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Conversations with me, No. 58a
Email highlights, from about November 2005

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


> I also forgot to mention that I have a book on engraving written 
by Ted Ross who was the engraver for the Hansen Press. In it 
there is one page giving an example of 19th century engraving and 
it is one of the Nocturne Melodies by Zani di Ferranti. So I 
guess they must have had originals in their possession.  

Very interesting!  I declare, there's more nuggets in each one of 
your notes than in a whole Soundboard.  I have the Ted Ross book, 
too, and I had wondered mightily over that guitar music sample.  
In fact, I used it in a dopey little column in the Washington 
Guitar Society newsletter I called  "The Guitar Strikes Again!", 
where I presented fun instances of the guitar popping up in 
unexpected places.  I asked if anyone recognized the piece, not 
that I expected, or got, any response.  My excuse for not 
recognizing it is that I got the Charles Hansen anthology 
probably in the late 1970s and the Ted Ross Book in the mid 
1980s.  The Charles Hansen anthology never really got into my 
regular playing rotation, and I can't remember every note I play, 
sure wish I could.  

THEE: Opera Listings 

In your Opera listings, Americana, you list a copy of 'Stars and 
Stripes Forever: two centuries of heroic music in America'.  

Some of the pieces on this album were performed on the Brattle 
Organ, now located in Portsmouth NH. Could you copy the liner 
notes, or any of the information included with the album and 
forward it to me? I live in Portsmouth and attend St. Johns 
Church where the organ now resides. This year I took over 
managing our tour guide service for the summer and am now working 
to collect historical information on the treasures the church 
owns. Any information from that album would be greatly 

BTW, you wouldn't be interested in selling it would you?  

ME: Thanks for asking me about the Stars and Stripes Forever 
record in my collection.  Nice to know my web pages have some 
value.  This is all the information in the liner notes that 
relate to the Brattle organ.  Here's the track listing 
information, copied verbatim, for the 3 works played on the 
Brattle organ: 


  William Billings (1746-1800) Played on the Brattle Organ, Portsmouth 

  Oliver Shaw (1779-1848) Played on the Brattle Organ, Portsmouth 

In the liner notes there is no specific mention of The London 
March or Chester; they are covered by a paragraph headed "MARCHES 
AND COUNTERMARCHES".  There is a paragraph devoted to Trip to 

PAWTUCKET Far from the wars and rumors of wars, here is the merry 
jingle of the stagecoach from Boston to Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  
Oliver Shaw was a popular writer of pieces for the parlor 
pianists proliferating in the 1800s.  The music is recorded on 
the Brattle Organ of 1708.  

If you think you need the rest of the liner notes, let me know.  
Are you sure this isn't currently available on cd?  I would have 
thought that E. Power Biggs was a huge enough artist that his 
recordings would stay in print.  Also, have you set up a running 
search on ebay?  Also, have you looked into those legal music 
sharing (if I'm using the proper terminology) services?  I see 
web sites that claim to have something like 9 billion songs.  
When I typed in my most obscure records, they claimed they have 
them.  But I never looked into any further than that to see 
whether they're just trying to snag you into signing up for their 
"free" service.  

I have been making some effort to pull together lp-to-cd 
recording capabilities, but I'm not there yet.  If all efforts 
fail to track down this music, get in touch and I'd be glad to 
get you a copy after I get the equipment and the routine down 

THEE: Please help me with a song 

Hello I am a young amateur guitarist from Romania and I would 
like you to help me...I searched for an specific tablature or a 
sheet music on the Internet for over an year and a half and I 
didn't find it in any place. It's about "variations on an 
anatolian theme" by Carlo Domeniconi. I  purely love that song 
and I really want to learn how to play it. I have the recorded 
song played by Thimios Atzakas. I even tried to find him on the 
internet but with no results. I tried to write the tab myself 
listening to the song but i couldn't because it's very difficult. 
I wrote to at least 60 sites and guitarist all over the Internet 
but I didn't get any answer. So, if you do have the time and if 
you have the tablature or sheet music or at least a midi file or 
anything please e-mail it to me and I would be very thankful. I'm 
sory for my bad english and I really hope to get an answer. 
Thanks a lot..Adrian from Romania 

ME: I feel pretty sure that the piece you want is really called 
Variatians on a Turkish Theme.  It's available from Guitar Solo 
on this page...

I remember hearing the piece many years ago and thinking it was 

THEE: Re: Opera Listings 

Thank you for your great response. Yes it is surprising what you 
find in different pages.  

> If you think you need the rest of the liner notes, let me know.  
Are you sure this isn't currently available on cd?  

Not that I can find.  

> I would have thought that E. Power Biggs was a huge enough 
artist that his recordings would stay in print.  Also, have you 
set up a running search on ebay?  

I would have thought so too. I am working on the "running 
search", but it seems to take some time to set up.  

> Also, have you looked into those legal music sharing (if I'm 
using the proper terminology) services?  I see web sites that 
claim to have something like 9 billion songs.  When I typed in my 
most obscure records, they claimed they have them.  

Interesting idea but I didn't get a hit on numerous tries of 
varying key words. If you ever stumble across this album, please 
let me know. I did find it in a library listing from somewhere in 
Pennsylvania (on tape).  

> I have been making some effort to pull together lp-to-cd 
recording capabilities, but I'm not there yet.  If all efforts 
fail to track down this music, get in touch and I'd be glad to 
get you a copy after I get the equipment and the routine down 

Please let me know if you get there. I am also trying such a 
project, mostly to get my home video and 8MM film on VCD or DVD. 
But I understand how these projects become a low priority and by 
the time you are ready to move forward, there are all new 
technology options to chose from.  

Thanks again, this was a great help.  

THEE: Re: the guitar strikes again 

Do you have the Hansen book on hand? What other pieces are in it?  

ME: I always thought of it as a slightly strange hodgepodge.  

Fortea/Albeniz/Arabic Serenade
Segovia/Albeniz/The Legend
Carcassi//50 methodic and progressive pieces
Carulli//The three days
Ferranti//Carnival of Venice
Ferranti//Six nocturne melodies
Giuliani//Etudes in Am Bm and F
Llobet/Granados/Spanish dance no. 5
Molitor//Great sonata
Sor//Magic flute variations (w/ intro)
Tarrega//Arabic caprice
Tarrega//Prelude in A, no. 8
Tarrega//Prelude in A, no. 9
Tarrega//Prelude in D

THEE: Re: the guitar strikes again 

The ordering also is odd. Llobet sandwiched between Molitor and 
Giuliani? I thought the book was 19th century pieces. Is it just 
a general compilation then and not specific to the 19th c.?  

ME: Actually, the list I sent was not in page order, but in 
alphabetical order by composer.  Page order is maybe a little 
less odd: Giuliani Sor Carcassi Tarrega Carulli Zani di Ferranti 
Albeniz Molitor Granados.  On one hand it looks like they just 
cobbled together a bunch of guitar pieces lying around.  But they 
went to some trouble supplying half- and third-page biographies 
for the guitarists.  There's also color artwork and some 
scrollwork-type graphics, and a heavy border around each page of 
music that's supposed to look classy, I guess, but mostly forces 
the music to be reproduced somewhat smaller.  I'm sure Charles 
Hansen didn't do any of the engraving.  The Sor and ZDF are 
facsimiles of 19th C. editions, with some editing of text.  I'm 
not qualified to guess where they got the Giuliani, Carulli, 
Carcassi and Molitor - maybe some of these are early 20th C. 
German editions?  You would know better than me the years of the 
Albeniz and Granados compositions, but obviously (?) the 
transcriptions are 20th C.  

THEE: Subject: Guitar and Piano Music 

Donald  -  In searching for a source for Guitar and Piano music I 
happened across your web site.  You never know if a web site you 
find is current information or outdated   so I thought I'd send 
you an Email first to make sure one can still order music from 
you.  I'll be placing an order if you are, indeed, still selling 
the music.   Please let me know.  

ME: My guitar & piano music page is so "current" that you're the 
first to discover it!  The Web has gotten mighty crowded in the 
last few years.  Hope you find some interesting pieces and put 
an order together.  Also, let me know if anything about the page 
is unclear or needs improving.  Thanks.  

THEE: Re: the guitar strikes again 

Sounds like a funky book. I wonder what else they have done. I 
tried calling them and no one returned the messages I left.  

ME: One series of Charles Hansen publications that jumps to my 
mind is "Masters For Classical Guitar - transcriptions from the 
masters" by Jerry Snyder.  These are 16-page booklets.  There are 
2 for Bach and one apiece for Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, 
Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Bartok.  Most of the pieces are familiar 
in somewhat more sophisticated transcriptions, but I wouldn't 
knock them.  

Charles Hansen was also the printer and distributor of the USA 
edition of Brian Jeffery's "Fernando Sor - Complete Works for 
Guitar", 1977 (Shattinger International Music Corp.)  I'm 
comparing the Sor Mozart variations in this edition with the one 
in the Jeffery edition, probably for the first time, and can 
report they are two different engravings.  

THEE: RE: Guitar and Piano Music 

Thanks, Donald. I'll definitely be placing an order but it may be 
a week or so before I do. I have to confer with my pianist friend 
and agree on some pieces.  You're certainly giving us a lot to 
choose from! 

THEE: Subject: karl katz 

Thanks so much for putting the text of Karl Katz on the web. I 
teach Karl Katz in my rhetoric class, and it's nice to have text 
that I can copy and paste into Word documents--it means that I 
can manipulate the text and make it more useful to my curriculum. 
I've always loved the Karl Katz story and I appreciate your 

ME: You're very welcome!  I'm glad the page has been found 
and made use of.  

THEE: Re: the guitar strikes again 

> One series of Charles Hansen publications that jumps to my mind 
is "Masters For Classical Guitar - transcriptions from the 
masters" by Jerry Snyder.  These are 16-page booklets.  There are 
2 for Bach and one apiece for Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, 
Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Bartok.  Most of the pieces are familiar 
in somewhat more sophisticated transcriptions, but I wouldn't 
knock them.  

I don't recall ever seeing anything by them, but I may have just 
passed over them. I didn't realize Hansen was involved in the 
first Sor set of books. I got lucky and picked up 4 of the 5 at a 
used book store.  

ME: I'm really looking forward to the cd recorder - I've been 
dragging my feet too long getting one.  I'd be really upset if 
the shippers break it.  This has happened to more than half of 
the electronics I've bought off of ebay.  What I'd like to do, 
since I feel like I got a very good price, is offer an extra $20 
if you can pack it up well enough to withstand the abuse of the 
shippers.  I got a turntable in working condition because the 
seller packed the turntable box in a larger box with styrofoam 
pieces, double-packed, so to speak.  So if you haven't shipped it 
off yet and I see evidence of extra packing care and it arrives 
unbroken, I'll send you a $20 bill in the mail.  

THEE: Re: cd recorder packing 

That sounds fine.  I totally understand your concern.  I have 
already refunded you $10 for shipping since you used the Buy it 
Now.  I will go ahead and have it professionally packed and it 
should arrive in great shape.  You can either reimburse me via 
Paypal or cash.  

It should ship out tomorrow.  

THEE: Your package (CD Recorder)  is ready, but it has been 
raining very hard today and I do not want to ship it incase it 
gets wet at the UPS store.  I will get it out tomorrow for you, 
and I think you will find the packaging very well done.  

ME: I had a surprise in the last few days - discovered I had a 
Blind Tom piece on an album by E. Power Biggs.  

Also got a nice note from a professor who was very grateful I put 
up the Karl Katz story on my site.  

Some recent culture: the Children's Theater production of 
Huckleberry Finn.  That inspired me to reread about a third of 
the book.  I should reread the whole thing.  

Had a failed web search tonight.  I'm sure that in at least two 
of the Grimms stories, and maybe four, there were instances of 
reattached heads with a tell-tale thin red line around the neck.  
I can't imagine these passages not using the word "neck", but a 
search of the complete Grimms text online for "neck" didn't turn 
up any of them.  I'm baffled.  

This came about because of a short "scary scary" story that I 
read recently.  It's pitched at 2nd grade readers.  It took me by 
surprise; actually kind of hilarious in its shockingness.  I read 
it to Mizan today and she laughed her head off.  Anyhow, the 
credits at the back of the book say that this story is based on 
the European folk story device of the thin line around the neck 
from reattached heads, and I wanted to jot a cf to the Grimms 

Sorry if I got you curious about the story.  The book isn't here; 
this is enough typing for one night; and even if it weren't, the 
pictures are vital (ha ha) to the story.  

THEE: Subject: It works 

Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called "father of the atomic bomb," 
was an extremely eloquent man, but at the first atomic test blast 
in new Mexico, his first words were reportedly a stunned, "It 

These may have been my first words too.  The tape thingie (is 
that the right name?) [thing shaped like a cassette that plugs 
into your car tape player that lets you hook up a cd walkman or 
ipod] works!  I gave it an in-depth 45-second test in the car 
last night.  I didn't move the car, so I can't report on 

Thank you!  This is going to be great.  

Hey, it's extremely last minute of me to be asking this, but I 
have tomorrow off from work and I'm going to be hanging around in 
Rockville and Gaithersburg for a few hours tomorrow during the 
day, while Hself gets groomed in Frederick.  I was planning on 
seeing if Second Story Book Warehouse is still in business and I 
was planning on doing some less glamorous chores, such as buying 
socks at Lakeforest Mall.  If you had any thoughts of a visit 
back here, I just mention this.  

Thanks again.  I'll have a full road-test evaluation in a 
day or two.  

ME: Glad the tape gizmo works.  Give me a report on its "rattle 
factor".  My Sony job rattles louder than the music (depending on 
the volume).  

Thanks for the spur-of-the-moment invitation - that's the spirit.  
I think "tomorrow" means today (Friday) and I'm just checking 
mail now (11:33 am).  I'll be hitting the auction today as usual.  
On Tuesday was the biggest batch of opera records to date.  I had 
most of them, but would still put in a bid figuring they might be 
in better condition than mine.  Unfortunately, on Tuesdays I 
can't stick around that long because of work.  Still haven't 
struck the mother lode, but there have been 4 times now when I 
found a batch of records I would have bid on - but it was always 
Tuesdays. :(  Eventually have to move Tuesday students to  
Wednesday, or find myself shut down, which would be far easier.  

May have mentioned a little car work last week.  Same ol' thing - 
the car comes out of the shop not running worth beans.  Under the 
worst conditions I get 350 miles per tank.  This is shaping up as 
something like 200 miles per tank.  Historically, mechanics have 
ruined every car I've owned; I guess they've done it again.  

THEE: Interesting find about the Blind Tom piece performed by E. 
Power Biggs.  As far as I know, I have nothing by Blind Tom 
although I do by Blind Boone.  

Sort of a coincidence that you've recently seen a children's 
theater production of Huck Finn.  We have one of Tom Sawyer here 
this weekend; of course, I'll miss it because I'm heading out in 
the next hour or so.  

I was amused by Mizan's laughter at the "scary scary" story.  
I've had students who say they wouldn't read "Little Red Riding 
Hood" to their kids because it's too scary.  Sheesh!  They see 
far worse on TV, including the news.  Fictional fear is 

Is the reattached head with the thin red line some sort of 
meaningful archetype?  Odd thing to show up over and over, but if 
I come across any such folks I'll recognize them.  If there's a 
synonym for neck, I don't know it.  Good luck finding those 

THEE: Subject: Music Order 

Don  -  Here's a list of the pieces I'd like to order from you: 

W0030   Carulli :  Duo, OP 11        22  
W0033   Carulli :  Duo, OP 37        16
W0034   Carulli :  Grand Duo, OP 86  18
W0035   Carulli :  Duo, OP 151       13
W0089   Molino :  Nocturne, OP 44    13
W0077   K|ffner:  Serenade,  OP 55   12
W0116   Weber:   Divertimento, OP 38 16 
                     Total pages    110 pages
                                  x .24   
                                $ 26.40 

But I'm actually going to send you $ 33  (  30 cents per page )  
I think you're short-changing yourself.   If I were to order just 
the last two works on my list above from  GSP  ( Guitar Solo 
Publications ) it would cost me $36 - plus the shipping charge.  
So $33 for all seven works on my list seems like a real bargain 
to me. 

THEE: Washington Guitar Society Forum 

Wow! Thanks for all the work; a useful resource.  

THEE: Subject: It still works 

You missed nothing.  I did make it to Second Story Book 
Warehouse, where I found a replacement for a book my mother gave 
me and which I then promptly left on a bus.  Unpack that 
sentence, why don't you?  (Translation:  Mom gave me a book.  I 
left it on a bus.  I found a replacement.) 

They seemed to have a number of classical LPs of operatic 
interest at Second Story.  Of course, they're $1 each.  (Sale on 
until the end of the year may knock them down to 70 cents.) 

My other stops today were the bank, the grocery store, Best Buy 
(where I got an iPod recharger that plugs into the cigarette 
lighter), O'Brien's Pit Barbecue, the Hecht's at Lakeforest Mall 
for socks and ties, and then back to Frederick to retrieve Bogar.  

The tape player thingie seems to work beautifully.  One time when 
I put it in, it popped out and I thought I noticed just a little 
hum at one point.  That may have just been the source material, a 
BBC radio broadcast.  I ran it through its paces -- slow speeds, 
fast speeds, and long and short times running.  It seems great.  

Thanks again! 

ME: no think just buy [when price is right]

Would somebody tell somebody that stupid old records cost 25 
cents now?  And even that's crazy.  

Don't think I mentioned I won a "cd recorder" off ebay.  That 
seems to be the most usual name for my own best guess: a "stand-
alone home stereo dual cd play/record deck".  I presume the 
shippers will smash it.  

Somebody found my commercial guitar & piano music page under his 
own steam and placed an order.  So I guess the web is about to 
smother me in filthy luchre.  To be honest, I miss the old days 
when people could find and read my web pages.  

ME: I'm gonna let Mizan type a message on my computer.  If she 
busts it, you're in big trouble.  

MIZAN: thank you for the birthday song .Don is silly. Me and Don 
went to the post office and I played the slots and I won 11 
stemps.And no I will not start a gmbling problom.Ha ha ha ha 
haha.Please send me ahother E.mail please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.  

ps.thank you.And don't forget Don is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!! 

sincerly, Mizan 

THEE: Hi Mizan, 

Slot machines at the Post Office?????????   That's a new idea to 
me!  I thought we lived in the same country, but the U.S. Postal 
Service here hasn't started slots unless it's an innovation since 
last week.  

I spent a couple of days listening to a lot of great old music 
played by guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, dulcimer, 
autoharp, harmonica, and leaf.  Yup, leaf!  One of professional 
musicians played "The Missouri Waltz" on a leaf while his wife 
accompanied him on the banjo.  (Normally he plays the guitar, but 
he had hurt his hand and was only able to play the leaf.)  He 
could have played it solo, and I was impressed.  The tune was 
perfect.  By the way, "The Missouri Waltz" is Missouri's state 
song.  If you want to hear the tune, I've attached a website 
link.  Too bad it's not played on leaf, though. 

ME: jackpot 

Thanks for the rundown on the folklore bash.  Laughed my head off 
at your auction hijinxes - I don't handle it so well when I feel 
pressured to buy something.  

Maybe in Oklahoma they still call the slots "stamp machines"?  
What happens in Delaware is that one, maybe meaning just me, 
accumulates change at a much more furious pace than in Maryland.  
See, Delaware doesn't have a sales tax, and with everything being 
priced pennies below an even dollor amount, you always get a 
handful of change back from the purchase of a few items.  This is 
in contradistinction from Maryland, which has a sales tax, and so 
it's easy to get rid of a few coins every time you buy something.  
So my cup of change gets really full here, and I get rid of it by 
dumping it into the stamp machine.  I had a huge pocketful 
yesterday and let Mizan have the fun of playing the slots for me.  
You have to play a *lot* of coins to win 11 stamps! 

At the Dover sale on Friday I got a few books, one of which is a 
reprint of an 1895 British "Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes and 
Fairy Tales".  It's over 600 pages.  I'm having a great time 
comparing it with "The Real Mother Goose", a reprinting of a 1916 
American edition which I know I've mentioned earlier.  There are 
some interesting little differences, and I'm cross-indexing the 
two, so I'll ultimately be able to see which ones appear in just 
one volume or the other.  

THEE: Subject: My article on the creation-intelligent design 

Thank you for what you wrote about my article.  

I do think that almost all discussions of this issue that I have 
read embody an enormous amount of confusion -- some of it 
deliberate and dishonest.  

ME: It was a nice surprise to get a message from you.  When I put 
a copy of your article on my web site for everybody's easy 
reference, I didn't do it with the presumption you would approve.  
In particular, I could easily understand anyone not wanting to 
risk the appearance of being associated with "this guy" and his 
thoughts.  If you ever have any reason for me taking it down, 
please don't hesitate to ask.  

THEE: Re: jackpot 

> I had a huge pocketful yesterday and let Mizan have the fun of 
playing the slots for me.  You have to play a *lot* of coins to 
win 11 stamps! 

Maybe I'm still confused.  So you're talking legitimate stamp 
machines?  Don't stamps come out of those in booklets.  You've 
got strange stamp machines out your way if they come out 

> At the Dover sale on Friday I got a few books, one of which is a 
reprint of an 1895 British "Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes and 
Fairy Tales".  

Know anything about the historic stories behind some of the 
"Mother Goose Rhymes"?  I've read only a few things and can't 
swear they're fact, but they make sense and are interesting.  May 
not be anymore truth to 'em than to some of those outlandish 
[...] song origin stories, though.  Sounds like you have 
another interesting project goin'.  

ME: Yes, individual stamps.  chunka chunka . . . 

THEE: Re: no think just buy -- it works for me! 

Good job on the online sheet music sale.  I look forward, with 
fingers crossed, for your report on the CD recorder.  

The iPOD car thingie performed well again today.  

THEE: Subject: Biggs Kids 

Attached are Mizan's picture from Biggs Kids- it was wonderful 
seeing her again, she is such a great little artist! 

ME: Here's a recent picture of Mizan, if it gets forwarded along 
with this message.  "Biggs" refers to the Biggs Art Museum, which 
shares the building with the Visitor Center that you started at 
one rainy morning.  To be honest, the photo doesn't look exactly 
like Mizan to me, but kind of close.  Hself remembered Mizan 
from her visit earlier in the summer on Old Dover Days.  Leaves 
smeared with paint were used in making these paintings.  I forget 
what the story on the guy with the big red nose is, except that 
it's not a big red nose.  

At the visitor center was an interesting exhibit about which you 
can read a bit about here...

I couldn't find a single photo of the exhibit on the web. I was 
explaining everything best as I could to Mizan and a museum 
worker must have heard that I could use some help, so she came in 
and gave us a personal tour.  

ME: all about 

I see I inserted a new about and missed deleting the old one.  

THEE: I get it now. I think that it would be better to list the 
contents of PD [public domain guitar] anthologies without regard 
to how the publications are to be downloaded, not bothering with 
ones that are not available, at least at first, and then list the 
sources separately. I don't believe that there is any scanning 
software adequate to the task, so just having indices in html of 
adequately identified anthologies would be a permanent 
contribution not subject to the many changes in library sites 
which the future will no doubt bring. Putting all the links in 
one place on the proposed site is a minor inconvenience, but it 
would make the site or its successors one hell of a lot easier to 

So making individual indices and tocs is the job.  

See if you can find some standard way of doing this that exists 
already, or does every library catalog have its own format? Point 
is that most of the work has already been done somewhere sometime 
by somone. There is no published work on Pfennig-Magazin?  

ME: I got the cd recorder today (Tuesday).  It arrived in fine 
shape.  I've only had time to play around and try to get familiar 
with the playback functions of the two decks.  I heard some 
electric clicks when I was skipping tracks and a bad crackle a 
couple of times when I just touched, but didn't press, one of the 
buttons on the machine while a disc was playing.  I don't think I 
heard any such clicks when the machine was simply playing a disc.  
As long as this never happens when I'm recording, I'll be happy.  
I'll need to go out and buy some appropriate discs before I delve 
into the recording process.  By the way, all my recording on this 
machine will be from phonograph or cassette sources, not the 
internal cd to cd function.  

THEE: Thanks for your input.  

The piece "Musique de Cour" is readily available from 

Tansman sounds like an interesting composer - I'll have to 
research him a little bit.  

ME: Found out today that you can't just run out and buy cd-rw 
Music cds.  I've ordered some online, so I'll have to wait for 
the shipment before I can do any recording.  

ME: Mizan got a kick out of the email.  The next time I saw her 
she was laughing about slot machines and leafs.  The latter had 
me confused because I was thinking of the leafs used in her 
artwork at the Biggs Museum.  Then I remembered the leaf 
musician.  I fired up the midi-fied state song for her.  By the 
way, you're right, our stamp machines let you buy them 
individually.  Spits 'em out from a roll.  I'm wondering, if you 
took a closer look, if yours also do the same.  

There was another "save the Hanson House" letter in this week's 
Dover Post.  They still haven't torn it down, in spite of 
swearing they would in October.  At a homeowners association 
meeting the other night, the Dover mayor was there.  I thought I 
would put in a personal plug for the Hanson House.  Again, my 
idea is not restoration or a modern facsimile, just to preserve 
it a little, or maybe not even that, so we can just look at it 
until it rots away to nothing.  Beats to heck any ol' real estate 
office any day.  The only thing I could get out of the mayor was 
something like, "The problem is the city already sold the 
property."  Never thinking on my feet, I didn't say, "Ok, take 
the money and buy it back."  All further efforts to convince him 
that Dover's oldest building looks really neat sitting there got 
no response at all.  He just looked at me like I had twenty holes 
in my head.  I mean, we're talking about a regular person; it's 
not like I was pestering the Mayor of Paris or London or 

Speaking of Dover, remember the courthouse on the Green where I 
tried to relate the story of the tavern that used to be on the 
spot?  It was a King George tavern that changed to the George 
Washington tavern in revolutionary times.  Those names might not 
be exact, but that's the idea.  There was a sign that was painted 
over that faded to the point where you could see both Georges.  
For the sake of this discussion, we'll assume this isn't a bunch 
of apocrypha.  I thought it was neat that the same thing happened 
in Rip Van Winkle: 

  ...all this was strange and incomprehensible. He recognized on 
  the sign, however, the ruby face of King George, under which he 
  had smoked so many a peaceful pipe; but even this was singularly 
  metamorphosed. The red coat was changed for one of blue and 
  buff, a sword was held in the hand instead of a   sceptre, the 
  head was decorated with a cocked hat, and underneath was painted 
  in large characters, GENERAL WASHINGTON.  

I was at an interesting lecture/slide show at the Archives the 
other night.  It was the 100th anniversary of the Archives.  The 
lecturer used a few of the items in the exhibition that we 
visited.  If you're like me you wouldn't remember this, but if 
you're like you, which I think you are, you probably will.  It 
may have stuck because you were already thick with the infamous, 
and stunning, Port Mahon lighthouse.  Remember the caption to the 
effect, "This is the most requested photo in the archives"?  At 
the end of Tom's presentation he paused to ask, "Does anyone know 
what's the most requested photo in the archive's collection?"  A 
few people had a chance to make good, but wrong, guesses before I 
got called on.  He's given this presentation in other places 
around the state and he was quite taken aback.  I told him I got 
the answer from the exhibition down the hall, which sounds like a 
sort of a cheat, but that's not my fault.  To bad you weren't 
there to answer it. You could have said, "Come on, everybody in 
Oklahoma knows that." 

I did throw him for a loop with my pronunciation.  He scrunched 
up his face and had me repeat it a few times before accepting it.  
I called it Port "Man", with that horrible short-a diphthongy 
thing Americans use.  Everybody else there knows it's "May'-
hahn".  I said, "What do I know, I only moved here 2 years ago." 

I was wondering if I ever mentioned my friend Hself in our emails, 
but before doing a search I remembered she was mentioned in the 
Sauter/Kent monolog tape series.  Last time we talked on the 
phone the subject of the new Liberian president came up.  Hself 
says, "I know her very well," and rattled off all the family 
connections.  Hself's former husband, a diplomat, may become 
Secretary of Information, or some-such, in the new government.  

I gave another shot at searching for the thin red line around a 
neck in Grimm's, the old fashioned way - scanning hundreds of 
pages.  Still didn't find them.  I know I didn't dream it up.  

Sort of finished my Mother Goose study.  In a perfect world I'd 
keep at it until I had 'em all memorized.  My American Mother 
Goose has 305 rhymes; the British has 217.  About 125 were common 
to both, so that works out to 397 separate rhymes.  There were 
also 8 more in an amazing 870-page book I have called Story And 
Verse For Children.  Everybody should spend a few years of his 
life with that one.  Noting all the interesting variations is the 
stuff of a dissertation, not an email, so you lucked out there.  
Tommy Tinker vs. Tommy Tucker; Dickery Dickery vs. Hickory 
Dickory; Mistress Mary vs. Mary, Mary; you get the idea.  I 
should have kept better notes on my new favorites.  Here's a few: 

  Apple-pie, pudding, and pancake, 
  All begins with A.  

  My little old man and I fell out; 
  I'll tell you what 't was all about, - 
  I had money and he had none, 
  And that's the way the noise begun.  

  If all the seas were one sea, 
  What a great sea that would be! 
  And if all the trees were one tree, 
  What a great tree that would be! 
  And if all the axes were one axe, 
  What a great axe that would be! 
  And if all the men were one man, 
  What a great man he would be! 
  And if the great man took the great axe, 
  And cut down the great tree, 
  And let it fall into the great sea, 
  What a splish-splash that would be! 

Isn't this a million times classier than what we're used to?: 

  The rose is red, the violet's blue; 
  The pink is sweet, and so are you.  

How do we interpret the last two lines of I Love Sixpence?  

  I have nothing, I spend nothing, 
  I love nothing better than my wife.  

My Lady Wind is a good one.  How about the assonance in the first 
2 lines here?  "It" is a tiny spark.  

  From it she raised up such a flame 
  As flamed away to Belting Lane 
    And White Cross folks were smothered.  

At the auction today I got a nice "coffee table"-type book called 
"The National Archives Of The United States".  I'm just reading 
the inner-flap blurb now and see that it marks the 50th 
anniversary of the National Archives.  That's significant in that 
it was the exhibition back in 1985 called "The Archives At 50" 
that knocked me out so and inspired this purchase.  At a glance, 
though, it doesn't appear that this book is meant to document 
that exhibit.  For example, I don't see Queen Elizabeth's 
handwritten recipe for scones that she sent to President 
Eisenhower after a visit here, or some of the schoolkid entries 
for a new flag after the admission of Hawaii and Alaska.  

Also got 20 teen magazines from about 1969.  

ME: Hoping you have time to read my little essay on the 
intelligent design/evolution issue.  It's at 
  [now ]

I fully grant the invocation of an intelligent designer is not 
science.  But Darwinism, that sequence of trillions upon 
trillions of "beneficial" mistakes, is effectively the only show 
in town for explaining the incredible march to ever more highly 
developed creatures.  That this is the best they can do after 
pounding away at it for 150 years might lead some to wonder if 
"something else" isn't going on.  

THEE: Subject: gushalotta 

I somehow collided with your website and noted that you  are a 
former pupil of Mr. Lieske, and an alumnus of Johnnycake JHS.  I 
was there from 1966 to  1969 and have always considered GSL 
[George Spencer Lieske] to have been the one teacher who actually 
switched on my mind. Anyway, it brought back some memories.   
Does he still walk the planet?  


> Does he still walk the planet?  

You bet he does!  I was fortunate enough to get invited to his 
surprise retirement party last summer.  His wife, the former Miss 
Zendt, found references to Mr. Lieske on my website.  *Please* 
send him a note out of the blue; he'll love it.  His address is 

Just jump right in with "Hi Spence, ..." 

P.S.  According to the years you supply, you were a year behind 
me.  I can't find you in the 1966-1967 yearbook.  Did you know my 
sister Hself?  

THEE: Subject: Brain teaser 

Sir, As a young man of about 18 to 22, I remember having a close 
friend give me a puzzle called "The great train puzzle" to figure 
out. It was a brain teaser that I did in fact have some 
difficulty figuring the answer out. I have looked everywhere that 
I can think of for this puzzle to find nobody has a clew what I 
am talking about. It had to do with, if I remember correctly, 
information that seemed important that was not, and information 
that seemed to not have anything to do with the puzzle. Again, if 
memory serves me, there were two trains in the story. Any help 
finding this would be greatly appreciated.  

ME: Wish I could come charging back with your brain teaser, but 
it doesn't ring a bell.  I'll be sure to let you know if I 
stumble on it.  Sounds like fun.  

THEE: Subject: Can't help sharing 

Subject Daily Report - PUBLIC SAFETY 

No crime to report.  

Except this...  

Giant radish in intensive care after murder bid Beloved Japanese 
vegetable known as the 'Gutsy Radish' slashed 

Reuters Updated: 3:09 a.m. ET Nov. 17, 2005 

TOKYO - A giant white radish that won the hearts of a Japanese 
town by valiantly growing through the urban asphalt was in 
intensive care at a town hall in western Japan on Thursday after 
being slashed by an unknown assailant.  

The "daikon" radish, shaped like a giant carrot, first made the 
news months ago when it was noticed poking up through asphalt 
along a roadside in the town of Aioi, population 33,289.  


THEE: Subject: Yahoo! News Story - Emancipation Proclamation Copy 
Auctioned - Yahoo! News 

THEE: Re: intelligent design 

Thank you for your e-mail to Charles Krauthammer. You can be 
assured that your letter will be read. However, we receive 
hundreds of e-mails every day, and cannot guarantee that you will 
get a personal response.  If you wish, you can also submit your 
letter as a letter to the editor. The e-mail address for the 
Washington Post Letters to the Editor is 
Alternatively, you can submit a letter to your local newspaper; 
in most cases, they publish an email or mail address on the 
opinion page, as well as on their website.  If you need any 
further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank 
you very much, The Washington Post Writers Group 

THEE: RE: Brain teaser 

Thank you Donald! Out of all the people that I have left messages 
with, you were the first to reply. Thank you again! 

THEE: Subject: Water and Wine..  

Thanks so much for the full explanation of a problem that has 
frankly bugged me for a long time.  Isn't it great that when you 
see a problem clearly, it is so simple!  I also appreciate how 
algebra some times just gunks stuff up..  THANKS! 

ME: Glad you liked the wine in the water page.  Now that I see 
how simple it is, my fear is that everybody will write saying, 
"You call that a brain teaser???  A *three-year-old" can answer 

How about my rolling quarters brain teaser?  

ME: Sounds good.  How about 6:30?  Does that vitiate the risk 
factor?  (Looked up that word today after reading it in Kipling's 
"The Elephant's Child".)  Or, you can name the earliest safe 
time.  Maybe I have a few minutes more show-and-tell than I 
originally thought.  

I put a stack of 5 stereo components out for the trash man to 
pick up tomorrow.  That still leaves me with 3 dual cassette 

Now, with your hands off your computer, answer me this question: 
who is Sajid Khan?  

THEE: Subject: She Said She Sajid 

Sajid Kahn without using the computer?  Easy!  I don't know.  

See you tomorrow.  

ME: zilch outta uno 

"What is progress?  Is it to run a little faster in a motor-car, 
to listen to gabble in a gramophone?"  (The Crime of the Congo, 
p59.)  Got your binding job done.  Read enough of the book to get 
the picture.  Now I need to do a little more research to see how 
it played out.  Were the Belgian Congo troubles of the early 
1960s a direct continuation of what Leopold started?  

Thanks for having me over.  Sorry to be so dense about the 
sharing mode while ordering the Thai dishes.  Don't be shy about 
hitting me over the head when necessary.  Guess I developed some 
notion that the great old way of eating oriental meals fell out 
of fashion somewhere along the way.  

Thanksgiving crowd of 57 was a new record.  My other two pies are 
now in thanksgiving heaven.  

You predicted correctly - I won the 16-cd set.  The good news is 
that I won it for the opening bid of $10, so that works out to 
$1.60 per disc with shipping.  The packaging looks very nice, but 
I guess it'll be all French.  

Gadzooks I bought a knockout cd at the Dover bazaar today (i.e., 
yesterday, Friday).  It's called Filippa Giordano and features 
the same.  7 of the 12 tracks are opera arias done seriously with 
pop arrangements and a pop vocal styling.  There should be more 
of this - a whole radio station devoted to it, even.  The other 
half of the two for $4 deal was "The Carl Stallings Project 
Volume 2".  I could justify it on the grounds that volume 1 made 
such good driving music, but I'm afraid it has more to do with a 
newfound, and hopefully not long-lived, impulsiveness.  

Here is the sneak peek in 16 Spec Magazine, Winter '69, No. 16.  
I don't have any idea what Spec means.  It comes from the offices 
of 16 Magazine.  The column is called "English News"; the main 
section is called "Beatalia".  The quote constitutes 1/4 of 
Beatalia.  All the artists and titles are in boldface.  

  A fantastic Beatle "revival" is on the way!  The boys' 
  glorious full-length, animated cartoon Yellow Submarine will 
  be released all over America beginning November 15 and 
  running through the end of the year.  Their next LP (which 
  did not have a title at press time) features 24 brand new 
  Beatle tunes and will be on the new Apple label, distributed 
  by Capitol Records.  A sneak preview of the LP featured a 
  wild rock 'n' roll number sung by Paul called Backing USSR, 
  which is a political spoof - combining sounds of Fats 
  Domino, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and "early 
  Beatles up-to-date."  For this new LP, Ringo wrote one song 
  himself and co-authored one with John.  You will hear Ringo 
  singing solo on Prudence.  All in all, it's a fantastic LP - 
  with two ballads, and all the rest hard rock - and should 
  bring those unbelievable Beatles back to the fore with a 
  great big bang! 

Not clear whether this page is about a movie or a tv series 
inspired by a movie: 

On the other hand, this piddly review bats 1000 (sechs outta 

"Your search - "glucklich ist wer vergisst" "hard day's night" - 
did not match any documents."  So says google.  Still reeling 
from the discovery of Die Fledermaus in A HArd Day's Night.  I'm 
guessing you could find more and better recordings on the web 
more easily than I but here's a link to a page with a link to an 
orchestral extract from "Glucklich ist, wer vergisst" (Happy is 
he who forgets): 

THEE: The wheels are "turning slowly", but at least they're 
turning as far as accomplishments at home.  My FEMA trailer 
should be there hopefully by the time I get home on Tuesday.  I'm 
in line with Office of Emergency Preparedness as far as having my 
home bulldozed & hauled away.  I've enjoyed living in Crowley, 
but once I'm back home, it'll make the cleaning up process & 
future planning a lot easier.  (We've gotten a lot done already).  


ME: Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes.  I showed your flood 
photos around and everyone was amazed.  Time to start 
thinking about Christmas, even though my Christmas 
responsibilities are pretty light - a few cards and some little 
homemade present for my students.  

ME: Here's a history of the cds you made for me.  It seems your 
naming and numbering scheme, sensible as it is, always leaves you 
scratching your head a bit.  

The Greatest (Free) Hits of Kitty Brazelton, Sauter Sounds Vol. 1 
  (no DChron entry) 

Not The Beatles At The Beeb (no DChron entry) 

Royal Queen Albert and Beautiful Homer 
  (no DChron entry, date falls between 41 and 42) 

I Can Get Some Rest (DChron 42) 
  " first official compilation cd for you."  
  Compiled in folder Don's CD.  

Don's Other CD (DChron 45) 
  " was only natural that I label the folder Don's Other CD. 

Don's Third CD (DChron 47) 
  "Which I believe is the fifth cd I've made for you." 

Don's Next CD (DChron 48) 

Digital Don Vol. I (DChron 50) 
  "Oof, I've forgotten what number this cd is. So let's launch a 
  new series!" 

Digital Don II (DChron 54) 

Maybe You Can Drive My Car 
  (no DChron entry. Recorded during production of DChron 56.) 

Digital Don III (at least) (DChron 58) 
  "For some reason, I have it down that this is only the third installment 
  of Digital Don.  Can that be?" 

Digital Don IV (DChron 60) 

Paul McCartney - Live 8 (no DChron entry, falls between 61 and 62.) 

Digital Don V (DChron 62) 
  "Really, just five cds? Hmmm." 

I have a nagging suspicion that this might not be complete, even 
ignoring some copying of home-recorded guitar cds whose originals 
wouldn't play in my deck.  

I really enjoyed the Alan Young Show.  I look forward to 
extracting just the opera for my second opera compilation cd.  
Could be a while - just got a note from J&R saying my CD-RWs are 
not in stock and are on back order.  I'm not sure I've ever in my 
life actually received anything "on back order".  The opera 
contains takeoff snippets from Rigoletto, Aida, and Trovatore, 
and I think Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld in the 
overture.  Also liked the intelligible version of Cohen on the 
telephone.  Confused about Snakes and Snails.  I've always 
presumed Alma is female and "Dream Babes" seems to confirm that.  
Is the masculine-sounding voice on Snakes and Snails Alma's?  If 
so, doesn't that create a problem with the lyrics, the fortune 
teller wanting to have fun with her customer?  Any theories at 
all on "Here Comes Ringo"?  Was it a Miami pool party?  Was Beryl 
Marsden's Breakaway a new one for you?  I have it on Liverpool 

I found some decent tracks on The Moment Anthology Vol. 1.  If 
and when you find yourself in a somewhat receptive, non-super-
critical mode, program up tracks 15, 18 and 19 and have a listen.  

Regarding the last email, I see now that "Spec" is groovy talk 
for "Special".  I found articles referring to tv specs, for 
example.  Maybe I was the last to figure this out.  

Never mentioned that while doing a little hound dog research at 
the Delaware Public Archives I came across an article in The 
Delawarian (Nov 13 1919) headlined "'Old Razor Man' was a Woman".  
This was discovered after he died.  Some stories are timeless.  

At Thanksgiving, my brother asked me if I check up on Beatle 
Significa on ebay.  I said, nope, never occurs to me.  He said 
there is ongoing action with a few sellers.  

ME: Interesting name - harlequin duck.  Found a nice picture in 
my encyclopedia.  I thought there was a particular word for 
Harlequin's costume, and I found it again - domino.  In his 
earliest days his costume was patchwork, and my encyclopedia 
didn't say so, but it's easy to find tons of references on the 
web to Harlequin's motley ("the professional attire of a court 

ME: I can't help wondering if my letter calling for the 
preservation - not restoration - of the Hanson House you 
published back in August might have been partly responsible for 
its potential salvation.  If so, I'm guessing it was the first 
letter to a newspaper in the history of the universe to make a 
difference.  Thanks for your help.  I thought location was a huge 
part of the building's charm and they can burn it as well as move 
it, as far as I'm concerned, but at least others may be able to 
appreciate it somewhere.  When I wrote the letter I was too dense 
to understand that that little patch of earth was the last 
possible location for a realtor's office in Dover, and for that I 
apologize.  After all, all the downtown business and office space 
is filled to capacity (sarcasm).  

The above paragraph was meant to be personal, but it seemed to 
take some sort of clumsy flight and if you think readers might 
enjoy it, feel free.  

If you guys don't take a shellacking for that Wanker County muck, 
there's no hope.  Couldn't get past the name and the pictures to 
read it to see if the Dover Post knows what a wanker is.  

Main reason for writing is the following, submitted for 
publication if worthy.  

Dear Dover Post, 

You recently reported that the Levy Court decided 4-3 against 
Allan Angel's proposed six-month moratorium on accepting major 
subdivision applications while the county planning staff takes 
stock of the situation.  I don't know, but I suspect that the 
Levy Court may have acted in opposition to public sentiment.  I 
suggest that in this day and age, with our quick, cheap, and easy 
electronic communication, public servants never need to presume 
whether or not they are acting in support of, or disregard for, 
majority will.  How long could it take to tally a few hundred, or 
thousand, even, "yeas" and "nays" in email subject lines?  

That piece reported Commissioner Donald A. Blakey saying that 
"growth is positive for the county."  In an opinion piece in the 
same issue, Jim Flood Sr. wrote, "Much of this change [the rapid 
growth in Kent County] will be good."  This is always taken for 
granted, but I've always wondered, when you have something good, 
why not preserve it?  Isn't MORE MORE MORE! BIGGER BIGGER BIGGER! 
a surefire recipe for eventual collapse?  For the sake of 
argument, consider the extreme case - a complete and indefinite 
moratorium on new construction in Kent County.  Who would be 
hurt?  Probably not Realtors, since our property would become 
extremely desirable and property values would skyrocket over 
night.  Some of the new construction business would shift over to 
replacing, repairing, and modernizing old housing and commercial 
buildings.  We could pay off developers and builders through a 
transition period until the workforce has adjusted to this new, 
"steady state" Kent County.  In any case, county boundaries are 
just a few miles away in any direction for developers who can't 
stop.  All the while, outsiders would look at Kent County with 
drop-jawed envy.  

If what I've written is simplistic - and how can such a huge 
issue boiled down to one paragragh not be? - it is no moreso than 
"Growth is good." I have no crazy hope that such a moratorium 
will come to pass, only a wish that everyone take a step back to 
get a bigger picture.  

THEE: Re: really just five cds hmmm 

I can't figure out my numbering system at all!  Perhaps I'll 
start the next one with Roman numerals, or something.  

I have no data on Alma Cogen.  Her premature death was the 
subject of a bad Monty Python gag on a 1975 LP, so i heard the 
name then and didn't know what it meant until I read that 
biography of Brian Epstein.  

And the liner notes on "Here Comes Ringo" are absolutely no 
help whatever.  

I have to walk the dog now.  Another minor catastrophe 
involved an unidentified stain on the Hselfs' living-room carpet 
this morning.  

ME: A couple days ago I put together another compilation cd - 
"DChron Listenin', the Second".  You can play it rapidly in your 
head just by scanning down the track listing: 

         DChron Listenin', the Second 

DChron 48 - Don's Next CD 
1. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Jad Fair & Kramer 
2. Twist And Shout - Jad Fair & Kramer 
3. North Country Girl - Pete Townsend 

DChron 50 - Digital Don Vol. 1 
4. Miss Ann (Penniman) - Little Richard 
5. Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) (Morton) - Shangri-las 
6. Turn Out The Light - Harry Nilsson 

DChron 54 - Digital Don Vol. 2 
7. Danny Boy - Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles 
8. Let It Down - George Harrison 
9. It's Now Or Never - Paul McCartney 
10. In Spite Of All The Danger - The Overtures 
11. Clarabella - Thee Headcoats 

DChron 58 - Digital Don Vol. 3 
12. A Hard Day's Night - Peter Sellers 
13. Help! - Peter Sellers 
14. She Loves You/Tannha"user (Dr. Strangelove version) - Peter Sellers 
15. Gentle Memories Of The '60s, cd sampler.  

DChron 60 - Digital Don Vol. 4 
16. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis - Ann-Margret 
17. John You Went Too Far This Time - Rainbo (Sissy Spacek) 
18. Waterfalls - Sloan 

DChron 62 - Digital Don Vol. 5 
19. Kansas City - Wanda Jackson 
20. Funnel Of Love - Wanda Jackson 
21. Breakaway (DeShannon) - Beryl Marsden 

Biggest discovery was Tannha"user as the background music for 
Peter Sellers' She Loves You.  There were a handful more that 
would have made the cut if they were 1:30 instead of 4:30.  Best 
of the best was Gentle Memories Of The '60s, but it was 
disqualified, as in The Fest's For Beatle Fans battle of the 
bands, for being a medley.  

Here are a few questions and comments which may never have found 
utterance along the way.  

1. No, I can't link Good Golly, Miss Molly with the Beatles, 

2. Was there a story on My Sweet Lord (2000)?  A demo with 

3. Where'd you get the JL intros to Daddy Rollin' Stone in 
digital form?  

4. This time around I got the "church beadle will pass among you" 
joke on Peter Seller's Help!  Maybe picked up beadle from English 
fairy tales; definitely not Oliver Twist.  

5. I'm sure I don't need to know, but I can't make out a word in 
Hole In The Scene: "It's like the Beatle said, the one that ____ 

6. You think Childish's Hollis Brown was the second recording for 
me.  If so, it was a fresh listening experience this time, too.  

7. Are you the only one asking the insightful questions about the 
Tony Sheridan/Beatle recordings?  How hard can that be to piece 
together once and for all?  

8. Surely a dumb question: what's the I Ain't Got Nobody tie-in?  

9. Little Joe Ritchie's version of Got To Get You Into My Life, 
is identical to somebody else's, but I can't put my finger on it.  

10. Already mentioned my appreciation of the Alan Young Show, but 
forgot to bring up the American tea bags get caught in the throat 
joke.  Brings down slightly what was one of my alltime favorite 
George Harrison interview quotes (Carroll James?) when he 
complained that they get caught in your teeth.  

11. Why is Sharon Marie's Summertime so short?  Isn't there a 
lower limit for pop songs?  

12. Why would you have a Halibut cd?  

THEE: Subject: Some Answers?  

I may be able to offer some direction to the answers about those 
dreams but I need to know this e-mail is still valid. I'll await 
a response 

ME: Yes, the email is current.  By all means, let me hear what 
you have to say on those "impossible" dreams.  Let me know if 
it's ok to post on my dream page as feedback.  Thanks.  

THEE: Subject: Some Answers?  

If I'm not mistaken you enjoy puzzling over lifes 
little enigmas. Healthy habit to say the least. More of us 
should.  No problems with posting Don, and Thank You for posing 
those questions by the way.  I enjoyed reading about those dream 

Let me pose a couple of similar dreams I have had to you before I 

One that I have regularly and poses similar questions is one 
wherein I am at a large and  antiquated  mansion and while 
leisurely exploring the various rooms I come across a library 
room wherein there is placed a small book table. Being that I 
naturally enjoy reading I am drawn to a tome of particularly 
interesting binding which sits on the table. I open it and begin 
to read from it. Each time I have this dream. (Approx, 3-4 times 
a year) I find that I am reading something I have obviously not 
read before but which has perfectly sound sentence structure and 
purpose and I always come away with a sense of having information 
I did not have before. But it is I who have dreamt the whole 
thing and  the new information seems to maintain its validity 
even into the waking state.  

Another I have had, and one I remember only because I have a 
certain admiration for the man is one wherein I found myself out 
under the stars on the sundeck of the home of Albert Einstein. 
(No, I've never been to nor have seen his home) And he proceeds 
to engage me in non physics oriented conversation which is 
nonetheless intriguing.  This particular dream left me feeling 
profoundly honored and fulfilled as one might  after an involved 
intellectual conversation.  But again. It was I who dreamt all 
the particulars of this event.  

I  don't profess to know all the answers much but I can offer a 
couple of things I do know. About dreams and dreaming I mean. It 
might just shed some light on those questions.  

I know. How the hell would I know, right?  Reasonable question. 
Considering most inhabitants on this planet still scratch their 
heads on that one and books on dream interpretation still hold 
their own in bookstores.  

I know due to the second thing I can offer so we'll just have to 
wait on that one. But I will say that one of the most important 
things anyone can absorb from their living time is that 
Perspective is everything.  EVERYTHING.   "The cup half full/half 
empty"  thing.  Or the "box frame sketch" that seems to shift 
from side to side the more you look at it.  Its a question of how 
you choose to perceive it or in the case of most people their 
perceptual capacity of the situation.   In time one realizes that 
not even something so seemingly profound as Love is really 
complex. It is we who complicate the simple. And, truth is always 

I think the first thing we have to do to get answers to this type 
of question is to put the whole thing into the proper perspective 
first.  Lets say we want to go flying. Not as a passenger but to 
personally pilot the aircraft. Well, the obvious thing, we need 
lessons. But. when we go to get those lessons,  we find the 
instructor who agreed to teach us doesn't start off by teaching 
us how to fly. He starts by explaining just what an aircraft is 
and exactly how it is able to fly in the first place.  

Well, in our case we have to start by looking at how exactly we 
dream in the first place. By what process are the images we are 
given a nightly treat of and which we define as a dream,  are 
occurring. So that's the first thing I can offer.  

Anyway, when we sleep, much of the energy which is normally 
utilized for the extraneous bodily needs and conscious activities 
is no longer required. Hence this "Relaxed Energy" withdraws 
inward with much of it drawn to the Heart and Brain.  

Dreams are made of Consciousness, Relaxed energy and an Idea. The 
Idea is the film, The Relaxed Energy is the current and the Ego 
is the projectionist. The Subconsciousness is the screen.  

The relaxed energy from the nerves gathers in the brain and the 
film is the experiences impinged on the brain cells where all of 
our past experiences are stored. And what exactly is the 
projector?  The Medulla Oblongata specifically serves as the 
projection booth.  

So, when a person is dreaming, his energy has relaxed into the 
brain; the ego is taking the current of relaxed energy and is 
passing it and its ego consciousness through the experiences in 
the brain cells and these are being projected as subconscious 

The ego, plus relaxed energy, plus experiences stored in the 
brain, produce images.  

Close your eyes right now and try to imagine i.e.; a pan of 
frying eggs. You can sort of see the image but not very vividly 
for most of us. In fact most people find they can only think the 
idea but see no image whatsoever when attempting this. But in 
sleep with the excess energy playing over those image storing 
brain cells (Film) the images are a lot more vibrant and real to 
us (Dream) 

Now most scientist who deal with the mind and brain are generally 
in agreement that the majority of people use about 8% to 10% of 
their brain capacity with a good portion of those scientist 
leaning more toward the 8%.  

So here we have this excess energy "Enhancing"  literally the 
images we view in dream state but it stands to reason that the 
very same image enhancing, extra (relaxed energy)  is also in 
various degrees enhancing other areas of mind by the same 
mechanism in which it enhances the images. (Brain cells after all 
serve other functions besides storing past experiences or 
memories). This because, when we speak of the subconscious, 
conscious and superconscious minds we have to realize that 
although these are separate words describing separate levels, 
areas or even specialties of mind, these mind levels themselves 
are not so separate but in fact are connected one to the other 
with a degree of overlapping of each with the other.  

So if in waking conscious state I have a certain degree of 
communication and exchange (Whether conscious or not) with the 
higher levels of mind it would stand to reason that in sleep with 
the now enhanced capacity, I may be having an enhanced exchange 
with these higher levels of mind as well.  

Here is the second thing...Try this for a six month period and 
see if you notice any difference in your ability to be conscious 
within your dreams. It is very simple to do and takes very little 
discipline. You simply keep a note pad and a dependable writing 
instrument on your nightstand as well as a small lamp. Each 
morning, anytime that you dream ANYTHING and the moment that you 
become consciously aware that you dreamt, immediately take the 
time to write down every detail that you can about the dream 
WHILE IMAGING it in your mind. EVERY detail you can think of and 
remember clearly. If you wake up in the middle of the night aware 
that you just dreamt something, turn on that lamp and again 
immediately write down every detail. What we are doing in essence 
here is pulling into the conscious mind,  the dream images and 
details which are obviously stored in the Subconscious mind.  
Immediacy adds potency to the exercise.  

Individuals vary of course but you will find that after a time 
you have awareness within your dreams and the ability to control 
the dream as well.  

I won't get into it here but the bigger question that arises 
about the particular content of our dreams is interesting as well 
and if one can accept the idea of reincarnation, the 
possibilities of the stored film become very interesting indeed.  

I'd like to hear your thoughts or results if you should decide to 
try this experiment.  

ME: but i'm positive I'm *not* dreaming.  didn't address my big 
question, I don't think.  a bit over my head 

ME: Made an impulse purchase at the auction today - a colorful dumb 
little clown flower pot.  Lot cost $2; also got some little 
goblets, a little blue hand-blown Williamsburg glass pitcher, one 
bowling pin and a Catholic Bible.  

THEE: Re: good listenin' more or less 

I'll try to answer your questions before joining Hself for a 

1)  It's on the "Let It Be" tapes.  (I just made that up.  it's 
an all-purpose answer.  I have no idea why I included it.) 

2)  I thought it was a completely new recording.  I could be 

3)  I have a cheap CD of his radio appearances, with the songs 
smoothly edited out.  Drat! 

5)  I'm sorry:  "and one of them is..." 

8)  Again, -- no idea.  

12)  I got it at a used bookstore in Takoma Park.  I'd heard they 
were a fun new surf band.  

A question for you: 

1)  Why no Chuck Berry on your best-of?  

ME: A trick question!  Because there was no Chuck Berry on the 6 cds! 

THEE: Subject: guitar music at the Library of Congress 

I came across your website with information on guitar music at 
the Library of Congress and I thought I'd tell you about 
something there that you may not be aware of.  I worked there in 
the summer of 1993 as a Junior Fellow in the Music Division, and 
one of my jobs was to create a finding aid for the scores in a 3-
box collection called the "Lord Saltoun Collection of Guitar 
Music."  This was a small collection of guitar manuscripts of 
19th-century works by such composers as Carulli, Giuliani (I 
think), and Sor.  I don't believe they were original manuscripts 
by the composers, but were rather handwritten copies by either 
copyists or performers.  There ought to be a "finding aid" for 
this collection available telling exactly what's in it.  I 
created the finding aid myself, but I don't think I have a copy 
of it anymore.  If you're interested, though, I'll dig around and 
see if I can find it.  

ME: Yes, I remember looking at the Lord Saltoun collection.  I 
forget now why I didn't do anything with it.  It may have been 
that I was on some other project at the time, such as guitar & 
piano.  I seem to remember that the Moretti Tre Rondo were in 
there.  Perhaps I determined that most or all of the pieces were 
available in published editions.  But I remember it was fun to 
look at.  

THEE: Re: good listenin' more or less 

Thank you.  I knew that about Chuck.  (Not really.) 

I noticed in a catalog today that Berry's set from the Toronto 
Rock 'n' Roll Revival is available on CD.  What if he comments 
about Lennon between songs?  Do I need to get it?  

A couple of notes from way back: 

If I never properly thanked you for Bob Greene's "Be True to Your 
School," I thank you now.  One of my favorite bits was his 
argument with his father about how he needs to shower every 
morning because he gets dirty by sleeping.  The cause of this 
dirt is "the night molocules," he explained to his father.  Tell 
no one:  I believed that in eighth grade and I believe it now.  
Thanks for putting it in words, Bob! 

I loved your line in a recent e-mail about how things on back-
order NEVER come.  Actually, I hated it.  I have a DVD on back-
order (for Hself for a change) at the moment and I just have a 
feeling it's NEVER going to come.  Thus, I feel your pain.  

Week's highlights:  I picked up more food at Ruan Thai on 
Thursday.  It was good! 

We watched "The Last Waltz" last night.  

THEE: From: eBay Mailed-By: 
Subject: eBay Item Sold: 12 Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine CDs - 
many artists! (4800577670) 

Dear iz710, Congratulations! The following item just sold: 

 12 Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine CDs - many artists! Sale price:  
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(Please confirm with buyer that the address is correct) 

Your payment instructions:  All payment instructions are clearly 
described in the item description. Cash only, got it?  

D.D. Stalder 
1572 Windy Lane Yuma, AZ 85365 

[D.D. Stalder never paid.  Daniel Hannon was involved in this 
robbery somehow, too.]

ME: My own learning center is experiencing some rough waters, but 
I have ideas - never fear!  It's kind of funny, but your working 
hours are just about exactly my ideal - about 5 or 6 hours a day, 
4 days a week.  Even if it's more than you want, keep telling 
yourself, it's not slashing sugar cane or pulling 100 lbs. of 
cotton per day.  

Thanks for the John Lennon heads-up.  I am always the most 
oblivious-to-dates person there is, so it didn't even hit me why 
he was in the news this morning.  Yes, it's been 25 years - 
pretty surprising, if not amazing.  I mean, that's a whole 
lifetime for some pretty mature people.  

By the way, the links you supplied didn't quite do the trick for 
me.  I mention this just in case you're not familiar with one of 
the greatest features of the internet - google news.  Go to 
google and click on the news tab.  The rundown of news there is 
about all I need, but the fantastic thing is the search box 
feature.  Just plug in anything of interest, whether it's a 
current event, or just a whim, and I guarantee you will turn up 
interesting article after article from among 4500 news sources.  
After I do this, I usually click on "sort by date".  For 
instance, here's an unlikely article that mentions the "violin", 
from 1 hour ago:,5478,17484144%255E663,00.html 

THEE: Subject: roofball photo 

I am writing an encyclopedia of hobbies and interests for the 
North American market and would like to add roofball. For this I 
need a good action photo. If you feature your photo in the book, 
I can offer credits in exchange, i.e. listing your name and 
website. Would this work for you?  

ME: I'd like to help out.  Do you have a deadline?  There are no 
photos of my family and friends playing roofball, but I suppose 
we could get some when we're together and the weather is good.  
Also, have you tried the link in my page?  Does it 
still work?  

ME: Here's a letter to the Dover Post that didn't fly.  Figured 
I'd email you a copy so it doesn't go completely to waste.  I 
think the editor gets a litle tired of my letters propounding 
pure democracy.  Keep up the good work.  

THEE: Re: roofball photo 

Yes that website is still operational, Donald. Bob said he didn`t 
have any photos either. Unfortunately without a photo I cannot 
include the sport in the encyclopedia.  

As to deadline: I am finalizing all photos as we speak. I will 
try to keep the activity in the manuscript as long as possible, 
to give you some time.  Meanwhile I hope you and your friends 
will play a game soon. If you do, would you be able to get a high 
resolution, large format photo? Size matters in this case.  

ME: The soonest I could possibly get a photo would be when I go 
home to see my family at Christmas.  Now, I can't guarantee that 
even then that all the conditions will be right to get some 
roofball photos, but I'll try if that's not too late.  Let me 
know if it will still be worth pursuing at Christmas.  Thanks.  

THEE: Someone out there obviously really likes the French!  
(Incidentally, Don, as I'm writing this I'm listening to your 
beautiful and relaxing guitar music--thanks.) 

This is funny.  

1- Go to 

2- Type in: french military victories 

3- Instead of hitting "Search," hit "I'm feeling Lucky" 

4- Tell your friends before the people at Google fix it 

[The joke is, you get the standard-looking page about no web 
pages found.  Hey, didn't they help us in the revolution?]

ME: Did a little more (painful) experimenting with the cd 
recorder.  It failed a 2nd and 3rd time at or about the same 
place in the cassette.  I then put in a new cd-rw, figuring it 
might be the cd-rw's fault.  Failed again at about the same spot.  
I never managed to have my eyes on it at the critical moment, and 
only one time with the sound on.  

ME: I finally got a shipment of music cd-rws and started testing 
the cd recorder.  I've had much success, but a few things still 
seem "touchy" about the machine.  On rare occasions it has 
skipped in the play mode, on new, commercially recorded cds, 
even.  On some discs it has to really strain to "latch on" to it.  
On a couple of commercial discs I can't jump to a high-numbered 
track (19 on one, and 27 on another).  These glitches are pretty 
rare, although they always have me worried about something going 
wrong in the middle of a recording project.  But the main reason 
for writing is to ask about my current problem.  I'm trying to 
copy a cassette to the cd recorder, and the recorder quits after 
about 25 minutes, and I lose everything.  On my 4th try, I used a 
new cd-rw, in case the first one was faulty.  The same thing 
happened, at or about the same spot.  I can't imagine there being 
a 25-minute track limit, and I didn't notice such a thing in the 
manual.  Any ideas?  Thanks.  

ME: i know there's an amazingly clever subject line out there 

Completed analog->digital project no. 2 today.  Unfortunately, 
for you it will be old hat.  Click here when you have 30 seconds. 
  [now ]

As per usual you were right about Jay North being in the movie 
Maya.  I knew that for a few days!  I suppose I got myself 
confused with the other big star of the movie who didn't join the 
tv cast: Clint Walker.  

Walking out of my house this morning to go up to the bank of 
mailboxes to clear off the snow for the neighborhood, I saw a 
huge plume of dark smoke and heard fire engines in the distance.  
When I turned 2 corners I saw the house with flames roaring out 
of almost every window.  You know these things happen but it's 
still a heart thumper in person.  The heat actually melted the 
siding of the house next door.  Coming back from the shoveling 
chore I heard that it was a clothes dryer that "exploded".  Not 
sure whether that means literally, as in faulty electronics, or 
whether it was a lint buildup.  

You wouldn't believe my current stereo hookup.  Everything is 
piggybacked.  To play a tape on my Pro deck, it goes through a 
JVC deck and then through the cd recorder and then to the 
receiver.  If that doesn't cause a fire, nothing will! There are 
reasons for this setup.  

ME: I found a recording of Oprah Winfrey on an old reel-to-reel 
tape of mine, ca. 1980.  It's a radio spot in which she plugs an 
appearance by cosmetics lady Mary Kay Ash on "People Are 
Talking", a Baltimore tv talk show.  

Couldn't find a group, so am posting it here, for 
anyone who's interested. 
  [now ]

ME: Here's another "talking Christmas card".  A better idea is to 
take my word that it's a great story [Compliments of the Season, 
by O. Henry], hunt up the text, and toss the cd.  The written 
story makes me cry my eyes out every time I read it.  Well, so 
does my recording (when I listen), but for a different reason.  

The MLK special cd came about the night I heard that Rosa Parks 
died, I wanted to make a tape of the Sister Rosa song for my 
little friend Hself.  One thing led to another and I put together 
a whole tape of highlights from a Martin Luther King birthday 
special.  Hself is Delaware's biggest Martin Luther King fan, at 
least.  Then I got a cd recorder and borrowed the tape back to 
put it on cd.  (It just barely fit.) Try, to keep in mind it's 
the "whole effect" - not any particular song or moment.  My track 
record is not great when it comes to "overall effect" sound 
projects, so again, you might have to take my word that this, and 
the 3-hour show it came from, is mighty powerful stuff.  Give it 
a listen every 3 or 4 years.  Don't be put off by sound quality.  
It's at least a couple of generations of tape copy.  It gets 
better than the sludgy Sister Rosa, although not till after the 
old Leadbelly recording.  

I also put together a little booklet of Rosa Park cartoons for 
Hself.  I got them off the internet.  I made three since that was 
minimally more effort than making the first one.  Again, I 
thought the cartoons were very moving.  After the big deal of the 
funeral, I suppose they don't have quite the impact as 
immediately following Rosa's death.  

I read a Scholastic book called "Hurricanes And Twisters".  Do 
you remember the great tornado that hit Flint on June 8 
1953?  It killed 113 people and was the 10th most costly in U.S. 
history.  It was also remarkable for the good-neighborly 
rebuilding effort in August.  "5500 men, women and boys turned 
out as volunteers for "Operation Tornado".  They put in 80,000 
man-hours of volunteer labor.  I also learned that Hazel, one of 
the worst hurricanes in U.S. history, barrelled through Baltimore 
3 days before my little sister was born.  Mom doesn't remember it.  

We had a record crowd for Thanksgiving - 55.  Hope your birthday, 
Thanksgiving and Christmas were or will be fine.  

THEE: Sorry about the CD recorder.  What in God's name is going 

THEE: Cool! 

You have digitized an old reel-to-reel tape?  Congratulations! 

Have you worked out the remaining bugs?  

ME: No progress on the cd recorder kicking out of record mode 
after 25 minutes.  I wrote to the seller about this, and I expect 
that that will be the end of our communications.  I have to 
admit, 25 minutes sounds like such a "round" number that maybe 
it's designed to stop there.  I didn't see that in the user 
manual, and I'm not inclined to reread the whole thing in the off 
chance that it might be mentioned in some unlikely paragraph.  

I completed another project - and I do mean *project*.  It was 
just recording about 15 minutes of my own spoken word.  I 
estimate with my modern technology it took about an extra 4 or 5 
hours.  Of course, if I knew what I was doing, it wouldn't have 
been so bad, but it's a little hard for me to believe the gap 
will ever close, or come close to it.  That's a long way of 
saying don't spring for a cd recorder before we discuss this 

One anecdote - when I applied the hiss and hum filter in Wavepad, 
it eliminated most of the hiss and hum, 2/3 of my words and the 
first half of each of the surviving words.  That's one powerful 

THEE: Re: baby and bathwater 

Have you Googled "25 minutes" and "[name of recorder]"?  Maybe 
other shave experienced your pain.  

I like that typo:  "other shave."  Please substitute "others 

My typos get worse and worse.  

No news of interest here, I'm afraid.  

THEE: Fill me in on the mad developer of Dover, your latest 
musical events or crab hunts, your book bargains or Grimm 
revelations, your newest Kumon students or funny occurrences, and 
Mizan's most recent academic and/or artistic triumphs, etc.  

ME: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: Vintage 1976 E. Power 
Biggs - Stars and Stripes Forever (#4807170966)   

Dec 12 (2 days ago) 

iz710 sent you this eBay item 

Personal message: 

Hi Craig, Here's your chance, if you don't already have one! 

THEE: Thanks Donald! 

THEE: Sorry for the delay, I was out of town.  

The last CD I recorded had no problems.  It was 16 tracks, and 
worked fine, and the recording was made about a week before I put 
it up for sale. I specifically made a CD to ensure its operation.   
I have never used it for anything other than duplicating CD's for 
my car, and it has always performed very well.  

I would check that the discs you are using are fully compatible.  
Also, you mentioned skipping - that is normally cured with a good 
cleaning of the CD, unless it is scratched.  

Have you checked for any hints in the troubleshooting section?  
Sounds like a setting not letting you record past 25 minutes?  
With a CD I never had the problem.  

THEE: When I visit Mom next week, I'm going to borrow Hself's  
violin to play "Believe Me if All those Endearing Young Charms"  
which was one of Reverend Hself's favorites and also my recently 
deceased violin teacher's favorite.  Anyway, why not take some 
guitar requests from Mom, and you could play her a song or two of 
her choice.  Just an idea.  

THEE: Subject: Baroque guitar 

I am working on my doctorate in guitar at Shenandoah.  My thesis 
is on French baroque guitar music.  I just moved to Winchester 
and I am interested in meeting other guitarists and people 
intersted in early music who live in the area.  Do you live 
around here?  

ME: I moved from the Washington area to Dover De. two years ago.  
I know there are some early guitar and lute music fans in the 
Washington and Baltimore area.  As a starting point, you might 
check the web site for the Washington Guitar Society to see if 
there are any leads there for contacting guitarists with similar 
interests.  Also, I'm sure the newsletter would be happy to print 
a notice for you.  In fact, they would be happy to print anything 
you'd like to contribute.  

THEE: Fw: don tapable 

You remember where the phrase "Don tapable" comes from, right?  

----- Original Message ----- 
Subject: don tapable 

John Lennon: Yoko's Cash-In Continues All right, this is hard 
even for yours truly to believe, but here goes.  It looks as if 
Yoko Ono has licensed a John Lennon action figure that will be 
sold, I don't know, in stores of some kind. . . .  

THEE: Re: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: E. Power 
Biggs Stars and Stripes Forever (UNOPENED) (#4808905734) 

Bidding for the first one isn't done till tomorrow, and I set a 
kind of high maximum to make sure I could get it. But this is the 
frustrating thing about eBay. Now an unopened copy comes along! 
The person I was bidding against will probably take this one! 

Thanks again for the heads up.  (Maybe I'll by two?) 

THEE: Just pretend you went to the mail box & opened up this 
Christmas Card.  

Yes, the below is my Christmas card this year.  I did get a 
Christmas letter out to a few who live away & weren't aware of 
what happened.  

Things are definitely getting better at home.  My FEMA trailer is 
set up in my front yard, the yard looks great, no mess anywhere.  
We're all still waiting on the O.E.P.  who's handling the tearing 
down & hauling away of our homes.  But one day, it will happen.  
I'll like it better when it's gone, as everytime I go inside, it 
still upsets me.  

ME: On the way to the airport we stopped at the Arbutus firehouse 
to look at the train garden.  It was very nice, if you're in the 
area.  Lots of funny little details to look at, and a train that 
almost crashes into itself.  It's free, although they'll take 
donations.  I think on weekdays it opens at 6 pm (to 8 pm?) 

Both times in Mom's room, I forgot to take away the 4 records I 
brought in.  If someone wants to get a little clutter out, they 
can hold them and I'll get them back into Mom's collection.  

THEE: Subject: card&CD 

Thank you for the adorable little card and the CD.  I need to 
listen again, think I dozed off near the end. 

I neglected to mention  that we were not raised with fluoride in 
our water, we have good teeth,so you fooled me with your logic.  
Responding at the moment necessary is not my strong suit.  

Thanks for the little twister book. I'll look it over soon. A 
very appropriate birthday gift I must say! 

I hope that you're holding up through this trying time.  I 
believe in miracles, especially for Mother. I pray for the 

ME: I noticed the fluoride flaw as soon as i said it.  

THEE: Greetings from, 

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that this completes your order.  

Thanks for shopping at, and we hope to see you again 

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THEE: Subject: Guestbook 

I found your pages when I was searching for information on the 
Barogue Guitar and they came in very handy, especially the page 
on the Quasi-baroque guitar of yours. I did so with my first 
classical guitar from 1960, and it worked fine, I did not even 
have to use spacers behind the saddle! I also removed the low E 
so there was no need for an extra peg. I can of course put in a 
peg later if  I also want to double the second string and thus 
get a full baroque guitar! Since the guitar is rather smallish, 
it is more like a baroque guitar also, and in addition I have 
made a rosette in the sound hole and some extra ornamentation at 
the bridge. Thank you very much for these pages! 

ME: Thanks for writing.  It's always nice to hear that someone 
could make use of some of my suggestions.  I always *presumed* 
that spacers were necessary to keep the pair of strings from 
rattling against each other.  So they're not?  Very interesting! 

THEE: something new for the guestbook if you see value in it 

I am a retired 67 year old Aircraft engineer encompassing the 
conception that the universe is simply a natural phenomenon 
difficult to reconcile with any existing peer-led theory or set 
of religious ideas. This concept is expatiated through my website where a pdf of my book 'Different View' can be 
downloaded free of charge 

My perception stems from what can be observed in illustration 1c 
page 10 of the PDF or page 12 in the actual book 

It is my view that the illustration 1c page 10 of the PDF gives 
positive proof that a force can produce circulations of energy 
that reflect galactic order and magnitude, and at the root of 
this force lies segmentation of distance and time; that is - 
triangulation (step lengths inside a circle) not being able to 
achieve equality within positive circulation (length of time) 
reaches equality through the magnitude of negative pressure and 
the length of positive straight lines (electromotive force). It 
can be seen that positive uses up straight lines of energy 
through galactic activity at the peripheries while negative 
generates the pressure through the black holes/length of time to 
the spherical centre.  


Looking carefully, the illustration shows on-off flickering of 
light circulations in ever increasing separation (Galactic 
Order)? as if positive reaction (on), is feeding galactic 
activity across the partings of positive and negative straight 
lines, while the opposite reaction off, (Negative pressure) goes 
straight to the centre beyond our terms of reference.  

The conclusion that can be drawn from this evidence, and which 
seems natural to me, is that the cosmos is the harmonization of 
two natural constants, 21/7 and 22/7, that interconvert 
magnitudes of triangulation into distance and time. That is- Step 
lengths in a circle =3, expanding into circulation 3 1/7, (22/7) 
This is a frame of reference simple to see but extremely 
difficult to understand because comprehension can only come 
through natural expansion/contraction as seen in the illustration 
above and not through the man made parameters of time and speed 

THEE: Subject: Katz 


I just happened to read Karl Katz last night.  

Funny huh?  

ME: Thanks for chipping in on Karl Katz.  You mean you read the 
story on my site, and found the coincidence with Rip Van Winkle 
funny?  Or, you read a print version and coincidentally found my 
web version the next day?  If the second case, what book did you 
read it in?  I'm still wondering how obscure this Grimms tale is.  

THEE: Subject: bonz 

I was just randomly searching for data that I'm using in an email 
correspondance debate with a creationist who works at the NASA 
Amese Research Lab, here in the bay area, when I stumbled across 
this site and saw Bonz on it! 

This guy is simply the most brilliant evolutionary debator I've 
ever seen, and that includes the likes of Dawkins, Sagan, and 
Gould.  Before I talked to him on IRC some years ago, I thought 
that evolutionists had to "justify" the plausibility of evolution 
when debating creationists.  It turns out, they don't.  Even if 
you ascribe extremely low probabilities to natural processes to 
create life, those are still more likely than any other 
explanation, simply because we don't know of any other 

Creationist, "intelligent design", or whatever you want to call 
it, makes no sense, because we don't know of any creators, and 
we've certainly never observed God making life forms.  

It's sad that creationists so badly miss the point of so many of 
his analogies.  But they are absolutely brilliant, and I applaud 
Bonz for his continual fight against the misinformation that 
perpetuates creationism in this modern era.  

ME: Thanks for giving me some background on Bonz - didn't know I 
was rubbing shoulders with one of the big boys!  I appreciate you 
sharing your position on evolution in a level - friendly, even - 
manner.  There's little, if any, of that on!  My 
position is that, if the best explanation for something is a 
virtual impossibility, there's probably some other explanation we 
haven't thought of yet.  

When I signed on tonight I saw the verdict came in on the 
intelligent design trial.  I spent some time looking for 
interesting commentary - as opposed to straight news.  Let me 
share a couple of links with you, not that I expect them to 
change your views. 

Thanks again for writing.  

THEE: Subject: Woodrow Wilson, Okemah's favorite son 

What a marvelous compilation--from the eloquence and touching O. 
Henry and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the bluesy and folksy 
Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie.  

Thanks, Donald.  Your CDs arrived yesterday afternoon, and I'm 
enjoyin' 'em greatly! 

THEE: Subject: ASAP 

Who are you top 2-3 couple of opera composers?  

ME: ASAP???  What kinda lowdown trick is that to get a lazy lout 
to finally respond to an email?  I promise, I've been promising 
myself for weeks now it's time to get caught up!  Actually, not 
all that many separate topics to report on, although one of major 
significance in my life.  (Don't worry.) 

It's always fun to do battle with common wisdom, but in opera 
there's no sensible way - the big boys are  Verdi, Puccini, 
Rossini and Mozart.  (I know that's 4, but you asked for 2-3 
*couples*, i.e., 4-6 composers.) 

And while I'm pecking away, where'd this subject line come from?  

  Subject: Woodrow Wilson, Okemah's favorite son 

Glad you liked the records.  Remember, the MLK special is not for 
driving or doing dishes, etc.  

THEE: Re: bonz 

> if the best explanation for something is a virtual 
impossibility, there's probably some other explanation we haven't 
thought of yet.  

If you're talking about some alternative explanation to Darwinian 
theory, to account for life, yet you haven't observed it, or even 
thought about it, then how can you say it is more likely than 
Darwinian forces of mutation and selection to be the cause of 
life?  How can you evaluate the odds of something real and 
measurable, against the odds of something we have yet to even 
dream up, much less prove the existence of?  And say there is 
something else in the universe which creates life, with much 
greater frequency than any Darwinian processes; if you haven't 
observed it or even thought about it, how do you know it's 

Now I'm going to basically make the same point, but with a more 
visual and concrete mathematical analogy.  

I'm going to now pull a nickel out of my wallet.  It is minted 
2005, and says "Liberty" on the face.  On the "tail" side, it 
displays two trees on an ocean front mountain side.  I am going 
to flip it 100 times.  Luckily, I type on a dvorak keymap, so the 
H and T are right beside each other, and I can shake a clear 
container with the coin in it, while I type with my right hand.  
I get..  


Whew..that took a few minutes.  Now the probability of getting 
this combination is 1/2^100, or 1 in 
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.  That's nearly 
"impossible" to happen by chance, yet it happened.  Do you 
propose some other explanation, such as an unseen intelligent 
being that acted on those coins with some kind of undetectable 
force to make them land in that specific order?  According to 
your argument above, we could say, "If this particular sequence 
of coin flip outcomes is a virtual impossibility, so there's 
probably some other explanation (other than fair random flips) 
that we haven't thought of yet".  I hope this exposes the fallacy 
of your argument above.  

As for, I think it is simply the most 
authoritative, well written, and extensive source of its kind.  I 
don't think its authors are ever inappropriate in their 
statements, at least not that I've read.  It just that, once 
you've finally gotten through the layers of confusion and 
mathematical distortion that make creationism look like a valid 
belief system, and then you see millions of creationists 
tirelessly spouting off the same arguments (like the second law 
of thermodynamics) that have been refuted time and time again, 
all you can do at that point is treat them like a clueless mass 
of pesky rodents.  They aren't lions.  They can't kill you.  They 
can't make the world stop.  But gosh darnit, they are annoying, 
and they want to teach your kids a bunch of nonsense instead of 
science.  Talkorigins might express an undertone that 
creationists aren't so bright, which seems to be the case quite 
often, but the facts and arguments therein are impeccable in 
their accuracy.  Imagine how you'd feel if you saw a bunch of 
people trying to teach kids that Earth is flat.  That's just the 
same as creationism, utterly disproven.  

I browsed these links.  The first one is just typical creationist 
complaining that academia won't give them the same 
acknowledgement as evolutionary theory gets.  I'm sure flat Earth 
proponents are just as upset.  Too bad.  The third link just 
outright lies, saying that there is no separation of church and 
state, and that this only came from a letter (to the Danbury 
Baptists).  In fact this letter was written to explain the intent 
of the First Amendment, to make sure that it was clear that it 
implied government neutrality toward religion.  Governments exist 
to build roads and schools, give us police and military 
protection, and provide infrastructure planning and environmental 
protections.  That's about it.  The company in charge of serving 
me by building my roads does NOT need to be taking a stance on a 
personal issue!  It need only uphold the values that the people 
espouse.  If 99% of Usians (US citizens) have a Christian 
conviction that the death penalty should be in force, then they 
can vote for it to be in force, through their representatives.  
But they cannot make the government officially acknowledge the 
right or wrongness (matters of opinion and personal conviction) 
of a particular viewpoint.  A government can only act in a way 
that is effectual, or injurious, as Jefferson put it: 

(O)ur rulers can have no authority over such natural rights, only 
as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never 
submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our 
God. The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only 
as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my 
neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. In neither picks 
my pocket nor breaks my leg 

Please note that I don't wish to discuss this political matter 
extensively, I'm just taking a moment to comment on the URLs you 
gave me.  

THEE: Re: bonz 

A couple of corrections.  I should have said "If this particular 
sequence of coin flip outcomes is a virtual impossibility, then 
there's probably some other explanation (other than fair random 
flips) that we haven't thought of yet".  

Also at one point I used the term "disproven", which is unclear 
because it has this mathematical connotation of meaning 100% 
certainty.  What I should have said is, "overwhelmingly unlikely 
in light of all available evidence".  

Ta ta..  

THEE: Re: Katz 

I have a "Junior Library Edition' of Grimm.  

ME: I finally took the time to do a google search on "junior 
library edition" "grimm(s)" and "katz" and it turned up no web 
pages that connect all three!  Still intrigues me how obscure 
good ol' Karl Katz is on the web, and funny how familiar he is in 
your library.  Reminds me of the time I was trying to find info 
on the common "brown tree cricket" - and only *one* page came up.  


Wow, I typed that lion (and advised it) weigh two fast, didn't I?  
You don't make life easy with your four composers (and I coulda 
named 'em, but wanted to be sure they were your favorites, not 
just the big guns).  I learned long ago not to assume you'd agree 
with the rest of the world.  And as far as ASAP, yup, it is that 
. . . sorta.  

As for the other subject line, it was admittedly a tad obscure to 
a non-Okie.  Why should I expect you to know that Woodrow Wilson 
was Woody's real name.  You've gotta clear your head of all that 
campaign propaganda that someone is spreading.  It's foggin' up 
your thinkin'.  

And to set your mind to rest, I didn't listen while drivin' or 
washin' dishes.  My chauffeur does the former, and my dishwasher 
does the latter.  ;-)  I listened with the contents list and 
lyrics in hands.  

ME: mairzy doats 

Please excuse one for the several-month lag in email: in your 
frantic Thanksgiving celebration, you didn't get around to 
marking and grading "Subject: just gab" of Nov 16 2005.  Hey, 
rules are rules.  No they're not, and if anybody said that to me 
I'd punch them in the nose.  But you're made of sterner stuff, so 
dig it out of your email archives and have thyself a busman's 
holiday, haha.  

> Why should I expect you to know that Woodrow Wilson was Woody's 
real name.  

Hey, I remember knowing that once!  Plus, now that you shook some 
cobwebs loose, I remember used to knowing that Woodrow Wilson 
[Period] was born in Staunton, Virginia.  So I shouldn't have let 
myself get bamboozled by that Okemah business.  During the spells 
that I worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in 
Charlottesville, Virginia, I would occasionally go over to Green 
Bank, West Virginia, where the telescopes are.  Staunton was on 
the way.  

Just looked up Woodie Guthrie in one of my encyclopedias and read 
the interesting history of Guthrie, Ok. just below - "was founded 
and became populous all in one day."  The settlers were known as 
"boomers".  They really milked that word back then, eh?  

If the shooting of two policemen in Baltimore Co. on Wednesday 
made your news, it might be vaguely interesting to you that I was 
driving through the vicinity not many minutes later.  I noticed 
how the area was thick with police, but didn't find out until 
that evening what was up.  

Two of my out-of-the-area sisters also received the O. Henry 
reading.  Hself was very appreciative, but freely admitted 
falling asleep half-way through.  Hself was also appreciative, 
but wasn't familiar with her boombox cd operation, so played the 
story in shuffle mode.  I would think on the first listen, the 
end coming at the end is sort of "right" for that particular 
story.  On her second try she hit a "repeat" button and heard the 
12-second intro 435 times.  

I first heard about the current Sudoku craze from family members 
on Saturday.  Got 2 Sudoku books as presents from students on 
Monday.  Funny thing is, I had done puzzles like these some years 
ago, before the London papers got it from the Japanese, who got 
the puzzle from American magazines, and started the craze.  

You mentioned studies of the Mother Goose rhymes that give 
possible connections with real people and events.  That might be 
Halliwell's work, which is at 

This isn't one of those, but here's an example of his comments: 

> [The joke of the following consists in saying it so quick that 
it cannot be told whether it is English or gibberish.  For the 
version now printed, which is more complete than the one given by 
Chambers, I am indebted to Professor de Morgan, who has heard it 
in Dorsetshire. It is remarkable that the last two lines are 
quoted in MS. Sloan. 4, of the fifteenth century, as printed in 
the 'Reliq. Antiq.,' vol i, p.324.] 

  In fir tar is, 
  In oak none is.  
  In mud eel is, 
  In clay none is.  
  Goat eat ivy, 
  Mare eat oats.  

Here's the nicest Mother Goose site on the web.  I had a heck of 
a time finding it the second time around. 

Notice the funny editorial comments on some pages.  

So far for the holidays I've made 2 cheesecakes and 3 different 
kinds of cookies, of which, only the batch I made tonight still 

ME: Gravity is a theory.  Evolution is a theory.  Gravity is good 
stuff.  Therefore, evolution is good stuff.  QED.  

Good grief.  

What gravity and evolution have in common: no compelling 
explanation for either one.  

How gravity and evolution differ: everyone sees gravity in action 
everywhere, all the time; no one has ever seen the evolution of a 
new species in the laboratory, fossil record or nature.  

THEE: Re: mairzy doats 

> Just looked up Woodie Guthrie in one of my encyclopedias and 
read the interesting history of Guthrie, Ok. just below - "was 
founded and became populous all in one day."  The settlers were 
known as "boomers".  They really milked that word back then, eh?  

Guthrie is an interesting town even today.  It got a raw deal, 
though, when the capital was moved to OKC.  On second thought, 
maybe Guthrie was the lucky one.  It was able to stay a quaint 
little town.  

Did you also read about "sooners,"  the folks that made the 
landrun (illegally) sooner than the others?  The University of 
Oklahoma teams and students are dubbed the "Sooners" and Oklahoma 
the "Sooner State."  Doesn't speak well for local ethics if you 
ask me.  

I know the feeling of coming upon all that police presence and 
not knowing why, however.  That happened to me when I was headed 
to the conference at Quartz Mountain Resort in early November.  
Highway patrol were everywhere through one stretch of the state 
west of OKC.  Many people at the conference commented on it, most 
saying that the patrolmen clearly weren't after speeders because 
they hadn't been stopped.   Our hunch was that a convict has 
escaped from the prison in El Reno, but we were wrong.  We later 
learned that a little girl had been abducted in OKC.  

> I first heard about the current Sudoku craze from family members 
on Saturday.  Got 2 Sudoku books as presents from students on 
Monday.  Funny thing is, I had done puzzles like these some years 
ago, before the London papers got it from the Japanese, who got 
the puzzle from American magazines, and started the craze.  

The Japanese have long been good at borrowing from Americans, but 
I hadn't realized these were another borrowing.  Thanks for 
filling me in.   A Japanese friend told me a few years ago about 
the "cookie bars" popping up across Japan, for instance.  His 
two-year-old son also surprised me with the English he'd already 
learned, though growing up in Yokohama.  He approached me in our 
livingroom, looked up, and asked, "Yosuke good boy?"  "Yes, 
Yosuke, you are a good boy."  "Cookie?"   How quickly kids learn 
how to get what they want! 

I've been seeing those Sodoku books a lot.  You can imagine that 
I do quite a bit of my Christmas shopping in bookstores.  I 
considered buying a couple for my college roommate (and best 
friend in junior high and high school).  She's an elementary math 
ed. professor at a state university in Illinois and travels 
extensively to visit student teachers in the field.  I resisted, 
however, figuring she'd already have a shelf full of these.  
Instead, I ordered two of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next mystery 
novels from  In one, Thursday Next, female detective, 
meets Miss Havisham, in the other Hamlet.  Still others deal with 
Jane Eyre and Poe.  Thursday Next has an uncanny ability for 
entering the fiction realm.  One of the book titles, Lost in a 
Good Book, pretty much says it all, but you have to read to find 
the militant Baconians heckling at performances of Hamlet or the 
efforts to foil attempted literary homicide when Jane Eyre is 
"plucked from the pages."  Here's a short excerpt for page 2 of 
The Eyre Affair; Thursday Next is speaking: 

"I was what we called an "operative grade 1" for SO-27, the 
Literary Detective Division of the Special Operations Network 
based in London.  It's way less flash that it sounds.  Since 1980 
the big criminal gangs had moved in on the lucrative literary 
market and we had much to do and few funds to do it with.  I 
worked under the Area chief Boswell, a small, puffy man who 
looked like a bag of flour with arms and legs.  He lived and 
breathed the job; words were his life and his love--he never 
seemed happier than when he was on the trail of a counterfeit 
Coleridge or a fake Fielding.  It was under Boswell that we 
arrested the gang who were stealing and selling Samuel Johnson 
first editions; on another occasion we uncovered an attempt to 
authenticate a flagrantly unrealistic version of Shakespeare's 
lost work, Cardenio.  Fun while it lasted, but only small islands 
of excitement among the ocean of day-to-day mundanities that is 
SO-27L  We spent most of our time dealing with illegal traders, 
copyright infringements and fraud." 

Intereresting to note, too, that Boswell was Samuel Johnson's 
contemporary and biographer.  He's likely to have been a bit of a 
fraud himself because he quoted conversations with Johnson 
verbatim.  In the days before tape recorders, this would have 
been a feat.  

THEE: Look at the date, Donald.  Did this take two days to reach 
me?  Anyway, don't accuse me of breakin' any more rules . . . 
even if I have to be reminded to play by 'em.  

Wish you both could have hear Dave Para playing that leaf.  I was 

> The only thing I could get out of the mayor was something like, 
"The problem is the city already sold the property."  Never 
thinking on my feet, I didn't say, "Ok, take the money and buy it 
back."  All further efforts to convince him that Dover's oldest 
building looks really neat sitting there got no response at all.  
He just looked at me like I had twenty holes in my head.  I mean, 
we're talking about a regular person; it's not like I was 
pestering the Mayor of Paris or London or something.  

Some people only care about "progress."  Maybe if Dover was a 
major tourist attraction like Williamsburg, he'd change his tune, 
and then you'd have to deal with all the traffic, the new hotels, 
etc.  Still, it's a cryin' shame.  Those buildings oughta be 
preserved.  Pack that developer off to New Orleans where he could 
buy up property "real cheap" and build to his heart's content.  

> Speaking of Dover, remember the courthouse on the Green where I 
tried to relate the story of the tavern that used to be on the 
spot?  It was a King George tavern that changed to the George 
Washington tavern in revolutionary times.  Those names might not 
be exact, but that's the idea.  There was a sign that was painted 
over that faded to the point where you could see both Georges.  
For the sake of this discussion, we'll assume this isn't a bunch 
of apocrypha.  I thought it was neat that the same thing happened 
in Rip Van Winkle. 

Neat parallel.  This must have been the Revolutionary War 
equivalent of "liberty cabbage" and "freedom fries." 

> Sort of finished my Mother Goose study.  In a perfect world I'd 
keep at it until I had 'em all memorized.  My American Mother 
Goose has 305 rhymes; the British has 217.  About 125 were common 
to both, so that works out to 397 separate rhymes.  There were 
also 8 more in an amazing 870-page book I have called Story And 
Verse For Children.  Everybody should spend a few years of his 
life with that one.  Noting all the interesting variations is the 
stuff of a dissertation, not an email, so you lucked out there.  
Tommy Tinker vs. Tommy Tucker; Dickery Dickery vs. Hickory 
Dickory; Mistress Mary vs. Mary, Mary; you get the idea.  I 
should have kept better notes on my new favorites.  Here's a few: 

> The rose is red, the violet's blue; 
  The pink is sweet, and so are you.  

So some American didn't know what a "pink" is and changed the 

> My Lady Wind is a good one.  How about the assonance in the first 
2 lines here?  "It" is a tiny spark.  

  From it she raised up such a flame 
  As flamed away to Belting Lane 
    And White Cross folks were smothered.  

Delightful for the kiddies . . .  plenty of violence and death.  

> At the auction today I got a nice "coffee table"-type book called 
"The National Archives Of The United States".  I'm just reading 
the inner-flap blurb now and see that it marks the 
50th anniversary of the National Archives.  That's significant in 
that it was the exhibition back in 1985 called "The Archives At 
50" that knocked me out so and inspired this purchase.  At a 
glance, though, it doesn't appear that this book is meant to 
document that exhibit.  For example, I don't see Queen 
Elizabeth's handwritten recipe for scones that she sent to 
President Eisenhower after a visit here, or some of the schoolkid 
entries for a new flag after the admission of Hawaii and Alaska.  

Sounds like a neat book, but I want Queen Elizabeth's recipe!  My 
mom makes scones from a recipe that came from friend who grew up 
in an Irish family in Newfoundland.  (Btw, Iowa teachers always 
insisted that that's "NEW'fundlund," but Jo calls it 
"NewFOUNDlund.")  I swear that they're plan ol' baking powder 
biscuits with a handful of raisins tossed in.  Give me the 
cinnamon scones at Madeline's Bakery on the Rockville Pike any 

> Also got 20 teen magazines from about 1969.  

A few years earlier, and I probably once owned 'em.  

ME: We had a rainy Christmas, but did the best we could to get 
some roofball photos.  (Notice the rainbow in 151.)  I will 
forward the 28 shots in a separate email.  

I hope you can find something useful.  No one picture seems 
perfect to me.  Some of the problems are, blurriness, action not 
all in the picture, one player blocking the other, ball not in a 
good spot to give a good impression of the game.  I wonder if you 
could construct the "perfect" shot with a little editing.  For 
instance, 142 might be good if the ball were pasted in from 
another picture.  153 or 130 might be nice if the ball were moved 
up higher.  

THEE: Re: roofball photos 

You're the best, Donald! Thank you. I genuinely appreciate you 
doing this - especially on Christmas. Looks like you were wearing 
your red suit yesterday! 

I really enjoyed reviewing those photos. My compliments to the 
photographer.  In addition to the must-see #151, I found two 
other great matches with the enclopedia: numbers 129 and 153. 
Would you be able to e-mail those at full size, please? And how 
would you like the caption and credits to read?  

My wish for you this New Year is as much good luck as your grin 
can handle, Donald.  

ME: Glad you found some roofball pics that might be usable.  Let me 
know if the biggies came through.  I'll let you take care of the 
captions, but here are some details.  

Players:  Roofball inventor (says he) Donald Sauter and nephew 
Hself.  Photographer:  Hself of inventor).  Location: western 
Baltimore County, Maryland.  This is a "vanilla" roofball roof - 
as plain as you can get.  A roof this long would allow for 
multi-player teams.  We used 2 balls that day; the one in 
photo 151 is a Barbie (r) ball.  I *never* wear a hat, 
but borrowed one to make me look more like a sportster 
for the photo shoot.  I'm getting old, and I'm afraid 
that Hself would whup me in a real game.  

THEE: Subject: russian 7 string guitar 

G'day Donald from DownUnda - thought I'd touch base. I've just 
bought my 1st 7 nylon string guitar in a 2nd hand shop. The 
dealer had no idea what he had - thought it was a home conversion 
or something. It's Russian, Goron (?) brand with a bolt-on neck, 
dated 1964 - no idea of its history or anything from the shop. 
I'm restoring it and making it left handed as well. The original 
brass frets have been filed mercilessly; all the fittings are 
reasonably good and the woodwork is proving fine. I'm a guitar 
teacher and fixer, so there's no worries about doing as good a 
job as is needed. It was in filthy condition but once I got it 
home and cleaned it up a lot, it looks as if it will be a 
reasonable instrument. Time will tell re sound quality. I'll 
experiment with the string gauges to get the right combination. 
I'm intrigued with your tunings and comments on your site which 
I'll be following up on them in the new year.  

ME: Good luck with the Russian guitar.  Since it's truly a 7-
string Russian guitar, you can play Russian guitar music exactly 
as intended, without any alternate tunings.  I've heard others 
comment, and I'm sure it would be true for me, that the closer 
string placement on the 7-string is hard to get used to for a 
6-string classical guitar player.  This is not a sales pitch, but 
if you get into it and need some good music, I could copy the 
nice Sychra "journals" I got from the Library of Congress for 
$.24 per page plus shipping.  I think there are about 110 pages.  
I'd like to see this music get spread around.  

ME: Yes, whenever I hear me or anyone bewailing their lousy 
rotten modern day job, I simply think of slashing sugar cane or 
pulling a 100 pounds o' cotton a day.  And then I don't feeeel... 
soooo... baaaad.  (Name that tune.) 

Have you added Pachelbel's canon to your gig repertoire?  Here's 
a simple but effective version.  Hself sent this link along with 
this note: 

> Here's an interesting rendition.  I know we're all far superior 
players, but let's cut this poor kid a break!  Maybe he'll get 
better in a few years.    -Hself  


Sorry you caught me at a bad time on your last call.  Mom died at 
2:30 p.m. on Christmas eve.  That would be just about exactly two 
weeks after the diagnosis of acute lympho-something leukemia.  
She was her regular self, brightening up everyone in her 
presence, right up to the very end, just weaker day by day.  

A few weeks ago a person in Canada writing an encyclopedia of 
sports in North America emailed me asking if I had any roofball 
pictures.  I didn't and said I would do my best when I got 
together with the family at Christmas.  Turned out to be a rainy 
day, but I figured this was the the only opportunity.  My nephew 
was game, and Hself brought her camera out.  The 
rain slowed up and then the sun tried to come out.  This isn't 
one of the best roofball pictures, but it shows part of an 
beautiful Christmas rainbow.  

ME: Thanks again for all the help with the roofball project.  The 
writer liked the photos and the email with all the condensed 
pictures turned out to be indispensable.  

Don't lose the soon-to-be-historic roofball balls.  

ME: We had a large and nice get-together at Hself's house on 
Christmas.  Before most of the crowd arrived, I showed Hself and 
my father the classy card you sent, and they were very impressed.  
Great art, great music - I need to add it to my opera collection 
for the can-can [offenbach - "orphee aux enfers".]  

THEE: Re: russian 7 string guitar 

G'day again Donald - 

Many thanks for such a prompt reply to my rather rambling email.  

I was working on the neck at times yesterday. It' is a straight 
as an arrow.  I've found the right gauge of fret wire in my 
stock, so in about three days, it will be finished. The body is 
also sanded down to a fine blemish free smooth surface ready for 
me to clear finish it tomorrow.  Would you believe that the 
finish on the neck was "Black Japan" which is a very common 
furniture finish used in the 1920s and 30s and not very 
serviceable - it chips like crazy. The body is finished in clear 
enamel (would you believe) which will be so easy to add to. I've 
done the neck in black enamel to keep the finish uniform and 
easily retouched in the future. Today I'll be roughing the new 
bone bridge saddle and nut, both modelled of the originals but 
lefties. I'll leave the nut grooves 'til the last thing to do. 
This project is  proving to be a very easy one and satisfying.  

Re the string spacing, I do also play a 1977 Ovation and a 1964 
Telecaster (both custom lefties bought new), so the string 
spacing may not prove to be all that much of a problem. The one 
thing I am dreading is becoming used to a totally new tuning. In 
all my years of playing, I've never been tempted beyond a very 
occasional dropped D on the 6th string.  

Also many thanks for your kind offer of the authentic Russian 
music page copies. Yes, I would love for you to do and send them, 
but before you do, please work out the way you wish to be paid 
for them and let me know. I've had a couple of slow experiences 
over the last year. I've used Mastercard, PayPal and bank draft, 
all successfully, the last being by snailmail and therefore 
slower, but it all works well. Western Union was a total waste of 
time and proved very expensive. I do buy a lot of parts overseas 
for the guitar upgrades and repair part of my business.  

ME: One nice thing about the Sychra is that it includes some very 
easy, but still nice, pieces that you could get used to the 
Russian tuning on.  My advice on the high D string is: think 
*two* frets higher than you normally would.  It's not so bad.  
For the bass strings, I think you will find that they mostly get 
used open.  You'll have fun.  

When somebody wants copies of my Library of Congress music, the 
way I like to do it is just copy it and send it off.  That way, 
we don't have to guess at the total price beforehand.  (I charge 
$80/hr to count pages, haha.)  I suggest surface mail, even 
though it may take weeks, because it is so much cheaper.  You've 
waited all these years, what's a few weeks?  I'm guessing that 
with postage the total price will be something like $28 US or so.  
If that sounds good, just give the go ahead and I'll get it off. 

I'm guessing paypal is the easiest way to go.  Someone paid me 
that way once and later I couldn't even find any record of giving 
him paypal info, so it must be easy.  

Very entertaining and impressive web page!  To bring a little 
life to my own email, here's a picture that was taken yesterday, 
Christmas, of me and a nephew playing a sport I invented, 
roofball (although others have claimed they invented the same 
sport.  The nerve!) Notice the rare Christmas rainbow.  

THEE: My dad, who died 5-1/2 years ago of liver cancer, as you 
may recall, was also amazing. The last couple of weeks, he was on 
morphine, which he controlled himself, as needed.  He was still 
at home.  In fact, he was at home throughout the two years of 
diagnosed cancer and extensive chemo, with only three hospital 
stays when the immunity got so bad that he was hit with 
pneumonia.  He was moving around the house the day before he died 
and eating meals.  He had supper that last night.  In the wee 
hours of the morn, he awoke, got out of bed, and collapsed and 
quickly fell into a coma from which he never awoke.  He died 
early in the evening, a couple hours after we had reached Des 
Moines. Minutes before he passed away, Hself got Mom to move around 
a bit out of the room, and I was alone with him.  He moved 
slightly, the first move since he fell into the coma.  He then 
stopped breathing.   I was about to call or get them, but instead 
I touched his hand and spoke to him.  He resumed breathing. 
Michael and Mom quickly returned to the room of their own accord.  
Within a couple of minutes, Dad's breathing stopped again.  I was 
glad that I hadn't been there alone.  We often hear that people 
may be aware of far more than we think even when they are in a 
coma.  I've wondered if he knew I was there alone and didn't want 
to go like that.  

> the classy card you sent, and they were very impressed.  Great 
art, great music - I need to add it to my opera collection for 
the can-can.  

A Christmas can-can took me aback, but within the context it 
somehow seemed to fit. Just another humorous touch.  I found this 
card site a while back, and when Christmas rolled around and I 
failed to have found time to write real cards, I decided it was 
well worth the $8 annual membership payable through PayPal to 
send cards by a British artist with good music.  What's $8?  The 
price of maybe 2-1/2 commercial cards.  Pretty smart business.   
Artists rarely rake in the dough, but by keeping her subscription 
fee low (unlimited cards for a year for 8 bucks, and a personal 
history page that keeps track of what one has sent to whom so 
that repeats can be avoided), I suspect she does well.  

It's been ages since I played roofball.  My friends and I used 
to do that as kids, and I played with the kids when they were 
young.  With small ones, we mainly used a whiffle ball which 
regularly got stuck in the gutter.  We always kept a ladder 

> This isn't one of the best roofball pictures, but it shows part 
of an amazing Christmas rainbow.  

That must have been one heck of a gigantic, long-lasting rainbow.  
The other end of it was in Tulsa about 5:00 on Christmas Eve as 
we drove to Mom's for supper.  It had rained all day and suddenly 
started to clear.  Christmas day was sunny and so warm that we 
went walking without jackets in a small city park adjacent to 
Mom's retirement community. It's mainly a large pond/small lake 
about a block square, with gravel walking path all around and 
dozens of ducks and Canadian geese.  The walk was welcome after a 
huge Christmas buffet in the retirement facility's diningroom--
everything from Caesar and Waldorf salad to rich homemade cream 
of mushroom soup, prime rib and salmon, pecan and walnut pie . . 
. and oh so much more that one couldn't possibly eat.  The ducks 
and geese are daily recipients of leftover dinner rolls from the 
diningroom, so they are very friendly and always eager for the 
bread line.  

Since you didn't mention it, I assume that an envelope hasn't 
reached you.  Some luck after laying out the Priority postage 
which shoulda gotten it there Friday--at least during non-holiday 
mailing season.  Oh well, watch for it tomorrow.  

THEE: Re: roofball pics 

They came through beautifully, Donald. Thank you! I also 
appreciate the additional information. During final edit I will 
e-mail you a copy of your page with more details. Meanwhile, have 

THEE: According to dear ol' MapQuest, it will take me 41 minutes.  
I'll allow an hour.  

THEE: P.S.  Your package to Detroit arrived in tact and I thank you for 
all the neat items.  Where do you find the time and motivation to 
put it all together?  You are a true archivist and your efforts 
are much appreciated.  

Answer to questions in your email: 
My Favorite Things - in our holiday gig repertoire.  
Pachabel Canon - Not "    "   "   "   "   "   "   "   "  .  

THEE: Re: christmas 2005 

There's a rainbow in that picture! 


THEE: Re: russian 7 string guitar 

G'day Donald - 

You'll have to send the rules for roofball to us here.  I think 
our kids have a similar looking game but it is punctuated with 
timeouts called ladderbreaks so an intended 40 minute game may 
take well over that or sometimes the roof won't give the ball 
back so the game ends quite quickly! 

I've finished the neck colouring. Rubbing back today to glasslike 
sheen. So far, it looks good.  

ME: I'll get the Sychra in tomorrow's mail (our Monday).  Have 
fun with it and share with everyone you can think of.  Many, if 
not almost all, of the pieces fit pretty well on a 6-string with 
a string or two retuned.  Exactly which one(s) depends on the 

The "original" roofball rules are at 
  [now ]

Accept no imitations.  

I am a stickler for razor-sharp, top quality photocopies, but 
these came out shifted slightly high, and I didn't have it in me 
to wrestle with the machine at that time.  I hope the shift is 
immaterial to you.  The original copies were very difficult to 
make because of the tight binding of the "journals".  That 
explains the scrunching and curved staffs on some pages.  Anyhow, 
it all adds to the charm, no?  

THEE: Copy of Andrey Schyra's Journals de Petersbourg 

I would be interested in a copy of Sychra's 18 Journals de 
Petersbourg or as much as possible.  Also I would be interested 
in some of the Holland music if possible.  So let me know what 
costs, etc. and if we can work something out, that would be 

ME: Page counts for Justin Holland are approximate.  

Justin Holland solo: 290 pp 
Justin Minor Holland solo: 40 pp 
Justin Holland duo: 100 pp 
Justin Holland and Justin Minor single voice/gtr: 120 pp 
Justin Holland and Justin Minor voice and chorus/gtr: 50 pp 

So all of the Holland music is in the 600 page range.  

The way I like to do it is, you email me with what you want and 
your mailing address; I copy and send the music off with an exact 
page count; and you send reimbursement for the music and postage 
when it arrives in good condition.  Sound good?  

ME: I'll get on it right away.  Thanks for being so definite 
about it - most people put me through so much back and forth 
before taking the plunge that it eats away any "tip" worked into 
the price.  I really appreciate it! 

ME: The funeral for my mom was *very* nice last week.  Brother-
in-law Ron Bossom (Harvester) gave a very powerful and moving sermon.  

Here is Bob's message with the kid playing pachelbel: 

> Here's an interesting rendition.  I know we're all far superior 
players, but let's cut this poor kid a break!  Maybe he'll get 
better in a few years.  


I confirmed in my encyclopedia of pop music that Pete Seeger 
wrote "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (what we were calling "There's A 
Season").  They referred to it as "a Biblical passage set to 
music by Pete Seeger."  I'm kicking myself that I even needed to 
look it up to make sure, because I had just read the same info 
lately in an old teen magazine in an article about Mary Hopkin.  
She had an international hit with it back in 1968, recording it 
in about 5 different languages.  

ME: Thanks a million for the address labels.  It's amazing how 
people can "shop" for me better than I can for myself.  I always 
had address labels in Maryland, but I never got them here because 
I never found the right "deal" (a million for $1.98) and because 
I had been thinking my address here was a lot shorter.  (One 
character, now that I think about it.)  No, they're not too large 
at all.  It's great having a bunch of choices, depending on the 
mood and the item being sent.  I got a "dawg" label off to my 
friend Karen [see tribute page] who's making the Okanuba(?) and 
Westminster rounds with Merlin again this year.  Figaro is doubly 
neat because of the guitar.  

Mom's viewing and funeral were very, very special.  Mom herself 
had never placed great importance on funerals, but I can see, 
maybe for the first time, how valuable they can be.  My brother-
in-law Ron gave the message and you would have known Mom from 
that alone, never having met her before.  I wish I had the text 
or a tape.  My niece Elizabeth wrote a nice bio for the program 
and I have an idea to put that up on a web page with a few other 
thoughts and invite you and a few others to it.  

On the way to Baltimore Co. on Christmas morning, I wasn't in 
much of a Christmas spirit, as you can imagine.  There's a tiny 
town called Templeville, Md., I pass through.  After turning onto 
their "main street" I saw lots of cars parked on both sides.  In 
about a second I realized, Oh yeah, Christmas, and a Sunday 
morning Christmas service at their small, white, wooden church 
right up on the street, practically.  That seemed nice.  My next 
trip to Balt. was on Wednesday morning for Mom's viewings.  I got 
a bit of a shock when I took a glance at the same church - it 
wasn't much more than a charred, blackened frame.  Of course I 
was curious when and how it happened (candles on Christmas?).  
When I got around to plugging "templeville" and "church" in 
google news, I got no hits.  

One of the things soaking up all my time lately has been a web 
page pulled together from all those old teen magazines I 
mentioned.  The page is no big deal, but once I decide to do 
something, there's no turning back.  I know how things always 
take more work than you can possibly imagine, and this took 5 
times as much again.  My original idea was to just pull out the 
significant, weighty Beatle articles and mentions.  After doing 
that, and throwing out all the other pages, I found myself 
finding loads of neat little mentions on the flip sides of the 
pages I had kept.  They were often more fun or interesting than 
the big-deal articles.  So I had to go through everything with a 
fine tooth comb for every little reference.  That meant digging 
the discarded pages out of the trash - all the way at the bottom 
of my huge Dover trash can.  Luckily I only set it out every 
couple of months.  Think of it as long-term archives, as opposed 
to the waste can in my kitchen, which is short term, about two 
weeks or so.  (Nobody on earth does as much rooting through his 
trash cans as me.)  Luckily, the loose pages were in some 
semblance of order still, although there were many brain-twisters 
to solve figuring out order of pages and which ones came from 
which magazines.  Well, that's all much more than you need to 
know, but there might be a few reasons for you making a quick 
visit.  One is my handling of typos.  Couldn't help wondering 
what you would think of it.  There's a link at the top of the 
page to "Typos".  Also, you jokingly remarked that, but for a few 
years, the magazines might have been yours.  I was thinking you 
might enjoy vicariously the surprise I got in the pen pal 
listings in the June 1968 Teen Screen.  You might want to search 
out the funny history behind Davy Jones as the Artful Dodger in 
Oliver!  (We had an exchange about that back in aught-Jan2002.) 
Finally, I invite you to skim the "nostalgic" article about Apple 
by Derek Taylor written from a 1988 perspective.  Derek Taylor 
had a reputation as an intellect and  writer, I'm wondering what 
sort of marks you'd give him.  Directness is not his bag.  Is 
that enough assignments for one web page? 
  [now ]

> It's been ages since I played roofball.  My friends and I used 
to do that as kids, and I played with Meghan and Meredith when 
they were young.  With small ones, we mainly used a whiffle ball 
which regularly got stuck in the gutter.  We always kept a ladder 

You call that roofball???  Jeezy-peezy, now that I'm getting a 
bit of belated and well-deserved recognition, *everybody's* going 
around claiming he/they/um invented it!  Here's a note from a 
guitarist in Australia I just sent some (Russian) guitar music 

> I think our kids have a similar looking game but it is 
punctuated with timeouts called ladderbreaks so an intended 40 
minute game may take well over that or sometimes the roof won't 
give the ball back so the game ends quite quickly! 

Thanks for the haggis link.  Welsh Harry brought me back a can of 
haggis from one of his trips home.  Weird-tasting stuff to these 
buds.  I forget, was it an overdose of sage that dominates the 
flavor?  (I just sniffed some sage in my spice box and it wasn't 
too offensive - but maybe because it's over 20 years old by now.) 

The folklore internet course was very interesting.  Part of me 
thinks, how come I wasn't infused with this great stuff when I 
was a kid; the other part says, well, if they tried, how much 
would have stuck, anyhow?  Probably no better than the mythology 
we were taught in elementary school.  I could never really get 
it, although I accept now that the same story, and the gods 
themselves, even, differ wildly depending on who's telling.  

Thanks for the newspaper word of the day site.  I agree, that's a 
nice approach.  Had a little problem, though, with each of the 
words I saw.  For "unethical" I couldn't figure out *what* the 
heck the newspaper article was trying to say.  For "venue", the 
newspaper example didn't fit any of the 4 dictionary definitions.  
(I could be crazy, of course.) 

I "played the slots" at the post office today with a pocketful of 
change.  *Then* I find out that rates are going up in a day or 
two.  Grrrr...  

A little item I never checked off was to mention that I fumbled 
Schertzinger when you brought him up in November.  He wrote a 
biggie, I Remember You, that became a rock era hit for Frank 
Ifield, and even the Beatles performed it in their early days.  
There's a cool live, audience recording of them doing it at the 
Star Club in Hamburg on New Year's Eve going into 1963.  

Another little note says to mention that Krystal's store is 
claimed to have been an underground railroad stop.  I have no 
reason to dispute it.  I don't think I mention she closed it down 
a month or so ago.  I got a chance to see the cellar and the 
cubby holes for fugitives.  

I found out in my local paper this morning they took down the 
Hanson House in Dover, the one I was rooting for.  The paper had 
a picture of the operation, but their web site doesn't.  
Searching the web for a similar picture didn't turn up one, but I 
found this interesting article about what the plans *were* for 
the house.  Not sure when it was written. 

Anyhow, I went to the site today and picked out the oldest board 
and brick I could find.  Definitely 1730.  

THEE: Re: Katz 

"my library" is strictly happenstance.  

ME: I gave Dover's First Night a rest this year even though it 
was a lot of fun the last 2 years.  Should make it a little more 
special next year.  

I unloaded a bunch of change in the stamp machine in the post 
office today - then hear rates are going up in a day or two.  

THEE: Subject: Harmony upright acoustic bass 

I am looking for info on a "Harmony upright bass"  and thought 
perhaps it was carried by Sears.  

Thank you for any info you may have.  

ME: Wish I could help.  I searched my disk for references to the 
Harmony upright bass and didn't find anything (only a player of 
the Bollman upright bass.) 

THEE: Subject: Fw: my god, it's don tapable 

Hself's always digging this sort of thing up. 

THEE: Butter vs butter, or hink pink: a bovine friend 

Regarding butter according to John.  Holsteins make milk low in 
butterfat, but large quantities of milk.  Other cows, like 
Jerseys, make a lot of butterfat.  Since Holsteins make more 
milk, that's what the bulk of dairies use.  The breed of cow 
affects the amount and probably the flavor of the butterfat.  
Throw in the cow diet variable and you have lots of things 
affecting the taste of butter.  

P.S. cow pal 

THEE: Subject: Early sears catolog 

I stumbled onto your early Sears catalog pages featuring guitars. 
Do you have pages about early banjos as well? Possibly, you can 
point me in a direction to access these old catalogs. I am 
interested in Montgomery Ward catalog info on guitars and banjos 
as well.  

Thanks for any info you can provide, 

ME: I checked my old photocopies and found that banjos were on 
one of the pages (p248) in the 1894 catalog.  Unfortunately, the 
text is completely illegible for the first 4 catalog items.  The 
last two, for the Steward model and Our Windsor, are barely 

I've wondered myself whether microfilms of old Sears catalog are 
in libraries and available through interlibrary loan.  In recent 
years, maybe going back 20 or more, there have been facsimile 
reprints of early Sears catalogs published, but the ones I've 
seen were not complete.  Maybe these pop up on ebay or 
or amazon.  

I'm guessing you want more than what I could provide, but if you 
hit a brick wall, I could mail you a copy of my one relevant 

THEE: Gosh! Only just found your website. I think people were 
nuts not taking up your offer. It is downright sad as well. How 
can anybody who lived through the 60's not have some memory 
attached to these 4 exceptional musicians?  [beatles]

I remember seeing them at Heathrow airport when I was very young 
and the excitement from the crowd, nothing like it. Even at 52 I 
still know every single one of their songs off by heart, yet I 
could not tell you one lyric from todays songs however many times 
I listen to them! 

Well, just because people didn't take you up on your offer 
doesn't mean you weren't right to do it. Just makes you a special 

ME: Wow!  That was fast turnaround - I just put the "teen 
magazine" page up earlier today.  Thanks for writing with your 
memories.  I'll have to tell some Beatle buddies I "met" a fan 
who saw them at Heathrow - neat! 

ME: Personal message: Guess I can't laugh too hard at this. Seems 
there was a time when I thought there might be a few people 
willing to pay "what they're worth" for some historic Beatle 
bootlegs in my collection. Donald 

for collectors, vinyls classic music, opera, concert, real 
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Seller: romuald8626 ( 0 ) 

Member since Sep-09-05 in Canada 
Starting bid:  US $5,000.00 
Time left:  5 days 18 hours 
7-day listing Ends Jan-11-06 11:23:33 PST 
Item location:  Saint-Emile, Quebec Canada 
Ships to: Worldwide 

300 vinyls classic, 78 trs and 33 1/2 trs;brand new, music from the 
best classic compositors; all around the world and concerts 
directed by the best masters you can contact me before buying, 
but beleive me it is a real deal My oncle leave me this 
collection before he died,Contact me for the complete; inventory 
I can send you by e-mail the catalogue Some vinyls never play, 
the;other one are brand new; 

ME: sajid, sajid sajid 

I finished up my "teen magazine" ripoff page and got it on the 
web today.  Read it and absorb it so that we may have some 
intelligent discourse on Saturday.  (Sajid, Sajid, Sajid...) 
  [now ]

Already got a nice email from Barbara in the UK who must have 
found some Beatle mentions in the cracks between Sajid - told me 
she saw them at Heathrow.  

P.S. My turntable is not acting wholly reliable.  

THEE: Subject: FW: Fantasia X 

It is funny, but since I wrote this almost a year ago - it has 
nagged me that I did not give more effort to use the tab's string 
choices.  Over the past few days I have been practicing Fantasia 
X again and now conclude that the way of the tab is really best.  
I am again glad you had it posted.  

It is a grand piece.  So evocative.  It is curious that as a 
Fantasia, and as I understand it, the idea was to use tempo 
freely and extemporize.  Yet everybody and his brother plays it 
to a strict quick time -which is fun too, but nobody plays it 
slower or ever alters tempo in any segment or ever has repeats or 
variations.  It is rich when you play certain passages slower.  
Do any recordings of it stand out as unique to you?  

ME: Interesting that you should ask.  I always thought that the 
recording by Renata Tarrago was very unusual, if not actually 
odd.  She takes almost 3 minutes to get through, when guys like 
Parkening and Williams take a little over a minute and a half.  
Now that you draw my attention to it, I'd say that parts of her 
version do sound fantasy-like.  She also plays some funny 
harmonies (just plain wrong?)  Also, Yepes plays it pretty slow, 
taking something like 5 and a half minutes for two run-throughs.  
Jose Luis Lopategui takes 4:12 for two run-throughs.  Neither one 
of them varies much, or anything, on the repeat.  

THEE: Re: sajid, sajid, sajid 

As always, excellent work.  

ME: scrambled eggs aka saturday jan 7 2006 

Thanks for coming on over.  I never finished the Sudoku anecdote. 
Two days after first hearing about Sudoku (under its new name), I 
got those two books you saw as presents from two of my students.  
About my cd deck being on its best behavior, I was trying to 
think of "Murphy's law".  I swear, one day I'm gonna wake up and 
I won't be able to get a single thought to come to mind.  My 
American heritage didn't back me up on "punt", but I'm positive I 
read that somewhere.  I see the next word after punt is punty - 
"in glassmaking, an iron rod on which molten glass is handled."  
Maybe the reason for the indentation is so that end of the bottle 
can be supported on a rod.  I've never known how much of our 
antics get reported back to Hself, but if she doesn't hear about 
you spotting the boot scrape within a twentieth of a second at 
2000 feet, there's no hope.  Listened to Turtle Dreams last 
night.  It was ok for a listen, which is relatively high praise, 
but won't join my collection.  I listened to Beatlegs Podcast 
Vol. 1 this morning.  A radical thought occurred afterwards.  
Maybe I should listen to them right in Wavepad and cut out 
undesired material on the fly.  One listen, and I have the 
listenable goodies as a byproduct.  Thanks for indulging me on 
the spin through town to see the lights.  That was the most 
Christmas-y I've felt this season.  

THEE: Subject: Harry 

Surprise! Surprise! 

Arrived home from the South Island before Christmas to find a 
carton of gifts, letters and cards. I appreciate your thoughts 
very much however, it was the least I could do  to provide you 
with what information I could as you weren't able to access that 
yourself without coming to New Zealand.  

It was a tragic event although I am sure you and members of the 
Scrabble Club will have long and lasting memories of Harry's 
life. Please pass on my thanks for the 'goodies' and letter to 
the Scrabble Club members and thanks to you also.  

Have been fairly busy with guiding, surveying and visiting family 
over the past 3 months and am now spending some time home before 
going away to other parts of New Zealand for various activities 
later in January.  

Egmont has just had a heavy snowfall to low levels. Although it 
is not unusual to have light snowfalls this time of the year the 
amount of snow this time is uncommon as heavy snowfalls usually 
occur during winter and spring months.  

ME: I had long since stopped thinking about getting a response 
from John Jordan about our "thank you" package.  I figured it had 
gone astray, or John viewed it as wrapping things up, which is 
fine.  But I just got this nice email today from John to all of 

ME: The Sychra is floating languidly your way.  If it arrives in 
good shape, looks like the total cost is . . .

In case you or your students or anyone goes at in on a 6-string, 
here are some suggested tunings for the Sychra pieces.  There 
really are lots of nice, playable pieces.  

ME: While the music is flying your way, I thought I'd unload some 
miscellaneous discussion about the Holland pieces in previous 
exchanges.  All in the spirit of "for what it's worth".  

Also, here are some tuning suggestions for playing the Sychra on 
a 6-string.  (SYCHRA is plain text; I'm not feeling the energy 
right now to create the same file with a billgate extension.) 

ME: Here's the Holland chat.  Again,  it's just some raw emails 
that you might find something interesting in if you dig around.  
I had started to pull all my info and thoughts on Holland 
together in a web page, but got sidetracked along the way.  I 
still need to pick up the pieces in the Vahdah Olcott Bickford 
collection that aren't at LC.  Between the two collections, just 
about all the known surviving Holland publications are accounted 


> Thanks a million for the address labels.  

Glad you like them.  I've made my own, too, but unfortunately 
don't dare use most of WC's sheet music covers--a tad bit 
politically incorrect.  Some irate postal worker might come after 

> Luckily I only set it out every couple of months.  Think of it 
as long-term archives, as opposed to the waste can in my kitchen, 
which is short term, about two weeks or so.  

You only have to empty your kitchen trash can once every two 
weeks or so.  I'm impressed.  

> I think our kids have a similar looking game but it is 
punctuated with timeouts called ladderbreaks so an intended 40 
minute game may take well over that or sometimes the roof won't 
give the ball back so the game ends quite quickly! 

Yup, that's just like Broken Arrow roofball, for sure.  

> *Then* I find out that rates are going up in a day or two.  

I bought a sheet of "Let's Dance/Bailemos" stamps this past week 
and have used one.  Now I'll need some additional stamps to use 
the rest.  

> A little item I never checked off was to mention that I fumbled 
Schertzinger when you brought him up in November.  He wrote a 
biggie, I Remember You, that became a rock era hit for Frank 
Ifield, and even the Beatles performed it in their early days.  
There's a cool live, audience recording of them doing it at the 
Star Club in Hamburg on New Year's Eve going into 1963.  

Interesting.  I once asked Ed Berlin about Schertzinger.  He'd 
never heard of him that he could recall.  

> Another little note says to mention that Krystal's store is 
claimed to have been an underground railroad stop.  I have no 
reason to dispute it.  I don't think I mention she closed it down 
a month or so ago.  I got a chance to see the cellar and the 
cubby holes for fugitives.  

Also interesting.  There were two houses in some small town in 
Iowa that were also supposed to be underground railroad stops.  
Presumably for slaves who had escaped from Missouri.  I can't 
remember the town off-hand, and actually they were more in the 
country than in town.  It was somewhere between Des Moines and 
Oskaloosa, nearer Oskaloosa where a great aunt and uncle of mine 
lived--Dad's mother's sister and her husband.  These were large 
houses said to have belonged to wealthy brothers who built them, 
one white frame house, one red brick.  When I used to drive by 
there with my parents maybe 4-5 times a year, I always wanted to 
go inside, but that wasn't an option.  

> Anyhow, I went to the site today and picked out the oldest board 
and brick I could find.  Definitely 1730.  

And you didn' t get me a brick?  I could use an historic door 


> Wow, funny find about your junior high classmate.  

> What about this?  

>> In November 1969 I bid $2 on a stack of teen magazines at the 
auction at Spence's Bazaar in Dover, Delaware. I suppose I got 
about $1 worth of fun out of them, so, to not take a loss, I'm 
putting the Beatle mentions on the web. If ten people each get 
ten cents worth of enjoyment...  

Big deal, anybody can find glaring howlers in anything somebody 
else wrote.  Except Fido, who's even worse at checking the 
plausibility of dates than I am.  (Remember my Civil War of 1965, 
or something?) 

Thanks for the catch!  Definitely had the magazine year on the 
brain while typing that.  Nice to get it fixed before the mobs 
arrive.  I hadn't invited yet, since I was 
still making a few minor additions and corrections.  I was also 
thinking it's time to upgrade to no-ad, greater-transfer service.  
Geocities shuts me down all the time for excessive traffic.  I 
took the plunge today.  Now I can invite certain groups to some 
of my recent, larger pages.  

My friend spun out to Dover yesterday for his second visit.  
Looked at the Hanson House void, spotted recent Where Am Is, etc. 
etc. etc.  Like all of my friends, Hself knows *everything*, 
which, for the purposes of this discussion is another teen 
magazine tie-in.  He knew from web news that Barry Cowsill's body 
had been found in New Orleans, apparently a Katrina victim.  Kind 
of touched me, having gone through so many Cowsill articles in 
that batch of teen magazines just recently.  

I read your review once and intended to read it again before 
making any comments.  But it sounded good and I'm guessing the 
2nd time through won't give rise to anything of importance from 
me.  Very impressive the way you can research anybody or anything 
in a flash.  I did remember wondering if there are rules to 
dashes - single vs. double and long vs. short.  All I remember 
about dash "rules" is a high school English teacher quoting some 
grammar expert who said that you use them sort of the same way 
you sprinkle salt or pepper on your food, implying no formal 
rules and very much up to the individual.  This doesn't have 
anything to do with your review; you just got me thinking about 
dashes.  On the second reading, I want to pay attention to all 
the government agencies, which makes for somewhat tougher reading 
than Grimms, say.  Also want to look a few things up, such as 
Nisei, which, I presume I should be ashamed to admit, hasn't been 
part of my vocabulary.  

THEE: No work on instrument this week. Er've had high humidity 
and rain which is bad to finish coats ... turns a bit milky if I 
do it now.  Otherwise I'd be up to assembly by now. I expect 
another week. 

ME: Step right up, folks! And tomorrow Hself will explain for us 
all, for the first time ever, anywhere, by anyone, how this 
incredible thing called "evolution" operates, and how it manages 
to not leave transitions in the fossil record, the world around 
us, and the laboratory. It'll be great! 

ME: to 

I just put up a page I call "Beatles in Miscellaneous Teen 
Magazines" from 1968 and 1969.  You're all invited.  Lots of neat 
little time-travelling goodies in there.  If nothing else, search 
out the Derek Taylor article on Apple in Hit Parader, March 1969. 
  [now ]

ME: My current read is "America's Most Hated Woman - The Life and 
Gruesome Death of Madalyn Murray O'Hair".  That's A-I-R, don't 
have a cow.  


> I was also thinking it's time to upgrade to no-ad, greater-
transfer service.  Geocities shuts me down all the time for 
excessive traffic.  I took the plunge today.  Now I can invite 
certain groups to some of my recent, larger pages.  

Good deal.  I've run into that problem with one of those 
freebie web servers.  I'm going blank on the name.  It happens.  
Anyway, it's the website of the Escambia County Genealogy 
Society--just a little something that came up one time among some 
friends. Not exactly the website, but good ol' Railroad Bill of 
folk song fame.  The website has a pretty good bio of the guy who 
inspired the song.  I found a better one however, published by 
University of North Carolina in its journal Southern Cultures. 
But as for the website, about half of the time, it doesn't work.  
Other times it works perfectly.  The best I can tell, it's the 
pet project of the local society president.  

> My friend spun out to Dover yesterday for his second visit.  
Looked at the Hanson House void, spotted recent Where Am Is, etc. 
etc. etc.  

Glad to hear that you're still collecting those Where Am I 
photos.  Maybe we'll get out that way again someday and need some 

I hadn't heard about Barry Cowsill.  I hadn't thought about 
Barry Cowsill . . .  Now that you bring it up, though, gosh, I 
remember 'em well.  

> I did remember wondering if there are rules to dashes - single 
vs. double and long vs. short.  All I remember about dash "rules" 
is a high school English teacher quoting some grammar expert who 
said that you use them sort of the same way you sprinkle salt or 
pepper on your food, implying no formal rules and very much up to 
the individual.  This doesn't have anything to do with your 
review; you just got me thinking about dashes.  

For dashes, you gotta type two hyphens.  Sometimes Word turns 
'em into one continuous dash, sometimes not.  Bill Gates at his 
best, I guess.  I try to check to make sure they're consistent, 
but I'm willing to bet I don't catch all of 'em.  

> On the second reading, I want to pay attention to all the 
government agencies, which make for somewhat tougher reading than 
Grimms, say.  Also want to look a few things up, such as Nisei, 
which, I presume I should be ashamed to admit, hasn't been part 
of my vocabulary.  

Shucks, that was the simplified version.  I was confused  
quickly by all the agencies and organizations.  I finally had to 
write them down on a notecard that I could keep in the book as I 
continued reading. The main group, the National Japanese American 
Student Relocation Council, was a Quaker group, not a government 
agency.  They worked in the camps only because they were 
tolerated by the FBI, War Relocation Authority, etc.  They came 
darn near being booted out several times because Tom Bodine 
didn't much care for rules.  He wanted to help the students 
however he could.  By the way, the book doesn't mention this (or 
if it does, I didnt' catch it) but Bodine was 27 when he became 
director of the West Coast branch of the NJASRC.  I got a kick 
out of his reason for joining forces with the Quaker activists.  
One of my German great grandfathers was a draft dodger, too.  
That's what got him to the U.S.  Trying to escape Kaiser 
Wilhelm's army, he ran off to France and stowed away on a ship to 
the U. S.  

Hself nailed me on Nisei.  I defined it parenthetically (American-
born children of Japanese immigrants). I got really confused in 
reading the book.  I knew Nisei from having read a bit about the 
camps in the past.  However, the author seemed to randomly use 
Nisei and Nikkei.  I don't recall ever seeing the latter.  Then I 
found definitions in an endnote.  Nikkei is generic, referring 
simply to Japanese people wherever they may be, whatever 
generation they may be removed from Japan.  The immigrants, 
themselves, are referred to as Issei, their children as Nissei. 
So . . . does that tell us that N is a kid of someone?  

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that our weather holds.  We're 
having rain right now ( a relief after all the dry weather and 
wildfires out this way) and the temperature is predicted to be 
around 33.  There's a strong possibility of rain or snow until 
noon tomorrow.  If it freezes, I'll be sliding to work, and will 
have empty classrooms.  Our students never show when the roads 
are bad, but the college doesn't close.  

All of our students have college email addresses this semester, 
which will save on a lot of wasted time when receiving emails 
from students who write from anonymous addresses (such as 
sexzchick2005), fail to sign their names or identify their class, 
and send messages similar to this:  "I don't understand the 
assignment.  Help!"  I then must respond with Please tell me who 
you are and what assignment you're asking about."  By the time 
the student sees my reply, explains, and then receives the needed 
answer, it's sometimes too late.  Anyhoo, after they get those 
emails to me, they're ready for the week's real assignments.  

THEE: Sounds like an interesting book.  I had only vague memories 
of this story so just read the article below. 

I checked out, fully expecting to find more 
there, but a search of the site turned up nothing.  

I have more to read for the Missouri Folklore Society.  One is on 
the history of the Irish in St. Louis.  The title sounds like it 
could be fun, but the author is a priest, and it's all a goody-
goody story about Irish contributions to the city.  It's a thin 
book, so I hope to finish it this weekend.  (Probably wishful 

Next in line will be a biography of mother and daughter sharing 
the name Marie Laveau, the voodoo priestesses of New Orleans.  
That one will be fun.  

THEE: Subject: Dover, that's my home town 

To quote the last line, yes it is amazing what you can find on 
the web...  

They're playing our song -- for everybody else. A couple of months 
ago, the Lawton Constitution posted an MP3 song file, "Lawton, My 
Home Town," to our Web site to help Lawtonians celebrate the 
city's centennial. It's been made available again as a free 
download at  

The 1961 song, originally offered as a promotional single (with 
another tune, "The Lawton Twist," as the B-side) by KSWO-AM, won't 
make you forget the Beatles, but it's certainly a musical 

I asked in an Aug. 13 column if anyone knows anything about the 
tune or its performer, credited as Terry Lee.  . . .  

THEE: I'm at work trying to create a self-scoring dictionary 
skills assignment on my class site, and I find myself needing to 
tell what I just heard from an older student who has returned to 
school.  Hself is in her early 30s, with two mixed-race kids, 
living with an alcoholic boyfriend who isn't the father of either 
child. She came back to school last semester after having dropped 
out of high school in 11th grade and later gotten her GED.  

Last semester she was required to take my Reading II class.  This 
semester, she was told that her placement test score was high 
enough to take Freshman Composition I, but she chose to enroll in 
my Writing II class instead to get some background in essay 

A few minutes ago, I came upon her sitting at a table at the top 
of a stairway studying and began talking to her.  Here's a 
fragment of what she said--as well as I can recall the words.  "I 
don't understand these kids' fascination with celebrity gossip.  
I have enough problems in my own life and could write a book or 
two of 'gossip.'  When I'm at home, I feel like I'm closed up in 
a box.  There's a mind in here (touches her head) that needs to 
breathe.  School is like the air that I need to live.  In just 
four months, I've changed so much.  For the first time in my 
life, I have goals and feel proud of myself because I know I can 
achieve them.  

"For the first time, I can help my 5th grade daughter with her 
school work if she has a question.  In the past, I used to make 
excuses because I didn't know how to help.  Now I  know the 
answers, and it feels good to be able to help her." 

Hself plans to enter our nursing program.  Her first semester in 
school she earned 3 A's and 1 B.  In my class, she got her A by 
about 1-1/2 points out of 1000.  In math she missed it by 2 

This is the type of student we need in our community college 
classes from time to time--the type that makes the frustrations 

THEE: Subject: A touch of Nilsson in the night 

BBC NEWS Swedish opera star Nilsson dies Swedish opera star 
Birgit Nilsson, known as one of the greatest Wagnerian sopranos, 
has died aged 87.  

Nilsson made her stage debut in 1946 at the Stockholm Royal Opera 
and continued to perform around the world until her retirement in 
the 1980s.   . . .  

ME: Thanks for the Nilsson catch.  She's now in heavy rotation.  
On my gala Fledermauses she sings the vienese folk song "I Could 
Have Danced All Night" and speaks a few words in Danish.  I see 
that I have her in three different Turandot casts.  

What on earth am doing spinning vinyl while not making digital 
transfers at the same time?  Criminy, I only have a couple of 
decades left, probably less with hearing.  

Hate to be dumb, but is "Lawton, My Home Town" the same as your 
Washington song?  They didn't mention Washington in the web 
article, and they didn't make it easy enough for me to find on 
the Lawton Constitution web site.  And your flipside wasn't "The 
Washington Twist."  Heartwarming story, in any case.  Actually, 
kind of sad that any sort of wackiness or humor has been barred 
from radio music for the last 40 years.  

I've been plugging through America's Most Hated Woman.  If they 
ever write your biography, don't let Ann Rowe Seaman do it - she 
doesn't miss a thing!  *You* couldn't dig up so much stuff on 
*yourself*.  Amazing job, which is not to say an easy or 
enjoyable reading experience.  It's really sad how much impact 
one messed-up angry loser [to be honest, she was the big winner] 
such as Murray could have on a whole country.  One revelation is 
that even though she managed to soak up all the limelight for the 
major Supreme Court case, she had latched her Maryland case onto 
an existing, identical Pennsylvania case that would have won by 
itself.  Who remembers the Schemps?  

Riffling the pages once they automatically stopped at mom's page.  
I thought, "That's odd; why would the previous owner be looking 
up Jane Sauter."  Then I remembered you were the one.  Does the 
reference to 6 children get me in a book?  I feel proud and 

THEE: in regards to tomo 2(Libro 2) 

First I should start by saying thank you for your site. I am very 
new to guitar and i like the older versions (baroque and such) 
but I've not much money for lessons and books and you site realy 
helped me pick up my guitar and play instead of putting it in a 
corner out of frustration.  

so thank you agian 

I am having trouble trying to print some of the Tomo 2(Libro 2) 
pieces. As I am not always able to use the internet I would like 
to take them with me so I can practice from paper. I tried using 
the method of highlighting the part of the tablature that I 
wanted from each page and then right clicking and hitting copy. 
Then going to Microsoft works and trying to paste. My microsoft 
works keeps printing out the format wrong and no matter what I do 
it just takes the last part of each line of the tablature and 
messes it up Like this: ex 1 

                   if this is the tablature: 
------x-----I-------------x----I--------x-----------I-- ----x----
I-- --------------I------x-----------I---x--------------I--------
-x----------I-- ---x---------I-------------x----I----------------
---I---------x----------I-- --------------I-------------------I--

    i kept getting a printout like this instead: ex2 

------x--------I------------x-------I-----------------x-----I-- -
------x-----------I-- -------x-------I----------------------I----
-----x-------------I-- ---------------------I-- ----------------
I------x--------------I----x------------------I-- ---------x-----
-----I--- --------x------I--------------x------I-----------------
--------I-- ---------x----------I---- ----------------I----------
------------I-------------------------I--- ---------------------

Now is there something I am not doing right? or would you sugest 
just printing out some staff or tablature paper and doing the old 
fasioned way of just copying it myself?  but anyways.  

p.s. do you know of any baroque guitar cds I should be looking 
for that are good. Like any good solo baroque guitar I mean.....  
I like A. Segovia and the fellow John Williams (guitar guy not 
movie theme guy) but I dont realy know many others and my cd 
stores are only pandering to a select type of people (if you know 
what I mean   COUGH) Well, thank you for your time and keep on 
making good web pages so poor strangers like myself can learn to 
play baroque guitar.  

ME: Glad you can make use of the tablature, to some extent at 
least.  Looks to me like your problem is basically that your 
margins are too big, so the tab line doesn't fit and gets broken 
at the end.  Did you visit my page 
  [now ]

I give some instructions for printing out from microsoft Word.  
That's about the best I can do.  I myself don't know what 
microsoft works is.  If my instructions don't make sense, maybe 
you could find a friend who has some experience with Word.  

Have you tried plugging "baroque guitar" into ebay as a "saved 
search" so you will get a message every time somebody puts one up 
for sale?  Good luck! 

THEE: I enjoyed reading some of the tips from your students. They 
are very helpful. I am a student in Florida and  I am always 
looking for ways to improve. I need to work on improvisational 
technique right now. It is just something I've always wanted to 
learn and it sounds so entertaining on Spanish Classical.  

ME: Thanks for visiting.  If you're referring to the tips I 
picked up at guitar master classes, let's give credit where 
credit is due - those classes were given by some of the big names 
in the classical guitar field!  I'm just an avid amateur guitarist 
who observed the classes.  Good luck with improvisation - I never 
had a knack for it, wish I did! 

THEE: Subject: Bily Clocks (& Dvoraks) 

A few minutes ago, I sent the following to Studio 360, NPR: 

I enjoyed your program with Professor Nafisi Tuesday, January 10, 
during my drive home after teaching an evening class at my 
Community College.  As a former Iowan, however, I spotted an 
error in Jeff London's segment on Antonin Dvorak.  

After quoting Willa Cather's comment to the effect that From the 
New World perfectly captures the American prairie, London 
countered Cather's words by saying that Dvorak had never seen a 
prairie and that he composed From the New World in New York City.  

Although I don't know how much Dvorak's time on the prairie may 
have influenced his most famous work, he did spend the summer of 
1893 in Spillville, a largely Czech community in far Northeast 
Iowa, prior to the Carnegie Hall debut of From the New World.  

If Mr. London were to visit Spillville today, he could see the 
Dvorak clock designed in the shape of a violin 
( by the Bily brothers and 
now housed in the Bily Clocks Museum, located in the building 
where the Dvoraks lived that summer in a small prairie town.  He 
could also visit the Dvorak Memorial Stone and site where Dvorak 
is said to have composed every morning near the Turkey River.  

ME: Good catch.  I probably would have missed it, thinking, "Hmm, 
I thought he made it inland, but I guess they know what they're 
talking about."  Thanks for refreshing me on Spillville.  My own 
contribution to the discussion is what Leonard Bernstein would 
have had to say about the claim that "From The New World 
perfectly captures the American prairie."  From his Young 
People's Concerts' "What Makes Music American": 

" . . . But the trouble is that the music doesn't *sound* 
American at all.  It sounds Czech, which is how it should sound, 
and very pretty it is, too. I'm sure you know the second movement 
of the symphony - a famous tune that is often called 'Going 

"Most people think it's a Negro Spiritual, and it's often sung 
that way.  But it isn't a Negro spiritual at all; it's a nice 
Czech melody by Dvorak.  There's nothing Negro or American about 
it.  In fact, if I put words about Czechoslavakia to it, it could 
sound like the Czech national anthem: 

  Czech - o - slo -  va - ki - a,    How  I long for Thee! 
  No -   ble hills, rocks and rills, land so dear to  me.  

"Doesn't sound very American, does it?" 

I always thought that was kind of humorous.  

> I have more to read for the Missouri Folklore Society.  One is 
on the history of the Irish in St. Louis.  

I pulled out my "Irish Soldiers Of Mexico" book and looked up 
Missouri to see if there were maybe some interesting stories 
specific to Missouri Irish that would put you "one up" on your 
author, but no luck.  One quote was from a Missouri Protestant 
who expressed some sympathy for the Catholic Mexicans.  Colonel 
William Selby Harney, who was responsible for the savage 
execution of the 30 San Patricios (Irish American defectors), had 
already racked up a brutal history, including beating a female 
slave to death in St. Louis in 1834.  He was indicted, jumped 
bond, and was legally a fugitive from justice throughout the 
campaign in Mexico.  

Thanks for the Sweeney Todd link.  Chapter 4, "Bloody Business", 
describing the miserable, criminal under(?)world of 17th C. 
London, was just a short, prose version of The Beggar's Opera.  
Master thief and "Thief-taker General" Jonathan Wilde was Peachum 
in the opera.  

Man the world's a rotten place.  Guess I've been reading too much 
death and destruction.  

ME: to 

I am iz710.  I just put up 2 CDs.  I noted that I would ship them 
without jewel cases.  Afterwards I saw that this is considered 
UNACCEPTABLE.  I apologize.  It was an honest mistake.  (I have 
always hated cd jewel cases.) I wanted to confess my mistake 
before someone turned me in.  Might you consider relaxing the 
jewel case requirement?  

THEE: Re: Bily Clocks (& Dvoraks) 

Thanks for the Bernstein comments.  Jeff London made a similar 
comment about the Czech sound but without mentioning Bernstein.  
Woulda been nice if he had.  

THEE: Subject: Aguado 

Hi: Where would I get the complete works of Aguado? Thanks, Randy 

ME: I don't know about the current availability.  All I can 
suggest is search the web for "complete aguado" and 
"chanterelle".  Good luck.  

THEE: Re: in regards to tomo 2(Libro 2) 

Thank you for answering me.  I didn't know that ebay had saved 
searches...ive need to pay a little more attention to these 
things..  I will go look at your printing tips page now.  thank 
you again 

ME: Didn't mean to leave you hanging - that's not like me and I 
hate when people do that.  How's this sound for wrapping up our 
transaction (Philips cd recorder).  

I haven't overcome the problem of the machine cutting off after 
about 25 minutes of recording, all of which is lost.  It seems 
the problem is not unknown - see the usenet discussion below.  
I'm also certain the machine is a bit touchy in the playback 
mode, hiccuping every now and then where I'm sure the typical 
player wouldn't.  

However, I do use it for playing cds and I have used it to record 
a few projects.  Unfortunately I can't use it to record cassettes 
and lps unattended, which was the main reason for buying.  I am a 
little disappointed, but not at all mad at you.  I feel like this 
is all part of the chances one takes when buying used, older 

P.S.  If the discussion below makes you curious, I use TDK 

THEE: Aaron Chmbley May 19 1999, 2:00 am   

I recently bought a Philips CDR 765 (the one with two decks).  So 
far I've been completely unable to make a CD.  Every time, 
without fail, it stops recording appx. 30 minutes into the disk 
(30 min of actual recorded music).  It then tells me that the 
disk is full and will not finalize it.  I'm positive that I'm not 
actually filling the disk, I watch the timer very carefully to 
make sure.  I've tried recording the CD a couple different ways 
(dubbing, external source, etc.) and it doesn't make a 

Is this a defective unit?  Can anybody tell if I'm just doing 
something completely wrong?  

Thanks a lot everyone! 


PS. I e-mailed this question to Philips and so far no response.  

THEE: Dennis Jordan May 20 1999, 2:00 am   

Hopefully you have an extended you will no doubt 
read in my posting further down, I've had to return my unit 4 
times now for the exact same problem. The latest news is that 
Circuit City is going to give me a new unit for the 5th 

THEE: Lance Cleveland May 24 1999, 2:00 am   

The "word" from Philips is that you may see this problem if you 
are using blank CDs that are not up to spec.  Philips is stating 
officially that the only brands that are manufactured properly 
are: - Philips (of course) - Sony - Maxell - TDK 

ME: to 

Here are a few articles inspired by the Dover school board case 
relating to evolution, intelligent design and creation that I 
personally found the most interesting: 
  [now ]

No claim there's anything here you haven't heard before, but I 
think that goes for both sides.  

THEE: Re: Bily Clocks (& Dvoraks) 

> Man the world's a rotten place.  Guess I've been reading too much 
death and destruction.  

Hey, all you've gotta do is read or watch the news.  One 
advantage to  not having a TV.  You're limited to radio, 
newspaper, and Internet.  

THEE: Subject: salary 

your web site did not state whether the $1500 salary was weekly, 
monthly or yearly.  surely this might affect the choice of a 
$75.00 or $300.00 raise.  

ME: Good question.  Salary means yearly here.  

THEE: Subject: Cleveland on my mind 

We're back from a long weekend in Cleveland.  Yes, I visited the 
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.  I saw Lennon's "Sarge" jacket and 
George's "Concert for Bangladesh" suit, plus many other wonders.  
I didn't comb the whole museum, but I didn't see any Beach Boys 
at all.  Are they still mad about Mike Love's acceptance speech?  

Both "The Washington Post" and "the Cleveland Plain-Dealer" 
offered photos of Nilsson wearing a miner's helmet with Valkyrie 
wings on it.  This was a supposedly light-hearted protest of the 
darkness of the production she was in at the time.  

THEE: I'm finally tackling those St. Louis Irish and winning.  A 
lot of dull church history but a few interesting folks such as 
the man who wore armor and carried a gun after angering the 
Jesuits with his anti-Jesuit speeches, who installed two cannons 
on top of the medical school he started and aimed them at the 
Christian Brothers' school soon across the street, and required 
his medical students to spit on the lawn of the Christian 
Brothers school on its graduation day.  Then there's the Irish-
American performer who stole the hearts of the Germans with his 
German dialect character and his aria to sauerkraut.

THEE: The music arrived and is in my hands, wow, what a fantastic 
collection.  Your check is in the mail.  

I read your Holland discussion, wish I had anything intelligent 
to add.  It sounds like you have done some serious research in 
the music archieves of the Library of Congress.  Thank you for 
that too.  

My 7-string Russian carreer boundaries have been expanded 

THEE: Subject: ONCE UPON A TIME IN DELAWARE Katharine Pyle 2nd Ed +dj - 

Hello.  I am the seller of this item, on which you were high 
bidder.  I will send the book by Media Mail as soon as I receive 
your payment of $10.00 (your winning bid of $7.00 plus $3.00 
shipping with delivery confirmation).  I can accept Paypal, a 
personal check, a cashier's check, a money order or cash.  I see 
that you live in or near Dover, as do I, but please note that I 
am not able to hand-deliver the book, so we will still need to 
work via the mails.  Thanks very much! 

You are bidding on a 162-page hard cover book, with dust jacket, 
measuring 5-1/4" x 7-3/4" and entitled ONE UPON A TIME IN 
DELAWARE by Katharine Pyle. Edited by Emily P. Bissell. Drawings 
by Ethel P. B. Leach. Published by E. P. Dutton & Company. Stated 
Second Edition. No publication date; however, a previous owner 
has written her name and the date of Christmas 1935 on the first 
free end paper. The book contains 12 true stories about Delaware 
history for school children. The reading level is about 6th grade 
and higher. CONDITION: The book spine is mildly sunned and 
moderately end-worn. As mentioned, a previous owner has written 
her name and date on the first free end paper. There is 
occasional very mild foxing on the end papers and very 
occasionally on the margin of pages of text. Otherwise, the book 
is in very good condition. The dust jacket is mildly to 
moderately soiled, and the jacket spine is moderately sunned. The 
edges and fold are moderately worn, with chips missing from the 
jacket spine bottom, the jacket spine top and adjacent area of 
the rear jacket, and on the jacket corners. 

THEE: Subject: Le sauteriot de Lazzari ?  

Good morning, 

I am also a rare and obscurs opera fan et I have a lot of live 
radio recordings 

Do you think, it is possible to exchange some recordings ?  

ME: I am honored you would ask, but I really don't have much in 
my collection that would be considered "rare" - it is all 
commercially released material.  I also have more than I can 
listen to, and can accumulate more very inexpensively, so I 
haven't gotten involved in trading recordings.  But I appreciate 
you asking.  

Donald (jump) 

ME: apocrypha for 6th-graders 

Not a biggie, but I wanted to share with someone my most recent 
ebay purchase.  Got it today - a delightful little book.  At the 
same time the seller put up a first edition autographed by the 
author, but it didn't have the dust jacket (and was more 
expensive, but not so bad.)  Plus I figured I might actually 
experience tiny qualms about highlighting a first edition.  

Katharine Pyle is the sister of Howard Pyle, whom I've mentioned 
on occasion.  He's a painter, illustrator, and writer of pirate 
stories and a great fairy tale book I have.  

Saw a very, very nice production of Amahl and the Night Visitors 
in Smyrna, the town up the road, last Saturday night.  First 
opera I've seen in Delaware.  

Thanks for the link to the MLK newspaper article archive.  I 
wanted to find the earliest one mentioning both King and Parks, 
but didn't see a way to sort by date.  

I see in a previous note I wrote 17th C. London when I meant 
18th.  Oof, I wouldn't have made that mistake in 1st grade.  

A dash is 2 dashes - the things you don't learn every day! 


> A dash is 2 dashes - the things you don't learn every day! 

Well, two hyphens, anyway.  

THEE: Subject: [TNFP: Beach Boys Fanclub] John and Brian

The Beach Boys fan group I keep an eye on raised an interesting 
question the other day:  Did Brian Wilson ever meet John Lennon?  
Brian apparently says he never did.  here's a message from a 
well-connected fan.  

----- Original Message ----- 
Subject: [TNFP: Beach Boys Fanclub] John and Brian 

May Pang emailed me about John meeting Brian: 

John and I did not really hang out with Brian at this party that 
we were at.  Brian at that time was into all sorts of drugs and 
asked John if he had any which John didn't so he went away.  

Yes, we met Dennis a couple of times and had a nice chat.  

THEE: Re: fingerstyle guitar cds 
From: Daniel Hannon 

Hi Donald. No, I'm still patiently waiting for them to arrive. 
And yes, it has been quite a while since the date of winning 
them...I hope the postal service has not made some sort of 
mistake with the shipment. I'll be sure to keep you posted on it. 
Thanks again.  -Sincerely, D.D.  

THEE: Subject: Digital Guitar Archive 

This is a note to those people with whom I have corresponded 
regarding my RIBS program. I have recently made available an 
update to my Archive Search pages on my Digital Guitar Archive 
website. As it is not complete I have not integrated it with the 
main site yet. I am not hosting the digital files themselves, but 
the database altogether has 4752 entries from 6 sources with 
about 1800 digital files represented. Thumbnails of each page of 
music are visible on the search results pages.  

I have started a forum topic to discuss the Archive. I still have 
lots of ideas for it and am working on at least 2000 more entries 
from libraries and other types of materials are being prepared. 

Pass this information on to your friends.  

Robert Coldwell 

THEE: Subject: Fw: Order Confirmed 

I love!  I hope.  I ordered this within seconds 
after you called yesterday.  

I'm listening to a wav file called "goose" at the moment.  

ME: Looks like you got a steal on "Louise Brooks".  The remaining 
ones start at $12.47.  But what are you reading that stuff for when 
there are instant classics out there like America's Most Hated 

After our phone talk I ran out to the Dover auction/sale.  Had 
hopes of buying a turntable off of the person who got it last 
week, but the deal seems to have collapsed.  There was a 

Didn't leave empty-handed, though.  Bought the Stairways To 
Heaven cd for 50 cents from a dealer.  Beat that on the internet.  
I'll have to torture you with some of it in the future.  The 
"operatic" version falls short, in my view, due to the poppy 
backing, as opposed to orchestral.   Several Beatle connections.  
First one is in the liner notes.  Musical director Chris Harriott 
says, "What amazed me was the extraordinary range - for instance 
one version of Stairway that sounded for all the world like a 
whale being tortured with a drum machine.  It took me weeks to 
work out it was Yoko Ono."  That didn't make the cd.  Don't know 
if I can bear to listen to any of the tracks again, but my 
dilemma is, since I have an album of Maple Leaf Rag versions, and 
now one of Stairway To Heaven, do I need to become a completist?  
I guess it's back to for The Best Of Louie Louie.  

You remember more about my life than me.  Can you recall the 
interest factor in the batch of Bob Harrington records I borrowed 
from my mom's collection that we went over one time?  He has a 
funny part in the book.  

THEE: Subject: Jackson Day 

After reading the "Finding His Political Master" chapter, you 
asked for a clarification of Jackson Day.  I would have guessed 
it was in honor of Jackson's birthday and would have been wrong.  
Here's the truth--thanks again to 

Today, January 8, is Jackson Day.  It is the anniversary of the 
famous battle of New Orleans, that has been so numerously and 
fervently described by historians and orators. Though all 
Democrats revere the name of Jackson all the time, on this day 
especially do they turn back to the tender memories of that 
formidable warrior and fearless politician, whose plan of life, 
whose plan of battle, and whose plano of politics was 
'steadfastness.' That word is a brief history of the life and 
work of Jackson. . . .  The celebration of Jackson day throughout 
the country is of the most enthusiastic character and is 
universal.  It is gratifying to see the name of a great 
Democratic leader like Jackson so revered.  It is for a return to 
Jacksonian methods of government that the country most yearns at 
this time.  That is why the celebration of Jackson day is so very 
enthusiastic.  . . .  

He was of that plain, straightforward character, inspired by the 
will of the people and for the people.  To turn back to the life 
of Jackson is to turn back to the page which directs to 
overwhelming victory.  

These lessons are taught by the observance of the 8th of January 
throughout the country.  ["Jackson Day Lessons." Newark (OH) 
Advocate.  8 Jan. 1908.  4] 

Another holiday has bitten the dust . . . another lost 
opportunity for brass bands and parades.  

THEE: Subject: fixing skips 

All you want is 2 cents?  The postage is more than that.  

I was going to buy another record...  and the song I got it for 
wasn't even the one that was skipping.  

I actually was thinking about doing something like your 
suggestion, but I'm not sure I would have guessed you had to go 
in reverse.  

Anyway, I just figured I would write and say, "Thanks...It worked 
pretty well." 

If you want more than 2 cents I'd be happy to send a buck. Shoot 
me your address.  

ME: Don't worry about the money - it's way to late in life for me 
to start getting rich, anyhow.  I'm just happy my technique 
worked for somebody! 


Hey Don, Do you remember me I was a guitar student at Saint Rose?  
Remember bike riding up that big hill saying if I stop I will not 
save the world?  I will never forget that... you were a lot of 
fun.  I just got back into guitar and was surfing when I came 
along your website.  How are you?  Hey your group sounds great!  
I hope you have time to write back it would be great to hear from 

ME: Great to hear from you!  Thanks for taking the chance on 
trying to contact my through the trio website.  Send me a mailing 
address so I can send you a cd of what I think are the most fun 
and pleasant cds the trio recorded.  I worked around the 
headbanging modern pieces.  Come to think of it, I'll send you 
*2* cds - one with the headbangers on it!  Lucky you! 

I moved from the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC a little over 
two years ago to Dover Delaware, where I opened a learning 
center, meaning math and reading.  I had been volunteering and 
working in local elementary schools for about 5 years before 
that.  I dug it instantly, and found I had a strong knack for 
working with the kids.  And they gave every impression of 
enjoying working with me.  I always tell them, "Just pretend that 
the fate of the world depends on you getting the right answer."  
(Actually, I only haul that out on occasion, when I'm sure the 
student will take it in good fun.) 

Well, talking about the move, what I *meant* to lead to is that 
it effectively meant the end of our trio get-togethers.  So my 
own guitar activity has been at a lowpoint lately.  If you poke 
around my website, you will see I caught the opera bug some years 
ago - maybe 8 or so now?  Sounds crazy, and I would *never* have 
imagined getting hooked by opera, but it's a blast.  It was 
actually guitar that made the connection.  I was playing all 
these 19th C. opera arrangements for guitar and finally sprung 
for a couple of opera records to hear the originals - and I was 
hooked!  For the record, while I'm in an expansive mood, those 
first 2 operas were Mozart's Magic Flute, of which there are many 
guitar arrangements taken from (horrible sentence!), and 
Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, of which I have 8 or so 
arrangements of the famous Intermezzo.  Take a look at my 
collection of guitar music copied at the Library of Congress.  

THEE: Bob Harrington?  Bob Harrington?  

Just back from dinner.  Our hostess's boyfriend is reading the 
new Beatles bio by Bob Spitz (sp?).  I think loyal Beatle fans 
are supposed to avoid it because of some inaccuracies.  I didn't 
say this.  

If you're looking for albums featuring one song, may i recommend 
the album I was listening to today?  It's a Beach Boys bootleg 
called "Good Vibrations."  It consists of the recording sessions 
for that particular song, spread over three discs, each more than 
an hour long.  Great!  Zzzzzz.  

ME: My rule on my new one-song album collecting craze is cv only! 

> Bob Harrington?  Bob Harrington?  

Good, makes me feel better that you don't remember *everything*.  
He was known as the Chaplain of Bourbon Street.  Bob was an 
evangelist who took a break and had, in your words, a little 
"dance with the devil".  In his words, in the newsletter you saw, 
he had mobs of women "bragging on him".  

I'm now going through Mom's Madalyn Murray O'Hair's collection, 
correlating everything with the book.  How many murder victim 
autographs do you own?  

Which reminds me, did you get a Lincoln symposium mailing?  

THEE: I remember the Chaplain of Bourbon Street!  I never would 
have been able to come up with his name.  

I did get that Lincoln Symposium notice!  Are we there?  

ME: pass on to Hself (using the aria-naming convention when stymied 
for a subject line) 

Pass on to Hself my thanks for the sudoku help.  I had found the 
move she suggested, but only after knuckling under and starting 
to pencil in possibilities over the board.  The square she named 
showed only one possibility, and I kicked myself when I saw it.  
The lesson for me is to have more respect for slice and dices 
using a single row and column.  

You sure about Lincoln?  You won't hold me responsible for back-
to-back bummers?  

Let a couple of decent-looking opera records and a nice old 
booklet about the Library of Congress artwork slip away at the 
auction yesterday.  

I've been going through Mom's collection of letters from some of 
the characters in the Madalyn Murray O'Hair saga.  Mom kept up a 
long correspondence with one of Madalyn's short-term (most of 
them were) employees named Hself.  Talking about Bob 
Harrington speaking at one of the annual American Atheist 
conventions, Hself wrote, "[Madalyn] doesn't mind a little send-
up of Atheism and she knows a send-up of Christians will drive 
them wild, since they can't afford a humorous treatment of 
Christianity.  (The Monty Python production of "The Life Of 
Brian" is one of the best treatments of Christianity I've ever 
seen.)"  Well, maybe that's not so riveting, but there is plenty 
of stuff that would catch your attention, like Hself's tattling 
that about 1/6 of the American Atheist "3 million dollar" library 
was porn.  

THEE: Subject: Bill Harry 

Dear Donald, An interesting site. Many years ago I suggested to 
Neil Aspinall at Apple that I begin a Beatles Archive for them, 
but he didn't want to know. This year I'm going to start it 
myself and I'll be seeking to collate as many Beatles features 
from newspapers of the past as possible.  

ME: Sounds great.  Will you be soliciting contributors in the group, for example?  And if the project catches 
fire, will you be able to handle thousands and thousands of 
articles, interview transcriptions, etc., from thousands of fans?  
It would be a nice problem to have.  Hope the project takes off.  

THEE: Subject: gruntled and consolate 

Hi Donald, 

You're one of my friends who will find this funny.  


ME: yes  now there's a funny subject or, i was so happy i was 
almost gruntled 

THEE: Where do I get a library card for the American Atheist 

Lincoln?  Two bummers in a row?  Last year was great!  I met 
my favorite professor's son!  

ME: This is the paid ad your email dredged out of gmail: 

Death of atheist O'Hair - - What really happened 
to Madalyn Murray O'Hair? Son tells all! 

They're really on the ball, no?  

Ok!  We're on for Abe! 

THEE: Subject: whew . . .  

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But I don't suppose that's good enough.  

ME: You're not taking all that stuff about math and science 
teachers serious are ya?  

Funny coincidence, I was actually using good ol' sqrt(2) this 
morning, plugging it into a BASIC program I wrote that spits out 
values for cubic and quartic functions (zzzzz...) over a 
specified domain of x (zzzz....).  Now I guess I have to redo it 
all a little more accurate...  Not sure whether that makes me 
gruntled or not.  

THEE: Subject: e-bay listings 

Thought you might be interested in my latest listings. 
My new saying is" Have digital, Will Sell" .Hope things are going 
good in Deleware. P.S. If you're coming to Hself's Groundhog 
party, new rule is all gifts must be good enough to sell on E-

ME: Subject: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: Grapefruit-Yoko 
Ono- First Printing- Intro.John Lennon (#7586757565) 

Personal message: Look what I found among my brother's 
auctions. Never knew he had such a thing. 

Summary Grapefruit By Yoko Ono- Introduction by 
John Lennon Copyright 1970  First Printing - Published by Simon 
and Schuster I have owned  this copy of "Grapefruit" since it was 
new in 1970. It has been stored in a box for many years. It is in 
very good condition. The dust jacket has one small tear (aprox, 
1" long) on rear corner. The cover and binding is in like new 
condition. No rips or tears. Upon very close inspection, you may 
see two pages have a crease in them.  

ME: Subject: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: Vintage Three 
Stooges Finger Puppets- Larry-Moe & Curly (#6033041610) 

Personal message: Here's another one. If this doesn't convert you 
into a fan, thre's no hope.  Makes me continue to kick myself for not 
grabbing the exploded cigar off the stage of their skit at Gwynn 
Oak amusement park when I was a kid. It was *right* in front of 
me. Was afraid it might still be used in the show, and I'd be 

  Vintage Three Stooges Finger Puppets- Larry-Moe & Curly Item 
number: 6033041610 

Summary Here is a nice old set of The 3 Stooges Finger Puppets. 
I; recently found them while going thru an old box in the attic. 
I'm 54 years old, and I know I had them while in elementry 
school, or earlier. Very good condition. They are about 2" tall 
and 1 1/2 "wide.  

THEE: Re: this is the 

On another topic, have you downloaded any audio treasures from 
the Library of Congress website?  

Moving ever onward, Elliott Mintz is in the news today.  He's 
the publicist now for Paris Hilton and is talking up her latest 

THEE: Re: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: Grapefruit-
Yoko Ono- First Printing- Intro.John Lennon (#7586757565) 

Is that really your brother?  

He's got a good feedback rating, so I better watch this one.  
I suddenly realize that this is a gap in my collection! 

ME: send a smell to the moon 

Yep, really and truly my brother, Steven.  

THEE: Thursday morning at the bottom of the steep hill on the top 
of which West Campus is located, I witnessed the worst accident 
I've ever had the misfortune of seeing.  Coming down the hill was 
an SUV, darting in and out of traffic on the 4-line street.  The 
driver cut around 2-3 cars and then clipped the rear driver's 
corner of another while trying to cut around it.  I don't know 
why this happened because the SUV appeared to have hardly touched 
the car, but the SUV went airborne.  The rest seemed like slow 
motion.  When it landed, it was on its roof, and the roof 
collapsed.  There was a small amount of uncollapsed space on the 
driver's side, but the rest of the SUV looked like a pickup with 
NO cab.  I've never seen the likes of it.  I've watched the 
newspaper for information but seen nothing.  It's hard to imagine 
that the driver survived.  Two of my colleagues were in front of 
me and among the first to grab their cell phones to call 911.  I 
was far enough back that I didn't call; I could already see many 
people in front of me grabbing phones.  

THEE: Subject: fish weight 

No way,a 10 pound fish plus half his weight is 15 pounds.10 
devided by 50% is 5,add them together,the answer is 15 

ME: Not so fast - you just proved that a 10 pound fish weighs 
15 pounds.  How can that be?  

THEE: Re: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: Vintage Three 
Stooges Finger Puppets- Larry-Moe & Curly (#6033041610) 

You saw the Three Stooges!?  

ME: walk behind a person for four hours 

Now why'd'ya have to bring that up?  Makes me think about the 
cigar I didn't grab waaah...  

THEE: Subject: Browsing....  

Hi: Just happened to come across your page by accident and 
thought I would give you a hello. Having retired some seven years 
ago, I was surprised and delighted to see someone had actually 
looked up some of the old classical guitar pieces I had done for 
The Sunpapers.  Hope you are still well and be sure to catch the 
new Michael Lawrence DVD about Manuel Barrueco. It was released 
on Feb. 1.  

Best, Larry Harris 

ME: Thanks for stopping by - I'm quite honored!  Your name was 
immediately familiar, but I had forgotten how well-represented 
you were in that web page until I just took another look.  Thanks 
for the great material!  Feel free to let me know if I over- or 
underdid it anywhere.  On my last visit to Baltimore my father 
mentioned the dvd about Barrueco.  It quite surprised me that it 
would register with him.  I think he saw something about it in 
the paper, although it might have been tv.  

THEE: Re: fish weight 

the question was a 10 lb. fish PLUS half his weight equals what?  

ME: Maybe it's easier to think of the other way around - A fish 
weighs half his weight plus 10 more pounds.  

THEE: Re: send a smell to the moon 

I'm still watching the "Grapefruit" auction.  

Say, did you tell me a story once about Todd Rundgren and John 

ME: Refreshing my memory of the Rundgren/Lennon "feud", I see it 
may have been no more than one letter from John to Melody Maker 
where he unloads on Rundgren for uncomplimentary things Rundgren 
said about the Beatles in an interview.  John's letter is in 
Coleman's bio.  Hmmm..., I never thought that book had anything 
much to speak of.  Now I see if you flip back 76 pages there's 
the picture of John and Yoko in the "cluttered spare room" with 
the two virgins (plus one) framed photo.  

ME: I got your guitar & piano pieces copied and in the mail a few 
days ago.  At the post office counter I chose the cheapest postal 
class, and as I walked away I regretted it.  But what's done is 
done.  For not much more, it would have gotten to you much 
faster.  It'll take a few weeks now.  

I hope you find a few satisfactory pieces in the LC collection.  
In my note with the music I mention that, for me, the fun's the 
thing, and I worry a little about others who are looking for 
substantial or so-called "performance" repertoire.  In any case I 
hope at 22 cents per page customers can have fun just digging 
around in the hopes of finding a nugget here and there.  

I've mentioned my crazy idea to a few performing guitarists.  
What would be a really fun recording for me would be an album of 
some of the operatic arrangements, such as by Nu"ske, that 
alternate a performance of the original aria, with singer and 
orchestra, with the guitar & piano arrangement.  That would be 
unthinkably expensive with professional performers, but maybe the 
vocal department of a conservatory could get interested in such a 
project.  Or, perhaps, a singer could lay down a vocal on a midi-
ized orchestral accompaniment.  To whomever pulls this off . . . 
I guarantee one sale! 

THEE: Re: steal all the clocks and watches in the world 

Thanks, Don, that's what I needed.  

One final question:  What's that have to do with the Three 

One other final question:  Where were you 42 years ago today?  

ME: throw your shadow off a high building 

Question 1 is the easiest one I've ever answered.  The 
Rundgren/Lennon/Three Stooges tie-in is well known to everybody.  
Finger Lakes radio man Trevor Joe Lennon interviewed, among 
others, offspring of the Stooges *and* bassist Tony Levin, known 
for his work with Todd Rundgren, among others.  (We've already 
met our Lennon quota.) 

Question 2 is shakier.  Miss Beere's classroom watching the 
astronauts touch down at Kennedy airport?  

THEE: Fw: Question for item #7586757565 - Grapefruit-Yoko Ono- 
First Printing- Intro.John Lennon 

Hey Donald, Thought you might get a kick out of this. I'm just 
glad the guy e-mailed me while there was still time for me to do 
somthing. I had to do some serious work to find out how to cancel 
a buyers bid. The E-bay community link did it for me. Got 2 
answers real quick. Any how, now I'm worried the 2'nd highest 
bidder is going to gripe about being bid up by dead wood. 

----- Original Message ----- 
Subject: Question for item #7586757565 - Grapefruit-Yoko Ono- 
First Printing- Intro.John Lennon 

Dear friend I have bid for the book Grapefruit of Yoko Ono and I 
have marked as bid maxim $10,00.  But I don't understand reason 
he/she has appeared $1.000. There has been an error.  I only want 
to bid for $10.  He forgives for this problem.  I have sent an 
answer e-mail to ebay commenting him this incidence.  Sincerely 

ME: lob a grapefruit over the moon 

Thought you might be interested in what happened with the 
Grapefruit auction.  I see you didn't get mixed up in it.  

THEE: Subject: We need money first 

Well, Answer One certainly clears up a thing or two for me.  

The answer I was looking for for question two was something 
charming like:  "I was talking to my friends about these weird 
guys with long hair who had arrived in New York that day..." 

THEE: Subject: Grapefruit 

You know, I flat-out forgot to bid on "Grapefruit" last 
night.  I was sorry about that until I saw that it sold for 
almost twice what I was willing to bid.  I salute your brother's 

THEE: Subject: Bacon tree 

----- Original Message ----- 
Subject: Fwd: Bad pun! 

So bad, in fact, that I'm almost ashamed to send it, and yet . . .  

Back in cowboy times, a westbound wagon train was lost and low on  
food. No other humans had been seen for days, and then the 
pioneers saw an old Norwegian sitting beneath a tree.  

"Is there some place ahead where we can get food?" 

"Vell, I tink so," the old man said, "but I wouldn't  go up dat 
hill und down de udder side. Somevun tole me you'd run into a big 
bacon tree." 

"A bacon tree?" asked the wagon train leader.  

"Yah, n bacon tree. Vould I lie? Trust me. I vouldn't go dere." 

The leader goes back and tells his people what the Norwegian 

"So why did he say not to go there?," a person asked.  

Other pioneers said, "Oh, you know those Norwegian people - they 
lie just for a joke." 

So the wagon train goes up the hill and down the other side. 
Suddenly, Indians attack them from everywhere and  massacre all 
except the leader who manages to escape and get back to the old 

Near dead, the man shouts, "You fool! You sent us to our deaths! 
We followed your route, but there was no bacon tree, just 
hundreds of Indians who killed everyone but me." 

The old Norwegian holds up his hand and says, "Vait a minute." He 
quickly picks up an English-Norwegian dictionary and begins  
thumbing through it. "Oof-da, I made such ah big mishtake! It 
vuzn't a bacon tree, 

it vuz a ham bush." 

ME: t.o thoughts any nearer to understanding how tiny random 
variations can add up?  computer genned t.o. comments?  gravity = 
intelligent force the "gosh" force" scientists band together.  
For 99/100 of them , no more weight than newspaper editor.  
planetary astronomer?  defn of science = common sense.  same darn 
stuff I use to cross a street or boil a pot of water or put my 
socks on.  I know people who have never had cold.  Suppose a cold 
comes along that kills everyone who gets it, (or move to the 
other side of the mountain)...  Do doubters at least get an 
honorable mention/apology for being right up through 2004?  Has 
orthodox micromutational Darwinistic evolution been abandoned in 
favor of big-single-step transitions?  I have one of those 
evolvosorter machines.  I like it when you dump a bag of nickles 
in it and $50 gold pieces start dropping through.  Evolution the 
foundation of biology any more than all of astronomical research 
depends on the big Bang?  I can't do a science project to see 
whether or not gasoline produces bigger roses than milk?  
universally derided idea of "big jump" evolution (saltation).  If 
anything, my bias went the other direction; I included every pro-
evolution article that made any effort to describe it 
compellingly.  Went for poetry and punch.  "It's insanity" I 
can't say cuz you'll jump all over me.  

ME: lob a grapefruit over two moons 

For a while there, the competition was mighty stiff - an esol who 
typed in a thousand dollars.  

On one of the Sun Country Wine Cooler ads, Ringo says, "Are we 
rolling, Bob?"  I feel like I've heard George say that somewhere.  
Sound familiar to you?  And is the original version known to the 
masses, or is this an in-joke?  

By the way, what's your spin on the Lennon/Rundgren/Three Stooges 



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