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« Reply #20 on: Jan 07, 2017, 04:44PM »

Well, the Holden has always been my favourite car and the one I have driven for most of my time in Australia. That particular vehicle, although based on an American model, is Australian designed for the Australian market. Unfortunately, as it related in the video and you referred to, Holden is almost no more in Australia. Many of us are pretty peed off at GM's action in pulling out - after we showed so much loyalty to the brand - and that is why I will never buy another Holden, or GM vehicle. Albeit,our Government could have got them to stay if they had really tried. And that's only one of the reasons I would never vote for the Australian coalition government parties. Never have, actually!  Evil
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 12, 2017, 09:11PM »

I love my Williams trombone.

Went back to work after a big break and decided to start with the Williams and very glad I did. The Horn That Plays Itself.

Hate coming back from long breaks but always look forward to getting back into it  Good!
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 12, 2017, 10:10PM »

New show this year, Megan?
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 13, 2017, 06:54AM »

New show this year, Megan?

No, actually for the first time we're running a repeat show for a third year (usually shows here run for two years). This means I've played our High Wire music something like 2000 times.  Don't know
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 13, 2017, 11:16AM »

... This means I've played our High Wire music something like 2000 times.  Don't know

Better than having to play Rolling Thunder that many times ;-)
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 13, 2017, 09:10PM »

Truth!
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 04, 2017, 09:08PM »

The past few weeks have been pretty awful. We all find out we're losing our jobs, then Brett's mom passed away...can you imagine, losing your job and your mother within just a few weeks?  :(

I used to think it would be fun to decide where to live after the circus. The truth is I'm overwhelmed and torn.

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« Reply #27 on: Feb 04, 2017, 10:07PM »

So sorry to hear about Brett's mom.

Yeah, losing a job and a parent at the same time is very stressful.  There was a piece in the New York Times magazine a few years back (maybe a lot of years back) talking about life stressors.  Losing a job, divorce, and losing a parent all are extreme stressors.

I hope all of you will bounce back from this quickly.  Hope that some of you may actually find employment with the Feld organization so you don't lose seniority (if that's possible). 

I saw in another thread you were interested in auditioning for the LA Phil.  Hope that happens (and that you succeed).
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 05, 2017, 12:57AM »

Sorry to hear of your loss Megan.

It is very disappointing to hear about the circus closing down but at least you can say you were part of a history that went back 150 years, where the circus band became an important part of the circus entertainment spectacle, in some places the only entertainment show people were able to see.

A Short History Of The Circus Band here:

http://www.sideshowworld.com/13-TGOD/2004/tgodcircusbands.html

Although the circus started in Great Britain, it was the USA that made it a true travelling entertainment show by introducing the tent and the band, which was then taken back to Europe. Good!

You are part of that great history of the circus, Megan. Way cool

 
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 06, 2017, 03:18PM »

Super Bowl Commercials:

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« Reply #30 on: Feb 09, 2017, 04:42PM »

Phew! Australia is experiencing a heat wave and it is going to get worse. The strange thing is that, although we expect to get hotter weather in Queensland, that has not been the case recently and it is the Southern States that have the highest temperatures. But starting today South East Queensland is going to get 10 degrees Celsius above-the-average temp. On Sunday 39C = 102F. Pant

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/australia-heat-wave-catastrophic-fire-conditions/8258164

I suppose we have to expect this with the present global warming; last year being the hottest on record and this year set to be hotter.

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« Reply #31 on: Feb 09, 2017, 04:47PM »

Meanwhile, northeastern United States finally had a decent snowfall.  We got about a foot of snow in the Hudson Valley.  It's the first time all winter I've been able to ask myself "skis or snowshoes?".
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« Reply #32 on: Feb 09, 2017, 05:10PM »

Yeah.  We have a foot and a half here and they are talking about 2 feet in Worcester, MA.  No school in Boston today and tomorrow.  Don't know about here yet.  I think I'll be shoveling my driveway for the weekend. :(
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 09, 2017, 06:03PM »

Yeah, losing a job and a parent at the same time is very stressful.  There was a piece in the New York Times magazine a few years back (maybe a lot of years back) talking about life stressors.  Losing a job, divorce, and losing a parent all are extreme stressors.

When my mother died 26 years ago at age 71 that was very bad. I found myself spontaneously breaking into tears for a year after that.

But a couple days ago my father died at age 100 and I'm fine with it.

From Woodrow Wilson to Donald Trump, he got to witness an amazing stretch of human history, and perfectly timed his ride on the wave of American prosperity.

I think the happiest time i had with my father was when I was about four or five. I'd climb up in his lap and say "draw me a train" and he'd pull an envelope out of the wastebasket and draw me a scene with a steam locomotive.




That's a long way to have to go back for a happy memory.

I know a lot of people would be glad just to have a father like mine who never came home at 2am in a drunken rage or one like mine who had a long, continuously-employed professional career. I am grateful that he had those positive qualities. I've met fathers who didn't and their families were a wreck.

None-the-less, my strongest memories will be the disappointing ones. His hands-on parenting was pretty much limited to dragging us to church every Sunday.

He expressed no interest in any of my interests even when they were interests that he had had at one time, like wood-working projects or photography.

I learned early on not to bother asking him questions because his answer would typically be, "I guess you'll just have to put on your thinking cap, my good man!" If I had a complaint about something, his remark would be, "Well that's just tough!"

He had a PhD in Chemistry and was a calculus whiz but was incapable of helping me with any of my homework. He could not understand why I had questions about something that was so obvious to him.

The only time I ever heard him say, "I'd like to help you with that" was after he was able to add, "but I'm just too old and weak to be much use."

If you went down the list of classic father-son activities, we did none of them. To this day I can't pass a football or hit a baseball. The only sit-down serious father-son talk we ever had was when he told me I HAD to go to his alma mater for college because that was the one he'd pay for.

But then I ended up having to pay for most of it anyway even though he could have easily covered it. That was seriously bad financial guidance from my parents that took me almost 20 years to unwind.

One of my biggest surprises was after my mother died and I came home to find him playing the piano, choosing hymns to play at the funeral.

Huh? My dad plays piano?!?

For years, all we had ever heard from his childhood piano study was "America" and he said he could play nothing else. But here he was now, sight-reading through the hymnal.

All during my beginner trombone years he could have been helpful and plunked out a simple accompaniment to a simple solo. That would have been great fun but it never happened. It would have cost him nothing but a little time but he never ventured to try.

So, I don't mourn my dad's passing. He had a longer life and more chances to do the things he wanted than most of us can hope for.

I do regret the missed opportunities and all the things that could have happened and should have happened but didn't because... he just didn't want to bother.

May he rest in peace. He's finally getting that nap he always seemed to need.
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 10, 2017, 07:45PM »

It looks very much as though New South Wales will see the hottest day ever today (Saturday)with catastrophic fire conditions! And then the heat wave will head our way (Queensland), with Sunday likely to be extremely hot.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-11/heatwave-moves-across-australias-eastern-states/8261520

Most surprising is that many sporting events have been put back until the evening and some horse racing abandoned. I do not remember that happening previously but the extreme temperatures are certainly very dangerous for athletes, with many being taken to hospital over recent days. Bad for kids also and there was one school yesterday where they stupidly held an open-air Assembly, due to construction work on the hall, and then had to call the ambulances for seven kids suffering heat exhaustion.

I suppose we should get used to it because it is the result of global warming and the scientists are all predicting heatwaves and fierce storms will become the norm.
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« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:49PM »

I suppose we should get used to it because it is the result of global warming and the scientists are all predicting heatwaves and fierce storms will become the norm.
You've got it all wrong.  Herr Trump says global climate change is a Chinese hoax.  Plump Trump caint nev'r be wrong!!!  Jus aks DD 'n Badger.
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« Reply #36 on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:55PM »

My condolences Robcat. 100 years. He had an excellent run.
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« Reply #37 on: Feb 10, 2017, 09:06PM »

Yeah.  We have a foot and a half here and they are talking about 2 feet in Worcester, MA.  No school in Boston today and tomorrow.  Don't know about here yet.  I think I'll be shoveling my driveway for the weekend. :(
Pfffft... Wimps!  I have a meter in my back yard right now, and it's been one of the best years for scant snowfall since 2006.  3 years ago I had to have my roof shoveled off twice.
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« Reply #38 on: Feb 11, 2017, 03:03PM »

Doomsday has arrived.

New South Wales residents have the 'worst ever' fire rating and have been told to prepare for catastrophic fire conditions before it's too late, as temperatures across the country are set to break records. The word 'catastrophic' is an official level of fire danger! Eeek!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-12/fire-heatwave-worst-possible-conditions-for-nsw/8262774

In South-east Queensland we are also experiencing a hot weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying temperatures look set to break records.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-weather-more-heat-records-to-tumble-as-state-scorches/news-story/69cdcf1628e75a7b11ebf896c608a281

I made sure to take our morning walk very early because Maggie is an old dog (nearly 15) and I do not want her suffering from heat exhaustion after everything she has been through in recent months. But she would not let me cut the walk short, absolutely insisting we did the full thing - very slowly!
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« Reply #39 on: Feb 11, 2017, 03:13PM »

Remember, Grah, she has to check the pee-mail.  So she has to go to all the spots to sniff.

Wish I could send you some of our snow.  We have more than enough, thank you with a pile to come tomorrow into Monday.  I may be digging for a week! Eeek!
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