The Life of Duncan

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Archive for the month “November, 2013”

Pile of Mulch

This morning Nick and Kaden helped me begin to spread a big pile of mulch.

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Here:

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Then we went with mom and dad Brown to Gene Slade’s baptism in Midway.
Afterwards we went to the Timpanogos Temple (The same evening Dan and Diannah got engaged)

Seven Pianos

Today I tuned seven Pianos in the JSB. Campus police let me into the building since all the buildings and rooms were locked today on vacation day. Felt good to get a whole bunch of work done.

Thanksgiving

Gina made two pumpkin pies, one can’t pie, Indian corn cupcakes, and mashed potatoes. I played with the girls.
“It’s a pig face in the sand!”

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We had a wonderful dinner at Grammy and Papa’s house. On the way home we saw Christmas lights!

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1875 Steinway Upright

Po in the Talmage Building (I know…random):

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1875 Steinway Upright (Mary Lynn Marrs):

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Zurcher‘s home where I tuned their Baldwin spinet. Super cute house:

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Gratitude List

Today I thought I’d create a list of 10 things I’m grateful for:

1. First and foremost my wife, Gina, and two beautiful daughters, Chloe & Charlotte.
2. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
3. My Savior Jesus Christ and the Atonement that He made for me.
4. To live in the United States of America, a country in which I can choose any profession or career path I want to, as well as practice any religious beliefs I want to.
5. My profession as a Piano Technician .
6. A well-running car.
7. An abundance of food. I love eating tasty healthy food, and having a wife who knows how to prepare it.
8. Our home in Marrcrest.
9. The Scriptures.
10. The 2×4 Plan!

Bonus #11:
This big pile of mulch that was delivered unexpectedly yesterday! Anyone need some garden filler?

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Thus was a very sweet care package Carma Hafen (Diana Kelsey’s mom) made for me since their piano took a long time to service and in had two more to do after theirs. Such a sweetie!

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Pianos & Leadership

My day started this morning at 6:30 AM with my first in-home piano tuning. I had a great time catching up with Chris and Anna Bailey. Chris is the host of a fishing show called Reel Outdoors.

I also tuned three pianos at the Hinckley Center at BYU:

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As well as attended a leadership lecture series in the Tanner Building, Marriott School of Management. Scott Petersen (demonstrating two ears, one mouth)

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And of course we had family home evening tonight on gratitude.

My first UVCC choir concert

Today I accompanied the UVCC on the organ for the first time. Wow, it was nerve-racking! But at the end of the day it turned out really nice and I’m looking forward to future performances and service with the UVCC.

Long Full Saturday

This morning we had number six of six (last one of the series) Keith Kopp aural piano tuning class. I’m so glad I took that class! I feel like it has changed my game. Keith really likes my teaching technique and agreed that maybe we can teach more people together then he can on his own.

He also gave me a referral to do an emergency pedal lyre repair at The Manor in the Riverwoods. Check out this 1879 Steinway C:

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This is what the pedal lyre look like when I arrived there:

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I did the repair, just forgot to take a picture. I look forward to doing more work and tuning on that piano in the near future.

After that I went straight over to that UVU Institute building and practiced the organ for a number of hours for all of my musical events tomorrow. I actually had quite a bit of fun practicing Christian Hansen’s arrangement “For The Beauty of the Earth”. I also practiced a little bit and prepared for my first time accompanying the UVCC on the organ tomorrow night.

When I was finally done for the day I came home and enjoy some nice time with Gina and the girls.

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Sales Tax – check

We got all caught up on sales tax today. Yay!

Jeggings, Spandex and The BYU Dress and Grooming Standards

Today was a particularly difficult day as I became easily distracted by all the “jeggings” and leggings being worn around campus. This is definitely a trend that is pervasive on BYU campus, and probably across Utah and beyond. Frankly I believe it is a reflection of the lack of awareness on the part of the young women walking across campus wearing what seems like is practically nothing while still being fully clothed. Do women not realize the already tough time that most men have to keep their thoughts clean as they are surrounded by so many beautiful daughters of God? I’m sure they do not, and it is to this end that I share my opinion on this controversial matter.

Some might say, “Men should just control the way they think! I can dress the way I want to.” And indeed there is truth to this. We should be able to control better what we think, and you are certainly free to dress the way you want to. However for a certain population, that is probably larger than we’d like to admit, our minds have been filled (indeed we have filled our own minds) with lewd and salacious imagery for so long, and at such high intensity, that it is hard, even seemingly impossible, to remove those images from our minds. And when we view women wearing form-fitting clothing, The natural response is to view them in a way that objectifies them. Sadly enough this is how an addict’s mind is wired. For many of us it is our chief goal and aim to rewire our minds through the Power of the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. But it is a process and there are practical things that can be done to assist us in this process.

To the women of the Church: there is something you can do to help us. Yes, this is a plea for help! Please consider in the morning, as you choose your dress, the effect on others of what you are deciding to wear. If you need an example of beautiful and modest dress please talk to my wife! She is an incredible example of beauty and modesty.

I’m not quite sure why there has been such a great deviation from the BYU Dress and Grooming Standards? There it states clearly that “Clothing is inappropriate when it is…form fitting.” (But then again I guess “jeggings” and skin-tight spandex covered by nothing more than an untucked, button-down shirt are not “form-fitting”…Breathe…)

I found myself one-on-one with a piano in the Varsity Theater (Wilkinson Student Center), and lots of distracting thoughts floating around in my head. As I was deciding “Do I stay or do I go?” I noticed out of the corner of my eye, something on the wall: the Emergency Evacuation Plan.

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It was then that I realized that each one of us has to have a plan of escape for when Satan is throwing his fiery darts straight at us.

In that moment my plan of escape was (1) to call one of my 12 step buddies, in this case it was Cameron W, and then (2) to leave. To simply drop what I was doing and go home (and in my case take a nap.) The change of scenery was refreshing, and a short nap was indeed what I needed.

Perhaps, just like Joseph of old, we sometimes must run away from temptation as if our life depended on it! Because in many cases it surely does!

This is a picture of a poster that was hanging in the RB where I was tuning yesterday morning at 7 AM:

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I agree.

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P.S. I took this after tuning in the Tanner building this morning:

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P.P.S. Lastly, I got a parking ticket on campus (yesterday?). I brought it into the traffic office in person and it turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of the year. They reversed the charge, and also recommended that I get a service pass, which is an all inclusive privileged parking pass on campus. They told me the process to acquire that parking privilege, and in the meantime gave me full parking privileges on campus through December 15!

The following sign was on the wall of the receptionist (named Cindy):

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So very true!
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And very lastly :/

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(thanks Lorraine at Dr. Lowry’s office :-))

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