Referring to flat pickups, I perceive a lot of statements and many points of views at CBN. Talking about points of views, I would like to share mine.

At midlife, I am studying for being an OT; we do a lot of role play and practices with everyday tasks such as cooking. I want to explain my perception in a story about the housewife Eleanor who is baking cakes. For the avoidance of doubts, I am serious about my ongoing profession and the people around me, whether present or in an virtual environment.

"People know cakes since ages. Eleanor likes baking and at some point in Feb 2011 she thought: Why not making a flat cake? She made one the very next day. As simple as that! Other housewives tried the cake and said that in addition to being flat, it would be tasty too! By the time, many more cakes were ordered. Eleanor founded a small bakery.

One day, another colleague of her asked her the recipe. "Should I tell mine or leave it up to her to find her own?" Eleanor proposed a deal: A small royalty for a certain period of time. In change she would tell her own recipe. More than that, Eleanor referred to the other to serve the demand for cakes in her environment.

As more housewives wanted Eleanor's recipe, her policy was: "If you you want to bake, do it. If you want to bake them cakes like I do, please mention where you got the idea from." Some were spreading the principle of flat cakes and Eleanor thought everything would be fine.

Wrong. Eleanor found out that other housewives were pretending that making flat cakes would be taboo. A secret which she wants to hide, what a bad person Eleanor was! Strangely enough, some of them had started to make flat cakes - and still pretended there was a secret in doing so.

Eleanor was sad. There had never been a secret nor a taboo. Until she realized that in their stories, everybody wants to be the good person. And since there is no good or bad, the only difference is the point of view. From there, Eleanor tried to keep out of other persons' stories and focused on making cakes for people who like them."

My best regards

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Comment by Uncle John on January 3, 2017 at 8:46pm

Interesting and smart, John BeetleJuice.

Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 3, 2017 at 8:20pm

Elmar speaks in parables like Christ did!....and i think its great!

I think this Eleanor lady is terrific!....her cakes are tasty and she's fluffy and wonderful!

as for the Elmar pickup????? it is hands down the coolest thing on planet CBG!...BUT I prefer... "Made in Austria"'s is the original Flatcake    : )

Comment by Uncle John on January 3, 2017 at 1:04pm

First off, good for you working to be an Occupational Therapist.  Most folks don't know what they do.  They help debilitated people return to every day tasks.  For example, someone has a stroke and must relearn how to tie their shoes (or use Velcro), how to cook again, how to get dressed when one hand does not work.  O.T.s  - good thing.  Good to have some men doing it too.

I think you are saying, 'Make those pickups and flat pickups, but it is good to give credit to where credit is due."   Agreed. 

Maddog (Patrick Mallet), gifted me one of your diddley bow pickups and I am looking forward to using it.

Comment by Diglydog on January 3, 2017 at 11:03am

Of course, Pupcakes would be far better !

Comment by Diglydog on January 3, 2017 at 9:11am

Happy New Year, Elmar, and thank you for adding the Flatpup to the range of things that we can use on home-made instruments :-)

What's next - the Cakepup ?

Comment by Blues Frog on January 1, 2017 at 7:40pm

Your story hits home. Well spoken sir!

Comment by Elmar Zeilhofer on January 1, 2017 at 3:03pm

Exactly, that's the point: There is no secret. Tin, magnets, wire. If someone want's to makem, my blessings. Not doing it and whining around - not ok.

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on January 1, 2017 at 12:32pm
Maybe the Secret is...there is no Secret.

Or so they told the Dragon Warrior
Comment by darryl kernaghan on January 1, 2017 at 11:05am

but, but,but, surely there's some secret herbs and spices! well stated Elmar, stay classy

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on January 1, 2017 at 10:17am're saying Eleanor is reall saying..."Let them eat cake!?"


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