Once again, JetBlue comes through in the clutch. Not only were they friendly and helpful, but they thought it would be safer to just take the flight case off and seat my cello next to me in the cabin. The TSA people were also amazing and made me feel like I was a regular passenger as opposed to some terrorist suspect with a clearly deadly weapon…a cello. I am thrilled with my decision to fly JetBlue. Many thanks to Tom Berg at Long Beach Airport.

Those are oil tankers and cargo ships coming into the port. This was taken about 1 minute into the flight.

I compulsively follow the map thing. That was hard to do, considering the 4 channels of ESPN (including reports from the NFL Combine!!) they offered me onboard.

I decided to cruise up Congress St, to check out the capitol building. Here’s a picture from last night:

Today, I just had to check out the famed Longhorns’ stadium. It did not fail to impress. The thing is just huge! Huge, I say! (I know, I know, it’s Texas)

I was a little scared of it, so I went to the local TexanMart for some Lone Star beer to calm my nerves. No students today=beer with lunch. Excellent. I was struck by the beauty of Lady Bird lake, which is pretty close to my hotel. If my knee was in better shape, I would be well tempted to walk around it. Next time, I hope.

Next time I post should be from Dallas/Arlington, where I am scheduled to do a master class with one of Dr. Morrow’s students, a teen who is playing Allegro Appassionato, and Stephen McKimmey, a reader who is vigilantly doing battle with the Prelude to Bach’s 3rd Suite.

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6 thoughts on “Austin”

  1. Fun! I’ve been battling the Prelude to Bach’s 3rd Suite on and off. I wish I was there to see that.

    Looking forward to Sunday.. Looks like big group coming. I didn’t know we collectively knew so many cellists. We’re taking over the world!

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  2. Emily,
    Your reference to the huge stadium and Texas equating to all things big reminded me of the following fun fact: Did you know that everyone in the world could conceivably live in the Lone Star state? It’s true!

    The area of Texas is 268,581 square miles. If one assumes a world pop. of 6 billion people, that’s 22,340 people per square mile, meaning each person gets 1248 square feet, or about the size of a respectable apartment. (Just make sure mine’s in Austin, okay?)

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  3. Wow! I had no idea. If I end up partitioning the world population into Texas, I will be sure to put you in Austin. South Congress, I assume?

    I’m in Dallas right now, doing my own vigilant battle (reference to Stephen doing battle with Bach 3rd Suite) trying to save 3 kittens that the hotel clerks want to have trapped and killed. Why? They’re black, and the guests say they’re unlucky. I told the clerk that such stupidity is what’s really unlucky but she just lit a cigarette and told me to stop feeding them. 🙁

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  4. Tell the lady to burn in hell with the cigarette and save the black, awesome kittens. Ok, so don’t tell her that 🙁

    Enjoy your stay. Yep, I do remember the “big” buildings 🙂

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  5. This is what I get for not keeping up: finding out you were here weeks after you were gone. Dammit.

    And I’m even working on some of those pieces again, too. Sigh…That will teach me.

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