Off Topic discussions
The grains are raw. I roast them in a skillet till they get slightly darker and give off a pleasing nutty scent.
Here, this is not whistle, but it is exceptionally impressive.
I blend my own masala for chai and it often accompanies breakfast. My main tea source is Upton in MA, though I have had some nice tea from Harney, too. Rooibos I get at the grocers, usually Celestial Seasonings. Oh, from Upton I recently got a ginger and beetroot, caffeine free, very tasty.
I generally find resolutions to lead to failure and disappointment both of which I have more than enough of. Still, with this I would like to practice my whistles more. I have spent gobs of money on high end whistles and ocarinas and mostly they just decorate my shelves. I have some general goal of having a Xmas set for '22 to play at our holiday brunch at work. Then to have a St. Pat's set to play in a local brewery in '23. I had planned to have this for '22 but...
And to our previous exchange about diets. One must be cautious as diet plans are very marketable. First it was Atkins, then paleo, now keto. One might suspect there is more profit than health in them. Still, it may be well for me to curtail the ale and snacks like crackers and cheese.
Well, true enough, but in conversations with coworkers it seems ubiquitous that lifestyle changes, especially the way one eats and the fitness plans one has are the most difficult to carry through with. And when makes that first slip, an extra slice of pizza, a few snacks, well the resolution is generally lost.
Is your continued mask use your own choice or are they still required in your town?
In Oct. my workplace instituted mandatory vaccination if one wishes to remain employed. There are two exceptions, confirmed medical excuse and religious belief. I have not gotten a firm answer on why religion is given deference and it seems difficult to justify. It must be a very common practice though as there are web sites that list out bible verses and their interpretation so anyone can quickly have a religious exemption. I do not know what allowances are made for other religions.
I was told by one of the clergy at work the religious exemption is very easy to get and there are ordained pastors doing online business selling people documentation for religious exemption which the pastor has signed. Guess the signature gives the document more acceptance.
Takahe Flutes in NZ has some very nice whistles in standard and unusual keys. He may be found on Esty with demo posts on YT. I have purchased several whistles from him and am very pleased.
I do not know what the infection rates are here. Still the mask wearing now seems for show rather than necessity. I'm always surprised when I see someone driving by in a car, alone, wearing a mask. When the mask wearing was legally mandated, I was waiting outside a business waiting for it to open. A passerby stopped and asked if I had an extra mask, which I did. This mask had been often worn and carried about in my pocket for days if not weeks, Still, he accepted it and put it on... yuck!
My contention the mask wearing at work is for show may be upheld in seeing the director and manager in their office with their mask off. This seems a tacit admission they don't really support the mask policy. Sure they are alone but isn't the virus flitting about in the air?
Where I live retailers and grocers have not required masks for many months, perhaps approaching a year since legal requirements were dropped. I'd say it may be about 50/50 masked and not masked. When I shop in some grocers, neither I nor the cashier are wearing a mask and this I'm entirely comfortable with. My miserable job still has mandatory masks, except in the cafeteria which appears to be under some magical protection from rest of the facility. I suspect inertia and it offers a means of employee control rather than medical necessity, I do not follow sports but coworkers who do have told me stadiums have fully reopened with no mandates. So perhaps what, 20K people side by side with no masks? Seems no reason for retail to continue restrictions.
@Larry - I have had very good experiences with online whistle purchases. I recommend: Becker, US, Goldfinch, Poland, Humphrey, US, Takahe, NZ and if you want to go high end, Bruke or Reyburn, US. Of these Becker is the most affordable at about $15. Handcrafted PVC and very pleasing to play. James Becker, the craftsman, obviously makes whistles for the love of his craft, not as a business enterprise.
I'm playing mostly Irish tunes with the goal of playing at a local brewery for St. Pat's 2022. I much enjoy Medieval and Renaissance music and have put together some sets. There are also dabble with some less than trad tunes...
Tune playing is my general approach too. Sometimes I warm up, both my self and the whistle, by doing an ascending/descending scale or two. Online and printed tutorials recommend exercises with cuts and rolls. Perhaps these would benefit me but the draw to paly tunes is stronger.
I, too have been playing an A and G. Mine are by James Becker of Becker Whistles. I like the lower, mellow sound, especially of the A. And as July has three pay checks, a time and a half holiday and a rise, I have purchased a A and G from Goldfinch Whistles, Poland.
Hummm. I cannot tell if you are serious or playful. Whistles in my collection are from $20 to $200. I've had very few really bad whistles and some very nice whistles in the $20 range such as Becker Whistles. The Bruke and Reyburn are the high end ones and yes they sound sweet. I'd like to try a Carbony but at $260 to $500, no.
Here is a link to a site of international tunes. Not all fit the whistle but the majority do. Very interesting stuff!