« on: November 25, 2010, 12:32:10 pm »
Hey All (I mean Y'ALL!),
I wanted to write a public thank you to a few folks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience I had earlier this month.
Being from the great white wasteland of the north, it just didn't seem like I would EVER be able to get over to ZDHQ and see 109 and Gina at the birthplace of the Zendrum, but it just so happened that I had a conference to go to in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I began e-mailing with David to set up plans for a visit.
When I finally got there (harrowing experience on several subways and an hour lost in a cab, but that's another story...) I was immediately family. Seriously, handshakes, hugs, a glass of wine in one hand and 109's ZX in the other. It was so cool to finally meet these people I have "known" via phone and e-mail for over 13 years now. I saw Futureman's ZX, The Mayor's old one, and so many more pieces of Zendrum history. David even took down ZX #0001 for me to check out. And, mimicking the way the Zendrum reaches back to the past while pushing toward the future, after seeing and touching all this history, I got to play on the prototype ZenDrive. David was so willing to let me jam on his stuff and share opinions. I told him then... try doing that at the Roland/Alesis/Yamaha/XYZ factory someday! We hung out until the wee hours of the morning, and I was sorry to have to go.
The next day was just as amazing. David got me in touch with my new Zenbuddy Dr. Shark. Doc picked me up at the subway platform and we had a great time eating, chatting, jamming, talking gear, etc. etc. etc. Dr. and Mrs. Shark were so incredibly welcoming and friendly- again, I felt like new family down there. In fact, my wife and I are already planning a return trip to see the Sharks. Later, Doc and I went to ZDHQ again, and again, the jams, the brainstorms, the camaraderie that everyone on this forum is all about. Dr., 109, and I were shooting the Zenbreeze while Gina was online talking with Rob and some other ZD guys- it was just so cool to be a witness to the real deal with the real guys at the real place.
To David, Dr. Shark, the Misses-es (?), and all the other folks and musicians I met: THANK YOU. I had a wonderful time and consider myself lucky to know all of you.