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Conversations with me, No. 2
Email highlights, ca. August 1997

Dedicated to the proposition that every thought that's ever been thunk may be of use or interest to someone . . .

THEE: I've always considered "life's what happens to you.." to be one of
John Lennon's most horrible lines.  I do have a vague feeling it was written by
someone else.  For his credibility's sake, I hope so.

ME: Subject: The mind boggles...

From today's newspaper (Jul 24 1997):
>Rio de Janeiro - Two large blocks of ice that crashed in Brazil's
>Sao Paulo state from clear skies in recent weeks were most likely 
>part of a meteorite, a Brazilian researcher said yesterday.
>The first block crashed through the tiled roof of a bus factory 
>on July 11 in Campinas, 62 miles north of the state capital of 
>Sao Paulo.
>The second block fell on July 15, creating a small crater in a rural 
>area some 37 miles north of Campinas.
>A meteorologist at the National Institute for Space Studies said 
>there was no climatic condition on either day that could have 
>accounted for the ice.
Question:  How many impossible things do we have to believe in today 
to swallow this?
"On *either* day"...  That's rich.  [Climates don't change much in 
four days.]  

THEE: I agree it is very difficult to know what to believe anymore. I could
imagine ice surviving the heat of the atmosphere by way of the shelter
of rock which burns off during the fall, and I can easily imagine
weather conditions being the same for days on end (as they are often
clear here for weeks in a row), but I have to admit I find it strange
that this would happen twice, four days apart, yet in so nearly the same
place on earth, yet not be reported as occurring elsewhere on earth.

Again, I wonder about 'Peace of Mind', since it is fresh in my mind
after you brought the abbeyrd site to my attention (thank you again, by
the way).  It seems to me the only way to know for sure would be to ask
John Lennon himself - something which some reporter should have been fan 
enough to do when there was a chance.  I don't find either of the cases
presented at that site convincing, because they both are looking at only
a few slices of the issue - which brings each of them to their own
little truth, but brings no one to a conclusive truth.  

I could throw in my personal observation that John's demos for the White
album used a similar doubling of voices with only a guitar in the
background, and that no stranger to the Beatles (around in 1970 when
Peace of Mind appeared) who wished to imitate John's style would have
been likely to know the style of John's demos, as those demos had not
yet surfaced.  But this is just a personal view from someone extremely
far removed from the issue, as I believe both of the writers at abbeyrd
are also removed from the possibility of judging the truth.  It would be
more productive to ask those who are most likely to know, but even then
memories fade.

The mind boggles indeed; it has been a recurring thought in my life
generally lately that I don't know what to believe anymore - about
nearly everything, and strangely each new day seems to bring new
evidence to strengthen that feeling.

ME: Has anyone caught Paul's vocal snippet 11 
seconds into "Driving Music" by Olivia Newton-John from her "Soul
Kiss" album?  
He sings, "WE NE..."  Name that tune.

ME: The experts in the the clip speculated the ice 
block was part of a meteorite.  Never mind that 
they don't even know the distinction between a meteor and meteorite. 
The meteorite is what survives the fall.  They should have *seen*  
the meteorite there, not have to speculate about it.  Things that 
fall through our atmosphere get real hot.  Ice melts when it gets hot.  
The block of ice would have had to have been the size of a who-knows-what 
before entering our atmosphere.  A skyscraper?  A mountain?  (By the 
way, there is evidence that our surface water comes from huge blocks 
of ice bombarding our atmosphere from space every day.  Don't know what 
to make of that.  They never seem to hit the moon.)  Very 
unlikely that it would have ended up conveniently block size, as 
opposed to house-sized, or no-size-at-all-sized.  And for this 
incredible unlikelihood to repeat itself 4 days later???  Only 36 
miles away???  When it's never been observed before (except for jet plane 
lavatory flushings) anywhere on the face of the earth in the history 
of mankind?  And then a weatherman tells us straight-faced, 
"No, we weren't expecting solitary-ice-block-out-of-perfectly-clear-sky 
storms on either one of those days."  Good grief.  And 
all of this gets through reporters and typists and news services 
and editors???  
People's willingness to disregard all of their life 
experience and suspend common sense in the face of the printed word 
never ceases to exasperate me.  Some of you might remember the trivia 
question which told us that there are hundreds - not thousands - of 
hurricanes a year.  Every single person I showed that to switched 
a brain gear and accepted it completely, and even produced arguments 
as to why it was true. 

THEE: After a day when the stress seemed to get to 
us, we settled in last evening and watched "You Can't Do 
That--The Making of A Hard Day's Night."  The Fabs made us happy.  
Hself vows to act as the Boys [Beatles] did with the TV director 
when the nurses bother her.  To me, this illustrates why the 
Mops are still a force for good in the world.  Thanks a lot, Lads.  

ME: I particularly liked your anecdote about the man who paid your 
tab.  That's great.  If I had loads of money, that's the sort 
of thing I would do.  I suppose I mentioned my ice cream truck with free 
ice cream for the kids in a different neighborhood every day idea?  
The point is, you could give $100,000 to 
United Way and you would never notice any benefit to the world.  
But for a few dollars here and there, you can really make people 

THEE: We watched the so-called restored "A Hard Day's Night" 
last night, which Itaped in April off of American Movie Classics (in mono).  
The picture's pretty good but the sound is incredibly tinny.

Quick observations:

There's a good glimpse of Richard Lester walking behind a closeup of a
flash bulb in the press conference scene, in addition to his appearance
later.  The slo-mo control came in handy here.

Fully restored and you still can't read what John Lennon writes on the
notepad in the press conference scene.  Don, it's been 10 years, fess up, 
you've been pulling my leg the whole time.  After all, it wouldn't be a 
funny gag if you could read it.  You've just been playing off my inexhaustible 
prurient interest.

I think John Lennon's attire, aside from being inconsistent in the 
train finale, also changes between the time he leads the lads out of the hotel
room and the time they're at the disco.  This merits further investigating, 

I'm almost certain that the best shot of Phil Collins, as featured in
the documentary, is an outtake from the movie.

ME:  Did I send you the complete liveletdie url?  Here it is, possibly 

I'm getting the vibes it's just Paul McCartney's shirt tail.  (Fine with me.)

Made my first posting to - the true implications of 
finding life on Mars.  I'll see how it was received in a little while.

Dug some really neat guitar music out of LC on Saturday.  Humongous
musical impressions of Napolean's exploits, the Cinderella story, 
and a couple of greek myths (e.g. Adonis and Venus).  These are 
about 13 or 15 pages long - by the first really important guitar 
composer, Ferdinando Carulli.  They date from between 1808 and 1835.
Fun for me, anyway.  

ME: Subject: (c)

Ok, man, I'll keep John's attire under wraps, but another Dick 
Lester sighting in A Hard Day's Night is BIG NEWS!  (I think.)

Anyhow, I've moved over to  There's people there 
who still believe in evolution!

ME: I believe it is widely known, and presented as such, that the 
Phil Collins appearance was only on outtake footage.

I was taken by surprise that you still don't know John's hobbies. 
I'd figured the whole world had got it by now.  Others have 
followed his pen strokes with no problem.  I can say no more.

THEE: Here's Hself's concise evaluation of the film:  "I can't 
believe I'm sitting here laughing at a stage Irishman!"

THEE: Subject: Compleat Beatles

Let everything about the Beatles be posted on the net, and let it begin
with me:

Look magazine, Aug. 25, 1964, page 42:

"When Julie stopped for hot dogs on a drive to the beach (below) at
Plymouth, Mass., her accent roused schoolgirls to ask the inevitable
question:  Had she met the Beatles?  Yes, she had, and she spent the
next half hour in intense discourse--especially about 'the married
one.'  When she escaped, she said, 'I bathed in the glory of having met
the Beatles.'"

Please note that the same issue features a long feature on Walter
Cronkite, including tidbits about his teenage daughters but the natural
topic--his role in getting the Beatles on Sullivan--is nowhere

Please also file this in your Compleat Help! Database:

In 1897, Army Commander in Chief Field Marshal Lord Wolseley pursuaded
the prime minister, the Marquis of Salisbury, to allocate funds to
purchase Salisbury Plain for use as a full-scale Army training ground.
[Location of a scene in Help!]  

ME: Subject: The Fool On The Hill (music, not shirttails)  
Now it's midnight and I just got back from the One Step Down.  
A jazz singer friend invited me to a recital featuring participants 
of her jazz workshop.   Amongst all the jazz standards 
was one Beatle song (if you don't count Sweet Georgia Brown.)  
"Nina" sang Fool On The Hill.  It was great.  When I complimented her 
on it she told me she had never heard the Beatles' version.  We 
agree, that's quite remarkable, right?  Amazing, maybe?  It's hard 
for me to imagine there are too many examples of that phenomenon. 
I was with my friend Norm (or Shake?  I can never 
remember) in the world's neatest McDonald's in Dale City.  They 
have a great jukebox.  It was free, too.  Last time I was there 
(a couple of years ago) I musta punched up 20 songs.  Well, 
this time there was a great crowd of rowdy kids having a party 
and keeping the jukebox thumping.  They eventually split, leaving 
the place mostly empty.  Even Norm was in the men's room.  I mosied 
over to the jukebox and punched in the first two songs my eyes 
landed on - You're So Good To Me and You Know My Name (Look Up My 
Number).  Well, the first one had the same effect on me as 30-
however-many years ago.  I was in ecstasy.  Norm got back for 
the last 1/4 or so.  Then I told him to fasten his safety belt.  
We waited.  And waited.  Nothin.  I rambled over again again 
and discovered to my horror that they either changed or fixed 
the machine - you had to *pay*!  Can ya believe it?  I 
apparently freeloaded off somebody's unused dime for the first 

THEE: Never heard the original "Fool on the Hill"?  I trust that 
she didn't say, "Oh no, I based my reading on the definitive Enoch Light 

ME: I've got bad vibes about Trip to Rocky Point.  If there's no 
interest (or virtually no interest) I say scuttle it.  Sure, my guitar 
trio members will be there but it's the sort of stuff they hate, anyway.  
I can't see doing it without a big group of fun-loving "musical 
meatballs" (as my college friends would say.)  Maybe such open-
minded musicians are extinct now.  

ME: Subject: Shirttails???  What are you talking about?

Something tells me that all of my electrons on Paul and his fly 
have been ending up in the bit bucket.  Bring it up on the 
phone one day.  Maybe it's more than subject lines...

THEE: Subject: Paul's fly?

What about Paul's fly?

Major cultural find:  I spotted Christine Nelson in an episode of

THEE: I believe the word was "Bouy", a natural mistake if one lives in BOwie.

ME: Subject: buoy, scrabble, art.

Yep, buoy is right.  In the old Monday night club, a member got away 
with BOUYANT for a bingo.  I was dubious but didn't want to embarrass 
myself challenging it.  I verified it was wrong at home and a few weeks 
later gave him those same tiles to unscramble.  He proudly came up with 
BOUYANT again.  I said, "Ha, gotcha.  Remember the other week when...?"
I still feel like a creep for blocking Hself's SATANIC play.  
By all rights, I shouldn't even have known what was on her 
rack.  Sorry about that.
For Hself, here's some "artwork" collected from one of the 
usenet groups.
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Vivan PiTA                                                (         
"I have been and shall always be your friend" -Spock     `-`-.      
Ps. *Nordic hugs* :)                                     '( @ >  
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    //  *\  "/"           et quid Dominus quaerat a te, utique 
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>     'Let peace begin with me'                       ___
>   Big fan of Starman and Due South!!!        :    {~._.~}
>Writer of stories, and mother of teddybears!  :     ( Y )
> Giver of *hugs* and ice cream on request!    :    ()~*~()
>The proud wife of Svennibear Jessen 23-3-95   :    (_)-(_)
And finally, a quiz.  Who are these guys?
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ME: Subject: primitive mode of communication (paper and ink)

Dear Citizens Concerned About A Better World,
Did you all read your Washington Times this morning?  No?  Well, 
do not despair.  Here's what you missed.  It took me by surprise, too, 
since the letter was 3 weeks old and they never called me about it.
(Our friendship has weathered previous Times letters.  I trust 
this one won't break the camel's back.)
[Material in brackets indicates edits by the Times.  What did 
they have in mind with the last two lines?]  
Jul 19 1997
Dear Washington Times,
You had some fun cheering for your new hero - the vulgar creep 
who forces coworkers to listen to crude jokes and wins $26 
million dollar for doing so ("Tasteless yes, harassment no", July 
19, page C2.)  
You even recounted all of his comedic genius - lifted from "Seinfeld" - 
for us.  Thanks.  You know, there's a reason I don't have a tv.  
[Last sentence deleted.]
So Mr. 40-IQ [this individual] poked a thumb in the eye of "Sexual 
harassment!" screechers everywhere.  Whooppee.  I suggest there's a bigger 
picture, like the owner of a business having the right [having lost the right]
to get rid of a trouble-maker.  
Suppose your receptionist answers the phone 
with a string of obscenities.  Suppose your custodian spits on 
the floor.  Do you want me to go on?  That's all fiercely protected 
behavior, I suppose, in this day and age where everyone is 
guaranteed the inalienable right to make everybody else 
miserable.  (But NO SMOKING!)  
Fortunately, it's still only a 
small percentage of the population that regularly exercises this 
right.  But don't give up; perhaps the Washington Times and the ACLU 
working together can boost it to a whopping ["whopping" deleted] majority.  
Personally, I can imagine justifiable reasons for terminating an 
employee that are much less serious than malevolently upsetting 
coworkers.  Your suggestions of acceptable responses to Mr. 8-Year-Old 
were idiotic - slapping, shrieking, fainting.  
[Your suggestions of "acceptable responses" were idiotic.]
By the way, guess who ultimately pays the $26 million.  Everybody 
hold on to your wallet.  

THEE: Real Beatle moment:

My mother-in-law returned to Hself's hospital room from lunch.

"I didn't see anyone I recognized in the cafeteria," said she, "except
that pretty little nurse you've had."

"And was she selling poppies from a tray?" I asked.


"Oh, Hself!" Hself said.

ME: Thanks a million for coming out for the "Trip To Rocky Point" 
recording session.  Not only couldn't we have done it without you, but it's 
so much more fun with new faces.  I can't for the life of me figure why 
so many guitar players in the area - in particular, WGS members - turn 
their backs on such an opportunity.  It's like free lessons, plus fun, 
plus we produced something that will last.  Thanks again.

THEE: Thanks for your kind message, no one had more fun than I at the 
Rocky Point session(4 hours...whew).  A great learning experience and an 
opportunity to meet other guitar players.  I also don't understand why 
more WGS members don't participate.

ME: Couldn't find Rocky Pt. in my road atlas, but did find a tiny dot 
for Auburn.  Only recently took a closer look at the program notes 
and realized the boat ride is all the way back to Providence.  Those 
last bells were a drawbridge, not the train.  We'll have to re-record.
(Just joking.)  I get a big kick out of the recording.

ME: I think I sent you an unused letter to the Times I wrote about the 
implications of Mars life.  I eventually sent it to 
and received a drubbing.  You might be interested in seeing that 
discussion, all neatly laid out in my recent post "The human race 
is special.  Round 3."  I fully expect to get torn from limb to 
limb.  Should be fun.


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ME: P.S.  Have we ever seen the inside of a record plant stamping out 
Beatle albums?  [Reference to April 1970 National Geographic, page 568.]  

ME: Does the misspelled VW Beatle [above] count as an archivable Beatles 
reference, is what I meant.

THEE: Since you accepted my recording of Billy Childish and Sexton 
Ming's song "Dung Beatle" (or were you just being polite?), 
I would be hypocritical if I didn't accept VW Beatle, eh?

THEE: Subject: Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer came down ...

Was that you snooping around my web site late last night?  Trying to sneak
up on me, huh?  Just remember: even Joan and Valery couldn't save Maxwell
when his dirty deeds finally caught up with him.  (Actually, he got rid of
the judge too, didn't he?  I'll have to go back and listen to the song

ME: The reason I finally got around to your site is that I didn't want to be 
too influenced by what other people put in their sites while I'm 
working on mine.  I'm not keen on inviting people to visit mine yet, 
cause I figure who's gonna visit a site twice, and I have lots of 
pages to add yet.  Last night I added the most important page, the 
one that will ultimately save the world.  If you won't tell anybody, it's  (There's a story behind that 
crummy address.)  Oh, I guess you want me to thank you for telling me 
about geocities.
You never told me John Hammond Sr. (or Jr., for that matter) was your 
great-great-grandfather.  No wonder you like that stuff (or think 
you do.)
Quite enjoyed your grandma's story.  (But I guess you already know 
I downloaded a copy.)  She needs a new amanuensis, though.  I want 
to show it to my father.  I intend to put the french poem up for 
universal ridicule.  And where's my royalties on that other piece 
o' doggeral?  You know, John Lennon's (r) name is a registered 
Gieszczkiewicz is not so scary once you know sz = sh, and cz = ch. 
Thus,  Gyesh ch kye' vich.  Yeah, that's 4 consonant sounds in a row, 
but we have teksts.  [texts]
Man, you've got a lot to learn about Peter Skellern.
I never did find a good pong game in your software collection.


 => How'dya do it man?  I'm gonna have to implement such surveillence
 => techniques on mine.

Most web servers keep a log of visits to the site.  Pretty much the only
information that appears in the log is the internet address of the visitor
(e.g., "" or whatever it is), the name of the requested page,
and the URL of the referring page.  The last item is useful for seeing how
people came to visit your page.  If they come via one of the web search
engines (as most people do), their query string is part of the referring
page's URL.  Knowing what people are searching for can help you fine-tune
your pages, either to reduce the number of visits from misdirected people
(who are really looking for something else entirely) or to enhance your
content based on what information people really seem to want.


"Unarchy" is so important to you that you put it at the very top of your
main page?  By the way, once your site gets indexed by a search engine,
you'll find very few people actually arriving at your site via your main
page - at least in my experience.  (Then again, my main page has very
little content.)

Nice site.  I quickly zoomed in on "Favorite Web Sites", figuring you HAD
to have mine listed, only to get the GeoCities welcome page.  I tried a few
other of your links before realizing only the "*"ed ones go anywhere.  I
liked the Profile in Courage, but Rob Myhre and Bruce Allen for your

 => I intend to put the french poem up for universal ridicule.

I already get that from a Russian colleague at work who happened upon it.

 => where's my royalties on that other piece o' doggeral?

I only pay royalties on "doggerel".  My apologies - correcting spelling on
the net is a no-no.  Besides, you still owe me for "shipping" on the

THEE: "Little known fact:  When the Beatles played Indy in the late '60s, Ringo
Starr left his hotel room late one night and got to talking with some Indy
State police.  He told him that his dream was to drive around the 500.  The
high priest state trooper calls the mayor of Speedway (the actual town where
the 500 is) who in turn calls the keeper of the gate and at 3 AM, the gates
are opened and Ringo Starr is hauling ass in a state troopers squad car
wearing a trooper's Smokey the Bear Hat no less."

ME: That story of Ringo at Indianapolis sounded vaguely familiar, but 
my research casts bigtime doubts on it.  A book that *would* mention it if 
it were true would be _Beatles '64, A Hard Day's Night In America_ by 
Rayl and Gunther.  Their research was extensive and very careful, 
as far as I can tell.  It provides a day by day account of the 
1964 U.S. tour.  It describes Ringo's ride with 2 Indiana state 
troopers starting at 5:00 a.m., and a visit to one of the trooper's 
farm.  No Indy race track ride.
Also, I can bring in something a bit more "first-hand" (although 
still about 20th-hand.)  My friend was in law school in Bloomington 
near Indianapolis a few years ago during the Anthology hoopla.  He 
saves anything Beatle related on tapes for me.  He caught lots of 
Beatle bits on the local news.  One that I remember was one of the 
troopers recounting Ringo's visit.  I'm sure I don't recall him 
saying anything about the racetrack.  I mostly remember him saying 
how unimpressed his wife was, having Beatle Ringo there for eggs 
that morning.
So, my vote is - not likely, though not impossible. It is possible that 
Ringo had his joyride at 3:00, before meeting these troopers at 5:00.  

THEE: About "Weber's Last Waltz" (also known as "Weber's Last Thought"--most
people (even in the early nineteenth century) thought this piece was
written by Weber, but it was actually by Karl Gottlieb Reissiger
(1798-1859). Originally titled "Webers letzten Gedanke", it was No. 5 in
his Danses brillantes pour le pianoforte (1822). Here's a tougher
question--who was the composer of the "Favorite Waltz of the Duke of
Reichstadt" that several guitarists (Carcassi, Castellaci, Sagrini)
played? If you ever find out, let me know.

About the Picchianti "Di piacer mi balza il core"--I found several of
Picchianti's settings of Rossini arias in the Conservatory Library in
Florence, and in the middle of the group was a setting of "Di piacer mi
balza il core"-- from the same publisher, same engraver, but it didn't
clearly state that Picchianti was the arranger. I always assumed that he
was, but I left it out of the Picchianti set that I published because I
just couldn't be certain. So, I'd very much like to see a copy, or at
least the first page, which would at least clarify whether the copy I
have is really by Picchianti.

The Gardenghi was great. Do you suppose he came to America?

                       Sensible and Senseless Sayings
                                  from the
                          Mindful and the Mindless
The signature line in a 3/21/94 posting to misc.consumers. What a
great sense of humor!
          Filip "I'll buy a vowel" Gieszczykiewicz
Phil Miller in a 7/23/96 posting to under the
subject, "Re: Olympics bigger than Jesus".
          Thus as of last count we have:
     Gold Medal: McDonalds
     Silver Medal: The Olympics
     Bronze Medal: The Beatles
     Crown of Thorns: Jesus
These quotes speak for themselves:
          "[He] couldn't empty a boot full of water if the instructions
          were on the heel!" (Fatso, in one of Admiral [7]Daniel Gallery,
          D.D.L.M.'s Fatso books, quoted from my 25-year old memories.)

THEE: "Muscle Beach Party"  wasn't nearly as good as "Bikini Beach."  
"MBP" featured Dick Dale but only went to show how terrible he could 
be in the '60s.

ME: Subject: Ever heard of President Clinton?

Aug 29 1997

Dear Washington Times and Inside The Beltway,
There's no particular significance to this, but I wanted to share it 
with somebody.  
Being sort of a word-game enthusiast I read Jennifer Harper's 
article on the new Random House dictionary all the way through.  
(I hardly ever do that.)  Near the end is a sentence mentioning 
Bill Clinton and DeWitt Clinton (with whom I was unfamiliar.)
Later the same day I was reading a National Geographic article 
about New Hampshire.  At one point it asked the reader parenthetically, 
"Never heard of President Clinton?"  This gave me a slight 
pause.  Of course I have, what sort of dummy do they think I am?  
Then I re-oriented myself and put everything back in focus.  The 
National Geographic was dated December 1982, so it was a perfectly 
valid rhetorical question.  Here is some surrounding material for context:
"In fact the White Mountains, topped off by Mount Washington at 
6,288 feet, are the highest east of the Dakotas and north of the 
Carolinas.  And they were certainly high enough for me to appreciate 
the hot supper and soft bunk of the AMC's Mizpah Spring Hut near 
the summit of Mount Clinton in the Presidential Range.
"(Never heard of President Clinton?  In the election of 1812, 
DeWitt Clinton lost to James Madison.  A century later the legislature
decided to change the name to Mount Pierce in honor of Franklin 
Pierce, the state's only presidential son.  It is a testament 
to Pierce's place in history that no one paid the slightest 
attention.)"  (p792)

THEE: From:

Thank you for writing to President Clinton via electronic
mail.  Since June 1993, the President has received over 2.3
million messages from people across the country and around the
world.  Online communication has become a tool to bring government
and the people closer together.

Because so many of you write, the President cannot
personally review each message, though he does receive samples
of his incoming correspondence.  The White House Correspondence
staff helps him read and respond to the mail.  All responses are
mailed via the U.S. Postal Service.  This is the only electronic
message you will receive from  No other message
purporting to be from the President or his staff with an address at is authentic.  If you have received such a message,
you have received a "spoof."  

We appreciate your interest in the work of the Administration.


          Stephen K. Horn
          Director, Presidential E-mail
          The Office of Correspondence

ME: Subject: da Vinciman

1.  My presidential platform is not unarchy, although I might use a 
    fireside chat or two to promote the idea.

3.  The Olympic line-up was a complete dud.  My friend said "I didn't get 
    it."  That's my life story, actually; the more positive I am about 
    anything, the less comprehending everybody else is sure to be.  

P.S. I got an email from the President.

ME: Subject: simpsons

Did I mention I was dognapping again this week?  The house has a 
television (!) so I cranked up the Simpsons.  It was good - Bart 
vs. Burns in court.  Hee hee hee.

THEE: Subject: Does the President know what he's getting into?

Harry Georgeson's recent intemperate remarks about the current crop of
rock stars merited a feature story on CNN Headline News Saturday night. 
I wish I'd taped it, even though his quotes were read and he didn't
appear.  I think the story got pulled from the rotation when CNN headed
into full-Lady Di mode.  It was strange to watch the report on rock
music as the first news about Di was coming in.

On Sunday, I dropped eight bits for the Radha Krshna Temple Apple LP at
Second Story Books Warehouse.  Cool!

ME: Just curious, what time were you watching CNN when the Lady Diana 
story broke?  You make it sound like the regular 6 or 7:00.  
I found out via the Sunday Times.  It was quite a shock.  I pulled 
the paper out of the plastic, unrolled it but didn't unfold it, looked 
over the bottom half, verified that, as always, there is no news 
content on the front page of a Sunday paper (not that there is any on 
the weekdays, but somehow even less on Sunday), turned the wad over 
to the top half, read the headline of the top story, couldn't believe 
I read it right, and read it again.  The type size was all wrong for the 
message.  (I suppose they had to work within the space of whatever it 
was they replaced)

THEE: On Saturday night, we were watching CNN Headline News at around 11
p.m.  We had the TV muted when the Harry piece started.  I suspect that
he gave an interview in one of the papers, you see, and that prompted
the piece.  George was a little harsh, saying that no one would remember
U2 or the Spice Girls in 30 years.  I guess he's right about the Spice
Girls (he'd be fairly safe if he'd said 30 months about that rum lot)
but U2 will have some fans forever.

CNN gave us occasional blips about Diana at that time (again, around
11), saying that she was gravely injured.  In fact, she'd been dead an
hour already.  Did the "Times" do the popular follow-up, stories about
how slow the news coverage was that night?

Did you know that I quoted Macca ca. '63 in this message?

ME: Thanks for the detailed rundown of the Saturday night news.  Didn't 
mean to make you type it all out, actually, but this way it's 
archived forever (you'll be thrilled to hear.)

Rum lot sounds familiar, but help me with the context.  '63, you say.

Why do you waste electrons putting quotes around the Times?

Had one of my worst-ever tv experiences last night.  I cranked up the 
Simpsons again.  It was about the family vacation to Itchy and Scratchy 
Land.  Pure torture.  I mean to me the viewer.  And the commercials are
even worse.  That article I mentioned yesterday said there is an average 
of only 9 seconds between edits on tv.  No way.  Counting Simpsons and 
the commercials, it *had* to be less than a second.  What is going on 
here???  Lucky, that A) it wasn't my tv, and B) there was no elephant 
gun handy.


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