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Old 01-22-2006, 01:50 AM   #61
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Hell what an accomplished lot we have here at interference!

The term "expert" applies to me very loosely though.

I could inform you on the various theories and pop culture surrounding the idea of sexualized children, from Nabokov's Lolita to The Exorcist to Britney Spears.

& I'm the person to contact should you want to know anything about contemporary Malaysian art.

I am well read on the life and work of Dora Carrington, a member of Bloomsbury; and my interest extends somewhat to the social culture among these English bohemians in the early 20th Century.

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LivLuv's post reminded me about my own family tree - I'm a descendant of the Cornaro line, which ruled Venice for about a millenium. My uncle, a professor at the University of Cape Town took a year off for his sabbatical and went to Venice to work on our family tree. We have a pretty amazing, professionally printed one, dating back to the 13th century.
Wow! Now, how does that work into your family being where you were when you grew up ( sorry, I've forgotten the specific country)?

Venice is such an incredible place, there's really nothing at all comparable to the sort of atmosphere it has anywhere else, that I've seen anyway. Expensive as hell to visit, though--I remember reading that most "Venetians" nowadays actually live on the mainland and commute there to work, because they can't afford to live in their native sestieri any more.
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I don't really have strong personal interest in Nordhausen per se. It's just always amazing to think how much of this sort of thing is still out there, lying around in people's attics and libraries and private family memento collections. It shouldn't surprise me really, I knew so many people growing up who still had yellowing Civil War love letters, correspondences between brothers fighting on opposite sides, all that kind of thing, locked up in old steamer trunks because it was just not the sort of thing you gave away.

As I recall, Nordhausen was one of the camps where most all the prisoners were either dead or had been evacuated by the time they were liberated. Makes it all the more incredible that you actually stumbled across a survivor looking for pretty much exactly what you have.
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I've looked at grandpa's pictures of Nordhausen so many times....they're so gruesome and terrible it almost puts you in a trance. It's an amazing feeling to finally make a connection with someone who survived the whole ordeal.
I can still remember being sort of twelve or thirteenish and looking at at a Holocaust history book, one I'd perused dozens of times before, and looking at a fairly typical photo of piles of wasted tortured corpses carelessly heaped up like so much lawn garbage and suddenly grasping for the first time, Oh, OK, well, so this must be how my parents remember their parents and siblings and cousins and all winding up. I can't really think of a word for this feeling--something kind of like what you feel when you're much older and notice your mother sobbing or your father slumped over with his head in his hands, and suddenly feel this sort of searing, alarming, achingly tender but also deeply saddened and helpless rush of emotions because you realize how horribly vulnerable and alone the people keeping you from feeling that way really are themselves. Kind of like that feeling, but a whole lot more chilling and disturbing, because you can't empathize your way across that gulf and you can't recognize or read it in their behavior.
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I'm a media person by trade, whereas my various intellectual pursuits here are just hobbies of mine. But I think the best media people know a little/lot about everything, so I try to do my best.

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I, too, was a backstroker and IMer. I quit when I went to college b/c 10 years of practice had taken it's toll on me. Turns out '2 a days' will do that to a person.

doubles do take a toll; it was very hard to swim my 2nd two years in college, that was when the burnout hit.

i think one of the great frustrations of my life was that i never quite made it to junior nationals, though i was quite close in the 200 fly long course. still, it helped me get into college, and i don't regret for a minute any 6am practice.

had no idea we had so many "real" swimmers here!

(by real i mean the kind of swimmer a friend of mine classified in the phrase, "you mean you were a puke-in-the-gutter-and-keep-on-going swimmer?")
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had no idea we had so many "real" swimmers here!

(by real i mean the kind of swimmer a friend of mine classified in the phrase, "you mean you were a puke-in-the-gutter-and-keep-on-going swimmer?")
I was just thinking that too, I guess it just's totally random coincidence. I'm redrawing my (laughably far off I'm sure, but can't help envisioning) mental images of some of you to include strapping shoulders and arms!

Forgot to mention in my interests that I ran cross country in high school and most of college, have run a couple marathons since then too. I go through cycles with it. The classic introvert's sport. Distance runners also know something about pain.
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I was just thinking that too, I guess it just's totally random coincidence. I'm redrawing my (laughably far off I'm sure, but can't help envisioning) mental images of some of you to include strapping shoulders and arms!

another advantage to having quit: losing the man shoulders! I still do other sports but swimming seems to cause them in particular.
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My mother-in-law & Mr. Blu have threatened for years now to submit my name for Jeopardy try-outs the next time they're in our area. I've tried to explain to them that it's easy to sit at home on the couch & get the questions to Jeopardy right, it's something else entirely to pass the written tests, screen tests, etc & perform as well when you're on stage & on camera.

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