Once again, it’s testing season here at school. Since I don’t have a homeroom, I am not responsible for actually administering a test. As a result I am sitting outside in the “trailer park” (the temporary building annex) waiting for testing teachers to need something. Fortunately, 1) we have wi-fi here and 2) it’s not totally freezing today. Last year it was really cold, rainy, and miserable. Anyway, I just thought that I would post a few updates.
In a few weeks I will be attending the TMEA (Texas Music Educator’s Association) conference in San Antonio. It’s a really big conference with a bunch of seminars and clinics to hear new ideas, new music, and network with other music teachers. There are also a lot of performances by honor bands from other schools and all-state groups (compliations of some of the best students from the entire state).
I haven’t been to the conference in a couple of years, so it will be good to go again. It serves as a reminder of why I’m doing this teaching thing. It’s easy to get depressed by the apparent lack of student growth, especially when many of your students are fairly apathetic about the whole thing in general. Music education can quickly become a daily grind, when it should be an exciting thing – a job where you get to teach young people how to make music. I sorely need a shot in the arm.
In other news, I’m getting back into the pedal building thing again. I built a bunch of pedals a while back, but I eventually sold or traded them off. I just wasn’t happy with the sounds that I was getting from them. I recently ordered enough parts to begin working on a few projects. I am going to build a Bluesbreaker (with the King of Tone mods), a Lovepedal COT50 clone, and a ’69 four knob fuzz. If nothing else, they should be fun to put together.
As if building guitar pedals wasn’t geeky enough already, I further established my geek credibility by getting an Xbox 360 for Christmas. I have been playing Fallout 3, which is a really fun game. It’s not quite as deep or open-ended as the first two Fallout games on PC, but it’s still totally awesome. If you don’t know, it’s based in a post-apocalyptic wasteland 200+ years after a nuclear war. Your character has spent his/her entire life in a fallout shelter called a vault, but is now out on a mission to find his/her father, etc. Anyway, the game is very immersive, and has really good graphics and sound. I’m not sure how the graphics compare to other 360 games, since this is my first game, but it looks pretty awesome to me. Anyway, my Xbox Live gamertag is phintze if you’re on and want to add me.
That’s it for now.