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  1. valis

    Musical Anarchists Thread?

    No vid, just the link to the venue. I don't know about great moments, but one tune we played had this really nice chord change down to Em (I don't remember the rest of the progression, but it included G, C, and D -- pretty simple). Anyway, that Em just felt good, and gave me a nice chance to work through the transition with some tasteful runs. Sometimes the simplest things just sound beautiful, and that's the magic of it. But I've been known to become transfixed by a three-note sequence in a song, and play it over and over for hours. Other people hear it and say "Eh?", but to me it connects to something deep in my soul. I wanted to be a musician, but ended up becoming an electronics engineer. Fortunately for me, I also occasionally discover this sort of beauty during the design process. Patterns and structure can be transcendent, whatever the medium.
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    Musical Anarchists Thread?

    I love keeping time. I can rush a bit if I'm not careful, but I try to be careful. Playing with less-than-pro people (and I'm less-than-pro myself), I find myself simplifying, playing a lot of roots, and keeping strong time. That's what they need, and that's OK with me. It's sort of a Zen simplicity thing for me. I'm going to bring a large cardboard sign, done in crayon: "WILL PLAY BASS FOR FREE".
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    Musical Anarchists Thread?

    Are you sure about that? And did you hear about the drummer who finished high school? Me neither. I told that joke during a band practice and the drummer got all pissed off. Turns out he hadn't finished high school. We had no idea. He eventually attend a trade school and was working as a technician at our company. Smart enough guy and a good drummer, but obviously couldn't take a joke.
  4. Bob Perry says the non-launch is because of the owner's priorities, and when I spoke with Thumper he said that PSC wanted to see the boat launched a long time ago. Perhaps there's some spin going on, but it doesn't sound like this is PSC's fault.
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    Musical Anarchists Thread?

    Bump. So I brought my bass (the Fender J-bass) to a local open-mic night last Monday. I'm definitely not a soloist, but a father/son guitar/mandolin duo were coerced into letting me sit in on their set (actually they were extremely nice about the whole thing). We played for about fifteen minutes. With the son telling me before each song what the chords were, and with me watching the father's fingering on the guitar, I think I actually helped. They seemed pleased with the result and I certainly had a good time. I will probably show up this coming Monday and see if I get lucky again. Maybe I will hang a sign around my neck: "Free Bass Accompanist"
  6. Thank you! I'm going to agree with you on that...
  7. Were any of these hostile folks PSC employees, or was this just a jerk broker? The Buffet sloop is definitely not to my taste, but it *is* a custom design that he brought to PSC, so I'm not going to hold the styling against PSC. Was the build-quality OK? I wonder if they are actually selling any of their traditional Crealock designs? I'm only asking because I hope PSC stays in business.
  8. Seasickness is all part of my multi-dimensional sailing weight-loss program. Mal de mer is good for five lbs, eating meager portions is good for another five, and constant isometric exercise takes care of the rest. During a round trip to Hawaii, I lose about 15 lbs (I could certainly stand to lose more than that.) Actually, I've only been barfing-level seasick a handful of times, before I started taking Bonine, on the open ocean in moderate+ conditions. With or without the meds I am feeling pretty OK after a few days. When I did get sick I would stay topsides, or rush below and try to sleep with my eyes closed. I would feel bad, but not kill-myself bad. And remember, eat dessert first. That way it's the last thing you taste when feeding the fish.
  9. The same doctor who advised us to take the meds two days prior also felt that Stugeron was a "messy" drug, that had a variety of unpredictable side-effects. He didn't recommend it. However, I've certainly heard about people who love it... Anyway, I've found what works for me (Bonine, and I always use the brand-name stuff because I figure that 50% of the effect is placebo and I want all the help I can get.) In our med-kit we also carry Scop patches, and some kind of anti-nausea suppositories for when it gets so bad that the victim can't keep any medication down. So far we haven't needed those though. I've had crew be badly sick for four days, and that's the point where it can get dangerous. Usually we all feel pretty good after two days, and fine after three or four, regardless of the particular meds we take. The meds do get us through the first two days without feeling terrible. In my Pacific Cup communications boat role, I have to be below at the nav-station doing hours of radio and computer stuff, as well as our own navigation chores. There's no way I could do that on day-one in a lumpy sea without the Bonine.
  10. The October start is in part driven (i suppose) by the timing to round Cape Horn in the southern summer, and to not be at sea (solo, nonstop) any longer than necessary. I was tracking her 2016 attempt and for a while it looked like she was going to make it. She had weathered one system and there was a short gap before she was going to be clobbered by the next one. She didn't make it through the gap and got clobbered.
  11. Scopalamine can also cause psychotic reactions when used too long. My crew who use it taper off after a week or less. I stop taking the bonine after a few days, and do just fine but that may be to some extent because the rough seas are generally at the start and finish of my Hawaii trips.
  12. Seasickness? I use Bonine (same as non-drowsy Dramamine), and my crew has used the scopalamine patch, Gravol, and others with some success. I start taking Bonine a couple of days before casting off, which gives my body time to acclimate. I feel less drowsy when we cast off, and if there are going to be any side effects they can be managed on land. A doctor who works training maritime crews advised starting the meds two days early and it really helps.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    A KNOB??? How last-century! There'll be an app for that.
  14. Are you telling me that Sailing Anarchy recommended that the Allies firebomb Hamburg during WWII??? And the Allies listened to them? Political Anarchy, right? Wow.
  15. One summer we tried to sail north from San Francisco to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and were getting walloped pretty bad by the time we got past Pt Arena (well south of Cape Mendocino). I was watching the forecast get worse and worse, and decided to just turn around. We had a fast and fun run back to SF. Killed my whisker pole though... On a Hawaii return we sailed through the same patch of water as Skip Allan, but a week earlier when conditions hadn't developed nearly so much. It was still puckering. Some friends were doublehanding through there around the same time as Skip, on a bigger and heavier boat than his. They got hit pretty bad and were quite shaken by the experience. It can be a nasty area, and it can be a lake. Pay attention and be careful.