Sing, Blackbird, Sing!
I love guitars.
I have several here. I have as many guitars as I know guitar chords.
No, I don't know many chords and I can't play all that well (yet) but still.
When Michelle Malone came here and performed a private concert in our home, she unloaded a van full of guitars. Then she noticed mine and said, "I didn't need to unload anything. I could have used Joe's guitars."
I'm no Michelle Malone but I sure love guitar music.
Since I'm also a fan of unique, rare, collectible, innovative and limited edition gadgets, you can imagine how excited I got when I read about the new Blackbird guitar in the May issue of Popular Science magazine.
The Blackbird is a smaller, travel-size guitar, made out of carbon fiber. It features an all-hollow uni-body shell, setting it apart from any guitar in the world. The body, neck, and head are cast in one-piece with the sound board, fretboard, tuners, etc. added to that main component. The sound comes out of the neck of the guitar, so it's still got a full-size guitar sound.
The thing is virtually indestructible. I told my bud Pat O'Bryan, a guitar slinger with several blues-rock Cd's out, that if an atom bomb went off under a Blackbird guitar, all you would hear is a "ping" in the key of E.
Blackbird is only making 100 of these gems. I placed an order for one of them this morning, which means I'll have one of the first 50 made, to be delivered in June.
I got so excited that I went outside (it's gorgeous out) and played one of my other guitars, just to celebrate.
I think we should do things to reward ourselves whenever we accomplish something. You don't have to invest in a collectible guitar. But it's wise to pat yourself on the back whenever you complete something, by rewarding yourself with a treat. This is great for your self-esteem and a way to program yourself to expect more good when you do good.
My last big reward was a hot tub.
I had finished my fifth fitness contest and treated myself to the best investment of my life. I love my Jacuzzi. I'm in it virtually every day. Talk about a stress reducer. I can barely get out of the tub after 30 minutes in it. I am sooooo relaxed I can hardly walk away from the hot tub and back into the house.
After completing one of my earlier 12-week fitness contests, I celebrated by buying a new car: a BMW 645ci. (Side note: Yesterday the car called BMW and booked a service appointment. Apparently it needs an oil change. I've never had a car make a phone call for me before. I wonder why the car doesn't just drive itself over to BMW, too?)
Since I completed editing the galley to Zero Limits yesterday, and am making terrific progress with the new book about the missing secret, called The Key, and I just signed yet another book deal for yet another book, I felt I deserved a reward.
Plus I really wanted a Blackbird.
PS -- Have you rewarded yourself lately? Again, it doesn't have to be a guitar or a hot tub or a new car, but have you done something nice for you recently?
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