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If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere and $25,000.00 where would you go and what would you do?

Let's keep it music related.

I'll start.

London and book as many 8 hour sessions I could at Abbey Road Studios for Citizen Regen. 

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I'd find a much safer and saner place to live and fly there.  Then I'd use the money to buy something that will hold it's value and do so quickly before it becomes worth a lot less!

Then I would play my guitar.

(I was told to keep it music related, ya? 😁)

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Probably move out of the USA to perhaps Australia, continue making aftermarket styles and songbook files for Band-in-a-Box, and develop gig opportunities.

At my age, the odds of getting a top 40 hit and going on tour are slim to none.

I spent 5 weeks in Australia and found the people to be much more civil and civilized that we have gotten to be in the divided USA.

Plus it's less crowded down there, in the north it's a lot like the Florida of my childhood.

And they sorta speak English, so I can learn the language there eventually.

I love the USA, but between the propaganda stations disguised as news from both the left and the right, we have gotten uncivilized and downright nasty at times. I know they oligarchs figured they could divide and conquer, and that seems to be the game plan.

Sorry if that's too political.

 

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6 hours ago, Notes_Norton said:

Probably move out of the USA to perhaps Australia, continue making aftermarket styles and songbook files for Band-in-a-Box, and develop gig opportunities.

At my age, the odds of getting a top 40 hit and going on tour are slim to none.

I spent 5 weeks in Australia and found the people to be much more civil and civilized that we have gotten to be in the divided USA.

Plus it's less crowded down there, in the north it's a lot like the Florida of my childhood.

And they sorta speak English, so I can learn the language there eventually.

I love the USA, but between the propaganda stations disguised as news from both the left and the right, we have gotten uncivilized and downright nasty at times. I know they oligarchs figured they could divide and conquer, and that seems to be the game plan.

Sorry if that's too political.

 

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I'm going to guess you haven't been "Down Under" in the last couple of years...  They now make the foolishness being propagated on U.S. citizens look like nothing!  Truly horrible conditions now (and very sad).

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I'd take a train to NYC and go hear some local talent.

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1 hour ago, Gswitz said:

I'd take a train to NYC and go hear some local talent.

So you'd just throw away the free plane ticket?

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29 minutes ago, Bapu said:

So you'd just throw away the free plane ticket?

Keep the plane ticket to sell as flying becomes more expensive and difficult and use the money to "invest" in new gear (and the odd plugin perhaps...).

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I 'ld ike to travel Africa for for a percussion course, India for a course in indian scales aso,

south america for salsa ,spain for a classic /

Flamenco guitar course and France for Jazz/Avantgarde .

The journey would probably  take 5- 10 years.

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Put the air ticket in the Deals section free for FCFS,  keep the money and put it towards a tankful of petrol for the car.

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Fly to New Zealand and spend my money looking for any way to stay there permanently. Oh, I'll take my guitars along for the ride (and maybe the wife). 😉😂

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16 hours ago, craigb said:

I'm going to guess you haven't been "Down Under" in the last couple of years...  They now make the foolishness being propagated on U.S. citizens look like nothing!  Truly horrible conditions now (and very sad).

2018. A year before the dreadful fires.

Everywhere I went, the people were nothing but cheerful and polite.

On the road they drove the speed limit (not 5 over), didn't use phones, were always courteous. When in my camper van, if I wanted to change lanes all I had to do was put on my blinker, and they would slow down to let me in - every time. Very civilized drivers.

Road train drivers signaled when it was safe to pass and slowed down to let us by. 

In one campground the site was inexpensive but the showers extra. The guy at the counter said the showers are in need of repair, and if I didn't like them, I didn't have to pay. They were rustic, but OK, so I paid. ($4Au).

People are ready to smile and talk to anyone. Outside a grocery store, I guy asked me if I liked the camper van rental company, we started chatting and before long there were a half dozen Australians chatting with us and a half hour or more flew by in a most delightful way.

Store clerks the same way. Nobody impatient, a pleasant hello and good morning or good afternoon first and then whatever business you had to do.

In the Sydney Opera House, we came to a symphony in day clothes, and noticed that from tuxedos to blue jeans everyone was talking to everyone. We had some nice music discussions with a variety of people about the way the music was performed and how the conductor was interpreting the music.

Mrs. Notes broke her arm on a trail. She was headed towards the lady's room in the Sydney Opera House, a policeman saw her arm in a sling and escorted her to the handicapped bathroom without being asked.

In the outback, if your vehicle is on the side of the road, passers-by will slow down to make sure you are OK. A friendly wave and a smile sent them on their way.

When hiking in the outback and other nature areas, locals went out of their way to show us plants and animals and explain about them. I mentioned to one that I wanted to see a saltie (crocodile) and she drew a map to where the crocs hang out when the time changes and starts to go out. They wait there to feed on the fish. We saw at least a half dozen 2,000 lb crocs from a bluff that kept us safe.

In 5 weeks, we drove from Brisbane, north to Cape Trib in the N.E. Corner, took a flight to Darwin, got in the camper drove straight down the middle to Kangaroo Island and then meandered to Sydney. We never met a single grouch. Smiles and cheerfulness all the way.

They have their political differences, but it's discussed in a level-headed manner, not full of hate and vitriol like it is in the USA. The opposition was just that, not dire enemies that aren't worthy of the air they breathe.

I had an occasion when landing, I hate airplane food and kept salted nuts in the pockets of my cargo pants. I claimed them on the form.

In customs, the dog smelled my pocket and sat down right next to me. The officer was delightfully pleasant, asking what was in my pocket, I told him salted nuts, his assistant looked it up on the computer, said I claimed them, he asked to see them, and then told us to have a wonderful time in Australia. Asked where we were going and gave us a few pointers. He wasn't "the uniform" like so many of the stern agents in the US.

Second one, we were waiting for a ferry and a border control went from car to car in line asking us if we had seen some people who landed in a boat last night. Leilani joked and told them they were under the van. He could tell we were teasing, and we had a nice chat with him.

Everyone we met was cheerful, and eager to offer help. I met a couple of people I knew from a guitar forum, and they showed us around for a day, and were delightful.

I was amazed by the trip. We saw Kangaroos, Wallabies, Platypus, Echidna, Cassowary, Koala, Dingo, and more, dove the Great Barrier Reef, ate some great food, but the high point of the trip were the Australian people. They reminded me of how friendly and civilized people used to be in the 1950s here in the USA.

They consider themselves a classless society, everyone is equal, and it shows.

I don't know what the media is telling you, or if thing have changed in the last 4 years, but I found the people much nicer than the folks in the USA.

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19 hours ago, Bapu said:

So you'd just throw away the free plane ticket?

Planes aren't so much my thing. I'll take a flight when I have to, but it's not my fav.

A few hours on a train with a friend is right up my alley. I love the feeling of it. Lots of happy memories.

And NYC, car-less, when you start downtown, is a good time.

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I'm OK with planes, but not fond of the experience.

Back in the 1980s it was a lot easier to fly, the airports were friendlier, they didn't sardine-can you in the plane, and the in-flight service was better.

But sometimes it's the only way to get where you need to go.

 

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On 6/20/2022 at 12:44 AM, Bapu said:

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere and $25,000.00 where would you go and what would you do?

Let's keep it music related.

My dream is this

I would find a way to sell the plane ticket, and hopefully make a couple thou profit

and then I would combine it with the $25 thou, and buy a bunch of gas cards

and then I would get all the forum members to load up their autos and head to Bapu's place for a big Party

we would sing and dance the night away, it will be glorious

let's do the math

2000 miles to bapu's

gas at $5 a gallon

a modern auto can get 30 mpg if driven judiciously

and then take that 29000

I figure I could by 87 prepaid gas cards to get to Bapu's, and if we car pool, and maybe take public transit, and give the cards to others who may need them more maybe we can get 150 forum members

we can have one bad sick party, and we could invite Brian Wilson, and anybody really

Maybe have a live band

I always thought the Donnas could play a good party

We could throw some dinero into the kitty and have some food catered in, maybe a food truck parked outside on the street

Might be nice to have a wet bar

maybe some event staff in presence to add continuity

then jam all night

record some sweetness

learn about each other

"so that's who youi are"

you know

wouldn't be so crazy

that's what i would do

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My anxiety level jumps up just seeing pictures of planes or seeing them in the sky, so hard pass on the tickets.

$250, 000? I would upgrade my Mac. 🤪

Or... Use some of the money to buy enough medication to numb me down and allow me to make the trip to Japan. And potentially never come back. I am a huge fan of traditionnal Japanese music, so that works.

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10 hours ago, Rain said:

 

$250, 000? I would upgrade my Mac. 🤪

 

Man oh man, inflation is climbing rapidly. In four days $25K became $250K. Weird, huh? 🙂 

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Keeping it music related I would probably spend the $25.000.00  doing music with the hopes of clearing $12.500.00 after expenses . 

Then I would hop on an airplane with my pooch Milo and search for a reliable low mileage motorcycle with a side car to buy . After we score the bike with a sidecar rig attached ,  we  take the long way home with the wind in our faces .

Mercenary+Garage+Design+Dublin+Ireland+C

Kenny

 

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On 6/20/2022 at 7:44 AM, Bapu said:

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere and $25,000.00 where would you go and what would you do?

Let's keep it music related.

I'll start.

London and book as many 8 hour sessions I could at Abbey Road Studios for Citizen Regen. 

I'd use my part to get as many sessions for CR at Sunset sound, just to get the odds and ends we might have missed (;) ).

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