One of the things that I know will get a good workout while I’m off is my piano. With a pretty wide-open schedule, there’s really an opportunity to spend some time really getting better (and I mean relatively, I’m not sure I’ll ever be “good”…) at this thing.
The piano is a funny thing. In this digital world, it is a bit of a throwback: wood, wires, cloth, metal, interlocking mechanisms. It is, however, I think one of the world’s original and best gadgets. This thing has thousands of individual parts all operating together.
I read a great book a couple of years ago that describes how Steinway’s big grands are produced.
If you’re at all interested in this gadget, I really recommend it.