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July 2010

birdly birds

Barn swallows

 "one more week and you're on your own"

i got to see the progress of a nest of swallows hatching while i stayed at my folks' place.  just when all the chirping and flight tests died down another couple of swallows started building a new nest 10 feet away from the old vacated nest.




a newly hewed piece of wood with metal strings

Art100
  ibanez art100

 during my first week back in the states, i bought a new electric guitar.  the ibanez art 100 stop tail double humbucker.  after practicing with my acoustic I felt it was time to add another to my collection.  (can one guitar be a collection?)  i tried it out in the store and was immediately sold on it.  i'm still amazed by the easy touch of the strings.  my callused fingers thank me.  a peavey amp jumped in on the purchase also, along with a hard case for transport.  now to figure out how i'm going to bring it back to russia. 




recharge complete

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i'm back from vacation and rested up. it was great just to relax.

most of my time was spent with family in iowa but i worked in a trip to dc.

that's a shot of a car expo at the iowa state fairgrounds.  my brother and i drove down to des moines to check it out.  during my high school/college days i drove one of these- (except mine was a hardtop and a '72, not sure what year this one is.  maybe '74?)

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 Chevelle Malibu

here's the littlest car there, custom-built and using a scooter motor from a vespa.

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sorry for the crowed shot - the car was hard to catch up to

 anyway, it was nice to see the fairgrounds in the state capital again.  i took many trips there over the years with my family.