Kicked to the curb

“Greeting cards have all been sent, the christmas rush is through…” So sang poor dead Karen Carpenter.

The needles are swept up, the lights are pulled down, the boxes are packed and ready to go back in the attic. Christmas music has been pulled from the car CD changer and purged from my mp3 player. Goodbye christmas 2006 and don’t let the door hit you on the behind on the way out.

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Bring on 2007!

Valuable customer service resource

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please trust to purchase

band the keyboardColumnist Brendan I. Koerner coins a useful rule of thumb for ebayers after spotting this seller’s email address of

“Safe to say that we can thus create a universal law of eBay usage: never buy from someone who obviously created his e-mail address by pounding his fingers on the keyboard wily-nily. For Pete’s sake, he could at least have the decency to skip on over to the right side of the board and added a K or P to keep things interesting.

caroling update

My second caroling season is going well, I had a gig for a church dinner in Melbourne last friday night, and I arrived to meet my fellow singers for the first time. We did two sets on stage on mic, as well as a round of tableside singing. It all went very well. It was a pleasure to sing with these experienced and accomplished performers.
from l-r: Bob, Michelle, Tiffany and Rick.
photo courtesy of Ken Middlebrook photography

UPDATE Another photo just forwarded by Ken M.: