What a wonderful report! I'm looking forward to more!
Viola-Tor and I have introduced ourselves before via PM, but in the interest of full disclosure I also play the viola professionally, although part time in a Dallas suburban symphony orchestra. Imagine my shock when rumaging through ADVrider one fine day and seeing a post from a FF whose avatar was the alto clef. The alto clef
... are you kidding?
Most people who are introduced to music become familiar with the treble and bass clef from childhood piano lessons. But the alto clef is fairly uncommon except for those of us who saw away on violas. I had to PM the man to find out what was going on!
I've never had the cajones to strap my viola on my back and take the motorcycle to rehearsal or a concert! Although, I'm currently looking for a case cover with shoulder straps, so you never know.
Finally, like all violists, I love viola jokes. My little contribution:
Did you hear about the violist who played in tune?
Neither did I.
How can you tell when a violist is playing out of tune?
The bow is moving.
What's the difference between a washing machine and a violist?