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August 6, 2009 | I see you've met Edith

School's out this week in our Tips and Tricks entry. Taking a little staff summer vacation, but we thought we'd share this funny store from friend and fellow picker, Mike Edgerton. It's up to you do decide whether or not he's pulling our leg:

"This actually reminds me of a situation I once found myself in. I had only been attending this church for a few months when I was asked to do one of the old hymns in a bluegrass flavor. I worked on it and the Sunday came for my song and I got up and did it. Afterward one of the women in the congregation came up and said 'That was about the worst song anyone has ever done here.' I apologized and said I'd try to do better next time.

A little while later she came by and said that my mandolin was way out of tune. I again apologized and told her I'd pay more attention next time. A few minutes later the Pastor came up and said 'I see you've met Edith and I said that yes we had met. He said 'Don't worry too much about what she says, she's a little off her rocker.'

Then he added 'She just repeats what everyone else says.'"

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Posted by Ted at August 6, 2009 8:24 AM

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