Gourd Week Day One

May 2, 2005

GourdWeek1

Having been proclaimed Grand Master Poo-Bah of the Brother Jones Web Site recently at Jonesclave I do now hereby and officially proclaim this, the first week in May… BROTHER JONES GOURD WEEK.

We shall celebrate this grand week with the showing of new gourds each and every day and with the official naming of and commenting apon of each of these gourd creations in kind.

The Comments

Don Jones

First off Den, I would like to go on record saying your presentation of material lately has been nothing but remarkable. Nice shadows, camera lens flares and color combinations. To me this particular gourd could possibly be a traffic signal light from Middle-earth. Its single yellow light beckons all not to slow down.. but to speed up

Dennis Jones

SELLLL…eh…brate gourd times, COME ON…

Mandy

I WANT THIS GOURD!!!!!!!!

Dennis Jones

I kinda thought this might bring Mandy out of retirement…

Doug Jones

Looks like that Dremel got a few more miles put on it lately.

Mr Grammar

apon? apon? do you mean upon?

Dennis Jones

Ya know Mr. Grammar… I looked at that… and looked at it and looked at it some more but just could not figure out what was wrong with it… and now that you have commented on it I feel obliged to leave it as is… rats…

Mrs. Grammer

For those of you using Safari, try my magic tool:Spell Check. You can find it in Edit > Spelling.

Dennis Jones

I sense we are overlooking an important part of the Gourd Week Celebration… the official NAMING of the gourds… right now they have creative names like “P1010029.JPG”… and “Gourd 3”… I’m needing a little help here with some creative names for these things…

Doug Jones

I name this one “Bigfoot”

College kid

Is that a bong?

Dennis Jones

no dude… it’s justa gourd… …with legs

~

~ BROTHER JONES BONUS COVERAGE ~

In my post above I referenced being elected Grand Master PooBah of Brother Jones. That happened over on big brother Doug’s page. At the time a Papal Conclave was taking place and not being Catholics, the whole idea of white smoke to indicate a newly elected Pope was exotic and interesting to us… as you can see from Doug’s page below.

~

April 19, 2005

Jonesclave

bjconclave

FATICAN CITY- The eyes of the world are focused this week on the International Headquarters of the BrotherJones empire. The media and paparazzi have been running wild. Reporters have been trying to get an inside scoop on the final outcome of the voting. Bribery always seems to work at BrotherJones headquarters, but no news has leaked out so far.

A gasp arose from the huge crowd as thick, black smoke came billowing out of the chimney. However, this just indicated that the BrotherJones industrial strength espresso machine had kicked into high gear. Another gasp was heard as the black smoke was followed by white smoke… indicating a round of cigars had been broken out. As the days wore on, the anticipation heightened.

Suddenly, pink smoke started streaming out of the chimney… and windows… and doors… indicating that Dennis had been elected the Grand Master Poo-Bah Potentate for the coming year.

The crowd went wild. News bulletins flashed around the world. The Jones brothers took a nap.

The Comments

Don Jones

We are smokin’ now I believe that photo simply shows our pink corporate BrotherJones couch being torched.

Dennis Jones

yes, perhaps my dear brother… but I am still The Grand Master Poo-Bah Potato… potentate… po… whatever…

Dennis Jones

…and as the Grand Master Poo-Bah of the Brother Jones Web Site I hearby decree myself the winner of the First Annual Brother Jones Photography Contest.

Doug Jones

You’re lettin this go to your head, Denny.

Dennis Jones

…that comment was out of order… bailiff… please remove brother Doug from the room…

Don Jones

The bailiff is on a smoke break

Advertisements

Gourd Week Day Two

May 3, 2005

GourdWeek2

Gourd Week Opening Day One festivities came to a close last night with the official grilling of hamburgers on the back porch grill. To make it extra special I added a roll of breakfast sausage to the hamburger meat.

(The jury is still out as to how successful that was). It was at least… well… different.

My hope for you is that day two of the Brother Jones Gourd Week Celebration will be just as exciting and memorable as day one was.

The Comments

Doug Jones

This guy looks like he is holding a little green baseball bat. Let’s name him Mark… or Barry… is he into steroids?

Don Jones

That lid is awesome looking… what sort of wainscoting is running up the lid?

Dennis Jones

well… ya got me on that one, Don… I dont know what wainscoting is…

Don Jones

In a house, it would be the wood that runs up about 3 foot on an interior wall… on this gourd, I was referring to whatever is running up along the lid

Dennis Jones

oh… ok… I cut vertical slots in the top and then wove leather lacing in and out of the slots to get that woven basket look…

Gourd Week Day Three

May 4, 2005

GourdWeek3

What a week full of festivities we have had. This gourd festival has generated almost as much interest as our recent Brother Jones Photo Contest …almost.

Day three closing ceremonies concluded with the official ceremonial watching of The Amazing Race on the official ceremonial TV.

Don’t forget to make your gourd hats for the big closing day ceremonies this weekend. You would look quite silly if you arrived without one.

The Comments

Don Jones

Sure like this 3-D gourd presentation… it’s depth… its layered levels.. with drop shadows. This would be ideal for our Brother Jones Tribal fire popcorn eatin’ retreats.

Dennis Jones

…the ones where we vote one of our family members outa the tribe?

Doug Jones

We need a good immunity gourd for those Tribal councils. say… is that potpourri I see in this gourd?

FANCY!!!

Dennis Jones

why, yes… that is potpourri… that was Karen’s contribution to this one…

Doug Jones

Oh… I thought you were a girlyman.

Dennis Jones

HEY!

Doug Jones

you can’t do nothin’ to me… I have the immunity gourd!

Dennis Jones

oh yeh… well… those c-clamps aren’t going to help you in the next immunity challenge like they did this week… I’ll be ready for them next time…

Don Jones

So what exactly is the process of voting off a Jones family member? Go to designated gourd… take big snort of potpourri… tighten clamp unto ones temples… then draw a circle and write their name down? Sounds exciting…

Gourd Week Day Four

May 5, 2005

GourdWeek4

HOO HOO! It’s Cinco de MiOldGourd Day! Reminisce about favorite old gourds past and present. Enjoy the traditional tall frosty glass of chocolate milk. And whatever you do, don’t forget to break open a pinata full of glazed donuts tonight. HOO HOO!

The Comments

Doug Jones

Gourd week has hit a fever pitch here. We are all so excited it is hard to go to sleep at night! This gourd looks like a U.F.G.O. (unidentified flying gourd object) I do hope this one is NOT filled with potpourri, but something manly like coffee nips.

Dennis Jones

…it will be especially hard to sleep tonight after all the donuts and chocolate milk…

Doug Jones

nothin like a big bottle of vintage brown wine. Do you drink the 2% brown wine or the whole?

Dennis Jones

I have been drinking 1% milk for years now… 2% would taste like heavy cream to me at this point…

Don Jones

I drink Soy milk… I love that freshly mowed grass after taste. The Thursday gourd No. 4 is fantastique. Whimsical yet utilitarian… the imaginative usage of the three legged wooden peg configuration gives it a fanciful stool quality which bodes well with the rich complementary color scheme. The overall roundness of the piece gives a reassuring sense of oneness with Mother earth. And I bet it will hold a ton of loose change. Happy Mother’s Day!

Dennis Jones

actually… this is the quickest gourd I ever made… I was just experimenting with a top that had a wooden plug under it to see how that would work for a lid… everything is simple n quick on this one… but sometimes simple n quick is kinda nice…

Gourd Week Day Five

May 6, 2005

GourdWeek5

It’s GOURD FRIDAY everybody… the day we remember that the humble seed must be buried in the ground for a period of time before it returns as the almighty, gourd producing vine. HOO HOO!

The Comments

Coach Z

nice jeeorb

Doug Jones

Ah… you saved the best for last! I think this is my personal favorite. Sorry I can’t participate much today… I don’t feel too well… got a big chocolate milk hangover.

Ben A Gourd

Follow the drinking gourd!
Follow the drinking gourd.
For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

When the sun comes back and the first quail calls,
Follow the drinking gourd,
For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

The riverbank makes a very good road,
The dead trees will show you the way,
Left foot, peg foot traveling on,
Following the drinking gourd.

The river ends between two hills,
Follow the drinking gourd,
There’s another river on the other side,
Follow the drinking gourd.

Where the great big river meets the little river,
Follow the drinking gourd,
The old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd

Doug Jones

Did the Kingston Trio record this song?
There is something familar about it.

Dennis Jones

I dont have a clue on this one…

Dennis Jones

…but I might be willing to follow this guy if the gourd he’s drinking out of is full of chocolate milk…

Dennis Jones

ok… I did a little research on this song… if you were clueless on it like I was, here is an explanation…

The Drinking Gourd, otherwise known as the Big Dipper, helped to lead slaves to Canada. Once in Canada, slaves gained their freedom and were no longer an object owned by a master.

So I guess it was originally an underground railroad song of some sort… cool… of course, now it is the official song of Brother Jones Gourd Week 2005!

Gourd Week Day Six

May 7, 2005

GourdWeek6

And you thought this was over yesterday. It’s gourd week I tell you… gourd… WEEK… thats WEEK as in SEVEN! Seven full days of gourd week festivities! What did you think this was anyway, some sort of made up internet hoax kind of thing? It’s Gourd Week people! GOURD WEEK!

The Comments

Don Jones

Taking the Official Brother Jones GOURD WEEK into overtime which means the weekend… A L R I G H T ! This bugger reminds me of a stitched up baseball from the dark side. Great dark, rich grape stainage… good contrast to the lacing. And to think, Dennis, it took you ‘til the seventh grade to tie your own shoes. You have come a long way.

Doug Jones

this does have that baseball feel to it… steee-rike 4! are you using dyes on these?

Dennis Jones

yes, leather dyes… I used an old watch band for the front strap and the hinge in the back… I keep my guitar picks in this one…

Gourd Week Day Seven

May 8, 2005

GourdWeek7

As the closing day fanfare plays softly in the background, it is my hope that you have enjoyed the 2005 Brother Jones GourdFest and Coffee Roast. I also hope you are making plans already to bring a tent and participate with us in person next year.

Perhaps by then we can lower the seven hundred dollar One Day All Access Festival Parking Fee, which kinda put a squelch on our attendance numbers this season.

The Comments

Doug Jones

You seem to be in the business of setting records for BrotherJones.com. First you had the record for going the longest WITHOUT changing your page… Then I think you grabbed the record for most comments on a page… Now you have the record for posting 7 days in a row! What’s next? I will be saving up for the parking fee for next year… if I had bet on the right horse this weekend, I would have the money now. Unfortunately, Stewball came in last.

Dennis Jones

the problem with old Stewball is he never drank water… he only drank wine… go figure…

Doug Jones

If he was drinkin chocolate milk we would have a winner!

Dennis Jones

Stewball is one of my favorite old Peter, Paul, and Mary songs…

Doug Jones

I probably imprinted you as a wee child with my PP&M records

Dennis Jones

yes you did… that and your A M radio tuned into WLS in Chicago every night…

Doug Jones

Art Roberts had a crazy bedtime story each night on WLS… those were the days…

Mothers Day 2005

May 9, 2005

MothersDay

My wife likes to garden and since she was out of town this weekend I decided to surprise her with a new flower bed for Mothers Day. Saturday morning I grabbed a shovel and headed out back.

One of my more basic flaws is that I never come up with a plan to work from. I just start projects and hope for the best. I had no plan for this. All I was going to try to accomplish was to square up an area of ground in the back yard and fill it with dirt.

As I arranged the edging on the ground, I noticed it looked a lot like the symbol on a New Mexico state flag. I kinda liked that. I kept piddling around with things; kept driving back and forth to town to get stuff, and this is what I ended up with.

I loaded each one of the sections with 40 lbs of organic humus, (thats manure to you and me) and 80 lbs of topsoil. If Karen cant grow something in that, it cant be grown.

And I suppose when you get right down to it, nothing really says Happy Mothers Day any better than 500 lbs of poop and dirt.

The Comments

Don Jones

I like where we are going in these journals… lots of sequence, action, progression shots. Dennis, I can only imagine the buckets of sweat this labor of love took you. Karen should be delighted to do her planting in this attractive, stylish garden. I bet she’s already planning to build  something unique and special for you on Father’s Day

Doug Jones

Very symmetrical… hope you didn’tget your T-square dirty in the process

Doug Jones

I like how you added that mosquito breeding pool to the flower bed. It will be so pleasant to pick flowers and smash those bloodsuckers on your neck at the same time…

Dennis Jones

…this area of the country leads the nation in the number of west nile mosquito incidents… I am just trying to play into our regions natural strengths… and as far as the flower bed being square, that edging is about as straight as a dogs hind leg…

Roy

Just think how beautiful this would be with some limestone rocks mixed in from Table Rock Lake. Be glad to make some available.

Banshee

My reaction when I saw the first picture was, “Ooo, an archeological dig!” When I saw the Mosquito Love Grotto I was happy we don’t live in the same state.

Dennis Jones

I will try to get my fascinating unwritten article on archeological digs here in Indiana up for you next week… I can hardly wait to see what it says myself…

Don Jones

Banshee… that is a funny perception of this home front photo… It made me look twice to see if Dennis was in fact sifting through some of the dirt for any rare bones or artifacts…

Mothers Day The Movie

May 16, 2005

MothersDaytheMovie

The Comments

Doug Jones

WOW! best movie I have seen all year! This explains the times you mysteriously disappear… you are off shooting adventure blockbuster movies…cut me in for some of the merchandising, OK?

Don Jones

I’m heading down to my local BUSTER’s movie rental to check this baby out tonight! HEY! wait a minute- Raymond finale.
I see your lovely bride co-stars in this action flick… that’s her tied to the stake I do believe. It’s the same face she uses when you don’t pick up your dirty clothes off the bedroom floor for a week. Also, is that the same Harley Davidson you drove back from Tennessee?

Letters Day One

May 17, 2005

Fanmail1

I used to always get tagged to go to my boys elementary schools and participate in the “This Is What My Dad Does For A Living” days because of my somewhat “unique” profession.

If you are not familiar with these, it is where the poor, unsuspecting dad shows up at school and has to try and entertain a room full of kids for 30 minutes by telling them about his exciting job. I seem to remember having about four minutes of quality dialogue and then trying to pad the rest of the time with drawing funny pictures and telling jokes.

I came across some old letters I received after speaking to Peters first grade class several years ago. I will share some of the more interesting ones with you this week.