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Today I had the privilege of taking my first private music lesson. My teacher has already made a fantastic impression on me and really fueled my excitement for learning this fantastic instrument.

I bought a violin last week. It was an almost religious experience finding my first violin. I truly love that instrument already. I’m sure this relationship will only strengthen as time goes on.

I have a lot of work ahead of me to be able to do the violin justice. This week’s lesson focused on the first of many underpinning skills and techniques I need to begin playing properly.

I found several things that will improve as I learn to play and practice the exercises specifically targeting these weaknesses. I have exercises for this week working on the flexibility of my left shoulder and hand, the strength of my right pinkie (for bow control) and my sense of rhythm. Some of the exercises make me feel a little silly (clapping and marching in place at different paces, really) and some of them cause me some discomfort. That is to be expected aw I am using my body in ways it has never been used before.

Thus begins one of my potentially lifelong relationships. Come back and read more as this relationship blossoms.

Today was the second meetup I attended of the Brisbane Harry Potter Fan Club.  I know it is a children’s book, but damnitt the series is a masterfully constructed literary work.  Read the rest of this entry »

I took up target shooting with Paramount Targetsports during February 2008. I choose Paramount because they were the only club that had weekly club nights and had a website linked to from the website. This was important because I am efficient (read: lazy when I can get away with it) with my time and trying to find details for a shooting club in Australia can be a real pain in the ass. Due to the wonderful reluctance for many places to have a website, even to encourage new members at all, it was encouraging to find a club that wanted people to come down and try shooting with them. Read the rest of this entry »

I find myself writing this piece fully 24 hrs after I started it, and again I just finished a crappy day but if you have read any of my other posts you will have figured out that isn’t an unusual occurrence. *self deprecating chuckle* I just got home from an overtime day at work. Not a frequent occurance when you work for a government organisation. Read the rest of this entry »