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Lord Summerisle last won the day on September 27 2018

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  1. I thought it an eloquent and impressive piece of nihilism, to be honest.
  2. I've no interest in being contentious in such times as these. You're your own person. Go to Sunday breakfast at the last open diner in town if you wish. People who are self-quarantining ought not to come into contact with you, just don't seek them out. And I thought I just said COVID19 ignited the new recession? Doesn't much matter though. We're all left to deal with the outcomes, and we can all deal with the current situation as we wish. You can John Wayne your way through the crisis, and I can hide in my living room. Either's good.
  3. I'd like to believe we've learned from past pandemics, and that these measures reflect that. We need to be careful not to use logic akin to "Why do we need all these safety features built into cars? It's crazy. Have you seen how less likely you are to die if you crash your car these days, compared to the 1950s?" In the instance you describe, I'd say the reason the medical staff were largely uninfected is because medical professionals are incredibly careful in their work habits to avoid infection. It's testimony to good hygiene standards in the medical and nursing professions. I'm glad the elderly veterans were mostly unharmed. Alas, there are other anecdotes that offer an alternative outcome to yours: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-deaths-washington-nursing-home-outbreak-2020-3 And for what it's worth, I don't believe COVID-19 caused a new recession. I believe the failure to properly recover from the 2008 recession caused this new recession of the 2020s, coupled with a very nervous, cheap-debt-dependent casino economy, the inevitable overheated housing market (kept that way by government, which has latched onto the idea of housing as investment vehicle not human need, and hence encourages housing shortages and unaffordability), plus a hundred or so other things. COVID-19 was the match applied to the blue touchpaper of what I suspect will be a Great Depression, almost in time for the 100th anniversary of the last one. In the meantime. Stay home if you can. Isolate and care for elderly family members. I'm playing board games online with my 80 year old father and talking to him a lot, he's bored and wants to go out, and I want him to stay home. I'm willing to believe this thing is horrible, and whatever the other related problems, I don't want me, or anyone I care about, to be sick. I don't want anyone to be sick with this thing, but many will be.
  4. My old Granny, who raised me, sometimes told me about her recollections of the "Spanish Lady" from 1918. The Spanish Lady visited her little village in Wales, and decimated it. It's OK to be cautious. Right now my wife and I are enjoying isolation, spending time together. I'm working from home, and feel productive teaching online. If I must get groceries, I go to Aldi at 9am the moment they open (they clean their stores very thoroughly from what I've seen), quickly grab my few things, and get out of there. I walk the dog in remote parts of the county each day. To answer your question: 152 cases in Virginia as of 03/21/2020. I expect that to explode in the next few days.
  5. That was very interesting, thank you for posting it. A little joke Paul Jones made - Alexis Korner was the father of the British blues boom, leaving space for Chris Barber to be the grandfather: I think the documentary did a good job of describing the British music scene of the 1950s, but the one thing it slightly glossed over was the trad boom, which was huge in the mid-to-late '50s. There is supposedly a strong connection between the two - blues and skiffle bands being used to play short sets in between the various stripy-waistcoated acts who thought they were on a Mississippi riverboat in the early 20th century.
  6. I've often ruminated on that metaphor, too. But these days, I think it imperfect. What it a Cadillac Escalade? Answer: it's a blinged-up Chevy Suburban. In their bones, they're the same car (well, SUV). And I say this as a lifetime (more or less) GM owner. Right now I have a Buick LaCrosse, which is, in essence, a Chevy Imapala. I went out to buy an Impala, but got a better deal on the LaCrosse. It's a prettier version of the same car - although many would disagree and prefer the Impala's styling over the Buick. I don't think a Gibson SG is a blinged-up Epiphone SG (a silly comparison, I know, as the Gibson came first and the Epi is a budget model of it, but you catch my drift, I hope....) What I have thought, for quite some time, is the same way GM has basically started to streamline its range around Chevrolet, Gibson may benefit from doing the same.
  7. I really enjoy Trogly's channel, but remember he is clearly a man of very considerable financial means as he can buy new guitars with abandon, review them, and ship them out the door for resale without being too alarmed by the financial realities of it all. Note: I am aware he also has sponsorship here and there. But, in any case, he buys very expensive guitars, mid-range guitars, and also cheap guitars, and sometimes in his videos he's bought so many guitars he doesn't even recall buying a particular guitar when he opens the box! The question should never be: is this cheap Epiphone as good as a Gibson? And yet that's the very question so many Youtube reviewers insist on asking - Trogly doesn't directly ask that, but perhaps because he has so many high-end guitars through his hands, you always get the sense his expectations are lofty. But the real question is (or should be) - for what you paid, are you happy? If you buy your purple Epi Les Paul for pennies on the dollar compared to a Gibson, it arrives, and it has a high fret, are you happy? If you take it to the luthier at the local music shop and he charges you another $100 for a fret job and a set-up and now the thing plays perfectly, are you happy? So yeah, I drop the money on a Fender Custom Shop, it had better show up at my door in perfect condition. I buy a purple Epi Les Paul with a finish that looks like the sanding job on the underside of a knock-down Lowes economy range kitchen cabinet......it's all relative at that point, I guess: am I happy with what I bought, for what I paid, and with what I might need to pay on top to make me fully content with my purchase?
  8. WOULD ANYONE ELSE RETURN IT because of these issues or am I being too picky? (I can't speak for "anyone else," just me) but: Dirty marks embedded in the binding on left side of first and second frets. NO Nut is offset very slightly to the right and not smooth with the neck. YES Possible fracture deep in the finish at the nut. YES Tiny curve cut out of the neck pickup surround. NO Trust rod cover screws are in at angle, the same angle, quite far off straight. NO Not sure if it is dirty strings or the laurel wood but my fingers get extremely dirty which playing, most likely strings just need a good clean. NO Am I being too picky? NO
  9. It's been around forever, but a Pod Studio UX2 and a free download of Audacity will achieve what you're after for $200 new or <$100 used.
  10. Wow, zombie thread time. Where have 11 years gone? The mythology around those Czech Epis endures...European, so gotta be good, right? And rare, and special. Yeah, well. British Leyland cars were 100% manufactured in the United Kingdom.
  11. Mick Fleetwood is a true contender for the " luckiest man in rock" title. Others include Bob Weir (probably the favorite for this title), Ronnie Wood, Liam Gallagher...
  12. My wife just doesn't understand me. Which surprises me, as the website said she has "conversational English."
  13. 18 years of marriage. I said going in this was the only time I'm getting married, and that's still true. If she ever leaves me or if she dies before me, then I'll be on my own. Just me and dogs. I can be on my own, she really can't, so if I go before her I hope she finds someone else. When you're 25 and getting married (as I was) you don't have the first clue what it's all about. You're pretty confident it's all about great sex and happiness ever after. It's never about health insurance premiums and arguing over paying for elder care for your spouse's parent. This isn't disparaging my wife. I love her. Just remember your Dad stressing over the mortgage payment, the car payment, your Mom nagging him, him coming home from work, strung out, pouring a Scotch, your Mom saying, "Oh, I see you're having another Scotch," the hot water tank going out on Christmas Eve and your Dad running to Lowes to get a new one and trying to install it while your Mom says, "How long will it be? I need to take a bath and remember my brother and his wife are coming over at six," and you said, "I'm never, ever gonna be like Dad," and then you wake up at 43, and yeah, you've turned into your Dad.
  14. Now it's set up and playing to your satisfaction, settle back and enjoy it. It's a shame about the decline of bricks & mortar stores. I bought my Hagstrom Viking in 2009 from a little Mom & Pop store called "Bluesmaster Guitars" in Durham, North Carolina - alas now closed, so I hear. After I decided to buy it, the owner, who really knew his business, set it up for me beautifully - I went back a couple of days later to collect it. His price (+ case) was more or less the same as the online price from a big retailer - the set up was essentially just part of the service. Not bad for what was then a $700 guitar. The modern day Hagstroms are mid-priced guitars, but my own experience is if you find one you like, it becomes a true keeper. In the 11 years I have had mine, other, much more expensive stuff has come (and often gone). As the old cliche goes - if I could have only one guitar, it would be this one. I thought about buying a Rickenbacker 620 for my 40th a couple of years ago. Saved up the money, was ready to pull the trigger.....and never quite did. Ending up putting the money into the down payment on a new (to me) car, instead. I can't imagine how many playing hours I must have put into that Hagstrom. It's been gigged, and carted around to endless jams at friends' houses. A few years ago I needed a bit of electrical work doing on it - nothing major - the luthier who did the work, a rather upscale shop where I now live in Virginia, rather condescendingly said "Well, not wishing you bad luck, but the frets will lift on these Asian made guitars eventually, that's just a given." 11 years in, hasn't happened yet. If it does, I'll take it somewhere else to get it fixed. As I type this, it sits on its stand next to my American Standard Telecaster. I think I'll go and play it. None of this is intended as that silly hyperbole one sometimes reads online about how some guy is convinced his 335 knock off is actually better than a Gibson Custom Shop at three times the price. This guitar is certainly not equal in quality to an expensive Gibson. I just like it. If I bought a Gibson 335, it would gather dust on a stand next to the Hagstrom, not as an inferior guitar, but because I'd still prefer my old Hagstrom. Some guitars are just that way. Good luck with yours.
  15. Is that new Epi Firebird a through neck?
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