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Lt DeFault

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About Lt DeFault

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  • Birthday 09/26/1978

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    Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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  1. If it's any consolation, I bet the musicians were embarrassed and sorry for their failure. I was in a rock band for well over a decade. One night our bass player had a few too many drinks before the show. When we got on stage he had totally forgotten how to play his instrument. We might as well have picked some random dude out of the audience with no musical talent whatsoever to play with us. (And our bass player was, BY FAR, the most talented musician in the band.) It was really bad. At first I thought he was playing a different song than the rest of us ... then I realized he wasn't playing anything even close to a song. He walked over to me (rhythm/ sometimes lead guitar player) in the middle of a song and apologized for screwing the show up. But there was nothing that could be done at that point. We just had to soldier on. We knew it was disappointing to the fans. Hell, it was disappointing to US! If you think it's bad watching a band screw up at a live show ... just imagine how you'd feel being in a band - having hundreds if not thousands of people watching you FAIL. It's like a nightmare where you show up at work naked. Everyone is looking at you wondering why you're such an idiot. Except you don't wake up and realize it never happened. You actually did ruin a lot of people's night out. And there's nowhere to run and hide. On the contrary - there's a spotlight on you. Being in a band often seems like an easy way to become rich without doing any "real" work. But I'm here to tell you that all those bands that have produced the soundtrack to your life have sacrificed a lot and put in countless hours of their time to deliver a product which may or may not even put food on their table. It may be popular today and forgotten tomorrow. And there's really no "magic formula" which tells you the difference. I've seen dozens of bands with amazing talent go unrecognized because there are simply too many other bands to compete with. Getting recognized, signed to a major label and becoming successful is, for the most part, a crap shoot. And even IF you hit the "big time", one little slip up can take you down in the blink of an eye. Add to that the fact that you have to perfectly reproduce your work each and every time you step on stage and you may begin to see how nerve-racking it can be. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that musicians are any kind of heroes. We are little more than clowns - here to amuse you. I understand that. But we're also human ... and sometimes we don't deliver. But that's the nature of the business. And we know what we signed up for. Cheers!
  2. [Emphasis added.] I admit I know absolutely nothing about the way credit cards work in Germany, but I gather it's much different than the way it is in the U.S. My wife works for a credit union (basically a bank) and they offer credit cards which literally pay you to use them. [Provided, of course, that you pay off your outstanding balances before any interest is incurred.] For each purchase you make, a small amount of money is deposited in your account. There is simply no hidden financial cost to the consumer. Quite the opposite. Now ... I must add that there is a saying here that "if you deal with a company that doesn't seem to want to sell you a product, then you are the product". I can only presume that these types of institutions are somehow profiting from, as Skybird points out, "your privacy and data". I suppose it's up to each individual to decide where they draw the line. And that's fine, as far as I'm concerned. In the end, I think it's extremely unfortunate that there is such an obstacle between eSim and their civilian European customers. I hope that eSim will be able to find a vendor who can accommodate potential customers who have limited purchasing options.
  3. Alright, I'm jealous.
  4. I'm thinking some "amenities" might be able to be added to the M577 and tents via clever use of texture modding.
  5. This looks fantastic. Hmmm ... Between this and the rumblings of another Operation Variable, I may have to come out of my SB hiatus. 😉
  6. Look. I'm old fashioned. I long for the days when men were men and women were women. Some may find that "offensive" - but, frankly, I don't care. And for the most part, I see the same opinion from those around me. That might be because I live in a relatively rural area. Or any one of a thousand other factors. Who knows? But I think that one of the main problems we face is the growing influence of media in our lives. There seems [to me] to be a disparity between what the media would have you believe and what is actually going on. The problem is that more and more people seem to be falling for it. It's as if a problem is being "manufactured" where none actually exists. There may be one or two incidents per month of some kind of perceived discrimination against an individual. And that "problem" seems amplified when a dozen news agencies make it their top headline. But contrast that with the fact that there are well over seven BILLION people on this planet. The fact is: most of us get along just fine. So - my advice is to lessen your contact with social media (and the internet/media in general), and increase your contact with your community - locally and globally. I think you'll find the two are vastly different.
  7. A few of my thoughts on (and off) the subject: I do think men and women are different - and I'm glad about that. I wouldn't want women to be just like men. There are those who do ... but I think they swing another way. (Which is fine, if that's your bag, baby.) I think the sexes compliment each other. And I don't think this is a coincidence. As you say, there are "outliers" - and I don't think women should be held back from achieving anything based on the mere fact that they are women. But I don't believe we should think of men and women as "the same". If a woman feigns interest in something I like - just to get more of my attention - well, I'll give it to her. (Especially if she looks like the woman in the video which started this.) The woman in said video vaguely reminds me of my wife. She showed an interest in SB for a while - and genuine or not, it resulted in more quality time together. My wife is prettier and smarter than the woman in said video. (If you're reading this - I love you, baby!) 😅 There are a shedload of new smileys since the forum update. Men think with their "gun" far too often and that gets them into trouble. But hey - that's how we evolved. I'm glad I'm married (to a woman who truly makes me happy) - because I don't have to worry about most of this anymore. I've been drinking. I like tanks. And I like people who like tanks. Life is good. 'Merica!
  8. Yes, thanks. And thank you for the lack of disruption to forum access/activity as well. I'm sure I speak for the majority when I say your effort is appreciated.
  9. Welcome! Glad you could join us.
  10. Thanks for the input, everyone! I've been passing the info on to my wife.
  11. That's something to think about, thanks. More info: WRT her "budget", that's just how much she is willing to pay right now, we're not quite maxing out. And we do have some investments. We know we will have to upgrade at some point if we want this PC to last as long as the previous one. Our line of thinking is that if we go for some "overkill" now, we won't have to upgrade as soon. It seemed to work last time. Does that make sense? Or do you think the technology (hardware and software) is still advancing at such a rate that it won't make that much of a difference?
  12. That's one thing we're concerned about: longevity. We'd like it to be as "future proof" as possible. And a 4K monitor isn't out of the question. I doubt we'll be doing any VR, though ... but who knows?
  13. Yes, there is an Ethernet jack on the back of the case. The lack of one would certainly be a deal breaker.
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