It’s been three and a half years since I “almost retired” and I was about to write a long update in an email reply to Oldghm when I thought, “wait a minute, why don’t I post that on the forum where you all can read it?” So, here it is. Maybe it’s off topic, but I beg your indulgence: this IS about my gig and many of you are treasured friends. And in words per year, it’s small.
I’m still working at Bose three consecutive days each month. December’s gig starts tomorrow. I meet with about a dozen people one-on-one each time. They tell me I’m earning my pay, so we keep doing it. Among other things, I’m working with Ken-at-Bose on the future of consumer electronics and with some folks in Pro on new acoustics prediction software.
Cliff-at-Bose and I are about to have our weekly “gentlemen’s lunch” at his house, which happens every Monday unless one of us is traveling. If you’re ever in our neighborhood, come to lunch.
Bridget and I now have enough time to keep fit outdoors and we do travel a lot. Summers are mostly spent at our cabin in Maine; in winters, we rent a place in Sanibel, Florida for three weeks. We also try to really “get away” at least once a year—in September we spent a week hiking inn-to-inn with a group in the mountains of Slovakia. Still hoping for a US tour where we could stop and visit many of you.
Current books on my bedside table are: four books on Bayesian statistics, “50 Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings” and that darn “A First Course in String Theory” is still here. As you see, I’m diving deeply into statistics, a subject that matters a lot to Bose because we’re doing things like hearing aids and Sleep buds. Good human testing relies on impeccable statistics, but you’d be dismayed (but perhaps not surprised) to know that about 2/3 of results published in the relevant journals fail the test of repetition. The poster child for this so-called “replication crisis” is nutrition/health, where most of us do not heed new reported links between foods and diseases, because those claims are so often retracted or even reversed. Bose health-related products must do better than that or we’ll rightly lose your trust. Fortunately, I’ve found some books that make the subject fascinating to me. And they explain the replication crisis and its potential remedy.
Bridget and I don’t get enough music in our diet, that’s for sure. (Come rescue us?) As you know, it’s hard to find live music that’s not too loud or spectrally awful. We subscribe to a classical music series in Boston, where we hear about ten concerts a year. Next up, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Symphony Hall. Yumm. And we always attend the LearnQuest Indian Classical Music Conference, which is on March 27-29 this year (shameless plug).
Yeah, this is living the dream. (Now if only we could resume those Musicians’ Conferences—we’d be there in a heartbeat.) Missing your company and your music and hoping all is well with you and those you love.