High School.

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  1. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    We here have all been there or are there right now. It is such an odd period of our lives, right? As my freshman year comes to a close, looking back I can see so much has changed. I've got my driving permit now, which is crazy to me, but one thing that has remained constant throughout the entire year with girls coming and going, classes changing halfway through the year, and friends coming and going, is Guitar.

    My freshman year was a wild, but fun, and sort of depressing, ride. For example, I had a sophomore girl who I was supposed to go to homecoming with but she stood me up, and then I ended up going with a different sophomore girl who then stood me up after the dance. And then my now ex (we hadn't dated before homecoming) started to get mad because she was getting less attention even though we were just friends at that time.

    Then me and my ex started dating (which admittedly wasn't a good idea for many reasons), and then we formed a band, which is now breaking up since she broke up with me. So I went through my freshman year and got 2 guitars, 3 exes, and some great stories to tell, like me and my friends all piling into my new bass player's girlfriend's car at homecoming and going to Denny's at 11 and my other friend riding in the trunk :rofl:
     
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    I grew up in an impossibly small town 15 miles from a stoplight. I really didn't start dating until my Senior year and she lived in a town over 50 miles away......:D

    Worked quite well actually...

    We went to a lot of Pauly Shore movies.........


    Maybe it was the same one.......
     
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    Keep after it man. It sounds like you got a good head on your shoulders and if you remember that you wreap what you sow in your interactions with people some real good times lie ahead for you.
     
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  4. Logan

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    Thanks. Sounds like I should keep doing what I have been, except maybe slow down on buying guitars...

    :D
     
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    Slow down on the girls...get the guitars while you can!
     
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    Lol, it's so true!

    That's good advice right there, Logan. Doesn't seem like you have trouble finding girls...and when your done playing around, you'll find one that's more than special.

    And, all those guitars you collected during your journey, will remind you of certain times, and the different friends and experiences you had when you got them.

    Yup we've been there too. Enjoy it while it's here. Rock on brother.
     
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    I am old but i often jam with a group of 21-22 year olds which is fun as **** because they are really good but anyway last week one of them was thinking of getting a dog and his dad was trying to talk him out of it for mostly financial reasons but when he asked me I said : your never gonna be on your death bed wishing you didn't spend all that money on your pets.
    Same thing with guitars brother. I still play a Made in Korea Strat I bought on the 19% interest payment plan in 1986. Pretty sure I skipped a bunch of meals to make those payments. Zero regrets.
     
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    Good Luck Logan. I'm older as well. Grandfather old. I do somewhat remember high school, quit and joined the service, fast tracked to nowhere in particular. All good things come in time. Best advice was from Mental Health 101. Your rocking chair and old age. When you get there you better be able to tell yourself you lead a good life. It seems you're doing a good job at it. If you can somehow maintain even one constant throughout a lifetime, that's golden. I waited until 64 to pick up the guitar in earnest, I'm going to be pretty good at 104.
     
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    Enjoy your younger years, age has a habit of creeping up on you and whacking you over the head before you realise it! :D I speak from experience :rolleyes:

    And on this subject...

    Once you get THE girl (or to be more precise, when she gets you...) she'll make sure you don't get any guitars :rofl:
     
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  10. Logan

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    Will do the what I've been doing! Marching band season is starting back up, and I'm excited :D
    Seems like that's working out good for you, because you have NGDs all the time :thumb:

    If I can't get guitars, she can't get a new purse, shoes, etc. Because they are both things we will convince ourselves we "need":rofl:
     
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    Ain't that the truth! I remember places or events like it was yesterday, when it was actually 20 years ago. That's a bit scary in some ways.

    True, and yet not the whole picture. SWMBO is very supportive of my guitar hobby. Her only issue is that she'd like me to play better before I fill the spare room with guitars.
    I honestly think that's fair, especially since she's popping for lessons now that I've found an instructor.
     
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  12. Logan

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    Even now, I remember when I first started playing (which was 5 years ago) like it was yesterday. Even though I haven't been alive as long as you, that still happens to me because time flies dude.
    I'm lucky as well. My parents are super supportive of my hobby, otherwise I wouldn't have half the gear I have now :rofl:
    Half of my gear was birthday/Christmas presents, the other half I worked for them to pay for. The Firebird is the first one I'm paying for without their help, except for the fact that I have to pay through their name with the synchrony credit card they got specifically so I could pay for the firebird while I play it :D
    I can't thank them enough for all the support they have given me with my hobby :D
     
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    Likewise my better half.
     
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    If you think it flies now, just wait a few years :D

    And yes, if you find the right one, they won't stop you enjoying things that give you pleasure - probably came across a bit 'bitter & twisted' there, I apologise :facepalm:
     
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    You ain't lying. I was working out my schedule and I reminded myself that SWMBO and I will have been together for 18 years come August...... :wow:

    It doesn't feel like that much time has passed.....:shock:
     
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    Life is your cherry, live up to it. I really wish I had my head screwed on right at 18, but I didn't.

    Be very careful about finding "the right one". Women can be just such dream killers so you need find one that will actually support what you do.

    Get your guitar/musical instrament collection well established now so you don't have to sneak guitars into the house later. One guy posted that when he got a new guitar, he would sneak it into the house in one of his cases so his wife wouldn't know he bought yet another guitar.

    Not a good way to live. My wife may have no clue about music or GAS, but at least she respects my wants regarding what I buy. Life is good, really................
     
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    Few really know who they are in their teens - it is a time for finding that out. Life comes in seasons. What you think your life is going to be or will look like changes as you go along. Give yourself the leeway to explore as you go along. Don't rush to take on long-term commitments.

    You know, I spent my teens wishing I had a girlfriend but I lived in the county and wasn't really mobile so it really wasn't possible. What I had was time and a couple of guitars. I was a borderline latchkey kid so I spent my time either outdoors wandering the forest adjacent to my home or listening to music, playing, and learning. I got into bands, some of them very successful. It was a great investment, and there were fewer entanglements.

    When I did come across the girl who would end up as my wife, she was literally the opposite of what I expected. I expected an artsy-fartsy intellectual type like me and went searching for one during my undergrad college years. In the end I had no luck with them and decided I was taking the whole girl thing too seriously, so I decided to take out a girl with whom I had no chance whatsoever, a popular, pretty, pleasant girl, not a rocker. She turned out to be the least pretentious person I'd ever met and the person to whom I could most easily talk. We've been blissfully married* for thirty-seven years. At first she didn't understand my love for guitar but she eventually realized that the guitar was no threat to her. Now she is my greatest supporter, my enabler, the one who kicks my butt and says, "Buy that guitar. Now!" She was the one who pushed me to study to become a recording engineer back in 1980 when I wanted to but it didn't promise a huge income. She pushed me to take on guitar studio sessions. She was the best decision I ever made. The best advice I received when I was young was from my parents: Make your wife your best friend and honor her above all others.

    Bob

    * Every marriage has its hard times. A wise woman once said, "If the two of you don't argue, one of you is unnecessary." Adapting to one another is a season as well.
     
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    A wise man also said, "Never go to bed angry".
     
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    I'm doing my best to have fun! Right now, I'm not even trying to look for a girlfriend, so that isn't a problem. If it happens, it happens so no worries. But, I got a gig yesterday, which I'm pretty pleased with how it went. I would post some of the recordings my mom took, but the problem is the way the phone picks up audio, it sounds terrible. So, here's a couple of pictures!
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    Paying gig, or did they hook you up with some BBQ?
    I mean either way...:thumb:
     

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