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Offline slane

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Would this be odd?
« on: December 12, 2014, 02:24:57 AM »
I want to buy my teacher a ham for christmas. Not a very big one, but enough for him and his family for xmas dinner. He kind of leads a bit of a bohemian lifestyle and I think a ham would be very handy for him. What would you think? I'm an adult, BTW, he also teaches my 11y.o. daughter. It might be strange coming from a 12 year old but from a middle aged lady, it kind of makes sense right?

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #1 on: December 12, 2014, 03:06:22 AM »
That one is amusing.  It's a bit memorable for sure.  "Yeah, this one year a student gave me a ham for Christmas."

There could be some spin on "hamming it up" for a performance.  Yuck, yuck. ::)
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #2 on: December 13, 2014, 02:52:46 AM »
Hi slane,

No, buying any gift for a teacher is a thoughtful way of saying thank you. Gift ideas for teachers can be google searched if you feel odd about the ham in particular.

I always found it heartwarming and unexpected whenever I received a gift from a student.

It made me feel appreciated and well thought of, Joe.

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #3 on: December 13, 2014, 03:00:10 AM »
Still cracking me up.  "Here.  I got you a ham." 
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #4 on: December 13, 2014, 05:39:06 PM »
I would love a ham ;D
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #5 on: December 13, 2014, 05:50:50 PM »
I would love a ham ;D
Better get yourself a student or three, then? I'm quite sure that you have much to impart about banjo playing and developing and archive of scanned Romantic piano concertos.

Un Hamelin, peut-Ítre?...

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #6 on: December 13, 2014, 10:09:02 PM »
I would love a ham ;D

"Here Thal.  I got you a ham."  :P

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #7 on: December 14, 2014, 03:11:55 PM »
My dad's a piano tuner and at Christmas time one of his customers always gives him a large fish for us all to eat.

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«Reply #8 on: December 14, 2014, 03:40:25 PM »
Banjo ham. Brilliant.

Thanks bob.

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«Reply #9 on: December 14, 2014, 04:05:20 PM »
Banjo ham. Brilliant.
Provided that it's been strung up long enough to enable its maturity...

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #10 on: December 17, 2014, 04:39:15 PM »
As a teacher, I am always grateful for any gifts, as they express appreciation for my work that goes beyond the tuition check.  That said, I would consider a ham a particularly thoughtful gift which would add more to my family's Christmas than any number of treble clef knickknacks.  ;)

Offline ikako

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #11 on: December 17, 2014, 05:24:05 PM »
Lovely to give a gift for Christmas.
But how about something classic and sweet?

A good bar of real chocolate?
Or a good Italian coffee package?

A good bottle of wine, that they can have at Christmas dinner also sounds better than a ham to me.

Offline dcstudio

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #12 on: December 17, 2014, 05:47:17 PM »
I would consider a ham a particularly thoughtful gift which would add more to my family's Christmas than any number of treble clef knickknacks.  ;)

yes--I have boxes of treble clef stuff...the ham is a much better idea.    :D  maybe the ham from your 11yr old and a nice bottle of wine from you.. Bohemian types always appreciate a nice bottle of wine...  8)

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #13 on: December 19, 2014, 01:14:27 AM »
Whiskey or some other hard alcohol with a note that says, "Good luck in the new year!"
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #14 on: December 19, 2014, 04:08:01 AM »
I gave him a lovely little 2kg, freerange, local, female ham.
He was both pleased and surprised! :)
He said "that will get us through Christmas!". So my reasoning was correct!

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«Reply #15 on: December 20, 2014, 12:54:09 PM »
They tell you whether it was male or female?  I don't think I'd want to know.
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #16 on: December 21, 2014, 09:21:12 PM »
Yes you do, because boy-pig tastes very strong.
It actually came up because my daughter was fascinated by the free range turkey posters. It hadn't occurred to her that animals, other than chickens, needed free range status. I pointed out that the pork at this particular butchers is also free range and he added , and South Australian, and female.
I guess the boy-pigs gets sent to the supermarket, poor things.

Offline brogers70

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #17 on: December 22, 2014, 07:52:22 PM »
Sure, give him a ham. When I lived in Ghana I had a language teacher. One year, the day before Christmas he came to my office with a Christmas gift, a live turkey. I worked the rest of the day with the turkey wandering around my office, tied to the leg of my desk.

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«Reply #18 on: December 23, 2014, 04:39:24 AM »
What about hot dogs?  Do they say whether those are male or female?  Or give a percentage male/female.


*Bob is undecided which would be better in a hot dog.*
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #19 on: December 23, 2014, 11:29:21 AM »


*Bob is undecided which would be better in a hot dog.*

A hot female dog?  ::)

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«Reply #20 on: December 23, 2014, 12:22:23 PM »
It's the inevitable conclusion to that line of thinking.
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #21 on: December 23, 2014, 01:57:59 PM »
He may have been being gracious.

I'm pretty sure he is vegan.
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«Reply #22 on: December 23, 2014, 08:23:33 PM »
I saw someone giving away a ham the other day.  It crossed my mind that it could actually be this piano teacher. 

Random stranger on the street:  "Pst, hey you want a ham?"
Bob:  "Are you a piano teacher?"
Random stranger: "How the heck did you know that?"
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #23 on: December 24, 2014, 03:59:48 PM »
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«Reply #24 on: December 24, 2014, 05:56:39 PM »
(continued)

Random stranger:  "I was at a restaurant.  A lady was breastfeeding her baby.  A man became enraged and threw a ham at her.  He missed.  I caught it, so I kept it."
Bob:  "Is that a banjo ham by any chance?"
Random stranger: "Yes.  How the heck did you know that?"
Bob:  "Looks like a free range, South Australian, female banjo ham too...."
Random stranger:   :o
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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #25 on: December 25, 2014, 10:45:00 AM »
That one is amusing.  It's a bit memorable for sure.  "Yeah, this one year a student gave me a ham for Christmas."  There could be some spin on "hamming it up" for a performance.  Yuck, yuck. ::)

I saw someone giving away a ham the other day.  It crossed my mind that it could actually be this piano teacher. 
Random stranger on the street:  "Pst, hey you want a ham?"
Bob:  "Are you a piano teacher?"
Random stranger: "How the heck did you know that?" 

I am hesitant and embarrassed to ask,  but I am really clueless why Bob is cracking up with laughter? Must be a cultural thing . . . .  anyone would like to help me burst into laughter?. :-\ :-\ ;D

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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #26 on: December 25, 2014, 10:49:23 AM »
I am hesitant and embarrassed to ask,  but I am really clueless why Bob is cracking up with laughter? Must be a cultural thing . . . .  anyone would like to help me burst into laughter?. :-\ :-\ ;D




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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #27 on: December 25, 2014, 11:10:53 AM »

Small things, small minds?  


Piano Forum > Piano Board > Teaching > Would this be odd?

To ask about a gift for ones piano teacher in the TEACHING Forum would likely be
out of place but funny?  

Small things, small minds?   ..... is that it?   will that cause Bob to crack up?  ;D ;D

Merry Christmas to you -  j_menz


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Re: Would this be odd?
«Reply #28 on: December 26, 2014, 02:02:45 AM »
emill, I couldn't figure it out either.