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Emily Grossman

To Get to the Other...

November 7, 2011 at 6:50 AM

I spent most of the day being lazy, staying in from the snow, looking up curious things on the internet, like sloths crossing the road.

The Skinner auction was today, so I looked at what sold and for how much, just to keep up with the times. Tarisio's is in a couple of days, and as I look through the items up for auction, I wonder what it would be like to randomly bid on something I've never played. I've been known to take chances, but picking up something like a Testore at Tarisio would be about as risky as playing in traffic.

I really like my modern Italian; don't get me wrong. But I wouldn't mind having another with an older, warmer tone for chamber ensembles and music from earlier periods. Actually, okay I admit, I have a crush on this one 18th century Flemish violin I played a while ago on one of my trips Outside. I can't stop recalling that golden tone, and I wish I could hear it again, to see if it's as sweet sounding as I remember. I couldn't afford it at the time, and I don't know if I really have enough saved even now, that I could wisely consider stretching for another musical investment. It takes so long to round up the funds, one month at a time. But I hope it's still there when I go out at Christmas so I can spend some time with it again. I can't stand the thought of it being sold before I can reach it.

I don't really need another violin. It's just something I think about on slow winter days, especially during the auctions. Ah, it's probably not that great, anyway...

Okay, why did the sloth cross the road?

From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Fun fact: a sloth's stomach contents account for two-thirds of its overall weight.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Fun Fact: Pound for pound, sloths leave the smallest carbon footprint of all mammals; they have an incredibly slow metabolism, spend most of their time in one tree, and poop once a week in a hole by the tree to "give back" to the environment, so to speak.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 7, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Fun Fact: "Sloth" is a deadly sin.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Fun Fact: Sloths sometimes drop their babies, but it's okay because sloths are sturdy. Mom might not come to the rescue, though.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:38 AM
Fun Fact: Sloths should not be mistaken for sloth bears, who are actually bears who masquerade as sloths. Sloths are related to armadillos.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 8, 2011 at 6:24 AM
Fun Fact: If you are two-toed, or if you are three-toed, you may be a sloth.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM
Fun Fact: Sloths are stinky because they sometimes don't make it to the restroom. But it works out in the long run because they can't find a mate quickly enough if they can't smell them.
From Gene Huang
Posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM
From Ellie Withnall
Posted on November 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Fun Fact: no sloth has ever been reported to play the violin, although some do listen to fiddle music
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 9, 2011 at 7:19 PM
Au contraire; I'm pretty sure I gave a lesson to a sloth just yesterday evening!

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