My Type of Party

peanut butter cookies

Some people have a type. The obvious is the type one has in their partners. Some like women with blonde hair. Women, if you’ve ever changed your hair color from something other than blonde to blonde, you know what I mean. Men… sorry I don’t have enough experience to give you a correlation on that one. Some like women who are smart. I’m pretty sure all women like men who are smart. Some like funny. Some like rich, although I don’t know if that’s a type-thing or just general laziness in not wanting to work. And then there are the more fun types – our types that are for things. Personally, I’m a cheese type. I like anything with cheese on it. Or sugar… I’m definitely a sugar type. I love sugar things, cookies especially, and of those peanut butter cookies especially. Now you might be wondering what my type is, other than cheese and peanut butter cookies that is, but really this isn’t completely about types, at least not those types. Why? Because I wonder if having a type isn’t indicative of something more, something much more mysterious, instinctive perhaps, something that’s always in us.

Take cheese for example. I didn’t always like cheese. I used to take the cheese off everything it was on, or ask that it be left off. Of course, this was in my childhood when I wouldn’t eat anything except beef, chicken, fried bologna, eggs, bacon, lettuce, green beans and black-eyed peas — no bread,  and absolutely no mayo or salad dressing of any kind. I loved milk though, still do, so my disdain for cheese made no sense; after all, cheese is milk. But my first experience with cheese was one of those moments in life one never forgets, so it pushed the love of cheese into the forefront.

I was with my father. We had gone to a cow auction. I can’t remember if at that time we had our first two cows boarded out at the horse place just outside Calgary, or if it was before my dad had bought any of the cows that would come to define my youth. I was about 9. It was a particularly cold afternoon, and I was hungry, crazy hungry. The auction house had a little café, the kind where there are bar stools. It had tables too, but that was the first of many countless times I would eat with my dad at a bar stool. Over my protestations that I don’t like cheese, apparently something he was tired of hearing, he ordered me a cheeseburger. He told me to try it, and if I didn’t like it, he’d get one without cheese. I knew he wouldn’t, so I was worried. I watched the cheeseburger get made, smoke filling the entire space, and still to this day I remember how utterly amazing it seemed. And so at my father’s and my stomach’s urgings, I tried it – my first burger with cheese, and I was forever changed. That burger was magic, and in that instant, my father’s type of burger became mine. A burger must have cheese.

Then there are the types that change and change often. Think of all those shoes, jackets and hair styles we tossed out in favor of something better, something more stylish, something that was a better type. Who amongst us grew up with hunter green carpeting? Or how about that harvest gold refrigerator? And mind you, harvest gold might have been an improvement over my family’s fridge in the 1970s — a hold-back from the 50s, our turquoise refrigerator, in the harvest gold kitchen. All of that gave way to 1980s black lacquer, not that I ever had that, but I would be willing to bet some of us still do.  My type? My type was never that. I would never have been the person who decorated an entire house in the color of the year. I liked antiques, things that are so old they are always in style. Lately I think a lot of my taste in houses. I look at house pictures, draw little house plans for fun, dreaming of the day I can rebuild my own house. Thinking I was influenced by my other trips to (and through) New Mexico, I thought of my most recent trip to Santa Fe trip as a way to further what I think of as my new influence, my taste for things that look New Mexico-ish.

I was thinking of the first thing I ever bought for my first place I ever lived alone – my dorm room in my first year of college. I’m not talking about the 80s pastel color-splash comforters my mother bought for me; I’m talking about a print I taped on the wall. Most kids were taping up their rock stars, their inspirational messages, their photos. Me? I wanted art.  There was a store on the main street the kids called “The Drag.” It was next to the place that played French movies, and the store sold posters, posters of art. I went into the store to buy my first piece of art, a poster by the artist Georgia O’Keefe. It was black and white, something 80s minimalistic, at least in my mind, but it had something to it that struck me. I didn’t remember the poster, other than its color, and its mood, a mixture of anger, solace, mystery, something that drew me in. It had words on the bottom I no longer remember. It became my first décor. I was proud of it. I thought it gave me some definitive taste when, to me, the world around me had nothing to offer but immaturity. I watched those French movies too, but that’s a whole different story. I would eventually frame the poster, but the poster would be short-lived in my life as a broken pipe in my apartment some three years later would claim it. And Georgia O’Keefe, and whatever her art represented, faded from my memory.

Before my recent trip to Santa Fe I was looking for things to eat in Santa Fe. In my research I came across mention of the museum that is a tribute to one of Santa Fe’s most famous artists, the New Yorker transplant Georgia O’Keefe who decided to move to the Santa Fe area after a vacation from New York and then painted flowers and desert scenes inspired by the area. I identify with that story, not that I am moving there, but the look of that place is influencing all of those house plans I draw for fun. And I yearn for that kind of freedom, that kind of artistic expression, that kind of talent. And of course, my first real thing I ever bought – that poster I could remember as only a black and white, moody thing that drew me in, was a Georgia O’Keefe, so I thought a peek in that museum would reveal something to me.

Santa Fe Chamber Music #2

On our last day, I did just that, peeked into the museum while my family stayed outside admiring a tree. Admission to the gift shop was free, so that’s where I did my major peeking. Much like the poster store on that street we called “The Drag,” they had posters for sale. I flipped through them, all colorful flowers, expecting one of them to hit me, but … nothing. Then I came across a particular black and white poster. Not sure why, I stopped on that poster and really looked at it. It was black and white. It has these words on the bottom: “Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival” and dates in 1978. And then I remembered. That was my poster. It was of a mountain, with a streak of white looking almost like lightening, and that image gave me the exact reaction, it was moody and drew me in. I fought back tears, seriously, actual tears. What hit me was the realization that the art, and even the words on the poster, this reference to Santa Fe, represented a type that would come to define me, and was always there even when I was an 18 year-old girl who simply bought some poster of art she liked without knowing what it was about.

cheeseburgerSo that’s what this party is – a party where one tiny memory ties everything together, a party where we pay tribute to those things that have always been inside us, especially when we don’t realize it until something comes full circle, a party to honor our type. Oh and next month, I have another short trip, a trip to visit my dad. I think we will go to a café somewhere, sit at the bar stools and have cheeseburgers. I so love eating cheeseburgers on bar stools with my dad.

  • HS_1_3415

    Just gotta finish up my story for creative writing tonight and I’ll be done with my freshman year of college! (And I got a 101.4% in economics EEEK!) Lovin’ the new facelift—sleek, rad, and swank!

    Was doing some music research and found something WG would appreciate—this is an interview with Lana back when she called herself Lizzy Grant:

    “Brea: You describe your music as Hawaiian glam metal and surf noir. How did you come to those descriptions?

    Lizzy: At first I didn’t know why I liked the “Hawaiian and glam,” idea but as I started listening to more artists I like, it made sense. There was just something about the look of Hawaii and then I started thinking more about Elvis and I couldn’t believe how many Hawaiian references there were in his work. And the glam came from an old boyfriend, who was very handsome. He said that his music was glam, so I copied him. And then I started to look at other glam-y artists and movies– you know, like “Velvet Goldmine,” and I thought, this is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very into a drag queen world– anything showy and gold.

    Brea: And what about metal?

    Lizzy: The same boyfriend taught me all about Van Halen and Poison, and he called them metal bands. As soon as I heard them, I thought, “these are my people!” And then it was all that I listened to, so… When I met with all the big record labels, they didn’t like the term “metal” at all, because admittedly the music doesn’t sound like metal. But, it is influenced by men who like metal.”

    Lana likes Van Halen!!!!! The interview is here.

    • Whispergirl

      Okay, so we’re not done with the old concept of ‘party”
      I was thinking I’d have basically a free-for-all on the main page, kinda like “the old days,” but I guess I’m open to whatever.

      Lana! It’s so cool that you’re into her. That’s a fabulous interview! I totally love it. I’ve said the same thing — that this music she does is akin to rock ‘n’ roll, even influenced by it. I hear it. Apparently, she meant us to hear it! How she talks is so me from that era of my life, influenced by these men who liked metal, but so completely different and melancholy.

      By the way, transposed on paper, Lana’s music is really strange, minor chords that don’t match, something I really always did too. I know because on my birthday I was in Guitar Center and looked over at the music/song books. I saw Lana’s Honeymoon, and practically screamed. I didn’t expect to see it there. Of course I bought it. It seems someone who buys things for Guitar Center, and indeed the Hollywood store on Sunset, thinks the same as we do of Lana! You and I need to have a Lana party!

      Congrats on Freshmen graduation and the great Econ grade. XO

  • Whispergirl

    I think we have all figured out the new drill, so this page will get taken down by tomorrow. I would say today, but I have some work event I have to go to tonight.

    Thanks to all who made our parties amazing. The first party page had over 10,000 hits. With the other approximately five party pages, we easily hit another 10,000. That’s a ton of talking! I hope we keep it up!

  • jetblast190

    Been ultra-busy and haven’t been around lately, but really liked the new renovations at WG.net! Great look and great job! Ultra sleek and modern looking…very fashionable!

    • Whispergirl

      Thanks!! I’m really into it now! And thanks for the compli on fashionable !

      I’m going to a theme where we will all post on the main pages though. You probably missed all of that. Although most people are still here.

      If you haven’t checked it out, Beanie had more shots and things on the main page of last week (East Becomes West). I just put up a new story-theme. His stuff is in the old one.

    • DropDeadLegs

      Just like our very own W… very sleek cool and ultra fashionable and totally classy!!! An as always very Nice to see you Jet!!!

    • jhs5150

      It definitely needed a facelift. Thanks.

  • DropDeadLegs

    a picture paints a zillion calories! ! apologies for the upsidedownedness…. and the beverage is an italian hot chocolate. … so thick you have to drink it with a spoon..xxxxx

    • Whispergirl

      Yum, child, yum!

  • DropDeadLegs

    I love the East is West post…and naturally Im on this journey with you ALL the way…. we’re out for mothers day brekkie (1 day early rather than trying to battle the crush tomorrow) whats on the menu? Eggs benedict with smoked salmon & spinach and a 3 egg omelette with cheese, bacon and tomato….. verdict?? YUM!!

    • Whispergirl

      Thanks DDL! I’m glad!
      Remember, very soon, all the posting will be on the main pages.
      BTW, Eggs Benedict if my very favorite meal! Yes, very yum!!

    • jhs5150

      Never look at pics of food when you haven’t eaten breakfast! Damn, super hungry now. Thanks DLL };-)

    • jhs5150

      Never look at pics of food when you haven’t eaten breakfast! Damn, super hungry now. Thanks DLL };-)

  • Second Video from Biker fest… This is the “Eddie guitar” version that he did with Sammy on the RHRN album and not the recorded version with DLR. I like this version better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlsVzZuV3TM

    • jetblast190

      Damn MB! That blew me a way! Hard to predict the future, but I’d love to see you guys play if the opportunity ever came up. Thanks for the video!

  • Interesting news that my band members know nothing about. I have recently been contacted by a lead singer who was previously in a DLR based – “Van Halen” tribute band here in IL, by the name of ‘Unchained”, very excellent VH tribute band too!

    He recently left his band (contract expired) .. and I am not sure what he is wanting from me?.. but he is a BIG name on the local circuit for sure, big gigs, big pay etc.. I guess I need to know what he is looking for specifically?

    • jhs5150

      A band, lol!

  • jhs5150

    Just so Y’all (ok, I’m half redneck) know, you can click on the Whispergirl logo at the top of the page and will always take you back to the home page. Clicking on the Pebbles icon on the sidebar does the same thing. Y’all get used to it now, hear?

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Ummm. . . WTF just happened?

    • Whispergirl

      We revamped it.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I’m sorry – I don’t like it.
        Too awkward to get around; looks worse on my desktop than on my phone (which is pretty bad).

        I think it’s time for me to take a break, anyway – I’ve been neck-deep in stupid for so long that it’s starting to affect my personal relationships.

        I feel like Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live.

        • I like it better, give a few days Rev. Less pages.. would like it more if we just had a main page which I believe is WG’s end goal.

          • Whispergirl

            We do have a main page. Right now I have older stories showing. I could leave that many or reduce them, but either way, the main story of the week (or if it’s longer if I get slow or too busy to write a story) will be where we comment. I think by Monday, we’ll have it figured out. There’s not so many of us anyway. And unlike how the main story loaded before, Disqus is going up automatically, so you don’t have to click “comments” like you used to.

            I really like how this theme looks, and it’s busy so that the goal of having the running weekly story/talk space looks like a site. Before, with the old theme, it would look pretty bland. It’s just different visually, and the extraneous pages we weren’t using are hidden.

            BTW, this color could be changed, but I like the dark. It makes it look more rock ‘n’ roll.

        • jhs5150

          Its actually very simple. The main page comes up and you pick the story you want to read or comment on. The sidebar replaces the cluttered columns that used to be at the top and the pages that nobody really used are removed. It supports any type of device, which the old one didn’t and it fixes the problem of always having to create a new Party page from getting slow from so many posts. There will be a fresh page every time there’s new article from WG. It was due for an upgrade and this is much more modern. Use it a few times and I think you’ll like it.

        • jhs5150

          Its actually very simple. The main page comes up and you pick the story you want to read or comment on. The sidebar replaces the cluttered columns that used to be at the top and the pages that nobody really used are removed. It supports any type of device, which the old one didn’t and it fixes the problem of always having to create a new Party page from getting slow from so many posts. There will be a fresh page every time there’s new article from WG. It was due for an upgrade and this is much more modern. Use it a few times and I think you’ll like it.

        • Whispergirl

          I don’t know Rowdy Roddy Piper, but I understand that.
          I don’t think we’re going to be “stupid”, but I understand little breaks.

          It will be just one story at a time, and I’ll try to put in something we can relate to, like a party theme with the story. This way there aren’t so many pages. I waned a theme (these looks are themes) where I could have only one page at a time without the site looking like I abandoned the other pages. We were not writing on the others. I like it. Give it a bit, especially after I take Party down, and just go to the first story that week. It will never get slow, and we’ll just be there talking. I never ever want to lose you, so hopefully you’ll get used to it.

          • jhs5150

            Yes, the stupid comment left me SMH a little bit.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Nonono – not saying that you’re stupid. . . just that I’ve been surrounded by stupid for so long that my personal relationships are beginning to suffer – because I can see the stupid train rushing headlong – and almost nobody else can.

            I don’t want it to affect my relationships with you guys. . . but I know it will.
            So, I’m taking a break.

            Check out the movie They Live. Rowdy Roddy Piper (the wrestler) is the star. Synopsis: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

            • Whispergirl

              I get it. I hope you don’t leave, like forever-leave. A few people have done that, and you would definitely be missed. So break if you must.
              I’ll check out your movie. Oddly, I like wrestlers, which is hilarious in itself. Sunglasses with powers, sounds like you. I think I’d like that.

              • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                Just a break. I promise.

                Can’t say how long, but – barring death or dismemberment – I’ll be back.

                • Whispergirl

                  Okay, don’t die on me then or get dismembered… Arnold!

                • jhs5150

                  You take all the fun out of things, Rev… As Bugs would say – “bon voyaji.”

                  • Whispergirl

                    J, Rev is having one of those moments. He’ll be fine.

                    • jhs5150

                      That was a joke. What’s wrong with a little death and dismemberment? Thinking Alice/Vincent Price here…

                    • Whispergirl

                      Awww, Rev is too cute to die! He has fabulous curls!

                    • jhs5150

                      True but I think he’s going to need a “permanananananent.”

                  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                    Farewell to thee!

                    Just gotta remember to take that left toin at Albaquoikee. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      Wait, you better come back!
                      And left turns .. that’s what we’re doing.

                    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                      I’m more of a right turn kinda guy. . .
                      But Bugs always says make a left at Albaquiokee. . .

                      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e42c22e2546ffafeec840b41547760d359c84032ffdfba18178d11320f216e9a.jpg

                    • Whispergirl

                      I love, love, love the tractor photos! Yes, right turns are where it’s at!

                    • jhs5150

                      And tractor parts…

                    • jhs5150

                      And tractor parts…

                    • DropDeadLegs

                      are you heading for Cucamunga or Pismo beach ( with all the clams you can eat) ????
                      Abientot Rev (see you soon) take care of you and Mrs Rev xxx

        • DropDeadLegs

          Surely you cant ne THAT bad Rev…. I recall RRP in the WWF days… he did have some smarts…

          • Whispergirl

            Hey DDL, I’m having my lunch right now, listening to the latest Roth Show. It’s the one about food.
            He is talking about restaurants, and he mentions something that would be a reaction. He says it’s something “I would see in one of my wife’s magazines.” I haven’t gotten through the whole thing, but perhaps he got married. Interesting.

            • DropDeadLegs

              Ive just finished my morning shift on crossing..bought some blondies and coffee for ‘elevenses’ with Margie. I get the feeling that these eps of the Roth Show were made a while back… I guess while they were in hiatus… but Dave has always been cryptic/ethereal…. you cant get the jist of exactly what he means. ..we call it ‘talking in telegraphs’…. his mouth is noving …words are coming out. .but you cant quite get what is beig said… if he’s gone rhe whole hog and got married then hes been very subdued about it all…. all I can say is Mazeltopf!! xx
              Ive only heard the first 5 minutes of it on my phone so Ive yet to hear the wifey remark ..I’ll have to listen to it on my pc…I dont have enough download limit on my phone (2.5gb) as opposed to 8gb on my pc WiFi. …. I havent had a chance to hear them all yet… to much stuff o little time!!

            • DropDeadLegs

              Ive just finished my morning shift on crossing..bought some blondies and coffee for ‘elevenses’ with Margie. I get the feeling that these eps of the Roth Show were made a while back… I guess while they were in hiatus… but Dave has always been cryptic/ethereal…. you cant get the jist of exactly what he means. ..we call it ‘talking in telegraphs’…. his mouth is noving …words are coming out. .but you cant quite get what is beig said… if he’s gone rhe whole hog and got married then hes been very subdued about it all…. all I can say is Mazeltopf!! xx
              Ive only heard the first 5 minutes of it on my phone so Ive yet to hear the wifey remark ..I’ll have to listen to it on my pc…I dont have enough download limit on my phone (2.5gb) as opposed to 8gb on my pc WiFi. …. I havent had a chance to hear them all yet… to much stuff o little time!!

              • Whispergirl

                Have a good snack!
                And yes potential congrats to DLR.

    • jhs5150

      C’mon, Rev. It’s full of cute girls. You’ll get used to it 😉

      • Whispergirl

        haha!
        I told you I should have had skulls! haahahah!

        • jhs5150

          Here, a pressie for you.

          • Whispergirl

            Scary! haha
            Thanks??

  • rci808

    Whoa.

    Cool new look to the nest!

    • Whispergirl

      Yep! Small nest now, but great on the phone.

      By the way, y’all, the pics where it says Whispergirl look much better on wide aspect; parts of them get a bit cut off on the normal square monitor. There are five pics, and they will change randomly when you come on.

      • rci808

        I only use my computer at home.

        Looks awesome on 30 inch monitor.

        • Whispergirl

          I bet it looks good on that type of monitor! I wish I could see!
          It looks a bit different on the phone. The stories go down a line and the logo is straight. On the computer, the logo is slanted and the stories sort of slanted in a row upward. The pics prefer wide-aspect though. On my computer at home they looked cropped; on my same computer at work, but my work monitor, they don’t. I can’t figure out what I’m doing differently. I really like the pics! J picked some; I picked some.

      • DropDeadLegs

        it looks v v cool…. kinda goth but way better!!

  • And a couple of ‘Biker Fest’ pics for now… sound guys and roadies were great this year!’

  • Oh well.. not sure if I should post here or elsewhere on the site, but WG asked for some Video’s from our gig yesterday.. here’s an interesting one, mistakes an’ all….. My band – “Wolfs Crossing” at Biker Festival, May 1st, .. 2016!… enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JgFAp-r7G0

    • Whispergirl

      I didn’t see this until now! It’s awesome! Thanks for the video Beanie!

    • Whispergirl

      I didn’t see this until now! It’s awesome! Thanks for the video Beanie!

  • ooohh!… new site, new pages… nice!! Happy Monday, Biker gig went extremely well, Per WG.. I got lots of pics and had two songs video’ed! Will post them later.

  • ooohh!… new site, new pages… nice!! Happy Monday, Biker gig went extremely well, Per WG.. I got lots of pics and had two songs video’ed! Will post them later.

    • Whispergirl

      Yes, you found it! I’m thinking of having the weekly story be party, or at least that’s my plan. I’ll start that soon, but not right this second. Put your pics on the main story. It’s not like it was, meaning once you go into the story, the comments are right there. I look forward to your pics and video.

      And to everyone else … I hope you like it!!!

      • ok a little confused, I put pics and the two video’s on main story?.. and not here?

        • Whispergirl

          What I’m trying to do (other than make it pretty and work on phones) is to have a story every week that still has a party-page element to it. (Hopefully I can pull that off). In the meantime, I didn’t want to freak people out by taking it all the way there. Eventually I’ll just have a stories. I’m not sure if you remember, but the main page didn’t automatically load Discuss; now it does. I guess I’m trying to simplify the site and not have as many pages. I just want your vids and pics to be seen, that’s all. If everyone thinks we need the separate party page, then I’ll think about it, but honestly I’d rather just have all the discussion in one place (like we once were on the desk, which I thought was the funnest).

          • ok so I post the pics and video’s from yesterdays Biker gig on main page? ..Sorry still confused Cos, wouldnt I need a story to post against it?

            • Whispergirl

              Just post it here if you want. It will all sort out.
              Certainly I want to see the video!

              • I got this figured out now and I tend to agree with you…. we still have the party page here and I know what you want for the main page. I think??.. meaning that when the party page has gone, we continue “as is”, under each story on the main page.. which would be very much like VHND is set up.. so.. yup, now I got it. But while we got both main page and party page here, it will be confusing a little as you could see from me yesterday.

      • ok a little confused, I put pics and the two video’s on main story?.. and not here?

      • DropDeadLegs

        love it!!@

        • Whispergirl

          Thanks! If we’re all still going to be on party, then I suppose I’ll have to keep it, but I was going for a different thing. I do love this theme though! And I’m glad you like it!!

          • jhs5150

            It’s not that hard to post on the main page, people just have to get used to it. It’s easier, in fact.

            • Whispergirl

              Yep, I’ll keep this until I can get that to work. Change is hard!!!!

              • jhs5150

                It works now. Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

  • DropDeadLegs

    I just watched the first round NFL draft yesterday…. Broncos picked the QB Paxton Lynch…. the Phins’ picked Laremy Tunsil…. and Myles Jack is going to the Jags (2nd round)..microfracture and all!!! And I noticed (we didn’t hear it over here ) that Patsies were notiriously absent from round 1 draft… it seems they were found guilty in ‘deflategate’ with special mention of Tom (my ego is too big for my head) Brady… in his lack of cooperation and failure to comply …. sorry for the change in subject…. back to your regular programming….

    • jhs5150

      Jets took a QB (Penn State’s Hackenberg) in the 2nd. Now they have to go O-line. They have 4 more picks but none in rounds 5&6.

    • Whispergirl

      I heard news on Friday of the QB the Rams got. They are really welcoming the rams and this new player around here. It’s nice to see. As for Tom, they didn’t talk that much about it. I think people lost their interest, or perhaps the media did, but what little I heard on the radio, he renegotiated his contract so that the new deflategate penalty doesn’t hit him too badly.

      • DropDeadLegs

        Wow….I ‘lerve’ the new design …VERY WG!!
        I watched the draft on the weekend… the first 2 picks were QBs… both very much in demand. … the Rams new QB is a Cali guy so he’ll fit right in… I was glad to hear about the Penn State QB…. I have a soft spot for that University. … I spent some time there staying with some friends 33 years ago…. beautiful campus… the Nittany Lions won the inter collegiate championship that year… Coca Cola released a commemorative bottle for them. … and I have a bottle (unopened)

  • jhs5150

    Friday Funnies – Super Dog training – flying lessons. He’s got a long way to go before he can wear the cape!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0bnUbGuKw

  • Whispergirl

    Cookies, cookies and more cookies. We are having staff appreciation week at work, and apparently, cookies are what people appreciate! Tomorrow is ice cream. I wonder when this place will have salad day!

    • jhs5150

      Donuts are my thing on Fridays. Love DD.

      • DropDeadLegs

        Im more of a ‘cronuts’ person a hybrid of croissant and donut….. delish!!

    • DropDeadLegs

      or an atkins day??

  • Happy Hump Day and to celebrate.. here’s a video of Eddie van Halen testing and practicing on his not yet released EL34 amp in 2015.

    Its a lot warmer with less compression than his EVH 5150IIIS amps. ..and I like it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGbFt3MuTHE

    • jhs5150

      The Stealth head sounded great last year. This sounds the same to me.

      • Less compression than the Stealth head, I can hear the difference, although warmer, its raunchier.. kinda like his 80’s brown sound. Think ‘Unchained’ with the EL34.

        • jhs5150

          The compression would come from the gain stages. That’s probably the same plus you’re not hearing a lot of treble because they guy is behind the stage. He said they are “harder” tubes too which means there’s more headroom (like a 6550.) Some of the El34s distort sooner and so are “softer”. It sounds the same to me.

          • Nope, the compression I believe is somehow built into the amp.. ..no idea where?, but it isn’t the gain. Not the same sound for sure. Its remarkably different, very raunchy and I prefer it to his Stealth sound. Yes I would prefer more tone/presence, but that said.. its hard to listen to from YT versus actually being there too. Vid’s on YT are auto-compressed.

            • jhs5150

              The EVH heads have EIGHT preamp tubes – that’s fking NUTS. There’s your compression right there. Why you would need 8 preamp tubes in the first place is beyond me b/c they are dual triode tubes – two tubes in one so if you just used both parts of the tube you would only need 4. The original Plexi circuit uses 3 preamp tubes and 1 of them is the a phase inverter so you really have only 2 preamp tubes amplifying the signal – this is true all the way up through the 900 series when they added a 4th tube to the SL-X. That’s why the Plexi sounded so good and “airy” – there wasn’t all this gain dirtying up the sound. It was all his pickups, output tubes and speakers. There’s a lot of debate on what the “brown sound” is. To me it’s VHII – warm, clean, not a lot of reverb. Think the opening of “Dance the Night Away” – to me, that’s the brown sound.

              • VH1, Fair Warning and 5150 are three different brown sounds I like, the latter being an added chorus. VHII is good too. I like the reverb and added delay perhaps best from VH1 but with cleaner gain. Though added chorus is nice, but only on some songs. Funny.. my Peavey 6505+ I had customized with ‘high gain’ tubes.. and still no compression at all. Marshalls same.. I never hear compression from Marshalls. I think though, the key to the brown sound is the’ higher tone’ and’ presence’ Ed uses. With the GT75’s (speakers) in my Marshall 1960A, it simple rocks!!!

                Here are the tubes I have in my Peavey..

                4 ECC83S HG-K (High Gain)
                1 ECC83S (Standard)
                1 ECC83S-HG-B (High Gain-Balanced)
                4 6L6GC-4 (Matched Quad)

                The High Gain balanced ECC83S is located closest to the Power Tubes. The four High Gain ECC83S’s are located in V1 thru V4.

                Total Cost was $175 to do the upgrade.

                • jhs5150

                  The sound on those 1st three you mentioned is essentially the same except for reverb, bi-amping, whatever. That’s brown. The chorus-thing he went to, I don’t know what you call it but it ain’t “brown.” Maybe “green”?

                  • …ha!!.. by the way.. all my tubes are the “JJ” tubes.

                    Brown sound stuff, perhaps a little over-rated?.. Satch, Rhandy Rhoads, Jake E Lee all have ‘brown sound’ I guess, but more resonance and bass than Ed uses.
                    After a while, your ears get fucked up too. Who knows what we hear?

                    • jhs5150

                      They all had their own sound, much different than Ed’s so to me, definitely not “brown.” Rhoads used a distortion pedal, Lee always had a chorus on, it seems and Satch uses a Tube Screamer on a CLEAN Marshall so they all sound different. No one has duplicated Ed’s early sound, not even him. The last tour was the closest I’d heard using the Stealth heads.

                    • Also, ..I think the Stealth heads had a more balanced channels that could be better matched (rhythm and solo channels), that’s why I upgraded my Peavey, to get a better balance between the two channels.
                      I never figured out why guitarists would use an amp on clean and create the gain from a pedal …to me, that’s such an ‘un-natural’ sound? … All my gain is from the amp ,much like Ed does..

                    • jhs5150

                      It’s hard to argue with Satch’s sound, especially live. He’s got the best sound out these days, even better than Ed’s. His sound never varies.

                    • Yeah .. there is a pedal (distortion in red color) that copies his (Satch) sound exactly. I am sure you know what it is.
                      Kinda like the MXR- EVH 5150 pedal I use for practice only.. copies Ed’s sound.. but.. I much prefer all of the gain coming from my amp 🙂

                      Doesn’t Satch use a his own brand of Marshall heads these days with noise filters built in?.. that tells me he’s using the gain from the amp.

                    • jhs5150

                      Yeah, the “Saturator” pedal. I think it’s discontinued. He may have gone back to the Tube Screamer. Especially since he’s a Marshall guy again. The Saturator was a Vox pedal. Ya can’t be working with a competitor 😉

                    • jhs5150

                      Yup. JVM410js on the clean channel. He took out the reverb and put noise gates in.

      • Whispergirl

        A V-Marshall avvy. Very cute!

        • jhs5150

          Yep. Another hour and a half wasted, lol.

    • Whispergirl

      Are you going to get one of the EL34s?

  • Whispergirl

    Unhappy Wednesday….
    Why can’t birthdays go on for longer?
    Thanks to all who made it great!

  • jhs5150

    It’s wierd seeing Alice Cooper doing a commercial – not so much that he’s in it because he’s done quite a few, but because the song in the background is a Dire Straits song (Walk of Life), not one of his. He looks pretty good for 67. And speaking of baton twirlers (or in his case golf clubs), he’s a MASTER!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCNB1z360A0

    • jhs5150

      New Wolfgang bridge pickup for the Flying V on it’s way. It should be here Monday!

    • Whispergirl

      That commercial is cute!

      Baton twirlers rule! (Even ones from however-many decades ago!)

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Poor Alice, to be reduced to doing Apple commercials. . .

      🙁

      • jhs5150

        I don’t think he’s reduced to doing anything. He tours every year, I have tickets to see him in two weeks. The commercial is funny, I think.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Definitely a long fall.

  • DropDeadLegs

    Happy birthday W…. went to call you but my phone card had f@!$’n expired… will get another next week …but I hate not making the wishes in the spoken word. … Happy Birthday my dear friend hugs and love from Margie and I xxxxxxooooo

    • Whispergirl

      It’s okay, I was out walking Tyson and Jasper and didn’t bring my phone.
      I would love to talk, so hopefully you can get another card.
      XOXO, back at you both!

  • Whispergirl

    So many cool presents and greetings. Thanks y’all!
    It is a great birthday! Taking the furries for a walk now….My way of celebrating!

  • rci808
    • Whispergirl

      Reprise of the dancing nanner! Awesome!
      Thanks R!

  • jhs5150
    • Ncorijuble

      Happy Birthday to Whispergirl. I hope it’s a good one.

      • Whispergirl

        Thanks N!

    • Happy Birthday!! WG!!
      (attached)

      • Whispergirl

        Thanks Beanie!

    • Whispergirl

      Thanks J!

  • Happy Monday! !!

    • Attached pic .. awesome boating over the weekend!

      • jhs5150

        Caption – “Too cool for your asses!”

        • Saturday it was high 60’s and Sunday was low 80’s.. a lot of people got their boats in now. I doubt I can boat this weekend though, we have the BIG concert festival to play for the Bikers on Sunday.

          • jhs5150

            I didn’t mean temps, lol.

          • jhs5150

            My tax return money’s coming soon – boat parts!

      • DropDeadLegs

        Blessed ANZAC day too…for they who grow not old as those who are left grow old..age shall not weary them nor the years condemn…in the going down of the sun and n the dawn.we will remember them. .. lest we forget. .

        • jhs5150

          I had to look that up. Happy ANZAC day. Sounds like a pain reliever! 😉

  • the unit

    I mean this with tongue in cheek…
    “And I’m with Beanie, WTF is going on?”
    If you read the local obits (central and south Florida excluded)
    Y’all all in the age group majority mentioned there.
    Me? Passed that. I’m working toward 100, hardly anyone shows up there. LOL
    My condolences though as to your feelings, remembering some heartaches too…
    “I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight
    I asked my friends about her but all their lips were tight
    Lucille, please, come back where you belong
    I been good to you, baby, please, don’t leave me alone, whoa”

    • jhs5150

      It’s scary, man. I’m in Prince’s age group. People are dropping like flies. It makes you wonder if you’re taking care of yourself….and if what you’re doing is good enough . The answer to myself is “no.” I am trying to take care of myself but I could do better and the messed up thing is, it is getting harder to do that; my body is fighting it. Last year my jeans were loose on me. This year they barely fit so I’m trying to lose that weight now but my body is saying “no.” If I cut back on the junk my blood sugar drops so my body is saying “eat.” It’s messed up. I just stocked up on training sneakers so I’m going to get there, it just might take longer. 3 days of cardio, 3 of isometrics, gradually working weights into it. I’ll get there, I just have to do it a different way.

      So if you’re contemporaries are all gone now that must feel pretty lonely.
      Thank God for family, right? All the best, Unit.

      • the unit

        Thanks for well wishes, jhs. Yeah thank God for family. Lot’s of my contemporaries no longer around. That started in the first fall after high school graduation. And those left live hundreds of miles from one another.
        But my days still bright, no loneliness in my heart. Little trouble sleeping, but haven’t stayed up 154 hours like Prince. According to news I read this morning, about him…not me. LOL

        • jhs5150

          I know what you mean. Two guys I went to school with but weren’t particularly friends with went camping about 30 miles from here and were never seen again. Other than that I’ve been lucky. My best friend of 35 years is still around, as a matter of fact we just hung out and went out to eat this past weekend. Hopefully I/he will be around a lot longer.

  • jhs5150

    We lost another one – damn. RIP Lonnie Mack, one of the earliest players of the Flying V.

    He bought brand new a ’58 Gibson Flying V – #7. Can you F-ing imagine? The 7th production Flying V ever made? That thing has to be worth hundreds of thousands.

    http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news/pioneering-guitarist-lonnie-mack-dead-74/29020

    • Geeez!!!!! WTF is goin on???

    • Whispergirl

      It’s beautiful! And I’m with Beanie, WTF is going on?

      On the Prince front, there is this feature on Carson Daly’s radio show, called the Daily (Daly) Download. They play the entire song that is the number 1 download of the prior day in LA. They play snippets of 5-2, the the entirety of 1. Today the Daly Download had four songs in the 5-2 position that are current. Then the number 1 song (which is the number 1 song downloaded in LA from yesterday), Prince’s Little Red Corvette. Carson said his “first father” who died when Carson was five, was a little red corvette salesman, and as a tribute to his father, Carson has the Corvette emblem as a tattoo on his arm. The co-host didn’t know that. Carson said his father gave him a little red Corvette, and he said he still has it. That was my car back in the day too.

      • jhs5150

        Mine was blue.

        • Whispergirl

          Little blue Corvette. haha

          • Now they are talking that Prince death is drug related, overdose.

            • Whispergirl

              Noooo! Say it isn’t so!!!
              I was thinking that’s what would come out. Not good, not good!

            • jhs5150

              Yeah, rumor is when he made an emergency landing a while back and was sent to the hospital it was for a drug overdose.

          • jhs5150

            “Baby, you’re much too cool.”

  • rci808

    Lots of this news lately…

    Thank goodness we are alive and kicking.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljIQo1OHkTI

    • DropDeadLegs

      love that song…. there is a mondegreen of it called I like it kinky!!!

  • Whispergirl

    One text from my brother, then one from my sister. They say simply “Prince died.”
    This is is awful!!!!!
    I put a small story on the main page for him.

    RIP to one of my greatest, most listened to artists! Thanks for all the songs that I made countless dance routines to.

    • jetblast190

      RIP Prince, my wife’s favorite musical artist of the 80’s.

      • Whispergirl

        Yep,
        *W nodding*

        Tell your wife I feel her same way. This one is awful!

      • DropDeadLegs

        I got to see him live in Sydney on 92’… Diamonds and Pearls..the love symbol tour…. awesome…ironically I was also working on the court injunction regarding Princes venue…very interesting. .. a cavalcade of rock stars turned up!!!

  • RIP Prince! ..at age 57 .. WTF?

    In the early 80’s I had a bootleg recording of him playing Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” and it was phenomenal! .. He was a talented musician for sure.

    • Whispergirl

      I just said the same thing. He was phenomenal indeed! He was one of my greatest influences. This one is one of my people. It’s truly awful!!!!!!!

  • Its Throw-Back Thursday! .. Two pics (attached) from the 80’s, Band names I was in back then, was “LandSharks” and the other was “Amok Time”.. those were good ole times! Classic Rock rules!!

    .

    • Whispergirl

      Love the pics!

  • rci808

    Per Whisperbirdie’s lovely invite for me to share more of my buddy Slimjim’s licks at the top of discussion, Here is some of Slim’s wammy..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETjK-97_PU4

  • Sorry but hey.. I am a BIG “Eddie” fan ..so I had to get this new t-shirt from VHND today (attached), seems worth it for less than $20.

    • Whispergirl

      Cute!
      I’m having a pastrami sandwich — sooo good!

      • yum, yum!!

        • Whispergirl

          OMGoodness, you don’t know!
          I can smell everything today (that sense was impaired), so it’s soooo amazingly good!

          • My Ex wife had an operation on her nose, she had sleep apnea caused by a deviated septum, since fixed.

            • Whispergirl

              Me too. I had a deviated septum, really bad actually. I couldn’t breathe properly, not that I really knew. It’s great breathing!

              I had a lot more too, all these bones cut and moved and cartilage grafts.

              • good!.. the nose is important.. after smokin’ cigarettes all these years, I guess mine is not as good, but oh well. Life goes on.

                Funny story.. was visiting my daughter in hospital and a nurse came in while I was there. After I left the nurse (my daughter told me this), she said.. your Dad looks like a rock star!!, And my daughter told her I was in a band.. now she wants to friend me on faceboook and come see our band.. lol!

                I was kinda taken back.. and.. talkin of.. I got a thing for Marcia Clark.. (see attached), she has changed now, but back then.. yup, I would have dated her!

                • Whispergirl

                  I’m sure you nose is fine. Marcia Clark huh? Interesting.
                  I think the nurse is crushing on you! Very cute!
                  How’s your daughter doing?

                  • She is out of hospital now, I got her out yesterday, but she’s got a lot of recovering yet to do at home with a ton of meds once again. At 35 years old.. she’s a crazy bitch that one!

                    Yup.. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

                    • Whispergirl

                      I’m glad she’s home. You’re a great dad Beanie!
                      Marcia!
                      (Personally, she wasn’t the best lawyer, IMO, but oh well.)

                    • I do think she was good lookin back then though?

                    • Whispergirl

                      I was just thinking that. She is pretty. It was hard for pretty women in the law back then. Now there are tons of pretty women, but then, it’s was hard. And she was very senior in the D.A.’s office, so could you imagine if she got to dress up as a pretty woman? There is this young woman here (at the firm I work for which is huge and corporate and a big deal), quite pretty, and she has bleached hair like Daenarys on Game of Thrones and wears those expensive sexy shoes with the red soles with tight pants and open blouses, and nobody thinks it’s wrong. Boy in my day, there was no way.

                    • Yeah ..back in the day a lot of feminism in the office. Things have changed for the good as far as the professional female these days.. though being old fashioned myself, on women I do always prefer skirts.. but hey.. I’m a guy.. watcha expect 🙂

                      …(a guy soon to be 60 at that)!!..I’m just not looking forward to next Janaury 4th, I will be depressed for sure!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Yep, it’s nice to be able to wear pants. Personally, I prefer dresses. They are comfortable. And it’s nice to get to wear those too. Really, it’s how they are worn (more stylish options now for sure).

                      60! If we are all still around then, and I hope so, we’ll have to have a very, very, very big party for you! You are the first of my friends to reach that mark. I think it’s an honor!

                    • I’m scared!!.anyway, I’m taking a shower now and off to the bar for a few. 🙂
                      Been a good day! Don’t know what I would do without this place! xx

                    • Whispergirl

                      I’m scared for you! My goodness we’re getting old! haha!
                      Yes, a good day around the little party page. I love this place too. It’s you all that make it though. Always has been!
                      XOXO

                    • Oh and dresses rock!!!!

                    • Whispergirl

                      nodding!

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        I’ll have a pastrami sandwich, and a bottle of anything – to go!

        • Whispergirl

          I ate the whole thing Rev, and I rarely finish my food.
          It was sort of a Reuben, sour kraut, swiss and some sort of white thousand island on two-colored rye bread. Totally yummmm!

    • jetblast190

      “That shirt is you!”

      • It sure is.. had to get it!

        • jetblast190

          It could open up all new possibilities for playing air guitar!

          • hahaha.. you know,.. I am actually pretty good at doin’ that!

            • Whispergirl

              Cute shirt! I really should get some t-shirts made and sell them. That would be killer-fun! This one should go in the mix… shirts for our writers-readers!

          • Whispergirl

            Jet… you really must get a guitar! I mean if I can have one… or three… you should get one!!

            • Hey this new t shirt.. remember this.. I beat Eddie to it this time.. see attached..

            • jetblast190

              I have an acoustic Yamaha up in my attic, not great quality. I used to plunk around on it quite a bit, but like my artwork, it’s something that I haven’t done in many years.

              • Do the DLR thing.. “Ice Cream Man”, open tuning.. its on YT if you want to learn it.. forget about learning the Eddie stuff though.. for that song.. its too diffcult!

                • jetblast190

                  At one time I could play songs like Stairway to Heaven and Sweet Home Alabama minus the solos. I could also play the intros to The Spirit of Radio and Red Barchetta, but only the intros. I learned the intro to a Tesla song as well, but I can’t remember the name to it. I could also play a pretty decent version of a bluegrass song, Under The Double Eagle, and a souped-up bluegrass version of The Sailor’s Hornpipe which was partially used for the Popeye the Sailor tune . I have forgotten all of it, but with time and practice, I could relearn it all.

                  • Whispergirl

                    Jet, you are holding out on us! Somehow I knew, I just knew!
                    Yes, practice and play those songs again, especially Spirit of Radio!

                    • jetblast190

                      Despite my background in music, I have never considered myself a musician, at least not how I think of one. The Spirit of Radio is my absolute favorite Rush song!

                    • Whispergirl

                      At some point I”m going to write about that sort of thing — what actually is a musician. I don’t consider myself one either, but I might actually be. I think you are too.

                      Yes, that’s my favorite Rush tune too. It never gets old, which I don’t say easily, and it sounds fabulous in the car.

                    • jetblast190

                      It’s fabulous everywhere, especially live! I’ve seen it live 3 times, incredible, and lot’s of fun because of the audience participation during that song.

                      To be fair, I never considered myself to be an artist either. Maybe that’s why I got away from doing both. But you are right, maybe I am an artist and a musician, even if I don’t think of myself that way. I’ve always considered both to require a certain dedication, a level that I never really aspired to. But it’s all art, so how far do you have to dedicate yourself to be an artist or a musician? Great question…will make for a great article I think.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I would have liked to have seen Rush live, but I never thought so, so it never happened.

                      Yeah, artist, musician, what is that really? The people who are so strong in knowing they are musicians are the lucky ones. The rest of us, … yeah, an article!

                    • jetblast190

                      Get yourself a copy of R40…it’s a compilation of all of their studio albums. It’s a great show and performance, and a lot of fun to watch and listen to. They are truly amazing.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Thanks for that recommendation. I’ll get it!

                    • Whispergirl

                      I watched the beginning, with the cartoons as the Rush guys, and that’s so great! The outfits and hair changes are spot on!

                    • jetblast190
                    • Whispergirl

                      Wow, very good! The crowd is huge and very happy to be there!
                      Geddy looks so young. I wonder what he does to stay young?

                    • jetblast190

                      He plays music! Haha!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Indeed. Indeed he does!

              • Whispergirl

                Get it out, or better yet, get an electric. And I get it (with the time and plunking around-ness).

                • jetblast190

                  I enjoy art and music, I was really good playing baritone in my high school marching and concert bands. But even though I’ve gotten away from both, I get to do my true passion every day that I go to work. Not everyone is fortunate enough to say that, so I have no regrets. I get equal satisfaction from being a family man…that has replaced, actually exceeded, art and music for me. Someday, I’ll go back to both when the urge is strong enough.

                  • Whispergirl

                    Perhaps art and music are to be the bookends of your otherwise very full life. I think you’re a great dad. There seem to be a lot of those around here!

  • I went to this event last year and will be going again this year.. pretty awesome video of this GREAT music event.. link below..

    http://www.sweetwater.com/gearfest/?utm_source=marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gf2-041916#highlights

    • Whispergirl

      It does look fun. Can you imagine going to that in an RV, like the pic shows? Now that’s something!

  • rci808

    My buddy Slimjim…

    Finally exposing his talents publicly.

    Backing tracks he uses are located here: http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/play/van_halen/on_fire.htm

    Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-Sv7OgUra4&feature=youtu.be

    • Whispergirl

      Love it!
      Thanks!

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Buy him whatever he’s drinkin’. . put it on my tab.

      m/

      • rci808

        Coffee!

        Jim is made of coffee. lol

    • DropDeadLegs

      Excellent!!!!

    • jetblast190

      As long as their are musicians like this, rock will live on. Truly outstanding job, thanks again for sharing with us!

      You R40 yet? 😉

      • rci808

        Got it. But have been super busy to focus on watching it yet.

    • Great job! (and no whammy).

      • Whispergirl

        No whammy! I thought that too. But aren’t there some VH songs that don’t actually need a whammy? This one seemed like one of those to me??

        • Some but very few.. YRGM comes to mind I guess.

          • Whispergirl

            What about that song (On Fire)? Where’s the whammy supposed to be, and what did rci’s friend do to make the sound?

            • He had a good humbuckers on that Les Paul for sure, rest of the brown sound I presume from the amp. I’d have to listen to On Fire over again by Eddie to figure out whammy stuff, often little subtle bends too.

            • Just listened to VH ‘On Fire” no whammy, a little subtle whammy in second verse is all. Haven’t listened to a track from VH1 in a long time, that original brown sound is somethin’ else. !!

              rci’s friend has more bass sounding brown sound and a little fuller than the VH1 recording (not as thin or tone’y) likely due to the Les Paul itself (Mahogany wood and Rosewood neck) ? .. versus the Black & White Ash wood (Maple neck) strat, that Eddie used.

              • Whispergirl

                How cool! It’s a Les Paul VH song then!
                Yeah, the sound on that is phenomenal!

                • Remember too, Ed played/used a Les Paul to record YRGM.

                  • Whispergirl

                    Really, I didn’t know?

                    • Yeah, it was the only guitar he had to get that kill switch effect in the YRGM solo (Off/On) by switching from one pick up to another.

                    • Whispergirl

                      How do you do it? With the normal toggle?

                    • On Les Paul’s and some Charvels.. yup, the toggle switch can be used as a kill switch.. Fender Strats, no.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Pretty cool! I’m learning today!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            I think there’s a little bit of Whammy Bar in the intro to that one isn’t there

      • rci808

        Here is some of Slim’s wammy.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETjK-97_PU4

        • Whispergirl

          R, you should put it at the top so that people see it. Awesome!

    • RCI.. does your friend Slimjim have any other VH stuff? he’s got the solo totally nailed and that;s a tough one to do too.

      • rci808

        Yeah, He’s got tonnes of licks. Just needs to complete them into full runs like this.

        Lots of his own material too.

        • He’s a good player rci.. thanks for sharing.. he better have another guitar with a whammy on it though.. 🙂

          • rci808

            I’ll pass along the compliment to him for sure.

            Yeah He’s got an arsenal of goodies. All Marshall amplification too.

  • ok, so I met with this “band manager” who turns out to be the hospitality manager for the Mayor of Aurora, the suburb I live in 40 miles South West of Chicago.
    She can book us in the larger bars of Aurora as well as the bigger outside festivals.

    I wanted to swear and say ‘FUCK”.. are we good enough for these larger venues?
    The money is in the thousands (not hundreds) for the bigger venues and there would be contracts to sign, 1099 forms etc.. etc.. (some lawyer stuff to do).

    I gave her our promo package which she was surprised about being I came well prepared. Told her of our upcoming gigs that we are doing this year. She already has seen our band numerous times which surprised me, hence reaching out to me via e-mail.

    But.. it’s all down to her now, I did my part.. will she follow through? I believe the first gig is around mid May for a brand new club opening in Aurora here that has three tiers (balconies) inside the place, she wants our band to play this club first on its opening day.

    Again.. was it all talk?, will she come through?.. it’s a waiting game right now. I shall just have to wait and see I guess.

    • Whispergirl

      So it was really good, like f yeah good?!
      That’s fabulous. I hope you get this deal, and I hope you get a gig in that place. I find it interesting that there will be such a club like that (meaning a large club that has live music). Did she tell you what was next?

      • I followed up with her in e-mail this week, thanking her for the meeting.. and she told me she had been out ill and was catching up and that she would get back to me.
        I believe the first step will be this new big club that is opening in downtown Aurora. Then .. we take it from there.
        The swearing.. yeah.. you got it.. “HOLY FUCK” (especially that large outside venue where we might be opening for other bands I suspect) . is what I wanted to say, ..but it will be more true once we confirm actual gig dates. That is where we are at right now. Even outside of this contact.. we still have some great gigs coming up this year.. I am pretty much happy even where we are at right now without her. But with her.. yeah.. big time!!

        • Whispergirl

          OMG, Beanie, this is so amazing! I’m soooo beyond happy for you. It does sound like it’s going to happen. I know… don’t jinx, but this is awesome! You really do need to tape one of these gigs, especially a larger one.

          • At the Biker Fest this year.. gonna try tape a song from that one as well as pics too. Here is a pic the last time we played there too .. same gig. This time it will with shorter hair this year LOL!

            • Whispergirl

              …but what will the bikers think of your hair? Now that’s a question!

              • When they hear’ Panama’ and ‘Mean Street’, and the Van Halen version of ‘Wont Get FooIed Again’ ..I don’t think they will care.. lol

                • Whispergirl

                  Indeed! Plus your hair still looks rock n roll. It’s not truly short, just shorter. This is a cool gig!

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Let me know if you make it to WayneStock, ok?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_7kg5ZzDZo

      • Whispergirl

        Yep, some day I have to watch that movie!

    • jetblast190

      Good luck in this endeavor, sounds like a great opportunity! You and your band can definitely pull it off and do it well!

      • Thx Jet 🙂

        • jetblast190

          Does gigging make you nervous? Butterflies or such? I’d be a mess if I had to get on a stage.

          • It’s funny you ask… for the most part.. never, I have only experienced the ‘butterflies’ in my very early years on stage when I was in my teens. (1972/1973). I have stated many times that I wish I could experience those ‘butterflies’ from time to time because its actually a nice feeling to have.

            The only time I get a little nervous, is when I am not allowed at least 45 minutes to an hour setting up my gear on stage.. Anything less than that.. then I can be a little nervous about my set up and various tones/sounds not working correctly (but never nervous about playing).

            The last time I was nervous though, was when my band covered “Mean Street” for the very first time (May 2nd of 2015). And it was only about playing that tune ‘live’ for first time ever, because a bunch of musicians and other folks I knew, came to that particular gig, knowing we was going to play it.. after that.. (second time onward) ..no issues at all.

            After 45 years of doing this.. it just becomes another job to do (albeit a FUN job)!

            • Jet, one more thing.. it relates to your job. I was fine flying various single engine types, but sitting in the left seat of DC-3?.. yeah.. I was terrified of flying the bastard!!!

              • Whispergirl

                I was thinking that too — it has to be terrifying to fly a big plane! Plus there’s the height thing too, not that I get height fright that badly, but I would doing that!

  • Sorry guys, haven’t been around, been busy at work, boat stuff, band stuff and my daughter in hospital again.. .. will be in touch soon 🙂

    Happy Tuesday at least. 😉

    • Whispergirl

      Happy Tuesday back to you Beanie.
      My question: is it warm enough for boating? It’s crazy hot here, so if you want, we can send a day or two of this weather your way.

      • Yup, we just had 80’s here, back to 60’s but good enough for now 🙂

        • Whispergirl

          It’s 80s here too, not even our normal cool at night. I think it’s odd weather for April.
          Boating in the 60s would be cold, but I suppose it’s doable.

          So… what happened with the band rep?

          • Band rep.. yup.. long story there with pictures.. need some time to post that one 🙂 But here is a pic of one of the venues we “might” play..

            key word.. “might”

            • Whispergirl

              Wow, Beanie, just wow, wow, wow!
              I hope you do.
              I thought the meeting was terrible. I guess it wasn’t terrible, just expensive, perhaps? Yes, I would like to hear that story. And I hope you get that gig!

              • Yeah long story, long meeting too ..contracts, phenomenal pay etc… paper work… 1099 forms, etc.. It’s all about whether they come through for us too. Like I say, ..many gigs …a ton of venues locally.. but key word.. “might” is the thing here. No signed contracts just yet.

                • Whispergirl

                  I thought, from your post before asking about whether you could swear (or something to that effect), that the meeting was bad, meaning not fruitful. I’m sure there’s money involved, at least for that type of gig, but that doesn’t sound necessarily bad. I know you’ll check it out. And yes, we want details!

                  • I’ll post the details soon, a lot of carrots dangling for us too. it was kinda like dealing with a car salesman. You just don’t know if the deal is good, turthful or not?.. either way, we got our foot in the door BIG TIME!

                    • Whispergirl

                      It sounds like it! I’m soooo happy for you!
                      I can’t wait to post a review of your first gig, your first big time gig! Okay, I have no idea how I’ll do that, but you know… still.

                    • And we got the big festival to play on Sunday May 1st, outside.. here’s the flyer I got for that. 3,000 bikers we had last year, expect more this year I guess.
                      Then another outside gig for a bunch of Bikers (and boaters) on May 22nd too. Alongside the IL river, in Seneca.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Nice! I can see the audience now! haha!
                      You’re doing well… shows one the power of keeping at it. Perhaps that’s a lesson for me today. I needed something positive, not my best day, so thanks!

                    • Yup, just posted at the top ..a shorter version of the story..

    • Whispergirl

      Beanie, (being a space-cadet here), I hope your daughter is on the road to a full recovery! And sorry to hear she’s ill again.

    • DropDeadLegs

      take care of you and sending healing light to your girl. …. 💖

  • jhs5150

    Happy Monday! Axl Rose is confirmed to be guest singer for the remaining AC/DC tour dates. The European dates have been rescheduled but the U.S. dates will be rescheduled soon. I am looking forward to this; I think it’s going to be epic. Axl Rose singing for AC/DC? Funny, I never saw Guns back in the day but now I’ll be seeing Axl twice – once with Guns and once with AC/DC. It should be kickass!

    AND…my sister was given 2 Paul McCartney tickets for her birthday and she asked if I would go with her. I said “HELL YES!” so I’m going to that too!

    http://www.acdc.com/news?n_id=278

    And a great song here, I wish they’d do this one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hpqZn8J85Y

    • Whispergirl

      I’m not that into Axl singing for AC/DC. I’m not sure why, although I’m sure it will be good. Paul McCartney puts on a good show (or so I have been told lots of times by my old skating coach who loves him). That will be very fun!

      Happy Monday… sorry I was late. I was doing an assignment with a deadline.

      • DropDeadLegs

        Its an act against nature…. Bon would be flipping in his grave…

        • Whispergirl

          … a strong statement! I think that’s what I was thinking, without knowing how to say it. Flippy! (I say that to my dog… because she “flips”), but then again, it’s not actually the same. haha
          I just watched a tv show with extreme sports (while eating at my crepe place). There was a female surfer featured in some Aussie water training place (fake waves in a desert place). I decided it was Australia and was thinking of you, and here you are! Awesome! She was ridiculous btw, made me want to come to Australia and train, okay probably impossible, but totally cool. and it was pretty scenery! DDL and W going surfing!

          • DropDeadLegs

            hanging 10 with my LA bud… hell yeah…. !!!!!

            • Whispergirl

              I’m at least two months away from surfing (with my healing status), so… virtual surfing? haha. Tell me that wouldn’t be such fun (for reals) though!

              • DropDeadLegs

                Maybe on Wii it could be…… at least it wouldnt smudge my
                makeup or muss up my hair!!! 😉

              • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                Wait – what? Healing?

                Ok, what have I missed?

                • Whispergirl

                  I had surgery on March 22. It’s the first of two to rebuild my nose from long ago injury that made it be more to the right and to correct the injury from having cancer 11 years ago. I am in the primary healing stage. My face was really bruised. There are only two left now. I had a cast for two weeks. It has healing markers, two weeks, then six weeks to be normal looking to the world, three months for swelling to be down by 80 percent and one year for the rest off the swelling to go down. No sports for three months, so I can’t surf. . You know except visually.

                  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                    Yikes.
                    Hope it’s feeling better and healing on (or ahead of) schedule?

                    • Whispergirl

                      Thanks Rev!

                    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

                      What can I say? You’re the only lawyer that I don’t want to see buried in a wastewater pond and set on fire.

                    • Whispergirl

                      My goodness! A compliment of the highest order. Oh and … me too! hahaahaha! Okay, not really, there are nice people here and there in this business. I’m lots of things too… an equipment buyer, a wanna-be architect, a designer of sorts, a business person, a writer, a some-time dancer-skater. It is annoying to have one’s primary way of making money define us, especially that one. But the law is being good to me right now, so I can’t complain.

                      Today was the first day it didn’t hurt too much to drive! My 4WD truck is very rough on this recover thing. So I think I’m going uphill! Perhaps the nice words helped?? One can hope!

                  • Get well soon WG.. Speedy Recovery to ya!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Thanks Beanie!

  • jhs5150

    Well, the Dean V case I bought was just too damn heavy (20 lbs) and bulky and while it protected the guitar in reality it was just too cumbersome to move around. I went online and even bid on an Epiphone V case but in the end I found a more standard V case made by TKL: who makes cases for Gibson and bought this one at 8thstreet music (where I bought the Stealth.) It’s much lighter and easier to carry around and the V is a great fit except for some extra space I’ll take up with some foam. After I get a Wolfgang bridge pickup for it and change the wiring so the bridge pot is the first one I’ll be all set with it the way I want it. Check it out (refresh.)

    So it’s back to GC with the Dean V case. “$112 back on my credit card, please.” 😉

    • Whispergirl

      It looks nice, much better, and much better fit. I think that space at the end is okay because he apex of the V sits where it is supposed to. Looks like you found a winner.

      Personally, I’m having the same Saturday I had last week (where my body wants to sleep all afternoon). It must be part of healing, although that has taken an enormous leap this afternoon. I’m starting to look “right,” and I almost feel normal. It will be four weeks on Tuesday since my surgery; apparently six weeks is a major marker. I can see why. I too have an new guitar. I got it the day before my surgery and promptly put it in the closet. Most things “physical” (and guitar playing is) are damn near impossible. I can barely drive without the bumpy roads causing me pain and/or discomfort, so I can’t wait to introduce my new guitar too (a relative of yours). I think I should play it more than the one and half times I have though (before my introduction). And like I said, it’s physical to play. I’m hoping … soon… for all things physical to return! I was smack-dab in the middle of “operation build closets and paint my bedroom.” I want to get back to that too.

      Anyways, still hoping to hear yours, hopefully paired with the “for-sale” Marshall.

      • jhs5150

        The things women go through to look good 😉 you know I’m kidding. Hope your recovery goes faster now and can’t wait to see/hear your new “friend.”

        Yes, I hope to get the FS Marshall stuff done this week. It is ready to sell, I am just way behind on doing it. Vid soon.

        • Whispergirl

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  • jhs5150

    Friday Funnies – as promised. How do you get a police escort across the Golden Gate Bridge? Simple, just be a chihuahua!

    As a footnote: They didn’t know who the owner was so they named the dog CHiPs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4BVvKrvJuE

  • jhs5150

    Friday Funnies – as promised. How do you get a police escort across the Golden Gate Bridge? Simple, just be a chihuahua!

    As a footnote: They didn’t know who the owner was so they named the dog CHiPs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4BVvKrvJuE

    • jetblast190

      Reminds of a day when we had a 45 minute delay for takeoff at JFK due to turtles (a lot of them) on the runway.

      • Whispergirl

        We need pics of that! Too cute!

      • jhs5150

        It’s mating season for geese around here. You have to stop for them to cross the road. Some make nests on the islands of the drives in the business parks. Funny, they make nests wherever they please.

        • jetblast190

          No shame at all! Lol

          • jhs5150

            Hah. It brings new meaning to “F’n geese. “

    • Whispergirl

      He’s so fast! A friend for Tyson!
      XOXO Chihuahuas!

  • So.. I met this band manager yesterday afternoon…. Am I allowed to swear if I post how it went?

    • Whispergirl

      Hell yes

    • DropDeadLegs

      feel free to express thyself!!!

  • I am meeting a band manger today at 3pm.. apparently she has a very keen interest in booking some ‘big gigs’ for us going forward. Not sure what the percentage will be for her and that would have to be worked out.

    In the past it has been me alone booking and promoting (PR stuff) for my band, web sites, bizz cards, flyers, mailing list etc etc.. so I am actually welcoming this.

    Guess I’ll see what happens.

    • Whispergirl

      Yep, Beanie is getting famous! Good luck with your meeting!

  • jhs5150

    Alice Cooper is playing a Halloween show in LA on 10/30. Man, would that be Fn fun to go to. I could go as Alice again, lol.

    • ‘Schools Out”

    • Whispergirl

      Very cool, seems like a good Halloween show

    • Whispergirl

      Very cool, seems like a good Halloween show

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Hollywood Vampires are playing Paso Robles this summer. . .

      Might be able to make it. . .

  • Another one!.. RIP David Gest!

    • DropDeadLegs

      As in married to Jamie Leigh Curtis and Spinal Tap…or Liza Minellis ex??

      • Liza ex.

        • DropDeadLegs

          thanks… I checked it out… he was a strange bod… had a bad gambling jones.. $17k a day on the pokies (poker machines)…. kinda sad..

    • DropDeadLegs

      As in married to Jamie Leigh Curtis and Spinal Tap…or Liza Minellis ex??

  • I have a long story (rant) to tell about a musician who posted a comment on fb.. not good, and not classy. maybe later.

    • So ….being on fb.. I have hundreds of musician friends, then today, a drummer from another local band openly criticizes another local start-up band on fb for what songs they are covering.
      I was disgusted!! I commented back a few times to teach him a lesson. (much Ilke a troll)!

      Then on my own wall, I have every musician I know, post and ‘share’ the following (attached) graphic that I put together, again,… to teach this guy a BIG lesson once and for all. – “Don’t Judge”

      We musicians have a code of conduct, and for the 45 years I have been playing, ..I have followed that code.. always! – We stick together no matter what!

      .

      • By the way, he criticized this other band badly on fb for simply covering .. tunes by..

        Def Leppard,
        AC/DC,
        & Journey.

        • jhs5150

          DL? AC/DC? Blasphemer! Crucify him!!!!

          Journey? Ok, well maybe a little 😉

          • I did already on fb!! trust me I got this guy good.

            • Whispergirl

              Good job Beanie! I especially like the “experience” part (being a newer musician). It’s a nice thing you did.

              And inquiring minds want to know… did you get that cat you were talking about? (I looked at the adoptable cats at Petco, in your honor over the weekend, not that I can have a cat with my birds, but still….)

              • Sorry.. and thanks for the reminder.. but we wont be getting a cat, as much as I want one. Patti is allergic to them and we are usually out at weekends on the boat.. doesn’t seem to be a viable option for us.

                • Whispergirl

                  I’m sorry you can’t get a cat. I suppose weekending on a boat is as good as a cat though.

                • DropDeadLegs

                  shame you couldnt have gone with a Mr Bigglesworth…. I think theyre called a Sphinx cat… no shedding!!!

            • DropDeadLegs

              Sick em’ Rex!!!!!!

  • jetblast190

    The next upgrade for airline extra space?

    https://www.facebook.com/688936063/videos/62204511063/

    • Whispergirl

      It’s Spirit!

      • jetblast190

        LOL!!!

        • Whispergirl

          See as you probably get comped on Jetblue, I’m not sure you’ve experienced the joy that is Spirit, but … trust me!

          • jetblast190

            I know enough to know it’s not pleasant at all!

            • Whispergirl

              I see. Still, it’s so cheap that I can’t help but fly them. I’m going to Dallas for the weekend, in two weeks, and the roundtrip ticket, which I got about two months ago, granted, is $108. I just can’t bring an actual bag, but oh well….

              • jetblast190

                I get why they do what they do, there is a market for them. It’s just not a comfortable experience, but honestly, there’s very little comfort left in the airline industry as a whole…sad to say.

                • Whispergirl

                  Honestly, I’d rather have the cheaper prices and less comfort. I can travel this way. I would imagine it makes them more money seeing as people like me can afford to fly.

                  • jetblast190

                    There are many different kinds of customers all with different needs. So having options for everyone is a good thing, lest we return to the 1950’s when only the wealthy could afford to fly.

                    • Whispergirl

                      It’s sooo good, Jet! I get to go see my dad! I can’t wait!

                    • DropDeadLegs

                      I hope he’s doing better now… fly safe!!!

                    • DropDeadLegs

                      Over here we have 3 main carriers… Virgin Blue, Jetstar and TigerAir…. they all offer cheap seats (some as little as $19 one way no checked luggage from SYD-MEL) if you want additionals (headsets, pillows, food and luggage) you then pay through the nose… I havent flown for a while but Ive flown in cesnas, DC-9 and 10s, Fokkers, 747s and 767s , Boeing Dash 8’s and Airbus to name a few…. I wont fly Tiger or Jetstar. … theyre just plain awful!!!!

    • jhs5150

      I thought he was going to push it through the side of the plane. That would have been funny.

    • For some reason, all I see is a black square, ..maybe my work firewall is blocking this?

  • Just ordered this to get my fingers back up to speed with strength. Why?.. I guess age is catching up with me now (I am 60 next year).

    Having some issues with hammer on’s (speed, strength as well as stretch.. on my pinky and wedding finger left hand).

    Not sure how to explain the dilemma I have?.. but think ‘Eruption’.. the hammers-on’s toward the end of that (going down on the neck) are not as fast as they should be (like when I was much younger and could play it with ease). I read all the reviews on this and I believe it will help tremendously!!. $16 seems to be worth it.

  • Happy Monday folks,

    Our gig last Saturday was a HUGE success, filled to capacity and we rocked the place with our new songs recently added.

    • Whispergirl

      Sounds like fun, Beanie!
      I think your gigs are getting better and better (not that I actually know, but from the sounds of your stories).

      • Yes they are with big crowds in attendance these days. Our next one is the outside “Biker festival” on May 1st, Sunday. Looking forward to that too. Then May 22nd is another outside gig.

  • Happy Monday folks,

    Our gig last Saturday was a HUGE success, filled to capacity and we rocked the place with our new songs recently added.

  • DropDeadLegs

    And so Im back ..from outta space ..no stupid look upon my face..I hope!!
    all things health wise have seemingly settled…so I can get on with the more pressing things in life… like being here!! missed you all heaps … making some huge improvements to chez DDL (actually Chez margie)… new bathroom laundry and WC starting tomorrow… workmen will be here for 3 days
    then folliwing that I can put some seriously hard yakka in with the rest of the house…. time to reboot and be rid of the accumulated stuff…. we’ve just had a good 2 weeks off on term break …. we were going to head up to Bundaberg for a night. ..but ended up at Maroochydore for the day instead…. Im still eaiting for fall to appear. … thus far we’ve had an extra month of steamy summer… I want fall and winter like yesterday! !!! Cant stand the heat!!!
    XX00XX

    • Whispergirl

      Nice to hear you’re feeling well, and are well! Welcome back! Say hi to Marge too.

  • Whispergirl

    A pretty cool Troubadour compilation (of GnR) that came up in my Youtube feed today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oBb-bxdwO4

  • jhs5150

    Ahh…French toast for breakfast – and it isn’t even snowing!

  • jhs5150

    Ahh…French toast for breakfast – and it isn’t even snowing!

  • HS_1_3415

    In today’s rock news…
    —Nicholas Cage and Vince Neil got into a fight in Vegas yesterday.
    —Axl reveals that he broke his foot early into the set at the Troubadour last Friday. He had surgery this week and all shows will continue as planned…
    —…Guns plays Vegas tonight! (I’ll be up late watching live streams on Periscope)
    —Izzy Stradlin turns 54!
    —KISS announced tour dates and come September, will be the first rock artist to play our coliseum since Journey/Night Ranger in 2009.

    • jhs5150

      Try and record it with Bandicam.

      • HS_1_3415

        Some guy streamed it from the GA pit on Upstream—had the video feed hooked up to the TV with my VGA cable and had the audio running through my amp. My poor neighbors…I had that sh*t blasting until 5:30 this morn bc they didn’t even go on until midnight pacific time. It was good though. They even played Coma! And Axl’s voice sounded amazing.

        • Whispergirl

          I got home after midnight thinking it would be over. I guess I should have checked in!

          I’m paying for this today. I wasn’t well enough to dance, wasn’t really well enough to sing (Ellie had people sing part of Lights and I just had to). Turned out my single seat was VIP, so I had a fabulous view. More of a report later though as I have spent the better part of the day asleep after my dog got me up at 6:45. Like I said, my health was not really concert ready.

          Hopefully Monday will be easier. If you see any Guns, send it my way. I’m going to make a summary of all of this as a main page. It will be fun. (Probably waiting until after Nuno on Monday because the juxtaposition of the guitar players with Ellie will be interesting.)

          Axl’s voice was good? I’m happy about that. How was my boy Slash?

          • DropDeadLegs

            glad you enjoyed Ellie but Im sorry you weren’t well enough to really enjoy the experience …. news update… its official I DONT have Grovers disease!!!! yay!!!!

          • HS_1_3415

            They were all SOOOO good! I especially loved Slash’s solo on This I Love and the new extended breakdown on Knocking’ on Heaven’s Door.

            This guy got some good video last night, he’s got 7 full songs up on his page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8178qAcRz4

            • Whispergirl

              I put up a video (not good on the video), but the entirety of the concert on the main page. It’s almost 2.5 hours long! They are really doing it!

              • HS_1_3415

                I am so happy with these long sets! Most headliners these days barely give you 90 minutes! Also, Baz came out to sing vox on My Michelle last night!!! It was rad as heck!

                • Whispergirl

                  Too cool! Is there a clip of that?

  • Whispergirl

    I’m going to Nuno; I’m going to Nuno.

    …. W dancing around!!!! ….

    P.S. I’m literally watching it sell out on the website. The seats are disappearing one by one, so I’m thinking there are a lot of one-person guitar players buying up the seats today.

    • HS_1_3415

      YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      That’s a lot of exclamation points, I am aware, but I’m just so psyched about this concert season that it kind of slipped out.

  • jhs5150
    • I was after watching that!.. TGIF!!

    • Whispergirl

      You are not supposed to put a big bird on your shoulder. They can go nuts like that, and they have serious beaks. I never put my bird on my shoulder, ever.

    • DropDeadLegs

      not a good idea..sadly i cant access the vid….but as they’re a native and protected species over here..Ive seen what damage those screechy beaked buggers can do. …. they fly in flocks of about 200+ I watched them strip pencil pines down to the core and if you have a woodstain back deck in your house … Ive seen a flock of them reduce a back deck ro matchwood in no time at all…. those beaks are NASTY!!! They can take a finger or an ear or anything appendage wise….. sulphur crested cockatoos, corellas and galahs plus rainbow lorrakeets and rosellas to name but a few… we get them all up here… including gang-gangs, major mitchells and palm cockatoos… stunning birds but noisy and very very aggro!!

    • DropDeadLegs

      not a good idea..sadly i cant access the vid….but as they’re a native and protected species over here..Ive seen what damage those screechy beaked buggers can do. …. they fly in flocks of about 200+ I watched them strip pencil pines down to the core and if you have a woodstain back deck in your house … Ive seen a flock of them reduce a back deck ro matchwood in no time at all…. those beaks are NASTY!!! They can take a finger or an ear or anything appendage wise….. sulphur crested cockatoos, corellas and galahs plus rainbow lorrakeets and rosellas to name but a few… we get them all up here… including gang-gangs, major mitchells and palm cockatoos… stunning birds but noisy and very very aggro!!

      • Whispergirl

        I can’t imagine them being wild. Same with my fav — the African Grey, but hey I might finally learn what “sound” my bird “should” make, other than whistling, singing, hammering, microwave beeps, phone rings, other birds, and all other of the really long list, all added to “human.”

  • Whispergirl

    … going to Ellie Goulding tomorrow. Yay!

    • Whispergirl

      Hummm, just noticed that Vai concert with Nuno is on Monday at this smallish place called the Wiltern. Perhaps I’ll go to that too.

      Mind you, I’m not up to fighting crowds, so I’m getting an actual seat. Those aren’t so much for Vai’s concert. I’d, of course, be going for Nuno. Should I? I suppose I can decide on Monday. We’ll see how I fare tonight. It will be much more girls tonight, seeing how dudes are not really into Ellie, but Monday would be mostly dudes. Hummm.

      • jhs5150

        I thought about going but just to see Nuno and Yngwie isn’t worth it. I’m not a fan of Zakk Wylde or Vai and the other guy I never heard of.

        • Whispergirl

          Makes total sense to me…

    • HS_1_3415

      Have fun!!!
      Also, Guns is playing their first full show in Vegas tomorrow so we’ll have a lot to dish about on Saturday! You can tell us all about Ellie while we watch shaky cellphone videos of Guns on YouTube.

      • Whispergirl

        Yes I know Guns n Roses play Vegas this weekend. I look forward to talking about it.

        Thanks for indulging my Ellie. I know It’s my thing only around here, but those who know me best and who know my own personal music, know my own influences are Ellie and Lana del Rey, at least for me. I always played piano in this mellow, melancholy way, and I’ve always, like from your age, wanted to make dance music with guitar. Put those two together and you get me. So thanks for letting me have the side that isn’t so rock

        • HS_1_3415

          It is perfectly fine to have a “not-rock” side. I’ve been dancing around my dorm room to “Like A Prayer” these past couple of weeks so I really can’t say anything! Also, I’ve never been super into Lana, but I love “High By The Beach”—the video was pretty cool too.

          And I don’t know about Ellie but Lana definitely has some rock connections considering she has songs called “Axl Rose Husband” and “Guns N’ Roses” and was at the Troubadour gig last Friday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9-147bkZlQ

          • Whispergirl

            I know those songs.
            Lana makes cool videos that are mini movies. Check them out. I’ve been hanging on one called Ride in YouTube. I’m pretty sure the house in High By The Beach (a great song, I agree) is hers. I just found out she had a tiny show at the Wiltern in LA with three songs that I missed, February 9, darn it!
            Like a Prayer wad great. It was even scented

            I didn’t know Lana was at the Troubadour. gives her even more cool factor. The only date I can see of hers near me is a festival in August. I’m not into festivals, but I might have to do that one.

            • HS_1_3415

              WG what have you done to me, I just looked up Lana tour dates—none near me. I was originally really bored with her music the first time I listened to it a few years ago, but then I saw the High By The Beach vid and was like “oh, I like this—let’s check out more.”

              And just for the hell of it: http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/six-times-lana-del-rey-proved-shes-a-massive-gunnroses-fan

              • Whispergirl

                I hope Lana does a real tour, but if not I guess I’ll go to that festival. I’ll get you some more cool things of hers. She grows on you, and I think the most creative artist around right now. You have good taste, so if course you like her

                One other thing, she is the making of her own imagination, and that’s cool too. She’s not rock, but yet she is.

                • HS_1_3415

                  She doesn’t have a rock ‘n’ roll sound, but a rock ‘n’ roll spirit, and her music pairs perfectly with a mood that other artists can’t satisfy. It’s very trance-like. Perfect to listen to when I’m tired, high, and feeling existentialist.

          • jhs5150

            OK, this is just freaky…

            • HS_1_3415

              Just a little. The best way to describe Lana is that her voice is like the whisper of a ghost echoing through the halls of an abandoned mansion.

              • jhs5150

                Bealzibub had a daughter, at least for this song.

  • RIP Merle Haggard who died yesterday at age 79 on his birthday (which he predicted). This guy was a big influence on me personally in my teenage years and a big influence on the country music scene. Especially during the 60’s & 70’s.

    link is below.. my favorite track was “Mama Tried”.. I loved all of his albums in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

    http://tasteofcountry.com/merle-haggard-dead/

    • jhs5150

      Yes, I read about this yesterday. Sad. RIP Merle.

    • Whispergirl

      I saw yesterday. Yes, I’ve said it so many times, but the country guys from that era are amazing. RIP to one of the good ones!

      Thanks for mentioning. I get all shy to mention anything out of the normal rock vein.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Rock veins are often gold =P

    • Reverend Draco

      RIP Merle Haggard.

      Here’s a cool video, Willie and Merle. . .

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6c6eUeoa9Q

      • Whispergirl

        I expected just to think the song was funny, and it is, but it’s actually good. Their vocal quality, especially with all that grey hair, is amazing. Nice find, Rev!

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          The quality of the instrumental music is also good – I think because of all that gray hair.
          Willie and Merle are from a generation that demanded talent in their musicians. . .

          I’ll pass the “thanks” to Mrs. Rev – she found it in her farcebook feed yesterday.

          • Whispergirl

            They were pioneers.
            Thanks Ms. Rev.

  • jhs5150

    Great show last night by Joe Satriani outside Philly. He played for 2 1/2 hours, taking a 15 minute break between the two sets. I enjoyed this much more than when I saw him in NY 3 years ago. It’s just better when you’re sitting up close as opposed to the nosebleeds like I did at the Beacon. I had my eyes closed for half of the songs, really the best way to listen to him live. He played all the classics, old and new songs. I didn’t get to hear “The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing” but it was still great. Here’s a clip of him doing “Satch Boogie” with the same lineup as last night. If you haven’t seen him, you owe it to yourself to go, even if you saw him long ago. He’s the best live guitarist out there (yes, even better than EVH because it’s all guitar.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHEDXxO3PX8

    • Whispergirl

      The dates for us have passed. Glad you liked it.
      I’ll have to check him out next time.

    • HS_1_3415

      Glad you had fun! Sounds like a killer show!

      • jhs5150

        Love Satch. His recent studio albums have been so-so but he always kills it live. I’d love to go again but he’s not playing anyplace close like the old days where he would hang around the east coast and play a bunch of gigs. Seeing him 5 times on the Crystal Planet tour was f-ing amazing. So was this but it leaves you wanting more – he’s that great.

        • HS_1_3415

          I still have my Surfing With the Alien tape I picked up for $1—good deal for some great jams.

          There are so many great artists out hitting the road this year…my poor bank account—and I’m not even seeing everyone!

          • jhs5150

            You can’t go wrong with that, Flying In a Blue Dream, The Extremist or Crystal Planet.

  • jhs5150

    The Dean V case arrived at GC yesterday. Aside from it weighing a TON and some quality issues the Gibson fits in there quite nicely. I used some sacrificial black socks to take up the space that the smaller v-shape leaves, the rest fits perfect and the black lining really makes the wood grain pop. I also picked up a set of strap locks. (refresh)

    • jhs5150

      My GC review of this case –

      Title – Heavy and Quality Control Issues

      Pros, Functional

      Cons – Poor Quality – Difficult To Use

      Best Uses – Storage

      I ordered this case online because you can’t order a Gibson case
      separately for their Flying V. It fits the Gibson V nicely however the case is heavy (21 pounds), weighs much more than the guitar (7 pounds) and is not balanced, especially when there is no guitar in it. The quality control was not
      good either. The stitching had missing stitches, there was a burn mark that looked like a cigarette burn on the vinyl that covers the corners and there was a cut mark in the tolex about 2 inches long where the assembler trimmed off the piping on the vinyl corners. Very poor quality control. It was satisfactory on the inside and seemed to protect the guitar very well. For the price I paid I expected better quality. Be sure to examine it thoroughly when you receive it to make sure there are no issues. 3 stars. If I could order a Gibson case
      instead I would.

      Describe Yourself: Experienced

      Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Whispergirl

      Looks good

    • HS_1_3415

      That. Guitar. Is. Stunning.

      Have fun at Satch tonight! Let us know how it goes!

      • jhs5150

        Thanks. Now that I’ve got some strap locks I can start jamming on the thing.

        • HS_1_3415

          Gotta have those strap locks. You def don’t want to be like me carrying my Ibanez in from the RV when the strap pops off and the guitar hits the pavement—thank god it was just a small chip. But yeah, strap locks = smart idea.

          • jhs5150

            They’re a must on any guitar. I always put a set on a new guitar. I don’t think I have a guitar that doesn’t have them.

    • Black socks always come in handy.. but for me.. I use striped socks 🙂

      • jhs5150

        As you should 😉

  • jhs5150

    Villanova wins on a buzzer beater with .2 seconds left. Holy sh*t!
    It’s a good thing I’m not driving to my brother’s today. The highway was blocked off Saturday night when they beat Oklahoma, I can’t imagine what it will be like today.

  • Happy Monday.. I had a nice week off, I got a lot done but couldn’t get the boat in because of crazy weather. Too much to catch up on in here for a week so I will start afresh and I am sure you would let me know any gossip or hot topics I missed.

    I have a gig this coming Saturday, its a double header with another great rock band, opening for us, … we are headlining.
    Sunday, May 1st is the Biker “outside” festival we do every year. Last year there was 3,000 bikers, and they promise a bigger turn out this time around.

    • Whispergirl

      Hi Beanie, welcome back to life.
      New?

      Jhs got his Flying V! That’s new. Guns ‘n’ Roses played a small club date in LA on Friday (the Troubadour). HS got tix to the show in DC. And I’m getting around and going to work (such at it is, it’s so slow) after surgery.

      Boating will come, don’t worry!

      • Thanks for the welcome back.. and the latest news.. I saw the Flying V.. (no whammy).. but nice! ..Not really a big GnR fan. Glad surgery went well.

        • Whispergirl

          Thanks!

    • jhs5150

      Good to have you back. Too bad about the weather. I still need to work on mine, it should be warm enough in the next few weeks.

    • HS_1_3415

      Welcome back! And exciting news about the gigs!

  • jhs5150

    OK, I imagine you’re sick of me by this time but too bad – LOL! I picked up this 900 cab on Friday night, driving through a deluge of rain in Philly to get it. It looks like hell but is all original inside, sounds great and that’s all I cared about because I wanted a project cab for the DSL and it was cheap. I’m going to recover it the same as the DSL so I included a before pic with it. We’ll see what it looks like after – stellar, I imagine. Check it out.

    • Oh my, this needs a lot of work, what kind of cab is it and what are the speakers?

      • jhs5150

        1960A – 75 watt speakers – Celestions. All stock. They sound good.

        • oh yes!!.. nice cab then! Worth the effort to restore!

          • jhs5150

            Thanks. The jack plate isn’t shown in the pic because it was taped to the inside. It was wired though. I put it through the opening later and plugged the head I’m selling into and it sounds fine. I tested it when I picked it up as well. I still have some white tolex and it should be enough to cover it.

            • Yeah, these sell for about $950 as new, I am sure you got a bargain.. I use an 1960A too with GT-75’s in it. Best cab EVER!!!

              • jhs5150

                Yeah, I wanted stereo. I’ll have to buy a new jack plate and they’re not cheap but I can do it peacemeal and it works as-is so I’m cool with that.

                • Yup.. make sure too that there is no rattling with the speaker screws into the wood, that can cause ‘clipping’.. some folks calk them. I’m betting you got a HUGE bargain here, and I woudn’t sell it either. It would be interesting to know what year it is.. these things have been around for years and years.

                  • jhs5150

                    I know. If I parted out the speakers alone I could probably get $100 each for them. I played though it at about 5 which was plenty loud and heard no buzzing. I’m going to go through the whole thing so I’ll check on that. I have to take it apart to recover it anyway.

    • Whispergirl

      Agreed; it needs work, but it’s nice. I’m sure it will look good white!

    • HS_1_3415

      Glad you rescued it! It’s going to be a real beauty with the white cover on it!

      • jhs5150

        Go to the Music page to see what I did to the amp. I also did a story on the main page.

        • HS_1_3415

          I saw it a few weeks ago—it looks AMAZING!

  • jhs5150

    My AC/DC show was supposed to be this past Friday…(sigh)

    • HS_1_3415

      My cousin was supposed to see them in DC last month. He was super bummed. I hope they at least get someone good for the make-up shows. There have been Axl Rose rumors going around, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.

      • jhs5150

        For 10 shows, why not? I also heard he was showing up late for rehearsals so they decided against him.

        • HS_1_3415

          I would love for them to get Axl and for him to totally nail it. Maybe that would finally silence some of the Axl-haters once and for all (why is it considered “cool” to hate on Axl anyway?)

          My biggest worry is the hardcore AC/DC fanbase. I don’t know how they’ll take it and I really don’t want what would otherwise be a historic event to turn into “Axl Rose ruined my favorite band.”

          • jhs5150

            Yeah, I think it would work. He could do the songs. I would prefer Marc Storace (Krokus) but I guess he’s not in the mix.

          • jhs5150

            Yeah, I think it would work. He could do the songs. I would prefer Marc Storace (Krokus) but I guess he’s not in the mix.

  • Whispergirl

    Happy Saturday y’all. I’m finally feeling relatively normal. Yay!

    • HS_1_3415

      HAPPY SATURDAY! Tickets this morning and a car show this evening—looks like it’s going to be a great day!

      • Whispergirl

        Awesome!!!
        Congrats!!!!!!!! Also, have fun at the car show.

        Sebastian Bach/Santa Cruz don’t appear to be coming anywhere near me. Too bad!

        • HS_1_3415

          I’m hoping since they’re still relatively unknown here in the states, they might do a meet n’ greet after. If so, I will post the pics. Also going to the M3 festival in April! Steven Adler’s band is playing—can’t wait to see Stevie play Paradise City!!!

          • Whispergirl

            Yes! That’s a great idea… HS goes to the Santa Cruz meet and greet, all grown up and ready to … rock! I so hope you get pics and, even better, some good story to tell! I didn’t realize Steven Adler was touring too. There’s a lot going on now!

            • HS_1_3415

              It’s going to be a great touring season!! Rock ‘n’ fuckin’ roll bitches!!!!!!!

      • Whispergirl

        Awesome!!!
        Congrats!!!!!!!! Also, have fun at the car show.

        Sebastian Bach/Santa Cruz don’t appear to be coming anywhere near me. Too bad!

    • HS_1_3415

      HAPPY SATURDAY! Tickets this morning and a car show this evening—looks like it’s going to be a great day!

  • jhs5150

    News Flash!!! I just read this on the Desk.

    Eddie Van Halen retires and names Wolfgang successor to carry on the band.

    http://www.vhnd.comvan-halen-retires-names-wolfgang-successor

  • HS_1_3415

    HOLY MOTHERFUCKING GOD IT IS HAPPENING. IT IS HAPPENING TONIGHT. (and yes I know what day it is but this is no joke.) I really wish I were in LA right now.

    http://gunsnroses.media.tmasdigital.com//non_secure/images/20160401/gnr_troub1459528779/gnr_troub1459528779.jpg

    • Whispergirl

      I can’t imagine it’s a joke, but it would be a funny one.
      I put it on the first page. It it’s a joke, then we’re both really fooled.

      I wish you were here too. And I wish I was strong enough to go, but I’m not yet. Darn!

      • HS_1_3415

        The tix are already sold out. People had been lined up since 4am outside of the old Tower Records building. They also have a pop-up shop there and are selling t-shirts. The Troubadour marquee reads “The Troubadour Presents: “NOT IN THIS LIFETIME” which I think is hilarious (it’s an Axl quote from when he was asked about a reunion back in 2012).

        • Whispergirl

          I just looked it up. I’m sure there were some pretty sad people (waiting and not getting tix). Hopefully it ends up on Youtube so we can see it sort-of.
          I think I saw a sign somewhere for “NOT IN THIS LIFETIME.” I can’t remember where, but it’s funny. I keep meaning to put up a GnR story, so this one was a good blurb and a bit of a start. Thanks!

          • HS_1_3415

            I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!! If you can make it to Tower, they have a ton of merch set up (there’s a pic of the t-shirts in my post on the main page)

          • HS_1_3415

            I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!! If you can make it to Tower, they have a ton of merch set up (there’s a pic of the t-shirts in my post on the main page)

            • Whispergirl

              I can’t get there until after work. Will it still be there?
              Also, where? On Sunset Blvd.?

              • HS_1_3415

                It should be. And yeah the one at 8801 Sunset

                • Whispergirl

                  I saw from the pics. It’s not too far from where I live. I will have to pop over there and see what I see.

              • HS_1_3415

                From Rolling Stone:
                “The band also revealed in a statement that the former home of Tower Records (Which boasted Slash as a former employee) will be “transformed into a complete interactive GNR experience with a memorabilia exhibit.” The exhibit is set to open at noon local time and will include “historic items such as members’ classic attire, original artwork, personal awards and more.”

                Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guns-n-roses-to-begin-reunion-run-with-intimate-l-a-concert-tonight-20160401#ixzz44bOrASt0

                Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

              • HS_1_3415

                From Rolling Stone:
                “The band also revealed in a statement that the former home of Tower Records (Which boasted Slash as a former employee) will be “transformed into a complete interactive GNR experience with a memorabilia exhibit.” The exhibit is set to open at noon local time and will include “historic items such as members’ classic attire, original artwork, personal awards and more.”

                Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guns-n-roses-to-begin-reunion-run-with-intimate-l-a-concert-tonight-20160401#ixzz44bOrASt0

                Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

            • Whispergirl

              I can’t get there until after work. Will it still be there?
              Also, where? On Sunset Blvd.?

        • Whispergirl

          I just looked it up. I’m sure there were some pretty sad people (waiting and not getting tix). Hopefully it ends up on Youtube so we can see it sort-of.
          I think I saw a sign somewhere for “NOT IN THIS LIFETIME.” I can’t remember where, but it’s funny. I keep meaning to put up a GnR story, so this one was a good blurb and a bit of a start. Thanks!

  • jhs5150

    Guitar Pics and Review –

    My guitar arrived from Sweetwater yesterday, two days earlier than expected. I guess they follow the mantra of “manage expectations – deliver earlier than promised and you look like saint, deliver it late and it looks like you ain’t.”

    It arrived double-boxed which I thought was great from a security standpoint. Shipping boxes that say “Gibson” all over them is a recipe for missing guitars, I think. Inside the second (Gibson) box the guitar was packed in it’s soft case (gig bag.) I let the guitar sit for an hour with the bag unzipped to let warmer air slowly bring it up to temp to prevent finish cracking. Finally taking it out of the bag, the pictures were good but really don’t show how beautiful this guitar is. The straight mahogany grain is accentuated by the clear gloss finish on the face of the guitar. It arrived mostly in tune. The action was a little high so I adjusted it down to about the same level as my EVH Wolfgang. Right from the start the guitar had lots of sustain and for the first 45 minutes I didn’t even plug it in. The body is 4 percent smaller than the standard Flying V from what I’ve read and it really makes a difference when playing it sitting down. I put one leg of the V under my right thigh and the other over it – this enables you to tilt the guitar up or down and hold it there with your other leg – perfect!

    Later I plugged it in and wow – these pickups certainly pack a punch. Warm, fat and seemingly just as powerful as the Wolfgang’s pickups. The online specs say there are a Classic 57 in the neck position and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge position. If this in fact what they are (because some specs posted on line say they are a 490R and a 500T) there seems to be no need to change pickups. There were no fret buzzes, intonation was perfect and Sweetwater did a nice job prepping it including putting on a lighter gauge of strings I had ordered (009 – 042.)

    So here are my pros and cons –
    Pros:
    Very high quality, no finish issues (with the top) – Gibson’s quality control these days is very good. I picked the straightest grain among the guitars shown and I really believe this helps with the sustain, which is also very good.
    The fretboard was perfect and very resonant. You don’t really notice the dot markers are acrylic – not a big deal to me. I like how Gibson makes the neck binding part of the fingerboard. It makes it feel wider and easier to play.
    Coil taps on the pickups – something I didn’t expect and was more than happy about. I got greedy and hoped there was a pull-pot on the Tone knob for out-of-phase switching but there wasn’t, oh well.
    Quality finish on the face of the guitar – it really makes the wood grain pop.
    The tuners actually surprised me – they worked well and didn’t feel cheap or tinny as some older “tulip” tuners made by Kluson felt to me. I’m told these are made by Grover. I was looking at replacement Grover tuners before I bought the guitar so it’s great that I don’t have to change them now.
    The slim-taper neck. I love it. It’s perfect for this guitar. That coupled with the flat feel of the Gibson fingerboard just makes playing a breeze. I sold a V last year because I couldn’t get used to it’s clubby neck. This is much better – similar to the Les Paul DC I had a few years back.
    Tones – you can dial in just about any humbucking tone you want. The pickups are powerful yet well defined. Gibson knows how to make a pickup, especially for their guitars.

    Cons – the biggest issue I find is with the case (gig bag). A soft case is not good enough to protect such a high-quality guitar. It’s OK on cheaper models that beginners are going to tote around to guitar lessons, etc. but not for what I consider a premium guitar, especially one with a guitar peghead that is pitched like most Gibsons are. It makes the guitar look bowed when it’s in the soft case and it seems like it wouldn’t offer very much protection if it somehow it fell over – a sure recipe for snapping a neck off. I would pay an extra $100 dollars for it to come with a hardshell case. I found a Dean V case on sale online I will order for it. It’s a shame you can’t even order one from Gibson. Take off a star for that.
    The polishing cloth included with the guitar seems a little rough. It should be softer.
    The back and sides of the guitar are a satin finish. On a guitar with grain this beautiful, the satin finish detracts from it. I suspect this is a cost cutting measure between that and the gig bag. In my opinion, a premium guitar should have the same finish on the entire body. While it looks passable, it could look so much better. The neck seems to be a cross between the two and it feels pretty good. Take off half a star for the satin finish.

    Overall I am very happy with the guitar. It feels good to have a Gibson again. It’s been a while since I had one and I plan on keeping this one – for a long time.

    • Whispergirl

      It’s very nice! Congratulations on getting it. I know you’ve wanted it for some time. I hope it gives you much guitar playing pleasure. We want a video!
      And I’m curious to see how much you play this versus the Wolfgang.

      Great review, btw!

      • jhs5150

        Ok. Im working on a song list, and thanks!

        • Believe it or not, the very first song I play on any new guitar is ‘316’

          • jhs5150

            That’s a good one. I never know what to play when I’m trying something out. I get brain freeze. I think of something later and then smack myself in the head.

    • Nice!!

      • jhs5150

        Thanks. I really like it.

        • Deep tones from this, warm and fat because of the mahogany wood. I read your review in full, rewire the volume knobs and your good to go.

          🙂

          • jhs5150

            Yeah, the tone pot is a little weird. It sounds a little nasly on the bridge p/u unless I turn it down to about 8. It may need some tweaking. I think it has something to do with the push/pull pots for coil taps and how they interact with the tone control.

  • Whispergirl

    Guitar countdown!

  • Whispergirl

    Guitar countdown!

    • jhs5150

      It’s delivered. I wasn’t home to get it but a relative was there to sign for it. Can’t wait to unpack it – later…

      • Whispergirl

        I hope it’s as great to play as it looks!
        Do a video!

        • jhs5150

          I went home on my lunch and unpacked it. It’s beautiful. The wood grain pops – so glad I switched guitars. Pics later. I played it unplugged for about 45 minutes, adjusted the action and started breaking it in. It’s actually more comfortable to play sitting down than the other V I sold last year and much better fret access than a Les Paul. I’ll plug it in tonight. Video? Hah. Maybe this weekend.

          • Whispergirl

            I’m glad you like it. I know what you’ll be doing tonight!
            It’s so good that it came quickly.

            Enjoy…
            And we’ll have to point it out to Beanie when he comes back from Spring breaking.

            • jhs5150

              No whammy!

              • Whispergirl

                I see you’re BEING Beanie. Yep, no whammy.
                I like it though.

    • jhs5150

      It’s delivered. I wasn’t home to get it but a relative was there to sign for it. Can’t wait to unpack it – later…

  • jhs5150
    • Whispergirl

      Good news! I’d like to see DL.

  • jhs5150

    Guitar update – delivery is scheduled for tomorrow. Woohoo!

    • Whispergirl

      Congratulations! That’s very quick too!

  • DropDeadLegs

    Hello peeps and peepettes…. missed ya heaps…a lot has gone on … I’m now an ‘unofficial’ great aunt…my godson Mitch and his partner delivered a beautiful healthy bub on the 14th March 8lbs 1 oz… Grayson Joshua Ryan It seems Ive missed a great deal on these hallowed pages… W been in hospital. …good heavens…new musical acquisitions… lots going on… Happy Easter from the land of Oz… albeit belated…. love yas all.. ttys xxxx

    • jhs5150

      A little hellraiser 😉

      • DropDeadLegs

        I havent heard how big his lungs are ( as is level of crying)… Im hoping to ‘meet’ him soon

    • Whispergirl

      He’s a beauty already!
      Congratulations!

      • DropDeadLegs

        hes a lot like his daddy…. Mitchell (my godson – hes the one holding his ‘boy’) is my 2nd cousin… but to him Ive always been ( & still am) ‘Aunty’ DDL…. I think i spent more time with him (other than his Nan Pop and Mum)…. hes the son I was never able to have…..

        • Whispergirl

          They Ryans are a handsome crew, DDL! He’s a cute boy you have there holding his new boy!

  • Whispergirl

    First day back at work. I didn’t actually work but it was work just sitting that long.
    Tomorrow will be a harder day.hummm

    • DropDeadLegs

      I hope youre ok W…. Ill give you a call sometime this coming weekend…. be well and sending healing light and love xxooxx

      • Whispergirl

        Thanks so much! It was actually out patient; I wasn’t in the hospital. I’m doing pretty well, and getting back to my life of putting myself second, although some people debate that. I’d love to hear from you. XOXO!

  • rci808

    Easter egg hunting with the United States Marine Corps.

  • jhs5150

    Happy Monday!

    I just ordered tickets to see Sebastian Bach on 5/19. I know, but for $15 bucks how can you go wrong? The place is small and it’s all standing room and its the same place I saw BSR and Pretty Reckless in 2014. Maybe I’ll get some good video. It should be a fun show.

    So for this year I’ve got Satriani, Alice, Bach and AC/DC (whenever they reschedule the show that was supposed to be this Friday) lined up. Should be a fun Spring.

  • jhs5150

    Happy Easter, peeps!

    • Whispergirl

      I love peeps. .. they’re too cute eat though. Yep, I was the kid with the Easter basket full of uneaten peeps and chocolate bunnies because i saw their animal shape and couldn’t eat them. of course, I really wanted the real animals, particularly the little dyed baby chicks they had at the mall.

      Happy Easter to you too!

      • jetblast190

        Happy Easter!

        Check out Outfits and Hair.

    • jetblast190

      Happy Easter!

  • jhs5150

    I just ordered the Flying V I’ve been looking at since December. Sweetwater actually had 4 in wine red (the color I wanted) and I picked the one with the straightest grain. I don’t know if that really makes a difference but from a resale point of view it does. Here are some pics. I followed Trev’s advice and ordered a new set of strings that I use (D’Addario XL120s or Ernie Ball Super Slinkys) and asked them to install them and intonate the guitar for Eb, a half step down which is the same tuning I always use.

    Here’s some pics (This is the actual guitar. I love that you can pick the one you want before you buy it.) Check it out! (refresh)

    • Whispergirl

      It’s very beautiful! I really love flying Vs, and I know how long you’ve been waiting for this one. The guitar has a great home.

      I really hope you can do a video. This guitar and you new amp to sell… hint, hint, please

    • jhs5150

      I just switched guitars to this one – nicer grain, the fingerboard is almost black and looks awesome. It didn’t show up until I had picked the other one which was nice but this one is better.

      Can’t wait to get it – woohoo!

      • jhs5150

        Woohoo! My guitar shipped!

        • Whispergirl

          That’s great!
          I do like this one you got. It seems darker.

          • jhs5150

            Yup. It’s the grain.

    • DropDeadLegs

      Im deeply in lust and very jellies….. loved the gibson flying Vs since the 70s…

      • jhs5150

        Love ’em. It should be here tomorrow!

  • jhs5150

    Looks like I got 200!

    • Whispergirl

      Congrats, happy 200!

  • TGIF!.. I am on vacation next week, I wont be around much ..you bastards!

    • jhs5150

      F*ck off! 😉

  • jhs5150

    Friday Funnies – Here’s Trev conducting auditions for a new band member.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxJf7rFBHG8

  • Happy Hump Day everyone, hoping WG has recovered from her surgery well enough.

    • Whispergirl

      Happy Thursday; I think it’s Thursday.
      It has been an awful event, but I’m popping in t say I’m alive and healing. Sleeping is a good thing though, and pretty much all I want to do, so on that note….

  • Ex – wives cost lottsa money.. that’s all I got say for today!

    🙁

    • jetblast190

      So do my taxes! Ugh!

      • Yup.. those too!! IL law means you have to pay 20% of your salary (including my bonus) to ur ex for child support, My ex makes 120K a year!! I do this (abide by the law) but the 20% of my bonus kills me!!.. its just wrong.. all of it.. the laws differ from state to state. NJ is much better!

        IL law – SUCKS!!

    • jhs5150

      I know first hand. “Cheaper to keep her” isn’t just a phrase. It’s true. Of course Im done with her and she’s already blown it with #2 so revenge is sweet.

  • Here is a pic (attached) of where we perform our band rehearsals at… small basement (at my drummers house) but sound proofed. We nailed another 2 songs yesterday, ‘Waitin for the Bus” & “Jesus left Chicago”, both run into each other by ZZ top.

    All I need to do, is bring a guitar and a single pedal (EVH overdrive), my drummer (Chris) has everything else needed to get through a practice, full PA, bass amp, guitar amp, stands, lots of electrical outlets, his drums (and a fridge with beers) ..and a lot of other stuff he collected over the years.. I don’t particularly like the SOVTEK head, but hey…. it just practice. To date this year we have added 8 new songs to our 40+ song set list, reaching near 50 songs total.

    • Whispergirl

      It looks cozy

      • Yeah .. it is very cozy indeed! we usually practice for 3 hours is all, I personally don’t like practice myself but always come back home with a sense of accomplishment. It has to be done. I got great musicians around me for sure!

        • Whispergirl

          Three hours is a lot, especially with the time you already have in it.

    • jetblast190

      You’ll have to grow your beard long form for the ZZ tunes! Good choice! 🙂

      • All shaved off now, no more goatie, did that when I got my hair cut shorter. 🙂

        • jetblast190

          Well, that’s the opposite of long form. Haha!

    • jhs5150

      Looks like that Marshall cab has been stripped and refinished. Is that yours, Trev? It looks good.

  • jhs5150

    A happy Monday to all. We got virtually no snow last night which is fine by me. It’s supposed to hit 70 later in the week – I’ll take that.

    I picked up this 1978 Marshall 50 watt head yesterday. I got it at a good price though I had to drive 3 hours to get it. The tolex is perfect albeit a little dirty from being in a smoke filled environment for who knows how long but It’ll clean up. It has a few small issues internally which I should be able to rectify this week so I can resell it. Check it out.

    • Whispergirl

      It’s really nice!
      I hope we hear it very soon!

    • Nice!

    • jhs, does this have reverb built in?

      • jhs5150

        No, I don’t think any Marshalls had reverb except combos until the 900s came out except for the odd amp here and there. It is a 2204 master volume head – same exact circuit as the 800 50 watt.

        • ahh ok that’s what I was interested in.. the specs.

          • jhs5150

            Sounds great. Serious AC/DC tones with no pedals.

  • rci808
    • jhs5150

      Ya Mon! Loved that stuff ever since I went to the Bahamas. You kind of forget everything back home and just relax. I need to go again, haha.

      • rci808

        Yeah lots of this kind of stuff in Hawaii too.

        Man, I love it out there!

    • Whispergirl

      Very nice.
      I didn’t see this until now because I was trying to get my under construction bedroom, or the closet area anyways, finished. I didn’t finish, but it’s at least habitable.

      Tomorrow I am having surgery, so I wanted it to be really clean for my recovery.

      Happy Friday, …. two days late, and nice drums!

      • Ncorijuble

        I hope everything goes perfect with your surgery.

        • Whispergirl

          Thanks! Me too!

      • Yes good luck WG.

        • Whispergirl

          Thanks!

  • Two more weeks and this (attached) goes in — woohoo!!

  • jhs5150
    • The last one was the best.. I was so wanting that dog to get a fish!! LOL!!

      • jhs5150

        Snowstorm coming Sunday, could be a chance to pick up another amp 😉 To flip, of course.

        • Boating season soon, 2 more weeks and my boat goes in!

          • jhs5150

            I need to order my parts this weekend. I want to be out there too.

            • What parts you need?.. I just need to do oil change, power wash the toons and clean it. Hope to have it in April 1st.

              • jhs5150

                Trim cylinders, trim sensor, bottom paint and a fuel separator. I want to replace the switch panel also – the old one is cracked and falling apart.

                • sheeesh!!.. sounds like a lot of work… and cover it in 50th anniversary toilex cloth! lol

                  • jhs5150

                    Nah, most of it is easy. Bottom painting and the trim sensor are the most work but shouldn’t be too bad. Haha, no this isn’t a museum piece. It’ll still look good though. The fuel separator is a cartridge like an oil filter – 2 minute job. I would love to use some of that burled aluminum like those from the Trans Ams on the panel but so far I can’t find it.

    • Whispergirl

      I would be going to save the fish!
      Had to turn this one off.

      • jhs5150

        No fish were harmed during the making of this video.

      • jhs5150

        No fish were harmed during the making of this video.

  • Happy St Patricks day!!!! (attached).

  • Happy St Patricks day!!!! (attached).

    • jhs5150

      Indeed (refresh)

    • Whispergirl

      Trev? Those are Les Pauls (no whammy)!

    • DropDeadLegs

      we had ours yesterday… ;-)…. and a happy green Guinness day to each of yee too…. Im the daughter of an Irishman… (with my surnane its the Irish equivalent of ‘Jones and Smith)… so ‘Slancha!!’

  • rci808
    • Whispergirl

      Hugs

    • jetblast190

      One of the most under-rated and under-appreciated guitarists of all time. There is nothing that Alex can’t do or play on any type of guitar…and he plays keyboard foot pedals just like Geddy while he’s playing his main instrument. Love this guy!!! Thank you Alex Lifeson, your music breathes life!

      You have that birthday yet?!

      • rci808

        End of the month.

        Adding R-40 to cart.

        • jhs5150

          I have a Best Buy gift cert. I’m going to use it on that next time I go. Guitar Center has it too.

    • Whispergirl

      Nice song. I really like this one!

      • rci808

        It’s very inspirational.

        12-string is amazing.

  • rci808

    Hi.

    Hicks don’t mix with politics. (that’s why I stay out of it)

    Peanut butter cookies kick the most ass in cookie-land.

    Cheeseburgers are God-sent. And can sometimes be used as bait to catch an rci.

    I had to bury my 9 year-old Shepherd last month and I can finally say it without crying.

    I got a Colt .45 (finally) to add to my collection.

    Working my angels overtime this year.

    Staying strong as I can.

    • Whispergirl

      I am a hick! I love other hicks.

      Yes, peanut butter cookies rock.

      So sorry about your dog. I’ll say a prayer up for Shakie to go look out for precious Blitz. Let me know if I can do anything. I know how tough it is.

      XOXO

      • rci808

        Thanks, C.

        It is tough. Super tough. Took me 30 years to try it again with Baron Von Blitz II. It was all meant to be.

        Charlie has big boots to fill and is doing the best job ever to fill them. He’s a great doggie. I’m glad we rescued him when we did.

        XO’s

        • Whispergirl

          They rescue us.
          After my first dog passed I told my vet I couldn’t do it again. He said holding that love in would bee a shame for dogs in general.then Shakie came. I believe our late pets find their own friends for us. So that first dog found Charlie for you. They are angels, B, animals are angels, and they always send another when their time id’s done. I still have trouble with my thoughts of Shakie. But I’m happy she found me such a funny angel. Funny is good! Give Charlie lots of hugs, pets and kisses.

          • rci808

            That’s such an awesome way to think about it.

            I will always remember that.

            Very cool, birdie.

            • Whispergirl

              It’s true.

            • Whispergirl

              It’s true.

          • I’m seriosly thinking of getting a cat, but I don’t know?

            • Whispergirl

              Yes! Get the cat!

              • Yup.. looking for one already, but… got to ask my wife ;-(

                • Whispergirl

                  Of course. I hope she wants the kittie too!

            • DropDeadLegs

              speaking as a crazy cat lady (i now have 2)… theyre good mates to have around!

    • DropDeadLegs

      Sending hugs and love R…. Im so sorry about your fluffy bub
      I keep right outta politics…except in saying they oughta build a 90 metre wall around The thumper trumper…at his expense… the last thing you guys need is a foul mouthed bully…. stepping off soapbox now!… much love and thoughts to you and yours xxxx

      • rci808

        Thanks, T.

        Lots of X’s and O’s right back at ya!

        Australian GP this weekend! ..Go Ricciardo!

        Oi Oi Oi!

        • DropDeadLegs

          spoken like a true Aussie! !!…. Go Ricciardo!!! still sending positive and healing vibes to Schuey.. huge aussie hugz to you and Mrs rci… Is your shepherd the gorgeous white boy??? .. I think I had seen him in pics on your boat….
          sending healing thoughts to you too xxooxx

  • Whispergirl

    Help!
    I’m being pressured by my fellow young people who do my stupid job at work to do the basketball bracket thing. There’s so much to pick! I need expert advice from y’all. The catch is I’m supposed to have it done by the end of the day so I’m asking a lot. I’m pretty sure this is $20 down the drain, and I hate spending money for no reason. I’d sooooo much rather have something I want, like money on layaway at Guitar Center. Oh the things we do for work!

    • Whispergirl

      I did it myself, copying about 80% of a website guy. We’ll see how I do!

      • DropDeadLegs

        fingers and toes C..xxxxx

  • who got 100th comment?

    • Whispergirl

      Beanie, I count you, with the talking to yourself comment.
      Congratulations on 100!

  • jhs5150
    • Whispergirl

      Very cool. I like the blue on blue.

  • jhs5150

    Trump wins all but Ohio – as I figgered….

    • jetblast190

      And Hillary won all 4. Here’s an interesting NY Times article about despite winning votes, both Trump and Hillary are disliked and distrusted by a majority of Americans. I place myself in that same category. This is truly shaping up to be a “lesser of the evils” election year. This may be the most devisive period in our history during my lifetime, and I don’t see that any of these candidates have the power to turn the tide on our current decisiveness.

      https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump.amp.html#

      The link is a mobile link, so you may have to research the article on their website of the link fails.

      • jhs5150

        I would like to see Bernie win because he is the only one discussing real issues that affect the middle class but I don’t think it will happen this time but the time is coming. The young voters will soon be the majority and I believe change is coming in the near future.

        But I think Trump is a major upgrade from Clinton. She is just another puppet from the powers that really run this country. Trump isn’t – at lease not on the surface. We’ll see if/when he gets elected whether it’s true or not, if not look for another Bernie-type candidate the next cycle that WILL get elected, unless the two parties find some BS way to circumvent it like the democrats do with the Superdelegates.

        • I think Bernie is too much of a socialist, bigger government, lacks experience, no foriregn policy and his constant retoric about Wall st is getting boring at this point. I would take Hilary myself, that said, it will be more of the same I guess. Washington politics is where it all needs to change, no more gridlock.. which we will again experience with the Supreme Court nominee.

        • jetblast190

          That change scares me…young people are always socialistic minded until they have real careers and have to pay real taxes. Everything that Sanders proposes can’t possibly be free. We might as well give up and become communist where the government tells us where to go to school and study and what jobs we should have. Maybe I’m letting my fears get the best of me, I know we need reform, but socialism is not the solution.

          • Agree 100% Jet on this.. remember I come from a socialist country – England.. we cant ever have that here in the US!

            • jhs5150

              It’s not exactly a democracy here…

      • The anger is not about the nominees as such, the anger should be directed at Washington politics. There is a simple solution, 8 year term for the Senate and the house. Presidents are puppets and even though the speaker of the house (Paul Ryan in this case) is third in line to the President, to me, he/she has the most power.

        So.. if change is required I don’t think its incumbent on the nominees to do it, it has to come from the voters.

        And lastly.. I understand the anger in this country, but the anger of Trump supporters is out of hand.

    • I figured too. 🙂

  • jetblast190

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/14/technology/india-cochin-solar-powered-airport/

    Cool article. I’m sure this would work for airports on a broader scale, but I applaud their ingenuity.

    On a different note, I’ve been down with the stomach flu since Sunday. It’s miserable. Take care because it’s going around like wild fire!

    • jhs5150

      Immodium, trust me.

      • jetblast190

        I’ll have to try that. The stomach pain has been incredible. Sunday night was the worst pain I ever experienced. I still get feverish, but the fevers typically don’t last very long…bad chills too. The weather hasn’t helped these last two days either, cold and rainy.

        • jhs5150

          Ok. Immodium is for a little farther down but if you’re having that issue too it will fix it.

          • jetblast190

            I know a bunch of people that have already had this and they all said it lasted about 3 days. So hopefully tomorrow I start feeling better. I’m using too much sick time this week, and it was 100% training flights. So those 3 pilots I was supposed to fly with also had to be replaced and rescheduled for additional training.

            • Whispergirl

              It’s the Jet Poo sickness.
              (I couldn’t resist.)

              • jetblast190

                That paints the picture pretty well! Lol…ugh, it hurts when I laugh.

              • jetblast190

                That paints the picture pretty well! Lol…ugh, it hurts when I laugh.

          • jetblast190

            I know a bunch of people that have already had this and they all said it lasted about 3 days. So hopefully tomorrow I start feeling better. I’m using too much sick time this week, and it was 100% training flights. So those 3 pilots I was supposed to fly with also had to be replaced and rescheduled for additional training.

    • Whispergirl

      Feel better, Jet!
      I wanted to tell you, there was a person who came on one of the old threads because she wanted me to put a credit to her for a photo of DLR I used. She gave me her name on Instagram, and she has pics from Jones Beach. I thought you’d like those. The name on Instagram is fotoguru2016

      • jetblast190

        Thanks I’ll check it out.

    • jhs5150

      Sooner or later more businesses will start doing this. I am seeing it more every day.

    • Whispergirl

      I want that for my house!

      • jetblast190

        Me too!

  • Reverend Draco

    Hillary is a criminal.

    Sanders is a Communist.

    Cruz, Kasich, and Rubio are “Israel First” invertebrates, first and foremost.
    Cruz just came out as a Monsanto shill, calling people who want healthy food “anti-science zealots.”

    If there is any hope of a recognizable US by the time the 2020 elections roll around, it’s Trump.

    I don’t know for certain what Trump will do, nobody does – and I find that refreshing.

    I do know, absolutely, what the rest of the creepers will do – they’ll double down on the exact same fucking nonsense that got us into this mess in the
    first damned place. Because their owners demand it.

    So. . . if you want the current societal and economic collapse to
    continue unchecked – more illegal wars, more illegal border-jumpers,
    more theft, more murder, more people on food stamps, more people with
    food insecurity, more of the hip-deep shit we’re in. . . go ahead and
    vote for anybody but Trump.

    If you want the slightest chance that something may change for the better. . . vote for Trump.

    Better yet. . . become a Carlinite.
    “I don’t vote. Two reasons. First of all it’s meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years *pfff* doesn’t mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around – they say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain’, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.” ~ George Carlin

    • Whispergirl

      I really think it will be Hilary who wins in November, but to see you even half-way endorse Trump says something. I think there could be a lot of people who normally don’t vote who “try a vote” on Trump. It really is an interesting election with him in it. Personally I see him as pro-small business, and I like that. I don’t know if he really is, but I hope so.

      • I too believe Hilary will be the Democratic Nominee and become the next President. She is certainly the most experienced. As for Trump, personally, I think he’s an embarrassment, not only to this country and its people, but to the rest of the world too.

        • Reverend Draco

          Most experienced liar? Check.
          Most experienced criminal? Check.

          She needs to be in the Big House, not the White House.

          • I cant hate anyone the way you do, sorry to say.

            • Reverend Draco

              She’s worse than Manson, and look at where Manson is. . .

              It’s not hatred to demand Justice where Justice if lacking.

        • Whispergirl

          I an not a fan of Hilary. I am usually one to vote democrat, but I’ve become disillusioned for years now with it all. I’m not as far as Rev, but I really think there is some controlling entity that makes them all pretty much the same.
          I believe the markets think Hilary will be elected, so if not, there will be a reaction there.

          Is Trump an embarrassment? People want real change. He seems to stand for that, but I don’t think he can pull it off. The economy (the thing people want change in so long as you’re not talking change in immigration and I won’t go there) is run by the Federal Reserve. That’s not controlled by any political body. And frankly the way we elect the President isn’t even a democratic process, at least not fully. So I don’t think he will embarrass us that way. I’m not sure what he would be like in foreign policy, but that is less important to me right now than the economy is. Then again, I’ve had it very hard for a few years, so it’s hard for me to think about anything else.

          Still I don’t see any real result other than Hilary.

          • I think I agree with most of what you said.

            Immigration, trust me, I have been there.. it is much more relaxed now (after 911) than it was when I came over in 1988, Reagan was president back then and Thatcher was Prime Minister of the UK. I had 3 Visa’s and an interview at the American Embassy in London along with a whole bunch of paper work I had to fuill out .. just to come here in 1988.

            That doesn’t happen anymore and post 911, these days you just need your passport, book a flight and you’re in.

            So yeah.. tougher laws on immigration is a must, you have to look beyond the Mexico issue.

    • jhs5150

      Tell us how you really feel, Rev. =P

      I love Carlin but disagree with one thing. If you don’t vote you accept everything “as-is.” So if it sucks you did nothing to make it better so you have no right to complain. Nothing ever gets accomplished by sitting idly by.

      Just IMO but mine’s as good as the next guy’s.

      “Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.”

      • Reverend Draco

        Would you willingly go to a casino, and drop your life’s savings on an openly rigged roulette wheel?
        Why would you drop your life’s savings (and your children’s, and your grandchildren’s) on an openly rigged selection?

        You don’t change a thing by tolerating more of what originally caused the problem. . . you change a thing by utterly rejecting the cause and trying something different.

        The best thing about Trump? He has “the Establishment” in full-on panic mode – because they know he’s not part of They, the Problem.

        • But Trump is running as a Republican nominee? If there is to be “real” change, he should run as an Independent. ‘They’ being the problem, is as I stated before, its not the Nominee, its not the President, its Washington. So.. how does one change Washington?

          • Whispergirl

            Right? How do we change when everything depends on the machine we’ve built. I am like J though; I like watching the GOP squirm over Trump.

            As for “independent” I think the only real change comes from within, from within one of the established parties. Any new thing is not taken seriously. He just might be the Republican nominee, and that truly is a vote for change. True though, is his change the right kind of change? I wish I knew.

          • jhs5150

            Vote out those that don’t do the people’s business.

          • Reverend Draco

            By refusing to play the silly kids’ game. Starve the beast, eventually it dies.

        • jhs5150

          He does but without votes he would be going nowhere. People just like you, sick of the status quo are voting for him.

          Sitting home accomplishes nothing.

          • Reverend Draco

            Voting is an act of violence perpetrated against one’s neighbors – an “advanced auction of stolen goods” – think of sitting home as a non-violent protest.

            It worked for Ghandi, it can work for us, too.

            The only other option is American Revolution redux. . . because more of the problem cannot fix the problem.
            So far, expecting more of the problem to fix the problem has been an exercise in futility – as well as the definition of insanity.

            • jhs5150

              The difference was Ghandi was leading the revolution…

    • So I guess you are voting for Trump then. 🙂 I read your post a few times, you represent the anger that is abundant in this country right now. But I believe the anger is more about Washington than it is for any individual person. And the constitution the way it is, I don’t believe anyone (president included) can change Washington.

      • Reverend Draco

        Nope – not voting for Trump.

        I’m staying in and playing chess that day.

        • I play chess too!!

        • jhs5150

          Sit around and wait for the system to collapse. Good luck.

          • lol!!

          • Reverend Draco

            If it would only hurry up and collapse. . . at least it would be something different than the current insanity of expecting the same action to produce different results.

    • jetblast190

      I’m undecided…I don’t like any of our options, and Sanders is at the bottom of my list. Here’s the thing that gets me about Trump: it’s about 30 years ago that Ronald Reagan urged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down that wall.” We’ve come a long way since then with Trump promising “to build that wall.”

      I can’t vote in the primaries because I have no party affiliate (I can’t in good conscience endorse either party…they have definitely forgotten the lessons that George Washington attempted to pass when he stepped down from the presidency). I will vote in the presidential election, but who for I’ll have to wait and see.

      • jhs5150

        Somebody has to do something. Mexico can’t stop their own people from leaving and it isn’t just Mexicans crossing the border there. It’s a great place to get into the country if you’re a terrorist.

        • jetblast190

          A wall won’t stop them from tunneling under it. The biggest problem is we don’t enforce the laws we already have on the books. Even if we do completely close the southern border, what about the relatively loose border with Canada? Do we build a wall there next? Enforce our laws and increase funding and personnel for border patrol…IMO.

          • jhs5150

            The Canucks are too busy drinking Moosehead =P

          • I agree exactly.. how many more walls do we need?

            • jhs5150

              I want a wall – and I want Pink Floyd to build it!

      • Issue is .. Trump is posing as a republican when clearly, he is not ..else $40 Milion would not have been spent by the party he represents on negative ads against him.
        Bernie is an official independent running as a Democrat. The rules seem to be wrong I guess.

        • jetblast190

          I like that they are shaking up the establishment, a much needed wake up call, but I find both of their philosophies to be too extreme or over-the-top for me. I’m looking for a strong centrist that can bring minds to the middle…that politician doesn’t exist this time around, hasn’t for a long time. I know we need across the board reform in government, banking, and corporate America…I don’t see that there are any candidates that can make that happen. Sanders is too socialist and Trump is too devisive…congress will never support either of their initiatives.

          • I agree with you here Jet 100%.. interesting the word “Centrist” is being used, I like that word and what it stands for.. hearing it more and more of late.

            • jetblast190

              Benjamin Franklin was very much a moderate, I’m not sure that centrist and moderate are synonymous, but we need more statesmen like him.

              • ‘Centrist’ to me.. is the word of the year.. I believe a nominee could win outright and hands down if there was a ‘Centrist’ party!

                If you “Google” this word …it becomes more and more appealing!!

                • Ha!!.. check this out..

                  http://www.uscentrist.org/

                  • Talking to myself here I guess, (Hi Trev) .. but this whole ‘Centrist’ thing intrigues me.. however, the shocking truth is how much the media actually control much of the elections and their outcomes. Almost to the point of communistic propaganda ..

                    It has been said by both Bernie and Trump that they could not run as independents (or a “Centrist”), because they simple would not get the media coverage!

                  • Whispergirl

                    Beanie, that article shows what my problem is — that the cores of each of the parties are driving the views and the elections. People are doing what Rev is doing and not voting (me included because I am centrist myself), but that just leaves the “core” people of each of the Democratic and Republican parties voting for their own agendas. It’s not like there is a “none of the above” voting option; not to speak for Rev, but I think that would stand for what Rev wants. But we still have, and will have, elections with the candidates, and with more and more people not voting, we get the extremes that each of the the parties chose. The thing about this election that is interesting is the GOP isn’t choosing Trump, people are. So it is historic. I too think he’s more of an independent, but a candidate has to be a republican or a democrat to actually win. It is possible his success will make other centrists run within the two existing parties. In fact there was a time that was what made a candidate successful (being more moderate). I’m not decided, but I think if Hilary wins, it will be a statement against a more centrist movement. The wall? Nobody will actually build a wall. It’s a huge border with almost nothing there, so logistically the wall would take a ton of time. So I’m not letting that sway me too much. It’s economic reform I’m interested in, and I really don’t see too much about the nuts and bolts that anyone will do. So my question is: does any of this really matter?

                    • Not sure, you make an interseting point though for sure, what I do like and admire, is that your opinion is without all of the ‘hate’ and anger.. Rev comparing Hilary to Charles Manson for instance is worse than ridiculous in my opinion. But I do understand your point if you are not voting because of the extreme nature of today’s candidates. I think folks overall maybe voting for the lessor of two (or three or four) evils.

                      I think too, overall …is the anger and frustration in this country, it has to be directed at the right source and for me at least, it isn’t the primary candidates, it’s Washington and even if extreme (or not), I would say nobody can change it.

                      Now we got a Supreme court justice nominated, which is a constitutional right of the current president. In the case of republicans they can block it (as Washington always does – ie: Gridlock) or wait until they lose the election to the Democrats, and let Hilary nominate an even more left wing Supreme court justice nominee.

                      So yes, one extreme to the other, so you ask.. what would a ‘Centrist” do?

                    • jhs5150

                      It shows you how bad the Republican party is right now. They won’t even bring the Supreme Court nominee up for a vote. They need to vote all of these morons out of office and get people in there who will do the people’s business and not vote on behalf of the puppet masters who hold their purse strings.

                  • jhs5150

                    Want to help change it?

                    movetoamend.org

      • Reverend Draco

        I don’t like any of the options, either.

        It’s just that, if we want anything to be different after the election, we can’t keep trying the same thing hoping for a different result.
        Last I looked, that defines insanity.

        • jetblast190

          I agree, but unfortunately, the two best options for bringing about a different result are both certifiably insane themselves. Just kidding, maybe…well, maybe not!

      • jhs5150

        Reagan also ran up a huge debt trying to bankrupt the Soviets. He did it but at what cost? That and the whole union busting campaign that started the shrinking of the middle class and that still goes on today. So you have to wonder, what did he really do for us?

        • jetblast190

          I know I’m just picking out one item on Trump’s agenda, I just find it ironic, and unrealistic.

          I think we all pretty much agree on where reform needs to be made, and that the existing establishment cannot be depended upon to ever bring about those reforms…they’d be cutting of the hand that feeds them, so they’ll never do it.

          The hang up, and part where it’s hard to agree, is finding a common candidate that we believe can best achieve this. Sanders and Trump may be the best to accomplish this, but I don’t believe that either one can get their proposals through congress, nor can they fund them. My opinion of course, but I can’t see past it.

  • Reverend Draco

    Hillary is a criminal.

    Sanders is a Communist.

    Cruz, Kasich, and Rubio are “Israel First” invertebrates, first and foremost.
    Cruz just came out as a Monsanto shill, calling people who want healthy food “anti-science zealots.”

    If there is any hope of a recognizable US by the time the 2020 elections roll around, it’s Trump.

    I don’t know for certain what Trump will do, nobody does – and I find that refreshing.

    I do know, absolutely, what the rest of the creepers will do – they’ll double down on the exact same fucking nonsense that got us into this mess in the
    first damned place. Because their owners demand it.

    So. . . if you want the current societal and economic collapse to
    continue unchecked – more illegal wars, more illegal border-jumpers,
    more theft, more murder, more people on food stamps, more people with
    food insecurity, more of the hip-deep shit we’re in. . . go ahead and
    vote for anybody but Trump.

    If you want the slightest chance that something may change for the better. . . vote for Trump.

    Better yet. . . become a Carlinite.
    “I don’t vote. Two reasons. First of all it’s meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years *pfff* doesn’t mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around – they say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain’, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.” ~ George Carlin

  • jhs5150

    Mega Tuesday. Lets see if Trump can keep his foot out of his mouth and send Rubio and Kasich (sp?) packing. Can Bernie take Hillary down? Let’s hope.

    • It’ll be a contested/brokered convention for the GOP and Hillary will be the Democratic nominee.

      You read it here first. 🙂

      • jhs5150

        I think Trump might lose Ohio but that’s it.

        • Either way.. its going to be a VERY interesting day for sure. History in the making. Just as Trump is surprising everyone, so is Sanders. The polls seem to be a joke.

          • Whispergirl

            I think they, whoever they are, have wanted Hilary from the start.

  • Home Base!.. and 4 more comments to 10!

    • Whispergirl

      You have to get it!

      • hmm.. maybe… maybe not? 🙂

        • Whispergirl

          Oh I think you’ll get it!

          • jhs5150

            SWOOP!

            • Whispergirl

              haha,
              The unpredictable nature of life

              • jhs5150

                Makes up for the bid I lost on Ebay y’day. Sort of….

                • Whispergirl

                  So sorry about your auction

                  • jhs5150

                    It happens. Ebay is seriously getting on my nerves though. I prefer reverb.com but there aren’t many bargains there but thanks.

                  • I cant stop looking at that cheeseburger pic.. lol .. makin’ me hungry!

                    • jhs5150

                      Isnt that the truth?

                    • Whispergirl

                      haha!
                      Yeah, I found a pretty cheeseburger!!
                      I’m going to drive up sales of cheeseburgers…
                      Even I had to make one yesterday, one and a half actually, with the dogs getting the half I didn’t eat.

                    • Here’s what’s funny, and I discovered it later today.. I clicked on the Cheeseburger pic above,.. low and behold, it turned into an even bigger picture of the same thing!!!

                      DELICIOUS!

                    • HUGE… (attached).. I tell you!!

                    • Whispergirl

                      It’s true! hahaha!

                      We all need to go out for that cheeseburger and report back!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      And it’s got my favorite kind of onion on it, too.

                      Damn. . . makin’ me hungry for a cheeseburger!

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1tFx5xKrSI

                    • Whispergirl

                      Purple onion, yes! Mine to! Even the bread looks yummy!
                      I’m starting a new craze.
                      Cheeseburger, cheeseburger!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      I put red onion in just about everything I cook – except for dessert stuff. . . chicken pot pie, tater salad, you name it – I put red onion in it.

                      Got some growing in the garden, too.

                    • Whispergirl

                      chicken pot pie… my next story, love those!

                    • jhs5150

                      Cheeps! No Coke – Pepsi!

                    • jhs5150

                      Cheeps! No Coke – Pepsi!

                • Whatcha bid on?

                  • jhs5150

                    I was kidding but I bid on ’80s JCM800 I was going to flip.

                    • You have more amps than I have guitars 🙂

                    • jhs5150

                      Really only 3: the 800, the DSL and the Lead 12 which I plugged in yesterday BTW and OMFG that thing sounds great – you would never know it’s a little transistor amp. More on that later. I also have the Fly, my Valvestate 15 watt practice amp which sounds good too and the Marshall MS-4 mini stack which I really just have up as a toy thing on my dresser.

                    • Whispergirl

                      J?
                      That’s six, six amps, not three. lol!

                    • jhs5150

                      I don’t count the practice amps, haha.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I saw. Interesting that the Lead 12 is a real amp, as opposed to a practice amp for you. I think those were sold as practice amps. I really do need to finish my Lead 12 customization that I’m doing.

                    • jhs5150

                      That thing is killer. I would call it an apartment amp.

                      Yes, finish it.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I will. Soon.
                      I’m reading all about how to use my 800 to make the sound I hear in my head. I came across a very cool story on that. I think it would make a great article.

                      I heard my Lead 12 in this tiny house place of an admitted old hippie. The house was crammed full of equipment from some recording studio that lost its space. The Lead 12 was an afterthought, and was painted purple. So mine now is very far along in making it “wood” only. It will be like furniture, but it’s behind my bedroom closet in project order now. I think I’ll have the bedroom closet in this weekend, so the next weekend I’m well (I think that will be two weekends because I’m having surgery next Tuesday, one week from tomorrow), I’ll finish my Lead 12 project. And yes, the Lead 12 is very killer!

                    • jhs5150

                      Somehow I don’t think you’ll feel like working on anything after surgery.

                    • jhs5150

                      Somehow I don’t think you’ll feel like working on anything after surgery.

                    • Whispergirl

                      No, indeed. That’s why I put two weekends….

                    • jhs5150

                      I’m working a little late so my brain is fried, especially since it’s Monday so all I can say is…DUH!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Happens!

                    • jhs5150

                      Maybe I need brain surgery…

                    • Whispergirl

                      Haha, two for one?

                    • jhs5150

                      Buy one, get one free…

                      Now I can go home, hasta!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Why does that sound like one of those Zombie shows (not that I’ve really ever been able to get into those)?

                    • jhs5150

                      Buy one, get one free…

                      Now I can go home, hasta!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Haha, two for one?

                    • Whispergirl

                      Happens!

                    • jhs5150

                      I’m working a little late so my brain is fried, especially since it’s Monday so all I can say is…DUH!

                    • Whispergirl

                      No, indeed. That’s why I put two weekends….

                    • jhs5150

                      That thing is killer. I would call it an apartment amp.

                      Yes, finish it.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I saw. Interesting that the Lead 12 is a real amp, as opposed to a practice amp for you. I think those were sold as practice amps. I really do need to finish my Lead 12 customization that I’m doing.

  • jhs5150

    THIRD!!!

  • the unit

    Yeah you’re on first.
    I’ll be “What’s” on second.
    Then one day when I learn to submit pictures on the net, I’ll be back.
    Love your story to get here.

  • the unit

    Yeah you’re on first.
    I’ll be “What’s” on second.
    Then one day when I learn to submit pictures on the net, I’ll be back.
    Love your story to get here.

    • Whispergirl

      Thanks! Now go have a cheeseburger with your daughter! haha

      • the unit

        Man o’ Man Yeah! That’s a cheeseburger in paradise.

    • Whispergirl

      Thanks! Now go have a cheeseburger with your daughter! haha

  • Whispergirl

    I am first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!