Theorbo, brisket, and a banana peel

Happy Monday, dear readers.  I trust you all had wonderful weekends to relax and prepare for the upcoming week.  I don’t know about you all but I feel like I’m on vacation already, even though I do have a couple more days of teaching and a concert to play tonight.

Saturday I went to Dressel’s with Melissa and then to a concert at the Tavern of Fine Arts.  It was an early music concert, which isn’t really my thing, but man, the instruments sure are gorgeous.  The group, called Such Sweete Melodie, was very good though, so the concert was enjoyable.image_2

You can see the man playing the theorbo in the background—it’s the really long guitar like instrument.  I think it’s a funny word.


And this is called a virginal.  It’s similar to a harpsichord.  AMAZING looking.  (I know you’re all snickering.  I’m pretending I’m mature, okay?)

Sunday we went to our friend Vanessa’s house for a brisket dinner.  Russell, her fiancé, spent days making the brisket.  It was well worth it, I’d say.


We realized there was quite the collection of symphony “one-year” musicians so I tried to get a picture.  This is actually the best one of a series of about six that I took. 

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Brisket, chili mac and cheese (homemade chili over what the Canadians call “Kraft dinner”) and coleslaw.  YUM.  Russell is a genius.

This morning I had a workout with Mike at the gym.  Front squats, back squats, straight leg dead lifts, leg press, and back extensions.  When I returned to my car I saw this.


Somebody was trying to kill me!  Did you ever play Mario Kart?  I couldn’t stop laughing at this. (In Mario Kart, you can toss a banana peel at another player and they will skid off the road.  In reality, banana peels do not make cars do this, no matter how tempting it would be when somebody is tailgating.)

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  1. Worldwide, there is no sharp distinction between “bananas” and “plantains”. Especially in the Americas and Europe, “banana” usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas, particularly those of the Cavendish group, which are the main exports from banana-growing countries. By contrast, Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called “plantains”. In other regions, such as Southeast Asia, many more kinds of banana are grown and eaten, so the simple two-fold distinction is not useful and is not made in local languages…

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