Anyway, the sudden extreme increase in workload had me significantly less happy about having an appointment today, which would take even more time out of our schedule, but in the end, of course I was pretty happy with the results. As I mentioned before, my old piano teacher came over to tune the piano. It was really nice to see him again--we talked about playing music at church and how it baffles us that people hide the fact that they play for fear of having to...play. Isn't that why you learn the piano? So you can play it?
I also found out that his daughter-in-law (oh my goodness, I remember babysitting his son! ...but it was probably more like supervising, since he's only like a year or two younger than we are) introduced him to Studio Ghibli, so he's a fan of Joe Hisaishi! And I felt terrible after the visit, because I was like, "Yeah, I'm actually not really into his music." Argh, don't be such a snob!
Anyway, Piano Teacher told me that he has a scrapbook of all his piano students--he's got more than four hundred! And I was one of his first ten. Wow. And he's taught Geena Davis! ...At least, that's what his daughter told us once. I'm not sure we ever confirmed with the teacher himself, but Athena might remember seeing a picture of her, like, at his piano or something.
One of the best parts was we got to start the day accompanied by the sound of piano tuning, which was really neat (but occasionally did involve some high-pitched whining). And when he finished, he tested it by playing a really cool piece that I could not identify. It might be one he wrote (we recently bought mp3s of all his compositions but have not taken the time to listen to them). I emerged from the office to go listen, and he still had the top of the piano off, so you could see all the hammers going up and down. It was really cool.
And another best part! is that now I have a tuned piano! Oh my goodness, I'm so excited! ...Except that I'm having a really difficult time seeing when I'll ever have a chance to play it. Sunday at the latest, probably, but that's so far away! On the other hand, if I don't have time tomorrow of Thursday, that might be because we're going to a Disney movie sing-along at Disneyland, so I guess I don't have that much right to complain.
Today I'm thankful for getting to see my old piano teacher, having a tuned piano!, the hope of getting to play it someday (I have to, right? since it's my church calling), editors who tell us what changes to make before we've turned in the entire bulk of work (or at least don't make us go back and make all the changes), and our plot to keep Page off of the laptop by giving her a piece of soft fabric working (sometimes).