So Where Was I?
To all my millions and millions of fans who missed last month’s update, well, as Steve Martin was so fond of saying, “Excuuuuuuse Meeeeeeeee!” There wasn’t one. My objective has for years been simple. Once a month, update the four main pages of my website, JohnShinnick.com, these being the main page, the homeowner page, the music page, and the physical page. Each of these articles is generally a little over 800 words, or roughly 3,200 words to spew out each month.
I used to just go on line and write whatever came to mind, a stream-of-consciousness approach, but lately I’ve taken to writing off line, then copying it in. This gives me the opportunity to write when I want, rather than bunch all my writing together at the end of a month or the beginning of the next. I haven’t taken advantage of this approach in this way. For instance, this month the four essays are being written over the course of four days.
I’m in a writing group for which we’re each responsible for writing an essay a week of indeterminate length. I’ve been working on trying to be concise and eliminating digressions that don’t add to the story, fun for me as they might be. I try to get mine under 1,000 words but rarely make it. Often, a shortened version of one of these stories will become one of the articles on this website, or vice versa.
I usually do my monthly updates a week either side of the first of the month. Last month I simply didn’t have it in me. I don’t know why. This doesn’t need to be earth-shaking stuff. Much of it is just day-to-day doings that I happen to be thinking of as I get ready to write. Sometimes something comes up that’s particularly noteworthy and I’ll make a note that it should be my article for the month in whatever category it fits into.
Despite the lack of evidence that anyone is really paying attention, I’ve generally been good at doing monthly updates. If nobody reads them, no big deal. I enjoy writing in and of itself, and every now and then someone lets me know they read something on the site. The joy is in the doing.
But last month I just didn’t have it in me. I managed to be busier than I really wanted to be, managed my time poorly, and lost contact with my to-do list, always a recipe for disaster. And nobody missed the update. I suppose that’s a good thing, but still, it’s time to get motivated again. I’ve done a pretty good job of clearing my calendar to do so.
My three-year stint on my church committee is ending (June 9) and I’ve let it be known that I’ll not be looking for anything new for six months (though short-term projects might be worthwhile.) The church band goes on summer hiatus after this Sunday (June 5). My writing group has also disbanded for the Summer. I have one music gig on my calendar (June 4) and two potentials (June 19 which is not firm, and July 23 or 24, also not firm.) All 4 of these gigs would be as a substitute bass player. I had a chance to audition for some musical project, but it turned out the guy (and excellent musician) was looking to put a band together. I had the good sense to realize that I just don’t want to be in a band at this point and turned it down. I’ll be visiting my brother in July just before the potential gig. I was considering a road trip, but with gas over six dollars, that likely won’t happen.
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A very busy upcoming week.
So, what will I be doing this summer? I really don’t know. I may bite the bullet and drive north to Vancouver. If flying becomes sane again (not likely) I could head to Michigan or even Europe. I’ve wanted to go to Spain/Portugal for some time now. Hawaii is on my radar, but March is the best season for me. I have friends going there soon, and I’m waiting for a report.
The big unknown is (of course) Covid-19. I’m now part of the minority of people in the US who have not come down with it. I’d like to keep it that way. But at the same time, I’m so ready to put it behind me. I found a good breakfast restaurant yesterday, but it’s a bit too pricey to be an everyday place. I’m really hoping that FatApple’s reopens. I miss their pastries and coffee.
Even if I find a great breakfast nook, what about the rest of my time? Who knows? I don’t. I may get bored or maybe stumble onto the next big thing. I’ll be sure to let you know. And I should have plenty of time and energy to write about it here!
~ Quote of the Month ~
I got nowhere to go, I can go anywhere (D. Hall of Hall and Oates)
This was from their song "When the Morning Comes" which I performed about 45 years ago with Mike Fedorka. The song has no great relevance to me, but the line kinda sums up where I am right now, given my relatively empty calendar.
As always, blue buttons indicate new content since the prior monthly update.
06/02/22 - Monthly update completed (no update last month.)
04/07/22 - Monthly update completed.
03/07/22 - Monthly update completed.
01/31/22 - Monthly update completed.
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12/01/21 - Monthly update completed.
11/03/21 - Monthly update completed.
10/25/21 - Small update of scholar section.
10/06/21 - Monthly update completed.
09/06/21 - Monthly update completed.
07/30/21 - Two-month update completed.
07/25/21 - Korg link deleted.
07/17/21 - The mysterious Korg link is added.
05/29/21 - Monthly updated started.
05/07/21 - Monthly update finished.
04/03/21 - Monthly update finished.
03/02/21 - Monthly update finished.