Friday, March 22, 2013

Sermon video test

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hanging acoustic guitars


Aesthetically pleasing, not distracting.

A few pros: didn't take floor space, like a floor stand. Easy to install. Out of shade, into the light, ready to rock.

Like the Dude says, "That rug really tied the room together." (from The Big Lebowski.) So does this.



Easy to reach, just like a good book.

Almost what it looks like from my couch. Being transparent plastic, I don't notice the brackets. I do notice the guitar!

Display your guitar's beauty!

Since it's right by the door, I find I play it more often, just to practice that difficult F-major chord!


Greets you at the door.

I didn't want something that stuck out into the room, so this near flush design was great for us.

For the long haul, I like how this doesn't strain the guitar's neck. Which, btw, does tower beautifully, freely.


In detail:

IMG_5755Upper brackets:

I practice daily now: it's so easy to lift up the 12 string, or pull out the 3/4.

Note the 12 string's depth and back curve. Just to be safe, I upgraded the guitar strap button from a plastic one to a metal one. Good thing I did, because the original plastic strap button was split. Don't want your girl dropping.

Extra note, between the new strap button and the guitar itself, I added a nut. This helped clear the back from scratching / smashing into the top bracket because of angles.

Lower brackets: Here's a view only the toddlers see:


Modified instructions:  IMG_5754When installed normally on electric guitars, the brackets are practically invisible. At first I was worried it wouldn't work on our 2 acoustics. But look, it can be done!

Inverting the brackets may be enough depth, as it was for the 3/4. But the 12 string is very deep, and needed 2 extra spacers. One was borrowed from the 3/4's VM-02 which didn't need any spacers. The other spacer came direct from the manufacturer. They are great!

Visit Lowes or Home Depot for an extra longer screw. Consider extra spacers for the curve (if any) on the back of your guitar as I did.


Musical family: Instead of guitar's stuck in a closet, barely played, my boy will grow up with his childhood home full of music.

Conclusion:  So… Woodies Hanger or another hanger? Worth doing the customizing? Helps keep me practicing? Get it, get it up, keep it up.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

A good day

Had a great turnout at our Sunday school & Bible Study, singing a hymn together, then dividing into different groups, with 4 teachers. Youth group meeting, napped, taught Tino to dribble a basketball, read "Green Eggs and Ham", now grilling Tri-tip, sipping red wine: a special day. Next up, chow down, bed-time story of Narnia, and crash.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Plum Wine, Delightful Taste and Aroma

I've worked so hard this week and find myself physically more tired each day than the last.  So while helping (or was it just talking) with Erica in the kitchen, I noticed a deep olive colored bottle on the table behind her, with red flowers on it's label.  In gold, the letters flashed "PLUM" and so immediately I reached across the kitchen to lay hold on the promise of what I knew as one of my favorites.

Thankfully with just a twist, the aroma was released and behold, it captivated my senses.  I had to stop and just soak in that this was Plum Wine, but somehow even ...better?!  Reading the label carefully, I read that this import was to be my first chance to experience this new world, Hakutsuru Plum Wine - so good, it made me break my non-blogging spell.  It reads:

"From ancient times in Japan, people have appreciated the Japanese Plum, Ume, for its delightful taste, and for its aroma.  Hakutsuru Plum Wine with other natural flavors is brewed from selected Ume using highly developed fermentation skills and technique.  Serve chilled on the rocks or with soda to enjoy its unique and elegant taste."

Aah, elegant indeed.  With such a soft color, it may have seemed less something, perhaps less joyful than other plum wine; rather, it had expressed a Lenten joy that I could not expect to favorite so fully.

I was shocked when Erica told me it only cost $11!  From Kobe, Japan, this wine is more than a sweet adventure into another country.  This plum wine is more gentle than the usual plum wine I've had, those of which practically force one to smile!  Hakutsuru, I must leave some room now for my wife's home-made coconut ice cream.  Then again...

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