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  1. 6 hours ago, leftyjay said:

    Just got my first Moderna vaccine yesterday.  No issues. Didnt even feel it. Might be able to play some Animal Clubs during the summer once I get my 2nd shot. My bookings for next season are filling up starting late October. If nothing crazy happens, next year will be a big comeback for music venues.

    Good for you!!!

    We have a half dozen definite gigs for the 2021/2022 winter season, and a number of inquiries that are pending.

    I'm hoping the nightmare will be over for us all soon.


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  2. I'd rather live in a state where people's lives and long term health issues are more important than corporate profits.

    I'd rather live in a country where people voluntarily put the masks on to protect others and work for the greater good during an emergency. In other words, a civilized country instead of a barbarian one.

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  3. It's different here. Our governor is among those who tell us COVID isn't as serious as it is, passed a law saying that nobody in Florida is allowed to enforce mask ordinances, opened businesses prematurely, and made Florida one of the hot-spots for COVID.

    So tourism is very slim and only the extremist science-deniers are going out.


  4. 19 hours ago, daddymack said:

    let's hope there is still a supply available in 3 weeks to a month....:rolleyes2:

    I think Cleveland Clinic reserves one when you make an appointment. And with a new President/Administration there is some hope that they will handle this better than the old one (I guy can dream, can't he?)

    Back on topic:

    Now I have two gigs in early 2022!!! Twice as many as I had a week ago.

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  5. The new owner of the place where we played 12 consecutive one-day-per-week during the winter season just told me 'perhaps next year'. Right now they don't have enough business to warrant hiring a band on a weekday.

    The weekend crowd is very different and we aren't appropriate for that, so I didn't even ask.

    That's probably for the best. Without the Canadian and Northern USA tourists and winter residents, we might not be able to generate enough profit for us to be worth our pay. I'd rather not have them have us and run at a loss.

    Leilani and I get our next Moderna shot early next month. The appointment is made and the vaccines reserved.

    Things are looking up!!!

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  6. 22 hours ago, Gigmeister-8YMGf said:

    The Covid reports are wildly exaggerated. If you are listening to the MSM, they won't ever tell the truth. My wife and I got it late September and while we felt bad for about five days, we recuperated without incident. In fact, I was quite busy with my voiceover business and was recording something almost every weekday while I was ill. I've had a couple places check my temperature upon arrival but that's it. 

    I respectively disagree with you. IMO The right-wing media reports are intentionally suppressed. Why else would those very politicians telling you that there is nothing to worry about rush out to be the first vaccinated? If it isn't a big deal, why get the shot at all?

    A friend of mine plays in a 4-piece band. They did a couple of bar gigs. 3 caught COVID-19, one died, and my friend who didn't get tested was sick for 2 weeks.

    My brother-in-law is a Fox watching anti-masker. His wife, one son, his fiancé, his other son, his wife, and two children all caught it -- they think meeting for dinner in a restaurant. His wife said she thought she was going to die in isolation, not getting to say good-bye to her children, not seeing another human who wasn't in a hazmat suit, and fighting for days with all her might just to breathe. My bro-in-law says, "We were stupid".

    A wind instrument player on another forum that I know got a mild case, and now has permanent lung damage. He will never have the capacity to play his sax, flute, or clarinet like he did before his mild case. He never went in the hospital, had fever, coughed a lot, and lost his sense of smell/taste. In a couple of weeks he felt all better, until he picked up the sax. The disease fused millions of lung cells together. They no longer work.

    If you watch/read any news you are being misinformed. If you watch/read FOX and further right or MSNBC and further left you are not being misinformed, but manipulated. The propaganda in both ends are done very well by the best advertising and PR firms in the business thus they are very believable, even if 50% or more of what they tell you are  lies.



  7. Haven't worked since March 19.

    Since 1985 we targeted the senior citizen market. Of course, they all cancelled. I gave all the people who cancelled the choice of either getting their deposit back or applying it to a future gig. Thankfully they all wanted me to apply the deposit to a future gig.

    Leilani and I got aggressive calling hospitals when we found they got a shipment of vaccines, so we'll get our first dose this week.

    When the gigs open up around here, we'll feel good about playing.

    A friend of mine played in a 4-piece band for a younger audience. They had a couple of bar gigs. 3 out of 4 caught COVID-19, and one of them died (he had a pre-existing heart condition). My friend never got tested by was sick for 2 weeks.

    I'm not ready to play COVID-Roulette.



  8. No magnolia for me, but I know those trees. Nice flowers though.

    I have a Royal Poinciana that abandons some of its branches, but they are light weight and easy to dispose of. By the time they break off they are dry, and I can snap a 2" branch with my foot.

    It's cold here (for Florida) so I'm not going out unless I have to.


  9. The vaccines are coming. As tired as most of us are about it, it's not time to let our guard down.

    A friend of mine (a fine guitarist) plays in a band that pitches themselves to a much younger market than we do. They did some gigs, 3 out of the 4 members got COVID. One of them died (he had a previous heart condition). My friend had a fever for a couple of weeks, didn't get tested, so I don't know if he had the flu or survived COVID.

    Without your health, you have nothing. All the money in the world will just buy you a better headstone.

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  10. We play in the living room with the doors and windows open to the squirrels, birds, and occasional rabbit or snake. They don't clap, they don't tip, but at least they don't boo (the snakes have been known to hiss though) ;)

    I am hoping some day I'll have to get used to schlepping the gear a few times a week again.

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