Archive for January, 2011

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier, because double wasn’t enough

If you know anything about metal and amps you know this amp is it. Or at least it was it until all these boutique amps started showing up at two to three times the price.

I need one. Maybe two if I can get into a band. I know what your thinking, how are you going to fit two into that car of yours. You will need a full size truck carry them around in.

That should do it. 

Of course my driveway and garage are both too small too for that truck. Perhaps a larger house would……..

I have issues.

My new email signature.

Joe

I do all my own spel chekking!

Fun allotment

More rivers from Colorado. This one is the South Platte in Cheeseman Canyon. I used to love fishing there.

Can you be addicted to fly fishing? I think so. I did it hardcore for about six years.

One day I went to the river made a few casts and then packed up my stuff and went home. That was over six years ago.

Just like that it lost its thrill. It ran it course. I am envious of the old timers I see still fly fishing after forty years and enjoying it.

I’m still not sure what happened.

Flyfishing and sobriety

 Conejos River, Colorado

I did a lot of fly fishing before my kids were born. I fished all over the Rocky Mountains. I haven’t been on a river in about five years. Sometimes I miss it really bad. Ever have that dull ache in your heart when you realize you miss someone so much and you know you will never see them again? Yeah, kinda like that.

I really did not want to be at work today.

The Dragon Scroll

I found myself at an NA meeting the other night accidentally. Of course Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda) would say there are no accidents.

It made me think about some of the differences between the two programs, AA and NA. I can identify as an addict. I know all about using any means necessary to relieve myself of my immediate pain. Alcohol just happened to be my prefered method.

There is an excellent book I’ve read recently that talks about the addictive personality and its source. It is called, surprisingly enough, The Addictive Personality by Craig Nakken. His point seems to be that we use our particular addiction(s) to deal with our pain instead of, appropriately, turning to people and relationships to help us get through.

Seems obvious enough however, I often need the obvious pointed out to me and I also needed an excuse to put a picture of Master Oogway in my blog. He rules!

Heavy Metal and Sobriety

 

To thine own self be true.

Truth is, I’m a metal head. A forty-two year old metal head. I love music and guitar just as much today as I did when I was twelve. Maybe more so.

The tendonitis in my left hand has healed after seven years. That wasn’t the only reason I stopped playing guitar. Somehow I felt like I should grow up and not do the metal and guitar thing anymore. It felt irresponsible for some reason.

I am anything but irresponsible. I provide a comfortable life for me and my family. I work hard and I am rewarded. For some reason I felt that I should be more like the people I work with. Serious and adult like. In shutting out guitar and music from my life I’ve entered a life of depression and lack of direction. I was not being true to myself.

Everything good in my life has come through AA. The saying “to thine own self be true” I first heard in AA. I’ve taken the advice and my life has come back to life.

I’m setting my home recording studio back up. I’ve scheduled a rehearsal with my brother (the drummer) for Friday.

Prepare for the METAL!