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Come Hell Or High Water

The gamelan will play. We had our open house scheduled for tonight, which also coincides with our last rehearsal before a concert in Joliet.

This, of course, is a signal to the Javanese Weather Gods. It rained. Hard. And the church basement flooded.

It wasn't as bad as it could have been. There was a sizeable puddle in the entrance to the gamelan room, but we only had to move a few of the instruments and the new rugs out of the way, and the rest looked pretty safe. Lots of people braved the downpour to come to the open house, and we got to play, and they got to play, and it was all on the bronze instruments, which sound ten times richer than our traveling iron instruments.

(This is why gamelans in Java get housed in rooms on stilts. I asked about that.)

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elliska
Oct. 8th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
You jsut don't have good luck with this sort of thing, do you? Finding rooms, having them flooded...what's next? Better not ask. At least you got to play and everything is ok.
frenchpony
Oct. 8th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
We really don't have luck with our open house events. Two years ago, when I first came to the open house, there had also been a storm, and a tree had fallen on a power line and had blacked the neighborhood out. Since the gamelan is in a basement, no playing that night! We just sat on the church steps and ate the snacks that people brought.
perelleth
Oct. 8th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
perhaps you should ask for a basement on stilts for next year... just in case.. :-)
frenchpony
Oct. 8th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
A basement on stilts would be a nice trick, if the church could pull it off for us. I think right now, we'd just be happy to have the gigantic leak in the skanky bathroom fixed. That was where the water was coming in from last night.
dot_o_choillmor
Oct. 8th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a bit of excitement ;-) I'm glad it work out in the end. I'm with Perelleth, though - it's surely not too much to ask the University for a room on stilts, right?
frenchpony
Oct. 8th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
It would be nice to ask the University, except that they don't house us. The gamelan has housing with a local church, and only a very tenuous connection to the University at all. I asked my advisor about this, and he gave me one of those . . . pregnant pauses, before telling the diplomatic-ellipsis-filled story of how the gamelan used to live at the University and then . . . moved.
meggins
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Maybe you need to look into some nice attic space? But it would proably still leak, and you'd just have a different set of problems. Glad this flood wasn't too horrendous.
frenchpony
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Well, we survived it, and we even managed to mop up and play for the guests, so it wasn't all that bad.
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