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Mendy Smith

Reunion with my prior teacher

July 4, 2007 at 5:04 AM

I was back in the Bay Area for a week for the "Oracle Implementation". When I first arrived, we began running the scripts to update the new database (hours of waiting). Good thing I brought my viola! Some of the team got a late night private concert. OK, so it was me practicing in the office while waiting for the scripts to finish running so I could do my part. I guess my musical skill really did improve. Instead of my team-mates asking me to stop, they asked me to continue playing for them! WOW! Never thought that would happen in a million years!

I also had the opportunity to meet up with my viola teacher I had in Palo Alto. We got together after her last lesson for the day where she teaches. So what do we do? Do we discuss the fact that she got married, or my move to Oregon and other life events that happened over the past year? No. I showed off my new viola, and she gave it a whirl (sounds better under her hands than mine). She played a new piece that she was working on for me. I played Bruch Romanze for her. She played Schumann for me, we both played Bach's 6th Prelude together. She started playing Bach's 3rd, I joined half way through. Basically, it was a "see what I've learned or worked on this last year". Two hours later, we finally got around to talking about matters other than music - cars...

I had been working for 10 days straight, 12+ hours each day while in San Jose. That night was worth more to me than any vacation I could have taken. I arrived tired and mentally exhausted, and left feeling refreshed and energized. Which was good, since I had the night shift support duty.

I chuckled when I read the discussion thread about if playing violin is useful. For me, it is the most useful tool I have in my tool-box for keeping a level head at my day job no matter where it takes me. It is portable, relatively inexpensive (compared to golf for instance - no greens fees), relaxing, and has the most amazing ability to create a mini-vacation experience in a hotel (or office). Yes, playing music is most useful.

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