A little history... I began playing bass in the 8th grade and joined my first band the next year. I played all through high school--usually both Friday and Saturday nights. I continued to play some through the first couple of years of college, and then took a year off to play full time. This was in Kansas City in the late 70's. I got kind of burnt out on it--disco was in its heyday, and live music was becoming rarer--and the "repetoire" left a lot to be desired. I gave it up and went back to school, but continued to play occasionally and even played an occasional job. I got married and moved to NYC and pretty much put it away for 15 years. We moved back to KC a couple of years ago, and I have been pleasantly suprised that the live music scene is kind of happening again. Kansas City has a rich jazz and blues tradition that folks are once again embracing. Blues, in particular seems to have an enthusiastic audience here. We have started to go experience live music once again, and I find myself drawn to the idea of playing once more. I am working as a cabinetmaker and am finding the type of work available very uninspiring. When I worked as a woodworker in NYC, the shop where I was employed did a lot of unusual and interesting work--lots of artist's fabrication, etc. Mostly what I'm doing now is busting out kitchens, and the like. Almost no furniture--very little solid woodwork--mostly veneered MDF and melamine. I am also starting to feel my age (46). (That stuff is heavy). But most importantly, I want to do something that is meaningful. I started playing (by myself) a couple of months ago--playing along with CD's, going through some of my old method books, etc., and find that I'm really enjoying it. I have yet to play with others, but whatever chops I once had would probably quickly return, and I would of course like to improve. I am realistic enough to realize that if I started doing this again, I would probably need to keep some kind of "day job" and that's O.K.--maybe just not one that required so much heavy lifting (literally). But I'm finding myself kind of intrigued and a little excited by the prospect. My wife is being very supportive, BTW. I feel like I'm at a bit of a crossroads. Am I out of my friggin' mind, or what?