okay, i've always been fascinated by talented drywallers...how can they take a crappy looking hole in the wall and make it look new again? well i learned how to do it a few years ago and to date had only done minor repairs. (like  holes created by frustrated male offspring)

two days ago my wife decided to pay one of your sons (17 year old) to paint our living room/dining room combo.  there was some loose paint on the ceiling so he started scraping.  soon he discovered what was peeling was some tape from the previous owner's amateur repair job... the only way out was to rip it all out and start over, and it was about 8 feet long

that's where i come in.  i was thrilled because i'm teaching 50 students a week and now i have crap all over my house and have to devote any spare moments i might have to drywall repair.  to top it all off, i too am an amateur.

what's the point of this ranting essay?  i just finished the job, (tow days later)  and i thank god i don't do drywall for a living.  anytime i think i have it bad trying to make a living teaching and playing, i'll have this memory on which to reflect.  learning to do drywall requires a bit of a learning curve to start, but after that, it's just damn hard and messy work.  i'll have to practice, practice, practice to get my chops piano back.

i have another keyboard player freind who used to be the highest paid plumber you can be.  he made huge dough.  but now, he just plays keyboards in a group and is content to play the same gigs over and oever again and  always with a smile on his face.  

i asked him,"mark you are the happiest musician i know, how do you keep up your great attitude?"  he said, "i've stood waist high in other people's shit, you can't hurt me daddy"

i guess i'll take my meager income and be glad:)
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