January 1 - Opus 1

Ah, the madness continues from markalburger2012.blogspot.com, in the year one-hundred-after the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (May 29, 1913) and completion of Anton Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra (1911-13).  That dangerous year-in-a-hundred for triskaidekaphobians, although Harriet points out, rather nicely that 2 + 0 + 1 + 3 =  6, which she finds rather auspicious.  Just don't play that numbers game with the likes of Arnold Schoenberg, who, of course, died during his 76th (7 + 6 = 13) year...

Pancake breakfast with Harriet, 


Orwell Rolls in His Grave, updating 21st-Century Music, and just before heading out the door for a walk -- discover that the new laptop's storage capacity has plummeted from 406 GB to 2.8, with a warning message that, should the computer be turned off, there will not be enough storage space to reboot!  What's going on?  Strongly suspect that an online storage service tested today has somehow bounced beaucoodles of videos, etc. from external hard drives back to the new MacBook Pro -- although where they are hiding is a total mystery (Hello, we've delivered an elephant to your house, but hidden it somewhere you can't find!).  Disconnect the service, delete groups of files, freeing up enough room to at least be back at 4 (but are there hidden instructions that will continue to fill the computer's storage again to overload -- is this The Sorcerer's GigApprentice?), email Erling in Austria for advice, and he mercifully checks in almost immediately, recommending a free download from

OmniDiskSweeper, which saves the day, finds the hidden bloat, summarily deleted ("are you sure you want to delete these files... because, once they're gone, they're gone!" -- the gist of the warning message).  Miracle of miracles (cue a motley Motel from Jerry Bock's Fiddler on the Roof), the storage space in the computer recovers like a petrol reading gone mad -- 16, 57, 125, 267, 375, 406...  Whew!  And thanks, Erling!...

Now out for a drive with H,

first via the Library,

then Monte Vista to

Pleasants Valley Road,

paralleling the Vaca Mountains,

past the renovated schoolhouse,

the bend right at Quail Canyon Road


east along

Putah Creek

Road, and north into Winters.

Parking at Main



we walk west along the former,







tri-tip nachos and brews at Buckhorn


under sureally watchful eyes,

antlers, etc.




setting drama for

Page One: Inside the New York Times and sketch of Double Piano Concerto: III, 26.

Also in the evening, email Bonnie Hughes re availability of The Berkeley Arts Festival hosting a series of monthly concerts -- she responds almost immediately in the positive, with a final confirmation soon...   On the strength of this, send out a call for participation to the SFCCO listserv and Goat Hall Productions board members.  By the end of the day, Bonnie checks back in to confirm the first two shows: Opus 1, 8pm, January 26 and Opus 2, February 23, Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Aveneu, Berkeley, CA.