Heh 12 years ago I posted that my new tuba was back from the shop - but this was the short lived Eb horn that was my entryway back. On my blog's comments my mom wrote "Looks good. Now how about finding a local community band and joining in?" - good call!
(I'm so glad HONK! is a thing. Concert bands never really did it for me...)
And oof, that hot minute when my beard was dark...