03/16/2019 Lucky walk,
petted Star, pulled some weeds. EH&C
sandwich for breakfast, substitute Canadian bacon. Petco for treats.
Computer sync; subscribed to Blue Origin rocket website. Tri-tip with
potato's and corn for dinner. Hot tub.
03/15/2019 Morning walk; petted
Star, saw Steve &
Skip when we got back home. Someone is going away for the weekend
(x). Swept the house. While watching the
"1000 Miles of Sebring" car race in Florida, they mentioned there
was going to be a
Cape Canaveral that they would be able to see from the racetrack. It
was delayed 90 minutes, and it was dark when the launch occurred, but
they got an image of it...when it was just a blob of light against the
sky, just after the SRBs were jettisoned (it was a Delta IV, and the
video calls them SRMs). Check out this
Blue Origin suborbital flight also, it's incredible. It has nothing
to do with the other launch, but I saw it on YouTube. Did my workout
today. Computer sync; the stupid porn shoot
next door is flashing fucking light in the windows and I need to find a
way to stop it. They should have to block it because it's very annoying
and I feel like it's going to cause me seizures. I closed the closet
door, which is a mirror, so that they might have to put up a block
because of the reflections. I don't know if it worked, the flashes
continued, but then eventually stopped. Played through a set outside by
the pool. Finished the goulash. Ended up falling asleep on the couch.
Lucky walk, saw Gary's wife out trimming the
roses and we had a chat. Her name is Naylene,
or Nierene, I didn't get it right. She said
they have trees in pots if we want to plant some in our front yard,
which, she noted, needs a tree or two. Today is the
return appointment for the Volt at Allen
Gwynn Chevrolet at 10 AM. I called them at 9 AM to make sure
everything was go, and a guy, who mumbled his name so I can't tell you
who he was, basically told me that they have no idea what's wrong with
the car, so it will be 4-6 hours for discovery alone, and that it stood
a good chance of staying overnight. I asked him, since they were the
ones who got information from the vehicle remotely, that they must have
some idea of what the problem is from what the car told them, and that
must have had some bearing on the text that they themselves sent, so
someone must know something. He supposedly had no information for me. I
told him I need some transportation like a loaner or rental car, and he
said all he can do is call Lyft for me. I cancelled the appointment and
I'll reschedule it when I can get a rental car over there, or pitch a
tent in their parking lot. Computer sync; investigated the issue of
applications "pinning" themselves to the Start Menu when you run them.
Last of the Master Yoda. Leftover goulash.
03/13/2019 It's a sunny day so far, took
Lucky for a nice walk. Saw the white,
three-legged dog in passing. Pulled some weeds. My left hand is thrashed
with cuts and abrasions from pulling the
yellow clover. EH&C sandwich for breakfast, substitute Canadian bacon
instead of ham. Computer sync. Workout, nice. Updated
RealPlayer and it was hosed. It locked up the system at times and
popped up nag screens. I finally converted all the .rmj files to .mp3
and deleted RealPlayer once and for all, including the stupid Library
that it hangs over your head at the end to try to keep some kind of
foothold on your computer. It's practically
I sent them a paragraph about why I uninstalled it. I used to like
RealPlayer, but they don't seem to care about anything but advertising.
I'm trying to move away from that. Hamburger goulash. Hot tub.
Lucky, no Willow, saw Star.
Ms. Edmonds drove a mini out of her garage
just after we saw Star. I checked her out and gave her a nod. I took the
Volt to Allen
Gwynn Chevrolet in Glendale this morning for an appointment at 10:20
AM. They texted Laurie because the car has the
Check Engine light on and it's been acting weird lately
sometimes. It seams that the Volt can contact the dealership by itself
when it thinks it needs to report stuff. I didn't know that, and it
should have been known. What else is it sending back? Loads of crap I'm
sure, without our knowledge. The dealer indicated that they had
something happen recently that set back the Service Department to the
point that they wouldn't be able to get to the car today, that it would
have to be left overnight, or brought in at 6-7 AM in the morning. I
didn't want any of that, so I went in and made another appointment for
sometime in the future when I can wait for the car without leaving it. I
made an appointment for Thursday, March 14th at 10 AM. What a
waste of time and energy. They could have
contacted me and pushed the appointment back. Went to CVS for Laurie and
the prescription has been sent by mail. Sun
and light workout. Computer sync. Puffy Delivery; Alien OG and finally,
Purple Punch cart. Hot tub.
today is The
Voice at The Hotel Cafe
Open Mic Night day, but Laurie is flying
out later this evening and I have to drop her off at
Walked Lucky, no Willow, saw
Star (x). No
workout since it's cold and overcast. Found out today that
died on March 2, 2019 of a blood clot brought on by pneumonia. Her
husband performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. I saw her at The
Hotel Cafe on Monday, December 10, 2018. Hot tub.
03/10/2019 Lucky walk, no
Willow, scrubbed Star. Decided to make
home-made pizza tonight for dinner,
including dough from scratch in the bread machine. The dough was dry so
I should increase the water next time I make it. We made two pizzas from
the dough and stretched it until it was pretty thin. In hindsight, it
might have been better to use the entire 1 1/2 pounds of dough for a
single pie so that the crust was thicker, and not so crispy in the end.
It didn't help that the dough was dry. It all turned out good though.
03/09/2019 Earlier than normal walk this morning,
no Willow or Star. Cleaned house. Computer sync; website Photos. Picked
up Laurie from the
late because of plane issues, something about the
windshield, and they had to switch planes. Leftover chicken
dinner. Hot tub.
03/08/2019 We saw Willow
again on our walk this morning. I noticed that the treat I left on the
wall was gone, so she knows that I came back since Wednesday, when I
last saw her, to leave that treat. She let me pet her for a little while
knowing I had another treat in my hand. I think she likes me. Well, she
puts up with me for the treats. I saw some large weeds that had crept in
where I had weeded before, in front by the orange tree, so I decided to
clear them out. Saw my neighbor
Sara a couple of times while I was out
there, and she said, "I don't want to hit you" as she was getting in her
van to back up. It was funny. She can run me over anytime she wants. I
got a blister on the palm of my right hand from the tool I was using to
pull up the large weeds. Computer sync; modified website page Photos to
add different images and remove a few. Made sort of a version of Chicken
a la King over rice for dinner tonight, it was really good.
03/07/2019 Thursday; trash day,
SV blocked by the cans, waited for them to
be moved. Finally took Lucky for a walk around 8:30 AM and only then did
they get moved (x). SV was there way past 9
AM. It was there when I went to Ralph's around 11 AM, and gone when I
came back, but it showed up again shortly after that. I know who's home
and the sun is shining, so I did my workout today. Found a phone number
Duncan on a website. I lost his number when my phone fell off the
car in Hollywood a while ago. I have no idea if it's any good, I was
just hoping he would text me about an upcoming show, and I would get the
number back that way. EH&C sandwich for dinner. Whiskey. Hot tub.
03/06/2019 It's still raining a lot. Hydrogen
hydroxide on the floor, added second Tygon. Took
Lucky for his walk when the rain stopped for a while (x).
Cleaned up the house a bit including the bread machine from the first
overflow fiasco. Made
Lodge pancakes for lunch, nice. Made bread again with three cups of
flour, but I still didn't reduce the other ingredients so it came out
runny. It made a loaf that turned out OK, but the proportions were off.
Computer sync. Took Lucky for a late walk
and we ended up seeing Willow, who let me
pet her, but she wanted a treat. Unfortunately I didn't have one at the
time, so she barked at me a little when we started to leave. I went back
with a treat after I took Lucky home, but Willow wasn't there, so I left
the treat on the wall at the corner.
03/05/2019 We saw Steve &
Skip on our walk this morning. I've been scrubbing
Star dog a lot more these days too. He
waits for us in the morning and loves little Lucky.
Computer sync. Videoed lightning in the Valley. Made tuna casserole for
03/04/2019 I was harvesting oranges again and I saw
Sara, and we had a nice conversation about
the oranges. Workout with no swim, I'm not heating the pool anymore to
cut costs. Weeds, computer sync, leftovers, and hot tub, in that order.
03/03/2019 It only sprinkled a little this morning,
the Sun is shining and things are drying out. I was trying to think of a
Pass Phrase today, and for some reason I thought of a passage from the
I went online and cobbled together a text version of the story, I loved
it as a kid. It was cool to read it again. I read the review of Part 4
which was published in 2014, but I don't know if I'll like that part,
we'll see. Petco, weeds, computer sync, and leftovers. Hot tub tonight,
the people in the
Amazing Big House next door were flying their
drone overhead when Lucky started
03/02/2019 It poured all night last night. It
rained on and off most of the day up until like 2 PM. Had pancakes for
breakfast. During a break in the rain I took Lucky out, and it started
to rain on us. I'm having problems with Google in that it's very slow
these days. Switched to
check them both out. Set my home page to DuckDuckGo. I ended up deleting
Firefox and reinstalling it, but then I had to redo all my settings. It
helped for a while, but it's still not as fast as it used to be. WTF!?
style pizza for dinner. The neighbors behind us had a party tonight.
It wasn't loud but the lights were bright and shining in the bedroom
03/01/2019 Pulled yellow clover in front and back,
it was growing since I was gone. Computer sync; Firefox is slow.
02/28/2019 Thursday; drove back from
Vallejo. Left the city at about 12:30 PM and got home around 5:50 PM
with one stop for water and gas. I was hauling ass. When I was unloading
the car, I saw our neighbor Sara parking
and we exchanged pleasantries on her way into the house.
02/25/2019 Spent the next three days in
Vallejo while it rained and flooded. Cleaned the apartment, played
some music, had time for myself, tried to
get a picture of the lady in the red dodge
02/24/2019 Up at 3:30
AM to get ready for
Voice audition. I
was walking over there by 5 AM, and I was near the front of the line. I
"I Wish I
Knew You" by
Revivalists and I
killed it, for still being sick, no less. Met Angel out in line, he's
from Riverside. I had a bunch of stuff I needed; antihistamine, cough
drops, saline nasal spray, moisturizing mouth spray, and a pack of
just to keep everything working long enough to sing for a minute and a
02/23/2019 Drove to
San Francisco and checked-in to the
Hotel Beresford. The Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig parade
through the East side screwed up traffic. At first we thought there was
a huge accident due to all the emergency vehicles with their lights on.
I only found this out in the audition line tomorrow.
02/22/2019 Friday; drove to
02/21/2019 Picked Laurie up from
at like 9:30 PM.
02/20/2019 Did my workout today.
02/19/2019 Tully was obnoxious all night, had to go
to the spare room. On the Lucky walk, I saw
Ms. Edmonds leaving her house, she gave me
a wave from inside her car. Made a breakfast sandwich and continued with
the computer sync. Looked up
from the party at
02/18/2019 Monday; President's Day, not for
Dumb-old Chump though, fuck that asshole. Lucky
walk, breakfast sandwich, and computer sync. Worked out and swam 30
laps, business as usual.
02/17/2019 Feeling a little better today, although
still like shit. The new box of cereal I bought is stale and I have to
take it back. Swept the house and cleaned the Poopy Hole. Computer sync;
Blog. Looked up
Chris Edmonds (IMDb),
a guy who lives near us who wrote a book, and is advertising it on his
wife's car. They have a big black poodle named Henry, and I run into
them on occasion while they walk the dog. I still feel like crap, I
should have got the Sudafed 12 hour.
02/16/2019 I am sick as a dog
this morning. The Sun is shining though, so I took
Lucky for a walk. I saw Gary and his wife working on their front
yard, and we chatted for a few minutes. Went to Ralph's for groceries
and antihistamine. Did a full workout with a swim.
Hamburger Helper for dinner, just like back in school. Fell asleep
on the couch.
02/15/2019 Took Lucky for a
walk at some point when it stopped raining. It started sunny but got
cloudy. Pulled some weeds. No workout due to cold and cloudy. Leftover
Tony's; the salad was shot, they must use preservatives.
couldn't walk Lucky this morning because it was
pouring down rain, all night long, and at 9:30 AM it's still pouring.
Computer sync; Blog. Pulled a lot of weeds in back and some in front.
Mexican for dinner. I'm starting to not feel
good, like I have whatever it was that Laurie had, and with my
audition coming up, that's a really bad thing. She's had it for weeks,
and I have my audition in 10 days, at 7 AM. [See 2/10/2019 for last
02/13/2019 It's overcast today, raining on & off.
Lucky walk. Collected some oranges hoping
Ms. Edmonds would drive by again and see
me, I saw her go by recently. Computer sync; Blog. Installed Tweak7, a
Win 7 tweaking utility, but I didn't like it, so I deleted it. The
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
video card is a Kepler architecture. Looked up hotels in San Francisco
for our upcoming trip. Settled on the
Hotel Beresford because it was cheaper, and they only charge $25 for
pets. Everywhere else it was $100. Opened the roof area in the Library
around the leak, and put a towel down to try to keep the surrounding
02/12/2019 Took Lucky for
his walk (x). Tully was good again last
on Facebook. She's an actress
also. I would like to collaborate with her! Followed
Delaney on Facebook and left a message on one of her posts. Computer
sync; Blog. Found a discrepancy in
"Asleep at the Wheel"
where the first line had changed over time, and I only noticed it while
listening to the song on Bandcamp. I fixed the source files and
documented what I found. Went to
the invitation of my realtor,
who was having a little get-together with some of his old clients. I had
a few drinks and some good conversation, I met
Got a card from Joe and swapped phone numbers with Louis. It was nice,
I'll be going again if they have another get-together.
The Hotel Cafe Open Mic Night. After walking
Lucky (x), I had
breakfast and watched a little
Bronson. Computer sync; Blog I'm sure. I did my workout in the sun,
but I didn't swim because I have to get ready for The Hotel Cafe. Later
at the club, I met
her own music. We talked about Missouri a little, where she grew up.
Inside I met Sunni, a 28 year old who was auditioning in San Francisco
at 2 PM. She sat at my table for a while and then left, and another
young woman, Katy Whalen (sp.) came and sat down. We talked, and she
couldn't believe how often I had been coming there, and still hadn't
been selected to perform. At one point she got up, I figured to get a
drink, but when she came back, she said she had asked them to let me
play, and they refused without being selected from the fishbowl. I had
nothing to do with this, but she said she works in music production as
an Audio Specialist, and she thought she could get it done. She really
liked me and gave me a hug when she left. She was
cute, I hope I see her again someday. Tully was good last night
after two nights of going crazy (she's 19 yr. old).
02/10/2019 Sunday; Tully was bonkers last night
too, I went to the spare room and shut the door. Took Laurie to
for her 3 PM flight to Sacramento. While we were texting, I realized
she thought my audition was one week
earlier than it was, the 17th instead the 24th. I was too tired for the
hot tub tonight. [This was the last time I was around Laurie before I
got sick, with what she had, on Thursday.]
02/09/2019 Tully was super crazy last night and I
lost a lot of sleep, I should have used the spare room but I didn't.
Casa Vega for an
early dinner (linner, or lunner? or lupper!). Hot tub later.
02/08/2019 Cleaned the house. Had eggs for
breakfast. Took Lucky for a walk. Picked Laurie
her hand scan was cancelled and she had to figure out what happened.
Tri-tip for dinner.
08/26/2018 Rally at
Chandler Bikeway at 11 AM. Stayed until around 1 PM. Many people
showed up and it was fun. Had lunch at
The Fat Dog off of
Magnolia by Vineland. Skipped dinner after the late lunch.
08/25/2018 Lucky walk.
Talked to Leona and told her I was a singer and I auditioned for The
Ficus gravel removal. Computer sync; fixing tags.
08/24/2018 Took the Lucky
walk, saw Willow and gave her a treat.
Computer sync; Space images. Found the Meta Tags in the files were not
entered correctly. A semi-colon is required between each Tag, but
instead commas or spaces were used so the Tags just ran together. Worked
to fix this problem, it will be an ongoing issue. Did my workout and
swim. Saw an article on
"Imaging the Brain", it was really good. Chicken shish kabobs with
rice and veggies for dinner. Hot tub; Laurie suggests but
I said no, implied due to my hernia.
08/23/2018 Saw Steve & Skip
on our walk, talked about the trash on the street coming from the
AB&B. Laurie job interview 10 AM. Went to store and return box (?).
Computer sync; Space images. Network down, rebooted both machines. Ice
cream from the corner store,
Cereal Bar. They mix ice cream and breakfast cereal, that's it. You
can get ice cream by itself, but why would you, they have ice cream PLUS
08/22/2018 Signed up for a
political rally on Sunday, 8/26/2018 @ 11 AM on the
Chandler Bikeway in Burbank. That's on the corner of Buena Vista and
Chandler. Posted it to Facebook also. Computer sync; Space images.
Workout and swim. Cooked the steak we got at the Farmer's Market, it was
really good! Tully wasn't too bad tonight.
08/21/2018 On our walk, we didn't see
Willow at first, so I left a treat on the
wall. On the way back around, I saw that it was gone, and Willow was
there and she wanted more! Computer sync; Space images. Network went
down again and I had to reboot both machines. Went to the Farmer's
Market at the Riverside Mall. It was small but good, and there was some
nice eye candy. Leftovers for dinner,
cleaned out the fridge. Hot tub. Tully drove Laurie to sleep in the
08/20/2018 Monday; took Lucky
for his walk. Swept the pool, but the vacuum head bristles were falling
out into the water. I replaced it with the old vacuum head, which also
had some bristles falling out, but not nearly as bad. Unfortunately the
plastic was weak, and halfway through the job, that vacuum head broke at
the bolted connection. Both are now trash. I was sweating bad. I
stripped down and I'm airing out my truss. I didn't write that I jumped
in the pool to cool down though. Computer sync; Space images. Did my
workout and swim. Cooked meatballs with red enchilada sauce over rice
with corn and peas for dinner. Mmm! Hot tub.
08/19/2018 Lucky walk.
Watched the Easter Island show on DVR. Computer sync; Space images.
Big party next door again, they left a mess
out in the street. Pork chops with grilled pineapple and peppers for
dinner. Watched the Little League World Series (LLWS), Mets vs.
08/18/2018 Woke up at 2:50 AM to use the restroom
and the lights were on in the neighbors pool. There were
some girls over there swimming...with their
bathing suits on, awww! Me and Lucky picked up
some trash on our walk. Laurie cooked breakfast. Cleaned up the tools
Ficus and pulled some weeds. My hernia
is bothering me, had to put the truss on. I should've had it on to begin
with. Computer sync; Space images. Sent Sharla
Letter Number Two. Leftovers for late dinner due to LNT. Hot tub,
they're having a party at the
08/17/2018 Morning Lucky
walk, spoke to Leona about MS. Cut back the
in front and watered the orange tree. Jumped in the pool after that to
cool down. Computer sync; Space images. Did my workout and my
left elbow is sore, but I don't know why.
Took some Advil.
Played through a set, but my elbow hurt too much to continue. I must
have bashed my elbow on something and didn't realize it. Salmon for
dinner. Elbow still hurts a little but the Advil finally kicked in.
08/16/2018 Trash day. Lucky
walk. Saw my neighbor Sara when she got out
of her car and we had a nice chat. Also saw the old man across the
street who said he was surviving the heat (His name is
Wayne. I won't know this until Halloween
when I meet the neighbors next to Wayne's, Joel &
Heather). Cleaned up the pool, saw someone
at the door. Computer sync; Space images. Made sausage and noodles for
Lucky for his walk. Laurie phone interview 8 AM.
Cleaned the cab of my truck out a little, tank top
to the front door. Computer sync; Space images. Through
88.5 FM we went to
see Death Cab for
Cutie at 1 PM at
Parlour in Hollywood, across the street from The Hotel Cafe.
Afterward we had dinner at
& Essex which is in the same building as The Hotel Cafe. It was all
in Beverly Hills for my hernia. Laurie
phone interview. Computer sync; Space images. Roasted chicken for dinner
08/13/2018 Monday; the
very first Voice
Open Mic Night at The Hotel Cafe
in Hollywood. Had dinner beforehand at Stout
across the street. Tully was very loud last night.
08/12/2018 Lucky walk,
petted Star right in front of Leona.
Computer sync; network crashed, rebooted both machines. Leftovers and
08/11/2018 Took Lucky for
his walk. I saw the young woman at the
corner of Sunnyslope and Albers standing on her porch in her nightgown
stoop down and pick up her little dog. She smiled and waved and said
"Good morning" and I did the same. All I could think of was the view up
her nightgown and how I would like to see that. Computer sync; came up
with a method to organize files in a directory by date using prefixes
"a", "b", "c", etc. Network slow, rebooted Win XP & 7. Chicken breasts
for dinner, the remaining corn on the cob from the Farmers Market was
nasty and we had to discard it. Hot tub.
08/10/2018 Friday; Lucky
walk. After we got back, I was watering the orange tree when I saw a
lovely young lady coming from the
apartments with a small, cute dog, and the dog was staring at me. I said
"Hi" to her and spoke to her dog, but like an idiot I really didn't talk
to her properly and get her name. She was beautiful and I wanted to
touch her. Next time I'll talk to her and get her name. Laurie to
appointments. Computer sync. Goulash for dinner, cleared out old,
rotten veggies. Hot tub.
08/09/2018 Computer sync; ID'd all files in Eclipse
Vacation. DR details, not working good with a hernia. Salmon and veggies
for dinner, the salmon was excellent but the veggies were a little
overdone. No hot tub, Laurie has appointments tomorrow.
08/08/2018 Today is my
appointment with Dr. Andrews for my hernia.
Made another appointment for next Tuesday for a meeting with the
surgeon. Phone map incident again. Spoke openly with Michelle, Dr.
Andrew's nurse when she started asking me personal
questions about depression and such. I told her my situation and
she wrote some stuff down. Later I talked to the doctor about it also. I
mentioned that in my last relationship, my problem had
Personality Disorder and he shook his head and said, "Wow, that's
bad, you want to stay away from that!" Had brunch at
the food wasn't the best there either. Computer sync. Leftovers, what
was left that was edible. Hot tub.
08/07/2018 Went to Oxnard
today for an appointment that Laurie had for work. Afterward we went
down to the beach and walked out to the ocean. There was heavy traffic
both ways it seemed.
for dinner and it was bad. The dumpling
dipping sauce was almost all oil and we had to throw it out. The
dumplings themselves were crumbly, the remaining sauces were thin, and
something on my plate smelled but I couldn't identify it. It wasn't a
pleasant odor, I threw it out. Someone over there must have had a bad
day, and they passed it on to us. Never wrote them up for it either,
08/06/2018 Took our morning walk. Computer sync;
the local network is not responding again with the laptop, rebooted both
systems. The local network was back up, but I had issues with the PW
when I tried to login to the laptop. Replaced the faulty keyboard with
one from Laurie's really old computer in the garage (see 7/26/2018). It
has extra buttons for music and Internet that could be programmable.
Called the doctor and made an appointment
to check my hernia on Wednesday, August 8th. Looked up some information
that used to be in Kearney Mesa, in San Diego. I saw
Bachman-Turner Overdrive and
there, it was always fun. It's closed now.
Lucky and removed gravel from around the
Ficus. Computer sync; found the FujiFilm files were not dated
correctly. Fixed those and verified Canon and Olympus. Trying to delete
all the old "Thumbs.db" files while I go. DR details. Told Laurie that
I think I have a hernia, tomorrow we'll
call the doctor. Leftover spaghetti for dinner, and hot tub.
08/04/2018 Lucky was a
little sick this morning prior to our walk. Laurie's plastic cup near
the edge of the counter fell, and the plastic straw was broke. Computer
sync; Personal directory, there were a lot of differences.
08/03/2018 Friday; Lucky
walk, petted Star again. He's starting to get used to me touching him.
Leona said the dog had been kicked by men in his previous life, so he's
been slow to come around, but he's getting there. Computer sync; the
local network is still not working. Added my User Name to the list of
permissions for each HD. Added a User Account for the laptop on Win 7.
Unfortunately this causes the computer startup to suspend at the User
Selection screen. I need to find a way to force selection of my account.
Rebooted both machines and waited a while, and the local network is
Leaning Tower Pizza for dinner, and hot tub later.
08/02/2018 Didn't make our full walk this morning
as were interrupted by a stout, brown dog that looked like
Lucky, only bigger. After that, Lucky just
turned and started walking home, he was done. Swept and cleaned the
pool. It was already about 90° F
outside, and I got so hot I had to jump in to cool down. I had sent
Kathy Winget (Lewis) a text based on a
phone number I saw on Facebook, but she never responded, so I guess the
number is old. DR details. Started watching "The Revenant", DVR'd it for
later. Kabobs for dinner. Me and Lucky fell asleep on the couch. I
checked out the network problem, but everything looks OK.
08/01/2018 Walked Lucky and
petted Star. Today the neighbors behind us removed
the grape plants that
Bernson planted that were coming over into our yard. I had watered
them when the heat was so high because the grapes started to shrivel up.
I have no idea why the new owners didn't water the plants or even keep
them, I only got to eat a few immature grapes, but they were good. They
eventually put in
Ficus that is dropping leaves into my yard and the pool, even after
I spoke to them over the fence that I was removing my Ficus because of
the leaf problem. Thanks for that. [They eventually put in a
stupid tree that produces huge clumps of
leaves that float in the wind, directly into my fucking pool!] DR
details; door was shut and it got too hot, have to leave it open. Did my
workout and swim. Ordered from
lame selection. They screwed up and had my order in Orange County. I
called them at 8:45 PM when I didn't hear back about the delivery. The
local network between the laptop and Win 7 stopped responding.
07/31/2018 On our walk this morning we saw the two
dogs, one black, the other a skinny, tall min-pin. The owners are
usually not very talkative so we only get to see them briefly, and we
don't know their names. I used Win XP to get the files off my phone. It
maybe that the phone is so old that it won't work on Win 7, who knows.
Updated Facebook with the new data I collected from reviewing the videos
Voice submission. Got about $29 back from returning the
bad meat we had recently. The
Volt wouldn't shutdown properly. After
waiting for a few minutes and trying again, it did shutdown. It looks
like the physical key is only for opening the doors (there is a physical
failsafe key that is hidden in the fob). Computer sync; pictures,
finished through FujiFilm. Had salmon for dinner, nice.
Lucky for his walk. Saw
Sara walking her dog. Continuing with The
Voice video so I had to skip my workout. Found
MySpace won't play
any of the media I have on their site. I read an article that said
anything uploaded more than 2-3 years ago won't work due to changes in
MySpace. Another article said it was about Adobe Flash so I updated it.
That still didn't work. In one discussion it was suggested that Flash
had to be removed completely and reinstalled. I gave up and tried
switching to YouTube, had to verify that account by phone text.
VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum
15 Suite including the free plugin's by
HitFilm Boost Pack,
Ran Movie Studio 15 and when I tried to use Help, the system locked up.
I waited for it to recover, and I eventually had to terminate the
program. I ran it again to make sure it wasn't broke, and it ran, I'll
just avoid using Help. I finally gave up on Movie Studio since it was
too cumbersome to review and edit with the huge video files. The program
works fine, but I decided to just made a new video. First I tried using
DXG-A85V, but it's too close even with no zoom. Then I used my
phone. It took three takes, but it came out good. After that I had
issues trying to get the file off the phone and onto the computer. I
ended up using the phone to upload directly to YouTube. I got the link
to my video in to the The Voice
successfully!!! I saw an ad somewhere that
Sherry & Le Bohn, was playing in Santa Monica for a free show on
Tuesday, August 7th. Relaxed in the hot tub.
07/29/2018 Walked Lucky. Computer sync;
commercial music, looked up some of the music that I found. Working on The
Voice video. Downloaded the videos I made on Facebook to see if I
can copy specific performances and splice them together. Noted that the
last Facebook Live
show I did was about 11 months ago. Working with the videos is
cumbersome and time consuming, having to review and take notes on
everything. I upgraded
VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum 12 to
removal. Had to jump in the pool after to cool down. Computer sync; file
transfer. We walked to dinner at
on the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. The
Voice announced today that they will be having an
Open Mic Night at The Hotel Cafe
in Hollywood. If you submit a video, you can be selected to be a
featured artist and get to sing three songs. I have to get started
started on my video! Fell asleep on the couch until 2 AM.
07/27/2018 Lucky walk. I'm
not hacking as much due to reducing my meds. Watered in the front yard
and the orange tree. The high sustained heat is drying everything out.
Cut the weeds around the small tree. Computer sync; downloads and other
stuff. I had modified my website prior to the
submission where I swapped one song for another ("Childhood's End" for
"Asleep at the Wheel") so it didn't look published before. I don't know
if it really mattered, since just being on my website probably doesn't
constitute publication. Either way, I put it back the way it was. My
workout felt good after reducing meds. Laurie left the "Dirty" sign on
the dishwasher and I put dirty dishes in
with the clean ones.
07/26/2018 Need to cut back on my meds for a while
to get my voice in shape for when we get back together with Jim & Judy
Duncan. He said to give him a couple of weeks to get his knee
reconditioned and then to contact him [we never did hook up]. Finally,
officially, continuing with the computer sync
of the files and directories. Network (Homegroup)
was not working this morning, rebooted. The letter "G" stopped working
on my keyboard (Gateway KB-0817), I need to swap it out for another one
eventually (see 8/6/2018). With the help of Lucky, I
knocked over a cup of water on my end table at the couch. Had to pull
everything out and dry it off. The mushrooms in the fridge were
bad and they weren't even opened.
07/25/2018 Wednesday; gravel removal, workout in
high heat, DR details. For dinner we had Kabobs Laurie made with
Duncan. DR details. The pool was 94° F
today, it was too hot, almost.
Ficus gravel removal. DR details. Did my workout. Afterward, I
smelled something burning so I went out front. At the house next door to
us there was a pool guy's pickup truck in the street with the bed of the
truck, where he has all the chemicals improperly stored,
fully engulfed in flames. Shortly
thereafter a LA Fire truck was there to put it out, and clean up the
hazardous waste in the street. The heat from the flames damaged the
grass. I noticed that an old hose of mine was stretched out across their
lawn. I leave this hose out in my front yard under the
Bougainvillea. It's a piece of shit hose that was at the house when
we moved in, so I didn't care that much about it. Apparently the poor
pool guy was desperate, who wouldn't be, and saw the hose there and
hooked it up on the spigot at my neighbors house. Unfortunately for him,
or if he knew anything about extinguishing a fire, that
hose would only do more damage than good because of the nature of the
chemicals involved. It's never good to use water on chemicals, it can
actually increase the reaction rates of some substances. The pool guy
found this out in practice, and then he promptly stole my hose. He was
there for a while with the fire department, and his truck had to be
towed because the rear tires were melted, so he probably was pissed off
and just threw it in the back of his truck, I don't know. I expected it
to be coiled up on the lawn somewhere, but it's never been seen since.
Went on a Hornblower Cruise in Marina Del
Rey with the radio station
88.5 FM to see the
I wasn't familiar with the music, but a harbor cruise and live music,
I'm there. While we were waiting outside the boat, there was an older
couple there, and the gentleman looked like he was having issues walking
(knee surgery). They asked us to take some pictures of them. When we
boarded the boat, I offered to help him across the gangway, which he
accepted, and we went and found seats near each other so we could talk.
We had met
Jim & Judy
Duncan, Jim being a celebrated country music radio DJ and producer
for many years, working alongside many of the great DJ's of all time
including "Shotgun" Tom Kelly. He met Wolfman Jack and went on tour with
Toto for some reason (boy, the stories he told of those times!). We
exchanged information and hoped to see each other again at another 88.5
07/22/2018 On the Lucky
walk we saw Steve & Skip, gave
Willow a treat, visited
Star, and a dog
across the street from Star.
Ficus gravel removal. Moved files around on Win 7, defragged, and
made another backup (134 GB). Rearranged the drive letters on both
machines due to
EasySuite causing all the letters to increment whenever it was
reinstalled. I forced EasySuite to the highest letter drive (I:/).
Backed up the Win XP machine also. The pork chops were
spoiled, the large ham steak was
spoiled, used the small breakfast ham with
veggies and biscuits for dinner. Sharla
texted me, done.
07/21/2018 Took Lucky for a
walk and gave Willow a treat. I put it in
my hand and stuck my hand through the fence to show her I wasn't afraid,
but she smelled it pretty quickly and took it and ran. That was it. She
expected it from that point on. [Eventually the owners did some work on
their front yard and have prevented Willow from using that area,
presumably to allow the lawn to grow out, but then they didn't plant
grass and all that's growing are weeds.] Formatted the new RAID system
and partitioned it into two-2TB volumes. Performed
Disk Cleanup and removed any junk in preparation for making a backup
copy of the Win 7 machine. I was vacuuming also as I went, and while I
I accidentally hit the on/off (pronounced Oh-En-Oh-Ef-Ef) switch on the
power strip and inadvertently crashed the machine. It recovered and
resumed and I eventually ran
Finally got the Win XP machine running again to continue syncing the
computer's, and to run BOINC. The CMOS was reset, most likely because
the onboard battery is depleted. It thought it was Jan, 2005. Installed
the SATA card in the 1x PCIe slot and tried to run the main HDD through
this controller. It didn't work. I think the PCIe card is not being
recognized properly because the slot is at least 10 years older than the
card. I think I tried this test before, so now I've done it again.
Defragged Win XP. Cowboy burgers for dinner followed by the hot tub.
07/20/2018 On Lucky's walk,
we saw Steve & Skip and they were feeding
Willow some treats. I've been trying to
make friends with Willow dog since we moved in, and we've made headway,
but it's been slow. It almost seems like her owners want her to be mean
and bark at people, sort of like a living intrusion alarm. I met her
owners one day when they had her out for a walk. They allowed me to
approach her and pet her, but I don't think anyone really knew what was
going to happen. Nothing happened. She let me pet her and she was OK
with Lucky, but this was after seeing her practically every morning on
our daily walks, even though most of the time she looked like she wanted
to take a chunk out of my ass. I was a little tentative when I
approached her, but I also know she would have sensed any fear, so I had
to be the alpha dog. I started taking treats with me on my walks so I
could make her my friend.
Ficus gravel removal. Modified or deleted unnecessary items in Task
Scheduler. Had my workout and swim. Got the components together for the
RAID setup; the housing and two identical 4 TB drives,
Western Digital Red's, which have twice the life expectancy than a
normal drive. Set it all up and got it working, no problem. Now I can
start archiving everything on the RAID, nice. Had some salmon for dinner
tonight but it ended up being bad. We'll return it and get our money
back. Hot tub. Got my telescope out because Saturn is overhead, and Mars
is making a close approach to Earth. With my 5 inch reflector you can
easily see the rings of Saturn, but on Mars
there is a dust storm right now, so it's just a big red spot.
07/19/2018 Thursday; Tried to print the
Tut tickets, but my printer has a problem. Had to convert the PDF's
to JPG's to use the Epson printer that won't print over the Wi-Fi. Went
to the King Tut exhibit and had lunch at
China Town. Sharla texted me at 7:41 PM.
Ficus gravel removal. DR details. The USB card arrived today but it
was too late to work on. Kabobs for dinner.
Ficus gravel removal. Updated
NERO 2017 and registered the software. Updated
for dinner. Ordered a low profile USB 3.0 card, and an eSATA RAID unit
which also has USB 3.0, for the Win 7 machine. I'm having lag issues
AudioBox 1818, which is a USB 2.0 device plugged into a USB 2.0
socket. I thought that maybe I could improve the performance by plugging
it in to a USB 3.0 socket. I also need a storage device that will last,
where I can store backups of all my systems and not worry about losing
07/16/2018 Tully was a nuisance last night with her
waking me up all night long.
Ficus gravel removal. DR detail work. Had my workout. We were going
to see the
Tut exhibit at the
California Science Center tomorrow, but Laurie found out she has a
phone interview, so we have to move Tut to Thursday. Sausage, cucumber
salad, red beans & rice, and biscuits for dinner.
07/15/2018 Removed the gravel around the
Ficus. Checked on the A/C unit to see what it will take to clean it,
but I couldn't get the covers off without taking the entire top fan
assembly off. It's working now, I don't want to push my luck. Still no
calls from any of those HVAC companies (they never did). Did some work
in the DR. Leftovers for dinner. Messaged Sharla
about Tony's garage sale this weekend, for some reason, I can't
07/14/2018 Cleaned up the carnage in the kitchen
window. Cut some
Ficus. Worked the trim in the DR, the vacuum cleaner is OK now that
it cooled down. Through
I got UJAM's
Guitarist Sparkle free by being a Studio One
owner. The A/C unit froze up today for some reason so I had to
turn it off, even in this heat. I called around to four HVAC companies
and left messages with all of them. None of them ever returned my call.
I'm trying to figure out how you can run a successful business that way.
I went up to see if there was maintenance I could do on it, but it would
require more dismantling than I can perform right now. The unit looks
good and relatively clean though, so I kept it off until the ice melted,
and it worked fine after that.
07/13/2018 Friday the 13th! Trimmed the
Bougainvillea again. Removed gravel from around the
Ficus. Did my workout today. Finished sanding all the flat areas in
the DR. The vacuum cleaner overheated cleaning up, I had to go get the
old one from the garage. We had a small fly infestation on some plants
in the kitchen window. I sprayed some ant killer and it seems to be
Leaning Tower Pizza for dinner.
07/12/2018 While walking Lucky
this morning, I spoke to Leona who said a guy parked by her house, on
the other side of the block, to go to the epic 4th of July party at the
house next door to us. He told her that he was going to
pay $800 per person to get in, with all the
booze you can drink, and supposedly, being able to crash there too.
There were hundreds of people at the party and they destroyed many
things at the house, not the least of which was the lawn; it was
completely trampled. Laurie moved Tully's litter box temporarily, and
when she put it back, she set it so that the
opening was against the wall. Messaged Carrie for some reason.
Cut back more
07/11/2018 Got up a little early today. Cut back
Ficus in preparation of removing the stumps. I had to jump in the
pool to cool down after that.
lost in the quarter finals at
07/10/2018 Laurie took Tully to the vet for an
in-depth blood analysis. I asked her to see if they can help her with
her dehydration again. Dug around the
Ficus, it wasn't bad since the sun was behind the clouds. Continued
sanding the wood in the DR. Leftovers for dinner, whatever they were.
Messaged Sharla about something. New HS in
07/09/2018 Took Lucky for his walk this morning and
I saw a young woman walking down Albers smoking a joint. We talked for a
little bit when she asked me if I knew what type of tree she was
standing next to. I didn't know, but she was cute
and I was going to ask her for a puff when she drifted off down
Sunnyslope, never to be seen again. Dug up around the
Ficus some more, it was only 96° F this
morning. The NIC was gone again at 11:30 AM, I rebooted, and then later
on in the afternoon. I wish I knew what was causing this. I looked up
the driver for the
OnNetworks N300MA Micro USB Wi-Fi Adapter to see if there were any
issues, didn't find any. Reinstalled the driver. Sanded a bit in the DR,
it made a lot of dust. I need to cover or remover everything before I
continue. Watered the grapes again.
07/08/2018 The temperature was about
100° F when I first went out , it was
114° F at 11:25 AM. DR paint removal;
finished removing the bulk of the paint, only need to sand the wood,
which I started. Carrie posted Mom's birthday as 7/8/1939, Frank Kraft
in the Rain" by
Nelson, and I updated
some of my personal info on
Watered the neighbors grape plants because they're not doing it, I don't
know why, and the heat is damaging the fruit that is hanging in our yard
that I was hoping to harvest. NIC was lost, had to reboot.
07/07/2018 It was 98° F
this morning and it rose to 112° F, then
dropped back down to 106° F, eventually
going up to 120° F and then dropping to
117° F. Saw that
Sharla responded to my post on
the high temperature yesterday. Maybe she doesn't hate me after all.
07/06/2018 Dug around the
Ficus again. It got to 130° F today.
07/05/2018 Dug up around the
Ficus. Did three sessions in the DR. Took the last concrete block
out in the trash.
07/04/2018 Fourth of July;
Went to George & Linda's in Vista for a
BBQ lunch. I invited
the boys and they eventually showed up, but by then there wasn't a ton
of food. We thought they weren't coming, so we had seconds! Alex brought
his new girlfriend, Heidi, from Texas, and we had a nice time chatting
and eating. Back at home later, the neighbors had a huge party and there
was no parking available on the street.
07/03/2018 Trimmed the neighbors shrubs in the
front yard down the property line. I tried at first to physically move
the shrubs, but they had put in a cheap underground drip irrigation
system that would have to be moved also. When they were
putting the shrubs in, I went out to complain that they were on, or
over, the property line, but the workers wouldn't move them. I told them I was going to trim them along the line, but they didn't
care. Now I have extra work to do around my yard because of these
dumb-asses. They planted trees right there too, a few feet from the
property line. If I don't want them on my side of the line, it will be
up to me to cut them back in the future, I'm pretty sure about that. It
would look funny though, a tree that was only growing out to an
invisible vertical line. Tried the sander in the DR.
07/02/2018 Tully was meowing
all night long, Laurie took her to the vet. Started clearing the gravel
Ficus so I can try to uproot one of them to see what's going on down
there. Worked in the DR a few times today; the sander arrived. Had my
workout and then wrestled with the
Bougainvillea in the front yard to trim it back. Shish kabobs, corn
and asparagus for dinner.
07/01/2018 I'm feeling much better today, we took
Tully on our morning walk with her leash. Cleaned up the
I cut on Friday. DR paint removal; using the heat gun, raised the
temperature from 425° F to 500° F. My left elbow,
or muscle, is sore from holding the heat gun, I have to switch hands now
and then. Chicken tenders and potato cakes for dinner. Contacted George
& Linda and arranged to stop by on the 4th of July. More adult
filming next door today.
06/30/2018 I woke up
at 5:30 AM and was sick as a dog. I puked
and shit until 10 AM or so, and then I had to go outside because the
smell of toast in the house was making me even more nauseated. I took a
nap in bed, and later outside on a lawn chair, puking more and sneezing
so much snot I couldn't even breathe. Had some soup later and started to
feel better. [This incident is probably what
caused a hernia on my left side, 3/2/2019.] There was an
adult film shoot at the house next door.
06/29/2018 Friday; Laurie has an interview today at
Saint Vincent's Medical Center in downtown LA. Cut back the
by the pool after looking it up online in case it's toxic. Measured the
chain link fence post dimensions by the pool filter so I can eventually
mount the pump control box on some rails. Looked online for the parts.
Stuffed green peppers from
Costco for dinner. Hot tub and swimming
06/28/2018 Finished sweeping the pool, had to jump
in to cool down. DR; work from bottom to top in the crevices.
06/27/2018 Watered the
orange tree and cleaned up weeds by the side of the house. DR paint
removal. The 110 S in downtown was temporarily closed today when a
protester climbed on a street sign over the freeway. It was all over the
news. A buff dude was dancing, and stripped down to his shorts after
placing some signs. I can't remember what he was even protesting about,
something like that. Signed up on the website
Skipped my workout due to getting too much Sun on Monday. Went to a
concert in Hollywood for the radio station
88.5 FM and the band
Company, a trio from LA. I could only find one reference to this
show, on the 88.5 Facebook page announcing the show a week prior, but
even that didn't mention the venue. I wrote down "La Cantina", but I
can't find anything there either.
06/26/2018 Removed paint in the DR. Took
Lucky to the vets at 4:30 PM for an illness he
has. The drive home was bad, Google vs.
Waze. Had leftovers for dinner.
removed the last wooden fence post by the pool heater, but I couldn't
remove the concrete block from the hole because there wasn't enough
room. I cut the 4x4 and left the concrete in the hole. Cut the drain
pipe from the pool filter because someone had installed a 90 degree
elbow, and it should be straight through instead. The vibration from cutting the
PVC at the drain caused a small leak in the upper flange which I
tightened up. I back flushed the pool filter down the side of the house,
and some in the yard by the shed. I refreshed the
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) in the filter and everything is good. Did
my workout today, but I ended up getting too much sun because of the
06/24/2018 Wrote up my
Plan and sent it to
Sharla. Walked to
Grandma's Thai Kitchen.
06/23/2018 Worked on the shrubs by the pool, and
the stump by the neighbors garage. Hot tub.
06/22/2018 Did my workout today. Cleaned the pool a
little, it needs more. Worked in the DR. Hot tub.
06/21/2018 Got rid of two pieces of concrete in the
trash today, and more boxes. Worked in the DR. Noted the neighbors
bushes are over the fence and the front shrubs are over the property
line. Fixed the pool light problem. Actually I found the problem was
that I miswired the the timer and blew the receptacle on the side of the
electrical box. Rewired it correctly.
06/20/2018 Arrived home today. Had noodles for
dinner and hot tub later.
left Sharla's heading to Los Angeles.
06/18/2018 Talked to Sharla
about Laurie. She said she would do anything to help, but didn't
mean what I need her to do.
06/17/2018 Today is
Father's Day, I got no response from Alex & Marc. I ended up
getting drunk and passing out. When I woke
up in the upstairs bedroom at Sharla's, I
took Lucky and we went to sleep in the car,
mostly because I couldn't stand to spend time with anyone else since
no one cared about me anyway. Laurie came
out later to see what was going on, but if you can't figure it by now,
there's no hope at all.
it's my birthday today and the boys didn't contact me. Travelled to
Sequim for Tony's Celebration of Life
party. I was allowed to play a song during the ceremony,
"I Shall Be Released", by Bob Dylan, and it
06/14/2018 Spoke to Sharla.
Laurie was overcompensating Tuesday night at the hotel.
Arrived in Olympia.
06/12/2018 Tuesday; left for Olympia to see
Sharla, and attend Tony's Celebration of
Life party in
06/07/2018 Dumped the concrete block from the
fencepost in the trash. Cut the roots on the pool-side stump. Went
through timeline back to 8/1/2017 in old notes. Found an error in Bio on
8/30/2013, it should be 2012! [Fixed 11/7/2018.]
06/06/2018 Went to
Orchard Supply Hardware
to get new saw blades and gloves, etc.
06/02/2018 Cleaned up around the fence areas I
worked yesterday. Used a stainless steel fitting, tied with some kite
string, to act as an anchor for the Duck thermometer so it can now roam
around the pool. Used kite string also to replace the spring(?) that
secured the chlorine dispenser just like it was before, secured near the
side of the hot tub.
06/01/2018 Finished pulling up the fence post and
filling in the hole. Cut the 4x4 off the concrete block, I could reuse
it since the wood is in good shape, and cleaned the loose dirt from the
concrete. I had an apparatus holding the chlorine dispenser to the
thermometer in the pool and it stopped functioning today (I didn't
record the details but it involved a spring(?) from the hot tub into the
pool). Finished pulling up the wood frame around the crawl space.
05/31/2018 Took down a section of wooden fence to
see how much work it will be. Started removing one of the fence posts
05/30/2018 Started pulling up the wood frame around
the under-house crawl space that was left in the dirt when the concrete
was poured. It was overcast all day so I didn't workout.
05/29/2018 Found information regarding a jam
session we attended back in August 2009 with some of Laurie's co-workers
from Tri-City Medical Center. [Added this additional information to
"Recent Venues" on 3/1/2019, only because I was so far behind in
updating my Blog, and guessed that it was in July.] My thumb has been
sore for a little while now since I poked it with a
Bougainvillea picker on 5/14/2018, through the trip to Olympia also.
All this time later, and I popped a piece of a picker out of my thumb
like 1/4" long! No wonder it was sore!
05/26/2018 Dug around the two live stumps in the
backyard. They have signs of Roundup damage (I sprayed them sometime
before), but they're still growing. I had to add an exception in Firefox
to use AltaVista.com as my home page.
AltaVista.com has been removed from Yahoo's security certificate. Double
shocked the pool. Cooked rainbow trout on the grill for dinner, it was
really good. Cleaned up the backyard speakers and rewired them.
05/24/2018 Thursday; got back from Olympia, our
first visit up there in the wake of Tony's passing.
left Olympia for Los Angeles.
05/19/2018 Drove to
WA, to Tony's apartment. Met some of his friends and I played some
songs on his guitar.
arrived in Olympia.
05/15/2018 Driving to Olympia, WA, to see Sharla.
Laurie has an interview in Los Angeles today. Cleared dead plants from
around the front of the house. While picking up material, I poked my
thumb on a
Bougainvillea branch that had a huge picker. I cleaned it and
it didn't look like there was anything in there. Sharla's ex-husband,
Tony Mauhar, died last night when he
suffered a stroke while cleaning his boat in
Sequim, WA. Tony was a good
friend of mine and we talked often. He was also a lawyer and he would
give me advice on occasion.
05/13/2018 Took down the wooden gate and pulled
another wooden fence post. The
Windows Experience Index was last updated
today (7.2/7.2/4.2/6.5/5.9), see 8/11/2017 for past data. [this computer
entry was made on 1/16/2019].
05/12/2018 Pulled another wooden fence post.
05/11/2018 Cloudy today. I fixed the Courtyard
speakers, the wires weren't connected and they were corroded and dirty.
I cut them back and wrapped them up out of sight, and reconnected them
to the speakers.
05/10/2018 I filled the recycle bin twice this
morning with the old, water damaged moving boxes from the Courtyard, for
trash pickup. After the bin was first picked up, I quickly refilled it
with more boxes and set the can on the other side of the street. No
problem. Later when I went out to bring the bins in, I heard the
cracking sound of a tree branch breaking across the street, and I saw it
fall on a fence. I went to look at it, and there was considerable damage
to an old wooden fence where the 10" branch hit it. Over the next few
days, the branch was cut up and removed, and the fence repaired. Cleaned
the Courtyard up and washed it down where the boxes had been piled up.
It looks nice out there now. Started trying to find the speaker wires
for the outside speakers.
05/09/2018 There was a huge pile-up on I-5 N in the
Grapevine. I stuffed concrete, fence and stump trash into the garbage
05/08/2018 Pulled an old wooden fence post out
today and backfilled the hole.
04/16/2018 Taxes. It
looks like we bought the
Epson WF-3640 printer from
Costco today, I have that name written in
my notes. This printer ended up not working
over the Wi-Fi at all, and was very difficult to operate. To print a
file from a memory stick, it has to be in JPG or TIFF format only! No
PDF printing, you have to convert everything to JPG!!!
04/15/2018 We didn't see it, but it looks like
Tully fell into the hot tub where she was laying on a towel. We could
only tell because her hind quarters were wet. I swept the pool today.
04/14/2018 High winds again. Tully fell into the
pool when she lost her footing from the wind. I saw it and dried her
04/13/2018 High winds.
04/01/2018 Amazon, push lawnmower and rake.
03/27/2018 Registered with
Stoney Delivery, which is a recreational delivery service.
03/23/2018 Friday; went to see
Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood with some people that Laurie used
to work with. It included dinner and the whole thing was quite nice.
Moonves was there with his wife, personal friends of Lynda's, six
months before the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
03/21/2018 Raining. Came up with the song title,
"God Damned Stupid Mother Fucking Piece of Shit" (GDSMFPoS).
03/16/2018 It may be a
little late, but I registered the
on the Digitech
website. Don't ask me why it took this long, I don't know. I don't have
any record of doing it prior to this date. I updated my Fixya.com
profile. I also added a discussion of the recent VL4 repair work that I
just did, on someone's question related to getting their VL4 wet. I
wanted to make sure I recorded all the issues I had for future
generations. Looked up a replacement refrigerator
water filter, the installed filter needs replaced. Unfortunately
for us, the past owners damaged the latching mechanism that ejects the
old filter cartridge. I was able to get the old one out eventually with
a paint can lid removal tool [when it came time to replace it six months
later, I couldn't get the filter I put in, back out. This tells me that
the old one probably wasn't in all the way]. Ordered replacement
03/15/2018 Stump & DR. Found the receipt for the
I think I was looking for the purchase date, for some reason.
03/14/2018 Today I
found what looked like animal puke on, and
apparently in, my
Live 4 (VL4) effects processor. I disassembled it to clean it out,
and I didn't take it apart properly, and all of the buttons fell out of
their holes. I had tried to find some information on how to take it
apart, but I couldn't find anything. After getting it apart, I could see
what I should have done, and getting it back together wasn't that hard.
It gave me a little scare though, with parts just dropping out, but it's
all back together and working fine.
03/10/2018 Saturday; today is a Rain Day! DR work.
On our Lucky walk, he crapped on the neighbors
lawn while the pool guys were walking to the backyard. When you gotta'
go, you gotta' go.
03/09/2018 Shed stump and DR. Had a late workout
which I didn't finish due to time and temperature. I made Sloppy Joe's
for dinner, from a pouch, with home made steak fries and mixed veggies.
03/08/2018 Worked on the shed stump and the DR.
03/07/2018 In the DR, I'm removing the paint
working my way to the bottom. I dug up around the shed stump because
it's growing after the last rain. The other stump by the neighbor's
garage is growing also. I used some
Command hooks to hang a large banner of the
Solar System in the master bedroom. There are dimensional drawings
in the notes.
03/04/2018 Tonight is
night. I was stripping paint in the DR. I sprayed the
Yellow Clover with an approximately 50/50 mixture of water and
bleach to try to kill them. The yard is infested with the clover and
it's very difficult to kill. [That mixture didn't do much other than to
brown the edges of the leaves, 5/1/2018.]
03/03/2018 My poison
ivy rash is nearly gone. In the wall space underneath the hallway
drawers, there is nothing covering the subfloor and you can see right
down to the ground through the slats. I noticed earlier that things
stored in these drawers were cold when I went to get them. This is the
reason, the drawers are basically outside!
I wonder who did a crappy job like that? I measured three sections under
the drawers where I can install barriers. I had found a piece of plywood
in the attic that was being used as the attic door, but it didn't fit
properly. When I looked in the attic, under some insulation I found the
actual attic door that was originally in the house. The previous owner
didn't even know the original door was up there, and just put a piece of
plywood that didn't fit partially over the opening. WTF! I cut the
sections for the flooring out of that plywood, and caulked around them
after nailing them in place. The wall space is now isolated from the
environment and the bugs. There is an extra drawer at the very bottom
that was covered over in the hallway by the floor molding. I made
measurements and drawings to try to replace it.
El Pollo Loco
03/02/2018 Cleared paint from one of the DR valence
boards to see how hard it's going to be.
03/1/2018 The poison ivy rash on my arms is getting
better. Cleaned up the pile of dirt in the front yard by the orange
tree. I distributed some of this dirt, but it's filled with trash and
broken glass, and so I have to clean it as I go (3
hours). Thanks again to the previous owners. More DR work; pulled
the valence down in the wood section, where all of my time is being
spent to get the dressing table in place. Someone else cooked dinner,
and the kitchen is a mess.
02/28/2018 The NIC was not being recognized again,
I had to reboot. Check how long ago this last happened. It's too cold to
work out so I worked around the yard.
02/27/2018 DR paint
removal. It rained today so I backed my truck down the driveway a bit so
water doesn't fill the bed. I went back to Fixya.com
and reposted the latest pool heater fix
from 2/21/2018. I received an avalanche of comments from people who had
the same problem, and now they can all fix their heaters. I am now one
of the top commenter's on that website.
02/26/2018 Tried to catch up on my notes, I was
behind in bringing it up to date. Spent a couple of hours in the DR. Had
pepperoni pizza for dinner. I think these were some frozen specialty
pizzas that Laurie had got that were suggested from someone at work
before. I think that's why I recorded it the way I did. They were good,
for frozen pizza.
02/23/2018 Cut back
much of the major sections of the vines on the old chain link fence. In
the process I got poison ivy all on my
hands and arms. After conducting some research I discovered that even
ivy that wouldn't normally do anything if you touched it, can be quite
different once you cut it. I am very susceptible to getting a rash from
poison ivy or oak, and I've had some massive run-ins with poison oak in
Santa Barbara County. Massive. Imagine all the places it could get, and
that's where it got. Not good. Went to a concert at the
Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los
Angeles. Had access to the gardens and a free wine tasting. Magnificent.
02/21/2018 I'm still
getting the Fireman's Switch cutout on the
heater, and the old method of mechanical agitation isn't working as
well. I went back into the heater electronics and looked closely at the
14-pin connector that holds the cutout switch, and I finally found the
root problem. The solder connections between the circuit board and the
connector pins were broken ever so slightly. It was difficult just to
see the cracks, but when you flex the pins, you can clearly see the end
of the pin move in relation to the solder around it, showing that the
connection is broken. This can happen for a number of reasons. If the
solder was not at the proper temperature when it was applied, it can
cause a "cold junction" and it may not work at all. Mechanical vibration
can also cause stress between the metals of the different parts which
could allow cracks to start forming. Once a crack is started, corrosion
will seep in and cause oxides to form that will act as insulators to
block the signals. A combination of these factors is a guarantee for
failure, and a pool heater is the perfect environment for adverse
chemical reactions to occur. As difficult as it was, I performed the
repair in the field. I isolated the circuit board as well as I could to
access the solder connections. Using rosin core solder, I reheated the
connections that I saw were damaged and applied some solder until it was
fully melted and distributed. It was messy. If you can remove some of
the old solder with a solder sucker or some wick, it will make it
easier. I tried that as best as I could, and in the end I got all of the
broken pins re-soldered. I don't think I hit them all, which is ideally
what I wanted, but it wasn't easy, and the ones I missed showed no signs
of damage to begin with. After applying this fix, I haven't had one
error signal from the Fireman's Switch. (See 2/13/2018 for the first
fix, and 2/27/2018 for online documenting).
02/20/2018 Amazon, sieves.
02/16/2018 Attended an
88.5 FM Cal State
Northridge event in
Westwood at an actual studio. I didn't record the information
because I've been so busy, but I'm sure I can find it eventually. We saw
a male guitar duo perform.
02/15/2018 There's a new place in Sherman Oaks open
for recreational weed called
The Higher Path
across from Hazeltine Avenue.
The Squirrel Incident occurred today when I
was taking out the trash. A big squirrel was in the orange tree by the
garbage cans, and I saw it either trying to take an orange, or it
already had one in its hands. It was jumping around in the tree, and
when it finally saw me, the orange fell on the ground and the squirrel
stood still, hoping, too late, to avoid detection. The orange continued
to roll into the street where it could have been crushed by a car. I
didn't advance any further, but I called out to it with some squirrel
sounds I know. That squirrel started down the tree and toward the
orange, but it left the booty and just ran across the street. It looked
at me for a second and then made it's way around a neighbor's fence
where I couldn't see it anymore. It was a big orange, and a
squirrel probably couldn't run very fast while holding it, I don't know.
Maybe the squirrel would come back after I leave and retrieve the
orange, but by then, it might be orange juice in the street. So I dumped
the trash, and picked up the orange and put in in the grass on the other
side of the street. This would also make it safer for the squirrel so it
doesn't have to cross the street again, at least for this orange. I
started walking back toward the house, still not seeing the squirrel. At
the last point where I could still see, I stopped and waited, and
watched, for just a few seconds...Sure enough here comes the squirrel,
around the fence, across the grass, to where I had placed that sweet,
sweet orange. It was probably watching me the whole time. I saw it look
up in my direction as it picket up the orange, as if to say "Thank
you!", and then started off toward the fence.
02/13/2018 Cleaned the internal parts of the
Raypak pool heater and found a ground wire loose. I
was able to tighten it up by adding a couple of lock washers to the
been an intermittent error coming in about the Fireman's Switch, which is a set of
contacts used to stop the burner prior to shutting down the heater.
Obviously, if the Fireman's Switch is open, the burner won't light,
therefore it won't heat, which means it needs to be fixed. In
my application, the switch was not being used, so that made the error
even more unusual. The problem is, though, that a jumper was installed
across the contacts and it was still coming in. That could only mean
that the connector was probably corroded a little and needed to be
reseated, which I did, and the error cleared. I posted this information
on the website Fixya.com
where other people were having the same issue with the same heater
manufacturer, and a lot of people thanked me.
02/12/2018 It's Laurie's Birthday today! I've been
so busy, and Laurie doesn't have a job right now, and I don't have any
money. I didn't know what to
do about gifts, and subsequently, I didn't get her anything. I felt
terrible, but that's how it was.
02/11/2018 The pool is clear now but needs more
scrubbing, the double shock killed the algae. I hurt my shoulder
somewhere around this time due to scrubbing the pool and sanding the DR
walls (2/26/2018). It
was pretty severe and lasted for a long time. I wasn't able to keep
working normally with my shoulders during this period while it healed.
02/10/2018 Saturday; did some work in the Dressing
Room (DR). Double shocked the pool and scrubbed the algae. On my walk with
Lucky we met a lady named Leona on the NE corner
of Albers and Allot, and her dog Dixie Girl [Dixie passed away and
is here now, 11/7/2018]. Her first husband was like the first male actor
to come from New York to work in LA. She told us about Gary, on the NW
corner of Albers and Sunnyslope, doing commercials including a COPD one.
reciprocating saw and started removing the stump in the front by the driveway.
02/07/2018 Did something with
Certificate files in
01/16/2018 Talked to a representative from a
roofing company that was doing a quote on our neighbors house, and asked
him to leave his card. We spoke briefly and he asked if I had a key for
the solar panels. I said no, but that whatever I need I would get so
that I could do the maintenance myself if necessary. It seemed that he
got peeved at me when I said this, and then he never left his card
(2/26/18). [Much later in 2019 I looked them up and they are so small
they don't even have a website, and I wouldn't have them work on our
house]. Put rubber feet under the couch to keep it from moving around
the living room, seemingly by itself. The NIC got uninstalled again,
this has happened before too. Ran
Malwarebytes and they each
found some stuff. Did some research on paint removal chemicals.
01/09/2018 It rained yesterday and last night and
there are no problems in the new house so far with leaks.
01/06/2018 I ate a really hot pepper in my take-out
Thai dinner that incapacitated me for about 20 minutes. I thought is was
lemon grass and I really chomped it. There was only chocolate milk in
the fridge, and without that, I would have been in real trouble. It was
that hot, and I like hot foods. This was probably the worst incident of
this nature that I've had to date.
01/01/2018 Monday; created an account on the
website and tried to gain access to the DVR without the password. I
couldn't do it so I had to contact Lorex by phone. They gave me some
supposedly "one-time" codes that would allow me to set a new password,
but they could very well be
backdoor codes in the software. Not all of
them worked, in fact they kept supplying groups of numbers until one did
work. Setup the screens with names and verified the system preferences.
12/24/2017 Had brunch on the
Queen Mary in
Harbor. It was magnificent, with harp music and ice sculptures.
12/16/2017 Two week gap for the Holidays.
12/15/2017 The second set of
BNC couplers came
for the Lorex Security
HD DVR, the first set was porch-pirated.
I need these because "someone" didn't leave enough room for the incoming
cables from the security cameras to be routed to a safe and stable
position, even though they were the ones installing the cables. I know,
it's hard to believe. I saw that the previous owner, the "someone", had
put a screw in the wall and hung the DVR box there, behind the TV. The
problem with that is you have to be able to push the front panel buttons
you idiot! I got some 3 foot coax extenders and some couplings so that
1.) it was professional, and 2.) I could put the DVR flat on a shelf so
it could be operated. I know these are advanced concepts and stringent
demands, but that's
just the way I am. Recorded the technical information for the system for
11/25/2017 Pulled down some of the ivy by the side
11/13/2017 I saw and recorded a program on
BBC America where the dolphins were herding schools of fish
from below, and birds were dive bombing them from above. There was an
amazing set of images where birds were moving up and down in the water
amidst the dolphins and bait fish, it was surrealistic. I posted the
video to Facebook. Installed
Studio One 3 Artist & sound sets & the
plug-ins. Registered on the
11/12/2017 Our new neighbor behind us,
Bernson, is an artist,
The Healing Artist is what she calls herself, who is having an
exhibit opening in Burbank and has invited us to come and see it. It was
really cool, and most of the pieces were for sale, so Laurie bought one
"Hot Dog on a Stick". Janet makes art from trash she finds on her
daily treks across
Los Angeles. Researched the USB ports on the Win 7
machine to see what version they are. All of the ports are USB-2. I did
get a Windows system suggestion before to move a device to a "high speed
port", so I assumed at the time that the system might have a few USB-3
ports, but that's not the case. I have no idea which ports the system
thinks are high speed, or if it was just wishing I'd buy some to add on.
In these days of non-determinism, either case is valid.
Opened an account on
for some plug-ins for
Studio One 3 Artist which came with the
AudioBox 1818. I downloaded the AudioBox driver v1.3 vice v2.4
to try the VSL feature (I guess there was an issue with Win 7 and v2.4).
I'll upgrade it later if necessary.
[Last entry in
Contour Loose Sheet note group.]
11/11/2017 My website was offline temporarily due
to my credit card reaching it's expiration date. Once you set up
automatic payments, when the card expires, you've forgotten all about it
until whatever it was that you were paying on goes away. I could have
also checked my email more often and I would have seen the reminder they
sent that the card didn't work, but that sounds like a cop-out. The
AudioBox 1818VSL arrived today and I opened a
11/09/2017 Ordered the
AudioBox 1818VSL to use with the Win 7 machine. For some reason,
since I moved into the new house, I haven't been able to reconnect the
Delta 1010 with Win 7. I think the distance between the Delta 1010
breakout box and the computer buss is too long, especially with the PCIe
to PCI bus converter in the middle. Ironically, M-Audio has removed
every trace of the Delta 1010 system from their website, as if it never
11/05/2017 Assumed Tully seizure due to spittle and
liquid on the floor by her poopy hole (litter box).
11/04/2017 The stupid thermostat in the new house
was set to heat to 80° F!!! Who would program a house temperature controller for that?
What a piece of shit whoever did that, stupid idiot. The heat was
blasting out, I couldn't breathe, I checked the rest of the program and
it was all over the fucking place. Obviously it was programmed by
someone who had no clue what they were doing, the last owner of the
house no doubt. The dude was a lazy, cheap ass, no fixing shit dick wad
and he programmed the heater to 80° F. He never did anything to the yard
that, at one time was ready for grass, and just let weeds grow until
the maintenance guys could mow the weeds. Lazy, lazy Persian Jew. I
mention that only because I know other guys just like him that are
equally lazy and indifferent. It's like they've given up on life and
couldn't give a shit about anything. As an atheist, I would think that
being a Jew would be depressing in and of itself. Add to that a
domineering wife who probably beats them down all the time, and I could
see where these guys might be coming from. But please, have a little
self respect or get the hell out. The Win 7 computer crashed and was
unresponsive, but it started back up normally.
10/20/2017 Worked the laundry room, and the washer
and dryer were delivered.
10/03/2017 Between now
and the next entry on 11/4/2017, I was still doing all the things I
listed before, and probably more, I just don't have a detailed
accounting of it. It's probably in that pocket notebook that I need to
10/02/2017 Loaded the truck with garage items for
transport. Sun and swim today, but nobody came to see us.
10/01/2017 Painting the dining room, living room,
library, laundry, and the master bedroom. Prepping for laundry
installation. Removing a stump in the front yard, removing old fencing
that is no longer necessary, removing foliage, cleaning pool pump area
and pool. I might add more to this list, but suffice it to say that I
was doing a lot of shit during this move-in.
09/23/2017 * See
notebook for additional information *, I think this was in reference to
a pocket notebook that I was using during the move. When I find it, I'll
transfer the data to this Blog. In any case, between now and the next
entry on 10/1/2017, my time was spent doing all the things listed in
09/22/2017 Friday; took Lucky
for a short walk. Readied my truck for service. Sun and swim again and
our friends were there.
09/21/2017 First day in the Sunnyslope house. I'll
have about a month to work here before we have to be completely vacated
from the Contour house. Sorted the keys and started cleaning the master
bedroom. Found an outside air leak in the master bedroom TV receptacle.
It's not much, and when the receptacle covers are in place, it should be
stopped, I suppose.
long walk with Lucky. Tonight at 7 PM we'll get
the keys to the Sunnyslope house. Computer
sync; Reaper media files still. In
"Asleep at the Wheel"
I found a Tom-tom file that was 788 MB. This happens if I don't stop the
recording at the end of the song, and it just records silence for
hundreds of megabytes. I setup a default screen personalization for Aero
with a single background image, not cycling though the images, hopefully
to make it more stable. I can now switch to this screen setting when I
run Cubase AI8. Ran Cubase and adjusted some Preferences Jeffrey T.
Metzger, American businessman extraordinaire, was caught on an audio
recording shouting homophobic and sexist profanities at his neighbor,
comedian Kathy Griffin today. Sun and swim and we got
09/19/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk again. We saw Kristen and had a
chat. Today is the boy's birthday, they're in San Diego. Have a nice
day, guy's. Computer sync; Reaper media files. Found that I didn't fix
the Bass track on "Time-Sweet Belize", all the notes were full measure
notes. Contacted painting companies in the Valley and around LA, but no
one can get to it soon enough. I guess I'll have to do the painting
myself. Fend for yourself dinner.
09/18/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk this morning. Computer sync; Reaper media files still. I
inadvertently deleted some files in "Unravel Me" V21, but that shouldn't
matter much. Found out that Cubase AI8 will not run in High Contrast or
Basic Desktop Themes, you have to use Aero to load it. WTF!? Per
Steinberg, if you can't use Aero, you should downgrade to AI7!!!
Leftovers for dinner. There was a small earthquake tonight around
bedtime, Laurie's first in California.
09/17/2017 Computer sync; reviewing Reaper media
files still. Deleted Vox files that were not the correct size,
indicating that the file is an incomplete take and is therefore useless.
Cleared the "Unravel Me"
directory and recovered 4.26 GB just in this directory alone, although
it probably had the most garbage because it was the first song I started
working on. Walk-through at the Sunnyslope house with the Realtor
Raphael and the owner. There are many open items in this house that the
owner has specifically indicated that they will not fix before they
leave. Like the water damage in the garage under the kitchen sink and
the roof. Cooked some sole fish for dinner but I don't think I cooked it
enough, it was a little mushy.
09/16/2017 Got a call today from Laurie's work
(Cedars-Sinai Hospital), they found a loaded gun in the bathroom!
Computer sync; verifying some Reaper media files.
Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler
Texas BBQ for dinner! It was good!
09/15/2017 Drove Laurie to work so I could pick up
Tully's meds. I stopped giving Tully these meds when she got overdosed
at the cat hospital in Burbank, but I couldn't
bring myself to tell Laurie, with all that's going on. Took
Lucky for a walk at the
Center in West LA, just across from
Computer sync. Sun and swim with a little peeking.
Picked Laurie up at 5:30 PM and ordered take-out for dinner.
09/14/2017 Tried to take Lucky
on a short walk, but he decided he wanted to go the long way. Pulled all
the old packing boxes I stored under the house out, and distributed them
for filling. A small amount of the packing paper had water damage, but
everything else looks good. Computer sync. Agreed with Laurie not to
contact Jessifuck until after the end of the month. I think this was
because I wanted to send her the report on their fucked-up house, but
Laurie didn't want to do anything to prevent getting her deposit back.
Made hamburgers, mac & cheese and mixed veggies for dinner.
another Facebook Live
session is upon us. I was wearing my black eclipse tee shirt and my
ripped jean shorts. In my notes I wrote the word "Busy" I think in
reference to my life being busy with the move and all. I also documented
one song, "Forgotten In Time" at 17 minutes in. Computer sync; no details. Getting ready
to move into Sunnyslope house, expect gaps in blog coverage. Sun and
swim with only one little peek.
09/12/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk. Computer sync. I saw a wireless network today when I was
working on my computer and the network name was "trumptheasshole". I
thought it was pretty funny so I recorded it.
09/11/2017 Anniversary of 9/11. Took
Lucky on a
short walk. Computer sync; installed Avast antivirus today. Had a
workout in the sun, and a swim, but no vids (I don't know why, it's in
09/10/2017 Sunday, went to
and then washed Laurie's car.
09/09/2017 Researched the
Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS). Computer sync.
09/08/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk today. I "updated"
Malwarebytes the other day
and the XP machine was never right again. I couldn't open Mozilla
Firefox, in fact, I had to reinstall Firefox after deleting
Malwarebytes. Saw bad reviews online about this latest Malwarebytes
software. My desktop preferences were altered, and the link to the
background image I was using was broke, and I had to alter the way I was
using the background image, and I didn't cause any of that. I finally
got things back to normal. Sun and swim and lots of
09/07/2017 I'm feeling better again today. Took
Lucky for a long walk. Computer sync; My Songs and My Records
sync'd between the different drives. Dinner at the
I'm feeling a little better today. Sun and swim, no peeker. Notes recorded regarding Computer sync,
and an old (2/18/2015) phone call that we recorded involving Brimco.
Played through set, didn't do Facebook Live
tonight, probably due to my sore throat. Hamburgers, mac & cheese &
mixed veggies for dinner. Starting with this entry,
until 9/13/2017, and for 11/4/2017 through 11/12/2017, notes were
recorded in two separate logs, the New House on Contour loose sheets,
and Teela's Wirebound Notebook. The comments will just be merged, and
this note will suffice to document the
09/05/2017 I'm sick again today with a sore throat
thing. Leftovers for dinner (pizza or Sloppy Elk, I didn't write it
09/04/2017 Labor Day; took
Lucky for a local walk. Computer sync; came up with the date
convention of YYYY_MMDD for prefixing to dated files that I want sorted
chronologically in a directory. It's very useful for organizing
historical files in a single directory.
09/03/2017 Had cereal and pizza for breakfast.
Computer sync. Recorded a video from the TV about the iguanas on
Fernandina, Galapagos Islands, and posted it to Facebook.
09/02/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk this morning. The fire is still burning, it's up to 5000 acres
now. Pancakes & bacon for breakfast. Computer sync. Cooked the Elk
burger we got from Tony and I made Sloppy Elk! It was really good.
09/01/2017 Took Lucky for a
short walk. Got a call from Sandy Kline
today, she thought she was talking to her daughter
Kristen, or she was on another line and I got butt dialed by
mistake, or something. That's what it sounded like though, that she was
talking to Kristen and I was just listening to what they were saying, it
was weird. She was talking about the window in their house where they
watch me do my workout, saying, "I always stand way back. Did you talk
to him about it or something?". I'm sure I said in my text yesterday to
Sandy that I could do my workout in their living room if they wanted,
just to see if I could stimulate some conversation. I only listened to
the phone for a moment, and when I realized what was going on, I hung up
so as not to embarrass anyone. Sun & swim with Lucky, he dunked twice.
Ironically we had a peeker today, even
after the phone call. Went through a huge backlog of vids. Laurie
home early to see John Williams, what's his name,
at the Hollywood Bowl.
Pizza for dinner, tried some new
rotisserie chicken. There's a fire in La Tuna Canyon of 500 acres that's
polluting the air.
08/31/2017 Took Lucky on a
long walk this morning. Continued Computer sync. Texted
Kristen's mom, about our upcoming move down Sunnyslope. Investigated the
Motif 7 SCSI port; SCSI-2 (50 pin D-sub, half
pitch), mLAN8E or AIEB2 expansion cards. Other data is recorded
about disk sizes and formatting. Had a power outage today which lasted
until 7 PM, I didn't record when it started. Went to
Jerry's for dinner.
The A/C was tripped by the outage and the house didn't cool down.
08/30/2017 Wednesday; Laurie has a trip to Sacramento today,
up early to drive to
Burbank Airport. Saw Adrienne
and her pups on Contour on my way home. I won't
be able to perform Facebook Live due to having to be at the airport
later. Played in the sun with the kids, worked out and swam, and only
got peeped once.
104° F today. Leftover venison for
08/29/2017 Computer sync; reviewed peeker vids from
yesterday and found some nice stuff; cleaned up Utils and Utils/Old.
Trimmed some fronds and the lemon tree in the yard (4
hours). Today it got to
08/28/2017 Continued transferring files from the
old system (XP) to the new system (7). I will be continuing this into the
foreseeable future, and I will refer to it as "Computer Sync". The
particulars are in my notes, but it's too excruciatingly detailed to
document here, unless it's warranted. Had my workout and swim today and
got peeked quite a bit. It reached
107° F. I played through a set and
saw Kristen walking Catalina. I thought she
was back in town! Pork loin for dinner with fried potato's, carrots, and
applesauce. Noted that Textpad was not installed on Win 7.
08/27/2017 Had problems with the Search capability
in Windows Explorer while comparing it to Explorer++. Made a reference
here that it "...must be that Registry script that removed the
Libraries." I don't recall when I removed the Libraries, but it must
have been a little while ago, I don't think it was yesterday. I
referenced it previously on 8/25 also. Come to find out, there was no
error at all, I was just starting to get used to Explorer++ and the old
Windows Explorer was doing what it always did, NOT what I asked it to
do. Sun and swim today, no workout. I don't even like to get too much
sun on my non-workout days. Cooked pulled chicken and rice with salad
08/26/2017 Setup directories and started
transferring my data from the Win XP machine to the Win 7 machine. I
have two methods for this, one is a special cable I bought a few years
ago that will connect any two computers, and the other is over the
WI-FI. The WI-FI is actually faster because it's newer. The cable is a
little old and has the connection software encoded in a "pod" in the
middle of the cable being powered by the USB port. Went to Universal
Studios to see a movie but I didn't write the name down, and now I can't
remember it. It was a movie Laurie wanted to see about Indian girls
disappearing. I tried to look it up, but failed. I'll have to revisit
08/25/2017 Friday; started using
today because of issues with Windows 7 File Explorer, which is so
annoying that it's constantly trying to figure out what you want to see,
or jumping around on the left panel where you can't tell where you are,
etc. I've already disabled the stupid Libraries from the system, which
itself caused a minor flaw to surface, but it's worth it not to see
those idiotic Libraries. From this point out I am only using Explorer++
[1/16/2019, still true, although it won't do Tag searches. For that I
have to grudgingly use File Exploder. TAH]. Had some fun in the sun with
my workout, and a swim, but I eventually ran out of time to do Facebook
Live, which I was going to perform since missing on Wednesday. We had
some venison from Tony at the eclipse and so I looked up some recipes. I
cooked the venison in a stew, searing each piece by hand. It turned out
really good. Finished chocolate ice cream for dessert.
08/24/2017 Lately, so many applications are saving
data to the "My Documents" directory that I can't find MY documents
anymore. I don't get it. This was supposed to be an area for ME not my
programs. It's gotten so bad with audio plug-ins and such, that I had to
make a new directory, which I called "Personal", where I moved all of my
stuff out of "My Documents", and no program will ever put anything
there. Another tip I have is to use numbers to prefix a directory name
to drive the most important directories to the top of the list. Many
times directory lists can be so long, putting a few of them at the top
saves a lot of time at the expense of a few characters in the directory
08/23/2017 Wednesday: no Facebook Live today as I ran out of time. I
had to upload my eclipse videos and make a clip for posting online. This
took more time than I thought it would. I also took the rental car back
and had my workout and swim. I thought I saw evidence that
Kristen was back in town.
08/22/2017 The only accommodations I could find in
Redding was a crappy hotel that charged double the rate due to the mass
of people that were coming from the eclipse. What a shame. Made it home
by 5 PM.
08/21/2017 Today the
eclipse occurred around 9:15 AM. I found a parking spot around 8 AM at
Road's End State Recreation Site, in the main loop right down by the
grass and picnic benches, even after I drove past big signs announcing
that the lot was full, and there were people everywhere looking for
parking! The Universe smiled on me that day. Either that or no one was
going down there because of the signs, and the spot was hidden by an RV
next to it. I set up my telescope and observed the sunspots prior to the
eclipse. Afterward, trying to leave the area was nearly impossible. I
could wait a while, but Laurie had to be in Portland for a flight. We
all left in a caravan, and when we got there, I took I-5 S and everyone
else took I-5 N. I called it the Great American Traffic Jam. It just
proved that if we had to evacuate quickly for whatever reason, many
people won't make it. It was the worst progress in traffic I have ever
experienced, other than being stuck on a freeway on-ramp in
Virginia in a blizzard because the traffic was completely stopped
everywhere, and having to spend the night in a pickup truck (1976).
08/14/2017 Arrived in Lincoln City today and
checked out our pad. Unfortunately for us, the picture they used shows
the neighbors dock on the lake, which has huge signs forbidding access
that you couldn't see in the photos. Our dock was barely a dock, but I
swam from it and we launched a paddleboat from it. The house was grungy
and lame, the beds were really crappy, and I had to clean a whole bunch
of stuff. It was a big disappointment, but I found some extra blankets
and sheets and used them to cover the grody furniture so we could sit
down without cringing. Oh, and we had to get carpet deodorizer and one
of those fresh scent vaporizers that plug in the wall for the living
08/13/2017 Left this
morning on our trip to
Lincoln City, Oregon for the
Great American Eclipse. We all piled in the car for the trip up, but
Laurie has to be back for work, and so me and Lucky and Tully will drive
back by ourselves. With a group of other people, we rented a house on
Devil's Lake so we could prepare for the eclipse.
08/12/2017 USC beat Utah at the LA Coliseum 11-7. I
read an article that said Utah hasn't beaten USC while on the road since
1916, 103 years, and never at the Coliseum, of course, because the
Coliseum isn't that old.
08/11/2017 Took Lucky for a
long walk today. Took some time for myself, I needed it bad. Worked out
in the sun and had a swim also. Installed the new memory sticks in the
Win 7 machine. Moved the existing RAM to the open slots and installed
the new, faster RAM in its place. System now shows 8 GB of installed
memory! On the
Gateway SX2802, because it's a
small form factor (SFF) design, the CDROM drive has to be removed
before you can futz with the memory slots. It's not that hard, just a
couple of screws, but it looks intimidating. The Windows Experience
Index increased 21% overall since the last update, and gaming graphics
increased approximately 41%. Most of those increases were likely due to
the addition of the graphics card. After that I had problems getting Pro
Tools First to play sounds over the speakers. Switched to
Reaper and I
had the same problem. Checked the
Delta 1010 control panel and software
return 1/2 was set to a level of minus infinity. Turned it up and it
works fine, I don't know how this setting got changed. During this
investigation it was determined that the Delta 1010 does not require the
3 VDC (orange wire) to operate. I had suspected that, but now I proved
it (Delta 1010 operable on Win 7, 7/23/2017).
08/10/2017 Took the Volt in for maintenance today
in Glendale. Computer video doesn't seem to have crashed overnight,
there were no reports. Researched the video modes and settled on Windows
7 Basic. I setup two cases, one with screen and power savers and one
without, so that I can easily switch them when I need to perform or
record. I realized that
Aero is just an inconvenience and a detriment to my computing
environment. Continued editing the Tasks, rebooting at least four times.
Task Manager is looking better and the system seems to startup quicker.
What do normal people who aren't computer literate do about this crap? I
wonder...The new memory sticks for Win 7 arrived today, I'll install
them tomorrow. Picked up Laurie at 6 PM and drove to see
Kelsey in El
Segundo. We had dinner at
McCormick & Schmick's in El Segundo, it's not listed on
website, but it was there.
08/09/2017 House inspection today for the
Sunnyslope property, had to skip my workout. I didn't perform Facebook
Live either, which, for a Wednesday, I would normally do. Hmmm, I'll
have to look into that. While investigating the video card issue, I
found that the Services, and especially, the Tasks, were out of control,
and so I started deleting and chopping them back. Found a couple of
articles about the video problem, one was a Registry hack and the other
a discussion of
Windows Aero and how some
products don't behave well in it. I switched the desktop to Classic
instead of Aero, and it's much more stable.
08/08/2017 Took Lucky on a
long walk today and I talked to the parrot there at 4023 Dixie Canyon Ave. (it's
in my notes). I also saw Karen, who I had met previously
(7/28/2017), who was walking her dog. It just so happens that her husband stopped to
pick her up while we were chatting. If I recall, Karen seemed to
know who lived in that house and that they had birds. Had some problems
with the new video card in that it freezes for a few seconds every now
and then, and reports that the driver stopped responding. Updated the
driver and began investigations to see what the problem is.
08/07/2017 I had a haircut appointment with Cassie,
but she couldn't make it, and she had a colleague of hers, Dan, cut it
instead. I didn't say anything at the time, but later I told her that I
just have this thing about guys doing my hair, I don't like it. It's not
about any phobia's or anything, it's only about how I feel when a woman
touches me compared to a man, that's it. Getting a haircut is kind of an
erotic thing, and it doesn't work for me when a guy is doing it. I
didn't have good experiences with men cutting my hair as a child either,
which I was forced to do, after which I had to endure ridicule and
laughter, so, yeah, that might have something to do with it. But more
than likely it's because of the relationships I've had, and how
touched by my hairdresser was the only female contact I would have for
long periods of time. Got a new video card today with 2 GB DDR3 RAM.
It's not huge, but it's better than on-board graphics. Pulled chicken on
toast with peas for dinner.
08/06/2017 Met Laurie's cousin
Kelsey, who lives in
Hawaii, at LAX and took her to Hermosa Beach. NY Steak for dinner!
AI8 to work. Updated the Steinberg Data TXT file. Inserted the
dongle and it installed OK. Re-registered AI8 and it worked perfectly,
although the data about the different licenses and eLicenser's is kind
of messy on their
website. Installed updates for AI8 and
Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver. After that, I installed
Pro Tools First (downloaded 7/27/2017). Together with that, you have
to download and install the
License Manager and create a new Avid (Pro Tools) account online.
During all this I was having to access the directory
"\Users\...\AppData", which is a hidden
directory, and to make it easier to navigate, I un-hid the directory and
all of its contents. This worked great for what I was doing, and
afterward, I didn't want to see that directory anymore, and so I hid it
again and all of its contents, right? Not quite right. This is where the
problems start. The Start Menu was hosed; it was gone, mostly. And
Firefox wouldn't do anything; I didn't write down exactly what it did or
didn't do, but it too wouldn't function. Can you see the problem? Right!
The state of the subdirectories prior to un-hiding them is unknown, but
some, if not all of them, must have been visible. It just so happens
that the Start Menu and Firefox, and practically every other piece of
software that you have, uses the AppData subdirectories to store
information. When I hid them ALL, the system couldn't see them anymore
and it broke. I un-hid them again, and this time, I only hid the
directory AppData, not the subdirectories, and this put everything back
to normal. I figured this out easily since I already knew that the Start
Menu was in AppData. I wrote it here for your information or amusement,
whichever you require at the time. Pro Tools First eventually ran, but
when I opened the Hardware settings, the program crashed (I haven't
messed with it too much since then, if I recall. 12/27/2018, TAH).
Lucky this morning and saw
with her pups. Played with
AI8 today to see what's different in this version, and I watched the
setup video. Only 299 more starts without having the license installed!
USB-eLicenser arrived today so I transferred the license to the
dongle so I can transfer it to the Win 7 machine.
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. I have the car today to go grocery shopping. Made a batch
of chocolate ice cream batter without Belgium chocolate milk. It's never
as good without it. Installed
AI8 but the license is an issue, to transfer it I have to have a
Steinberg dongle. 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. Beef kabobs and red beans and rice for dinner. Laurie
made an offer on the house on Sunnyslope
today. [This was the last entry in which I was able to gather data from
my old Droid which was lost on Fountain Avenue in Hollywood after I left
it on top of the car on 12/17/2018. (See that entry for more details
when it's finally posted.)]
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.exe 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 AI8 that I recently upgraded for $10 (6/21/2016). 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 saw her again on 8/8/2017). 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
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 is 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 from Collin. 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 For the
skylight repair, I 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
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 (1
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, 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. The 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. I think it was the folks renting
the house next to Fred's who stopped by about possible noise from their
wedding party, I'm sure that's it. 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 (1 hour). 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 (1
hour to clean up). 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
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
hour, 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.
Facebook Live for the first time. I was wearing my work
clothes, how embarrassing, and played the following songs, "Lucky Boy",
"Virtual Reality", "Tomorrow Through Yesterday", "Childhood's End", and
"Changing Times". Thank you everyone for the feedback! Me and the kids played in the sun today, and we had a
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 (2
hours). 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!
and her dogs went by while Lucky was outside. I won't meet her for a few
days, but I already looked her up online.
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
sun today. Posted "Dumb-old Chump" on CNN online.
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.
06/23/2016 Computer sync;
Norton Ghost (tried to copy volumes but there were errors. This
software is old, I started using
Reflect instead on 6/14/2016),
VST Sound Collection,
HALion (I guess I deleted this because it requires a license now),
Hiren's Boot CD
(CD isn't being detected, transferred to memory stick but I still have
to make the stick bootable),
Classics. Had Marc sweep the dirty floor where he leaves his work
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. While I was walking Lucky
this morning down on Galewood, I saw a lady in
nice shorts watering her plants. 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 Had problems authenticating
I finally got it to work by logging into my Cubase account and
reactivating the oldest install. I saw a voucher on
AI8 upgrade for $9.99. I download the 2.6 GB file and only then
found out that it won't install on Win XP, only on
Windows 7 and above.
I'll load it on the Win 7 machine when I get around to 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, had problems installing
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. Yuuuck!!!
Continued refreshing software.
06/17/2016 Continued refreshing software; finished
installing all DAW software. Picked up Laurie at LAX and had El Pollo
Loco for dinner. Laurie brought some treats from D.C.
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. Continued
refreshing software including installing Office 2003.
06/15/2016 Didn't go see George today because I'm
still sick. Didn't like the copy I made yesterday,
reformatted the new HDD and started performing a clean
Continued with software install all night long, checking it
06/14/2016 Tuesday; connected a 320 GB HDD and used
Reflect to create a disk image of C:\. and copied it to the new disk.
Called Roger on the phone for our
appointment tonight because I'm sick.
Cakewalk Sonar 7. This DAW is actually very nice and easy to work
with, although I use
Reaper now almost exclusively. I do have a number of old projects in
Sonar, so I'd like to keep it installed. Texted George in Vista about
stopping by on Wednesday if I'm not too sick still.
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. Deleted
while I investigate the problem. Eventually I reinstalled Cubase, but it
still crashed. I ran
Reaper, and when I selected ASIO to configure the output, it crashed
too. This told me that the problem was the ASIO driver. Found some Delta
1010 ASIO settings in the wrong state and corrected them. Tried
repairing Windows by reinstalling SP3. Reinstalled Reaper. I was finally
able to select ASIO in Reaper, and Cubase is loading properly. Got it
all working at
06/11/2016 Marc left early on a Saturday for work!
Took Laurie to the airport for a trip to Washington D.C. with Sharla. I
could have gone, but we would have to put the kids up, and it would've
been a lot of trouble. Continued refreshing
software; dumped AVG anti-virus software because of high CPU usage,
AI4 to try to repair any damaged files, but when I tried to run it, it
crashed. It was loading some shit, but I couldn't write it down fast
enough. Tried again after changing the name of the VST directory and it
still crashed. I was hoping that it would skip the VST loading, but I
don't think it did. I may have to delete it because it crashes hard and
ChkDsk runs every time. Ordered pizza from Leaning Tower. [I was sick
somewhere in this time period, 6/21/2017]
06/10/2016 Friday; continued software installation.
Marc showed up today for his new job in Camarillo (see 6/24/2016 also).
06/09/2016 Continued refreshing software. MySpace
was compromised so I changed my password. Mission Fed security OOC.
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. Talked to my neighbor George,
and he said he's getting a BMW electric vehicle.
06/07/2016 Tuesday; drove Laurie to work for our
appointment tonight, and me and Lucky went to Pan Pacific Park.
Had some more software issues, with AVG antivirus slowing things down
really bad. All of the hard drives arrived today.
06/06/2016 Ordered three hard drives from Amazon to make a backup of my
system and to have as spares. Continued refreshing software.
06/05/2016 The brush fire is only 30% contained.
Looked up HDD's and PCI supported motherboards.
breakfast, missed Fairfax. Sent feedback to
Puran Defrag about how much I like their program. Jumped in the pool for
a while. Had problems installing
Web 4. It said I was missing some .NET shit so I downloaded what was
missing. This time it installed. I loaded my website and checked it out,
but it doesn't seem as easy as
FrontPage. There's a brush fire in
Calabasas and we have lots of smoke in the air and ash in the pool.
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. Sent
feedback to Microsoft about .INF syntax article and missing underscore
discussion. It got to 106° F today in the
garage. Pool and workout.
06/02/2016 Continued updating and downloading
software including a copy of
Web 4 to test for web page
06/01/2016 Went to
Playhouse 7 in
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. (Tickets 5/19). We had dinner beforehand at
across Colorado Blvd to the South.
05/30/2016 Monday; Memorial Day. A
Trojan horse was trying to establish
an external connection on the new system and it was caught by my
anti-virus program (AVG at the time). The offending file is located in
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.
05/29/2016 Had brunch with
Lucky at the
Garden Cafe on Woodman just North of Ventura Blvd.
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
main fuel tank,
make its way through the streets to it's new home at the
California Science Center. Stubbed my foot on some cement that
someone in the past had dripped on the pool steps and didn't clean up.
When I looked closer, I saw a bunch of it all over the place. I took a
chisel and hammer and removed the most offensive, foot stubbing, spilled
cement that I could see (1 hour). Thanks
05/20/2016 Completed the videos for
6-String Theory Competition and submitted them to the website with
the $25 entry fee. Found out that Bernie Sanders will be at Rancho Buena
Vista (RBV) High School in Vista at 11 AM on Sunday 5/22/2016. I'd like
to go see him, but I can't make it.
the list of outstanding issues at the Contour house (12 pgs, 132 items,
227 hrs of work). Ordered tickets to a Planetary Society movie premier
on Wed, Jun 1, in Pasadena, about Arctic research into Mars
habitability. My singing voice is good after cutting back on my meds.
05/18/2016 Started compiling a list of outstanding
issues and documenting the condition of the Contour house. No meds until
tonight, if then.
05/17/2016 Tuesday; did some research on
NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) anti-aging mitochondria
meds. Went to see Roger, still nothing
good. Only 1.5 1H during the day.
05/16/2016 Laurie had to go in to work early and
saw that Laurel Canyon was closed due to an accident or something. 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 in the garage 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 Friday the
13th! Yeah! Finally able to sing properly on our morning walk. 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
Had dinner at the
Sherman. I had the jambalaya again but this time I remembered it.
breathing is much better today since cleaning all the crap out of the
ventilation system. Tully's not sneezing as much either. Played
through a set, my voice is much better. I met my neighbor
Matt who was walking his dog by our house
today. He lives directly behind us, but because we live in the hills,
his yard is probably over 20 feet below ours, so we don't see each other
in our yards like a lot of people.
told me that some musicians live there, but that they were reclusive or
something. Later on I heard music coming from their house, some singing
and guitar and drums it sounded like. I didn't document it, but I may
have played my earlier set in the garage, and maybe Matt heard me then.
05/11/2016 My sinus's are really bad today and
Tully was sneezing all night. Woke up and found the HVAC filter was
completely disgusting. I cleaned the whole filter enclosure, it hadn't
been cleaned in years, thank you Jessifuck. There was a speaker in the
duct that was barely hanging by a screw, apparently it's for the fire
alarm system. I reattached it properly. I think I replaced the filter
with a new one I found by the laundry, although I didn't record that. In
the kitchen, the sink drain started leaking because the piping union was
loose. I only noticed this when I went to get something from under the
sink and say a huge mess. Thanks again to the slumlord (4
05/10/2016 I showed the pool guy the grounding
problems on the pool lights, he didn't seem to care. Went to see Roger.
He brought up the fact that the problems started before I was
05/09/2016 My sinus's are bad and Tully is sneezing
05/08/2016 Sunday; it's been raining the last few
05/06/2016 There is a
Prince tribute concert today at LA City Hall from 5-8 PM. City
advises to take public transport.
05/03/2016 Spoke to the pool guy. He made a call
and another pool guy, George, showed up and explained that the slumlord
Jessifuck wasn't paying them and wasn't responding to calls. Went to see
Roger. Had dinner at
Studio City, but it wasn't the best, and the place was empty. We
speculated that they're good at breakfast but not dinner? This location
eventually closed, supposedly over rent issues.
05/01/2016 Cleaned the house, Tully was sneezing.
Texted Alex back.
04/30/2016 Saturday; went up to
today. It was cloudy in the LA basin and you couldn't see the city. We
recovered 23 miles electric on the Volt coming down the mountain. Alex
texted and said he had a seizure yesterday, the last day of the test,
and the team recorded good EKG readings, among all the data they
collected. Hopefully that will help.
04/28/2016 Looked up
information about a
that I attended in Lakeland, FL, at the
Civic Center on May 1st, 1980. I did this for posting
something on Facebook,
but I'm going to start a document so I can record all those old shows I
04/26/2016 Tuesday; the pool guy came and didn't
say anything, and then left. Last Tuesday is when I left the note for
04/25/2016 Alex is starting a medical procedure in
which he will stop taking his seizure meds for five days so that his
brain activity can be recorded. This will hopefully allow the doctors to
pinpoint where and what's going on in his head.
04/23/2016 "Back To The Future" night dance at the
Peterson Automotive Museum with
Found Blog entry from 7/13/2011 had the word "guitar" pluralized.
Somehow I didn't incorporate this comment until 2/6/2019.
Prince passed away from a drug overdose.
04/20/2016 Walked to
Maxsons Drug Store for some reason.
04/19/2016 Added this date because on 4/26/2016 I
referenced a note that I wrote to the pool guy, but I didn't record the
04/18/2016 Sent my tax returns in today, I didn't
get a refund because I had no income. Downloaded a bunch of MAME ROM's.
04/15/2016 Looked up some information on
psychology, specifically Resilience & Grit.
04/13/2016 Called Alex's doctors to get more
information about his medications, and my name was not on their list of
people they can talk to about it. I guess his mom didn't think it was
important to include me on the list. I complained to Alex and eventually
I was given access.
04/12/2016 Found a phone number for my friend and
colleague Rod DeQuiroz from Fluor.
04/11/2016 I found the ground wires on the pool
lights weren't connected properly. Tightened loose connections and added
new wires where needed.
04/07/2016 Talked to
Alex at length today on the phone about his seizure procedures and
medications he was taking.
04/05/2016 Bob & Ellie leave for home.
04/03/2016 Sunday, Bob & Ellie stopped by for a few
04/02/2016 Picked Laurie up from LAX.
Went to see George in Vista today.
Guns N' Roses
Troubadour club in West Hollywood in preparation for their upcoming
03/31/2016 Did some light yard work today.
Preparing to go see George tomorrow.
03/30/2016 Took Laurie to the airport. Stopped at
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area with Lucky. Jammed in the garage
for a while. The yard guys stuffed the bamboo waste in the recycle bin,
I was saving some of it for a project. Texted Rob Arens and he called
Manny Pacquiao at Pan Pacific Park
again today. Appointment with Roger.
03/28/2016 Cut back all the bamboo on our side of
the fence behind the garage, it was blocking my view of the Valley (6
03/27/2016 Went for a walk at Veteran's Park at the
Van Nuys Sherman Oaks (VNSO) Park and went to the Blue Dog for
breakfast. The VNSO Park has a huge Little League complex there. Did
some yard work (4 hours). Carrie texted
that Mom was back at home following her recent tumor scare.
03/26/2016 Found a bunch of Alex and Marc's e-mail
addresses used as sign-in's for YouTube and Google. Found an e-mail for
Tony Carey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know I contacted him on YouTube, but I haven't e-mailed him. Did some
yard work (2 hours), and sun and swim.
03/25/2016 Cleaned up the bamboo by the garage (6
hours). I was climbing on the fence and I startled a woman on the
other side when she came into her yard. I quickly explained what I was
doing but she never responded. Played a set in the garage with CD and
amplifier, probably my old boogie box from 1983 which I was still using
at the time.
03/24/2016 The neighbors house alarm went off seven
times today, it's very annoying. Good thing I'm not trying to record.
03/23/2016 My wrist was very sore, I don't know
why. I found a wrist brace I had from a past injury. The neighbors house
alarm went off three times today. I went to the intercom but no one was
home. I didn't see anything unusual.
Manny Pacquiao at Pan Pacific Park
today. Changed my address with my bank. No
Roger tonight, he's sick.
03/21/2016 Entered the Taylor Guitar Contest.
03/18/2016 Had an early walk with
Lucky this morning since Laurie had to go into
03/17/2016 Talked to
Diesel this morning. Looked for a French fry potato cutter at Ralph's.
Continued cleaning yard waste over to "The Junkyard" and clearing out
the bamboo (5 hours).
03/16/2016 Moved all
the garbage that has been left laying around the house and yard over to
the side of the house we don't use, to what is now known as "The
Junkyard" (5 hours).
03/15/2016 I got a cell phone call today for Mr.
Lewis about the switch upside down and pool leaking. I don't answer my
phone if I don't know who's calling, so it went to voicemail. I called
back thinking it was a new maintenance guy, but after I asked about the
call, he said something indecipherable. I told him I couldn't understand
a word he was saying, and then he asked, slowly and clearly, "Are
you Mr. Lewis?" I said, "No", and he said, "Sorry to bother you" and so
I hung up. He must have been a dispatcher for Mr. Lewis who got his
phone number mixed up with mine. It was weird. He left a cryptic text
also [Calling Mr. Lewis "GySgt Lewis, this is Cpl Koyle -TGK-]. The pool guy finally showed up and fixed the leak, but he left a
mess of partially cut PVC and other crap. Went to see
Roger. Found a cockroach in the bathroom
03/14/2016 Worked trimming trees in the backyard
and digging out that root (4 hours).
forward for Daylight Savings. Searched for "Air Fryer". Found a problem
with my web site where the Navigation Banner was set incorrectly. I must
have clicked something inadvertently. Updated dates and other info.
Found Blackhole Exploit Kit on my website,
it got jacked again? Re-published. I wonder if this is related to the My
Network Places link from yesterday, or the Navigation Banner problem. I
have to stop using the Front Page Extensions.
03/12/2016 Went to
Way BBQ. Rob Arens responded to my message and we chatted for a
minute. He's bowling right now in his league, so he said he'd call back
tomorrow. I sent him a friend request on Facebook. Found a link to my
website under My Network Places. I don't know why it's here, but I don't
work with it like that, so I sent it to the Trash.
03/11/2016 Laurie had an event for work in Marina
Del Rey and will be getting home late. I dug up another root by the
pool, it was the same plant as the other huge root I dug up on 2/6/2016
(6 hours). This "weed" grows at least 10
times faster than the other plants around it, using long vines to climb,
and chokes out everything else. This root is more like three basketballs
in size, all stacked on top of each other. I'm not exaggerating. The
hole is two feet deep and the root is still in there, even though I've
dug down two feet of ROOT, not dirt. And there are runners off the sides
that I'm trying to remove. This thing is like an alien creature, and if
you don't get every major piece of it, it will come back. Swept the
entire house and went in the hot tub later.
03/09/2016 I'm having a really bad allergy morning,
or something. I had some travel miles that expired on 2/1/2016, but I
didn't use them in time to cash them in for gifts. I had looked at the
catalog they provide some time before, but then I forgot about the date,
and today I went back over it, and I think I even called to see if I
could still use the miles. Nope. Played through a set.
03/08/2016 Drove Laurie to work for our appointment
tonight. Me and Lucky went to
and walked the circuit. I found a weird Wi-Fi network on my system that
was listed as the first preferred network to log into. It looks like it
was the name of the original Wi-Fi network before I renamed it. Either
way, I deleted it. So the pool guy came today but parked down the
street, I didn't know he was there until he left. Later on, Laurie got
an e-mail from him about the leak. Maybe he parked down the street to
try to avoid me? Saw Roger and had dinner
at the El Coyote
Sent a message to Rob Arens on
Facebook to see if it's the
"real" Rob Arens from Cass Ave,
MI, and to Lu
Coffing from the Planetary Society. Friended Gerry (Jerry?) also
(McCarty I presume), and Bruce Wildy accepted my Friend request. I saw
an old 1999 Xmas photo showing the Yamaha PSR-240 keyboard. New high
score for KLAX.
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
03/04/2016 Updated website; switched a song from
"Unravel Me" so
as not to be "published" before. Casting ID 626257.
Me and Lucky went to
Park today and took some video footage. Roger,
didn't go too well except to...
Leap Day! Did recordings for the
submission package so they're time stamped today.
02/28/2016 Wrote down all the questions from the
website so I could address them properly. "Stupid computer crashed", but
I finally charged the camera and practiced my video presentation a
number of times. It didn't feel right.
02/27/2016 Played through the selected songs again.
Talked to Laurie about some ideas for my
video while we were in the hot tub.
02/25/2016 Performed a set of upcoming songs for
I cleaned the house a little too.
02/24/2016 Went to see George in Vista.
02/23/2016 The pool guy came but didn't fix a leak
by the filter or fill the pool. Bob & Ellie left. I performed a set.
02/22/2016 I performed a few songs in the studio.
Bob came in and asked about the lead guitar poster on the wall. Later I
checked online but I couldn't find that exact poster. I got that at
when a friend of mine brought in some posters specifically for me to
make copies of in the Mobil drawing room. They had all the facilities
there to make any type of drawing at virtually any size, it was awesome.
02/21/2016 It's Sunday and Bob & Ellie are over.
Ellie says Bob hasn't had any alcohol in six (6) weeks!
02/20/2016 Slept in a little this morning, which is
unusual. I walked Lucky and people I met along the way were talking about the dog attack
the other day. Continued with
Songland; I re-listened to
"Asleep at the Wheel" and found a couple
of issues that I corrected.
02/19/2016 Saw an open house at 13555 Contour
Drive. I went by but it was 10 AM and the Open House wasn't until 11 AM.
I didn't particularly like the house and location, it was multi-level on
the side of a cliff kind-of-thing. I saw it online, I didn't go back.
I re-recorded the guitar for
"Asleep at the Wheel", about 20 takes. I
messed up the bridge and the outro, and used a separate track to
re-record those. I used volume envelopes to switch between the two
parts. Recorded some vocals, didn't like it; did it again and it's
better. Mixed both vocal recordings together and applied some effects.
Mixed it all down and it sounds
good, sorry, my notes
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 dogs head in it's jaw. With the help of
other people who had heard the commotion, we contacted the
aggressive dogs owner who came and took the injured animal to the veterinarian.
Continued with the
I have a note to "use the monitor mixer into
Reaper & record live
w/headphones." I recorded a guitar part to
"Asleep at the Wheel", but it
has some errors. It's probably going to be too much work to assemble
02/17/2016 It was raining this morning. Still
filling out the
Songland application, I need some videos or mp3's of my songs. I
saw a documentary today about WWII and the Siege of Leningrad, and how
the German troops on watch in the winter time, staring down the barrel
of their guns, would have their
eyelids frozen in place. They would get frostbite on their eyelids,
and the skin would die and fall off. These troops couldn't shut light
out from their eyes for the rest of their lives, and many committed
suicide or went insane.
02/16/2016 Drove Laurie to work for our appointment
later this afternoon. Took Lucky to
Pan Pacific Park. Stopped by 317 North Mansfield and I talked to
Anna and Victroi (sp.?), our old neighbor
and her young daughter who lived above us. She said that they're
thinking of moving to Barcelona, Spain, and asked us to stop by
sometime. Her husband's name is Sebastian, I'll have to find the last
name later, and he started a company that provides British movies and
television to American audiences. I'll have to find the name of the
company too. The pool guy came by and I showed him a leak and asked him
to get the ball rolling on replacing the pool pump, which has damaged
bearings and is really loud. Filling out
Songland application online. Roger.
02/15/2016 I worked in the orange tree again today,
higher up than previously, where many dead branches are blocking the sun
and stunting growth. I almost fell when the stub I was standing gave
way. I had considered that it might not support my weight, and was
prepared in case it didn't, but I still got a branch in the thigh pretty
bad, ripping my shorts, and I got poked with some pickers too (3
hours). Orange trees have these massive pickers you don't want to
tangle with, I trim them off in areas where I'm working. I thought about
getting water hoses and timers for the tree, but my research shows they
don't have to be watered that often. Started taking my allergy meds
again due to all the illnesses I've been suffering lately. I don't
usually like these kind of meds because they affect my singing voice.
02/14/2016 Went to breakfast for our first time at
morning, what a zoo! It was really good though, and fun, and we met two
couples; one lady was from
Spent the rest of the day poolside again.
02/13/2016 Spent the day pool side for
Laurie's Birthday Weekend Extravaganza.
Birthday today! And it's Friday!
02/11/2016 Trimmed the tree in front by the
driveway. Picked up more concrete and brick in the dirt around the
shrubs (3 hours). Someone mistook these
shrubs for a garbage dump in the past. I'm cleaning it up, little by
little. Lost a spring from the vacuum cleaner in the master bedroom and
I had to look for it.
02/10/2016 Got rid of the yard waste from yesterday
after the trash man came because the bin was too full for it all (1
hour). On our walk, me and Lucky saw
and his dog Diesel again. Zach was working on his
Corvette and I went to talk to him because most people around here
don't work on their own vehicles. I told him that and he laughed and
agreed. Responded to Roger with the
information he requested.
02/09/2016 Drove Laurie to work for our appointment
this afternoon. Trimmed the trees around the pool (3
hours). At Roger's, he asked us to
give him a paragraph each, and a timeline that we both agree upon. This
is the first time with Roger that I told Laurie what I think the
02/08/2016 There was nice weather today, I was able
to wear shorts on my walk with Lucky. I spent
the day cleaning house. At one point the vacuum cleaner wouldn't stand
up properly, and when I tried to coax it, it broke. Now it won't stand
up at all, you have to lean it against something else. Found out online
that this is common for this model. Great.
02/07/2016 Super Bowl Sunday! The Denver Broncos
beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
02/06/2016 Worked on the trees again today until
the yard maintenance people showed up (4 hours). I found a huge weed behind the
hot tub and I dug it up (2 hours). The root
on this thing was monstrous, like the size of a basketball, at least.
02/04/2016 Made a new batch of hummingbird juice
and cleaned and refilled the feeder. Worked for probably
3 hours climbing in and cutting deadwood
from the orange tree. I saw Sandy who thanked me for my efforts. She
said they might have a company come out to trim the trees in their yard.
02/03/2016 The hills here are still without power.
There's a big tree just South of the intersection of Contour and
Sunnyslope, between all the houses, that must have partially fell. Me
and Lucky saw workers up there cutting
down the remains.
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. Roger,
job issues. Power outage (that's all I wrote).
01/31/2016 Went to Trader Joe's and had brunch at
01/30/2016 Walked to
Ventura Boulevard with Lucky. Wrote the
initial Outstanding Issues list for the house at 13417 Contour Drive,
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423. That probably took 2
hours or so. Marlon is supposed to be by today. He came at 5
PM on a Saturday, and caulked the master shower. Idiot.
01/29/2016 Me and Lucky saw
Mary Anne and her dog Peanut on our walk
this morning and she warned us of coyotes. Built a catchment berm around
the orange tree to allow it to capture more water, and dug up weeds
behind the pool (4 hours).
01/28/2016 30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle
Challenger explosion. Spoke to Sandy Kline, our neighbor to the East,
and she claimed the orange tree was hers, and on her property, but I
could work on it all I wanted to see if I could get it to be productive
again. I did do some more work on the tree today, probably only
2 hours worth. Marlon the "maintenance guy" came by to
replace the spare room light switch. The new switch was installed upside
down, and the work area wasn't cleaned up. I later learned that Marlon
is a "moron", mostly by talking to him.
01/27/2016 Left a note for the yard maintenance
guys to check the the water pressure regulators because they're leaking.
They never did anything about it. Anytime the sprinklers went off, the
water pressure would drop in the house to the point it was unusable. I
had to make sure the sprinklers only came on at night.
01/25/2016 Ran the truck for a few minutes today to
charge the battery.
01/24/2016 Sunday, drove down to Vista in North San
Diego County to see our friends George & Linda for lunch. We had an
excellent drive with no problems.
01/23/2016 Hot tub.
01/22/2016 Hot tub.
I've been literally sick for three weeks now, I'm just getting to the
point where I can sing again.
01/20/2016 Removed a dead branch from the trees in
front of the house that was pinched between two live branches, and was
interfering with the growth of the live branches (2
hours). Spent 2 hours on the orange
tree and 4 hours on the lemon tree
01/19/2016 Drove Laurie to work for our appointment
tonight with Roger.
01/18/2016 Martin Luther King Day today.
01/14/2016 Jim Patterson called about a job. That
stupid package came again today that I got two days ago. I marked it
"Not at this address" and the mailperson took it back again.
01/13/2016 Had to deal with Esurance today, they
had the wrong zip code in their system. Cooked pork loin for dinner.
01/12/2016 Drove Laurie to work so I could go see
Roger. Got a package from the mail lady but
it wasn't for us, so she took it back. She said it was supposed to have
been forwarded, but someone had delivered it by mistake.
01/11/2016 Almost over my illness.
01/07/2016 I'm feeling better today. I took Advil
but no Sudafed, so far so good.
01/06/2016 Took Lucky for a
walk this morning and, for some reason, he turned around on Sunnyslope
and started to walk back toward the house. Just after that it started to
rain, and it started to rain harder and harder. We got back home just
before it started pouring. He must have heard or smelled it coming. More
heavy rain all day.
01/05/2016 It's raining today and I'm still pretty
sick, although the meds are helping. Taped up the old mailbox
entry by the front door since cold air was pouring in there (1
hour). The gates at the front porch won't close now due to the
ground swelling from all the rain and moving the entire stupid brick
posts. I did something to bend up a tab that was on the gate and made it
work for now (1 hour). Laurie to go see Dr.
Roger Schwarz, I'm too sick. I have an
appointment next week.
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.
12/30/2015 Found that
the living room fireplace has no flue and was leaking large amounts of
air to the environment. Also, the gas shutoff valve is in the floor and
is not sealed from the outside air. Closed off both leaks. I had to cut
a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the entire face of the
fireplace with a couple of inches on each side to spare. Then I used
packing tape to seal the cardboard against the tile around the
fireplace (4 hours). We were told by the landlord we shouldn't use the fireplace
due to restrictions imposed by living in the Santa Monica mountains, but
they weren't too sure about what the restrictions were. I guess it
doesn't matter now because it's completely sealed up. Left a note for
the yard maintenance guys to fix a sprinkler head that they broke, and
they did it. Tully went missing today
around 5:30 PM, and I know she had gone outside at around 3 PM. We
walked around the block once, and when we got back we saw beady eyes
under the fence at the neighbors house next door to us. I jumped the
fence and looked around the yard, but I didn't see anything. We figured
it must have been another cat that just heard us calling. We went around
the block again calling out her name, and when we got back to the house,
I looked over the fence at the neighbors house and there was Tully
sitting in the middle of their yard. I went back over the fence to get
her, and I had to wait until she came out from under the deck where she
ran as I approached her. That crazy kitty. The portafilter was never
shipped because the company thought it was a fraudulent transaction, for
12/28/2015 Bob & Ellie left today around noon.
12/27/2015 Sunday Brunch at the
always nice. Today I had to help Ellie with the upstairs shower. I
showed her how it works and then I got her a towel. When I came back, I
startled her a little I think, and she was undressing, and then we were
next to each other, and we had a little moment.
12/26/2015 Bob & Ellie arrived today.
12/25/2015 Alex & Marc arrived for the Holidays
12/24/2015 Cleaned the
bathrooms. In the master bath, I found a huge air leak at the end of the
sink counter facing the tub. An entire piece of wood that would cap the
end of the counter was missing, and cold air from outside was pouring
into the house, as if a fan was blowing it in. What a piece of shit. How
fucked up is this? I also found air leaks all around the bathroom,
anywhere something penetrated the wall. At the toilet, the water lines
were not finished at the wall, and there were just holes there for
outside air or bugs to come in. At the shower, the spray nozzle came in
through the ceiling without anything to seal it, and the hot and cold
water valves on the wall were not sealed. Cold air was coming in from
all of those areas. I got some cardboard for the gaping hole at the end
of the counter, and used duct tape to seal it up. Then I caulked all the
other areas I could find that were leaking cold air into the house. All
of this work was at least 4 hours. Later on
I found that most of the problem here is that the walls in the master
bedroom, which is downstairs and not part of the actual main house, were
not finished on the outside; there is only a sheet of drywall between
you and the elements where normally there would be some type of wall on
the other side, whether it's the outside wall of the house, or another
sheet of drywall. It was all constructed in such a way as to be
considered a pile of shit, and we may as well be camping.
12/23/2015 Swept the entire house and mopped around
the dining room.
12/22/2015 Went to the light bulb store. Around
here in Los Angeles, we have stores specifically for a single thing, in
this case light bulbs. But I've seen stores for rocking chairs, beads,
wigs, buttons, you name it. The button store on Third Street is amazing,
especially if you need antique button sets, whole sets, of buttons that
are no longer being manufactured. Crazy. The light bulb guy, who made a
joke about needing a time machine to get the bulb I showed him from the
Contour house, told me about another light bulb store across the street
from Gelson's on Van Nuys Boulevard. I drove over there but I couldn't
find it (sometime later I found it, but I never went in).
12/21/2015 Tully to the vet at 11 AM.
12/20/2015 Knick knack shelf and mantle.
12/19/2015 Tonight around 7 PM some solicitors came
to our door while I was jamming. I saw them walk up the stairs at Fred
Fox's place across the street, and told Laurie they were coming this
way. But instead of blowing them off, partly because they heard the
music and made some comments about it, but it was also raining and
Laurie felt bad for them, she ended up giving them $20. Ironically, the
woman had an umbrella that she set down, and then walked away without.
These people didn't represent anything other than themselves, and they
were going door to door asking for money.
12/18/2015 Guest room and Laurie's boxes.
12/17/2015 Guest room and Laurie's boxes.
12/16/2015 Went online to look for a replacement
portafilter for the coffee machine. Cleaned in the guest room today.
12/15/2015 Cleared the dead and overgrown branches
from the lemon tree and the surrounding shrubs today. I probably spent
4 hours and I barely made a dent in trying
to help this tree. It's obviously in distress due to being massively
overgrown. It also appears that at multiple times in it's life, it was
left to grow uncontrolled, and then severely cut back. The fruits that
are coming off, in most cases, are twisted and deformed, like the tree
doesn't even know how to produce a proper lemon. This tree is on a flat
area so it gets water, but it's in the shade of a tree next door, so it
doesn't get enough sun. Throw in the fact that nobody but myself has
ever really cared about it, and you have this deformed monstrosity.
12/14/2015 Drove Laurie to work in preparation for
a Holiday Party tonight for Cedars-Sinai. I drove by the old house on
Mansfield and I saw a new realty company sign out in front for
Leah & Naomi. I think they're friends with Ester from Brimco, but I
bet she didn't tell them anything about how they screwed us over. I took
it upon myself to remedy that situation by e-mailing Leah & Naomi, and
for good measure, I also e-mailed the County of Los Angeles Public
Health/ Environmental Health. Some time later they replaced the front
windows where there was mold growing, but I don't know what they did
about the master bathroom where the mold was the worst. Hopefully they
fixed it all.
12/12/2015 It's Saturday but Laurie had to go into
work for a while. I cleared dead and overgrown branches out of the
orange tree. This must have taken about 4 hours
altogether. It was a fucking mess and I still didn't even get close to
finishing. How anything ever grew on this tree I'll never know. In fact,
I never saw more that like 4 oranges on it since we've been here. The
tree is in the shadow of the house next door, and it's on a hill, so the
water, if any, that makes it here just runs on by. [See 1/29/2016 where
I built a catchment for this tree.]
12/11/2015 Received a response from one of the
organizations I e-mailed yesterday. Unfortunately, this source stated
that because we don't live there anymore there isn't much they can do.
12/10/2015 Updated the
document "Mansfield Calendar" and e-mailed it to all the addresses I
saved, like the Housing Authority, the city of Los Angeles, tenants
rights organizations, etc.
12/09/2015 MA & peanut (don't ask me...it's just
written in my notes. I took the time to squeeze it in between lines, so
it must have held some importance. I have to document it here now, for
when I remember what it means later).
12/08/2015 Sent a
letter to Brimco, certified/return receipt requested, with all the
documents I had accumulated from Mansfield basically accusing them of
negligence, and for contaminating us with mold.
12/07/2015 Laurie sent Brimco an e-mail regarding
our our time at 317 North Mansfield Avenue.
11/26/2015 Our first
Thanksgiving in the Contour house and when we went to cook our turkey,
the entire house filled with smoke from a spill in the oven. It was our
first use of the oven, so the spill was from a previous tenant. Of
course you couldn't see the mess, someone had cleaned it enough so that
it wasn't visible. I had to take apart the oven and clean it internally
so it would be useful again. That took over an
hour, right in the middle of our Thanksgiving, fuck you
Jessifuck. We complained to her but she just said it was clean now so
there was nothing to do about it, stupid bitch!
11/14/2015 I had my truck in recently for some
maintenance, that's why I was trying to get the smog check, and the
other day I noticed during my drive that the A/C wasn't working
properly. I took it back in and they found that the A/C coolant had
leaked because they had failed to tighten a component. They recharged it
and it's OK now.
11/13/2015 Cleaned the porch and the house vents
which were completely plugged with leaves and debris. I felt this was a
fire hazard. I spent at least 2 hours
dragging the vacuum cleaner around outside. The front room curtain
hanger wasn't secure and had a stripped screw. Replaced it with a larger
screw and it's sturdy now.
11/12/2015 Cleaned master closet and covered over
the water station in the wall. The station is designed for a small
laundry setup to be installed downstairs in the walk-in closet, so it
has the normal water/drain recessed valve station. The problem is that
it looked like bugs could get in, you could feel a draft from outside,
and we had no plans to add a second laundry. I cut a piece of cardboard
to fit over the hole, and sealed it with tape. Shoe shelves, earring
holder, and other stuff also.
11/11/2015 Veteran's Day! During a recent smog
check, my truck failed due to a catalytic converter issue and it was
suggested that I drive the vehicle a bit and maybe it would clear. I
took a drive on the 101 W to the 405 N, to the 118 E, to the 210 S, to
the 2 S, to the 134 W, to Cahuenga Boulevard. It took about 45 minutes,
and then I stopped back by the smog place, but supposedly the data was
still not available to pass the smog. Picked up Tully's meds.
11/10/2015 It's been about two weeks now since we
moved into the house on Contour. It looks like there are many problems
with this house and I'm going to have to write them all up. Today, the
heat register in the living room was making a buzzing noise and I found
the screws holding it in place were stripped and just sitting in holes
in the drywall. Also, someone spilled a drink or liquid inside the
register and it's filthy and drawing in ants. The register is causing
debris to fall and collect on the floor as it vibrates, and I have to
sweep it everyday. I cleaned up the mess inside to stop the ants, and I
tried to secure it to the wall but was unsuccessful. Spent
1 1/2 hours working on it.
[1st entry in
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
07/18/2015 Registered on
Guitar Tabs website.
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.
04/07/2015 To 4/10, shower is clogged. [Note came
from another entry on 3/4/2016 for some reason, probably from the
- 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.
02/18/2015 Mansfield call from Ester that Laurie
recorded on her phone. [Photos taken 3/14/2015. Copied to Win 7
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
at 317 North Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036.
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
holiday 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,
today for a couple of hours between 2 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,
Portland. 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
Village, Tualatin. 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
98 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".
06/25/2012 Sang "Changing Times" for
the first time for Laurie, in her car, on the way back from picking her
up at Long Beach 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
System. 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
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 Phil
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 guitar 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 a 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
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.
02/28/2011 Purchased a
Live 4 (VL4) effects processor. It's fully programmable, and will
apply effects locally without the use of the computers microprocessor,
which can be handy in live situations.