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Do you still have vinyl records?

I have a fair amount of my vinyl records. Actually I have maybe about half of them. Once upon a time I moved from Denver to Portland and left my record collection with my mother. I had them in the standard record holders of the day which were wooden boxes with labels of fruits on them. For some reason my mom let my sister take them. She and her husband didn't take good care of them. Once upon a time they were all pristine and in plastic record covers. When my sister got them, they became scraped up and scratched. The covers got worn and the records became filled with the extra sounds of pops and hisses. About half of them were simply ruined including a few their dog chewed.

I wasn't too happy seeing the sad state of my record collection at my sister's house when I moved back to Denver briefly before moving on to Santa Cruz. I took what records were decent and have had them since. Smileycreek had a turntable which eventually died. A couple years ago I bought a new turntable so I could play my records again with all their scratches, pops and hisses.

I was listening to a radio show the other day and the topic of vinyl records was being discussed. One thing that came up is recordings are done differently for different mediums. Vinyl records are still considered to be the best for overall sound. These days recordings are created primarily for making mp3's since that's how we mostly get our music now. It turns out that they are made specifically for listening with ear buds so the bass is really accentuated. If you play mp3's on a big stereo system, the music simply has too much bass.

The two guys talking about recordings went into the history of how records were recorded first to be played on the oldest record players with the big horn. Later they were recorded and mixed to be played on a stereo. After that came quadraphonics, which really didn't last too long, but I do remember four distinct tracks that played on each individual speaker. Records recorded for that system really did sound much better than regular stereo recordings. Now music is mostly recorded to sound better in ear buds. I hadn't thought about that before but it made perfect sense that recordings were mixed and made to sound the best on the dominant playing devices of the time.

They were making the point that to have the best sound, you need to buy vinyl records which are making a comeback. Remember the whole ritual? You'd decide to buy an album, drive to the record store and thumb through a bunch of records just to see what was there to be had. Then you'd plunk down $7.00 or so for a new record. Older discounted records were sold for 1/2 that or less. They were marked with a small cut in the record cover. Then there were the underground record stores with used records and rare recordings including lots of bootleg records. Ah the memories...

You went home and listened to your new record while you looked at the album cover inside and out. You'd read whatever was written on it. Often the record sleeve itself had stuff to read. You had something with some life in it. A lot of effort was made to produce the whole thing. There was some great artwork too. As a teenager nothing beat that whole ritual of anticipation, going to the record store, spending too much time there looking around, buying a record, listening to it 100 times while looking at the cover.

I took a few pictures of some of my remaining record collection and will show them to you.

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So do you still have vinyl records?



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by Avilynfor New Jersey Kossacks

The New Jersey Kossacks held their inaugural meet-up on June 14, 2014. Thanks so much to Avilyn for taking up the reins and leading this important group. She noticed in all of the Christy diaries that many New Jersey folk came out of lurking or signed up to comment. She was motivated by this to start this group. I'm glad because there's a lot of work to do in New Jersey. I also noticed in her start-up diaries that many people couldn't attend this event but wanted to be invited to the next event. She had 18 Kossacks sign up with her first announcement of the new group. This is excellent and I'm sure there are more New Jersey Kossacks out there.

Here's the group photo:

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L-R: Christin, Mr. Christin, belinda ridgewood, zitherhamster

Please visit Avilyn's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join New Jersey Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Avilyn.

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Saturday, June 21st

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2. John Crapper's SO
3. T-BoneApollo
4. dougiemac
5. Regina in a Sears Kit House
6. Regina's SO
7. doingbusinessas
8. Eagle Keeper
9. Piren
10. SilverWillow
11. Sarge in Seattle
12. LarisaW
Maybees:
Assof
Latest diary: Seattle Kossacks Dare to Dream 6/21/14
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Sunday, June 22nd

March for Democracy Arrival Rally
Call for a national Constitutional Convention for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment to end big money's corruption of our democracy.
If you can't be there in person please sign this petition.

TIME: 2:00 PM NOTE TIME CHANGE!!
LOCATION: California State Capitol
1315 10th St • Sacramento

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to connect with other Kossacks there.

RSVPs:
1. Shockwave
2. navajo
3. Meteor Blades
4. Glen The Plumber
5. remembrance
6. TLO™
7. Lusty
Maybees:
USHomeopath
PatConnors

dharmasyd (needs a caretaker, please kosmail her)

In Spirit:
shigeru

Latest diary: Something big is brewing in California
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Tuesday, June 24th

NYC Kossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for Dave in Northridge

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Donburiya
137 East 47th Street (Lex & 3rd) • New York
(Not wheelchair accessible, entrance is 2 steps down)

ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Dave in Northridge
3. Avilyn
4. plf515
5. followyourbliss
6. MBNYC
7. cohenzee
8. joanbrooker
9. waterstreet2013
Maybees:
Laura Clawson
Latest diary: NYC Meetup 6/24: Come Meet Dave in Northridge
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Saturday, June 28th

LA Kossacks Meet-up To See the Space Shuttle Endeavour

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: California Science Center in Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send susans a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. susans
2. Otoelbc
3. 714day
4. SanFernandoValleyMom
5. Richard
6. jakedog42
7. JustSaying
8. Gay CA Democrat
9. Moody Loner
10. mommyp00ka
11. Little Loner
12. Just Saying
13. Yoo-Hoo
Maybees:
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup at the Space Shuttle
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Sunday, June 29th

Koscadia Kossacks Meet-up at Catnip Manor with Ojibwa!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Home of the Reed sisters
Address given by kosmail • Portland

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Ojibwa
2. Sara R
3. winglion
4. llbear
5. watercarrier4diogenes
6. Oregon Gal
7. loggersbrat
8. Arenosa
9. Kit RMP
10. rsmpdx
11. punkrockliberal
12. quill
13. pdxteacher
14. jgilenhousen
15. Angie in WA State
16. Kitsap River
17. Charles CurtisStanley
18. ozsea1
Maybees:
Latest diary: Koscadia Meet Up, Sunday, June 29
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Friday, July 4th

Mexican Kossacks Connect with San Miguel Democrats Abroad 10th Anniversary
Tickets (including both entry and buffet) are available at 200 pesos (about $16) each at La Conexion (Calle Aldama #3 office only); Solutions (Calle Mesones #57 office only) and at the door. Entire event covered against rainout.

Buffet will include hamburgers, “new and improved” veggie burgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad and carrot cake. The cash bar will feature various beers, wines, soft drinks and bottled water. Sponsored by San Miguel Democrats Abroad.

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: La Hacienda de San Miguel
On the street between Salida Celaya and the Libramiento • San Miguel de Allende

ORGANIZER: Send roberb7 a kosmail to make arrangements to connect with other Kossacks.

RSVPs:
1. roberb7
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Democrats Abroad - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Chapter
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Wednesday, July 16th

Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Shockwave
10. a gilas girl
11. susans
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
14. sidnora
15. Mr. sidnora
16. thankgodforairamerica
17. brillig
18. mik
19. K1
20. loggersbrat
21. Dave in Northridge
22. 714day
23. NormAl1792
24. texasmom
25. texasdad
26. a gilas girl
27. peregrine kate
28. provokingmeaning
29. justiceputnam
30. tmservo433
31. Mark E Andersen
32. Son of Mark E Andersen
33. winkk
34. theRoaringGirl
35. shermanesq
36. Doggie269
37. shanikka
38. jakedog42
39. ramara
40. skohayes
41. DebtorsPrison
42. gmats
43. Adam Blomeke
Daily Kos Staff:
1. Markos Moulitsas
2. Susan Gardner
3. Will Rockafellow
4. Meteor Blades
5. Joan McCarter
6. Faith Gardner
7. Laura Clawson
8. Chris Bowers
9. navajo
10. Jen Hayden
11. Elisa Batista
12. Denise Oliver-Velez

44. LuLu
45. Chicklette
46. PerfectStormer
47. 4Freedom
48. DemSign
49. vicki
50. Cedwyn
51. jotter
52. aha aha
53. Dennis Shreefer
54. ohmydem
55. Brainwrap
56. Mrs. Brainwrap
57. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
58. Anne Savage
59. BlueBarnStormer
60. sandiegodem
61. Pam Miles
62. TexMex
63. linkage
64. 2thanks
65. bunnygirl60
66. binkaroni
67. zenbassoon
68. nomandates
69. thepegster
70. Ooooh
71. figbash
72. TrueBlueMajority
73. winifred3

Maybees: N in Seattle, Turbonerd

Latest diary: Connect! Unite! Act! ATTN: DC, Tucson & Seattle Meet-up Info! +Q: Roll Call, Are You Attending NN14?



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Friday, July 18th

Daily Kos Detroit VA Hospital Service Project

Sara R delivers 65 quilts, hand knit scarves and hats, books, 65 teddy bears, hand made greeting cards, and phone cards from the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, the Readers & Book Lovers, IGTNT and individual Kossacks to the nursing home at the Detroit VA Hospital. This is a wonderful project that many people can be involved with even if they don't attend the convention. If you care about veterans in a nursing home this is your project. Please volunteer to help.

DELIVERY TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Volunteer Office of the Detroit VA Hospital
4646 John R St. • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a Kosmail to participate in making the gifts and/or deliver them.

RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
2. NormAl1792
3. Winifred
4. linkage (videographer)
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?



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Plenary Session Tables during the rest of the Convention

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to have a seat reserved for you in the main ballroom of the convention center for the big events. These table will be there so we can all find each other as a group. The seating is not assigned. You can float from table to table. I'm only counting to see how many tables I need to reserve.

Cheers & Jeers Table:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. brillig
4. mik
5. K1
6. vicki
7.
8.
9.
10.
Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. provokingmeaning
3. 4Freedom
4. Brainwrap
5. Mrs. Brainwrap
6. Eclectablog aka Chris Savage
7. 2thanks
8. Sydneyluv
9. DoReMI
10. Mideedah
SFKossacks Table:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. Tim Delaney
8. maggiejean
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl
2. justiceputnam
3. Dragon5616
4. DebtorsPrison
5. tmservo433
6. shanikka
7. aha aha
8. jotter
9. norm
10. figbash
Los Angeles Table:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Dave in Northridge
4. gmats
5. 714day
6. jakedog42
7.
8.
9.
10.
New York Table:
1. sidnora
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
4. thankgodforairamerica
5. Denise Oliver-Velez
6. hayden
7.
8.
9.
10.
Seattle & Portland Table:
1. Lefty Coaster
2. Sara R
3. loggersbrat
4. N in Seattle
5. Cedwyn
6. linkage
7.
8.
9.
10.
Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico Table:
1. texasmom
2. texasdad
3. TexMex
4. nomandates
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Maybees:
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,
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Sunday, July 20th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Meet-up with Lyon County Democrats & Governor Candidate Paul Davis
Paul Davis (D-KS) who is running against Sam Brownback will be present. Potluck Dinner format and short meeting for Kossacks/Democrats afterwards. There will also be several other candidates and a full meeting of the county party.

POTLUCK!
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Emporia Senior Center
603 E 12th Ave • Emporia, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Tim Huelskamp Asserts Benghazi is a Bipartisan Conspiracy.. And the Man who Could Beat him this year
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Saturday, July 26th

Meet the Candidates in Hutchinson, Kansas!
• Jean Shodorf (Candidate for Secretary of State)
• Brian E Davis (Candidate for State House of Representatives)
• Jim Sherow (Candidate for 1st District US House of Representatives)
• Jill Docking (Candidate, Lt. Governor)
• Various County Party Leadership

TIME: 11:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyle Park
100 E. Ave. B • Hutchinson
BBQ, watermelon and other food provided. Bring a lawn chair.

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Sunday, July 27th

Phoenix Kossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for navajo

Event will be potluck, so please sign up here with food, beverages or booze
TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Mother Mag's Rooftop Terrace
(address given privately to RSVPs) • Downtown Phoenix

ORGANIZER: Send Mother Mags a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Mother Mags
2. navajo
3. Azazello
4. Mrs. Azazello
5. arizonablue
6. Mr. arizonablue
7. Kane in CA
8. puzzled
9. Late Again
10. Mr. Late Again
11. rasbobbo
Maybees:
DaNang65
drnatrl
dewey of the desert
Mr. dewey of the desert
PSzymeczek
Skippah
Latest diary: Arizona meet-up: Summer potluck with Navajo!
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Saturday, August 9th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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