4 March 2013

We Have a Winner

I’d written about being all excited over the opportunity to get onto a wait list for some senior housing on Bernal Heights, and yesterday i got great news: I won. They’re estimating that there’ll be an opening in about 18 months, and although nothing is guaranteed, i’m excited, as the place is pretty much ideal.

To celebrate, my friends Ruth and Pam took me to a concert last night at Davies Hall, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis playing works for violin and piano: the Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Major, Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major, Lutoslawski’s Partita, and the Saint Saëns Violin Sonata no. 1 in D Minor. The Mozart was good, the Schubert was fine, and the Saint-Saëns was electric. The crowd brought them back for three encores, the second an arrangement for piano and violin of Chopin’s Prelude No. 1, which i’d learned to play in my youth owing to its being within my pitiful technical grasp.

And to celebrate this glorious day, back to the flowers. Well, hey, it’s springtime, and the blossom structure here is five or six feet long. Enormous.

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