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Friday, February 5, 2010


Took my broken ankle to work with me last night. It wasn't really thrilled about going but I fed it some pain pills and that seemed to satisfy it's broken "ness" for much of the evening. It was my first shot at getting a crowd at The Red Parrot, formerly the Chinese restaurant. I sent out e mails to everyone on my address list within forty miles and by the time 6:30 PM rolled around I had the start of a crowd with more coming in.

Overall, It was a good start at a new venue to me and despite the broken ankle, I made it through with flying colors. Unfortunately, the only colors showing today are in the protruding toes of my left foot - the dominant colors being black and blue.

It was a return engagement of sorts as some years ago, I was hired to play at Jimmy Woo's 50th anniversary. That one ended in a quick disaster as whoever hooked up power to the outside area where the celebration was being held, mistakenly hooked the power to a 220 outlet instead o a 110 and when I snapped my P.A. amp on, it of course "POOF" and my board was fried.

After the gig litigations with owner Lily Woo became rather cantankerous as she insisted my insurance, not hers, should pay for the amplifier repair. This went on for some months and finally was settled when her insurance company did pay - although the board was never the same again.

At any rate, the new owner, Terry, seemed pleased with my performance although somewhat disappointed at the size of the crowd drawn. Hopefully I have found a new spot to work here in Eau Claire!


This was sent to me by Kevin Johnson. It has been going around the net quite a bit lately but you might find it usefu

Wow! Now we know!!


How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy

We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a police officer friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is very useful... Even while driving at night. Most motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do,) and like a miracle... All of a sudden your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him/her this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!
Amazingly, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing
Semi's' spraying you, too... Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or another car in the rain. They ought to teach this little tip in driver's training. It really does work.



A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car.

Being a resident of Kilgore , Texas , she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence.

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain.

But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag
Warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive at a safe speed, but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry. The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman) was a man who had a similar accident. He totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control
When the windshield wipers are on.


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