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#2179320 - 11/08/13 07:19 PM First Anniversary
earlofmar Online   content
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1490
Loc: Australia
A year ago today I lined up for the start of a 100 mile ultra marathon race with a plan in my head. Don’t die, and when the race is finished go and buy a piano and learn to play it properly.

After the race and a bit of a sleep I did go and buy that piano although it would be several days before I could walk properly and sit at the piano without pain. Regardless of the exact date, today is my anniversary of one year along my piano adventure. So began a fantastic year, although full of the ups and downs I am sure we are familiar with. While I may have had some expectations it has taken a year to comprehend the enormity of the journey and to start to formulate a more informed plan for the future.

So now I have passed the first test and have an artistic licence, time to use it:

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know”


Say’s it all really

So it’s my birthday and I got given a cake last night, (they didn’t know it was my piano birthday), so that’s lunch taken care of.

One more thing: the year has been all the better for joining this site and finding all you wonderful people, thanks to all those that make it possible and may it never stop.

PS I lined up this morning at the same race but this time as a spectator, (and as a pacer in the all night section), all the time I am wondering about my new piece and getting back to the piano. How things have changed.

Your cakes in the post
earlofmar


Edited by earlofmar (11/08/13 07:24 PM)
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#2179332 - 11/08/13 07:42 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
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Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 662
Loc: NH
Congratulations on your year of piano and Happy Birthday. I think we joined PW near about the same time last yeat. Truly great place isn't it?! Here's to another full year of learning!!!
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#2179352 - 11/08/13 09:04 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
malkin Offline
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Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 2492
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
It's like a double birthday!
Many happy returns of the day!
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#2179353 - 11/08/13 09:04 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
Bobpickle Offline

Gold Supporter until July 10  2014


Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 1383
Loc: Cameron Park, California
Don't forget the unknown knowns; we - by chance - occasionally stumble onto the right information from time to time wink

Happy anniversary!

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#2179435 - 11/09/13 04:20 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
sydnal Offline
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Registered: 06/20/13
Posts: 126
Happy birthday & happy piano birthday Earlofmar.
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#2179437 - 11/09/13 04:27 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: sydnal]
SwissMS Offline
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 710
Loc: Switzerland
Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your first year piano anniversary. I think making it through the first year is the hardest. If you make it that far, you are hooked! I think piano is easier on the body than 100 mile racing, but it is a long journey itself and is equally rewarding!
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#2179494 - 11/09/13 08:44 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: SwissMS]
JimF Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1703
Loc: south florida
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#2179552 - 11/09/13 11:19 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5497
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Congratulations - your stick-to-it-tive-iness is paying off - for both you and us here in the ABF.

Cathy
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#2179599 - 11/09/13 12:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
ajames Offline

Gold Supporter until July 24 2015


Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 76
Loc: Texas
Happy Birthday Earlofmar. And congrats onthe piano 1 year milestone too.
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#2179619 - 11/09/13 01:32 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: JimF]
dmd Offline
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 1817
Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: JimF


Is there any special significance to the fact that this keyboard does not have the normal layout of the keys ?
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#2179621 - 11/09/13 01:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Canada Alberta
earlofar, I have read your post here:

subject: First Anniversary

A year ago today I lined up for the start of a 100 mile ultra marathon race with a plan in my head. Don’t die, and when the race is finished go and buy a piano and learn to play it properly.

After the race and a bit of a sleep I did go and buy that piano although it would be several days before I could walk properly and sit at the piano without pain. Regardless of the exact date, today is my anniversary of one year along my piano adventure. So began a fantastic year, although full of the ups and downs I am sure we are familiar with. While I may have had some expectations it has taken a year to comprehend the enormity of the journey and to start to formulate a more informed plan for the future.

So now I have passed the first test and have an artistic licence, time to use it:

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know”

Say’s it all really

So it’s my birthday and I got given a cake last night, (they didn’t know it was my piano birthday), so that’s lunch taken care of.

One more thing: the year has been all the better for joining this site and finding all you wonderful people, thanks to all those that make it possible and may it never stop.

PS I lined up this morning at the same race but this time as a spectator, (and as a pacer in the all night section), all the time I am wondering about my new piece and getting back to the piano. How things have changed.

Your cakes in the post
earlofmar

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There are no words to describe how happy I am to read your post.

The best to you.

I tried several times to play the piano and thought it would never be, but one day I had a chance and like you - you go with that chance to see were it takes you.

Michael,


Edited by Michael_99 (11/09/13 08:15 PM)

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#2179624 - 11/09/13 02:13 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
tangleweeds Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 11 2012


Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 1269
Loc: Portlandia
Congratulations! It sounds your year has been well spent.
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#2179666 - 11/09/13 03:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
Music Me Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/23/12
Posts: 199
Loc: New York
Wonderful. The simple things are the big things.

Happy Anniversary and Birthday. I wish you many more and even happier ones.
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...without music, no life...

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#2179679 - 11/09/13 04:28 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
Anne H Offline
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Registered: 06/02/13
Posts: 116
Happy piano birthday! The first year is the hardest and you've clearly accomplished a lot.
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Winston - Carol of the Bells
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#2179784 - 11/09/13 08:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: dmd]
rnaple Offline

Silver Supporter until April 24 2014


Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 2048
Loc: Rocky Mountains
Originally Posted By: dmd
Is there any special significance to the fact that this keyboard does not have the normal layout of the keys ?


They ran out of black icing.

Happy Anniversary, earlofmar. May you have many more.
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Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George
The focus of your personal practice is discipline. Not numbers. Scott Sonnon

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#2180522 - 11/11/13 08:47 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
ElleC Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 248
Loc: NJ, USA
Happy 1st pianoversarry! And happy birthday Earlofmar!
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#2180528 - 11/11/13 09:00 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
CarlosCC Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 1345
Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Happy Birthday X2 thumbthumb
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#2180659 - 11/11/13 02:26 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4234
Loc: Arizona.
Happy 1 year piano-anniversary as well as happy birthday. You will certainly stay height and weight proportionate doing 100 mile runs. [I'm thinking of the 200 count bottle of Motrin right now!)

I hope you hang around here a while Earl as you've got lots of good stuff to offer.

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#2180674 - 11/11/13 03:02 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
aTallGuyNH Offline
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Registered: 07/22/12
Posts: 503
Happy Double B-day.

+1 to Mr. SH, lots to offer indeed.
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#2180705 - 11/11/13 05:07 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
earlofmar Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1490
Loc: Australia
Thanks for all for the best wishes and a special thanks Mr Super Hunky and aTallGuyNH for your special encouragement
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#2180712 - 11/11/13 05:35 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]
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Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 4937
Loc: Italy
Sorry I missed the party - I was out of town!

Happy birthday AND Happy Anniversary!

I think you've had a wonderful first year and I wish you many more years of great enjoyment of your piano adventures!
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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
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