We have decided to put off the Great Hardwood Floor Installation until after the holidays. We have kids flying in, which means a house with seven people in it. It'll be just too messy and hectic to have floors torn up and furniture stored in the garage, etc. Besides, we're waiting on trim pieces being stained to match the floor...
I am now reading "The Piano Book - Buying and Owning a New or Used Piano" by Larry Fine, which is something of the standard reference book on the subject. I have read again and again on bulletin boards that piano buyers are well advised to read this before spending any money. (Too bad I didn't before I bought my spinet - it recommends against buying spinets!) It goes into what makes the instrument in very great detail - I'm learning about laminated pinblocks, fallboards, string tension, soundboards, etc. It's a strange world, where particle board and plastic is not necessarily a bad thing, and important features usually don't appear on the surface. It's trickier than buying a car!
Over the Thanksgiving break I scanned a bunch of my old Kodak Instamatic 3 1/2" square prints from the Sixties and sent them to a friend. While doing this I found some likely photos for inclusion into "Avocado Memories" - my photo journal about growing up in the Sixties and Seventies - and have added them: Pool with Jane Holland, 1966; Pool with Doug Minges, 1966.
I have a stack of Instamatic prints; the other day I ordered some archival quality (acid free) plastic sleeves to put them in. The sleeves will go into a three ring binder. It's about time I did this. When I'm done I'll have an album of prints from 1959 to 1976 or so. I quit using the Instamatic when I bought my first 35 mm SLR in 1976. (My cameras page.) In retrospect it's a pity that we ever acquired a Kodak Instamatic. The print quality from the medium format roll film in the 1955 Brownie Hawkeye we had at first is much better than the crappy shots the Instamatic would produce. I suspect the optics were somewhat better in the older camera.
Oh, well... it could have been worse - we could have owned a 110 film camera.
This week I begin my newest phase in scouting: Webelos (the ten year olds). In church I recently got moved as a leader of the eleven year-old boy scouts to the leader of the ten year old Webelos cub scouts. In general, I have always liked cub scout callings better than boy scout callings. You can be goofier. Teenagers are preoccupied with being cool; cubs just want to have fun. I have always said that you can have a lot of fun if you're not worried about seeming to be cool. The other advantage of cubs vs. boy scouts: No camping!
I have been a scouting leader in my church for nine years on and off. My days with my son in scouting were some of the best in my life and I wouldn't exchange them for anything.
Anyway, I have to figure out what it is we're doing this week and next, and tell the parents. I think we'll do the Citizenship activity as it's needed for Webelos badge and Arrow of Light. It doesn't appear that they've done that one recently.