Movin’ on up…and out, of the basement.

Today, I officially turned in my resignation letter to the University of Chicago. My last day will be June 11th. I won’t miss the basement office, but I will miss my colleagues and the campus. I will share later where I am headed, but I am really excited and looking forward to this new blessing. We are not moving, but my commute will take me downtown, so there will be even more reason to get together when friends visit the city.

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why I love San Francisco

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

“Those who fail to pick up a book and read about the past 100 years are ass-puppets.” – Me

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My Favorite Word

Peter was tooling around the site the other day and found the following video. It’s hilarious, hysterical, uproarious, riotous, rollicking, farcical, rib-tickling, humorous, comic, amusing, entertaining jocular, jovial, and laughable. Why?

1. Obviously a Gilbert & Sullivan farce, done in a very fine manner.
2. Popsicle stick puppets are funny.
3. The off-key high note at the end is high-comedy.
4. Nothing beats the grunge-riff on the word “fungus”.

Metal plumbing repair with a beer can. – Instructables – DIY, How To, home

Yup, my first Instructable. I always thought I would do someone else’s before I would post, but this was too good to pass up.

Emersunn: Ha, I beat you to it!

Seth: Don’t look down upon me because I drink a light, domestic beer.

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CSO solo: one week later

Well, my CSO solos last week went great. I know, it all the way back to last Saturday night but I’ve been floating on it all week.

The first solo from the Fry piece “To Dream Again” felt great and got me comfortable on the stage. The Vaugh WIilliams “Serenade to Music” was definately the ultimate momet. I sang R.H.’s line:

“…nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds…”

Both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times gave high marks for the whole evening. It was an honor to preform with the CSO in front of our generous audience, but performing in front of the colleagues I respect was most gratifying.

On to recital repertoire and Mahler 8!

Whining, White Smoke & the Mechanics of Getting Unstuck | 43 Folders

I know this is a little old, but it really sums up some more of my “fear” post from earlier. I really am a fann of Merlin Mann.

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Chicago Tonight: CSC 50th Anniversary segment

This was on a couple of days ago. A great group of great people. Too bad the show happens only once and has been sold out for months.

On stage at the CSO

This afternoon was the orchestra rehearsal for this weekend’s tribute concert. To sing on that stage and hear my own voice fill the hall, even if only briefly, is an awe inspiring thing. I know many of my friends have and will sing on that stage in the future, and sing in many stages like it around the world, but just to have a taste is a filling meal for me.

Then, to top it off, we stand behind the brass for Verdi’s Te Deum (the last of the “Four Scared Pieces”) and Bruckner’s Psalm 150. So, the frustrated trombonist in me gets to stand four feet from arguably the best tuba, bass trombone, and trumpet player in the world (not to forget the entire section as a whole as well.)

SNL – Surprise Party

Funny. Her dedication to the character is great. I laughed out loud…which doesn’t happen too often with SNL.


I’ve been rethinking my daily habits recently. With spring on the wing, I can’t wait to not only shed winter clothes and layers, but also winter habits. Sure, every spring I say, “I’ll exercise. I’ll eat better. I’ll go outside and read more. I’ll engage my loved ons on a daily basis.” But one way or another, the short summer months flee and November has me wondering, “What can I ‘get by with’ today just march a little closer to the spring?” Then the cycle begins again.


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