another RSS test

I got to looking at the site and noticed my theme didn’t have a way to subscribe!  I added one, now let’s see if this still shows up.

(probably also going to have to remove and re-add it to my Feedly queue… but one thing at a time, eh?)

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a small test

Haven’t blogged for a while, doing most of my “posting” on Google+. Part of that is because the feed(s) for this blog and for the “news” section of my main site seemed to be malfing.

Today I’m trying to fix that and, if all goes well, this will show up in my Feedly stream. If it does, I’ll know how to fix the malf in the main site as well.

If you happen to be one of my few, faithful subscribers, drop me a comment on this entry. It’ll help me be sure it’s fixed.

Push the button, Frank…

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Small Victories

It’s rather a sad state of affairs when the two “big” victories in your day are:
1. Finally sussing out how to configure the text editor on your Android phone so that it’s actually… you know… usable.
2. Finding some small, inexpensive steaks at a “buy 1 get 1 free” price.

Though I must add that said text editor makes it easier for me to take care of a small but significant number of business-related tasks from my phone. This is maybe not awesome, but it certainly approaches groovy.

When you’re often spending a greater portion of your day twiddling your thumbs waiting for your turn to play a set and maybe even earn a little money, being able to take care of other business via a very small bit of tech on or about your person gains one a whole new outlook on life.

Also, the steak was tasty and I even have the other one to offer to my sweet Fallen Angel if she’s hungry when she returns from her evening endeavors.

But lawsy I’m tired. Busking with Sketch on the last day of the season for the Wallingford Farmers Market was simply pitiful. Not, I hasten to add, that this had anything to do with Sketch being there. In fact, playing with him was the bright note.

It was more in the nature of the weather suddenly “going south” from the weather-guessers predictions, combined with a really small crowd and a couple rude buskers (and hawkers) who have no idea of “street protocol.”

Also the hat was paltry. And that’s putting it in the best possible light.

But that was then, however short a time ago, and this is now.

Now I’m going to leave a note re: the remaining steak for my sweetie and then go upstairs and put my half-hour of practice in on my 3o day project to learn The Entertainer on ukulele. I’m about a third of the way through it and making some good progress.

Then I’m going to crawl into bed and gracefully pass out. Accompanied by Jack the Lad (my extremely large cat) if he’s amenable.

And I’ll be grateful for these small victories. And Jack’s amazing purr too, if he deigns to join me.

And for you, too. With thanks ever so for putting up with this little rant. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind attention.

Be well!

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A little bit of press from last month

HH at the 38th Annual Ballard Seafood Festival - 7-13-2012

Howlin' Hobbit at the 38th Annual Ballard Seafood Festival - 7-13-2012

I don’t know if I blogged about this before or if I just tweeted, posted on G+ or otherwise did the “social network” thing. And I’m too lazy and tired to look it up right now.

But on the 16th of July the Ballard News-Tribune featured a slide-show of stuff from the 38th Annual Ballard Seafood Fest and I was part of it. Not only the photo appeared there however… there’s also a nice little paragraph and a link to my site.

The photo was taken by Zachariah Bryan for the News-Tribune on the 13th of July, whilst I was busking with my trusty ol’ Glyph soprano ukulele. I think it captures my odd old butt pretty good.

The busking was OK that day. I got a reasonable amount of dollars and a free seafood taco. Yeah! Delicious noms!

Zachariah is talking with me about doing a feature article about my very own self in the paper. If we can get together soon it’ll be more than just a bit of press.

Do stay tuned and cross your fingers for me.

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An AFP moment

the bandstand at St Clouds

the bandstand at St Clouds, just before we played

A couple weeks back Snake Suspenderz went out, en masse, to the Ballard Farmers Market and busked a couple of hours. While we were performing, a local author of some fame was watching us. Apparently not for the first time.

The upshot being that a week ago the Snakez played a lovely gig at St Clouds restaurant in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, that being the author’s favorite restaurant. See, he had always thought that we’d be a good match for the folks there, and so took it upon himself to set up a gig for us and pay for it out of his own pocket.

Generously too.

Better yet, the smallish room allowed us to work with no more sound reinforcement than the one small amp you see in the picture. And that was just to amplify the solos that Thadd took on that hollow body guitar. I used my nice Glyph ukulele and it was clearly heard, even during the times I wasn’t just grinding out rhythm chords.

The crowd was smallish, like the room, but as enthusiastic as if they were part of a horde at an arena concert. They even applauded my small efforts at playing jazz solos on the ukulele. Bless their little cotton socks!

It was a wonderful show, on all sorts of levels.

So what’s all this rambling have to do with Amanda Palmer? Continue reading

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