Hey, just noticed that I'm about to hit a thousand posts, so I figured I'd make this one count, with a tongue-in-cheek tribute to TB. This place really has opened my eyes to a bigger world of bass playing than my smallish city in middle America could ever hope to. Hats off to TB! Maybe other folks will have some "TB vs. the real world" comparisons to share, themselves... * On TB, collections of singlecut Foderas or seven string Conklins are quite the norm... * In the real world, the absolute coolest bass you can find down at your local music store is a used Stingray. * On TB, guys learn how to play Teen Town backwards before they can grow a proper beard. * In the real world, playing the instrumental break in Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" down at the pub&grub represents an impressive bass solo (repetitive 3 note pattern). * On TB, chances are you see yourself as a pretty humble, meat-and-potatoes kinda player. * In the real world, you grumble because there's hardly any musicians around your scene worth wasting your time on. * On TB, being a "professional" means that you are a serious, respected player with exceptional dedication to the craft. * In the real world, being a "professional" means you live with your girlfriend and will jump on a $50 gig playing the likes of "brown eyed girl" like it was a hottie with her ankles tucked behind her neck. * On TB, most musicians are intelligent, sober and focused. * In the real world, people are highly suspicious of any musician that appears to be intelligent, sober and focused. ...and so on. How about some other comparisons?