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Conversations with me, No. 36
Email highlights, ca. Feb - Mar 2002

Dedicated to the proposition that every thought that's ever been thunk may be of interest to some goofus . . .

THEE: collecting rent 

I just read your "thoughts on Monopoly." Very interesting and a 
couple of good rule changes.  

This part, however, made me want to write: 

> It's been pointed out to me a couple of times that the rules now 
say, "The owner may not collect his rent if he fails to ask for 
it before the second player following throws the dice." This is 
what the 1973 rule-sheet says. Am I crazy, or has the rule been 
changed? No one played like that when I was a kid. The rule-sheet 
I found for an older British Monopoly game clearly states that 
the landlord has only until the next player rolls. In any case, 
the new rule is only a slight improvement, is not elegant, and is 
still not realistic. 

The original 1933 rules state: "LANDING ON OWNED PROPERTY the 
owner collects his rent in accordance to the list printed on the 
TITLE CARD.  If the property is MORTGAGED no rent can be 
collected. If the owner fails to ask for his rent before the dice 
change hands twice, the debt is uncollectable. " (See 

It has been that way since the beginning.  


THEE: question from a j.h. teacher 

I was visiting your site b/c a student of mine brought in the 
video, "Yellow Submarine".  We are looking at the Beatles right 
now as: poetry, civil rights, revolution, etc... b/c we are 
reading the great novel, ANIMAL FARM.  Beware of tyrants!  I am 
old enough to understand some of the symbolism of the video, but 
do you have any idea where I can get my hands on info. regarding 
the various symbolisms the creator was intending?  There were 
some faces in the video who I know are significant, and I don't 
know who they would have been.  I didn't know the Beatles didn't 
have much to do with the production.  That's interesting.  SAD 
too.  IF you can assist me in a greater understanding of this 
vid, let me know.  THANKS for your site! 

THEE: rare piece?

Gaspar Sanz is one of my favorites, however i am not able to 
find one of his compositions i played years ago and lost the 
score, anywhere i've looked, for two days in a row through so 
many web pages and no one has any idea about it, maybe you do, i 
would appreciate if you could help. The name of that piece is 
"Corranda" , someone suggested this was the wrong name rather it 
was "Espanola 2" but the score i had said "Corranda". What do 
you think?  Thanks 

ME: re: rare piece?

The title Corranda is not at all familiar.  Do you remember how 
it started, or any extract from the tune?  

THEE: piano-guitar 

Hi Donald, I'm from Quibec, Canada and I'm studying at music 
departement of Le Collhge de Sherbrooke and I would like to start 
a classical guitar-piano duet. The problem is to find something 
to play.  We already had a little book but I was searching for 
compositers repertory.  I don't know if you would like to email 
me some of the parts you said you had but don't want to put it on 
the site. That would be so helpful. I hope you'll accept this 
demand and I thank you right now.  

p.s. maybe you can find that english is my second language.  

THEE: Re: Kaufmann index 

I was so pleased to hear back from you!  One never knows, when 
one sends a message into the ether, whether anybody is out there.  

After reading Kauffmann's "Little Red Book," I purchased two more 
books of the genre, Bach, Beethoven and the Boys, by David W. 
Barber, and The Book of Musical Anecdotes, by Norman Lebrecht.  
Thanks for introducing me to the fun, though possibly in some 
respects apocryphal, world of musical anecdotes! 

Continue having fun, as you obviously do.  Oh, one word of 
advice: it is better not hunt down "Tonight We Love," or you will 
never enjoy Tchaikovsky again.  

On Sat, 26 Jan 2002 (Donald Sauter) 

>A very belated and a very big thanks for your note about Helen 
Kaufmann's Little Book of Music Anecdotes.  I had wanted to 
reply, but thought I had accidentally clobbered your message 
with a bunch of others.  Well today I found a copy I had 
forwarded to another account!  That thrills me to pieces that a) 
you were inspired to find a copy of the book and b) you felt a 
need for the index I made.  Also, thanks for answering *my* 
question about Tchaikovsky's pop hit.  You were the first one.  
I will be on the lookout for "Tonight We Love".  This is what 
the internet is all about! Thanks again.  (By the way, I'm no 
spring chicken - will hit ?? this year.) 

THEE: Who's a millionaire?  

It was great to watch "Big Beat Box" with you.  

It took me until the following morning to realize that the "she's 
a millionaire" bit is on Capitol's "The Beatles Story."  I 
haven't confirmed that yet, but I'm fairly certain that's where 
it is.  

Here's the leads item from today's addition to the DVD Journal, a 
web site I read every day: 

On the Block: Our latest round of DVD auction rankings at eBay is 
in, and it appears some people have totally abandoned all hope of 
a new Hard Day's Night disc from Miramax ? how else can we 
explain the incredible $305.00 close for the long-out-of-print 
MPI edition?  

Subject: Re: Who's a millionaire?  

Thanks for hosting another good visit.  They go so fast.  Dinna 
have time to play my latest 78 rpm acquisition for you - "We're 
Gonna Hit, Hit, Hit, Hit Hitler."  Still also need to rampage 
through some Vex dex.  Did I mentioned we played the simplest 
version up in Baltimore on Sunday?  (Why do I ask?  I know I 

Yes, I remembered the "millionaire" comment was on The Beatles' 
Story.  Dinna know you were groping for the cv (commercial 

As fully expected, your cd fired up without a hitch.  Only 
problem was an extra, outer groove track of some sort of noise or 
interference that sounds (you won't believe this) like a dog 
barking.  Crazy, I know.  

Donald  (my first ever email-from-work. Welcome to the human 
race, kid.) 

THEE: You could probably buy a couple 

I only have one question:  Who's Dinna?  


Man, we did forget the Vex biz.  We'll get to it.  How about next 
week?  Let's contemplate this.  

Was there a secret bonus track at the end of your CD?  How could 
that happen?  You say it was a dog barking?  Hmmm.  Reminds me of 
the old Hungarian folk legend.  

A man asks a shepherd, "What kind of a dog is that?" 

"That's not a dog," says the shepherd.  "That's a puli!" 

It is a puli barking.  It's not my puli, but I'm working on that.  
It's amazing what you can find on the web.  (I found it on a 
puli-tribute web site.  There are such things.) 

Your 78 sounds like a must-hear! 

I just received a new computer here at work.  I'm not sure how to 
exploit it for personal use yet, but I'll figure it out soon 

ME: yellow sub 

I don't recall ever reading anything about the symbolisms in the 
Yellow Submarine movie, or about the identification of the faces 
used.  About the best I can do is suggest you try to track down 
Baltimore radio show host Bob Hieronimus.  The Baltimore Sun (Sep 
26 1999) claims he "knows more about Yellow Submarine than almost 
anybody."  The article said he was on the verge of having his 
book on the movie published.  His book is called (was to be 
called) "It Was All In The Mind: The Co-Creation of the Beatles' 
Yellow Submarine." Hope that helps.  

THEE: Enjoyed your web site, have bookmarked it and plan on coming 

A question: My wife gave me a guitar (classical) for Christmas 
and now I have to back up the claim that "I have always wanted to 
learn to play the guitar".  I went to a local musical store, and 
contracted for lessons - I have had three.  At each lesson, the 
instructor seemed more concerned with showing me his prowess with 
a guitar than with trying to find out how far I had progressed 
since the last lesson.  I have quit lessons.  As far as I know, 
there are no more classical guitar instructors in the area (have 
you ever heard of Lexington Park, MD?) so I am looking for a 
book, web site or person to push me in the right direction.  

And I TOTALLY agree with you assessment of our legal system.  

ME: Thanks for stopping by my site.  I don't think I have much to 
say about guitar lessons that would be helpful.  I learned from 
books, but I wouldn't suggest that approach to anybody.  What 
kept me going was the fun of playing everything I could get my 
hands on - and that I *would* recommend to everyone.  That, in 
combination with even an average teacher, or intermittant 
lessons, might yield really good results, I think.  I'm sure one 
of the best, if not the best, teacher in the D.C. area is...

Good luck with whatever approach you take.  The guitar's worth 
it.  If you write back, give me your address and I'll send you 
the next Washington Guitar Society newsletter.  I'm putting a 
nice piece of music in it.  

THEE: RE: Your web site ... and other things 

Curious... you learned from books - why do you recommend that no 
one else do that?  Thanks again...  

THEE: Re: John Paul George Ringo and Bert 

I am a director in a small local theatre who produce high 
quality amateur theatre. We have won awards in the past for our 
Willy Russell plays and I am very interested in reading a copy 
of John, Paul, George etc. Do you have any idea where I could 
get one form as I can't find it in any listings in the U.K?  
Thanks a lot. Excellent review by the way.  

ME: I don't have any connection to a copy of the play itself.  I 
suppose you've thought of contacting the theater department of 
the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC)?  I know I 
mentioned somewhere in my write-up that the director himself had 
a hard time getting his copy, and it was in a rough form.  If 
UMBC says they don't have it, maybe you could work from their 
video of it.  (I know I returned it, so if they've lost it, it 
wasn't me!)  Good luck.  By the way, how about writing out the 
vulgarity and make it a family show?  

THEE: saw your evo faq 

I scanned your FAQ, didn't have that much time to go over the 
whole thing in detail, but I got a sense that it seemed like you 
tried to justify many of your arguments against evolution by 
pointing to the holes in the fossil record.  It might help to 
devote more thought to the process of fossilization, because it 
is not exactly one that guarantees that every creature that dies 
becomes preserved so that humanity has the opportunity to study 
it later.  It should not be at all surprising that the fossil 
record does not contain a complete synopsis of every single 
organism that ever lived, complete with the generation-by-
generation steps you're looking for.  For that last, look forward 
to the day when scientists have complete DNA mappings of every 
living organism, plus whatever they can get from extinct species.  
If it happens before you die, you might have a solid answer.  
Until then, keep looking, just don't skip the basics.  If you 
haven't already, start from scratch, don't just read author's 
refutations of one another's theories.  A passionate, inquiring 
mind such as yours deserves a more objective, comprehensive 
knowledge of such a complex field of study.  I admire your 
apparent propensity towards critical thinking.  Its value is ten 
times that of unquestioning, blind faith.  The difference between 
deductive and inductive reasoning is the difference between an 
agnostic physicist and a Mormon bishop! 

ME: Re: saw your evo faq 

Thanks for visiting my site, and thanks for your thoughts.  

>I scanned your FAQ, didn't have that much time to go over the 
whole thing in detail, but I got a sense that it seemed like you 
tried to justify many of your arguments against evolution by 
pointing to the holes in the fossil record.  

I don't think that makes up a significant part of what I have to 
say.  I'm leaving that to others to discuss how complete our 
fossil record is, and how well it demonstrates continuous change.  
Based on everything I've read (in books and in discussion groups) 
I'm led to believe that the fossil record hardly shows any 
transition whatever.  Without trying to be antagonistic, this has 
to put "smooth transition" evolutionists on the hot seat.  It 
does no good to say, "Smooth transition evolution is true, 
because if there were fossils of all the transitions, it would 
prove it." 

If there is anything that I have to offer to the discussion which 
*may* be somewhat new, it is my challenge to describe some 
transition in generation by generation steps.  Forget the why and 
how for now - forget DNA, even - just describe the members of 
each generation.  Of course, there is the possibility that on 
some subconscious level I won't allow my brain to accept a good 
answer as having any validity.  Still, trying to be as honest 
with myself as possible, I do not believe anybody anywhere has 
seriously taken up the challenge.  Nobody in the discussion group 
did, and nobody cited a reference.  

>lived, complete with the generation-by-generation steps you're 
looking for.  For that last, look forward to the day when 
scientists have complete DNA 

ME: Re: saw your evo faq 

I had to send that last email off in a rush because I was about 
to get logged off.  Sorry for not having a chance to clean up all 
the old material.  Didn't want you to think I'm an email slob.  

THEE: Hi Nice site! Can you please add Eric Hansen to your 
wonderful links? I think it would fit in well under guitar. His 
site is , Eric Hansen is a World-flamenco 
guitarist from South Florida. His influences include Paco de 
Lucia and Vincente Amigo.  He has an album called "Nuevo Flamenco 
Romancero" that is due out March 26, 2002 Thanks.

THEE: Your MSPAP article is the most interesting that I have 
read. While I am not sure if I have signed away my right to 
concurrently hold an opinion and a job, I am happy to see a 
little uproar over this test. I am interested in the validity of 
the test, and I mean validity in the official sense of the word 
as used by test makers. MSPAP is unexplored territory in the 
world of tests, and it is completely in opposition to every 
measure of validity that standardized test makers strive to 
maintain. The classrooms, teachers, kids, parents, administration 
and media spin wildly around compared "data" collected from 
apples and oranges. I believe that the test has a positive effect 
of focusing instruction, but the downside is that the life has 
been sucked out of most classrooms in Maryland.  

THEE: When I read your webpage, I got really excited.  I, too, 
came up with the idea of tired light and then found it had 
already been pondered.  Forgive me if you have this elsewhere on 
the site, I am just so excited to read from a like mind that I 
have to share....  

Philosophers have said that if the universe was infinite, the 
entire sky would be lit up, but because of the red shift, we know 
this isn't true.  What if the background radiation was just 
really red shifted light from distant stars???  

Also-  what if it is the gravitational pull of dark matter that 
makes light tired??  According to science, dark matter could make 
up more than 90% of the matter in the universe.  

If you haven't already heard of Halton Arp, look him up!  He 
has pointed out cases where there are two galaxies apparently 
close to each other with very different red shifts (how does the 
big bang explain that?) 

I also wanted to compliment you on the idea that we would be 
expanding too.  I never thought of that before!! 

Good luck on the whole thing.  If you get a really good 
argument for or against tired light, please drop a line! 

THEE: I have read your page on logical problems and found it very 
interesting. I found you as a mastermind on logical thinking and 
IQ for your solutions (compared to others you have mentioned) 
have been very elegant.  I found you as an excellent guide.  

My parents and others (including myself) think I have good 
intelligence and caliber for logic. But I don't know how to 
stimulate it. I have read your web pages on problems of logic. 
Though I could grasp how the solution might turn out to be, I 
could go half way and not further. So, I would be glad if you can 
take so much trouble as to guide me in developing logic by 
showing me where I could find resources on the web, your personal 
views on logic, IQ and developing it. I would be indebted to you 
if you could show me the light of thinking.  

ME: The review was great.  Still don't know how your brain makes 
all those connections, like comparing the celebrities' and the 
Beatles' manner of handling dumb questions.  

THEE: Thanks for the review feedback.  I needed something to wrap 
the review up with, so I went for the celebrity tie-in.  

ME: I remembered something that could have made yeserday's email 
a little more interesting.  I made it up to the free book place 
in Baltimore over the weekend and came away with a few nice 
things.  I got about 3 or 4 books for my mom dating from 1917 and 
earlier.  One was about a dog in the great war.  Supposedly a 
true story, although not one of the all time greats.  "Army" got 
a military burial is about all you need to know.  Still, the book 
has a really nice old look and feel to it.  All proceeds from its 
sales will go to pay for Red Cross dressings.  

Also picked up a fairly new (1993) glossy book of opera stories.  
Stumbled on a copy of the novel "Ragtime" which will catch me up 
with the folks I've been finding goodies for at the Library of 

Had some great days here at school recently.  When a 5th grade 
teacher is absent I take over a larger role in the class, in 
math, specifically, *and* take the bull by the horns and pull 
kids from the class to work with 2 at a time.  This is what I was 
hired to do, but the 5th grade teachers have been more than a 
little resistant.  

Also like the potted plants section of the review.  

THEE: CD now, then, and in the future 

I was trying to recall if I saw the military dog you mentioned in 
a silent film about World War One, but I think that the movie I 
saw, "The Lost Battalion" (1919), featured a famous carrier 
pigeon.  Yes, my beloved Internet Movie Database confirms that it 
was the carrier pigeon Cher Ami, playing himself.  

At the moment, I'm reading a biography of Conan Doyle, that has a 
nice couple of paragraphs on the Boer War and the flap that 
Doyle's "The War in South Africa" caused.  You might like to look 
it over next time you stop by.  

I finished the last of the four Beatles MP3 CDs last night.  My 
feeling of liberation is indescribable.  

THEE: Hi from Seabrook's SIRT 

Hi Donald, I really enjoyed your long talk on MSAP. What can I 
say....  I would like to hear you play the guitar.  Bet I am the 
only one at Seabrook who knows your secret - WEB page!!! I will 
keep the information to myself.  It will give me a smile 
everytime I see you at school working so assiduously (sp?) at the 
computer.  You did spell "license" wrong I think on the page 
about tags you liked.  At least I think you did. I am a poor 
speller.  I was hunting for some information for a newsletter I 
have to do on guess what...  TIPS and strategies for MSPAP.  Ugh. 
Well it's my job and I have to create these newsletters for my 
internship.  Thanks for making my evening more fun in the midst 
of drudgery.  

THEE: Evolution FAQ - my thoughts 

(Note:  Anything in capital letters is not shouting, but done for 
emphasis.  Otherwise the text in all CAPS would be done in bold 
face letters) 

Saw your Evolution FAQ.  (Actually, I read it about a year ago, 
but still had it book marked for a while because it was 
interesting to read.) 

Like you, I'm not an expert at science.  I've always been 
interested in science and like discussing theory.  Mostly, I like 
reading material that challenges existing theories because that 
is when things can get really interesting (i.e. a new way of 
looking at the universe).  

It never fails to amaze me that mainstream science believes that 
they MUST be correct.  Didn't they read history at all the failed 
scientific theories (like Copernicus)?  Guess they were too busy 
proving how right they must be.  

Anyway, it's been an interesting debate to read.  I don't know 
where I stand on the whole evolution thing.  A large part of 
HUMAN evolution sounds contrived, but science does make a few 
good points.  

Does evolution exist?  I think so.  Does it describe how humans 
came to be?  No.  

Here's how I think evolution works....  

Science keeps talking about SPONTANEOUS evolution.  They seem to 
assume that when someone is born, it is PREDETERMINED what they 
will look like (for example: the second I'm born, I will be 
exactly 5 feet 11 inches tall, have a 4 inch neck, etc...) 

I believe the environment and circumstances impact us throughout 
life, but mostly during the early development years.  It is 
during this stage of life that our bodies are determining what's 
most useful to grow.  My theory is that nature is a big 
conglomeration of "Use or lose it!" scenarios.  

If a short neck giraffe is STRETCHING his neck to reach the 
leaves on the tree throughout his growth years, the body will 
tend to develop and send more growth potential to the neck area.  
In short (pun intended), the giraffe is USING his neck muscles to 
get at the higher food, and as a result, is developing the length 
of his neck.  

Now there are limits to how much a given species can change in a 
single generation, so I would think that significant changes 
(like a 5 cm difference) would appear after a few generations.  
Science does talk about mutations within a single generation, but 
I believe the odds of a GOOD, BENEFICIAL mutation occurring are 
the same if I won the lottery and got hit by a falling plane at 
the same time.  (Unless there is some sort of latent control over 
our genetic structure that sometimes get accidentally accessed 
somehow - but this is WAY out there) 

Now to answer your next question about the "near zero" effect.  
The assumption by scientists  (or you) seems to be that a random 
mutation of a long neck giraffe would produce ONE and only ONE 
giraffe.  If this is what science is assuming, then your argument 
about "near zero" wins out.  

BUT, I think that assumption is wrong.  Let me paint out a better 
scenario.  Let's say there are 100 BABY giraffes and two sections 
of the forest.  One side of the forest has LOW branches, and the 
other side has HIGH branches.  Since each side can only support 
50 giraffes, the group splits up into two sides.  

The giraffes eating from the trees with low branches have no need 
to stretch their necks, therefore nothing happens to the length 
of their necks.  

Conversely, the giraffes eating from the high branches are ALL 
stretching their necks all the time to eat the food.  The end 
result is 50 giraffes with potentially longer/stronger necks.  
Now since most species are somewhat social (and tend to breed 
with other animals that are close to them), you will have 50 
longer neck giraffes breed with each other.  Not ONE.  Thus, you 
start building and re-enforcing the long neck tendency, while at 
the same time have a group of short neck giraffes.  

Let's take it a step further, and imagine a disaster that 
devastates the forest.  Both groups of giraffes go off in search 
of new food.  They find a new forest, but it only has high 
branches.  As a result the short neck giraffes will die off 
because they cannot evolve/adapt that quickly (within one 
generation) to reach the high branches, and thus starve to death.  

Let's take a slightly different scenario.  Imagine the same 
disaster, but the giraffes relocate to a different forest which 
has low branches.  Because there is no need for the BABIES to 
stretch their necks to reach tall leaves, they may not grow up to 
have long necks like there parents.  Therefore, they will 
gradually lose their long necks (over a period of generations) 
because they don't have to stretch their necks to reach the 

Let's take a third (and last) scenario.  The same giraffes move 
to another forest where the food is sparse.  The short neck 
giraffes may survive because they don't need as much food to 
live, where as the bigger giraffes would require more food to 
sustain themselves.  Thus, the long neck giraffes may die off 
within a single generation because of their larger bodies (so 
much for having a longer neck being described as an advantage!) 

(Hope you don't find these scenarios to be too much of a 

Ultimately, I believe everything in nature is like a muscle.  
People who use their brains get smarter, while those who watch 
only TV get dumber.  People who exercise get stronger (and grow 
more muscle), while people who are muscular (and started watching 
TV all the time) will lose their muscles.  

Here's another people example.  Have you ever visited the 
mountains?  At first, when you go two miles up, you will find 
that you get out of breath quicker when you exert yourself.  If 
you stay in the mountains for a few months, your lungs will 
expand in size, to allow more oxygen to get into your system.  
Would I call this change in my body evolution?  I don't think so.  
"Adaptability" sounds more like a more accurate term to describe 

Perhaps evolution means the CUMULATIVE effect of adaptive changes 
over many generations?  I think most people tend to think that to 
evolve, is to become superior.  I think evolution changes the 
individual to whatever circumstances require.  Thus, I don't 
think tall people necessarily have an advantage over short 
people, especially if there is a food shortage! 

Of course for all of this to work, it has to be proved that a 
person's/animal's genetic structure will change in small ways 
over the course of a SINGLE lifetime.  IF you had a hypothetical 
scanner that could see every single point on your DNA at birth, 
and compare it to the DNA in your body when you're ready to 
conceive a child, I'm willing to bet that there will be SUBTLE 
differences in the genetic structure (lung size, muscle content, 
neck length, etc...).  

I base this on the fact that males always produce NEW sperm all 
the time, copying their CURRENT genetic structure into it.  
Females, in contrast, have all their genetic material copied into 
the eggs in one shot.  Thus, if a male contracts cancer, his 
cancer-ridden DNA will be copied into the sperm.  If a cancer-
ridden male decides to conceive a child, he risks fathering a 
child with cancer.  

Closing thoughts ---------------- So this is my take on how 
things are with nature.  As I said/implied before, science is a 
hobby, and I don't have the patience to wade through complex 
scientific journals, so I don't know if my assumption about DNA 
mutating through a single lifetime has been proven yet.  

It STILL doesn't answer how man got here.   Speech and a highly 
evolved brain doesn't fit into the model I described because it 
shows nature OVERCOMPENSATING what we need (in other words, why 
is so much of our brain left unused?).  This is a topic for other 
discussion, and I don't have any solid (coherent?) answers for 

I'm pretty open minded on these things, and I'm not bound by 
religious or scientific views. :)  Feel free to share your 
thoughts on this, although judging by your web site, this doesn't 
appear to be a problem! :) 

ME: things for newsletter 

A million thanks again for leading the guitar orchestra.  As far 
as I'm concerned, the guitar doesn't get any more fun than that.  

There's been a little trouble nailing down the next 3 meetins, 
but I'm assuming the April 19 meeting will be another guitar 
orchestra at the community center.  

I've heard Hself won't be able to help with this newsletter.  I was 
wondering if, rather than find someone to take over his part for 
this issue, would it be easiest just to crank one out together on 
your computer, like in the old days.  

THEE: I'm going to do this one on my computer.  I'm very limited 
on time, so if you want to proof it before I print, I could mail 
or fax you a copy.  Formatting will likely be messed up if I send 
you a file.  

I hope to get it done by this weekend.  

PS I enjoyed the guitar ensemble as well.  

ME: newsletter 

I'm sure you're as busy as always, and it probably sounds like an 
extra hand would slow things down, but it seems like there are a 
few reasons for at least a surgical strike from me.  One is that 
you need the sample system from the Tango piece.  It'd be hard to 
get that to you by mail by tomorrow.  I also have a page of music 
that has to meet up with the other pages somehow.  Also I could 
take it off your hands for printing up.  I'm free tomorrow 
morning and afternoon.  Does that work? Best to use phone at this 

THEE: free space submission: boycott mspap 

Your new essay has been posted. ("webmaster") 

THEE: Subject: pinching 

How excited did you get about your best discovery?  I've been 
pinching myself since I went to the mailbox around 3:00. Even 
now, I'm not convinced this is real . . .  

THEE: Subject: Foul ground ball.  

For grounders that go foul before reaching 1st or 3rd base, 
there's no problem. They're foul.  Not if they go back into the 
infield before they reach first or third base.  

ME: Subject: web woes 

Once upon a time there was this amazing used book and record sale 
at some place called Stoney Ridge or Rocky Point or Stone Ridge 
or Rocky Ridge or Rocky Road...  I think it was across from that 
medical place, whatsitcalled...  

Guess what I spotted - Miss November 1955 holding an opera 
record! This was in a small, demure b&w, not the big, demure 3-

I also found a classical guitar album review which will make its 
way into the next WGS newsletter, I'm guessing.  It has a nice 
local tie-in being by Charles Byrd on Washington Records.  

I forgot to ask, did you send any emails a few weeks ago that 
bounced back?  There was trouble here at detroit, so I used their 
mail forwarding to my hotmail account, but nothing ever showed up 
there.  [I had a hotmail account once???]

Just got a notice from yahoo today that they, too, will start 
charging for mail forwarding.  This wrecks my plans to become to the internet world forever.  

So far, my laptop/Windows 95/Internet Explorer system for getting 
on the web is an exercise in torture.  For instance, the 
washington post site will crash it every time.  [I had a laptop 
back then???]

On the morning of March 20, WGMS had a contest question:  "On 
this day in 1969 John and Yoko got married - 9 days after Paul 
and Linda, in fact.  Where did John and Yoko get married?  Hint - 
it was very British."  A friend of mine heard this at work, but 
couldn't make time to call me.  She said that even a half hour or 
more later, people were still calling in with wrong guesses.  
Whaddaya think, could the web answer that one?  

THEE: Subject: Not in Bloomington 

Soon after I sent my last message to you, I realized that I'd 
stupidly missed your reference to Stone Ridge School of the 
Sacred Heart.  Says right here on the World Wide Web that this 
year's sale will be April 19-22 

Speaking of things WWW, I can't recall getting any messages back 
from you a few weeks ago.  I'll even go out on a limb and say, 
no, there were no messages bounced back.  

I just finished a fascinating book called "The Story of the 'Mary 
Celeste'," which offered a thorough investigation of the famous 
1872 incident.  Heard of it?  In the Atlantic, between the Azores 
and Portugal, a British ship came upon a U.S. ship, the Mary 
Celeste, abandoned but in adequate sailing shape.  What became of 
the crew?  We won't learn that on the day that the sea gives up 
her dead, I guess.  Anyway, the Mary Celeste was out from New 
York and bound for Genoa.  Three guys from the British ship 
instead sailed it to what port?  Clue: The Mary Celeste was no 
longer there when John and Yoko got married there.  

THEE: Subject: Back in Touch 

I got your guitar society newsletter a few weeks back and I 
wanted to say hello and thank you. It's great to keep up with all 
your doings - do you know you have a whole page of links if you 
search for your name under Google?  

No guitar in my life, except what you send me. Every now and then 
I get tempted to pick it up but then I realize I don't Have TIME! 
I'm usually running around like a mad woman. However, I went to 
hear the Berlioz Requiem at the Kennedy Center today. It was 
fabulous. Very loud. But very good. Have you ever heard it?  

ME: About your missed autograph opportunity, I had one, too, 
lately.  (Dumb sentence.)  A Tuesday or two ago, I went to a 
concert at the U of Md. featuring two performers, one of whom was 
Carmen Balthrop who sang the lead role in what is still the only 
recording of Jopin's Treemonisha (mid-'70s). It was a very 
informal, chatty sort of recital, and I was kicking myself for 
not bringing my album long before Carmen sang the Slow Drag, the 
grand finale from the opera, for us.  

I went online tonight to find the libretto (book?) to Victor 
Herbert's Naughty Marietta.  That's one I bought from Saturday's 
sale (2 bits), but in spite of a 24-page booklet, there's no 
libretto.  Couldn't find one online, which is par for me in 
general, and par for me and online libretti.  

It came back to me that I had clipped that half-page-plus from 
the Times on Lincoln, and put it in my folder of discussion 
material labeled "Hself".  We'll get around to it, I guess.  

I bought a folding table ("banquet table") today for expanding my 
record storage.  I had called the manufacturer this morning to 
finally find out how much weight those things can hold.  My 
calculations say that I'm safe if I don't stuff my bins (boxes.) 

THEE: Subject: Abe rules! 

I'm glad you appreciate Honest Abe.  He's my fave.  

I'm sure I told you that I got through the Illinois Bar in 
Springfield by visiting Lincoln sites during every break.  It 
helped a lot.  

I'm completely blanking on Stoney/Rocky/Ridge/Point.

Tonight, VH1 is showing highlights from Monday's Rock 'n' Roll 
Hall of Fame induction ceremony (9-11:30 p.m.).  Although New 
Wave got all the press--it's 25 years since 1977, after all--
Brenda Lee was also inducted.  I'm videotaping and we'll have to 
check it out.  

I was reading an article about copyright yesterday.  In general, 
I always say "75 years--the End."  I'd overlooked Congressman 
Salvatore "Sonny" Bono's major contribution to our nation's 
jurisprudence--he got it changed to 95 years several years ago.  
This change is now being challenged in the Supreme Court by a 
group of public-domain publishers, who were all set to publish 
works from the '20s before the law was changed.  

Ever heard of Florence Foster Jenkins?  

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