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On 12/9/2020 at 12:24 PM, Retired said:

Our son was into Austin Powers also. Yep, Austin was mostly humor, I've seen clips here and there of him but never sat down to watch him through in any of his movies.  I was more into the humor of Tim Conway and guys like that.  I was born in 1953 so that probably explains that Lol. What inspired me to play guitar was The Ventures and many of those songs I played when I started out at 13.  Burlington Northern was Freight train.  I started out with  Union Pacific RR in 1976 and they closed the shops in 89'.  I had a brain tumor cancer at that time so when I came back, they were close to shutting it down and I had to resign from UP and I went to Burlington Northern to finish out my career. Both were car shops repairing freight cars. Amtrak is the passenger train and has nothing to do with either Railroad. Although when I worked at UP they bought out Rock Island and merged with Southern Pacific.  At BN, they merged with Santa Fee while I worked there. I retired from the BN May, 31, 2013. The retirement benefits are great and worth sticking around for.  Although I don't miss working for the BN. 

The age difference explains why you're unfamiliar with the reference, but for years I thought Stairway to Heaven was banned from guitar stores near and far lol. Aren't the pay and benefits the only reason people really go to work, otherwise we'd all stay home and play guitar all day. Good on your for sticking with it and kicking cancer's *ss!

On 12/10/2020 at 4:41 PM, mihcmac said:

Well yesterday I accidentally hit a couple of my toes with my weedeater while not wearing shoes, a bloody mess, but got it under control. I had to elevate for a few hours and play my 339. 🙂

I may be here a lot today while trying to let a scab form on my toes...🎶 💊 ](*,)

Yikes! Sounds like a gnarly sight. A West Indian friend told me to pack gashes and cuts with salt, turns out they heal a lot quicker and with very minimal scarring

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On 12/10/2020 at 3:41 PM, mihcmac said:

Well yesterday I accidentally hit a couple of my toes with my weedeater while not wearing shoes, a bloody mess, but got it under control. I had to elevate for a few hours and play my 339. 🙂



Man. 
I can't imagine how painful that is. 

I did the same thing a few weeks ago, only I was wearing my yard-working sneakers with socks underneath. 

I still (somehow) put a gash in my right big toe. 
The physics of that are perplexing to me. 

I guess I should wear steel-toed sneakers from here on out. 

😐

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18 hours ago, mihcmac said:

I love helicopters, specially RC coaxial with counter rotating blades. RC helicopters got overshadowed by drones that you get to fly Pac Man style and are rapidly approaching for passenger transport.

My toes seem to healing nicely sofar and my new guitars acclimated allowing me to do a final trussrod tweak. I'm not accustomed to having 2 new guitars at the same time, being torn between them no matter which one I pick up..

I know you are in Hawaii and when I lived there I think the locals  called flip flops, slippers. I sure hope you had closed toed shoes on while weed whacking.

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14 hours ago, hummingbirdguy said:

Yikes! Sounds like a gnarly sight. A West Indian friend told me to pack gashes and cuts with salt, turns out they heal a lot quicker and with very minimal scarring

I was lucky, I just skinned the top of my middle and index toes on my right foot, the tops looked like jelly for a couple of days.

5 hours ago, sparquelito said:

Man. 
I can't imagine how painful that is. 

I did the same thing a few weeks ago, only I was wearing my yard-working sneakers with socks underneath. 

I still (somehow) put a gash in my right big toe. 
The physics of that are perplexing to me. 

I guess I should wear steel-toed sneakers from here on out. 

😐

I t was very intense at first and looked freaky, my lady came to the rescue with hydrogen peroxide and wet paper towels, then elevating helped a lot. I was just doing a quick touch up in a rocky area and lost my balance pulling the trimmer over my toes.

3 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

I know you are in Hawaii and when I lived there I think the locals  called flip flops, slippers. I sure hope you had closed toed shoes on while weed whacking.

Yep flip flops, but the language here is heavily influenced by the Queens English so slippers. I usually do wear something more protective, but this time it was just flip flops.

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Worked (as usual) and am going out for a bike ride to buy tortoise food.

Checked in on the Facebook Marketplace and the guy with that Firebird VII just raised the price by another $100!

There's something wrong with these people.

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1 hour ago, SteveFord said:

Worked (as usual) and am going out for a bike ride to buy tortoise food.

Checked in on the Facebook Marketplace and the guy with that Firebird VII just raised the price by another $100!

There's something wrong with these people.

Did you say WTF..!?

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I know, just weird.

The last 2006 Firebird VII I tried to buy the guy did the same thing but he was jumping at $600 increments or something crazy like that.  Some nut finally bought it.

The wife monster took her dog out to buy another car load full of toys so brought the tobacco burst Les Paul Standard down for a whirl.  She's never seen it and I plan on keeping it that way.  This is really the first bit of playing it that I've done so I'll try and do a mini review tomorrow.  I've got it set up right, now just see if I can get used to the stubby little beauty.  Compared to a Firebird it's missing about 4" of neck...

 

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1 hour ago, SteveFord said:

I know, just weird.

The last 2006 Firebird VII I tried to buy the guy did the same thing but he was jumping at $600 increments or something crazy like that.  Some nut finally bought it.

The wife monster took her dog out to buy another car load full of toys so brought the tobacco burst Les Paul Standard down for a whirl.  She's never seen it and I plan on keeping it that way.  This is really the first bit of playing it that I've done so I'll try and do a mini review tomorrow.  I've got it set up right, now just see if I can get used to the stubby little beauty.  Compared to a Firebird it's missing about 4" of neck...

 

As long as it's the same color as the last one she knows about, I learned the hard way ....

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4 hours ago, SteveFord said:

I know, just weird.

The last 2006 Firebird VII I tried to buy the guy did the same thing but he was jumping at $600 increments or something crazy like that.  Some nut finally bought it.

The wife monster took her dog out to buy another car load full of toys so brought the tobacco burst Les Paul Standard down for a whirl.  She's never seen it and I plan on keeping it that way.  This is really the first bit of playing it that I've done so I'll try and do a mini review tomorrow.  I've got it set up right, now just see if I can get used to the stubby little beauty.  Compared to a Firebird it's missing about 4" of neck...

 

The only one I hid from Deb was a 12 string acoustic. She bought a cheap Oscar Schmidt for me years back and the neck was twisted and bowed. I took that one back for a replacement under it's warranty and later on I found a Very nice Yamaha 12 and traded the Oscar for the Yamaha.  Brought it home and never told her as I really hated to hurt her feelings about it. I had it in a case for a while and after a while I put it on the rack. She came in my guitar room many times and never did notice the difference. The Yamaha is much louder with a better tone. She never noticed that either. 

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My new Epiphone sang like a bird, it really likes my tube amp, I got to run it a bit hotter than normal outdoors today. The 59 reissue seems to be a faithful recreation.

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Seriously Sparky, That was the scariest ride of my life. Couldn't believe there were no doors on the chopper and my brother in law was the 3rd passenger sitting next to the open doorway. Seat belts we had on but they were loose. Mike starts bragging to the pilot about his Vietnam days being a gunner by the open door with his feet hanging out.  So the pilot got the notion to scare the crap out of Mike but it only worked on me.  He did about everything except an upside down circle! I had my eyes closed hanging on to them both. 

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Forced day off from work so got to spend 6 hours playing this new Gold Top Standard.

Lot of truss rod, pick up, pole piece and string height adjustment but I think I've got it where it needs to be.

The 50s neck on this thing is really big so it will take an awful lot of playing time to make it feel like my guitar when I pick it up.  Initially it was at the super heavy thing with giant neck stage but it's getting there.

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On 12/11/2020 at 2:36 AM, sparquelito said:

A coworker and I relocated some assets from down south to up north. 

The weather was splendid, though we did encounter some mild turbulence at one point. 

🙂

 

Man, those are great pictures and piloting a helicopter has been a life-long dream for me since I watched the TV show Whirlybirds when I was a kid. I've never even been in one but maybe some day.

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Woke up at 5, played guitar until 6 and then worked from 6 AM to 6:30 PM.

It's like I want a guitar or something.

Where is Santa Steve's paycheck when he needs it???  And try to bring me something good and don't dump it down the chimney like a UPS driver would do.
Also discovered that the dog likes eating spaghetti which was pretty funny to watch.

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On 12/13/2020 at 2:46 PM, SteveFord said:

Forced day off from work so got to spend 6 hours playing this new Gold Top Standard.

Lot of truss rod, pick up, pole piece and string height adjustment but I think I've got it where it needs to be.

The 50s neck on this thing is really big so it will take an awful lot of playing time to make it feel like my guitar when I pick it up.  Initially it was at the super heavy thing with giant neck stage but it's getting there.

Nice! I have the 60's neck on mine. Love it. 

1 hour ago, SteveFord said:

Woke up at 5, played guitar until 6 and then worked from 6 AM to 6:30 PM.

It's like I want a guitar or something.

Where is Santa Steve's paycheck when he needs it???  And try to bring me something good and don't dump it down the chimney like a UPS driver would do.
Also discovered that the dog likes eating spaghetti which was pretty funny to watch.

Funny, Dobermans will eat Anything! 

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Small poodle puppy has a hard time with a mouth full of spaghetti.

That neck on that Gold Top is kind of a strange thing as it's smooth as can be, has really low frets and action but it doesn't have much taper to it and the nut is a bit high.

The sounds that come out of it, though, are just addictive.  I don't care what I'm playing, I just like hearing it.  

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I did this today. I'll call it light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not grimacing, my neck is just old.

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I am a contractor for NASA and my co-worker said if our company make us get the vaccine he is quitting. If it happens he wont its just words.

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Good for you Tman, Deb was telling me that they wouldn't get around to people like us till next year. Only Doctors and Nurses, Those in nursing homes and the most important ones would get it first. 

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4 hours ago, Retired said:

Good for you Tman, Deb was telling me that they wouldn't get around to people like us till next year. Only Doctors and Nurses, Those in nursing homes and the most important ones would get it first. 

The hospital said high risk people get it first, as they should, ICU nurses, infectious disease, etc. They were pretty organized and got it done within a day. I am 2nd tier, initially estimated mid January so I thought I've followed (what I think are) common sense guidelines so I'll wait until then and hopefully not get the virus.  We are in the midst of an exponential surge here in So. Cal on the order of thousands of new cases per day. ICUs are full. Hospital ER parking lots have tents to take care of very sick people who are dropped off. Honestly surreal.

I work in an outpatient center that sees about 30-40 patients a day during the pandemic I got a call from the hospital that said come on down, you are at risk especially now, we have enough to vaccinate in your category. They were pretty efficient. Not often said about big organizations. I'm thinking it will be that way all around. I bet it'll be available much sooner than people are expecting.

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Several politicians and experts, including one at the CDC  are postulating that  vaccine priority be given to minorities over the elderly.    Funny how us old folks have been hearing we are hi-risk for 10 months but as soon as a 'cure' is available - it becomes political.  Teachers Unions are now saying they are equivalent to "First Responders" and should get them before the geezers.   

Sort of reminds me of the scene in the movie "Titanic"  where they're putting 'women and children' into the lifeboats and some sleazy guy gets caught cross-dressing to sneak on a boat. 

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Wife is health care, I'm an essential worker so we're just buying guitars and waiting.

Well, I'm the one buying guitars but at least one of us is doing the right thing.

They found out what's wrong with the wife: her heart is stopping.  They won't put a pacemaker in her as she's "only" 54 so they just keep futzing with her meds.

My suggestion was a doggie shock collar, just give her a good jolt every so often but she didn't seem too receptive to the idea.  

Women!

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