| In Awe Of The Zone Penn - 9/13/02
Last night my favorite
juggling team, Owen and Jon, The Passing Zone, came over to
the house. I had talked with them about the bit I wanted
to do where I played the bass and then balanced it on my
chin. They had helped a bit in Email. They told me it was
possible and how to practice. I hurt my arm a little and
had to take some time off from practicing, but until then,
I had been practicing a lot and moving ahead slowly.
I asked them about the bass. In the dark, with no warm-up,
Owen, flipped the bass upside-down, moved the bass to his
chin and balanced it perfectly. The good news is I had
proof of concept, the bad news is, well, I can't do it.
But, now I've seen it done, and that's always a help. Jon
balanced it right side up and that was a big help because I
saw that I didn't like how that looked, and that saves me a
lot of practice.
Man, they're good. Seeing Owen and Jon do something is
only marginally inspiring because they're so good. It's
like hearing Ray Brown play the bass, you don't say, "Hey,
he can do that, so I'm sure I can." But, I'm good at
practicing and now I know it's possible.
When my arm is all better, I'll get back to work.