It has been a hectic couple of days, but today was a nice chance at relaxation. Bryan, a friend from way back in the day at high school, brought his wife and newborn son up to the house for dinner and we made an excellent shrimp Alfredo. It's pretty cool to have the opportunity to just relax with an old friend and catch up on what has passed by in life with no other pressing demands stealing away minutes. Those opportunities are rare and should be cherished when they are presented.
I've been working at the guitar the last few days as well, as time allows, and I'm making a little progress. I've got the intro and first verse of Broken down pretty well and I'm ready to move on to the chorus. I've also found lessons to study for Slide and Black Balloon by The Goo Goo Dolls. I'm going to have to do some work on learning the open tunings for them, but in the end I think it'll be worth it. I've been told it's a truer sound if you can tune to the key instead of using a capo. It's decently easy to tune down and I've already set it down a half step for Broken. Tuning up can be a little more dicey because eventually the tension is too much and you'll break a string. But all things come in time.
Tomorrow is a rare Friday in which Bethany and I have a rare day off together. And while the afternoon may eventually bring chores, we're are, at the very least, sleeping in late and having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Jason's Pizza & Subs in Bath County. I can't say enough good things about the quality of food and service in that little mom & pop restaurant, but I will drive the better part of an hour to enjoy both.
The photo above is of Patrick's guitar and hand. It was taken soon after I purchased my Rebel XT, so it's an older photo. It was also an early attempt at using the black and white setting on the XT. I've since gained a better understanding of the setting and of music in general. His guitar is a Takamine, as is mine, and on my next posting I'll share a close up of my guitar. Exciting stuff, I know, but hey, it's my blog and I think it's interesting.
And on that happy note, I think I shall depart for the evening and spend some time on deck of Jack Aubrey's man o' war before finally calling it a day.