stephenrr

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About stephenrr

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  • Birthday 04/21/1952

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Chicago
  • Interests Varied and multiple....jazz, wine, cooking, theology, literature. I'm employed as a wine consultant selling primarily investment grade wine at the retail level.

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  1. Mosaic has been selling sets on eBay for the past couple years. I've purchased ten or so but I'm buying mostly the LP sets. I did pick up the Chico Hamilton Quintet cd set for around $135 shipped. It arrived today in your basic Mosaic box with all the bubble wrap. Welcome to the board.
  2. Thanks for the heads up. Loved the sound clips and ordered both on LP.
  3. Demo for new kitchen and extensive renovation of adjoining bath begins May 15. All new Subzero-Wolf appliances; all new custom oak cabinets; new tile floor; new lighting; all new granite. Turning half bath into full with deep soaker tub, glass walled shower with body jets. Estimated 6 week project with estimated budget of well over six figures. Yes. Construction projects are extremely expensive. My advice, find a contracter who speaks spanish--I'll wager he knows a master craftsman tile person. All three of our bathrooms are works of art due to floor, wall, and ceiling tile.
  4. I agree with your choices, Lon. The reason Sgt. Pepper tops my list is my individual history. Being a huge fan from 63 on, I vividly recall racing home from the store on my bike with the record on the first day it arrived in the wilds of Eastern Washington State. I remember placing the vinyl on the tiny record player AND hearing something totally fucking new; something that changed my life forever. I pre-ordered the 6-disc set.
  5. 2017 Fundraising Goal

    Paypal on it's way. Thanks again Jim; love the new CD.
  6. Date night. We saw Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony in a program featuring Rossini's Overture to Semiramide, Yefim Bronfman as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4, and Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony. The Beethoven was wonderful, the Rossini was totally new to me, and the Mendelssohn was inspiring. We are indeed fortunate in Chicago to have such an Orchestra and Maestro Muti at this stage of his career.
  7. Valentine's Day: a dissent.

    The wines were just about in the sweet spot, the strawberries a bit too early. But even underripe berries are good with enough dark chocolate. I admit to being a wine geek.
  8. Valentine's Day: a dissent.

    My wife is CFO of a successful Private Equity firm; thus Valentine's Day becomes extremely competitive among her office-mates. I've learned to go big or go home with the flower delivery. However it's amateur night on the restaurant scene, so it's two inch filets at home with 2002 Taittinger Comptes de Champagne, 1994 Dominus that I just poured into a decanter, and chocolate covered strawberries.
  9. NEW CD now available for pre-oder

    Jim...absolutely bowled over by the cover art! Kudos...I feel like a kid at Christmas.
  10. Congratulations indeed, Aggie87! There were some horrendous weeks. I'm certainly glad I don't have to make a living picking games. Thanks for providing a place to do this; and thanks for the competition. It was a fun season. I only hope that in the end we're not reduced to a Patriots/Cowboys Super Bowl. I'll turn down the sound and spin a few LPs.
  11. what are you drinking right now?

    2014 Ferren Silver Eagle Chardonnay...between 50-100 total case production....and 2013 Arnot-Roberts Trout Gulch Pinot Noir.. (around 300 total case production.
  12. RVG - RIP

    What a career! Thank you doesn't seem to come close. We're losing giants at too great a rate to honor them properly. Good night, RVG.
  13. Glenn Frey has died.

    My better half convinced me to catch the Eagles last summer in Vegas. I was pleasantly surprised by close to three hours and 27 songs that really took me back to the 70's in a comfortable, simple, close-harmony concert that had everyone singing along. The harmonies were almost as tight, Walsh's guitar licks sounded fine without the alcohol and drugs. Simple pop songs with a country edge are obviously a guilty pleasure for me. Thanks for all the tunes, Glenn.
  14. Question re Dusty Groove

    I would think 100% markup on a shrink-wrapped collectable 5 LP Record Store Day box set might seem excessive in a business where many brick and mortar stores are working on 30 %...but the more I think about it, more power to them. I love their selection and I can at least visually inspect the albums... try that on eBay. And those brick and mortar stores for the most part no longer exist.
  15. organissimo 2015 Summer Funddrive

    Let us know if you need more, Jim. The site is unique and worthy of support and you should't get stuck with the bill in addition to all your work in keeping it functioning. Sent you a bit via PayPal.