I’ve played acoustic guitar since I was in college. I still have the guitar I played then — a Yamaha FG150. I also own an Ovation Legend, which has lovely tone and wonderful neck action; it’s like playing an electric guitar.
When I came across the photo I’ve posted this morning, it took me back to my days at University of Florida, when I’d sit around my apartment in my briefs, playing guitar and chilling out. Of course, that was a few years ago, but I remember events from that period of my life quite clearly. I can’t say I was terribly happy ; I had “issues”, as they say, and needed to resolve them. But the times I spent with my guitar were always pleasing. Even during the worst of periods, I could always escape with my guitar.
Lats night, I was badly lagged from my flights back to Florida from Germany, so I went to bed around 8:30 PM. This morning, I rose about seven and took a run, just about 1-1/2 miles. Then I walked on the beach and swam in the Intracoastal. It was so nice. Sometimes, I suppose, we take the beauty of our surroundings for granted. This morning, I watched the sun rise and listened to waves strike the beach and I smelled the salt air. I told myself, “I could never live anywhere else but here.”
Yesterday, on the plane, I read a story by W. Somerset Maugham (one of my favorite writers) titled The Fall of Edward Barnard. It’s about a young man from a wealthy Chicago family. The time period’s around 1910. The young man’s engaged to a wealthy girl; his whole life is planned out. But then he takes a temporary job in Tahiti, and he sees the world through new eyes. Eventually, he rejects his past and remains in Tahiti, where he plans to marry a native girl. The story’s a good reminder that it’s important to appreciate the simple, beautiful things in life. Living is not always about financial success and material wealth.
Try reading The Fall of Edward Barnard. I think you’ll like it.
Okay, I have a busy day ahead: writing this morning, unpacking and doing laundry, visiting the YMCA for a second run, this one on the treadmill. I need to visit the supermarket, as my fridge is empty. (Oh, no!) I plan to watch sunset tonight. Not an exciting day, but I’m fine with it.
Wherever you are, I hope you’re enjoying your Thursday.