Heading to Cancun
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I thought we could all use a little reminder of our upcoming festivities!



And, heading to Cancun!



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I’ve been in the School of Rock’s Adult program, and more and more, I’ve been thinking that it is time to quit. For starters, it’s $200/month. And, for me, at least, it was a means to an end. A way to play some, and eventually start playing on my own.



So, the first nail in the coffin was me starting to play Bass in a little band. We’ve acted as a trio for a bit . . . and we don’t suck! But, while this is fun, I still want to get my guitar skills up.



The next nail happened about a week go. I was contacted about playing guitar for another band. And, they’re about my skill level! So, if they stay together, and we start practicing, this could fill the “playing guitar with others” void.



But, that still left to hangers:




  1. I feel that I still need lessons.

  2. I don’t want to let the rest of the guys in SoR down.



So, the first problem is easy . . . keep taking lessons . . perhaps outside of SoR, depending on cost.



And, the second one was given a big kick in the crotch recently:



We were asked what dates were available for a show. I mentioned that two weekends were out for me, one in early April, and one sometime later . . . promising to get dates back to SoR the next day. (Although, a friend told me that I did look up the date the night of that show . . I just don’t remember it) So, I filled out a calendar, and got it off to the guys . . . and they picked the weekend I’d be camping.



Now, I do need to explain something. I am on most of the songs. And, it’s no one’s fault but my own. If I see a part that is empty, or being played by an instructor, I take it. The only reason I’m decent at bass is that all of our bass players left, and I took the songs. I’d call myself a song whore, but I don’t get paid. And slut is a dirty word. Either way, I’m on all but a couple of the songs . . and it’s my fault.



So, back to the show, I can’t make the one date they picked . . and they asked if I’d mind of people picked up my songs. Since I made this problem, I was fine with it . . . . until the songs started being discussed . . .



While I was fine with being replaced on the songs I had just picked up and winged, people taking the songs I’m lead on is bothering me. I’ve worked hard on those songs. And, I provided my schedule. I feel like I’m being replaced for no reason (scheduling), and, it even seems like people are enjoying doing the replacing me. So, I am running out of reasons to stay at School of Rock . . .



Nice long chatter on FB



So, without too much ado, the pro’s and con’s list (in no particular order):



Should I Stay or Should I Go
2 (usually 3) hour rehearsals $200/month
30 min lessons Substitutes are disruptive
Can Sub in drum / bass lessons Could try lessons from Ben (or zakk privately)
Lots of good guys Would be able to focus on Matt's and Pete's band
Amy still goes here (could make it hard for her) Could actually MAKE money
Rehearsal space for practice more gear (saving the $200)
Going to a competitor not really an option / would get ugly Bands are not reliable — could end up with nothing to rehearse

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I’ve been in the School of Rock’s Adult program, and more and more, I’ve been thinking that it is time to quit. For starters, it’s $200/month. And, for me, at least, it was a means to an end. A way to play some, and eventually start playing on my own.



So, the first nail in the coffin was me starting to play Bass in a little band. We’ve acted as a trio for a bit . . . and we don’t suck! But, while this is fun, I still want to get my guitar skills up.



The next nail happened about a week go. I was contacted about playing guitar for another band. And, they’re about my skill level! So, if they stay together, and we start practicing, this could fill the “playing guitar with others” void.



But, that still left to hangers:




  1. I feel that I still need lessons.

  2. I don’t want to let the rest of the guys in SoR down.



So, the first problem is easy . . . keep taking lessons . . perhaps outside of SoR, depending on cost.



And, the second one was given a big kick in the crotch recently:



We were asked what dates were available for a show. I mentioned that two weekends were out for me, one in early April, and one sometime later . . . promising to get dates back to SoR the next day. (Although, a friend told me that I did look up the date the night of that show . . I just don’t remember it) So, I filled out a calendar, and got it off to the guys . . . and they picked the weekend I’d be camping.



Now, I do need to explain something. I am on most of the songs. And, it’s no one’s fault but my own. If I see a part that is empty, or being played by an instructor, I take it. The only reason I’m decent at bass is that all of our bass players left, and I took the songs. I’d call myself a song whore, but I don’t get paid. And slut is a dirty word. Either way, I’m on all but a couple of the songs . . and it’s my fault.



So, back to the show, I can’t make the one date they picked . . and they asked if I’d mind of people picked up my songs. Since I made this problem, I was fine with it . . . . until the songs started being discussed . . .



While I was fine with being replaced on the songs I had just picked up and winged, people taking the songs I’m lead on is bothering me. I’ve worked hard on those songs. And, I provided my schedule. I feel like I’m being replaced for no reason (scheduling), and, it even seems like people are enjoying doing the replacing me. So, I am running out of reasons to stay at School of Rock . . .


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I’ve been in the School of Rock’s Adult program, and more and more, I’ve been thinking that it is time to quit. For starters, it’s $200/month. And, for me, at least, it was a means to an end. A way to play some, and eventually start playing on my own.



So, the first nail in the coffin was me starting to play Bass in a little band. We’ve acted as a trio for a bit . . . and we don’t suck! But, while this is fun, I still want to get my guitar skills up.



The next nail happened about a week go. I was contacted about playing guitar for another band. And, they’re about my skill level! So, if they stay together, and we start practicing, this could fill the “playing guitar with others” void.



But, that still left to hangers:




  1. I feel that I still need lessons.

  2. I don’t want to let the rest of the guys in SoR down.



So, the first problem is easy . . . keep taking lessons . . perhaps outside of SoR, depending on cost.



And, the second one was given a big kick in the crotch recently:



We were asked what dates were available for a show. I mentioned that two weekends were out for me, one in early April, and one sometime later . . . promising to get dates back to SoR the next day. (Although, a friend told me that I did look up the date the night of that show . . I just don’t remember it) So, I filled out a calendar, and got it off to the guys . . . and they picked the weekend I’d be camping.



Now, I do need to explain something. I am on most of the songs. And, it’s no one’s fault but my own. If I see a part that is empty, or being played by an instructor, I take it. The only reason I’m decent at bass is that all of our bass players left, and I took the songs. I’d call myself a song whore, but I don’t get paid. And slut is a dirty word. Either way, I’m on all but a couple of the songs . . and it’s my fault.



So, back to the show, I can’t make the one date they picked . . and they asked if I’d mind of people picked up my songs. Since I made this problem, I was fine with it . . . . until the songs started being discussed . . .



While I was fine with being replaced on the songs I had just picked up and winged, people taking the songs I’m lead on is bothering me. I’ve worked hard on those songs. And, I provided my schedule. I feel like I’m being replaced for no reason (scheduling), and, it even seems like people are enjoying doing the replacing me. So, I am running out of reasons to stay at School of Rock . . .


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Travelling Impressions
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About a year ago, I was traveling from Salt Lake City to Atlanta. Tammy and the kids had already been there for a week or two, and I was heading to meet them for a vacation. I decided to start my vacation at the airport, and visited the bar. And then ordered a drink on the plane too. I was also traveling very comfortably, in Birkenstocks and a tie dye.



So, there I was, probably reeking of whiskey, sandals off, leaning back, and I started to notice a couple of people next to me talking about a new book on trading stocks. One was going on and on about what a great system it was, and that he was so happy he had bought the book, and so on. Eventually, one of them glanced at me, gave a little smirk, and asked about my “positions” in the market. Then he rephrased, and asked if I had read the book. While I didn’t see him wink at his friend, I knew it was implied, “Watch me confuse this hippy”. Well, he did get my attention.



I glanced from him, to the book, and then back to him, and I said, “Well, it is not too often that altruism and capitalism intersect”. He gave me a stunned look. I could see the gears turning, “Need more time, too many big words”, they screamed. He finally muttered, “What?”, and I repeated myself. This time, he had clearly understood every word, but couldn’t make out the point, so he asked, “What do you mean?” I smiled, glanced at his book, and explained .. .



“I can only assume that the author of that book is a capitalist. He claims to have a system for making a lot of money “Working” the market. Yet, he has decided to share this with the world. Why? Is he also altruistic? Does he just want to better the world? Did you get the book for free?”



The stunned book owner uttered “no” before he could stop himself.



“So, he’s not altruistic — then, why is he selling the book? If he is just a simple capitalist, then he would want to keep his secret to himself, in case his method were blocked once exposed. I think it is more likely that he makes more money on the book sale than on the stock market. And, if that is the case, why would anyone take his advice?”



I think I heard him mutter, “Oh” as I leaned back in my chair, and started playing Sudoku on my phone.



Don’t fuck with hippies.





Travelling Impressions
code_monk

About a year ago, I was traveling from Salt Lake City to Atlanta. Tammy and the kids had already been there for a week or to, and I was heading to meet them for a vacation. I decided to start my vacation at the airport, and visited the bar. And then ordered a drink on the plane too. I was also traveling very comfortably, in Birkenstocks and a tie dye.



So, there I was, probably reeking of whiskey, sandals off, leaning back, and I started to notice a couple of people next to me talking about a new book on trading stocks. One was going on and on about what a great system it was, and that he was so happy he had bought the book, and so on. Eventually, one of them glanced at me, gave a little smirk, and asked about my “positions” in the market. Then he rephrased, and asked if I had read the book. While I didn’t see him wink at his friend, I knew it was implied, “Watch me confuse this hippy”. Well, he did get my attention.



I glanced from him, to the book, and then back to him, and I said, “Well, it is not too often that altruism and capitalism intersect”. He gave me a stunned look. I could see the gears turning, “Need more time, too many big words”, they screamed. He finally muttered, “What?”, and I repeated myself. This time, he had clearly understood every word, but couldn’t make out the point, so he asked, “What do you mean?” I smiled, glanced at his book, and explained .. .



“I can only assume that the author of that book is a capitalist. He claims to have a system for making a lot of money “Working” the market. Yet, he has decided to share this with the world. Why? Is he also altruistic? Does he just want to better the world? Did you get the book for free?”



The stunned book owner uttered “no” before he could stop himself.



“So, he’s not altruistic — then, why is he selling the book? If he is just a simple capitalist, then he would want to keep his secret to himself, in case his method were blocked once exposed. I think it is more likely that he makes more money on the book sale than on the stock market. And, if that is the case, why would anyone take his advice?”



I think I heard him mutter, “Oh” as I leaned back in my chair, and started playing Sudoku on my phone.



Don’t fuck with hippies.





Vehicular Musings
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After my car accident, I got to drive a prius for a couple of weeks. And, at the gas pump, I was really annoyed . . . in my Jeep Grand Cherokee, it costs me > $80 to fill the 23 gallon tank. That gets me somewhere around 322 miles of range at 14MPG. The Prius had an 8 gallon tank. It cost me about $20 to fill, and I got over 400 miles of range (450, iirc)



I have thought about electrics and hybrids in the past, and I really want one. However, I have other needs too:




  • I have to have all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive to get up the mountain.

  • I have to be able to pull a 4000lb trailer.



And, if I’m going to bother with an electric, my goal would be to use zero gas to get to and from work — but, it needs to have range, and, at a minimum, a gas backup plan.



So, I have a vehicle worth about $30k, and I need to buy two vehicles, since the above criteria does not exist in one vehicle.



Looking at available used hybrids / electrics, I think the are the way to go. They have a plug in option, and can go 11 miles on electric alone — my commute is 4.1 miles.



Cost of a used one: ~ $25k



And, then there’s the truck. . . I can’t afford a $70k nice one, so, just something that’s 4×4 and can tow something decent is about the same $15k. So, the question becomes: is it worth $10k to save the planet?



Now, the hard part — the truck.


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Hike up Snowbird — WITH SKIS!
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Yes, you read it right. This morning, thanks to my new AT setup, I hiked up Snowbird on skis!



Last week, I was skiing with Tammy, and did one run on blues (Gadzoom -> Lunch Run -> Big Emma). It killed me. My thought was, why am I hiking up, then doing an easy run on my snowboard, when I could be working on my ski skills?



So, I hiked up. The last time I hiked, I found the cat track by Willbarre that made an easy climb to the top. I went straight up this time, since my skins were holding so well . . . until they weren’t.



At the top of Big Emma, about 10′ from the lip, I couldn’t get enough traction to get up it. I was stuck. So, I sat down, removed my skins, set my bindings to downhill, and then got stuck. It was too icy, and too steep for me to get my skis back on. I tried for a while, then slid down my butt about 100 yards, to try again. And fail again. By the time I could finally buckle in, I was at the top of Mid Gad. Note to self: From now on, take the cat track, so you can stop where it’s flat to remove skins.



Anyway, here are the stats . . . maybe a video to follow, if my camera worked:



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2013-2014 Ski Days
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This page is going to be used to keep track of my ski journal, so I know how many days I have skied / boarded this season!

























































































































Snow Report
ResortOpen StatusBase Depth (in.)48hr SnowfallSurface ConditionLift Tickets</td>
Alta Ski Area Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Beaver Mountain Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Brian Head Resort Utah Open 18" 0" Machine Groomed
Brighton Resort Utah Open 20" 0" Machine Groomed
Canyons Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Deer Valley Resort Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Eagle Point Utah No Report Available N/A" 7" N/A
Park City Mountain Resort Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Powder Mountain Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Snowbasin Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A
Snowbird Utah Open N/A" 0" Machine Made
Solitude Mountain Resort Utah Open 24" 0" Machine Groomed
Sundance Utah Closed (end of season) 9" 1" N/A
Wolf Creek Utah No Report Available N/A" 0" N/A


Total Days Skied / Ridden



TODO: Add google docs link — maybe.
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  • Post Season: 0

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First Ski Day: Hike up Snowbird! 2013-11-21
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Had a great hike up Snowbird this AM. Got to try out my new (used) Oakley jacket, chest mount on my go pro, and my new helmet . . . all toys worked flawlessly!



My cardio is crap — here’s the garmin info:



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And, finally, here’s the video. Enjoy!





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