Saturday, December 04, 2010

in case the wrinkles didn't tip you off

We went to friends' for dinner tonight, good friends whose house we have been to many times. Our friends throw great parties and they generally host at least a couple every year. I always have a great time at their parties, but you don't really get to visit when you are hosting a big party.

That's why tonight's dinner was so lovely. There were just the four of us, and it was casual but very tasty, and best of all, we had lots of time to really talk, not just holler in each others' ears at the drink table.

We all agreed that it's getting harder to have conversations in noisy surroundings. Not only is it harder to hear, but your voice starts to give out after a while. Just when I thought that the ravages of age had reached their zenith...

But not everything is getting old! BC Musician Magazine has a new website. It's much more interactive than the old one, and a lot easier to navigate.

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Even us old farts love a free book.

11 comments:

27thstreet said...

I prefer smaller over larger gatherings and I don't see that so much as a function of age. I got lost in big gatherings even when I was way younger.

Dr. Monkey said...

Old farts love anything free...

leazwell said...

With Tom's hearing issues smaller gatherings are always better for him but I am content in both settings.

Wandering Coyote said...

I much prefer a smaller, more intimate gathering, too. With my brain being all wonky as it is, I have a hard time in large groups because I am unable to filter sound. All voices seem to have the same level of loudness and I very easily get confused because I cannot separate one for another. I also find it difficult to follow conversations when there are other conversations going on in the vicinity. It's a horrible feeling. The stimulation from all this makes my brain start pinging and I have to withdraw and go somewhere quite just to settle down for a while. This is one reason I have a hard time at Christmas.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I did as well, Mr Anchovy, but even more so as the years march on.

That is so true, Dr M! 50 lb bag of sketchy potatoes? Bring in on!

You are one of the fortunate ones, Leazwell.

I can certainly see how horrible that would be to deal with, WC. It's very unsettling to get lost in the cacophony even without the issues that you face. Withdrawing is the only sensible thing to do.

John Mutford said...

What?

Toccata said...

I remember when I used to mock my older siblings when they couldn't read the menu in a darkened restaurant. Now I'm donning reading glasses and complaining about not enough light. Damn. I really thought I was immune from the nonsense of getting old.

L said...

I was just telling a friend the other night how I really hate shouting to talk in loud places. That, for sure, gets old.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Speak up, John! It's too noisy in here!

Every week seems to bring a new and utterly puzzling surprise in the aging drama, Toccata. I now understand exactly what Leonard Cohen meant by aching in the places he used to play.

It really negates the purposes of going out to visit, Lesley.

Allison said...

I've been saying this for a few years already. Proof I am actually really an 80 year old woman.

Glad you had a good night. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I suspect you are only partly joking too, Al.