June 9th, 2003


Lunchtime ramblings

I thought I was going to have to go to the office today to participate in a meeting with my boss regarding training on a new product that my company is coming out with, but he called earlier and told me that he was stuck elsewhere and couldn't make it, saving me a trip and averting what might have been a confrontation between us. Long story, would rather not get into it.

Mary's got a terrible case of what was diagnosed by the doc-in-the-box on Saturday as bronchitis. She got some meds that have helped some, but she's still coughing up a storm. We're on our way to the real doctor in about an hour to follow up. She's kind of weak and tired, and she has exams starting tomorrow, so good thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

I realized that I'm about five weeks away from "guitar camp", the National Guitar Workshop in Nashville the week of July 13. After a hiatus of eight years, I'm finding that I have to relearn a lot of the things that I knew well, and, unfortunately, returning to a lot of my "I think too much" habits. I've somehow got it into my head that I need to relearn everything that I knew then, and finding myself overwhelmed by the experience. My more reasonable mind has told me to take my own advice: The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. My "first bite", if you will, is a book by one of my guitar teachers, Jim Ferguson, with whom I was privileged to study with one-on-one a few years back at an earlier Workshop. He's a former editor of Guitar Player magazine, a tremendous teacher, and a hell of a nice guy. Just reading his book, All Blues For Jazz Guitar brings back good memories.

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  • Current Music
    The demo CD from the book mentioned above

Quiz Results, or, I resemble that remark!

I took the same quiz on left-brain/right-brain as did Anderyn, and here were my results:

Auditory : 50%
Visual : 50%
Left : 31%
Right : 68%

John, you are moderately right-hemisphere dominant and have even preferences between auditory and visual processing, traits that might make people perceive you as "slightly off balance."

You are most likely to be slightly disorganized, a "dreamer" and a person who focuses more on the end result than the immediate task at hand. You are creative and spontaneous if somewhat lacking in direction and focus. You are a learner who is generally patient and a person for whom time is an ally, not an enemy.

You are more passionate than most people with regard to life and learning and recognize your own intuitive abilities. You have sufficient goal-direction to satisfy yourself and guarantee success without being or feeling driven. You are willing to be reflective about yourself and others without getting lost in rumination.

The balance of your sensory modes allows for both learning and expressive capabilities achieved by few. You are active and "seeing" while retaining an equally strong propensity for being reflective which slows you down a little but allows for a more comprehensive perception and analysis of situations and problems. You do not spend excessive time analyzing since you mostly trust your perceptions.

In all likelihood, you have a tendency to overcommit and cannot under- stand why others get upset since you operate on a different "time table" than they do. Your organizational abilities are frequently overwhelmed by the stimulation seeking and active nature of your mind as well as by the tendency to create new categories and gloss over details, making categorization and classification almost impossible at times.

To the extent that your career path allows for creativity and abstraction as well as a bit of disorganization, you should find yourself equipped to handle any learning that is required. Your own personal adjustment to your style should come naturally although you are likely to feel frustrated by your own limited discipline and often wonder "Why?"

Boy, talk about nailing someone!

Incidentally, I've always heard that since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, that only left-handed people are in their right minds.
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    confused confused

A busy afternoon

OK, so I took Mary to our usual doctor this afternoon, and he diagnosed her as not having bronchitis, but something viral, changed her meds and sent her on her way.

We stopped at Chicago's, a local restaurant, for lunch, hoping to see our friend Valerie the bartender, but she and her husband were off on a well-deserved cruise to Alaska. Nevertheless, had a wonderful lunch there (Mary had the cream of mushroom soup and a spinach salad, I had a hamburger with fries) among the various posters and pictures of my old home town. One was a poster for the Century of Progress, which reminded me of a picture of my grandparents pushing my mother (who was a year old at the time) in a stroller. There was also a picture, hanging in the bar area, of Jean Harlow, which for some strange reason reminded me of my Aunt Cash, despite the fact that Cash had jet black hair (that got jetter and blacker as she got older). I think it was more the period of time when they both lived; Cash might have been a flapper during the 1920s, judging from pictures of her from those years.

After spending a good half hour at Walgreen's getting Mary's prescriptions filled and buying sundry items, we came home. About a half hour later, Mary went into the garage to load her things into the van for school in the morning, and found a huge puddle around the furnace, so we had to call in the heating and air conditioning guy and get the water up off of the floor. Thank heaven I had a wet-dry vacuum.

Then, when the guy came, one of my cats, Jasmine (such a dainty name for such a lump), managed to get out and take me for a run around the block. She finally wore out and I was able to get her into the house. Meanwhile, the guy decrapulated the line and put some sort of chemical cleaner in there to make sure that the crap wouldn't build up in there any time soon. Now, all I have to remember is to put some bleach in there about every three to four months...yeah, right, like I'm going to remember.

So, now I'm exhausted. I think I'll do something unchallenging this evening, maybe watch the CSI: Miami rerun and fall asleep in front of the TV. Braves are off tonight after sweeping the Pirates over the weekend. Later, all...
  • Current Music
    Toby banging on the guest bedroom door...STOP IT, TOBY!