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Hand me that piano!

I giggle when I think of this line from a very old George Carlin

routine. It was about words that never get used together, like "please

saw my legs off" or "hand me that piano". It was about absurdity, a

notion to which many George Carlin routines were wholly dedicated. In

this case, I have an absurdity in contrasts that would indicate a

decision is required of me regarding clutter, regarding things from my

past that are being kept hanging around out of habit or the comfort of

sameness or... I don't really know why, but it seems that it's important

to find out and then take action.


I was coming back from a haircut appointment the other day. While

rounding the corner making a right from Alico Road onto Highway 41 (lawd

I was born a ramblin' man....), I spotted a hand-written sign that

simply said, "Piano lessons" and gave a phone number.


Closer to home, I spotted THIS hand-written sign, and it was fortunate

that I had to stop for the light, else I would not have had the

opportunity to snap the picture.


We Move Pianos


I find it odd that I was just talking to my house guests last weekend

about getting rid of the piano and re-arranging the furniture in the

living room to include a chair that matches the damnsofa. Yeah, THAT

damnsofa. The one that took me four years to decide to buy, because it

cost a LOT of money. The one I stalked both online and in print in the

Crate and Barrel catalog. The one I finally bought because my friends

became exasperated with me for hemming and hawing over it for four years

and one of them exclaimed, "oh just buy the damnsofa already!".


I have been contemplating releasing the piano into the wild for a couple

of years. I do not play well, but I used to play a couple of times a

week, just for my own pleasure. When I had the piano in storage for a

couple of years, I missed it and talked frequently about the day I would

be able to liberate it from exile and play it once more. I paid to move

it from Long Island to Florida! And now, I never touch it except to

remove dust from the things that have collected upon it.


The stark contrast between the two signs is not lost upon me - the

Universe advises me to either learn to play it or else move on. It

takes up a lot of room. It has nothing to do with who I am NOW, and

probably less than nothing to do with who I am becoming.


I should probably just give it away.

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Taken on August 4, 2011