Most of the time I live, breath and think about all things music although sometimes I get interrupted by the random small things of life.

Take today. All I wanted to do was restring my old Ibanez Guitar. It is one of my favourite guitars and I needed it for a piece I’m working on.  To change the strings, I needed the bespoke Allen key I always kept in the guitar case. It wasn’t there. I think it’s lost forever so I looked for any Allen key that might fit. In the shed I found 47 Allen keys, some the same size as each other, others of different sizes – 48 if I counted the giant Allen key I can’t see the point of. Not one fitted my Ibanez.  The only person close by who might have the right Allen key runs a music shop and is the most miserable old bloke I’ve ever done business with. He sighs every time a customer enters his place and talks like he’s doing me a favour when I’m the one who’s paying. I can’t face him so now I must think of a plan B.

This is true. When I was thinking up plan B a random event I thought I’d got rid of yesterday interrupted me. Yesterday I had been told that you get salmonella mainly from contact with raw chicken. I didn’t know that. Not that I’d ever thought about it that much, I had always presumed that salmonella could only be caught if I was in contact with a sick salmon. I thought the clue was in the word.  I think salmonella should be called chickenella.  I doubt it’ll catch on.

Then someone suggested I simply go to the local DIY and buy a new set of Allen keys. I hadn’t thought of that. Then I remembered I don’t carry cash and I still haven’t remembered my pin numbers for my bank cards. On the plus side, I did remember to eat.

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  1. yassy says:

    Hope it’s all good now

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      Almost good. I broke the last string when re-stringing and in my desk drawer where thousands of strings live a replacement for the broken one wasn’t there. My pin numbers lived on a bit of paper in that drawer. I think they have eloped.

      1. yassy says:

        Lol , let’s send Agatha to catch them

      2. zoolonaudio says:

        Not a bad idea. I come from a family of private investigators and they’ve failed. Luckily, instead of one the guitars I got the job done with a mandolin but still want the elopers back.

      3. yassy says:

        Never say never I can visualize you Sherlock style. You are a guy with many talents.

      4. zoolonaudio says:

        Thank God you didn’t say Watson.

      5. yassy says:

        He’s a doc. He listens to heartbeats

      6. yassy says:

        Are you a mole?

      7. zoolonaudio says:

        I wasn’t when I last checked. I do have a magic pen that has a camera built in.

      8. yassy says:

        I knew it. Lol

      9. zoolonaudio says:

        All my lyrics are written in code.

      10. yassy says:


      11. zoolonaudio says:

        Barrington Pheloung

      12. yassy says:

        Should I google that. That is a foreign word.

      13. zoolonaudio says:

        I never saw it when it was on TV when I was a kid but the bloke who wrote the music for Morse was called Barrington Pheloung. He is a great composer.

      14. yassy says:

        wow , thanks for the info,,feelin a little more educated.

      15. yassy says:

        Seriously George , one nursery. Rhyme is stuck in my head. George, porgy , pudding and pie. And everytime I talk to you , it’s nostalgic

      16. zoolonaudio says:

        My grandmother used to sing me that.

  2. Chris White says:

    Yes, good luck.

  3. rothpoetry says:

    Isn’t it crazy how the little things can drive us up the wall!! Dwight

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      It happens to me all the time.

  4. Haha great post👍 I’m currently teaching myself how to play the acoustic guitar and worried my break one of the strings as I’m not sure how to put I new one on 😄 I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there 😊

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      When I started out I was just a kid and every time a string broke I got someone older to change it for me. As long as you can tune it you’ll be OK. If you ever get stuck on anything let me know.

  5. I bet there’s a bag somewhere with all these keys…..

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      It came with the guitar. I got it 8 years ago. I discovered the allen key was in imperial not metric. Because of the lost pin numbers I had to borrow the cost of a massive great set of keys just so I had the right one. He keeps reminding me he wants the money back.

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      The banks are ending me new pin numbers.

  6. I adore Barrington Pheloung’s albums for both the Morse series and the Lewis series. He knew his string harmonies and pacing for slow melodies. I need to write about him this winter, I think…

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      My dad has always liked his work forgetting I studied it.

      1. How did you first discover him? My dad introduced me to the Morse show, and subsequently Pheloung’s music. I read the original mysteries by Colin Dexter, too.

      2. zoolonaudio says:

        My dad has just about everything he ever composed. He played it a lot. Still does. He is a classic at background music for threatening vibes.

      3. That’s an excellent way to describe him!

  7. I actually don’t know how to tune it😳 and thank you so much, I really appreciate it, I will update you on my progress 😊

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      Please do.

  8. Crafty B says:

    lol, nice. we call salmonella–chickanosis. haha

    1. zoolonaudio says:

      A much better and more logical name.

      1. Crafty B says:

        IKR? lol

      2. Crafty B says:

        awesome story BTW

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