Mar. 20th, 2009

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All right, folks, here's my review of Gaslight Grimoire on Amazon.com - there are three others, so you'll have to scroll down to read mine. Any helpful Yes clicks always appreciated. The anthology includes some very funny Sherlock Holmes pastiches, as well as a story where Moriarty is the hero.

Graphic novel: The Five Fists of Science. Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla battle black magic and a yeti. Need I say more? Well, it is rather nice to read a graphic novel that involves neither teenage angst nor caped superheroes, and is an original story rather than a graphic version of an established classic. And anything with Mark Twain in it is going to have funny moments, yes.

Yesterday we went to the Eastern Trombone Workshop down at Fort Myer. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble was excellent - about 20 undergrad music majors, and the performance included a couple of original arrangements by some of them. The trombones of the Atlanta Symphony, with a guest tubist. Some good hints from them about playing as an ensemble and matching tones - things that even community band players, and even people who play other instruments, could try and benefit from. The big evening concert was the Army Orchestra, doing four pieces, each with a different soloist. Charlie Vernon, bass trombonist for the Chicago Symphony, looks exactly like what you imagine someone who's been playing low brass for a major symphony for forty years or more would look like. Saturday morning he's giving a solo recital, which we may or may not get there in time for.

Tonight we have tickets for the Baltimore Symphony - they're doing Dvorak 7 - and tomorrow we are going to Ft Myer again for more trombone concerts, but returning to Baltimore in the evening because we have tickets to see the *Canadian Brass* (yes, you may all let out little jealous-sounding "oooh" noises). Then Sunday we will be driving up to the Philadelphia suburbs to see my niece Hanna in another school play - as a freshthing, she is already getting parts they normally reserve for juniors and seniors. I am working on finishing a quilt for Gregory - Hanna is my sister Steph's oldest; Gregory is Steph's youngest, all of 4 weeks old at this point; I believe I've mentioned he's my 38th niece-or-nephew. I will take a picture of the quilt as soon as it's done - it's all basted, so if I can do hand-tying/embroidery-floss quilting in the car tomorrow day, then I can finish the binding after we get home tomorrow night, and bring it with us Sunday.
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  • 21:11 very much enjoyed Massimo La Rosa playing Launy Grondahl's Concerto for Trombone & Orchestra (sorry my phone doesn't have the slashed o) #
  • 21:40 Charlie Vernon as much a Legend to trombonists as Gene Pokorny is to tubists. There's a reason Chocago is world-class. #
  • 21:42 out of the 3 concerti I liked the Gro/ndahl best, but the duet between the soloist and the timpani in the Zwilich was fun! #
  • 22:48 Dynamic sign: Avoid I-395 Tunnel. A bit late to tell us that here, people, as our other choiced at this point are: None. #
  • 22:51 The choices of getting back to MD are: Which would you prefer, an anvil on the foot or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick? #
  • 22:57 the ever-annoying jog down 2 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave to get from I-295 to DC/MD 295, w/ poorly designed left turn & ramp combo #
  • 23:22 @fadeaccompli canned coffee can't possibly be good for you,.. #
  • 00:29 Today's travelogue has been brought to you by the Eastern Trombone Workshop, sponsored by the US Army Band, at Ft Myer, VA #
  • 00:42 A couple of my new alleged followers seem to want to help me find a new job. Hint: you're barking up the wrong tree. #
  • 15:33 @common_squirrel Birds! #
  • 19:20 big accident at Route 40 and Ingleside Ave in Catonsville - no thru traffic eastbound. must detour thru shopping centers. #
  • 19:22 at least 6 EMTs working on someone at side of road. 2 fire engines, 2 ambulance 1 EMS supervisor vehicle, several police cars. #
  • 19:43 tonight's BSO program: Dvorak Scherso capriccioso; Chopin Piano Conc. 1; Dvorak Symph 7. Being recorded. #
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