The Life of Duncan

"Personal Purity, Family Unity, Selfless Service"

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Backyard Sunset Fun

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I am so proud of Gina for speaking so eloquently about this whole Ordainwomen.org/Kate Kelly thing.

C JANE wrote a blog post (click here) that made me sad to read.  Gina wrote this in response:
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My four-year-old daughter routinely complains, “That’s not enough!” when I pour her cereal in the mornings. I usually respond by saying, “When you have finished that, then you can have more.” And she almost never finishes what I first give her. That’s kind of how I see the OW movement. Are we complaining that we don’t have enough, rather than thanking God for what we do have? Have we reached our potential so quickly that we can no longer develop the gifts we already have? Have we run out of ways to serve? I personally see this public quest for so-called equality as an unfortunate distraction from pressing work in our homes and communities; work that will keep us together as families and communities. We have been given so many opportunities as women, both in the church and out of the church. Just think about the opportunities we have for education, employment, public service, financial independence (and the list goes on), when there are women in some countries who are not even allowed to go to school or drive a car. Let’s use our opportunities to influence the world for good, instead of trying to convince the world that we have it so hard.

July 16, 2014
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I’m so thankful for a wonderful wife with a beautiful perspective. I am also thankful for Nie Nie sharing her views (click here).

Cute Charlotte:
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Atlanta Day 7 – CTE Exam attempt/going home

Keith Kopp has been working on me to become a Certified Tuning Examiner. Today I took my exam and failed. I lost 7 points on just one note (C3)!

So let me put this in context. The CTE exam is the exact same test as the RPT exam except it must be an entirely Aural Tuning and must be passed at 90% or above in all sections.

The piano is first de-tuned then the examinee is given the first 5 minutes (of 45 min) to tune A4 to an A440 tuning fork. This section I passed at 100%.

The remaining minutes are then used to complete the temperament octave (F3-F4 in my case) and the mid-range (C3-B4).

I scored 85% on the temperament (good enough for RPT but still under 90%), and 73% on the mid-range. I would need to go back and re-take the exam another time.
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Because we had some time Atsundo gave me the opportunity to take part 1 again (A4, temperament, mid-range). While he was de-tuning the piano for the second time he discovered that C3, the very note I had lost 7 points on, was still at the exact same pitch it had been de-tuned to the first time around! We concluded that test anxiety most likely caused me to completely pass up C3 without even touching it! Although knowing this didn’t change my official exam results it did help me decide that I could do better with another chance.

So although it was not an official exam, the second time my results were significantly improved (all CTE level):
A –> fork = 100% (in 44 seconds)
Temperament = 98%
Mid-range = 93%
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Some pics coming home:
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Timothy Barnes:
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M.A.R.T.A tunnel:
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Interesting billboard considering the recent Obama executive order regarding ivory:
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Atlanta Day 6 – Coca-Cola

Spent the day assisting with two 4-hour exams – fun stuff!
Then went for a walk.
2nd tallest building in Atlanta
(Sun Trust):

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Coca-Cola:
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DOF :
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Rose :
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Golden Hammer banquet:
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(Rick Baldassin):
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Classical piano concert I spent very little time at :
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I had a conversation with Jack Stebbins about the official soft drink of Maine, Moxie (thanks Google images!)
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Atlanta Day 5 – RPT Exam, classes

Assisted with a tuning exam today – two new RPTs!  Congrats Tomo & Dave!

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Don Mannino, Director of Field Services for Kawai and Shigeru Kawai Pianos:

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Dean Reyburn, Carl Lieberman – RCT:

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Atlanta Day 4 – walk through the city

“There are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable, and no frontiers beyond our reach.”

John S. Herrington
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Walked downtown with Mike Wilson.
Sid Cox playing Amazing Grace for us on his trumpet:
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Atlanta Aquarium (from the outside):

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World of Coca-Cola:

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Fun pics that Gina sent me from back home – our girls are totally growing up! :
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Forgot to bring someone with me:
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Slumber party:
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Atlanta Day 3 – Master Tuning

“Nothing but harmony, honesty, industry, and frugality are necessary to make us a great and a happy people.”

George Washington
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Sunrise this morning from my balcony:
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I was elected to serve on the Membership Rights Committee:
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I participated in a master tuning with Dave Conte, Alan (?) & Keith Kopp:
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In the welcome to Convention opening ceremony Rick Baldassin was presented, most unexpectedly, with the Golden Hammer Award:
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Atlanta Day 2 – Council

Hyatt Regency from 21st floor down:

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From the bottom floor up:

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Dinner at a Meehan Public House:
Ricki Klos, Carl Lieberman

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Carl’s haircut before:

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After:

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Book recommendation:
INVISIBLES: THE POWER OF ANONYMOUS WORK IN AN AGE OF RELENTLESS SELF-PROMOTION
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Pants recommendation: Bonobos

Atlanta Day 1

Flying:

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Tan’nya Jenkins, motivational speaker:

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I really thought this was just a Red Cross ad!

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My room:
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Korean BBQ pork burger – mmmmm:
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Daddy-Daughters Day/Golfing

Hanging with the girls at the Provo Rec Center:
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The Red Barn
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Charlotte took this picture of me – Gina loves it:
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