Archive - Nov 8, 2007

Sandhills trip


Youtube discovery

I have almost every one of organ virtuoso Virgil Fox's recordings, but because he died in 1980, just when I was becoming aware of him, I never did get to see him play. Now, thanks to Youtube, a bunch of old video of Fox has surfaced. Here is Virgil performing a version of "America" by Charles Ives. Look off to the side for more Virgil recordings.

Preparing for New York City

Lance and I are leaving tomorrow to spend the weekend in the Big Apple. Just now, I called the hotel to see what the easiest way to get into the hotel from the airport would be.

The thing to remember in New York is that everybody is in a big, big hurry. They are eager to help, but they want the exchange to be quick and efficient. I like things that way, but even still I can get taken aback at the speed with which New Yorkers talk and deal with things.

So, the phone conversation, after one ring, goes like this:

"Hotel Wellington, may I help you?"

Travelers

Three readers have forwarded links to interesting weblogs of relatives or friends of theirs who are working overseas. Kris is in Kazakhastan. Laura is in India. Andrew is biking across Asia. It is inspiring to see young people 1) experiencing other cultures and 2) taking the time to inform the rest of us about their experiences.

Public affairs

There's plenty going on in the world, but I haven't had the heart to comment on it as I doubt whether my ranting will change anybody's mind and talking public policy just scratches people the wrong way and they start ranting in return and the whole exchange can eat up one's day without anything being gained.