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The Vautier Family Home Page

Dominic Vautier
updated  1/2016

Here's me or at least what I looked like a few years ago

We are such stuff as dreams are made on
    And our little life is rounded with a sleep           Shakespeare, The Tempest

Val's big snowmobile jump.  Now there's some space.


So we got back from DC.  What fun.

Cynthia and I had a good time in Dublin. 

There is a new and continuing section below called My Rants and I try to confine my more extreme moods to one place. 

One ongoing effort is re-digitizing of a bunch of old records.  Comcast gave me a lot more space to use, so I managed to re-digitize a bunch of those old scratchy records using a better filter and at higher quality at Old Record Collection.  I also added a page on Fire Alarms because I got tired of replacing batteries.  Everything I can think of to get away from replacing batteries becomes a real concern to me.

I try to collect things about our family and put them in a presentable way.  You can check out any and all of the sections below.  I plan  to do bigger things as time goes on and as my mind continues to deteriorate, and as the kids will finally leave home. But as I do age things seem to get better in some ways, more perspective.  After all I'm officially retired and have nothing else to do except kitchen, laundry, cars, three kids still at home, each with cars, some with associated boyfriends and girlfriends, each kid having the usual personal problems and struggling to get educations and stay out of debt (with my help of course).  I also have a retired wife that has demands, and dogs too--what a peaceful and pleasant thing retirement is.

A while ago we got our carport converted to living space.  It gave us a bathroom, hallway, small cook area and everybody's happy except the cars.  Some features include additional washer and drier as well as new shower, so if the old washer breaks I will have time to fix it.

My Italian class is going molto bene.  It's a way I can try to keep my mind working but learning a new language is best left for the young. 

Cyn is the only women in Bellevue with her own private jackhammer.  She wanted a jackhammer for Christmas so what was I to do but get her a PJ (personal jackhammer).  It has turned out to be immensely practical in all kinds of ways.  You can't believe it.  Everybody should have a private jackhammer.  When I redid Val's shower I was able to make one big hole in the bathroom floor for the drain.  There are so many more examples. 

We plan a vacation to Tuscany one of these years.  I have been there three times but Cyn has not.

And some other things

Here is my latest rendition of Point of Order by Stan Freberg.
I began to wonder why Music is Disappearing and
I managed to get together a readable version of Early American Popular Music my one and only book
And here is a page that has some Old Song Sheets.
I continue to talk about My Former career but I have a new one now.
I also did some stuff on The History of Computing.

There is some GREAT NEW STUFF here   I set up two sections on this site, one entitled MY LIFE -- SORT OF which has to do with my early days and continues to improve as I do, growing up, seminary, education, army, girls, love life, (before the wife and kids and dogs and house and credit cards and teenagers and cars and jet skis and snow-mobilles).  The second section goes into MY ROOTS.  This is a hugely difficult section and it will eventually be done (person by person) when I can ever get it done.  One of my brothers, the unofficial caretaker of the Vautier Archives has graciously sent me lots of info about where I came from and who were all those guys that gave me such weird and disorganized genes. 


Get a load of the ears on that Dog.

Fiona is up to doing some artwork.

The first time I played a pin-ball machine I ran the score to the highest it had ever gone.  It might have been pure beginner’s luck.  But I had a seizure of that funny remote feeling of power that is said to overcome golfers.  Every time the pin ball bounced one way I gave it a mental nudge which extracted a little bit of my soul.  The experience went on for 15 minutes and was truly exhausting.  I never played pin-ball again.  Life is like that, a pin-ball.




  Resume (long out of date but I try to keep it up

  Skills (mostly for making trouble)  

  Setting up your very own Home Network  This is really  really bad old stuff so skip it.


  So what is a TCC solenoid? 


      Early American Popular Music
     Early American Popular Music Web Version
     Old Record Collection
     Real Old Record Collection
     My all time favorite Gregorian Chants
     Cascadia - Puget Sound
     The History of Computers
     Old song sheets
     Why is popular music disappearing?
     The Oracle
     On Virgil
     My really bad jokes  


     Popular Music - Some stories
     Home Video to DVD - Some great ideas  
     How to digitize LP's - Hints 
     Building a good turntable - Here's how to do it 
     Some ideas about records
     Early memories about records
     What to do about Record Mold.
     Some more ideas on Digitizing Records.
     Do you wonder why Music is Disappearing
     What is sound recording
     Some thoughts on popular music
     So what was the greatest song ever
     And how do I play a warped vinyl record
     My Sansui

    ever wonder how records are made?

     My Beatles collection will be soon featured. 

     The White Album  




  Moses Lake
  Ocean Shores
  Montreal (2004)  
  Solar Eclipse (2017)  
  Val's Big Airplane Trip



  Entertainment center
  Turntable Rumble
  LP Pop Removal
  Return adjustment for Technics turntable
  Phono Cartridges
  Turntable Hum
  Tonearm Fixing
  a real Pro-ject project
  Null Points
  My Record Cabinet




  The Mound
  House Painting
  Apple Tree
  The Floor
  French Doors
  My gas fireplace
  Central Vacuum Systems
  The Roof
  A Brand New Tree
  Cyn's Roses
  The Ranger Canapé
  The Great Snake
  Bed frames and wrestling
  More Roof
  My Little Car Subwoofer
  My hanging lamp base
  A great grate
  My sewer - root of the problem
  Installing a FLOUREON camera security system
  Laying Tile


The Basset   
Black dog  



  The Crash
The Tub
  Our Poor old Douglas Fir  
  My Ford Ranger Radio 
  Val's motor scooter
  Luci's new do 
  Val goes out for Football
  The Perfect Kitchen
  The Perfect Bathroom
  Ballast Replacement
  Zune Socket Replacement
  Installing throttle plates the hard way
  On Flappers
  Imperious Inturruptus
  Manual clutches
  2017 Eclipse




  Everett - Grand Street
  St. Edwards
  Richmond 2
  My time at Camp Don Bosco

  My Army Experiences
  My Career
  My Life



  Where I came from

  The Family
  My Mother
  My Dad
  The Vautier side of the family
  The O'Rouark side of the family
  My little sister
  Brother Frank
  Brother Mike
  The Jessops
  Pop's Scrapbook

The Old Farm and other relatives
  Uncle Bud



Cuz' there's still a lotta drinks I ain't drunk
and there’s lots of pretty thoughts that I ain't thunk
oh yeah
And Lord there's still so many lonely girls
In this best of all possible worlds.

          Best of all Possible Worlds (1966) Roger Miller

  Good Dreams
  Fixing Subwoofers
  Joe Herzog
  Fr. Buck
  On being an Altar Boy
  Lake Hills Village Apartments
  LG DLG2302R main board
  Some comments on Martin Luther 
  Radio Replacement for Ford with CD Changer
  The Arcane Arts
  The First Rock & Roll Song
  RVs and wheel seals
  Gilbert & Sullivan
  My Last Recitative
  The story of Admetus
  The Post
  Washing Machine Leaks

  And much more as I get older and I think I will



  Here is a collection of my latest complaints
  against  the world, the flesh, the devil, God, the
  Government, and anything else I can think of.

  Tensioner Replacement
  Fire Alarms
  Motor Oil
  How to test a CO alarm 
  Changing Transmission Oil
  Making a really safe oven hood
  My sweet Maytag
  Dryer Timers
  Two Californias
  Blower Fans
  Micro switches
  Focus Alternator Replacement the hard way
  Hot Water Heaters
  Two Dishwashers? Really!
  The trouble with door handle locks
  Blower Motors
  My rain gage dun broke so's I fixed it
  Mysterious Record Player Hum
  The beauty of replacing a Power Steering Line
  ZX2 motor mounts



Gabriel decides to kick the football:   Opps -- right into the phone line.
Val doing a trick of two with his skateboard on his new rail -- well sort of anyway.
And here comes Sparky the Basset wagging  her way through life.
See Pumpkin run -- the fastest thing around on four feet.
Cyn is handy with a brush.  She now will attempt some faux painting in the bedroom.
And Val goes out for a pass -- and he's going... going... going...
Here is Gabe, our star chef cooking up a fine Denver omelet.


Two Vizlas

Fiona and her smile




Gabriel pretending to fall off a cliff on Bandera Mountain.  The I 90 Freeway can be seen far below.  Not for the faint of heart.  











Here is Val in front of Franklin Falls near Rattlesnake Ridge in Snoqualmie.










Val warming up one of his jet skis on lake Sammamish.


Me again.  This time I'm about the right age.