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Life In An RV

Thanks for visiting my “Life in an RV” page.  As some of you know, in December 2012 I decided to become a fulltimer and live solely out of a used RV that I purchased.  It has been an amazing journey- not without challenges- but one of the most rewarding decisions I have made for my life and career.  I will use this page to post videos and stories about my adventures in this lifestyle at the hope that it provides mainly entertainment with the occasional gem of wisdom gained along the way.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

UPDATE FOR 2016!-  I have made some decisions about my future involving life in an RV.  First- I absolutely love it.  Second- It is hard in the current vehicle because the vehicle is old and NOT designed for full-time or winter use.  My plan is to buy a decomissioned school bus and convert it into a energy-efficient and arctic-capable living space.  This will take a few years, but I'll be sure to post my work towards it as it happens.  I hope you enjoy it! 

UPDATE FOR 2017!- Still saving...

March 6, 2020

I realize that it has been a while since I last posted about my progress, but as I get further down this path, I feel like there is less to say. I am practicing every day, getting better at practicing, improving, etc. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, so I’m go...

January 3, 2020

Happy New Year y’all! I’m excited to report that the thousand day challenge is alive and well. I practiced every single day in 2018 and again in 2019. My New Year’s resolution is to play every day in 2020. At this point I am absolutely convinced of a few things. First,...

November 22, 2019

When asked about dealing with nerves while playing, Bud Herseth is known to have given a rather gruff and quick response:

“Practice. Next Question.”

My mentor at the University of Massachusetts, David Sporny, used to say, “The only reason to be nervous is if you’re not p...

October 20, 2019

I have made incredible breakthroughs over the past 803 days of practice. The way that I practice now is significantly different from what it was when I started. This isn’t really a shocking revelation, as I imagine anyone that made a concerted effort to improve every s...

September 1, 2019

After practicing every day for over two years without missing any days, I can honestly say that progress never stops. I have hit no walls or plateaus- and I used to feel like I did when I sprinkled in days off. There is something about addressing goals every single day...

July 19, 2019

I just returned from ITF all charged up with energy and focus. After listening to so many sounds, I feel it is important to clarify some of my language, which in turn will clarify my practice.

For me, there are four types of playing the trombone: Practicing, Preparing,...

June 4, 2019

After averaging 3 hours of practice each day for (coming up on) eight months now, I feel like I have made great progress not only in playing, but also clarifying what I need to do to improve. In some ways I feel like the amount one practices is only important if one is...

May 3, 2019

Janos Starker used to refer to the journey of developing one’s craft as this progression from the top to the bottom- over and over again. Every time you reach the top of your playing, you can then ascend into the next level of playing, but of course now you are at the...

March 24, 2019

My last entry (which feels like a lifetime ago) I wrote about veering off of the “Habit Highway” and charting a new course. For starters, I can now say that it was the right decision to do so. Part of me just wishes I started veering off the roads years ago. Sometimes...

January 14, 2019

Here on day 524 I feel accomplished that I was able to maintain 3 hours a day through the winter break. Today will mark the 78th day in a row of 3-hours of practice. The winter break during the academic year is normally a time I find difficult to sustain ambitious prac...

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