Every so often, I just want to jam out on my drum set. It's a brand called "Basix". Its a five piece (Snare, Bass, High tom, Medium tom, Low tom) and came with a Hi-Hat and Crash Cymbal both Royce brand. Six years after getting my drum set, I finally got a ride cymbal. It's a 22 inch Zildjian Zht. Just recently I got a 14 inch Sabian crash. I play along to music coming from an old pair of computer speakers. They surprisingly have a good sound quality. They are placed on the ground one on each side of the bass. I jam out to the types of songs I have listed on a previous page. I do have a Snare set up and occasionally play it. It's higher pitched but not a Piccolo snare. I do have one with my bell kit in it's case downstairs.
I play this more often than not. However, it's usually the same stuff over and over. I listen to a song on the radio or whatever is in my music library, and then play it back. Can I read piano sheet music? yes. I'm not proficient. At the school I go to (COD) they have a piano sitting in the lobby of the MAC building where anybody can play whatever they want. Every time I get to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays I play on it for a good ten minutes.
I started with a free trial of Finale 2012, then got the Finale Print Music 2011 and then now I have the Finale 2014. Some of my compositions are based off other songs. I'm better at composing for fewer instruments. Look at what I'm composing ...
I didn't have an actual camera for a long time. I had gotten a refurbished 3rd Generation iPod Touch. No camera at all. That was August of 2010. Then in June or July of 2014, I got a 4th Generation iPod Touch, which had a camera. It was at least something... Then I got a smartphone in September of that same year. Much better photo quality. Whenever I'd go out somewhere, that was what I was using to take pictures Like these:
In January of 2016, I got a Nikon Coolpix L340. Not the fanciest of the fanciest, but at least it's something different and can take better photos.
Parks and Forest Preserves- Southern DuPage County/Northern Will County
Greene Valley Forest Preserve
This is located between Naperville and Woodridge IL. It's 1,414 acres big and there are 11 miles of trails. Right next to it is "Trash Mountain". It's a large hill where you can drive up and there are great views for miles. The Chicago skyline is visible from there!
Knoch Knolls Park
This park is not technically located in DuPage County. There is a nature center, hiking and biking trails and a Frisbee golf course!
Located in DuPage County hidden along Washington St. in Naperville. It has a small structure for shelter, picnic tables for eating and a grill for any cooking needs.
This is located between Modaff Road and Route 59 in Naperville. This is 1,832 acres big, featuring trails along the outside edges of the prairie. Not many trees are present due to the fact that it is indeed a prairie and they wanted to preserve the wildlife living there. This place also features a model airplane runway, where you are able to fly your model aircraft around.
This park is located in Darien, Illinois. One part of the trail goes around the Argonne National Laboratory. There isn't anything too exciting along these paths. Just trees and gravel. However, if you go off the path some way, you will end up near waterfalls. there is a small one before getting to the main attraction. People actually walk across the top of the waterfall and in the water below. You will see mini lobsters, snakes, and even frogs in the water. After climbing a bit, you can get to an overlook with amazing views.
Weigand Riverfront Park
This park is located along Washington street in Naperville on the way to Knoch Knolls Park. It is smaller, but has lots of cool things in it. You can launch your kayak or canoe from here, there is a hill for sledding or snowboarding, and an open field for your dog to run around. With a parking lot, you can easily bring all your gear for what you may be doing.