02. June 2011 · 6 comments · Categories: Ramble

I just landed on a BBC article about an oboe student I had some years back who went in a very sad direction after college. (Actually, I learned that it was during college when this began, and she had lied to me and deceived me in ways you simply can’t imagine, I’m sorry to say.) In the article it states that she was once a professional oboist.

I nearly laughed out loud, but her whole story makes me very sad and very angry so laughter didn’t really happen.

No, she was never a professional oboist. She was a college student who studied oboe.

People tend to believe bios. People tend to believe newspapers. And gee, if it’s the BBC it really must be true, right?

Not so. Trust me.

I was at church one Sunday many years ago when someone came up to me and said something about being sorry our concert wasn’t good. The reason she knew this? She’d read one review. One. One person’s opinion determined, for her, that the concert wasn’t worth hearing and was awful.

Please please please, don’t believe everything you read.

I could go on about this topic, but I just burned down the house so I’d better call the fire department and now I have to find a place to sleep.

Oh. Wait. Did I really do that? You read it here so it must be true!



  1. It’s frustrating. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve read a negative opinion of a play or musical on Talkin’ Broadway and then see a reply that says something like “that’s too bad, I was looking forward to this show.” I want to scream “based on this one report?!” I’m all for people making decisions about what they’re going to see or not see, but make them based on reading all the available information, not just one anonymous “review” online.

  2. Yep, it’s crazy making, Mike!

    And I really wish people understood that even news isn’t always true. One has to check and double check and verify and question question question! Sigh.

  3. You shouldn’t rely on a single source for information.

  4. Yes, jharris, and I shouldn’t rely on you either, as you have a link to “breast augmentation”!

  5. You were just kidding jharris, weren’t you? Or were you?

    I’m sorry to hear about your house. Is there anything I can do?

    – Bob

  6. jharris’s original comment had a link to breast augmentation, Bob. I deleted the link. I’m mean that way.

    As to the house … thank you for your offer. Please send me round trip tickets to Italy. That should take care of it. ;-)