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Image  —  Posted: July 2, 2018 in life, Roz Abellera, Uncategorized
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“It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

-John Steinbeck

“A lot of the conflict you have in your life exists simply because you’re not living in alignment; you’re not be being true to yourself.”

― Steve Maraboli

“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.”
― Charles M. Schulz

Last week the guitar company Gibson Brands Incorporated, the manufacturer of the legendary Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  A lot of people, including myself, wondered how and why this could have happened. How can such an iconic guitar company with such notable players such as Jimmy Page, Slash, Zakk Wylde, and many more, go from multi million dollars in sales to having to file for bankruptcy?

Many people blamed the high prices of Gibson guitars. A top of the line Les Paul is often priced between $5000 to $10000, sometimes more. A mid priced Les Paul goes for about $1000 to $3000. These guitars aren’t cheap for sure, but people forget that Gibson owns the Epiphone line of guitars which sells Epiphone Les Pauls in the $100 to $500 price range. In fact, it’s these affordable Epiphone Les Pauls which account for most of the company’s sales.  So I don’t think this is the problem.

In my opinion Gibson’s downfall goes far deeper than just a pricing issue. It signifies the death of Rock as a cultural force. The term “Rock Is Dead” has been said for years but this time it’s really happening. Well, it’s not exactly “dead” but like Jazz, it’s become a niche. It will keep it’s core audience which grew up on Rock but it’s not exactly growing armies of new listeners.

Gone are the days like when I was younger, when you would hear bands like Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Metallica, etc. on mainstream radio. You not only heard them on radio but they were also pushing pop culture and selling multi platinum records while selling out stadiums. Rock just isn’t pushing popular culture anymore.

The new generation just isn’t into Rock for whatever reason. There’s just too many other things these days for a kid to get into, whether it’s video games or a newer form of music like Hip Hop. Sometimes you’ll meet a kid who will like Rock when they hear it, but as said before, it isn’t pushing popular culture anymore. Most kids these days don’t know Eddie Van Halen from his elbow. And there’s no guitar hero that’s going to bring Rock back to become a cultural force again. Time marches on. Sinatra never came back after the world heard Elvis.

Thinking about all of this brought me back to my younger years when me and friends knew this older Jazz guy named Tom who would play Jazz guitar and collect old Jazz records. We would laugh about how he was just so into this old style of music and really be into it.  This was his niche. We looked at him like he was some kind of dinosaur.

What comes around goes around. Now some youngster is probably amused by my taste in music with my collection of old Rock cds. This is my niche.

Now I’m the dinosaur.

-Roz

Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!

― Steve Maraboli

I haven’t been on here for a while because I’ve been tending to my cat after work. Poor guy developed a pus filled abscess on his arm.

A couple of weeks ago we took him to the vet for a simple check up. They discovered a bump on his arm that we didn’t notice. It was about the size of a big gumball. The vet injected it and discovered it was filled with pus so they did emergency surgery. They drained the abscess of all the pus. Some of his muscle also had been eaten away. So he’s been walking around with an open wound that we had to clean 2 times a day.

He also had an overall infection as well so they gave him an antibiotic shot. We have no idea how he got the infection which caused this abscess. He might have caught it from when he got into a cat fight with another cat a month ago. Or he might have caught it from the first vet he went to who might have used a dirty needle to vaccinate him. We have no proof of this, we just suspect it.

Anyway, he is healing fine. The wound has scabbed over and the swelling is going down. I didn’t want to take pictures until the wound scabbed over because it looked pretty gross. His arm is still bald though, which looks pretty funny.

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