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I almost posted this in the "What's Pissing You Off" thread. But even unexpected projects cheer me up.
I am continually in awe of folks like you who just roll up their sleeves and dig into projects like this. That is wonderful work.

So, despite the February ride in yesterday, it was an off day. One of those days where all of life's little responsibilities gather together into a dark gloom that follows you everywhere. Because even in my fifties I feel like a 13 year old who has just been fooling everyone for decades. I know, that's everyone. Adulting is hard.

But today is Friday. Yesterday's responsibilities are behind me and it's time to tackle today. I'm trying out a new hand coffee grinder I found at Goodwill and it looks promising, so we're off to a good start. Here's to hoping.

Life really is pretty good.
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Oh, and one other thing. I started a little project this past weekend. I decided to restring my bass, and while I had the strings off I decided it would be good to rewire it, so I pulled the pick guard. Underneath I found something amazing.

Back in the '90s I had a band. Probably the least successful band ever, but if you've ever played with a group of guys, it's indescribable. We had junk equipment and about seven original songs. I still have the business card from a local band we were going to contact (I was told they'd let anyone open for them ... we were a shoe-in) for a date. Then I found out I was going to be a Dad, my relationship had fallen apart, Sean (my bass player and cowriter) went back to school and Tommy (our drummer) decided it might be a good idea to walk to Texas. He never made it, but I hear he's doing well now.

Anyway, most of the equipment was mine already because I was the only one with a real job, and I bought Sean's bass because I have issues letting go of the past.

So, all these years later, this was Sean's bass I was restringing. And back to what I found. Under the pick guard I could see the contrast of the original white against the beautiful oxidized finish. It has become a gorgeous warm ivory color. At one point I had considered painting it, but I wouldn't touch it with anything but polish now.

I brought the pick guard into work and our prototype lab set me up to wet sand and polish all of the scratches out. They're going to shoot it with clear coat, so it will look better than new. Hopefully I can get back at it this weekend.
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Under the pick guard I could see the contrast of the original white against the beautiful oxidized finish. It has become a gorgeous warm ivory color. At one point I had considered painting it, but I wouldn't touch it with anything but polish now.
Time. What even is it?
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Time. What even is it?
Early 90s Epiphone p-bass. Nothing fancy, and according to Reverb it's worth about $200.

Priceless to me. I could replace it with something better, but why would I? It's not like I'm as bass player or anything.
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Early 90s Epiphone p-bass. Nothing fancy, and according to Reverb it's worth about $200.
Oh, I meant what is time. But speaking as a reformed bass player, the bass is cool too.
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Oh, I meant what is time. But speaking as a reformed bass player, the bass is cool too.
I'm old. I process things more slowly than I used to.
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I'm old. I process things more slowly than I used to.
Time. Again.
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Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
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I like it!
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One more thing, and I think I'm out for the weekend. This cheered me up. I'm not always the best at accomplishing things. The other day I decided to.

Back in 2015 I went camping on the P200E and dragged my guitar along with me. Like a dummy I took my Alvarez with me. Beautiful guitar, don't get me wrong, but I didn't even really play it. I was all by myself out in the woods, and it has such a big, booming sound it almost felt like a sacrilege to disrupt the quiet of nature.

Anyway, right before I left I decided it would be a waste not to record something. So, with nothing left to pack but my guitar and my coffee cup, I opened up GarageBand on my iPad and recorded this. Background instruments are all GarageBand.

In the video description I mentioned I named the song #12. It's the campsite number. My connection to it goes back to the '80s. I grew up in the area, and it was always my favorite place.

So, many years later (literally this week) I decided what the heck, I'll upload it to YouTube and share it.

I hope you like it. Oh, and if you are wearing headphones (which you always should) at the end you can hear the birds and bugs.

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I hope you like it. Oh, and if you are wearing headphones (which you always should) at the end you can hear the birds and bugs.
What a delightful way for me to finish work for another week listening to that, thanks
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Bummer!

Is that going to get TIG'd?
Yes! TIG will minimize the heat and help preserve the paint. Also TIG is better for thin metals like an oil tank.

I'm going to have a much thicker patch welded over the damage to spread the vibration load and prevent a reoccurrence in 20 years.
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Yes! TIG will minimize the heat and help preserve the paint. Also TIG is better for thin metals like an oil tank.

I'm going to have a much thicker patch welded over the damage to spread the vibration load and prevent a reoccurrence in 20 years.
With all the goodies you have in your garage I'm surprised there isn't a tig machine lurking around somewhere. The way you build wheels you've got skills enough to weld it yourself. I'd be lost without my monster Miller tig machine. It sure has made me some money to boot. Carry on.
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seamus26,

Thanks for the great guitar tune. You are the best. Ready, Steady, Go.

I expect there are several on this forum that were in a band. Life kind of intervened and ended it. I was in a garage band in highschool that even joined the union and played at local high school sockhops, college parties and few bigger gigs. College (Life) came along and we were blown to all points of the compass. I think you and JBlacklund are actually good musicians that I know on this forum.

Thanks again for the great tune.

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Here is my group cicra 1966 "The Bunch" I have posted this before. I am in the middle - vocal - rhythm guitar. Tom - drummer back left, and Brian lead guitar front right were the real musicians. The rest of us were hacks.
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I hope you like it. Oh, and if you are wearing headphones (which you always should) at the end you can hear the birds and bugs.

Just. Lovely. I had to listen again because I missed the bugs, but there were people nearby talking too loudly, so now I have something to write in the "pissed off" thread. Laughing emoticon
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Well, it goes in a line...
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With all the goodies you have in your garage I'm surprised there isn't a tig machine lurking around somewhere. The way you build wheels you've got skills enough to weld it yourself. I'd be lost without my monster Miller tig machine. It sure has made me some money to boot. Carry on.
I'd love to have a Miller TIG machine! I had an engine drive Miller Arc machine for years. I'm pretty decent with the stick. I haven't even tried TIG welding at this point.
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I designed these mid point footeg risers for my old Harley chopper. I picked them up from the fabricator today. They turned out perfect! He exactly matched the design templates I gave him. 5/8" stainless round stock. I just need to drill them for my foot pegs. I hate riding with my feet out in front of me. These will get them under me where I can effectively get my weight off the seat over hard bumps. There's no rear suspension on this old Harley, so every little bit helps.

I designed the riser about 4 years ago. It cheers me up to finally see them come to fruition.
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I'd love to have a Miller TIG machine! I had an engine drive Miller Arc machine for years. I'm pretty decent with the stick. I haven't even tried TIG welding at this point.
I've done some very light TIG work with a small air-cooled unit that I have in my shop. I'm passable when there's no filler involved, but I quickly lose my rhythm when dipping the rod into the puddle.

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I've done some very light TIG work with a small air-cooled unit that I have in my shop. I'm passable when there's no filler involved, but I quickly lose my rhythm when dipping the rod into the puddle.

A small part of a much larger two-part video of a build I did here.
Wow! That's impressive. You make it look easy. I might have to start looking for a nice used TIG machine. I love being self sufficient.
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Wow! That's impressive. You make it look easy. I might have to start looking for a nice used TIG machine. I love being self sufficient.
It's an ideal weld to do with TIG, which is why it looks easy I was melting the corner of the top of the plate into the joint, so the torch becomes just a glorified heat gun.

If I had to add filler to that it would have been quite a bit messier.
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It's an ideal weld to do with TIG, which is why it looks easy I was melting the corner of the top of the plate into the joint, so the torch becomes just a glorified heat gun.

If I had to add filler to that it would have been quite a bit messier.
My buddy's plate. He turned 75 today. Been welding his whole life and he hates it!🤣 He's an incredible welder though. No relation to Bill Dog, never seen him wearing the shell goggles.
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Won a raffle. Got this. Yummy.
Indeed!
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A small part of a much larger two-part video of a build I did here.
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I just had the chance to view your video. Wanted to check out your tig skills but didn't expect to see your drill press stand build. Great idea encompassing the toolbox. I do so much work with metal and forget about wood. That was genius. Looks really sturdy and I love the finish you put on. Great job!
It helped that the link was highlighted a different color or I might have missed it.
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Amazing community. Jess and company do a good job.

My brother called me today. We talked just like we did 30 years ago. I hung up the phone with a smile on my face.

Sleeping well.
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The wonderful woman at check-in gave us priority boarding today. Also didnt charge for our friend's overweight bag.

What a nice start to the viaggio.
Good about the bag - but I've never understood priority boarding. I don't want to sit on the plane any longer than I have to, especially with a long flight ahead!
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Good about the bag - but I've never understood priority boarding. I don't want to sit on the plane any longer than I have to, especially with a long flight ahead!
Full flights result in bags being at least nowhere close to your seat--or even worse, gate-checked.

Between medications, expensive camera & lenses, and "spare" clothing to avoid too much of an issue if bags are delayed, gate checking cancels out the whole reason for a carry-on.
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Full flights result in bags being at least nowhere close to your seat--or even worse, gate-checked.

Between medications, expensive camera & lenses, and "spare" clothing to avoid too much of an issue if bags are delayed, gate checking cancels out the whole reason for a carry-on.
Ah, understood. As I never have anything to put in the overhead bins, I didn't think of that.
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That right there is an awesome photo.
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Amazing community. Jess and company do a good job.

My brother called me today. We talked just like we did 30 years ago. I hung up the phone with a smile on my face.

Sleeping well.
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Okay, it's not Rome, but when I was maybe 10 or so I was obsessed with treasure hunting...there'd be these ads for maps of buried treasure that I'd drool over. You could have persuaded me to dig a 10 foot hole if there might be "treasure" in there....

Well, yesterday I pulled clothes out of the dryer and something dropped into the lint trap after I forgot to replace the screen. So I went looking. Seemed like a lot of lint down there, so...pulled the lower panel off and removed the cover and found, well, a bit less lint than expected, BUT, an earbud, the plug end of the cord (likely the kid), and 38 CENTS! I felt like a kid again...at least worth laying on my side on the floor for the project!
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Molto Verboso
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It cheers me that this thread has finally reached that mythical "100 page" status.
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There's just one more post to go before unknown 'things' happen - so onto the new thread!

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