A Late Birthday Present…

Our friend Greta Kaplan is moving. One of the things that she decided was not going to go with her has been handed to me instead: A Jackson/Charvel electric bass guitar.

Ok, one might ask, what am I gonna do with a bass guitar? It’s in that category of things that I consider “stress relievers”. It helps relieve my stress. It may not serve that purpose for anyone else in audible range, but, oh, well…

A little over a year ago, I bought an inexpensive electric keyboard for Diane. She can pretty much pick out a tune given sheet music. I’m hoping that we can come up with something simple that we can play together on the two instruments, though I’ll be starting pretty much from scratch.

Back when I was an undergraduate, I had an electric guitar, a Silvertone hollow body. I never got proficient, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. I loaned it to a friend, and somehow I never got it back.

When I graduated with the Ph.D., one of the things I was looking forward to was looking around for another electric guitar. But money has been tight, and it just hasn’t been something that there were any discretionary funds for. So this unexpected gift fills one of those long-term “I want that” bits. Thanks, Greta!

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.