Posted by bj on Friday, February 26, 2010
Yes, I am kidding. But yes, I am also SO DANG SICK of shovelling sh . .. I mean snow, that I'm only half kidding. TAKE ME AWAY FROM ALL THIS! LOL!
At least this morning I didn't pull that dang muscle in my back again, though my shoulders are a bit tight. That snow was HEAVY.
Though the prediction was for rain this past Tuesday, it started snowing about an hour before our scheduled jam. Since I wasn't sure whether anyone would show or not, I figured I had to be there just in case, and got halfway there before realizing I shouldn't have been driving in it, when I kinda halfway slid to a stop at a traffic light. No issues to speak of, but enough of a slide to send my heart up into my throat as I wrestled that beast of a truck to a halt facing more or less in the right direction.
And two other die-hards showed up, so we ended up playing! Mike brought his mando, and also an accordion he'd never played with OT before, so he played around with that a bit, just on the chord buttons for the most part, not much on the piano key part. And Craig was there with his guitar. We managed to get a few hours in. Luckily the roads were actually BETTER going home, since the salt trucks were out while we were jamming.
I've not been playing with others nearly enough. I can tell by my playing, my timing is not as crisp as it was a few short months ago. I feel like a klutz on the strings.
PLEASE let spring come early!! And I think next year I'm gonna be waiting outside Punxutawny Phil's hole with a shotgun.
Ozarkian DL Says:
Friday, February 26, 2010 @9:48:29 AM
LMAO......Honest ta God...I wuz jus gonna suggest thet same thang before I read your last sentance. If'n ya need ammo. lemme kno. :-).
I watch thet funny Bill Murray movie every Feb.2nd. LOL.
Friday, February 26, 2010 @11:34:58 AM
The first jam I went to was in the winter and my husband drove me because it was at night about an hour away and it was snowing. At first it looked like no one was going to be there but then a handful of brave souls arrived. I ended up with a few people--guitar, mandolin, harmonica--in a room with an older gentleman who played guitar and sang a bluesy kind of country song (not really sure of the genre), something I think he had done professionally, maybe, most of his life? I couldn't contribute much but it was such a treat. And then we drove home close to midnight down the freeway at, oh, I don't know, 20 mph? It was a TERRIBLE night to be traveling but that hadn't even crossed my mind. I was just excited to be heading out to see what a jam might be like! Glad I lived to write a BIG OLD LONG paragraph about it.
Friday, February 26, 2010 @11:52:48 AM
I hear that! We haven't quite got our 120" yet this year. You guys stole some-which is more than OK. But I'm writing this looking out the window and can almost see past the front porch. Headin' to Phoenix tomorrow! I hope
Friday, February 26, 2010 @1:38:54 PM
A big yes on the ammo, Oz. And would you happen to have an extra shotgun? ;-)
Cynthia, you have a PRINCE for a husband! Lucky gal, you! Even if you are both missing some brain cells to go out on a night like that. ** wicked grin! **
BC, can I come with you?
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @4:12:10 AM
You guys got a lot more snow "down there" this year than we did. I have skipped many a jam session due to weather. Rather stay home and practice in my warm home than venture out, but then it takes an hour to get to the jam on a clear night.
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @4:52:36 AM
Salt trucks? What are they? Lol, we don;t have those in Maine. Too much $$
But then, we have hardly any snow in my part of Maine right now either.
Good thing your group is dedicated enough to have three die-hards. THat is great.
I am going to two jams today.
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @5:01:43 AM
In Easton, the land of The Hill From Hell, if there weren't salt trucks in the winter the whole town would come to a (literally) grinding halt. Being at the confluence of two rivers and a large creek, if you're not at the top of the hill, you're on the hill or at the bottom of the hill. And all roads lead up or down. On nights like we had jam night, I have to strategically plan my route home (uphill) to take advantage of the streets with the least amount of slope, which sends me at least a mile out of my way.
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @5:09:51 AM
Dear Mother nature please send BJ sun and some warmth, fast please.
Hope that helps BJ!
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @5:20:46 AM
Even better, send RAIN to wash away all these mountains of snow. On my street there is a car sized mountain of snow every third parking space. UGH!
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @3:35:04 PM
I don't know, Hawaii is experiencing some technical difficulty today.
We're up to 52 inches for the season, with a record 70 consecutive days with at least 4 inches on the ground (with over 12 on the ground as of Thursday). I see you all are up to 57 inches (ave.) as of yesterday, and you're getting dumped on again today! What a wacky winter we're having. (almost alliteration).
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @3:40:12 PM
Yeah, I was watching the TV station in Hawaii earlier. Weird how we can do that now. The Tsunami was just moving in. And of course some idiot was waiting out there on a surfboard.
The good news is today was a thaw day. Went up into the 40's and a fair bit of what was on the street melted off, though the mountain sized chunks are still there (and now covered in soot. How attractive.)
Sunday, February 28, 2010 @2:51:14 PM
Overcast and in the 30's today here in New Hampshire. We're having a terrible time keeping snow on the ground this year. We had a foot of new snow a couple of days ago followed by what seems like three feet of rain, followed by another dump of snow, all accompanied by very high winds. We only lost power for 13 hours but many others in the region are still without juice 3 days later.
The good part was that I just confirmed plans for a swing down through North Carolina in June, preceeded by a quick jaunt to Virginia in April.
I'll be boiling maple syrup tomorrow!
Sunday, February 28, 2010 @2:59:23 PM
And you might be swinging through Easton on your way? It's either that or I meet you out in Central Pennsy somehow. :-)
Sounds like we got your snow this year. Our dump before this one was just going away . . . and we got another dump. And you got our rain. We NEED rain to wash these dang car sized snow piles away!
Art, don't you EVEN THINK about coming anywhere through this area without letting me know! LOL! I need to play some tunes with you!
Re the maple syrup, I think I need me some of that. Let me know how we can work that out.
Ozarkian DL Says:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 @5:02:07 AM
The "Hill of Hell"......I'd jus bet'cha U'z never been ta Euraka Springs, Ark. , [ the little Switzerland of America ].....a wonderment to behold. I dunno how they get around in the snowy winters.
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