Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sunday Update

The party last night was o.k. The most fun I had was acting as bartender. I originally signed up to work from 6:00 to 7:30 but I didn't leave to eat until around 8:00. There was only one person signed up for the second time slot and I didn't want to leave them shorthanded. I had my steak dinner which was pretty good, but since I ate so late, I didn't get any steak sauce. I don't know if they originally had sour cream for the baked potatoes, but I didn't get any of that either. I only had one drink all night and that was a margarita. After I ate, I went back and helped bartend for about 30 minutes until the next shift came at 9:00. Then I sat with my friend Carol for about two hours. I didn't dance and all I did was watch the names in the reverse drawing. (Last person left won $10,000). My name came up before the the halfway point. Oh well. I left the party at 11:00. I couldn't stop yawning and I was starting to sprout a headache. The band was good, but a bit on the loud side for me. I guess I am getting to be an old fogy.

This morning I enjoyed getting my extra hour of sleep. I went to the adult Sunday school class and then the 11:15 Mass. I came home and had a quick lunch and watched t.v. for about 30 minutes. I then went to work on some rosaries. By the time I'm finished, I'll have about 30 to sell. At 2:20 I was getting ready to go to Josh's orchestra concert. I checked the oil in my car and it was low so I had to make a quick stop to get more. I made it to the concert with about 10 minutes to spare. I had to sit through two other groups before Josh's concert. Once again, it was extremely frustrating. I know that the audience is made up of a lot of parents, but I still can't stand such horrible concert etiquette. I know it can be difficult to find babysitters and of course your perfect little angel doesn't normally act that way, blah, blah, blah, but a concert really isn't a place for young children. If you absolutely insist on bringing a child to a concert, you should always sit on the aisle in a location near an exit door and the moment your little one starts to fuss, you should immediately take them outside. Don't keep shushing because it usually doesn't work. Concert halls can be scary especially when the lights go down.
Then there are the adults. I know that coughing is often unavoidable, but there are cough drops. If you happen to have a miserable could, you really shouldn't be at a concert infecting everyone around you and disturbing the performance. Also, one should only enter and leave between numbers. (The only exception is when you must take a child out.) If you really have something you must say, it should be in a very quiet whisper. A concert is not the right place to speak above a whisper. I was sitting in the concert enjoying a lovely clarinet duet played by my son and his friend John when the people behind me made a comment that completely took away my attention. I know I have high expectations and many parents don't understand the basic rules, but I feel that it's really common sense.

Regardless of my frustrations, I thought the concert was amazing. I love that Josh is able to have the experience of playing in a symphony. They announced that this is the 20th year of the youth symphony and I realized that I was in the very first one. I played in it my senior year of high school which was in 1987-1988. Like mother, like son.

On the way home, I stopped at the store to pick up a few things and then heated a t.v. dinner for supper. Josh went out with the woodwind players to Chili's after the concert. I changed into my p.j.'s and have been sitting in this chair for the past hour and half or so. I need to research some books this evening for my librarian to order. I also need to finish the rosaries I have started.

Well, I'm going to veg for a little longer before I get started on everything else. I'm not ready for school tomorrow. I'm ready for Thanksgiving break actually.


The Cheshire Cat said...

I agree with you on the bad behavior in the audiences. People can be so rude sometimes. I remember when I was in orchestra in school. I was scared to death to be on stage as it was. Let alone hear someone let out a coughing fit that blasted through the entire theater! Or, have some kid screaming and crying through the entire song. As I got up into high school, they always wanted to plant me nearer to the edge of the stage for some reason. Talk about stage fright!! HA! I am glad to hear that your son is doing so well with his music. That is awesome! I think when young people learn a different type of music than what they are used to listening to (rock, rap, ect.) it gives them a better appreciation for music in general.

Eric said...

I couldn't agree with you more about concerts and plays. There are far too many people who behave like they are at home watching a ball game. Both my daughters played stringed instruments in orchestra, but we were blessed with a school were the parents knew how to behave so our concerts were wonderful experiences.

Anonymous said...

I follow for some reasons school concerts here for some time now. The behavior got worse over the years. The last one or two years it's getting better, also in concerts on the country-site: Some years ago it was like, well, some midday on the LPG ...
I wish all the people that behave so rude would face sitting or standing on stage just for 5 minutes: everybody who gets out there deserves respect, that shows itself in the quietness and respectful silence the artist needs. Clarinet-players too ... :)

Hope you sell tons of rosaries!

Andrew said...

Missing you tonight. I hope you've had a wonderful day for work that is. I was just thinking of how much I look forward to your updates. Rest well tonight and I hope to hear from you tomorrow. Your friend,

Jonathon Andrew

mapiprincesa! said...

As an orchestra geek myself, I greatly appreciate your thoughts on audience behavior. The same with public speaking--it is extremely distracting for the performers as well, at least in my experience. I was always seated on the outer-audience side of the 1st violins, so it was inevitable to have an ear to the rest of the goings-on.

Glad you remembered to post. I'm going to try to get out and vote early--sounds like the weather is changing, wind is kicking up and I can hear some raindrops pelting the windows.