My FIL Richard continues to do well and has fully recovered from his open heart surgery from almost two years ago.
Weather was overcast and light rain.
I installed a set of cheap driving lights that I had delivered to my FIL's home that afternoon and we'll see how those do in actual usage. I also unloaded Yagi, the Yamaha TW200 dualsport from the front mounted rack and parked her in a golf cart slot under covered parking.
Tuesday, January 21, I drove Uma, the URRV along with Fiona on the trailer down to Goodyear, AZ....a suburb of the Phoenix Metro Area and put her into open storage for the next month or so while I am back home in Centennial to attend to duties, appointments and chores as mentioned before.
Wednesday, January 22
My FIL Richard and I had breakfast at a hole in the wall "comfort food" diner a couple of miles from his home, called Brenda's. Nice place, good food and service.
The main event of the day was my visit to the Musical Instrument Museum or MIM where my FIL volunteers time as a docent. His status got me in free and I wandered about the exhibits again (I've been here once before, but apparently didn't blog about it.) but this time concentrated on mostly the European exhibits and photographing only instruments which "caught my eye", most had an animal of some sort involved.
A "fully involved" animal was the basis of this particular bagpipe
French Slide Trombone
Circa 1800. Bass Horn
"The Serpent" was used to accompany choirs as
early as the sixteenth century
Shava (the deer) heralds new life and
brings fertility to people's herds
Yueqin (plucked lute)
The "moon" lute is popular in folk and opera ensembles
The bat represents good fortune
Dramnyen, another plucked lute
Blocks of Nephrite Jade are carved to produce
a certain tone/pitch upon being struck
Here's Richard, my FIL, manning his station near the front lobby by the guitar exhibits
No, it's not a hearing aid of days past....this one was designed to amplify the music for recordings. It became popular with outdoor folk musicians.
Manuthone Costume, Sardinia, Italy
Worn in carnival parades, bells are used to
scare away evil spirits
Kukeri costume, Bulgaria
male dancers go from house to house
to bring good luck and health to their neighbors.
Thursday, January 23
Not a very busy day, mostly errands done in company of Richard.
We did check out a "used tools" store that I'd spotted yesterday after we left the diner. Got myself a wire stripper tool and three forceps for $6! Forceps you ask? They're great for accessing hard to reach places to grab some dropped item or to hold item in an ackward spot until you can secure it.
I packed most of my riding gear onto a borrowed suitcase and will be flying home to the cesspool that is the Metro Denver area.