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#2179320 - 11/08/13 07:19 PM First Anniversary  
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A year ago today I lined up for the start of a 100 mile ultra marathon race with a plan in my head. Don’t die, and when the race is finished go and buy a piano and learn to play it properly.

After the race and a bit of a sleep I did go and buy that piano although it would be several days before I could walk properly and sit at the piano without pain. Regardless of the exact date, today is my anniversary of one year along my piano adventure. So began a fantastic year, although full of the ups and downs I am sure we are familiar with. While I may have had some expectations it has taken a year to comprehend the enormity of the journey and to start to formulate a more informed plan for the future.

So now I have passed the first test and have an artistic licence, time to use it:

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know”


Say’s it all really

So it’s my birthday and I got given a cake last night, (they didn’t know it was my piano birthday), so that’s lunch taken care of.

One more thing: the year has been all the better for joining this site and finding all you wonderful people, thanks to all those that make it possible and may it never stop.

PS I lined up this morning at the same race but this time as a spectator, (and as a pacer in the all night section), all the time I am wondering about my new piece and getting back to the piano. How things have changed.

Your cakes in the post
earlofmar

Last edited by earlofmar; 11/08/13 07:24 PM.

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#2179332 - 11/08/13 07:42 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Congratulations on your year of piano and Happy Birthday. I think we joined PW near about the same time last yeat. Truly great place isn't it?! Here's to another full year of learning!!!


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#2179352 - 11/08/13 09:04 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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It's like a double birthday!
Many happy returns of the day!


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#2179353 - 11/08/13 09:04 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Don't forget the unknown knowns; we - by chance - occasionally stumble onto the right information from time to time wink

Happy anniversary!


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#2179435 - 11/09/13 04:20 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy birthday & happy piano birthday Earlofmar.


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#2179437 - 11/09/13 04:27 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: sydnal]  
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Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your first year piano anniversary. I think making it through the first year is the hardest. If you make it that far, you are hooked! I think piano is easier on the body than 100 mile racing, but it is a long journey itself and is equally rewarding!

#2179494 - 11/09/13 08:44 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: SwissMS]  
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#2179552 - 11/09/13 11:19 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Congratulations - your stick-to-it-tive-iness is paying off - for both you and us here in the ABF.

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#2179599 - 11/09/13 12:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy Birthday Earlofmar. And congrats onthe piano 1 year milestone too.


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#2179619 - 11/09/13 01:32 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: JimF]  
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Originally Posted by JimF
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Is there any special significance to the fact that this keyboard does not have the normal layout of the keys ?


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#2179621 - 11/09/13 01:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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earlofar, I have read your post here:

subject: First Anniversary

A year ago today I lined up for the start of a 100 mile ultra marathon race with a plan in my head. Don’t die, and when the race is finished go and buy a piano and learn to play it properly.

After the race and a bit of a sleep I did go and buy that piano although it would be several days before I could walk properly and sit at the piano without pain. Regardless of the exact date, today is my anniversary of one year along my piano adventure. So began a fantastic year, although full of the ups and downs I am sure we are familiar with. While I may have had some expectations it has taken a year to comprehend the enormity of the journey and to start to formulate a more informed plan for the future.

So now I have passed the first test and have an artistic licence, time to use it:

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know”

Say’s it all really

So it’s my birthday and I got given a cake last night, (they didn’t know it was my piano birthday), so that’s lunch taken care of.

One more thing: the year has been all the better for joining this site and finding all you wonderful people, thanks to all those that make it possible and may it never stop.

PS I lined up this morning at the same race but this time as a spectator, (and as a pacer in the all night section), all the time I am wondering about my new piece and getting back to the piano. How things have changed.

Your cakes in the post
earlofmar

___________

There are no words to describe how happy I am to read your post.

The best to you.

I tried several times to play the piano and thought it would never be, but one day I had a chance and like you - you go with that chance to see were it takes you.

Michael,

Last edited by Michael_99; 11/09/13 08:15 PM.
#2179624 - 11/09/13 02:13 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Congratulations! It sounds your year has been well spent.


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#2179666 - 11/09/13 03:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Wonderful. The simple things are the big things.

Happy Anniversary and Birthday. I wish you many more and even happier ones.


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#2179679 - 11/09/13 04:28 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy piano birthday! The first year is the hardest and you've clearly accomplished a lot.


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#2179784 - 11/09/13 08:59 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: dmd]  
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Originally Posted by dmd
Is there any special significance to the fact that this keyboard does not have the normal layout of the keys ?


They ran out of black icing.

Happy Anniversary, earlofmar. May you have many more.


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#2180522 - 11/11/13 08:47 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy 1st pianoversarry! And happy birthday Earlofmar!


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#2180528 - 11/11/13 09:00 AM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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#2180659 - 11/11/13 02:26 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy 1 year piano-anniversary as well as happy birthday. You will certainly stay height and weight proportionate doing 100 mile runs. [I'm thinking of the 200 count bottle of Motrin right now!)

I hope you hang around here a while Earl as you've got lots of good stuff to offer.


#2180674 - 11/11/13 03:02 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Happy Double B-day.

+1 to Mr. SH, lots to offer indeed.


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#2180705 - 11/11/13 05:07 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Thanks for all for the best wishes and a special thanks Mr Super Hunky and aTallGuyNH for your special encouragement


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#2180712 - 11/11/13 05:35 PM Re: First Anniversary [Re: earlofmar]  
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Sorry I missed the party - I was out of town!

Happy birthday AND Happy Anniversary!

I think you've had a wonderful first year and I wish you many more years of great enjoyment of your piano adventures!


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