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A Nod To The Past… A Wave To The Future

April 21st, 2017 Jorma 17 comments
The St. George Theater... who knew?

The St. George Theater... who knew?

So last Saturday the mighty Tuna Trio had the honor of appearing at the St. George Theater in Staten Island. What an amazing venue… who knew indeed?

Bring on the cherubs...

Bring on the cherubs...

Hot Tuna 13, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The St. George Theater
Staten Island, New York
Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
5. Can’t Get Satisfied
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Been So Long
9. Ode To Billy Dean
10. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. I Wish You Would
4. Come Back Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd
9. Funky #7
10. Hit Single # 1

Pickin' and grinnin'

Pickin' and grinnin'

Foto by Phil Jacobs

By the bye… while I was out in Westbury I was honored with this great award!

Love this honor!

Love this honor!

Then it was back to Southeast Ohio where Myron and I settled down to overdub some guitar parts on a new project by my old pals The Ace Of Cups. The ladies started this great band in 1967… indeed perhaps the first all girl band… and they could all really play!

Myron critically eyes the board

Myron critically eyes the board

The Ace Of Cups gals sent me three tracks to work on… a blues, a rocker and a finger picking ballad.

Pickin' and Wah'ing

Pickin' and Wah'ing

This is going to be a great project and I was honored to be a part of it.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

The back lot at the Johnson Hollow digs.

Then it was back to the Ranch to get ready for our camp this weekend with Eric Bibb, Happy Traum and me with an able assist from Tom Feldman.

Along the way I got to make some great shots around the Ranch.

Red Bud in the House

Red Bud in the House

The redbud is everywhere right now… it is a paean to Spring in these parts and its beauty is delightfully ephemeral. In a week or so the blaze of color will be gone as green returns to the forest.

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

Twilight drones eye view of the A-Frame

I’ve been doing some sunset flying with my drones and was able to get some nifty shots!

Lake Hope after dinner

Lake Hope after dinner

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Welcome lights at the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Last light at the Fur Peace Ranch

Time to walk Big Maverick and get on over to greet the students…

Onward!

Westbury And Brooklyn

April 15th, 2017 Jorma 21 comments
Space @ Westbury

Space @ Westbury

Last time I was here was with Leftover Salmon.. this time it was a benefit for The Long Island Autism Communities. This time it was for a grand benefit!

The scene of the crime!

The scene of the crime!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 4, 2017
A Benefit For The Long Island Autism Communities
Space
Westbury, New York
April 13, 2017

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Sleep Song
3. Watch The North Wind Rise
4. Q and A with Steve Berensen
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Second Set:
1. Trial By Fire
2. Living In The Moment
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
4. Come Back Baby
5. That’ll Never Happen No More
6. Been So Long
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Shepherd
9. Bar Room Crystal Ball
10. Water Song
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Barbeque King

Some fun Q and A stuff with Steve Berenson and money raised for a great cause! Then it was off to Brooklyn and another benefit for the Mighty Racoon Lodge!

This...

This...

What a historic building. Al Capone is reputed to have gotten his famous scar here!

Or perhaps this...

Or perhaps this...

What a gig this was…

Good stuff...

Good stuff...

We definitely rocked the house on this one!

Hot Tuna 12, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Benefit For The Guild For Exceptional Children
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, April 14, 2017

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. In The Kingdom
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Ain’t In No Hurry
8. I See The Light
9. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
10. Bowlegged Woman

Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Good Shepherd
8. Funky # 7
9. Encore: Hit Single #1

Les Paul and 50w Marshall

Les Paul and 50w Marshall

Chet Atkins SST and the Louis Electric Twinmaster

Chet Atkins SST and the Louis Electric Twinmaster

Yeah… the boys and I were truly rocking on this evening!

What a venue!

What a venue!

Hot Tuna 11, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. In The Kingdom
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Living In The Moment
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

Jimmy Quigg exhorts the crowd...

Jimmy Quigg exhorts the crowd...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Yep… this was a great one!

Brooklyn forthrightness...

Brooklyn forthrightness...

Now we’re off to Staten Island and the St. George Theater. ‘Twill be another good one I’m sure.

Remember this? It's a phone booth!

Remember this? It's a phone booth!

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Spring Is Hiding, But The Fur Peace Ranch Opens

March 21st, 2017 Jorma 43 comments

Friday the 17th of March, we opened for our 20th year here at the Fur Peace Ranch. It has been such an odd winter… some really cold days, some really warm ones… lots of rain an not much snow. Weather… gotta love it. This weekend started out cold but wound up in the 50’s. Rainy and muddy… thinking about it… typical for Southeast Ohio. It was great having Jack back on site again and our annual Double Dose Class went well.

Saturday night Jack and I played a two set concert in the Station…

Hot Tuna 11, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Second Chances
3. Hesitation Blues
4. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. In The Kingdom
10. How Long Blues
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Whining Boy Blues
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Living In The Moment
9. Keep On Trucking Mama
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Encore: Genesis

We’ve got so many good things coming up this year… great classes an shows at the FPR, great gigs and tours coming up for me and Jack. Yeah, so far so good. Everyone is alive and well and you can’t ask for much more than that. Spring is here now and I look forward to some of this mud drying up.

Onward!

Two More… The Fillmore And Grass Valley

February 21st, 2017 Jorma 9 comments
Thank goodness...

Thank goodness...

The last time I was in San Francisco I was devastated to find that my favorite noodle joint in the Kintetsu Center had gone under. Yep… the Mifune was gone. This time I was pleased to find that it was back in another location. A little different, but better than nothing.

Noodles… and then… The Fillmore!

Beautiful poster for the boys...

Beautiful poster for the boys...

Justin Guip flew in for this one and we got ready to play some music… standing up!

It's not my '67 Plexi... but it did just fine!

It's not my '67 Plexi... but it did just fine!

We’re always stoked to play… but this was our first electric gig for a while and we were really looking forward to it.

The big stage...

The big stage...

Hot Tuna 4, 2017
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Justin Guip
The Fillmore Auditorium
Sunday, February 19, 2017

First Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Candy Man
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Trial By Fire
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Come Back Baby
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Rock Me Baby
5. I Wish You Would
6. Sea Child
7. Sleep Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. Hit Single #1
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Water Song

A lifetime of history!

A lifetime of history!

Jack and I have played the Fillmore since the stage was eighteen inches high… an honor then, and an honor now!

Then on a rainy Monday we drove up to Grass Valley and played the Center For The Arts. Jack and I have history up here in this part of California and it was great to be back… Another sold out show as was the Fillmore!

Hot Tuna 5, 2017
The Acoustic Duo
Jorma Kaukonen And Jack Casady
The Center For The Arts
Grass Valley, California
Monday, February 20, 2017

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Things That Might Have Been
5. Candy Man
6. Barbeque King
7. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
8. How Long Blues
9. Sleep Song
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Whining boy Blues
3. Second Chances
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Be All right Some Day
7. Brother an You Spare A Dime
8. Sea Child
9. Good Shepherd
10. The Terrible Operation
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: In My Dreams

Now we’re going to dodge Oroville and the dam… and head up to Grants Pass Oregon to the Rogue Theater.

More anon!

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Aloha And Back To The Mainland

February 11th, 2017 Jorma 26 comments
Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Happy campers, pickin' and grinnin'

Another fabulous Fur Peace Ranch On The Road has come to an end and it is time for us all to return to our ‘normal’ lives… whatever that means.

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

A last look at Molokai and a search for whales...

Yep, this was a dandy alright. Vanessa and Izze and Montana flew back yesterday. True, it is still winter in Ohio, but home and our animals are there!

Pickers and family support...

Pickers and family support...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Time for me to close up my bags and head for San Diego where I will meet Jack Casady as well as Phil and Myron. Our first gig will be at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

If I have to see one more beautiful sunset...

Yep, it’s been great… but I gotta be movin’ along…

More will be revealed!

Last Tuna Shows & Two Jormas

November 30th, 2016 Jorma 25 comments

So the day after Thanksgiving the boys and I played the Hamilton where only the day before we ate.

Hot Tuna 34, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Hamilton
Washington, D.C.
Friday, November 25, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Sea Child
6. Trial By Fire
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Feel So Good
9. Come Back Baby
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Sleep Song
6. In The Kingdom
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Funky #7

A damn fine show in the old hometown… then it was of to Glenside, Pennsylvania and the Keswick, which would be our last Tuna show for this run.

The Mighty Keswick

The Mighty Keswick

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 35, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Keswick Theater
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Saturday, November 26, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. I Wish You Would
5. Sea Child
6. 99 Year Blues
7. I See The Light
8. Ode To Billy Dean
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Feel So Good
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Hit Single #1s

A night at the Keswick was a fine way for us to end this little run, and the last Tuna show of the 2016. Then it was time for Jack and Justin to head to their respective homes and I wandered down to Richmond, Virginia and the Tin Pan.

A new venue for me... liked it!

A new venue for me... liked it!

Real nice folks...

Real nice folks...

Jorma Kaukonen 30, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Tin Pan
Richmond, Virginia
Sunday, November 27, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Sleep Song
8. Sea Child
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
10. I See The Light
11. Come Back Baby
12. River Of Time
13. The Terrible Operation
14. Living In The Moment
15. Watch The North Wind Rise
16. Good Shepherd
17. Bar Room Crystal Ball
18. Water Song
19. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
20. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then it was time for a trip to New York.

Nice view of the Big Town!

Nice view of the Big Town!

The City Winery is always fun, and the burgers don’t suck either!

It was a dark and stormy night...

It was a dark and stormy night...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 31, 2016
Jorma Solo
The City Winery
New York City
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. Barbeque King
5. Sleep Song
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Let Us get Together Right Down Here
8. River Of Time
9. Hesitation Blues
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Heart Temporary
3. Nobody Knows You when You’re Down & Out
4. Come Back Baby
5. In My Dreams
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Candy Man
8. Sea Child
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Good Shepherd
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
15. Encore: Genesis

The man... and the barrels

The man... and the barrels

Foto by Phil Jacobs

A good time at the Winery as always. Rain an traffic today on the way to Boston. Tomorrow I’ll be with Tedeschi/Trucks at the Orpheum and I’m really looking forward to it!

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Two Shows And A Very Thankful Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2016 Jorma 30 comments
Yep... it's winter up in Stowe, Vermont

Yep... it's winter up in Stowe, Vermont

Hot Tuna 32, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Stowe, Vermont
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. I Wish You Would
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. Candy Man
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Feel So Good
6. Sleep Song
7. In The Kingdom
8. Good Shepherd
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Water Song
11. Funky #7
12. Encore: Hit Single #1a

A lovely winter interlude with portent of things to come down where we live!

Right next to Stage One

Right next to Stage One

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 33, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Warehouse
Fairfield, Connecticut
November 23, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I See The Light
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Ode To Billy Dean
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Come Back Baby
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. I Wish You Would
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Flying Clouds
6. Sea Child
7. Good Shepherd
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Funky # 7
11. Encore: Hit Single #!

Then it was down to the Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut. We had a rockin’ good time! Then right after show we drove to D.C. where we will be at the Hamilton tomorrow. Today, however, is Thanksgiving and I am thankful for so much. My son Zach was able to join us for the bountiful repast which we also had at the Hamilton.

This better not be our last supper!

This better not be our last supper!

Awesome dinner in peerless company!

Traditional

Traditional

Jorma and Zach at the Hamilton.

Jorma and Zach at the Hamilton.

My home town... not the way I remembered it... better!

My home town... not the way I remembered it... better!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there. Today, I have only First World problems…

Be well all…

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Which Came First… The Beacon Or The Egg?

November 21st, 2016 Jorma 25 comments
Our name in lights on Broadway!

Our name in lights on Broadway!

Well of course the Beacon came first. I just couldn’t resist this one.

Hey, any time we get to play and people come to listen is a good day. That said, we sure look forward to the Beacon every year!

Pickin' the SST

Pickin' the SST

Foto by Lee Cantor

Yeah, all our ducks were in a row for this one. A special thanks to Roger MacNamee for the beautiful tie dye Gibson SST.

Hot Tuna 30, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Beacon Theater
New York, New York
Saturday, November 19, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. I Wish You Would
4. Ode To Billy Dean
5. Candy Man
6. Sleep Song
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. 99 Year Blues
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. That’ll Never Happen No More
3. Can’t Get Satisfied
4. Rock Me Baby
5. In The Kingdom
6. Flying Clouds
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Feel So Good
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Funky #7

Awesome theater!

Awesome theater!

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings!

Ceilings... we're painting ceilings!

The bird takes flight

The bird takes flight

Foto by Lee Cantor

Da Boyz in action!

Da Boyz in action!

Foto by Lee Cantor

Then as if that weren’t good enough… last night we were back in Albany at the Egg…

Hot Tuna 31, 2016
The Electric Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Justin Guip
The Egg
Albany, New York
Sunday, November 20, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Ode To Billy Dean
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. Sea Child
6. Watch The North Wind Rise
7. 99 Year Blues
8. Candy Man
9. Bowlegged Woman
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. True Religion
3. Rock Me Baby
4. I Wish You Would
5. In The Kingdom
6. Sleep Song
7. Good Shepherd
8. Come Back Baby
9. Water Song
10. Funky #7
11. Encore: Hit Single #1

Winter is definitely on the horizon. A chill in the air for sure. Today we head out to Stowe, Vermont and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

More will be revealed for sure!

Onward…

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Nineteen Years At The Fur Peace Ranch, And A Super Moon!

November 14th, 2016 Jorma 54 comments
The Super Moon, Nov. 13, 2016 from my back porch in Darwin, Ohio

The Super Moon, Nov. 13, 2016 from my back porch in Darwin, Ohio

Frosty mornings… the chill came late to us here in Southeast Ohio. Temperatures were down to the low 20’s in the morning. It was our first hard frost… and this late in the season, it’s hard to imagine there will be an Indian Summer. Still and all, it’s just weather and we know what that means… change, like it or not.This weekend my dear friend Barry Mitterhoff returned to the Fur Peace Ranch as did my old buddy, Jack Casady. It’s been a while since we have been graced by Barry’s presence, but it was as comfortable as putting on an old pair of shoes. Also on board for the weekend was my good pal Tom Feldmann. Tom has been with me now for a couple of years. He found his way to us through Roy Book Binder an Stefan Grossman. I am so pleased that he is now a member of the family. He is not only a great guitar player, a writer and generally speaking a serious artist… he’s also a great guy! We definitely had the A team here this weekend… not that all our teams are not A teams.

It’s been a bit since Jack and I did a show together and more than a bit since Barry joined us. What an artistically gratifying evening!

Hot Tuna 28, 2016
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
The Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. How Long Blues
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Barbeque King
I See The Light
5. Ain’t In No Hurry
6. I See The Light
7. Candy Man
8. Sleep Song
9. Sea Child
10. The Terrible Operation
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
3. That’ll Never Happen No More
4. Come Back Baby
5. Prohibition Blues
6. In My Dreams
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Thanks to Pete for the set list corrections. I’ll have to talk to Myron about this… :)

Together... again

Together... again

Foto by Lee Cantor

Sunday the open mike for ‘The Kids,’ was awesome. In the space of the last three days we lost Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn and Leon Russell. At my age mortality has become a companion, and in an odd way a friend. As a friend, mortality reminds me to make the most of every day, every moment, every friend, my family… most beloved they are… and the musical notes I am still privileged to be able to share with the world. Each day is indeed precious in a way that would nave escaped me as a young man.

In any case, Vanessa got together with Phil Rosen and the two of them honored Leonard Cohen with a touching rendition of Dance Me To The End Of Love!

Phil and Vanessa... Dance Me To The End Of Love

Phil and Vanessa... Dance Me To The End Of Love

Then this morning as the weekend was officially over, Tom’s and my class got together for a picture…

The eagles have gathered

The eagles have gathered

Foto by Carol Doherty

It will be another 20 some years until the next Super Moon… as for moments with friends and family, each stands alone… yet hangs together like cut glass tears on a chandelier… precious and fragile.

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

Omar Khayyám

Nor would I have it otherwise…

Real Life & A Presidential Election

November 8th, 2016 Jorma 51 comments

Well… It’s been a beautiful week since my last entry. The weather has been unseasonably warm during the day and nicely chilly at night. I managed to get all my work done and had time for two very fine motorcycle rides.

The old covered bridge off Rt. 13

The old covered bridge off Rt. 13

This lovely bridge is not far from Millfield off Rt. 13.

Nice... very nice

Nice... very nice

Then a couple of days ago our pal Smiles was working on our trials when he sensed whitetail activity. For those of you who hunt, you know the magic that happens when you have been still for fifteen or twenty minutes and the forest forgets about you and comes alive. Smiles, a seasoned woodsman, relaxed on the hillside and got this beauty with a crossbow at thirty feet.

Nothing will be wasted here.

Nothing will be wasted here.

Now we’re not headhunters looking for trophies. This young buck has a small rack, but a lot of meat. We got about fifty pounds of ground venison as well as a bag of loins. Vanessa and I are cooking venison meatballs right now which we will have for dinner with spaghetti. You won’t find this meat in a market! One of the things I love about cuisine in the Italian and German countryside is dishes with wild game. Hard to find here in the States… but we can do it at home.

I can hardly wait for dinner.

This is whitetail terrain...

This is whitetail terrain...

We’ve got 126 acres here at the Fur Peace Ranch, and we’ve been spending a lot of time hiking in the woods. It’s like have a state park in your backyard.

Then yesterday my friend Jeff who teaches at Ohio University, got off early and asked if I wanted to go for a ride. Yep… let’s do it. Another successful trip through the Hocking Hills.

Black Beauty resting by Ash Cave

Black Beauty resting by Ash Cave

Today was election day if course… I was at the polls by 0645 and voted… my duty and my honor.

So much for that… life continues to go on. This weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch is our closing weekend… Jack, myself and Barry Mitterhoff, then it’s on the road for while.

Onward

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