Niccolo Paganini was a violin virtuoso who died in 1840.  He was good – apparently very good, playing violins, a viola, and cellos, all from Stradivarius.

He was also vain.  His biographical entry notes

Paganini himself occasionally broke strings during his performances on purpose so he could further display his virtuosity.  He did this by carefully filing notches into them to weaken them, so that they would break when in use.

I admit to a touch of vanity myself, but that isn’t the reason for this post.  I am hoping for bad things to happen – a rainy day would be nice right about now.  I spent an hour or two on Saturday both enjoying the rare 60-degree weather in that week between Christmas and New Year, and winterizing my car’s front and rear windows.  I clean them and protect them according to the Blue Rain method.  They need it more than once per year, but I tend to wait until they really need it.

I also replaced a fuse that was blown, restoring functionality to the power outlet in the center console.  A good day for catching up.

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