Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time-lapsed Blogography Day

Twenty years ago today, in 1994, I came home from Indoor Track practice (which occurred unironically outdoors at the Masonic Temple) and got a new pair of BAGs (big-assed glasses). In the evening I worked as the foreman of the stage crew for the Alexandria Symphony, racking and stacking orchestra chairs and playing soccer in the band room during the concert.

Nineteen years ago today, in 1995, I printed out the score to Sonorous Sonata, a brain-dead piece I'd written in a single night to satisfy a high-school theory teacher that wanted me to write for something other than a brass ensemble. Later on, I played Doom II with Jack.

Fifteen years ago today, in 1999, I drove Jen Graves and her cat home from Blacksburg for Thanksgiving Break. She did not yet know that her roommate, Rosie, was moving in with me the following year (nor did I tell her), and spent much of the trip talking about all the fights they had in their apartment. That evening, Liz, Shac, Kelley, and Melody arrived at my parents' house for a mild, parent-proximity overnighter before our road trip to the Temple game in Philly the next day.

Fourteen years ago today, in 2000, Shac was staying in my apartment at Foxridge because he didn't want to go home for Thanksgiving Break. It was also the day before I took the GRE to get into grad school, and the day before my sister and I drove through a snowstorm to celebrate Thanksgiving with my grandpa in Michigan.

Twelve years ago today, in 2002, the FSU Music Theory basketball team formally incorporated, with the worst name in the league.

From: Matthew Shaftel
Subject: Basketball
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 15:11:44 -0500

Dear Diminished Five:

We now have a full roster of 15 (see below)! Since only five people will be on the floor at any one time, this should offer quite a bit of flexibility for those who cannot make it to more than one game a week. I will be purchasing our spot in League 6 this week and will order our jerseys some time in the next couple weeks (any color preferences?).

Scott Baker has agreed to act as "player coach" and will help us remember all the rules, figure out a zone defense etc... I am hoping that Dr. Mathes, who cannot make it to every game, would be willing to work with Scott in that regard.

On a side note, I have discovered that we are, at least so far, the only co-educational team in the league. I think that is a VERY positive thing, but the women on our team should feel free to discuss this with me if they have any concerns.

"Goooooooooo Diminished Five!!!!"

MS

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