After learning the drum part of this song, I find myself actually asking the question. I don’t play drums, but Loren just got this great video game called Rock Band. It comes with a fake guitar and fake drums, and is pretty much Dance Dance Revolution for people that don’t actually want to stand up (most Americans, though I attribute it to the fact that my legs need the recovery). Loren picked up the guitar immediately, but it’s really just buttons instead of frets and a toggle instead of a pick with no strings attached. It’s not exactly going to teach you to play the guitar. The drums on the other hand are rockin’. You have a base drum pedal and a four drum setup along with wood drum sticks. I cannot claim that playing this game will teach you to play the drums, but the coordination is the same.
That was a tangent. Every time I visit the bay area I really enjoy myself and it’s hard to keep from extending my trip indefinitely. I love Northern California. I also tend to leave here in much better fitness than I came with. In ten days and the help of my friend Bob Placak I was able to bring my swimming back up to a competitive level (I’m swimming really fast), I put in some quality miles on the bike, and, although I’m still building base, my run is as fast and effortless as it ever has been. I can’t believe it’s only February, and I’m still just getting back into regular training.
Regardless, I’m headed back to Seattle so I don’t overstay my welcome in Tiburon, and so I can go to class and study for the MCATs in April. Ah yes, the great Northwest. If it rains at any of my races this year, I will be well prepared.