And now in the following paragraph I briefly return to serious-land.
Checked out all the "capture the flag with stuff" goings-on, said hi to damion and whitemage who appeared from distant lands but the usual "oh shit crowds of people, must FLEE" instinct kicked in, so I went to mudge to play piano a little more but there was this girl already there who was just wretchedly, depressingly good. We chatted a little bit, but the bulk of the conversation was silent, and only in my head, and it went mostly like "AUGUAUGHAGHGHAHGHAHGAHGAUGHGHGHG". Listen, those of you who have heard me play, I can already tell you that you can shut up with your "oh, but jason, you're pretty good at piano, don't feel bad", because you didn't hear her play. She zipped off before I could get her name.
My ego does have the consolation that I can improvise pretty decently, and these astonishingly-well classically trained musicians seem to not commonly (e.g. the one I met) be able to do that, like, at all. But god, some of them can play and compose like nobody's business.