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« on: Jan 01, 2008, 02:59AM »

Greetings, Bunker residents and new Forum members!

Welcome to the new version of the Forum's virtual bar/cafe/restaurant/pub. This is the place where you can drop in and discuss anything, topic miscellaneous. If you just feel like saying something, if you're happy or infuriated, or have a subject that you would like to discuss but don't want to start a whole new topic, come here and say it!

This place is called "The Bunker" because here we can hide from the world and escape from reality, just for a little while. Please don't be shy, the Bunker is open to all, no dress code necessary. No dress necessary at all....

Happy 2008 everybody!

(Sorry I'm late - I didn't want to wake the guest sleeping in the lounge, right beside the computer....)
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 01, 2008, 03:04AM »

Always better late than never Mama  :D
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2008, 03:04AM »

Ah good to be in the new digs.

And I think I win the competition to be the last in the old bunker.

And it is good to be back in one of Mamas bunkers. The architecture of last years bunker was just not quite right.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2008, 03:11AM »

Thanks for picking me from the pooltable. I'am ok now :)
I'am watching the NewYears concert in Wien on TV. Just what I need.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 01, 2008, 03:31AM »

I have two News Years resolutions this year. They are to do a good deed everyday and to post more in the Bunker.

The first resolution is the one I make every year. It is surprising difficult to do. 2008 is the year I do it.

The second is a new one. When I joined the Forum in November of 2000 I did so to join the people in the Bunker who had never heard of Christian Lindberg. We were hiding here from those who had. Sadly I have not visited here too often since the early days. This year that will change.

I raise a mighty glass of Guinness in a toast to all the trombone players on this Forum, indeed, to all the trombone players in this universe.

Cheers, my friends.

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 01, 2008, 04:52AM »

Ah good to be in the new digs.

And I think I win the competition to be the last in the old bunker.

I tried......but I had to go to sleep!
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 01, 2008, 05:38AM »

Looks nice in here, very roomy, a little echo-ey...

Happy New Year! I'm off to play at the inauguration of the mayor of Yonkers, NY. I think I'll shower after I come home, to get all the residue from the politicians off me. First gig of the New Year!
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 01, 2008, 06:59AM »

Ahh, I understand, Mama.  All is forgiven.

I got home from my New Year's Eve gig at 2:45 AM and was worried when there was no new Bunker in sight!  If I wasn't dog tired from the gig, I might have taken out the keys and opened it myself.

Glad to be in here.  Happy New Year, everybody.  Let's hope 2008 is a great one for all!


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« Reply #8 on: Jan 01, 2008, 07:50AM »

2008? eh.... That just means I've wasted another year of my life.  But I'm getting a post on the first page of the bunker.  And my 21st is a week away....  :/
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 01, 2008, 10:27AM »

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You and me both :)
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 01, 2008, 11:26AM »

Wow.  Took till 5 AM to start the new Bunker?  I think you're slipping, Mama...  Way cool  It's all good.  :D

Anyways, anybody do anything particularly interesting / incriminating during their New Year's celebrations?
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 01, 2008, 11:38AM »

So who gets credit for the final post in the 2007 Bunker?
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 01, 2008, 11:39AM »

happy new bunker :D

I did make the last page topper :D
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 01, 2008, 11:41AM »

So who gets credit for the final post in the 2007 Bunker?

Mamma, but before her, Me.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 01, 2008, 11:53AM »

Yay, a first-pager.

The temperature is dropping here like a rock as we get our first real blast of winter of the season. It has been, even by Florida standards, unbelievably warm and muggy here recently. Our low temps have been about 20 degrees F above average. It was 71*F when I went out to work at 5:30 this am. It is much cooler than that now and is supposed to hit the 30's by tommorrow morning. By the next morning, we may have some of the coldest air I have ever seen in 11 years of living here. The forecast is for 27*F, which is pretty darn chilly for this far south and this close to the Gulf of Mexico, which was sitting at 73*F a day ago. Maybe winter is finally here!

I am shamefully procrastinating my afternoon run today. I flat out do not want to go. I also need to dust off the horn and practice a bit. Don't want to do that either. Okay, here I go..... (moaning and groaning :()
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 01, 2008, 12:08PM »

Happy New Year, everyone. Great to see the new Bunker looking so nice - and real ale is now available, I see, which is excellent.

I have to go to work this morning. Boo hoo. Still, I guess it will still be quiet.

My new year's resolution (not that I believe in them really, but hey), is to practise my trombone more. I know, I know, sounds hackneyed. But I really mean it. In 2006 I put in quite a lot of work, took lessons, and improved quite a bit. 2007 I stagnated; practised a lot less and stopped the lessons - and my playing has got worse, if anything. So this year it's back to long tones every night... Oh, and feel free to pester me about it. I need the encouragement...

I have an impetus now though. Every since I took up the trombone about 5 years ago, I have been hankering to play in a stage band, but as I an neither a good trombone player, nor particularly familiar with that style of music (swung? whadderyamean you play the rhythms differently to the way it looks on the page? I'm classically trained you know!) it's been hard to find a group who would have me. However, at the end of last year some folks in my concert band who also play in a big band asked me if I was interested in trying out with them this year, as one of the bone players is pregnant, and will have to stop when the bub comes. I was very flattered that they thought I was good enough (they're not a bad bunch, by all accounts), and very excited. Hurrah! I am am finally going to realise one of my tromboning ambitions. So here's to swingin' it through 2008!
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 01, 2008, 01:00PM »

Yay, a first-pager.

The temperature is dropping here like a rock as we get our first real blast of winter of the season. It has been, even by Florida standards, unbelievably warm and muggy here recently. Our low temps have been about 20 degrees F above average. It was 71*F when I went out to work at 5:30 this am. It is much cooler than that now and is supposed to hit the 30's by tommorrow morning. By the next morning, we may have some of the coldest air I have ever seen in 11 years of living here. The forecast is for 27*F, which is pretty darn chilly for this far south and this close to the Gulf of Mexico, which was sitting at 73*F a day ago. Maybe winter is finally here!

I am shamefully procrastinating my afternoon run today. I flat out do not want to go. I also need to dust off the horn and practice a bit. Don't want to do that either. Okay, here I go..... (moaning and groaning :()

Dave, you crack me up. Because as I opened up the Bunker to make my first 2008 post, I was about to mention all you have already said.

So here's my version for the Bunker!  :D

It's been really hot. An incredibly warm December.

Right now, it is 72 and very overcast... the temperature is finally dropping (which is fabulous since I got a few jackets for Christmas).

Here in the Cape, it is supposed to drop to 45 tonight. The highs and lows for the next few days are as follows... tomorrow: 56/30, Thurs: 60/44, Fri: 72/53... and then we're back to the 80s. However, I'll be back in Orlando Friday. In Orlando tomorrow, the high will be 49. I wish I could be there!

Also like Dave, I'm procrastinating. A part of me really wants to run since I felt 100% healed yesterday. But maybe I'll rest another day. Besides, company is coming for la pizza squisita del mio padre.

As for the horn, I've gotten my hour warmups/fundamentals session out of the way. Lots of repertoire to work on...

Need to clean up too... gotta start organizing my stuff for the trip back.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 01, 2008, 01:38PM »

Also like Dave, I'm procrastinating. A part of me really wants to run since I felt 100% healed yesterday.

I'd rest. Nothing more disheartening than thinking you're OK, doing too much and setting yourself back. Have you been to one of those runing shoe specialists where you run on a sensor thingy and they work out which kind of shoes you need based on your weight distribution etc? Mrs PL wnet to one after she was getting reurring achillies tendonitis, and she got some snazzy new shoes that pretty much sorted it out. Not that they were cheap, mind. But worth it.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 02, 2008, 03:15AM »

Seems very quiet in here - is everyone recovering from the festive indulgences?

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 02, 2008, 03:17AM »

I am just deciding whether I want to work tomorow or have another four days off.
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