I fired off the last post in a bit of a hurry. After thinking about it, and putting a few more days in at the bench I realized something important. It isn’t the skills at the bench that deteriorate in a week’s time, it is the mind. Thankfully, it would take a much longer respite for the skills to go rusty.
As I replaced a balance staff today, an activity I don’t have to do very often I realized that these skills stay with you. Coming back to the bench it was the routine and the concentration that had gone all buggy on me. A couple of more days at the bench and I have mostly settled back into my comfort zone and everything is going smoothly.
It must be difficult for someone to do this job part time or as a hobby because the routine is so important.