Adventures in the world of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring Ragtime Festivals

March 26-27: Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival, Mississippi State University. Frederick Hodges, David Jasen, Carl Sonny Leyland, Adam Swanson, Terry Waldo. (Info: 662-325-2559)

April 21-25: Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival, Frankenmuth, MI. Jeff Barnhart, Bob Milne, Pete Devine, Kerri Price, Don Burns, Judy Carmichael, Adam Swanson, (Info: 800-863-7999)

On The Home Front

It started out to be such a good day! We were finally out of the Verizon Fios TV contract, and Dish was coming to get us set up with them. It's a really long story, but they installed the wrong equipment, disconnected 2 TVs from the sound equipment, and one TV isn't working at all. Six hours of phone calls to Dish have gotten us nowhere. They're argumentative, sarcastic, and not even close to helpful. Don did get direct phone numbers to a supervisor and a technician who had been slightly helpful. When he tried to call them back just now . . . he got a recording that the numbers had been disconnected. Customer Service (ha!) now says they'll be back tomorrow morning. I'm not holding my breath!

The sad part of all this is that we had Dish for about 10 years before switching to Verizon and loved it. We only switched to Verizon to save a few dollars, but it's true that you get what you pay for, so we were anxious to get back to Dish.

Now for some happiness!! Ravelry's Plurknit group is starting a KnitAlong (KAL) March 1st. The project is the Brandywine Shawl by Rosemary Hill and -- surprise -- I just happen to have the proper amount of Malabrigo sock yarn in a red/rust colorway called Boticelli Red. I also have the proper size needles, and a road trip coming up next week. So, I joined the KAL.

The Seaside Shawl that I started Sunday will have to wait. The charts are not difficult, but for some reason I have trouble getting through a row without creating extra stitches. That makes it not-so-good for a road trip project. And I do have a pair of socks to finish, too.


  1. Yep. We had Dish at our old house and were always happy. I hope things work out better now for you.

    I love Brandywine! I started it just before all my Ravelympics and Knitting Olympics projects, but I have to rip it and start over. I've got a huge mistake and this pattern is just too gorgeous not to work for perfection. This is one project I won't mind starting over.

  2. I'll have to start Seaside over. I un-knitted it yesterday so I can use the needles for Brandywine.