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Re: Kalatit's stories

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  • sarah_inseattle
    (Yes!) ... just ... booklet? ... humorous, ... wisdom. ... other ... here ... had ... played ... all ... that ... jobs ... however, ... which ... country
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 30, 2005
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      (Yes!)


      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Sarah,
      >
      > Please see my reply to Pavritrata (do not know the post # since I
      just
      > wrote it). Of course it applies to you as well.
      >
      > Niriha
      >
      > By the way, was it me, was it me?!!!!! ;-) (Couldn't resist)
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sarah_inseattle
      > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Niriha, thanks for this post. How can we get this little
      booklet?
      > >
      > > Gratitude,
      > > Sarah
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
      > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Kalatit offered a booklet - "Fifty-Three Life Stories - of 53
      > > stories
      > > > culled from his real life experiences. The stories are
      humorous,
      > > > insightful and topped off with just the right amount of
      wisdom.
      > > >
      > > > The stories are about his experiences as: a gardener for the
      > > > Rockefellers, a park ranger, piano tuner for Billy Joel, Tony
      > > Bennett
      > > > among other notables, piano mover, professional musician - in
      other
      > > > words, a well rounded life. For starters (since it is 2:20am)
      here
      > > > are two of his stories:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > TWENTY ONE
      > > >
      > > > In those days I used to commute to the city by train.
      > > Occasionally I
      > > > would chat with someone but for the most part I would keep to
      > > myself;
      > > > would read the paper or snore or something similar.
      > > >
      > > > One day a very attractive and vivacious young lady
      > > started "chatting
      > > > me up;" describing in great detail all the various things she
      had
      > > > recently been up to in Manhattan and elsewhere.
      > > >
      > > > At first I was polite. Then as she proceeded, I thought that
      > > perhaps
      > > > she saw me as a sympathetic elder. Eventually as a kind of hip
      > > > contemporary. That was quickly dispelled when she paused and
      > > asked,
      > > > "Did you ever do anything fun when you were young?"
      > > >
      > > > Though stunned, I regrouped and said, "Well, I went to the
      > > Woodstock
      > > > Festival in 1969."
      > > >
      > > > Now she was stunned. I might-as-well have said I helped Noah
      > > gather
      > > > the animals two-by-two.
      > > >
      > > > She was face to face with an historical figure.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > FORTY THREE
      > > >
      > > > I recently sold a piano to Mrs. H., a Park Ave. scion. She
      played
      > > > well and was very demanding and, as often happens, had already
      > > driven
      > > > a number of dealers in the Metropolitan area crazy demanding
      all
      > > kinds
      > > > of expensive adjustments and even leaving a number of deposits
      that
      > > > she had later rescinded.
      > > >
      > > > For better or worse, I've dealt with a lot of artistic nut
      jobs
      > > over
      > > > the years and have a knack for it. Even after the sale,
      however,
      > > she
      > > > kept having remorse.
      > > >
      > > > "It's wonderful when I play my Brahms. Acceptable for Mozart.
      > > > Alright for most Chopin except for one of the Etudes, during
      which
      > > it
      > > > sounds dreadful."
      > > >
      > > > "Sounds like you need to buy a few more pianos," I answered.
      > > >
      > > > She got the joke.
      > > >
      > > > Since then I worked on another instrument of hers at her
      country
      > > place
      > > > in Connecticut and at least at the moment, everything is fine.
      > > >
      > > > Kalatit Baker
      > > >
      > > > submitted by Niriha
      > > >
      > >
      >
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