Some things I’m thinking about doing



I have broad curiousity, which I’ve made the best of, given that it tends to limit my ability to focus on something for long periods of time. I’m currently, though not permanently, at peace with the fact that I tend to progress just past “beginner” in all that I do, then lose interest in making progress.

One way I keep this from being a total character flaw is that I do keep committments, like running a Game, or being in a dance performance. So while you may not be able to count on me to stick with something new more than 6 or 9 months, you can count on me to stick with those things for which I sign up.

Which brings me to the point. I’m out of new things to try since I’ve lost interest in the last crop. Having new things to learn about and do stimulates my mind, and introduces me to people I would not have otherwise met. When I choose well (which is not really very often, it turns out) these people are the right age to be dates, in addition to interesting acquaintances.

Which brings me to the point, again. Really this time.

I’m thinking about taking up one of these things:

  • drumming, perhaps with the hula studio near my house
  • making a clock out of wood, like one I saw at the Musee d’Horlogerie et Emaillerie, in Geneva. Note to self: there is a modern vendor of wooden clocks!
  • getting involved in a Sea Scout post here in Redwood City

Now the relative merits of all these have been swirling around in my head. There’s the “how much time, expense and dedication is this going to cost” axis. And there’s the “finding dates” axis, otherwise known as the “hot chicks” axis.

Picking up hot chicks at Sea Scouts will be problematic. Not for the reason you are probably thinking. Women of all ages are allowed to be involved in Explorer posts (or at least they were when I was a kid). It would just be awkward dating within that group, though not impossible. The odds of finding a suitable date there are very small, in any case.

Picking up hot chicks in my garage while working on a wooden clock alone is also pretty unlikely. Though if I cut myself and have to go to the hospital, I might meet a cute Filipino nurse who’s looking for someone to take care of. That might be nice.

The hula babes have a definite lead here, but I’m just not really sure how you walk into a hula studio and ask to join the drum team. That needs quite a lot more research.

Of course, all of these need more research on the “cost” axis. The “babes” axis is much more entertaining to speculate on, it would seem.

Hmm, re-reading this post makes me think it probably would qualify as one of the “private” ones I was just talking about.


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