A Refreshing Conversation

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I started in a new role at The Bank recently, which means I got a new computer, a new desk, new (and improved) access to our internal networks… and new colleagues.

I found out, rather serendipitously, that the lady who sits next to me loves classical music. She doesn’t play an instrument, but she and her husband often go to symphony concerts. However, she did introduce me to another colleague who plays violin.

The violinist and I proceeded to have a most refreshing conversation. He has played a lot of the pieces I have and it was so nice to talk to someone who understands what it means to know the Mozart violin concerti pretty well, but have trouble with the Beethoven violin concerto.

Don’t worry, dear readers, if you have no idea what that prior paragraph was talking about, I don’t think you’re an idiot or anything. You just have to understand this: I’ve been working at this company for a little while now and I’ve found that I have virtually nothing in common with anyone. Most people have never been out of the region I currently live in and don’t care at all about books, classical music, foreign languages, or basically anything I find remotely interesting. It’s all sports and stupid TV shows with them, so finding someone who likes something I like is pretty amazing.

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5 thoughts on “A Refreshing Conversation

  1. I feel your pain. I only recently found myself at a classical music concert (I wrote something about it here, if you pardon me the spam http://wp.me/p4GEJ0-u7 ) but, nonetheless, I can count on one hand the colleagues with whom I can discuss about politics, or traveling further than Ibiza or Vegas or Dubai… And rest assured, I ran out of them quicker than I can run out of fingers!

    At least X-factor has stopped, or so it seems.

    1. No worries about posting the link—I’m very glad you did, as I like your post! And thanks so much for your comment. I know this might sound strange, but it oddly makes me feel better to know that other people are in the same boat, so to speak, as I am. As you say, there’s virtually no one I can discuss politics with (especially international politics, which is my favorite), or traveling, or foreign languages, or anything else I like, really.

      As for X-factor: I wish I were so lucky! If my colleagues discussed X-factor, that would be mildly annoying, but I could deal with it. (Embarrassing confession: during my college days, I sometimes watched that show with my friends! 😉 ) No, at my place of work, the favored TV show appears to be “The Mindy Project.” I’ve only seen a 30-second clip/trailer thing from it, but I hated that so much that I vowed to never watch the show.

      Getting back to something more pleasant—your post—I just wanted to say that the first piece you heard at the concert, the Bach Double violin concert, is one that I’ve played many, many times. 🙂

      Edited to add: Just looked at your blog and it’s amazing! I think you’re definitely going on my blogroll and RSS feed reader. 😀

      1. Many thanks, that’s very kind! I have to say I miss my old assignment (I’m a kind of a nomad – at least in my organization – consultant): we had the most diverse discussions ever, from “who’s going to replace Islamists as the next terrorist group” to “what’s the best passport stamp”.

        Congratulations for your music skills, I’m really really impressed. I’ve seen how difficult that concert is and, no matter what part you played, I’m sure it’s no small feat.

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