If you count old time music as a work of art then there you have it. Early on in college I tried taking guitar lessons for the first time, but the classes were full and I was out of luck. Fortunately a friend had recently introduced me to old time music in the form of the Poweshiek Pluckers, an old time band on campus, and I was hooked. The next thing you know I’m taking banjo lessons. By summer I was living in a house with the Poweshiek Pluckers, playing farmers markets and square dances all across Iowa. It was probably one of the best summers of my life.
It’s a toss up between my time at the hydraulics factory (mopping up oil) and my short career installing lawn sprinkler systems (digging holes). Both were very educational. I also sold empanadas for a short while; this was much more rewarding and delicious.
I can’t say it wasn’t partially my fault, but let’s just leave it at me wearing a gorilla suit at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.