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I’m not sure what happened but the past couple of months have been very busy/tiring in my world. I don’t even think there was a lot to be done; it may have been that it all happened at the same time so it felt slightly overwhelming. But the highlights:

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– I had the opportunity to go to the Assemblies of God India Fellowship of North America (AGIFNA) Conference at the end of July. I’m not a member of an AG church nor have I ever been. Yet, I still had a surprisingly great time that weekend (surprising because I usually detest church conferences/conventions).

A large group of Indians (from the three local AG churches) and I boarded a bus and drove 15 hours through the night and day to the annual conference, this year held in Atlanta.

I tried to capture some of the happenings so here is part one of my being “AG For A Weekend.” My apologies to Tanner Herriott for blatantly stealing ideas from his work but doing so in a very poor manner. But I figure it’s okay because he’s already light years ahead of me and there he shall stay.

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– Speaking of Tanner, he’s getting married. Pretty dang exciting. I think we should all crash his reception in OKC. And bring gifts. Or cookies.

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– Well, after the AG conference, our church had a rather impromptu VBS week. While it felt stressful prepping for it on such short notice, the actual event was pretty fun-filled and relaxed. I think the kids enjoyed it well enough as we tried our hardest to avoid a week of sermons and lectures.

There’s video of that as well but I haven’t had a chance to even look at the footage yet.

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– There’s supposed to be a meteor shower happening right now. I intend to go outside and keep an eye out for Kal-El’s spaceship. Smallville, anyone? Sigh.

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– My cousin got married this past weekend. That was fun. Thrilled for them. A few months ago, he asked me to play some live music at his reception. I tried hard to get out of it but finally gave in because that’s what family does, right?

As the wedding date drew closer, the panic began to sink in. My ideas for a band had fallen through earlier so I luckily found a pianist to accompany me in the last couple of weeks.

We rehearsed once on the Thursday before the wedding and come Saturday we were on stage, not really sure what we had gotten ourselves into. However, everything went smoothly, we got away with playing FAR fewer songs than we had anticipated which was such a relief. In desperation, I bought jazz and latin fake books from Amazon just so we’d have something to fall back on. Even though we only got through a couple of songs from the jazz book, they really did make me feel more secure in selling myself as a “competent musician.”

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– I’ve noticed a new approach I’ve taken to my guitar-playing these days.

I think I’m decent. I mean, I think I can hold up my end in a band setting for a little while. That’s about it, though. I think this because I have heard and played with such stellar musicians and I am all too aware that I am not that good yet. I do strive to be better. I do not intend to stay at this skill level for long. So with any gig I play now, my goal is just to trick people into thinking I’m more capable than I really am, just long enough for me to go and practice and actually become that capable. That’s not terrible, right?

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– Okay, I’m gonna take a meteor break and then head to bed. Shalom, all.

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