av8rmike: (violin)
I haven't talked about music stuff for a long time. I used to post once a week with amusing quotes from Jason, our orchestra conductor, but for a while I either haven't remembered things he's said or I couldn't properly take them out of context. Our next concert is the annual pops one, and this year is a strange mish-mash of some Broadway songs, some Gershwin, some Simon & Garfunkel(!), and even a little music from The Dark Knight and "Lord of the Dance". Usually I play in the first violin section, but for this concert my stand partner and I have been traded to the seconds, I assume for a first-round draft pick. I don't mind, because the pops concert tends to be a hell of a lot of work because of all the songs to learn. So, it won't be as bad playing second violin.

Monday night we sight-read the first movement of Mahler's 2nd symphony, the 30-minute-long funeral music. Jason had played it before with his youth orchestra a few years ago and must have wanted to see how we'd handle it. I wish I'd been playing 1st, but you can't have it all, I guess. Maybe in a few years we'll have it on a program.

There's also going to be a bit of a shake-up with my lessons. For the last six years, I've met my teacher at her different studios at the Peabody Conservatory. Last month we had a lesson when the school was supposed to be closed, and their security people found us and told her she wasn't supposed to be giving lessons, and to someone who wasn't a student. So now she's going to have to come to my apartment, which is fortunately only a block away, but which I have to clean up before I'd be comfortable letting someone in who doesn't know how messy I am.

Oh, and in case people want to know the particulars of the concert, it's Saturday February 13, at 7:30, at the Jim Rouse Theater in Wilde Lake HS, Columbia (MD). Ticket information and directions can be found on the orchestra's web site, or you can just pester me with questions.
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Happy New Year, to those who celebrate it! I should do one of those end-of-year memes, but I just don't feel like it now. =P
av8rmike: Star of David (jewish)
A Chanukah crisis has been averted; I have candles.

(Why yes, this is my first post in like a month. How are you?)
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Sometimes I wonder why I watch the Steelers games when they're actually on here-- most of the time it seems like I end up turning off the TV in disgust before the game is even over.
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To the five Asian readers who were no doubt curious: Operation Eat an Asian Pear from yesterday was pretty much a success. Well, half a success because I only manager to eat half of it today. It was pretty good, but a different texture than I was expecting. Also, contrary to most of the suggestions, I ate the skin with it. It just wasn't possible to peel it while at work.

[livejournal.com profile] tango's entry from earlier today got me thinking about Veteran's Day. I'm probably mis-remembering, but I can think of at least four relatives who served:
My grandfather (mother's side), United States Army
His brother Abe, United States Army
His brother-in-law Paul, United States Air Force
My grandfather (father's side), British Eight Army (North Africa)
av8rmike: (food)
One of my fellow violinists gave me an Asian pear at rehearsal last night. It's easily the size of a softball. I have no idea how to eat it.

Why, no, I wasn't neglecting my journal(s) for the last 4 days. I was thinking about posting each and every day. =P
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Nothing to see here, move along.

Head hurts from having to navigate around massive traffic back-up just to get to pointless rehearsal. Looking forward to weekend, though.

More V?

Nov. 3rd, 2009 09:16 pm
av8rmike: Tenth Doctor, text: Do not MESS with a TIMELORD (timelord)
Speaking of V, I just happened to catch the "re-imagining" of V on ABC. So far, it's kind of eh. As I told [livejournal.com profile] right, it felt much more rushed than the original, which had a nice TV-movie-sized block to fill. For a pilot of a weekly series, this one had too much exposition to cram into an hour. It also feels doubly derivative: the "rebel teenager" character even mentions the resemblance to Independence Day, which itself borrow from V.

Oh well, Tuesdays are one of my off nights, so I may actually tune in. At least Elizabeth Mitchell has gotten work while LOST is on hiatus, and nice to see Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk from "Firefly" working together too.

November!

Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:25 am
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Whoops, I forgot that everyone is doing a "post for 30 days" thing in November, and I've already missed a day. My excuse is that SyFy channel was playing the entire 16-hour "V" mini-series, from which I could barely tear myself away. SO 80s.

Monday after Halloween = everyone bringing in leftover candy. And I'm having a cinnamon roll for breakfast. I'll be lucky if I have any teeth left by the end of the day.

EDIT: Also, HA! I totally did not make the connection that John, the Visitor leader, was also Mr. Wilhelm, George's boss on Seinfeld.
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They're ripping siding off the building, the grounds-keeping crew is outside with their leaf-blowers, and someone else is outside cutting down the giant bushes with a chainsaw.

It's way too much noise for a Monday. Good thing I ripped all those Mahler and Bruckner symphony CDs from my dad, which should be pretty effective at drowning them out.
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Someone's car alarm was going off in the parking lot. Before, I would ignore it because the truck didn't have an alarm. This time, I went outside to make sure it wasn't mine. This is because I have no idea what my alarm sounds like.
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So, I got a new car on Saturday. It only took about 5-6 hours at the dealership, with all the wheeling and dealing and "I've got to go check with the manager." But in the end, I got a 2010 VW Jetta TDI, which are pretty highly in demand now. It seems VW's marketing plan of raising interest and demand while keeping supply low worked out pretty well for them.

Jamie took this picture yesterday afternoon. It was pretty late in the day, so you can't get a good sense of the color:
av8rmike: Optimus Prime on Obama poster; text: "Change into a truck" (change)
I haven't been in much of a mood to update lately, in case anyone has been concerned. I spent all of my working time last week in a sort of training session for some stuff for work. Fortunately the working days were shorter, so I was getting up and getting home at my usual times. Unfortunately, the training was at a Navy lab that's 45 miles away, on the other side of DC. So, I spent an hour or more driving each way. At least I could file for a local mileage reimbursement.

I left a little early on Friday so Jamie and I could drive up to Pennsylvania. One of my close friends from college was having her "pirate-themed post-wedding parrrrr-ty" on Saturday morning and we were staying at my mother's place. Not only would we have to drive into Pittsburgh early that morning, we'd also be missing Rosh Hashanah services. I know that I had a much better time at the wedding party, bees and all. Since the party was over mid-afternoon, we took a little driving tour of Pittsburgh, then a walking tour of my college and my old house. It's always interesting how much has changed and yet how little has changed.
av8rmike: Text: I can't. I have rehearsal. (rehearsal)
Yes, old QOTD is old. My top piece in the iPod playlist is a tie between these two, although not these actual recordings:


This one is much easier to listen to and even more fun to watch:
av8rmike: (violin)
(As of 20090908)
I think I forgot to do one of these last year. I'll probably post last years as a date-out-of-order entry just to have a record of it.

+Saturday, October 17, 2009
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Beethoven, Overture to "Egmont"
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto (Jonathan Carney, violin)
Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

+A Time and a Place
Saturday, December 5, 2009
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Albert Hurwit, Symphony No. 1, "Remembrance", third movement
Felix Mendelssohn, "The Hebrides" Overture
Ernest Bloch, Baal Shem (Ronald Mutchnik, violin)
Ottorino Respighi, Pines of Rome

#Wednesday, December 9, 2010
7:30 PM, Inscape Theatre
Program TBA

$The Nutcracker
Howard County Ballet
Date & Location TBA

+Young People's Concert
Saturday, January 9, 2010
12:30 PM & 3:00 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre

+Symphonic Pops
Saturday, February 13, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Details TBA

+Short Stories
Saturday, March 27, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Young Artist Competition winners
Alberto Ginastera, "Malambo" from Estancia
Antonin Dvořák, "The Noon Witch"
Jonathan Leshnoff, "Rush"
Maurice Ravel, "Mother Goose" Suite

+The Titans
Saturday, May 22, 2010
7:30 PM, Jim Rouse Theatre
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20 (Hsiu-Hui Wang, piano)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1

+- The Columbia Orchestra; Jason Love, conductor
#- Greenspring Valley Orchestra; Prof. Robert Suggs, conductor
$- Howard County Ballet Orchestra; David Zajic, conductor
av8rmike: Tenth Doctor, text: Do not MESS with a TIMELORD (timelord)
This was too good not to share, which I came across a while back linked from someone else's blog:

[livejournal.com profile] ask_captainjack [Harkness, not Sparrow]: Should I get a Dreamwidth account?
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
It's so humid here, the windows are sweating.

Last night I managed to nearly get lost in Clarksville and King's Contrivance. I must spend half my life looking for places in which to turn around. I also somehow found the only major gas station in the area that does not take credit cards.

Getting to rehearsals from now on is going to be a pain in the ass.
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(Writer's Block widgets can't cross-post, so I'm doing it manually. The question was, "Have you ever served on a jury? If yes, then what was the case and what was the verdict?")

Yep. I mentioned it last May, but didn't talk much about it. This was a guy who was accused of stealing a pickup truck belonging to a college professor, who, unfortunately for him, seemed to be a little absent-minded. The truck hadn't been broken into; it seemed the prof may have left the key inside it. The cops caught the defendant a few miles away in a Home Depot parking lot.

What was most interesting about the process was how different it is from the "Law & Order"-type shows. They kept stressing that it was the job of the District Attorney to establish the case and the job of the defense to call into doubt the state's case, not to present any alternative theories.

In the end, we the jury didn't buy it and found him guilty. It wouldn't seem to make any sense that they guy they arrested wasn't actually the one who had stolen the car. It also may have had something to do with the fact that it was 4 or 5 in the afternoon and we just wanted to get out of there. We didn't have to sentence him; the judge dismissed us before then. I checked one of the Baltimore City Justice Department pages a few weeks later to see what happened. I think he got 15 years or something.

Updates!

Aug. 6th, 2009 01:02 pm
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When it rains, it pours: First, to explain all the squeeeeeing and "OMGOMGOMG", this happened. Then it made Carrie sick.

I awoke to find *both* my cable and Internet connection out at home. They said there were no other reports of outages and Sunday was the next available time a technician could come out. I'm assuming that it's bigger than just me and will be resolved before then, but in case I'm not around chat in the evenings, that's why. (Or I suppose I could look for some place that offers wi-fi.)

Then I came into work to find LJ down (DW still up, fortunately). There are reports Twitter and other sites are down as well (Apparently a DDoS attack.)

A project with a short turnaround time got dumped on my lap, so I won't have as much time to kill for the next few days.

My Realtor is starting to put pressure on to make an offer if there's a house we like. I admit I'm starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing.

EEEEEEEEE

Aug. 4th, 2009 10:55 pm
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)
I don't want to give anything away yet, but I've been trying not to go "OMGOMGOMG" out loud all day today. I don't want my co-workers to think I'm crazy (any more than they already do).

[Stay tuned]

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