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Please help on difficult ish situation
#3005847 07/23/20 08:34 AM
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hiya,

here it goes,

last year i managed to get a piano into a local care home to play on as i work their, i play to a fairly decent level, good enough for that environment any how.
what a great way to enhance the homes activities with a positive fun activity.


i go on youtube and see similar set ups, residents, staff enjoying care home piano performances of classical pieces etc with no problems.

so i set up a music workshop for people to come along and successfully, visitors families feedback was very good. then after a while we get a new member of staff who says to me you cant do that any more, the sort of miserable little witch who is totally against having actual fun.

my activity about 30 mins every 3 weeks or so. so roughly 10 min a week averaged out. heres the thing though,

she and her pals go out smoking lots, losing 30 min a day+ ,
over a four week period shes losing 6 to 8 hours, me only 30 - 40 mins only. yet she has the audacity to come up to me and say i cant do my activity when shes losing far more time smoking and chatting [censored] round the back. and im contributing to the home in a far more positive sense.


what can i do?

people with mediocre common as [censored] lives jealous of my more 'high brow' life style which requires real genuine skill and talent?
Help!


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daoc2009 #3005853 07/23/20 08:43 AM
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How strange... Didn't I read about a very similar situation...? Some time ago...?

Yes, I did! smile having trouble please help!


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daoc2009 #3005854 07/23/20 08:45 AM
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Okay, some advice. Talk with your boss about this situation. Either they say that it is fine for you to play the piano, and then you can continue to do so and don't bother about your colleague, or they say that it is not fine, and then you have to accept that you cannot play the piano at work.


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daoc2009 #3005860 07/23/20 09:23 AM
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You need to quit assuming that having a preference for classical makes anyone ‘special’. The music anyone enjoys is a preference and should not be the definition of refinement and education. Your colleagues are not necessarily jealous of you.

You expressed the same sentiment previously


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daoc2009 #3006117 07/23/20 07:48 PM
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"You can't do that any more"

If she has the authority to tell you this, then you can't do that any more.

If not, ignore her.

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“What can I do?”

Easy. Two options

1. Ignore her keep jamming out, maybe play some requests from her.
2. Go with the can’t beat em join mentality and take up smoking with her.

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daoc2009 #3006157 07/23/20 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by daoc2009
people with mediocre common as [censored] lives jealous of my more 'high brow' life style which requires real genuine skill and talent?

No.

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daoc2009 #3006517 07/25/20 06:06 AM
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Seems like a problem that's not so hard to solve, but maybe requires some creative discussion.
I would get some of the people there that enjoy it and speak with them and your boss about a way to arrange something. Maybe weekly playing time would be fun, maybe something else. I think if you can show that it has more benefit than just you having fun, you'll be golden.

Good luck with the situation. Hope you bring some joy into people's lives smile


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