Paul got a bass guitar for Christmas this past year. Actually, he got it on Saint Basil's Day (the first of January in the Byzantine calendar) this year. He had expressed interest in the instrument off and on in recent years, so this time I called him on it. Turned out to be a good idea. He's practicing his scales, and takes it with him when he's gone for overnighters with his buds. At least the scene above wasn't played out at our house.
Things are looking up.