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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000109.txt from 2000/07

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Joys of Home Ownership - New Thread
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 15:20:10 -0400

On Mon, 3 Jul 2000, Kevin Fay (LCA) wrote:

> I wonder, however, how many of us have anecdotes about pre-performance
> self-mutilation. Please do tell - I will feel better!

My similar experience was also the result of an attempt at home repair or
maintenance. I was trying to cut a piece of insulation material to
insulate a basement window in a laundry room. Naturally, I took a wild
swipe at the insulation with a large and very sharp knife, slicing off a
significant amount of flesh on my left index finger. That was on a
Thursday night, and after a quick trip to the hospital emergency room for
about 8 or 10 stitches, I was able to manage a three-hour orchestra
rehearsal on Friday evening (playing bassoon). I learned that plastic
bandages rather than fabric ones will better enable you to cover tone
holes. Fortunately, I seemed to recover completely within a couple of
weeks, except I still occasionally experience a little numbness in the tip
of that finger. Oh, yes, and I suppose a little numbness of the brain,

Ed Lacy

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