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Mr. Toy
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This guy shooting video of Obama's train was too close.

And these people are WAY too close!

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Those foamers . . .
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Those aren't foamers, those are self-declared "normal people" trying to be foamers and doing incredibly stupid things in the process.

They should've used my engine. The horn sounds better and is louder.

Forgive me for being in a sour mood, but by obeying all the rules last weekend I got harassed about taking pictures on a public platform while paying attention to my surroundings and not getting in anyone's way. I'm sick and tired of people rewriting the constitution just because they're having a bad day.

This is too close, in my opinion. Sorry, Ed!

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Normal people are foamers? Are you sure? I thought we were all head cases.
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quote:
Originally posted by Amtrak207:
Those aren't foamers, those are self-declared "normal people" trying to be foamers and doing incredibly stupid things in the process.

They should've used my engine. The horn sounds better and is louder.

Forgive me for being in a sour mood, but by obeying all the rules last weekend I got harassed about taking pictures on a public platform while paying attention to my surroundings and not getting in anyone's way. I'm sick and tired of people rewriting the constitution just because they're having a bad day.

This is too close, in my opinion. Sorry, Ed!

I'll have to check your link from home later.

It's firewalled to protect me here at work.

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I like the old folks playing the folk music. It is quite unique in this modern day of amplification. I am a musician myself. For a long time, I have wanted to have a bumper sticker that says "Real Musicians Don't Use Electricity."
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If it was any other President/ President-Elect, no one would have been allowed within 50 feet of that track. Being a 'President of the People' must drive the secret service up the wall. Imagine trying to get that close to Air Force One.
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Mr. Maniac,

May I respectfully suggest you lay off the Kool Aid.

I know the "President of the People" sends tingles up your leg. He is, afterall, the first rock star to hold this high office.

But I suspect security personnel will be able to provide for the safety of the groupies.

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Zephyr-I was merely eluding to his populist appeal. His desire to get'up close and personal' with folks must be a matter of some concern for the secret service. It is a departure from the typical shield of seclusion and isolation. I can guarantee no Obamamite will ever get that close to Air Force One. This has NOTHING to do with his politics. I'm merely stating that he's sure to keep the secret service on its toes.

P.S-my drink of choice is rum and coke. I took up drinking when #43 took office.

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quote:
Originally posted by amtraxmaniac:
If it was any other President/ President-Elect, no one would have been allowed within 50 feet of that track. Being a 'President of the People' must drive the secret service up the wall. Imagine trying to get that close to Air Force One.

I think the problem here is the logistical one of trying to protect 135 miles of rail. There simply aren't enough police/military/SS personnel to stop people coming that close to the track along the entire length of the route. But if you look at the speed of the train, it's slow enough for people to say hello yet fast enough to make any attempted shootings virtually impossible. Apparently the train was also preceded by a geometry train ensuring the track and catenary were in good shape (well... relatively good shape).

Shame he fluffed his lines at the swearing-in and had to do them again. That made headlines over here.

Geoff M.

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Geoff, Obama didn't fluff his lines, Supreme Court Justice Roberts fluffed the lines that Obama was supposed to repeat. The redo was just a precaution, based on the explicit language in our US Constitution. It was no big deal, although some media types tried to make it a big deal.

We have significantly worse problems than an oath repeat.

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Yes, after having it repeated for the umpteenth time on TV and radio, Roberts says it wrong first, corrects himself, but Obama repeats the wrong version. "An abundance of precaution" perhaps but amusing nonetheless.

Geoff M.

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quote:
Originally posted by Konstantin:
For a long time, I have wanted to have a bumper sticker that says "Real Musicians Don't Use Electricity."

Not too many instruments at Orchestra Hall are in need of electricity for 'amping up'. The Organ is the only one coming to mind.
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Real musicians use mp3 technology [Wink]

On two different boards I've asked Was it Live or Was it Memorex?

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It looks like we are getting off of the topic, and I suppose that is my fault. But I see a lot of comments get off the topic, so I am not concerned. Even the organ did not used to have electricity. A person would pump it, and in the case of very large church organs, several people would pump at the same time. mp3s are good to listen to real musicians, but nothing is as good as being there live.

My comments are meant for fun, but there is a little seriousness in them. I do like the old style music as shown in the website posted originally by Mr. Toy.

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Of this I am mindful, Mr. Konstantin. no doubt when the Shakers composed their oft-purloined melody noted here, if performed on an organ, no doubt there was a bit of 'armstrong pumping' going on.

But meanwhile back at Orchestra Hall, I don't think Ms. Sauer need be concerned.

Regarding Mr. Pullman's comment, why then do I bother to put close to "four figures' (tickets and contribution) in the CSO's till each year?

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Owing to circumstances beyond my control I know zip about classical music and zilch about MP3. But as the blind man said when he volunteered to judge a Miss America swimsuit contest, you will find no more unbiased a critic than me.
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quote:
Originally posted by Amtrak207:


This is too close, in my opinion. Sorry, Ed!

I don't like the language in the title or the caption. It implies disrespect for the guy even if he didn't know he was in the way. It's like drivers who make rude comments just because someone ahead of them needs to change lanes, slow down for road conditions, or walk across the street. Instictive ill will is uncalled for. Let's set a good example for others by being polite when we take pictures or post things on the web.

No offense to 207 who meant well for linking to the video. Rather it's directed at the people that put it on YouTube to begin with. Yes, I realize YouTube isn't always about politeness. [Wink]

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