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OK, I'm out of materials for the Census, and haven't heard back from my bosses at BRCF so I don't have anything to edit either, so I'm going to catch up on blogging instead!

Yesterday was pretty fun. The day pretty much went pancakes - ringing - barbecue - more ringing.

Ringing pt. 1 was at Old North, and featured meeting various and assorted visiting ringers I hadn't met before/occasional ringers I see once in a blue moon. I tore out of there five minutes early, hauled butt to the train station and caught my usual train home,* and then NOT usually retrieved my car and picked up [personal profile] nineweaving, then slavishly followed Siri's directions out to [personal profile] sovay's parents' house for the annual ice cream churning and Grill All The Things. Neither of these exactly went as usual: they have a new ice cream maker (much needed), but the vendor had sent S's Mom a motor instead of a crank, so we just sort of sat on the stoop and watched the motor make the ice cream. And then we decided we were too hot (and/or too busy juggling toddlers) to grill, so we just did hamburgers and such in the oven. But a good time was still had.

I ducked out early from this as well to haul my butt BACK downtown for the annual rite of providing the bells for the 1812 Overture on the Esplanade.** Being me, I arrived waaayyy too early, and so hung out with people (inc. even MORE ringers I'd never met) and watched them eat dinner, since post barbecue I was mostly too full for the various yummy things that people had brought for the (equally traditional) picnic in the church courtyard.
Then ringing happened. [profile] lauradi got a video if anyone's interested, which features decent ringing and me looking emaciated. Apparently I need to eat more, despite my All The Muffins diet and effectively eating dinner twice that day.

The fireworks were pretty awesome, even without the bit where I think they were trying to reproduce the shape of the continental US in FIRE.


* Incidentally: a vote of thanks to the MBTA and all of their employees and assorted auxiliary people who did sterling work to public transit moving through a federal holiday.

** CotA is a couple of blocks away, and so we'd be audible from there if it weren't for all the soundproofing. BECAUSE of the soundproofing, there've been microphones permanently installed in the bell chamber since 1976.

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microphones

Date: 2017-07-05 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lauradi7dw
The permanence of the microphones and cables has only been since the tenure as "sound guy" of Jeff, who remarked today that he has been doing it for nineteen years. He and I chatted about it a bit while he was taking away the box. Before that, people came in every year and placed the microphones from scratch, a much longer (and as Jeff said, potentially more dangerous) process. He justified the expense of the permanent installation based on time saved and safety. Someone (you? Michael?) asked yesterday about whether the wireless set-up went all the way back to the beginning. Jeff believes that early on, there was a kludge of transmitting the sound through an unlicensed radio frequency, which was then picked up near the mixing board and added in. Once wireless became practical, they abandoned their illicit ways.

Date: 2017-07-05 08:15 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Apparently I need to eat more, despite my All The Muffins diet and effectively eating dinner twice that day.

Protein. All the protein.

CotA is a couple of blocks away, and so we'd be audible from there if it weren't for all the soundproofing. BECAUSE of the soundproofing, there've been microphones permanently installed in the bell chamber since 1976.

Is the soundproofing for the benefit of the ringers or the neighborhood?

[edit] The fireworks were pretty awesome, even without the bit where I think they were trying to reproduce the shape of the continental US in FIRE.

Is that what that was! We were wondering. I think we were at the wrong angle to appreciate it topologically.
Edited Date: 2017-07-05 08:16 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-06 11:59 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
You were probably also at the wrong angle to appreciate "USA" spelled out in fireworks, which they did a couple of times, more successfully.

We couldn't make the letters out ourselves, but we heard people nearby discussing afterward whether that was what they had been looking at. Nobody got the continental U.S., though.

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