Monday, January 24, 2005

NAMM Show 2005

Tonebender Products were represented at NAMM both Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd by company reps, consultants, and distinguished guests of the high desert music community. It was an unqualified success as usual with many of the participants lasting over 5 hours, walking between 8-10 miles, drinking $4 cups of domestic beer and having their senses assulted with a complex variety of visual and aural sensations.
In layman's terms - NAMM kicks serious ass. How many guitars were there? How about ALL OF THEM. Drums? Them too. And every other instrument you can think of and a whole bunch you'd never dream existed. Lot's of interesting people there as well which made it even more interesting - - To see more pic's from the show check out the Tonebender website and click on the NAMM Show 2005 link -
More fun stuff from NAMM to follow shortly...
- Show Dog

Monday, January 10, 2005

Job Well Done

Yesterday a guy's BMW ended up in one of the rain-swollen storm channels south of Los Angeles following an accident on the road above it. He was not "boogie-boarding", or playing with a rowboat. This deal looked bleak for the guy as he sat on top of his sinking car while it raced down the channel in the strong current. The swift-water rescue trained firemen followed him, raced to get ahead of him, had him then lost him back into the channel, and finally got him out with practiced precision. A Hollywood scripted effort couldn't have been more exciting and executed more perfectly. Hats off to the folks that keep working miracles day after day with little recognition.

Lots of rain, just as predicted, road wash-outs, mudslides, and channel rescues - Let's be careful out there people.

" Somehow, 'I told you so' just doesn't quite cut it!" - Will Smith in I, Robot

Saturday, January 08, 2005

New Year, So Far So Good

Had a little snow yesterday 1-2 inches that lingered most of the day. It was a good day and I'm thankful for it.

Forty days and forty nights of rain predicted for Los Angeles area. Real "Wrath of God type stuff", to quote Dan Akroyd in Ghostbusters, according to the panic-sticken LA news team folks. You'd think after seeing what a real disaster looks like recently (TSUNAMI) these whiners could keep some prospective. Yes the hills burned last summer and it sucked for the folks that live there. Yes the hillsides are saturated already and there will be mudslides which will suck. Yes some guy will go "tubing" in the LA river flood channel and it will suck for the firemen that will have to save his sorry ass. Many folks will try to drive through three foot deep flooded intersections rather than going back and around the long way so they don't miss CSI or Fear Factor and will end up standing on top of a now useless car crying into their cell phones to swamped 911 operators while 7 news choppers jockey for the best shot above the tragedy.
THIS CRAP HAS GONE ON FOR DECADES and yet it's a total surprise to 80% of the local public (and evidently the news media) EVERY FRIGGIN' YEAR!!?!

Don't get me wrong, I don't wish these things on anyone, I'm not immune to random misfortune, the unexpected road washout, leaky roof, or sporatic vehicle malfunctions. I'm just not so surprised that they happen and I try to learn from these experiences.
Get a grip people - It's gonna rain again next year - What are you going to do?

Yesterday was a good day, today seems to be stacking up nicely as well, although it DID rain all the way to work and now the wind is blowing REALLY HARD outside. Hope I'll be OK...