News of the week of June 29, 2021

Landsvale

Schedule

The meeting on Tuesday, July 6 will be at Stuart’s in Somerville and 7:45 pm. Please let both me and Stuart know if you’re planning to come.

Maia report

The sluggishness I reported last week turned out to be anemia, probably from an upper GI bleed. So she is on some tummy medicine in addition to the antibiotic and the immunosuppressant. The tummy medicine has to be squirted into her mouth, which takes at least three hands to do effectively. And it has to be taken at least two hours away from food, whereas the antibiotic needs to be taken with food. So from her point of view, she’s getting tortured 4 times a day instead of only twice. She’s eating normally, but still slowing down a lot on a walk of over a mile.

News of the week of June 22, 2021

Irrigated Wheat field

Schedule

We will be meeting this week (Tuesday, June 29) at Stuart’s in Somerville. Please let both me and Stuart know if you are coming.

Maia report

She was at the vet on Thursday and she seemed to be normal, and her platelet count has returned to normal. The vet expects to taper her off the medications over the next few weeks. This morning she seemed sluggish, but my sister thinks it’s the heat.

News of the week of June 15, 2021

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Meeting report

There was no meeting. Maia was sick and I had to spend time taking her to the vet and giving her pills, and other people decided not to have it.

Schedule

We’ll be meeting tomorrow, June 22, at Wendy Grey’s house in Newton Corner. Let both me and Wendy know if you’re coming.

Maia report

She was obviously listless and had discharge from her eyes, and was walking really slow. The only numeric abnormality the vet found was a very low platelet count. Which could mean lots of things, the most likely of which are either an infection or an auto-immune disorder.

So she’s been taking antibiotic and immunosuppressant pills and immediately started feeling much better. The next day her platelet count was up about 20%.

She seems pretty normal now. I’m taking her back to the vet today.

News of the week of June 1, 2021

Schedule

We meet on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm. Our regular host, Stuart, has another commitment this week, so the Tuesday, June 8, meeting will be at Wendy Grey’s in Newton Corner.

Please let both me and Wendy know if you’re coming.

News of the week of May 25, 2021

Schedule

For the time being, we will be meeting at Stuart’s in Somerville on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm.

Please let both me and Stuart know if you are planning to come.

News of the week of May 18, 2021

Schedule

For the time being, we will be meeting at Stuart’s in Somerville on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm.

Please let both me and Stuart know if you are planning to come.

News of the week of May 11, 2021

Schedule

For the time being, we will be meeting at Stuart’s in Somerville on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 pm.

Please let both me and Stuart know if you are planning to come.

News of the week of May 4, 2021

Schedule

We are meeting regularly at Stuart’s place in Somerville. Let both me and Stuart know if you are planning on coming.

News of the week of April 27, 2021

Schedule

We will be meeting weekly, generally at Stuart’s place in Somerville. But Wendy Grey has offered her home in Newton Corner as a backup if the Somerville location doesn’t work some week. So the next meeting will be at Stuart’s on May 4 at 7:45 pm.

Note that for a number of reasons, most notably that the giant notebooks with all the music we’ve played for the last two decades are in storage, we can’t be a dropin group these days. You can still come to one meeting without committing to coming to any other meetings, but you do have to let me (and Stuart, see below) know that you’re coming. And not coming after saying you will is also a faux pas.

I need to know who is coming because I have to plan music and get it printed. Stuart needs to know because he wrangles parking and seating. So copy him when you send email about whether you’re coming.

Printing music

Printing is being more of a problem than I would have expected. So if you’re planning to come, and have a good printer, I would appreciate if you would let me know so I can have you do some of the printing for that meeting.

When I first thought about having these meetings without my giant notebooks, I thought one solution would be to have them in a place with good WIFI and have every bring a tablet or a laptop computer. If you had the site http://serpent.serpentpublications.org/drupal7/?q=pieces-by-parts you would have a list of all the pieces for the number of parts we were thinking about.

But nobody seemed very enthusiastic about that solution. If anyone has an idea for how to get people more enthusiastic, it would save a lot of printing trouble.

Back to normal schedule

I have reasonable confidence that I will be back in my home with my notebooks and instruments 2-4 months after our contractor gets a building permit. The current roadblock seems to be the structural engineer, who hasn’t completed the work that would enable putting in the application. After that there are potential roadblocks while the city and the insurance company work out whether the application should be approved or modified. I do not know (nor does the contractor) why this hasn’t happened yet, so I can’t give you even an approximate estimate for when we can go back to our usual place.