Gig cancelled due to severe storms

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ed Lee, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Ed Lee

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    I was going to play Cohan's You're a Grand Old Flag at 4th of July celebration here in Northampton County NC this evening. The shutdown began with an audio shutdown as quckly followed with attendees leaving the area as fast as possible. All I can say is I'm glad my wife was driving her 4 wheel SUV as the parking area became a quagmire rapidly as even we slipped slightly. Coming home, we had just stepped on our porch when the hail started to pounce upon the area. As I write this there are still rumbles of thunder and lightning flashes, and I can see the trees sway in the wind. The bottom line is that I didn't play and our celebration was a washout.
     
  2. TrumpetMD

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    Thanks for sharing. Those summer storms can be fierce. I had a gig cancelled last week due to a power outage (and thus, no air conditioning for the patrons). But that was in no way as exciting (or harrowing) as your experience.

    Mike
     
  3. gmonady

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    This could never happen in Ohio. The weather is perfect all the time every day in every way. Could never happen in Ohio. Oh no. Not a chance!
     
  4. TrumpetMD

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    :-)
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    Once lived in Eastover area of Oxon Hill MD and in those times the "harrowing" element was crime, extremes of drug oriented. That and the surtax on income were the straw that broke the camel's back ... and when I literally broke mine and dislocated my right hip. Not great memories. When I was released from hospital in MD, we were living in Fairfax County VA. My family Doc, Cardio surgeon, and Thoracic surgeon then were all past or present presidents of MD Medical Society. My Gastroenterologist was a vice president and my neurological surgeon was professor emeritus (retired) from Johns Hopkins. IMO the best! I'm now under care at Wake Med in Raleigh, 112 miles away and had one helicopter ride there.

    Today, mostly the safety concern was for all the young children as had been enjoying the carnival type rides. Many of these were moved to adjacent middle school where our emergency telephone system reported they could be picked up by parents or guardian. The site is less than 5 minutes from our home here in Jackson, the county seat of Northampton County NC as is approx 16 miles East of I-95, the county's Northern border being the NC - VA state boundary. As I write, the rain is still falling and there is occasional flash lightening (this form of lightning differing from streak / strike lightening). Many trees in the area are very old and many are taller than 4 stories. It isn't so much the trunk we worry about, but the branches. Years ago a tree that use to be, in just such a storm as this took out a house diagonal across the street from us. Had it fallen the opposite way, it would have taken ours out, as at that time was occupied by my wife's parents and sister, her parents and sister as are now deceased of other natural causes. Well, with my health I am not comfortable with such weather and have taken a Lortab. Too, our cat seeks the comfort of my my wife's arms. At least I understand the expression "scaredy cat". She's now laying on the side of my computer desk looking at me.
     
  6. kingtrumpet

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    couldn't happen here in NY state either -- except when it doesROFL

    Yes - Ed -- I might mention the old saying -- BETTER SAFE, THAN SORRY" --and leave it at that --- but sorry you didn't get a chance to play --- there will be other gigs for you:thumbsup:
     
  7. Ed Lee

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    Yuk with all the snow storms there! Once stuck in Cleveland and couldn't drive back to Pittsburgh due to such, same reason I don't live in PA no more.
     
  8. TrumpetMD

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    No argument here. That part of P.G. County is pretty dangerous. It seems like everytime they talk about a shooting in the District, the offender is someone from Oxon Hill.

    And yes. We're Maryland. We got football, crabs, ... and taxes. :-(
     
  9. kingtrumpet

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    In New York State -- we have a team that wears football jersey's -- I guess that is rouse to let the cheerleaders perform - and so the fans can drink beer.
    oh yeah -- they are known as the Buffalo Bills -ROFLROFL
     
  10. Ed Lee

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    I did find out the MC's script was to tell about my heath problems. I could have played another arrangement that I had with me, but the arrangement I was scheduled to play was to include piano accompaniment. Without power there was no audio and the keyboard couldn't function. The pianist / organist that was to accompany me is a few years older than me and drives a VW bug. She was long gone before my wife got to me. Had we arrived earlier, we too could have parked in handicap space. Well, I wiped my shoes off and put them in trees, but my wife had been wearing flip flops and took them off to escort me to our vehicle.

    It really doesn't bother me that I couldn't play, nor does it matter much whether there is a future gig. I can play by myself and enjoy it just as much, albeit I like to share my music with others when I can.
     

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