This is more of a rant than anything else, but i thought i might bounce this off of the wall and see what comes back. We all know that the best therapist for any situation is to discuss your problem with a bunch of total strangers so here goes... It appears that most if not all of the people that I have played with over the last 40 or so years no longer have time for me whatsoever. Some of these guys I used to call my best friends. Even the mere mention of getting together if for nothing else just to catch up on what's been happening with one another is enough to send them scattering like cock roaches with more excuses than there are stars in the sky. Granted I know as we grow older priorities change and we drift apart as friends, but it is downright disgusting when you try again and again to reach out only to be met with lame excuses why it is not possible at this time. I was forced to sell all of my stuff including my basses, amps and PA gear to survive about 18 years ago. I moved to a different city I didn't know anyone to work with and was only able to find a church gig just before that. Now I'm just a guy with a beat up old guitar that still has the drive to want to create music. I have a background in classical music as well as rock, southern rock, some jazz and country music. I write my own stuff and record at home for my own benefit, but i would dearly love to have other players to work with and bounce ideas off of... It really seems that I was only a friend and musical talent of convenience. Some of the guys I worked with in 5 or more bands over the years suddenly don't think I have the skills anymore to be a part of their projects, and they certainly don't want to be a part of anything I am doing. Could it be that because I used to own a truck and trailer and a crap load of PA gear that I was plenty good enough? Or is it that my innate knowledge of electronics and sound reinforcement made me a viable player and now that I no longer have the gear I am no longer good enough? Maybe they are all just intimidated because I decided to try to better myself and got a college degree and found out that I am not only talented as a musician but smart as well... I just turned 60, but I can still play just as well as I ever could.