Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Beautiful Music Is Where You Find It.


While the worst of Hell Fall by Hellfall ended with classes a couple of weeks ago, our last final exam of the season was first thing yesterday morning in a windowless, bunker-type room on the other side of the hospital-industrial complex.

Once we had the exams all out and the kids all in I headed over to the cafeteria to get the TA's morning coffee.

It's a cafeteria I used to spend a lot of time in. In fact, once-upon-a-long-long-time-ago we even held lab meetings there.

But then, in the darkest days of GordCo, Inc. the sub-contracting began in earnest and I avoided the place like the plague.

However, thanks in large part to the persistence of the workers, a lot of what went wrong appears to be fixed now* so I have started to stop by occasionally once again.


Yesterday morning the place was pretty much deserted given that most of the students have already headed home for the holidays.

Which meant that it was just me, the lady at the till, and canned carols on the sound system as I added all the creams and sugars and honeys that gradual students everywhere demand in their coffee.

The whole scene was making me feel a little melancholy until I heard this beautiful sound.

It was coming from the lady at the till who was simultaneously counting her change, and she was amazing.

On my way out I told her that she was in the wrong business.

She just laughed and said she loves to sing.

The music was still in my head three hours later when we released the kids from exile and they headed out into their holiday hooting and hollering completely melancholy-free.

Kids today!

*Labour-expertish folks, please correct me if I'm wrong about this.



Anonymous said...

I've been following this blog for years, and consider it an essential part of my online life.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the very best of the season, and thank you, Ross, for making my life just a bit better and more fulfilled than it would be without it.

May 2019 be better than 2018 (tho I have my doubts!).

Thanks for whatever effort it takes to put this together for us!

Merry Christmas to all


Bill said...

Well sad Mike, exactly my feelings and appreciation for RossK too...

Ross, if you were any busier with your family, friends, music, science researching, next generations teaching and this long running always eclectic ‘F-Troop’ blog... well you would definitely have to clone yourself!

Thanks always for your sharing in so many ways. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to all.


science researching, next generations teaching,

RossK said...

Thanks Mike!

And thanks even more for weighing in.

Merry Christmas to you and your as well.


Thanks as always Bill.

Truth be told, if I could just learn to prioritize better I'd probably have oodles of time.


Danneau said...

My youngest brother damn near lost a gig at Pizza Patio in some dark past days: he was a creditable singer who loved opera, and would intone an aria as he tossed dough ( I don't think that happens any longer. Was told to cease and desist by the manager and fell relatively silent until there was a howl from many of the clientèle and the singing started up again. Was definitely the wrong business.

I'd like to pile on with the thought that this blog gets a visit every morning and a read up and down, as well as some associated links. The content is livened by the attitude, making it a must. The fall was bleak, but I just assumed that it would come back to life, short of some dreaded notice.

May the holiday period be graced with belt-loosening, tongue loosening and earfuls and eyefuls of wonders, cheerfulness and snug closeness with those who mean most.

Here is the next, next generation at work: https://youtu.be/y-Brda3KTAU

RossK said...

Thanks Danneau--

And thanks even more for that clip!


Keith said...

What Mike and Bill said.

Many thanks for all your efforts and the folks that comment.

Try this one in your Christmas Repertoire Ross.


All the very best to one and all.


e.a.f. said...

we are coming to the end of the year, so enjoy the Season and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope the family sings along all the way.

Thank you for writing this blog. I've always enjoyed it. Its been informative, thoughtful.


RossK said...

Thanks Keith--

Great suggestion!....We'll add it to the rotation.


Always good to hear from you e.a.f.--

Have a great holiday season!


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Away with you Spam-A-Lot Bot, above...