August 19, 2006


I picked up my Fender and played hard through a few songs. It's been awhile since I spent any time doing some really solid playing. I was a bit rusty. My hands hurt. I'm out of practice.

The hat? There's a story there, of course. Last year when I got a promotion Beth went out and bought sombreros for us to wear - it was a Promotion Fiesta! This year, I just got a raise (wasn't expecting a promotion) so the hats were a little more understated.

Posted by Chris at August 19, 2006 01:13 PM

I'd love to learn how to play guitar, but I think I have too many hobbies as it is. Nice hat!

Posted by: Spring at August 19, 2006 01:32 PM

Always on the cutting edge of fashion, aren't you Chris? I'm off to Goodwill to get mine now! LOL Have a great weekend man.

Posted by: Tommy Gunn at August 19, 2006 01:51 PM

Congrats on the raise! Always nice to get that little pat on the back. Now keep the fender out of the closet and keep those hands in shape!

Posted by: Keri at August 19, 2006 02:38 PM

Congratulations to you, Seņor Cactus.

Posted by: alektra at August 19, 2006 03:50 PM

I totally remember the sombero slide show!

Rawk On Chris!

Posted by: Kate at August 19, 2006 05:04 PM

And I did also remember how to actually spell SOMBRERO...but my fingers didn't! AHHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Kate at August 19, 2006 05:05 PM

Looking good! Does the hat help you play better?

Posted by: Dennis at August 19, 2006 05:26 PM

That hat rocks! Congrats on the raise, too.

Posted by: KathyK at August 19, 2006 07:06 PM

Nice hat (good times...), nice raise! sweeeeet.... Congrats!!!

Posted by: haley-o at August 19, 2006 08:24 PM

I have the same problem with the connection between my fingers and my brain. Those aren't spelling errors you see in my comments; they're typos.

Good for you picking up the guitar again. I'm very rusty on the piano (even though one sits in my living room taking up space). I play for the girls and that's about it for me anymore.

Posted by: ann adams at August 19, 2006 09:17 PM

I had an old boyfriend that tried to teach me to play guitar... I didn't get very far... about the 2nd or 3rd lesson, he then said, you might want to cut your fingernails, and I said he might want to not teach me anymore, cause that wasn't happening.

I figured if all 3 of my brothers could play, I should be able to too, only not at the expense of my nails.

Nice hat. Nice Fender, too. Stay in practice.

Posted by: Karen at August 19, 2006 09:45 PM

I hadn't played guitar in eons, either, but a few weeks ago I played and now I have calluses again, so it doesn't hurt...except for the now-arthritic finger i broke in eighth grade playing kickball. Keep up the good work. ;-)
And to Karen - I always have a hard time sacrificing my female vanity so that I can play guitar and piano. I hate having short nails.

Posted by: Heather at August 19, 2006 10:21 PM

Always nice to read your posts Chris. I've told so many stories ... there's this blog I read. Tonight at a party it was about lettuce smashing and Fahrvergfucked. My life would not be the same with out the Cactus.

Posted by: Heather at August 19, 2006 10:57 PM

One of these days I'm going to start taking guitar lessons. I need to get back to playing the piano too. Someday.

Posted by: Beth in StL at August 19, 2006 11:05 PM

Looks like a nice cold cervesa would look good with the hat and guitar playing. Do you play Flamenco?

Here's to your raise. And I raise my glass to you! Congratulations!

My best to Beth and Mia Bean.

Anni :-)

Posted by: Anni at August 19, 2006 11:40 PM

Those were some kick-ass sombreros you got last year. Congratulations on the raise. The hat will do I guess...

Posted by: Dee at August 20, 2006 01:26 AM

congrats on the raise, love the hats!!

Posted by: kristied at August 20, 2006 09:20 AM

Wooo! Nothing says "celebration" like a sombrero.

Posted by: Kristen at August 20, 2006 11:24 AM

So, if next year, you are pictured in a yarmulke, we can assume that things are not going well, work-wise? Love the hat. The sombreros are excellent.

Posted by: Annie at August 20, 2006 11:15 PM

i like the last picture. it has a howdy ma'am quality to it.

Posted by: jodi at August 21, 2006 02:13 AM

A raise is definitely a good enough reason to engage in a "sombrero fiesta!"

Posted by: Zandria at August 21, 2006 08:49 AM

Congrats. Very nice hat. Darn it, Annie beat me to the yarmulke joke!

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at August 21, 2006 10:10 AM

Good job, getting the raise.

My kids would love your hat.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at August 21, 2006 02:00 PM

Hooray for more money. It's good to be apprecaited at work. Very good.

Posted by: Isabel at August 22, 2006 09:02 PM