BIT-39

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”

BIT-37

Standing in front of the entrance to the Winter NAMM show!

BIT 37 – January 31, 2010

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Check out the cool new inlays on the Deluxe-6.
With Janet & Greg Deering.

A few weeks ago Dad & I were at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California with Deering Banjos who provided 2 Badges for Dad & I to attend.

With Deering’s Artist Relations Director Carolina Bridges.

This was my first time attending!  And like I said in my last BIT, it’s kind of like a dream come true to go as an Artist! Continue reading “BIT-37”

BIT-36

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”