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I can no longer relate to how people eat as much in a regular meal as… - Zer Netmouse
July 10th, 2009
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I can no longer relate to how people eat as much in a regular meal as many people do. For dinner tonight I had a leg and a thigh and a wing from an adorably small roasted chicken plus a small pile of green beans and shitake mushrooms, served in a garlic miso sauce, and I'm still feeling overstuffed an hour later. It was the wing that did it, I bet. :P

My guitar is lying on my bed looking wounded. Not wounded in the "how could you do this to me" way, but literally wounded, since one of her strings has sprung. It's probably past time to put a whole set of new strings on her, which I would do if I had any idea how. I think I even have another set. Maybe there's a musical instrument store around here that could help me...

In the meantime, I find playing without the 5th string kind of fun. G and C are both much easier chords with only 2 strings held down. Tonight I reminded myself how to play folk underground's Tea and Corpses, which is a simple arrangement of G, C, and D. And also a fun song to sing. :)

(though it would be better in 3-part harmony)

And now I think I'll play Man in the Long Black Coat and go to bed.

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From:beamjockey
Date:July 11th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
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Change one string at a time. This will keep tension on the neck at all times.
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From:beamjockey
Date:July 11th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, and those chords: You have discovered something that baritone ukulele players always knew.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 11th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
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Hee.

*grin*

Thanks for the advice!
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From:_earthshine_
Date:July 11th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Is your guitar in tow while you're traveling? My playing style is such that i've gotten fairly good at changing strings over the years...

If not, if you're really stoked to learn, i could probably justify changing the strings on one of my axes. It's been awhile.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 11th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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That would be awesome. Is it different, for acoustic and electric? I need to know for acoustic.

btw, let's plan on wednesday. I just remembered that I have to get up slightly before the crack of OMG it's early on Tuesday to drive to columbus and catch a plane, so I expect to need to crash out after work tuesday. Wednesday will be better.

(don't take my guitar while traveling by plane. Car? yes. Plane? no. Maybe someday I'll get one of those awesome traveling cases but only if I get substantially better on this thing.)
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From:_earthshine_
Date:July 12th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah, i never ever fly with my guitars either. They are a large part of the reason why i rented my car at home and drove it out. I wasn't sure if there was a chance you'd be driving for some reason.

String-changing in general is pretty straightforward, but there are a few small differences between acoustic and electric. In this case it doesn't matter since i have only my acoustics (which are what i've been playing 99% of the time since college) with me, so we're golden!

I'll plan on Wed but keep a note that you're around Tue also, just in case some bizarre change occurs. Safe travels!
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From:minkrose
Date:July 11th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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For adorably small and delicious roast chickens, I recommend Cornish hens. Andy and I had one ONCE and while it's a mess to eat, it is So Good - and not too much food.

I plan on having one for my birthday in two months.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 11th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Hee! They *are* tasty! We once had Cornish hens at a dinner for the User Consultants in college and they served them on these small plates with lots of other stuff, and I carefully carved the meat off of mine and ate it and when I was mostly done I looked up and my tablemate across from me said he didn't know how I did it -- his plate was a mess, with little bits falling off on all sides, from trying to carve up the bird with almost no space to work with.

This was many years ago. I've since been spoiled by years of cooking skinless boneless chicken breasts and my skills at carving the meat off the bone are somewhat rusty. But I was very well trained as a child.
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From:kyril
Date:July 11th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I know as I've added fruits and other sources of fiber, I'm hungry less often and for less food. When I ate differently, I could easily eat more...plus my capacity to eat grew, e.g. I can now eat a whole burrito at Chipotle. Fats fill me up briefly, but not for long.

Fiber and fruit and liquids and reduced stress ftw.

(And did you mean "Man with the Long Black Capo"?)
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From:stevesaus
Date:July 12th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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My problem is that if the food is there, I'll eat it. :/ So a buffet is problematic for me, at best. When I'm by myself at my apt (and without a bag of, oh, say, doublestuffed Oreos) I don't eat very much at all. But when it's served to me (or it's there... like pizza), then I'll eat the whole stinking thing.

Then again, I've been compared to an ursine, so maybe I'll just stock up on salmon and sleep through the winter.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 13th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
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Aw. So did I do a bad thing, taking you to a place with a buffet for breakfast?

not that we didn't work it off...
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From:stevesaus
Date:July 22nd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
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Well, no. I didn't want to look like TOO much of a pig. :)

That and eating AFTER biking for 7m also meant I was all too aware of how much I would hurt if I ate more... :)
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