The Visitor

Imagine that you decided to move way out into the country, and that your driveway is a long and winding gravel or dirt road to your home. You are so remote – you have no neighbors, and in fact, you are more or less hidden from the outside world. Occasionally a wayward traveler makes a wrong turn and ends up driving toward your house….

The Decemberists

One of my all time favorite rock bands is The Decemberists. I love their fun “old soul” approach to an imagined history in lyrics – one that is no doubt based on Colin Meloy reading history and literature. The band is simply fantastic – all musicians are superb. They aren’t perfect – but they are always fun. They always seem to have one song…

2019: Year of “One Wheeled Pig Boy”

One Wheeled Pig Boy and his side kick Rudy Its going to be a much more interesting year than I had expected. Certainly more interesting than last year – which was crazy, and upsetting, but where a big new blue blast of hope came in and history will write that our democracy was saved. The upheaval we have – and are experiencing – will…

Ella Mae Morse

I have this album cover in my shack – just because it is a cute album cover with Morse Code as the topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IHnkiXMrWY As it turns out – she was quite an interesting singer – who crossed several different genres – Jazz, Blues, Western and even a prelude to rock. She was actually quite hip and soulful – more so than some of…

Next Stop? Oregon!

Crater Lake, Oregon I am looking forward to my next chapter in life – and in Oregon. This won’t happen for at least 4 years, could even be 7 years, but we’ve been visiting Oregon for more than 10 years at least once a year. While the Western half of Colorado is about as close as heaven as you can get, there is just…

New News (my evil plan is working . . .)

My Evil Plan has just been rolled out on the world for 2019 . . . People all across my inner landscape have been asking “What will Rich do next?”. This my friend, is no longer a secret. My inner spirit has been unleashed on 2019, and I fully expect some new News. Not New Fake News, like this blog post – but some…

everyone’s a critic: f ’em if they cant take a joke

I grew up in the NY-NJ-CT tri state area, where there were tons of critics. This was back in the day when it was all in your face – which compared to today, with social media as the worst form of platform for critcism, was refreshing, and almost always kind of funny. In fact, when you are very young in NJ – you are…

Hickok 533A Tube Tester

The Hickok 533A Tube Tester Hickok Manual that included a CD with and an RCA manual of every tube they made! Now I can pretty much take care of any problem with the Collins and National tube gear. Since all of the rigs were recapped and re-tuned, only tubes would be the issue at least as long as my time with them will be.

I’ve Been in IT 38 Years!

This photo was taken just before – when my fathers friend convinced me to go into software – not become an EE – 1974 or 1975 I listened to my fathers friend – Joe Secundo – who drove a Fiat X1/9, so I paid attention – he was just so cool! Teenager’s paid attention to guys with cool cars . . . I’m still…

Big Weather Weekend Here in Northern California

Wow – we received a torrential downpour here in Orinda, and the Sierra is no doubt having near blizzard conditions. My neighbor and I fixed his drainage situation – but the water over powered our drainage system. It would have been much worse if we hadn’t done what we did – but I think he needs to have some professionals take what we did…