Originally Posted by Means2nEnd
I’ve shown up to recordings and practices with fevers etc…
Oh, you're one of THOSE guys, showing up to "work" sick, and putting everyone else at risk. Great. It doesn't make you a "badass" to go to work sick, it makes you a public health menace.
Anyway, I think just about everyone in this thread is taking things WAY too seriously for the circumstances. I am ALL ABOUT being committed to practices and showing up consistently and at least more or less on time. But this is a CASUAL jam of older guys just looking to have some fun. If it's not fun, what's the point?
So if it's raining hard, and you still have to move all your gear and then DRIVE pretty far in the heavy rain (which for me, practices are usually on weekday evenings, meaning dealing with rush hour traffic) for a CASUAL, FUN JAM, it doesn't seem out of line to me to cancel occasionally in situations like that.
Most of the time, I would probably still go, but for one of my bands, we practice at my house. Another, practice is about 20 minutes away, and most of my gear is already there. The 3rd one is about a 30 minute or so drive through sometimes congested areas and I have to bring a significant amount of gear. So that one I might be inclined to cancel if the weather was really bad.
As far as it "not pouring for very long"... I don't know where you people live, but in DC, it can literally rain pretty heavily for 24 hours or more. There was it least one time when it rained heavily enough for about a day, that my (older) car wouldn't even start because the air was too wet. And DC isn't even known for it's rain.
Also, I greatly disagree with all the people who are just saying to spend a bunch of money on extra gear for this project that doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. First of all, he just started playing with them, personally, I like to know people for a while before I will leave my gear at their house. Secondly, there will be no money from this group, so is it really wise to pour money into it (besides the 2-4 gallons of gas it probably takes each time to drive there and back)?
I also disagree with "your gear is meant to get wet". No, no it really isn't. Can it? Sure, and it probably will. But if you have this blase attitude like "whatever man", THAT is how you end up with gear that looks raggedy as hell after a few years and has very little resale value, and maybe eventually DOES get ruined, rather than the person who is a little more cautious, but their 25 year old gear looks like it just came off the factory floor, maybe minus a few small blemishes.