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62 pounds lost so far . . .

Well, the weight loss still continues, but things have slowed down to a snails pace.
I've only lost another pound in the past month. However, I have lost another inch in my waist line . . . even the new pants my wife purchased for me 2 months ago are now quite loose. Without a belt, they would fall off.
I have punched new holes in both of my "new" belts (I bought both back in March).
I have been advised that I need to "shock" my system . . . meaning, I guess, that it is time for a new and more strenuous form of exercise.
So, I am taking my mountain bike down from it's rack tomorrow . . . doing a check gear and brake check . . . airing up the tires . . . and going for a bike ride. It's time . . . I need to take my efforts up a notch.
Ever forward . . . ><>

Hotrod 2 pictures . . .

Ain't she beautiful?

I am understandably very proud, my first time to create a guitar which I problaby won't end up playing very well . . . anything I can do with this guitar I can probably do with my acoustic Alvarez Jumbo through my pedal board.

Yet . . . when you create a child . . . it just has a place in your heart from the very beginning.

My friend, Joe, was right. If you want to play an electric . . . then build what you want.

Ever forward . . . ><>



My Custom Shop "Hot Rod #2" is here . . .

I took possession of my Dallas Used Guitar Custom Shop Hotrod #2 this past Saturday . . . It is the 2nd guitar that has come out of Sean's Custom Shop. #1 was black with a red pick guard and metal knobs.

Mine is a one of a kind guitar . . . there is no other like it . . . because I actually designed, created, and built this guitar. Sean was gracious to provide his expertise during the soldering of the pickups and pots.

I am a proud papa.

It is a statocaster style body and neck, but instead of 3 single coil pickups, it has two Seymour Duncan P-90 soapbar pickups . . . It has a definite "crunch" to it.

This guitar has the heart of a Les Paul built into a dependable Strat body. It is, in my opinion, the closest I think I will come to a true "Texas" rock-n-roll rhythm guitar.

Sweet . . . again, in my opinion . . .

Pictures to come . . . once the battery on my digital camera charges.

Ever forward . . . ><>

Atria concert report . . .

Due to vacations and other commitments, Gary and I were the only ones able to play and sing at the Atria Retirement Village. Guess we proved that a retired Fire Chief and a former police traffic officer can play guitar together and sing harmony pretty well.

We actually played to a pretty full house . . . a very sweet audience who were very glad we were there to sing for them, and who were sad to see us leave . . . including one little Baptist lady who was so impressed that a couple of Methodists would come sing to her and her friends.

We have a full month of performances in October, including our first full "public" concert/missions fund-raising event, tentatively scheduled for October 19th.

More info to come.

Ever forward . . . ><>

Some thoughts on anger . . .

I blogged a week or so ago on the need for real change in the world, as we work to communicate better with those different from us . . . to re-instate, if you will, the art of "civil communication."

The following words came to me today through email. I receive weekly tid-bits from author John Mason. They make me stop and think.

I hope they might make you think a bit as well . . . and maybe help you ask the question when emotions swell forth . . . "Why am I getting angry?"

My contribution is this old counseling proverb . . . "I make the decision to get angry."

John Mason writes:

-A Filipino saying advises, "Postpone today's anger until tomorrow." (Then apply this rule the next day and the next.)

-When you are upset, take a lesson from modern science: always count down before blasting off.

-By the way, counting to ten may not be enough; I know sometimes it takes counting to twenty.

-The book of Proverbs counsels, "He that is slow to anger…

Giving this little techno-gadget some thought . . .

I am admittedly not the greatest defender or cheerleader of modern technology . . .

After all . . . I really prefer walking to driving . . .

I am old enough to remember when the talk about computers was that they would help us do more work in less time . . . that we would be moving to a 30 hour work week . . .

So what happened?

As for technology . . .

-I prefer fishing with a cane pole . . .

-I like using a hand whisk more than using an electric mixer . . .

-I still think the ball-point pen and 3"x5" cards are the greatest technological advancements in human history . . .

-I can't wait until my TV set won't work anymore in 2009 when the signal format changes. There is nothing on it to watch now . . .

-And . . . I do not have a computer in my personal study at home. I have a leather recliner, a guitar, a very small book case . . . and a fly-tying table!!!

It was my wife who dragged me kicking and screaming into the world of personal home computers in 1991 when I was pastorin…

Something needs to change . . .

I have been spending time in discussion with different people who I enjoy being around, and/or whose thoughts force me to think and ponder in a deeper way than I normally do. This list include friends who think like I do, and friends who don't so much think as I do. This list includes clergy comrades whose theology I am comfortable being around, and several other clergy who are as polar opposite theologically from me as you can get.

Yes, sometimes I seek discussions with people whose thinking sometimes makes me uncomfortable.

Call me crazy . . . but in the process of communication between myself and others, I learn a lot about myself . . . and these revelations help me to be a better servant-leader and as someone trying to be more true to their faith.

That seems to be important to me right now . . . to learn more about myself . . . how I am "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139).

A lot of the people that I pastor, counsel, interact with and know feel that something ab…

Update . . . 61 pounds lost . . .

Been really busy these past few weeks . . . lots of pastoral care stuff, plus our home kitchen remodel.

I am proud of what I have accomplished . . . there is a sweet satisfaction to physical labor that results in something you enjoy.

Still at 61 pounds lost . . . I've lost another inch on the waist line, but still holding at the same weight for the past month. Will start increasing the number of evening walks we take as our calendar allows.

Jurisdictional Conference begins later this week. Please pray for the delegates and leaders, as they will be electing new bishops, and possibly realigning conference boundaries.

Ever forward . . . ><>

1st Church Guitars report . . .

Due to vacations, mission trips and emergency room visits, the full group could not be present for our performance this past Sunday . . .

However . . . I thought we did really, really well! Lot's of compliments, and a few inquiries as to our availability.

Alan played his Strat . . . and wow! He was on yesterday. Outstanding!

Russ introduced his fiddle to a couple of our songs . . . a very pleasant and exciting surprise.

Stu is getting better on banjo every time we play, and his Guild is the loudest pure acoustic guitar in the group.

Frank provided good rhythm support on his Guild as well. He has improved so much these past months.

Bill laid down a great bass foundation on his Washburn custom shop special. Bill is our beat keeper. We always sound better when he plays with us.

Charles laid out all the cords, amps and sound system, and played his Epiphone electric to the delight of all. Charles is a blessing to us when he puts on his "stage manager" hat.

I brought out the Alavarez …

The difference a little effort toward living makes . . .

My wife and I spent the July 4th holiday on Friday doing demo in our kitchen. We took out the "bar" (why does a anyone need an extended "bar" as part of the kitchen??).

We took out all the base cabinets.Today, we installed new base cabinets and new "imitation" granite counter tops.

Oh . . . my . . . God!

Yes, what a big difference a little effort makes. My wife has her "new" kitchen, which is better laid out, and will be much more fun to cook in. Plus, now there is room for both of us to cook together. Not a bad thing . . . since my wife is the one teaching me how to cook!!!

Two weeks ago, I spent about a day re-doing my garage. Took everything out . . . put some stuff in the attic . . . took some shelves down . . . rearranged everthing . . . and . . .

Oh . . . my . . . God!

What a big difference a little effort makes. Now I can get both of our cars in the garage if needed!!!

This past week . . . I spent the better part of a day . . . completely reorga…