We’re having a little get to know your blogger better talk today.
In High School I won an art scholarship
Surprised? Lemme tell you, it sure surprised everyone at my high school, too. I didn’t take a whole lot of art classes. I was in band, I was in honors classes, and I had a very, very small circle of friends.
But I loved to draw; always have (sadly don’t do it a lot anymore, although I still do go through phases). I was always drawing, and by the time I hit my senior year, I didn’t have a lot of classes I needed to take.
So I did take some art classes. And then I took some art classes at a local community college, too. I may have been the most surprised when I won that scholarship! I think there was a lot grumbling that it was because of my grades.
I couldn’t paint . . . and then I could
I did try to paint when I was younger — without any lessons. And I sucked. So I gave it up.
Then one day I came across a decorative painting magazine and thought: “I can do that”. Well, I really couldn’t, not at first. I still sucked. But I fell in love with it. So much in love with it that I started to go to decorative painting conferences in Las Vegas. Hmm, a little like my running story, no?
All those trips to Vegas? Many of them were for that conference (although many of them were just because we both really like Vegas, for different reasons, and it was easy to get to from Austin).
Eventually I got pretty good.
I pretty much haven’t painted since we moved here. I want to, but you see, I started this little running hobby . . .
I swam on a swim team for quite a few years
It’s not because I’m a good swimmer, either. I’m as slow at swimming as I am at pretty much everything.
It was because it was at our local Jewish Community Center, my Dad was heavily involved, and basically if you could float, you could be on the team.
Somehow I got to state finals once for breaststroke.
I went to state finals for bowling once, too
Speaking of state finals, my junior bowling team made it once, too.
I’m a good bowler when I’m in practice (which I haven’t been for decades). I have a wicked curve though. When I’m in practice, I can control it and know where to stand. When I’m not, it might totally be a gutter bowl.
Last time I bowled was a couple of years ago at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. It had been decades since I’d last bowled.
Anyway, our team actually did come in second at state finals.
I played the flute right through college
I’m pretty musical. I have a decent voice and like all my siblings, in grade school I got to pick an instrument to play.
My sister played the violin and was apparently good, but she didn’t stick with it. I seem to recall my brother trying several instruments, but again, nothing stuck. By the time I came along my parents were kind of tired with that pattern.
They wouldn’t let me take violin or oboe (too hard). They kind of chose flute for me. I really sucked at first (do we see a pattern?), but by junior high I started to get better. Eventually good enough for private lessons. Good enough to get into the state band.
I even considered becoming a professional musician, actually; I really did. One of my classmates went to school for it (but ended up becoming an instructor).
And because I am competitive, as you may have noticed, I didn’t go to school for music. Did I have talent? Yes. Did I have enough talent? No. At least not in my mind. But I did stick with art, sort of, for a career, eventually owning a graphic design business.
Oddly enough one of my friends here also plays the flute, also has no kids (by choice) and also loves cats.
Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:
Tell me something I wouldn’t guess about you
Ever play an instrument? Which one? Do you still play?
Were you pragmatic about choosing a career, or did you go with your passion?