October 5, 2008


Music and more, with a chess friend


Having been hit by Hurricane Ike, staying with my sister-in-law in Dallas until my electric power would be restored, I was invited by a new chess friend Toby Landes to visit him and his wife in nearby McKinney, Texas. Our mutual friend and chess coach, Chien Ming, in Indonesia, had introduced Toby and me to each other. (It is amazing and wonderful how the Internet can bridge gaps of hundreds and even thousands of miles.) So on that September afternoon I drove to their home. There Toby and I played a game of chess (he won); he, his wife, and I ate supper together. And since Toby plays violin and viola and I play piano, we had a spontaneous music-making session of songs that both of us know by ear. We sounded pretty good. We contacted Chien on the Internet and chatted, even playing a song for Chien and his wife which they heard clearly thousands of miles away by the magic of the Internet. After I left Toby got on his computer and went here to my blog; he composed a lengthy response to my posting "A big problem for me". You can read his comment below. I am very grateful to him for the enjoyable evening and for the time and thought that he put into his comments.