new a cappella group ?

Fellow caroling company singer AC James and I have been talking about forming a new group with a recreational and performing objective. The idea is a mixed octet (SSAATTBB) with the ability to perform with missing members at times, but also be able to cover divisi arrangements. The expected repertoire would range from classical to gospel to pop, and may even incorporate vocal percussion. We’ve scheduled a planning meeting with interested singers for later this month.


Linda and I ventured down to the Disney area to see the B-52’s at the House of Blues.  HOB opened here in 1997, but we’d never been to this venue, which is right next door to the Cirque de Soleil theater.  It was not bad at all, the layout is like one giant blues bar with some limited food service.  For a show like this, they cleared the main floor and there was was very very limited seating around the perimeter with over 95% of the patrons standing. We ordered some bar food and had some drinks, then found a bench in a corner of the second floor to sit out the opening act, a local rockabilly band called Rocket 88. For the main show we crammed onto the main floor and stood and danced.

lousy cell phone photo

We chalked this one up for our 22nd anniversary, which is next weekend.  Linda enjoyed it more than I,  but everyone should add “see the B52’s perform Love Shack” to their bucket list.

I broke my hand

Its the 5th metacarpal in my right hand.   Doctor wanted to put a cast on it, but I opted for a removable splint and velcro wrap.  I’ll be disabled for 3-4 weeks.  No working out, or fishing, or finishing my deck project for the next couple of weeks. I can still run.   more details later when I get my story straight.


solashesc1950My father-in-law Seymour has been coping with the onset of serious dementia for many years, since before they moved to Florida in 2003.   Mother-in-law Millie has provided loving attentive care for him through the entire ordeal.  She’s been by his side 24/7 for many years now, and has tended to his needs, kept him calm and sacrificed her entire personal life for this duty.  It is only because of her loving efforts that Seymour has been happy and content, and he’s maintained some of the freedoms of independent living.    She’s provided this level of care that no one else in the world could possibly have maintained.   We should all be so fortunate in our declining years.

Sadly, this is coming to an end.