Wednesday, February 22, 2012


turned out lovely...
Got the drums polished up and put back together. here's the some of em. better pics when I get to it...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday with some old drums...

Picked these up last week... some WFL drums dating between 1948 and 1953. In pretty good shape, with some original calfskin heads. They are very dirty and in need of love.

crusty old badge

the 13" tom

before and after chrome rims

snare drum, complete, in the princess chair...

lots of shiny parts.

You can see where the wrap yellowed over time. I think the yellow parts are more beautiful than the unscathed white bits that live under the hardware. God knows what they've seen. Who played them first? How long did they sit unused to be able to find me so relatively unscathed? 

I'm excited to see them cleaned up, shined and glinting in the sun. Anybody out there like polishing chrome?

Friday, February 3, 2012

February is a month all right. The book I'm working on.

When the wife and I had found out we were gonna have an offspring, all the usual stuff happened- the crying, the eyes bleeding, ice cream, a hike in the woods.

The search for a suitable daycare provider and the subsequent happenings were notable, in that there was very little available in the way of guidance for a coupla first-timers save for the advice of our friends who already had kind in daycare. Here and there we found fonts of good advice but for the most part we were on our own to learn things the hard way.

A year or so ago I thought somebody oughtta write a book about getting into and surviving daycare- not for the kids, who are immediately fine, but for the parents.

A year later nobody's done a thing about it so I'm working on it. It's been a fun process and I've got a way to go yet.

So here's my question to you, stranger: what subject matter would you want to see covered in such a book? What experience did you have at daycare that was so bewildering you wish you'd had a heads-up? I've got my list, but I'd like to make the book something really useful and entertaining for as many people as possible.

So please leave me a comment if you've got one. Thanks for glistening!