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post #16 of 50
chadbang:

Exactly! I was at the symphony the other day when everyone turned around and looked at me all snotty

I said, "What? You don't fart?"

cajunchrist
post #17 of 50
No dude, they were mad 'cuz you didn't follow the rule EXPLICITLY STATING all farts during a performace must smell like roses. Duuuuhhhhh...
post #18 of 50
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by cajunchrist
If someone clearing their throat is distracting, I say you're too easily distracted.

cajunchrist
Nope, you have it all wrong. If someone clears his throat while the violins and cellos are creating an intimate, beautiful ambiance, and I get distracted, it means the person who did it is rude, vulgar and uncultured. It doesn't mean I'm easily distracted.

As redshifter said, I also think my standards are pretty stiff. But then again, I also think the dress code at my office (business suits all day, everyday) is very stiff, and I still follow it. It's a matter of behaving according to the situation you find yoursef in.
post #19 of 50
Quote:
know I am preaching to the choir here, but I am mad
fj, would that be as mad as your BEAVER!?!?


i'm likin' the new closeup. i have to get me one of those.

re: work etiquette, i work in a computer lab with about 60 other people, how do you feel about other people playing their music loud with a subwoofer so even headphones don't block it out? is it rude or am i being too sensetive again. (said music ranges from ok to the worst butt-rock and pop music available). maybe i should just shut up and get the er6 already.

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If someone clearing their throat is distracting, I say you're too easily distracted.
i'm not distracted by that. that falls under acceptable ambient noise in my book. coughing or clearing your throat every minute steps over the line.
post #20 of 50
I haven't been to too many concerts, only about 4 i'd say - and most have been superb, with attentive audiences and the like.

I sympathize with fj's remarks.......tho I very rarely find myself distracted.....I zone "in" to things...and can't get out for a while. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

The best concert audience I've ever seen was at a tabla/some stringed instrument i forgot about - not sitar....more like a small harp..........

Regardless - the performance was sweeet.....and the audience loved it.
post #21 of 50
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and my personal favorite, wringing your program in your hands for the whole show, and constantly pulling your sticky fingers off the glossy cover with a noisey pop every few minutes. why are you still holding on to it in the dark? why? WHY?
lol I used to do this at church when I was kid.
post #22 of 50

That's why I hate people....

I really hate it when some idiot makes noises in a classical perfomance. That's one of the reasons I stopped going to concert halls in the first place. And that was New York by the way. In general, I hate to dealm with the disconsiderate people who makes noises when you are/listening to the orchestra/watching the movie/eyeing the pretty blonde on stage/long etc. Noises and conversations are okay in rock concerts and strip shows (where the music will drown them anyway).

If classical music, I'll rather play a CD now, than have to endure uneducated and inconsiderate people. I know I am missing a lot, but I also get away from things I do not deserve to be subjected to.

In general, I've concluded, vulgar people loves to be the center of attention everywere they go, even if such attention implies not their stature or pressence, but all the racket they can make (go to Atlanta on springbreak to see my point).

And yes, my blood pressure is too high today.
post #23 of 50
Listen to vinyl. It will hone your ability to listen past the distracting noises and enjoy the music.
post #24 of 50
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wringing your program in your hands for the whole show, and constantly pulling your sticky fingers off the glossy cover with a noisey pop every few minutes. why are you still holding on to it in the dark? why? WHY?
An unconcious desire to masturbate.

cajunchrist

P.S. My farts DO smell like roses.
post #25 of 50
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by cajunchrist
An unconcious desire to masturbate.

cajunchrist

P.S. My farts DO smell like roses.
I believe you. I just don't need any proof
post #26 of 50
I'll PM everybody in this thread with a sample, so you know I'm not kidding.

cajunchrist
post #27 of 50

Re: That's why I hate people....

Uh, Atlanta (at least the interesting parts thereof; that is, the Highlands and Decatur) is quiet as a tomb during Spring Break, sir.

Peace,

Jay
(Went to school in ATL, Emory to be exact.)

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Originally posted by Onix

In general, I've concluded, vulgar people loves to be the center of attention everywere they go, even if such attention implies not their stature or pressence, but all the racket they can make (go to Atlanta on springbreak to see my point).

And yes, my blood pressure is too high today. [/B]
post #28 of 50

Re: Re: That's why I hate people....

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Originally posted by citroeniste
Uh, Atlanta (at least the interesting parts thereof; that is, the Highlands and Decatur) is quiet as a tomb during Spring Break, sir.

Peace,

Jay
(Went to school in ATL, Emory to be exact.)


Sorry Jay, but all those SUV's blasting rap all nigth doesn't sound like a tomb to me, unless it is invaded by zombies. All over Peacthree they rumble in the nigth.
post #29 of 50
Everything in the "Guardian" article you site is true. However, what you fail to mention is that a great man and towering giant among conductors and composers by the name of GUSTAV MAHLER changed all of that when he was the director of the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House). He put his stamp on orchestral music, and opera, and ballet, forever. If civility was good enough for Mahler, it's good enough for me!

Speaking of the Staatsoper, allow me to brag a bit. Today I saw Tschaik's "Nutcracker" ballet there. And thankfully, a Vienna audience knows how to act during a performance. Oh yeah, my ticket was 30ATS, which is 2.18 euro, which is about US$1.96. Sure, I stood up the whole time, but it was, I repeat UNDER TWO UNITED STATES DOLLARS for an above-average performance of a pretty good ballet in one of the finest performance venues in the world. I paid considerably more than that (~US$6, not a bad deal in itself) for my melange (proper Viennese coffee) and Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher before the show.

A bad week for me is one in which I only see 2 live performances of good music a week. (This week will be one of them, unfortunately, the only other performance I'm able to attend being Tori Amos on Friday.)

Peace,

J

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Originally posted by shivohum


Again from the article: "I read recently that Ravel's favourite way of listening to performances of his own music was to leave the hall, and pace up and down the corridor smoking a Capriol cigarette. Apparently people used to stroll around and smoke at early Proms."
post #30 of 50
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Originally posted by citroeniste
A bad week for me is one in which I only see 2 live performances of good music a week.
Single and no kids, rigth?
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