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Title: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on May 17, 2011, 12:37:30 PM
Time + Decentralization Sometimes = Confusion - My now 17 year old daughter, at the request of her friends who have visited over the years, requested I do some magic at her birthday party.  Did the show.  Teenagers are a rough crowd to perform for but I got through it.  The purpose of my post is about the pre-show prep though.  I decided to do tried and true routines and started to gather equipment for practice.  It has been about ten years since I did platform magic (magic in front of a group of more than five or six people) so my platform equipment has been scattered about the house to include the attic for all those years.  Took me a few hours but I found the props I needed and most did not require refurbishing.  One routine I wanted to do as it always got the oohs and aahs was a sponge ball routine.  For the life of me I cannot remember the interim moves--they require a specific sequence of moves.  I recall the beginning and the end but not the middle (I truly am getting old).  No problem I thought because I made it a point to keep instructions for all my effects in a folder.  Problem--the folder has been moved at least five times in the past ten years.  Couldn't find it until today and the instructions were not in there.  Decentralization is usually a good thing as in not keeping all one's eggs in one basket.  But take my experience as a lesson to keep track of where your gear is over the years so it can be found when you need it.  Of course, if I had done platform magic during those intervening years I would already know where everything was and how to use it.  So, two lessons there.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on May 17, 2011, 06:02:25 PM

I can identify with your dilemma.
Being without power for several days made me realize I needed to be able to find to all my prep thing even in the dark.

I do have a question though.
 Did you master the sponge ball routine?
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on May 17, 2011, 10:06:35 PM
Not the one I did best.  I can remove them from a bagless purse frame and I can load the finale great--just can't remember the interim moves.  Coincidentally I just finished reviewing some tapes of me doing magic 20 years ago hoping to see my routine.  Didn't see it but now have a good idea of the matrix routines I did, the portable hole, and my version of cups and balls with loads.  Boy was I young in those videos.   :giggle
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on May 17, 2011, 10:24:50 PM
Magispook.......sou nds like fun from your side in relearning those things you enjoyed as a youngster. :giggle

And for your daughter to share dad with friends in this way.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on May 31, 2011, 05:57:36 PM
Place Setting - Had occasion to go out to eat at a real restaurant this past Sunday.  My niece had just been confirmed and her aunt (my wife's sister) had also come in to visit her daughter (our niece who lived with us ten years) who just moved into her apartment afte completing her freshman year in college.  We were all seated at a table with the teens at the end, the elders (my wife and I) at the other end, and my S-I-L (mid-forties) in the middle.  What struck me as I was trying my best to get at least a couple bites of the appetizer was the place settings.  Each place had a napkin with eating utensils on it placed at the right of the plate.  The teens had an additional item placed neatly beside each napkin:  their cell phone.  The phones were integrated into the table conversation as far as the girls were concerned.  Multi-tasking is apparently commonplace with their generation.  It is rare to see any of my girls doing anything without background noise or constant communication going on.  I thoroughly enjoy the freedom from unnatural noise that camping provides.  They all feel uncomfortable without noise.  This must be factored into emergency preparedness or there will be unhappy folks.  I have factored that in with backup electricity and musical instruments.  I feel sorry for the young'uns.  They probably do the same for me.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: RiJoRi on June 01, 2011, 11:29:32 AM
...  It is rare to see any of my girls doing anything without background noise or constant communication going on.  I thoroughly enjoy the freedom from unnatural noise that camping provides.  They all feel uncomfortable without noise. ...  I feel sorry for the young'uns.  They probably do the same for me.

I saw an early version of this: I went camping for a week in a county park. The park was filled on Saturday & Sunday with campers who had their radios and/or TVs blaring. The campers the campers came in had stoves, showers, hot water, and AC. I was completely confused: "If yer gonna bring all that stuff with ya, why not just stay home?"

--Rich
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on June 01, 2011, 11:53:50 AM
Well now you all make me feel better about enjoying a noiseless times when they
 become available to me.
I figure it won’t be long till cell phones will become a standard baby shower gift.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on June 01, 2011, 12:53:32 PM
Magispook......than k you for sharing this insight. It is so true.

I for one enjoy quiet and alone time! I can always find something to do!
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on June 15, 2011, 07:13:36 PM
Where Are the Pennies? - I walk a one hour three mile loop amost daily at various times of the day work and weather permitting.  A significant portion of the route skirts the outside of stores of a strip mall.  For the past two years I found a penny almost each day of my walk and consequently started a penny jar.  This year I have found less than ten pennies for the entire past three months.  Where have the pennies gone?  Is our economy such that folks who would not stoop to pick up a lowly penny in the past will do so now?  Or is someone walking my beat and gettin' them first?
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on June 16, 2011, 10:26:01 AM
I think most folks these day are saving all they can even their pennies.

You know I heard a while back that the penny may not be around long.

Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on June 20, 2011, 08:30:26 PM
Opportunity Lost - When I was in the Air Force and assigned to a posting in Germany, I was forced to live in base housing because the Army (they controlled housing) policy was that persons of my rank (senior non-commissioned officer) must live on-base instead of off-base.  It made no sense as the lower ranking enlisted (as in younger in age and life experience) were forced to live off-base at an age where they are more rowdy and were not really the best ambassadors of the military or, by extension, the USA.  They also had a lower pay rate and had to spend a greater percentage of their income to live there.  Consequently I did not have much opportunity to really learn German by living in the culture like I learned Korean.  Presently I am trying hard to learn German and finding what German I knew was adequate but lacked the nuance of gentility I am now becoming aware of (such as saying an abrupt "how much" instead of a more genteel "how much do I owe you?").  I wasn't happy about the housing situation then and in retrospect, I know I missed out on some great experience of living within a foreign (to me) culture.  It seems I have a greater task now compared to what I would have had then not to mention no real base language/culture to build upon.  I am trying to make up for that hole now and it is a hard slog in terms of learning.  However, the way one eats an elephant is one bite at a time so, to use a hillbilly term, I'm goin' to hit it a lick as best I can."  I read somewhere that learning a language at my age (55) may stave off dementia a bit longer.  Some of my friends (in jest hopefully) would say the damage is already done.   :giggle   At least I will know what I'm ordering at a German restaurant.  I encourage everyone to try to learn a least a little bit of another language.  You never know when it will come in handy.  I know my wife and I drive salesmen crazy when we discuss a purchase in their presence in Korean so they don't know how the decision is being made.  Good opsec and a bit fun.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on June 21, 2011, 12:18:21 AM
My son, is USAF and is a lifer. He is fluent in 7 languages. And yes, he is a hillbilly.  :giggle

But it is really neat to go to a chinese resturant with him. We order in english and sit and chat in english as he listens and translates all that is being said around us. And then when we get ready to leave he tells them good bye in Chinese.  :devil

Life is good!!  :gsmilie3:
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on August 14, 2011, 02:27:04 PM
Hop Hop - Woo hoo!!! Just found out that a base next state over flies to Germany weekly. Reitrees can fly for free if/when a space comes available.  Military slang for it is called a "hop."  When work significantly slows down, Germany here I come for a walk-about adventure. Better double studying phrase books and tapes. This is one military retiree benefit I have never used.  I didn't even use it when on active duty.  How many self-employed people do you know looking forward to a slow-down in work?
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on August 16, 2011, 06:50:07 AM
Anyone have experience/anecdotes/advice about European hostels or hostels in general?
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on August 16, 2011, 10:54:44 AM
No real advice just stay safe and have a good time.  :)
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on August 16, 2011, 11:18:12 AM
Things are happening fast due to a phone call I made on the off chance of a flight.  May be traveling sooner than anticipated.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: CountryLady on August 16, 2011, 11:35:51 PM
WOO-HOO, Way to GO, Dan.

I don't have any advice other than the general "Check Six".
GO & ENJOY~!

Oh, and Check in when you can. :wave4
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on August 28, 2011, 10:00:13 AM
Just popped in to say "hi" from Germany.  Am on a timed machine so my post is going to be brief.  Making contacts and getting info on job situation here.  Most of the info just confirms what I've learned researching on the internet as in very few jobs of consequence and high cost of living.  Will do my tandem paraglide tomorrow morning weather permitting running off a perfectly good  mountain.  Have done lots of walking to the degree I'm treating minor blisters.  Looks like it could be dicey getting back to the US on hops as I could fly in to just about anywhere if I can get a hop at all.  Will start trying on 4 or 5 Sep.  My German has been adequate.  That's about it.  Ya'll take care.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on August 28, 2011, 10:51:11 AM
Sound like you are having a very nice time.
I hope you can get hop home in a timely manner.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on August 28, 2011, 10:57:29 AM
Dan...please take care of those blisters. Hope your "hopping" goes well.  :giggle If you can just get back somewhere on the east coast. At least you can rent a car and drive home. Be safe!  :ghug1:

Can't wait till you get home anad the stories start rolling out!

Just wanted to tell you that if you don't start back till the 4th or 5th you are going to miss my birthday!!  :gsmilie3:
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on August 29, 2011, 09:45:51 AM
Happy birthday in advance JQ!  Jumped off the mountain this morning.  It was pretty chilly but a good, albeit initially white-knuckle, flight.  Just finished hiking halfway up the Zugspitz which is the highest mountain in Germany.  Took at least four hours not counting time at the restaurant up there where I paid 10 euros (about $15) for four hot dog weenies with mustard on them plus a couple scoops of potato salad and a small glass of fizzy mineral water.  I pays for the ambience I guess.  Taking lots of photos but did not video my flight (hands too cold and white knuckles).  Paying close attention to the blisters.  Will have less walking tomorrow as I'm taking my one and only bus tour of the "Crown Jewels of Munich" so I can play tour guide for my friends next year.  I doubt the tour will take us into clothing-optional  Englisher Park.  Taking some ibuprofin when I get to the cabin in anticipation of some serious foot and leg soreness.  More when I get a chance.  Ya'll  take care.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on August 29, 2011, 11:38:39 AM
So glad to hear from you and glad you are having a ball. I believe we all need those white knuckle times in our lives. They help us really know what we are made of.

Take care of the feet and if you do get to go into Englisher Park......skip the pics!  :lol
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: CountryLady on August 29, 2011, 06:42:54 PM
Good to hear a report from you. :ghurray2: Soak up the ambiance while you can.

BTW, I got to worrying about you not being able to access OCH with your android, so I opened up the whole 88. IP for while you are there. I do hope it is unblocked now and that you are no longer "Banned for Life". :giggle

I hope you're having a good time and learning new things, besides all about blisters, etc.

Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on September 06, 2011, 05:16:12 AM
Back.  Been up for 36 hours straight.  Planes, trains, and automobiles.  Will post when I'm coherent (after much needed sleep).  Lots of photos.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: NavyGal on September 06, 2011, 08:02:29 AM
Welcome home!  Looking forward to hearing about the trip.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on September 06, 2011, 12:58:21 PM
Glad your back !!!!!
 Can't wait to see some pic after you get some  :sleep
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on September 06, 2011, 02:10:07 PM
 :wave4  glad you are home safe. :gclap2

get lots of rest  :sleep

I can't wait to here all avout your trip.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on September 06, 2011, 04:33:21 PM
Link to my Germany pics (couldn't sleep more than a couple hours)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150788141600724.735667.566760723&l=3b504d89f6&type=1
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on September 06, 2011, 05:53:06 PM
What a spectacular view from the Mountain.
I really enjoyed seeing all the old land marks.
What a beautiful places to see.
Your Birthday Pizza looks good too. :giggle
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on September 06, 2011, 06:27:46 PM
The pizza was an oddessey.  I've had a birthday pizza for at least the past 40 years.  My plan was to get my pizza at Zuggy's Base Camp inside the lodge as their pizzas are pretty good.  However, for some crazy reason as I saw it, they had Hot Wings and Fries night on my birthday and that's the only thing they serve.  So my fallback was a German restaurant on Zugspitz Strasse specializing in pizza.  Walked a mile down to it and determined they close on Thursday (my birthday).  So I went to my tertiary potential which was the local Pizza Hut which was open.  Got the buffet and an alcohol-free beer.  I'm careful about beer, with alcohol or otherwise, because I consider it liquid bread in terms of carbs (I'm diabetic).  BTW, all that walking over there even with blisters resulted in a loss of 3 pounds for the ten day period.  Hiking up to the halfway house was like being on a heavily inclined stairmaster for about an hour--the walk up was pretty much straight up except for the occasional switchback.  I did a daily journal which I will post when my mind is not so clouded.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on September 06, 2011, 06:45:35 PM
Terrific pics!

I bet with all the walking you did while you were there Dan you probably found the diet a little easier to deal with?

It seems you had a great time. :gclap2
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on December 05, 2011, 08:43:36 PM
Who's On First? - My daughter asked me to help her on a homework project (been a long time there) because she has to do a paper on a comedy from before 1960 so me being an old fart makes me an expert on the subject using her logic.  I showed her the classic Abbott & Costello Who's On First routine.  She had never seen it before and laughed so much.  Classic comedy is, well, classic.  My wife found this hilarious when she was learning English once she understood all the words.  Here's a youtube link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmvkO5x6Ng
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on December 05, 2011, 11:16:54 PM
As I have dial up it take so long to load up U-tube but I do remember the skit well.  :giggle

Thanks for the (http://ourcountryhaven.com/images/icons2/LoL.gif) and the remembrance

 :gclap2
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: Magispook on December 31, 2011, 09:23:38 PM
Well, I won't be calling my dad to wish Happy New Year anymore.  Things change as you age and I'm at the age now where the changes accelerate.  But I can wish all OCH folks a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It's my wish it will be a peaceful and productive year for all.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: jollyquilter on January 01, 2012, 12:59:16 PM
Happy New Year to you as well!

I remember all of those "can't do that" moments with my mom.   :gfriends1:  it will get easier, kinda.
Title: Re: Geezerville 10
Post by: chloe on January 01, 2012, 04:03:27 PM



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