CrabAppleLane Sunday - January 13, 2008 Issue


My two fantasy playoff teams (Ragpickers and Erasers) find themselves in an unfamiliar position halfway through the Colts-Chargers game. They're in contention. Both teams benefited from Ryan Grant's huge day yesterday. Indy's loss will hurt both of those teams, though. Hopefully, it will hurt everyone else about the same. There will be a new Super Bowl Champion. I suppose I'm now rooting for the Chargers, Giants, and Packers. Not wild about the Pats or Cowboys.

A little joke I read today that my friend, Ken, might appreciate:
Perfect Pitch - When you throw an accordion into a dumpster and it lands on a banjo

Started tinkering with one of my Christmas presents yesterday. The first record I tried was Joe Walsh's Barnstorm from 1972 ... because it was already out. Mixed results. I think I'll need some headphones. On my computer speakers, it's hard to listen closely enough to hear through the pops whether the record skipped or not, especially on songs you haven't listened to in 30 years or so. I also determined that a little practice will be required to get good results. I can't tell you the last time I had to balance a tone arm and I'm still not sure I did it satisfactorily. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you might want to ask your parents. :)

I offer three images depicting the three stages of my 15-mile road trip today. The weather here at CrabAppleLane is simply magnificent. Was yesterday, too, but I squandered most of the day. Would surely like a do over.

On the way out - January 13, 2008
On the way out - January 13, 2008 - In Whippoorwill Grove near CrabAppleLane

In between - January 13, 2008
In between - January 13, 2008 - Lance Armstrong would not approve of my training regimen.

On the way in - January 13, 2008
On the way in - January 13, 2008 - Off Highway 40 in Bush, LA - Near CrabAppleLane

Quote of the Day
Hey now
The wells run dry
Pages of your book on fire
Read the writing
On the wall
Joe Walsh, Turn To Stone

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I myself celebrate Festivus. Not because I'm just a Seinfeld fan, but because I know every line... word for word... and I know every single possible thing there is to know about Seinfeld. I could answer any question about Seinfeld."


Rob, I wouldn't mind having one of those Ion turntables. That is nice. Personally, I wouldn't mind the pops and skips. You know, when you're done transferring your own records, you could go into business for yourself with that.

Love the joke & the training regimen. Keep up the good work. ;)

I'm still fiddling, Marie. I have a good number of records that aren't available on CD and may never be. I plan to do those first after I figure out the most efficient way of doing this. Looking forward to hearing some of those old records again. I'm wondering if I'll have to replace the stylus before I'm through and if one will be available.

Thanks, Lana, but I doubt anyone would call what I do good work. :)

I deeply regret not making Ryan Grant my second running back instead of Addai. I thought about it but went with what I thought was the safer route. Oh well.

By all means let us know how the Ion works out, especially how it might clean some of the noise. I'd be very interested in one if your review is positive.

How lucky was the Pack to have that guy emerge? They're odds on for the NFC title now although the Giants D is playing pretty good.

I plan to give the Ion a review once I've had time to figure out the ins and outs. The sound is fine although it has seemed to cause conflicts both times I've used it now. I haven't had the time or inclination to look into that yet. Another thing the instructions tell you to do is to put the stylus down on the record and then press the start button. I've always had the record moving before the stylus went down and I'm very reluctant to do it the other way.

I just called it "good work," didn't I? Run with that ball, bud! ;)
BTW, here's a football joke I picked up from someone else's blog;
Q; Why doesn't Iowa have a professional football team?
A; Because then Minnesota would want one, too.

Lana-Hahaha, it's funny because it's true, at least the last few years.

Rob-IIRC putting the stylus down and then starting the turntable was a huge no-no. That kind of thing, like any other poor turntable skill, would make you a social outcast.

Nice bike ride, Rob. I don't think Lance would find fault with you; those fruit pies are top-rate bike food!

And DANG if I didn't have my very first Hubig's this very morning on the drive home. I'd looked all over for the pineapple ~ no joy ~ and settled on the one lemon left on the rack when we filled up.


I even gave major dad a chance to take a bite.

But only one.

Social outcast is not a new experience for me, Dave. I still won't do it, though.

I think they are, Dan.

That is how I got a pineapple for the first time, ths. It was the last one left on the rack. Best to get them when the rack is full. That means they just arrived.


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