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  1. DFoster

    Face masks

    Thank you- I plan to get vaccinated but if I'm being honest it's mostly because of the looming restrictions here in the peoples republic and not fear of the virus. A lot of local commercial buildings are considering "restricting access" (some would say discriminate) of those without the proper "papers". The restaurants and bars I play at on weekends can't force customers to produce a vaccine card yet but as a musician I am technically an employee. Employees fall under a whole different set of rules. There will be some really fascinating constitutional cases heading to the SCOTUS in a few years over all of this.
  2. Well Mark, saying that to her could result in any one of a whole range of unpleasant possibilities. At one end of the spectrum she might serve Kale covered in fat free dressing with non alcoholic beer dinner 🤢 or at the other there's getting stabbed in my sleep - not as bad as the kale but still bad. I live with fear everyday, sometimes she lets me go fishing. 🤣
  3. Because my tying area is in my wife's office I do my best to keep it looking nice. When it came to storage I thought no problem I'll just get a cabinet and flat file cabinets are as classic to fly tying as a roll top desk. It was a great plan until I started looking for one. The used prices were landing in the "fine antique furniture" category - I'm talking thousands of dollars. Personally I just can't justify that kind of money to store feathers and fur. So when my wife found this one on FB market place at $340 I called immediately. After 3 years of searching an hour later I finally had my cabinet. Mine either and it's usually poor planning/rushing that are to blame. This past Covid year really slowed life down for a while and It gave me time to focus on what I was trying to do. My wife has been telling me for 20 years that I suck at multi tasking- 😉
  4. Thank you all - I don't know about perfect but it's certainly evolved over the years to better suit my particular method of tying. As I've posted before my desk occupies a corner of my wife's home office. I keep it tidy, clean and above all every hook is accounted for (we have a dog and cat). Both my wife and I are very organized people and for me it's a non issue. Free time can be hard to come by and I hate wasting it hunting for things hidden in a mess. I generally stick with tying traditional trout flies for the year plus a few dozen Atlantic Salmon Flies for our October river run so I don't need as much material storage as someone tying a wider range of flies. It may be wishful thinking but I'm hoping the watch makers cabinet will be it for storage. It's at about 70% capacity now but honestly it's pretty rare that I don't have a material needed or something very close. By the way only us old guys or a serious gymnastics fan will have any idea who Nadia is 😁
  5. DFoster

    Face masks

    Here's a quick Covid story Silver- I'm a heart attack survivor and just getting the flu can be fatal to people with my condition so I get the flu shot every year . When my wife and I both got the worst "flu" we ever had after Christmas 2019 I knew something was up. That Christmas our daughter and family were at our home when she developed a fever. She works in Boston's financial district and there are Chinese nationals in her building almost daily. Covid was beginning to hit China hard at that time but we never even thought of it when she told us she wasn't feeling well. At the time there wasn't a covid test available unless you were an important person say like Tom Hanks- Months later we all tested positive for antibodies. Thankfully after spending 5 days horizontal and mostly unconscious my wife and I fully recovered. We have a large family and at this point all of us have had it. I'm thankful our family was spared any serious effects from it when so many others were not. I'm hopeful Covid 19 will fade away like the 1918 flu never to be heard from again but if not I can live with an annual vaccine.
  6. I suppose one of the few good things to come as a result of the pandemic is that I had enough time at home to finally finish my tying area. I built the rod holder out of a cabinet I had in the basement and my wife and I stripped and painted the watch makers cabinet. We looked for years before finding a cabinet (at a reasonable price) that would fit in the space under the window. This is the way I pictured it would look when I started fly tying and I think I'm pretty much done. Next project- the card board tube in the rod holder contains a bamboo 3 weight blank that I just received. This will be the 3rd bamboo rod I've done. The first 2 (5 Wt and 6 Wt) were left for dead restorations. I ordered this one new from the maker. I'll post a thread about the process.
  7. DFoster

    Face masks

    The scary thing to me is that the vaccine was so rushed and given FDA approval under emergency protocols. I can imagine 5 years from now seeing TV commercials from one of the better known ambulance chasers - "if you have developed rectal bleeding after receiving the COVID vaccine call us, you may be entitled to a cash award"....
  8. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    I'm told that creating a hearing aid that can overcome the natural reverb of big voluminous rooms like churches, gymnasiums, town halls is the Mount Everest of the hearing aid world. I have to use head phones to be able hear our pastor, without them he might as well be preaching in Swahili.
  9. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    Kind words- Thank you Steve. Let your Mom know that hearing aids can change her life. It's just a matter of being careful to select what will work for her. Tinnitus is part of my loss as well, I'm glad to hear your recovering well!
  10. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    I'll be glad to- as you can probably gather from my rantings this has been a frustrating journey for me, first and foremost that my condition was self inflicted. I'm in the moderate to severe range of high frequency loss myself. The Bose site states their product is for mild to moderate loss. Well maybe but I believe that if I can control the EQ of the devices from my phone I can make them work for me at least as well as the Bel Tones which need to be replaced anyway and these are way less money. With the Bel Tones the problem wasn't their out put volume, they were often too loud, the problem was the equalization. As I'm sure your audiologist did with you they would boost the frequency's that I was missing based on a hearing test. That approach works for some but not all. If your in the "not all" category it's almost impossible to describe how you hear with enough accuracy to allow someone else to adjust your aids. My reality was the world always sounded like an AM radio playing in a gymnasium with the treble maxed and the bass off. Often people speaking sounded a lot like Charlie Brown's school teacher. I had no chance in an environment with a ton of ambient high freq noise like a restaurant. The clinking of silverware on plates would drown everything out literally at sometimes painful levels and I would inevitably have to shut them off. A simple volume control would have made things so much better. Why would a company produce devices at $8400 price point and then force you to go to them to adjust something as simple as volume?
  11. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    LOL - Norm that's how my wife got me to get my first set, she couldn't stand the TV volume any longer!
  12. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    From what I've read the hearing aid companies always cite government restrictions and regulations as a major factor to the cost. Maybe that is the case, I don't know. Still as an engineer I have to wonder if the 4 year life span is by design . Corrosion rates of conductive metals are very well understood. I'm guessing here but I would think that corrosion is a major reason why they fail. Considering the minute size of the device why not use non corrosive materials like gold for all conductive circuitry? The amount needed would be minimal when compared to an increased lifespan. Maybe there's and electrical engineer out there that could shed some light on this?
  13. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    Steve they're available on line and they'll ship them to her door. She may need help with adjusting the levels depending on her tech knowledge (Cell phone and aps). Be sure to check you local regulations on over the counter hearing aids.
  14. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    Not a distraction at all. First, I played for a decade in loud rock bands (lead guitar and electric bass) and I have no doubt that a major factor in my hearing loss was due to the drummers cymbals being right behind my head. Often we were on small stages and there was no where to move to. I did try some of the hearing protectors available at the time but they were to restrictive and made everything muffled. I do know there are now products available that claim to allow all the frequency's through at a safe level but I have never used them. I would encourage you to have your daughter try them and warn her of the bad things that can happen when she reaches her 30's. There is no volume control on drums and they are loud by nature. Tell her I know people who had to give up music permanently because of worsening hearing issues. 20 years ago I switched to upright bass and began working with more subdued rock bands. Thankfully the volume levels these days are no where near the face melting levels of the 80's. My hearing hasn't gotten any worse since that time. Here's a photo from St Patrick's Day 2020.
  15. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    I know there are quite a few of us on the forum that are dealing with hearing loss. I've been a professional musician for over 40 years and unfortunately early on I worked with extremely loud bands. I haven't played at those volumes in decades but the damage was already done in back in the 80's. Both of the bands I currently work with use BOSE sound systems and have for over 10 years. They make an incredible system and they have been as reliable as a steel anvil. This Tuesday Bose released their long awaited hearing aids which I tried to purchase yesterday but they sold out in 18 hours. My current hearing aids are done. The right one is completely dead and the left one is on it's way out so to say I was disappointed is an understatement. This morning I received a phone call from Bose to let me know they were again available, shipping to be delayed for a week due to production. I immediately purchased a set. For anyone reading this with hearing loss or needs hearing aids here's what you should be aware of- My current and soon to be previous aids were from Bel Tone. The Salesman (that's what they are) said they were "top of the line" when I purchased them at $8400.00/pair. Like most, my insurance paid nothing and the only help I got was for being a AAA member so $6400.00 out of pocket. They could only be adjusted at a Bel Tone office and so I made many visits resulting in "try this setting for a few weeks". Despite 5 years of visits Bel Tone never got it right. And at each visit I would have to endure the sales pitch about how wonderful the latest models are and they would only cost me another 6 grand! I already spent 6 grand and still can't hear. I am still watching TV on closed caption and I annoy everyone around me by constantly asking them to repeat themselves. Something the salesman "forgot" to mention at my original fitting was that the life expectancy for $6400.00 is 4-5 years. The BOSE aids retail for $849.00/pair on line and they offer 12 month interest free financing ($71/month). Expensive but not insane and I suspect that because it's Bose that the life expectancy will be at least as good as any of the other brands out there, probably better. They offer a full refund up to 90 days. What really sold me is that they are immediately adjustable via a smart phone. No visits/sales pitch and I can tune them to fit the surrounding noise, place to place if needed. Not just the volume but the equalization. So for me this is exciting, not like finding a LAW vise at a yard sale but close because hearing loss is truly depressing. I am really, really hopeful that BOSE has figured out a way to produce a useful and reliable hearing aid at a reasonable price. There are tens of thousands of us that need that solution. I'm posting all this just to make some in the same situation at least aware that there are options other than refinancing your home. If anyone is interested they can PM me and I will be glad give you a review after I've had them for a while.
  16. Agreed, with a few exceptions, namely bears and PETA hippies (bear spray repels them too by the way) the wild life gets more toxic and dangerous as you get closer you get to the equator.
  17. "Hello LL Bean, I'm going to need a replacement rod because I was poking a snapping turtle with the rod tip. Under your lifetime warranty is that considered normal use"?
  18. Thanks Steve. Yours is the prevailing opinion from what I’m reading online. Also their notorious bad attitude is usually displayed only when their on dry land. The “experts” say they feel secure in water. I’m still going to be a little cautious.
  19. Here's a question for anyone out there with some knowledge of snapping turtles. Last summer I began to see this guy frequently in the best pool on one of my favorite fishing streams. He was there so often that I started calling him "Ernie" (for all I know he could be a she). To give you an idea of Ernie's size, his shell is roughly as big as a toilet seat. Last summer/autumn the water was low and I was able to "see and avoid" with him and we had no issues. The water was warm then and so even when I didn't see him I'm sure he would swim away from me if I waded to close. But currently the water is waist deep and I can't see the bottom while I wade. It's also cold so the turtle is really sluggish, add in that I'm being as stealthy as possible and I'm a little concerned about kicking or stepping on him- Should I be?. Thanks all-
  20. Brook trout from Saturday on a Hydrophyche variant.
  21. The state stocks this river in 3 locations one of which is from road bridge about 1500 yards upstream from my fishing area. There is a really deep pool just down stream so It's a safe bet that's where some of them are. I can fish that pool with a little bit of effort. There is also beautiful water going upstream from that bridge that is land locked by private property and I don't have access to. Typically it takes a week or two before some of them make their way down to the area behind my house.
  22. I can't say I dislike my work, the fact is I truly enjoy my day job most days anyway. I've also been fortunate to also work as a professional musician in rock bands on weekend for the past 35 years. But given a choice on a beautiful day I'd rather be fishing. Yesterday I was outside all day in rural Connecticut doing utility pole surveys. The pole line paralleled a nice little stream. At one point we crossed over it and from the small bridge I could see several small Brook trout looking back -mockingly. Hmph...
  23. On several occasions I've had dragon flys grab a a light brown colored soft hackle while it dangled off the end of my rod and try to carry it away. My Theory: Bugs eat other bugs. Flys look like bugs and probably smell or taste like food because of the natural materials they are made with. You look like food, you smell like food, you're coming with me-
  24. They are known as North Country Spiders in the UK, in the U.S. we tend to call them Soft Hackles. Pretty much the same thing. They are really effective because all those legs come alive and move in the water. Traditionally the body is silk thread, simple in their design but they can be tough to master.
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