Lucas Blackwood Contemplations

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March 24, 2014
by Luke
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Electric Guitar a Big Hit

Wow it looks like the electric guitar that I bought for my niece for Christmas was a popular item and got 6 good reviews on the website about it with zero negative ones, which is always a plus. I went back to that website that I ordered it from and they are totally Out-Of-Stock and are offering alternatives, but I’m glad that I nabbed the one that I did and in plenty of time. I spent a good amount of time and money this year researching and buying music related items for Christmas in one way or another.

And of course after Christmas is all over and done with I like to go back and see what deals are going on, checking on the prices. Sometimes it verifies that I got a good deal and sometimes I really think that gift cards are the way to go so that people can use them after Christmas for all the “After Christmas Deals” that can really add up to a chunk of change, if you are willing to wait a month or two for your gift. Something that I guess comes with age and she is right about at the age where she should start learning and considering that type of option. I see her often enough to start talking to her about it. We get along great. I’m her favorite uncle, so she tells me!

March 18, 2014
by Luke
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Learning to play an instrument

When Leigh came home from school and told us that the band instructor was encouraging all of the band students to get mini piano keyboards to practice music lessons at home I was surprised. After all, Leigh was not trying to learn piano, or keyboard. Leigh was a percussionist – a drummer! That’s when Leigh explained that the band instructor wanted everyone to learn the keyboard, no matter what they chosen instrument, as an exercise in learning to read music. And, I was informed, that the piano is technically a percussion instrument! I didn’t realize that!

March 14, 2014
by Luke
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Telecommuting – just for management?

From time to time I see an article that sings the praises of telecommuting. I think that telecommuting is a great thing because it saves the employees a lot of time and money when they don’t have to drive to work. The only problem I’ve run into is that some companies only allow telecommuting to a select few management employees, and refuse to allow non-management employees that opportunity. I know quite a few people who feel that they could do their job just fine from home but their company won’t allow it. It seems that the company doesn’t trust the non-management employees to do their work if a manager isn’t standing right over their desks breathing down their necks. If I were a non-management person in that company, in that position, I would deeply resent that mis-trust.

March 11, 2014
by Luke
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Toontrack Superior

It is really cool that my nineteen year old nephew has used the Toontrack Superior for drummers that we all pitched in and bought for him only a few short months ago for Christmas. I look forward to seeing him on Easter Sunday, it has been two years since I’ve seen him last. I hear that he has grown taller than his father, looks like his father, but thank goodness seems to have his mother’s (my oldest sister) temperament and attitude, which is a blessing.

Toontrack Superior

Toontrack

Next year he heads off to college, so seeing him this Easter may be the last time see him for some time. I want to make sure that I either sit next to him on Easter or at least close enough to have a decent conversation with him while I can.

March 5, 2014
by Luke
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Cheap envelope printing

When you are in business for yourself, one of the things you take into consideration is how much time and effort do you want to spend on paperwork? And how professional do you want your business stationery to look? I think that it is a lot more professional to use envelopes with a pre-printed return address on them than to use return address labels. With a little bit of research online, it is not hard to find a source for cheap envelope printing to make sure that your business stationery looks like you have your act together!