Epitaph for a Dilettante
Things that I have learned to do, to varying degrees of proficiency:
- Speak and read Russian.
- Pilot a sailboat of 6000 lbs displacement; tack a 110-ft schooner.
- "Have the airplane," under the supervision of an instructor, in a Schweitzer 2-33 training glider, a Grob performance glider, a Yak-52 Soviet military trainer, and a North American SNJ US Navy trainer.
- Practice the Chinese art of meditation and martial art known as tai chi.
- Play rudimental percussion and Latin percussion, as well as the Irish bodhran drum.
- Play a couple of simple tunes on the vibraphone.
- Understand the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Soren Kierkegaard.
- Penetrate the Internal Revenue Code and the entire body of Massachusetts tax law, as well as the US constitutional principles implicated by it.
- Drive a sports car on a race track.
Things that I have not learned to do, to any degree of proficiency:
- Play golf.
- Play baseball, football, basketball or soccer.
- Ride a horse.
- Clean a fish.
- Shoot a gun.
- Do magic tricks.