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About ggm1960

  • 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. Yeah it's a real hassle and something I hope will be addressed with midi 2.0. The cakewalk .ins files were great. Mac had a similar thing going on with midinam/mididev files, however that got lost in the switch away from 5 pin DIN connections to USB.
  2. 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, have really been kicking butt! That was a huge step and today we're supposed to have some folks come along to help get our roof better covered, it's extremely fortunate there hasn't been anymore rain since the storm. I got the parts and repaired my chainsaw yesterday but the biggest part of that work is over and I'm going to put that away and concentrate on other things now. With the electric back and getting the roof covered there will be less immediate stress and we can get things packed up and moved to storage as our 2nd floor will inevitably become a construction site in the weeks and months ahead. I took some videos at work while the storm was occurring.... IMG_0926.mp4IMG_0926.mp4
  3. 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 as well as eliminating a lot of other things, we have a move planned in under a year so that part is actually a positive direction albeit a bit premature. I figured our music career was over for a while, perhaps until after we move but Brenda mentioned she'd still like to play the two or three gigs we have on the books if they're a go and then we'll see what happens going forward after that. It is a day by day thing for sure.
  4. 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 half of the roofing leaving one particularly large exposed area that took on a lot of water. We had a ceiling cave in upstairs in one of the bedrooms from the soaked attic insulation. We're exhausted from cutting up blown over trees, limbs and other debris around the yard and driveway. We were able to borrow a generator yesterday and got some fans blowing up into the attic through the gaping hole that used to be ceiling. Ceiling, carpeting, sub-flooring and who knows what all else will need to be repaired and replaced. We'll be in recovery mode for months to come, likely well into next year so we've rented a storage unit and plan to start packing and moving a lot of things out of the house. We've stayed with relatives who live 40 minutes to the south the last couple of nights. It's amazing how trivial the "big" problems we had a few days ago have become!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 sounded great. I suppose the thing is though, none of that would matter if you don't have top notch players and a great sound guy to mix it all. There was no way for me to know how the sound was out front. The drummer used a mix of acoustic and electronic drums which probably helped also as typically the drums are going to set the minimal level on stage in a band setting.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 to see where things are at before booking any later than September because outdoor temperatures can become more intermittent as October rolls around. The gigs won't matter too much for us since we'll need to halt that by early next year anyway. We both now have dates and a solid retirement (or at least semi-retirement) plan now in place which includes moving out west to Utah. We've got a number of home update/maintenance projects to take care of and will probably need to move a lot of stuff, including music gear, into storage early next year as we list our house for sale.
  11. 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 March. Between the time Nancy Pelosi was running around Chinatown telling everyone not to worry because Trump was just a fear mongering racist for closing down travel from China and St. Patrick's Day someone saw a new golden opportunity, ie; let's make 'rona the scariest thing since Jason Voorhees. Actually it was brilliant because they knew the media was more than willing to jump aboard and, surprisingly to me, a large segment of the population are so gullible they will just believe whatever their TV's tell them. It's the only rational explanation because the numbers and data just don't add up. A little history to supplement and substantiate my theory may be in order. Back in 1968 I was eight years old and attending Saticoy grade school in North Hollywood. In September of that year the first occurrence of the H3N2 virus (Hong Kong Flu) appeared in the States. According to the CDC site here it took out 100,000 Americans with an estimated 1 million people worldwide and, of course, it still exists today. Much like COVID-19 it appears to have been worse for folks 65 and older. Through it all life did not change for anyone I knew.....at all, nothing was shut down, school went on as always and I never saw people running around with masks on, even in the crowded Valley and beyond. I don't even remember hearing about it but certainly I've just forgotten, I was particularly young. Fast forward to 2009 and we have the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic. According to the CDC site here it was particularly dangerous for children whereas COVID-19 is not despite the big argument now occurring over children returning to school. Although the death rate was much lower there were an estimated 60 million cases and again, stores, businesses, schools, government offices and everything else remained open. "There are 219 virus species that are known to be able to infect humans. The first of these to be discovered was yellow fever virus in 1901, and three to four new species are still being found every year." How are any of us still alive? I know this will not resonant with you, or others too deeply steeped in partisan politics, but I believe it's important to get this information out there for others to see because the panic and hysteria just needs to stop!!
  12. 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 an "outbreak of respiratory illness in the central city of Wuhan". January 6-8: CDC issues a series of warnings, alerts The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues travel warnings for Americans wishing to go to China to take extra precautions. It also says it is closely monitoring the virus, but there are no known cases in the US. January 16: CDC says US will screen passengers arriving from Wuhan The CDC holds a briefing on the virus and officials say the US will start to screen passengers arriving from or connecting through Wuhan. January 21: First US case confirmed The first case is confirmed in a traveller who had recently visited China and returned to Washington state. January 29: US coronavirus task force created The White House starts its coronavirus response task force, headed by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. January 31: Trump blocks travel from China Trump issues an executive order blocking entry to the US from anyone who has been in China in the last 14 days. It does not apply to US residents and family members or spouses of US residents or citizens. Nancy Pelosi Visits San Francisco's Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Concerns By NBC Bay Area staff • Published February 24, 2020 • Updated on February 25, 2020 at 7:05 am "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi toured San Francisco's Chinatown Monday to send a message. She said there's no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of coronavirus concerns." Just trying to present some alternative perspectives based on what appears to be factual data.
  13. I'm seeing a lot of references to politics, have you typically turned to politicians for your behavior modeling?
  14. I came up with a new term, rather than Antifa, it's Antima!
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