Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve taken more classes than a college senior who is suddenly terrorized by the fact that they don’t have enough credits to graduate. The Quincy Group is happily busy (3 businesses sold in the last couple months, with two more lining up for 1st quarter 2021) but I still have time on my hands. I’ve cleaned out every junk drawer, completed every indoor task on our to-do list, and am almost done with fall yard clean-up, so why not go to school? As I’ve mentioned before, we believe in Ghandi’s saying: “Live like you’ll die tomorrow and learn like you’ll live forever.” Sure, we could also choose to live like we’ll die tomorrow by throwing a big, maskless party, but I’m concentrating on signing up for learning opportunities instead.
So far I’ve taken memoir-writing and pitching classes, attended a Richard Hugo House writing class, and learned about our local Newcastle coal-mining and railroad history. I’ve watched concerts online, signed up for a virtual desert trek in Oregon, and am taking an 8-week singing class every Monday. I regularly peruse the Atlas Obscura offerings, which include arcane and fascinating classes such as Cartooning Folklore & Family History, and I just signed up for the Canlis Community College experience. On Wednesday the 21st, there’s a class on Seattle Music Theory with KEXP, and a Secret Views & Hidden Rooms in Pike Place Market field trip in November that I’m looking forward to attending.
Here’s the biggest thing I’ve learned from this online learning experience: If they suggest you Mute yourself when you join a class, do it. Nobody wants to hear your dog barking or your significant other unwittingly calling you from another room. Here’s another thing I learned: No matter what I do with the lighting in my office, I still look 70 on screen. Certainly someone must be working on a PC camera filter to help with this! Perhaps I’ll try the old Hollywood studio trick of a little petroleum jelly on the camera lens, which would give me a special youthful glow if I only knew where the camera lens was.
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Whoops! Excuse me. Gotta’ go. “Introduction to Cocktails” starts in a few minutes.
October 8, 2020