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  1. I'm doing okay, actually. I found https://lowendmac.com/ and am, somewhat grumpily, using Chrome. Opens *almost* any web page. The two big barriers for me upgrading are 1) the time spent upgrading and re-learning everything and 2) losing the ability to open and work with an awful lot of my digital history. My current system works with *almost* anything back into the 90s. Apple dropped that legacy support in the following system and I'd lose all that. I have two or three more of these macs in the cellar for parts.
  2. And yet… https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/snowbirds-seniors-travel-advisory-canada-u-s-border-covid-19-1.5799456
  3. The poster was so sweet I had to learn to sing it. It's fluff but such sweet fluff. Here's my favourite version:
  4. I have been playing a weekly Sunday afternoon gig that I love doing. On Friday I wrote the manager and bowed out for the next while. Covid rates are rising, our provincial government is placing the health of businesses over the health of citizens and I no longer feel safe in a bar -- too much pressure to let things slide. The manager, as always, has been great about it -- she understands. But I'll sure miss it. Went to another pub to watch a friend last night. The (tiny) place was packed. I don't know if they were within allowed limits, but I sure didn't feel safe to go in. So I turned around and walked home.
  5. I've been there. Nineteen years ago about, I directed a canoeing course in Fort Pierce hosted by Becky and Mark Molina. One evening we went there. Cool place. Best memory of the trip was paddling on their little lake and seeing a space shuttle taking off at Cape Canaveral.
  6. I live in Gananoque, which is a Canadian tourist town (once manufacturing but no more) on the St. Lawrence river about ten minutes from a bridge to the USA. Having lost all our Asian and European tourists, we lost the Americans. But you won't find many people shouting to "open the border." Even as businesses go under and people become dependent on government support, we want *nothing* to do with what's going on south of us.
  7. Keep me posted! I recorded a few videos back in April or May. Getting a good backdrop was a big deal (I don't care for the contents of someone's closet as a set). Used a Tascam DR-22WL recorder to get the sound and an elderly iPad for the video then replaced the iPad audio with the Tascam audio in iMovie. It certainly could be more convenient but I already had all that, so it was basically free. Here's one: http://jazzagejazz.ca/resources/videos/Dance Mary Ann.mov
  8. The manager at our local brewery, who gives my little jazz band a weekly gig, was interested in doing a "live karaoke" night over the summer tourist season. We'd have a select list of songs people could sing -- based on what we want to play that *everybody* would know -- and we'd back up any singers who wanted to sing in front of a band. She'd pay us well by Gananoque standards. We did one test run and had a good time and so did the audience and participants. That was in February. Then covid and we're figuring out ways to sterilize microphones… and waiting. The weekly jazz gig, though, is still on, though we only play instrumentally for now.
  9. Google Chrome seems to work for this site. Not crazy about google anything but…
  10. I have an early jazz trio/quartet in a town of 5000 in Ontario. Normally I play piano and sing but with covid, singing requires either a plexiglas shield or 12' between the singer and *anyone*. So we've become an instrumental-only band for the duration. It's a bit jammy for my taste but it's serving okay with a weekly gig at a local brewery on their patio. We can only charge what they can pay, so it's still pretty paltry but it gets us out and we're gathering a following in the absence of all the guitar/singer folks, most of whom couldn't possibly do three hours of straight instrumentals. Every once in awhile the hundreds of hours spent practising piano comes in handy. Plus I turned 65 recently which, in Canada, means the government sends me a small monthly stipend.
  11. Dandy list, Phil. My own essential list is shorter (I have an ebow, but "essential"?). Whenever I'm playing guitar -- acoustic or electric -- I carry three things in my pocket that I consider essential: a tuner, a capo, and a slide. Most players just need the first two.
  12. "Hey, can you play this event for the exposure?" Here in Canada, exposure is something you die of.
  13. Thank you, Phil. That may be a signal for me to relax. It's true that I've written more songs, maybe a half-dozen, since then. Maybe I should do a "greatest hits" before I retire.
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