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harp lessons and philip greenspun

I had another harp lesson last night. My teacher's great (Kimberly Rowe, who is also editor of Harp Column magazine). Current pieces I'm working on: My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, and Greensleeves. It's been so long since I've taken music lessons; I'm getting such a kick out of being on the other end of the pointer (I taught piano for years). I revel in every detail...the lesson book that Kim put together for me, the pencilled annotations in my music, the practising (yes, even the practising :-)).

My custom-made harp case arrived from Colorado Cases, and I've come to a painful realization...there's no way that I'm going to be lugging around to conventions on a regular basis. Heck, the case wouldn't even FIT IN A CAB when I picked it up at the Greyhound Terminal! I had to pull it home by foot (fortunately it has wheels).

I was so excited at my first lesson with Kim that I ended up leaving all my music at her house. Her husband was kind enough to offer to take it to work (ArsDigita), which is much closer to my apartment. As I thanked him after picking up my music, I noticed a copy of Philip Greenspun's Web book on his office bookshelf.

"Hey, I love that book," I told him. "Philip Greenspun's great."

"Yeah, I know," he replied. "I work for him."

" work for PHILIP GREENSPUN??? You're kidding, right?"

And then ensued a rather embarrassing episode where I went into gushing technonerdgirl mode, raving about how much I loved Travels With Samantha ("Well, would you like a hardcopy version? It just came out. Here, have a copy..."), one of the first photo-essays on the Web, etc. etc.

Kim's husband was very patient. :-)

Must go practice my harp now...

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