This is kinda weird – piracy off of Europe?
Yesterday I decided I’d had quite enough of lying around feeling sorry for myself, especially after I realized that my last week of angsty angstiness was hormonally triggered. So I got up and reorganized the hell hole that is the plastic container cupboard, cleaned the kitchen, washed the dishes, ran two loads of laundry and tidied my room.
Paul called around noon and said he would come over to sing and play for a while and then take me to Jericho. This was an extremely welcome idea – he turned up around 4. Paul put some very tasty ornamentation and frills of the guitar variety overtop Home on Derange and Lifeline on John’s old six string Guild; then he made a face and said, “These strings are dead!” Yes, I made the natural joke, in exceeding bad taste, that follows on to this. We examined our cases for replacement strings (my mando sounded like shite) and had a socially mandated “Not only do we tune because we care, we occasionally change the strings, too!” session. Zow. My mando, never quiet, now sounds quite brassy. I am about to inspect it for how well it stayed in tune. Funny side note…. I tried tightening the strings without putting the bridge back. Bwa ha ha. Fortunately Paul didn’t laugh; just advised me to loosen a bit and then see if I could slide the bridge in, which didn’t take too much effort. I may have to adjust it a trifle as I never seem to get the octave to line back up when I change the strings. The colour difference between the old and the new strings made me laugh. Paul said, Recycle them, and I said, nope, they aren’t recyclable. The chart on the fridge settled the argument, and he said, quite reasonably, that if the metal recyclers take them it’s odd that the city doesn’t. So they went in the trash, but we tried.
I was having such a good time singing and playing I wanted to drag my feet and not go to Jericho; Paul was firm. “After 4 days in the hangar I want to be out doing something” – so we went.
AS ALWAYS I was glad we went; there were (just in the opening acts): miniature bagpipe. Banjo. Steel drum; tight three part a capella harmony; penny whistle; lovely folksongs, newly minted and strictly trad. Although, how you do Barbara Allen on the steel drum might be one of those things ya can’t picture until you see it. (Answer, very well, thanks, it was very well done.) For once I didn’t play myself – didn’t feel the need.
Crashed at Planet Bachelor; woke in the morning to the sounds of Keith puttering and the divine scent of coffee. Got up – no Keith; from the back door being unlocked and the dearth of cream I assumed he’d gone off to fetch breakfasty stuff. He came back and was just so irrepressibly cheerful and productive as he made himself a yummy brekky (I had cherry strudel and coffee with floods of cream for brekky, bad me – Keith had eggs).
He has an interview Thursday. I have a good feeling about it. He’s off to Ted’s optical joint to volunteer and keep his customer skills up while he looks for work.
Sometime in the next few minutes birthingway should show up and drop off the clipping bag for the lawn mower, and if she forgets again, I will just smile and expect her next week instead. I don’t feel unplugged from time – that’s hard to do when I talked to Unca Dave on the phone this morning – but I don’t feel the whirling urgent torrent of it the way I did when the kids were smaller and there was always something emergent.
While I was at Jericho last night LTGW called. Things aren’t great at the old stomping grounds, but he has his parachute packed. It was great to hear his voice; I don’t miss work at all but I sure miss the smiling faces of the folks, as was brought serenely home to me at Brian’s birthday bash.
Today, I jump on the cycle and do a shop, and then a family feast on the q, the whole fam damily plus Mike, and a huge couple of salads, and something sweet and cold for dessert. And I should likely get more beer. Later, Katie will come over. And then True Blood again, cause that just never gets old.
Oh, and I got a Lone Wolf and Cub movie out of the library – maybe we’ll watch it, Mike and Keith are ENORMOUS fans of the series. Mike even gave Keith his Lone Wolf and Cub t-shirt, which he prizes.
So I’m feeling better, but singing and playing with people always does that for me.