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Electronic Drums

I’m sorry but I really have never heard of electronic drums until I went online at www.musiciansfriend and found some to check out. When the heck did electronic drums come out? Where was I when this happened.? Not that I have a vast knowledge of musical instruments, but I have had a love affair with drums all my life.

I really wish that I had taken drum lessons as a kid. I did take piano lessons for two summers but gave up on that and was not happy with my parents when they told me that I couldn’t change from piano to the drums. I still hold a resentment about that but have kept it to myself all these years.

Thomas the Train

What is it about the Thomas the Train movies that grabs the attention of kids everywhere? They are nothing more than a man reading a story book out loud, like any parent reads a bedtime story. And they are in British words and phrases, easy enough for an American to understand, but obviously different from what the kids here are used to hearing.

My grandson absolutely loves anything that has to do with Thomas the Train. I can send him any present – a book, a new train, a sticker book – that has Thomas on it and he loves it. I even found a website for him to play Thomas games and watch short Thomas the Train videos on the internet when he comes for a visit.

 

Thomas

Love My Gaming And My Music

Since I was a young child, I have always enjoyed playing games on some sort of gaming device, whether it is an Atari, a Nintendo, a Super Nintendo, a Sega Genesis, a Playstation, or even an Xbox. My all time favorite gaming system would have to be the Playstation 3, it is by far the best. It has so many awesome features, and not to mention a wide selection of games to play on or offline. I had no idea I would be using it as much as I do, or I would have bought it as soon as it came out.

I use it to not only play video games, but to watch Blue Ray movies, check my Facebook, have video chats with friends and family, download music, watch Netflix and so much more. I have recently located a great woodwind brasswind retail store that I have written a bit about on Facebook as well. I can’t imagine life without Facebook.

I honestly can not wait to see what Sony has in-store for the upcoming Playstation 4. What can I say other then I love my gaming! And thank the good lord for all the various types music (old and new) that we have access to with just a few short key strokes!

Home repairs

Annie was telling me how her son has spent a small fortune renovating his house in Houston. They had a problem with severe storms and flooding in his neighborhood, so the insurance company has helped with some of the repairs. Of course, that is never enough and they have done a lot of work out of pocket.

They just finished replacing the siding with a new product he heard about at a home show. If you’ve ever been to Houston, you know how humid it is, and the humidity causes a lot of problems with mold and mildew. This new siding helps fight that. He searched for a Houston pergolas contractor on the internet and got lucky – they did a great job.

Surge Protectors

We have a variety of surge protectors scattered around the house and don’t usually give them much thought. I have felt like I did my part – buying not the cheapest but reasonably priced equipment and protecting my electronics.

All of this expense and effort on my part was completely wasted this morning when lightning hit my house. It burned a hole by the front door, attracted by a tiny finishing nail that was holding the trim onto the wall. The lightning made the doorbell ring and then everything that was plugged into a wall socket came on for a brief instant and then everything went permanently dark. The computers, the printer, the TVs, the surround sound speakers, my fairly new rex speaker, the component stereo, the Playstation, the Wii, the telephone, the DVD player – all are dead.

All my electronics fried, even though they were plugged into surge protectors. I guess the lightning was too big of a surge for them to work. I don’t know what else I could have done to protect my electronics other than completely unplugging them from the wall every night before bed. Who wants to do that every night?