Stabilizing Orthotics

I did the Foot Levelers orthotics thing some years back. I still have them and have used them constantly with complete satisfaction. They are a great combination of matching paperweights and conversation starters. I put them right up there with Popiel’s Pocket Fisherman (although I hear you can really catch fish with the PF. They fit in any of my shoes, running, cycling, walking, sleeping, you name it. They also did work fairly well in my ski boots.

The money that  you will spend is worth it, because it is cheaper than surgery, and less painful than the injections ,which didn’t help. The stabilizing orthotics did help me. They were not uncomfortable and I hardly knew they were in my shoes. They do raise the foot at the heel ,but it caused no problem for me.

I tried every sort of expensive and inexpensive shoe that was available at the time, some with significant padding that included gel, air, or liquid under the forefoot *and* the heel areas. Basically there was no difference. If you’re going for an insole rather than a custom orthotic the best one around is made by Foot Levelers. They make special inserts for different shoes and different sports.  I use their Casual Intense Comfort in my casual shoes.

I would also not be able to race and  train without my stabilizing orthotics.  I train and race with my orthotics and have no problem with them sliding around once my foot becomes accustomed to them. With the heel cupped firmly, and the shoe laced and pulled up tight, my foot stays firmly in the stabilizing orthotics and the orthotic rides with my heel. They  are tremendously useful and highly recommend them.

 

 

Safety Supplies

I spent the day yesterday surfing online for safety supplies in hope to find head, face protection (hard Hats, face Shields) and protective clothing (disposable coveralls, rain gear and boots)

I ended up ordering from SupplyLineDirect. Anyway, since I was there I checked out some of their other stuff.

A lot of safety supplies from supplylinedirect.com, like earplugs, gloves, earmuffs, respiratory protection etc. is of good quality. There might be more there but I didn’t go trough it all. Prices seemed to be significantly lower than other online stores.

20a Dimmer Pack

My friend have been running a small lighting company for a few years. Most of his clients runs there shows out of churches, small rooms, a typical building with a 9′ 6″ high ceiling (kinda difficult to light). Usually the building has only a few available circuits to pull power from.  He place the 20a dimmer pack at the foot of the boom stands and daisy chain them with XLR cable.  Eliminates most of the cable you would need, you don’t need to do any tie in’s,  and it’s all Edison based.  Very quick setup, minimal lightweight, small equipment.

 

Gibraltar Bass Drum Pedals

I use the Gibralter Intruder. For me it’s about the best pedal out there.  Very well designed and strong like zee bool.  Engineering and design wise it is virtually equal to the Tama Iron Cobra which may even be slightly cooler. (And probably have a better attitude than Gibralter when it comes to repairs).  I do not recommend the Avenger or Prowler or any lesser pedals of ANY brand that do not have the baseplates (this rule really only applies to double pedals and you need the plates on BOTH pedals… if you try pedals with “wires” and those with plates you’ll  see what I mean). You can get exceptional gibraltar double drum pedals at guitar center.

Iolo Software Products

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Elder Care Portland

I just thought I would post some information for people who have older parents to care for. I think the elderly people need more of our company. They have contributed all their life to ourselves and the society, they should be well cared! My mom has set a good example for me, she takes good care of my grandparents. My cousins too are a good example. When their parents asked them if they can get home care for them and for their grandmother, right away, they searched online for the best home care in Portland.

My cousins were able to find Elder Care Portland company for their parents and grandmother in greater Portland area. They said that they are happy with their service. At Your Home Care, LLC has been caring for clients for over thirteen years in their homes. They have been using At Your Home Care, LLC for about 2 years, 24/7. It was quite pricey but a godsend since my cousins are 1000 miles away from their parents and grandmother, and they needed the care longterm.  They also help the elders on how to use the internet, and how to email photos to family members. Many elders are barely computer literate, but know they’re not using them efficiently or correctly. The elderly also tend to dislike nursing homes. My great-grandmother lived till 84 or so, unable to walk or do daily activities, without ever being in a home and preferred her caretaker over a nursing home.

The older people are not only a treasury of experience, custom, living culture of this world, but also a glue to connect family member/the next generation. Imagine that once your grandparents passed away, the home-away members who are residing in another places would rarely come home to visit you and your parents. We have to be filial! Everyone can be old, so try your best to take care of the elderly people! Spend your weekend with them, listen to them, chat your life story with them…If you are not by their side, call them as often as you can, also don’t forget to go home and visit them!

 

 

SKB ATA Style Cases VS SKB Roto-Mold Style Cases

The roto cases have a removable back “door” rather than a clamshell cover. Not as water and dust resistant as the ATA style. Also, the door affords less room to access back connectors. The early roto cases had molded in handles rather than inset ones, not sure about the currrent ones. IMO, SKB cases are only worthy for basic car transport, or racking stuff that doesn’t get moved a lot. They don’t truck pack well, the hardware gets tweaked easily, and the mounting rails are sketchy for
heavy power amps and the like. I got my 7 exciting skb at musicians friend , and they’ve served me pretty well. I’d hate to see what happens if I ever drop one though.

Spiked Racks and Stands on Wood Floor

Do you want to use spiked racks and stands on hardwood floor, through carpet, without damaging the hardwood floor?

Basically the use of spikes is to put as high a lb/sq inch loading on as small an area as possible to minimize vibrations thru that contact area. Theoretically you do not really want the spikes to “couple” to the medium that is transmitting the vibrations. A thin piece of brass shim stock at the contact points would do, and blunting the ends of the spike a tad would stop them from piercing the shim stock and marking the floor , yet letting them still have a very high pressure loaded but small contact area. Thus making a “bottleneck” (to put it rather simply) in the vibration transmission path.

The use of spiking to stop cabinet movement because of cone movement is a bit of overkill. Considering the mass of the cabinetry vs the mass of the cone and inertial effects  etc.

Dance Recital Gifts

Here are some dance recital gifts ideas if you are looking to give a dance recital gift to a family member or a friend.

- A gift certificate to her/his favorite store or restaurant

-A bouquet of flowers

- A box of her/his favorite chocolate

- A book (if she/he likes reading)

- A necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings

Of course, if you want to get her/him a dance-related item, you could order a unique dance recital gifts and tell her on the day of the recital, “I got you a gift, and it hasn’t shipped yet. I’ll get it to you soon!”

Protec Cases

When my friend got his Alto, he also looked at the protec cases at Guitar Center. He got the most wonderful case for his Alto.  It has very plush, thick fabric all over the inside,  much plusher and thicker than the felt in other cases I have seen.  The “fur” is about 1″ deep if you draw it out, and the horn sinks into it..

The case is not totally open and empty inside with a notch for the end of the horn to fit into and a small partition for stuff like most cases.  You open the case and the surface that the fabric is on is flush with the opening of the case.  There is a part where the shape of a saxophone has been indented into it, which holds the horn snugly on all sides, but underneath the thick furry soft stuff it is not hard.  It has an amount of give or springiness that almost feels like that padding that you put underneath carpet.  Of course, if you push hard enough you will hit something underneath.  It almost feels like it was carved out of a solid piece of wood, but it’s way too light.