I have been taking a look at some comments on the IDM Music Forum this morning and I made the comment about "Synthesizer widows" wondering if I would raise any response from these "equipment addicts". I suppose I should add that I was on a section of the forum where the subject was equipment. It reminds me of the days when I did have a synthesizer with a number of knobs and sockets permitting the modification of the raw sound from the two oscillators and the patching via cables. At least I wasn't married and I understand that this institution requires its allocation of time in your day. Who can forget Zorba's response to the question; "Am I not a man, and is not a man stupid? I am married, house, wife, children, the full catastrophe!". It would be wrong to judge marriage as a catastrophe and there are too many unions in the world that illustrate the opposite, but I have avoided that situation. You read of the situation of "golfing widows", "horse racing widows", etc, etc. So why not "synthesizer widows" with the husband spending most of his spare time in his "studio" or "den" bent over his bank of electronic gadgetry twiddling knobs, or pushing buttons and finally producing a few minutes of what he calls "music"? Whether his family aggrees with his assessment is another question. It is rare that you find the whole family engaged in the same hobby and performing together on stage.
In my situation, the literal dropping of the Casio HT3000 keyboard changed my plans and the old 1987 veteran may have sounded its last note as I think the repair charge would be a tad frightening. I suppose that the people who once engaged in "blooging" and responding to their friends on the network found that it took up a large amount of time and perhaps they thought they didn't have anything of interest to say. Perhaps they were also wanting to avoid controversy, or the phenomenon of "cyber-bullying" we have seen on Facebook and Twitter. Both of these networks have also been used by groups like the Neo Nazis and ISIS recruitment. This is an unfortunate side of the Internet equation and we like to think that the administration of these networks can control the members of this ilk. I hope Live Journal is capable of weilding the axe when required. At the same time I praise the freedom of such forums, a freedom that our oriental brethren don't always enjoy, especially if their comments are critical of their governments.
As for the friends that followed Sonia, Had, and the rest, I have lost contact with them and wonder if they are now involved in family life and that is proving a full time occupation. If by chance, any of them read this rambling message they might respond and say "hello". Also any other friendly greetings will receive a response.