February 14, 2008 at 12:05 PMWe all came back from the factory to the hotel, 5 of us crammed into a taxi (not including the driver). We spilled out of the taxi and into the lobby and briefly discussed the plan for the evening. 30 minute break then meet back to in the lobby to head out for dinner.
Oh boy did he get out of tune during the trip out here! So tuning.... OK, then Kreutzer - flat - oh yeah, 15", 1" shorter that usual.... then sharp, third time around closer to in-tune. I bumped into the TV a few times, and stepped backwards and almost tripped over the bed. I was starting on my 4th round with the bowings assignment I was assigned and got about 1/4 of the way through when my hotel phone rang, it was one of the guys "Were are you! Where all waiting on you!!". :::sigh::::
We all cram ourselves into a taxi once again and head to Kimberly Street to the restaurant . On the way there I saw a cellist walking down the street. A minute later another one, then 2 together, then another 3. There must have been a cello party somewhere in the area. We finally make it to "Spice", a nice place with Indian, Malay and Thai cuisine. Had alot of spicy food... mmmmm....
Dinner discussions were quite normal. My "partner in crime" (Adam) asked me about my practice time, and one of the young guys started making meowing cat noises. Adam gave him the "look" and said "you may make fun of it, but you've never heard her play, she's actually quite good". My face broke into a grin from ear to ear. He got to listen to me practice from 9pm to 5am during the last implementation we did last year.
Then a small debate on who had to pay (HR policy is the most senior person) - did that mean age or position? The consensus was that in either case, I had to pay. Then the hunt for a taxi back to the hotel. I'm supprised that in a city-state such as Hong Kong it was so hard to find a taxi!
Tonight, I was able to practice for 2 hours. My intonation hit the mark this time. It takes a few days for me to adjust from a 16" to a 15" viola. I'm really enjoying playing without a chin rest. It hasn't hindered my vibrato, in fact it got better (but that may be due to the smaller instrument). My 15" sounds less choked without the chin-rest. Could be that I just need a different one, but I don't know where to go shopping for viola parts here in Hong Kong, and I only have a few more days here before heading into China, so I'm chin-rest-less for now.
LOL. And more LOL. Personally, I gots my recorder running in my pocket and I'm itching to sue for age discrimination. :)
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