Well the trip to Lowe's was successful yesterday. I had to settle for a bolt that was the same thread I needed and then grind the head off of it. There weren't any set screws in the size I had to have. I ground the head off and cut a slot for a flat screwdriver. Gladly it worked and I was able to remember where all those parts went to put it back together. That drill press is one of the tools in my shop that I can't do without for very long.

They say there is a snow storm moving in to E. Tennessee this afternoon, could be up to a foot. If so, that's a big deal for us. We really haven't had a big snow around here in about ten years. That last big snow hit on Christmas eve around the year 2000. It wasn't just snow, but also an ice storm. I was working at that time for the electric utility in the Knoxville area. We worked for eight days repairing all the damage to the seven county electric grid we served. We had to work up to twenty hour shifts and then were off a maximum of eight hours. Then right back to it.
Cold, wet, miserable, and dangerous working conditions. I pray those guys get by without much damage this time and stay safe. Makes me thankful I can walk out to my workshop and spend my workday there, without having to get in my truck and get out in it.

I did go out this morning for a few groceries in case it lasts a while. I wasn't alone, bread and milk were flying off the shelves. A forecast like this is a grocer's dream.

Started trying to learn "Midnight on the Water" on the psaltery. I heard Jay Ungar play it on a CD I was listening too yesterday in the car, "Song of the Hills". Great tune!

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Comment by Rick Long on February 1, 2010 at 12:15am
Thanks Grego, Good to see you here too. I see a lot of familiar names slowly filtering in over here.

You're right it's fun to play. I'm kind of in the process of relearning tunes I have tried in the past, but didn't take the time to concentrate on them. Since I started double bowing, a couple of years ago, it seems to bring a new excitement to my feeling toward playing. I guess it's the challenge. It's great fun to experiment with all the harmonies and drones. I love the low drone Mr. Ungar starts with on the tune.
Comment by Greg (Grego) Dana on January 31, 2010 at 6:29am
Rick, great to have you aboard here.
Midnight on the Water is a massively fun tune to play. One of those ones that when I start up on it's really hard to stop. There are gazillions of versions of it out there, and the Ungar/Mason one you mentioned absolutely slays me. I have a feeling yours will be a doozy too.

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