Friday, January 6, 2017
Another Long Day
I've got to be at work early once again -- my colleague is still out sick -- and I just finished showering and shaving. Olga is sitting beside me on red alert because a fox is yipping in the back garden, but it's still dark so we can't actually see it. I've got to get the trash out for collection and walk her before I go in at 7:30 a.m.
We made it to the student concert last night, at the Barbican Center, and it was great -- a Shostakovich symphony and a viola concerto by Schnittke, who I don't recall ever hearing before. The latter piece was a little avant-garde for my taste, but skillfully played. Dave's student, who had several prominent parts, performed well on the oboe.
Today I've got to do my annual dog-and-pony show for the 8th graders about interviewing -- apparently my longtime career as a newspaper reporter qualifies me as something of an expert. (I have my doubts about that, but yesterday I read several articles about interviewing tips and they were all things I'd say anyway, so maybe I really do know what I'm talking about.) I'll be speaking to two classes. I originally had two more to cover on Monday, but Dave will be out that day for a colonoscopy and he needs me around to bring him home -- so we're going to record one of my presentations today and play the recording for Monday's classes.
(Photo: A contribution box for the blind on Finchley Road, similar to a smaller one I photographed a few years ago on Edgware Road.)