OTA Antennas

Recently I paid a visit to State Steel on Jeff’s suggestion. I’m building an antenna and needed some aluminum rods. The forums at Digital Home suggested Metal Supermarket. There are Metal Supermarkets in Minnesota, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado, but none here. State Steel, however just opened a site in SW Omaha. I stopped out there yesterday afternoon and picked up a couple of rods. I would recommend anyone in this area to pay them a visit (enter from the East side) and be sure to take your kids! You order up front then drive into the warehouse, under the gantry cranes and stores of metal of all kinds and shapes.


Ok. This post (and older) have been imported from backups and copies I received from Feedblitz in an effort to repopulate the entries from the blawgcoop site which got overrun by spam. I think.

This site contains the, and links to the, best discussion I’ve seen about the situation with the Japanese nuclear reactors in the wake of the Tsunami. As I write this (3/15/11), the situation appears to be under control. Hopefully it will be even better by the time this post is published on April 1.

Charlie Louvin 1927-2011

The first Louvin Bros. song I ever heard was “If I Could Only Win Your Love”, which Emmylou Harris (and others) covered. Of course the harmonies were superb, but what really caught my attention was the structure of the song. It seemed like kind of a “round”, without the usual beginning, middle and end. Rather it seemed to begin in the middle, followed by another middle stanza, then the end.

Charlie died January 26, 2011. I don’t recall hearing about his passing in the news, but this weekend I found myself caught up in Louvin Bros. music and this morning I found the article about his death.

In my wanderings this weekend I found “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” which is a very catchy song about a dream. Again, the harmony and phrasing is spectacular. I had to listen to it quite a few times to catch the story. Here are the lyrics. Do yourself a favor and find the song yourself. Enjoy!

Last night, my dear, the rain was falling,
I went to bed so sad and blue.
Then I had a dream of you.

I dreamed I was strolling in the evening,
Underneath the harvest moon.
I was thinking about you.

And then you met me in the moonlight,
The stars were shining in your eyes.
But Another was there too.

“I don’t believe you’ve met my baby”
You looked at him, you looked at me.
I wondered who you were talking to?

I shook the hand of your stranger,
But I was shaking more inside.
I was still wondering who?

Your arm was resting on his shoulder,
You smiled at him, he smiled at you.
His eyes were filled with Victory!

He said “My sister wants to marry”,
And then my heart was filled with ease.
I knew that you would marry me.