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mrbeezroom
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Post Number: 64
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 2:44 am:   Edit Post

I'll go ahead and hope no objects to a new thread. Thanks to everyone involved for the Gathering. It was my first and I had a great time. Got to meet some new friends and face-to-face with some that I've met online. Also got to jam a bit (thanks Harry for your consideration and solid drum work)with the Series II (thanks Mica) before my gig and consequently was already warmed up for that. I even got a new hat! Looking forward to seeing some of the pictures. Thanks again!
hieronymous
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post

I thought this would make a nice first pic:

gallery1
palembic
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

OK ....I'd like to add this one: the bassherd tending his flock



Well ...guitarist could get "picky" on this (hehehehe)

(Message edited by Palembic on March 16, 2008)
kenbass4
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 3:24 pm:   Edit Post

Just a quick note to say that I survived my secong gatheroing unscathed this year :-) and I've just dumped 2 hours of video to my hard drive.
Paul, it was great to meet you face-to-face, and my wife and kids loved the Belgian chocholate.

Will get some pics up this week.

Ken
hieronymous
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 8:43 pm:   Edit Post

Before we get too deep into this thread, I wanted to post the link to the original Bay Area/Northern CA Alembic Gathering II - the Sequel? thread.

I'm really looking forward to Palembic's photos - my pics came out too dark, but it looked like Paul took some nice shots from up close. Last year my buddy Greg got the "travelled the farthest" award (he came from Boston), but Paul beat that record coming from Belgium!
tbrannon
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Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 9:26 pm:   Edit Post

I'd like to hear the story on that maple topped six stringer in the back. It looks like it has the Alembic oval fretboard inlays, but that's the only thing that looks Alembic-ish to my amateur eyes.
adriaan
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 3:43 am:   Edit Post

Toby - the one to the right of that maple-topped Strat style is the true non-Alembic - IIRC that's a Fernandez, and the maple-topped one is an shop-night Alembic.
lbpesq
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 7:20 am:   Edit Post

The Fernandes has Alembic guts - 3 pickups, filter, 3-way Q - along with RMC piezos in the bridge and a 13 pin synth out. The maple-topped strat-like guitar is, indeed, a shop-night instrument - two Alembic pickups using a strat-o-blaster as the pre-amp. A fine time was had by all. And Paul, tbo, my wife LOVED the chocolates. Thanks!

Bill, tgo
kungfusheriff
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Top pic, far left: is that the long-scale "Steve Fossen" bass rescued from Guitar Center?
briant
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 4:35 pm:   Edit Post

"Top pic, far left: is that the long-scale "Steve Fossen" bass rescued from Guitar Center?"

It sure looks like it.
hieronymous
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 4:41 pm:   Edit Post

I'll let Ken give the details, but he did say that it belonged to the bassist from Heart.
briant
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

I'm going to have to ask Steve why he ever parted with it next time I see him... which very well could be the day I pick up my Rogue. :-)
byoung
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

if ("Steve Fossen" =~ /bassist from Heart/) {
print "Barracuda!\n";
}
olieoliver
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

What's Ron holding in his fingers in the picture above? HMMMM is that a cookie or something he got from Bill?
davehouck
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Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 9:37 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! Nice collection! Looking forward to more pics and reports!
kenbass4
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Post Number: 281
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post

Re: "Steve Fossen" Bass

Well, it was, literally, a "group effort" rescue of that bass. I was sitting in the house of my drummer & singer as they were on their computer, and I directed them to the site and said "You've gotta check this out. This is the 'Barracuda' bass!!" Lori immediately said "Let's buy it!!" and Jim, the accountant (literally) said, "That would be a great investment" and agreed. Of course, since I'm the one that plays it, I had to do the maintenance on it (it needed a bit of TLC) and now, when we do Barracuda, it sounds authentic. :-)
Ken
hieronymous
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post

I am really jonesing to see some more pictures! So, in an effort to inspire people to post, I will put up this really low quality one, of myself on drums and John "mrbeezroom" Braselton on the Series II (in the first pic above, it's 2nd row, 3rd from the right):

seriesII
hieronymous
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Darn, double post! And I can't put any pictures in when I edit. So instead I will thank everyone that made this year's gathering possible, including but not limited to: Bill for organizing, Will for letting us use the space, Ron and Mica just for being cool, Ken and Eric for offering me a ride when I still wasn't sure if the doubleneck would fit in my car, and the soundguy for bringing the PA and getting a great sound.

If anyone can add to this list, please do!



(Message edited by hieronymous on March 18, 2008)
hieronymous
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Here's Matt on his Electrum:

electrum
hieronymous
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Here's one I snapped of Ken:

ken
kenbass4
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Post Number: 282
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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 12:08 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Harry.

My pictures are currently on my wife's laptop, so when I get a chance to get control of it, I'll get mine up.

In the background of the shot of Matt is my singer/keyboardist Lori, co-owner of the Fossen bass.

John is a phenominal player, it's too bad we couldn't get him up there to help outnumber the guitarists when Matt, Bill, Harry, Will, Lori and I were playing.
palembic
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Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 1:49 pm:   Edit Post

I'll try to post some pictures later.
I am again overwhelmed with work.
Anyway, Bob will send my pictures to Mica so she can use them anytime.
They're acceptable indeed!
P
kenbass4
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Post Number: 283
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post

So Paul,

How did the pictures of you jamming with Jim and Lori turn out? I tried to get good angles, but there was a lot of light coming through the windows. Check your email.

Ken
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

Here's some of my shots. First, here's the stage area just before everyone arrived:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

Ken with the Barracuda bass:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Ron explains the humbalancing procedure for his new-to-him Series I guitar to Scott:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:03 pm:   Edit Post

Harry and his ubiquitous double neck (which he can really play!):
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

Proof that while Paul is the president of the ACC (Anti Conehead Club), it didn't stop him from having fun with Ken's bass:
gathering

gathering

gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:08 pm:   Edit Post

Ron and Bill discover the blinking LED cause on the 12-string guitar:
gathering
Bill's deciding if he'll have it fixed now or wait until the whole thing needs refretting.

We also found out that Bill is the vice president of the ACC (see above post for details).
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

Paul falling in love:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

Sadly, Scott, Doc, Matt and John's instruments didn't make it into my group shot:
gathering
So we're 9 short in this picture I think.

(Message edited by mica on March 19, 2008)
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Ken, Will and Harry:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:15 pm:   Edit Post

Harry and Bill:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:16 pm:   Edit Post

John playing the Series II 4-string I brought:
gathering

(Message edited by mica on March 19, 2008)
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Harry - he's not just for bass anymore:
gathering
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 1:20 pm:   Edit Post

Matt playing his Electrum guitar:
gathering
57basstra
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 4:16 pm:   Edit Post

Nice pics and info - thanks for sharing!
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 4:39 pm:   Edit Post

Mica's pic above also doesn't include "Woody", my Further that I was probably playing at the time, so at least 10 more! I don't know how we will be able to top this year's gathering. Certainly we will have trouble beating our record for traveling the farthest since Paul, tbo, came all the way from Belgium! It really is a blast hooking up in person with all these people we get to know in cyberspace.

Bill, tgo
palembic
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 6:53 pm:   Edit Post

Sorry guys ...not succeeded!
Too busy, wanted to work too fast to get you my picturesd but it didn't work out, so bad results
It will take some weeks before things will show up from my side!!!!
I took it away!
Cross your fingers for next time!

(Message edited by palembic on March 19, 2008)
kenbass4
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 7:12 pm:   Edit Post

Also, Gwathnar was jamming with Woodie at the time, so make that 11!!!

(as in "these go to"..)

Ken (TEO)
briant
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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 7:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for all the pictures! Looks like a great time! :-)
kenbass4
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 7:51 am:   Edit Post

Ok, so here are some of my pictures:

First public performance with the "Barracuda" Bass
Barracuda Bass
Jamming with Bill and Will
Jam #1
Lori jumps in while Harry sets up
Lori and Harry
Paul jams with Jim and Lori
Paul with Jim and Lori
Doc Jumped in on Guitar (!)
Doc on guitar
He even still had the tags on the Tribute!
guitar tags
Group shot with my 4 in front
Group 1
Harry's Double Neck
Double Neck
Bill Harry and Will play some Dead
Dead Song
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post

Great pics!!!
lbpesq
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

If only Alembic made drums, we could have had an all Alembic band going there for a while!

Bill, tgo
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

I apparently don't get out enough; what is the thing on the front of the kick drum?
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

I see Bob's custom 5 string fretless on the right in the group pictures.
icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

What a great gathering! here's a few shots that paige and I took:

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:39 pm:   Edit Post

Shoot..I need to shrink down the rest of my photos in order to post them.

Just a quick super-thanks to everyone- we really had a great time and were bummed we had to leave early. Quality alembic folk! (the hat was a sweet goodie btw!!- thanks Mica!!). And the red caps fit great on my F2-B as well....and the music was great.... and the foot and drink excellent... and the conversation.. and the baby photos... and the... and the......
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

The picture of the laptop is certainly intriguing.
icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

yeah, ron was giving me a sweet demo of these $100 laptop for kids in 3rd world countries. Of course, he's hot-rodded his to do all sorts of cool stuff. This shot was showing some analysis of the "positive alembic vibes" in the room......
elwoodblue
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:10 pm:   Edit Post

I'm curious about the bass drum too...reminds me of the re-amping concept...tho' live (sympathetic snare?tom?)
great pics all ...
kenbass4
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:17 pm:   Edit Post

I believe it's THIS
hieronymous
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:29 pm:   Edit Post

Yup, that kick drum sounded great through the PA!
hieronymous
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

By the way, thanks Mica and Ken and icecreamman (who I didn't get to meet) for feeding my jones for pics! Paul, I look forward to seeing yours whenever you can get them up - no hurry!
kenbass4
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:47 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, Icecreamman,

That graph on the laptop looks like there's too much guitar

:-)
icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:05 pm:   Edit Post

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

ok, photo-shrinking in effect. the above was the collection around 4pm
icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

Series 1 action...
icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:10 pm:   Edit Post

icecreamman
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 3:11 pm:   Edit Post

Paige and Mica

lbpesq
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Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

Ken, there's never too much guitar ... especially when a bunch of Alembicians get together! hehehehe

Bill, tgo
keavin
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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Wow......looks like a very good time!
hieronymous
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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

I realized that I could put the wishbone shot up here too, because it never would have happened without the gathering:

wishbone2

You can see the original catalog shot and my b&w version at the bottom of the page here
jacko
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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 5:03 pm:   Edit Post

Wow again guys! I'm so jealous. Still it won't be long till our mini scottish get together. I don't suppose there's much chance of Mica and Ron coming out to that one.
You know, I've see quite a few photos of Ron on the internet and in mags and books and he's always had a huge smile. Now I wonder why that is?

Graeme
bob
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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

It seems Brother Paul has been overwhelmed by his return to work, and real life in general, after his week here in the SF Bay area. So he asked me to post a few of his photos for him. By now, you should know who all these people are.

ken

matt

bill

paul

testing

mica_ron

I don't know why, but whenever I look at this one I think that conehead is saying "take us to your leader":

pegheads

By the way, it's great to be back. I took a year-long break from the club, and just started catching up about a week before Paul arrived. Feels just like home.

-Bob
palembic
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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 2:51 pm:   Edit Post

OK
Thank you Bob!!!
Here some others
Drumtalk

Dougtalk

Harrytalk
palembic
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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 2:58 pm:   Edit Post

Erik (unable to play his gorgeous bass)gives the finger

Given the EXTREME good quality of Bill TGO herbs he ended up playing outside. "The audience was very silent and attentive to my playing" he mused afterwards ...ts-ts-ts ...those flowers really ARE powerfull young man!

Some people were not into basses but very interested in a chess-book I think. Well ...it IS less decibels!!!
palembic
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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 3:04 pm:   Edit Post

Jerry was watching and liked it ...you can see that no?

Boys and their toys ...although this was a scientific tool!

Put to the test analysing Alembic sounds
palembic
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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

Of course we had some drinks.
Bill TGO too, after his fourth car-concert ....

Some found their peace on the ground. Nobody played lied flat down like Clapton did though
That green guitar was the first Alembic guitar I ever touched. It was love at first sight. I hope she will find a good owner!
jerryme
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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 5:06 pm:   Edit Post

That picture of Matt? playing the electrum with ol' Jerry in the background is great. I would love to go to a Bay Area Alembic gathering...
elwoodblue
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Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 4:36 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the photos...smiling smiling....

...still smiling.

I second that motion Colin.
all my best
davehouck
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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 8:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Bob!!! Welcome back!

And thanks for the pics!!
I love the one with Mica and Ron!
davehouck
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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 8:49 pm:   Edit Post

I agree with Colin; the picture of Matt with Jerry is really cool!

Ken; thanks for the link on the Subkick. Interesting!

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