So you know that I started back to work at a new/old job this week. It’s been over four years since I was there, and the economic world has changed. Heck the whole world has changed. Now there are many rules and procedures, all done online, that were never in place before. Most of them make a lot of sense, but it’s still a lot to remember.
Several people that I knew from back “in the days” have stopped by my cube and asked how I was doing. When I expressed a doubt about something they’d all say “It’s like riding a bike, you’ll remember.” So far I’m replying that my bike feels like it has a flat.
You probably don’t know that I also rejoined the local community band. (It’s on my list of 101 things to do in 101 days.) I belonged seven or eight years ago, but left because they were too small and didn’t play many concerts. Over the years I’ve checked on them, and they seemed to be growing and playing more events. So I signed up again. At rehearsal last week there were only 4 clarinets. Way too few. I stubbornly held onto the 2nd clarinet folder of music, refusing to play first. After all it has been at least 6 years since I’ve played anything. This week at rehearsal there were four clarinets, but not the same ones as last week. Again I was asked if I could play the 1st part. I told them the last time I played 1st clarinet was in1978 and I’d rather stick to 2nd. And the director said….”It’s like riding a bike.”
Lately my world is all about getting back on that bike. But I think I need to get the tires re-inflated first.
September 17, 2010 at 5:39 am
Lol to funny. Although it might be easier to play 1st clarinet that learn all the computer suff. Diana
September 17, 2010 at 5:41 am
Diana, so very true
September 17, 2010 at 5:41 am
When I saw the title of your post, I was very worried I would learn you were covered with road rash. I’m glad that’s not the case 🙂
Yes, we always know how to ride our bike, but sometimes making those pedals go isn’t as easy as when we were younger. It takes training, practice and time to get back up to par.
September 17, 2010 at 5:53 am
Nope Sara, I have no time to actually get on a real bike! LOL
September 17, 2010 at 6:39 am
I’m glad to hear your joined the community band again! That should be fun – if they ever get someone willing to take the 1st clarinet folder! LOL! Mom says she totally understands not wanting to sit first chair! 🙂
You’ll be fine in your new/old job soon – it just takes a little while to get into the routine. And you’ll learn the new stuff in no time!
September 17, 2010 at 7:20 am
I think it’s great that you’ve joined your band again. Always nice to make music with others!! Don’t worry about it, I’m sure all will be well soon!!
September 17, 2010 at 7:50 am
Great that you’ve joined the music group again. I don’t understand the music terminology but you must be up to it if the other musicians think you are. 😉
As for the bike, I’m sure you’ll find your balance again. 🙂
September 17, 2010 at 8:01 am
I didn’t know you played the clarinet! That’s cool! That’s what I played a long time ago, before I switched to trumpet (don’t ask why).
September 17, 2010 at 9:08 am
You know your tires might not be ALL totally inflated yet….but sounds like you are really on your way….and talk about pushing your comfort zone, you should definitely get the prize for that!!! I am soooooo impressed!—Kathy
September 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Sometimes it takes a bit to regain our sense of balance, but it’ll come. Hang in there!
September 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Hehe, I thought you’d really taken a spill on a real bike ride too when I read the title. I’m relieved to hear that you’re all in one piece, and I bet you’ll be “riding” that figurative bike in no time.
September 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm
I played flute for many years; after college, started with a community band and I think I went to 2 rehearsals, and suddenly realized it wasn’t something I wanted to spend time doing any more. But I can’t give up my flute or music!
I hadn’t ridden a bike in years, then went to Scottsdale (Nationals) 4 years ago with a knee that was scheduled for surgery a couple of weeks later, so borrowed a bike to get around on. It was VERY weird trying to ride the bike at first, even a little scary, but then each time I got on it was easier and easier and pretty soon I was cruising around like I’d never been off it. I say take 1st clarinet.