25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

So I had my Monday coffee at Santa Cruz’s Coffeetopia. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but Monday morning has become my bit ‘o down time after the drive over the hill and prior to heading up the (much smaller) hill to teach at UCSC. Today I added a toasted bagel and cream cheese to the mix since I didn’t allow myself time for breakfast at home.

After a nice relaxing time at the coffee shop I arrived on campus an hour early, so I could get a bit of practice in. Guess what?! I had the same near blackout experience that I had yesterday.

Light bulb moment: this old lady can’t handle caffeine all that well anymore.

So I have come to the (duh!) conclusion that it’s decaf for me from here on out. I can’t handle this blacking out thing. It’s not very fun. I used to drink coffee even at all hours of the night, and I’d still sleep soundly. Not so any more. But I didn’t realize that my not having coffee much any more would cause this sort of reaction when I did decide to have a cuppa joe.

Oh well. It’s not like I’m giving up chocolate!
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, News


“It was a lot of things together, the emotion, the stress,” she said, adding that the crowd’s booing made things worse.

I’m so glad I’m not the woman in this article.

This is how it goes: the minute I have a bad story … I can find someone who has a worse one! Life is like that!

Of course oboists, NOT singers, are still the Center of the Universe. ;-)
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements, imported

EXPERIENCE, like a pale musician, holds
A dulcimer of patience in his hand,
Whence harmonies, we cannot understand,
Of God; will in his worlds, the strain unfolds
In sad-perplexed minors: deathly colds
Fall on us while we hear, and countermand
Our sanguine heart back from the fancyland
With nightingales in visionary wolds.
We murmur ‘ Where is any certain tune
Or measured music in such notes as these ? ‘
But angels, leaning from the golden seat,
Are not so minded their fine ear hath won
The issue of completed cadences,
And, smiling down the stars, they whisper–
SWEET.

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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

about my “blacking out experience”? Please don’t be! I’m healthy. Honest and true. I’m just healthy AND stupid sometimes! I forget to eat. Or I don’t eat well.

Yeah … I really do forget to eat. It’s not something I care much about sometimes. I have other things that call out to me. The computer. My vacuum. Laundry. The Giants. Practicing. Reeds.

So anyhoo, not to worry. I just neglected the eating well thing. My physical health is okey-dokey.

Mental health is another story. But now that you know I’m “Patty the Knife” you might be wise to not bring that issue up!
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, News

The month of May has been deemed “Take a Friend to Orchestra” month.

Read about it.
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Photos

Practiced today? Made any reeds?

Or are you gonna have to deal with Patty the Knife? (Many, many thanks to my dear husband, Dan, who managed to get a picture of me that doesn’t make me want to cry!)

PattyTheKnife: April 23, 2005
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported

April 23, 2005
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25. April 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported

April 23, 2005
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