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  1. Even before the pandemic, most cities hosting...

    Even before the pandemic, most cities hosting recent Olympics have lost money. The IOC may soon have to start begging cities to host the Olympics, rather than "awarding" them to cities.
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    Winter's the best time of year to be here in...

    Winter's the best time of year to be here in Phoenix. That's when we get our "chamber of commerce" weather. And start seeing Ontario license plates, with the disposable income accompanying them.
  3. As "flyover" cities go, Phoenix is close enough...

    As "flyover" cities go, Phoenix is close enough to the coast to make a stop-over.



    I was referring to bands other than the most obvious. In addition to the prog metal bands you mentioned,...
  4. ^^ Last summer's Olympics must have been a money...

    ^^ Last summer's Olympics must have been a money pit for Japan. China is sure to have the same outcome.
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    There was a severe thunderstorm yesterday in...

    There was a severe thunderstorm yesterday in NYC....in mid January. Yes, climate change is a hoax.
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    Had the Cards beaten the Rams last night, they...

    Had the Cards beaten the Rams last night, they most assuredly would've fallen to TB and the Bucs next weekend. As is the case in the long history of Phoenix teams, they started out strong, and fell...
  7. He actually added a Phoenix show.:up Modern prog...

    He actually added a Phoenix show.:up Modern prog bands simply don't come to Phoenix.
  8. Sure, he's being sarcastic.

    Sure, he's being sarcastic.
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    The only reason I watched it first run was I...

    The only reason I watched it first run was I heard Patton Oswalt was in it. Turns out he was only in a few episodes, but the show was good enough to stick around.
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    I got it from iTunes.

    I got it from iTunes.
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    ^^ It came out last year.

    ^^ It came out last year.
  12. I use public transport, significantly increasing...

    I use public transport, significantly increasing my risk.
  13. NBC has a long history of bad programming...

    NBC has a long history of bad programming decisions. They canceled JAG. CBS picked it up and spun it off into NCIS. Which then went on to be the top rated TV show.
  14. Thread: Birders

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    ^^ Were you on a scavenger hunt?

    ^^ Were you on a scavenger hunt?
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    ^^ Is it electric, or acoustic?

    ^^ Is it electric, or acoustic?
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    Little Tragedies XXth Anniversary Live. I...

    Little Tragedies XXth Anniversary Live. I figured I better hurry up and buy it. Planning for the eventuality Russia invades Ukraine, and the US imposes heavy sanctions on Russia. Little Tragedies...
  17. I still have KN95 masks from the start of the...

    I still have KN95 masks from the start of the pandemic. When I was vaxxed, and the pandemic started easing, I switched to surgical masks....saving my KN95 supply.
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    ^^ Or another method, Google {song} followed by...

    ^^ Or another method, Google {song} followed by "tab." Then from among the results, choose the one you find most suitable. Like Youtube videos, the quality of the tab depends entirely on who...
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    On the Asia in Asia video tape, the keyboards...

    On the Asia in Asia video tape, the keyboards form an entire back wall. Geoff literally runs back and forth playing the various boards. The one thing some would consider a no-no is he had his back...
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    On a late night talk show, he recounted a time...

    On a late night talk show, he recounted a time when he and John Stamos were using a public restroom. A guy was looking at them with excited recognition. Bob said to John, "Hey Jessie..." such and...
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    The vinyl and cassette versions of 80s albums...

    The vinyl and cassette versions of 80s albums sounded soaking wet with reverb. Because reverb isn't as effective in CD quality digital. It just isn't. In the early days of digital recording, they...
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    I would need huge hands to hold onto the hundreds...

    I would need huge hands to hold onto the hundreds of CDs just sitting on shelves.
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    Familiar and a fan.

    Familiar and a fan.
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    Only in retrospect do we realize how cheesy they...

    Not to mention polyphonic ones! :D[/QUOTE]

    Only in retrospect do we realize how cheesy they sounded. At the time, we thought they sounded awesome.
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    On Friday: Moving Pictures during the Downtown...

    On Friday: Moving Pictures during the Downtown Phoenix First Friday Art Walk Event. In honor of the 2 year anniversary of Neil's passing.
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    I recently acquired "Asia in Asia" on VHS, from...

    I recently acquired "Asia in Asia" on VHS, from the tour supporting the debut album. Greg Lake was filling in for John Wetton, and they progged the hell out of the album.

    Perhaps I should note...
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    Who knows? Maybe someday CDs will become hipster...

    Who knows? Maybe someday CDs will become hipster chique.
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    When we play Rumor Has It at work, people ask who...

    When we play Rumor Has It at work, people ask who it is. When I tell them Adele, they can hardly believe it.



    Asia's debut actually has its prog moments. With each successive album, they...
  29. A few years ago when I bought Unfold the Future...

    A few years ago when I bought Unfold the Future on vinyl, which came with 2 CDs, I took the CD copy I bought years before that to a local used record store. They didn't want it for any price...no...
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    What you're actually hearing is a more open,...

    What you're actually hearing is a more open, transparent sound. Additionally with the mix opened up, the sound of every instrument and effect has more room to expand, making each and every one more...
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    Wasn't that the name of the basketball team,...

    Wasn't that the name of the basketball team, before changing their name to the Wizards?
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    ^^ That's why I never cared for the virtual...

    ^^ That's why I never cared for the virtual drawbars of the Nord Electro 1 and 2. The physical drawbars of the 3 and beyond were a vast improvement.
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    That would be a great name for a team based in...

    That would be a great name for a team based in Annapolis Maryland, home of the Naval Academy.
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    My reaction to the first season was...

    Just a fantastic show.[/QUOTE]

    My reaction to the first season was "Ha.......ha.......ha......ha!"
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    Steve Hackett's main guitar is a Les Paul style...

    Steve Hackett's main guitar is a Les Paul style guitar with a Floyd Rose style trem system.
  36. Thread: Birders

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    They may have been confused by the previous...

    They may have been confused by the previous warmer weather. Here in the Desert Southwest, our trees don't turn color and drop their leaves until our first cold snap. In some years, that's happened...
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    And of course former Card's coach Arians handled...

    And of course former Card's coach Arians handled the aftermath in his usual calm demeanor. Essentially saying "that guy's not even on our team."
  38. Neal's description of the title track was "A prog...

    Neal's description of the title track was "A prog song with a chorus."
  39. The fact the NYPD is now a skeleton crew drives...

    The fact the NYPD is now a skeleton crew drives home why it's vital for first responders, and military personal to stop whining and get the damned jab.
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    I, Shirley, did. A Yamaha P-71 Portable Grand...

    I, Shirley, did. A Yamaha P-71 Portable Grand Piano. Very nice piano action, but it's light as a feather.



    I essentially disable the trem on all my Strats by installing all 5 springs, and...
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    Don't have a cow, man!

    Don't have a cow, man!
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    SBB Pamiec....recently acquired on vinyl.

    SBB Pamiec....recently acquired on vinyl.
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    Same here, without Ekseption.

    Same here, without Ekseption.
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    Eduard Tubin Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6

    Eduard Tubin Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6
  45. The problem with "natural immunity" is it...

    The problem with "natural immunity" is it protects only against the specific strain one catches. Having caught the flu 5 years ago offers ZERO protection against this year's strain. The new MRNA...
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    I used to take such articles seriously, but have...

    I used to take such articles seriously, but have since learned to take them with a grain of salt. I read somewhere humans couldn't perceive any improvement in sound quality beyond 24/96 resolution. ...
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    The new release of Guilmant Symphony No. 2 for...

    The new release of Guilmant Symphony No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, and Widor Symphony No. 3 of the same.
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    This was actually my first Camel album. I bought...

    This was actually my first Camel album. I bought it cheap from Tower Records when they were liquidating their inventory. Needless to say, my Camel collection has grown considerably since.
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    It's true most people, this article's author...

    It's true most people, this article's author among them are simply incapable of hearing the difference in vinyl. In exactly the way same most people can't hear the individual notes in a chord. The...
  50. Probably not. Grace has refused to perform for...

    Probably not. Grace has refused to perform for decades. She thinks old people on stage are pathetic.
  51. What is this "snow" of which you all speak??

    What is this "snow" of which you all speak??
  52. Thread: Birders

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    Yesterday when my train crossed Tempe Town Lake,...

    Yesterday when my train crossed Tempe Town Lake, there was a vulture perched on the adjacent century old freight rail bridge. Another was flying in to join it. Wish I had my phone out and ready to...
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    Eric Clapton and Friends on VHS. Joined by...

    Eric Clapton and Friends on VHS. Joined by Nathan East on bass, and ruined by Phil Collins on drums. Very enjoyable watch and listen.



    Imagine my surprise when at a local used record store, I...
  54. Jake is to ukulele what Bela Fleck is to banjo. ...

    Jake is to ukulele what Bela Fleck is to banjo. I've been a fan for some time.
  55. I don't know about your state, but here in AZ,...

    I don't know about your state, but here in AZ, one simply has to call the Registrar of Contractors. A company contacted by the RoC will suddenly feel a fire beneath them to correct the situation, or...
  56. I'm suddenly in the mood to listen to some yacht...

    I'm suddenly in the mood to listen to some yacht rock.
  57. That would fall under the category of Workman's...

    That would fall under the category of Workman's Comp. All companies MUST pay for on the job injuries through Workman's Comp insurance.



    A month and a half ago while shopping at Costco, some...
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    Phoenix teams have a very long history of beating...

    Phoenix teams have a very long history of beating the good teams, but being blown out the the pitiful teams. It happened to the D-Backs when they were competitive in the early to mid 2000s. It...
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    I started with Bridge Across Forever because it...

    I started with Bridge Across Forever because it was in stock at Best Buy. Then back tracked to SMTPe. I liked the latter much better.
  60. I'm always tempted to shop at Hobby Lobby, then...

    I'm always tempted to shop at Hobby Lobby, then eat at Chik-fil-A wearing my Cannibal Corpse t-shirt.



    That's no big deal here, where we don't actually have winter.
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