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Gibson Basses / Re: anyone in need of a Moog board for RD Artist?
« on: January 14, 2018, 02:00:47 PM »
Now what if I built a mahogany RD Artist? ..

I was thinking the same thing maybe there is still something left in me - a vision.

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:57:54 PM »
We all got together and discussed our options spoke to legal advise and really for the pain effort and money it’s better just to walk away.

I found out what a real sociopath is. He has no feeling for all the people he duped, only for himself.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Brooks EB-PL NOIR
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:51:07 PM »
The new natural one is to die for.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:49:39 PM »
It has been great to watch your business grow and all the candy crush you make

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Long winded update
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:44:36 PM »
Thanks, I hope all is well with you.

We have all been on a long strange trip since the Dude Pit days. I see him popping up on Linkdin, but am afraid to look.

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:15:05 AM »
Everyone including me.

He strung people along long enough beyond lawsuit limitations. Was a trusted person and contributor at the dude pit.

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:32:51 AM »
Thanks, we don’t need any more Darrin Huffs who swindled $10,000 from people with his compulsive lying and stringing people along.

The nicest guys are the ones you need to look out for.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Reptile Thread
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:25:06 AM »
Is this Uwe at his new place?

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Reptile Thread
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:22:59 AM »
Just like owning a dog

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Long winded up date
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:07:25 PM »
I’m sure we can discuss reptiles...

Gibson Basses / Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:36:32 AM »
These Waghorns look really nice, needs a Kahler though.

We always look to Uwe’s review, does he not still do this?

W.W.U.D. what would Uwe do?

Nice stance!

Oh this is a bass forum...

Where is the “like” button?

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Long winded up date
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:24:34 AM »
I will try to hang with you guys more as I miss it as well.

I will say that my sister used to be my support, when I lost that, I felt lost. But my son who has become a Buddhist, has become my new life support. As he reminded me, it’s not about where you end up but the journey you take. Change is always difficult, and full of anxieties.

I learned to enjoy whatever I am doing, and being happy with what I have. My life is like my Toyota Corolla, it may not have everything I want, but it has everything I need.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Suggestions for photo hosting site?
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
The great photobucket hostage situation.

Never again

The Outpost Cafe / Long winded update
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:38:05 AM »
I am sorry I have not been around, but I have sailed on life’s journey and will share my experience.

I do miss Uwe, but everyone else I keep in touch with on social media.

Anyway, as some of you might remember 4 years ago my sister died from blood cancer, I had to put my dog down, and I lost my company.

So I took a step back and re-evaluated my life. Realized I can’t play bass anymore due to my unorthodox style which was giving me carpel tunnel and tennis elbow.

So I always like sports cars and some guy near me offered to sell me his 1985 Toyota Mr2 for a crazy price. I bought it without my wife’s blessing. She read me the riot act and I decided to pay for it by selling all my basses, but this is its own story for another day.

I found in my industry- Toys, no one wants to hire anyone over 50, at least not without relocating, which I did want to do, since I would more than likely get laid off . Also I would rather live near my kids.

I got hired by another toy Invention studio that lasted 3 years, but the owner decided to liquidate the company and its staff.

So I was unemployed once again. My bank account was trickling down so I took a job selling Windows inhome. Guess what?

I loved doing it, it was a great experience and did fairly well. Now don’t go all sorry for the inhome sales guys, they make big money, some make 6 figures!

I also was really good at it because I didn’t care if I sold them. They had a sales training system that really worked. Each sale took at least 4 hours!

They taught us all these negotiating tactics, but I rarely used them, because they would all say (the ones who really were serious) - John I really like you and I know I told you I never buy anything on my first quote i’ll do it!

It was crazy!

It was good money too, but creativity I felt empty and felt like I was faking my life.

I would drive all over Chicago and get to meet all these cool different people, enter their houses, see their decorating styles, see cool new neihborhoods, and hear their life stories. I bonded with these people like I was family in the end. I could tell you about their grandpa, their dogs name - which I would stop anysale when they had a dog and just play with their dog.

If a sale was not going well I would say to my sell f*** it and try something crazy, and it work 90 percent of the time.

I also learned sales is an emotional rollercoaster. When you sell a big order of Windows for a house, say $46,000 for window doors etc and get 15% it’s intoxicating. However when you can’t sell it is really depressing. You can tell right away when it’s a waste of time.

I had 2 weeks of no sales and started looking at jobs again.

I found a local company that does children’s Educational products and they hired me!
It’s been one year and things are going well.

I handle all their product Development, and they are a great company. So far so good at least.

We got two new basenjis (yes I need my head examined), my son got married and moved out of town and my daughter graduated collage and moved back home.

She bought a bearded dragon that is an anazimg pet. Who knew they like to be with people and are almost dog like.

That’s my long winded story.

I you want to know what it’s like, watch the first couple of episodes of white powder on Netflix.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Reptile Thread
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:36:54 AM »
Hello everyone,

Ducking out of the darkness!

You have caught my attention with this reptile talk.

My daughter bought a bearded dragon about a year ago and I never realized a reptile could have so much personality!

He comes when you call him, enjoys human company, likes to be touched, and does a lot of head banging.

I went to the local reptile show and see these people with giant monitor lizards that claim they are just like dogs.

Crazy world.

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