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Tuesday 13 November 2018

I’M just getting breakfast on the go when the phone rings. It’s the eye hospital in Glasgow asking if they can cancel tomorrow’s 9.30am appointment and could I come at 6.30pm tonight instead?

Jeez. Margaret’s away in the car all day and the schedule is set for tomorrow before we drive to London. But it’s important, so i agree then set about re-scheduling everything.

For some reason my blog s all messed up and the last day’s entry is not appearing. Seems to be more server problems

There’s a story to go on the G63.scot website. The folk sending it to me seem to think I can just post a Powerpoint Presentation, forgetting that there needs to be ‘a story’. I go through the presentation, pull out enough info to write a pre-amble, convert the Powerpoint Presentation into a video slideshow, upload it  and…phew…we’re done. What should have been a five-minute job has turned into a good hour’s-worth of work that I don’t have time for.

I still have some gear to sort out for Friday…but we leave at 7.30am tomorrow – first for Glasgow, then London..then Tenby Blues Festival on Friday. I also need to set up some studio shots for a forthcoming piece in Resolution Magazine.

Suddenly its time to go into Glasgow for my re-scheduled eye hospital appointment,

We make it back home sometime after 8pm and I finish some work in the office while Margaret packs the merchandise. The card reader/contactless payment gizmo is missing. We turn the place upside down and can’t find it which is not what we need before a festival mainstage appearance and a bunch of Scottish shows.

Luckily, dinner is leftover jambalaya which is quick and easy. Until later on when I discover more mouse shit in the cupboard under the sink. Suddenly that becomes the priority…

Its after 11pm when we get the rest of the packing done and nerves are frayed….think I need a dram….

Monday 12 November 2018

iPhone charging/lightning socket loose? Try (carefully) picking out fluff and debris from the socket with a non-metallic implement like a split tooth pick…

THERE’S an email from the USA car rental folks with a bill for $15 for a $1 toll violation…after the carry on sorting out our EZpass electronic toll tag when we picked up the rental car I’m more than a little annoyed.

I log into my EZpass account and send them a note. I doubt it’ll get much joy, though, as I can’t see the rental company back-tracking even if the the violation wasn’t our fault.

My iPhone hasn’t been charging properly for a while. I thought it was a loose connection in the lightning socket so check out some online videos and find that it’s a common problem caused by a build up of pocket lint (fluff to you and me!) in the socket. I split a cocktail stick (better not to use anything metallic), carefully poke about a bit and pull out a bunch of debris. Bingo! Charger plugs in nice and snug and works first time 🙂

I get online and cancel my Genius Bar appointment at the Apple Store now that the problem’s solved.

Once I have some other jobs out the way I pick up Betty’s paper and wander along for a coffee with her and Joe.

Back home I tackle one of my least favourite jobs – clearing the gutters. the house and the studio. The ladders aren’t quite long enough but I fuddle around and manage to get the job done without breaking my neck.

In the studio I restring my guitars for this weekend’s shows – Tenbuy Blues Festival on Friday and Clarks, Dundee on Sunday then hit the doctor’s in the village to see about my plantar fasciitis. He’ll refer me to the physio.

Next job is writing a piece for my pal Dave who looks after Resolution Magazine – a music production publication then we go along to Betty and Joe’s for dinner. It’s nice to catch up and relax a little.




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