Looking out my second story window this morning I saw some cheery yellow-faced flowers staring at me.
More than just staring, they were sneering, too.
My second story
This has gone on a little too long.
I decided it was time for some dandelionecide.
Went to the garden garage, fired up the Honda, which promptly ran out of gas.
As I was taking the gas can down to the station, (no titanium spy plane fuel here either, in Seattle
) I noticed several bike riders with number tags slung around their necks. Hmm....must be STP.
As it was 10:00 AM the bulk of the riders were way far south by then and these people were riding slow, I thought that they might be easy to pass up and decided to ride my bike later, when my final solution of the dandelion problem had been effected.
Back to the house, I fired up the Honda and commenced a Pearl Harbor on the little florabuggers.
Now the yard is all green (and brown, mostly brown) and democracy reigns again.
I began my ride in the exultance of victory, and headed south on Rainier hoping to catch up and pass the aforementioned stragglers, but to no avail, I passed no STPers
Rode to the end of the pavement on the Green River trail, 16.1 miles, at an average speed of 14.1 (actually made it to the south end of Renton airport with an average of 14.9.
Distance 32.5 miles
Average speed 13.1 mph (I live on a hill, what I get going out, I give up coming back)
Maximum speed 34.9 mph
Accumulated miles 568
Now I've got to go and help get rid of a large Norway rat with a damaged spinal column that the cute little kitty of ours has dragged in.
Aspice Quod Felis Attraxit, indeed.
Would that I could express the excitement I felt at last night's concert.
(or whatever, I don't do
I've never heard Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" live before, and was duly impressed.
From hearing it first on record in it's Ravel orchestration, where I was Impressed,
To a recording of it on piano (where it belongs) where I was really impressed, I've gone to hearing it live and up close, and have entered the "duly" level of impressment.
Andrew Armstrong played it (fingerstrong, too)
That was the recital;
After that, the main attraction started with Uncle Ludwig amusing us kiddies with;
"Quintet for piano and strings in E-flat Major Op 16"
Proceeded after a change of personnel to;
Ernst Bloch's "Three nocturnes for Violin, Cello, and Piano"
Joaquin Turina's ""Circulo...." Fantasia for Violin , Cello, and Piano, Op 91"
Then, after a brief intermission;
Franz Schubert's evergreen "Trout Quintet"
AKA "Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, D.667.
For an intelligent
read about Schubert(t) go visit Jeremy Denk's site "Think Denk" (to your right under "Blog party revelers")
Jeremy played piano on the trout which is much more difficult
than playing it elsewhere, on a salmon, for instance.I've been trying to get out of mentioning the names of the other musicians out of an ambivalence as to whether I'm doing them any favors by doing so on this infra dig site
But what the hell,
Piano - Andrew Armstrong
Violin - James Ehnes,
Viola Cynthia Phelps,
Cello - Ronald Thomas
Piano - Adam Neiman,
Violin - Amy Shwartz Moretti,
Cello - Robert deMaine
The intermission we did ourselves.
Piano - Jeremy Denk,
Violin - Stefan Jackiw,
Viola - David Harding,
Cello - Bion Tsang,
Double Bass - Jordan Anderson
Loads of fun and there are three more Friday's of the stuff.
Labels: Seattle Chamber Music Festival at Lakeside