Chris Cavalari

New Windsor, NY, United States

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Finish carpenter, writer, photographer, musician/composer, abstract artist, environmentalist. Age 51

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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 2 years ago
What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?
I always ask people, what bands were your bands when you were 18? It always seemed to me that at that age, you were in the prime of your rock and roll. When I was 18, in 1978, I dubbed my official favorite bands Genesis, Yes, and Jethro Tull. I grew up in upstate New York, in the country. When I was pre-teen, I listened to AM radio, Cousin Brucie. I bought 45RPM records at the department store. When I was around 8, in 1968, my parents bought me a monophonic green hard plastic record player with a flip top. It was my machine. They bought me an LP by The New Seekers to go with it. My parents were liberals, they marched on the Vietnam War in DC. They were Unitarians. I speak of them in the past tense; they're still here. They knew, and know, Pete Seeger. I didn't like The New Seekers. I liked The Beatles. I bought 45s of Can't Buy Me Love and She's a Woman. The first two LPs I bought, to my parents chagrin (They evidently weren't all that liberal) were Who's Next by The Who, the band overtly pissing on some Stonehenge-like rocks on the cover, and The Slider by T Rex. Not very wholesome stuff. And I'm sure the third LP I bought was Janis Joplin, Pearl. So years later I ended up with stereo Hi Fi, and found Genesis, Yes, and Jethro Tull. I saw Genesis 8 times. I can list the album tours and venues. I saw Jethro Tull five times, I saw Yes six times. I saw Emerson Lake and Palmer at Madsion Square Garden. I saw everyone at Madison Square Garden. I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. I saw Pink Floyd, the Animals tour, at Madison Square Garden. I saw Cheap Trick. I saw Cindy Lauper. I saw Peter Gabriel three times. So eventually, I got a lot older. But I still listen to what people listen to when they're 18 now. I'm a pop music encyclopedist. Recently I've found, and seen live, Carney, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Sondre Lerche, and Tally Hall. Tally Hall is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check them out. I always loved Madonna.
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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are the best and worst laws and practices of your region/state/country
Yeah, subsidies are often stupid. How about tobacco? It couldn't possibly get much stupider than that. We pay taxes to smoke it, and they grow more, and it's deadly. Also, because we've insisted on growing so much corn over recent decades, countries that farmed it for centuries before we came into existence, like Mexico, can't grow it on small farms and compete anymore. We grow the corn, and the jobless Mexicans can come cut our grass and carry our Sheetrock up the stairs, so we don't have jobs and they don't have jobs, and we do their jobs and they do our jobs and its a big happy global economy. But it ain't. It isn't a free market. There has never been a true free market in a country or a region ever. Name one.
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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 3 years ago
Do people love or hate their job?
I think your a, b, c, and d are a little pedantic. No one loves their job every single day. I think an e is in order. e) they have been doing their job for decades, they are very good at it, they make good money at it, and to change careers and learn something different is not going to come even close to the income of their occupation they've gotten very knowledgeable about and good at. I'm a finish carpenter, I'm very good at it, and have many references from satisfied customers. I'm fifty, it's getting a little physically tiring, but there is not a single thing in the world I could do for work that would come close to the pay.
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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is our math wrong? Is it our assumption of zero, or absolute nothingness?
This is pretty fascinating, I read most of the replies. I know little of math, the most advanced math I ever used was bulk specific gravity calculations on construction materials. But let me see if I can stimulate some of your physics brains. Can it be that there is zero matter of one particular matter? Two people in a room, one holding an apple, one holding nothing. The particular matter that makes an apple, is zero, no? Zero of that matter, as opposed to oxygen in the room. I don't know, it's mind boggling. It reminds of of the novel The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing - Billy Preston
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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are the best and worst laws and practices of your region/state/country
My oldest son probably isn't a fan of the drinking and driving laws in this area either, as he recently got his second charge, and is doing weekends in jail for a few months. This after he already went to jail, to get off probation, and had it all licked, but he had to drink and drive again, now he has a new five years probation. He's 24. I don't see him much, but if I did, I guess I'd say, don't drink and drive. This time he crashed into someone in a parking lot and a kid was in the car. I've been to jail also, but not for drinking and driving. I met a guy in there, in county jail, awaiting sentence for drinking and driving. He hit a lady in her car, and her teenage daughter is no longer with us. He payed a lawyer thousands of dollars, and was hoping for a minimal sentence. I read in the paper after I got out that he got 5 years. Hey, the child's dead. He was a nice guy. We watched baseball. One or two shouldn't be over the blood alcohol content limit. Fifteen or twenty are, or two nice huge glasses of booze by a friendly barkeep. I've gotten pulled over a few times drunk and let go. Good cops know who's okay and who isn't. I don't know the breathalyzer limit in canada, but I find your one or two claim a little dubious. One or two isn't going to get anyone a driving while intoxicated charge in my neighborhood.
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Chris Cavalari
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are the best and worst laws and practices of your region/state/country
I believe one of the best modern laws as practiced in the US is the drunk driving law. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, many people I knew, myself included, drove drunk. The police hardly ever caught anyone, they simply didn't persue it. This was the 1970s. In the 1980s, the police began aggressively finding and stopping drunk drivers, and now drunk driving is very much a serious offense which can result in jail time. Drunk driving is such a serious issue, as often innocent people are harmed or killed in accidents involving drunk drivers, that it's important and effective that the police spend much time and energy enforcing the law. Certainly, lives must be being saved. It is taxpayer dollars well spent in the justice system.