So yeah, this blog has been on a hiatus for quite some time now. Life is just stressful with lots of commuting and responsibilities at work. This held me from figuring out how to update my templates for 2014, but I finally had the brains to do it so now I will have something to post again :)
The issue was how to ungroup/separate compound objects, and it was non-obvious which way I should have done it to succeed, it required some experimentation. Illustrator is confusing to me.
From top to bottom the setup of the sticks change even without them moving.