Music, Essays, and Swimming

It’s been a busy couple of weeks recently.

My “333” rough draft is due tomorrow so I’ve been working really hard on that this week. But I finally have the whole piece on paper so that’s really comforting. I feel a lot better than I did earlier this month when I wasn’t even sure what I was going to write about.

But of course my paper hasn’t been the only thing I’ve been up to recently. Last weekend I dug through my parents CD’s and found a bunch of music that I felt I needed to listen to but hadn’t had the chance. So I’ve been listening to a lot of Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen recently. The best part is that if I find a song that I really enjoy I can bring it with me to my guitar lesson and my teacher will teach me how to play it. Once a week I have a lesson with Mr. Sinclair, one of the guitar teachers here at PEA. He’s absurdly talented and he has a great ear for music, so you can play a recording for him and, within minutes, he’ll have figured out how to play it and he’ll teach you from there. Right now I’m working on a really great duet by Mark Knopfler and James Taylor called “Sailing to Philadelphia.” If you’re looking for some music to listen, I highly recommend it.

This past Friday it was really rainy out so the bike team didn’t go outside. Fortunately our cycling coach is also the coach of the swim team so he had a great “pool cross training” workout for us all. But when I say great, I mean hard! There are a couple of swimmers on the team so, for them, the workout was pretty straightforward but the rest of us were cooked by the end of it! It was a really fun change of pace though.

Take it easy,

Nik

Something I learned today: The O’Shaughnessy Dam was completed in 1923.