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Terez Mertes

The why's and when's of it all

September 22, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Why you must read The Savior (and every violinist and/or violin enthusiast must). Click here.

When you need to slap around a teddy bear visit here.

Why friends don’t let friends buy a chromatic tuner. You’ve been warned.

When you need a maintenance-free pet. ‘Cuz it’s so cute.

When you’re seeking a transformative, hallucinogenic, spiritual, near-death experience and happen to be in Gabon read this first.

When you crave earthshaking news go here.

When your two favorite films of all times are Brokeback Mountain and Back to the Future don't miss this.

When you can’t afford the plane ticket (and yes, you really do need to download and check this uber-cool site out) fly here.

When you need to keep on top of all the goings-on in the violin world. Um, you're here.

From Anne Horvath
Posted on September 22, 2007 at 10:57 PM
Aw, the tuxedo cat is soooo cute! My first cat was a tuxedo cat. She was awesome.

Also, it is fun to do the electronic computer tours of nifty places, but sometimes, there is nothing better then having a plane ticket!

Also, nice review of "Savior: A Novel". Agreed it is a special read.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 22, 2007 at 11:20 PM
Anne - isn't that kitty just too cute? It's a little disconcerting, though, when you're working on a different computer program, like Word, and out of the corner of your eye, you can see the cat there, sort of watching you, breathing, waiting....

Thanks for the comments on the Savior review. Really an extraordinary book, particularly for violin people. The evocative detail had me marking every third page for future reference. The words were almost musical. Fitting, that, yes? : ) And given the dark nature of the book's subject, it sure helped me as a reader to be able to slip into the lyricism of the descriptions.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on September 23, 2007 at 3:16 AM
Thanks for your writings and all the other interesting things you gave us pointers to.
From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 23, 2007 at 2:15 PM
Thanks, Pauline. Which is your favorite? Mine is the teddy bear toppling. No, wait... the kitty. No, wait, the "Chromatic Tuner" piece. No, wait....

Okay. I'll shut up and just go click them all again.

From Ruth Kuefler
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 2:11 AM
Hahaha, Brokeback to the Future . . . nice. :) and I LOVE that kitty!!! So adorable!
From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 2:17 AM
Ruth - I've seen both of those several times now and they never fail to make me laugh. Good therapy on a bad, wrong-side-of-the-bed day. Uh, like today.

Off I go to click away the blues.

From Roelof Bijkerk
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 8:58 AM
Um,that's the problem with these electrical tuner things.
From Roelof Bijkerk
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 9:01 AM
"I had to sit down finally. My legs and arms were too trembly and I was having difficulty catching my breath. Thank God no one saw me. Even the cat had run out of the room."


From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 4:24 PM
Roelof - that's another one I can read over and over and it still makes me laugh. I brought the essay to my violin lesson and read it to my teacher, and she was just screeching with laughter. It was too much fun.

Maybe I should read the "Chromatic Tuner" essay while toppling the teddy bears at the same time (cut and pasting to a Word document is required for this feat). Maximum entertainment.

Has anyone tried toppling the teddy bears? You've got to - it's just hysterical. Mesmerizing. Just swipe your mouse over the teddy bear pyramid. Almost as addictive as a chromatic tuner. : )

From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 25, 2007 at 4:33 PM
And here's my favorite line, BTW, from the "Chromatic Tuner" piece:

>At first it was only once or twice a practice session. After confirming my open strings, I’d turn it off and only use it for a quick nip to check the B and C notes that always dogged me. Then a little more. And a little more. I didn’t tell my teacher how much I was using it, of course. I hadn’t intended to mention it at all, but then, when she commented on my improvement on the A string, I let it slip. My teacher’s eyes widened, as if I’d just admitted to keeping a loaded firearm in my violin case.

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