Yesterday and today I kept thinking how nice it would be if this young graduate student would just move somewhere close to us. She sparkled. She got excited. She was fun and happy—and she was a music student... Okay, I guess that weighed the scales in her favor quite a bit. I found Rebecca Dixon to be so refreshing, I was actually getting nervous for her during final jeopardy. That hasn't happened since Ken Jennings.
I was glad they had the little interviews after the first commercial. I often fast forward through them (sorry, Alex) but I listened to hers twice and made notes, hoping that she'd win so I could write about her. Listeners all found out she was a graduate student from Vancouver, Washington. She's on a one year leave of absence from school to prepare for auditions for her Masters in Oboe Performance, what she got her Bachelors Degree in. What really interested me was that she did a year of study in historical musicology. Boy, would I love to talk with her about that.
Google is such a marvelous search engine. After she won today, with a two-day total of $53,002, I did a google search and found a little more information. In case she ever reads this, I want her to know... we do have a guest room if she wants to see Colorado. And it has nothing to do with the winnings. Just bring your oboe, Rebecca. I'll even show you how much fun a rank amateur can have with some guitars and an accordion. (Not at the same time.)