gregbo (gregbo) wrote,

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busy weekend

The weekend started off with a phone interview from an engineering mgr at PayPal. It lasted about a half hour. I was asked a question that I didn't know how to answer because I'd never heard the phrase before (and unfortunately, I don't remember what it was I was asked). I asked the guy what the phrase meant, and he started to describe it. His description sounded familiar, so I asked if it was the situation where you write multiple conditional clauses in the order of the most frequently occurring conditions, and he said "sort of," so at least I sounded somewhat intelligent. There were a couple of other questions I did so-so on, but some I did much better on, so we'll see. According to the interviewer, I should hear back from them in a couple of days.

I was feeling a bit hyper after the interview. My chorus had its first performance at 5:30 that evening, and I wasn't quite calmed down yet. So when neither of the soloists for Open The Window Noah showed up, yours truly was asked to sing both solo verses. In the time between our warmup and when we sang Noah (including my usual Plenty Good Room solo), my hyper feeling combined with nervousness over the new solos distracted me somewhat and caused me to lose focus in some of the pieces. However, I was able to handle the Noah solos all right. I was still hyper after the solos, and didn't quite calm down until we went out to dinner afterwards.

On Saturday morning, I went to Obester Winery with one of the tenors to pick up some wine for the upcoming soirees with our French guests. I had never been there before; it's a little winery a few miles east of Half Moon Bay. It's the kind of winery where you can bring empty bottles that they fill and slap on their logo. The wine was a bit dry; I hope our guests enjoy it. It was a nice day for a drive, and Bob (the tenor) brought his wife along. Both of them talked about the ecology and geology of that part of the SF bay area. Sometimes you forget that there's a whole other culture besides the go-go tech culture.

After getting back from the winery, I headed over to Palo Alto to buy some sheet music. The place was gone. I have no idea what happened – whether they're out of business or just moved. Anyway, there's a used bookstore up the street, so I decided to browse in it for a while. I found a book called The Long Secret that I hadn't read since I was a kid. (It's the followup to Harriet The Spy.) It was fun reading it and thinking back to when I was a kid. I realized that in my youth, there were some subtleties in the book that I didn't quite pick up.

We had another gig this afternoon. The room had been painted since we were last there, so it seemed smaller than before. The acoustics in the room aren't really good, even though the ceiling is high (it's a gym). I was having trouble hearing the piano and some of the singers on the other side of the room. My voice broke a bit during my Plenty Good Room solo but it otherwise went ok. One of the soloists for Noah showed up, so she did her verse and I did the guy's verse. It went all right. I was feeling more relaxed. I may have to do it again as the guy will probably miss a lot of performances because he moved to the Sacramento area.

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