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Just another reason why this place is so great
#2145394 12/19/09 07:49 PM
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To say that last night's gig ended unexpectedly is an understatement. It was a solo piano job at a private Christmas party, held at the client's home.

The house had been experiencing power problems all night - the lights on the steps down from the car parking area were out, so I was extremely careful when lugging equipment up and down.

The client wanted me to lead the singing of some carols, in pursuit of which I'd bought down with me a box of booklets kindly lent by my church with the words of the most popular songs in.

I had taken everything back out to the car at the conclusion, and had just grabbed the box of carol sheets from my client when it happened.

I stepped into the also-unlit pond, going up to my chest in freezing 5ft deep water. The outside air temperature was -5C. Somehow I managed to haul myself out and people came to my aid, taking me back inside. I was in deep shock and shivering.

My client put me in a room with a roaring fire and bought me a change of clothes, gleaned from his grown-up stepson. I had them retrieve my dress shoes from my stage costume suit carrier and now at least dry, managed to drive myself home, the car heater on full blast all the way.

Writing about it now sounds almost comedic but it really shook me up and I've not really been myself all day. The good news is that bar a couple of minor dings on my hands from scrabbling out, I wasn't injured and crucially, my back was OK. The other good news is that my iPhone, which was totally immersed, still works and the contents of my wallet (ditto) are still negotiable.

Anyway, this morning I felt up to Facebooking a quick note about it and then Vikki and I headed to her parents' house to help host their golden wedding party.

It was about halfway through this event that my still-working iPhone rang. I noticed it was an international number and assumed I was about to be offered some timeshare or some such scam.

Instead, it was our very own ITGITC, Tom.

"I saw on your Facebook profile about you falling into the pond and I was worried about you," he explained.

Well, I was able to assure him that I was shaken but physically OK and we had a really nice chat though all too short as I didn't want to cost him a fortune ringing an international cell number and I kinda had to get back to the party too.

Now, how utterly great is that? The concern over Meccajay (and welcome back, Jay, btw) shows how much the gang here looks after its own and here I was on the receiving end of such similar kindness.

So Tom, thank you so much for your call. You are a true gent - and I'm just so glad that the British and American words for "pond" are the same smile


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Aidan #2145397 12/19/09 07:57 PM
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Oh my god! I assume you haven't come down with pneumonia now that you're posting this?


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Hi Majuscule, no thankfully got attention before that was a problem. I did struggle to get warm in bed when I got back but OK again now.


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Man, Aidan, what an awful thing. Glad you're OK - hypothermia was probably the biggest danger.

You should take some immune system boosting herbs and vitamins to make sure your body recovers fully and quickly.

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Did the sheet music survive? wink


Glad everything's ok man, that had to be scary.


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You've run a big risk, man. I'm glad that you were able to get out of it unscathed. I guess that was shocking.

And yeah, this place is great! thu

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That was an unfortunate event. Glad you're OK Aidan. Take the herbs and vitamins anyway. wink grin

KC definitely has a different vibe. Not just an internet forum. A virtual family. thu cool


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KC definitely has a different vibe. Not just an internet forum. A virtual family. thu cool


My sentiments exactly.

Glad everything turned out okay, Aidan.

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What a horrible thing to happen! I'm glad there were others who saw or at least were there to help you. Take extra care of yourself these next few days, and get plenty of rest. Glad again that you're okay.


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Tom aka ITGITC and I talked on the phone today and he told me about your incident. I'm glad you're ok and really appreciate the brotherhood on this forum!

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Aidan, that's just terrible! I've been called by Tom/ITGITC too and it's an unnerving experience.

wave Hi Tom!


Seriously, glad you're okay. I saw that post on FB and judged by your tone you'd be alright.


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Aidan,
So glad to hear that you are ok. Stay warm and dry.

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Funny thing about playing music. Some nights you're smokin'. Some nights you're soakin'. Hope you got out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini.

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psst... just so you know... Tom is trying these days to buy his way into heaven. They do have beer there, right?

Glad to hear you're okay Aidan. Stay warm and safe!



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Boy, between Aidan and Meccajay, this place has had more than it's fair share of water-related issues lately!

Glad to hear you're okay, Aidan! I imagine falling into a freezing pond in the dark of night would be quite a harrowing experience.

And yes, this place is special, and the Grand Poobah of Posting is definitely a big part of it! thu

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NoahZark #2145466 12/20/09 01:22 AM
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so those "polar bear club" folks are truly crazy right?!

glad to hear you're okay


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Wow, that is scary! I'm glad you are OK. Be careful out there, guys...

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Damn...that sounds awful! Unusual gig experience to be sure... eek

Glad to hear you weren't hurt, brother Aidan! cool

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Dave Bryce #2145496 12/20/09 04:14 AM
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Wow... What a way to end a gig. Very relieved to read that you are doing OK, and weren't seriously injured, Aidan. Keep us posted, and take extra good care of yourself.

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5C? What is that in normal degrees? Like, 40 or something? Who has a 5 ft deep pond at their house, anyway? I'm surprised you didn't tell us it was 1-1/2 Meters deep or something?

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Glad you're OK!!! The stories I hear on here never cease to amaze me. Beats a desk job any day, doesn't it?

BTW - you could probably almost fit your hobbit house in that pond, eh?

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Originally Posted By: 80s-LZ
5C? What is that in normal degrees? Like, 40 or something?


-5Celsius more like 23 Farenheit.

BTW, Celsius is the "normal" degrees. Oh, Americans........ smile

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Originally Posted By: Ian Benhamou
Originally Posted By: 80s-LZ
5C? What is that in normal degrees? Like, 40 or something?


-5Celsius more like 23 Farenheit.

BTW, Celsius is the "normal" degrees. Oh, Americans........ smile


Oh how wrong you are. I was joking, but for the record, Tf = (9/5)*Tc+32. So Tf = ((9/5)*5)+32

In otherwards, 41 degrees F. So my off the cuff estimate of "around 40" was pretty frickin close, but who's counting?


...wait a minute... you have MINUS 5, I thought he had 5.... BIG difference. Well, if it's 5, I'm right, if it's minus 5, you're right. How's that?

EDIT: I just went back and looked. On my screen, the minus was at the end of the line, and the 5 was on a new line, so I missed the minus, sorry.

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I guess we could say the job was a ... wash?

I guess from what you wrote, you didn't play the job ... ?

Did you get paid? How exactly does this work?

(At least the piano was intact. smile )

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Oh man! That sounds like a harrowing experience! Glad you're OK Aidan! Stay warm smile


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What an awful thing to happen, glad your ok. Here in the UK it's been unusually cold the last week. We usually struggle to break freezing but it's getting as low as -10C here and to fall in a pond at that temperature is scary.

On the good side Aidan, you have unknowingly just passed your Army arctic training! Wait, Ray Mears will be in touch!

Totally irrelevent, but I'm impressed by the Iphone surviving.

Actually I just bought a headband with a an LED torch on it for my dads car, maybe a thought?


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Horrible experience. Awesome story. You'll be telling that one for the rest of your life.

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So.... did they ask you to come back next year? razz

wow- glad you're ok!


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When I was a kid I fell through ice on two separate occasions (no not the same day or place). Scary stuff. Glad you're OK Aidan.

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Aidan, glad your OK a step like that could have really hurt your back.

As for Tom he is what we call down south a true blue friend, or as I say a man I would buy a beer for anytime.


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Wow, good thing you weren't carrying a keyboard!

I fell through some ice once, but luckily it was only 2 or three feet deep. It was wicked cold, though!

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I'm very glad that you were not hurt in the fall. One would think that a 5' deep pond would be very unusual to have in the midst of the yard. Some here have in-ground swimming pools, but they usually have some sort of surrounding area that is different. I'd also think that something like that should have a fence around it - many city codes here require such a thing to keep small children from being hurt.

Tom is very polite, especially considering he is a "good old boy," (which has nothing to do with one's age, btw). I expect he is surrounded by a considerable amount of frozen water (snow) now - I'm far enough east in NC to have escaped the frozen kind in this recent storm.


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The pond could be fenced in such a way to keep random kids from falling in it, but yet be something to pass by depending on how you're going.

We have friends who have a coy pond in the back yard. The back yard is fenced, but the whole back is huge. The coy pond is only a small part of that. it's not fenced separately.


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Glad you are doing well! A 5 ft pond is no where to be during the holidays! Take care, stay well, be safe.

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Thanks for all your good wishes, guys. To clarify a couple of points...

The gig was done and dusted by the time I took the plunge. I had packed everything in the car and was just grabbing the booklets of carol words when it happened.

I have no idea why they needed a pond that deep. It wasn't especially big - basically a central rectangle with two separate oval ends to it, about 10ft x 4ft I'd say. I went into one of the two side bits. Not sure if there were fish in it - haven't found one in my dried-out clothes.

It was totally unprotected and had no surrounding lip - the couple have no young children so I guess they thought it was safe enough. But not if you don't illuminate it clearly on dark nights.

b3boy, that head torch sounds a good idea - thanks.


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Glad you did no real damage and good that you got warm and dry fast.

I did a plunge through the ice on skates when I was a kid. Total dunk in 25 degree (-6C?) weather. Folks were more amused than concerned. Got no help. That was one very long walk home. Only a mile, but the last half was up a very steep hill.


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At least there were no piranhas!
Glad you're ok!


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Glad to hear you're OK. that can be very scary.

A couple years ago I posted a thread about a board dying right at the beginning of a show, and the next day I get this phone call. The Caller said "Is this Mr. Nightime? I've got one question. Is There Gas In The Car?"

Yes, it was Tom calling to see how I was. We had a great conversation, and became friends. So hearing that Tom called you is not that unusual. It just means that he, like all of us, consider you part of the "Family".


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My mother-in-law has a man made pond in her garden and is probably a few feet deep. I just shoveled her driveway and probably made that pond a little deeper.

Glad to hear that even though it was an unfortunate accident, it happened after the job and not before ... and am glad to hear that you're OK.

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Good morning.

Aidan, I'm glad you're OK. I was concerned, especially since you are recently recovering from back problems.

Yeah guys - I do consider us as part of an international family. And reading your thoughts on a daily basis I feel as if I've gotten to know some of you well. For those I've had the pleasure of meeting in person it's been very rewarding for me. You've never let me down. I hope that the times I've picked up the phone to call a few of you haven't seemed out of line.

It is the quality of the people here that make this forum what it is. I realized this a very long time ago. You know, you can't pick your family members. You usually can't choose your coworkers. But you certainly have some say-so regarding with whom you spend your free time and who you consider to be your friend. The fact that many of us keep posting here is a testament to that.

One more thing. As a few of you know, I lost my father earlier this year. He was 93. This will be my first Christmas without him. It may sound trite, but life is very short. If you love someone, or simply care for them as a friend, it's important to let them know. Let them know you care. Tell them you love them. Get together. Buy them a beer (or whatever they choose). This time of season, no matter which holiday you celebrate - or if you celebrate no particular holiday at all - this is an especially good opportunity to phone someone up and tell them how much they mean to you.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Happy Kwannza, and Happy Holidays to you!

I'm pretty sure you guys know that I'm not kidding or joking around when I say that you all mean a lot to me. Thank you for your friendship.

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Thanks again, Tom - your call meant a lot to me. I'm sure your dad will be with you in spirit, somehow, somewhere, over the holiday period and far beyond.


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Re: Just another reason why this place is so great
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And I thought I had gigs that were a doozie...lol..
glad u r ok man..

I will bet that you would have been a tad more in shock if the GX had fallen in the water..lol...Merry Christmas 8)

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Glad you're OK Aidan. Between you and Jay we've had our share of water related problems.

Everybody. Stay Dry.

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That sounds like quite a shock to the system!

I'm glad you're okay, Aidan. cool

Best,

Geoff


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Bumped this for two reasons:

1. What a great thread to revisit in these hard times.

2. Tom: why do you never call mad laugh

Re: Just another reason why this place is so great
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Surprised to see this one revived, but it has very happy memories for me, at least now I'm warm and dry. Seriously, it was so great to hear from Tom that day, and yes in times like these it reminds us just what a great community we have created here, as well as an exchange of ideas and talent.

Hi Tom!


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