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CityFolk
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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

At least your keeping busy Karl! ??

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

I'll be spending my extra time finding good condition CLASSICS for sale.  Gonna buy em all up !!

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Well Karl makes me want to burn one, .................. but I don't have one to burn. Probably would just put me on the couch for a few hours any way. It's been awhile so It might be an adventure.

Wife said, "put that guitar down and your pants on."

O..

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

Karl,O

Thanks for the morning chuckle.

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

Here's a link to some fun discussions.

Who is here?

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

Hi, tomdavisdotcom.

tomdavisdotcom posted:

I'll be spending my extra time finding good condition CLASSICS for sale.  Gonna buy em all up !!

CLASSICS?

Classic what?

ST

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ST posted:

Hi, tomdavisdotcom.

tomdavisdotcom posted:

I'll be spending my extra time finding good condition CLASSICS for sale.  Gonna buy em all up !!

CLASSICS?

Classic what?

ST

My guess is L1 Classics ...

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

Hi ST (and everyone else reading this topic.

Thanks for starting this. You always manage to find some interesting way for us to interact with each other, and this is no exception.

There have been some pretty interesting and inventive activities described here. Reading some of the present (and revisiting past) forum threads are a good way to spend some of the time. This is certainly what I'm doing some of the time.

ST: how far do you have to travel to visit your wood/forest? It looks beautiful and somehow doesn't fit in with the picture I've painted of you in my minds eye. I guess I more or less had you in office buildings and gig locations with (and sleeping in front of your PC on the forum like Neo in The Matrix ). Maybe that is your normal habitat. If so I'm glad to see that you've now at least got time to spend outside with nature. Definitely good for the soul.

Archtop Eddy posted:

Thanks ST for the beautiful pics. I can almost smell the fresh air!

Well Eddy considering where you live your sense of smell should be less contaminated than most of us . As you know, I've seen a picture of your "back yard" on another thread.

Archtop Eddy posted:

I'm working on a great new TrueFire jazz guitar course by Tim Lerch called Solo Pathways Chordal Improv.  You can find it at TrueFire.com

Certainly a good way to spend some of your time. When I took early retirement at the end of 2012 I started looking at different styles etc. and my guitar playing has certainly reached a new level since then.

Sam Spoons posted:

Having spent the weekend closing down my caravan (holiday home/trailer in US English?).

Where is your caravan situated Sam. I ask because of our connection to the area around Pennington Flash and that part of Lancashire/Greater Manchester.

I'm planning to spend time in my home studio becoming a better player and, finally, getting some decent recordings done, along with sorting out the workshop, doing various jobs around the house and garden and trying to remain sane.

Always a good idea practice and do what you enjoy. At our age we tend to have more time than most to follow our hobbies. However we don't always make full use of it as such.

We are much better off than many as we are in a position to weather the financial storm, for a while at least, so are not too worried from that POV but, amongst the stupid, selfish and occasionally nasty things people are doing there are plenty of examples of human kindness and empathy. Maybe our society will come out of this a nicer place to be...........

As a pensioner myself I'm grateful that I too don't have the financial worries that many have in these difficult times. 

I too have the hope that many of those who've only excelled through their negative view on life will maybe start to see things in a different light. I have my doubts though. It could however have a more binding effect on those of us for whom kindness and empathy are not strangers.

Will you still be able to sail on the Flash or has that possibility been closed down for the duration?

Karl 3 posted:

Most of my time since then has been watching the news,

Probably something that many if not most of us are doing at present

having two heart attacks per day,

Not good

canceling subscriptions,

Probably a pastime that many are practising in the current situation

hugging my kids n wife,

definitely a good idea

smoking 2 joints in the morning,

 

I can imagine that that helps to get you through day

Oldghm posted:

Well Karl makes me want to burn one, .................. but I don't have one to burn. Probably would just put me on the couch for a few hours any way. It's been awhile so It might be an adventure.

Well O.. I nearly ROFL when I read that

Wife said, "put that guitar down and your pants on."

O..

The mind boggles ... 

tomdavisdotcom posted:

I'll be spending my extra time finding good condition CLASSICS for sale.  Gonna buy em all up !!

If you're good at repairing electronic gear there's a lot of worse things you can do. I say repairing because Bose don't support the Classic any more and everything needs TLC at some time or other.

Thanks to all posting here. It certainly helps to pass the time under these very difficult circumstances.

I'll tell you a bit of what I'm doing in my next post.

Tony

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So here's some of what I'm doing.

I'm very lucky to have a nice garden and Koi pond (roughly 10,000 gallons) so I can sit outside and watch what nature is doing at this time of year when everything is "waking up". The time of year is always one of the busier with the garden and pond. I really do consider myself to be lucky and privileged. Here are one or two pictures for those who may be interested.

I'm also playing a lot of guitar as I bought a new one two weeks ago which I can't put down as it's such a dream to play.

I learned to play guitar on an EKO Ranger 12 String (Dreadnaught body) lent to me by a friend. In 1977 I bought the same model and for several years it was my only acoustic guitar. It's been with me through thick and thin and I couldn't imagine parting with it, but nowadays it doesn't come up to my expectations as a musician. I've improved an awful lot since then.

About 18 month ago I started looking at 12 string guitars and played a Taylor 150e which is an excellent guitar for the money, but I was undecided as to whether or not to buy. The idea got shelved but not forgotten.

A few weeks ago I started looking again and became more and more interested in the Taylor V-Class 12 Fret Grand Concert instruments which Andy Powers at Taylor has been developing. My local dealer (I've known the guy running the acoustic guitar dept there for many years) had a 562ce V-Class in stock (they were introduced at the Summer Namm 2019, so they're pretty new on the scene). Anyway I drove there, tried it out against 2 other Taylor 12 Strings (a 150e and a 456ce-R). I found that I had trouble putting the 562ce down. It was so easy to play (due to the slightly shorter scale length, the 12 Fret construction and the small body size), the intonation was so good, and the sound just blew me away. I ended up walking out of the shop with the guitar case in my hand.

Since then I've played this guitar for many hours. As far as 12 strings go I've never played or heard anything like it. As you can probably tell, I'm so delighted with my new instrument that I've almost written a review. 

Anyway for those who are interested here are a couple of pictures.

You can see how small the body is if you compare it to the size of the headstock.

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Re: What are you doing with your extra time these days

Seagullman posted:Sam Spoons posted:

Having spent the weekend closing down my caravan (holiday home/trailer in US English?).

Where is your caravan situated Sam. I ask because of our connection to the area around Pennington Flash and that part of Lancashire/Greater Manchester.

I'm planning to spend time in my home studio becoming a better player and, finally, getting some decent recordings done, along with sorting out the workshop, doing various jobs around the house and garden and trying to remain sane.

Always a good idea practice and do what you enjoy. At our age we tend to have more time than most to follow our hobbies. However we don't always make full use of it as such.

We are much better off than many as we are in a position to weather the financial storm, for a while at least, so are not too worried from that POV but, amongst the stupid, selfish and occasionally nasty things people are doing there are plenty of examples of human kindness and empathy. Maybe our society will come out of this a nicer place to be...........

As a pensioner myself I'm grateful that I too don't have the financial worries that many have in these difficult times. 

I too have the hope that many of those who've only excelled through their negative view on life will maybe start to see things in a different light. I have my doubts though. It could however have a more binding effect on those of us for whom kindness and empathy are not strangers.

Will you still be able to sail on the Flash or has that possibility been closed down for the duration?

Caravan is in Anglesey right on the coast of Holyhead bay, site closed for the duration from last Monday. The Flash is closed too but I brought the Blaze home so can do some fettling and bimbling (carbon fibre mast boom and racks need a repaint) and it's here for when things start to open up again.