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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.




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Gibson Basses / Will there be a bass version?
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:11:00 AM »

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The Outpost Cafe / Great German Rock Documentary
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:04:51 AM »

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The Outpost Cafe / Death
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:02:15 AM »
I just saw this documentary about this band called Death. They were one of, if not the first, Punk band started in 1971. They were three African American brothers who lived in Detroit. They became a cult classic 20 years later. Pretty cool, but sad documentary about a person (David Hackney) who refused to compromise. They have finally got their recognition 35 years later. Unfortunately David, who was the visionary /guitarist of the band never got top see their recognition.

Nice bass work, he used a Ric



The film

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The Bass Zone / Road 220 amp ?
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:42:10 PM »
I have an old Road 220 amplifier head and was wondering what it is worth ?

It's in working condition but had a fair amount of wear on it.


John

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The Outpost Cafe / Golden bombers
« on: May 19, 2013, 05:30:14 AM »
The top pop band in Japan right now. They lip sync and can't play their instruments.

Pretty comical love the drummer



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The Outpost Cafe / Thanks to all
« on: May 18, 2013, 04:53:28 AM »
I just wanted to say thank you to Uwe and Dave for making this place possible. You know this place is not free to run right?

It has been a refuge and support group for everyone here, old friends, I would actually trust (except Mr Huff).
We have a history together, many of us with different views on things, but we all tend to get along.

I don't remember a thread of thanks for everyone that runs this ship. Also allowing us to coexist, there has been very few banned members as well as little drama here.

How long has it been for this site?

Also I am glad to see some old friends come aboard, like Aussie Mark, Granny Gremlin, Hornise, slink, pekka and Daniel resurfacing from time to time. Also it has been great to make some new friends along the way.

Thanks again- group hug!

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The Outpost Cafe / Changes
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:38:29 AM »
I just thought I would give you guys an update on whats been going on.

I kind of have gone through a mid-life crisis. My dog un-expectedly had cancer and we had to put him to sleep. We were with him to the end. Had to be the worst experience I have been through. It left a huge hole in me. Other dog owners say the only way to get over it is get either get another dog or never get another dog. I have never experienced a darkness like this that was cast on me. My dog was always with me at home, so I could not even go out in the yard without being reminded of him. When I walked our other dog people kept asking where the other dog was. It was horrible. So we decided to adopt a rescue Basenji (which were advised by many not to do).

We adopted a 3 year old male moose of a basenji, who took a month to straighten out (a month of hell), but has turned out to be the best dog we ever owned.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Fenderbird/Basenjis/SHAD.jpg

Next our my company which has been struggling for the last four years, was unable to continue to pay my partner and myself, so I left to find employment. I tried switching professions, which got me a few interviews, but no jobs, so I got employed full time back in my profession. The company has been great to me, this will be my second month of employment. It has been a great challenge after being on my own for 20 years to be working for someone else, but I am adapting well. They even gave me an undeserved Christmas bonus and am getting the holiday off paid!
The grass is greener on the other side and I wished I had left long ago, when I knew where we were headed. I discovered how much age and being and working at (self employed) one place for 20 years was a huge detriment.

So now at work I am expected to work, so that is why I am not around much more.

I have a lot to be grateful for. Happy Holidays





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The Outpost Cafe / Friends new LP- Idiot Saint Crazy
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:51:30 AM »
Kind of Avant Garde Prog / Experimental

http://idiotsaintcrazy.bandcamp.com/album/121212

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The Outpost Cafe / First there was Batman now its Goat Man
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:10:39 PM »
http://gawker.com/5927929/goat-man-hides-among-real-goats-in-utah?popular=true

Quote
A man in Utah couldn't stop looking at these weird goats, so he did the obvious thing: he started dressing like one and frolicking with a goat herd through the Utah wilderness. But what seems like a strange obsession could soon have real and dangerous consequences – goat hunting season starts in September.

Be careful of the goats George.

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The Bass Zone / Commodore bass
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:57:16 AM »
Pretty cool bass and cool idea


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Other Bass Brands / One for the Doc
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:47:57 AM »
Not sure if has one of these-
A Baldwin hollow body -  Vibraslim

http://www.capsulemusic.com/retail/detail.asp?ID=5674

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The Bass Zone / Grandma get to play with Thin Lizzy
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:47:06 AM »
Pretty cool video - she does a nice job as well

#!

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The Outpost Cafe / Piano Playing Dog
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:39:03 AM »
Not bad, John Cage would approve.


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