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#984205 - 03/14/06 09:16 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4238
Loc: Arizona.
Thank you so much everyone for replying to this thread. I have learned a great deal about all of you.
you are all such wonderful people!

Oh, and by the way, just in case I forgot to mention it, I am planning on compiling all the personal data gathered here and selling it to direct mail advertisers, spammers, and cold call marketers!....I don't think any of you would mind!....would you?? :p

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#984206 - 03/14/06 09:19 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
s54mo827 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1231
Loc: New York
GREAT!

I for one, love getting spam mail..... I have all the time in the world to speak to cold call marketers, too!!!!

Thanks, Super-Hunky!

Sharon \:D


BTW: Is it just me - or what happened to the width of the screen?
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#984207 - 03/14/06 09:20 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4238
Loc: Arizona.
Okay, okay, I'm an idiot, just kidding! keep the great replies coming.

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#984208 - 03/14/06 09:34 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
John Delmore Offline
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Registered: 08/12/05
Posts: 373
Loc: Shreveport, LA
My, how people go on about themselves!!

Oh, shut up!! I like to hear it too!!

So, me: I'm forty (not THAT old), a chemist who made some very good choices and am now learning to be a piano tech. I come from a musical family (anybody heard of the Delmore Brothers, or are you all too young?), turned down piano scholarships because I didn't want to WORK at music--funny how twenty years changes your outlook. Harrassed my parents into buying a piano when I was in the third grade. Took lessons until my junior year in college--serious classical damage. Now trying to learn lounge lizard/pop/blues/even-some-new-age-maybe.

And I don't care what they say about your pics, Mr. S-H: I think they're cute. A little hairy, maybe...
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#984209 - 03/14/06 10:03 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
2-thumbs Offline
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Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 20
Loc: Canada
Evening all, newbie here, no better time to intro one's self I guess.
36, Stationary Engineer, Married with 2 great kids, 6 year old daughter & 3 year old boy.
Took lessons on and off as kid like many but never stuck with it long enough to learn anything. I've always been interested in learning and since my daughter has been asking the wife and I if she can take lessons, I figure I'll take another stab at it as a kind of father and daughter thing to do.
We'll wait till the fall though cause summer is spent entirely at the cottage and starting lessons this close to summer would be a waste. (It'll give me a chance to put a few bucks away for the Clavinova I like anyway)
Really enjoy this forum. You guys are all very inspirational.
Pretty much decided I'll be giving PianoMagic a try. Formal lessons with a teacher for my daughter.
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#984210 - 03/14/06 10:35 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
SAnnM AB-2001 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/04
Posts: 2022
Loc: Canada
Joining in...... I'm 48, married for 29 years, 3 kids...actually men now....triplets who turn 25 two weeks from tomorrow on my mother's 75th birthday!! Much celebrating to do!!! One son is married, another getting married in about 6 weeks (in the Dominican!! yippee!! except I'll be without a piano for a whole week...aahh!!) and one still single. And I have a wonderful Golden Retriever who turns 11 next week...she barks to go out the moment I sit at my piano..hmmmmm

No musical genes in my family. My dad THOUGHT he could sing...does that count? I got the piano bug about 6 years ago after a visit with my sister and her then 6 and 8 year old girls who were taking lessons. My first keyboard was a Yamaha 66 keys and I now have a full-sized Roland digital. I started classical lessons about 4 years ago. Would love to have an acoustic but I'd also have to have a sound-proof room to put it in....My husband is supportive of my "habit" but I have to compete with the TV most evenings......

I work full time at a university and most of my day is spent editing print and online material and listening to music!! and wishing I had more time to practice. Our university has a music programme so I get to practice during the day, attend student recitals and take the occasional music class. Not a bad deal!!

I don't have any other hobbies but I'm thinking about oil painting.....maybe when I retire....
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#984211 - 03/14/06 10:43 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17778
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
This is really turning out to be a great thread! I KNEW there was a pretty special group of folks on this forum, but it's been eye-opening to see the variety of occupations, talents, hobbies, and life experiences. Thanks for starting this, super-hunky!

And 2-thumbs, welcome to the forum! Glad to have you on board. I bet you're going to find it very hard to wait until fall to start up, though. You know, I bet there are places that'll RENT you a keyboard for a couple of months! ;\)
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#984212 - 03/14/06 10:46 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Listen2Coldplay Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 41
Loc: Riverview, MI
Hello there, my name is Dave!

I am a huge fan of Coldplay. I will share this with you, since this is a music based forum. I won a contest this past summer to go backstage at Coldplay's show at the DTE Energy Theatre (formerly known as Pine Knob), get a few pieces signed by the band, get a picture taken with them, and even asked the guitarist a few questions in an interview. I had a hell of a time understanding him though! Those British accents!! So hard to undertand in speech!!

I then got to watch the show on stage. I never thought I'd win that contest. It was a logo contest. The link is actually still up as of March 14, 2006

http://www.89xradio.com/mx_coldplay.htm

They spelled my name last name wrong though. It's the breakfast food logo.

Alright, so I thought it'd be fun to learn how to play piano to learn Coldplay songs. They are my favorite band, but I think it would also be fun to simply play an instrument. It's something I've always wanted to do, but never purused. I'm in the middle of looking for a piano and will hopefully find a piano teacher who I am comfortable with in the next couple of weeks or so. I'd also like to be exposed to new music too...classical, jazz, anything that I might enjoy I'm willing to learn.

I must admit, video games have consumed way too much of my life. I have decided to give them up for Lent, and I'm also hoping that when Lent is over, I will be done playing them for good. They have been an addiction of mine for quite some time, and it is actually quite a common addiction...more so among men.it just doesn't have any of the symptoms of a typical addiction such as impairment of motor functions or of the brain.

Instead of hanging out with friends, I would be playing video games. Very anti-social I was in my h.s. years. I did have friends, but there were times when I'd pick video games over them. I have made a new friend in college though. He actually plays the drums. Maybe we can jam sometime. Heh..don't know how that would work out...piano and drums?? :rolleyes: I'm hoping to widen my hobbies, with piano being one. I used to love watching sports, but I'm not quite crazy about them as I used to be...at least not professional..too many greedy, dirty people. I'd rather be playing them.

The idea of piano came before the idea of giving up video games. I'm still afraid to totally let go and I still have the urge to play at times. I should just sell them ALL (extra money for a piano and lessons!! : ), and move on to a new chapter in my life, but I have a hard time at adjusting in life. It's partially biological I think, but I can make it I believe!

I am a freshman in college now, and have no idea what I want to do. Anything else you want to know, just ask.

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#984213 - 03/15/06 06:48 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Suz Offline
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Registered: 04/10/05
Posts: 269
Loc: Midwest
Hello, everyone. Like Hunky, I will also be turning 40 this year.

I am a biologist by day, and a freelance violist during the evenings and weekends. Somehow, my parents, who don't play music, made it through three of us learning piano and string instruments without ever once telling us to go to our rooms! We didn't start at the same time, either, so they had years of listening to the same pieces, the same squeaky out-of-tune beginning string sounds.

I started piano when I was 5 with a great teacher. I wound up teaching her granddaughter piano when I went to high school, and still hear from her. Her favorite memory of me is my kicking my little sister at a recital, who was sitting under the piano operating the pedal, because I was too short to reach it. Well, she didn't come in in the right place, lol!

I started viola in the public school program in 6th grade. It is such a big part of my life now. It makes me sad that these programs are being cut from many of the schools.

I moved from Tucson, Arizona to Indiana 17 years ago, and still miss it. I go back to visit my family every year (the traffic has become unbelievable!). I would like to go back permanently after I retire. I just hope I can afford it!

I love to read. My house is filled with books--It's amazing the second level doesn't collapse under the weight. I am a big fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, and baseball in general. I live in a 65 year-old house that needs a lot of work. It also needs a better housekeeper!I like to mess around on my folk harp. I like to cook and read books about cooking and food. I enjoy reading car magazines, when I get my hands on one. I like to play the occasional video game, and start the occasional needlework project. Sometimes, I even finish! \:\)

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#984214 - 03/15/06 09:12 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
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don't know how that would work out...piano and drums??
Hey Dave, all you'd need is a bass player and you'd have a jazz trio. \:D

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#984215 - 03/15/06 09:51 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
pianojazz Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 359
Loc: dearborn, mi
I'll jump in here too - I’ve played music almost all my 57 years, started lessons as a kid, my mom made me practice every day. I hated it, she was insistent, she ultimately prevailed – for that, I remain forever grateful. In college I was conflicted between majoring in music and physics; unfortunately both of which were part of the liberal arts department which also required a foreign language for graduation – forget that. This was resolved when a friend informed me that engineering had no such foreign language requirement, so I majored in electrical engineering, taught music privately and giged on the weekends for spending money. During graduate school I took a year off and toured with a show band – lots of fun but a little too crazy – forget that too. Finished grad school, hung my degree in the wall and started playing music in local clubs – that was fun but found the music business itself was not for me – forget that too. Got a day job - started working as an engineer writing software and playing gigs on the weekend. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some very fine musicians. These days I’m the accompanist for a girl vocal trio specializing in music from 30s, 40s & 50s – if you really want to see what I look like go to www.thesatindolls.com I also have a jazz piano trio you can hear by downloading http://www.savefile.com/projects/596203 I even wrote a couple of these tunes. We recorded them in my living room, the acoustic piano is a Steinway B. It's nice to have a forum like this, a great wealth of information and some very nice people to share it with - wish I would have found this site a long time ago
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#984216 - 03/15/06 10:01 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
Which one are you, Linda, Eleonore, Patty, or Mike? :p Oh, and on the photos page, there's a guy called Mick. Is he Australian?

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#984217 - 03/15/06 11:11 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
pianojazz Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 359
Loc: dearborn, mi
Hi Bob! Which one am I?....well.... I'm not pretty enough, nor do I possess anything that resembles a good enough singing voice to be Linda, Eleonore or Patty.
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#984218 - 03/15/06 11:18 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
IrishMak Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
I'm just catching up in this thread. Wow- what a diverse group!

A few comments, and I'm going to put them all here in this one reply:

Mr. Super-Hunky- what a great idea! It's been fun reading about everyone, and getting to know you all a little bit! Oh, and btw, I was kissed by a llama once a few years back.... \:D

Sharon- an iguana? My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I hope your iguana has a better personality than he does!!

Amaiakuyume- what's wrong with bagpipes? I like a good piper! And I can't decide whether or not I like HIM....

Lee- A Motif ES? I'm drooling....

MonsterM&H- Heading for the "dreaded" 50? Hrmph! As Bon Jovi says: "I'm not old, just older..." And a Hemi 'Cuda- nice!
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1889 Mason & Hamlin screwstringer upright
Kawai MP-4 digital

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#984219 - 03/15/06 11:43 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
s54mo827 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1231
Loc: New York
 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
Sharon- an iguana? My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I hope your iguana has a better personality than he does!!
Neat. Who takes care of it - probably you.
It's really my daughters iguana - raised as a pup - now my responsibility since everyone else is scared of him. We have an agreement - I let him be and he doesn't bit me. I have to hand feed him greens and bean mixture and fruit (bananas)... he lives in a big cage (habitat)... and the temperature has to be steady at 90 degree Fahrenheit. He's a big responsibility.... but he's an interesting pet. He and my dog are inseparable - except when I have to take Sonny (iggy) out for a "bathy" Twizzle (doggy) goes wild. I think he thinks the iggy is another dog.


Thanks for letting me share this.... I really like my iguana. I'm not the only one out there either - there's a whole community of iguana people - iguana society - they rescue abused iguanas... people buy them and don't know the proper care.......

We didn't choose to have him, my husand just brough home a little sack one day and in it was this little green fellow.... and he grew and he grew and he grew.... and we upgraded the tank, bigger tank... finally, moneky cage (iguana habitat).

I think a bearded dragon is much easier - though I don't know first hand... but at least they are smaller and don't take up much space. Right?

Sharon \:\)
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#984220 - 03/15/06 12:09 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
gilad Offline
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Registered: 06/30/05
Posts: 271
Loc: south africa
wow, nice to meet you all.

names gilad,i'm a young man 24, live in south africa and am a pianoholic. i'm finishing my degree in industrial/organisational psychology this year.
been learning piano for 9 months. learned for a few weeks at 9 but my teacher was the wicked witch of the west so i made up an excuse about "soccer practise" to my mom and that was the end of that.
i love watching soccer, eating nice food, and learning new things in life.

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#984221 - 03/15/06 12:48 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Listen2Coldplay Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 41
Loc: Riverview, MI
Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.



Yes, they don't look too thrilled, but they are humans too, and it was a long day for them waiting in Miami airport with the after effects of Hurrican Katrina. They had literally just gotten there, and Chris Martin actually had no shoes on when this picture was being taken. I think actually no socks on either. Although, I was so nervous and in awe, my memory is fuzzy of the exact details. I'm the one with the blue shirt on in the front.



Here is Jonny Buckland. He was very nice, but like I said..those accents are difficult to understand!!

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#984222 - 03/15/06 01:00 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
s54mo827 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1231
Loc: New York
 Quote:
Originally posted by Listen2Coldplay:
Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.
Very cool!
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#984223 - 03/15/06 01:21 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
Sharon-

Actually, Jill is one of the two who have moved out of the house, so the beardie lives with them. We do get to "babysit" when they go on vacation, tho! First time they left him with us, I guess her boyfriend was a wreck- wanted to call every day to check on him!! LOL

Beardies are desert lizards, so his habitat is a bit different- big fish tank with sand and rocks. But he's around 3 feet now, so he's a decent size. He eats motstly greens and meal worms- used to love crickets, but the exoskeleton doesn't agree with his digestive system, so he can't have those anymore. I don't think I'd hand feed Mitch- he would just as soon eat your fingers as his own food! Jill has been bitten; I never have. Tho he and I "bonded" last time he stayed here. His heat lamp got unplugged (probably a cat!) and when I noticed him getting lethargic, I got it plugged back in, but till his tank warmed up, I took him out and let him sit on me. He "cuddled" (as much as a lizard can!!! LOL)- I'm sure it was the body heat.... He's a different pet, that's for sure!
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1889 Mason & Hamlin screwstringer upright
Kawai MP-4 digital

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#984224 - 03/15/06 01:22 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
LasVegasPlayer Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 28
Loc: Las Vegas
Just discovered this great thread, hope it's not too late to chime in...
I'm 39 years old, live in Las Vegas but I was born and raised in Germany and lived there for 23 years before moving here. I'm a Police Detective here in town. I have a 3 year old daughter and a husband. Hobbies are Piano, Reading, Cross Stitching.
I started playing Piano 3 months ago and have a teacher. I guess I do well, it's hard to compare yourself to others. Teacher says I sight read very well, so that's good I guess.
Thanks for reading.
Petra

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#984225 - 03/15/06 01:25 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by Listen2Coldplay:
Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.
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Nice pictures! Isn't it great when you get those kind of opportunities? And I've never run into anybody who hasn't been very nice- but then again, I suppose they know it is to their advantage to be nice to their fans! \:\)
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1889 Mason & Hamlin screwstringer upright
Kawai MP-4 digital

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When life hands you lemons, throw them back and add some of your own. Stupid life.

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#984226 - 03/15/06 06:43 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4238
Loc: Arizona.
Listen2coldplay:

Very kewl pics! I really like their music and have just recently become a big fan after watching their PBS special on tv a few weeks ago.

Their music is kind of similar to tears for fears which I also like.

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#984227 - 03/15/06 09:29 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
LeadFingers Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 178
Loc: Salem Oregon
JeeeZ:

I'm gone for a few days, trying to keep Mrs Fingers out of the hospital, and now I'm four pages behind.

This thread is so ironic, I decided earlier today to PM a few people.

Mr Super Hunky...I knew from your posts you were an injured athlete...till today didn't know which sport

Monica...Knew you were into psych...Didn't know what capacity

Steve, 45, recovering alcoholic (2 1/2 years).
3 years ago, held my soulmate while she died,(heart attack) crawled into the bottle & pain pills for a week, decided I either had to get on with living or get on with dying. So my life really started 3 years ago.
Mary (Mrs Fingers) came into my life 2 1/2 years ago, for the past year an a half she has been disabled. So life is never dull!

In my early 20s (Navy) I visited Mexico, Brazil, Australia, England, Japan, Italy, Israel, Barbados, Philippines, and Diego-Garcia.
Lived in Florida for a year, Hawaii for a year an a half, Florida a year, california year an a half.

I am an Electrician & Certified Welder. Build computers for fun. Own more woodworking tools than Noah. Rebuilt my first piano.Had it for 3 years but worked on it more than played it. Am in the process of rebuilding my 2nd piano. (6'10" Story & Clark) Got it 2 weeks ago, can't wait to get it tuned an then regulate it!!!

Told Mrs Fingers The only SMALL dog we would get would be a Minature Rottweiller, (thought that was a safe statement) she came home with a minature Pincer an said "isn,t this the same"? \:D
Her 18 yr old son lives with us (he makes his own rap) I HATE RAP MUSIC!!!
I guess God is teaching me a lesson in patience, tolerance, and Humility.

It's really cool knowing more about all of you

I got to go, Mrs Fingers has cabin fever bad.
she just informed me, if I don't get her out of the house in the next 15 min, I will have a 7' pile of black kindling in the living room!

LeadFingers.....Steve
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#984228 - 03/15/06 10:29 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
cathys Offline
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Registered: 04/10/03
Posts: 917
Loc: Virginia
Gosh - I know the feeling LeadFingers, go off for a bit and have to do major catch up. Well here goes, I'm 45 and like many others a pianoholic.
I grew up in California but have since moved to Colorado - Denver metro area (since 91). I now call that home. I have 3 boys, 23, 11 & 9. The oldest took a little piano but it wasn't for him, the two youngest are currently taking lessons.
Piano has overwhelmed my other outdoor interests bicycling, skiing and golf, although they still survive as a side line.
I work for a telecom company but did I say my passion is music and since coming back to piano I have started to put my foot in the water of teaching and currently have 3 students I work with in the evenings. I also have started to work with the children's choir at my church, (did I say music has definitely become a passion for me) and I have been exploring other study and music opportunites to broaden my teaching. Oh yeah it definitely has taken over any time I spent on other things.

Cathy

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#984229 - 03/15/06 11:47 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Terrytunes Offline
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Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 1249
Loc: Tewksbury MA
What a delight reading the collection of posts from members. Well done, Hunky!!

My first name is Theresa but I go by Terry. I never understood why my mother gave me such a formal name and then always called me Terry. I don’t believe she ever knew herself; guess it just happened!

I will be 53 in June (also my middle name!) and happily married for almost 33 years. We have 3 daughters; one (27) who still resides with us; one (25) who is engaged and working on a masters degree in biotech and lives nearby. Our eldest daughter, a surgical nurse (30) & her husband, uprooted themselves from MA seven years ago right after they were married and settled in a quaint, little town in southwest CO.

My introduction to the piano was through my maternal Italian (Sicilian) grandparents. I can recall my grandmother teaching me how to read the music; doe, rei, me!! My grandfather played the violin, piano, guitar, mandolin and my grandmother sang and played the piano. There was always live entertainment when we visited my grandparents on Sunday afternoons.

I was probably around 7/8 years old when my mother found a piano teacher for me. I remember telling my mother when she picked me up after my lesson that Mrs. Shannon had fallen asleep once again while I was playing!


After a couple of years I started lessons with an older male teacher. He was tough but I believe he provided me with a good background and technique for learning/playing classical music. After a few years I couldn’t handle his strictness and finished with him by the time I was 15.

I always felt I missed out in my youth by not associating myself with others who played the piano or any kind of instrument.

My Mom was my sole support especially in my younger days for staying with my lessons and practicing.

Playing the piano for my own personal enjoyment continued after I married. The first year of marriage my husband purchased a very old small grand for me. I enjoyed what it offered for almost 30 years. I started learning ragtime and loved it.

Later when my Mom retired and became active with a singing group on the Cape I started playing more of the tunes from her era. When I would go to visit her, she would have the music sitting on the spinet waiting for me to play so she could sing along.


I spent a fair amount of time grieving over the loss of my Mom when she passed away quickly from pancreatic cancer at the end of 2003. My father passed away only a few weeks afterwards.

It wasn’t until I found PW that for the first time in my life, I encountered a wonderful group of friends who played the piano. Each member whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and befriending over the last few years has been a treasured gift and has helped me to stay focused with my continued goals at the piano; which is something my Mom would be very pleased to know.

Oh and when I’m not at my office job or learning a new classical piece of muisc at the piano I can sometimes be found sitting at my sewing machine either working on a quilting project or making drapes for myself, family or friends.

We also have 3 stray cats who have shown up in our neighborhood over the last few years and have found their way into our house and I guess our hearts! My dh told me 33 years ago that he disliked cats and would never want one in our house.

Some things do change with time!

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#984230 - 03/16/06 01:17 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 1475
Loc: Encino, California
Not a beginner, but by no means an accomplished pianist, I'll sneak into your forum and present myself. I was born in Norway, on a little island off the west coast. Started piano at 11 under my mother's wings, practicing on our old, birdcage-action Brödr. Hals upright, but rebelled after a couple of weeks and would not follow instructions. And haven't since. Left home at 13 to attend junior high, and practicing became rather sporadic. Entered the workforce at 20 after completion of senior high school and military service,and practice became even more sporadic. Working in the hotel business meant late nights and long days, and looking back on those days, I wonder how I learned to play at all. I also loved travelling, and so far, I have visited 63 countries. And still time to play. Bought my first decent piano, a Yamaha U1 at 26, but I had to keep it at my parent's home since I lived in small quarters when working at the hotel in a town near by. Completed Hotel Management School at 27, and emigrated to California at the age of 28. The Yamaha came with me. It turned out to be well seasoned for the new destination. A new life started, my own house, time to play, it was heaven. No money, as you people in the service business can attest to, but who needs money when one is young and stupid. I got a job at the Beverly Hills Hotel, mingling with the stars and enjoying every moment. And in my spare time I did translation jobs for Berlitz. (I speak 6 languages, often at the same time!) After 8 years in BH, I got the idea to go into the private business, become a butler and work for the rich and famous. The first job took me to Paris and Ibiza for months and months, and in Paris, there was no piano. I forgot my Frühlingsrauschen after one year. But I got to play the lullaby from Rosemary's Baby for Roman Polanski when he came by for dinner. And I have fond memories of early morning breakfast in the kitchen with Ursula Andress. So it wasn't all that bad.
After three years as a nomad, I changed jobs, and after a horrible 14 months in Malibu, I ended up as the Major Domo for one of America's icons. (And I'm still there.) My life has settled down, and I am now very happy in company with my mate "The Management" and an ornery cat. The Yamaha was exchanged for a 5'8" Knabe in 1991, and last year I parted with it to get room for my 5'6" Estonia. My playing has not improved a lot over the years, but 6 professional lessons fifteen years ago tought me a few new tricks. And although Carnegie Hall may wait, I still enjoy playing the piano more than anything else. And that's what counts, isn't it?
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#984231 - 03/16/06 06:20 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 1960
Loc: South Jersey
My name is Sharon. I'm in my 50s (not saying how far in!) and I live and work in a quiet little resort town. Took piano lessons for about 4 years when I was in high school and then (for many different reasons) didn't play for some 30 odd years. I got a Yammie upright as a gift a couple years ago and started taking lessons again.
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#984232 - 03/16/06 10:04 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
Les Koltvedt Offline
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Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 3195
Loc: Canton, MI
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Originally posted by s54mo827:
..... I have all the time in the world to speak to cold call marketers, too!!!!

Thanks, Super-Hunky!

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I usually ask them if they can hold for a minute and then set the phone down and continue on...it's amazing how long they'll hold

Try it...it's fun
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#984233 - 03/16/06 10:20 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 01/15/06
Posts: 296
Loc: England
Great posts, thanks again to S-H!

I am a yoga and meditation teacher and occasionnaly therapist, and run a training course for Doulas with my wife (who's an expert at that if somebody needs advice! \:D see pianoga\'s website ).

I've got 2 FAB kids aged 4 and 6, and an even "FABBER" wife. I also know where my nearest Lama park is! \:D

I took some piano lessons as a teenager, but it never got me anywhere. I had to play music I didn't like, and most of all never understood anything about what I was doing. I was just taught to practise scales, Hanon, and play classical pieces of a difficulty level between beginner's first steps and novice beginner. I once played a Gymnopedie from Satie at a recital, but nobody in the audience could tell what it was...

Although I have always liked the piano, I'd never had fun learning to play. I'm now learning to play by ear with my teacher Michael Anderson (PM) and a lot of assistant teachers! \:\) . I'm having so much fun I sometimes forget to play!
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#984234 - 03/16/06 12:15 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself
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Registered: 06/14/05
Posts: 25
HI! I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts! I am 36 yrs old and in the legal field. I am married to hubby with 2 adorable kids (6 and 4), lived in Hawaii (10yrs) then moved to Northern CA (23 yrs) and now live in San Diego since 2003.

I look pianos lessons from 5yrs old thru 10yrs old with an evil teacher (She was this tiny women but mean and strict; I was very scared of her!), then quit, played the violin for 2.5 yrs. in middle school. Started taking piano lessons again last July after 25yrs and love it.

Things I love and appreciate: being near the ocean, reading, piano (of course), and classical music.

I really appreciate this forum and visit here whenever I can. There are such wonderful people here who are so encouraging and friendly!

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