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Getting accustomed to ALASKA!

Posted by snowbirdbanjo on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A short few months ago, I setup this banjo hangout account because, well quite frankly, I surprised myself that I didn't already have an account. I've known about it forever. The reason I didn't setup the account is because I've been too accustomed to just going to Facebook and posting stuff. But there is something to be said for building a friend base of like minded individuals...and that is what Banjo Hangout helps do. 

Since moving to Alaska in June, we've had many days that were so slow that I was looking for stuff to do. The day I setup the Banjo Hangout account was one of those days. However, since setting up that account, I can confirm, things have been more busy than slow. So busy in fact that I blinked yesterday and went from July 29th to January 23rd. Both of those dates were significant. July 29th was the first time I ever experienced an earthquake and it was a 6.4. January 23rd was significant because it was the second earthquake I ever felt - and it was a 7.1 on the Richter scale! Because those dates consisted of a notable event, they gave me pause to remember what's happened. 

Since the first earthquake, I've moved out of the 1 bedroom apartment my business partner and were sharing as his family drove up the Alcan and would now be living with him. I got my own 1 bedroom across the way. My family came up via commercial airliner and were here at the end of October. An interesting note, when my wife got here back on October 29th, it began to snow...and the ground has been white ever since.

As banjo's go, some how I managed to drive out of Missouri without my banjo in tow. It was a couple months ago that I managed to trade some violin repair work for a cheap Kay open back that needed work. I managed to fix it up just enough to be able to play it. It still needs more work. The action is considerably high. Needs a new bridge and head as well...I hate the head that's on it. 

All of the ups and downs aside, its been an interesting ride. I am now working towards purchasing some land in which I might be able to build a house and soonafter a banjo building shop...all off grid. 

Speaking of off-grid, I now am a member of an old time band called Off The Grid Stringband. You can check us out on facebook... http://www.facebook.com/offthegridstringband/ 

 



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