Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Farewell to The Baby Grand

Mom has parted ways with this baby grand piano after more than 40 years of ownership! Unfortunately, nobody had played the instrument in decades. It hadn't been tuned in so long that when Mom inquired about bringing it back into shape, she was told it was a lost cause. ALL of the piano's inner workings and the keys would need to be replaced.

Let this be a lesson to others-- If you own a real piano (no offense to owners of electric versions, but they aren't real-LOL), keep it properly maintained. As you can tell from looking at this one, it is a BEAUTIFUL piece of furniture. However, since we didn't keep up with the maintenance, it was nothing more than a huge decorative piece.

I took lessons on the piano when I was 9 or 10 years old. Had a very patient teacher named Mr. Marius Fossenekmper, who once played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  He lived somewhere in Midtown Detroit and took DDOT busses to our home in Sherwood Forest to administer my weekly lessons. I played one recital at which he called me the only student of his who properly used the foot pedals as I played.

The late Marius E. Fossenkemper
(far right) in October 1941 at a 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra event. 
Sadly, after our move to Southfield in 1976, Mr. Fossenkemper had no way to get to us and we didn't have a way to get me to him so I stopped taking lessons. While searching the Internet for the photo at left, I learned that Mr. Fossenkemper died in 1999 at the age of 96.

I have few regrets in life. Not continuing with the piano is one of them.

Mom had the piano removed from her condo this afternoon. She decided to keep the bench.

Saturday, December 06, 2014


It's been over a year since I last posted on this blog!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is a bad Apple spoiling the bunch?

A little more than a month after its release at a starting price of $99 with eligible upgrade or new 2 year contract, the Apple iPhone 5c price has been slashed to $45 at Walmart. By most accounts, the 5c is not selling well. By my account, this is the fastest price-cut available through any source in iPhone history.

Apple iPhone 5c
Photo: Apple, Inc.
Released alongside the iPhone 5s-- which has a more powerful chip and much talked about fingerprint security technology, all at just $100 more than the 5c price-- Apple is selling just one of the colorful, polycarbonate models for every 2-3 of the more elegant glass/metal models. 

While just about everyone, except the folks at Apple, thought the 5c would be a new bargain version of the iPhone at a price point much more palatable to folks in the lower tax brackets. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the 5c was never meant to be that. He says the 4s, now free with contract, is the current entry level iPhone. Analysts predict that by this time next year, the 5c will replace the 4s as the free, entry level iPhone when Apple is expected to introduce an iPhone 6 and move the 5s to the mid-level position. We'll see.

Personally, I don't find the 5c appealing, not because of the price, but because of the old 3G-esque chasis and the Easter egg pastel color offerings. What do you think?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Apple iPhone 5C: Guys, do you feel left out?

The much anticipated latest updates to Apple's iPhone have been announced, including the new iPhone 5C.  The "C" could stand for "cheaper" since the phone will start at $99 with a new 2-year activation.  But, the folks at Apple would probably prefer that you focus on the "colorful" choices the new phone will come in.

Now, I'm all for vibrancy and love colors.  Considering that Apple took its revolutionary iPod from standard black and white models to include several cool colors, it's about time they do the same with the iPhone.  But, geez! Do you think we could get some colors that might be more appealing to guys?!?  Not that guys don't like colors like blue, green and yellow which are all included in Apple's palate of colorful options for the iPhone 5C.  But, is it too much to ask that we get some non-pastel options?!?  In addition to sky blue, could we get an electric blue or navy blue option?  How about evergreen or army green?  A rally yellow, maybe?  Candy apple red for the guys who just don't want to have a pink phone?

Don't get me wrong.  I know some guys like pastel colors and may find the iPhone 5C options adequate.  But, I'm thinking the majority of guys who would love to have the more affordable iPhone would prefer to have other color options.  I know that I would, if I were in the market for a new phone and found the lower price point appealing.  I have another year to go before I qualify to upgrade my iPhone 5 and when I'm eligible, I will go for the iPhone 5S or, wait for the iPhone 6.  I want that Touch ID feature! Way cool! And, much easier than constantly having to type in my four-digit code to unlock the phone.

Oh, Good Evening!

Note: Apple is currently accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5C online.  The iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will be available at Apple retail stores beginning at 8:00 AM on September 20.