco Property Management, I'll be posting more about this later.

09/01/2015  Bought the Envion Ionic Pro Turbo electrostatic precipitator around this time.

07/25/2015  Auditioned this morning for The Voice TV show. Arrived downtown and had to stand in line for a while in the morning sun. It was all very well organized, and it didn't take too long before we were in the audition room with a producer and 10 other hopefuls. Only one young girl was asked to stay behind out of our group (she wasn't selected, but she said they gave her advice for next year) but I killed it singing "Read My Mind" by The Killers.

07/02/2015  Attended the All-Star Charity Tribute to The Beach Boys and the California Sound, benefiting "City of Hope" & "Rock the Cure", at The Canyon (formerly The Canyon Club) in Agoura Hills, featuring over 50 of LA's best musicians performing live. They had a silent auction, and one of the items was a Fender Squier Strat signed by Richie Sambora. We met Rick Farmiloe, an awesome animator who has worked for various studios, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks.

07/09/2015  Had to leave the house for more construction, it seems that it wasn't up to code in relation to emergency evacuation, even though we've been living here for nine months. It was OK for the landlord to ignore the violations for us, but they're trying to refinance, and the bank has now forced them to make our house survivable. F-you Brimco.

06/28/2015  Fixed all the broken links I could find.

06/26/2015  Brought my web site up to date. Had a bad allergy day.

06/23/2015  Sharla & Jason leave for Washington. I have a bum left foot from a workout incident a few weeks ago that was irritated by walking to the Santa Monica Pier last night. Or, from running up and down the steps at Griffith Observatory.

06/21/2015  Visited Griffith Observatory during the day, and the Santa Monica Pier at night.

06/19/2015  Sharla & Jason stopped by for a few days; Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the Hollywood Wax Museum.

06/10/2015  House hunting.

06/07/2015  Went to Chavez Ravine to see the Dodgers lose to the St. Louis Cardinals.

05/25/2015  On the advice of others, obtained a Blueair 503 HEPA Air Purifier for the house to see if it will help with my illnesses. I felt better by bed time, and I slept great with minimal discomfort in the morning, what a relief. It just shows that this house is diseased or something, the owners never tented the house before we moved in, and we know it has termites, silverfish and mold.

05/19/2015  Registered to audition for The Voice TV show next month in Los Angeles.

05/16/2015  Registered with Yamaha MusicSoft to download two songs.

05/13/2015  Documented my copy of Movie Studio Platinum, Version 12.0, Build 1184. 

05/12/2015  G Land Pest Control was upstairs at the neighbors house, they left at about 2:50 PM.

05/07/2015  I did something with the web site, a photo sharing site, but they want money. I won't be using it.

04/26/2015  This whole week was cold and the windows were shut, I had to clean my left ear again, and I had congestion this morning.

04/23/2015  Saw Manny again running down Beverly Boulevard toward Pan Pacific Park. Doctor's appointment today. Afterward, I cleaned both my ears again since I couldn't sing. The right side was plugged, but the left side seemed OK.

04/21/2015  Saw Manny Pacquiao at Pan Pacific Park running with his minions in preparation for his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather.

04/17/2015  Saw Jane Lynch at the Kings Road Cafe this morning. She was on her phone, but gave me a smile and a nod.

04/16/2015  Cut back on meds to try to reduce the stress the house is causing.

03/29/2015 - 04/15/2015  House hunting.

03/28/2015  House hunting. Earth Hour.

03/24/2015 - 03/27/2015  House hunting.

03/23/2015  Contacted Yoram Kahana about his house on Camrose, it's beautiful. He's the Chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press. We didn't get the house because it was rented to someone with more money and influence. Saw the Lyric Theater at 520 N. La Brea.

03/15/2015 - 03/18/2015  House hunting.

03/13/2015  This house is making me sick. I spent six hours in three bouts trying to clear the congestion out of my head. I think I have a sinus infection. Almost called 911 for not being able to breathe.

03/12/2015  Had to clean my ears again, the third time so far in this house, due to all the mold and bugs, etc.

03/11/2015  Went to Plummer Park for a tenants rights meeting with volunteer lawyers.

03/10/2015  Spoke to a housing lawyer that was referred to us by the LA County Building Authority, received information but no resolution. Called some shark attorney's but they won't take the case due to having little to no damages incurred.

03/09/2015  Called Tenant Hub in Los Angeles for a lawyer referral.

03/07/2015  Appointment to see the Mediterranean Gem on McCadden Place.

03/05/2015  Conducted mold research and contacted some abatement companies. Had argument about lawyers for upcoming move. Laurie has high blood pressure due to the stress of this crappy house.

02/22/2015  Wrote the "Addendum to 1st List" which is just a continuation of documenting the problems in our house.

02/16/2015  Took Lucky to Runyon Canyon for a walk, our first time there and unleashed.  He was charged by a pit bull about three times his size, who was friendly enough, but should have thought twice about his approach. Everyone was watching to see what would happen, but he was a nice dog in the end. It screwed Lucky up a bit after that though.

02/27/2015  Returned home from the hotel due to work supposedly being finished. The house is a mess and wasn't cleaned.

02/23/2015  Started searching for a new place to live, Brimco can kiss my ass.

02/22/2015  Brimco walkthrough; the "Telescope Incident".  We leave this piece of shit house to go to a hotel for health reasons.

02/02/2015  Work starts to try and fix all the problems with our house.

01/25/2015  Took Lucky to MacArthur Park today While Laurie talked to the idiots at Brimco, our property management imbeciles. Wrote the "Five Questions" for Laurie to discuss with them.

01/23/2015  Published the initial "Issues" list documenting the problems in our house.

01/21/2015  Renewed Planetary Society membership.

01/12/2015  Determined that the Avanti Wine Chiller, Model No. SWC2801 is "unfixable" since it's too expensive to fix when it will just fail again like it already did. It's a piece-of-shit, don't buy one.

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12/15/2014  At a hospital holiday party, I met actor Brian Thompson and his wife Sharon Braun. We had a nice long chat, he's from WA.

12/14/2014  Went to the California Science Center to see the "Pompeii/ Forces of Nature" exhibit/movie and the Space Shuttle Endeavour. We took the bus and train to check out the mass transit and it worked out good.

11/26/2014  Still hanging pictures.

11/24/2014  Started unpacking pictures. Had a talk with Laurie on the way home from work.

11/17/2014  During a phone conversation, Marc indicated that Alex might have Brugada Syndrome (see 9/24/2014).

11/13/2014  Cleaned the drapes in the new house that were filthy, I couldn't even stand to look at them, let alone touch them.

10/29/2014  Played my first set in the new house, rewired the Wah pedal to the original configuration.

10/24/2014  First log entry since moving to Los Angeles. Finished cleaning the studio yesterday, need to connect everything up.

10/13/2014  Monday, moving truck arrives. The house and garage are filthy and require extensive cleanup, not what we expected. Very disappointed with the house and move-in.

10/11/2014  Saturday in Los Angeles, called to have the keys delivered to the house.

10/08/2014  The moving trucks arrive in Wilsonville and we begin the load-out.

10/06/2014  Started packing up with the movers for the next couple of days.

09/28/2014  Shellshock bug in BASH (Linux & Apple). Checked Laurie's laptop and it passed four of the scripts on Wikipedia.

09/24/2014  Contacted the Vietnam Veterans of America in Milwaukie to see if they wanted our old TV. They responded once, but then I never heard from them again. It was weird. I still have the TV. Alex had a seizure and fell and hurt himself. I didn't find out until later (see 11/17/2014).

09/14/2014  In Los Angeles for our upcoming move, walked through our prospective house for the first time.

08/01/2014  Continued working the song "DMS".

07/12/2014  "The Moonstone" (1868) by Wilkie Collins. I don't remember where this came from, but it was in my notes.

06/21/2014  Studied Standard Lyrical Styles - The History of Songwriting on That web site now defaults to

06/20/2014  Lost some edits, presumably for "DMS", but they were documented in Excel so they were easy to repair.

06/15/2014  Working "DMS"; looking for the voice I used for Track16, couldn't remember, used CP80.

06/14/2014 The neighbor across the street is mowing the "Field of Weeds".

06/12/2014  Re-recorded the Kick for "Unravel Me" and checked the Bass. Limits for Bass notes are x.360-375, x.180-188, and x.090-094.

06/11/2014  Re-recorded some of the large files; Snare on "War02", Tom on "Asleep At The Wheel". Deleted a bunch of old effects that I didn't like anyway. Turn off the following to avoid interruptions: Wireless, BOINC, AVG & screen saver.

06/10/2014  Downloaded Nero Wave Editor to try to edit those large files.

06/07/2014 - 06/08/2014 Olympia, WA.

06/06/2014  Found some recorded parts of songs had large file sizes due to recording past the end of the song. Tried to cut with TWE, but the file was too large to edit and the computer crashed. I just have to re-record those parts.

05/12/2014  Laurie had her hip replacement today. Ellie called and told us that Taffy had enough and that she moved on. She was in a lot of pain and couldn't even walk anymore. We love you and miss you Taffy.

05/07/2014  Downloaded the Yamaha Motif files onto the computer, but couldn't delete them from the SmartMedia because it thinks it's write protected. I don't have a workaround for this yet, except maybe to delete them on the Motif.

04/20/2014  Back to Wilsonville.

04/18/2014  To Olympia, WA for Easter with Laurie's family.

04/15/2014  Returned the rental car and got a speeding ticket in Wilsonville, after driving over 2000 miles.

04/14/2014  Some asshole was texting in a pickup truck and ran me off the road at 70 mph. I survived because I was paying attention. Arrived in Wilsonville at approximately 6:15 PM.

04/13/2014  Left Jamul for Wilsonville at approximately 4:30 PM.

04/17/2014  Arrived in Jamul at approximately 11:30 AM. Setup my portable studio and started helping out around the house.

04/06/2014  Sunday, left Wilsonville, driving to San Diego to see Bob & Ellie.

03/29/2014  Back to "Forgotten In Time"; removed all unused envelopes and started recording.

03/28/2014  Continuing with "Key To The Past" revisions; had envelope issues & removed all unused envelopes, added a kick envelope.

03/25/2014  Continuing with "Key To The Past" revisions; changed all Patterns to 116.3 bpm.

03/23/2014  I may have made my snowman on this trip to Salishan (see 10/26/13). Returned to Wilsonville.

03/22/2014  Performed again in the lodge today, people from the conference stopped by after learning I was with Laurie.

03/21/2014  Performed in the lodge with my travel amp, no one told me to leave and lot's of people enjoyed the music. 

03/20/2014  Split off album "Take Two" and burned separate CDs. Weekend at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort for Laurie's conference

03/19/2014  Continuing with "Key To The Past" revisions.

03/16/2014  Attended a Celebration of Life at Western Oregon University for Jon Apgar who passed away from cancer.

03/12/2014  An incident occurred today at a restaurant in Portland with a friend of Laurie's. Brushed up on hip replacement surgery.

03/10/2014  Continue with "Key To The Past" Bass track revision.

03/09/2014  Reviewed the song "Key To The Past" for Bass issues; started playing in the Bass by hand for normal note durations.

03/08/2014  Hip Chicks Winery & Mexican dinner in Milwaukie, OR

03/02/2014  Oscar Sunday.

02/26/2014  Donor's reception in Salem.

02/25/2014  Continue working "Forgotten In Time", assembled crude song.

02/24/2014  Uganda issues a statement saying gays are disgusting & against the law.

02/22/2014  Arizona passed a law today allowing discrimination in favor of religion. Retirement party in Salem.

02/19/2014  While composing "Forgotten In Time", found that the Bass note durations were too long, and the notes were overlapping & mixing at the note boundaries causing noise & ringing. After experimentation, set durations to x.375/x.188 to allow for the note decay. This probably applies to all the mixes so far, and they need to be corrected as I go.

02/17/2014  Rain stopped, clouds broke, sun shining, still windy, squirrels in yard eating peanuts.

02/15/2014  Went to see Sandy & Nancy in Portland.

02/13/2014 The Sun is actually shining today, but there is still snow on the ground.

02/12/2014  Happy birthday Laurie! Had a minor HD crash after a program hung up during installation.

02/09/2014  Icy snow today.

02/08/2014  It's Saturday, there's enough snow in the yard that I had to go make a snowman!

02/07/2014  More snow.

02/06/2014  Snow in Wilsonville again, lot's of snow.

02/05/2014  Finished working the Chorus of "Forgotten In Time".

02/04/2014  It snowed in Wilsonville, OR today for a couple of hours between 2 PM and 4 PM.

02/02/2014  Super Bowl Sunday...and the Seattle Seahawks win!

02/01/2014  I was sick all day today but don't know why?

01/31/2014  Marc texted me today about educational opportunities in the Navy or Air Force. We had a good exchange. Redid Chorus Bass as part of the ongoing renovation of "Forgotten In Time".

01/29/2014  Check out a replacement instrument for the violin in "Forgotten In Time". Continue with song composition.

01/19/2014  Returned home from Olympia, WA after Laurie's brother Mack passed away.

01/12/2014  Engineered a wall mounting system for the Bose AM5 modules from spare parts in the garage.

01/11/2014  Setup HD video and Dolby 5.1 surround sound system.

01/08/2014  Traveled to Vancouver, WA today with Lucky to buy weed at the skateboard park in Central Park near Clark College at the corner of E. 4th Plain Blvd. and Fort Vancouver Way.

01/06/2014  Received my e-mail rejection letter from Mars One for the first round of astronaut selection.

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12/30/2013  Continuing with "Forgotten In Time", working out note and chord runs. Happy Holidays everyone!

12/03/2013  Continued with "Forgotten In Time", Tom Tom drum kit selection.

12/01/2013  Attended a Holiday party at the CEO of Salem Hospital's house, food was excellent including shrimp, & lobster cannelloni.

11/28/2013  Thanksgiving in Olympia, WA.

11/22/2013  Had a doctor's visit in Salem today for an echocardiogram and blood draw. The ticker is fine. "Forgotten In Time" has a very long chorus, I may have to do something to reduce it.

11/20/2013  Completed work on "Key To The Past", the next song on the schedule is "Forgotten In Time", with "Never Say Never" a second.

11/16/2013  Saw the stage version of "American Idiot" at Keller Auditorium.

11/15/2013  Called Carrie and found out that mom has a brain tumor. Switched back to AltaVista as my Home page (ref. 7/12/13).

11/10/2013  Continued with "Key To The Past", changed the Hi-Hats again.

11/07/2013  Found a typo in my Belize document "My Perspective" on page 21, paragraph 3, sentence 4; remove the word "I". "Key To The Past", 18 beats from Hold to EOS (End of Song).

11/04/2013  While traveling home from Vancouver, WA today in cold, wet conditions, my vehicle lost traction and I contacted the wall of the bridge near the 5/405 interchange in Portland. I was able to regain traction without incident except for a small scrape and a bumper ding.

10/31/2013  Halloween in Wilsonville, or two groups at the door. Oh well, that's more candy for me.

10/28/2013  Started working on the Intro to "Key To The Past".

10/27/2013  Back in Portland.

10/26/2013  I think this is the weekend I made a snowman at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, OR.

10/24/2013  Lost my way taking Tully to the hotel in Milwaukie, OR, due to the "Great Wall of Milwaukie". Weekend at the beach.

10/22/2013  For "Key To The Past"; new Hi-Hats, Outro is good, got the Bass going good.

10/20/2013  Back to Portland.

10/18/2013  Weekend in Olympia.

10/17/2013  Continued with modulation for "Key To The Past", including some lyric (collapse the wave of probability).

10/12/2013  Saw Bonnie Raitt today in Portland at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with Marc Cohen opening for her.

10/11/2013  Continued with modulation for "Key To The Past".

10/10/2013  Win7 computer wireless (Lynksys Wireless-G) went out today, switched to the NIC that was in the old laptop.

10/09/2013  Sent Teela an e-mail in case she doesn't have my current e-mail address. Started working on a modulation to the Key of G for "Key To The Past".

10/06/2013  Saw "Gravity" in IMAX 3D at Bridgeport Village.

10/05/2013  Laurie arrived back from Orlando.

10/02/2013  Making changes to "Key To The Past"; Bass mods, Tenor Sax & Trombone, switched to violin, documented volume levels.

10/01/2013  Called Ellie Boracci today. She called back about my website and I found two errors because of her, thank you.

09/30/2013  Dropped Laurie off at the airport for a conference in Orlando, FL. Continued with Bass embellishment for "Key To The Past".

09/27/2013  Replaced all the web site files and exploit is gone, cause unknown.

09/26/2013  Finalized the transition to the key of A Mixolydian and started documenting the changes. Found JS/Redir Blackhole Exploit on the web site.

09/24/2013  Continued editing the song "Key To The Past", started exploring a Mixolydian key for the song.

09/22/2013  Returned to Portland.

09/14/2013  Travel to Los Angeles/ San Diego.

09/12/2013  Had an ant crawling around inside my LCD screen.  Looked it up and found it's not uncommon.  It was gone the next day. One web site said not to try to kill them under the screen as you will then have to stare at it forever.  Continued with the song "Key To The Past", the Excel file was not up to date.

09/11/2013  Brought my website up to date.

09/07/2013  Laurie's 35th High School Class Reunion in Elma, WA.

08/30/2013  Completed the application process for Mars One and was accepted for the first round.

08/24/2013  Signed up for astronaut selection on the Mars One website and started filling out the forms.

08/21/2013  Scribbled some new lyrics in my notebook, I'll have to come back to this.

08/07/2013  Went to see Allen Hinds at Jimmy Mak's in the Pearl District, Portland.  It was an excellent show, Allen is so smooth.

08/06/2013  Checked out the Mars One website and reviewed the astronaut criteria.

07/25/2013  Saw Quarterflash at a free concert in Bridgeport Village, Tualatin.  They opened with my favorite song, "Valerie".

07/12/2013  Switched my Home page to Google.

07/08/2013  The Alta Vista home page was finally decommissioned today.  I had used it since 1995, when the site was created.

07/05/2013  Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, day 2.  Saw Eric Burdon, front man for The Animals and WAR.  Excellent show for 71 years old!

07/04/2013  Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, day 1.

06/04/2013  Still unpacking...

04/28/2013  Searched for SATA HDD recovery info on the web. Removed drive, cleared CMOS with the jumper, re-flashed CMOS, reinstalled drive, couldn't recover it. Replace at Fry's, but scaled back to 3.0 Gb/s so that it will talk to my computer. Reset the CMOS again and rebooted, no SATA messages this time and Windows has resumed the repair from yesterday.

04/27/2013  Got a SATA PCI card from Fry's. The program crashed while formatting the drive, new drive is not detected and Windows fails to boot. Tried repairing Windows but it still hangs, it won't complete the repair task now.

04/18/2013 - 04/21/2013  Trying to get the SATA drive to work with my computer

04/09/2013  Trying to add a SATA hard drive to Laurie's computer, flashed the BIOS but it still won't work.  This is related to the HD crash of 2012, the disk is still problematic.  Eventually added an EIDE drive and set the old one to Slave.

01/21/2013  Preparing to move to Portland, Oregon due to the poor job conditions in San Diego.  In Los Angeles, two of the largest companies that I've worked for are sharing a single contract, and hundreds, if not thousands of resumes are received for a single job offer, if and when they actually need someone.

01/10/2013  Laid off from the Marine Corps job already.  I did the heavy lifting with Gary Hinds, and then they didn't want to pay our rates anymore.  The company's name is Logistics & Technology Services, Inc. and they are literally incompetent, I think I'll write up a page about how incompetent they are when I get some extra time.

01/05/2013  Spoke to Gary Hinds, my new friend at work, and his brother is a musician, Allen Hinds, who occasionally plays at The Baked Potato in Studio City, Los Angeles.  As of this update, I haven't seen him play there yet.

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12/01/2012  Went to see Bob & Ellie and recorded some videos of my own music. Some of the songs were only recently completed, and I made some chord errors.

11/13/2012  Started a new job today on an HVAC contract for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

11/09/2012  Dante's Friday Night Beer Bash.

11/05/2012  Started composing the song "Key To The Past".  Found the water pitcher hadn't been filled, the Halloween gummy bears were gone, and moldy clothes were in the washer.  I wonder who did all that?

11/03/2012  Bob & Ellie's for dinner.  Southbound I-15 closed due to an accident, except the carpool lanes.

11/01/2012  Lucky found pizza crust on the floor somewhere, I wonder where that came from?

10/31/2012  Half priced Halloween corndogs at Sonic.

10/29/2012  Still working out the kinks with "The Decay".

10/28/2012  I had a fight with Alex, who has been disrespectful lately.  He's claiming squatter's rights.  The Tigers lose the World Series.

10/27/2012  Breakfast with Lucky at the Curbside Cafe in Vista.

10/26/2012  Took Lucky back to Wildwood Park today, and stopped by Dante's for the Friday Night Beer Bash (he makes his own).

10/24/2012  Laurie's brother and my friend, Steve, passed away from a heart attack today while he was fishing.

10/23/2012  Played "Changing Times" and "Virtual Reality" for my neighbors Dan & Dante in Dante's home studio.

10/22/2012  Applied for a job today with the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Never heard from them again.

10/20/2012  Bob & Ellie's for dinner.

10/18/2012  Received the parts and repaired the coffee machine, thank goodness.

10/16/2012  Started composing the song "The Decay".

10/14/2012  Created a mosaic from the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image recently released, and posted it to Facebook.

10/13/2012  Sully the Cat showed up today.

10/10/2012  The Barista coffee maker is broken due to too many years of normal use, ordered a new portafilter.

10/09/2012  Made modifications to "10,000 Years" and continued editing.

10/08/2012  The Sugar Cup Lid Incident.

10/06/2012  Completed the initial composition of "10,000 Years" and recorded it quickly (2 tracks) for dinner in Jamul with Bob & Ellie.

10/04/2012  Still searching for work, plenty of rejections though.

10/01/2012  The neighbors dog Jeeter and his friend showed up at my house this morning after busting through the gate.

09/30/2012  Me and Laurie took the boys out for dinner and drinks to celebrate their 21st birthday.

09/27/2012  Alex called and said he got a job!

09/24/2012  Started composing  the song "10,000 Years".

09/23/2012  Completed setting up Laurie's computer by finally getting the sound to work today.  The reported drivers name was wrong.

09/20/2012  Went through my old writing looking for stuff to work on next.

09/19/2012  Boys Birthday.  Alex called and needed a place to stay so we took him in.

09/17/2012  Reformatted the hard drive successfully, although it looks like about 60 MB of the drive have been marked out as bad.

09/12/2012  Started backing up all my data to DVD after having to recover one computer already.  Replaced Laurie's DVD drive with one from the old, crashed machine, and it isn't working either.  The problem is the hard drive error has corrupted the drivers. Transferred all the files with two, 2 GB memory sticks.  It took a little while, but it worked, and I didn't crash anything else.

09/10/2012  Crashed an old, operable computer of mine today trying to backup Laurie's data.  I'll have to work on that later.

09/09/2012  Laurie bought a new Chevy Volt.  It's the coolest thing, and it's built very well...I want one!

09/08/2012  Laurie's computer crashed and there is an error on the hard drive.  I'm able to retrieve the files, but I need to burn them to DVD.  The DVD drive in her machine is lame and doesn't burn DVDs like it says it will.  Troubleshooting system.

08/30/2012  Went to a job interview in LA, 200 miles round trip and 7 hours of time.  I eventually did not get the job.

08/25/2012  Neil Armstrong passed away today.  "Bon voyage, my friend".

08/22/2012  Started composing the song "Enchilada".

08/15/2012  My computer rebooted last night by itself for an urgent update, but didn't save the Excel file I had edits pending on.  Thanks Microsoft.

08/10/2012  Made it to the beach today, it was great.  Played my Frisbee by the pier, just like old times.

08/08/2012  Started composing the song "Virtual Reality".

08/02/2012  Spoke with Chuck Katz via e-mail today.

07/27/2012  Saw The English Beat with Dave Wakeling at Wiens Vineyard in Temecula.  Laurie bought a poster that we got signed by Dave after the show.  It was a lot of fun.  A friend of ours invited us, and we got to see his new Fisker Karma electric car!

07/26/2012  Checked out an experimental setup I devised to play my music out of the bed of my truck with a Boogie Box, a battery powered CD player, and an inverter.  I'm still trying to figure out how to incorporate a mic, but it's great for just standing there and performing.  I put little Lucky in the bed of the truck with some blankets so he could go with me.  Jammed at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista to test it out.  There weren't too many people in the park, but I was definitely noticed.  Met John Decker who stopped to listen. I sent him a friend request on Facebook, but he never accepted.

07/24/2012  Replaced the rear brake shoes on my Dodge Ram pickup truck, they had started to squeal.

07/20/2012  Found another error from the "lost files" and fixed it.  Re-verified all other songs

07/19/2012  Recording tracks for "Childhood's End" from the sequencer.  Got a text message from Ryan Huttleston/Impentris on the road.

07/17/2012  Uploaded some poems to

07/13/2012  Friday the 13th.  Went to see Impentris tonight at the Mainstage in Ramona, CA.  It was loud, but good. 

07/09/2012  Started composing the song "Childhoods End".

07/08/2012  Today is the drop-dead date for the callbacks for "The X Factor".  I didn't get a call back, so I didn't make it this year.

07/07/2012  Lucky's 5th Birthday!

07/05/2012  Started recording "Changing Times" and "Tomorrow Through Yesterday" tracks from the sequencer.  Contacted Steven Meyers a local vintage guitar collector about music production.  He only collects and sells guitars.

07/01/2012  Went to the beach today, but the marine layer was so thick, it was cold.  We didn't stay.

06/28/2012  Officially completed "Changing Times", started composing "Tomorrow Through Yesterday".

06/25/2012  Sang "Changing Times" for the first time for Laurie, in her car, on the way back from picking her up at the airport.

06/24/2012  Played through "Changing Times" and it "is excellent!" per my notes.

06/20/2012  Used my telescope to monitor the transit of Venus across the face of the sun today. Posted a photo on Facebook.

06/18/2012  Worked "I'll Be There" enough to be functional.  Started composing a song of mine titled "Changing Times".

06/16/2012  Bob & Ellie called to wish me a Happy Birthday, and to actually sing "Happy Birthday".  Thank you very much!

06/14/2012  Took Lucky back to the walking park, but this time we drove.

06/11/2012  Continuing with "I'll Be There".  The LA Kings win the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils after 45 years as a franchise.

06/10/2012  Found more errors in the SmartMedia card data, they were minor and completed today.

06/08/2012  Completed all edits for the lost data and played through the entire set.

06/07/2012  Found out you can "Unsubscribe" people on Facebook.

06/05/2012  Venus transited the sun today.  I set up my telescope to project the image onto a screen, and I posted a photo to Facebook.

05/30/2012  Still working on the lost data, it was worse than I thought.  Started practicing the song "The Greatest Love of All" by George Benson.

05/20/2012  Received SmartMedia cards and backed up the data successfully.  Started working to restore the lost files.

05/15/2012  Cleaned my computer; trying to read that card, it's broke.  Not all files were recovered, so I resorted to the last save files on the hard drive.  Some of those were corrupted, possibly by the same problem, and I lost a small amount of work.  Ordered some new SmartMedia cards from the web.

05/11/2012  Working on a version of "I'll Be There", by Michael Jackson, in my sequencer so I have a backing track.  Had a crash of one of my SmartMedia cards that I store my Yamaha sequencer data on.  Transferring the files off.  

05/10/2012  Feeling much better today, my first day of real singing since I got sick.  Alex and Marc stopped by to exchange laptops.

05/09/2012  Light singing, still feeling bad but improving.  Attended a rally in downtown Vista with Lucky.  We walked about three miles one way, and went through a newly opened area for walking dogs behind the fire station at Wildwood Park.

05/08/2012  My health is improving, it must have been the flu or a really bad cold.  No singing or playing since the 5th.

05/05/2012  Attended the 31st Annual Auction & Dinner for The Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center as a guest of Southwest Healthcare System.  Unfortunately, I couldn't shake anyone's hand since I had gotten sick on the way home from Greensboro.

05/04/2012  Performed this morning at Terminal D4 of the Charlotte-Douglas Intn'l Airport and received congrats from many of the passengers, including these three fans heading to Africa via JFK Intn'l Airport.  I was too busy to update my blog anyway. Check this out for some photos my brother Dale took of me.

05/03/2012  I made it through all of the auditions for The X Factor. You have to get through the first one to get to the second, of course, which is the next day. After the second audition, they took me to a room where all of the people who had made it so far were waiting. From there we went to a room with an actual video camera and crew to do the third and final audition. After that it was over, and now I just have to wait for a phone call.

04/27/2012  I'm heading out for Greensboro in a couple of hours, it's going to be so much fun!  I'll update my blog while I'm on the road.

04/14/2012  Shopped for some clothes for the audition.

04/13/2012  Completed assembling a dossier about The X Factor Season 1 (2011).  This references the songs, people and chronology of that season, including people who didn't make it because they were horrible.  Also facts and info from The X Factor website.

04/10/2012  Laptop repair complete, finished updating all software.

04/09/2012  Received HP Recovery Disks, started recovery of laptop.

04/07/2012  Had a beehive under our backyard deck removed by a company that will keep the bees and not destroy them. I got to watch as the honeycombs were removed and the queen was found. I love bees. This reminds me of an incident that happened in Lompoc when I lived up there in my previous life. I took the boys to Beattie Park when they were about four years old, and we took a hike up the paths in the back, up the hill. It was a nice sunny day, and I didn't notice at first, but there were a lot of bees flying around in the air. As we kept going, there seemed to be more and more bees, and they were starting to land on us. That's when I noticed a swarm of bees hanging in a nearby tree. Not only that, but I saw another swarm under another tree, probably from the same huge hive. I told the boys whatever they do, don't swat at them or make any movement against them. We kept walking and the boys didn't seem frightened at all. I was talking to them the whole time, telling them to be calm, and everything would be fine. At one point I stopped, and we were in a cloud of bees, and bees were covering us from head to toe. It was simply amazing. There was no danger here, only curiosity, I think, from both parties. We stood there for a few minutes with bees covering our bodies, and then I slowly started walking back down the path we had come. Gradually the bees flew away and by the time we got to the bottom of the hill, they were all gone. The boys were too young to remember this event, but I've shared it with them many times since. They did good and didn't panic or swat at the bees, and everything turned out fine. It was a meeting of two alien cultures, that's all. I'll never forget it.

04/04/2012  Added Bio information.  Removed the Viagra exploit on my website by overwriting all of the files on the site.  This was after I removed Java and all Adobe components first, so I can't say if that's a requirement.  Refresh your site first, and then delete Java and/or Adobe if that doesn't work.  Ordered a Recovery Disk from HP for the laptop.

03/31/2012  Alex brought his laptop by and it won't boot.  Started working on recovering it.  Hardware is fine, it's a software issue only.

03/25/2012  Found my website hijacked by Exploit Pharmacy Spam Site (type 1704) which redirected traffic to a Canadian Family Pharmacy via [].  See 04/04/12 for solution.

03/24/2012  My trip to Greensboro is finalized.  My brother Dale and my sister Carrie are going to join me there.  Yeah!

03/20/2012  Started practicing "Blue Moon" in the  style of Elvis Presley's Sun Records version of 1954, Key of C, progression I-vi-IV-V.

03/17/2012  Practice and dinner in Jamul with Bob and Ellie.

03/15/2012  Walked 10.5 miles to test my workout results and get a prescription from Costco.

03/13/2012  Check out my friend Ryan Huttleston and his new web site  This guy is the real deal, he's good!

03/10/2012  Jimmy Buffet in concert at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University!

03/05/2012  I can't make the auditions for The X Factor in San Francisco.  I've decided that the best option for me is to fly to Greensboro, North Carolina, near where some of my family lives anyway, and audition there on May 1st.  Registration is April 29-30.

03/04/2012  Laurie's brother Steve arrived with our new dog and friend, Lucky, who was Laurie's dad's companion in the last years of his life.  We took him in for his good behavior and dedicated service, thank you Lucky!  He's a red Miniature Pinscher.

02/29/2012  Replaced the old "Unravel Me" audio file with the new music, albeit without guitars and vocals.  Still working on that.

02/25/2012  Re-arranged documentation and started practicing "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele.  Performed it for the first time in Jamul. Changed audio files to load from MySpace for now, but why can't I have them on my site like the video?

02/24/2012  Updated blog entries from my personal notes and logs.  Downloaded "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele and arranged the documentation.  The song is in the Key of Cm.  Analyzed chord variations and progressions.

02/22/2012  Added Links and Photos pages.

02/21/2012  Updated site and added Cheena tribute page.  Some of the songs I've been practicing lately are, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and "The Edge Of Glory" by Lady Gaga.  I'm going to be checking out "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele also.

02/19/2012  Registered for The X Factor auditions in San Francisco.  The venue is The Cow Palace in Daly City.

02/18/2012  Today was the K9 Cancer Walk in San Marcos, CA, sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation.  I was "Team Cheenie" team leader, and with over 800 other participants, we raised money for canine cancer research.

02/17/2012  Sent e-mail for The X Factor Pre-registration.

02/16/2012  The X Factor releases the 2012 audition schedule.  San Francisco is the only live, California audition venue.

02/15/2012  Updated web site and added this (pseudo) blog.  Song links are broken due to Cox Cable, searching for a new storage area.

02/12/2012  All the kids were over today for Laurie's birthday, and to sign up for the Cancer Walk for Cheena.

02/11/2012  Shot some videos of me performing in Jamul.

01/12/2012  Registered with Facebook in support of The X Factor 2012.

01/09/2012  Checked out "The Edge Of Glory" by Lady Gaga.

01/07/2012  Marc & Brittany came over and we had dinner and watched "Aliens".

01/04/2012  Cheena McCully passed away due to lung cancer.  She was a good dog and friend, and she'll be missed.

01/01/2012  Happy New Year!

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12/21/2011  Holidays in Olympia, WA. Laurie's dad passed away around this time.

12/18/2011  Bob & Ellie's for me & Cheena today. This was Cheena's last trip to see Taffy. We were stopped at & passed a sobriety checkpoint, even after using the Breathalyzer.

12/02/2011  Checked out "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay.

12/01/2011  Finished "Unravel Me" and recorded into DAW.  It's back in the Key of D at this point.

11/24/2011  Came up with some chords for the song "Fields Of California". Went to 333 with Marc & Brittany for Thanksgiving.

11/20/2011 - 11/26/2011  Scale Degree exercises and research in support of "Unravel Me".

11/17/2011  Worked out a new melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel Me".  This is the last iteration, and sounds the best to me.

11/09/2011  A stray dog named Snoop showed up this morning.  He had a collar, so I was able to contact the owner who came over and picked him up.

11/07/2011  Much has happened over the past months, and I'm still hard at work.  I'm not finished yet, but hopefully soon!

11/05/2011  Researched modulations and turnarounds.

11/02/2011  Worked out the chords to "Changing Times", a future project.

10/28/2011  Went to Las Vegas with Tony and Sharla.

10/26/2011  Investigated a new 3/4 Time melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel Me" in the Key of F and programmed it.

10/24/2011  Worked out the chords to "The Decay", a future project.

10/15/2011  Worked out a new melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel Me".

10/12/2011  Started a new Excel file to list the scale degrees for each song, and other artist's songs, to aid in song development.

10/11/2011  Walked to the Post Office with Cheena today.

10/08/2011  Went to the beach in Oceanside today.  It was very relaxing and I had a good workout with my Frisbee.

10/06/2011  Circle Of Fifths research and study.

09/27/2011  Quit smoking cigarettes (the first time...2/16/2017, TAH).

09/26/2011  Scale Degree and Mode research and study.

09/20/2011  Started a formal workout regimen to get in shape.

09/15/2011  Finally isolated and removed the virus files.  Sent them to McAfee for analysis.

09/12/2011  After running a spyware check and rebooting, a virus popped up and hijacked my computer, a nasty thing called "Security Shield 2011".  Stay away from it if you can, it continually closes open windows while you're trying to remove it.

09/09/2011  At 1:30 AM the power came back on.

09/08/2011  The power went out today all across the southwestern US and Mexico.  The only sound was me playing through my set.

09/01/2011  My neighbors dog Jeeter fell into their pool today while no one was home, and I had to jump the fence and pull him out.  He would have died if it wasn't for the recession and my unemployment.  It's weird how things work out sometimes.

08/20/2011  Went to Temecula and saw Missing Persons and The Romantics in concert.  Warren Cuccurullo was not there, even though the poster said he would be, and The Romantics tore the house down (what do you expect from a Detroit band).  Excellent! We got a new, framed Beatles poster in the auction too.

08/17/2011  Started arranging "Tomorrow Through Yesterday" documentation and programming.

08/09/2011  Took some more photos of Cheena.

08/02/2011  The package design is finished and I'm getting everything mixed down.  It's a lot harder than I thought it would be.  Thanks!

08/01/2011  Assembled a final CD package and it looks great!

07/30/2011  Conducted a photo shoot for Cheena because she's on the back cover.

07/27/2011  Received CD materials and started the package design. 

07/25/2011  Reorganized the studio by transferring files and moving an old computer out to reduce the noise levels.

07/23/2011  Ordered blank CD's, labels and jewel cases.

07/17/2011  Started recording vocal parts into DAW.

07/16/2011  My friend Dennis Romero showed up today at Bob's house in Jamul.  Played "Unravel Me", "Then I Explode" & "Asleep At The Wheel" and had a smashing good time.

07/13/2011  Started recording guitars parts into DAW.

07/07/2011 - 07/10/2011  Seattle & Olympia, WA with new CD in hand.

07/06/2011  Burned the first version of the entire album, without guitars and vocals, as a performance CD for my upcoming trip.

06/24/2011 - 07/05/2011  Went through all the songs and fixed errors, adjusted levels, tweaked settings and played repeatedly.

06/23/2011  Feeling sick today; transferred some old WAV and picture files to my backup hard drive.

06/22/2011  Finished "Time/Sweet Belize" and recorded into DAW.

06/14/2011  Started arranging "Sweet Belize" documentation and programming.  "Time" and "Sweet Belize" will segue together.

06/10/2011  First public performance of "Asleep At The Wheel" in Jamul.  Fonz really liked it and rushed out to hear it!  Thank you!

06/07/2011  Started arranging "Time" documentation and programming.

06/06/2011  Finished "Asleep At The Wheel" and recorded into DAW.

06/04/2011  Wrote and arranged bridge for "Asleep At The Wheel".

05/30/2011  Started arranging "Asleep At The Wheel" documentation and programming.

05/26/2011  Renamed band to "Thermium" after finding too many "therm's" on MySpace.  What's up with that?

05/18/2011  Re-recorded "Unravel Me", "Something's Out There", "Then I Explode", "The Universal Anthem" and "War" to DAW.

05/17/2011  Rearranged "Unravel Me" to the Key of Eb with the same chord progression.

05/15/2011  Added "Texas Spring" audio.  Please keep in mind that these files are compressed and the CD will be higher quality.

05/14/2011  Finished recording "Texas Spring".

05/10/2011  I recorded a little song today called "Rocket Rap" that I had written back in February of '94 when I was launching rockets up in the Lompoc area. Back then, we really got into it and were building extreme rockets in size and power. I recorded this to send to Dale since he was going through a similar phase with his kids today. I should post it here, but it's kind of corny. Oh well.

05/06/2011  Alex & Marc show up for an impromptu jam session.

04/29/2011  First email announcement of web site kickoff.

04/24/2011  Added "Fossiliferous" video to this site via MySpace. (MySpace will be broken in the future and this won't work).

04/09/2011  Web site initially posted to the web.

03/31/2011  Attended photo shoot for the album, got a lot of nice shots.

03/26/2011  Recorded all tracks for "War" into DAW.  Needs more work.

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