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Old 04-08-2014, 08:18 PM   #11
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Re: A Bus at Last!!! *UNNAMED*

The bus is home!!! I made the 700+ mile trip home with 0 problems. The bus performed flawlessly. I camped out somewhere in Pennsylvania last night and slept in the aisle with my sleeping bag, and finished the drive this morning. We start tearing the seats and floor out tomorrow! I'll try to get some pics up tonight!!!
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:28 PM   #12
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By the way, we named the bus Two Birds We are both bird (and other animal) lovers and we travel a lot. My friend in Africa that I lived with for many months always said... "Jeremy, you travel like a bird!". We figured it was fitting as our lovely bus is a Bluebird

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Old 04-08-2014, 11:43 PM   #13
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Re: A Bus at Last!!! *Two Birds*

The bus adventure begins! I went to your blog and looked at some of your pics of your travels in other countries- I was impressed and entertained! Your name for your bus is fitting- it will be fun to watch your progress as you begin your conversion of the bus.

By the way, do you have a link to a video showing how you play the flying saucer looking instrument? I'd like to see how you play it, and what it sounds like!
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:58 PM   #14
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Great platform! --- Birds are really hard to beat. Just do it your way and it will be "right".
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:10 AM   #15
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By the way, do you have a link to a video showing how you play the flying saucer looking instrument? I'd like to see how you play it, and what it sounds like!
Sure thing! I make my living playing this "flying saucer looking instrument. It is called a Handpan. The original of these instruments is the Hang, created in Switzerland in 2001. Check out more at my site at www.JeremyArndt.com

My latest music video here:
http://youtu.be/BImc4PhBYE0
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:11 AM   #16
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Great platform! --- Birds are really hard to beat.
A Bird is what we wanted most!
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:10 AM   #17
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Saw a chap here in Houston playing a "Hang Drum"...absolutely mesmerizing sound! Nothing else like it...very cool. And...it doesn't take nearly as much wind as a Didgeridoo!
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #18
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Saw a chap here in Houston playing a "Hang Drum"...absolutely mesmerizing sound! Nothing else like it...very cool. And...it doesn't take nearly as much wind as a Didgeridoo!
Nope! But I play them both together! Handpan on the lap and didgeridoo on a stand. Simultaneous!
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:25 PM   #19
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All in a day's work!

This morning at 8 AM, we started out with a plain, old school bus. 24 seats.


We started off ratcheting them by hand... yikes! Fortunately, we had a family member bring over his impact gun. It made quick work of the seats. We had 0 rusty bolts to deal with.


We didn't forget to stop and have some fun with the toys we found in the seats too! Fortunately, I didn't chew any of the old bubblegum.


By noon, we had the seats out and took a pizza break!




The flooring was a bit tougher than the seats! What a mess. The wood was rotted and still wet


We offered another family member all the seats for scrap if he hauled off all the garbage too. He insisted on taking it all in one trip and, to our surprise, did so with no problems This scared the hell out of me, but he insisted he had hauled worse with his truck (He scraps metal often). It was only a couple miles to the scrapyard.


By 5 PM, we were all cleaned up, flooring removed, and swept out. Just in time for my partner to come home from work! We left the entry bit of flooring in for the time being, because the wood and rubber was in great shape. 9 hours of hard work, but we got it all done!


Just before nightfall, we drove it to it's temporary parking spot for the next 9 weeks. We will work on it in a couple different locations. The driveway location from above (complete with a nicely outfitted woodshop in the back), and this spot here.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:54 PM   #20
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Congratulations on all that work!! Love the pictures!
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