With the exception of being without power, all is well. We feel lucky in my area as the storm moved inland south of us and that spared us the worse damage. They were warning of a 6-8 foot storm surge and since I live on the beach, that would have been devastating. Luckily, the actual storm surge was non-existent.
Well folks there has been a very bad change in the forecasted track. Yesterday this was supposed to be a fairly minor event, now it looks like Irma is going to go right over top of us. The are saying to expect 120 MPH plus sustained winds (with higher gusts) and a 6 to 8 foot storm surge in my area. Irma is a beast and we are right in her sights. I will be leaving in the morning for higher grounds and will likely be without power for quite sometime. I just hope I have a house to come home to once this all passes.
I'm not really the type of guy to ask for prayers, but any positive thoughts and vibes are appreciated. If you can't do that, please go outside and blow as hard as you can in my direction - maybe some wind shear will knock her down a notch.
And don't worry - my guitars are going with me!
Thanks folks. We have been watching this for over a week and most Floridians are well prepared. I reserved a flight out of town last week (leaving Saturday) in case I feel the need to get out. If I stay, I have friends to bunk with on high ground only a short drive away. My little house on the beach is already under mandatory evacuation orders, so I will be going somewhere. Luckily, the current forecast puts the storm running up the center of the state with only minimal hurricane force winds and little to no storm surge in my area (flooding is the largest concern for me!). I've got a couple of full propane tanks for the grill and plenty of water, beer, food and smokes so I think I will survive
Re: I showed great restraint today. Self control on my part. (10 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)
Great job JX3 - The first step is acknowledge your addiction...
"I am Joey and I'm a guitaraholic"
LMAO TF - That image is very appropriate! I've been here over 10 years and I ain't going nowhere. The fun we have at chordiestock outweighs all of the spam posts by a ton - I have met and jammed with a bunch of chordie folks and every single one of them are an absolute blast to hang with!
^ TF - Love Dali as well - there is a Dali Museum here in St. Pete - The largest collection of his art outside of Europe. I spent an afternoon there a few years ago and didn't see half of it - and it is always changing. If you are ever in Florida, I'll take you for a visit - it's amazing. http://thedali.org/
I had a book of his artwork several years ago - very interesting stuff. Loved all of his Yes covers.
The spam has pretty much driven me away from this site - and that's a shame because I used to really like this forum and have met many great people here. I still check it every day and try my best to help get rid of the offenders, but when 90% + of the posts are spam it's pretty discouraging - and it's pretty obvious that others feel the same way.
Happy NGD - Pics please!
That's amazing DE. I can't imagine a guitar with more Mojo than Trigger - 10,000+ shows - I feel privileged to have seen 1 of them
Joe - The March event is always the weekend after daylight savings time starts - that seems to work out good and gives any tourists an hour extra of daylight to enjoy our beaches. Daylight savings starts on Sunday 3/11, so Chordiestock VI will take place from 3/15 - 3/19. The main event is Saturday, 3/17, but it truly is a 4 day party. Hope you can join us! All chordians are welcome!
CS 5.5 is taking place on 9/23/17 - all chordians are welcome then as well. It will be somewhat scaled back from the March party, but I can assure you it will still be a hell of a good time! (ask anybody who has been to one)
I said scaled down, but this is turning into a nice gathering. Cowboy and Topdawg (the judge) are making the trip, Zurf and Gary are still maybe's. All info is on Facebook, but for those who do not participate on FB (Dirty Ed), I thought I'd share it here as well.
The date for chordiestock 5.5 is set - the weekend of 9/23/17. This will be somewhat scaled down from the main event in March, but already there are more than a dozen confirmed. If anyone can make, I can guarantee it will be a blast!
Re: Who has had the opportunity to meet and mingle with famous musicians? (27 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)
I haven't met many "famous" musicians. Nigel Olsson (Elton John's drummer) used to live in Raleigh, NC back in my college days and could be seen around town, often at local bars that had live bands. He was very approachable and we chatted a few times. I also met Ron Wood at the RDU airport bar and bought him a beer back in the mid 80's. He was touring as a solo act back in the day and had played the night before at a local bar. Funny enough, he was sitting by himself at the bar and carrying a guitar - no roadies, no security, just sitting there having a beer. I had seen his show the night before and we spent a few minutes chatting.
Neither of those experiences compare to the times I have met and actually played guitar along with many famous, should be famous, locally famous, and possibly infamous musicians that lend their talents to the gatherings at chordiestock or other meet-ups. I have had the great pleasure of sharing some tunes with these incredible chordians: Guitarpix, Tubatooter, Zurf, Wilbaye, Southpaw41, mekidsmom, normtheguitar, Roger Guppy, TopDawgz, Dirty Ed, Beamer, unclejoesband, and baldguitardude. (I hope I didn't forget anyone). There are also several local extremely talented musicians who I have been lucky enough to make music with: The Steve, the incredible Rick Hatfield, Chick "Rocks" Listano, Roger Banks, Garuchi, Cowboy, & Jeff Graves are all professional musicians (in that they have or do get paid to make music)- it blows me away to have these talented folks play on my back porch for free.
Rule #1 - If it sounds good it is good!
Don't question it, just enjoy it!
Sounds like a blast - have a great trip!
Sorry to hear this Bill.
Some friends have asked about the possibility of gathering for a chordiestock like party mid year between the annual main event in March. I am more than happy to host, but I would hate for it to dilute the March event for folks who travel and can only do so once a year. September is half a year away from Chordiestock so I'm throwing it out there for comments and opinions. Would there be interest in a .5 event? Everyone is welcome, but all I ask is that if you can make only 1 event, make it in March. Are any weekends in September better than others?
Re: MAY 2017 FSOTM - SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN - SANTA MONICA (32 replies, posted in Featured Song of the Month)
Thanks for that link Jim - I watched all 5. Great stuff.
I use the DR coated, color strings on my Composite Acoustic guitar. This guitar lives on the back porch and the coated strings sound great, look awesome and last a long time even in the Florida heat and humidity. And they are available in multiple color options - great strings!
I use John Pearse strings on all my wood acoustics that live indoors, but the DR coated are great on my back porch guitar.
Thanks everyone - I had a pretty darn good day!