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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 03:10 PM
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DU mention in weekly paper (for our Duzy abilities!)
I talked with the author of this piece and she said it was sent to her by the harpist who can no longer play/sell on WA state ferries. She liked it because it was full of quick witted funny things. Good job, even if we are a forum, not a blog.

Link to DU topic: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectio...
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The story has become a popular Internet discussion. The blog "Democratic Underground" received two dozen responses to a post describing Michael's situation.

"I feel much safer now, knowing we've finally gotten around to taking down the REAL terrorists," someone known as Mr_Jefferson_24 quipped.

Another poster who goes by the screen-name Gregorian noted, "You can't hold up a liquor store with a harp."

Yet another person joked, "At least he wasn't playing an accordion.... now THAT's a dangerous instrument."
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:30 AM
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1. no one posted on this thread yet? hum. i found it doing a search for DUzy
to try & find the duzy awards (which i guess haven't been posted yet)

now, on topic--how nice du was mentioned
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:31 AM
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2. nope and I was just checking in. I guess I need sexier headlines.
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:36 AM
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5. JeffR Streaking Through DU Unabashed by Unadulterated Euphemistic Uproar in USA Today!
Pushing the envelope? B-)
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:41 AM
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7. I am almost tempted. It's late. Wonder if there are mods around.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 02:16 AM
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8. you had a good "sexy" headline. n/t
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:36 AM
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4. JeffR posted that the DUzy's will be up tomorrow...
Saturday...

:hi:
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:35 AM
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3. K&R
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 01:37 AM
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6. K/R and that is one original story I missed
How dangerous that harpist looks. Very swarthy and appears that he could bust out into a verse of "My Lagan Love" at any moment.
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freeplessinseattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 03:40 AM
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9. so is the harpist a DUer?
Hello Michael! Thank you for what you do to brighten WA and know you have many more supporters than detractors!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 12:46 PM
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11. He isn't, got this forwarded to him. Here is an UPDATE
My understanding of the situation is that the ferry administration (Washington State Ferry) is being unhelpful. I can see both sides of the selling CD issue, though claiming Security is BS. There is a galley which sometimes is open, and those workers do not have to leave the ferry at each end, carrying their belongings. They have gone through a process to be screened, and are allowed to sell food/drink and stay on board. There is no provision for David to do this, beyond (from article in OP)
if Michael wanted to play onboard a ferry - and not have to carry his harp off and on the boat - he could pay a fee of $200 per boat, per day (the going rate for the PT-Keystone route). According to the promotional activities policy, he would be restricted to a certain area of the boat and could not go around soliciting passengers. He would not be permitted to sell CDs or "engage in retail activity."

As another option, Michael is welcome to play for free, not sell CDs, and take his harp on and off the ferry at each stop.


When this came about, he tried checking with the WSF to find out about their table top promotion rules (getting a pass, paying a fee, selling on ferries). They put him off while researching and changing ferry guidelines to reflect busking vs table top promotions. My understanding is that some astute person checked the guidelines pre and post contact and found they changed the guidelines. oops.

He is working with others, trying other options since he loves music, loves busking, and needs to sell to survive. Someone wondered if the consession that has the galley might hire him as an employee for a minimal amount, sell his CD's, and reap the harvest of those who travel the ferry to hear David play (and yes, he does tell people that there is a galley, to go get coffee and food).

Someone else is working on buskers rights on the ferries, organizing a Busk In on one of the Seattle ferries sometime this fall. If I hear about it, I'll post on DU. This would be not just about David Michael and his Dangerous Harp, but about busking in general.

Finally, the publicity he has gotten from this incident may have good things happening as far as his music. Nothing for sure, but perhaps a good thing happening. However, he still loves to play in public, it is what he does.

So, I'll post more if I hear it. They say at this point contacting WSF won't do much good, but thank you for all the support.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-15-07 05:26 AM
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10. Busking is hard work!
Way'at David Michael! :hi:


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