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BIT 39 – May 25, 2010

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Playing at the College Church of the Nazarene in the Treasure Valley.
Notice how the landscape went from wet to white… They were taken just a short distance from each other!

Well, we just started a sabbatical for the first time in years… we are staying in Idaho.  We flew out here about two weeks ago.  This is my first time visiting this state.  A few days after we arrived, I played during the offertory at the Intermountain District Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene held inside of the College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho… It was a hit!

We passed quite a few cars that slid off the road on the sides of I-84 while looking for an exit to turn around at.

I also want to celebrate with a friend of mine who had a dream come true!  She is Glenda, an English teacher in Costa Rica, who on the same day I played at the Intermountain District Assembly, was meeting with Princess Nora of Liechtenstein!  She literally had a dream about getting to meet Princess Nora, and that dream came true for her.  She was able to thank Princess Nora personally for the curriculum sent to Costa Rica on behalf of the people of Liechtenstein that she uses to help her kids learn English!  I’m SOOOOO happy for her!


Princess Nora of Liechtenstein and my friend Glenda!

You can make out the Boise sign here.
This is the exit we turned back at…

The following Sunday we also visited the Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene in Caldwell, Idaho as Rev. Philip McAlister the Field Director for NAZNEF (Nazarene Northern European Field) was speaking there.  We met him two years ago at the Nazarene British Isles South District Holiday at the Barnabas Frontier Centre in England and had a good time getting to know him then.  It was great to see him again!  I ended up playing a special performance during the service, and we are arranging a concert in the park for sometime in August!

All for me! Ok, ok, I shared 😉
Playing my Baby Taylor and Electric at Valley Shepherd Nazarene on my birthday!

Incidentally, we had snow on May 22nd!  It was quite a sight. As we were driving about 25 miles outside of Boise, Idaho, the rain abruptly turned to a heavy snow!  It was almost like driving in a blizzard!  The only thing that was missing was gusting wind, which thankfully, was missing.

The next day, my birthday, I played at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho.  It was a nice service, and a fun “picnic”.  They ended up moving it indoors as it was so inclement outside.  Ironically, the picnic was to celebrate the beginning of summer, yet it was so cold and damp outside.  It did finally clear up outside so everyone was able to go out and enjoy some games and fellowship.

With Pastor Tim Pusey of Valley Shepherd Nazarene.
This is a view of the mountains we would have gone towards had it not snowed the other day!

I also am looking forward to exploring the mountains around us in the coming days and weeks!  The mountains look so beautiful all around us, I can’t wait to enjoy them.  My dad and I are thinking of doing some gold panning while we are here… sounds like fun even if we don’t find any.  Well until next time…

Keep pickin’ & grinnin’…
Buddy

BIT-38

BIT 38 – May 8, 2010

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Hello everyone,

We’ve been back home in Costa Rica for a while now, and have been very busy.

Showing off my D-6 to the guys.
Backing up Rick for a song.

Before we flew back to Costa Rica the first week of March, we met with some friends at a Cracker Barrel for lunch. While waiting for them to arrive, I took out my banjo and sat in one of the rockers and played. That turned out to be a great way to draw a crowd and meet some very nice people.  Continue reading “BIT-38”

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BIT 36 – January 10, 2010

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The three of us at the airport when Mom flew back to Costa Rica.

Well, since my last BIT we finished the last Seminar in Orlando, & spent Christmas day with some dear friends of ours in Florida.  It was lots of fun & being together is what really makes Christmas time special, especially since Mom had to fly back to Costa Rica a few days later! Continue reading “BIT-36”

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BIT 35 – December 17, 2009

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Well, While I was back in Costa Rica I became an Endorsing Artist for Deering Banjos and ordered a Customized Deluxe 6 string model.  I ordered it with an upgrade from the standard Mahogany wood to being an all Walnut Banjo!  It is both LOUD & beautiful!

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BIT 29 – January 10, 2009

Cool looking plant!
I don’t know what kind of plant this is, but I thought it looked really neat!
Hummingbird
This little humming bird was resting on a table.

Hello again,

I hope you all have had a wonderful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year.

We are getting settled into things here, but it’s hard because we know that the house we are in isn’t the place for us to be.  Continue reading “BIT-29”

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BIT 28 – November 18, 2008

Hello again,

This is my closing BIT about my Tour in Europe, as I have already completed my last Concerts, and we have returned to Costa Rica. Continue reading “BIT-28”

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BIT 27 – September 13, 2008

I have quite a BIT for you this time!  We left Northern Ireland about two weeks ago, and got the train back down to Shankill, just south of Dublin. Continue reading “BIT-27”

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The Lowden Jazz model has an exciting, rich Nylon String tone, yet so easy to play!

BIT 26 – August 9, 2008

Well, we’re now in Northern Ireland and we’ve been having a marvellous time!

This is what a typical Irish cottage would have looked like before the Potato Famine.

We headed up by train to Belfast, and after a long day, ended up arriving in Derry, Londonderry County, where Continue reading “BIT-26”

BIT-25

BIT 25 – August 2, 2008

My mom with the Mayor of Galway!

Hello again,

Our time in Galway was a great blessing.  It was everything I had imagined it being!  We left Dalkey and headed up the “Dart” commuter line to Dublin, and then got the Bus from Connelly Station to Heuston Station to catch the train to Galway.

While on the Bus, I heard a gentleman speak to his daughter in Spanish… so… before the Bus arrived I said hello in Spanish which gave him quite a surprise! Continue reading “BIT-25”

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BIT 22 – June 3 2008

This is a view of the Altes Schloss (or old palace) in Stuttgart through one of the fountains in the Schlossplatz.

Hello again, I’m writing this from IRELAND!!!!!!  But first, I’ll back up to where I left you in my last BIT…

Dad took me to the castle or old palace, of the old Kingdom of Württemberg in Stuttgart for my birthday. Continue reading “BIT-22”