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    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 9:33 AM


    Cool Good morning! Once again, about 10 minutes shy of 9 on this Thursday a.m. 30 degrees out last time I checked, which beats the hell out of yesterday's 13. Maybe we'll even have us an Indian Summer before the temperatures drop "once and for all"  for Winter. Indian Summer is my favorite season-within-a-season, my favorite "pocket neighborhood" on the landscape. Hope we have us one..
         Music news. As far as anything out of the house, I'm more or less hibernating until January. No one has called me for anything, and that's just fine. Three upcoming jobs with the Samba Llamas: one in January, one in February and one in April. I'm sort of an Adjunct Member, and fill in when one of the guitarists(and, on occasion, both)is missing. I like everybody in the band, and have a lot of fun playing with them.
        And I have a semi-working trio, which had its first job a couple months ago at Anchors Away. We should be making a couple appearances in the coming year. My old trio kinda fell by the wayside with the passing of our bassist Bill Schlipf in 2013. We got a new bass player who was just fine, but it wasn't the same chemistry. I think we went another year or so before things fizzled. So it's nice to have a new group. A new start. 
       YouTube has a couple new posts. I had a good practice session yesterday, which yielded a good number of tunes, enough that it was tough deciding what goes and what stays. Two new posts with more to come. Today has the makings of a good guitar day as well. 
       Retirement has been great for my playing. I now have the time to practice, and thus to improve. During my working years, I was a weekend warrior both with gigs and practicing, all I had time for. You can tread water that way, but not really get any better. So it's nice to have the time to devote to it and make some real progress.. So far so good..
       This kinda went on awhile, but hopefully will make entertaining reading. Thanks as ever for stopping in and wading through all this verbiage. Happy Thursday to you! Hey, it's almost Friday. Time for that second cup of coffee(out of three)for me. I'm outa here. More later. 
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