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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unforeseen Benefits

Aside from the obvious - i.e. keeping my skills sharp - I recently realized continuing to teach adult ed classes has a few ancillary benefits, for me and others.

* Because one of the colleges has begun sending me out to retirement communities, teaching folks older than I about music continually reminds me to be on the lookout for premature hardening of my musical arteries. Each time a participant declares something they don't like as "noise", my musical antenna becomes more receptive to stuff I've similarly dismissed. (Look for a near-future post where rap gets a new look from yours truly - title will likely mention eating crow)

* On the non-musical side, regular teaching gigs force me to pay more attention to my grooming in post full time work land. This piece probably benefits my wife more than I, but I'm reasonably sure my daughter is also relieved her Dad doesn't closely resemble Grizzly Adams - on a good day - whenever a teaching assignment is imminent, especially if a get-together with her boyfriend's family is also on the calendar.

What in your life provides unforeseen benefits? Are the benefits mostly for you? For others? Both?


  1. *** TOP 10 ***
    (10) Raw carrots keep me regular.
    (9) Vitamins produce DayGlo urine.
    (8) Happy hour free buffet allows me to rationalize unhealthy food.
    (7) Jerks on the road elicit horn tests.
    (6) Bad movies quell insomnia.
    (5) Politics causes me to watch less TV.
    (4) French toast allows me to enjoy maple syrup and cinnamon.
    (3) Facebook validates free-floating contempt.
    (2) Couple activities lead me to feel less unlucky about my own wife.
    (1) Having to awaken early produces viable erections.

  2. Enduring the frustration of an internet meltdown in the middle of the workday results in saving 60 dollars a month on my cable bill!