Duane McGuire Blog

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November 22, 2021
Reading Stephen King: A Memoir
Stephen King speaks to me!
September 29, 2021
Antelope Island Jazz
Ed Lueders, jazz and Antelope Island!
June 13, 2021
The Grandpa, The Piano, and The Goat
Of my numerous piano tuning stories, this one is always a favorite. That is, of course, because ...
December 15, 2020
Radio Station KAPA
It's been a long while since I've woken to the sound of Sheb Wooley singing "It was a one-eyed, ...
December 6, 2020
Blog v. 2020
Welcome to Duane McGuire Blog Version 2020. If you've been here before, it looks a little ...
October 11, 2020
Giesy's Crossing
I grew up along the Willapa River in Western Washington, where I was born 100 years after the ...
August 30, 2020
Xfinity Connectivity
This is not satire. One could only hope that some competition for broadband existed at this ...
July 2, 2020
A roof in a day
Our house was built 17 years ago. A look around the neighborhood will tell you that the roofing ...
June 17, 2020
Let's Eat Home
As Terri and I were enjoying another of her fine meals on the deck, we talked about how ...
June 16, 2020
Taking ownership
Over the years, I've created lots of content on Facebook. In the past few days, I've spent time ...
November 16, 2019
Quick Change Bit holders
I bought a collection of quick change driver bits: square, phillips, hex, torx, and straight. Some ...
November 7, 2019
Front Door Handleset Repair
Yesterday I got an oops text from my wife:
August 16, 2019
Can I borrow a cup of sugar
In 2019, a neighbor can appear at the door and ask to borrow a cup of sugar!  It happened ...
May 3, 2019
The Ballad of Pearly Sue
It was just four notes that did it; my mind skipped a track from Shenandoah to The Ballad of ...
December 19, 2018
A once in a lifetime recipe
May 13, 2018
Electrified Thoughts
Recently, my friend Terry Greene posted this evocative photo work on Facebook.   This piece ...
April 8, 2018
It is spring. Daffodils should be here.  But I am waiting and watching, as my daffodils are moving ...
March 11, 2018
The shop was right next door to Orville Ekman's shoe repair shop. It was somewhat smaller than ...
September 28, 2017
Time Keeping Automation with TOGGL
For my piano rebuilding business, I do not work by the hour!  I am working on spec projects, or on ...
September 23, 2017
Fairy Picnic
May 17, 2016
Life at Steed Pond
My morning walk often passes by
October 29, 2015
This is your brain
A theory on the learning of complex manual tasks suggests that we need 10,000 hours of practice to ...
January 7, 2015
This morning, I got up at 5:20 am, then went downstairs to practice jazz improv for an hour at the ...
March 16, 2014
Horseback riding
I still haven't gone horseback riding. If I had a bucket list, surely I'd have to put it on my ...
May 28, 2013
New Tech meets Old Tech
I'm a technologist.  And sometimes I have more fun with old technology than new technology.  For ...
January 26, 2013
Where's the worst air in the U.S. today?
Where's the worst air?  Oh.  Right here.  In the little known State of Utah.  Also known, ...
April 9, 2012
Life in the internet-enabled slow lane
Sometimes, the little joys in life just sneak up on you!  And while reporting today's little joy, ...
August 22, 2009
Woodturning 101 - homework
Admitting my amateur status, woodturning is new to me! I'm going forward boldly, and I can see ...
January 2, 2009
Barn at Sunrise
December 14, 2008
I don't do movie reviews. Ordinarily. But, my family has just voted this film to be the best for ...
February 17, 2008
Google is my backup!
Good grief.
January 19, 2008
Duane re-surfaces!
Hibernation? Death? Disaster? None of the above. Distraction.
December 15, 2006
Nobody reads my blog
August 2, 2006
Grandpa Henkel
My Grandpa Henkel was born in 1873. Yes. 133 years ago.
October 20, 2004
My son, Ryan, a student at Southern Utah State University, said he was interested in getting a new ...
October 13, 2004
Back to school
A new branch campus of Weber State University sits just 600 yards from my office window. After the ...
September 4, 2004
Barn at Menlo
... the sight of a new barn at Menlo. It's a fairly modest structure, but truly sweet.
April 15, 2004
Conversations with my wife
She said, "I thought you'd like to know. I stopped at China Lily for dinner tonight."
March 24, 2004
Golf as a metaphor for life
Recently, I've been reading
March 2, 2004
Tenor Sax!
I play the clarinet. Well -- at least that was true from age 10 to age 18. In the several years ...
February 26, 2004
Mom’s comments on the chicken house at Frances
The building falling down was a chicken house. In about the 30's there were a lot of that style ...
February 19, 2004
Neil Simon: Brighton Beach Memoirs
I'm a theatrical guy. But a lightweight, I must admit. Driving down the road, and hearing that ...
February 12, 2004
Automotive Maintenance 2004
The first car I worked on was a 1948 Plymouth. Technically it wasn't my car. It was Dad's car. But ...
February 8, 2004
Rhapsody - Online tunes all the time
Music has always been a huge part of my life, but for the most part I've done my programming work ...

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