New sounds I can hear really well

Frying pan noises – right now Don is grilling burgers in a pan because the grill ran out of gas Which cycle the washer or dryer are on – from the living room Beep when the washer finishes MANY crickets and other chipers outside at night – just opening the door a crack is like turning them all on, they are LOUD Toilet paper crinkling Bed sheets and blankets rustling (not a fan of this sound, I usually take the CI off as soon as I get into bed) The cats meowing – Baxter meowed at me 3 or 4 times before I realized I was hearing him and not Don making meowing noises to bother him People talking over a TV or music turned on in the background The dishwasher water swishing – I used to LOVE our dishwasher because it seemed silent to...

Slides In A Flash

Slides In A Flash

Let’s start with a photo: These slide carousels have been sitting there for over a year now. Where did they come from?  Well, I have a home business called Slides In A Flash where I convert old slide photos to digital images.  Last summer I had a lovely man say he was going to send me ten carousels… he sent 35!  He didn’t want them back either, so I kept them.  Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have much value.  eBay even has it’s own category for slide trays. So, I just posted an ad on freecycle to see if I can give them away. For my business I will hang on to 4 or 5 of them.  I use them to automate the process I have… but I don’t need 30 extras, and it would be nice to get that room clean. As for Slides In A...

Piccolos? Yes, I hear them.

I used to joke that I did great in band, my hearing loss didn’t prevent me from playing, I could hear everyone… except the piccoolos.  And people would laugh and say that I wasn’t missing anything, or even that I was lucky to not hear them. When did I first realize I was hearing them with my cochlear implant? During Stars and Strips Forever. It’s always been obvious that there’s piccolo stuff going on there in that song. All the flutes play piccolos and they usually stand up and sometimes even move to the front of the stage. It’s a big show and impressive because they have to have the music memorized… but it wasn’t something I could hear. So now I have two songs that leave me choked up and make it difficult to...

Summer’s moving right along

Summer’s moving right along

Where does the time go? July 4th weekend my parents stopped to visit us here in Charlottesville.  I had a band concert that Thursday night and another on the morning of the Fourth of July at Monticello.  It’s always moving to see the naturalization ceremony conducted.  Last year the guest speaker was the president (which one? not important. ;)) and security was tight. The helicopters flew right over our house to land at Monticello and the band had to be there hours and hours early.  This year was much more calm.  My parents and I actually drove ourselves and parked at the visitor center. By the end of that concert a lot of us were quite burned out on marches. Especially Sousa!  But the audiences were very appreciative. It wasn’t very hot here...

The band I play in

The band I play in

I play saxophone in the Charlottesville Municipal Band, specifically tenor saxophone.  I found the band after moving to Charlottesville in 2006.  I waited until January of 2007 to join though as I didn’t get settled in at my job until late October and it’s always easier to join a group right after a concert.  So we attended the 2006 Holiday Concert and in 2007 I became a member. There are almost 90 people in the band but overall I find the instrumentation quite well balanced.  We have a decent rhythm section, and I believe as many as 5 tuba/euphonium players.  The sax section seems to hover around the size it should be. If we are short saxes then there’s a clarinetist or two who can help us out, and if we have too many, we can send them...

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