Dreamer’s World May 31, 2018 – Never Enough Music In My Life

    I have written a lot about learning to play the guitar. It has given me focus on everything in my life and also provided me with tons of enjoyment. The entire process has also made me think more about other aspects of music that I want to either learn or get back into. The most important of these is piano. I played piano for years when I was younger, and now I find myself seriously thinking about purchasing a good keyboard to start playing once again.
    Thankfully, keyboards are much smaller than actual pianos. They do provide more features than a piano would, and they are less expensive. I am subconsciously making certain to save up some money to buy a keyboard in the next few months. I think that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. More music will keep me at home, and that will mean less money being spent when I go out.
    I have been researching keyboards, and there are several for around $500 that interest me. I can pick them up at the local Guitar Center store when I decide to make the purchase. I consider music as an investment because it certainly keeps me active and enthusiastic about things. I have often thought about taking up piano once again, but there was always some reason why I put it off.
    I also began checking Craigslist to find any keyboards for sale, and there are several bargains listed. Of course, bargain is a tricky word to use when shopping on CL, I might contact one of the sellers and try to get a feel if they are legitimate or not.
    A series of phone messages has convinced me that I can deal with one of the Craigslist people. Hal and I will go tomorrow after work to pick up the keyboard and will save over $300 with the deal. I would prefer to have made the deal today, but since I am waiting for a guitar to be ready at the shop, it is best to wait until after work Friday. At least it means that the weekend will be off to a good start for me.
    There can never be too much music in my life!

Dreamer’s World May 31, 2018 – Pushing Through

    The last thing we need is more rain. Guess what is forecast for today and for the next few days? Yep, more rain. This is a constant theme for the weather this spring, long stretches of rainy days broken up by a few beautiful sunny days, and then back to the gloom and rain once again.
    Hal and I went to see the new Star Wars movie last night, and we both enjoyed it very much. Right now, we haven’t made any concrete plans for the next movie we would like to see, but there is no rush about it. The only thing that we didn’t do was have dinner out last night, and that was because of timing since I had to be here this morning ready to conduct my weekly meeting at work, and I always have last-minute changes to the presentation and agenda on Thursday morning before sending out the invitations. I want a clear head for Thursday so things will go smoothly.
    I am eagerly awaiting my next chance to practice guitar after work. One of my guitars has been at the shop for some maintenance and tuning work, and it should be ready sometime today. If it is ready on time, that will be the one I will practice on. I alternate between electric and acoustic guitar, and I want to work on this electric guitar if it is available.
    Once today at work is complete, the week will be nearly over with. After my meeting, I have some research to perform, and that will occupy most of my time tomorrow as well. Regardless of the weather, I am ready for the weekend to get here. Other than taking Hal to and from work, there are no plans right now for the weekend. I expect it will remain that way since there is nothing pressing that needs immediate attention.
    I think that tonight will be a good night to get to bed early. I could use the extra sleep, and I want to be ready for tomorrow and the weekend. That is the plan so far, but things can change, and they usually do.

Ambien maker pushes back at Roseanne Barr tweet: ‘Racism is not a known side effect’

Ambien maker pushes back at Roseanne Barr tweet: ‘Racism is not a known side effect’

By Judy Kurtz – 05/30/18 10:34 AM EDT


The maker of Ambien said on Wednesday that “racism is not a known side effect” of taking the prescription drug after Roseanne Barr suggested it was part of the reason she attacked Valerie Jarrett in a racist tweet.

Sanofi US, which produces Ambien, wrote on Twitter:


In a since-deleted tweet earlier Wednesday, Barr wrote: “Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. ty.”

ABC canceled its top comedy, the rebooted “Roseanne,” after its star tweeted on Tuesday that ex-Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the child of the Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called the remark “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” when announcing the ratings monster was getting the axe.

The most common side effects of taking Ambien are drowsiness and dizziness, according to its website. The medication is typically prescribed for the “short-term treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation.”

Barr, 65, later tweeted that her mention of taking Ambien was “an explanation” and “not an excuse.”

Updated at 10:47 a.m.


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Dreamer’s World May 30, 2018 – Happiness Is Being Creative

    Once again, I am attempting to start and finish a blog post. I have slipped over the holiday weekend and not been posting things that I actually write myself. I still a posting articles that interest me, and hopefully also interest my readers, but it is time to get back to writing for myself.
    For some reason, I am drawn to the topic that Snoopy And The Gang brought to my attention, and that is being creative. I like some personal flair in my writing, and in my life in general. Creativity is what makes things worth doing in the first place.
    I found out that practicing guitar is something that I really enjoy because I can see the slow progress each day. I know that I am getting better, and that gives me the confidence to keep practicing. My technique is getting better each day, and the callouses are appearing on my fingertips. Although the callouses are tender, I know that they will develop over time and the pain will go away to be replaced by the joy of hearing myself create music.
    Since Hal and I are going to see the new Star Wars movie this evening, I should probably end this post now. I can send it out and feel a sense of accomplishment for the day, and that is something creative that I will have done for today.