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Living in the Fort

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Saturday, November 14, 2009

An update on me and my banjo living.


Tonight, at the Pizza Forum in beautiful downtown Kendallville, Ind., Col. Terry and the Jake Leg Wobblers will unleash a torrent old-time music on an uprepared public. Should be fun. I'm one of them wobblers by the way.


The job search continues. I have my hat in the ring in four places -- Baton Rouge; Columbia, Tenn.; Athens, Ga.; and Hattiesburg, Miss. This past week, while attending professional development classes in Indianapolis, I learned of several good leads that I will pursue. Hoping to get back to a place where people eat fried okra, grits and drink sweet tea and where SEC football rules.


I spent three days at the home of a friend in Columbus, Ohio, who hosts an annual old-time music party called Pumpkin Vine. Lots of good music and good recordings were made. Reunited with some old friends, and met some new friends, all of whom were very good musicians. Also learned some new fiddle tunes and that's what it's all about. I left a fiddle with Mark Ward, a talented luthier from Cincinatti. He'll make the needed repairs and do it right. Mark, by the way, makes beautiful banjos and fiddles.


My Burns banjo is thankfully back in action. The brass unplated no-knot tailpiece unexpectedly snapped. It was replaced at no charge. I did a posting on the Hangout and found anecdotal evidence that tailpieces do in fact fail.


Day 26 of the Kill-Dean Saga continues, initiated by my wife. She has me exercizing six days a week and eat only naturual foods and in bird portions. Our whole household has suddenly gone green, which has been a somewhat difficult transition for yours truly. Yesterday, she had me eating hemp-oil waffes. Go figure. I have dropped some weight during this ordeal. My better half is in the kitchen now cutting up organic onions.


I've got me a banjo student that I'm teach clawhammer to. I made the mistake of posting that on the Hangout and naturally everyone and their brother offered their thoughts on how I should go about teaching clawhammer. That is, everyone except the most experienced teachers. They just wished me luck.


Taking a Men's Fraternity class at church -- 16-week course, a couple of hours every Tuesday night. Bascially the course is on how to succeed in your home life and your work life. Pretty interesting stuff.


Yard work today. Tons of leaves to move. Sunny here at the Fort with highs in the low 60s. See you all down the road.






4 comments on “Living in the Fort”

dbrooks Says:
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @2:45:36 PM

Nice blog, Dean. You're active on several fronts and that probably helps keep your job search energized. Wish you well.

banjotef Says:
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @4:15:13 PM

I took that Men's Fraternity class before. It's great stuff!
sounds like a good excuse to go to a buffet, afterwards!

mrphysics55 Says:
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @3:36:33 PM

Greetings Dean ...

Good luck with your job search.


RWJonesy Says:
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @2:05:41 AM

*** A new routine is often tough but the rewards of the disciplines that you are working toward will be uncountable. I wish you success in everything you do Dean !!!!

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