Print Story That was nice.
Diary
By ana (Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:30:48 PM EST) birthday, a fine day out (all tags)
Birthday, in review.

[editor's note, by ana] Now, with guitar porn goodness!



We both had meetings this morning, so we arranged to take the afternoon off, met at home at 2, took my old guitar and hit the road.

The luthier had a look at the instrument, looked inside with a mirror, kind of sighed and shook his head, and then proceeded to tell us what was wrong and what he could do to make it better. The face of the guitar isn't quite flat anymore, with a wave developing around the bit that holds the foot end of the strings. That's still firmly attached, with screws through the front, to a block inside, but the string tension has been warping the face of the guitar.

There's also a crack behind where the neck attaches to the body, because the neck wants to bend forward, again because of the tension in the strings integrated over 30+ years.

So he says, yeah, I can fix it; it'll be better than ever, but for the same money you could have a new guitar that'll be better than that. If there's some sentimental value... which, truth be told there isn't. I bought it from the want ads for a song in, uh, 1971 or so.

So we went up the street to a new musical instrument store he recommended, and found a nice lightly refurbed used Guild 12-string with a very nice action and an internal pickup, for not much more than the luthier would have charged to not-quite-fix the old one. I'm looking forward to building up callouses again.

Is it gauche that I clipped my fingernails in the repair shop before trying out one of their consignment guitars? </TMI>

So from there we drove to Davis Square to pick up our weekly farm box. It's got green leafy stuff in it, and some turnips for the first time this season. And more blueberries and stuff.

The funky (well, not quite what it used to be) art-house cinema was playing Exit through the Gift Shop at 4:40, which we could just make, and got there with a half-hour to spare, so we had a beer at a pool room. Tasty Belgian stuff with a name like Pearl (that's not quite it). They had a deal that if you showed them your movie ticket stub you could keep the glass. Alas, we did these errands in the wrong order. But we have enough beer glasses anyway, so.

The movie is delightfully quirky, about street art (a.k.a. graffiti) and a dude with a compulsion for video photography, who tells the artists he's making a documentary about their ephemeral art. He has no idea what to do with his tapes, so he puts them in boxes, unwatched.

One of the artists turns the table on him, encourages him to make his own street- and pop-art, which he takes to in spades, and then he (the artist) edits footage into a documentary about street art and documentarians. It's fun. You should see it. The videographer is seriously nuts.

And then dinner at the nearby Cambridge Brewing Company, which some of you will remember from a K5 meet we had there, as long ago as iGrrrl's younger child is old. Delightful roast duck breast with a sauce of veggies and duck confit; my dining companion had a dish made of fish from Rhode Island and veggies grown locally. Créme Brulée with two spoons and a glass of their Porter for dessert.

And a trip to the pet food store, and pig ears that spoiled the puppies' dinner. Life is good. Spoiling puppies makes it even better.

56 years. Wow.

This day has been a toxicfur production.

Edited to add the following picture:

< I'm puzzled by the football. | A New Website for my iPhone Game >
That was nice. | 23 comments (23 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
Happy Birthday to you Sir by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:44:36 PM EST
Also, I am very intrigued about which Belgian you had, but I don't know what types of Belgian beer is available in your area.

Best Guess is that you had a type of Pilsner which is usually denoted as "Pils".

Here is a list of Belgian beers if you wanted to take a gander.

http://www.belgian-beer.net/fullindex.php
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

Palm. by ana (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:47:24 PM EST
Not sure which variety. Should have kept the glass, eh?

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
w00t! by clock (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:57:22 PM EST
A+++ birthday!  sounds like a FANTASTIC way to celebrate.  is there anything better than a fresh, new guitar?  maybe one thing.  i seriously doubt it!

congrats and happy birthday!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

thx by ana (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 09:59:16 PM EST
And it'll do.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
also, PLZPOSTPIXKTHX!!!!! n/t by clock (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:12:30 AM EST



I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
"are you gonna..." by ana (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:46:02 AM EST
...post guitar porn?" asked toxicfur.

So, yeah.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Also... by ana (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:28:34 AM EST
once i have some callouses again, i'm prolly gonna need advice on what kind of cabling/equipment i need to hook up the internal pickup to my mac so i can record.

But that's still a couple weeks off, easily.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
shoot me a note and by clock (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 12:04:22 PM EST
i will happily advise you on how best to part with your money.  it's one of the many services i provide.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Pic! by ana (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:11:03 PM EST
n/t

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
w00t! by clock (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:14:43 PM EST
now make with the strummin'!  i suggest starting here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jNPJ9Ztg6E


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
woh. by ana (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:18:35 PM EST
i... um... wow.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
that might have been by clock (2.00 / 0) #17 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:21:34 PM EST
the best episode of MTV Unplugged ever.  mostly because he made Joe Satriani look like a tool.  no, mostly because he rocked the fuck out of that guitar for a whole set.

like i said...get to it!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Building callouses... by ana (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:26:32 PM EST
i've done it enough times to know that slow is quicker than overdoing it and having them peel off.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
never thought of that. by clock (4.00 / 1) #19 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:45:01 PM EST
though, i guess mine never went away.  huh.  15 minutes a day does wonders!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
STEVIE! by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #23 Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 09:24:42 AM EST
Damn that guy could play.

[ Parent ]
Happy birthday! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:41:47 PM EST
To a long and healthy life!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Happy new guitar day! by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 11:06:49 PM EST
And good dinner. See you's all Saturday at Redbones, I expect.

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

What's better than new guitar day? by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:28:29 AM EST
Why, the next new guitar day of course.

Pics and clips required.

Happy Birthday.



Pic! by ana (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:11:56 PM EST
Actual music will await callous growth.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Happy Birthday good Sir! by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 10:23:19 AM EST
Now get rockin'!


3 by johnny (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:01:22 PM EST
  1. HaPPY BIRTHday, you youngster! Many more! And thanks for the account.
  2. Guild sunburst 12 string? We bow before thy rockstar rockstarosity. Or I do, in any event. I'm not worthy, etc.
  3. You sure got from Davis Square to Kendall Square pretty quickly.  I wonder if you're trying to pull a fast one, some kind of leger-de-main on our fellow HuSites not of the Cambridge, MA ("our fair city") persuasion? You drove to Davis Square, and had dinner at CBC, which is, um, correct me if I'm missing something, by the Red Line, Porter Square, Harvard Square, Central Square, Kendall Square away. Or did you drive?
Did you think we weren't paying attention? And where was the guitar while you were having dinner?  I think a subway map and an explanation are in order. I'm not trying to be a pain in the ass, but I do think it's important to get these details down correctly now while they are fresh in our minds a a courtesy to future historians.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)
Drove. by ana (4.00 / 1) #21 Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 06:41:48 AM EST
Trunk. Not rush hour. We paid $3 to park in the garage at the One Kendall Square.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Oh, and... by ana (2.00 / 0) #22 Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 06:43:38 AM EST
The first round of beer was at Flat Top Johnny's.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
That was nice. | 23 comments (23 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback