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  • Caption contest!   9 years 19 weeks ago

    "Y'know Fred, sometimes I feel like I'm hardly making a dent in the stuff I need to do. Of course, I hate to use that word."
    "But Laura, dent you tell me you were gonna forget about all that while we're on vacation?"
    "No I dent, not exactly. I said 'set it all aside,' which is not the same. The only way I'm gonna get ahead is by dent of hard work on everything."
    "Well I dent understand why you can't just let go for a little while...
    By the way, Laura, you probably can't see it, but I think you may have developed a new concave dimple in your bell. Dent worry, though--it adds character and looks kinda cute from here."

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Hold Your Applause- Or Else   9 years 19 weeks ago

    I agree Julie! I recently attended the Fairport High graduation at the Blue Cross Arena. There were thousands of people there to watch more than 600 students cross the stage. We were warned about cheering and the use of devices such as airhorns. The airhorn ban I can agree with. But, the excuse that cheering would drown out the next student's name was absurd. The first student to cross the stage did so to silence and it was sad. No cheers, nothing. She probably wondered if she had any family there. It didn't last though. The cheering and whooping commenced along with the occasional rude noisemaker. But, all in all, it was pretty restrained. The person reading each graduate's name just waited a second for the cheering to die down before reading the next name. Not too difficult and the kids were thrilled to be recognized by the audience. What have we turned into that we can't cheer on the kids when they do so well? It's far more fun and memorable to celebrate together! Loosen up everybody!

  • Sanity Borrowers   9 years 19 weeks ago

    Maybe the parents justify it by thinking that the lessons learned by the teens who participate are multiplied out to many other teens who are viewing the televised result?

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    You'd better use some more sunscreen... your tan is starting to look a little brassy!

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Brrr, it's getting colder. I'm very attracted to you, Laura, but please don't laugh if I become unable to maintain the same degree of attention.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    “Fred, remember the good old days when we could actually hear each other onstage? How the heck did that get so lost amidst all the plans for renovated glitz and glamour?
    Half the audience believe they can now hear us better because the sound of the Theatre, although much worse, is l-o-u-d-e-r. We are all being sold a bill of goods by powerful folk who apparently know how to look but not how to listen.”
    “Now Laura, watch out! We are but pawns in a game of aggrandizement. You know how scared everybody is over next door to say anything publically about the sound. It sure would have been nice to have been asked how the changes are impacting our job onstage. But no, we and even our esteemed neighbors next door are merely the hired help.”

    bob laird
    http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/letters/EASTMAN+T...

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Hey Fred, could you look for a review of the Mahler in today's Times?
    Ol' Puffy Chops shoved quite a few clams through me last night.
    I was downright embarrassed during the Finale.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    The secret to success as an instrumental musician? Well, I don’t know why the rest of you guys make it so complicated.
    Basically I just show up on time. Then I go ‘OOM’ on the downbeat and ‘PAH’ on the following upbeat. Finally, I am very careful to stop playing when everybody else does.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Fred, may I tell you something a bit odd? I was just dozing, and I had a very realistic dream in which people were making fun of us, actually putting words into our mouths.
    It was very unsettling. I felt like a fool. The worst part was, there was a guy who kept making off-color references to that lovely massive bell of yours. I really wanted to tell him to get a life, but then I woke up.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Well, Laura, I have no idea where she went, but being stuck here is not nearly as absurd as is counting 72 bars of rest, going blurp-dy blurp blurple, and then counting more rests. Here we can set all that aside and reflect on a few things.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Y'know, Fred, I've lost track, but I think we've been here for quite a while.
    Do you suppose that Tremblay lady just ran off somewhere and forgot about us?

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Geez, Laura, you know I've never been much of an intellectual.
    Anthropo-WHAT-ism?

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    No, I'm good. Fortunately my water key is right over a gap between the slats. But don't you need to rotate before you can... you know?

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Well, at least you brought a pillow. But you're right, these chairs do seem poorly designed.

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    This one's hilarious

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    (NOTE: I can't type it here, but please imagine it)

    "(rest symbol)"

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Sorry, I can't help it, Laura. I've been lawning for you ever since we sat down here. We did sit down here, right?

    bob laird
    http://sirhute.com/eastman-acoustics.htm

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Laura and Fred Consider Their Options

  • worse still was the prospect of an honorable mention   9 years 20 weeks ago

    [I stumbled upon this gem, and then had a heck of a time finding it again. Searched "diary," ".mp3," "tremblay mp3," and so forth.]

    As I said, 'gem.' A fearlessly openhearted gem about observing fear.

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  • The Highland Ramble-Levon Helm comes to Rochester   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Now that you mention it, I think I was grinning, too.

  • The Highland Ramble-Levon Helm comes to Rochester   9 years 20 weeks ago

    I'm glad you mentioned Dirt Farmer. Thanks. It has a timeless quality to it, and the spirit of Levon throughout.

  • The Highland Ramble-Levon Helm comes to Rochester   9 years 20 weeks ago

    My son and I have just been to our 4th Ramble in Woodstock. Just like the 1st, 4 years ago, I was grinning ear-to-ear the whole time. It is an absolute must-see event!

  • Caption contest!   9 years 20 weeks ago

    Just think, once we're through with all of these Sousa practices and performances, we can relax like this for the rest of the summer. July 4th can't get here soon enough!