Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

I'm not saying one way or another.  I did Skype in to one or two of the MeKidsBackyard Sessions.  I think Amy put the computer into a chair and had me in the rotation for an hour or so, while I barbequed and had a campfire (much smaller) in my own backyard.  Pretty soon we're going to wind up with multiple camera angles on satellite live feed using Channel 2 News surplus equipment.

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It will be very cool if you can make it in person, Zurf.  If we have to though, we'll figure something virtual out!  wink 

Kim - Videos, sound clips, photos... yup!

Roger, you will be missed very much!  The girls have been harassing me to get an answer.  I think they feel like they won't have as much fun this summer without you here.  Hmm... now I'm going to have to find a way to compete with THAT! 

DE hasn't commented yet.  I hope Gary's family hasn't scared him away. 

UJB - EXCELLENT! 

JJJ - just how picky are the ladies?  Are we talking... motel - like a Knights Inn, or something a little nicer... or do they need something more like a Hotel?  Hotel... like a Days Inn or something with an indoor pool and maybe a casino on the premises?  ie:  under$100/night or up to $200+/night?  smile  Also, will one of them be staying beer and alcohol free so they can drive?  And how does the driver feel about driving in the dark without many streetlights for about 10 minutes down a rural county road (deer crossings)?  Solid answers to these questions will assist me with finding you the PERFECT location (as crazy as that might sound)!  Also, there is NO wrong answer.  I should be able to hook you up with a DD for one night if need be.  wink

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

Hooking up with DD for one night sound like an indecent proposal lol

Roger

"Do, or do not; there is no try"

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JX3 your GF and the Trout will love it. Amy is so cool, and the others I have met.  Still need to meet Jim in person but we get  along great on skype LOL  DE is a hoot and I dont think I have met Uncle Joe yet (or were you at CS 2 or 3?) and i just cant locate that brain cell?

“It’s like a Jab, you got the squeeze and you got the attack, you got the guitar and the emotion behind the song. 
You can plug into a Marshall, but if you are not attacking it,  it's just going to sound so-so.  If the song doesn't grove, you are just bashing through chords” .
-- Mike Ness,  Social Distortion

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Yeah Amy, I plan to be there.  I'm about 90% sure that I'll be accompanied by Jen and our dogs.  It'll be another chance to use our new camper.  I just received a 2016 brochure from Oneida Pines campground yesterday and plan to stay there again.  If something comes up and Jen can't tag along I'll just come by myself and tent camp.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again and enjoying your family's hospitality and meeting JJJ and his crew.  I'll miss seeing Roger again and hearing his repertoire of ballads.

DE

I want to read my own water, choose my own path, write my own songs

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

beamer wrote:

I dont think I have met Uncle Joe yet (or were you at CS 2 or 3?) and i just cant locate that brain cell?

Nope. I've had to bail out of the last two at the last minute, much to my dismay. sad

I met up with Zurf and Topdown in Md. last June. There was someone else there but he got sick or something and I didn't ever see him. Then went to NY in Aug. and met Jim, Amy, DE and Roger

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joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

I am off the whole week of August 7th. Due to my fairly brutal work schedule. 12-14 hours daily,  I need to get a full day of rest before returning mondays. Even if I could go 1 1/2 days on the weekend of the 7th, I would be fine with that.

I can sympathize  with ya JJJ as most folks don't like working long hours.  My last 15 working years before I retired was working a rotating 12.5 hour shift (0630 to 1900 or 1830 to 0700) with a 45 minute drive each way, which made for a 14 hour day (or night). We worked 4 nights, got 4 days off, worked 3 days and 3 nights (back to back) three days off, worked 4 days and then 7 days off. (basically worked 14 days and were off 14 days during every 28 day period) Most of the people I worked with didn't like it and wanted to work a a normal 40 hour day shift work week. Although I sympathized with them because most employees could never adjust to the schedule I thrived on it.  For some reason, only 4-5 hours sleep a day never bothered me.  When new management took over and decided that an engineer was no longer needed on each shift I retired the first day I was scheduled for "banker's hours"  8 hour per day / 40 hour per week.

DE

I want to read my own water, choose my own path, write my own songs

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

mekidsmom wrote:

It will be very cool if you can make it in person, Zurf.  If we have to though, we'll figure something virtual out!  wink 

Kim - Videos, sound clips, photos... yup!

Roger, you will be missed very much!  The girls have been harassing me to get an answer.  I think they feel like they won't have as much fun this summer without you here.  Hmm... now I'm going to have to find a way to compete with THAT! 

DE hasn't commented yet.  I hope Gary's family hasn't scared him away. 

UJB - EXCELLENT! 

JJJ - just how picky are the ladies?  Are we talking... motel - like a Knights Inn, or something a little nicer... or do they need something more like a Hotel?  Hotel... like a Days Inn or something with an indoor pool and maybe a casino on the premises?  ie:  under$100/night or up to $200+/night?  smile  Also, will one of them be staying beer and alcohol free so they can drive?  And how does the driver feel about driving in the dark without many streetlights for about 10 minutes down a rural county road (deer crossings)?  Solid answers to these questions will assist me with finding you the PERFECT location (as crazy as that might sound)!  Also, there is NO wrong answer.  I should be able to hook you up with a DD for one night if need be.  wink

A Days Inn type. Hopefully close. $100 per night range. 2 beds. Worse comes to worse, my daughter can drive my car. She is too young to drink. We would make reservations ahead of time. Doesen`t have to be fancy. As long as there aren`t a lot of spiders. I hate spiders.

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Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

Dirty Ed wrote:

Yeah Amy, I plan to be there.  I'm about 90% sure that I'll be accompanied by Jen and our dogs.  It'll be another chance to use our new camper.  I just received a 2016 brochure from Oneida Pines campground yesterday and plan to stay there again.  If something comes up and Jen can't tag along I'll just come by myself and tent camp.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again and enjoying your family's hospitality and meeting JJJ and his crew.  I'll miss seeing Roger again and hearing his repertoire of ballads.

DE

Whooo Hooooo!  big_smile  This is FANTASTIC NEWS to get first thing when logging in this morning!  I do hope that Jen and the pups can make it.  You'll have to let me know what types of things Jen is into seeing or doing.  Off the top of my head, I think if I were in her shoes I'd want to take a short shopping excursion. If you decide to come in or head out a more Westernly route, she may enjoy checking out the Waterloo Outlet Mall. 

Roger wrote:

Hooking up with DD for one night sound like an indecent proposal lol

Ha ha ha!  DD = designated driver  wink  I was thinking maybe I could get Alex's help with that! 

Beamer wrote:

JX3 your GF and the Trout will love it. Amy is so cool, and the others I have met.  Still need to meet Jim in person but we get  along great on skype LOL  DE is a hoot and I dont think I have met Uncle Joe yet (or were you at CS 2 or 3?) and i just cant locate that brain cell?

Now, Scott... aren't you going to be doing a little cross country traveling right around this time frame?  You SURE you can't just pop up this way along the route?  wink  wink

JJJ - Check your FB messages!  smile

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

Dirty Ed wrote:

When new management took over and decided that an engineer was no longer needed on each shift I retired the first day I was scheduled for "banker's hours"  8 hour per day / 40 hour per week.

DE

That is SO Dirty Ed.  Your "bad Tuesday" came from getting "improved" work hours.  I'm laughing. 

- Zurf

Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
If it comes from the heart and you add a few beers... it'll be awesome! - Mekidsmom
When in doubt ... hats. - B.G. Dude

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Dang Amy,You dont know how much I would love to show up there! I missed ya at CS  and the last gathering,   I fly home on May 28th to drive up here with Carla and the dogs.  it would be one heck of a "wrong turn at Albuquerque"  if we ended up there with 5 dogs in tow lolol  Ill be looking for the skype sessions and maybe I will be able to log in with zurf.  (FB pm me your phone again cause I lost it) that way I can text or call ahead to see if the link is up.   I want to play some new stuff and TGILK (Jims) song Girlfriends.  (did you check that out yet?)

“It’s like a Jab, you got the squeeze and you got the attack, you got the guitar and the emotion behind the song. 
You can plug into a Marshall, but if you are not attacking it,  it's just going to sound so-so.  If the song doesn't grove, you are just bashing through chords” .
-- Mike Ness,  Social Distortion

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I'm heading over to check out Girlfriends now! smile 

I just wanted to add here that I've also got a "possible maybe" from Big Jim - shoot, I can't remember his Chordie username - he hasn't been on in a while, BUT I know some of ya know him!  smile

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

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mekidsmom wrote:

I'm heading over to check out Girlfriends now! smile 

I just wanted to add here that I've also got a "possible maybe" from Big Jim - shoot, I can't remember his Chordie username - he hasn't been on in a while, BUT I know some of ya know him!  smile

Are you talking about Big Jim from Ashville, Ohio (aka Bass Viking)?  Jim and I used to play at some of the same open mics and have fished/camped together.  I haven't talked to him for a while.  Hope he can make it.

DE

I want to read my own water, choose my own path, write my own songs

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

Dirty Ed wrote:
mekidsmom wrote:

I'm heading over to check out Girlfriends now! smile 

I just wanted to add here that I've also got a "possible maybe" from Big Jim - shoot, I can't remember his Chordie username - he hasn't been on in a while, BUT I know some of ya know him!  smile

Are you talking about Big Jim from Ashville, Ohio (aka Bass Viking)?  Jim and I used to play at some of the same open mics and have fished/camped together.  I haven't talked to him for a while.  Hope he can make it.

DE

YES, that's it!  Bass Viking!  He and I are friends on Facebook.  He's always talking about golf these days.  smile  I made an event there and invited him (along with many others) and got a "maybe".  Hopefully that's a firm maybe, but I'm not sure yet.  I haven't gotten a solid yes or no yet from my cousin and her husband either.  They're always good groupies to have around!  Dad's planning to be here of course.  I'd have to give him a what-for if he wasn't.

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

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It`s definite. We will be there. We rented a house down the road.Also going on 2 brewery tours Monday or Tuesday. Now to decide which guitar to bring

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joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

It`s definite.... Now to decide which guitar to bring

So you're not going to take my suggestion to rent a U-Haul and bring them all?  http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6656.gif smile You might even have room for the bread machine!

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Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

It`s definite. We will be there. We rented a house down the road.Also going on 2 brewery tours Monday or Tuesday. Now to decide which guitar to bring

Brewery tours huh?  You going to head into Downtown Syracuse?  As I understand, there's a bunch of micro breweries there.  I'm not a beer gal, but I've heard good things about Empire and Eastwood breweries.  Syracuse is a college town after all, so gotta have good beer!  My brother recently went to Local 315 brewery and enjoyed it.  A friend of his highly suggested Prison City Brewery in Auburn (though that's a bit further south yet). 

Look, a map spotting out a bunch of the breweries in Syracuse.... approximately where my house is, where you'll be, and where to find the BEER!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7557/26790690445_7ea7d698c8.jpg

IF you're going on your own and want to check out some Popular places downtown (not breweries):
Coleman's Irish Pub is a Syracuse Landmark - there's an upside down streetlight, leprechaun phone booth and special leprechaun entrance:  http://colemansirishpub.com/ (but really, it's just an "authentic Irish Pub")
Another Syracuse Landmark is the (original) Dinosaur BBQ:  http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/bbq-syracuse - Alton Brown just did a show in Syracuse and made a point to visit the Dinosaur.

I've never been to either place to eat... only to party. 

The Blue Tusk is the place to go if you want to just make ONE stop and taste it all.  69 different beers on tap (from what I looked up, this could be more or less since the article I read was written).  I worked in an office across the road years ago and used to take my morning coffee break here to get an English Muffin or Bagel.  I loved that they catered to the working crowd during the day, and thought the massive amount of taps was "pretty".  I never saw anyone getting beer before noon.  When lunch time came (as well as when the work day was over and we'd meet for drinks) we'd just take the elevator downstairs though to Mully's:  http://mullys.com/ 

Most other places I've been downtown are not open during the daytime ... or weekdays.  I haven't been to most of those places in quite a few years either.  I much prefer my little country bars to the clubs now.

Also, if you're going downtown, you may want to either take the ladies to Destiny USA or try to steer clear of it, though there is an indoor go-kart track that can be fun when the waits aren't too long.  wink  https://www.destinyusa.com/directory/

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We were planning on the Genesee Brewery in Rochester and one in Utica that she picked out.

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OHHHHH!  I understand that the Genesee Brewery is HUGE.  There's a Bud plant nearby too but they don't give tours.  Just mostly Bud and Bud Light produced there. Nothing special anyway. Yup, than Saranac in Utica.

I also found this for you, should you decide to stop anywhere else along the way to Rochester:  http://fingerlakesbeertrail.com/content/
There's a ton of wineries in that direction as well.

We used to have a Nestle plant nearby, but they closed a few years ago. THAT's a tour I would have enjoyed.  wink

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

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We're about TWO months away!

So, I'm just bumping this thread up in the event others have had any changes in plans and maybe can make it!  I'm sad to her that our pal TIGLJK won't be able to make it again this year.  sad  I've been keeping my eyes open for a few members that thought they might make it last year, but I haven't seen them anywhere around Chordie lately. 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but we have big fat YES's from these folks:
Ken (aka DE) and possibly the lovely Jen
UJB (bringing your lady friend with you by chance?)
JJJ, Trout and JJJ's lady friend
The entire mekids-family (myself, mekidsdad, mekidskids 2 and 3, mekidsgramps, and more... )
A handful of close friends!

There's a maybe-not-positive-just-yet from Zurf, as well as the "donkey-man" family big_smile (my cousin and her husband), and a few other close friends.
I heard from Big Jim (Bass Viking) on Facebook that he was a "maybe" but I haven't heard any more than that as of yet.  I plan to harass him, soon.

Soooo... I THINK that everyone that's coming for sure has directions and all that already.  BUT, I'll be sure to send out some emails as the time gets even closer to be sure. 
ANYONE else a possible maybe?

Who's ready for some smokin' pork butt?  big_smile

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What constitutes excellent music is in the ears of the listener.

Re: Backyard Gathering - 2016 - Chordie Friends - August 6th!

mekidsmom wrote:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but we have big fat YES's from these folks:

UJB (bringing your lady friend with you by chance?)

Yes and No respectively.

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unclejoesband wrote:

Yes and No respectively.

Well then, more cookies and butt for you! 

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So far. I am a definite yes. The Trout may not be coming. She is now working.

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joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

So far. I am a definite yes. The Trout may not be coming. She is now working.

No problem!  More butt for you too!  tongue 

(I'm not being fresh... we'll be smoking pork butt)

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So I'm guessing you need the "Burrito Wrap" size Zig-Zag papers for that? wink

Sounds like a Parteee to me !!!  But once again I'm not going to make it this year.
Have Fun y'all.

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