Dinner with Friends

Some of our good friends and neighbors had a teeny problem with their freezer which resulted in lots of food that needed to be cooked and eaten or else it would ruin. We were glad to oblige them and help, wouldn’t want good food to go to waste!! We had a wonderful time, they are fabulous hosts, our entire family enjoys spending time with them. I believe that their children are the best behaved children I have ever encountered!! They have the most impeccable manners, and ALWAYS use them. The children are also kind and considerate to each other, something I wish my twins would do more of!! If you guys are reading this, kudos to you both on raising them right! There was another couple there, whom we had not previously met. That is always fun, to meet new people. After a most delicious dinner our conversation turned to musical instruments which prompted Catherine to bring out her 2 didgeridoos. Of course I have no idea what the thing is, but once she played it – the sound was familiar. Here is a hint from Wikipedia if you want to be ‘in the know’:

The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu or didge) is a wind instrument of the Indigenous Australians of northern Australia. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”. Musicologists classify it as an aerophone.

A didgeridoo is usually cylindrical or conical in shape and can measure anywhere from 1 to 3 m (3.2 ft to 9.8 ft) in length with most instruments measuring around 1.2 metres (3.9 ft). Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower the pitch or key of the instrument. Keys from D to F? are the preferred pitch of traditional Aboriginal players.

There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo’s exact age, though it is commonly claimed to be the world’s oldest wind instrument. Archaeological studies of rock art in Northern Australia suggests that the Aboriginal people of the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory have been using the didgeridoo for about 1500 years, based on the dating of paintings on cave walls and shelters from this period. A clear rock painting in Ginga Wardelirrhmeng from the freshwater period (1500 years ago until the present)[1] shows a didgeridoo player and two songmen.[2] In some Aboriginal cultures, only men are permitted to play it, and women can only use clapsticks.

ok, so there you have it – my neighbor plays the didgeridoo, and it is really a very cool sound. You could almost close your eyes while she played it and imagine yourself in some far-off exotic location. Cool Beans!

Other conversation turned to Google Maps, specifically Street View. I am very familiar with Google Maps, and Google Earth, but had never checked out the Street View portion. hmmmm, it is kind of strange! If you put in your address at Google Maps, then click on Street View in the little bubble that pops up, you can see a clear picture of your house! I wish I had known about it when I was scouring the internet for pictures of houses here in Madison before we moved. BTW, the picture of our house is obviously old, there is a For Sale sign out front!

Say what?