Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Fender 12 String


Fender 12 String
Originally uploaded by Life with Jordy
I bought this beauty in Geelong in 1978. It has certainly seen heaps of action! From being tied down with cargo on Hercules Military Aircraft to the many miles travelled from one gig to another and in the back of many removalist vans and impromptu appearances at HEAPS of parties! It's ok though! I have a hard case for protection!! I recently had the frets replaced and reset, the bridge tightened and the nut replaced as the constant use over the last 32 years had worn these down. It still sounds as beautiful as it did when I first got it!

Martinez Roundback 6 String

A few years ago I decided that I needed to get a 6 string as well. But I didnt just want any 6 string, I wanted a roundback because I really like the resonance that is peculiar to a round back. This Martinez also had an acoustic pick up built in so it can be amplified. It has given me more options in my repertoire than having a 12 string alone.

Martinez Roundback 6 String


My best friend - Fender F-55-12




 This model (so I am told) was the first to be built for Fender in its Japan workshops. At first I was a little disappointed because I had been told that it was the last of the American made models. But my angst was assuaged when I realized that the Japanese have centuries of hands on experience with making acoustic instruments. In 2011 I had to have the bridge and nut replaced and the neck refretted.  The repairer who did the work said that this particular guitar had excellent tone; moreso than many other 12 string he had worked on.

I purchased this beauty from the Troy House of Music in Geelong in 1978.  It has been my constant companion on all my travels.  It has been thrown on the back seat of my car for many a road trip and, tied down with other equipment in the cargo hold of C130 aircraft for a few 'jobs'.  It has been exposed to many a camp fire, livened quite a few parties and, played at many a Pub beer garden in Townsville and surrounds!






Thursday, 23 September 2010

Experiments with Photoshop............





I was talking with one of the guys at work the other day about B&W photos that have a splash of colour in them which highlights a subject or a theme.   I found this scanned photo on the computer and started mucking around on Photoshop and came up with this.   This is a photo of Kims Dad, Ken, marching in Sydney on a past ANZAC Day [not sure which year].   He looks so proud in this photo to be there with his mates and hearing the cheers of the onlookers

Friday, 17 September 2010

The Coal Loader


The Coal Loader
Originally uploaded by Life with Jordy
Here is a wider shot of the Coal Loader which gives some of the perspective of its size.

The Coal Loader


The Coal Loader
Originally uploaded by Life with Jordy
Newcastle, Australia is a large coal loading port. There is some magnificent machinery that takes the coal from the heap and via a series of conveyer belts get it to the ships that line the coastline waiting to be filled. This is one such beastie that I managed to snap just on sunset yesterday. It is difficult to get into a decent position to get a shot as the whole area is security fenced and there is not that many places to pull over on the very busy road that runs by the facility. I'll just have to do some more recon work and sort it out!

A Jordy Update..........

Well Blog Followers

It certainly has been a mixed bag since last I put tapped the keyboard!

The main bathroom is finished and looks fantastic!   Unfortunately, the ensuite is half finished and has been like that for the last 2 weeks whilst we await our tiler to pull his finger out!   Why do tradies always take on more than they can comfortably achieve and then leave their paying customers to put up with mess and inconvenience????   

It's like Telstra Customer Service persons.  We changed out Bigpond to a faster option and locked in for 2 years because it saved us about $40/month.   We phoned the other day to find out WHY on our last 3 bills, the price had not gone down.   It was because the person we dealt with had not applied the new discounts on our file.   We then found out that we couldnt get that deal anymore as it was a limited offer and they couldnt apply it anymore because the computer system wouldnt recognize it!    SO...... we are now on another deal for $30 less with the fastest ADSL1 speed and a 50Gb download.   Not only that but when they credited us the difference for what we paid extra, it totally paid for our latest bill with some credit left over.   That's not too bad I guess but why cant people seem to get their shit together the first time???

Lachlan & Miranda have gone their separate ways.   Miranda was a lovely girl but at 18 was all ready for marriage.  Lachlan on the other hand, is 22 and still has a heap of things he wants to accomplish before he considers settling down.   My advice to anyone who is considering marriage at that age........ get out and live your life......do stupid things..........visit exciting places..........travel as much as possible .....learn from good and bad experiences.    Do all of these things before you make a committment for the rest of your life.   Dont live your life in the future with regret for things that you missed out on doing.

I went out last night and managed to get a few good photos of the coal loader in operation on Kooragang Island.   It was a bit difficult to get a good vantage spot because the entire area is fenced off and that makes it difficult for a good position.  If only I could get access to the waterfront then I could get some excellent photos of the huge machines lit up for night with the sunset in the background.  I am gonna have to do some more homework for this and drive around the area to familiarize myself with it.

The rest of the family is doing well, work, eat, sleep etc etc   sometimes that's all there is to life eh?

We had a scare the other day with Kirra our Miniature Fox Terrier.  She seemed to have a tick on her belly which was bleeding.   We called the vet to see her because one has to be careful when removing ticks.   Turns out that it wasnt a tick but a skin lesion.  Possibly some type of BCC.  A bit worrying considering it was a black colour and was bleeding.   She also checked over Kaiser who is 15.5 years old.   She found that he has a heart murmur.   He has not been well lately, eats heaps but is losing weight.   Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do for him.  He is on cortizone tablets for another condition and the cortizone is causing the heart problems.......take him off the cortizone and the other problem will be just as bad.   It will be a sad day when he is no longer with us although he is in good spirits and still runs mad occassionally just like he always has.

Anyway, I must go now.   The Jordy Hair Colouring Salon is now - OPEN..................yes Raz   I'm coming now................!!

Luv to all

Jordy