Over the past couple of years (2006-now) I have taken a stronger interest in classical guitar. I finally have progressed to the stage where I can perform effectively on stage. I was able to host an open-mike meeting of the South Bay Guitar Society SBGS, and help other aspiring performers to be less nervous for their time on the stage. What a difference from the time not long ago when I could hardly make my fingers work at all on stage! I have been studying the Villa-Lobos Preludes and more recently some of the beautiful tunes by Miguel Llobet -- for instance, El Mestre. I have recorded a few earlier efforts and placed them on YouTube under charliep1951, but these have various mistakes and I plan on making updates soon. Many thanks to Grady Sloan, my guitar teacher, who has been instrumental in helping me to overcome my performance anxiety. I also treasure my participation in the recent Interlochen Summer Guitar Workshops. I was delighted to be able to participate in master classes with Ana Vidovic, Frank Koonce, and Brad DeRoche.
Having graduated from Rice University in 1976 and 1977, I am interested in meeting up with other Rice alumni. I am currently a member of Lupin Naturist Lodge, close to Los Gatos. See "Thoughts on nudism" for one or two ideas about this, which I'll probably expand soon.
Here are some pictures of my family.
Another project on my list is to create a rant page, where I express my views on various things. Geez, what can a person do to have any effect on the state of things? I wish there was some way that I could counteract all the horrid trends that are currently diminishing our civil liberties and privacy. I am quite optimistic that the recent election of Barack Obama will help to turn the tide towards the future we deserve as a society.
Case in point: a policeman can plant a marijuana seed in your car (or, probably even, in your house), bust you for it, throw you in jail, and confiscate your car, your belongings, or whatever they need to fund their next anti-pornography crusade, and there is hardly anything you can do about it. This isn't the USA I learned about in civics class. It's scary.
The thing that is most amazing to me is that quite often the majority of the electorate just does not care, and is content to elect any jerk who claims to represent their religious viewpoint. And what about bombing anything and everything that moves depending on the state of the president's popularity rating? I guess these things will continue until the electorate figures out that their religious leaders aren't steering them in the right direction. The heck of it is that the information is typically all available already, online and in various publications.
Question: What state recently elected a "big name" governor who helped plunder a bank as part of the Savings and Loan holocaust in the early '80s?
Question: Do you really doubt that people who obtain millions of dollars by illegitimate means would then fail to see the financial advantages of getting elected to key governmental positions?
This page was updated on 13 Jan 2009, at 9:41 A.M.