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Lawrence Johnstone's Home Page
( www.loj.name)

Broken Computer CALLERLAB Logo Lawrence O. Johnstone
801 Lake Mendocino Dr. #11
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-0239
Email: loj@pacific.net
Email: loj@loj.name

I am a computer technician and square dance caller living in the somewhat small (population approximately 15,000) town of Ukiah, CA. I say somewhat small because I've spent most of my life living just outside towns even smaller than Ukiah, so it seems pretty big to me! (And, don't get me started about people calling Davis, CA a "small town" at 30,000 while I was attending UC Davis there in the mid-eighties!)

Square dancing has been my favorite activity for almost my entire life, and you'll notice that most of the pages on this website are related to square dancing in one way or another.  I keep a list here of Northern California dances outside of the major metropolitan areas, because I feel that the majority of Northern California doesn't receive much attention.  (I've lived in Northern California all my life, and tend not to think of Sacramento and the Bay Area as part of it — just like the 1990s-era Stan Statham proposal to divide California into three states with Chico as the capital of Northern California!)

Since most of my living comes from computers, there are also a number of computer-related pages here.  I operate my own outcall computer service business part time, and also have posted information on software that I have found useful and that I recommend.  (Including the software I use to build and maintain this website.)

A few of my upcoming calling events
Click to see my full schedule!
June 27-30, 2018Gone to 67th National Square Dance Convention, Kansas City, MO
August 16-18, 2018Gone to USAwest Convention, Circus Circus / Silver Legacy, Reno, NV
August 25, 2018Red Bluff Swingin' Squares Hat Creek Campout, Hat Creek, CA
August 31, 2018 to
September 1, 2018
Plumas County Homegrown Americana Festival, Quincy, CA
October 6, 2018Overalls All About Autumn Dance, Roseville, CA
October 26-28, 2018Gone to ASDSC Harvest Hoedown, Yuba City, CA
My schedule for the 67th NSDC in Kansas City, MO
Thu 6:50pm Plus, Municipal Auditorium Arena (MC 6pm-7pm)
Thu 8:15pm Mainstream with the Ghost Riders, Municipal Auditorium Arena
Fri 7:10pm Plus, Convention Center Hall A
Sat 3:30pm Mainstream (with Rounds), Convention Center Hall B
Sat 9:30pm Youth MS, Convention Center 2102B
Square Shooters Banner (1962)
Ukiah Square Shooters' banner
Circa 1962
Courtesy Alice Eby-Bettini
States I've called in
Blue: States in which I've called
Yellow: States I've visited (mostly as a child)
Pink: All the others