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And so it goes . . .

I just officially quit as leader of the 1144th Army Nat. Guard Unit's Family Readiness Group.

I should be able to mellow out beautifully now.

The is no real training for the job. People who are supposed to know what is what tell you conflicting things. I would have someone tell me to do something a certain way, then add "But don't tell anyone I'm the one who told you to do it." I don't work that way. At this point, the families don't seem to want to acknowledge the unit is slated to deploy and are showing virtually no interest in getting involved in the Family Readiness Group. It is a good time to say adieu. I told them I am willing to help if someone else is the leader but I'm not going to be the group leader.

Big sigh of relief!!!!!

Hubby and I are off to a bluegrass festival tomorrow through Sun. AM. I don't think I'll take my lap top so I'll be incommunicado for most of the weekend. We are meeting up with a local bluegrass friend and some of the people we met while at the jamcamp we went to last spring. Pete Wernick has also been doing a jamcamp at this festival, so we will be saying "Howdy" to him and his wife Joan as well. Our local friend DJs a bluegrass show on the public radio station and Bruce put things in motion so that she ended up interviewing Pete for the radio show. She was all in a dither as he is one of her Dad's bluegrass heros and she has listened to Pete's various bands nearly all her life. The interview was excellent - Jennifer does a good job. When she isn't being a DJ or playing fiddle with our fav regional bluegrass band she teaches chemistry at a local community college, as does her husband. I'm continually amazed at how many bluegrass people are intellectual sorts of folk. There is one band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, whose front man makes like he's a Virginia hick until you really listen to what he is saying. He is a farmer . . . and a Math and English teacher. His sounding uneducated is actually cleverly placed and misplaced witticisms. It really is interesting to me. Pete Wernick goes by "Dr. Banjo" because he has an earned doctorate in sociology from Cornell and early on in his career his friends called him that to tease him.

I think I'm a bit better on my fiddle than I was last spring when we went to the jamcamp in Morehead, KY, but I've a long way to go. but I've had more than one good fiddler tell me I'm a fiddler - so I guess I am :-) I still really love it and am amazed that I can play at all.

Well, off to finish packing for tomorrow.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Nov. 10th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
*giggles* slightlytookish just posted a cute ficlet with an Inn named "The Fiddler's Elbow".

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time this weekend!

Nov. 10th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I read it and mentioned to her that I have that occationally :D Thank you, I'm sure we will!
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Excusez-moi, madame...
mais, did tu just say "adieu"? Bienvenu (welcome) a le club francais!

{{{{{{calins}}}}}}}} tu have made moi jour!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov. 10th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Re: Excusez-moi, madame...
Non, monsieur. Je sais seulement le français un petit peu minuscule. J'utilise le traducteur de Poissons de Babel pour ceci. J'ai eu le français dans le quatrième, le fith et la sixième catégorie et peux parler quelques expressions mais j'ai lu même moins. Êtes-vous étude français ? Le savez-vous déjà ? Je pense qu'il est amusement que vous l'employez tellement ! :-)


P.S. Your asking if I just said "adieu" reminds me of Gomez Addams on the Addams!
Nov. 10th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: Excusez-moi, madame...
Oui, Madame, I am trying to learn it when I have a moment as it is the language of the Master Dumas and mon beloved d'Artagnan. And I have a relatively new friendship w/ a young french person who is very kind to me and kindly puts up w/ my struggles w/ her native French and offers encouragement to moi. And of course there is now the infatution w/ the 30-year-old French singer/would-be-comedian Anais to spur me on - I think her silly little pop song "Mon Coeur, Mon Amour" just may end up being my favorite song of my whole life (sorry, M. McCartney) - again, je rougis...

Mais oui, je do enjoy it of late as a recreation of late f/ many, many reasons...

Au revoir, ma cher. Have a wonderful day.

ps - as f/ Gomez, well I admit that I thought his French picadillo was a very sauve bit of his character, I can not that him on as I am already juggling more personnas (as some kind person once said of me) than I can keep up w/ - lol.

Nov. 10th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Excellent! I hope there's some indoor spaces, though; it's a bit late in the year for a bluegrass festival!
Nov. 11th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
As they say in NOLA, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
Nov. 11th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Gadzooks...je suis plus nombreux!!!!!!!!!
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