Things Self Learned This Weekend: Or, An End of (Last Weekend in October 2007) Status Report

About hubby:

    Hubby enjoys going to the City — if self drives.

About son:

    Son is writing a story about a post-apocalyptic universe. (Go, son, go!)
    Son really really missed the steak fondue self used to make for him when he lived at home. Self had to prepare it three times this weekend. Son consumed 4 lbs. of tri-tip steak.
    Son is under the impression that his parents live very “fast-paced” lives (!!@@##)

About self:

    If not for hubby, self would not have felt up to going to the City to catch farewell performance of the Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble — and yes, it was so worth it to go to the city to see them perform at the Bayanihan Center. The troop performed all over California: Sonoma, Sacramento, southern California, and of course San Francisco.
    Self finds it impossible to park when hubby is beside her, doing the back-seat driving.
    Out of 10 shots self takes with digital camera she bought in Hong Kong, one with “anti-shake” and anti-blurring features, 9 will be blurred. Which means self is an absolute sucker and should never try bargaining with any salespeople in Hong Kong.

About Richard Strauss:

    He died in 1949.
    He was influenced by Nietzsche.
    He is known as “the absolute master of orchestration.”
    His Alpine Symphony (1915) has exceedingly soporific effect — or at least, that was its effect on self during concert last night at Davies Symphony Hall.

About Beethoven:

    Upon hearing an outdoor performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, he stopped and exclaimed to a companion: “We shall never be able to do anything like that!” Which self believes is a touching display of artistic humility/ vulnerability (and which anecdote was contained in programme for last night’s San Francisco Symphony concert.)

About Hayes & Kebab

    Aside from having wonderful kebabs and baklava, also make a killer moussaka

About Dearest Mum

    She plays Beethoven with more energy and expressiveness than Saturday night’s pianist did (and, she is about half his size).


    The No. 11 breakfast (2 eggs on toast, fruit bowl) in Bob’s Courthouse in Redwood City is grand.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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