A Lifetime Of Being Different
by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful - Posted Thu August 3, 2006 @ 1:40 AM
Ive spent most of my life doing things different than most people.
That doesnt mean you'll find me out doing wild and wacky things that only the strangest people alive would do. I do the same things everyone else does...I just do them differently.
And it's usually the hard way.
For instance, when bowling, most people take five steps or at least four before releasing the ball. Not me. I stand almost past the ball return and take three steps...three VERY small steps and on that third step, I nearly bury my foot into the floor and cut loose. It's a very strange style however I can routinely throw a 200 game with a house ball.
Or golf. I position the ball far enough in front of my left foot that it's like I was hitting a baseball. And I use a baseball grip on my clubs. Im not quite as successful with golf as bowling...I hand in the low 90s.
The worst example is drumming. I play the drums...well, I did. Havent really sat behind a set in about 8 years. I started when I was 18 and played in bands for a couple of years before being sucked into the world of business. Nowadays, you can play any instrument any way you like and no one cares however in the mid seventies, there were RULES. And a huge rule for drummers was you had to play right handed (which I was) and you had to play cross handed (which I didnt). Cross handed means keeping time on the high hat with your right hand and hitting the snare drum with your left. I couldnt do it and keep time. The only way I could play was to keep time on the high hat with my left hand and hit the snare with my right. This would cause snorts of derision from anyone watching, especially my younger brother who was the guitar whiz in our band. He used to scream at me to "PLAY THE RIGHT WAY" and I, never much of a follower, would scream back "IF YOU DONT SHUT UP IM GONNA SHOVE THIS DRUMSTICK UP YOUR XXX!!!"
Anyways, the whole point of this lengthy post is Ive gone and been "different" again. In the middle of this massive heat wave, even here in Seattle, Ive grown a beard.