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Three Great Days… Maybe Four

March 29th, 2016 Jorma 19 comments
The Shire in morning light

The Shire in morning light

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Walking Big Mav down one of the little roads on our property, the bottom land looked like a scene from the Lord Of The Rings. Nice… very nice.

Home for a week doing home stuff. The day before Easter we all took a long hike over by Ginger’s house in Athens County.

Another beautiful rock outcropping

Another beautiful rock outcropping

Things are just starting to green up. No poison ivy yet… great hiking.

Then on Sunday, Virginia took us all out for Easter Dinner at the OU Inn.

The Big Buffet

The Big Buffet

Foto by Ginger Gagne

Then, as the afternoon waned… Vanessa and Izze and I did what most Jews would do on Easter or Christmas… went for a Chinese dinner.

Yummy.

Today I got to spend some time with Izze in the field.

A girl and her bow

A girl and her bow

This was Izze’s first archery outing of the year and she acquitted herself nobly. The sound of her field tips penetrating that target snap like a rifle shot. I love it.

That’s my girl.

The young mule skinner

The young mule skinner

Then it was time for her driving lesson and she drove me around the property in the mule for about 30 minutes. Well done… she didn’t scare me once.

Flying...

Flying...

Then she logged some time on the electric Razor circling the Beatrice Love Kitchen. My Mom would have love it.

Last but certainly not least… It was Vanessa’s birthday and we took Mom out to dinner…

Happy Birthday Vanessa! May you have many more!

The girls

The girls

Selfie by Vanessa Lillian

A fitting end to a fine day!

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Second Chances Rides Again… It’s FLHTCU Harley Time…SOLD, SOLD, SOLD

March 24th, 2016 Jorma 17 comments

This Beauty is now sold…

Thanks…

Jorma

I love this bike, but it's time to say goobye... a new one is coming.

I love this bike, but it's time to say goobye... a new one is coming.

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

For Sale
Harley Davidson
2012 FLHTCU
FLH Twin Cam Ultra Classic
$17,500

I bought this bike in new in 2012. The color is Tequila Sunrise… a color option Harley only offered for the first six months of 2012. This fine machine has been scrupulously maintained and has many added extras. I have never abused her.

I bought this touring model because my wife, Vanessa, wanted our daughter to be safely surrounded in the rolling easy chair that is the passenger seat. That was four years ago. Now she is old enough to ride pillion without arm rests and I want something lighter. That’s it.

Right now she has 11,063 miles on her.

She's a real beauty... in immaculate condition... low mileage

She's a real beauty... in immaculate condition... low mileage

Stage One Screaming Eagle upgrade:
Power module, K&N air cleaner and tuned exhausts… not too loud, just right!

Daymaker Headlamps and Spotlights (very bright LED lights!)

Quick release mount for the Tour Pak

Garmin Zumo 660 GPS and mount that feeds directly into the sound system as well as a car adapter mount for the unit.

Heated Grips

Front and rear tires with less than 1500 miles on them

Matching grips, pegs and shifter pegs

Shorty antennas… you get the original ones too

Luggage rack on Tour Pak lid

1.5 inch Harley lowering kit… front and rear

Here she is on the Pomeroy Levee... Mason, West Virginia bridge in the background

Here she is on the Pomeroy Levee... Mason, West Virginia bridge in the background

Please… serious offers only. Harleys are expensive.

Bring it on!

SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

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A Good Day… A Really Good Day!

March 22nd, 2016 Jorma 14 comments
Heading out...

Heading out...

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

First Real Ride Of 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yeah… well I had been thinking about this for a while. We’ve had warm days, we’ve had cold days. Whatever… I always think about riding. Today the sun was out… in a hazy way and the outside temperature was in the low sixties. Not bad at all. I had spent much of the morning recycling stabilized gas into the Jeep and my truck. That way I can fill my reserves with fresh fuel and I get a fill up I paid for last Fall. I put air in the tires of the Ultra Classic, adjusted the suspension, cleaned the windshield on the bike and the face shield on my helmet and got out my leathers and boots. Nice, very nice.

Now motorcycle riding is something I’ve done since I was thirteen. It’s an immense part of my life. Having ridden as long as I have you hear all sorts of stuff from people who don’t ride. They talk about ‘donor’ cycles… accidents… all sorts of unpleasant stuff. Hey, guess what. Motorcycle riding is potentially a life threatening activity just like flying. Those of us who love riding accept this as part of the deal. We’re not risk takers. Life is itself inherently dangerous.

Yeah… screw it. Let’s ride!

So I saddled up and headed into Athens on Old 33. The trees aren’t budding yet, but the pastures are already green. The farmers are mucking out the barns and the early Spring air dances with the hint of manure. Truth be told… it doesn’t smell bad. It’s the smell of Spring in the country. I hit the video store and returned some rentals. I still love going to the video store and browsing through the stacks. I’m not a Netflix guy. It’s like going to an old school record store.

Back on the bike and off through the Appalachian hills… taking fifty miles to get home… it would normally be ten miles. I used to think of my Dad when I took rides. He said at the end of his life he always wanted a motorcycle… Well Dad, this ride was for me, but I thought of you.

Flawless… perfect. What a day!

Home with the girls… the house is filled with the smells of dinner cooking.

Life is good!

Coming back

Coming back

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

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A Tardy Shoutout To Hurl… And The First Hot Tuna Show Of 2016

March 20th, 2016 Jorma 6 comments

Mea culpa… as always. Last Saturday night… the 12th… our very own John Hurlbut put together an truly awesome show at the Fur Peace Station.In the course of the evening he mustered a crew for a bluegrass set… a rock set… a cluster of acoustic folk songs… every kind of music a feller could want. I got to play, my buddy Myron Hart got to play… a bevy of Hurl’s musical pals rotated on and off stage. It was truly a night to remember!

One week later… tonight… Jack Casady and I played the first Hot Tuna set of 2016 fêting the opening weekend of our 19th year hear at the Fur Peace Ranch. Nineteen years… who would have thought it? Anyway… here:

Hot Tuna 1, 2016
Fur Peace Station
Darwin, Ohio
Saturday, March 19, 2016

First Set:
1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Heart Temporary
3. Hesitation Blues
4. I See The Light
5. Barbeque King
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. How Long Blues
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Candy Man
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Come Back Baby
6. Been So Long
7. Living In The Moment
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Bar Room Crystal Ball
11. Water Song
12. Encore: I know You Rider

More classes tomorrow and a wrap up on Monday.

Great way to start our new year here.

Onward!

The Day After Super Tuesday The Sequel

March 16th, 2016 Jorma 48 comments
I voted... did you?

I voted... did you?

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Don’t ask me who I voted for because that’s nunya…

Nunyabeeswax

I did vote and that’s what counts.

I may have to run again… what a pitiful electoral cycle

Heading out to polls at 0630

Heading out to polls at 0630

Meanwhile back a the Ranch,… another walk with the Big Dog!

There's fungus amongus

There's fungus amongus

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Then hanging with Jack an Jerry at Athens Fish & Game Club.

The boys... Jorma, Jack and Jerry

The boys... Jorma, Jack and Jerry

Self timed by Jack Casady

Finally, back at home listening to Izze play the piano on the stage at the Fur Peace Station

Izze under the watchful eye of Ras Hurl

Izze under the watchful eye of Ras Hurl

Good times and a great couple of days…

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Three More & Home

March 12th, 2016 Jorma 33 comments
Quaintness In Rockport

Quaintness In Rockport

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Rockport before… at least I don’t remember it.

Nifty little quarry and seaport town

Nifty little quarry and seaport town

So here I was at the Shalin Liu…

What a nifty Joint...

What a nifty Joint...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The Captain's Chair

The Captain's Chair

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2016
Jorma Solo
Shalin Liu
Performance Center
Rockport, Massachusetts
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Re-Enlistment Blues
3. Ain’t In No Hurry
4. Hesitation Blues
5. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
6. Been So Long
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. I Am The Light Of This World
11. I See The Light
12. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
6. Barbeque King
7. Candy Man
8. How Long Blues
9. Living IN The MOment
10. Full Go Round
11. Good Shepherd
12. The Terrible Operation
13. Bar Room Crystal Ball
14. Water Song
15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Now that's a back stage...

Now that's a back stage...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Then it was off to New Jersey…

Nice... very nice!

Nice... very nice!

Jorma Kaukonen 15, 2016
Jorma Solo
South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, New Jersey
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I See The Light
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. Come Back Baby
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. Living In the Moment
11. S.F. Bay Blues
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. True Religion
3. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
5. How Long Blues
6. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
7. In My Dreams
8. Candy Man
9. Barbeque King
10. Watch The North Wind Rise
11. Good Shepherd
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Encore: Genesis

And… my dear friend Bob Steeler was there.

He'll always be Big Bob!

He'll always be Big Bob!

Then a Barton Fink moment in the hallway of the hotel and off to Port Washington.

I want vintage Barton Fink

I want vintage Barton Fink

And in Port Washington…

The Landmark On Main

The Landmark On Main

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 16, 2016
Jorma Solo
Landmark On Main Street
Port Washington, New York
Thursday, March 10, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
4. Come Back Baby
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Candy Man
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Been So Long
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
7. I See The Light
8. I Am The Light Of This World
9. Living In The Moment
10. Good Shepherd
11. Barbeque King
12. Bar Room Crystal Ball
13. Water Song
14. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Another delightful night for me… then after show we drove home.

Holding forth... one more time...

Holding forth... one more time...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

At the rest are near Coolville on Rt. 50… the country’s smallest church…

Still in 'service.'

Still in 'service.'

Tonight a show at the Fur Peace Ranch featuring our own John Hurlbut.

Four Gigs… On The Road

March 7th, 2016 Jorma 18 comments
The Cuyahoga on the way to the Music Box

The Cuyahoga on the way to the Music Box

A short drive from the Fur Peace Ranch to Cleveland wherein the Music Box resides…

A chilly night but toasty inside...

A chilly night but toasty inside...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 10, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Music Box
Cleveland, Ohio
March 3, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Candy Man
7. Come Back Baby
8. Living In The Moment
9. Watch The North Wind Rise
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
12. How Long Blues
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
Second Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Where There’s Two There’s Trouble
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Barbeque King
6. Whining Boy Blues
7. Things That Might Have Been
8. Sleep Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
11. Water Song
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Then it was off to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania and the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

This is a really cool place!

This is a really cool place!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Sweet

Sweet

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 11, 2016
Jorma Solo
Mauch Chunk Opera House
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Friday, March 4, 2016

1. Ain’t In No Hurry
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Heart Temporary
4. Candy Man
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
9. In My Dreams
10. How Long Blues
11. Sea Child
12. Sleep Song
13. Watch The North Wind Rise
14. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
15. Good Shepherd
16. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
17. Genesis
18. San Francisco Bay Blues
19. Water Song
20. Encore: Come Back Baby

Hotel lobby in Jim Thorpe

Hotel lobby in Jim Thorpe

If Vanessa had been along in this little town… it would have cost money. Lots of little shops!

Then… to Infinity… and beyond (Thanks Buzz Lightyear)

... and beyond...

... and beyond...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Jorma Kaukonen 12, 2016
Jorma Solo
Infinity
Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, March 5, 2016

First Set:
1. Dime For Beer
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Where’ There’s Two There’s Trouble
5. Things That Might Have Been
6. I See The Light
7. Barbeque King
8. Sea Child
9. Sleep Song
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. In My Dreams
12. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
13. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Whining Boy Blues
3. Come Back Baby
4. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
5. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
6. How Long Blues
7. Watch The North Wind Rise
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Genesis
12. Water Song
13. Encore: bar Room Crystal Ball

What a great place...

What a great place...

And last, but not least…

On the marquee

On the marquee

A little bittersweet… being so close to Providence… I will never forget Marjorie Thomson or my Great Aunt Audrey… both gone now. Two wonderful women who will always live in my heart!

Jorma Kaukonen 13, 2016
Jorma Solo
The Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, R.I.
Sunday, March 6, 2016

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Ain’t In No Hurry
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Been So Long
5. Sea Child
6. Sleep Song
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
8. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Come Back Baby
11. Candy Man
12. How Long Blues
13. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
Second Set:
1. I See The Light
2. Things That Might Have Been
3. The Terrible Operation
4. San Francisco Baby Blues
5. Barbeque King
6. In My Dreams
7. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
8. Watch The North Wind Rise
9. Good Shepherd
10. Whining Boy Blues
11. Bar Room Crystal Ball
12. Water Song
13. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Old School at the Odeum!

Old School at the Odeum!

This has been a great little run so far… but it’s nice to have a day off. Now we’re heading up to Rockport, Mass. where I will play at the Shalin Liu tomorrow.

Onward…

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