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By clock (Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 09:26:21 AM EST) (all tags)
The good kind.


Tomorrow, we set off for the land of my birth.  Communing with family and old friends will be good for me.  I forget sometimes how much I miss that place until we get ready to go there.  I've mentioned before that I have trouble with the idea of a physical place being called home and the havoc that plays on me from time to time.  With the cooling of the air and the possibility for a less miserable existence in Texas, I find myself really missing the northern lands.  In any case, I need the trip.  And I need the down time.

We'll see my grandmother and more importantly she'll see her great grandson.  He says her name on our weekly iChat sessions and already knows to ask her to "fix fried cheeken!  so so 'liscious!"  It makes her light up when he does that.  The kid can work the old ladies.  No clue where he got that.

Time with my mom will be good too.  Her visits to our place are great, but it's injecting the visit into my normal routine.  It'll be nice to break out of that and talk a bit.  Good stuff.

The downside will be the roughly three hour flight each way.  The Dude is two and he's proud to show it.  He's the kid I don't want to sit near on the airplane.  But he looks like me.  It will be three stressful hours of making sure Elmo plays on my laptop and keeping things from being thrown all over the fucking place.  Then again, it's something new and he might mellow out for that.  Point is, I hate flying and that's bad enough.  Now we have a wild card.  Meh.  I'll live.

I'm also hoping that a week off will reduce the level of char currently coating my psyche.  I've been a little too close to the fire lately and probably needed a week off a month ago.  Such is life.

Getting ready to force a pile of tunes on the world.  Watch this space for more.

Cooler weather means the return of garage time and instrument building.  I will finish a guitar before the end of the year.  Hopefully, it won't suck.  Hey, on that topic, am I the only one who likes a really minimalist guitar looks-wise?  In an acoustic guitar, I'd like something mellow on the headstock, a simple woodgrain rosette, and that's about it.  I don't like inlays on the fretboard or any kind of position markers.  Simple, simple, simple.  Reading my guitar porn of choice (The Fretboard Journal) makes me feel like I'm the only one in the world who doesn't want an instrument that draws more eyes than ears.

And that's all we have time for today...

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Advertising standards complaint! by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 09:30:08 AM EST
"On vacating...The good kind"

Was I alone in expecting an MNS style poop report?


that's more like by clock (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 09:42:47 AM EST
evacuating.  but that has two meanings down here.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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What worked for me by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 10:42:00 AM EST
New coloring book presented just as we took off.
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we have by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 03:15:36 PM EST
a new Elmo DVD, along with the 2 existing ones, and a travel-sized magna-doodle.  coloring books don't really get colored on yet.

also, i want to make sure we wear him out running around the airport.  he needs to be the last body on the plane.


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absolutely! by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 10:02:04 AM EST
 When we went to Sweden, we arranged races for the kids (3 and 5 at the time). We got a lot of disapproving looks in the waiting area, even though we were not where they would hit anyone. Better here and now then on the plane, people.... We still do something very active before flying. It really helps them. Plus s'rprise sekret toy that appears half way through the flight.

If he eats baby carrots, we've found them to be useful for popping ears during takeoff and landing.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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