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Re: What's up?

Postby Mamont » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:41 pm

This was either the worst or the best road trip ever. Or maybe both. We had more things happen to us in those four days than in a whole year.

First part of the trip went without a problem. We arrived at Budapest as planned and checked in at the hotel. We left the car in an underground garage near it, to keep our instruments safe.
We went to eat to a place just outside the hotel and got acquainted with the owner Jozsef who wouldn't let us leave until we were pissed drunk. There we met some crazy, loud Serbians who were on their way to a football game.

We woke up around 10 am with a terrible hungover, took a shower and checked out. When we got to our car, I noticed I've lost the ticket for the garage, so we had to pay extra €10 for the parking (€30 (~ $40) in total).

While driving through Budapest (traffic was terrible) I began to feel very sick. As we approached a gas station I knew I was going to throw up. I took a plastic bag and threw up in it before I had the chance to get out. After two granola bars and a sleep in the car I was much better.

At the border we waited an hour in the line to get through. There we met a Slovenian officer (!) who told us that other Croatian band (that was to play on the same festival) had problems, and were sent to another border crossing.
It was because of the letter they (and we) received from the festival organiser addressed to the custom officers to let us through. It turned out they addressed it to the wrong border crossing. Also they had problems with documents for instruments. We didn't have documents, because each person can cross borders with one musical instrument without papers (it counts as personal baggage), and we decided not to show the letter from the organiser.
We got through the Hungarian side without problems. Then we arrived at the Ukrainian side. First a militiaman wrote our license plate number and number of passengers on a paper, handed it to us and said: "schastlyvo" (good luck). We were very anxious already, and his words sounded so ominous, it made us feel even worse.
But, apart from custom officers being very strict and unpleasant, we had no problem. They didn't check our luggage. They just asked us did we have any drugs or weapons and sent us on our way.

Ukraine looks... You have to see it to believe it. I thought Croatia was undeveloped, but this... You hear about it, and you think it's not really that bad, but when you see it... It really is a third world country.
We got off the main road to shorten our trip. That was a mistake. Local roads are... I never saw anything like it. It's just holes upon holes. We couldn't drive more than 50 km/h (30mph), and in zig-zags to avoid the holes. But Ukrainians drive on those road like they were highways.
The villages there look run down. Like everything stopped in late 70's or early 80's, when USSR was at it's peak, and it's on a decline ever since.
The first town we got to was Mukachevo. It looks nice, but it has obviously seen better days. There (with a little help from friendly locals) we got on the main road, and the drive was okay. We saw a lorry parked on the road and we had go around it, and as we did, we noticed its cabin was burned down completely.
We had GPS on our guitar player's tablet, but he forgot to recharge it, and the battery died, so we had to relay on our memory to get there. We ended up wandering local roads deep in the mountains, and locals were giving us mixed information.
When we finally got on the right road, it was already dark and the road was full of dangerous potholes. Finally, we got to a road sing that said Volosyanka (our destination) 30 km. From there we drove on the worst road I have ever seen for 30 kilometers (18 miles). It took us nearly an hour.

When we finally got there, it was around 11pm by local time. I spoke on the phone with our contact Alex and he said to wait there for somebody to take us to the mountain, where the concert was held. While waiting we met two friendly, but annoying locals that were going to the concert.
We were waiting there like an hour and nobody came. Finally I saw a jeep driver that took some people down from the mountain to the hotel, and we asked him to drive us up there. I will never forget that drive. It was completely insane! He drove his old UAZ like a maniac through some of the toughest terrain you can imagine. Our guitar player almost had a nervous breakdown.
After the concert, and a little less insane drive down the mountain, we finally met with Alex, and after some double checking and more waiting, we got the key to our room around 4 am.

The next day after lunch we went to play. They put us on ski lift with all of our equipment to get to the concert. It was a nice half-hour ride through the majestic mountains.
The concert was great – best audience we've ever had, equipments was top notch, professional staff, excellent sound.
We met a lot of people, including some Serbians again (they're everywhere), and got really drunk.

After few hours of sleep, we had breakfast, checked out and went on the 12 hour drive home. This time, we knew the way, and were prepared for lousy roads and crazy Ukrainian drivers. Again, we had to wait for an hour to clear the customs, but with no problems.
After four days and over 1800 kilometers (1100 miles) we made it back home in one piece.
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Re: What's up?

Postby kylekennypiptweek » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:19 pm

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Re: What's up?

Postby BRMBug » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:17 am

i'm downside up.
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Re: What's up?

Postby mo303564 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:31 pm

Glad to hear everyone is well! :)

Sorry I haven't been around. I've been working my 2 PT jobs a lot, and have just neglected this site :oops: :( I'm sick of working part time because I work 6 (SIX) days a week and yet I'm only getting 30-35 hours! :cry: Stupid 5/6 hour shifts....Why can't I work 8?? :x

Just been busy....Sadly, I don't know if I told people this or not (it's been a while), my grandmother died 3 weeks ago. So now I only have one living on each side, which is weird. But we're getting by.
My grandfather gave us savings bonds which have matured...so I have to cash in those babies soon. Just wish my jobs payed as much as these bonds! :roll:

Not too much otherwise. Breaking in new shoes. Did laundry yesterday. Need a haircut, probably tomorrow. Going to work soon, you all know....just a lot going on! :P
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Re: What's up?

Postby Milo Vonnegut » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:35 pm

What's up? Someone broke into my house last night and cut the power.
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Re: What's up?

Postby BRMBug » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:30 am

mo303564 wrote:Did laundry yesterday.

Oh sh*t! I've got shirts in the washer! Thanks for the reminder.

Milo Vonnegut wrote:Someone broke into my house last night and cut the power.

...'Tha f*ck?
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Re: What's up?

Postby Big-Will » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:35 am

Milo Vonnegut wrote:What's up? Someone broke into my house last night and cut the power.

Dummies! One can easily cut the power from outside, lol

What's up? Chilly night in the Valley, which is odd for August.
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Re: What's up?

Postby BRMBug » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:01 pm

Big-Will wrote:What's up? Chilly night in the Valley, which is odd for August.

Bastard! The low here was like 91.

I've been overindulging in all the junkfood everywhere. My weight's up, and my leg is going numb more frequently.
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Re: What's up?

Postby Mamont » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:17 pm

Yesterday was national holiday. On sunday me and some mates decided to make the most of long week and went camping.
Lots of wasps gathered around our food, but they didn't bothered us too much. Yes, I am freaked out by insects, but wasps are small, and as long as they don't land on me, I'm okay with them.
When we went to sleep, a wasp stung me and my friend. My friend turned a flashlight on and besides the wasp saw a spider, and she's terrified of spiders. I was freaking out over a wasp in the tent and she was freaking out over a spider.
We worked up the courage and I got rid of the spider and she got rid of the wasp, and after detailed inspection, we went to sleep.
A sharp pain in my foot woke me up in the middle of the night. I was stung again. My friend tossed it out, along with a huge disgusting beetle that also got in (we have no idea how) while I crawled in my sleeping bag in fetal position.
In the morning I realised that wasps were all around us. Thousands upon thousands. The whole forest was buzzing. Creepy! I'm never going camping there again.
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Re: What's up?

Postby Unassumption » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:37 am

Dummies! One can easily cut the power from outside, lol

Surely the whole purpose of cutting the power is to stop alarms going off when you break in?

Chilly night in the Valley,

Perfect example of how dumb I can be. I lived by the sea all my life yet this is the first summer I've gone out at night to take advantage of the sea breeze. You can wear less clothes indoors than is socially acceptable in public, plus you don't have the option to not walk around and generate heat by muscle movements while out there, so I always thought going out would heat myself up. When I actually tried going out at night, I learned it cools you down way more than wearing clothes and walking warms you, in fact it's too cold for short sleeved shirts by the beach! Sometimes it pays to experiment with ideas that seem stupid at first glance.

I use my mobile as a flashlight when walking on the cliffs. I've always been puzzled that i seem to find the sea no matter what direction i walk, until i looked at my area on google maps and saw we're like a pimple on the side of england with a tiny bit of land connecting us to the rest of the country and the sea on almost all sides.

Need a haircut

I've taken to cutting mine with scissors. I can't even cut paper strait but if you just want your hair cut short, it's pretty easy to do it yourself and hella cheap too.

I'm sick of working part time

At least you have some hours. I got hired for a temporary job that would last until the workload was finished, they said it would probably last 4 weeks but it ended up going away after only one. Good luck finding something ;)
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Re: What's up?

Postby (ugly)Bob » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:44 am

I am slowly unplugging myself from various websites for personal reasons. Eventually, i will unplug from this site,
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Re: What's up?

Postby kylekennypiptweek » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:40 pm

(ugly)Bob wrote:I am slowly unplugging myself from various websites for personal reasons. Eventually, i will unplug from this site,


nooOOOOOOOOOOO. WHY?

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Re: What's up?

Postby Mamont » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:18 pm

Unassumption wrote:
Need a haircut

I've taken to cutting mine with scissors. I can't even cut paper strait but if you just want your hair cut short, it's pretty easy to do it yourself and hella cheap too.

I'm surprised how good it looks. I don't think I could ever cut my hair and make it look decent. Except, of course, with shaving.

This week is really long and draggy, even though I wasn't working on monday.

I left my phone at work. It wouldn't be such a problem if I had an alarm clock. How am I going to wake up in time to get to work?
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Re: What's up?

Postby Unassumption » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:26 am

Given up on getting paid work, so I ended up applying for voluntary stuff to pad out my CV. I hope those accept me :S
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Re: What's up?

Postby Mamont » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:03 am

Last night's storm was a huge disappointment.
As the sun set, sky turned black, lightnings started, and... few drops of rain fell, accompanied by mild wind. :/
At least temperature was significantly lower today.
It seems this area never gets severe storms. Just heavy rain from time to time, that turn streets into rivers. I haven't seen real hale since I was a kid (some 20 years ago). Yeah, sometimes some ice falls with rain, but nothing serious. And I've never seen winds that can pull out trees around here.
I only hear about storms like that on the news. And they happen like 10 - 20 kilometers away from here.

Unassumption wrote:Given up on getting paid work, so I ended up applying for voluntary stuff to pad out my CV.

)= Sorry to hear that.

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