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This may very well be a modern era record for getting the Oddities published.
I needed to go down to Mexico for about about nine days so I scheduled it for the week following NAMM with the intention sequestering myself and knocking out the Oddities.
Last year I enjoyed single malt whiskey while I was writing but this year I thought that when in Rome should apply and I found a very nice tequila to partner up with. If it was "99000 Dollars" instead of "99000 Horas" then in pesos it would qualify as Tres Comas.
Thanks again goes out to Tracy for catching typos, fixing incomplete thoughts, and improving the humor.
After attending the Winter NAMM show for a number of years, I'd noticed that the exhibitors seem to fall into two categories: the established company showing its new (and sometimes vaporous) products and the independent start-up company looking to be noticed by distributors, music stores, potential investors and the music press.
It seemed that every year I spent more of my NAMM time checking out the various small companies that got stashed in some dark corner of the show. Many of the products from these companies were never seen by the average visitor, sometimes because they only appealed to a small market, or because most people simply couldn't figure out what the hell they were supposed to do.
That isn't to say that these products are ill-conceived or poorly executed. It's just that sometimes they're, well, a little odd. This situation made me think that there ought to be a place for people to come to marvel and wonder at all of these products. Thus, the NAMM Oddities were born.
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