Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sebastian

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Me: Hey! Long time no see! Que bola? Que hay de nuevo?
Him: My wife is pregnant again! With a boy this time!
Me: FELICIDADES!! Have you guys talked about names yet?
Him: Not really. We want something Latino, but that works in English, too, you know?
Me: I get it. How about Andy?
Him: Andy Garcia? Shut Up, Cubana.
Me: Or Ricky?
Him: En serio, cut it out.
Me: Ok. Ok. How about Sebastian? Sebastian Garcia sounds pretty good, no?
Him: You know… It does.

*8 months later*

Me: Hey! Long time no see! Que bola? Que hay de nuevo?
Him: My wife had the baby!
Me: Oh, that’s right! Y que tal? What did you name him?
Him: Sebastian! Isn’t that a great name?
Me: O_O
Yeap. I always liked that name…

Guitar Center

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Not fully recovered from being sick in that I am not eating much, but I feel fine so I am ready to start November.
And what a start!
Last Friday I stopped by the Guitar Center. I couldn’t think of any other store that sold instruments and I wanted to hold a saxophone. I had been leaning towards wanting to play that one, but how could I know for sure if I never held one?

Despite carrying saxophones online, Guitar Center does NOT carry anything but guitars and drums in their store. Or, at least, in my local store. As I walked in and saw wall to wall guitars I became super intimidated and thought about turning around and walking out, but that’s not who I want to be so I pressed on.

I saw timbales at the front of the drum secton. Then I saw congas a little further in. I was like a moth to a flame. And then the guy asked if he could help me. He ended up giving me a brochure for a place called “The Drum Factory” and sent me on my way. The gal at the front gave me a couple of numbers for nearby stores that sell and rent out other instruments.

I called the place and got information on saxophone lessons. I left my number and asked that the teacher call me. If he wasn’t available to teach me in the times I would need, then I’d pick a different instrument, simple as that.
I also registered at The Drum Factory for a free lesson.
The guy emailed me that same night and then called me the next day. He got me set up with a lesson for congas.

Tonight when I got to my lesson, the teacher hadn’t heard that he was supposed to bring congas to teach me on. I explained to him that I was still not sure what I wanted to play and did he think I would be a better conguera or timbalera?
He said that he thought timbales might be a better starting point and that we could turn me into the next Sheila E.

He taught me a pattern, wrote it down, and told me to practice it. A. LOT. He expected me to have it down by our next lesson.
I signed up, but I’m not sure I’m convinced on my timbales ability yet. The pattern is kind of daunting.
I go back next Wednesday, so I had better get practicing!

Besides, I haven’t heard back from the saxophone teacher, so maybe this was “meant to be.”