A dream day

A Proms concert.
Can you see where I would be, enjoying a wonderful Proms concert? (Image via Wikipedia)

This topic suggestion, If you could spend a day doing anything, what would you do?, is from The Daily Post as part of the Post-a-day writing challenge.

There are a whole heap of things that I would love to spend a day on. And I think it very much depends on the situation that you’re in when you’re asked the question.

For example, a couple of years ago, while I was still focussing on music, a dream day for me would have been to spend a day in England during the Proms, and to spend the day going to concerts. I even took this dream to the point of planning a two-week holiday to England during the proms season, even budgeting it for me to go in 2012. Things went a different way, so this plan didn’t happen, but it is still something that I would love to do for an entire day. Maybe one day.

But you ask me right now, and the there are two things that I would absolutely love to be spending an entire day on right now.

Firstly, due to my knee being injured, there’s nothing that makes me salivate more right now than the thought of playing golf all day at a great golf course. Liesl and I were driving back from York on Sunday, and we drove past Burswood Public Golf Course, and I really wanted to get out there. It didn’t help that it was such a beautiful day. Unfortunately, it’s probably another couple of months before I can get out on the course, but I will certainly enjoy it when I do eventually get out there.

Secondly, something I would very much like to do is have a whole day jam session with a whole heap of my mates. Spending a day playing, having fun, making music. It would be awesome.

So that’s some of the things that I would love to spend a day doing. What would you like to spend an entire day doing?

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Teleporting

The Proms 2005. Most people sit, while Promena...
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Imagine having an app on your phone that would teleport you anywhere in the world. All of a sudden, just because a concert is only going to be on in one place in the world, doesn’t make it out of your reach. Or a sporting event. Or evacuating a natural disaster. I’m sure there are many people who were trapped in the path of Cyclone Yasi or Hurricane Katrina who would have loved to be able to teleport somewhere safe.

But where would I go for my first teleport? I don’t know. It’s tough. On one hand, I could use it to visit long-lost family, or go watch a Man United match. But I think what I would use it for would be to go watch the Proms.

Imagine how cool it would be. Not only would  I not have to pay for flights and accommodation, but I could still be working, here in Perth, for the two months that the Proms are on, and then transport myself over and catch an afternoon concert.

I guess the only real issue with that is the time zones. An 8pm concert in England would be a 3am start here. However, I guess I could head straight to sleep when I got home, wake up early, head over to england and watch the concert before heading to work. That might work well.

But think of the consequences. The airline industry would be out of business completely, as would effectively all transport modes. Why drive to work when you can teleport there? Every concert and sporting venue is now not only catering for a local market, but a world-wide market. Would every sports ground have to upgrade to have a capacity of 150 thousand or more? Would bands stop touring because they knew their fans could just teleport to where-ever they are?

I’m sure there are many benefits of teleporting, particularly getting traffic off the roads. But I’m not certain the positives of convenience outweigh the business world losses.

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The Daily Post #1: Countries

Proms in the Park
Proms in the park (Image via Wikipedia)

I’ve decided that I want to blog more often, so I’ve signed up to The Daily Post, to use their daily inspiration for some posts. Today’s inspiration is a question: What are the three countries you’d like to visit and why?

England

England is my first choice of where I’d like to go. First of all to see my heritage – my mum was born in Liverpool. But there’s plenty more in England that I’d love to see. I’d love to attend a Manchester United football match at Old Trafford. I’d love to see a county cricket match. I’d love to attend an Ashes test at Lords (even though Australia isn’t going all that well at the moment).

But the thing I’d love to do the most (and did seriously consider at one stage) would be to take two months off, and visit England during the Proms. Just stay in a backpackers for the two months, and head off to a prom each night for two months (and hopefully get in for the last night of the proms). It would be such an incredible experience.

United States of America

There’s lots of stuff that I don’t like about the USA, but there’s still lots of things that I’d love to see. The sports, for one thing, is incredible. I’d love to see a Los Angeles Lakers match, an NFL match (Chargers are my team, but I don’t follow closely) and I’d like to see a baseball match live.

Music in the US is also incredible. One thing that I would like to do is to go to a College Football match to view the marching bands. This morning I watched the Edinburgh Tatoo, and now I’m watching the Rose Parade. The thing that I think makes the US marching bands incredible is their percussion section, the drum line. But the music doesn’t just stop there – many of the greatest orchestras are in the US. I’d love to see the New York Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic, amongst others.

There’s also a number of people who I’ve met online through Violinist.com that I’d love to meet in person.

Europe

I know I’m kinda cheating here, in that Europe is more than one country, but this is the third trip I’d love to do. I’d like to visit Germany, Austria, Italy and France to visit all the places where my favourite composers lived. And again, hearing the other great orchestras of Europe – such as Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. And if I got to go skiing in the Alps, well that would just be a bonus.

So that’s it, that’s my first Daily Post, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else gets suggested. Hope you enjoyed.