Wednesday, December 28, 2005

December 28, 2005
We got in a new book in today on Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women I had heard from Miles Swarthout that Zane was quite a ladie’s man, but this book really lays it out, complete with pictures of most of his honeys. Ay-yi-yi. The guy had good taste in women. Besides the cheesecake, there are at least two cover worthy shots of the prolific Western author. The book is by Thomas H. Pauly who is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. Looks like a good read. I’m taking it home tonight. Bob Brink got dibs on it second.

My nephew E.J. wants to learn to play the guitar and his dad, Brad, called me last night to ask what kind they should buy him and where to get it. Never mind that he was calling a drummer, or more accurately, an ex-drummer, which qualifies me as a non-musician in most parts of the world (read that any place that has actual musicians). But I showed them, I called guitarist extraordinaire, and Kingman crony, Mike Torres, and the Axe-Man told me to send them to Keyboard City at 62nd and Bell Road (no relation) and to buy a Playmate for about $75. Mike said he bought one for his 11-year-old son and they are a miniature guitar so the kid can get his hands around the neck and not get blisters, which helps them not get discouraged.

Went home for lunch and had leftover Tacos Jalisco and homemade tamales. Whipped out two drawings after lunch and got inspired to do a gunfighter fog piece. I came back to the office and worked on the print versions of True West Moments and also met with Charlotte and Franchesca from the River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills about an art show in January that they would like me to be a part of. We walked the offices and they looked at some of my framed art that didn’t sell at my art show. Ha.

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