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February 9th, 2012

The weather was better, so I biked to work again, my band got a gig for Friday night, and I go Tuesday to make my pitch at another school, in addition to tomorrow, which is my very first pitch of this era. Here's to hope.

February 8th, 2012

Another Day At The Grind

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In this case, continuing the great telemarketing drive, though with less success. And no further bites at work, which bites...it's a slog, and I know it, but I still wanna be a successful and in demand private teacher NAOW :P On brighter notes, my new printer showed up, and it seems to be everything I want, and I got a bunch of cleaning done. Tomorrow I just have to deal with actually getting some long term things mailed off :P

February 7th, 2012

A Series Of Short Hops

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Back to bike commuting today, and this time made sure to get all of my prep done before I left for work...which between banking, lunch making, and everything else meant I left at pretty much the same time I always do :P But, y'know...I arrived at work well fed and very awake, I got home fairly awake and useful (although VERY hungry), and I manged to survive a full day of bike commuting. There was a bank run in the morning before work, then shower and then bike to work, then back to the bank after work to get rent before heading home. 4 short hops instead of the usual 2, and I think I was actually ok. A bit drained, but ok. Tomorrow, with bills for the month taken care of, I can actually get back to telemarketing.

February 6th, 2012

A Reasonable Day

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Of Superbowl, free food, duets, and getting my @#&^ teaching flyers remade, FINALLY.

February 4th, 2012

I woke up to a facebook post reminding me that I had totally forgotten about a friend's wedding today. A frantic search for the invitation ensued and confirmed that it hadn't happened yet, and that I might be able to actually make it all work with everything. So...here was my day:

Start with horn sectional for my ska band, but cut it short. It was highly productive, and got a lot of stuff cleaned up, as well as new tunes discussed.

High tail it to Santa Ana for the wedding, grab fast food along the way. I showed up 20 minutes late, but as it was a Catholic wedding, I missed little :P

Head to the Valley for the reception. Bail 45 minutes later to get to Redlands for a private student's honor band performance.

Arrive at honor band performance just after student's group has finished. Say hi to parents and kid anyway, and feel like an ass. Hear other groups do very, very well, including a great rendition of the first Holst suite by the high schoolers, and bump into a professor from college, who at 80 is working harder and doing more than most people a quarter of his age, and having a blast with it. He may (maybe) even be able to hook me up with a gig.

Along the way got an email saying that my printer could be here Monday.

So...overall, logistical issues aside, and granting that missing hearing my student play sucked, I shall mark this day as win.
I got a few calls back today, which was awesome. One director wants a resume, another is just having me come in and give my spiel next week. So...woo! Work, well...there was a bit of a talking to about yesterday's events, but otherwise things were good. I'm finally getting the wind cabinet redone. It's still filled with mostly shit, but at least it doesn't look like shit anymore :P

I also bought a printer.

February 3rd, 2012

3 new students, and my existing students are doing awesome. Life is _good_.

Today anyway :)
Tomorrow I have two new students, which is awesome. Today...my printer continued its long, slow expiration, and I've started research into its replacement. It's a shame-my little Deskjet 960c has been with me for about 12 years or so now, and it's been a workhorse through thick and thin. It just conks out randomly now, which is poo.

January 31st, 2012

I got my first student at work today. High school junior, already experienced at flute, and she signed up for an hour, on a day that doesn't conflict with my retail schedule. I am highly excited, and it got me thinking-while obviously I'd take a band directing job in a heartbeat, working music store retail is the perfect place to recruit students, especially now that I'm on the official teacher's list. If I can recruit a few more students, it might actually be worth sticking it out until I can transition more away from retail, and certainly the extra money won't hurt :) In other words, this just might be an opportunity after all.

January 30th, 2012

Firings And Family

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The firings...one of them happened, with my singer friend. The other one, the trombone player, decided to give it another go. Both ended rather pleasantly, though it's still not pleasant to do that sort of thing.

The bulk of the day, however, was spent with family. My mom wanted memories for Christmas, so we all went as a family to the Living Desert out past Palm Springs. It's a desert zoo, essentially, along with several botanical gardens, and it's a really neat place, with a lot of cool animals and stuff to see (and there was delicious fried chicken at a nearby restaurant afterwards). The coolest part for me, however, besides getting to indulge my scientist's streak (and send a picture of an owl to a friend), was the show we saw. The falcon was named Millenium. The African porcupine was introduced as "a rodent of unusual size".

Yes, I totally had a good laugh with the presenter afterwards when I asked if the staff included some people that had been to ComicCon :D

January 29th, 2012

2 rehearsals today, both of which involved a lot of talking and the potential for kicking out a band member. In the jazz group, my singer friend just doesn't have the jazz chops for this yet. Can she get there? Sure. But is she there yet? Noo...and so we'll be having a discussion sometime in the very near future involving a "please get your shit together" type conversation. In my band, we had a very productive band meeting...after our trombone player bailed without letting anyone know why until 10 minutes after rehearsal had started. That gets him an "in or out, and be all one way or the other" ultimatum as soon as I can get him on the phone. I'm not happy about it, but it's what needs to happen...the rest of the band is now all on the same page of seriousness, of commitment, of show and recording goals...we've decided not to fuck around anymore :)

And then there was my Christmas present-TMBG's 30th Anniversary show at UCLA. Man, what an awesome show...weird seeing the band I experienced my first mosh pit ever with sitting down, but great performances, great tunes, damn near all of Lincoln, the best rendition of Cowtown ever, a double encore, and a couple of signed CDs in my collection. Yes, it was totally worth it :D

January 28th, 2012

Destruction! BWAHAHA!

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So called because I got to knock the shit out of drywall with a clawhammer today, which was a lot of fun. And I got paid for it, which was even better. After work (and slicing my finger a bit at work *grumble*), I ran and cooked with a friend, which was also pretty cool. Tomorrow I rehearse a lot.

January 25th, 2012

I had an interview with the nonprofit I temp for once a month, for a position they inadvertently filled :P But they have a cheaper paying position available in two weeks, and...bleh. Actually I thought the interview went fairly well-I'd be doing a lot of direct assisting of the CEO, who I get along with very well, and now even better after finding out she has a programming background :) And work...work still won't give me full time, but at least they're putting me fully at the store that's close to home, and giving me the chance to teach at that store if I can make the schedule work. So...it's not entirely a win, but it's not a loss either, I suppose :P

January 23rd, 2012

Another Day

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With running, with rehearsal, and with lots of booking stuffs. The lesson here is to clear the NAMM weekend for next year, but I have no regrets about spending the day getting useful shit done.

January 22nd, 2012

NAMM And Gig

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NAMM was pretty awesome, once I finally made it down there. Got to play on a lot of horns, met a few cool people, bumped into a few friends...and then there was a long big band gig that fed me, and went fairly well. And now I'm exhausted.

January 21st, 2012

First Post!

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I mean first show...my band had its first show tonight. I was a bit nervous, made moreso by our trombone player nearly bailing over concerns about his own playing, but...it wasn't perfect. It was rough in places. But it went a whole lot better than expected, and we got a great crowd-30 or so people there to see us. I saw people I hadn't seen since high school, plus family, and friends, and friends and family of other bandmates...I walked off the stage feeling accomplished. My original music finally got out into the world, to pretty good reception, and I feel rather good about it :D

January 20th, 2012

At Least It Ended Well

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My day started with rejection from my old district, which apparently deems me fit neither to be band director or computer tech. That left me rather bitter and down, so I slept through NAMM, and when I finally awoke I just did combo stuff (eventually) to get me through the day. Ultimately my student had a good lesson, and combo practice went fairly well, but really. I'm kind of pissed about the whole nonsense.

January 19th, 2012

I worked a rental night, and made the owner happy. I wasn't the most efficient, but I got a trombone rented, and made sure to help all the kids that came by...which both felt good, and was very frustrating because I still don't have a frackin' band directing job :P I also went running, and pulled 2.5 miles at a good pace for the first time in a while. I can feel myself losing weight again, finally, and I approve. Tomorrow, the jazz combo gets rocking again, and hopefully gets on the verge of getting some paying work.

January 17th, 2012

Putting It Together

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I can handle the set, the jazz group is gonna live, and I survived work. I'm alright.

January 16th, 2012

But instead...there was playing, there was cleaning, and there was catching up on email. It was reasonably productive, in its way. Here's to hoping I get a better job soon though.

Meh

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There was some good upside today...and some serious downside. So, meh.

January 13th, 2012

On This Day...

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I ordered a proper flugel mouthpiece, got new glasses, practiced a LOT, and worked with my singer to get the last of the tunes set. It wasn't a bad day really.

January 12th, 2012

A Nice Little Bit Of Evil

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I interviewed for a computer tech job with my old district, which I thought went pretty well, and then I convinced a 5th grader to stick with oboe. I'd say that's a decent amount of evil for the day, yes?

January 11th, 2012

Life!

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In this case, still clogged up lungs and wheezing, but considerable improvement from what it was. Maybe I'll be writing soon :P

January 9th, 2012

Sickness Is Distracting

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I called out of work at the beginning of my second week. I have a bunch of stuff to write about, but I'm too out of it. I hate being sick.

January 8th, 2012

First Show Blues

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I'm sick. I'm better than I was, and I managed to sleep off a lot of it, but what was supposed to be a productive 8 hour day of practicing and rehearsing turned into "I showered at 6:30". And the band...I love them all, but it sounds way rough. The first show...eep! We'll see, to say the least. And the other band won't be playing on the bill with us *grumble*

January 5th, 2012

My old district contacted me twice today...once to reject for band directing, and once to schedule an interview for a computer tech job. A mixed bag, perhaps, but hey-interview!

January 4th, 2012

The arch Towards The Show

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Ok, I was tired, and it was a slow day at work, but I did get a possible job offer for a monkey job close to home at better pay, and I spent most of my day practicing, so I really can't complain too much. The only real downside was Iowa-Paul came in 3rd, which was awesome, but Santorum? Really? Wtf Iowa.

January 3rd, 2012

Work Doesn't Quite Suck

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I mean I did get paid to practice for a decent chunk of my shift....

January 1st, 2012

2011 In Brief

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Well...I will say that 2011 ended better than it started, but it was still a shite year. I'll probably write some end of the year thingy soon enough.
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