Old Fiddler's Week on August, 2024: any one know what it means to ser ve this great countrty?

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any one know what it means to ser ve this great countrty?

i think its all about the man next to you

just found this on the internet you like it/ He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He doesn't get to eat today.

Your wife makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair done.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.

He does exactly what he is told.

You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep,and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire.You sit there and judge him

I need to know anything and everything about THE FIDDLE. I’m talking about the instrument.?

I need to know anything and everything about THE FIDDLE. I'm talking about the instrument.?

Fiddle contests first appeared in the U.S. in November of 1736. The first recorded fiddle contest was held as part of a St. Andrew's Day celebration. The best fiddler was to win an Italian made Cremona fiddle. The next year only the first twenty fiddlers to sign up were allowed to play. After they played their tune they were asked to play another tune for entertainment. Sometimes fiddle contests were simply groups of local fiddlers getting together to determine who was the "best" fiddler. At times prizes were awarded but many fiddlers saw that as less important than the prestige attached to winning the contest. The fiddlers and the audience took these contests seriously, it was a matter of great local pride for a county to have a champion fiddler.In 1926, Henry Ford, who was greatly interested in oldtime fiddling, held contests at his Ford dealership. He sponsored fiddle contests at dealerships in hundreds of communities across the country. Ford's promotion of fiddling helped contribute to its growing popularity on the radio.

In 1938 Joe Woods, the current national champion, along with Leslie Keith, neither of whom had any money or prospects for work, rented a park for $15, called it the Grand Ole Opry and invited Arthur Smith to come for $100 and bus fare. They promoted their contest on the radio, twenty-seven fiddlers showed up, 9,400 people attended and those in attendance judged the fiddlers by an applause meter. By 1946 the contests had changed to "Fiddling Showdowns" which were more stage shows than real contests in the strict sense, but they helped maintain the popularity of fiddling. In some contests every fiddler had to play the same tune, often a common one known by all, such as "Arkansas Traveler" or "Sally Goodin". If a fiddler were suspected of having formal training he was disqualified. The prize often went to the person who played in the most authentic style, and that was a matter of personality as much as fiddling skill. Judges looked for things like trick playing, singing, and joking. One contestant was heard to say of the winning fiddler, "he didn't out-fiddle me, he out-hollered me!". The present National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest was inaugurated in 1963 in conjunction with Idaho's Territorial Centennial observances. Through 48 years of fiddling in Weiser, the town of 5,200 people pull 1100 volunteers together each year in support of their nationally recognized event. This week of intense competition and endless jamming brings together young and old for the purpose of perpetuating fiddling around the world. The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest now certifies fiddling contests in 29 states in order to facilitate interest and maintain the integrity of fiddling contests. Almost 350 contestants compete in 8 divisions each year. The week long competition also includes musical entertainment nightly from groups from around the U.S.

Can someone who knows what they’re talking about PLEASE give me advice?

Can someone who knows what they're talking about PLEASE give me advice?

He should go to the local law faculty's student advice program. Any first-year law student will be pleased to represent him. The fact that he wasn't even driving or tested will certainly mitigate - unless there are a few facts you've conveniently omitted.

Oh, and no one cares a fiddler's fart how inconvenient it might be for anyone to lose his licence. Pretty hard to explain inconvenience to the family of someone killed b/c of a drunk driver, huh?

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