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Catching up ?

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat July 26, 2009 @ 2:37 am

Is that even possible ? I can’t believe it’s been since Nov. 2008 since I last updated this blog but I have been very busy working and doing several other sites, blogs etc. I thought I would post something here just to show that I haven’t forgotten about this blog ! A lot has happened since November, let me see if I can recall,,,,, let’s see,,,ummm, spent Thanksgiving with my kids, cooked some stuff, it was all good. My daughter turned 18 on Nov. 24th, that was good. I don’t think I got anything for Christmas, that was  bad 🙁  I also don’t recall any notable deaths in the latter part of 2008 but 2009 has surely made up for it already.

January started off with the worlds oldest woman passing on. Maria De Jesus was a Portuguese supercentenarian who was the world’s oldest verified living person for five weeks, until her death at 115 years and 114 days. She inherited this status after the 26 November 2008 death of American Edna Parker, who was 115 years and 220 days old. She was the only verified person born in 1893 to live into 2009.  I can’t imagine living that long.

January also was the month that Jett Travolta, 16-year-old son of American actor John Travolta, dies suddenly of a seizure while on a family holiday in the Bahamas.

Let’s see, February lost  great people as well such as James Whitmore, and Paul Harvey.

March news announced the loss of Hank Locklin, American country and western music singer (“Please Help Me, I’m Falling”), at age 91. I remember listening to all his tunes when I was very young as I was learning to play. I recall “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On”.

April, May, and June were the months we lost several TV legends such as Bea Arthur, Dominick “Dom” DeLuise, David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and last but surely not the least was the tragic sudden death of pop star Michael Jackson. Whether you liked him or not, you have to acknowledge his talent and the effect he had on the music world and his humanitarian efforts. Despite his eccentricity he will be surely missed.


Hiking the Lone Oak Trail

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat November 9, 2008 @ 1:19 am

My son Tyler and I recently hiked the Lone Oak Trail to the top of Buffalo Mountain that was burned last summer. You can see the burn photos here: There is still a lot of black trees and ground but it is rehabilitating very nicely with hardwoods and was very colorful to hike through during this late Fall time. We have hiked to the Tip Top before from the buffalo Park side but the Lone Oak Trail is fairly new and comes in from the other side beginning in Dry Creek (aka Lone Oak Road). The trail is very primitive, very narrow and sloped outwards with very little trail construction and is difficult to hike due to that and the sheer steepness of it. We got a late a start about 4:30 pm and hiked really hard and fast to make it to the Tip Top before dark. Seen a nice sunset then walked back down in the dark ! Enjoyed the last 70 degree day for while and was out by 6:30pm ! Quite an adventure and a good workout. Photos can be seen in my gallery here:

Lone Oak Trail

Lone Oak Trail

Rat News

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat October 26, 2008 @ 12:30 am

Lots happening around the Rat’s Hole lately. I have been trying a low carb diet since June 17, 2008 and so far it has been 4 months and I have lost 35 lbs ! From 236 down to 201 and I can’t wait to see under 200 ! No Atkins here, just no bread, sugars, or anything with any significant amounts of carbs and eat plenty of anything else ! I have also tried to walk 4 miles every couple days in about an hour but lately have also been doing some hiking in the form of work trips to my trail section of the AT and I also recently went on a 4 day trek for my birthday in Sept./Oct. You can see photos of the trip from Devil Fork Gap to Allen Gap (20+ miles) here: .

My last work trip on my part of the AT was on 10-15-2008 starting on the summit of Big Bald on the last 80+ degree day of the summer and I painted some blazes all the way to Spivey Gap. It was a most awesome day with some wonderful Fall colors. Photos of that trip can be seen here: .

I have also finally basically finished my dune buggy project, at least its on the road now. Still some minor things to be done over time, but it’s getting cold now and it is out of the garage and has a new home under the porch as seen here: .

I have started a new project with my 1967 Chevelle Super Sport which after many years of sitting under a tarp out back, and much work, is now in the garage and ready for my magic to be worked on it. You can follow this project here: .

Other than that it’s the same routine of working 6pm to 3am for , spending alternate weekends with my kids in TN. and my girlfriend in Virginia, and taking care of my dad and the property here. I did manage to get out last night and jamm with the Jones Boys Band : .

Sometimes the news just sucks

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat September 13, 2008 @ 5:45 am

I am sorry it has been awhile since my last post, of course it’s not like very many people visit this blog, ha ha, but recently the news has just been so depressing it’s just not easy writing about it. It seems all I hear lately is bad or sad news. Issac Hayes passed away at age 65 on Sunday August 10, 2008. I can remember him from the 70`s some of the best years I have memories of, his Academy award winning theme from ‘Shaft’ not to mention the career stretched far beyond soundtracks. For much of the 1960s and into the ’70s he was one of the principal songwriters and performers for Stax Records, the trailblazing Memphis R&B label, and in the 1990s he revived his career by providing the voice for the amorous and wise Chef on the cable television show “South Park.” Seems he was found next to a running treadmill, most likely a heart attack. sad news indeed.isaac hayes

Then there was the news of Jerry Reed passing way.Brings back memories of Amos Moses, The Bird, When you`re Hot you`re Hot, She got the Goldmine, I got the shaft, the list just goes on and on, not to mention all the tracks of him and Chet Atkins, who was his mentor, what an artist and guitar legend. One of my guitar heroes, was not good news to me at all. His parents separated 4 months after his birth and he and his sister spent seven years in foster homes or orphanages and he used to run around playing the guitar and was quoted to have said “”I am gonna be a star. I’m gonna go to Nashville and be a star.” Reed was reunited with his mother and stepfather in 1944. Music and impromptu performances helped ease the stressful times the new family was under.After a two-year stint in the military, Reed moved to Nashville in 1961 to continue his songwriting career, which had continued to gather steam while he was in the armed forces, thanks to Brenda Lee’s (my cousin who shares my last name, Tarpley) 1960 cover of his “That’s All You Got to Do.” He also became a popular session and tour guitarist. In 1962, he scored some success with the singles “Goodnight Irene” and “Hully Gully Guitar,” which found their way to Chet Atkins, who produced Reed’s 1965 “If I Don’t Live Up to It.” Such a unique hybrid style of ‘Swampabilly, Rockabilly, Cajun’ style of playing he created; I remember “Guitar Man” and sitting for hours as a kid trying to duplicate his licks, he will be sorely missed by this guitar player for sure. Seems he died of complications due to emphysema (smoke smoke smoke those cigarettes people). jerry reed

Then there was the death of the wife of a Trail Angel friend of mine, Gloria Peoples, who died suddenly of cancer, wife of Bob Peoples who has done so much for the Appalachian Trail community that I am so close to. Also another close friend of mine who hiked the whole trail back in the 90`s whose dear canine friend “Nicky” who hiked at least 1000 miles of it with him, including parts of New Hampshire recently died basically of old age. Such a dear friend, such a perfect dog, the world wont be the same without her. nicky

Not to mention the recent gas prices, hurricanes and presidential election issues that are going on right now, nothing positive in the news that I can find. When I hear something good I will post it here asap, until then keep you chin up, things will have to get better to get worse ! HAIRNT !

political humor

Hear the RAT here !

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat June 22, 2008 @ 12:39 am

I finally got around to uploading some jams so you can now hear the RAT doin’ his thing! This first track was done about 10 years ago when I was playing locally with a 3 piece band called the Tommy Lyons Band.

tommy lyons band

The following recording was done very primitively in a basement with no effects simply for a homemade demo tape:

More to come,,,,,

Check out a brand new Blog !

Filed under: RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat February 17, 2008 @ 4:32 am

I just helped a friend of mine with a new website and Blog ! Check out It’s all about wilderness trail adventures, past and future hiking experiences, events and other things involved in the trail and hiking community. The website is nice too, well it ought to be, I built it 😉  !!!! Check it out !!!

Help Save Internet Radio !

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat April 24, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. The Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC has more than tripled the royalty rates for webcasters and left unchanged they will kill Internet radio. These exorbitant rates go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). Without Congressional action the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. We need your help. Please take a moment to send a letter to your member of Congress to keep Net radio from being silenced.

Go here to find ways to help:

What your e-mails have done to my life:

Filed under: RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat September 15, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

I know you all recieve those fwd`d e-mails everyday with all the warnings, hoaxes, and what have you, but I thought this one was worthy of posting here. Enjoy:

A little humor…

I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat poop in the
glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every
envelope that needs sealing.

Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny
Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. (more…)

Kids say the darndest things !

Filed under: RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat September 12, 2006 @ 12:09 am

I hardly ever fwd. any of the many emails I get daily, but I thought this one was worthy enough to be included within the Blog world, no matter how many times you`ve seen it before it is still funny! Enjoy !  (more…)

No Child left behind ? Yeah right !

Filed under: RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat July 28, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

I guess by now everyone has heard of this “No child left behind Act” signed by George W. Bush in 2002.It may be working in other parts of the country, but it sure isn’t working here in the Washington County, Tennessee school system.

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