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Money is boring talk.  Plus it just reminds me how much I’ve blown in my life.  I paid cash for a house once...then realized I could borrow against it ... more money without having to work--not a bad plan for a guy in his 20s...then i had to pay off the loans and i felt like i had bought the house twice. 

I can live without credit cards; but, i have three and sometimes use them even when i have the cash...i realized that i hadn’t use them in nearly a year so i went out to dinner and used one, then went on line and bought some stuff from the Hippie Shop.

YEARS and YEARS ago ... when i was of the mindset that i’d rather party than work...that’s what i did. I stopped working and decided that my job was to have fun.  I had already bought the house and was blowing through the bank accounts like crazy.  One day (circa 1982) i found out that i only had $100 left in the bank, so i took it out and bought a keg of beer and threw an “I’m Broke” party.  Then went back to work.

I may have wasted a lot of money; but, i didn’t waste my youth.

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So my brother & I had the day off today.  One of his friends came by and we all spent about 10 hours visiting the bowels of Los Angeles.  It had been a long while since i did that. 

Went all over that place.  Bought a cool shirt from this place that is basically an alley where street vendors sell their wares...for very cheap. Then over to Langer’s Deli for lunch ... movie producer eating lunch in a nearby booth. Then walked Hollywood Blvd and did some people watching. Then up to Griffith Park Observatory and hung out and took in the view of Los Angeles. Then GRIDLOCK coming home...took over two hours when with no traffic it would have been 45 - 50 minutes. But, with the three of us telling stories of the crazy stuff we’ve done in our life--the drive wasn’t that bad (and i’m the normal in that group).  My brother’s friend is a writer and is on the 16th re-write of his novel.

When in Hollywood, i didn’t realize until i returned to the car that i had parked directly in front of Capital Records! 

Snapped a few photos with my cell phone ...

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Sounds like a fun day Steve, love the Queen Star, I'm a huge fan of theirs, I saw them 5 times back in 80s. I never got tired of seeing them, their shows were always updated, unlike some bands. It's awesome you actually talked with Brian May. I think he is one of the most underrated guitarist around. That band had no weak links.

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Awesome story Steve, both of them. 

 

Second cup of coffee down, what to do for the day.  May need to be a day of audio and playing with audio toys.

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Mornin' gang. Back from kidney surgery. Still hurting but should be ok. It involved shattering a 9 mm stone with a laser and putting a temporary stent between the kidney and bladder. Don't ask how they got in there. :o Still have some follow up 'issues' to be addressed.

 

It's good to be back. Gonna pick up on my 'likes' from this point forward. billybob ...thanks for asking about me.

 

Cheers to all.

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Mornin' gang. Back from kidney surgery. Still hurting but should be ok. It involved shattering a 9 mm stone with a laser and putting a temporary stent between the kidney and bladder. Don't ask how they got in there. :o Still have some follow up 'issues' to be addressed.

It's good to be back. Gonna pick up on my 'likes' from this point forward. billybob ...thanks for asking about me.

Cheers to all.

Glad to see you back, glad to hear things came out ok.

Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk

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Morning all....

Slept in a bit today.... just getting ready for 2nd cup.....Gonna be rolling out to the shop soon... get some stuff cleaned up... I like it when the shop is all tidy & clean... I work so much better.... The BOSS will also be coming in with me.. she wants to work on her office... She is up to her armpits in paper work with all of stuff that has been going on.... she is power of attorney over her mom, and her dad made her executor of the will.... so for the last few weeks she has been jumping through rings of fire with all this BS.

I tell ya the BOSS can cut through BS like a hot knife through butter... she worked in finance for years before we got the shop.. A quick story to give you some insight of the BOSS/ wife...

Years ago when we bought our house from my farther-in-law she handled all the paper work that goes on when financing a house. She would keep me posted with what was going on... This was back in the day when the housing market was crazy..... if you were breathing and had a pen you could get a loan...... The house appraised for crazy money... but all we wanted was the money that my farther-in-law was going to sell us the house for... He was going to sell it to us for the price that we all agreed back in 1990..... and by this time the house was worth 4 times as much... but he stuck to his word....

So we were buying this house for a fraction of what it was worth on the market at the time. The finance Co. wanted to "give" us more money.... like they said we can give you guys $500K..... ahhhh no thanks...... all we wanted was the loan for the house.

We were rolling everything into loan... So the BOSS was working with this one finance guy (Wayne) it was alot of fax's and phone calls... The day came when we were going to settlement.... all of our "ducks" were lined up... we know how much everything was costing.... all the number's.... The BOSS had it planned out.... All through this I could here the BOSS in her office talking to Wayne.... a few times I heard her say to Wayne "when we get to the settlement table I don't want any surprises!!"

At the settlement table was me the BOSS, my farther and mother-in-law the loan officer and Wayne.... Papers were going around the table... all kinds of papers.... I was looking at this one document with this number on it that was never discussed.... it was a rather large number... I was at a loss.....this number was not on any of our fax's we got from them.... Soooo now the BOSS sees it... she starts to question Wayne about this number..... Wayne starts to give the BOSS some type of babble bullshitt.... He was saying "well I had to do this then I had to do that blah blah blah"  The BOSS was saying NO this isn't making sense... Voices were getting elevated!! Then there was about 30 seconds of silence.... 

NOW picture this... I was sitting there next to my farther and mother-in-law... I had some papers in front of my face.. my eyes were looking over the papers :ph34r: ... no one was speaking, Wayne and the BOSS were standing up looking at each other.... The other table in the room were another settlement was going was also looking at us..... It was like time was standing still... I was thinking to my self..... "somethings about to happen"........... The BOSS made the move... she snatched all the paper work up from everyone and ripped-em up :o ... oh yea... it was nutz... as she was ripping she said to Wayne "I told you I didn't want ANY surprises!!!"

She stuffed all the ripped up documents into her briefcase.... looked at me and said "come on Mark".... I looked over at my farther-in-law and said.... "I guess were leaving Dad".... his jaw was wide open.... Yea it was crazy...... As we were getting in the car the Pres of the loan Co. came running out... Whats going on??? What happend??....... Now we knew the Pres of the loan Co.... Tom.... he was one of our customers, he was the one that set us up with Wayne... The BOSS gave him the scoop of what just went down....... He said "what can we do to get ya back??"  The BOSS pulled out the document with the BS number on it and said "make this number go away!!" Tom said I will call you later.....

So later that week Tom and the BOSS got everything worked out......they got the numbers worked.... Tom was very sorry for what Wayne tried to pull.... There was sooo much equity in the house that Wayne just re-worked the number so he would get a bigger commission...... I guess he thought we would just roll over at the settlement table.... ahhhh not the case!!!

We finished the settlement at my in-laws house that weekend. Tom sent the loan officer that was also at the table when the shitt hit the fan.... When we all sat down the loan officer said... " in all the years of me doing this I have NEVER witnessed anything like that from the other day"....... as we were talking he looked at me and said...... "ahhhhh you want to keep this one"..... He was pointing at The BOSS ;) ......

Oh yea fun times......

 

MKP :-)

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Morning gang

 

Recovery mode from farm run :mellow:

First cup to be followed by many :emotion-44:  :emotion-44:  :emotion-44:  

Now, finely, at home weekend.

Hobby time :emotion-21:

 

Opted out of the Reno run for the SB, I can bet the same money here just fine.

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Good to hear you're doing well Chuck.

I'll bet a Broncos Superbowl win would be some good medicine for you :D

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Good afternoon everyone...

Great news Chuck, soon you will be back at that Hammond full swing !

Excellent story there MKP, I read with great interest, WOW!!

Ok, have some current photos to load ... Did some snow removal, worked on music and now enjoying my paid concert subscription from the Berlin Digital Music Hall stream.... Excellent audio and HD presentation as always... ;0)

Right now, Stravinski's Rite of Spring Talk about dynamics in orchestral music !!image.jpegimage.jpeg

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.......after TWO encores, the full audience let out a sound that came right out of a super bowl arena! I don't know how the audio engineers were able to handle it, but there was no distortion and it was louder then the loudest cresandos of the full orchestra !

.......all for now, enjoy your evening my friends, off to RTM later tonight ;0)image.jpeg

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Afternoon gang

 

Playin with this windows 8 Machine, pain in the azz.

Finely got my USB hooked into it and currently crankin Albert & SRV

 

Hey Chuck you survived it, I figured you would, now have you seen that HBO production of Deadwood?

Al Swearington had a Stone, you would likely feel a lot better if you saw what they went through back in the 1800s.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZB57b3lPQE

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Then over to Langer’s Deli for lunch ...

  Oh man BSM, did you go to Pink's?

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Then over to Langer’s Deli for lunch ...

  Oh man BSM, did you go to Pink's?

 

No; but, i’ve been there a few times in the past.  

Langer’s is iconic in Los Angeles and if you’ve never been there--put it on your list. it’s downtown and not the easiest to find parking; but, if you don’t mind walking a block--crappy surroundings; but, i felt completely safe.  Yesterday was like bizarro day -- first off (with the exception of Griffith Park where the parking lot is so small and it’s probably easier winning the lottery than finding a parking space) i was scoring on premium parking spots. Then we get to Langer’s and there is a crowd waiting outside and some standing inside. Soon one of the gals starts telling people to go outside and wait (there really wasn’t much room inside).  She didn’t say anything to us, so i  said, “so, we’re supposed to go outside and wait?”  She says, “oh, not you ... as soon as that table is cleaned, that one's for you.”  Very friendly staff--i enjoyed the place. 

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Happy Sunday guys. Thanks for all the good wishes. Just gonna take it easy today and watch the game on the HT with Better Half Unit and Baxter. No one in the media thinks we can win, but stranger things have happened. Just ask Brady. :D We'll see.

 

Have a great day and cheers.

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Good sunday Morning Gang

 

You would think the SB would start out here at a reasonable time, like noon or 3Pm? :pwk_bs:

Something like the day time ya-know?

Tarheel, what time is the game on where you are?

 

West coast it's 7 or 8 or something. :pwk_bs:

 

Enjoying Coffee/Duggans enhanced.

70's+ for the next 5 days. 

May Dig into that last Bass Bin refurb.

Spray-on Bedliner "Likes" the 70s.

 

Chuck is still hangin in there...a good thing.

Everyday, just a little bit better, rest, then mooore rest.

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