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Old 01-21-2006, 06:18 PM   #31
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Irvine, you swim? I never knew. My uncle swam and was going for the 1980 Olympics, until the boycott. Then he joined the Coast Guard b/c he couldn't think of what else to do after swimming all his life.
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Dostoevsky (favorite: The Idiot)


Do you like From the House of the Dead? On a trip to Paris last summer (work-related, I swear!) I saw a wonderful opera based on it, Z mrtveho domu by the Czech composer Janacek.

Salman Rushdie said that you can divide music and literature lovers into Dostoevsky/Rolling Stones people and Tolstoy/Beatles people. I've no idea why, but in my experience it really does usually work out that way.

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I don't think I have one

How about:
1) A gift for recognizing topics that are likely to facilitate enthusiastic discussion and match them with just the right group of people.
2) A great eye for which little everyday scenes will make for a beautiful photo. You actually make winter look downright romantic (and coming from someone who still loathes it after two decades outside of the Deep South, that's really saying something).

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finding connections between seemingly disparate things so that things that appear to be opposites are actually implicated in the same paradox.
Uh, you mean like the Pope and Liberace, or is this another one of your coocoo Walt Whitman/Zen koan moments?

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i am an encyclopedia of Olympic swimming knowledge.
Who do you think will be the big teams/people to watch for next time around?

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(2) Esoteric philosophy and its influence on music
Which philosophies and what sort of music?

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I have a passion for American Politics and Government but am nowhere near proficient.
That's OK, none of them are either.

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1) EXCELLENT skills at recognizing the key points in an argument and cutting straight to the heart of the matter.
2) Excellent bullshit detector too.
You are better at both than many of my grad students, trust me. Ever considered a career in political science?

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I'd also like to add, my mother an I are experts on the 7th Corps in WWII. We have a huge collection of photos, letters, and other memorabilia that my grandpa so carefully saved. My mom has also done extensive research on the 7th Corps (since my grandpa is dead and didn't like to talk about the war). Eventually, I'll be working with her to put together a digital archive, so to speak, and make sure everything is submitted to the Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum (7th Corps liberated the Nordhausen camp).
This is fascinating. What materials specifically do you have pertaining to Nordhausen?

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2) Classical Clarinet (I was considered one of the top college clarinetists in the country at one time)
Wow!! How often do you play now? Do you want to see one of your kids learn?
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How do you pursue this? Sounds like it could make for some fabulous travel itineraries.
It really does. Most of the great (preserved) architectural examples of the era are found on either side of the Adriatic. In Italy, Ravenna and surrounding area is wonderful, and in Croatia there are some great buildings, like the Church of the Holy Cross in Nin (also known as the smallest Cathedral in the world). I'm actually going to the area this June.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by yolland
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Do you like From the House of the Dead? On a trip to Paris last summer (work-related, I swear!) I saw a wonderful opera based on it, Z mrtveho domu by the Czech composer Janacek.

Salman Rushdie said that you can divide music and literature lovers into Dostoevsky/Rolling Stones people and Tolstoy/Beatles people. I've no idea why, but in my experience it really does usually work out that way.
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Liked the characters in The Idiot better (Brothers Karamazov too)
than House of the Dead. I'm definitely a character person. I liked Crime and Punishment much better when I was younger than I do now.

Oops. I'm Dostoevsky/Beatles. Have not been able to get past three chapters of any Tolstoy. Depend on my friend who does really great recaps.
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Wow!! How often do you play now? Do you want to see one of your kids learn?

Favorites?

Do you know Don Henley? The Day the Music Died?

I had just been asked by the principal clarinetist of the Boston Pops to become his student when my parents divorced. From the third grade through my freshman year in college music was my life. I quit the summer they divorced.

I just took the horn out this past week. The music teacher in my school is fixing it up and getting the dust out of it for me.

My daughter plays the piano a little bit already. She will start the clarinet in the next year.

AS for the Russian composers.....

I love Rimskey-Korsakov. I have read his writings as well as studied his music.

Pictures at an Exhibition is on my list of favorite pieces.
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1) EXCELLENT skills at recognizing the key points in an argument and cutting straight to the heart of the matter.
2) Excellent bullshit detector too.
You are better at both than many of my grad students, trust me. Ever considered a career in political science?
Thanks, I really really appreciate that. I'd like to go to college and major in that although it'd probably be more practical to minor in it and get some kind of business degree. I mean advertising/PR & politics are essentially the same thing, only I feel like something in business is more feasible. (I have no desire to be the first woman president or anything...although hopefully by that time we'll have had at least one!)
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Zoology + Geology = Palaeontology

And I dabble in classics (ancient greek) and am honing my Russian in my spare time. It's all self taught so my pronunciation can be a little off at times, but the Pimsleur method in conjunction with books seems to be great.

At some point I would like to move on to a different form of language, Chinese (Mandarin) would be useful but would require a lot more discipline on my part.
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(I have no desire to be the first woman president or anything...although hopefully by that time we'll have had at least one!)
And you'd have to beat out U2democrat for that......
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What were your events?

yes, i swam for many, many years, sometimes doing the 8-9 workouts a week like VertigoGirl, and i swam through most of college, and i am an expert at teaching kids how to swim, and i'm particularly good at teaching backstroke.

as for myself, i was good at the punishment events: 200 fly, 200 bk, and 400 IM. i was probably best at the 400 IM; i could take a beating.
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Thanks, I really really appreciate that. I'd like to go to college and major in that although it'd probably be more practical to minor in it and get some kind of business degree. I mean advertising/PR & politics are essentially the same thing, only I feel like something in business is more feasible. (I have no desire to be the first woman president or anything...
Hey, it'd be nice to have a President who didn't spout party line, who cut through the bullshit. We got a maverick here. And I always lean toward the mavericks. Good luck in whatever you do though. You've got the potential to kick major ass.
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