I hope I’m not reading too much into this, but I think she likes me, and I’m feeling like a giddy schoolgirl right now.
Life is… far from good, but getting better. I joined my third band (Isolated Victims), and a pretty damn awesome band that’s been what I’ve been wanting to play. Plus they’ve been around for over 11 years. I’m getting applications for substitute teaching pools together, The Two Tone Boners are playing out of state in October for Phoenix Ska Punk Bowling and in Vegas, and both bands might be playing Viva Ska Vegas in September.
I’ve realized I’ve developed a certain mindset about private teaching that makes me more of an effective than when I started as a college sophomore and again a year and a half ago. I have a good mental backlog of where my students are and what their weaknesses are/what needs to be reinforced, learning quirks and styles, and a repertoire of pedagogical strategies. I’m going back to school with a refreshed mind ready to finish up my credential work and get to student teaching in the Spring!
Additionally, my attitude’s been a lot better lately. I’ve stopped sleeping in on the couch past noon, and I’ve been waking up and having breakfast. I’m going to start jogging and doing daily morning workouts. I’m now putting a game plan together to fix my car by swapping the engine. I’m learning to play bass and learning new rep on piano. I’ve overcome my songwriting block. I’m getting a tattoo. I have a roughly scheduled date coming up with an absolutely gorgeous girl who’s showing promise and interest in me, which would be my first date in a while. People recognize me and my band within the ska/punk scene now, and even though it’s a great surprise and confidence booster, it’s humbling at the same time how there’s this sense of community within the scene. Community is something we could use more of.
Growing up is hard. But it doesn’t have to come all at once… and the music’s the one thing that’ll keep me from getting old.
So, I’m playing keyboards for Isolated Victims now. They’re playing the pre-party for Viva Ska Vegas on September 19th-20th. That makes three of The Two Tone Boners playing Viva Ska Vegas (Jovan-sax playing for Matamoska and Alfredo-trumpet playing for Steady 45s). I’m hoping I leveraged the promoter into getting The Two Tone Boners on the bill for the after party, haha.
Awkward connection I have: this lady is a bartender who happens to also book shows. She’s booked me for a few of her shows. Her little sister just so happens to be my high school ex-girlfriend… Who still won’t talk to me.
Ever lie awake at night and realize how huge the world is and wonder where all the people you once knew are now? This is one of those nights.
"On a scale of one to tits, how much fun are you having tonight?"