1. Everyone seems to have a lot of money.
2. It's very "kid-friendly."
3. Everything costs a million dollars. ($4 for a piece of pizza? It should be free!)
4. It's almost 8000 feet up.
5. No one has a comforting accent.
6. Everyone (men, women, children) wear biking outfits, It's stressful.
That's not to say that I'm not having the time of my life, because I am. I have played six concerts since I got here, so I have been quite busy. I have gotten to work with some really great conductors, and some very fine young musicians. Also, some professional musicians, who I will not name for fear of retribution. But I suppose I can tell you WHAT I played, right? The highlights have been, Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, Symphonie Fantastique, and Ein Heldenleben. But I would say my greatest and most satisfying musical achievement to date was playing second bassoon in the Fourth of July Band. Yeah, that was definitely it.
Today I rode the gondola up Aspen Mountain. I did not like it. It was slow, and went very high above the ground, and when I got to the top, I was very high in the sky. I like to be down low. I am but five feet tall, so I am not accustomed to seeing above things. Even so, it was quite fun and enjoyable. At the top, there is a building called The Sundeck, where people can buy different foods and beverages (alcoholic and non) and play games. I played 1/4th of a game of chess before I gave up. My friend took over for me and won! So by proxy, I won. He he he.
Allow me to share what I seeeeen:
No Smoking, please.
Goodbye bottom of mountain.
Looking down on Aspen.
Some jutting rocks. And they are jutting!
Ugh, it's so far down now.
For those of you who have wondered what I would look like on top of a mountain, your prayers have been answered.
My view from the porch-thing of The Sundeck, where I enjoyed a cookie and a diet coke.
Mountain chess. We had to substitute some pieces because it was an incomplete set.
On the way back down. Bye Aspen Mountain.
This week I am starting rehearsals for John Harbison's opera, The Great Gatsby. I am playing principal and my part is hard, so I ought to learn it. Peace out!