Posted by blk1 on March 7, 2008
No time for writing this morning, I had a date with Anthony, my personal trainer at 8AM. Imagine, my own personal trainer who for an hour every other other week, gives me all his attention as we move from station to station around the Premiere Gym. I have an hour with my guitar teacher, Jonathan, an hour a week with Gene, my mac teacher, and what about the hours I spend right here on the web, following behind my tech buds. Kevin and Karen, are you reading this?
Sure I love teaching, but I’m happiest as a student, learning. Maybe it’s an ideal life learning and then teaching what I’ve learned.
At the gym this morning I was in the midst of an advanced workout, imagine, me advanced with weights and exercise machines. I can step up on a ledge, secure my arms and lift my lower body up and back 15 times in a row. Imagine.
It does help to be working with Anthony, a 22 year-old weight-lifting stud who encourages me with a wink, a smile and encouraging words. On my own I know I would not have ever taken up the more dramatic challenges.
Seems to work the same with the guitar. I have Jonathan who expects that I practice most days of the week for at least an hour. I Would like to believe that without him I pick up my guitar run scales, take on new pieces with chords that I can barely read and continue to build my calluses on the nylon strings of my classical guitar. Honestly, I don’t think it would happen without his familiar clomping up my stairs on Tuesday mornings.
Probably the one place I don’t need a teacher in the flesh is here on the web. Virtual teachers are just as powerful although it is fun to show up at the mall just down the block from my condo at 8am and take my pick of parking spots right in front of the mall entrance. As I walk across the first floor of closed shops the wire door raises and I am ushered into the Apple Store along with all the techies who work in the back. I have never been back there, in the bowels of Apple but I’m sure I could get an audience if I asked. I know most of young guys(mostly) chewing on their first computer experience with Apple retail. It’s good to be working with Gene and Kenny, the staples of the one-on-one staff, both my contemporaries. I could probably join them as an Apple employee, but I think it’s more fun to be independent, seeking to know what’s new with the latest and greatest APPLE.
Is there anything better than learning something brand new?