My First lesson was 11/2004- took MSF beginner class in Fullerton and I'm ready to roll out for more miles, new adventures and to meet new friends ever since. . 2009 Yamaha Road Star Silverado "S", lots of chrome on handlebar controls and forks, now with 43,115 miles.
"The Ride is the destination"
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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others.
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Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The banjo saga begins
Several weeks ago the idea popped
in my head about playing the banjo, maybe after watching some 9 yr. old kid
play it like it was simple and easy.Whatever the reason the flames of banjo frenzy were fanned when Sheila
Rae, a motorcycle rider who took up the banjo on her own, posted a photo on Facebook holding a banjo of all
things.We traded one message after
another about how to learn and what is involved on a banjo and then at my
birthday party she brought some finger picks for me.Now that I had the picks why not get a real
banjo so I started looking.
Hunting for things on E-Bay and
Craigslist are big time hobbies, so with YouTube help it did not take too long
to figure out which make of banjo would be best for a beginner and it turned
out to be by a company in San Diego called Deering and especially the Good Time
II model as a good bet to start on.Scanning
the offerings and after a few days there it was on e-Bay a DeeringGood Time II model brand new for sale with no
reserve at around $300 so I bid, got outbid, and then posted a max amount of
$425 which put me in the lead.This
model sells on-line for $550 so it could be a good deal.After posting the bid, went on Craigslist just
to see if anything new had been posted and to my major surprise was a new
listing for a Deering Good Time Classic II model for sale by private party and
asking $500 including a hard case and Deering strap. Oh my gosh, this is an
upgraded version, lists for $990 and priced on Amazon at $750 plus about $100 for
the hard case.Only problem to deal with
now is the auction on e-Bay where I am top bidder and can’t cancel. I had to wait
until the very last minute of the auction to see if I might be sniped out of
the top spot by another buyer and sure enough within the last 50 seconds I was
out bid by two guys who were trying for it and the price hit $440 within the
last few seconds ending my connection with E-Bay.
I was now free to contact the
seller of the Craigslist ad and see what he had.Turns out it is as advertised in virtually
new condition, with a very nice hard case, strap and some picks, all I need is
an electronic tuner and some talent and I’m good to go.At least that is how it was on day one after
buying it for $475.Once I tried to
actually tune it and play a chord it suddenly became a reality, I have no idea
how to play the darn thing. Using YouTube video plus buying an electronic tuner I am able to tune and adjust it to what sounds like the proper tuning. Sadly you can't buy talent so I am out of luck there. After I meet
with a teacher scheduled for Monday it should start me on the path of
practicing and learning what I need in order to eventually play something.Could this mean less time for the blog or
even motorcycling?It might take some
time away from the blog and writing but hopefully the motorcycle will not be
Will keep you posted as, or if, I make any progress in learning how to actually play it in a meaningful way.