29. May 2009 · Comments Off on Ah yes … · Categories: Links, Read Online

Classical music played at station to ‘pacify’ Underground users, despite area’s rich pop history


One staff member said it was “too early” to tell if the music was a help or a hindrance, but said anything was worth trying to encourage customers to behave more politely towards harassed staff.

Yes indeed. Every classical musician I know is always polite. It’s all because of the music.


29. May 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

I just wound up with a lot of free time at UCSC: my first student showed up saying he wasn’t feeling well. When he complained about how bad his throat felt I said, “Let me have a look.”

White spots.

Now I suppose it could be something else, but I told him to go to the health center right away. I’m thinking strep. And he has to play in the UCSC opera performance tonight. (Or at least he’s supposed to! I suppose if push came to shove I’d wind up in the pit in his place. I was planning on attending in any case.)

So I have some free time, and I’m attempting to catch up with email. I have been negligent so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I’ve found a very “good side” of the ear problem; it really hurts if I bite my nails! Perhaps this whole ear problem could cure me of my ridiculously immature and bad habit. (Doubtful, though.) It also hurts to whistle. When I have music on in the car I frequently start to whistle … and since I am so forgetful I manage to continue to try this, each time being painfully reminded that whistling hurts. Funny how playing the oboe, speaking and singing don’t hurt, but whistling does.

Maybe that’s just saying something about my whistling, though. (And, by the way, I can only whistle by “whistling in” rather than blowing out. Weird, huh?)

29. May 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

My oboe has a lot of water/spit in it. It’s quite nasty