[SW The Jedi Mercenary] Chapter 25 – The Voices Within

[SW The Jedi Mercenary] Chapter 25 - The Voices Within

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Planet: Trask
Location: Large mysterious ruins
Timeline: Couple months after the Battle of Corellia

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Deep within an old, dark ancient ruins, lies a mystery that has never been told to nobody for decades. Hiding beneath the vast ocean on the ocean planet, held many treasures and secrets that are unknown to most people across the galaxy, waiting for someone or something to find its mysteries. Within the ruins, sounds of metal can be heard clashing and slashing against each other and through the open air.

Two silhouettes wearing long brown robes wielded golden colored weapons, dueling each other in close combat. Grunts and quick shouts came from one another, each one of them trying to find a weakness in their opponent as they hope to gain the upper advantage in their fight. As the two hooded silhouettes fought, sitting upon a large boulder that loomed over them from a distance, was another silhouette with brown robes who watched the duel with some interest. The robes covered most of the stranger’s body and face, but the dim light from above the cave revealed an older man with a rough brown beard, his black eyes watching the two as if he was studying them from afar.

As the duel between the two was almost coming to a close, the one silhouette that looked quite feminine, caught the other silhouette off guard as that person lost their footing and collapsed to the ground. Having lost their sword, the silhouette was about to get back up before the feminine silhouette pointed her golden sword at the stranger, the point of the blade just inches away from their face.

"Looks like I win this one," the cloaked female said, catching her breath after their long duel.

"Looks that way," the other one said with a male’s voice, he too was trying to catch his own breathing. "But so you know, I let you win that one."

Rolling her eyes, the woman put her blade away and reached down to grab the man’s hand, pulling him up and back on his feet. He brushed himself off the dust and dirt that was on him as she replied, "Keep telling yourself that."

The man smirked as he brushed off the last of the dirt from his clothing. "The more we discover each other’s weaknesses in battle, the more we will know how to compliment each other’s strengths. I think we’re going to make a good team."

Both of them smiled at one another when they heard a clapping coming from the older man who had been watching them from the beginning. Standing up, he hops off the boulder and walks towards the two, a long brown and golden staff in his right hand. "Well done, you two! You’re getting better and better by the day. It will not be long before you yourselves become masters of the blade."

The two young swordsman smiled at the older man, appreciating the praise from him. They had been working very hard for many years, and have been very diligent to fit in. Hearing those words gave them more faith.

"If it weren’t for you belief in us, I don’t think we could have gotten to where we are," the man replied, removing his hood from his head. His face revealed that he was quite young, but had just reached adulthood. He had brown, faded facial hair growing on his face and upper lip with long, shaggy brown hair that reached down to the end of his neck.

"I agree with Naaja," the woman agreed with her partner, removing her hood as well. Just like Naaja, she was about his age and just reaching adulthood as well. She had brown hair like his but was much longer and was tied into a ponytail to keep the hair off her face. "Though I still don’t know how I feel about going up against them."

Hearing the fear in her tone, the older man smiled softly as he placed his hand on the woman’s right shoulder, gently squeezing it. "No one ever feels ready, Zeteara. I felt the same when I was your age. Just remember; you will never be alone. Now come, let’s head back to camp. The night is approaching and we still have some work that needs to be done beforehand. Plus, I bet you’re both starving after all that training."

"I think I’m good for now master," Naaja boasted a little to him, Zeteara shaking her head at him slightly but with a smirk on her face. Before he knew it, and just when he was going to continue, the sound of a growl was heard as it echoed through the large cavern. Naaja’s cheeks turned to red in embarrassment as his master and Zeteara laughed.

"Well, I think your stomach says otherwise," Zeteara continued laughing.

The two young students gathered their things and began following their teacher back to the campsite. But as they began their trek back, Naaja began to feel a bit uneasy as his feet began to drag until he came to a complete stop. Zeteara and their teacher looked back at him as they noticed him in some sort of trance, his expression and eyes going blank.

"Naaja?" Zeteara called to him, some concern rising in her own voice. Before she knew it, Naaja then screamed across the entire cavern, dropping his belongings as he quickly placed his hands on his head and dropped to his knees. This immediately made her and her master worry as she rushed to him. "Naaja?!"
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As Zeteara’s voice echoed into nothing but silence, Naaja’s mind began to go through multiple images that quickly flashed through him. There were many things that were familiar to him, but the rest were things that he had never seen before, places he has never been, people and voices he had never met or heard in his entire life. The more they ran through his mind, the more confused he became.

That was when the images stopped as he suddenly appeared in some sort of city-like location. The place he stood in felt very familiar to him, small and large buildings looking identical to where he was born. However, all around them, it was all nothing but destruction and debris, fire blazing inside buildings and city streets as the smoke rose to the skies. Although the destruction around him was jarring, the all too familiar, but also unknown, voices resurfaced. However, the voices around him began to echo across the entire fiery city.

‘Naaja…’

‘Your parents…’

‘Insolent fools!’

‘We have been waiting…’

‘Naaja…’

‘Naaja?’

‘Who are you?’

‘NAAJA!’

The last voice alerted him immediately, grasping his golden sword from who knows where as he got into a fighting stance, searching all around him for any enemy to try and harm him. As he searched and searched, something then caught his sight down the burning street in front of him. There, standing near the blazes, stood a black robed figure with a hood covering their face. It was hard to tell who the person was, but judging from what he could see, it seemed to be some strange man, undoubtedly looking straight at him. Even with the hood hiding his face, he could see clearly the crimson red eyes that seemed to almost pierce right through his heart. Surprising enough, he didn’t feel any sort of evil within the man, let alone any ambition of wanting to fight him. He knew that he wasn’t going to find out anything by just standing still, so he began to cautiously walk towards the cloaked man, his eyes still staring at him.

As he got closer and closer to him, he could slowly see the face of the man as the fire around them both illuminated his cloaked face. He seemed to be about his age, and judging his entire look, he could see that this man has been through quite an ordeal in his life. From what, Naaja could not tell. Finally reaching the young man, he stood about six feet apart from him, resuming his fighting stance as he still didn’t know who this man was.

"Who are you?" Naaja asked the young man, feeling as if he needed to know it. The crimson red eyes that still stared at him never moved as the cloaked stranger raised his hands and began removing the hood from his head. His eyes widened little by little as the young man revealed his face to him.

The young man’s expression showed a calm but serious look to him. "Someone who needs your help…"

Immediately after, a sharp jarring pain went through his head, screaming throughout the entire destroyed city as he grasped his head once again. Just as the stranger and the entire scenery vanished before him, he was hit yet again with more images he had never seen before. In that instant, a bright orange light enveloped his entire sight, the visions he was seeing coming to an end…
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Naaja slowly opened his eyes to the dim light of the cavern, noticing that he was on his knees and was still grasping the once horrible pain that went through his head. He looked up to see both the very worried expressions of his teacher and his close friend, Zeteara. His teacher had been standing a few feet away from him while she had him in her arms, one on his shoulder and the other on his waist.

"Naaja? Are you okay? What just happened?" Zeteara asked him, noticing the concern she was carrying in her tone of voice.

He slowly shook his in response, putting his arms down to his sides. "I…I’m not really sure…"

He looked up to his teacher, who looked back at him with a curious expression on his face. "Master…I think the Han’Shi was trying to tell me something."

"What did you see?" his master replied, his curiosity peaking.

Pondering on whatever he just saw, and on the stranger he shortly spoke to, he replied back. "Someone was calling for help. I think we’re going to have company, and soon…"
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Location: Inside the Black Shadow…
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"AHH!" The shout echoed in the dim room as Kydan began to catch his breath, his body covered in sweat.

He had been sleeping in the confines of his own ship after a long day of filing reports on Coruscant with Calena and the clones. He had retired to his quarters early after that and decided to catch some rest. But in his sleep, he had a very strange nightmare of images; many places, people and voices that all seemed so familiar, yet others not so much. He had then encountered some stranger who was cloaked in brown robes and hood who had asked him a strange question before vanishing. He was then ambushed with more visions that he could not make out fully before waking up with a startle.

He placed his cybernetic hand on his sweaty head, slowly trying to calm his breathing and anxiety down. What seemed like forever, he was able to catch his breath before turning his head towards the medium-sized, metal desk that had been built into the side of his quarters. There were many objects and items placed among it, and out of those things was his and Dark’s Forge saber. Looking at it closely as he could, he could feel some kind of vibration coming from it, as if it was trying to tell him something.

"Kydan?"

Breaking his gaze away from the hilt, he looked towards the middle of his room as Dark stood in the middle, his red crimson eyes illuminating from the darkness staring at the young mercenary. He could sense something was up with Dark, judging from how he was standing in place.

"You alright?" He asked his partner, his dark figure floating above the ground a little bit. "I heard you shouting in your sleep."

"I, uh…I’m not sure, Dark," Kydan replied back, unsure how to explain what had all happened. Frankly, he wasn’t entirely sure what he saw at all.

"Well, considering that the blade is giving off a strange vibe, and you with your powers active, there’s something going on." Dark said to him.

"My powers are active? What do you mean?"

"Your eyes…they’re crimson red right now."

"What?" Kydan questioned softly as he got out of his large bed and walked to the mirror on the right side of the room. As he looked at the mirror, he could clearly see that Dark was right; his eyes were crimson red. Whenever they were red, it was then that his Forge powers were active and ready to be used. This caused even more confusion. "That’s weird. Why would they be active like that? That’s the first time it’s happened like that before."

"I’m not sure, but…there might be one conclusion I can think of."? Dark replied to him, pondering over the possibilities of why this was happening.

"What would that be?"

"It’s a rare occurrence," Dark began to say. "But I believe that the Force is using the Forge to tell us something. Long ago, this occurrence happened due to large future events that would be coming. When that happened, users of either the Force, Forge, or both would be given visions of the upcoming events. It’s not entirely all bad, but a lot of times, they weren’t good either."

"So you think that I had a vision from the Force?" Kydan questioned, slowly starting to piece the puzzle together.

"Most likely, yes."

This made him ponder as he began to pace around his quarters with his hand placed on his chin. He contemplated everything that Dark said, as well as with whatever he could tell from the visions he had seen. Not entirely sure what he all saw, but from what he could just tell, most of it wasn’t very good. The only thing that he didn’t feel as a threat was the strange man he spoke briefly to before waking up. Something about that stuck to him, concluding to the fact that whoever that person was, they were the first key to his visions.

Dark continued to watch his friend pace through the room before he finally stopped and looked to him. "Dark?"

"Yeah?"

"We need to talk to Calena about this, first thing in the morning," he said as he began thinking again. "I feel as though something is about to happen, very soon…"
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Planet: Coruscant
Location: Republic Center
Timeline: Next morning

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"Are you sure about this?"

"I’m not entirely sure myself, Calena. But where I was in that vision, and whoever I seen, this is no coincidence. The Force is trying to tell us something."

"Hmm…" Calena thought out loud, putting on her thinking face as she and Kydan walked along the large docking bay of starships. Following close behind them were Commanders Breona & Patterns, along with the infamous Tanga Squad following close behind their brothers.

Earlier in the morning, Kydan had woke Calena from her sleep just before she could herself. At first, she wasn’t too happy that he waken her up so early, but then changed her attitude after he told her what had happened. Sensing something was wrong, she told him to meet with her at the entrance of the Jedi Temple to discuss more on his visions before heading to the Republic Center. In the hour, the two met up at the temple, just as the break of dawn was just rolling in, the skies of Coruscant shined with thousands of small to large lights. He explained everything that happened to her, including when his own abilities were suddenly activated without him knowing. Once explained, she contemplated on the matter before explaining that she too had some sort of vision in the middle of the night, just a few days.

She explained that a few of his strange images actually matched along with what she had seen, however what she saw within her vision was nothing like Kydan had experienced. One thing was for sure, their mission that they were just recently given was very similar to the images that they both shared; a planet that was primarily just ocean.

"Well, I don’t know about you," she said out loud, "but it probably wouldn’t hurt to be extra cautious during this mission. Whatever you saw, and the fact that we shared the same place…this could be dangerous."

She was right. Not really knowing what they were about to cross paths with on their mission, anything could happen. "I agree. But, no matter what happens…"

He grabbed her hand and squeezed it lovingly, a smile fixated on his lips. "I’ll protect you."

She smiled back and quickly pecked his cheek with her lips, a tinted blush shown on her own cheeks. That was when the sound of soft chuckles was heard coming from behind them, both lovebirds turning around and seeing the expressions of their friend’s faces. Egile had a small smirk as he slowly shook his head, where most of the clones who were carrying their helmets had knowing smiles that you just wanna punch. Breona, however, just smiled at his two friends while Patterns looked between them with a confused look. Kydan and Calena both shook their heads, but stilled smiled nonetheless.

"Did, uh…did I miss something?" Patterns questioned to no one in particular, causing even a bit more laughter from his brothers as it just made him even more confused.

Breona chuckled at his brother and placed his gloved hand on his right shoulder. "I’ll explain it all on the way. But the best way to start…is that they finally got together."

Patterns looked between him and his commanding officers, who went right back to talking as they continued to hold hands. It took him a few moments to really shift the gears in his head. His eyes widen as he stared back to Breona dumbfounded. "Wait what?!"

Immediately after, the entire group, as well as Kydan and Calena, all laughed at Pattern’s slow realization.
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Planet: Trask
Location: Orbit
Time: One day after departure

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The moment the Republic forces dropped out of hyperspace, they were in for a fight for dominance. One by one, however swiftly, each Republic transport and battleship appeared from the one days worth of hyperspace travel as they were met with a large handful of Separatist warships. From what everyone could tell, it appeared that the Separatist hadn’t been in the Trask system for very long, due to the way their ships were positioned in a certain formation. However, that wasn’t enough for the immediate enemy fighters that had charged right towards the entire fleet, blazes of laser fire and missiles either passing by or hitting their targets. At the same time, the rest of the droid forces moved in to help in the assault, slowly but surely making their war towards them.

But the Republic was ready for them. Figuring that the Separatist would somehow venture out to Trask soon or later, they would hatch a plan in order for the ground units to land. Admiral Wolrein, who was commanding the fleet, ordered the ships to maneuver into the infamous "Marg Sabl", which would make all the Venators turn side ways with their underbellies opened for enemy attacks. However, this gave them the opportunity to send out their squadrons of fighter and bombers safely without being shot down so quickly, where they would all pour out from the middle. Quickly enough, over dozens and dozens of Republic starships flooded out into the battlefield, with Commander Egile and a few members of Pattern & Breona’s squads to join in the fray.

While Wolrein and his forces occupying the space battle yet again, the transport ships could begin their landing on the planet. Although the planet was mostly covered with ocean, there were some large docks that they could board on, where some of the droid army would be waiting for them. Coming into view, they saw the large floating metal docks that sat afloat above the water, enough for their transport ships to land their troops on. But not a second went by before they were being shot, hundreds of metal soldiers trying to cause some kind of damage to the landing parties. But it wasn’t enough as the Acclamators and gunships landed and boards the docks, ramps lowering themselves down and hatches rapidly opening up as hundreds of clone soldiers began flooding the docks as well. Patterns and his legions of brothers swarmed the enemy quickly, making quick work of holding a landing zone for any additional reinforcements to assist.

Patterns looked towards the battlefield before him, gazing beyond the vast ocean around them. The skies were very cloudy and were beginning to darken, the sounds of rumbles filled the air with a few streaks of lightning appearing out of the clouds. Raining slowly began pouring onto the battlefield, droplets sometimes clashing or bouncing off his armor plating. His memories of when he began his training from home soon occurred in his mind. "Heh…reminds me of Kamino in a way."

"Commander Patterns?" one of his brothers called out to him, rushing up to the commander with a few other men behind him. "Vasper Squadron reporting for duty!"

"Good timing, boys," Patterns acknowledged to them, a smirk forming on his lips from underneath his airborne helmet. "Let’s try and see if we can control the situation. Hazzle, Slopes, I want you two take sniper positions on the right flank. Clang, Trans, help guide in our walkers for frontal assault. Vista, your with me. We’re gonna handle the evac of any civilians that are still left on this wreckage. Everyone clear?"

"Sir, yes sir!" all of Vasper squad called out saluting or standing straight with their blasters held to their chests. With just a nod, Patterns and Vista made their way through the town while the rest went to take their positions. The battle was just the beginning…
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Location: Bottom of the Ocean
Time: Present Time

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As the battle ensued above the skies and ocean, the remaining ground team proceeded onwards towards where General Grievous’ transport was headed. Just like him, Kydan and the others were after the same thing; the mysterious energy signal that emitted below the ocean. The Jedi Council was curious as to what this was and if it could benefit the Republic in some way, thus giving this important task to Kydan and Calena. To find Grievous travelling towards the same location, they could only assume that he was after the same thing.

Having followed the Droid General down below the ocean, they soon descended below the surface in multiple deep diving vehicles. These water boats were called AT-ABs, newest designs for underwater transportation. They were about as long as the Coruscant Police Gunships, acquiring the front cockpit style from the original design which was able to be piloted by two people. It’s designs were also shaped the same, along with some looks from both the LAAT/i Gunships and the ARC-170 Starfighters. It had four wings with two on each side, with the addition of a laser turret placed on each bottom wing. It had large ramps that were used to extend outward in order to deploy its soldiers. Although they weren’t able to carry walkers, they were able to carry a single AT-RT Walker and a dozen soldiers all at once. To defend itself, they not only carried turrets, but also missiles for vehicle combat.

Within the few gunboats, each one was loaded with dozens of clone soldiers and a couple of pod walkers to assist. In the leading boat, Kydan and Calena were taking command of the operation. With them was a few members from Tanga Squad, which were Commander Breona, Sergeant Burner and Degree, while the rest of the team were under the command of Egile in space. As for the rest of the men, they were all members of Calena’s battalion, each one geared up and ready for some action.

As Calena and Breona went over the plans again with the men, Kydan’s senses were slowly building up as he started to feel a strong presence towards the unknown source that they were all headed. He placed his hand on his head, struggling to keep himself under control. That was when he felt a gentle touch on his right shoulder. A soft female whisper spoke to him, just loud enough for him to hear. "Hey, you doing alright?"

He turned his to her as he saw some concern in her expression. "I’m not sure. I can sense something here, coming from the mysterious signal it seems."

"Really? I hadn’t felt anything yet…" she replied with a raised eyebrow, trying to reach out with the Force as well.

"Huh…very strange," he replied back, not entirely sure why that was. Maybe it had to do with his Forge abilities?

‘Generals,’ one of the clone pilots chimed. ‘We’ve found the source of the signal that we’ve been following, and…well…’

‘You might just want to see for yourself,’ the other pilot spoke up, unsure himself as to how o explain it.

Curiosity now even raised more, both Kydan and Calena, as well as the clones, all looked at the monitor that was placed toward the front end of the boat as it sparked to life. What they saw made them look upon it in awe. What seemed to be very old and ancient, it appeared to be some sort of temple that had been built deep under the ocean. Much different from the Jedi Temple itself, the temple looked to be three times larger from viewpoint. It consisted of more towers that surrounded it, some of them having different shapes and sizes compared to most. It was hard to tell, but from a distance, there was some kind of light blue glow that appeared all over the temple, illuminating it completely. Although it was very old and crumbled, it still looked beautiful to their eyes.

"So that’s where the signal is coming from?" Breona questioned, still a bit at awe of the temple before them.

"Apparently so," Kydan replied back, staring at it as well. The closer that they were approaching it, the more he could sense a strong presence coming from within that place. He was now sure that this was the right location. "This has to be. I’m starting to feel it a lot stronger now."

"Yeah, so can I," Calena said, slowly starting to sense something coming from the underwater temple. "Now I know what you were saying. The Force is very strong here."

"If that’s the case, then Grievous can’t be far either."

"You may be right, sir. Look!" Breona pointed on the screen, his finger directed towards a large, brownish red metal squid that looked to be positioned on the left side of the ocean temple. That machine was known as the Trident-class assault ship.

"Grievous…" Kydan spoke, his voice seethed with anger as his eyes narrowed. "Pilot! Get us into that temple! If Grievous can get inside, then there has to be an air pocket within that place."

‘Copy that, sir!’ One of the replied back as the entire crew felt the boat moving faster. At the same time, the other two transport boats followed closely behind as they made their way towards the opposite side of the ruins.
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Location: Ancient Underwater Temple
Time: One hour later…

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"What is the situation, captain?" Grievous sternly questioned his droid captain, who was being escorted by a couple B1 Battle Droids.

"Our scanners were right, general," the captain acknowledged back, looking down at its holographic device. "The signal is coming directly from within this temple. But I must warn you sir; there are several sections of this place that are blocking the main path towards it. It may take longer than scheduled."

Grievous scoffs at the droid. "Mere stumbling blocks will not deter our path towards the signal. Take some of our troops and search the ruins fully. I will take some guards and head deeper into the temple and find the signal."

"Roger roger," the droid captain quickly saluted as it signaled towards most of the troops to follow it.

As both Grievous and his droid forces split up into two groups, a cloaked stranger from afar watched as they moved towards her direction. Placing the binoculars she had on her down, she pulled out a small circular device as it lit up in a dim blue color as she softly spoke into it. "Master, I found the intruders. They’ve split up into two groups; one is heading away from the camp site, and the other is heading towards it."

‘Then it’s just as Naaja had foreseen,’ an older man’s voice replied back, his tone telling her that his fears has grown. ‘Keep an eye on the group that is heading away from us. Don’t attack unless it is necessary.’

"What about the other intruders?" Zeteara questioned, feeling somewhat concerned of the situation before them.

‘Naaja and I will handle them and the others,’ he replied back. ‘If the situation becomes worse, I will contact you. But for now, stay safe as long as possible.’

"Yes master," she said as she continued to watch the droids completely split into two. "May the Han’Shi guide you."

‘And with you, my dear,’ her master repeated back, a hint of concern in his own tone as well.

Placing the device back into her pocket, she watched a moment longer as they continued their march to the temple before making her way back inside it, hoping and praying that the temple’s defenses will hold them for a while until they were ready.

At least, I hope they will hold them off for long, she thought to herself, feeling more concerned of their current situation.
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Location: Opposite side of the temple
Time: Present time

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The purple beaming light from Kydan’s lightsaber just brighten enough for him and the others to see what was before and around them. From behind, Calena, Degree and a few of the clones stood closely behind, the men all wearing sub lights that were attached to their Phase II helmets. Calena, who didn’t activate her saber yet, stood closely by Kydan as she clutched her hand into his cybernetic one.

Sometimes, when she would take a hold of it, she would feel guilty and blame herself for allowing Kydan to lose his arm for her sake. She had thought at times that there could have been a better way so that it wouldn’t have cost him. However, she tries to keep reminding herself that she didn’t need to do that, that her boyfriend would remind her every time that he would do it again and again if it meant saving her. It would make her swell up in tears, knowing that the love they had for each other meant more than anything else. That included his own arm.

Feeling her senses like before, Kydan clutched her hand with his cybernetic one a bit tighter as he turned his back to her with a sweet smile, silently telling her that he was happy with the decision he had made back then. She returned the smile herself, moving a bit closer to him as they continued forward deeper into the temple, not once losing her hold on him.

They had been walking for some time now, at least about a half an hours worth. Their journey into the temple was very intriguing; they had spotted thousands of crystals, both big and small, formed into both the rocky ground, walls and in the water. Not to mention, many of them were attached to the temple before them, illuminating it just enough for them to have a good view of what it looked like. It just made them look at it in awe like before. Due to the situation with Grievous and his forces already within the temple, they decided to split into two groups; one that would head towards the signal within, while the other scouts out the place for anything, even some clankers. The group that wasn’t with them were both Breona, Burner and the rest of the men who would have offered to investigate the other areas of the temple.

However, that soon will change.

As the group continued forward, they were met with a large challenge before them. Kydan, who reluctantly let go of his girlfriend’s hand, signaled the others to halt as they reached what appeared to be a collapsed walkway that was once built here. They presumed that the bridge must have been destroyed long ago before any of them were even born, perhaps to the times of the High Republic era.

"Well, this is going to be a challenge," Degree gulped as he stared between the broken walkway and then looked down to the dark abyss below them. It was hard to tell how deep the crevasse was, but he was sure that no one would survive if they fell into it. "It doesn’t look there’s nothing to help us get across."

"Looks like we will have to turn back and find another way around it," Calena suggested to them, which in turn they all nodded in agreement. Just as she , Degree and the men began to turn back around, she looked and saw Kydan just staring across the walkway, almost motionless. "Kydan? You alright?"

He didn’t even answer, let alone twitched a muscle. His mind was entirely focused on something else. A single voice inside his head. ‘You’re very close,’ a young man’s voice echoed into his mind as he continued to stare ahead at the other entrance on the opposite side. ‘Come to us. We will be waiting…’

Blinking his eyes from his trance, he looked beyond the broken walkway for a brief moment before looking to Calena and the others. "No. We have to get other there."

"But how are we going to get over there, Kydan?" Degree questioned, most of the men nodding their heads in agreement. "We aren’t exactly Jedi who can just…jump over there!"

"That’s exactly what we are going to do Degree," Kydan grinned back, only fueling the confusion in their heads. "Calena and I will jump over to the opposite side, while you and the others make your way around the temple and meet us inside."

"Are you sure about this?" Calena questioned him, slightly concern of his idea. It wasn’t that she didn’t agree with his plan, it was only that his ideas can be a bit…reckless at times.

"I am," Kydan replied back, his tone sounding more serious than before. "Whatever, or whoever, is here are just beyond the entrance of the temple. We have to get over there, right now."

Although she was a bit hesitant with his plan, she completely trusted him nonetheless. If he said that they needed to get over there by jumping, then that’s what they were going to do. She turned to Degree and her men. "Alright men, you have your orders. Kydan and I will jump across the broken bridge, while all of you find a different path that can lead into the temple. Am I understood?"

"Sir, yes sir!" Degree and the soldiers all shouted back, holstering their weapons as a sign of salute.

Degree then ushered the men to make their way around the temple as they all headed back towards the same way they had come from. Kydan and Calena watched them for a moment before they both looked back at the open crevice before them. Even though they both had done reckless things in their lives, they were pretty sure that this would probably reached the top of the list. Calena’s face expressed worry as she could feel the fear rising inside her, not entirely sure that she could do this.

But that soon started to fade away as Kydan took her hand into his cybernetic one, staring at her with a confident and comforting smile. "You can do this, Cale’. I’ll be right here with you."

Taking a deep breath and exhaling it out, she looked back to him as her own smile appeared. "Thanks, Ky’ie." She looked back to the big gap between them as she began taking big breaths to calm her. "You ready then?"

"Yep," Kydan inhaled for a moment before letting it out. "One…"

"Two…"

"THREE!" They both shouted as they immediately ran to the edge of the broken walkway and then used the Force to help them make a big jump over. When they were high in the air, just about centered between both sides of the walkway, they could see how wide and open the gap really looked from below. The jump between both sides was about a mile long, just barely enough to take a leap of faith. What seemed like time had slowed them both down, they were finally falling in mid air as their feet had just missed the gap in between. They collided and rolled across the ground for a moment before they were able to stop themselves.

They both groaned from the pain they had felt before they tried to get back up on their feet. Kydan got to his feet first before helping Calena get back on hers, both of them catching their breath after they realized that they were holding their breath since. They both looked to the opposite side of where they just were before they look to each other and laughed, happy and relieved that they were able to make it.

Their laughter died down as Calena spoke up. "You know, even though your idea seemed a bit scary at first, it actually worked out pretty well."

"Tell me about it," Kydan replied as his laughter soon died off as well. "But, just for the record, lets hope that we don’t have to do that again."

"Agreed," she giggled with a smile. She then grabbed his right hand and began to pull on it a little. "So, you ready to move on?"

Not replying back, he just smirked at her as he pulled her closer to him while they made their way into the temple, their hands not letting go for a moment.
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Travelling for a little bit, the two were still holding hands and staying close to each other as they observed their surroundings before them. Unlike how it looked outside the place, they could see how old and ancient the temple really looked from within. They weren’t exactly sure how old this place was, but they could conclude that the temple has been around for a lot longer than they could predict. Carvings and images looked very old to them, some of them either looking a bit familiar or at times known as well.

Just circling around a large lit pool of water, they soon saw an entrance that had some sort of indicating light source at the very top of the roof. The wall that was revealed carried some light source as well, revealing some kind of plant life growing between the entrance and walls. But as they approached closer, they noticed some sort of computer to the left side of the entrance. It seemed to be some strange technology, but it also had designs of older technology that they could recognize too.

As soon as they got closer and closer to the entrance and the computer, both their senses alerted them immediately as Kydan pulled Calena behind him and activated his purple lightsaber, the blade illuminating around them and before them once again. This time, however, the purple light revealed a strange man that stood before them. He had brown shaggy hair with a shadowed beard on his face. He also wore a vanilla colored tunic that could have been mistaken for Jedi clothing, however a bit of the design looked rather different from the viewpoint.

Kydan raised his blade to the strange young man, keeping Calena behind him still as both of them cautiously stared at him. "Who are you?!"

"We have been waiting for you," the man replied, not even moving a muscle as he continued to stare at them both. "I am happy to finally meet you, at last."

"Wait…your the voice that was speaking to me earlier," Kydan realized as he slowly lowered his blade. From behind, Calena looked between them both with curiosity and confusion, not entirely sure what he meant.

"Indeed I am," the young man smiled, looking between the two. "And I can see that you brought a friend as well. I will admit, I’d thought you would come alone."

"Wait a minute," Calena replied walking next to Kydan rather than hiding from behind. "What exactly do you mean? Who are you?"

"My name is Naaja Bondara," Naaja replied back. "This may sound weird to you both, but we believe that the Han’Shi has brought you here for a specific reason. Because of that, we wish to help you."

"We?" They both questioned, their own confusion rising even more. At that moment, a cloaked man wielding a golden staff appeared by the entrance as he stared at them both, his eyes watching their every move as if he was stalking his prey.

Sensing that both of them were becoming a bit suspicious, Naaja ushered them to follow. "Come. We have much to talk about."
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Here it is everyone, the long awaited chapter has finally arrived! This has been a long time coming, considering the editing and rewriting we went through to make this chapter and the next one after. But we are glad to say that we are very proud of this and really hope you all will too.

Not to mention, we are so excited to include three brand new characters in this chapter; Naaja Bondara, Zateara Chillos & the Master Guardian, who’s name we won’t reveal ’til later lol. We look forward to having these characters for future chapters and builds in our series.

As for the build itself; this was a trial and error challenge that I have been wanting to try and do for some time. Just by looking at it right now, the effects took a couple days to experiment with, including the illuminating light that was coming from the special effects lightsaber. The MOC is one of my favorites that I have so far, as this was the first of many that I began to change up my building skills to create better looking and detailed creations. I do hope you all have enjoyed this as much as I had building it.

That will be it for now, so thank you all so much for your wonderful support over the years. We really couldn’t do it without any of you! So please, continue showing us your support and hit that like to let us know, as well as dropping a comment of your thoughts about it. Again, thank you all so much and have a fan-building-tastic day/night! See ya in the next one!

– Director KW & CGN

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This is one of the pictures that the editing process created a whole other world and atmosphere. One of my favorites.

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20170430 – after yardsale – 4301646-23 – some more of our haul

20170430 - after yardsale - 4301646-23 - some more of our haul

More stuff! Hexadecimal is over Carolyn’s computer area, while MegaByte is now over my computer’s area. Decided we didn’t want the metal-rack storage unit, though. It’s outside, if someone wants to give us $1 for it.

Rosario Dawson.
Hexidecimal, Megabyte, Nightcrawler action figure, Rosario Dawson action figure, Wolverine action figure, apple corer, basket shelf, digital picture frame, luggage dolly, powerstrips, skeleton hand lights, stripper pole.
cartoon: Reboot. cartoon: X-Men Evolution. movie: Sin City.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

April 30, 2017.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL at wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL at wordpress.com

… Read my yard sale-related blogposts at clintjcl dot wordpress dot com/category/yard-sales/

BACKSTORY: COMMENTS/ANECDOTES: This was a great day for yardsaling! Multiple community yardsales, the Boy Scout flea market, a church rummage sale, this day had it all. We got a lot of stuff. 3 car-loads! A Russian Cyrillic typewriter. We actually made it through the entire route, surprisingly. We had talked about maybe skipping a section in the middle, but then we went ahead and continued on. Then later, we were like, "Damn, we should have skipped that stuff in the middle, but then we wouldn’t have gotten the stripper pole." Trade-offs! Our two goals were met though: we were specifically looking for floor lamps and power strips. By the way, Trump voters price stuff ridiculously.

SUMMARY: Got up around 7:05AM, made it out driving from McDonald’s by 7:48 and went out until 2:39PM for a total of 6 hours. Spent $164.24 plus ~$5.03 gas for 58.1 miles of driving (28.7 mpg @ $2.49/G), for a total cost of $169.27. We drove to 48 yard sales, stopping at 18 (38%) of them. We made 65 purchases (115 items not including the power blocks) for a total estimated value of $1,207.61, leading to a profit/savings of $1,038.34. So in essence, we multiplied our $169.27 investment by 6.13X. (Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $1,183 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $1,038.34 in cash that we saved. How long does $1,038 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 6 hrs we spent here?) Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* "wage" of $173.06/hr as a couple or $86.53/hr per person.

THE TAKE:

* $20.00: camping stove, Coleman, two burners, 5430B700 (EV:$42.41)

* $20.00: canopy, instant pop-up, Quik Shade, unsure of size, but it is probably around 8×8′. (EV:$49.99). Bought off the guy’s back because it was his that he was using for his spot at the flea market, but he didn’t have it up and had it in with his stuff as if it was for sale. When we asked how much, he said he’d sell it to us for $20.

* $15.00: Spencer’s Light Up "Dance" Pole. Come on, Spencer’s, we know that’s a stripper pole. (EV:$138.95)

* $15.00: digital picture frame, 10", Samsung, SPF-107H (EV:$16.22)

* $10.00: cage, kennel, large dog, 49x21x33" (EV:$66.49)

* $8.00: pet carrier, Pet Gear, black, backpack, extending handle, 12×19 cage, 36" from floor with handle extended (EV:$52.49)

* $7.00: fan, Lasko, Cyclone, 21x23x7", adjustable, missing the remote (EV:$35.10 price tag)

* $5.00: Russian Cyrillic typewriter. (EV:$65.00) For Svetlana.

* $5.00: propane, camping stove (5), 14.1 oz, BernzOmatic (3), Primus (2) (EV:$9.75 based on $1.95 price tag)

* $5.00: light, twin disco ball, Spencer’s (EV:$35.00)

* $5.00: copper etching, Gin Lane, 11.5×10 (EV:$34.00) This is a companion piece to another art piece, Beer Street. This site is selling the pair of copperplate engravings for $3,250!

* $4.00: power strip, 6 3-prong outlets, white, SPF-107H (EV:$3.24)

* $3.00: can opener, Cuisinart, black, CCO-50 (EV:$19.99)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, built-in 3-level shelf (EV:$74.95)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, halogen, green (EV:$47.96)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, silver (EV:$16.27)

* $3.00: rake, metal, 16" tines (EV:$7.61)

* $3.00: dish drainer, white, 17.5x13x5.5" (EV:$3.43)

* $3.00: decanter, barrel, tiki style, including stand & 5 cups (missing 1 cup) (EV:$19.98). It’s close to this one, and it’s even missing one of the cups, but this link doesn’t say how much they sold it for.

* $3.00: popsicle molds, Flambeau, bear head tops (6) 2 red, 2 blue, 2 yellow, 9.5" including top, 7.5" without top (EV:$1.86)

* $2.00: suitcase, black, rolling, 4 pockets, 14.5×7.5×21" (EV:$15.00)

* $2.00: organizer, plastic, black, 2 drawers, flip top. 8.25×6.5×6.5 (EV:$5.42)

* $2.00: picture frame, school bus, School Days, 14.625×6.875" (EV:$7.95)

* $2.00: purse, black, 6 pockets, 9.5×8" (EV:$7.48). Also had some ChuckECheese tickets inside.

* $2.00: suitcase, purple, rolling, 4 pockets, 11x17x27" (EV:$12.29)

* $1.50: easel, chalk board & whiteboard, 47×24.5×11" (EV:$30.34)

* $1.00: umbrella, 37" (EV:$9.99)

* $1.00: action figure, Sin City, Rosario Dawson 7×1.25", 7 movable joints (EV:$19.60)

* $1.00: bracelet, arm band, gold (EV:$~2)

* $0.50: slinky, rainbow, big, 5.25" (EV:$13.62)

* $0.50: glitter, silver, 1lb, BGLT-002(EV:$11.49)

* $0.50: extension cord, white (EV:$0.99)

* $0.50: charger cord, micro USB (EV:$0.52)

* $0.50: apple corer (EV:$0.49)

* $0.34: timer, Intermatic Time-All, heavy duty, model no TN311 (EV:$7.72). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.34: extension cord with 3 female outlets on end, green, 2′ (EV:$8.36). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: power strip, 6-outlet, white, BB-05 (EV:$3.24). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: extension cord with 3 outlets on end, black (EV:$9.45). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: dust buster, Black & Decker 2.4v V2410 (EV:$15.88). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: fan, 6", model 3146, 73037782 (EV:$0.00 because it was dead). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Wolverine 4×2.125", (EV:$7.84)

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Nightcrawler 4×3" (EV:$3.99)

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Rogue 4×2.25" (EV:$7.84)

* $0.25: french fry cutter (EV:$0.20)

* $0.25: small fork, 2 tines, silver metal & pink plastic handle, 9" (EV:$0.99)

* $0.25: picture, framed, Dragon, 6.125×6.125" (EV:$~3.00)

* $0.25: talon, finger, 4" (EV:$2.79)

* $0.25: shirt, Simpsons, Ralph, "I Dress Myself", red (EV:$6.57)

* $FREE: game, board game, Game Of Thrones, 2nd edition, www.fantastyflightgames.com, ISBN: 978-1-58994-720-7, barcode 9781589947207 (EV:$56.67)

* $FREE: grill, charcoal, Weber, 14" high, 15" diameter (EV:$29.99)

* $FREE: lights, skeleton hands, 14′, item 95036 (EV:$unknown, but we’ll say $~10.00)

* $FREE: tape measure, toy, red, The Eagle School, The Big Tape, 7.375×5.25" (EV:$13.98)

* $FREE: microscope, black, 8" (EV:$11.29)

* $FREE: dolly, luggage or beer cooler, 41.5" high with handle extended (EV:$21.99)

* $FREE: metal basket shelf, 18x12x18", 1st basket 6", 2nd basket 2.5" (EV:$24.99). Ours is not exactly like this, but this is the closet I could find.

* $FREE: Child’s puzzle toy, magnets (EV:$~5.00)

* $FREE: meeting amplifier, Apollo PA-5400, Sanha (EV:$9.99)

* $FREE: recorderinstrument, cream-colored (EV:$4.99)

* $FREE: swiss army knife toy (EV:$2.00)

* $FREE: Reboot Toy, Micro Playset, Megabyte’s Tor, Irwin Toys, 1995, 4x6x3", face opens up to lair inside, missing the people. (EV:$8.92)

* $FREE: Reboot Toy, Micro Playset, Hexadecimal’s Lair, Irwin Toys, 1995, 6x7x3", face opens up to lair inside, missing the people, and the additional faces. (EV:$12.92)

* $FREE: car charger, phone, Nokia, AT&T (EV:$5.50)

* $FREE: box of miscellaneous power blocks (EV:$5.00)

* $FREE: dice, Dungeons & Dragons, including nice pouch, blue metallic finish (EV:$3.75)

* $FREE: basket, 10x7x2.5", full of miscellaneous magnets (37) and other stuff including 3" plastic peace sign necklace, purple, 2.125" West Virginia rainbow button (EV:$~3.00)

* $FREE: pencil sharpener, Dahle 122 (EV:$17.09)

* $FREE: hats, straw, cowboy (7) (EV:$9.80)

Posted by Claire CJS on 2017-09-22 15:27:22

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20170430 – after yardsale – 4301645-48 – some more of our haul

20170430 - after yardsale - 4301645-48 - some more of our haul

More stuff! Hexadecimal is over Carolyn’s computer area, while MegaByte is now over my computer’s area. Decided we didn’t want the metal-rack storage unit, though. It’s outside, if someone wants to give us $1 for it.

Rosario Dawson.
Hexidecimal, Megabyte, Nightcrawler action figure, Rosario Dawson action figure, Wolverine action figure, apple corer, basket shelf, digital picture frame, luggage dolly, powerstrips, skeleton hand lights, stripper pole.
cartoon: Reboot. cartoon: X-Men Evolution. movie: Sin City.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

April 30, 2017.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL at wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL at wordpress.com

… Read my yard sale-related blogposts at clintjcl dot wordpress dot com/category/yard-sales/

BACKSTORY: COMMENTS/ANECDOTES: This was a great day for yardsaling! Multiple community yardsales, the Boy Scout flea market, a church rummage sale, this day had it all. We got a lot of stuff. 3 car-loads! A Russian Cyrillic typewriter. We actually made it through the entire route, surprisingly. We had talked about maybe skipping a section in the middle, but then we went ahead and continued on. Then later, we were like, "Damn, we should have skipped that stuff in the middle, but then we wouldn’t have gotten the stripper pole." Trade-offs! Our two goals were met though: we were specifically looking for floor lamps and power strips. By the way, Trump voters price stuff ridiculously.

SUMMARY: Got up around 7:05AM, made it out driving from McDonald’s by 7:48 and went out until 2:39PM for a total of 6 hours. Spent $164.24 plus ~$5.03 gas for 58.1 miles of driving (28.7 mpg @ $2.49/G), for a total cost of $169.27. We drove to 48 yard sales, stopping at 18 (38%) of them. We made 65 purchases (115 items not including the power blocks) for a total estimated value of $1,207.61, leading to a profit/savings of $1,038.34. So in essence, we multiplied our $169.27 investment by 6.13X. (Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $1,183 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $1,038.34 in cash that we saved. How long does $1,038 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 6 hrs we spent here?) Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* "wage" of $173.06/hr as a couple or $86.53/hr per person.

THE TAKE:

* $20.00: camping stove, Coleman, two burners, 5430B700 (EV:$42.41)

* $20.00: canopy, instant pop-up, Quik Shade, unsure of size, but it is probably around 8×8′. (EV:$49.99). Bought off the guy’s back because it was his that he was using for his spot at the flea market, but he didn’t have it up and had it in with his stuff as if it was for sale. When we asked how much, he said he’d sell it to us for $20.

* $15.00: Spencer’s Light Up "Dance" Pole. Come on, Spencer’s, we know that’s a stripper pole. (EV:$138.95)

* $15.00: digital picture frame, 10", Samsung, SPF-107H (EV:$16.22)

* $10.00: cage, kennel, large dog, 49x21x33" (EV:$66.49)

* $8.00: pet carrier, Pet Gear, black, backpack, extending handle, 12×19 cage, 36" from floor with handle extended (EV:$52.49)

* $7.00: fan, Lasko, Cyclone, 21x23x7", adjustable, missing the remote (EV:$35.10 price tag)

* $5.00: Russian Cyrillic typewriter. (EV:$65.00) For Svetlana.

* $5.00: propane, camping stove (5), 14.1 oz, BernzOmatic (3), Primus (2) (EV:$9.75 based on $1.95 price tag)

* $5.00: light, twin disco ball, Spencer’s (EV:$35.00)

* $5.00: copper etching, Gin Lane, 11.5×10 (EV:$34.00) This is a companion piece to another art piece, Beer Street. This site is selling the pair of copperplate engravings for $3,250!

* $4.00: power strip, 6 3-prong outlets, white, SPF-107H (EV:$3.24)

* $3.00: can opener, Cuisinart, black, CCO-50 (EV:$19.99)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, built-in 3-level shelf (EV:$74.95)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, halogen, green (EV:$47.96)

* $3.00: lamp, floor, silver (EV:$16.27)

* $3.00: rake, metal, 16" tines (EV:$7.61)

* $3.00: dish drainer, white, 17.5x13x5.5" (EV:$3.43)

* $3.00: decanter, barrel, tiki style, including stand & 5 cups (missing 1 cup) (EV:$19.98). It’s close to this one, and it’s even missing one of the cups, but this link doesn’t say how much they sold it for.

* $3.00: popsicle molds, Flambeau, bear head tops (6) 2 red, 2 blue, 2 yellow, 9.5" including top, 7.5" without top (EV:$1.86)

* $2.00: suitcase, black, rolling, 4 pockets, 14.5×7.5×21" (EV:$15.00)

* $2.00: organizer, plastic, black, 2 drawers, flip top. 8.25×6.5×6.5 (EV:$5.42)

* $2.00: picture frame, school bus, School Days, 14.625×6.875" (EV:$7.95)

* $2.00: purse, black, 6 pockets, 9.5×8" (EV:$7.48). Also had some ChuckECheese tickets inside.

* $2.00: suitcase, purple, rolling, 4 pockets, 11x17x27" (EV:$12.29)

* $1.50: easel, chalk board & whiteboard, 47×24.5×11" (EV:$30.34)

* $1.00: umbrella, 37" (EV:$9.99)

* $1.00: action figure, Sin City, Rosario Dawson 7×1.25", 7 movable joints (EV:$19.60)

* $1.00: bracelet, arm band, gold (EV:$~2)

* $0.50: slinky, rainbow, big, 5.25" (EV:$13.62)

* $0.50: glitter, silver, 1lb, BGLT-002(EV:$11.49)

* $0.50: extension cord, white (EV:$0.99)

* $0.50: charger cord, micro USB (EV:$0.52)

* $0.50: apple corer (EV:$0.49)

* $0.34: timer, Intermatic Time-All, heavy duty, model no TN311 (EV:$7.72). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.34: extension cord with 3 female outlets on end, green, 2′ (EV:$8.36). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: power strip, 6-outlet, white, BB-05 (EV:$3.24). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: extension cord with 3 outlets on end, black (EV:$9.45). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: dust buster, Black & Decker 2.4v V2410 (EV:$15.88). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: fan, 6", model 3146, 73037782 (EV:$0.00 because it was dead). Bought at the church rummage sale that was $1 for each item, but then we got 1/2 off and the checkout girl gave us 6 items for $2.

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Wolverine 4×2.125", (EV:$7.84)

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Nightcrawler 4×3" (EV:$3.99)

* $0.33: action figures, X-Men Evolution, Rogue 4×2.25" (EV:$7.84)

* $0.25: french fry cutter (EV:$0.20)

* $0.25: small fork, 2 tines, silver metal & pink plastic handle, 9" (EV:$0.99)

* $0.25: picture, framed, Dragon, 6.125×6.125" (EV:$~3.00)

* $0.25: talon, finger, 4" (EV:$2.79)

* $0.25: shirt, Simpsons, Ralph, "I Dress Myself", red (EV:$6.57)

* $FREE: game, board game, Game Of Thrones, 2nd edition, www.fantastyflightgames.com, ISBN: 978-1-58994-720-7, barcode 9781589947207 (EV:$56.67)

* $FREE: grill, charcoal, Weber, 14" high, 15" diameter (EV:$29.99)

* $FREE: lights, skeleton hands, 14′, item 95036 (EV:$unknown, but we’ll say $~10.00)

* $FREE: tape measure, toy, red, The Eagle School, The Big Tape, 7.375×5.25" (EV:$13.98)

* $FREE: microscope, black, 8" (EV:$11.29)

* $FREE: dolly, luggage or beer cooler, 41.5" high with handle extended (EV:$21.99)

* $FREE: metal basket shelf, 18x12x18", 1st basket 6", 2nd basket 2.5" (EV:$24.99). Ours is not exactly like this, but this is the closet I could find.

* $FREE: Child’s puzzle toy, magnets (EV:$~5.00)

* $FREE: meeting amplifier, Apollo PA-5400, Sanha (EV:$9.99)

* $FREE: recorderinstrument, cream-colored (EV:$4.99)

* $FREE: swiss army knife toy (EV:$2.00)

* $FREE: Reboot Toy, Micro Playset, Megabyte’s Tor, Irwin Toys, 1995, 4x6x3", face opens up to lair inside, missing the people. (EV:$8.92)

* $FREE: Reboot Toy, Micro Playset, Hexadecimal’s Lair, Irwin Toys, 1995, 6x7x3", face opens up to lair inside, missing the people, and the additional faces. (EV:$12.92)

* $FREE: car charger, phone, Nokia, AT&T (EV:$5.50)

* $FREE: box of miscellaneous power blocks (EV:$5.00)

* $FREE: dice, Dungeons & Dragons, including nice pouch, blue metallic finish (EV:$3.75)

* $FREE: basket, 10x7x2.5", full of miscellaneous magnets (37) and other stuff including 3" plastic peace sign necklace, purple, 2.125" West Virginia rainbow button (EV:$~3.00)

* $FREE: pencil sharpener, Dahle 122 (EV:$17.09)

* $FREE: hats, straw, cowboy (7) (EV:$9.80)

Posted by Claire CJS on 2017-09-22 15:27:35

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Keystone Punchdown

Keystone Punchdown

Steve punching a CAT6 keystone

Posted by wx412 on 2020-01-30 17:11:26

Tagged: , Springdale , Pennsylvania , United States of America , lighting , shadows , shadow , light , dust , dirt , cobweb , cobwebs , technology , work , working , computers

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🙏

Great Realisation:

”Tell me the one about the virus again, then I’ll go to bed.

‘But my boy, you’re growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.

‘Please! That one’s my favourite. I promise just once more.

‘Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well
The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled

‘It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty
Back before we understood why hindsight’s 2020

‘You see the people people came up with companies to trade across all lands.
But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned

‘We’d always had our wants, but now it got so quick.
You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.

‘We noticed families had stopped talking. That’s not to say they never spoke.
But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.

‘And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.
They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.

‘And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn’t see the stars.
So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.

‘We’d drive around all day in circles. We’d forgotten how to run.
We swapped the grass for tarmarc, shrunk the parks till there were none.

‘We filled the sea with pladtic cause our waste was never capped.
Until each day when you went fishing, you’d pull them out already wrapped.

‘And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why,
It’s best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.

‘But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.
The government reacted and told us all to hide away.

‘But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while,
The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.

‘They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.

‘And while the the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.

‘And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe.
And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.

‘Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking.
We’d grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

‘And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,
We all preferred the world we found to the one we’d left behind.

‘Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new.
And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.

‘But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?’
Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.

‘Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do.
And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.

‘We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.

‘But that’s the story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.’

~Tom Roberts

👋 Hello dear friends,
I’ve had a month or two or three off, and needed it. Do I feel guilty ? Oh yes. I’ve jumped ship ! Wouldn’t blame you if you disowned me.
Seriously, I don’t feel proud that I’ve basically left you to it… during height of lockdown. No excuses… I just felt the need to have some quiet time.

In my years of being here, I’ve been as open and honest with you, as it’s possible for anyone to be. And some of you who know me well, will be aware I struggle with depression. Well I didn’t have a full blown attack, thank god… but I’ve cried buckets. Almost every day.

Mental health is of utmost importance to me, so I’ve never shied away from talking about it. Yes I’ve had friends who have ran in the opposite direction… but quite a few understand. And I’ve come to learn there are a few of you out there, that suffer yourself.

I’ve lost myself in the garden, these past weeks. Transforming it, so that it’s a haven for my husband and I, to sit and relax… and for family to come and go, in safe distance. Especially our frontline midwife heroine daughter… she lives on her own, in a flat and no outdoor space that’s solely hers.

I’m not in the over 70 or clinically sick category, but due to hubby’s past serious health problem, it’s been necessary for me to ‘shield’, along with him.
We’ve gone against advice and carried on with daily walks. Being out in the fresh air, has been our lifeline. As has the kindness of neighbours and family, with offers of help.

Now we’re told officially, we’re no longer vulnerable….. so we can go out and about :-).

Okay, that’s enough about that. My photo I’m sharing with you, is one of “Shropshire Union Canal”. This place to me, is ‘home’. We live yards away, and walk along side it each day. Passing a swan or two… waving at barges passing by. Swerving to avoid fellow walkers and bike riders. In all weathers… rain or shine. Heatwave or hurricane. Rarely has there been a happy medium !

It was taken Springtime, 2 years ago. And one of my firm favourites, because of the light and warmth. Nature had its best coat on, that day.
I did have my camera with me recently…… but didn’t feel much enthusiasm for clicking.

There are quite a few of you that I’ve not visited, for a while… I hope to put that right, in coming days/ weeks. I’ve done my best to keep an eye on things, and keep track a little on what’s been going on in Flickr land.

We’re not over the worst yet, not by a long chalk. This virus is going to be amongst us for many months (possibly years) to come.
So we’re having to learn a new way of living. A more patient/ simplistic/ and altogether more scaled down one. We almost are taking a step back in time !!! I wasn’t born in World war 2 era, but have revelled in hearing/ learning how they all coped. There are many similarities in today’s comradeship and community spirit, that warms the heart. Everyone pulling together, unselfishly. (Okay, apart from those front of queue in toilet roll fete 😂).

I will be around to visit you… especially those of you who leave a comment… as soon as I can. I’m hoping that you’ve come this far, unscathed and have managed to cope.

My love and very best of wishes, to you all xxxxxxxxx ♥️

🌻 🌷 🌈 ☀️ 🌱

((Update: 7th August, 2020))

My thanks to all who wished me well after a recent fall.

I’m all but recovered, I’m happy to say 🙂 … and the microwave I fell over, is still in working order :-))

I intend to continue to follow medical advice, and keep away from computer screens ~and for a few other reasons difficult to explain, will need a lot more time off.

Bless you all, dear friends, for your kindness, understanding and patience.

Anne xxx

♥️🌻🌷🌱
P.s. I do enjoy looking at all your beautiful pictures, and it helps me feel connected with you, somewhat, to do occasional faves from phone. Apologies that they’re not accompanied by comments at this time.
(Reciprocation is definitely not required.)

Posted by ᗩnneღJ.~ Poetic photography on 2020-07-05 00:12:30

Tagged: , light , shadow , pm , afternoon , grass , outdoors , path , towpath , reflections , sunshine , trees , Great Britain , England , COVID-19 , pandemic , Europe , UK , community , friendship , kindness , Flickr , serenity , AnneJ. , 2018 , Wolverhampton , location , peaceful , nature , Spring , water , canal , gratitude

Prologue__14

Prologue__14

Kelly gradually made her way into the backrooms. The room looked promising, looking to be the company achieves. Lines of filing cabinets, shelves, and computer terminals outlined and segmented the already small room.
Kelly opened a filing cabinet and began flipping through folders. Grabbing one at random, she began thumbing through the pages. ‘Ruthenium Nano-structuring’, ‘Depletalloy-tungsten Kinetigel Layering’, “Carbon-based Molecular Printed”.
She could tell this was going to be a long day.
With a sigh, she began sorting out a stack of papers on top of a nearby table. She dragged over a dust-caked desk chair and slumped her robotic body into it. If she was going to spend the day with paperwork, at least she wouldn’t waste her battery life on standing.

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This part mostly exists because I wanted to make a scene of Kelly’s proxy in a more "human" posture. Let me know if I accomplished that.

Lens used:
Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm f/2.8
Set at f/4

If you fave, comment as well!

Posted by Immediate~C on 2019-10-27 00:50:52

Tagged: , Lego , Drone , drones , proxy , vintage , light , chair , robot , Apocalypse , post-apocalypse , post-apocalyptic , haze , 28mm , macro

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

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Gaël Soucheleau © 2019
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Paris, France

Posted by Gaël Soucheleau on 2019-10-08 17:52:00

Tagged: , france , paris , summer , light , portrait , lisa , people , friend , girl , women , cactus , home , living , room , sun , sunrise , sunset , homesweethome , cosy , lifestyle , computer , mac , apple , canon , sigma , art , lens , Photography , photograph , artofvisual , 35mm , parisian , parisianlife , folk , black , BlackandWhite , noiretblanc , dust , architecture

DOWNTOWN MADRID SPAIN LATE NIGHT

DOWNTOWN MADRID SPAIN LATE NIGHT

Snapshot taken by Linden Hudson (from Texas USA) while he was backpacking in Madrid Spain. This jpg was pulled from a raw file, it’s a bit noisy as some night shots can be. Snapshot taken Nov 2018 and shot with a canon pocket camera.

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: youtu.be/2QZ8WUTaS18
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Read Linden’s story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: www.flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
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Follow this Wikipedia link and find Linden’s name throughout the article & read the album songwriter credits about halfway down at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminator_%28album%29
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Linden’s name is all over this Wikipedia page as well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Loco
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 Billy Gibbons interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS FINALLY ADMITTED: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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THE GREATEST ROCK REBRAND OF ALL TIME (by Jason Miller): "Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched the tempos at which the most popular rock tracks in the charts had been recorded. His data showed that there was something very special about 120 beats to a minute. Gibbons decided to record pretty much the whole of ZZ Top’s new album at that tempo. The result? 1983’s Eliminator. It was named after Gibbons’ Ford Coupé; it had been created through a unique combination of creative collaboration and data mining. And it was about to take the world by storm."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​
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VINYLSTYLUS DOT COM: Much of Eliminator was recorded at 124bpm, the tempo that considered perfect for dance music by the band’s associate Linden Hudson. An aspiring songwriter, former DJ and – at the time – drummer Frank Beard’s house-sitter, Hudson’s involvement in the recording of the album would come back to haunt them. Despite assisting Gibbons with the pre-production and developing of the material that would end up on both El Loco and Eliminator, his contribution wasn’t credited when either record was released.
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INFOMORY DOT COM: ‘Eliminator’ is a studio album of the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983 and topped the charts worldwide. Its lyrics were co-written by the band’s sound engineer Linden Hudson while the band denied it.
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MUSICMISCELLANEOUS DOT COM: (ELIMINATOR ALBUM):
However, despite the album credits bass-player Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were replaced during the recording process by synthesisers and a drum machine programmed by engineer Linden Hudson, who allegedly co-wrote much of the music with Gibbons despite receiving no credit at the time. Gibbons would later say of Hudson that “he was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing”. Hudson did no less than show the band how to stay relevant in an age where three guys from Texas with long beards (except famously for Frank Beard) and blues licks were one of the last things the contemporary market was demanding.

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2019-06-24 14:09:53

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PRAGUE DOOR SIGN

PRAGUE DOOR SIGN

Snapshot by Linden Hudson (amateur photographer) while he was backpacking in Europe. Prague is great.

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: youtu.be/2QZ8WUTaS18
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Read Linden’s story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: www.flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
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Follow this Wikipedia link and find Linden’s name throughout the article & read the album songwriter credits about halfway down at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminator_%28album%29
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Linden’s name is all over this Wikipedia page as well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Loco
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 Billy Gibbons interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS FINALLY ADMITTED: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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THE GREATEST ROCK REBRAND OF ALL TIME (by Jason Miller): "Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched the tempos at which the most popular rock tracks in the charts had been recorded. His data showed that there was something very special about 120 beats to a minute. Gibbons decided to record pretty much the whole of ZZ Top’s new album at that tempo. The result? 1983’s Eliminator. It was named after Gibbons’ Ford Coupé; it had been created through a unique combination of creative collaboration and data mining. And it was about to take the world by storm."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​
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VINYLSTYLUS DOT COM: Much of Eliminator was recorded at 124bpm, the tempo that considered perfect for dance music by the band’s associate Linden Hudson. An aspiring songwriter, former DJ and – at the time – drummer Frank Beard’s house-sitter, Hudson’s involvement in the recording of the album would come back to haunt them. Despite assisting Gibbons with the pre-production and developing of the material that would end up on both El Loco and Eliminator, his contribution wasn’t credited when either record was released.
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INFOMORY DOT COM: ‘Eliminator’ is a studio album of the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983 and topped the charts worldwide. Its lyrics were co-written by the band’s sound engineer Linden Hudson while the band denied it.
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MUSICMISCELLANEOUS DOT COM: (ELIMINATOR ALBUM):
However, despite the album credits bass-player Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were replaced during the recording process by synthesisers and a drum machine programmed by engineer Linden Hudson, who allegedly co-wrote much of the music with Gibbons despite receiving no credit at the time. Gibbons would later say of Hudson that “he was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing”. Hudson did no less than show the band how to stay relevant in an age where three guys from Texas with long beards (except famously for Frank Beard) and blues licks were one of the last things the contemporary market was demanding.

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