Mr. Kraus in the Letters section was totally off-base with complaining about girls being a distraction or inappropraite part of SM's collumn. No way dude!
I like their inclusion for exactly the same reasons you site in response Stephen. Not only do they and all your other adventures lend texture and reality to your writings, it makes your (and our) musical journey at least a little bit cooler. I mean, no disrespect to some of the other writers, but bragging about the latest pipe organ concert, or obscure choral works record you found is not cool! ;) And it purpetuates the myth that good sound is synonymous with being nerdy, elitist or well past your better years (or all three).
Not so I say, and I have plenty of friends to back me up! All of us raise a glass to you Stephen. Anything that can illustrate the fun and vibrancy of music, good sound and enjoying them both with others is a big step in the right direction to at least putting up a fight against the sterotype.
I do hope we hear that at some point at least an hint of some actual "action-getting" on your part Stepehn, and hopefuully something long-term. I understand the need to be respectful of said ladies, even if you've changed their names for privacy. But like the quest for great sound, at some point settling in for a while can be as satisfying as looking forward to the next "upgrade."