Drum Domains
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: New Opportunity

  1. #1

    User Info Menu

    Default New Opportunity

    Well, I've been retired since June, and although I had a definite idea on how it would all go (watching the grandchildren was priority #1), it seems like nothing goes quite the way you might envision it. During the summer, I was totally involved with the grandkids, each and every day. Then school started and I wake up every morning to get the grandkids ready for school, say goodbye to my daughter and son-in-law (he works as the network administrator for the local school district, so he takes his daughter to school), and then I take my grandson to his school. Back home to get the dogs fed, and to take them out. I know this must sound terribly exciting so far, but wait.

    That's when I found out what having too much time on your hands can feel like. I'm still settling in, and haven't found a place to set up the drums yet (between my stuff and the kids stuff in the garage - they moved to this house in May - there is no place available out there, and I can't move anything more out to the garage to create more space inside. I did manage to make some space for my daughter to get her car into the garage before the winter weather hit, but I can't imagine making anymore headway for quite a while. For this reason, I have had to be content with playing my guitars.

    Until recently. The kids had been looking for a church, and had settled into a non-denominational church with a very contemporary service. I thought it was fine, and even wondered if I might be able to be involved in the music somehow. Then my daughter and son-in-law had a discussion about a church that was right around the corner (ok, maybe 2 corners) from where we all live. They had 2 services, so we started attending the contemporary service. They had a drummer, but then he had joined the Marines, and a month ago he headed off to basic training. No other drummer stepped forward, so I casually mentioned that I was a drummer during a conversation that I had with the pastor. I was invited to a rehearsal last Wednesday night, and it went fairly well, even playing an unfamiliar kit.

    Sunday was the big day, and I was playing behind a wall of plexiglass for the first time, so I could not gauge my volume, I could only feel the music and play what I thought felt right and trust the sound guy. Oh, and I should mention that my own family had never heard me play before, so there was that added pressure, too.

    It turns out that my playing was a big hit, even the pastor told me that she had forgotten what it meant to have a good drummer player. To be called a "good drummer" was the nicest compliment that I could have gotten, and I had a number of other people stop and tell me the same thing . . . including my own family. So I'm finally playing again, and it looks like it will be a regular gig for me.

    Yep, retirement hasn't quite gone the way I thought it would, but being able to be playing the drums has just made it soooo much better!

    If you've had a new opportunity, let us know about it!
    Quoting gonefishin: Just have some bacon with ya when you go pick her up..........youre an instant chick magnet.





    For coupons and specials, join the Drum Bum mailing list.

    Buy Gifts for Drummers. And don't miss the free Drum Lessons!

  2. #2

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    That's awesome PastorBob! Glad to hear that you are back to playing and bless you for helping with your grandchildren.
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Sabian 18" Paragon Crash, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

  3. #3

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Thanks OldEnglishD! Being with my daughter's family has been awesome. Being able to play again is the icing on the cake.
    Quoting gonefishin: Just have some bacon with ya when you go pick her up..........youre an instant chick magnet.





    For coupons and specials, join the Drum Bum mailing list.

    Buy Gifts for Drummers. And don't miss the free Drum Lessons!

  4. #4

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Congratulations sir, that is wonderful.
    -Mike


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old.
    We grow old because we stop playing."

    "I wish that my playing reminded people of Steve Gadd. But they seem to confuse me with his little known cousin... E."

    "Snare drums happen."

  5. #5

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Bob, this brought a smile to my face. Great news about the band opportunity and please keep us posted as to how it works out. Enjoy your retirement and don't be a stranger.
    - Tom

    Everyone loves FREE... like this free drum forum. But like your car and even your drums, they require upkeep and maintenance and that requires money.

    Will you consider Shopping at Drum Bum to help support this forum?

    Or make a donation here.



    I know from working with Drum Bum through the years, that this forum is costly to run. It requires server fees, hosting, ongoing moderation, advertising, software upgrades, security certificates and IT work when it breaks. All in addition to the expenses that come from running a business. These costs are offset (hopefully) by members that click through to Drum Bum to make a purchase now and then, if not make a contribution to help keep it running.

    On behalf of Drum Bum, thank you for your consideration.


  6. #6

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Where there's a will, there's a way...or...the Lord works in mysterious ways.
    Retirement can take getting used to for many but I think you'll learn to love it. I did right from the start!!!

  7. #7

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Pretty yappy for a new guy....oh wait. PB.
    Signature here

  8. #8

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    He always did have the gift of gab.....great story PB and congrats.
    slot # 1

    In support of l e i g h ' s campaign..............DC Record for Most Users Online
    BE COUNTED!
    http://www.drumchat.com/showthread.php/dc-record-most-users-12079p2.html




    CHARTER MEMBER OF PHROGGE'S AQUARIAN ARMY

    The Zildjian League
    Zildjian Vintage A Team


    RIP Frank.............thanks for being part of my journey

  9. #9

    User Info Menu

    Default Re: New Opportunity

    Praise the Lord! We recently changed to a much smaller church. I have to play very quietly, and the only other instrument we have is keyboards, played by my son. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian AAX, SR2 / Evans / LA Backbeat

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •