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Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, I am.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by secretdonkey, Jun 20, 2004.


  1. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Fri and Sat gigs at a casino next state over. Arrive home a bit after 3:00 a.m. and discover bass is missing. I instantly realize that it was left on curb in back of casino (I don't drink till after gigs, and we had to play past last call, so no excuses there). Hop into the batmobile (okay, the mr2) and drive the 40-50 miles at light speed. Talk to flunkies who radio someone who radios someone else, and after tense minutes the security guy show up and lets me know it's my lucky day. He takes me back into the bowels of lost and found. Tells me he took it out and played it and put his name on it in case it wasn't claimed within 30 days. Asks me if I want to open the case to make sure everything's intact. I laugh and offer him a few twenties for his honesty and help. He declines.

    The whole drive over there, I'm contemplating that the odds are pretty good that I've just lost my main bass. I don't really have a gigworthy bass as a backup right now, and I've got a really big show next Sat., opening for ZZ Top and Hank Williams, Jr. (are you readdddy for some ffoooooootballl?!?) and I am wondering what the heck I'm gonna do.

    I got home (for the second time) and as I finish this post it's almost 6 a.m... Took me awhile to take the bass out and make sure it was in good shape, mix a martini, spill part of it into my keyboard, soak it up by running a paper towel between the keys, and then finally make this post.

    It is my lucky day!!!! I told the guy at the casino that I ought to go out on the floor and see how far my luck would go, but alas, I'm not the gambling sort.



    :hyper: :hyper: :bassist: :D
     
  2. lump

    lump

    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    Doh! Great story. At least you hadn't set it on the roof of your car. ;)
     
  3. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Ive done that before, but im glad that all my custom pedals were in an armoured box before we set off.

    The box was trashed, the pedals were not!
     
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Donk - the Cirrus? Ouch! That would have hurt!
     
  5. vbass

    vbass

    May 7, 2004
    Bay Area, CA
    Whew, that is good luck man, congrats on finding the thing!
     
  6. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, the Cirrus. If it had gotten snatched, at least I'd have the consolation of having another one on the way... though I'm having trouble getting a good answer on when the new one (custom) will be finished. Not in time for next weekend's gigs, I'm pretty sure!

    The guy at lost and found said he was going to give it to his nephew if it went unclaimed. I got a flash mental image of some kid trying to make his free bass look 'cool' with spray paint and stickers. Whew!
     
  7. TxBass

    TxBass

    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    wow. I know your ride home (the second time) was much more pleasant than your hustle back to the bar...time to buy a lottery ticket my friend! :D
     
  8. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    You bet! One of my bandmates plunked down $50 in the casino before we started playing and walked away with $500. I'm not sure which one of us was luckier that night... I had no net gain, of course, but stood to lose much more!!!

    :)
     
  9. PunkerTrav

    PunkerTrav

    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Wow, I can't imagine my reaction if I would forget my bass somewhere. You are very lucky indeed you got her back.

    Travis
     
  10. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    At this point I'd like to suggest that you consider insurance on your gear. It's not for everyone but if you're carting your gear all over the place, you should at least look into it. It takes away some of the pain out of such unfortunate incidents. And it's not as expensive as I expected it to be.
     
  11. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I don't have the time now,
    but, let's say, you will suffer serious abuse from your
    loving friends Monday.

    Ok, you load out and leave a 2K bass on the curb....













    Stupid
    Ass
    Award !!



    I'll bet they even let you vote in Texas ....
    Dumbass, I may have to take you off my xxx email list ...
     
  12. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    And not only that, after pulling this stunt,
    I am not exactly sure I would have posted it on the internet ...


    next time, you may have HELP loading .... that you didn't want


    DonkASS !!!


    Hey, I love you, but your stupid shiit drives me crazy ....
     
  13. I wouldn't be able to drive.
     
  14. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Great story! Wow, that's almost as good as winning the lottery. Once I bought a used Alembic Series II, and put it in the back of the truck to take it home. On the way home, I hit a bump and the case somehow bypassed the fishnet and ended up on the road. When I finally got to it, I discovered it had opened up, and the bass was in one place and the case was in another. Apparently the bass must have come down right on the omega cut, 'cause one of the points was broken. But I think that hard shell case saved my butt that day (or at least my bass's butt), 'cause that was the only damage. I still have that bass, it's my favorite studio instrument. I ended up taking it over to Dan Carruthers for repair. He's one of the few people I'd trust to do that kind of thing. Anyway, I'm glad you got your bass back, and I hope you guys do a killer show and have lots of fun. :)
     
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    oh man donk! I have quite the story for you.

    About a month ago, I was packing up my stuff in preparation for the flight home from boston.

    I had purchased a great MTD kingston 4 string fretless from Tb'ist steve-o earlier in the year and I was planning on shipping it home(along with another heavy box)

    So, Me and my buddy hauled the heavy box the 3 blocks away from our apartment to the FedEx shipping center, we arrived, I went back to get the bass as my friend filled out the paperwork.

    I bring the bass in(all packed up nicely in it's shipping box), fill out my part of the paper work(since we had decided to ship it to my place in the end)

    We pay, they take our items, all is well.

    the next day:
    The next day me and my roommate went out during the day to get lunch, we took an exceptionally long time, because we wanted to enjoy our last lunch in boston, Upon returning to the apartment there is a note on our door that says (paraphrased) "failed delivery, will try again tomorrow at 3"

    panic.

    The 'failed delivery' was my bass, apparently, they tried to ship it to my apartment from the shipping center 3 blocks away. There must have been an old shipping tag from when Steve-O shipped it to me, causing the shipping guy to bring it to the apartment in boston and not the plane.

    So, I'm stressin out, like "****, I'm not going to be here tomorrow, the shipping center is closed already, what am I going to do?!?"

    then our door-bell rings...

    "hello, is kief there?"

    I go down to meet him.

    at the door is a guy in his mid 40s, he tells me that he found my bass in the middle of the street, cars had been swerving to avoid hitting it!!!

    gah!

    so, he had an appointment to goto, but he said that my bass was at his apartment, and that he'd come back in about 30 minutes to take me over there.

    30 minutes or so later, he rings, I go down, over to his apartment, and pick up my bass.

    It's okay!

    the case was a little damaged, but the bass was in perfect health.

    phew!

    lucky lucky lucky lucky me :)
     
  16. wow, WR, shouldnt you do something about that? thats disgraceful!!!

    and yes, lucky lucky lucky, the both of you!! :cool:
     
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Water under the bridge now, no harm no foul.