Thursday, October 8, 2015

n plus won

What is going on?  The tuting mail is filled up every day with requests.  I don't know if it's because

a) students struggle more than they used to
b) students care more than they used to
c) hiring a tutor is becoming more mainstream
d) the matching service I use is good at search engine optimization
e) all of the above
f) none of the above.

I'm not taking any new students and am hopefully moving away from tuting, but it's nice to know there's demand.

On the other side of things, Meego has begun a 3-day weekend.  Teacher development or such.  After school today, he asked to go to the guitar store as he'd been looking at new guitars to trade his old electric for.  He settled on one that happened to be in stock.  Ok, fine.

So we get there, and he looks at the one he had pegged along with others.  Then I come around a corner to see him sitting with this bass, and I'm all,

"You already have a bass"

And he's all, "Yeah, but this is my 'n+1' bass".

And I totally get it.  "n+1" is a rule in bicycle culture that represents the number of bicycles one needs, where

n = the number of bicycles one already has.  

And its corollary: 

where s = the number of bicycles owned that would result in separation from one's partner.

It's a vicious cycle.  Ha, a pun!  

Either way, Meego's use of the term resonated.  The new bass does sound really good, and there are distinct differences from his other bass.   Seems like a very good choice of n+1 bass.  Besides, it's his money, and it's not every day he's willing to show his face, let alone his teeth, for a blog pic.



  1. Nothing like a NGD (new guitar day) to put a smile on someone's face. Especially a Thunderbird bass.

  2. That was me and bowling balls. Never stopped to consider what my "s" was. We're still together so I'm assuming I never reached it.
    Nice to see a smile on Meego's face. The sign of a good bass I suppose.
    And congrats on saying "No" to more tuting. At least you know you have job security!

    1. The Thunderbird was sitting there with a fresh sale tag, calling to him. It was fate. That's the story I'll tell if I ever get my third bicycle. So... just how many bowling balls??

    2. I always had at least 4 in my arsenal - never knew what kind of lane conditions I may be on. And of course I was always looking into the latest and greatest bowling balls. Now I have a basement full of them. Do you need a lawn decoration for your new, trampoline free backyard?

  3. As an Engineer and collector of totally useless stuff, I totally get the n+1 concept. But I think the equation is lacking a variable - T (time). T = the amount of time invested in the relationship (aka marriage). I find the greater the T, the higher S your partner might tolerate. Of course, that depends upon how much hassle a separation might incur. I think, over the the past 35 years with my bride, I have come close to S, but never actually crossed that threshold. At this stage, I think my wife feels she's too old to break in a new one. I feel it may be a factor of L (love) in the relationship.

    1. Right, there are several variables here. If we find out how to factor mood swings into the equation, we'll have it!

  4. Continuing the smut theme, which is ironic because I'm not really smutty at all, but those bike wheels are appropriately placed on that t-shirt. Sorry, honestly I'll go and grow up now....

    1. That's the first thing Magnum noticed too :\.
      I thought it just looked like a bicycle t-shirt...

  5. Now I know the equation for Mr. RK's guitars.