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Just thought I'd pop by during the duck roasting intermission and wish everybody happy holidays! (We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, just to be odd about it). Now, back to the beast and poke it a bit.
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Merry Christmas to you Thomas and anyone reading this thread. Enjoy the duck. My wife won't eat a duck so I go to the Chinese restaurant to get my fill. I made ham this year. I received my yearly gift certificate to Stewmac so I will start building again in January. Weeeeeeee!

Michael

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Happy Winter season, indeed!

Duck....boy, it's been a long time!  Some 43 (?) years ago, maybe, about when I built my first instrument or a little earlier, it for some reason became my responsibility to do the duck slaughtering.  I think there were only one or two ducks in the communal flock, along with a couple of really nasty geese;  I was the axe-wielder.  The ducks lay there on the chopping block, looking up at me with their beautiful, soft brown eyes.  That experience set me off on a 20-year-long experiment with vegetarianism in several different forms; finally I figured out it was not the right diet for me, and I now eat a bit of roast bird on holidays, but duck hasn't come my way.  I tried Peacock some years ago, or Peahen, rather, after one of the way-too-many tame ones on Suzy's Mom's property got nearly killed by a dog.  It fell to me (seems to be my luck!) to put the poor bird out of it's misery (I wrung it's neck this time...much easier and less bloody than chopping.  Eeek, this is getting pretty gross, huh!?).  Various of the family, including me, attempted to eat it; tasted pretty good, kind of like turkey, but being the flesh of a pet, none of us could stomach much of it.
These days I get most of my protein from nuts (don't even have to kill the tree, which I've done plenty of for instrument building!), but a bit of bird is nice sometimes, and I'm happy to let someone else do the killing!

Anyway, I do wish all the happiest of holidays and the coming year, and may we all get and spread much joy through building and playing harp guitars.  I just got the hardware to make a big banjo-guitar from my partner, and I'm wondering how much extra work it would be to make it into a harp banjo guitar....happy imagining!

Fred

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Peacock, eh? Perhaps I should revise the menu for next year! Sounds, well, colourful.

(incidentally, Brad Hoyt's Together Alone is perfect to chop red cabbage to when played very loud; just a [forum relevant] tip)

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