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About Aggie87

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    Absinthe makes the mind go wander.
  • Birthday 04/19/1965

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  1. No value?

    That is getting more difficult in many cars, as the audio is integrated into the GPS and other controls, with a larger touch screen. It's not usually a stand alone radio head unit like decades ago.
  2. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Went to the Phillies/Braves game last night, my first in-person game of the season. Was a one-run game until late, then the Phllies hit a HR and ended up winning 9-5. JT Realmuto looks like a real player for the Phillies. Harper didn't get a hit, and my local friends have mixed feelings about his value based on how much they pay him. Phillies need better pitching before they're going to do much, I think. It was German heritage night too, so of course the Phanatic had to dance to accordion music. I wasn't happy when the Astros moved to the AL involuntarily, but now that I've moved to the Philly area, at least I can continue to root for them in the AL and the Phillies in the NL.
  3. No value?

    I'm starting to make that a criteria for my next car search. I know the Toyota Camry still offers a CD player, at least for some option levels on the car.
  4. Happy birthday Sidewinder!

    Happy Birthday, Bob! Prost!
  5. Yes, as sidewinder mentioned, I visited them when he was located in the place with the large glass pane front. I loved that shop, and spoke with Tom many times. I live in Stuttgart for 5 years, from the end of 1998 through the end of 2003. It was a wonderful time for me, and my son was born there (at Robert Bosch Krankenhaus). There were a number of music shops I visited - zweitausendeins, Einklang, Vinyl West, Second Hand Records, and occasionally the chain stores back then - Lerche, Media Markt, and WOM. WOM actually had a pretty good inventory at the time, at the location near the Hauptbahnhof. I wish I lived in a city that had that number of music shops today. Are you from Stuttgart originally? What a wonderful place.
  6. Hey Bob - now that I think back, you may have already told me this previously. I remember talking with you about Tom a few times after our get together. Hope all's well with you!
  7. Is Vinyl West still open in Stuttgart, Steve? I used to love that shop during the time I lived there. The guy that owned it (Tom) was very knowledgeable about jazz and ECM in particular. (I met our board colleague Sidewinder there many years ago - Hi Bob!) I just did an online search and it appears that VInyl West appears to be an online operation based in Spain now, but still operated by Tom.
  8. what are you drinking right now?

    I lived in Wiesbaden for four years, and my parents lived there for twelve years, so I continued visiting them a couple of times per year even after I'd moved. Later I lived in Stuttgart as well, and my son was born there. If the cards line up properly I may live in Germany again some day, I love it there.
  9. what are you drinking right now?

    I'm not familiar with that wine, but very familiar with the Rheingauer Weinwoche! I think this picture is taken from inside the Rathaus. I played my trumpet on the steps of the Rathaus for a Christmas performance a few times back in the early 1980s.
  10. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    That's a big deal. They also traded for catcher Martin Maldonado, who was with them last year for a while. Good defensive catcher, but a liability batting - just like Max Stassi was. And they also traded for Aaron Sanchez from the Blue Jays, so a busy day for the 'Stros. I still think they should've kept Charlie Morton, might not have needed to make the trade for Greinke.
  11. Arno Marsh - RIP

    May he Rest in Peace.
  12. Buying eyeglasses online

    If you walk into an eyeglass shop in your local mall, and try on a few pairs that you might like, and then leave, I don't think they're going to be too upset. If they ask, I just say I'm just browsing. Many people window shop and try things on in just about every shop that sells clothing and so forth. Why would this be any different? I'm sure you've never done that at any local clothes store.
  13. Buying eyeglasses online

    I got my last pair online, about a year ago. Had my eye exam locally, and then visited a number of eyeglass shops and tried on various different pairs until I found the pair I liked the most. Wrote down the model number and then researched online pricing, and found the place with the best price (and one that was reputable), and ordered. Saved substantially over buying them locally. I think the key is trying them on locally before buying, so you know that you're going to like the fit/look, instead of buying online before getting to try them on. Note - usually I prefer to buy and support local shops, but if I am saving over $100 on a purchase that I only make every few years at best, then it became worth it. If the price difference had been $25, I'd have bought locally (although even then that was at a national chain shop).
  14. Apparently it takes 2 people to replace Wetton. Here's the other three original guys playing Heat of the Moment, with Billy Sherwood on bass and Bumblefoot (?!) on vocals.