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  1. WTF? I'm thoroughly confused! I haven't exchanged a word with Jacob in years! I have no idea where this is coming from. Bazaar!!! However, I'll attempt a reply at what I can only assume ws some kind of drunken rant. Firstly, I don't distinguish between Queer and Gay people. Or Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual people. We're lumped into one group for a reason. Because we're all discriminated for our sexual identities. They're all my family in this fight. They all deserve the same respect as our heterosexual counterparts. Secondly, I have no memory of you ever coming out to me. That's not to say it never happened, but unlike many, I'm not at all shocked when I hear that someone is coming out as LGBTQ+. So it doesn't leave a real impression or memory. Especially if it's someone I have very little contact with on a day to day basis. When I came out on this forum in 2010 I believe, I had a few members private message me to tell me of their LGBTQ+ status. I did not share those revelations with this forum, because that's not my place to do so. Nor did I have any desire to do so. I felt honored that they'd want to share that with me, but if and when they choose to out themselves is their business and nobody else's. Jacob and I have never shared any kind of comradery on either forum. He was always standoffish to me, and I let that be. I remember the first time we met face to face. It was in 2010, Chicago Can Jam, just before I came out. I wanted to meet everyone I could face to face before coming out, because I wanted them to meet Steve, not 'the gay guy', if that makes sense to you? Anyway, the day I arrived in Chicago and met several people, a group of a dozen or so of us decided to get some lunch at a local restaurant. Jacob was one of those people. At some point during lunch Jacob announced "hey, you seem like a nice guy. I really expected you to be a complete asshole". Noone really said anything to that. Including myself. How do you answer a statement like that? Especially when it's stated in a public setting? For me that kind of set the tone for our relationship, or lack there of. While I've never put any member on ignore, I pretty much just skipped over his posts. Then came the giant explosion, where Jacob deleted most of the forum, by accident or on purpose. Again, I assumed alcohol related. I had a lot of back content lost forever. Posts and pictures of building things. My turntable, headphone stands etc... pictures that I had no other backup for. And yes, it pissed me off. But we move on. Then when Jacob reappeared I continued to pretty much ignore him. I have no idea of the events in his life. I couldn't tell you anything about him. I've had no contact of any kind in many years. And I've been more than OK with that. I've not encouraged or discouraged other members from interacting with him. In short, I really just haven't thought much about him in any way. Maybe that's the source of his anger? Maybe not? Honestly I don't really care. However, suddenly accusing me of some kind of prejudice against Queer vs. Gay is just silly. It doesn't really deserve a response, but I guess I chose to do so at any rate. Now I'll go back to ignoring Jacob. That's what works best for me.
    12 points
  2. Actually, I first want to express my deep gratitude for the complete acceptance that I have received from this very fine group of people! I joined this forum of beautiful people at a time in my life where I was again facing idiotic mindsets and manurisms from those around me, especially at my workplace. And this place, and you people were my respite from the ignorance of those that I dealt with at the time.
    12 points
  3. Had a surreal moment at work the other day - I was out walking with our public affairs staff planning for an upcoming major event when my specialist made the following comment, "Maybe we should use the nice camera in the closet for this?" I responded asking WTF she was talking about, what was this camera, where was it, how long had it been sitting around, etc. What followed was a mind numbing conversation about how her higher-HQ had shipped her a camera last year to use to document some of the work we're doing. She took one look at it, decided it was way-too-complicated and put it in a storage closet. So on Monday I unearthed a mint condition Nikon D4S complete with a Nikkor 28-300 lens. I have always wanted to tinker with a Nikon FX body. I am the only one that can figure out how to use a camera without a green auto function 🤦‍♂️. So I've got it home with me for the long weekend trying to figure it all out and re-learn some Nikon functions after going to the dark side of Sony for the last three years.
    11 points
  4. Found my pic with Willie, my friend Johnnie and two random women
    11 points
  5. I finished inputting into a spreadsheet all of the shows that Claire and I have kept ticket stubs for. She started the project years ago and logged over 300 shows from her journals, ticket stubs and scrap books. Now that I have finished all paper tickets we still have and added some that I have in memory but not on paper, the total is over 600 concerts, mostly rock (broadly defined) and jazz with a mix of symphony, bluegrass, rap, country, etc. There is a small percentage that we went to separately and I am not done scraping my memory and my friends' memories, but the bulk is now recorded. We're wondering if we will hit 1000 shows before we slip this mortal coil. Actually, that reminds me that I think I saw that band and definitely saw Dead Can Dance...
    10 points
  6. Got a cat from the shelter two weeks ago. Stormi is a 3 year old who already had a litter of kittens. They had all been adapted out, but after a couple of months she was still there. She was all skin and bones. She is very timid and the shelter told us she should be an only pet and in a home without kids. It's been two weeks. She looks a lot healthier and happy. Very curious and playful. She still spooks easily. She follows around behind the wife from room to room. She also has explored everywhere in the house, and likes sitting in the screen room in the back bird watching. It's hard to get pictures since she seems to react by running away.
    9 points
  7. I've been getting to know the new flattop and liking it a lot. Made an epic breakfast sandwich on it this morning. Last night was fajitas.
    9 points
  8. Lucinda Williams. A FANTASTIC show.
    9 points
  9. Got to see Rachel Maddow tonight (in Houston)! Glad we got added to the tour! It was amazing! #Imanerd #rachelgroupie
    9 points
  10. Made brisket tacos the other day.
    8 points
  11. Spent the day in Castle Rock Park. Possibly saw evidence of the original Ohlone people or aliens or maybe local kids who had seen too many A24 films. Hung out with some down on their luck trucker who waxed poetically (or at least consistently) about their hatred of bugs, the heat, and people taking their photograph. Finally caught the fireworks.
    8 points
  12. Given We decided to By heading over to the Point Reyes National Seashore and enjoying the cooler temperatures, before they are swarmed on the 4th and completing my Point Reyes Visitors cliched photographs, bingo card
    8 points
  13. She was perfectly cast as Olive Oyl. Reunited with Popeye now.
    7 points
  14. I'm starting to get to know my new Canon R6 Mk II. A very different world from my 90D. I know there are hundreds of videos on YouTube about this but please, do you have any tips or recommendations for me? Shooting the 90D continues to give me great joy (within my complete ignorance of course) but photography (like the music) has been one of my favorite distractions during my treatment and at the moments when I couldn't ride a bike. You already know that I am generally very clumsy. These are some photos that my wife asked me to take of her flowers with the 90D.
    7 points
  15. Finally got to Howlin' Ray's for a hot chicken sandwich and it was excellent! Went with Medium+ heat level at my brother's suggestion, but should have gone all the way to hot. No multiple hour line on a Friday at 4:00pm. In fact no line at all.
    7 points
  16. Went on a behind the scenes tour of The Marine Mammal Center, organized by the Belvedere/Tiburon Library, accompanied by some of the Brits
    7 points
  17. Dire Straits by Dire Straits (1978) https://album.link/i/307029087 Example:
    6 points
  18. We had a new restaurant / bar open we have been awaiting, Bar Bludorn. Enjoyed a nice meal Friday night with our son and his girlfriend. Drinks were very good. Love that I didn't have to ask someone to use less can sugar in the old fashioneds. The ham beignets with ricotta and a berry jelly or the like were standout. Wagu smoked brisket rueben also wonderful. The duck was very good but I think the PB&J fried chicken was more interesting. HS
    6 points
  19. For what it's worth, Steve, my wife and I first met you at MOA after you had already come out to this group. You might have been the only openly gay man there (I do not remember) but when my wife and I talked about you later you were "the woodworker". This was before everyone here became woodworkers.
    6 points
  20. Is my wedding day so I feel like I can finally finally wear my wedding watch.
    6 points
  21. Gratuitous cat picture that didn't make it into my Tivoli Model CD post.
    6 points
  22. In March of last year, the skies over MV got really weird. All I had with me was my iPhone 13 and a newly purchased version of the Moment cameraphone app. I barely had idea how to use it at that point, but (as always) the best camera is the one you have with you. In classic me fashion, I then sat on the photos and did nothing with them until last week. These weird, undulating formations are called asparagus asperitas clouds and these photos do not come close to doing them justice. I pulled over in a couple different locations and photographed them as best I could. I met a nice elderly lady and her dog (not photographed). The woman said she'd lived on the Vineyard for 50 years and has never seen anything like it. The dog indicated that the clouds did not warrant a delay of walkies. There's entirely too much pseudo HDR math going on in these photos, even with Moment. With that said, it was the only camera I had on hand it's more than likely I will not live to see another phenomenon like this.
    6 points
  23. Banana pudding for a rare lunchtime dessert during my good buddy's b-day outing. After seeing the amphibian alien creature, I figure a little sugar is called for...LOL. HS
    6 points
  24. I just recalled a bad memory.... When my stepfather passed away, he had a nice Rolex in wonderful condition, had it for literally decades. In his will, it was left to his oldest son. That son didn't care one bit about the memory or what that watch meant to his dad, and sold it for I think close to $15+K.... My mom was pissed, though of course he had every right to do what he wanted. It was just a lack of respect to my stepfather's memory in our eyes. EDIT: I contrast that with my wife, who got an expensive Cartier watch from her mom after she had passed. Even though she'll never wear it, she has trouble selling it based on how much her mom loved it. THAT is respecting a memory. That said, both her sisters said they'd be OK if she wanted to sell it.
    5 points
  25. Dire Straits is one of my favorite bands, if not my favorite. Love all of their albums and Mark's solo stuff and collaborations as well.
    5 points
  26. Well I took them apart so some pics: The earpads just pull off and are much better made than the 009 pads. Remove 5 screws and the back just falls off. Notice the hole next to the top screw... yeah that's a port. Stax did miss a trick here as they could have sealed the back and front completely with a rubber gasket similar to the HE60. Here is the other side and the drivers is just held in place by those 4 screws. The plate holding the driver together appears to be made from metal and it does exert a bit of force down on it. I don't love the soldering on this though... Screws are out and I did look inside the drivers and it's standard Stax fair from the x07 series. Metal stators and metal retaining rings for the diaphragm and dust covers. Here is a port block idea but I can't really test it as this set is borked...
    5 points
  27. I assume that there is a single street size tortilla under the mound of meat on a plate. mmm taco...
    5 points
  28. Red white and blue Deck Brunch Happy 4th Y'all.
    5 points
  29. Anybody notice that Mark Cavendish yesterday won his 35th stage win in the Tour de France? Aged 39, he has finally won more stages than the legendary Eddy Merckx? Actually Merckx won his 34 stages in a combination of wins - mountain top, breakaway etc. Cav has done his 35 stage wins all in a bunch sprint. He actually threw his chain as he crossed the line, having gone from 1700W into the bike to freewheeling kind of instantly. When one stage win is a defining moment for a pro cyclist for most riders in the Tour, 35 stage wins is heroic. Everyone who he outsprinted slapped him on his back as they crossed the line in his wake - and all riders, including Tadej Pogačar in yellow almost queued up to hug him - a popular win by the whole peleton. The "Manx Missile" finally has the 35 wins monkey finally off his back.
    5 points
  30. Bringing out the big guns: Cracking open a roll of Velvia 50 for the first time in 16 years. I've been going out to Sweetened Water Farm (the property across the street from me) many evenings during the golden hour. It's an amazingly scenic vista that is largely unspoiled. The family that own the farm were smart and bought up a lot of MV property when it was cheap and have sold it off over the years. That means they've been able to keep such prime real estate in its agrarian state. Normally I shoot with with my 5D IV and either the 50/1.8 or the 17-40, with a side order of iPhone. I thought "what if I do the same thing, but make it much more difficult and expensive." That thought process lead me to best (and among the least forgiving) film stocks on the planet. Of course, this evening came and I didn't expose a single frame of Velvia. For the past few days there's been a spectacular spider web floating in space by the pond. I tried to capture it with my 85mm (which I had attached for the above shot) and realized immediately I a significantly longer focal length. I dug out my 300mm Nikkor and spend half an hour wrestling a tripod framing, manually focusing and cursing. TBH I could really use a 400 or 500mm lens. Don't hold your breath. With that said, 300mm is not exactly a useful focal length for normal photography. I really have to work to do ...anything with it. I puttered around the yard, attempting to find interesting things to frame. I didn't get much, but I do like this shot:
    5 points
  31. Jacob is acting like a cunt no matter what sexual orientation he wants to claim. And I don't believe for one second that he came out to Steve except in his twisted imagination. I don't know why he was let back onto the forum after blowing up half of the content but he'll stay on ignore as far as I'm concerned. I won't see any reply from him so I won't be as gracious as Steve and try to respond to him.
    5 points
  32. Well it's the last day of Pride Month, and I can't think of a better ending than this...
    5 points
  33. My first exposure to Alan Holdsworth was when I was in high school and my guitar teacher gave me a homemade tape with several different guitarists on it. The song Rhoad Games sounded unique. It's what got me into him. Since then, its been a regular album that I revisit from time to time.
    5 points
  34. Your posts are becoming self aware....
    5 points
  35. Sunny Sweeney with Tom McElvain opening Songbirds Guitar Museum Chattanooga TN This venue is remarkably cool. 3 rows of seats, plus some tables. Sounded great. https://archive.org/details/TM20240623 https://archive.org/details/ss20240623
    5 points
  36. 5 points
  37. I came across this today, the official Hifiman ebay link for the mini Shangri-la: https://www.ebay.com/itm/256540370549?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338421059&toolid=10001&customid=293851de-2ee5-11ef-b8e1-663930326538 What is interesting is the main graphic as it shows the internals of the amp: Now here are the pics I took of the Jade II amp... it's the same amp
    5 points
  38. Thank you, guys! Very much appreciated I had a nice day. My granddaughter is over for a few days, which made it very special. Sorry I haven't been very present on the forums.
    5 points
  39. At least I think that's the name of the holiday.
    5 points
  40. Legendary Sony squares: The Esprit APM-4s are ~100 lbs. The APM-8s are a stout 220 lbs each. There's also an APM-6.
    5 points
  41. There's a Grateful Dead joke in there somewhere....
    4 points
  42. Hello Tam Valley Community Center We are Pacific Standard ! This certainly ain't no TicketMaster / Live Nation venue And it's all for a good cause.
    4 points
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