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The Goldberg Variations, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) is my favorite piano piece. The Goldberg Variations are welcome at any time. The 30 variations were initially composed as keyboard practice. And practice one must if one is to play the variations. Not being a pianist I delight in listening to the variations. The 20th century Canadian pianist Glenn Gould is perhaps best known for his recording of Bach’s masterpiece.

This past week was spring break for the Montana schools. Sam our, middle son, was off to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague on a Mozart tour with his high school orchestra. From the notes we received it seems that he has had a great time. Jenni. Isaac and I went to Tucson, AZ to visit Paul, Jenni’s dad. He turned 88 (a lucky year) while we were with him. At the Pima Air Museum we had a chance to see several of the aircraft he flew during WW II. Standing next to the F4 Corsair with Isaac was remarkable. A chance to share a bit of history.

On the 11th of march we held a fundraiser in Bozeman for our local Parks and recreation Department. We built the first boulder in 2005 and due to the success we figured we would build a second one.kidsonclimbingrock_lowres The first boulder, pictured here, is a total hit with kids and grown ups alike. Regardless of one’s ability there are ways to challenge yourself. The next boulder will be twice the size. Our plan is to construct a total of four in Bozeman and hopefully one on the Montana State University campus.

In between all this I’m still getting out and climbing. One of the local trade routes is “Come and Get It”, established by the late Alex Lowe in 1997. It is a unique climb – starting out with ice, transitioning to a gently overhanging mid section and finishing on a steep pillar. By using my WS 4 I was able dial in my training. The first lap (on lead) took forty five minutes and on the forth go (on top rope) I had whittled the 35 meter lead down to 13 minutes. Silly climbers, eh?come-n-get-it-12-mar-o9

I’m still soaking inthe expereince of being in Japan. Pachinko, a pinball game played on vertical machines, is a national past time. I didn’t play while in Tokyo, but I did get a kick out of this one outfit’s marketing angle. Perhaps by covering President Obama’s eyes they don’t have to get his permission. pachinko_obama What ever it takes…. đŸ˜‰

Spring is officially here – it snowed six inches in town last night. We’ll get out and play in the spring snow soon enough.

be good be kind & be happy ~ c

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