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August 2022

My New Job

I cannot remember the last time I was elected to anything. In fact, I can’t remember ever running for anything.  But I was persuaded to run for, and was elected to, the Board of my condominium. Despite not voting for myself, I was victorious.

I assumed office on Monday.

Here is an example of the issues I face.  If you are driving to our building at night, its sign at the entrance is hard to see, so some lights were added.  An unidentified unit owner complained that the lights disturb her by shining into her living room.  As a result, the sign is unlit on her side, and if you are driving from the west, you can’t see it at night.

The Board is described as a serious time commitment. Long monthly meetings, plus a committee obligation. I am also told that one must add five minutes to the time it takes to get anywhere because residents often stop board members to complain.

It’s a one-year commitment. 

Stay tuned.

The Economist and Me

Peter subscribed to The Economist, a weekly British magazine, for years, and his subscription has not ended.  As a pre-Peter boyfriend of mine used to say, “Waste not, want not,” so I read it every week.

The July 23rd issue’s Culture section reported on a more-than-breath-taking performance of the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto at the Van Cliburn competition in June.

The 18-year-old South Korean pianist, Lim Yun-chan tackled this difficult piece at a remarkably young age and delivered the competition-winning performance. I listened to it on YouTube where it has been viewed more than 5,000,000 times.

At the end of his performance, conductor Marin Alsop wiped a tear from her eyes.

You can listen here