Friday, April 16, 2010
Flashback Friday # 2 ~ Jim's early no piano lesson days
Linda from Mocha With Linda has started a new meme! This one's going to be fun. Each week she will ask us a question, and we post our answer! It will be something to bring about a memory of some sort to share!
We are supposed to answer the following questions: (you might like to join in with this one or see others' posts, just click on the button on the right.)
Did you take lessons as a child? Piano or another instrument? Gymnastics or dance? Other types of lessons? Were they weekly? How much were you required to practice between lessons? Did you participate in recitals? If so, do any of them stand out in your memory? Did they foster a love or a hate for that activity? Did you want to take lessons in a certain thing that you never got to? And if you have kids now, how did your experiences with taking lessons like these impact the activities you had/have them do?
First remember that where this all started was Nebraska back in the olden days. I attended country one or two-room schools through the tenth grade. My largest class was three. Secondly, have in mind that our instructions for writing, above, were a mouthful.
Did you ever have to take piano or other instrument lessons when you were little. And did you hate those lessons with a passion but now you're glad you did.
Mrs. Jim had to play the piano for several years when she was little. Now she can play every song in the Baptist Hymnal. She also plays the viola from lessons taken after Karen, our youngest, left home, and has a violin to mess with. This year she resigned from our church orchestra but is still the orchestra librarian, a non-paying job.
The kids all had to take piano lessons except the youngest son. None of them liked it. Mitch later graduated from Texas A&M with as a chemical engineer, with a job, and the first treat he gave himself was a new Chevy Camero and a white piano. He had taken three years as a little boy.
Susie now has an associate degree in music and is STILL working on her bachelors. She writes music and has many of her songs posted, playing on her piano, on her music blog. My favorite is her Sermon on the mount which she recites from memory while playing her composure for that recital. It is LOOOOONG!
I know you didn't need all that but I wanted to tell it.
I hardly qualify for Friday Flashback this week. I had a tonette when small but never took lessons. There was a book that came with it and a little song book.
At the college where I taught I took class piano lessons for two semesters as a Wellness Class. My teacher said I was ready for 'private lessons.' :)
We did have a 'recital' and if I remember right Mrs. Jim came. I can not remember what I was required to play. My favorite song was "Bill Grogan's Goat." Perhaps you had to play that one.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
2010 Census — a stupid question? — MidWeek Blues —
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home —
___ Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans.
___ Owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)?
___ Occupied without payment of rent?
Okay, it isn't stupid but of what value can it possibly be to the U.S. government?
I was tempted to not answer but decided they just might want $5000 from in (possible fine for not answering the question). Or I could mark a wrong answer. I wasn't going for an 'A' grade anyway. Nothing I have found tells about telling a lie on this form.
Remember I say lying is not a sin unless it brings harm to someone or is malicious.
The U.S. Bureau of Census, FAQs Site (link), does state that there is a $5000 penalty for not answering any numbered question on the form.
Oh yes, there isn't a penalty for being late. I had lost my form but they mailed me another.
Thank you Big Brother, for being so kind.
Thank you God, that my home (not necessarily the one pictured above) isn't being forclosed upon.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Grandkid pictures, of course! — Ruby (Red) Tuesday — A Ten Things Meme
10. Let granddaughter, KP, drive MY car.
Here she is driving her other grandpa's car. She only went around the block, so I am told. But if she were to drive my car like her mother, Karen, did on her first drive she wouldn't be back until just before dark.
I had to warn Karen that car was not to be taken for spins like she was used to when she was riding her bicycle. She was grounded to the bike for all that stuff still, lasting until she left home for college. Later she liked driving my truck. I will tell about that later, another day. Hold me to it, please, or I will forget.
9. Call Bill Dickinson at seven o'clock in the morning.
Why not, he called me this morning and I don't even know him? Reason is that he will already be up. Either I'll call him on Saturday or Sunday morning at seven or at five some morning when I get up for the bathroom.
8. Argue physically with Mrs. Jim.
Why not, does she never aggravate you? Of course she aggravates me. But I will cover that on her annual evaluation which is overdue right now.
7. Miss a University of Nebraska football game?
Just give me some free tickets and I will show you why not.
6. Eat an egg when the yolk or white is not cooked solid.
Why not? Did you ever get salmonella from eating a raw egg? I won't even eat a Caesar salad at a restaurant until I find out if there is raw egg in the dressing or not (link on this). Same goes for homemade ice cream if there are raw eggs in the freezing mixture.
5. Answer anyone who calls me on my cell phone that I can't figure out who it is.
What do I do then? I just push the ringer silence button and let them call away.
4. Write about all the other ideas I had for this post when Bill Dickinson woke me up at seven this morning with his wrong number call.
Why not? Because I have already forgotten them. I should have written them in my moleskin pocket notebook that I always carry.
If and when I have written down some more of these ten items they might show up on another post. Please be assured there are many, many things I would not do. These