Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Creating Joy

I often get e-mails from customers telling me of their experience with my whistles. This is one of the best parts about making whistles. It gives me a great feeling to be bringing so much joy to so many people. But sometimes I wonder if joy might not be a zero-sum game. Could it be that to get more joy you must take joy from others? No, joy can increase globally I am sure. But locally, maybe it varies...

"Carey, you'll never know how pleased I am with your whistle! I take it with me from one end of the house to the other and play very often. Margie hates you and does not even know you (LoL). I told her last night that I was looking into bagpipes next and she said if I was serious she'd take up the Tuba."

From reading on-line forums and personal experience it's clear there is something about a high whistle playing Irish tunes. I suspect it would not matter so much if the whistle were playing popular show tune or whatever, the high sound can grate on people. Some people more than others, as I have heard of some spouses and neighbors who encourage the whistle player. But more often not. If you have an "Every" whistle, be sure to use the tone ring when others who might object are around. Oh, and fasten your seat belt when you get in the car too.