I am the master multitasker -
Since the ever so stupid monkey type creature named parkinsons took over the job of running my body machine for eight to twenty -four hours a day, my life has changed, I can’t drive a car - won’t go to a bar - can’t run a race - can’t easily negotiate my living space - worst of all, I can’t keep my iPhone from falling out of the pocket of my jacket, my lucky jacket that my mother gave me.
My life has changed, drastically, but as I work, on a cool October evening, in a most beautiful spot - a spot that I*, with little to no money, envisioned, designed and brought to life. My 30ft by 50ft Backyard in Riverside (the Paris of Jacksonville). I think, yes my life has changed, drastically , ,but maybe for the better, maybe for the better because of one place -
Gr00vyLånd (The Garden of Many Colors)
Gr00vyLånd no longer relies on being described by me in order to exist. It no longer has to written to be real. Instead of being fueled solely by imagination, moving from my brain to my fingers turned into electrons of the night moving light speed into your eyes - into your brain - Gr00vyLånd now runs on my sweat - my sore muscles - my sore bones - Gr00vyLånd now runs on my hopes - my dreams - my laughter - my love. But remember, Gr00yLånd is a product of the post monkey Andy. Before monkey (BM) Andy didn’t need to create a place with no disease - no parkinsons - no silly stupid monkey. I already lived in a groovyland and didn’t even know it. I lived in a groovyland but not THE Gr00vylånd.
And in Gr00vyLånd’s GARDEN of MANY COLORS, in a gazebo built by me some 20 years ago, surrounded by the thick strong arms of Confederate and Chocolate Jasmin - wooden structure and woody plant made one in a long forgotten, unattended ceremony - I am sitting at my laptop - my new LED Christmas lights illuminating this Jazz Men room with their pure Gr00ve radiating violet ultracolor. I am sitting here...performing many things at once - I am the master multitasker.. .Or am I?
SOME OF THE THINGS I AM DOING RIGHT NOW
Yes I am doing all these things - but am I multitasking? I feel that in order to be truly be labeled a multitasker you must be able to achieve and maintain parallel execution - engaging in two or more activities at the exact same time. A person might have the ability to drive a car while carrying on a conversion with someone in that car, that is true multitasking. But, I find it terribly hard to eat a deliciously juicy pear (my favorite fruit - see below) and at the EXACT same time type this note to you. it is physically impossible - no parallel execution / no multitasking. The same can be said about all of the activities I am presently engaged in, it is impossible for me to dig up 300lbs of urbanite at the EXACT same time I record a melody for song I am writing.
Now that my life has changed, with the monkey thinking he is in charge, all my life is shift work and I strive to get the most done per shift. That, for me, takes multiple projects - performed simultaneously, although it appears that I am setting the multitasking world on fire, I am really just pushing my borderline manic, albeit creative, personality past it’s envelope, as The Great and Pure Giraffe would have me to do. I am doing many things at once, some of them genius some not so - only time will tell. I could continue calling myself a multitasker but, I must be truthful in all that I say an do, so tomorrow I will pretend to remove multitasker from my non existing curriculum vitae, while at the exact same time I watch an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Thats true Multitasking.
Official Hierarchy of Common Fruit Attractionation
People - loved ones - liked ones - ones I don’t know - will point their fingers at me and tell me, with much enthusiasm, that I should turn this blog into a book. I agree, but a book is not a blog. I became painfully aware of that when I took everyone advice. In book form my blog turned flat - just a collection of stories - observations and all the rest, their only connection being that they were written by me, and that was tenuous at best since I speak with many voices. There was no narrative. no comfortable story that would hold the readers interest. I came up with an answer, that story, last week but I can’t tell anyone yet. I will say this...
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\