and, practically no one else on EARTH understands my unbridled joy at getting a mandolin. i don't think joe even realized i would react the way i did. this instrument just makes me so...... so HAPPY. it's what i always wanted for the next year.
although, now that i can say 'i'm a mandolin player', i'm getting the same response that we did when we said we had an accordion player.. "you got aaaaa.... mando....LIN?" with an askew look on their faces.