It’s 9:10am. I feel incredibly blessed. I’m a little weird, but lately, I’ll look at a set of numbers, and add them altogether. Like now it’s 9:10am. Total equals 10.
10 is a very lucky number in Chinese culture. At least, that’s what my Dad used to tell me.
For example, I’ll pump some gas and it’ll read 38.52. 11+7=18, which, in my mind really equals 9 (add the 1 and the 8). Nope. So I pump a tiny bit more gas til it reads 38.53. Ah. 11+8=19, which equals 10 again. Follow me ?
It’s the mathematician in me. I scored 720 on my SATs in math. It’s NOT because I’m Asian. (That would bea great T-shirt, eh?)
It’s coz I studied music. There’s a lot of counting that goes on there. So I’ve gotten fast at it.
I’ll think of other examples when I get a moment.
Speaking of moments, on the first day of rehearsal, I received a box of “In-Ear” monitors, made by Ultimate Ears. Paid by the company. Nice. Another sign (to most folks) that I’ve “made it”… hmmm. I’m totally grateful. But truthfully, I feel like I’ve been making it all along. Making music, making progress in my heart and soul. Making mistakes along the path. Making friends and connections of the spirit.
Anyways… these earphones on steroids need some getting used to. But it’s cool coz they’re perfectly molded to my ears. Custom-molded actually. Sweet. So they never fall out, especially when I’m doing back-flips during the shows.
Sarcasm is very important when traveling with several adults at a time.
And these earphones can get quite LOUD. No problem. When I’m at the Y, I’m usually cranking the volume anyways. Probably why I’ll be deaf by the time I’m 60. Kidding. Got it under control.
Really taking the time out to focus on nature. I’m in Colorado for Christ’s sake. These trees aren’t anywhere else. Just a different level altogether from the nature in the Northeast. I always think about driving west on I-90 passing through Northampton, MA or something. Yep Exit 4 to I-91. I still remember all these things. Got to. Keeps me balanced in the schmooze-fest of the music industry.
I’m hungry and want to keep things simple. No fancy breakfast. Just some oatmeal and eggs. Need my grains and a little protein. Hopefully some fruit will find me, too.