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Thanks Andres what would this Luddite do without you. Yes we found about sixty. It was the big Oregon burn several tears back, actually it was on my Birthday. We went back to the cabin and suateed them with a fillet and some Haut Medoc. They were only there that one year.

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Lyndon Taylor has left the building in search of a violin teacher, to practise violin instead of talk violin, talk about relief, he much enjoys playing violin to talking about violin, his teacher says he has to practise practise practise and in one to two years he may be up to live music, albeit Kumbia and popas spanish music, the only thing he listens to on the spanish filled southern california airwaves. Lyndon taylor is a christian socialist revolutionary and friends with Hugo Chavez. Hes incomunicado now resting we say in the Psych world, unable to comprehend the mix up he caused, hes even shopping for a new job with one of the LA shops, that could pan out, otherwise forget him, hes going religious again, and doesn't think the internet is helping his mania, Ill keep you posted on what hes up to, Lyndons apprentice, Johann Aufschneiter III

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"--.... socialist revolutionary and friends with Hugo Chavez--"

This reminds me late 70's, early80's, we had a couple of comics and their revolutionary friends and there were thousands who were ready to fight and die and they did, they died.

Today, still thusands are missing.

No one knows what happened to them and their Johans.

Personally, after all, I try to stay away from characters like Chavez and their 'wonderful third world' countries.

I do enjoy nice, clean, free (AR)Bentonville air, despite some numbers of atmospherical occurings last night and high gas prices, well,,, still darn cheap than many countries in the world.

On the other hand still stupid enough to buy violin wood from a third world in the middle of Europe, and this is my second best bottle and far from cooling down and I am angry..

Johan?

I have half a dozen, I trained them. We only speak about violin, only violin.

No thing is better than a sunny Bentonville Saturday with a good bottle of merlot.

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Spring is here. There are humminbirds and apple blossoms in the back yard. We've got two steaks on the barbi with pieces of mountain mahogany from cut off pegs thrown on top of the coals. Two glasses of Barberra breathing and waiting for lips.

Life is good.

Cheers to you all

Rico

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Rico, you have your priorities straight, and Selim, it sounds as if you know how to get them straight. Who needs emotions running high? Good job guys.

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My wife and I are reconstituting our vows in a church ceremony in three months, from that point forward Ill be Lyndon Johann Hendrickson taylor, not Lyndon Daniel Johnston Taylor, my best friends brother, concertmaster and soloist of the New Zealand Symphony, it gets a little confusing, especially if you do a google search for me, hes a far better more proffessional player, and a lot nicer guy from what Ive heard, I will endeavor to be more like him,and shut the H,,, up sometimes, youre going to see a new , more polite, much less offensive Lyndon my wife and i had been bickering, and weve aptched it up onece and for all God willing, sincerely Lydnon Selim my thoughts are with you, thanks

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patched things up...thats good....how is alice doing?...well, i hope....

Willst du bis der tod euch scheidet

Treu ihr sein fr alle tage...

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Rico wrote:

"Spring is here. There are humminbirds and apple blossoms in the back yard. We've got two steaks on the barbi with pieces of mountain mahogany from cut off pegs thrown on top of the coals. Two glasses of Barberra breathing and waiting for lips.

Life is good. "

Amen. And one of the possible benefits of global warming is that we now have a winery in Idaho producing Barbera and Malbec. Picked up a couple bottles at the Boise Farmers' Market yesterday, after a brief tasting.

The photo is taken out by my vines, which are just on the verge of leafing out -- though they're table grapes.

Ken

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Hi Dean,

Did you see the movie "Sideways"? They tasted all right to me. Perhaps this should go to PM, but if it stirs up Maestroneters, so much the better! There are worse things to talk about than wine.

As to the years, I believe they're the first run, or if not, pretty close to it. Barbera apparently isn't a good grape for the area, because it blooms early, and we have late frosts. The vintner planted them in ignorance. Seems there's a lot in common with wine-making and violin-making.

I liked them both, though we haven't opened the bottles yet, just the samples poured from bottles at the market. To me, Malbec seems like a great Pirate-movie wine, strong and fun, and I haven't had one I don't like yet. Barbera is new to me, and I have to date tried a couple bottles of Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti. I bought the second bottle after drinking the first, if that means anything.

Which also brings up a point. Each of these Snake River bottles cost $18. I prefer to spend $18 for two bottles, but wanted to support the local guy.

We had a nice bottle of inexpensive Basque wine (Terra Sara?) at Epi's the other night for my wife's birthday. $15 at the restaurant, so probably about $6.99 if you can find it downtown.

Ken

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Pot is cheaper than 'soda pop' in southern california, no wonder we have such a drug problem,I was taliking to a stoner friend of mine about how much marijuana prices have dropped, it use to cost about @$2 to get you really high one time in the 80s, he amazed me when he said a 1/2 bowl of chronic gets to peopel high as a kite for about 1$, energy drinks my only addiction cost $2.50 each and |I drink four a day thats $11 a day, enough money to keep you continually stoned wakeup to bed, Somethings M Fing wrong; the government should tax the hell out of drugs legalize pot and make food free to poor and disabled persons, its called Trickle up economic theory the opposite of Reaganomics, its sweeping the Americas and good news all three presidential candidates support it, tax luxiouriess excessively and make all food tolietries and cheap lodging free a Humvee or Chevy suberban would cost 200-300.000usd, I think its a brilliant concept, seriously we need some AA talk on this forum imagine an Aspiring 11yr old surfign this sight he finds out that 50% of the serious makers are either social drinkers or alcaholics, thanks goodness we aren't talking about drugs here, seriously if you winos want my opinion you should either tone it down or off the internet, go to a wine tasting forum, we know were not going to send you any work, because your drunks, how many violins have you dropped in your life. I vote we take a survey and ban the positive portrayal of drug, cigarette, or alcohol consumption, Its very important, talk to the moderator 7 yr old children are reading this do you want it to be R rated please God do somehting about this, Lyndon; moderator, whats your opinion

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Lyndon wrote: "I vote we take a survey and ban the positive portrayal of drug, cigarette, or alcohol consumption, Its very important, talk to the moderator 7 yr old children are reading this do you want it to be R rated please God do somehting about this, Lyndon; moderator, whats your opinion "

My opinion is that a little restraint and common sense will keep the forum on the "G" side of an "R" rating while still allowing the place to be a pleasant and interesting place to visit. I'd hope most members are capable of that...

At the same time, I feel I must point out that this is not a democratic institution... While all involved are open to new ideas and concepts, policy is set by administration and interpreted by the moderator, not survey or ballot.

This thread is off topic for the forum, but it seems to have allowed some steam to be released that was showing up on other threads (which were being thrown off topic). Hopefully, the appearance of spring will initiate a more upbeat mood at this point? Hope so. Maybe some of us were just suffering from cabin fever.

BTW, my TV is 18 years old.

Best to all,

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Thanks Jeffrey. My TV is just a little younger than yours, and the converter box coupon for it arrived yesterday. Fun to go shopping.

As for spring, memories can be pleasing and sad at the same time. Today I remember my long-ago days as a used car wench. It was so much fun. I renew my vow to be thankful for not having to wear a halter top, tight jeans, stiletto heels, long hair dyed jet black while puking in a stall at the auto auction.

As for the kids, I know many who, like myself, can learn from the experiences of others. Maybe it's a sign of advancing age that I like to tell stories. Here's one that will never darken anyone's lovely violin lesson:

WHY I AM NOT A DRUNK

My mother Helen told me that when she was a little girl she once rode in the back seat of a car during the Roaring Twenties as her parents, uncle, and aunt drove around on a Saturday night in search of some bathtub gin. Aunt Florence was beside her, and little Helen said, "Florence is cold". From the front seat, "Did she say she was cold?" "No, she IS cold."

The recorder is running. Do not give up.

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Positive anti drug statements that are true for yours trully. I started when I was 19 smoking 1 cigarette aday, 30 years later i am so addicted I spend 25=50EU /day on non filter humps, they taste aweful now, nothing pleasant about them, they don't even help me pass the day, if I were to run out I would panhandle , beg and have pawned 3000EUviolins for 20, because If I dind't smoke life wouldn't be manageable.I have about 40yrs to live, I cough on average 300-3000times aday, When I cough Im starting to pass out smoking dizzy like on nitrous oxide, Ive looked in to the future and seen my own death, drowning in phlegm because I m too old to cough and excpel mucous. In a given hour I spend 30 minutes smoking and can only work up to 30 minutes, they tire me out, they ruin my breath and make me unattractive to women, they stain my wall dirty yellow, close friends refuse to visit my house because of the "smell" My buisness sucks because I allow smoking in the shop, people refuse to buy my violins because of a lingering strong smoke smell, I will never quit because I am addicted too deeply to the nicotiune, drugs and awfefulk flavours in the cheap cigarettes of today, end of sentence

Negative anti drug statements; I smoke because I like to look tough or cool, I only smoke a few a day(liar) and Ive cut back a lot over the years but I really enjoy haveing that "one " cigarette after a tough job, its like a reward for working hard, Im not kidding it doesn;t do much to me, but I love the little pleasant effect it has, kind of like a rush of clean cool fresh taste, cigarettes are expensive but I can afford them because I work so hard, I don't reccomend them to children though they are an adult pleasure, in an ideal world everyone would smoke, but the tabaco terroists are ruinign it for everyone etc etc

You can make up youre own best case worst case scenario for drugs and alcohol, Thanks for voting Marie and for the vote of confidence, sincerely Lyndon Ps I got married yesterday to Bjoerk Hendrickson An icelandic eskimo and native swede, who sings solo and for the sugarcubes, you might have heard of her,

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You know, for years I cherished Maestronet because of the great stuff I could learn, and the camaraderie of like-minded makers. I learned what NOT to do, from other people's experience, as often as learning better ways to do the things I was doing right.

Many other forums were wild arenas, by comparison, with personal attacks rampant, and flame wars frequent. But peace seemed to reign here, mostly (not always...luthiers seldom agree on more than a few basics...given any two luthiers, and a single question on the floor, you can guarantee three mutually exclusive opinions)...but usually, it was pretty serene, here.

Lately, it has gotten less and less pleasant and helpful. There are still good threads that are much like the idyllic halcyon days of yore, but honestly, some of the stuff lately is so far removed from what I had come to expect here that it is pretty unpleasant.

What can possibly be wrong with two (or more) people discussing what kind of wine they enjoy with their dinner? Personally I don't drink, but that is a personal choice, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, either. But it is because I don't like the taste, not anything else. This thread started off friendly, and openly admitting that it was off-topic for the forum, and several people had posted upbeat, friendly comments. I was enjoying reading it before it turned into a diatribe of sorts against social ills. I don't smoke either, for the record, but I don't beat up people who do. I drink coffee...anyone want to take a shot at that?

Chet, missing the old days of Maestronet--as close to a rant as I will come.

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As dark as I can get it-- if you can see through it something is wrong. No sugar, cream or other pollutants. I have occasionally used it for pre-staining my in-the-white instruments, then, to jerk the collective chains of those watching, drank the left-over stain. Works great, if you don't mind raising the grain. Besides, I theorize that the caffeine wakes up the tone...

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Well... although I do take some cream (unless I'm drinking espresso), I can't really argue with your tastes... so no complaints from me.

If using it for stain, however, I add the cream to the left-overs later... I'm a purist when it comes to fiddles.

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Well, there you go! Some sanity does remain.

I have a couple of quilted maple instruments nearing completion (one violin, one small viola), and I am thinking of trying that again, but I will try it on scrap, first. Luis is getting such gorgeous results I am tempted to try his way, but...then I would not want to drink the remaining stain. What fun would that be?

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Ah, Espresso-- The first time I tasted that nectar was at a dinner party that I had not wanted to attend (back in my deeper depression days), and at which I was miserable, surrounded by yakking, noisy, shallow people. The host had a new espresso machine, and was handing out doubles. I had one, wondered briefly why he had only given me half a cup, and then gulped it down, thinking "This is the best coffee I ever tasted!" A few minutes later he brought out another double, but there were no takers, so I gulped it down as well. Delightful stuff...most people would not respond well to a four-shot espresso, but the result for me (at the time) was that in about ten minutes I was completely relaxed, and happy, and enjoying the evening with all the nice people, with their pleasantries and amusing small-talk. The change was dramatic.

Later, I mentioned this experience to my doctor, and he said that I had been unwittingly using caffeine as a homemade anti-depressant. (Obviously, it has its downside-- you can't go around loaded on caffeine all the time.) I'm pretty much OK today-- I've been off meds for seven years, and seem to be getting more stable every year. But I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. With or without a paintbrush in the cup...

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