The MLKjr Holiday

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’m sitting at home today because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Although, I don’t remember my boss actually mentioning that it was a holiday for us this year. But the banks are closed, and while I have other clients, if the banks are closed I assume I have the day off. If I’m wrong, well, it’ll come out of my PTO.

just barely awake

“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I didn’t watch much football this weekend, or much this whole season if I’m being honest. I didn’t even follow the Lions, mostly because they were not good. Not good at all. I did see the Texans@Chiefs in the divisional round and last night I watched parts of the Packers@49ers. I think I would have preferred to see the Chiefs vs. Packers in the Super Bowl, but it was very obvious last night that the 49ers are the better team. So we get the 49ers vs Chiefs playing in the big game… that’s going to be a lot of red. Should be a good game. Looking forward to the commercials 😉

My plan for today is to do some writing, play some guitar, do some laundry, put together a new selection of music for the garage stereo, straighten the garage, and maybe write a blog post. Okay, so I’m working on that last one right now. The writing hasn’t been quite as prolific as I’d hoped thus far this year. Really, one day out of 20 is bad, but even 1 in 20 is better than my average. Still. I want to do better. I missed one day of guitar practice last week and am feeling disproportionately guilty about that. While Lady Ronn is not in school tonight, I still don’t expect to see her anytime before it gets dark. I guess what I’m saying is, the day is mine to do what I want with.

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Speaking of guitar, one of the biggest problems I’m having is keeping time. I can’t seem to keep time consistent. I can’t tap my foot and play guitar at the same time. I tried using a metronome and it was a disaster. I don’t understand why it’s 3/4 time instead of just 3/3 time, because I’m just counting three instead of four. I can’t seem to make my half notes twice as long as my quarter notes, or at least not consistently. And tomorrow we’re supposed to add eighth notes to the mix. I think my lack of any musical background at all is showing. But on my own and with the encouragement of my boss, who has played guitar for 30-years, I’ve tried to add some chords to my practice. I can’t do those either. My fingers are all over the strings, making a mess of things. But practice continues and I’m hopeful that improvement will come eventually. Any tips? I welcome any and all.

Jeramy says to learn A, G, & D

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You’re probably sick of me talking about guitar. In my defense, it’s the thing I’m doing and I’m enthusiastic about it. Tomorrow I’m going to talk about audiobooks. Is that better or worse? I’d like to do my taxes today, but while I’ve received my W2 I’m still waiting for two others and some other documents. I did start the paperwork and, expecting a refund, I’ve started figuring out where that money will go. Most likely, it’ll go into the “pay off that new camera” fund. Which doesn’t sound like much fun, but is definitely the responsible thing to do. Being an adult is all about the responsible thing. It’s one of the main things I dislike about being an adult. It is what it is. What can you do.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I need to do a couple work-related things now. Despite the holiday. Just a few things that need to be addressed in order to make the coming week a more bearable experience. We’ll talk again. Later.

Martin Luther King Jr.