Thursday, August 13, 2009

In honor of Les Paul

Les Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, just passed away at the age of 94. I don't play guitar myself, but I sure do like rock music, and there's no doubt it wouldn't be the same kind of music without electric guitars.

I've always loved this commercial Les Paul was in, so I thought I'd share it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lazy Blogger Syndrome and A Trip To The Past

I appear to be suffering from LBS or Lazy Blogger Syndrome right now, and since I'm working an overtime shift today, I don't have time to write a decent sized post before leaving for work. However, I did find something to share with you.

Before my Mom began having issues with Alzheimer's, she often sold freelance writing articles. She had never finished college the first time she went, but she eventually re-enrolled when I was about 13 or so, and ended up getting a master's degree in English. She never made any sales to big national magazines, but she had a fair bit of success writing for the local New Mexico markets, and even taught a workshop on "Writing For The Local Market" a couple of times through UNM's continuing education department.

Anyhow, I did a quick Google search today and found a link to an article she'd written a bit over ten years ago...I really enjoyed reading it, and I hope you do as well. In my case, it reminds me of the person my mother was, who I dearly miss, before this horrible disease known as Alzheimer's raised its ugly head. I really hope they find a cure for it someday.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is a link to Mom's article.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Back From Vacation

Greetings everyone, I'm back from my California adventure. Overall, I had a pretty good time out there, and Yosemite was rather cool although I didn't get to take quite as many pictures as I'd wished (more about that later.) It was a bit warm there, and the main touristy parts were VERY crowded, but I did go on a couple of nice hikes that got away from the crowds and got to the higher altitudes where it was a bit cooler. I stayed around in the Sacramento area for a couple days after I left Yosemite and that was nice also. Even though it was warm there, it was a lot less humid than Texas. I do think if I ever make it back there, I'll try and hit it in late September or early May to avoid both the big crowds and high temps.

One word of warning for mountain driving...if you're going down a hill and decide to switch into neutral to be fuel-efficient, make sure your car is not ALREADY in neutral. I managed to pull off this brilliant move at one point and stalled out the engine, which isn't a good thing to happen when going down a mountain road, since you lose power steering and power brakes. Fortunately, I wasn't going very fast and managed to pull over and stop with the emergency brake. Also fortunately, it didn't kill the transmission, which was a nice safety feature. So after my heart rate had slowed, I continued on my merry way.

More pictures, stories, and details to come soon.