Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
-from Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
Allow me to brag
The a capella group at Sio's high school is ranked 5th in North America, and next year, Sio will be the alto section leader of that group. I'm so proud of her. She is a much better musician than I am (I'm a singer, not a musician), and she has high standards, so I won't be surprised if their rankings improve next year.