Sunday, 08 April 2007
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Hey guys, I needed to share this experience, because I figured ya'll would appreciate it more than anyone else. Last night I played a show over in in Fletcher, NC. As the night went on, it began snowing pretty heavy and the temp dropped big time. The turnout was pretty small, and we were worried about making it back over the mountains to TN, so we decided to break off early. We packed up, headed out, made our required stop at Waffle House, and made it home without incident. When we arrived at my house, the guys unloaded their stuff from my big Wagoneer and headed off into the night. It was 2 am and I was too beat to carry in my stuff, so I decided to just bring my bass in. When I went to the back to get it, I was sickened to find it gone! I checked and rechecked, but nothing. Then it hit me. I realized what had happened. While we were loading up, I had leaned my bass against the wall and headed back inside to get more gear expecting my bandmates to load it up. Well, it was pretty clear at that moment that they hadn't seen it, and it was still sitting there a hundred miles away, over a mountain, through a snowstorm. I started to head back for it then, but I realized that would have been crazy, and it may have been gone anyway. I tossed and turned the rest of the night waiting for it to be late enough in the morning to call the establishment's owners. Luckily, I got ahold of one early this morning and they offered to drive over and check to see if it was still there. Several minutes later my phone rang, and I held my breath. Amazingly, it was still there, gig-bag covered in snow, right where I had left it! I then made the 3 hr round trip to go get it. I remember reading that Sheldon designed these basses to withstand the harsh Canadian climate. For that I am glad, because after a night in a snowstorm with nothing but a gig-bag covering it, my bass wasn't even out of tune! Those of you who know and love these instruments like I do can probly imagine how I felt during this ordeal. Some would say this is only a material object, but I disagree. Over the last four or five years this bass has become an extension of myself and it could not easily be replaced.
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Phew, glad to know it turned out well.
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I pulled a similar stunt involving my cherished '63 series II Thunderbird. I turned right around after arriving home without it. Mine was still patiently waiting on me in the room where it was left. 8) I know what you mean about the attachment, that bass and I had a lot of good times together! Ken
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Whew Zac, good to hear you got it back safely. I get a sick feeling just thinking about losing my DW, picturing some kid playing it with a pic, down at his knees, showing up at a music store to see how much the guitar repair guy (notice how I didn't say luthier) would charge to straighten out the frets. :shock:
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Glad to hear from you again, Zac. I guess you're busy in the books. That's a great suspense story with a happy ending. Reminds of the Monty Python skit in which the crusty old bastards are outdoing eachother with stories of how tough they had it as kids......."aye, your bass spent the night out in a blizzard, eh? ........That's luxury! My bass was accidentally dropped into a volcano along with a sacrificial virgin. Alas, the poor girl perished, but me instrument was spat out among the lava with nary a scratch! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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I have nightmares of stuff like that happening (without the happy ending)! Hopefully I'll never have to endure a night like that! I'm glad you got your stuff back.
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[quote="lomo":3eup3qpn]Glad to hear from you again, Zac. I guess you're busy in the books. That's a great suspense story with a happy ending. Reminds of the Monty Python skit in which the crusty old bastards are outdoing eachother with stories of how tough they had it as kids......."aye, your bass spent the night out in a blizzard, eh? ........That's luxury! My bass was accidentally dropped into a volcano along with a sacrificial virgin. Alas, the poor girl perished, but me instrument was spat out among the lava with nary a scratch! :lol: :lol: :lol:[/quote:3eup3qpn] Good one! I can see it/hear it too! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Thanks guys. Funkshwey, that was pretty much the awful vision I had in mind while waiting to get in touch with the owners. The only addition would be having stickers on the body and chunks out of the paint. Thats why I have several pictures of the bass including ones with me playing it, just in case it would turn up in some pawn shop. And if you notice, the serial # is in my signature. Hey Morris, Yeah I have been pretty busy this year. Outside the clinics, I have time for my family, the occasional gig, and not much else. No complaints though. I am loving it :wink: I have been trying to make it over here from time to time to see what's going on in the Dingwall world. Oh yeah, I love monty python, but I haven't seen that skit. I believe they have MPFC on DVD now. I need to check and see if Blockbuster has them. One of my favorites is where the guy comes into the doctor's office screaming "Doctor, my brain hurts!"
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Hey Zac, I'm so very glad you got it back! Through my early years of playing, I've lost cables and just about everything at one time or the other. But one time I was playing in this band and the band leader would always triple-check that nothing was left behind; after everything was loaded. I learned from that and ever since then I always load up and slowly triple-check before I leave. Never lost anything since. *Just some simple advice*
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You're right on Tex. Most of the time we play locally and I am only responsible for my own stuff. I have been using the same gear for several years now, and I have my packing and unpacking down to a science. Things were a little crazy Friday night due to the snow and I allowed my "roadie" (my son that is) to load my equipment. I didn't blame him though, because I should have double checked. Plus I don't want to discourage him from comming along on our shows. You bet I'll be double and tripple checking from now on. Nothing like a good aversive stimuli to extinguish unwanted behavior :oops:
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[quote="Texas Bred":1oaqo7st]Through my early years of playing, I've lost cables and just about everything at one time or the other. But one time I was playing in this band and the band leader would always triple-check that nothing was left behind; after everything was loaded. I learned from that and ever since then I always load up and slowly triple-check before I leave. Never lost anything since.[/quote:1oaqo7st] In our outfit we call that the "Idiot Check." It usually goes like this: "I'm gonna make sure we didn't leave any idiots in there, be right back." Glad you got it back, the Karmic forces were in your favor. Just remember to keep that good karma rolling and things will go well for you the rest of your life. That goes for Crown Royal snake bags and microphone clips as well. They are the currency of Karma in the music business.
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