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A new Zepp means a new ZEPP.

Posted by ZEPP on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Yeah, well,
Benjamin (pronounced "banjoman") is 7 weeks old tomorrow.  Man, has my life changed in those 7 weeks.  Here's a photo taken just before I posted this:

You'll note several changes in my life:
1) Benjamin is helping me with my posture.
2) I'm working from home
3) It's hard to play banjo and play on the computer at the same time.
4) It's especially hard to do no. 3 with a baby between me and the banjo.
5) Working from home breeds sloth (it's almost noon and I hadn't showered or even brushed my hair yet)
6) (Just looked at the photo a few hours later) I now proudly sport baby barf on my left shoulder...

All that said, I'm having a blast.  Benjamin is wonderful.  He only fusses when he is hungry or when I play a tune he doesn't like.  Mom had to go back to work for the first time yesterday, and she's there today.  After that, though, she's off until January.   I go to the store twice a week to teach, but do all the website stuff from home now.  Marc Miller, our Store Manager, seems to have everything under control there, and we are in constant communication throughout the day.

Having kids ranging from 7 weeks to 42 years is an interesting experience, and I'm here to tell you that I am having the time of my life.  Sure is a new life!

12 comments on “A new Zepp means a new ZEPP.”

Joanchek Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @2:00:12 PM

Zepp, I can't help but notice how relaxed that baby is next to you.  Whatever you're doing, he obviously approves!  Best holiday wishes from my family to yours, with hugs all around.

Forrest Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @3:58:33 PM

Congratulations Zepp!!  He's a good looking kid and you look very comfortable with both a baby and banjo on you at the same time.  My youngest, Alex was born 10/16/07, so he's just a week younger than Benjamin.  Enjoy every moment.

Stev187 Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @5:06:35 PM

The Baby Bjorn is the best thing to come out of Sweden since.... (ABBA?  No.... The Nobel Prize.... Yeah, let's go with that) The Nobel Prize.  Our son liked it, but his sister Julia NEEDED it.  For newborns, the Baby Bjorn and the Diaper Genie were our favorite gadgets (got one of them, Zepp?  They make diaper sausages!!!).  Benjamin is lucky.  You seem like a great Dad.  I love the name Ben.  When I was in a band with a Benjamin, I loved to call him Benji.  I was the only person he allowed to do that.  Oh, and how did Big Pink get pink?  Did she come that way?  Or did someone do that afterward?

ZEPP Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @6:08:33 PM

Thanks, Alan!  Congrats yourself--sorry I missed you in the store the other day--did you bring Alex (the name of my middle son, now 24, BTW)?

ZEPP Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @6:16:25 PM

Hey, Steve,
Yeah, I'm digging the Baby Bjorn thingy--this photo was the first time Benjamin was comfortable in it--he spent half the day asleep there!  I'm familiar with diaper sausages, but we're using reusables, so I'm spending a fair amount of time with our washing machine these days...
The pink Goodtime is my wife's.  She went to Merlefest some years ago (ca. 2000?) and they had one at the Deering booth.  She called me and told me she wanted one, so I told her to have Janet send one to the store.  They dropped the Barbie pink one as well as their other solid colors when they realized that the extra time and cost of making them was cutting into their production of plain Goodtimes, and thus cost them more in lost revenue than the upcharges were bringing in.  The prism head was my addition.  I didn't think the banjo was garish enough just being pink... :-)

Mark Johnson Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @6:40:24 PM

My favorite part is the cute animal (bunny? bear? who knows...) footsies.  I'm jealous.

Great pic. 


frailin Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @9:44:52 PM

Ha!  First I noticed was the pink banjo.  Second thing I noticed was the pink banjo.  Something about that just isn't right.  Then I noticed your pink eyes!  I can understand where they came from.  Then Baby Benjamin.  Cute!  And last, but certainly not least, the tell-tale mark of any new parent... baby barf on the shoulder.



lori nitzel Says:
Friday, November 30, 2007 @2:37:25 PM

waaah! i want a pink banjo!! cute baby too ;-) my best, lori

laojim Says:
Thursday, December 20, 2007 @4:38:43 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww innnnee cute? Well, not as cute as mine used to be, but cuter than they are now, 26 and 32. At ths rate I'll have to put up pictures of teh grandkids.

A Rich Taylor Says:
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 @3:19:48 AM

Wow,  my new idol!!! Congrats....

DelusionsOBanjer Says:
Saturday, February 2, 2008 @10:59:31 AM

Congrats, Zepp! I have a Benjamin (banjoman), too. Good name choice, methinks!

Mine are 41/2 year-old identical twins, actually. Benjamin and Andrew Groover. Get some sleep!


superdave2112 Says:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 @9:41:15 AM

Craig has a good eye.  I had to go back up and see the burp barf stain.  Anyway, congradulatons!  You're not tired, are you???

So, when is Benjamin gonna get some sound files posted?




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