INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Where Is Everyone?


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Where Is Everyone? Jul 11, 2003 09:02 p.m.

Where is everyone from? I live in a small town in Southern New Jersey called, Hammonton. Right smack dab between Philadephia Pa. and Atlantic City NJ, 35 miles each way. Its known as the "Blueberry capital of the World" yippie!!! Supposedly we border the largest pine forest in the north east. And the people who live there are called piney's. Some recreations we do here are canoeing, camping and fishing. State bird is the Eastern Gold Finch and the state motto is "Your Screwed, Bend Over And Take It"
Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 11, 2003 11:02 p.m.

Hey Jeff, ever seen Jersey Devil?

I live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I actually grew up in Greeley, CO but went to college here and loved the 100 degree/100% humidity summers so much that I just stuck around after graduation. (Well, maybe not the summers...)Eleven years later, I'm still here, married, a daughter, a job, house, dogs, sitar...

Cedar Rapids is called the City of Five Seasons, though no one can really tell me for sure what the fifth season is supposed be, including my wife who has lived here her whole life. Something about it being the season to enjoy all of the other seasons () or the season of fun (!!!). I think it's the season of corn myself.

Can't complain, though - I have a daily commute of 10 minutes.

Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 12, 2003 01:02 a.m.

Jeff (Jul 11, 2003 09:02 p.m.):
Where is everyone from? I live in a small town in Southern New Jersey called, Hammonton. ...Supposedly we border the largest pine forest in the north east

I remember that part of NJ, from when I lived in Maryland for a while. Its beautiful, and goes against that stereotypical image I had of NJ being all industrialized and such.

My wife has only seen the Trenton area, which frankly is the armpit of NJ, and I've tried to explain that was just one tiny part of a diverse state.

I live in Fort Worth, Texas. We get the same thing from people, that Texas is all bare plains and desert. There are plains and deserts, there are also piney woods, marshes, and one of the longest beaches in the US!

A pet peeve is those people that think Fort Worth as just a suburb of Dallas. Yes, we're close, about 30 miles or so, but we have a whole different culture here, a "kinder, gentler" city. But its a losing battle, and not worth stressing over. It is advantageous living near Dallas, as opportunities that we don't get here, we get in Dallas. So its ok.

And man, we do have our own 100 degree weather with 100% humidty! But one thing we have over much of the Mid-West, everything is air conditioned! I find it incredible when visiting in-laws in Michigan, on a hot summer day, to find that there are places that have little or no air conditioning. How can you stand it! I guess I'm a wimp, leave me in my 70 degree house...

Billy Enigmar Godfrey
Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 12, 2003 05:21 a.m.

The west coast of Norway, the city of Bergen.
Its the city of the seven (7) mountains, and the official capital of the world, This is one of the places all the americans with blue hair visit on their old days. People has been living here for thousands of years, but the city is officially just 900 and some years old.

As far as i know there is only me playing Sitar here. I have been to every indian, pakistani, arabic influsensed shop in town (almost) asking if anyone knows about sombody who is playing sitar. so far no luck.
The total population is about 250.000 people. Making this megapolise the second largest city in the country.

Its raining qutie a lot, but i really dont care, you just need to put on proper clothes.

Sea, mountains is the natural surroundings.
Large music scene that has a strong influsece on the norwegian music in general. containing all genres from Black Metal to traditional Folkmusic.
Spring and summer (apr- aug) ther are quite a lot of bigscale music festivals dragging international and national artists to the city. Natt Jazz and Vossa Jazz is to big jazz festivals that some of you might want to visit some day : )


Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 13, 2003 07:26 a.m.

I'm in Hollywood, FL.....which is about 20 minutes North of Miami and 10 minutes South of Ft. Lauderdale, if that helps to narrow it down. We're about a mile from the beach (the Atlantic Ocean), which is fantastic except for the occasional hurricane.

...and yes, it's pretty darn hot/humid here, too!


Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 14, 2003 08:21 a.m.

I'm from Frankfort, Kentucky ("three million population, 15 last names"). In the heart of race horse country (Dad and other family own/breed, brother is a trainer) and bourbon distilling (all of the family has involvement here!). Every few years, I'll come back to Frankfort for a bit(actually, I'm in Louisville, Kentucky now, 50 miles away), to hang out with family and friends. But the road calls after a while and I go out and about for a while longer. Have lived in other fine places such as Denver, New York (my longest stay at 10 years), Atlanta, Miami/Bahamas (65' sloop), Berkeley, Phoenix, Milwaukee, La Rove, France, Zurich, Suisse. Still have a few cities to try such as Austin and Chicago. And have an ace up my sleeve in that my company has an office in New Delhi (I'm learning Hindi now in preparation for that place). Next stop though is the Philadelphia area. Should be there for several years in the next few months. No regrets yet!
Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 14, 2003 09:18 a.m.

How large is Frankfort? I have a long time acquantance that I believe is from there; he always spoke well of the area.
Billy Enigmar Godfrey
Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 14, 2003 11:33 a.m.

Hey Stephan, Your moving to Philadelphia! Locals here call it Philly. You should try to get a place in south jersey here. Probably a lot cheaper than the city. Look me up when you move out and I'll show you around. Lots of nice places to see here.
Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 14, 2003 11:40 a.m.

[quote]Matt (Jul 11, 2003 11:02 p.m.):
Hey Jeff, ever seen Jersey Devil?

Only a few times when I was really drunk! )

Re:Where Is Everyone? Jul 14, 2003 12:59 p.m.

Frankfort is about 30K at night, about 50K during the day when state government is in session (F'fort is the capitol). Nice little town on the KY river. Fair share of rednecks, but plenty of very good folks as well and a very large base of musicians. On this topic, I learned something that picked me up last week. Over Christmas last year, I was introduced to a picker who was jamming with some friends and we had a chance to sit down and do the ICM thing, he sat right down with my tanpura and we had an excellent little time. I found out last week that this guy is Larry Coryell's brother. Odd twist was that years ago, I went to see a concert with Larry Coryell warming up for John McGlaughlin. The guy I stayed with had a sitar and that day back in 1980, was the first time I ever held a sitar.
I'll probably be living on the west side of Philly, King of Prussia/Bryn Mawr area. Will know more in a week or so as I'm heading up that way day after tomorrow.
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