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Living in the Fort, Part 2

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Saturday, December 5, 2009

Col. Terry and the Jake Leg Wobblers play old-time music at a coffee house here in Fort Wayne tonight. Here's the email announcement that I sent to friends:

A wonderful opportunity presents itself this coming Saturday when Colonel Terry & His Jake Leg Wobblers, former roustabouts and moonshiners who are now on the road to becoming productive citizens, will be playing a concert at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind.

It promises to be a knee-slappin' affair. You'll be brought back in time to a simpler age, when fiddle and banjo players were gainfully employed. Flat-footing, jumpin' and hollerin' will be tolerated and even encouraged as long as it does not scare the children.

So come hear strains our old-time, Southern Appalachian string band music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Firefly Coffee House at 3523 North Anthony Boulevard. We absolutely promise to be sober and upright in our performance. Thank you.


The job search continues. I'm luckier than most. Because I had an employment contract, I have income until June. But sometimes, particularly late at night, I get scared. It's then when I have to get up out of bed and read scripture, which calms me down. I do trust in the Lord.


Because of my situation, I am not spending money. But I am hoping to trade for a 1935 L-30 Gibson archtop guitar. I probably won't get it as the seller would prefer cash and is getting phone calls. But he seems open to a trade and has emailed me twice. We shall see.


At the insistence of my wife, Tera, I relented and finally went to a chiropractor. I was having migrating back pain, one day it would be low, another day it would be high. This fellow that I went to came highly recommended by MDs, so I figured to give him a shot. I'm glad that I did. X-rays show trauma on my lower spine  from an automobile accident 25 years ago. It was the first time that was ever shown to me. I'm now getting bent in pretzel-like forms by a pretty assistant three times a week.


My beloved Alabama plays the Florida Gators for the SEC championship today. In Nick Saben's third year on the job, he has done wonders with the Alabama football program. We enter the game undefeated, but I fear that Florida will be Florida and too much for the Tide. Still, I hope we don't get blown out and I will be yelling ROLL TIDE at the television during the game.


Yesterday began grimly with an early morning phone call from the computer repair technician who said the logic board on my IMac would cost $800 in parts and $300 in labor. I called Apple, knowing full well that my warranty had expired in June. But because of documented history of problems I've had with this computer, they agreed to pay for all repair costs in full. Yippeeee!


Well, that's all the news from the Fort, where winter is setting in but still no snow. Who would have thunk that Alabama, my home for 25 years, would get snow but nary a trace here in northern Indiana. Just goes to show. Not sure what, but it just goes to show that it's always something.



3 comments on “Living in the Fort, Part 2”

RatLer Says:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 @10:10:30 AM

Hey Dean...You're in my prayers for a new job, stay in the scriptures. I need to get in the Book more myself. Hope you back gets to doing better.

mandolin123 Says:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 @1:10:11 PM

Hey big man, chin up. Look here.

Philippians 4:11
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be CONTENT.

pauwac Says:
Sunday, December 6, 2009 @6:06:29 AM

Good luck with your job hunt. I'm a transplanted West Virginian living in Chicago, so I can identify with you. I miss the hills, the woods, the wildlife, the politeness, and the slower pace of life. Playing banjo helps a lot. Again, best wishes.

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