getting too old for this shit

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Despite attempting to rest most of yesterday, an hour before I had to go play the Maundy Thursday service I was still exhausted. Fortunately I did get a small second wind which enabled me to survive the evening. This is getting ridiculous. Wednesday’s schedule did me in. I think it was the addition of a long intense funeral. Nevertheless one feels that one is just getting too old for this shit.

Ahem. I have always had to scroll.
You know.
Since scrolling was invented along with the interwebs.

This morning I realized that I have had the gift of five more years of life than my uncle Richard who died at 57. Midkiff men seem to have a tendency toward  short lives of confusion. At least my life has been a good one so far. I feel grateful for meeting my wife,  knowing my children and having music and ideas in my life.

this pic is sarcastic.

Here’s hoping I can continue to come up with strategies to husband the resources of my aging energy.


unfortunately, this pic is not sarcastic. 

At least I don’t have the usual classes this morning.

Am receiving an unusual number of compliments on the Wednesday funeral.

I was underpaid monetarily ($50) but am being lavishly remunerated with praise.  Thought I would mention it since I bitch so much in this space about being invisible to so many.

1. Steven Pinker’s Mind Games –

Used to take the annual quiz in the education supplement of the NYT. I like little tests like this. Got 6/10.

2. Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words –

This report include three sample questions. Got 2/3.

3. When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue –

Sooprise sooprise. Download a coupon, forfeit your rights.

4. The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization – Nancy Duarte – Harvard Business Review

Some interesting insights on visulations. Helpful both to creators and viewers.

5. Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy

economic elite domination or biased pluralism.

the usual stuff

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I had quite the day yesterday.

In between classes I managed to point the psalm and prepare the rest of the info for Easter II and email that off. I skipped out early from my noon class (with permission of the teacher) for a funeral. When I arrived about twenty minutes before the service there was no place to park and the place was already standing room only.

The man who died was a musician. I quickly sat down at the piano which was near the door I had come in and began improvising including versions of gospel hymns as requested. Later the widow told me the family was sitting in the back chapel listening and found my playing comforting. I had already decided I would do the entire service at the piano. This was partly because the man who died was a pianist. Also, the choices for the service were a little better served on the piano and the family had requested piano.

I barely knew the man. He did not attend the later service at the church. We had maybe one or two conversations. I was vaguely aware that he was a musician.

It was a good thing that I had chosen not to use the organ as the choir area was already full of mourners when I arrived and it was impossible to move easily between the piano and the organ.

The funeral lasted till a bit after two. I went home for a bite to eat pretty exhausted but satisfied I had done a good job. I went back for a brief meeting with my boss about the upcoming liturgies and prepared for the even choir rehearsal. Came home with little time to spare before going back for the rehearsal so no treadmilling for Steve.  Eileen and I ordered a pizza.

Back to church for choir rehearsal. Now for four days with a service each day.

1. Iraq Shuts Down the Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns –

2. A Question for Seder: What Role for Screens? –

These kinds of questions always interest me. How do we adapt to tech? Yesterday at the funeral when they played  a CD in which the singer invited everyone to sing along (Just a closer walk with thee) most of the people present sang.  Fascinating and a bit surreal for this old musician.

3. Louisiana: Anti-Sodomy Law Stands –

Posted this link on Facebooger with the comment: “What year is it?”