There's a local group of old-time country/bluegrass guys that get together every Thursday at a local church that have what is supposed to be an 'open house' kind of gathereing. I called the guy doing some of the organizing to find out 'what, where and when' kind of stuff. In my mind I kind of pictured me showing up with my bass, being greeted by a bunch of freindly guys and learning some kool, old fashioned material. He was kind of excited at first, saying bass players are hard to find. Until he found out I play what he called a 'wired' bass. Electric bass, that is. He didn't think it would work out because I don't have a stand up. He said 'wired' basses wouldn't fit well in the mix. Jeez, it feels like the music gods are plotting against me. I can't be in a committed band because of my work schedule and I can't find a casual gig to save my life. All this music crap and no one to play with. This is really starting to suck. Joe.