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Old 08-18-2012, 06:56 AM
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Got a new tattoo tonight....3D butterfly on my right forearm. That makes #4. Midlife crisis continues in full swing.
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I hate my job.

A bachelor's degree and years of customer service/IT experience lead me to a low-paying low-level retail manager position. The pay is crap and the constant weekend shifts make it very difficult to schedule practices and gigs.

I know, I'm looking for something better but I does feel better to rant about the state of things among friends.

...also I got a new dog. He's finally adjusted and has mad a wonderful addition to my family.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:25 AM
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:02 PM
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You know the old joke:

"what do you call a musician without a girlfriend?"

"homeless!"

I never really got the joke when I was younger because I always found a way to support myself.

But when I wonder how so and so got such and such a gig, it's odd to find out sometimes it's because so-and-so lived that joke, and thus why they had the free time to practice while I was at work.

(not that I'm complaining, just observing).
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:47 PM
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My life's goal was to become a Veteran Cosmic Rocker. Now I'm just a Veteran...
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:15 AM
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Inverted Paradiddles suck.....that is all.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:15 AM
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It's so hot. In the UK we don't have air conditioning so I'm surrounded by fans. I've had a bit to drink but not enough to eat and I feel absolutely terrible.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:21 AM
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It's so hot. In the UK we don't have air conditioning so I'm surrounded by fans. I've had a bit to drink but not enough to eat and I feel absolutely terrible.
You most certainly do have AC in England. Here's just one example. When I move back I'm going to buy several of these. I've been through some heat waves in England and I absolutely will not go through that again.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:44 AM
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A rather productive morning of lawn mowing, rabbit hutch cleaning and car cleaning seems to have left me no energy to clean my house. The ex wife is dropping my daughter around tomorrow morning, so I should go to bed so I can get up in time to clean the kitchen and vaccuum around the place, but the internet keeps distracting me when I decide to go to bed.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:54 AM
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And don't forget The Four Yorkshiremen ...
Best skit ever!!

Watched a Python doco recently. I didn't realise that so much of the financing for Holy Grail and Life of Brian came from rock stars. Floyd and Zeppelin put up a lot of the cash for Grail and George Harrison did likewise for Brian. Thank god some of my musical idols have a similar sense of humour to me.....imagine they didn't, two of my all time favs. may never have got off the ground.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:12 AM
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Going through the mail today, I see two bills from Emory Hospital, bills for my co-pay for some tests I've had recently.

It all comes to a pretty damn big chunk of dollars, although it's nothing we can't pay. But I look at how much those tests actually cost and man! It's no mystery why people without health insurance go bankrupt over health care costs like that.
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Waiting for One Piece Ep. 560 to be released, then going to go finish the Eid prayers. Going to have lots o guests later today.
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Wondering what ever happened to Derrick Pope. He filmed drum lessons on Youtube, and just randomly dissapeared. The dude was a pretty good instructor at a beginner level and was a really nice guy. I know he had health problems, so I hope maybe he just got tired of doing the internet thing and something didn't happen to him.

If any of you know him, and have talked to him recently, I'd appreciate a message.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:38 AM
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I wonder if Drummerworld will ever see Jay Norem again.
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He's wounded - had some run ins with a joker. I think. I believe he's hiding in a secret cave with a butler somewhere.


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Old 08-19-2012, 06:59 AM
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He's wounded - had some run ins with a joker. I think. I believe he's hiding in a secret cave with a butler somewhere.


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Old 08-19-2012, 09:25 AM
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I wonder if Drummerworld will ever see Jay Norem again.
Last I heard he was muttering something about owning his own airport.

Look to the skies......I'm sure you'll find him.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:01 PM
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Is sticks lurking around the boards with a new assumed name again, or has he given up all together?
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:44 PM
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I decided to build my own drum seat...
Another update on my D.I.Y. drum seat(s)...

After a few day playing, I felt some discomfort with my first attempt of building my own seat, and since I had enough material to do another attempt, I build a second one, lol...

...taking more attention to details, learning from the first one flaws, after a whole week of brain washing testing various configuration, I went for the big test on the kit yesterday, two sessions of 3 hours each with some serious overplaying, haha... only took a 30mn break in between, I'm happy to say it felt very good indeed, more updates to follow, I might start a thread upon it if anyone's interested :)
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:15 PM
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Last I heard ,he was having a love in with a couple of turkey vultures and a can of sterno.:)

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Old 08-20-2012, 12:27 AM
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You most certainly do have AC in England. Here's just one example. When I move back I'm going to buy several of these. I've been through some heat waves in England and I absolutely will not go through that again.
Your point is absolutely valid. We can have it over here but installed in houses when they're built? Very rare, even in new builds.

I've still got two fans going. This will make it bearable to sleep. It's not fun being 18 stone in this weather!
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Is sticks lurking around the boards with a new assumed name again, or has he given up all together?
For now he's given up but he generally gets found very quickly these days!
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:26 PM
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For now he's given up but he generally gets found very quickly these days!
How do we find out? Is it widely assumed that if held under water the real sticks will not drown, and anyone who does is exonerated and remembered honourably? Subsequently the real one is burned at the stake/banned?
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No need to. MikeM will do it for us......outs him everytime. He's got a keen eye, that one.
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I want to travel in Switzerland by train. The scenery looks incredible in the videos I've watched.
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So true... but, there's lots of mountains too, therefore, there's lots of tunnels... :))
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:37 AM
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Henri, could you explain this, please?

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It's a tongue in cheek comment... if Spes gonna travel through Switzerland by train, he's going to go through a lot of tunnels, although some are quite long, most of them are short enough and only takes minutes to go through, there's not a lot of flat ground in the country, haha... there's the Alps, the pre-Alps and the Jura, these mountains are covering almost two third of the surface of the country, tunnels are a must to go from A to B, but you'll still enjoy the scenery, I would suggest to visit Switzerland by car, this way you drive up and down these mountains through a pass, at the top, the view of the scenery is a breathtaking experience on a clear day. :)



Incidentally, I was a railway engineer in Switzreland, and I worked in many tunnels for maintenance and renovation.
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I would suggest to visit Switzerland by car, this way you drive up and down these mountains through a pass, at the top, the view of the scenery is a breathtaking experience on a clear day. :)
Gee, they must have good cars over there to handle the slopes! Are there hair-raising unprotected single lane roads up the mountains? (Not that it sounds like the organised Swiss to leave loose ends like that).
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Gee, they must have good cars over there to handle the slopes! Are there hair-raising unprotected single lane roads up the mountains? (Not that it sounds like the organised Swiss to leave loose ends like that).
No, there's always some kind of barriers on the road side, although you could easily drive through some of them, and the view from the side window of your car can be really hair-raising as from the edge of the road it can go down straight for several hundred feet, it makes you feel really small, you've got butterfly in your tummy just looking at it :)

Incidentally, my hometown was at 1000m/3280ft altitude, winter time was fun as a kid, not so much as an adult, shovelling that white stuff was tiresome... in sub-zero C temperature.
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Hmm, if I go there I might take the train and have a good book for the tunnels.

I've never seen snow and since I'm not keen old cold weather I've not tried hard to see it. One late springtime I was at the snowfields (long after the season had ended) and I saw some white stuff on the mountaintops. When we got up there all we found were big slabs of ice. That's as close as I've gotten.
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I've never seen snow and since I'm not keen old cold weather I've not tried hard to see it. One late springtime I was at the snowfields (long after the season had ended) and I saw some white stuff on the mountaintops. When we got up there all we found were big slabs of ice. That's as close as I've gotten.
The winters in Michigan are a bit longer than I'd like but I would not want to live somewhere it never snows. Every winter, we get treated to visuals like this everywhere we look.



It gets even more impressive the farther you go up north. I've never seen anything quite like this in person, but our Upper Peninsula is known to produce storms like this.

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Incidentally, I was a railway engineer in Switzreland, and I worked in many tunnels for maintenance and renovation.
I was there just a few weeks ago!! Was awesome!
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The winters in Michigan are a bit longer than I'd like but I would not want to live somewhere it never snows. Every winter, we get treated to visuals like this everywhere we look.



It gets even more impressive the farther you go up north. I've never seen anything quite like this in person, but our Upper Peninsula is known to produce storms like this.

Wow.... That Upper Peninsula shot is incredible.

I have live pretty much on top of Lake Ontario for 46 years so I'm well accustomed to snow as well. Not sure if my wife will ever get used to it.
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Traffic in this city is RIDICULOUS, it's bloody maddening and I've been in it all day. I feel like a fighter pilot who's just made it back from a nasty dogfight.
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Looks pretty wild, 8Mile. Looks like a challenging lifestyle! It's late winter here and things are finally warming up - those "freezing" nights of down to 6 degrees C (about 43F) and hovering around or under 12C most of the time. Yesterday it got up to 25C (77F) - perfect!

Must seem laughable to some of you but I have a German friend who reckons she gets colder in Sydney than back in Europe because homes there are built to withstand extreme temps while Oz houses are much less protected and open.
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I had just finished practicing today and my girlfriend told me to clean the bathroom because my mother is coming over for supper.

We both work in the same profession, contribute equally financially and all that, but still that should really be besides the point.

I remember my extended (ukrainian) family dinners as a kid, the women never left the kitchen, while the men before and after supper sat on their asses in the living room, drinking, smoking, watching sports, and playing cards.

Sigh. Why can't things be the way they used to be?

And before anyone brands me a rabid chauvinist, I did in fact clean the bathroom.
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