Its a small world (cliche I know)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ke5nnt, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. ke5nnt

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    Its funny how in a world with so many people, it can still end up being such a small world.

    Yesterday I went down to my favorite local electronics supply store to do some shopping for project parts when I strike up a conversation with someone in the same isle as me. After a moment this person starts to look real familiar, "where have I seen this guy before?"

    Then it hits me, It's AAC's own Bill Marsden! I recognized him from his profile photo. What are the chances?
     
  2. Wendy

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    At Tanner's Electronics? Pretty darn good. :D It's better than a candy store for me.

    I went and checked a new (to me) store called AlTex. Not to much in the way of semiconductors, very nice on other descrete parts, semiconductors, and computer gear.
     
  3. ELECTRONERD

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    That's funny...:D The world is small after all, eh? ;)
     
  4. Wendy

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    We have enough users here it was bound to happen. I notice Wookie has his share of neighbors, but he doesn't have his picture up, so who would know?
     
  5. beenthere

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    Yes he does, Bill, but he doesn't run around in his dress uniform when he goes shopping.
     
  6. Wendy

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    Hmmm, maybe. Only the mistro hisself can say fer sher.

    I always thought that was a stock photo myself.
     
  7. Dave

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    Ha! That is pretty incredible! :D

    Would be interesting to know if anyone else has met another member in person. I can go on record and say I haven't...yet!

    Dave
     
  8. bertus

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    Hello,

    For me it will not happen so soon.
    I live in amsterdam.
    I do not think many members live in holland.
    Most members are abroad to me.

    Greetings,
    Bertus
     
  9. Wendy

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    How many folks in Holland speak fluent english? That's bound to make a difference.

    Wish everyone could have a store like Tanner's. Their not perfect, but they have a huge assortment of everything component wise, plus tools and kits. Even have a large selection of speakers big and small in all price ranges. It is a family operated store ), with about 7 or so family members working there (most of the last names are Tanner, with a brother in law on the side), so hopefully it will be around for a while.
     
  10. loosewire

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    Maybe some members will talk about their over sea's travel,any members countries.
     
  11. JoeJester

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    I'll have to remember to visit Tanners after I move to Grand Prairie. Who knows, I might run into two forum members.
     
  12. Wendy

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    Stupid question, why the move? Or to put it another way, what company?
     
  13. JoeJester

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    Bill,

    I'm retired. My better half's son and his family is down there, so we will be closer to them. He's Dallas PD.

    I do work part time, for HR Block, so I will have something to do to escape cabin fever (although I doubt that exists in that area) and keep my one brain cell working. :)

    I will be looking for some spots to hunt. One person who worked for me when I was in OK, resides up in Sallisaw. Fishing will be on the summer agenda.
     
  14. Wendy

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    Coolness. I'm not much of a fisherman myself, but I see plenty of lakes and baitshops around here.
     
  15. studiot

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    Sadly I think the last of such stores in the UK has now closed.
     
  16. Nanophotonics

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    Sadly, I don't see many electronic hobbists in the UK. From my observation, most university electronic departments are filled with overseas students of which approx. 50%+ are chinese. Few most popular stores are probably RS, farnell and Rapid Electronics, and I purchase online.
     
  17. R!f@@

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    One thing for sure is that I won't run into any of you guys in this life time.

    Rifaa
     
  18. Dave

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    That's actually a true observation. I would be hard-pressed to name one person I know in the UK who I could say is a hobbyist of the sorts of people we know on here. Obviously we do have some UK-based hobbyists here on AAC.

    Dave
     
  19. Wendy

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    I've noticed that locally too. I suspect computers and programming take a lot of the same mindset, and overall (once you have the computer) they are cheaper too. Long before I could buy one I wanted to build a computer. I knew there was something about them I would like, though at the time I didn't have enough information to tell you why. I bought a TRS80 as soon as they became available, and the time I spent doing hobbiest work suffered, though I was working as a professional tech at the time. Back then there were many electronics parts outlets, I passed 2 or so just on the way home from work. Now I drive 25 miles to get to Tanner's and feel lucky to have one so close.
     
  20. Dave

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    Wow, 25 miles is like a day out for us Brits! :D

    Dave
     
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