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Banjo versus TV: Week 37

Posted by jrjenks on Friday, September 19, 2008

A weekly check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s resolution to spend more time in 2008 on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 9/9/2008 through 9/15/2008.
Banjo 236 hrs, TV 214 hours

So why did the TV kick the banjo's butt this week? Two reasons: Water and the guitar.

The guitar because this was the week where I started my guitar lessons, and that time doesn't count as banjo time even though I'm doing this for banjo-related reasons. (I want to learn to recognize the chords that a guitarist plays during a jam session.)

Water because the roof to our apartment sprung a leak during the weekend storms. The redhead and I slept in shifts so that somebody would be awake to spot new leaks and to mop up. The TV was my stay-awake buddy during much of that time, so I racked up 9 hours and 11 minutes of TV time this week. (Ooooh! 9:11 for the week of 9/11. Is it something mystical, or just a coincidence? [Answer: Coincidence.])

Also in the last week:


Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog

4 comments on “Banjo versus TV: Week 37”

twayneking Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @7:33:00 AM

Impressive, Grasshopper!

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @8:10:17 AM

Couldn't you practice in the middle of the night?  Don't you have a suitable collection of mutes, and doesn't the Redhead have ear plugs?  Remember the Boy Scout motto: be prepared.

jrjenks Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @8:16:23 AM

Yeah, I've got mutes.  When I really want to mute the thing I put one two on them: a Fielding-Cutler Banjo Mute and the brush portion of a foam paintbrush.  That really does the trick.

But the situation with the water made it really hard to practice.  Water was seaping down a wall and out onto the floor, which required near-continuous mopping.  I couldn't figure out a way to do it while wearing the banjo.

jrjenks Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @8:16:57 AM

I meant "put on two" not "put one two".  But you knew that.

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