The start of a new decade – with luck less disastrous for the US and the world than the last one. Provided moral support to Rorie and the boys at the annual polar bear dip at Auke Rec. A big crowd. Had friends and dear ones to dinner in the evening, made BiBimBap, a favorite Korean dish. Followed up with fresh pears poached in white wine and honey, with chocolate pudding (embellished by melting a bag of chocolate chips in it) and cream. Nice time, good company. Food turned out good, a chance to use the rarely used Mandolin but coralling and serving all the food bits overwhelmed our small space. Bill stepped up to the plate like the sweetheart he is and cleaned up. This morning, nice hot tub under the remnants of New Year’s Eve’s blue moon. A brisk 12 degrees F, under clear skies. Another blocking high sitting over Juneau spreading its chilly cheer.
I’m reading The Next 50 Years, a collection of 25 essays by leading scientists. Sounds like a strange world, not sorry I won’t see it. Reminded me that a bunch of future experts made predictions in the late 70’s of how the world would change by the end of the decade – they got about 30% of their guesses right. Never envisaged the Internet, which of course is a bedrock (if pretty shaky) of current life. Wonder what earth-shaking invention of that magniture will show up between now and 2050.
Finally found a piano teacher, Mary Watson. I’m absolutely delighted. Discovered that the piano teachers I had when I was young probably weren’t very good. Finding amazing discoveries and insights under Mary’s tutelage and my interest and enthusiasm about progressing as a student has catapulted into high gear. Which reminds me, it’s time to stop and go practice…..