Rich Engle

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  1. Yeah but believe me, bootlegging wood is not going to be an option for these guys. Oh, I know for sure it has been--especially for super-select models. Very small shipments of very expensive woods. Like I said, I think even that Madagascar thing was a little off. You wouldn't believe what you used to be able to get. There were so many little broker suppliers; it was done mostly mail order. Some of the companies were selling body blocks, others even raw bodies. You still see it around sometimes. I know a lot of luthiers that are always keeping their eyes out for old desks and things lik
  2. Because of being in the business, I've been watching this thing for awhile. This thing with the wood has been going on for years and years--mainly because of depopulation of rain forests (as he went across talking about how a commission was set up). Guitar manufacturing (starting mostly with Gibson) has a deep root in the furniture industry. In fact, that is why the original Kalamazoo plant is where it is--surrounded by premium wood sources (particularly mahogany, the mainstay of Gibson bodies). Actually, though, Gibson never got super exotic like many later companies did, especially arou
  3. "I would probably have to say it is less the plight of the animal, and more the perverse intentions and acts of the human that fuels the hate" Now, we're getting somewhere. rde
  4. Boy, that is what I was going to say. And there I was being all Zen, and shit.
  5. Reading, or the lack of, has something to do with it. Shortened attention spans. Very few people (and I am talking general mainstream, here) have the moxy and/or desire to study intellectual anything. How do you discuss Aristotle with someone that thinks wrestling is real? Dumbing down. The fact that there has always been a not-always-positive (socially) effect on newly-born Randians. The liberating effect is so profound that many of them (I include myself, looking back) are very volatile, harsh, unpleasant people to deal with. Bad buzz in the field, over decades. The completely dessica
  6. If you are sure, solid about what you love, what you believe in, you get the bravery to do even things that might obliterate you. Hopefully, those things are well-put together--truly moral, as in in alignment with reality. In alignment with the flow of the universe. You will know what to do, and do it. This is what separates a highly-evolved human from those who are not. One of the sad, frightening realizations that is obtained when you are working on your personal evolution is that there are those who walk on this earth who are not fully human. Empathy is a survival mechanism, a compon
  7. Been there and done that. I couldn't rescue the dog because it ran off. Years ago, this was. I had just come off a gig at Cleveland State University, and was walking out to find my car (it was in the dead of a horrible winter, there was almost no one on Euclid Avenue, which is basically a frozen wind tunnel when it gets like that). Some asshole standing there in the middle of this kicking the shit out of his already-starved dog. I saw red (anytime I see violent attacks on the weak--kids, wives, smaller people, animals) I lose control, which is almost impossible for me. First I warned him
  8. I never get used to this part of the business. Thanks, Adam, for the share. r
  9. Rich: I have dealt with the Angel Investors and I have the utmost respect for them, see this here. Essentially compares Angel Investors v. Venture Capitalists. Adam just my first quick idea Great start! Thank you so much, Adam--I sent it to Dar. r
  10. Yeah, thank you and that is right. Forest for the trees. She's sitting with a loan officer at her bank right now. So, so far, so good. Thank you! rde
  11. Hi, All! We have such a wonderful pool of talent here. So (and I don't think I have ever asked for help), I could really use some informed help/advice from my online family (believe it or not, that is how I view you guys). Here's the sitch: My wife Darlene is retired (just on SS, but does fine). Recently she has had the desire to mount a new business. Darlene is a highly experienced business professional, with many accolades, successes, whatever, under her belt. She is a true entrepreneur, right down the line. She wanted to go back out and do a standalone biz, and did (early, I helped he
  12. You guys obviously haven't been down South, lately. It's only worse. Christian Conservatives . . . hurumph, I only wish. Those are the ones that wear those suits and stupid ties, no? I've even heard talk that they not only read, but can complete compound sentences. I've seen these people and they kind of resemble Rush Limbaugh. They likely make stinky mustard farts<tm>. McGregor Baptist Church That one is ten minutes from my house. I hope one day that they all run off to re-baptize themselves or something so I can raid their media studio. Discussing Calvinism, actually, now that
  13. As well it should be. I will throw in. What is really going on "upstairs" has little or nothing to do with your left or right leanings; what is projected is simply a smokescreen--one to get a person involved in the small matters. Meanwhile, these people are about to eat us. rde And that's all I have to say about that. --Forrest Gump
  14. One thing I knew when I published this was that it would create good discussion within certain learned folks. It is definitely thought-provoking. rde
  15. The question is, where is Branden? I'd think that getting in touch with Penn and Teller and clearing up the misunderstanding would be of value to him -- explaining the difference between his notion of self-esteem and others', telling P&T that they've got good instincts when in comes to the subject, showing them how they're actually already in agreement with him in many ways despite their misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of his views, forgiving them their errors, etc. J I would seriously doubt NB would even acknowledge them. And I like those guys.
  16. This kind of work goes to a rather small crowd, and, at first, I was a bit hesitant to put it to my little blog, which is read by many, er, non-AR-type readers, or whatever you might call that. I like Andrew's work very much, because he works to accuracy, and has a very light, humorous touch even on top of it. Punishment Capitalism, by Andrew Russell Enjoy, I did! rde
  17. There will never be another NB. Not even close. And I mean that with all the respect there is for him. There was nothing but goodness in anything I've ever done with him, even in one business situation that got very ugly. He is a wonderful teacher and a very good man. r
  18. Not to worry, that Eeyore frown is readily turned upside down: 910 years of time and space...according to Wikipedia anyway. Wow, tis true... 70 English words w/ no rhyme I don't know why but this always fascinated me for some reason. But fear not, there is hope, every time a new dictionary revision comes out. It's like the lottery. And I too forget if I said greetings for ND, did I? I am far too lazy to look. But even so, let's do it again--I really enjoy having you around. Both of you guys! r
  19. Rich: Oh, so you are going to bring up that Nazi stag party again...I never mentioned that you played the accordion in the Marlena Dietrich outfit at that party, did I! Adam Don't ever again use my name and the word accordion in the same sentence: I will track you down like a hunted animal. It's bad enough I have to do 3-4 gigs a year with my friend...he's 80, and he plays one of those . . .those . . .things. And a midi synth one, to boot. Yikes. Now get back to your can of ether.
  20. Did you wear the lampshade, like the last time? Enjoy! r
  21. I don't know where else it could be. But those guys--if they haven't already on one of their sites, they'll figure it out. Glad you, uh, "enjoyed" it, I guess we could say. I did--a true Hallmark Moment. r
  22. Thanks, Phil. Now all you boys behave, though--this is about Robert's book. We have plenty of other sandlots open this week. rde
  23. Wow, that's weird. Someone else told me that happened. I have to look in on that--cumbersome!!