2nd Spring retreat and hot weekend

April 28, 2008

My annual trip up to Lake Arrowhead was a pleasant one. I left early on Saturday morning and just flew up the mountain. It is always fun to spend time with my committee buddies deliberating over proposals for curricular improvement.

Lake Arrowhead seems bone dry, ie, a water shortage. The front page confirmed my suspicion on Sunday morning. They seem to have a plan. Good thing.

I returned to a very hot LA on Sunday. I celebrated by turning on the air conditioning. I spent the afternoon working on last minute Homer in Cyberspace additions and edits.

As it cooled down, we drove to Venice, to Highways, to attend Allistair McCartney’s book signing and reading. I loved it, in fact his new novel has given me new ideas about directions to go on this blog. (Stay tuned.)

We are about half way through our final term here at UCLA and I know that I’ll blink my eyes and it will be over and summer will be here. The premiere of HOMER is four weeks from this Thursday and I still have some music (underscore) to compose. I had told everyone I was done and the pressure is off, but there is still some work to do.

By the way, please remember Daniel’s maxim: ALL HARD DRIVES WILL FAIL. Plan on backing up your work at your earliest convenience. He had set up a great backup system for our files, where my complete works are mirrored on two drives and then backed up again on a third drive. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, all three drives failed. We managed to get one drive working (he put it in the freezer for 10 minutes – sic) and I was able to retrieve my complete works which were almost lost. I now have a new copy of all my music and will make a few more so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

A word to the wise is sufficient.

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