That didn’t take long….

Might be time to spend the money and widen our driveway.

Currently, I park my car in the street. Have been for 9 years. Why someone couldn’t hit-and-run my old car, instead of the new one with fewer than 1700 miles on it, I’ll never know. That is, I’ll never know since they didn’t bother leaving a note.

Media Relations

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this previously here, but I’ve been a long-time member of the UMBC Symphony Orchestra. I counted a week or two ago, and I realized I’ve been with them for 17 years now. Since I started in high school, that means I’m pretty sure I’ve been a member longer than my life before I was a member. It’s funny how it’s the little things that make you feel old….

Anyway, our conductor heavily promoted our concert this past Sunday at UMBC (and it worked, we probably had our largest attendance ever), and several of us “community members” were contacted for interviews leading up to the performance. I’m quoted on an article on UMBC’s main homepage (here). And an article’s coming out in the Catonsville Times this week, too; they also interviewed me, so I might appear there as well. (UPDATE: Article can be seen here)

Another thing I stumbled upon last week. I was looking for a flyer regarding our concert so I could hang it from my office door at work to advertise it, and so I just googled generically for the orchestra. To my shock, on the first Google page was a link to Youtube. Someone apparently filmed a short excerpt of one of our rehersals last year and posted it to the popular video site. Scary….

Dry Needling

In my last entry, I mentioned that I had received acupressure as part of my muscle spasm treatment, but I could have sworn it was really acupuncture. At today’s physical therapy appointment, though, the trainer gave it another name: dry needling. If you’re at all squeamish, particularly where it involves needles, I wouldn’t read much further. In case you don’t read further, let’s say I’m healing well and leave it at that.
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Today turned out just a bit differently than I imagined it would. Yesterday, I was back at work after a four day weekend. I even managed to get myself to the gym for the first time since the baby was born. I tried to take it easy, doing my usual 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, but at a lower speed and intensity than I used to do, and no exercise machines.

This morning, I woke up at 3:30am with pain in my back near my shoulder blade so intense, I couldn’t move at first.
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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

I probably should have announced this a little earlier, but I’m currently in a musical taking place in Catonsville (tonight was opening night, hence my comment about being earlier). Location and ticket prices for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown can be found at the website for Heritage Players, the group running the show. The show is basically what it sounds like: if you’re familiar with the comic strip, the random scenes in the show will be familiar.

I’ve done several musicals with this group in the past, but haven’t been able to for a while. This year their scheduling works out such that I can take part. I’m in the orchestra, in case you’re wondering (I don’t act). Performances are Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm through November 18th.

TV: What I Want, When I Want It

At the house, we’ve been subscribed to satellite television, specifically Dish Network, for a couple of years now. We switched from Comcast cable due to their ever-rising costs. Now, for television, we pay half of what we were with Comcast. Recently, I’d been looking at upgrading the experience even more, through the power of DVR. Two weeks ago, we took the plunge and got it.

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