A Silent Musician

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Location: Portland, OR, United States

Monday, January 23, 2006


For the past week I have been working on building a tea cart for the play Running in the Red from scratch. All I started with were a picture and a set of the fancy showy 15 inch wheels. Thats all. So in the last week I have gone from nothing to something. I figured that in total I have 24+ hours into this cart and I am now finished constructing it for the most part. I have to put a handle on it yet and of course paint the thing. It has two or three different shades of blue intermingled with brown, black, bare wood, green, and tan. Those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. Anywho I am going to borrow Matt's digital camera Tuesday and get some pictures of my master piece. The craziest thing about this cart is that it has to withstand people riding in it and toted on it. Yes this all has to be done on a 32 inch high by 21 in. wide by 36 in. long cart. That is why it is made up of 3/4 inch plywood, 6 1x1 spindles, 3 4inch heavy duty casters, 2 2inch casters, and tons of 1x4 white pine. So until tomorrow and pictures use your imagination. Oh as a side note, I have yet to weigh it but I am guessing it will be between 30 and 50 pounds.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

To Infinity and behind

I have not posted for quite some time because I have been crazy busy with the play this week and try to keep my head above water with classes. Yes I know it is only the first week thing of classes but I am trying. Anywho on Saturday the 7th of January history was made. I, Jeremy J Barber launched my first ever model rocket. It only took near a decade to complete. Yes. I am just over two decades old and almost one decade ago I made this model rocket. It has sat on the top shelf in my closet for many years, so many infact the the plastic hinges on the fins, that allowed it to come back to earth without a parachute, were broken from age. So after some modifications I launched my rocket out at the model airplane runway. The first engine made a sad attempt to reach orbit or even reach above my reach and beyond a two second sprint. So with a more powerful engine I launched this puppy into space, well as much as one can with a model. This time it flew for about an 1/8 of a mile. It did not arch as much as I would have thought but leveled off at about 20 feet. The following pictures so this great magnificent achievement 10 years in the makeing!!!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Catch up (not made out of Tomatoes)

A fantastic thing happened on Sunday... my car, Sam, ran again. He is back to his old self still a little sluggish in the get go but that is okay. The only bad note is that my alternator will need replacing soon because it is not spinning as smoothly has it once was and should. Mom wants to take it to Bergs' and get it checked out and I would get her Focus for awhile but I have not decided yet. It is nice to have my car running again though. He needs a bath very baddly.
So to play catch up on recent events, Jennifer surprised me last Thursday evening right when it was snowing up to 12 inches in some places. It was a wonderful surprise because I was not expecting her until Friday afternoon. It was nice having her here for the weekend but she headed back to Minot today because she has paper work to do for her new job in the nursury at the hospital. I am excited for her because babies are her passion, not that she wants one right now but she loves little ones and I'm glad she is going to be busy again.
Saturday was a fun filled day. Tim Jordan dropped in during the afternoon and we 5 played Birds and Flowers together for quite a while. Then the party began at 5ish but everyone got there about 6ish. We were playing Uno with stacking rules. We had Nola, Jerry, Landon, and Johnny over as well as Warren, Carol, and Grandma. We played Toaster Struedel and rocked the house with some DDR X2 (dance dance revolution extreme 2) most everyone got down with their bad self. Even Nola and Carol busted a move or two. After that we had a gift exchange thing during which less stealing happened than usual. Fireworks were shot of at 10ish and Midnight to bring in the new year. I talked to people or called people in three different time zones than my own. Angela in Korea, left a messege for Yancer in Maryland, and talked to a friend in Montana. Only Angela was not at midnight her time. It was midnight our time though. It was a good time with family and friends. More on other events later.