Still Alive and Well

Happy 2015!  And no I haven't dropped off the face of the earth.  Life happens, priorities change and sometimes things are neglected.  Like this website.  Hard to believe I haven't posted anything here since last September.  But that all has changed with these words.

In 30 days I will celebrate my 64th birthday, which sucks.  The alternative sucks worse though.  I should probably quit whining and go with the flow.  The good news is that you can retire when you get old and that is going to happen for me in about six weeks!  I figure I've paid enough dues.  Starting with my paper route at Country Club apartments through today, I've spent the last 50 years working.  My plan?  Spend time with my parents, walk the dog, work in the yard, do home projects, spend time with my kids and grandkids, and, of course, make music.  If some Fortune 500 company calls and asks me to be on their board of directors I might consider it, however.

My Daughter
The last obstacle to retirement was resolved this past December when my youngest son graduated.  He was lucky enough to have a job waiting for him and has since flown the coop.  So now we are officially empty-nesters, if you don't count my daughter Trixie.  Seriously, we are very proud of Kevin and thankful that he was fortunate enough to find a great job. It's been an emotional roller coaster for my wife of 39 years.  First her baby leaves and then her husband announces his retirement.  That can put your bowels in an uproar.

St. Vicki and I will be traveling to the campus of Auburn University in May to watch our son Patrick receive his PhD.  He is currently working as an assistant research professor at Mississippi State University.  He is a computer engineer and loves to talk about cyber-security.  I expect him to work for the NSA someday.

Speaking of grandkids, my oldest, Miss Brittany, has her 17th birthday in ten days.  She recently consulted with us regarding her date selection for the Sadie Hawkins dance, an event on which I am an expert.  I told her that any guy in his right mind would jump at the chance to go with her!  I heard she had a good time even though the dance turned out to be a little lame. And Kaitlyn, my youngest (she’s 12), has apparently launched her own Facebook page.  I don't know because I don't do Facebook, so I am just going by what my wife told me.  I should get to see more of both of them after March 31 since I won't be chained to a desk anymore. And I know they love hanging out with their Papa. Last time we got together I think we spent about $500 at places like Charming Charlie’s, Forever 21, and the Pandora shop. It was worth it though…

I have a several music-related projects currently underway.  Tom Linscott, Bill Linscott and I have been busy swapping tracks and I plan on posting several new tunes in the very near future.  I am also assembling a custom guitar (Telecaster-type) using a combination of spare parts and newly procured parts.  When I'm finished I will post pictures of course.

Finally, I'm seriously thinking about giving this site a complete overhaul.  I might eliminate this blog page (since I am not very good at keeping it up) in favor of just using the site to post tunes and photos of gear and musicians.  Let me know your thoughts and please don't be a stranger!