(Photo Details: The relaxing part of our bike trip in Indonesia on the island of Lombok-May 2016)
It’s always hard to write a post after such a long absence. Even when I’m not blogging, I think about blogging all the time. Both for the writing part and for the interaction part–I always miss the interaction part the most.
But there are only so many hours in a day, even when you are retired! So I just thought I’d send you a little postcard from retirement to tell you that I miss you, and let you know what I’ve been up to. You already know that I haven’t been blogging (other than just thinking about blogging, which I guess doesn’t really count.)
As many of you know, learning to play jazz piano was something I had always pictured doing when I retired. I didn’t get around to starting until five years into my retirement. Better late than never, right? But I’m deep into it now. Besides taking weekly private lessons, I am now taking a jazz piano class at the community college. We meet three days a week for an hour. With practice and an hour commute each way to school, I’m as busy with this as I was when I had a part-time job a few years ago!
On the first day of class last week, our teacher told us about four different levels of learning piano. Actually, this is probably true with any new skill:
-First you don’t know how much you don’t know. That’s the Unconscious Incompetence stage.
-Next you start to learn and you realize how much you don’t know. That’s the Conscious Incompetence stage.
-I’m beginning to gain competence (finally after three years of lessons!) So I’m in the Conscious Competence stage. It takes