So.... it's been a while
Hi all, not sure how many of you remember me, but Boogie's back. What a year or so it's been. Work and life got... well... busy. A year ago January, our company had its first ever layoff (and then we did a few more). I was not affected... well at least not directly. A significant number of old friends lost their jobs. Open positions were closed, so we had to make do with that we had and I ended up picking up my additional 'fair share'.
So I made a few decisions about where I wanted and needed to spend my time.
I was becoming very passionate about my long distance bicycling and decided to set a new goal: I was going to ride the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (200+ miles) in one day (rather than the two days I had previously ridden) so I focused on training at the gym and on the road. Oh... I did it! We had a large group (11 of us) riding together and we could only ride as fast as the slowest rider. It took longer than I wanted (over 12 hours of actual saddle time and about 15.5 - 16 hours of total time; too many long rests), but I was proud of my accomplishment. This year, I'm am forming a small ride group (5) and we shooting for no more than 10 hours of ride time (hopefully no more than 11-ish hours end-to-end). Oh... and I'm doing about 7 other organized bicycle ride events this year which are long and/or have lots of elevation climb. Not bad for a 50 year old, huh?
With all that going on, I got more focused on using my 'other' free time for guitar practice and spent less time online. Basically gave up TV (not that I watched much anyway), various forums, etc.... I switched music schools at the first of this year and joined a 10 week 60s ensemble class. A lot of solo and group acts performed for 100+ people at a local jazz/blues club on March 9. What a blast! I was little nervous and rough at the start, but loosened up around the 3rd song (or so I remember). I am waiting for the performance DVD and then I will post. We did some fun songs!
What else? My wife and I watched our oldest leave the nest and start college. She's not far away (90 minutes), but still there was lots of planning, school visits, moving her out, etc.... I taught our second oldest how to drive (2 down and 1 to go).
Anyway... Vic Lewis and Dan Talbot found me on Facebook and friended me. I realized how much I missed the community aspect of GuitarNose, so I'll be popping in from time to time. I'm going to peruse the boards and see what's up.
Nice to see you back!
Your name came up on those "friend suggestions" on FB - knew the name, couldn't quite place it. Saw we had one mutual friend - Dan - so I asked him who you were. I was pretty sure you were from GN, and Dan confirmed it - hey, we even played on his "Summertime Blues" jam together!
Good to hear things are going well. That biking sounds like hard work, though! (shudders, and slinks off.....)
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"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)
Yeah, I was big into that cycling stuff through the '90s. Now I'm just big! Takes a lot of time and effort to keep it up, and even before I got knocked out of it by a motorcycle accident that nearly tore my right arm off in 2000 (a freak single vehicle accident), I was getting terrified of cell phoning drivers. God bless you and watch over you! Good to see you back on GN!
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
Welcome back Boogie! Nice to see you on the boards again. 8)
"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge
Welcome back, Boogie. 8)
There's a really old PM waiting for you re. getting the Riff thread going again.
We did and it died a second death. So ignore that...
Post those vids when you get the DVD, looking forward to it.
Glad to hear you're doing well. :)
Welcome back, Boogie!