08/03/2017 Went to the
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Lucky for a long walk this morning. Had an email
Rafael. Sun and swim workout with the kids. Posted a photo of the
old roller coaster ride
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
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
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
a local realtor that we met in our search. Went to dinner at the
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.
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
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.
yet again, we get together for Facebook Live
tonight! I was wearing an Eagles shirt I got at
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
"cone of shame".
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
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and
"Young Girl" by
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
Dodger Stadium really messed up my respiratory system, but it
cleared up after a while.
The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium, day two. Earth, Wind &
Fire, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac.
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
Best Little Cat House in
with some cat equipment they found. That's the place that
overdosed Tully when she stayed there, I would
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
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.
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
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,
90210. I watched
deGrasse Tyson interview atheist extraordinaire
MacFarlane on Neil's
StarTalk TV show from 1/4/2017. It was really good. Seth personally
helped pay for all of Dr.
Sagan's papers and memorabilia to be archived at the
Library of Congress
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
"Driftwood" by the
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
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
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.
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
(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
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
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
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,
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.
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",
"Nobody Home", and
"Counting Stars". For my performance tonight, I played
"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
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.
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
(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
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,
Stephen Perricone. They thanked me for sharing their
06/18/2017 The cable and internet are out, all
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
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
PSR-240 keyboard with them to practice on. The rest of us went and
played in the pool.
06/17/2017 Went to the
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
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
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
Planet Hollywood. Tried to get out there to see her.
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
"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
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
Warriors won the
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
Taqueria on the way home from Costco. Made vanilla ice cream with
two whole vanilla beans. The
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
06/08/2017 Took some lemons over for Kristen.
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",
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Memorial Day. Got a newer, better wrist brace at
05/28/2017 We were supposed to go see Chris and Art
Silver Lake, but they cancelled this morning. Rescheduled for this
upcoming Saturday. Had pizza from
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
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.
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
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
afterward with Lucky, and it was very hot
outside. I got some new sunglasses from the
Sunglass Hut at the Fashion Square Mall on
05/18/2017 Me and Lucky got
to stop by the
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.
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
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
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
driving the opposite way in what appeared to be a black
Cobra, with his big head sticking out. On the way home, me and
Lucky stopped by the
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
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
I must have seen
Roger today, but I didn't document it
anywhere. Had dinner at
Goldie's on 3rd
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
Cold War Kids
acoustic version due to screwing it up so much". Walked with Lucky up to
Petco to get some treats for Tully. Made some more chocolate ice
cream using morsels.
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
contest. Ate all the chocolate ice cream.
05/06/2017 It's a rainy, overcast day today.
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
Playlist" on NBC.
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
installs it. Didn't play guitar today for some reason.
05/04/2017 Visited the
again this morning
with Lucky. I washed the
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
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
on Robertson north of Wilshire, called
I love Moroccan food. This place is co-owned by
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,
"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
05/02/2017 Laurie suggested the song
"Counting Stars" by
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
compote directly into vanilla ice cream, and then hand swirled the
compote into the final mix. It's really good. Posted on
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
"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
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
Beverly Blvd. and I had the
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!
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
"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
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
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
04/20/2017 Drove over the hill this morning so I
Roger this afternoon. Went to the
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
Me and Laurie went there and had the deep fried pickles which is one of
performed again for
Wearing a gray pullover shirt and shorts, I started off with the song
Cold War Kids. Walked with Lucky up
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
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
Manuelito's Mexican Restaurant in Canoga Park.
04/14/2017 Went to the
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.
Carey's Facebook page. Laurie lips numb,
checked BP and laid down on the couch at 10 PM.
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
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
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.
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
Steakhouse in Encino, I had filet mignon.
03/31/2017 It was windy again today. I watched the
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Stopped at the
and it was cold and windy. A worker there told me to put
Lucky on a leash. Had dinner at
The Ponte in West
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
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.
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
& Grill in
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
03/16/2017 Back at the
with Lucky this morning. Today we walked into
Coldwater Canyon Park where it adjoins the
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
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
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
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
with Lucky this morning. Got a 100 ft. spool of
14 gauge speaker wire from
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
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.
Santa Ana winds started today also.
Investigated how to modulate the fans in the new
amplifier. Voted today by dropping our ballots off at our polling place
on Dixie Canyon. Had a late dinner at
Monte Cristo sandwich. Needed
Tums later on.
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
Out", and it was good. Received my
connectors from Amazon.
Facebook Live today
because I was busy on Wednesday. My notes say I played "The Decay", "Key
to The Past" (in the key of
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
03/01/2017 Took Laurie to
Burbank Airport for a
one day conference in Sacramento today. Finished catching up on this blog.
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
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.
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
02/24/2017 Delivered a letter to
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
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
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
02/16/2017 Trying to catch up on my blog.
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.
Harrison Ford flew his airplane over a commercial jet waiting on the
runway to land at
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.
Wednesday; made an announcement for
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.
The Voice TV
show in Las Vegas today. I sang the song
"Heaven Can Wait" from
Meat Loaf from the
"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
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
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
02/02/2017 Had my appointment with
Roger Schwarz in
today for the first time, it used to be in
Wednesday; tonight is
Facebook Live night, wore
tank top and shorts. Played the songs "Lucky Boy",
"Orphan Of The
"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
audition on Saturday. Saw "Roger,
01/30/2017 Monday; me and the kids played in the
sun today, and we had a guest.
Friday; performed on
Facebook Live again. I
changed the camera angle, lighting, and wore a nice white striped tee
01/26/2017 I texted Alex & Marc, and Alex ended up
calling. We talked for 41 minutes and 28 seconds.
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
01/24/2017 Went to
Park again today.
01/21/2017 Saturday; the sun came out today in
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
Park today with Lucky. It
was very cold, 39° F, and it warmed up to
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
Rose Bowl Monday,
USC wins in highest
scoring Rose Bowl ever. Made a batch of orange
ice cream, nice.
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
Park today with Lucky.
Ordered Ted Greene and
Joe Byrd CD's, one as a gift for
for turning me on to Ted.
12/19/2016 Recorded the
Ted Greene CD that I
12/18/2016 Caulked the ants in the upstairs shower.
Won $4 in the Powerball drawing!
12/17/2016 Cleaned, oiled and restrung my
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
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
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.
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
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
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
10/21/2016 Picked up Sandy & Nancy at LAX and went
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
BonaVista Lounge in the
Bonaventure hotel downtown in preparation for an upcoming visit from
10/14/2016 Dale texted information about my mom's
10/08/2016 Texted Alex & Marc about coming over for
10/04/2016 There was a water main break on
Canyon Drive tonight, traffic will be affected tomorrow.
09/26/2016 Attended an informal get-together with
the doctors of Cedar-Sinai.
La Russa who played
Brooke Hamilton on
09/20/2016 Went to Pan Pacific Park
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
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
08/29/2016 Filled out a survey for Mars One
08/28/2016 Attended the
Newport Beach today. It was interesting and I saw a cool band play.
08/27/2016 Went to the
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
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,
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
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.
BOINC cured a
recent crashing spree when coming out of the screensaver (see 7/27/16
08/02/2016 Pan Pacific Park
08/01/2016 Monday; me and the kids played in the
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
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
07/23/2016 Sand fire in Santa Clarita. Green algae
pool. Tully is doing better, but it looks like she had a
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
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
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.
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
Best Little Cat House in
noticed that she was lethargic and not her normal self. It looks likes
she's drunk or high on drugs, and she does take
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
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
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
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
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
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
C. Posted pictures to
06/19/2016 It was a hot day today, it reached
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
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
06/14/2016 Connected a 320 GB HDD and used
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
Delta 1010 sound card, among other things, finally got it working at
06/11/2016 Marc left early on a Saturday for work!
Dumped AVG anti-virus software because of high CPU usage, switched to
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
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
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
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.
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
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
sang the song
"One More Arrow" by
Elton John from the record
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
05/26/2016 Troubleshooting computer problems, found
Firewall logs that show some program repeatedly opening and closing
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;
Cold War Kids,
"Ex's & Oh's" by
"Viva La Vida" by
"Under The Bridge" by the
Red Hot Chili
"One More Arrow" by
05/21/2016 Went to south central LA today to watch
Space Shuttle's main fuel tank,
make its way through the streets to it's new home at the
California Science Center.
05/20/2016 Completed the videos for
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
05/16/2016 Cutting back on my
ADHD meds because
it's affecting my voice.
05/15/2016 The deadline for the
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
6-String Theory Competition that I entered.
05/13/2016 Signed up for
auditions in LA on Saturday, May 28 at 7 AM.
Yamaha officially announces
the introduction of the
Montage synthesizer, the replacement to the
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
today. It was cloudy in the LA basin and you couldn't see the city.
04/28/2016 Looked up
information about a
that I attended in Lakeland, FL, at the
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
Prince passed away from a drug overdose.
Guns N' Roses
Troubadour club in West Hollywood in preparation for their upcoming
Manny Pacquiao at Pan Pacific Park
03/21/2016 Entered the Taylor Guitar Contest.
Updated website; fixed Navigation Bar links, the setting had inadvertently
changed, probably a stray click.
Rob responded to my message and we talked on the phone, sent him a friend
Sent a message to Rob Arens on
Facebook to see if it's the
"real" Rob Arens from Cass Ave,
Went to see the King of The Cage MMA fights at
Citizens Business Bank
CA. Met some guys from the
City of Maywood,
CA, and had a good
Updated website a little, there are still some outstanding issues.
Me and Lucky went to
Park today and took some video footage.
02/29/2016 Still working on the submission package for that upcoming TV show
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.
Started taking my allergy meds again due to all the illnesses I've been
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.
I've been literally sick for three weeks now, I'm just getting to the
point where I can sing again.
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.
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
Ionic Pro Turbo electrostatic precipitator around this time.
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
Attended the All-Star
Charity Tribute to The Beach Boys and the California Sound, benefiting
Hope" & "Rock
the Cure", at
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,
Disney Animation Studios and
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.
Fixed all the broken links I could find.
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
Visited Griffith Observatory during the day, and the
Pier at night.
Sharla & Jason stopped by for a few days;
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
and the Hollywood Wax
Went to Chavez
Ravine to see the Dodgers lose to the
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.
Registered to audition for
Voice TV show next month in Los
Registered with Yamaha
MusicSoft to download two songs.
Documented my copy of Movie
Studio Platinum, Version 12.0, Build 1184.
G Land Pest Control was upstairs at the neighbors house, they left at
about 2:50 PM.
I did something with the web site 500px.com, a photo sharing site, but
they want money. I won't be using it.
This whole week was cold and the windows were shut, I had to clean my left
ear again, and I had congestion this morning.
Saw Manny again running down
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
Manny Pacquiao at
Pan Pacific Park running with his minions in
preparation for his upcoming fight with Floyd
Saw Jane Lynch at the
Kings Road Cafe this morning. She was on her phone,
but gave me a smile and a nod.
Cut back on meds to try to reduce the stress the house is causing.
- 04/15/2015 House hunting.
House hunting. Earth Hour.
- 03/27/2015 House hunting.
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.
- 03/18/2015 House hunting.
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.
Had to clean my ears again, the third time so far in this house, due to
all the mold and bugs, etc.
Went to Plummer Park for a tenants rights meeting with volunteer lawyers.
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
Called Tenant Hub in Los Angeles for a lawyer referral.
Appointment to see the Mediterranean Gem on McCadden Place.
Conducted mold research and contacted some abatement companies.
argument about lawyers for upcoming move. Laurie has high blood pressure
due to the stress of this crappy house.
Wrote the "Addendum to 1st List" which is just a continuation of
documenting the problems in our house.
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.
Returned home from the hotel due to work supposedly being finished. The
house is a mess and wasn't cleaned.
Started searching for a new place to live, Brimco can kiss my ass.
walkthrough; the "Telescope Incident". We leave this piece of shit
house to go to a hotel for health reasons.
Work starts to try and fix all the problems with our house.
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.
Published the initial "Issues" list documenting the problems in
Renewed Planetary Society membership.
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.
At a hospital holiday party, I met actor Brian
Thompson and his wife Sharon Braun. We had a nice long chat, he's from
Went to the California Science Center to see the "Pompeii/
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.
Still hanging pictures.
Started unpacking pictures. Had a talk with Laurie on the way home from
During a phone conversation, Marc indicated that Alex might have Brugada
Syndrome (see 9/24/2014).
Cleaned the drapes in the new house that were filthy, I couldn't even
stand to look at them, let alone touch them.
Played my first set in the new house, rewired the Wah pedal to the
First log entry since moving to Los
Angeles. Finished cleaning the studio
yesterday, need to connect everything up.
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.
Saturday in Los Angeles, called to have the keys delivered to the house.
The moving trucks arrive in Wilsonville
and we begin the load-out.
Started packing up with the movers for the next couple of days.
Shellshock bug in
BASH (Linux & Apple). Checked Laurie's laptop and it
passed four of the scripts on
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).
In Los Angeles for our upcoming move, walked through our prospective house
for the first time.
Continued working the song "DMS".
Collins. I don't remember where
this came from, but it was in my notes.
Studied Standard Lyrical Styles - The History of Songwriting on
netplaces.com. That web site now defaults to About.com.
Lost some edits, presumably for "DMS", but they were documented
in Excel so they were easy to repair.
Working "DMS"; looking for the voice I used for Track16,
couldn't remember, used CP80.
The neighbor across the street is mowing the "Field of Weeds".
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.
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.
Downloaded Nero Wave Editor to try to edit those large files.
- 06/08/2014 Olympia, WA.
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.
Laurie had her hip replacement today. Ellie called and told us that
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
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
Back to Wilsonville.
To Olympia, WA for
Easter with Laurie's family.
Returned the rental car and got a speeding ticket in Wilsonville, after
driving over 2000 miles.
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.
Left Jamul for Wilsonville at approximately 4:30 PM.
Arrived in Jamul at approximately 11:30 AM. Setup my portable studio and
started helping out around the house.
Sunday, left Wilsonville, driving to
San Diego to see Bob & Ellie.
Back to "Forgotten In Time"; removed all unused envelopes and
"Key To The Past" revisions; had envelope issues & removed
all unused envelopes, added a kick envelope.
"Key To The Past" revisions; changed all Patterns to 116.3 bpm.
I may have made my snowman on this trip to Salishan
(see 10/26/13). Returned to Wilsonville.
Performed again in the lodge today, people from the conference stopped by
after learning I was with Laurie.
Performed in the lodge with my travel amp, no one told me to leave and
lot's of people enjoyed the music.
Split off album "Take Two" and burned separate CDs. Weekend at Salishan Spa & Golf
Resort for Laurie's conference
"Key To The Past" revisions.
Attended a Celebration of Life at
Western Oregon University for
who passed away from cancer.
An incident occurred today at a restaurant in Portland with a
friend of Laurie's. Brushed up on hip replacement surgery.
"Key To The Past" Bass track revision.
Reviewed the song
"Key To The Past" for Bass issues; started playing in the Bass
by hand for normal note durations.
Hip Chicks Winery & Mexican dinner in Milwaukie,
Donor's reception in Salem.
Continue working "Forgotten In Time", assembled crude song.
Uganda issues a statement saying gays are disgusting & against the
Arizona passed a law today allowing discrimination in favor of religion.
Retirement party in Salem.
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.
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.
Rain stopped, clouds broke, sun shining, still windy, squirrels in yard
Went to see Sandy & Nancy in Portland.
The Sun is actually shining today, but there is still snow on the ground.
Happy birthday Laurie! Had a minor HD crash after a program hung up during
Icy snow today.
It's Saturday, there's enough snow in the yard that I had to go make a
Snow in Wilsonville again, lot's of snow.
Finished working the Chorus of "Forgotten In Time".
It snowed in Wilsonville,
OR today for a couple of hours between 2 PM and
Super Bowl Sunday...and the
Seattle Seahawks win!
I was sick all day today but don't know why?
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".
Check out a replacement instrument for the violin in "Forgotten In Time".
Continue with song composition.
Returned home from Olympia,
WA after Laurie's brother Mack passed away.
Engineered a wall mounting system for the Bose AM5 modules from spare
parts in the garage.
Setup HD video and Dolby 5.1 surround sound system.
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.
Received my e-mail rejection letter from Mars One for the first round of
Continuing with "Forgotten In Time", working out note and chord
runs. Happy Holidays everyone!
Continued with "Forgotten In Time", Tom Tom drum kit selection.
Attended a Holiday party at the CEO of Salem
Hospital's house, food was
excellent including shrimp, & lobster cannelloni.
Thanksgiving in Olympia,
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.
Completed work on
"Key To The Past", the next song on the schedule is
"Forgotten In Time", with "Never Say Never" a second.
Saw the stage version of "American Idiot" at Keller
Called Carrie and found out that mom has a brain tumor. Switched back
to AltaVista as my Home page (ref. 7/12/13).
"Key To The Past", changed the Hi-Hats again.
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).
While traveling home from Vancouver,
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.
Halloween in Wilsonville,
OR...one or two groups at the door. Oh well,
that's more candy for me.
Started working on the Intro to "Key To The Past".
Back in Portland.
I think this is the weekend I made a snowman at Salishan Spa & Golf
Lost my way taking Tully to the hotel in Milwaukie,
OR, due to the
"Great Wall of Milwaukie". Weekend at the beach.
For "Key To The Past"; new Hi-Hats, Outro is good, got the Bass
Back to Portland.
Weekend in Olympia.
Continued with modulation for "Key To The Past", including some
lyric (collapse the wave of probability).
Saw Bonnie Raitt today in Portland
at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert
with Marc Cohen opening for her.
Continued with modulation for "Key To The Past".
Win7 computer wireless (Lynksys
Wireless-G) went out today, switched to the NIC that was in the
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".
Saw "Gravity" in
IMAX 3D at
Laurie arrived back from
Making changes to "Key To The Past"; Bass mods, Tenor Sax &
Trombone, switched to violin, documented volume levels.
Called Ellie Boracci today. She called back about my website and I found
two errors because of her, thank you.
Dropped Laurie off at the airport for a conference in
Continued with Bass embellishment for "Key To The Past".
Replaced all the web site files and exploit is gone, cause unknown.
Finalized the transition to the key of
A Mixolydian and started
documenting the changes. Found JS/Redir Blackhole Exploit on the web site.
Continued editing the song "Key To The Past", started exploring
a Mixolydian key for the song.
Returned to Portland.
Travel to Los Angeles/ San Diego.
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.
Brought my website up to date.
Laurie's 35th High School Class Reunion in
Completed the application process for Mars
One and was accepted for the first round.
Signed up for astronaut selection on the Mars
One website and started filling out the forms.
Scribbled some new lyrics in my notebook, I'll have to come back to this.
Went to see Allen Hinds
at Jimmy Mak's in
the Pearl District,
It was an excellent show, Allen is so smooth.
Checked out the Mars
One website and reviewed the astronaut criteria.
at a free concert in Bridgeport
They opened with my favorite song, "Valerie".
Switched my Home page to Google.
Vista home page was finally decommissioned today. I had used it
since 1995, when the site was created.
Waterfront Blues Festival, day 2. Saw
man for The Animals and WAR. Excellent show for 71 years old!
Waterfront Blues Festival, day 1.
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.
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.
- 04/21/2013 Trying to get the
SATA drive to work with my computer
Trying to add a
SATA hard drive to Laurie's computer, flashed the
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.
Preparing to move to
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.
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
& 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
Spoke to Gary Hinds, my new friend at work, and his brother is a musician,
Allen Hinds, who occasionally
plays at The
Potato in Studio City, Los Angeles. As of this update, I haven't
seen him play there yet.
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.
Started a new job today on an
HVAC contract for Marine Corps Base Camp
Dante's Friday Night Beer Bash.
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
Bob & Ellie's for dinner. Southbound I-15 closed due to an
accident, except the carpool lanes.
Lucky found pizza crust on the floor somewhere, I wonder where that came
Half priced Halloween corndogs at
Still working out the kinks with "The Decay".
I had a fight with Alex, who has been disrespectful lately. He's
claiming squatter's rights.
The Tigers lose the
Breakfast with Lucky at the
Cafe in Vista.
Took Lucky back to
Wildwood Park today, and stopped by Dante's for the
Friday Night Beer Bash (he makes his own).
Laurie's brother and my friend, Steve, passed away from a heart attack
today while he was fishing.
Played "Changing Times" and "Virtual Reality" for my
neighbors Dan & Dante in Dante's home studio.
Applied for a job today with the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory. Never heard from them again.
Bob & Ellie's for dinner.
Received the parts and repaired the coffee machine, thank goodness.
Started composing the song "The Decay".
Created a mosaic from the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image recently
released, and posted it to
Sully the Cat showed up today.
The Barista coffee maker is broken due to too many years of normal use,
ordered a new portafilter.
Made modifications to "10,000 Years" and continued editing.
The Sugar Cup Lid Incident.
Completed the initial composition of "10,000 Years" and recorded
it quickly (2 tracks) for dinner in Jamul with Bob & Ellie.
Still searching for work, plenty of rejections though.
The neighbors dog Jeeter and his friend showed up at my house this morning
after busting through the gate.
Me and Laurie took the boys out for dinner and drinks to celebrate their
Alex called and said he got a job!
Started composing the song "10,000 Years".
Completed setting up Laurie's computer by finally getting the sound to
work today. The reported drivers name was wrong.
Went through my old writing looking for stuff to work on next.
Boys Birthday. Alex called and needed a place to stay so we took him
Reformatted the hard drive successfully, although it looks like about 60
MB of the drive have been marked out as bad.
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.
Crashed an old, operable computer of mine today trying to backup Laurie's
data. I'll have to work on that later.
Laurie bought a new Chevy
Volt. It's the coolest thing, and it's
built very well...I want one!
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.
Went to a job interview in LA, 200 miles round trip and 7 hours of
time. I eventually did not get the job.
Neil Armstrong passed away today. "Bon voyage, my friend".
Started composing the song "Enchilada".
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.
Made it to the beach today, it was great. Played my
Frisbee by the
pier, just like old times.
Started composing the song "Virtual Reality".
Spoke with Chuck Katz via e-mail today.
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!
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
Replaced the rear brake shoes on my Dodge Ram pickup truck, they had
started to squeal.
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.
Uploaded some poems to Poetry.com.
Friday the 13th. Went to see
Impentris tonight at the
Ramona, CA. It was loud, but good.
Started composing the song "Childhoods End".
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
Lucky's 5th Birthday!
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.
Went to the beach today, but the marine layer was so thick, it was
cold. We didn't stay.
Officially completed "Changing Times", started composing
"Tomorrow Through Yesterday".
Sang "Changing Times" for the first time for Laurie, in her car,
on the way back from picking her up at the airport.
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
"I'll Be There" enough to be functional. Started
composing a song of mine titled "Changing Times".
Bob & Ellie called to wish me a Happy Birthday, and to actually sing
"Happy Birthday". Thank you very much!
Took Lucky back to the walking park, but this time we drove.
"I'll Be There". The LA Kings win the
Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils after 45 years as a franchise.
Found more errors in the SmartMedia card data, they were minor and
Completed all edits for the lost data and played through the entire set.
Found out you can "Unsubscribe" people on Facebook.
Venus transited the sun today. I set up my telescope to project the
image onto a screen, and I posted a photo to Facebook.
Still working on the lost data, it was worse than I thought. Started
practicing the song
"The Greatest Love of All" by
Received SmartMedia cards and backed up the data successfully.
Started working to restore the lost files.
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.
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.
Feeling much better today, my first day of real singing since I got
sick. Alex and Marc stopped by to exchange laptops.
Light singing, still feeling bad but improving. Attended a
MoveOn.org 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
My health is improving, it must have been the flu or a really bad
cold. No singing or playing since the 5th.
Attended the 31st
Annual Auction & Dinner for The
Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center as a guest of Southwest
Unfortunately, I couldn't shake anyone's hand since I had gotten sick on
the way home from Greensboro.
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.
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.
Shopped for some clothes for the audition.
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
Laptop repair complete, finished updating all software.
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.
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
Alex brought his laptop by and it won't boot. Started working on
recovering it. Hardware is fine, it's a software issue only.
Found my website hijacked by Exploit Pharmacy Spam Site (type 1704) which
redirected traffic to a Canadian Family Pharmacy via [retailersaleviagra.com]. See 04/04/12 for solution.
My trip to Greensboro is finalized. My brother
Dale and my sister
Carrie are going to join me there. Yeah!
Started practicing "Blue Moon" in the style of
Presley's Sun Records version of 1954, Key of C, progression I-vi-IV-V.
Practice and dinner in Jamul with Bob and Ellie.
Walked 10.5 miles to test my workout results and get a prescription from
Check out my friend Ryan
Huttleston and his new web site TeknixConcepts.com.
This guy is the real deal, he's good!
Jimmy Buffet in concert at
Arena at San Diego State
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,
Carolina, near where some of my family lives anyway, and audition
there on May 1st. Registration is April 29-30.
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
Replaced the old "Unravel
Me" audio file with the new music, albeit without guitars and
vocals. Still working on that.
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?
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.
Added Links and Photos pages.
Updated site and added Cheena tribute page.
Some of the songs I've been practicing lately are, "Viva
La Vida" by Coldplay and
Gaga. I'm going to be checking out "Rolling
In The Deep" by Adele also.
Registered for The X Factor
auditions in San Francisco. The venue is
The Cow Palace in
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
Sent e-mail for The X Factor
The X Factor releases the 2012
audition schedule. San Francisco is the only live,
Updated web site and added this (pseudo) blog. Song links are broken
due to Cox Cable, searching for a new storage area.
All the kids were over today for Laurie's birthday, and to sign up for the
Cancer Walk for
Shot some videos of me performing in Jamul.
Registered with Facebook
in support of The X Factor
Marc & Brittany came over and we had dinner and watched
Cheena McCully passed away due to lung cancer. She was a good dog
and friend, and she'll be missed.
Happy New Year!
Holidays in Olympia,
WA. Laurie's dad
passed away around this time.
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.
Checked out "Viva
La Vida" by Coldplay.
Finished "Unravel Me"
and recorded into DAW.
It's back in the Key
of D at this point.
Came up with some chords for the song "Fields Of California".
333 with Marc & Brittany for Thanksgiving.
- 11/26/2011 Scale Degree exercises and research in support of "Unravel
Worked out a new melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel
Me". This is the last iteration, and sounds the best to me.
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.
Much has happened over the past months, and I'm still hard at work.
I'm not finished yet, but hopefully soon!
Researched modulations and
Worked out the chords to "Changing
Times", a future project.
10/28/2011 Went to
Vegas with Tony and Sharla.
Investigated a new 3/4 Time melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel
Me" in the Key
of F and programmed it.
Worked out the chords to "The
Decay", a future project.
Worked out a new melody line and chord progressions for "Unravel
Started a new Excel file to list the scale degrees for each song, and
other artist's songs, to aid in song development.
Walked to the Post Office with Cheena today.
Went to the beach in Oceanside
today. It was very relaxing and I had a good workout with my
Circle Of Fifths research and study.
Quit smoking cigarettes (the first time...2/16/2017, TAH).
Scale Degree and
Mode research and study.
Started a formal workout regimen to get in shape.
Finally isolated and removed the virus files. Sent them to McAfee
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.
At 1:30 AM the power came back on.
The power went out today all across the southwestern US and
The only sound was me playing through my set.
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.
Went to Temecula and saw
Persons and The
Romantics in concert. Warren
Cuccurullo was not there, even though the poster said he would be, and
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.
Started arranging "Tomorrow Through
Yesterday" documentation and programming.
Took some more photos of Cheena.
The package design is finished and I'm getting everything mixed
down. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be. Thanks!
Assembled a final CD package and it looks great!
Conducted a photo shoot for Cheena because she's
on the back cover.
Received CD materials and started the package design.
Reorganized the studio by transferring files and moving an old computer
out to reduce the noise levels.
Ordered blank CD's, labels and jewel cases.
Started recording vocal parts into DAW.
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.
Started recording guitars parts into DAW.
- 07/10/2011 Seattle
WA with new CD in hand.
Burned the first version of the entire album, without guitars and vocals,
as a performance CD for my upcoming trip.
- 07/05/2011 Went through all the songs and fixed errors, adjusted
levels, tweaked settings and played repeatedly.
Feeling sick today; transferred some old WAV and picture files to my
backup hard drive.
Belize" and recorded into DAW.
Started arranging "Sweet
Belize" documentation and programming. "Time"
and "Sweet Belize"
will segue together.
First public performance of "Asleep
At The Wheel" in Jamul. Fonz really liked it and rushed out
to hear it! Thank you!
Started arranging "Time"
documentation and programming.
Finished "Asleep At
The Wheel" and recorded into DAW.
Wrote and arranged bridge for
At The Wheel".
Started arranging "Asleep
At The Wheel" documentation and programming.
Renamed band to "Thermium" after finding too many "therm's"
on MySpace. What's up with that?
Re-recorded "Unravel Me",
There", "Then I
Universal Anthem" and "War"
Rearranged "Unravel Me"
to the Key of Eb with the same chord progression.
Added "Texas Spring"
audio. Please keep in mind that these files are compressed and the
CD will be higher quality.
Finished recording "Texas
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.
Alex & Marc show up for an impromptu jam session.
First email announcement of web site kickoff.
video to this site via MySpace.
(MySpace will be
broken in the future and this won't work).
Web site initially posted to the web.
Attended photo shoot for the album, got a lot of nice shots.
Recorded all tracks for "War"
into DAW. Needs more work.