Duane McGuire Blog

I've been thinking about things for quite a long while.

Random Thoughts

Unexpected treasure
An unexpected treasure in an unusual place.
Todoist - Alexa Integration
Alexa and I are getting along better now!
Working in the Second Quadrant
Found a round-to-it. Moved into the 2nd quadrant.
Reading Stephen King: A Memoir
Stephen King speaks to me!
Antelope Island Jazz
Ed Lueders, jazz and Antelope Island!
The Grandpa, The Piano, and The Goat
Of my numerous piano tuning stories, this one is always a favorite. That is, of course, because ...
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, ...
Blog v. 2020
Welcome to Duane McGuire Blog Version 2020. If you've been here before, it looks a little ...
Giesy's Crossing
I grew up along the Willapa River in Western Washington, where I was born 100 years after the ...
Xfinity Connectivity
This is not satire. One could only hope that some competition for broadband existed at this ...
A roof in a day
Our house was built 17 years ago. A look around the neighborhood will tell you that the roofing ...
Let's Eat Home
As Terri and I were enjoying another of her fine meals on the deck, we talked about how ...
Taking ownership
Over the years, I've created lots of content on Facebook. In the past few days, I've spent time ...
Quick Change Bit holders
I bought a collection of quick change driver bits: square, phillips, hex, torx, and straight. Some ...
Front Door Handleset Repair
Yesterday I got an oops text from my wife:
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 ...
The Ballad of Pearly Sue
It was just four notes that did it; my mind skipped a track from Shenandoah to The Ballad of ...
Electrified Thoughts
Recently, my friend Terry Greene posted this evocative photo work on Facebook.   This piece ...
Daffodils
It is spring. Daffodils should be here.  But I am waiting and watching, as my daffodils are moving ...
Barbershop
The shop was right next door to Orville Ekman's shoe repair shop. It was somewhat smaller than ...
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 ...
Life at Steed Pond
My morning walk often passes by
This is your brain
A theory on the learning of complex manual tasks suggests that we need 10,000 hours of practice to ...
Reveille
This morning, I got up at 5:20 am, then went downstairs to practice jazz improv for an hour at the ...
Horseback riding
I still haven't gone horseback riding. If I had a bucket list, surely I'd have to put it on my ...
New Tech meets Old Tech
I'm a technologist.  And sometimes I have more fun with old technology than new technology.  For ...
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, ...
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, ...
Woodturning 101 - homework
Admitting my amateur status, woodturning is new to me! I'm going forward boldly, and I can see ...
Validation
I don't do movie reviews. Ordinarily. But, my family has just voted this film to be the best for ...
Duane re-surfaces!
Hibernation? Death? Disaster? None of the above. Distraction.
Grandpa Henkel
My Grandpa Henkel was born in 1873. Yes. 133 years ago.
Golf Course Intelligence
I went off early to the golf course this morning. I talked Wade in the pro shop after I was done. ...
Oblivious
My son, Ryan, a student at Southern Utah State University, said he was interested in getting a new ...
Back to school
A new branch campus of Weber State University sits just 600 yards from my office window. After the ...
Barn at Menlo
... the sight of a new barn at Menlo. It's a fairly modest structure, but truly sweet.
Conversations with my wife
She said, "I thought you'd like to know. I stopped at China Lily for dinner tonight."
Golf as a metaphor for life
Recently, I've been reading
Tenor Sax!
I play the clarinet. Well -- at least that was true from age 10 to age 18. In the several years ...
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 ...
Neil Simon: Brighton Beach Memoirs
I'm a theatrical guy. But a lightweight, I must admit. Driving down the road, and hearing that ...
Social Golf
Golf is a social sport. Course operators like to have foursomes on the course. It's the ...
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 ...
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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