Archives For August 2006

Upon my new adventures of trying to get better at the drums I decided to go out and buy a drum video that will assist me in this task. So I purchesed a video called Thomas Lang’s creative control. I was told that this is one of the best instructional videos for someone looking to gain some more technique and creativity. The day arrived when it came in the mail and I opened it up and popped it into the dvd player. Right away I knew I was in trouble when he I saw a picture of his drumset. Let me just explain to you how these professional drummers have their drums set up. First of all they have about 2 to 3 of everything. They have a double bass they have 2 or 3 snares they have 2 or 3 hi hats 5 or 6 toms and so many cymbals that you cannot even count. That is just the beggining, this guy starts to play and is going crazy on the drums. I am sitting all ready thinking to myself I will never be able to do this and will really never want to do it. Then he starts to talk about how to do this and starts to talk about hitting this drum and then this drum and I realize that I do not have any of that stuff. So I fast forward to the next section. The next section he is sitting around a bunch of practice pads. He has a practice pad drum set. I do not have one of those I am lucky to have one practice pad let alone 5 or 6, he starts to talk about practicing this and practicing that and I am lost again. I started to think to myself, all I really want is some practical lessons on how to play better in a worship service. Then I start to think, what would a Christian drum instructional video look like. And I start to think to myself how funny that would be to watch. I can only imagine what songs they would try to teach you, and how to play the same beat on every song. Because just like a guitar player playing the same three cords over and over, all a drummer needs to know is how to play one beat and you will have no problem (for an example see the drummer at calvary church youth service). So if there is a video out there that you have seen let me know and maybe one day I will make a drum video.

It is that time again, the time that everyone is looking forward to. Some look to it with dread and others look to it with excitement. It is school time, I remember the days when the summers would fly by and it seemed like school took forever. I dreaded these last few days before I had to go back to school, but this year it is different, I am actually looking forward to going back to school. Ask me in about a month and I probably will not be saying the same thing, but today I feel excited about the idea of starting another year at good old lcc. This summer has been long, I have done nothing but work and have not stimulated my brain in any real way except through conversation, This is the one reason why I am looking forward to going back to school, to get back into my reading, I hate to admit this but I have not read one book all summer, This past semester I was reading a book a week. I really do not know what happened. I started working I got a girlfriend and all of a sudden my time and desire for reading went out the door. So this school year is a whole new beginning, new people, new classes, and a girlfriend. We will see how this works out, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

Now that the summer is coming to an end and I have not written on blogger in a long time I have decided to write about my awesome job. Lets just say that it is always something new happening. I wish I could say that I like my job, but I do not. I think a lot of people do not like their jobs so I can not complain to much. I will say that I have had an interesting time of seeing people. We have had employees fired for having blow-up dolls in the bathroom medicine cabinet, we have a lady who is having an affair with a costumer and her husband has no clue. We have had a drunk mexican come in with a huge gash on his head and dripping blood. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the people that work or go to fastlane gas station. What would my summer be without this great job. I can say that I will probably never work at a gas station again and would advise you to stay away from working at gas stations.