While talking with Frederick. We were both exhausted.
Me : "I love D♭ Major. It's just wonderful."
Frederick : "It just feels so grounded. But I also like F♯."
Me : "Sure, but with D♭ you get the best of both. You can just hang out on F♯ before finally resolving to D♭."
Frederick : "I also like B♭. Wait, actually, B♭ feels a little unstable."
Me : "I really don't like C Major. It just feels so...pedestrian."
Frederick : Yeah. It's the difference between a really well-made piece of furniture, like a dresser made 200 years ago that's still going strong, and something you buy at Wal-Mart, like a beautiful white table that you can't put a drink glass on because the particleboard will disintegrate.
Me : "Did you just compare C Major to particleboard from Wal-Mart?"
Update: As I feared, Internet Explorer 7 fails to display the Unicode sharp and flat characters, even when Firefox displays the characters correctly on the same system. Sorry, chumps, but it's valid Unicode. I'm not going to waste my time trying to work around Microsoft's reliable incompetence. Switch to Firefox or Opera.