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I haven't made an icon in *ages* and I usually don't like to bother anymore since there are all these incredibly talented icon artists out there, and I feel completely outclassed by them. But whatever. I made one anyway. I have a very O L D version of PSP, but it still does the job I suppose.

So, GIP!

Rodney, thinking about John. *sigh* OMGtheirloveizsoslashtastic! *cough*

So Friday I had kortai_kirinan over and we watched "Atlantis Rising". He's listened to me rave about my obsession with my super sekrit boyfriend Rodney McKay talk about Atlantis, so he came over to watch the damn show and find out what the hell I have been talking about. Slowly, but surely, I am dragging all my friends into this fandom with me. [queue maniacal laughter here]

First we made dinner - he helped. For this alone, I'll keep him. Burgers and fries; I made him cut up the potatoes with the handy dandy Starfrit slicer thingy. It really does work! So, of course, my kids adored him, and Monkey Boy just about talked his ear off over wanted to tell him all about his favorite video games and Sonic the Hedgehog and god knows what else. I had to shoo MB out of the room.

kortai_kirinan, in the kitchen, slaving away... yeah. Okay, not so much.

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So I think he's hooked, but he has other things on his plate of 'to be watched' shows just like I do. So, I guess there's nothing for it - I'll just have to have him back over again. I'll make sure the next time that I allow some time so he can play some video games with the kiddies first.

Saturday, Long and McQuade had a Grand Opening for their new location on Terminal Ave. in Vancouver. There were some awesome door crashers, but I was not getting into line at some godawful hour for a Fender. I don't play electrics and I don't plan to start any time soon.

Monkey boy has been talking about getting a Ukelele for the last couple of years since this is the instrument they teach in music class at his school. And I figure, okay, lets do it. They did have some, but they were $200. The guy found me one of the $35 ones, but they were really crappy. There was one other soprano Ukelele that was $170, so I looked at that. Monkey Boy strummed it and said, "Oh this totally out of tune," and then right there, with no tuner, in the busy acoustic section with at least 5 other people playing various guitars, the kid tunes it by ear in about 1o seconds flat. As if that's not enough, now that he's satisfied with it, he starts playing his little songs that they've been teaching him at school, the ones that he played in the Ukelele festival a couple weeks back. And I am listening, and damn it if he not only has it tuned, but it's tuned to the correct pitch.


Now either that's a fluke, or the kid has got damn near perfect pitch. Who knew?

I bought the $170 Ukelele. He's been playing it ever since.

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Future star of the Grand Ole Opry? You be the judge. Also, yes, he *is* wearing the Stargate SG1 10 Seasons t-shirt. It's his favorite.

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Of course, I started looking at guitars too. I have been spoiled by playing the Ovation Celebrity that pondside loaned to Jazzy Girl when she started taking her guitar classes. I bought myself a nice sturdy Yamaha F310 about 5 or so years ago. I was just starting to get good enough that I needed a decent instrument to play. It was both affordable *and* eminently playable. I remember trying out a bunch of more expensive guitars and being surprised at how much I *didn't* like them.

So this time, I though I would consider something more expensive. All things being equal, a Larrivee would be my first choice, but I'm not independently wealthy. More's the pity. I vaguely recall someome saying that anything under $500 is pretty much the same, but I thought that I would set my sights on $300 and see what I could find.

I checked out a couple of Epiphones I had looked at online - I tried the Hummingbird and the Dove. And while they are very pretty, and both had a very bright tone, I find that I don't particularly care for the brassiness of the sound and the action was so high that I would either need to get it lowered or end up with a really aggravated case of carpal tunnel.

So then the guy hands me something I have not seen before, a black Guild Dreadnought, and starts to tell me how he doesn't see a lot of difference between it and the ones I was just playing. Oh. Dear. God. The noise he was making just faded into the background as I played it. It was *so* far beyond those Epiphones it wasn't even in the same ballpark. OMG. I think I was drooling. When I spied the $1800 price tag I told him to take it away where I couldn't see it anymore.

W A N T!!

Anyway, moving on to things that I could actually afford again, I nosed around through this and that until the guy points out this Art & Lutherie that was on sale. And once again, it's the same thing that happened with my Yamaha. This guitar was $280, with and additional %20 off, so a good $100 cheaper than the Epiphones, but I liked the tone better, and it had low action. It still has a nice, bright sound, but not brassy.

I picked it up and put it down a few times. Tried a few others, looked around, went back to it and played with it some more. I asked if they had it in any other colours, and they did - but only the Antique Burst which was a more expensive finish ($300+) and not on sale.

Yeah. It was inevitable. It followed me home and now?

It's mine.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Haha, new Long & McQuade! Did you see a very petite young woman with blonde hair, and possibly wearing too many sweaters, working there?

I am so amused by your son playing the ukelele, OMG. And that is such a pretty color for a guitar, wow.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Uhm. It was grand opening weekend. It was a frickin' *zoo* and I was fighting to get to the acousitc section without the kids breaking something. Sorry, didn't notice any cute, sweater wearing girls behind the counter

And yis, is pretty blue, but srsly. A blue guitar just weirds me out. It is not, in my mind, the colour a guitar should be. Which is blond wood. Or something like it.

But, it sounds pretty, is all that matters.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Of course he has perfect pitch! Well, Tom knew anyway - he noticed when MB was singing choir songs at a housefilk. :)

Nice new guitar! I have a Norman guitar (Norman & A&L are both branches of Godin) that has been very good to me. All the Godin stuff has great intonation. Whee!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)

Huh. Tom thought he had perfect pitch? How do you test that, anyway? You kind of have to know what the notes are to test it. I suppose if I totally whacked out the tuning on his Uke and handed it back to him and he tuned it to pitch again that would pretty much confirm it, huh?

Yes, is nice guitar. I like it. Girly Girl says it sounds 'lighter' than my Yamaha.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Your son is adorable and from what I "know" of you here, that guitar is definitely you. He has your talent, yes?
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
He is pretty cute with that Ukelele isn't he? *grin* And the kid seriously has talent all of his own.

As for the guitar - I think it's growing on me. Blue. Well. It's the sound that really matters, but I guess it really is kinda pretty.

Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Hurray for ukuleles!

OK, so I play one of those crappy $30 ukes.

Will I be meeting the Amazing Monkey Boy and his One-Ukulele Band at Pondfilk?
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I thought about going back and swwapping them cuz $170 for a Ukelele - eek!

But... he really enjoys it...

I thought about bringing him but a) I think he will get bored and B) I don't think Juliana has anywhere to keep him. Though. I dunno. Thinking.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
Wow! Monkey Boy has gotten BIG! He's quite the young man now. And very spiffy guitar.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's funny - you feed them, they grow. *grin*
Jun. 3rd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
That wasn't a loan hunny bunny.

blue is nice :)

I think that this may be kid year at the con. Note -- I do not guarantee that you will not be driving crazy by a bored MB but, hey, he's your MB (well, mine but...)
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Ooo. Well. The Ovation fits out family quite nicely, thank you. And it has really grown on me, I have to admit.

I need to get a strap for it. And a case.

I don't know what I will bring the kids... as we discussed before, I don't know if it would really work out to add my kids to the very full agenda of Pondfilk. Chris is not likely to be able to take them, but hopefully Jazzy will not be working so that should work out.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
We all knew MB has excellent pitch sense - that's obvious when you hear him sing. Perfect pitch? Too bad - that's as much a curse as a blessing, I'd say. Those of us who have reasonable pitch sense but not P.P. can enjoy music that those with P.P. find excruciating.
Congrats on the new, blue guitar. It's a close relative of my travel six-string, which is flat black, also not a trad finish and more Goth-tone than would be appropriate for you, I think. Nice to further support our giant Canuck guitar-manufacturing conglomerate. You-must-be-joking has one too, as does Pondside. Not sure why they conceal how big they are by having so many brands. The only thing missing is a really high-end version. The Godin-branded electro-acoustics come close, if you like that kind of thing (David Essig does). The best Seagulls come close too, but I'd still put them in the "good cheap guitar" class. BTW, that bit about "all guitars under $500 are about the same" is a bursting barrel of balloon juice. Acoustic guitars, at least the traditional wooden-box construction ones, are all individual, since ma nature doesn't grow wood to a universal standard, and the vagaries introduced by manufacturing tolerances increase the diversity. You can always get a decent $300 guitar in a major urban centre by haunting the instrument stores and test-playing lots of guitars. How long it takes is a matter of random chance, or, if you prefer, luck.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Duuude. I wasn't sure if you actually every read LJ. And a post even? Whoa. Cool.

Yeah, I'm not really sure that MB has perfect pitch in the classic sense, because he does seem to be able to tolerate things that are sharp, flat and discordant without flinching. Then again, that could just be him.

And thanks. I am quite pleased with the guitar. Girly Girl told me she thought that the tone was 'lighter' than my Yamaha and I have to say, upon playing with it some more, I think I know what she means. It's still quite resonant, and I think it has a pleasing sound, but it is more airy if that makes any sense at all. I thought, perhaps, I would bring it to Pondfilk.

I really liked that Guild. OMG. It was so amazing. *sigh*
Jun. 3rd, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Time to start MB on the JoCo Uke Project, no?

Well, maybe no. Depends on whether he'll accept not always being the center of attention.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Time to start MB on the JoCo Uke Project, no?

??? What are you on about? Explain yourself, man. I am (clearly) not in the loop.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Quite a few Coulton fans are making videos of themselves covering his songs on uke. This has led some of the more popular contributors being invited on stage.
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