Well, it's 5 degrees in Beverly, MA right now - and according to weather.com, feels like -6. According to Sarah Marie, however, it feels like -50! Despite the terrible cold, and the fact that cold + me do not mix well (it makes all my joints hurt, and once I get cold it's really, really hard for me to get warm again), I ventured out of the apartment tonight for a rehearsal with a local philharmonic orchestra. It was my first time playing with this particular orchestra, which rehearses at Salem High School - home of the Witches. (Yes, really.)
On the way into the auditorium I walked beside a violist who had parked next to me. "It's too cold," he muttered. "I hate living here! God knows why anyone would want to!" I shivered my assent before asking, "How long have you lived in the area?" "Oh, my whole life."
In the rehearsal I found myself sharing a stand with a sweet, chatty woman in her mid-seventies who played the violin pretty well. We struck up a conversation before the rehearsal began, and I quickly found that she has led a fascinating life. She observed my wedding band, asking, "How long have you been married?" "One year," I replied. Looking at me over her glasses she smiled happily... "Oh, you're a bit of a newlywed... so am I!"
I get to meet the most interesting people sometimes.