Tuesday, December 26, 2017
A Christmas Toy
A Christmas Toy
As a child, there was always that one gift that was wished for on Christmas. The first really big one for me was a bike and I got that at age seven. Funny that was such a big deal, it represented the start of childhood freedom. When my own children got a bike, it was sort of ho hum. I think it was because those old bikes were proportionately much more expensive then today so it was a bigger deal, and also when we were children the bike meant we could go places, friends around the block or the candy store blocks away. My children were restricted to the driveway and the cul-de-sac down the road.
The gift I wanted that I never got was a bowling ball. I got one eventually, but not as a Christmas surprise. I think my hinting skills were lacking.
These days, Christmas is not as exciting for me. There are no little children running around to stir up excitement, and there are no presents that I desire and hold my breath in anticipation and hope. There are plenty of things I may want, but nothing I can’t just get myself, or are just out of range for me and anyone who may give me a present.
I get underwear and socks, because those things I do not just buy for myself, and cigars and golf balls because you can never have too many cigars or golf balls.
This year, however, in addition to underwear, socks, cigars, and golf balls, Mrs. C got me a great toy. Something I’ve wanted for a while, but never requested. Something I could have purchased myself, but just never did.
It is an amplifier for my guitar. It is not an expensive amp, I have no need for a professional set up, but it is a fun toy. I can play with various settings and produce different sounds and effects. I thought an amp would amplify my playing mistakes, but it actually covers them up a bit.
I don’t need it to be loud, I think townhouse neighbors would complain, but I do like to play with the different effects so I bought myself some headphones to solve that problem. I have a very nice acoustic guitar, an acoustic with a pickup, a hollow body electric guitar and a solid body electric guitar. The last two I picked up as wall decorations, but with the amp, it is now like having three new guitars to play with.
It won’t get me to the candy store, or help me break 200, but I am loving my new toy.
I hope Santa was as kind to everyone.