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Beginning flight lessons – a few tips

Getting my pilot’s license has been a bucket list item for me since before I knew what a bucket list was. It takes lots of time and money and energy but life is short so I decided to jump in … Continue reading

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Rondo music Agile AL-2000 Goldtop P90 review

My fetish for cheap guitars continues. This time, I justified it by replacing the one that I gave to my dad. It’s my first guitar with P90 pickups and my third from rondomusic.com. Without further ado… First the good: Action … Continue reading

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First DIY guitar kit – BYOguitar custom shop ’72 Fender Telecaster Thinline

To go along with my DIY guitar amp, I ‘needed’ a DIY guitar. There are a lot of kits out there of varying quality and price. I wanted something I would be able to put together without too much rework … Continue reading

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First DIY tube amp project

Although I’ve built a couple tube hybrid headphone amplifiers and a nixie clock, I’ve never built a real tube amp. Something about the point to point wiring and dealing with heaters turned me off of them. Then I started getting … Continue reading

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Staycation

We had a staycation with some family friends in and around the bay area last week. Here are some highlights. 7 kids between the ages of 1 and 7 take up a lot of room. What’s a SF staycation without … Continue reading

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Xavier XV-900 from guitarfetish.com initial review

I’ve built my guitar collection up a bit recently. The latest is a semi-hollow body guitar similar to a Gibson ES-335. This one is from guitarfetish.com model XV-900 in the natural finish. I picked it up with a tweed case … Continue reading

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Beard-Na Wedding

We had planned a trip to cousin Leslie’s wedding to Tom. Originally, the whole family was supposed to go but Alissa got pneumonia the week before so we decided I should make the trip solo. This was also a good … Continue reading

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New guitar stuff –> DIY 2×12 cabinet

I was in a band in high school. Sort of. We played a set at prom… or was it homecoming? In any case, I was able to fake rhythm guitar by leveraging my violin skills. And I had this killer … Continue reading

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Soda Springs Ski Trip

We’ve been meaning to introduce the kids to skiing and finally managed a trip over the break with some family friends. Before heading to the snow, we had to get some gloves for Alissa. So we made an afternoon of … Continue reading

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Long Holiday Adventures

We had a few adventures this long MLK weekend. The playground at GGP. Ashley being Ashley: Amanda the gymnast: Some flower with my 100mm macro lens. Great lens that I can’t use well. Alissa Diva: With mommy: This is Alissa’s … Continue reading

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