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Playing in the Park

Now that the weather is nice, my lunches have gotten much more old-timey. Instead of eating at my desk like I did through most of winter, I am now bringing my fiddle along and exiting to a nearby park to play tunes.

There's a quiet picnic area with a set of secluded tables that are usually empty when I arrive, providing a comfortable place to play away from the sensitive ears of others.

But usually empty is not always empty. Take today, for example, nobody was at the tables when I arrived, but about halfway through my practice session my solitary area filled with other lunchtimers and forced me to suck it up and play for a crowd.

Confession time: My demeanor is not the most extroverted, especially when it comes to playing music and even moreso when it comes to playing the fiddle. However, my midday forays to the park have helped me overcome the impulse to clam up or stop playing in the company of an unexpected audience.

Twice I've been complimented for my novice fiddling, and today's interlopers sat quietly at the very next table as I played. They didn't say anything, but they didn't run off screaming either. Although their sudden arrival in my peripheral vision startled me, I played through the hiccup and finished my practice session with satisfaction.

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