On Thu, 7 Feb 2008 06:03:29 -0600, James McCarty <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>In Bill Dowd's Cambridge shop years ago, there was a similar sign stating,
>"It's hard to build a harpsichord." Somehow I recall that the aphorism was
>attributed to Frank Hubbard; someone else may have a better memory.
>Underneath, a customer had written: "Try playing one."
I swear I am not lying:
On June 27, 2006 on entering the final year of my thesis, I copied the
following line from this very list, pasted it into Word, re-formatted it in
fat style Garamont 28 points, printed it out and pinned it to one of the
fake beams that a) symbolize the former house owner's idea of a rustic
timberframe interior and b) line our home office's walls. It's still there,
staring at me while I type.
The message comes from list member Bill J., who, by posting it, made my book
"For crying out loud! Just learn to do it. It ain't that hard"