Deliver Me!

2001 a space odyssey hello daveI have been living in technology hell for over a week now.


My email became completely unreliable. I was only getting about 5% of the emails I normally get. Apple support was unsure what the issue(s) was/were. I was convinced it was a server-side issue. They were not.

Emails were not arriving or would arrive and disappear–most emails were … Continue reading

Las Vegas: Day Four

This (August 21) post is backdated to the date it happened.

Today we drove out to see Hoover Dam. We stopped to have breakfast. Steve melted in the parking lot. All that remains is his hat to shield his little bald head from getting sunburned.

Weather Las Vegas

Steve Melted

We drove over the dam, but for security reasons, cars are checked, and the … Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.”

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Apple: Making Some Serious Mis-steps [Updated]

Monopoly ManCorporations are about maximizing profit. I get that. For all of its brilliant “Think different” marketing, Apple is, in fact, no different.

Years ago I watched a documentary about the first MacIntosh. Several people who were on the team that put the original machine together were interviewed. One of the guys, I forget his name, spoke of how bottom line … Continue reading

By Comparison: SFS/ASO

I suppose we become spoiled bit by bit, without really being aware of the process. When we repeatedly experience something marvelous, and are even acutely aware of how extraordinary the experiences are, we still seem somewhat unaware that our expectations for this new, higher level of perfection are also growing. I recently had this expectation of excellence clearly defined for … Continue reading

Natalie Cole, RIP

My spine tingled when I heard Natalie Cole sing that unforgettable duet with her father at Chastain Park. She projected a genuine, kind and dignified stage presence and gave a wonderful concert. Her music is among my favorites, certainly in the top 20 of my play count.

Cole released her best-selling album with 1991’s Unforgettable… with Love on Elektra

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San Francisco Symphony

This past Saturday we were off to the San Francisco Symphony! This was my first ride on the Muni: the J line to Vann Ness and Market, which is a block south of Davies Symphony Hall. We ate at Il Borgo, one of our favorite pre-symphony eateries. The walk, however, was a little less than pleasant because it was … Continue reading