Don't Bug Me Baby!

Last Update: Sep 24, 2022

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Hi, WA friends!

The photo in the blog header is an ad that Magna Electronics in Inglewood, California, ran in 1957 to introduce their first guitar amplifier, the Magnatone Troubador, which featured true vibrato.

They also made the guitar in the ad, and they're both rare collector's items. I love the sound of my Magnatone reissue amp!

So, "what does this have to do with anything non-musical," I can hear you saying.

Well, for the past 26 years, I've always made it a priority to spend lots of time with my wife when I'm not working or playing music. Adding WA to the mix has required me to further enhance my organizational skills.

Here are some of the things I do to make it all come together (somehow?).

First, don't try the "don't bug me baby" approach! I can tell from personal experience it doesn't work very well! 😎

1. I get up hours before everyone else, usually at 5 AM or earlier. Even most of the medical people that would "bug" me are still in bed! I use this time to organize my day and play music, being careful not to awaken my wife.

I split my music time up and play throughout the day. Having guitars everywhere throughout the house gives me opportunities for short periods of extra playing time here and there.

You could use this approach for any daily hobby or another indulgence.

2. Having recently sold my medical practice to Care New England, I'm semi-retired, so work has slipped a bit into the background. For those of you with full-time work schedules, I can tell you that my smartphone was my best friend!

3. I still use my smartphone every free moment to get work done, no matter where I am. You can answer emails or WA blog posts, check your website analytics on the GA app, write parts of your next blog article, pay bills online, etc.

You might be surprised how much you can accomplish in these little bits of time by the end of each day!

4. I keep all my time-sensitive appointments in my Google Calendar but prefer not to have every moment of the day accounted for. Fluidity gives me more options to be creative. Create whatever degree of scheduled organization works best for you.

5. Between all that, I manage to get the routine chores done, but I try to assign them a pretty low priority since it's mostly mindless mischief I seem to get myself into.

6. We always have a nice dinner. My wife loves to cook, but I make sure to help in the kitchen and take her out frequently for a relaxing break and a nice meal.

7. Don't forget to add your extended family and friends to the picture. We always make it a point to do this on weekends and holidays!

8. Right about now, it's short-nap time. You might be amazed at how refreshing a 20 or 30-minute rest can be. There's no shame in a nap, so give it a try; it's an Italian thing!

9. Next is WA webinar time, at about 8 PM EST, during which I'm playing guitar again (but listening closely). I'm also thinking about our nightly "movie date" and texting my wife short lists of titles for her consideration.

10. Around midnight is at least one hour of website work, and I manage to get two high-quality articles published a week. Doubling that would be easily doable, but I prefer quality over quantity.

I usually try to get to bed by 1 AM, but 2 AM is not unusual. That's where the power nap comes in handy. I've never required more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep, but you should always get as much as your body requires, and 8 hours/day is much healthier in the long run.

Well, there's a quick look into my crazy musical mind. I hope I have given you some ideas to add more fun and productivity to your daily routine!

Keep on Rockin' 🤘
Frank 🎸

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Hi Frank. I agree with Susan on sleep time vs working time. I could say I'm jealous but it is what it is and I admire you greatly. You accomplish amazing things, some past tense, some present. One question: I'm sure you are inundated with emails. How do you organize that without throwing out the important ones?

Hi, Donna!

I just do what I do, but thanks for the compliments.

I get all my medical eMails on Doximity, which is a platform for licensed physicians. It’s very well monitored and totally spam free.

My engineering emails come through my IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) account, also very well spam filtered.

They both get forwarded to my GMail account and sorted into folders.

I also have a WA folder and music folders, etc.

Even well-organized, it’s still quite a bit of info to handle.

Thank God for iPhones! 😎

I love it, Frank! You are much more organized than I am! I simply go with the flow of the new day!

I do attest to those power naps though, they are amazingly refreshing, and they keep me going!

I guess I have enough bass guitars to position one in each room of the house for a thoughtfull riff at any time of the day!

Have a fantastic Sunday, my friend!


Thanks, Jeff!

I’m pretty fluid in each of those time categories in terms of what will actually happen.

There’s a trade off between being bored with too much predictability and being unproductive with too little organization, don’t you think?

For me, navigating between these two extremes is the art of living a well-balanced life each day!

I don’t have each day tightly scheduled with specific tasks. I only put time-sensitive appointments in my Google calendar.

Yes, your guitars have to be easily available everywhere you spend time in your house.

Putting a guitar or two next to each couch where you watch TV or movies is key!

It doesn’t matter if the room is dark. When I was first learning I used to practice in a totally dark room for 10 or 15 minutes to develop more precise fingerboard finger placement and concentrate more on the sound of each note.

Even if you pick up a guitar for 5 or 10 minutes in a particular location, you’d be surprised at how much practice that turns into at the end of a week!

Enjoy your Sunday! 😎
Frank 🎸

Haha, Frank!

I'll keep that in mind, my friend!

Thanks for the excellent tips!

I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday portion of Frisatsu as well!


I love the title image. I have to say a Picture says a thousand words.


Hi, Elke

I love the title image , too!

That’s what ads in the 1950’s looked like.

If you enlarge the image you will notice that the woman has some type of “scarf-like material” draped over her right shoulder, which was meant to cover up a bit of bare skin.

Still, the ad was considered a little risqué by decency standards back then.

I’ve jokingly said “don’t bug me baby” so many times to my wife over the years that sometimes she’ll finish the sentence and say “I’ve switched to Magnatone!”

That’s the power of a good jingle! 😎

Frank 🎸

Aw Frank!

No way could I ever follow a schedule like that!
I get a lot done on my own crazy time schedule, but admire people who
have the ability to follow a "usual' routine.

I'm dedicating the majority of my time to this affiliate marketing effort, that I have let go of my hobbies, gardening and pool duties, except for what is critical.

Speaking of music, I have a musical background. I can appreciate how you have your instruments conveniently located around your house. I love classical guitar and at one time thought I would at least learn to play guitar. However, I thought it would be too complicated.

It ends up I learned to play the Japanese Koto, which is a "zither" or harp type instrument. It has 13 strings and you play with picks on your first 3 fingers. Everyone would know the sound if they heard it - it's really lovely. I had to learn to read a little bit of Japanese because their musical notes are not western. Rather it is all in Kanji, read from right to left and in vertical columns! Yeah...I think I could have learned guitar!

Thanks for the fun article!


Hi, Tami

My daily schedule is a lot more fragmented than it sounds.

Wow, you play the Koto! The 13-string design is smaller in size and has about a 2 and a 1/2 octave range?

If you play the Koto you could certainly play the guitar, which has a much simpler traditional tuning (up a perfect forth going from the lowest to highest strings, except for the G and B strings, which are tuned up a Major 3rd). The guitar also has a fixed bridge for each string after it is properly intonated.

Is that your niche, the Koto? I have a guitar niche you may find interesting. It is listed on my WA profile.

Perhaps you should give the guitar a try! 😎

Frank 🎸

Jeez Frank!!

You certainly pack a lot into your day...

I feel very lucky if I can squeeze in the occasional nap.. But I do need to lie down and get some shut eye for at least 6 hours a day..... 8 is more preferable though!!

Speaking of which.. The rain is lashing it down here again...

Thunder is a rumbling.... my PP is shaking with fear so it is time to retire to my sleeping quarters and slap an amusing film on (if the wife agrees) and retire for the evening!!

Enjoy the rest of your day my friend and of course...

Keep on rockin'!!!! 😎👌

Thanks, Nick!

I've always been a bit of an over-doer, not necessarily healthy, but it's been a lot of fun! Admittedly, I'm starting to slow down a little, but that's ok. It gives more even more time to play guitar!

I'm excellent at the "power nap." If I'm tired, I can be asleep in less than 5 minutes!

Enjoy your movie! 😎

Frank 🎸

You're most welcome Frank!

As long as we have fun in all that we do, that's the main thing my friend!!

I’m definitely with you on that one, Nick! 😎

I'm certain that you are Frank!!

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