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About ggm1960

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    Midi Manipulator
  • Birthday 07/09/1960


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    Mom made us take piano lessons.


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    Cedar Rapids


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    Harley Davidson


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  1. Thanks for the concern, understanding and sympathy, we've all had to live through some rough times and I've never seen damage on such a large scale as what areas of this state are experiencing now. This has turned into my disaster update thread I suppose. Good things have been happening, electrical crews, National Guard (to help with tree/branch removal) and other relief efforts and supplies have been pouring in. We got our electric back on Saturday afternoon. If I'm remembering what I heard right there were about 2500 poles down so the utility company, along with lots of outside help, ha
  2. It was incredibly overwhelming at first but we're slowly coming to terms with what we'll need to do. Power is slowly being restored around the area, we had a contractor over yesterday, still waiting for the insurance rep. A friend helped us get tarps on the worst parts of the roof. I've been wearing out my little Poulan Pro chainsaw and had to order some new parts for it. The damage to our second floor is extensive so I'm certain that Brenda and I will need to move into the basement bedroom. With that in mind we're clearing stuff out of there and will be moving a lot of stuff into storage
  3. Priorities have changed significantly for us, our house took a direct hit from Monday's "derecho" while our whole town and much of the surrounding area has been devastated. Massive trees have been uprooted, semis overturned, poles, signs, billboards, etc. bent backwards and littering the streets. A storm with sustained winds in excess of 100mph, equal to a hurricane, has done massive damage to many homes and businesses and we have no idea when power will be restored for much of the area. I've just returned to work today where there is power and internet in this building. Our house lost ha
  4. If so I'll take the opportunity to mention that I typically look for the best sale deals rather than financing options, however, having said that I'll also mention that I believe they have better support after the sale than most and Gearfest is unequaled in the industry.
  5. That's an interesting way of thinking about it but it's probably true for most groups that use a sound company, including a lot of larger pop/rock concerts.
  6. In our duo I'm using a wireless on my guitar so I can actually walk out front and check the sound/level of our playing but not my vocal which is probably the most important part.
  7. The last band I was in had a fairly professional setup always with in-ear monitors and sound guy on hire. I wasn't a fan of the in-ear monitors to any great extent however it definitely kept stage volume lower and I had the ability to tweak the mix to my liking. As my main position was keyboards that was especially important due to the large frequency range inherent with keys. I also played some rhythm and lead guitar and was happy using a Sansamp Fly Rig. They actually badgered me into bringing an amp so I started taking my little 5 watt '59 Gibson Skylark, the sound guy would mic it and it s
  8. Actually I saw the number at a .gov website and I've gone back to look again. It's apparently still an estimate at this point. As it's a percentage it's apparently based off the numbers from the previous quarter(s). I see there it also says "seasonally adjusted at annual rates". I don't have the time to dig in and do any deep research but obviously what I'm seeing here looks concerning. I'd be interested to know more about what you mean if you could summarize it in a way that's not overly complex.
  9. Yes I saw that our GDP was down over 34% for second quarter 2020, anyone with basic math skills should see how precarious that can leave us. The huge avionics company I work for has announced some significant layoffs and it's easy to predict more chain reactions coming across the board. Soup line anyone? We played our gig at Nautifish on Lake of the Ozarks Saturday night, had a great time, perhaps we can call ourselves a regional act now? We'd rescheduled the July 26 afternoon gig we had to later this month due to weather and have another booked for September 4th at Stone City. We'll need
  10. I'm going to agree, however, from a completely opposite perspective. Ever since Trump won the election the left has been beside itself, in fact, democrats appear completely willing to allow the USA to be destroyed if that will bring him down. There hasn't been anything like it since they attempted to break from the Union to preserve slavery. They've tried "election interference", Russia, impeachment, smear campaigns and anything else they can think of but nothing could damage the strong economy and America first agenda until a new idea came to them sometime between the end of February and mid
  11. I actually do have gigs, doing another this weekend at a place on Lake of the Ozarks. Blaming politicians just seems so nonobjective and narrow minded to me, after all, when have politicians ever been able to stop a global pandemic? Let's also not forget that China seems to have attempted to cover up the apparent severity and the USA had allowed itself to become heavily dependent upon imports from there! According to time lines that are verifiable: December 31: Reports emerge that China investigating illness Reports emerge that the Chinese government is investigating
  12. I'm seeing a lot of references to politics, have you typically turned to politicians for your behavior modeling?
  13. I came up with a new term, rather than Antifa, it's Antima!
  14. I believe I posted somewhere here perhaps roughly a month ago that my wife had volunteered for testing to ad to the data, it was easily accessible for her because she's a professional at the University Hospital/Clinics. It took a couple days for the results that she was negative. I reasoned it was safe to assume I didn't have it either since she's negative and neither of us were experiencing symptoms. We both feel it's possible we'd had it around the first week of January but that's a different test. As a critical thinker I was left wondering how contagious it actually is since for the te
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