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ME: Subject: norm and shake About Beatlefan, what I had in mind was you letting your subscription slide. You could have mine within days of me getting it (no big deal since you're used to reading them a year and a half late.) The biggest drawback is ignoring the dayglo orange patches [of highlighter] , but they've become a lot rarer these days. Anyhow, no big deal; just an idea - and one that occurred to me even before I had the shock of seeing the new (for me) $17 rate. THEE: Beatle-share Your idea of lending me "Beatlefans" is a good one. I no longer keep issues, unless they feature pictures of Jane Asher covered in chocolate. However, I tend to read them while eating lunch, so I'd return issues to you with food stains on them sometimes. If you can dig that, I'd consider it. Incidently, I still enjoy reading "Beatlenews Roundup." It was the height of arrogance for me to say yesterday that I knew a lot of the news bits already. I found that the "Briefly..." segment is still a treasure trove of (in)significa. I'm having a blast with the Arthur Conan Doyle discussion group. I mentioned to the grand poohbah of the group that I'm compiling my own bibliography. He asked me if it's publishable. Now I have to break the news to him that it's more of a checklist and it's about five pages long. ME: Subject: laburnum No problem about mustard on the Beatlefan. Haven't we seen some of the contents of Mal's notebook? Tell me more about your Doyle bibliography in person. Is that books (by) OR (about) OR (by AND about) Doyle? Great medley over the jungle beat by the MST3000 guys. Very, very humorous. Also liked the Action. Disappointed by my man Ben Vaughn, not that it was bad, just unremarkable on the first listen. The first Idha song was intriguing. At first I thought it was "Can't Find My Way Home"(?) by Blind Faith. Then I heard music reminiscent of Dylan's "It's All Right Ma..." and *then* I heard lyric quotes from that song. Very strange. Tell me about Small Faces some time. Nuts. Hself got his WGS newsletter delivered to his home without any postage due requested. Nuts, nuts, nuts. I had a little chuckle, though. He called to tell me that my 29 cent stamp must have fallen off. He thanked me profusely, but not enough for me to feel bad about the eventuality of him actually opening it up and finding the contents replaced with pages proclaiming "THIS MACHINE IS OUT OF ORDER." Man I am funny when I get disgruntled. Thanks for your help. P.S. subject is a word I read today on the web. ME: steel drum update!!! Not much to report on. My friend failed to get Yellow Ledbetter to fire up on his computer. Nutsos. I heard a steel drum duo last week. Not as overwhelming a sound as a whole orchestra, but allows for more virtuosity. These things are also called "pans" and I remember I goofed when I said they were from Jamaica. It was Trinidad. The people there devised them from steel oil drums left by the U.S. military as litter after WW2. THEE: Re: steel drum update!!! Too bad you couldn't hear my version of Yellow Ledbetter. Maybe I'll just copy it for you one day. Hmm...I may have heard people from Trinidad playing stuff... so, maybe I have heard this steel drum thing. That's interesting about how war led to music. Have you ever heard the band BRAD? I was doing an article for my PJ [Pearl jam] newsletter, and found an e-mail address for the guy that played bass on BRAD's two albums. He wrote me back!!! His name is Jeremy Toback. He's going on tour on the west coast. He has some solo albums out too. I got one used for $4 this weekend. Nice sound...good for some background music when you are doing something else. Sort of like BRAD. Kind of a cross between jazz and pop. THEE: Re: Freebie Beatle books - friendly reminder. acording to my records the re-imbursement went out last month..... ME: the poop on tich Following up the world-shaking "tich" discussion at your dinner table: The Oxford Dictionary gives tich as the main word and titch as the variant. It all started with "Little Tich", the stage name of a dwarfish music hall comedian named Harry Relph (1868-1928). He got the second part of that nickname by resembling some guy named Tichborne who made a bogus claim to somebody's fortune. We should not have been so fuzzy on tiches; there is one with a Beatles tie-in. He is last in line (as tiches always seem to be) in Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, the first of whom had split and so couldn't make the Jan70 I Me Mine recording session. For an update - quite surprising, actually - on these guys check out http://www.entertainment-net.com/dozy.htm Apparently they were quite a force for decades - even after Dave Dee split. Speaking of Hselfs, while searching "tich" I stumbled on a great site for telling you all about yourself based on your name. Alas, it is not all peaches and cream. Go to http://www.kabalarians.com/male/Hself.htm The other earth-shattering discovery which got us around to Fu Manchu books is that Sax Rohmer ghostwrote Little Tich's autobiography. Go to http://www.amazon.com/rohmer/tich/99cent-sale.htm ME: Subject: Freebie Beatle books - friendly reminder. Hi there, According to my records, I mailed a Beatle-related book which you requested and I wasn't reimbursed for the postage. A couple of bucks would cover it. Cash is simplest. Thanks. THEE: Tich, tich Thanks for the Tich poop. I wasn't confused before. Now I'm utterly baffled. What's all this Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich bollocks? And as for the analysis of my name, I only agree with this part: "You are inclined to be rather demanding and self- centred in your personal wants." Everything else was wrong! To answer a question you kindly asked two messages ago, I'm compiling a Doyle bibliography for my own use. It's a chronology of his writings. Here's the first few years (his age ranges from 20 to 23 during this period--the first Sherlock Holmes story was in 1888): 1879 Sept. 6: "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley," Chambers's Journal. Sept. 20: "Gelseminum as a Poison" (letter), The British Medical Journal. Sometime early in the year, Doyle sends "The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe" to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, but it is filed and forgotten. 1880 December: "The American's Tale," London Society. * indicates unable to locate text. My current LP listen is "Volume Three" by the Kingsmen, surely the best live LP since your Cowsills LP. I'll have more to say about this gem in my notes to "The Best of 'La Di Da' Volume Two." History: The Nixon administration lasted 2,027 days. This past Monday was day 2,028 of the Clinton admin. Nice one, Bill! ME: Subject: re meeting Ambivalent about the Scarlatti trio. Have already invested enough work into it to hate throwing it all away. And I think it *might* have possibilities. I can see trying to make a few lines headway for every session and spin through it once or twice together. Then see where we are in a couple of months. THEE: Subject: More proof there's no free lunch >Thursday August 13 3:54 PM EDT Geocities charged in FTC Internet privacy case WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal regulators Thursday charged Geocities, a popular Internet destination that hosts free Web sites, misled its two million members by secretly selling personal information about them to marketers. The Federal Trade Commission, in its first Internet privacy case, said Geocities had agreed to advise customers of its true data collection practices and allow them to delete previously gathered data. The company denied the allegations, but said it agreed to settle the charges ``in order to resolve the matter in an expeditious manner.'' According to the FTC complaint, Geocities required members to fill out a registration form to join the service that included name and address and asked ``optional'' questions about income, occupation and other areas. The form also asked applicants to select whether they wished to receive specific offers and products from other companies. The choice about products and services was misleading, the complaint charged, because information was sold to third-parties beyond those specifically mentioned. And ``optional'' information was also disclosed without members' permission, the FTC said. Although the Clinton administration has generally backed industry self-regulation to protect privacy on the Internet, the FTC told Congress last month that such efforts were falling short and new laws might be needed if the situation did not improve by next year. THEE: Subject: Look up for the condo in Metro Manila Hello, I found your site with the e-mail address on the net when I was searching for a condo in MM. This is the reason why I write you, maybe you have any idea. My wife and I we are looking for a good condominium in MM for rent THEE: Subject: Guerau Congratulations on your Guerau pages! Very nice, and useful. And thanks for the reference to my edition. I wonder if you could add a link to the Tecla page on Guerau, which could be helpful to those who might wish to acquire a copy? It is www.tecla.dircon.co.uk/catalog/0374.htm. I can reciprocate by placing a link to your page, if you like. THEE: Subject: Anything at all? I just talked to John Rodgers and he told me that you weren't going to have anything to do with the newsletter production this time around. Does that also mean that you have no contributions? Let me know, so I can plan on other material. ME: Subject: dropping out Yeah, John was right. The newsletter has been causing far more pain than pleasure. On top of almost no hint of appreciation, I get complaints. Enough's enough. I remember telling you that there were disasters associated with 3 out of the last 4 issues. Actually, it was 3 out of 3 (starting with the David Russell fiasco.) Strike 3. I mentioned this was a possibility, but sorry to not be more definite about it earlier. THEE: Subject: Guerau Thanks for the positive comments about my Guerau tablature - I'm dead chuffed. Yes, I'd be more than happy to add a link to Tecla from my Guerau page. It's the least I can do. Thank you for all of your facsimile editions. ME: Subject: self-centerd, eh? You said the only true statement was, "You are inclined to be rather demanding and self-centered in your personal wants." The part about demanding certainly isn't true and the second part is a tautology (like, "beans means beans.") Tell me sometime how you generate your Doyle bibliography. (You don't have to type it out.) Following your forwarded article about Geocities and privacy were a message or two from Geocities on the matter. I still say, Hooray For Geocities (although they aren't perfect.) Just today I got an email from one of the biggest names in the world of guitar musicology complimenting my Francisco Guerau web pages - brung to ewe by geocities. THEE: Re: dropping out >On top of almost no hint of appreciation, I get complaints. What type of complaints? As for the appreciation factor, that is not completely true. I think the fact that many more people receive the newsletter than go to the meetings shows that people do, in fact, like the newsletter and like to get it to stay in touch with what's going on. Yeah, sometimes it seems to be more labor than love, but that's the way it is. I'll tell you this much, I'll miss working with you on the newsletter. You brought an eye for detail that I do not have. Heck, you may just want to play a game the next time you get a newsletter and see how many things I missed. :) I understand your frustrations and I can't really blame you for dropping out. So I'd like to thank you for the past few years of work on the newsletter and your contributions to the society. Will you still come to meetings? THEE: Subject: The self Thanks for your compliment about my self-centeredness. You know that when I want a rarity, I'll move heaven and earth to get it. Congrats on the e-mail from the guitar guru. I'm adding that story to my still-small file of web success stories. My successes have come from the nutty Doyle discussion group. I had a picky question about a typo in an early novel a few days ago, and a couple folks sent me the info within a few hours. I generated my Doyle bibliography using a large bibliography at the Library of Congress. That book was broken into categories by type of work--fiction and non-fiction, letters, and essays. All I've done is blend everything together to have a strict chronology. If nothing else, my bibliography shows that Doyle's word processor was almost always in use. I keep forgetting to tell you a nice baseball moment from a week or two ago--in an Orioles-Devil Rays (Tampa Bay) match-up in Tampa Bay, the O's pulled a floundering pitcher. The stadium loudspeaker blasted "TtR." [Ticket to Rode] Nice! I guess "IaL" [I'm a Loser] would have been too mean. Fortunately, the O's still won. As I write, the president has just finished his testimony. He will address the nation in three hours. What promises to be a weird TV experience will be on in a few weeks--a 30-minute documentary about JOL's [John Onon Lennon] UFO encounter. More details soon! ME: Subject: Thanks! I received the postage, plus *very* generous tip - much appreciated! There are still some dregs left on my freebie Beatles book page. ME: Subject: My plans didn't come together. It looks like it's not to be. After filling out your application form, I couldn't turn up any airfare cheap enough to leave anything for me after working for the month or so. Thanks for bearing with me. ME: Subject: Down, but not out. Thanks for the kind and supportive and sympathetic words. For the record, I beat my head against the wall in every other arena of my life, not just guitar. I was born to beat my head against walls. Yeah, I'll still be at the meetings. I'm not giving up on the society. Of course, I'm disappointed that we haven't managed to spark a little enthusiasm in, say, 1% of the area guitarists - in which case we'd be bursting at the seams. THEE: Subject: What are the Vihuela tuned chords and scales??? I accidentally found your web page. It is pretty good except for the tablature being "upside down." But the reason I am writing you is because I want to know what the chords and scales are for this type of tuning. Please refer me to a link or let me know where I can optain some literature. Thank You, P.S. I bookmarked your page. THEE: Re: Thanks! You're welcome! I really enjoyed the book you sent me. If you have any other Beatle related ones, send them along. The extra "tip" was to make up for my fellow receivers who didn't live up to their end of the bargain. Cheers! THEE: Subject: Feedback Dear Mr. Sauter, This is just a brief note to express my gratitude for your fine work on your web site, thanks for your contribution to the guitar world, the arts and the internet community. Best, Jorge Guillen Associate Professor University of the District of Columbia THEE: Thanks for the Memory You are a friend, indeed. I commend you for stepping in when you're friends had trouble these last few days. Lordy, I know I've called on you for help numerous times over the years. Keep up the good work! I hope your friends are feeling better now. My current read is "I Owe Russia $1200" by Bob Hope. It's a 1963 memoir of his world travels. It's actually a treasure trove of significa. He makes a few cracks about the George V Hotel. He uses and defines the term "Slickee Boy" (street urchins who will pick your pocket in Seoul, S. Korea), and now I'm reading about a tour he undertook that included Molly Bee, my favorite country singer. I also learned what an Evanrude (sp?) is. I didn't think I needed to know until the "MST3K" [mystery science theater 3000] boys used the term in last week's movie. ME: Subject: great movies. Things are going well on the hospital scene. Hself's kinked intestines are straightened out. Hself's inflamed pancreas might be put right by 2 days without food. (Sounds a bit too easy to me, but what do I know.) The hospital trips were interesting. I was impressed by how hard everybody seemed to be working. Listened to a bunch of Beach Boy songs on the jukebox at McDonald's in Dale City with Hself on Tuesday. Some of the labels are missing, so I was generating a list of the mystery songs that go with the 3-digit numbers you punch in. About 8 were Beach Boys. To me, Evinrude is a motor, mostly or wholly associated with motor boats. Is that it? Which brings to mind Gorgo. That's a movie I remember seeing in a theater as a kid (putting it in a rarefied class.) I can't say that I remember it being great - just the opposite, probably - but it does have a special place in Sauter folklore; don't ask me why. Just the last time I was up in Baltimore for a cookout at my brother's, a neighbor boy dropped by. He mentioned something about a Godzilla toy (is there a current version out, I guess?) and I had to inform him that Godzilla wouldn't have had a chance against Gorgo. Only the Sauter kids knew what I was talking about. ME: Subject: guitar pages; Washington Guitar Society. I'm pleased you like my site. It's nice to hear the occasional positive feedback. I was wondering, if you're interested in guitar pages, are you a guitarist, and do you know about the Washington Guitar Society? It's short notice, but our get- together tonight will be an ensemble session - working up a piece by John Duarte, and putting it on tape. It's for the fun of it, and the more the merrier. It's at 7:30 at Briggs Memorial Baptist Church, on Mass. Ave, 1/2 block outside of the D.C. line. THEE: Subject: Re: great movies. I'm glad to hear that your buds are doing well in the hospital. No trip to the hospital is fun, I guess, but it sounds like your friends got off relatively easy. We're having a mellow Saturday here. I'm going to get back to Bob Hope's book in a little while, I, uh, hope. Did I mention that I saw "Gorgo" within the last year without MST [mystery science theatre] enhancement? Leonard Maltin, in his heavy film guide, actually likes the movie and gave it three stars (out of four), so I taped it when it was on. Maltin was sporty enough to appear as a guest on "MST" and take some abuse for his quirky taste. "Gorgo" is a classic for me because it features the late great William Sylvester, who played Dr. Heywood Floyd in "2001: A Space Odyssey" eight years later. On the "MST" broadcast, Mike tried to do a tribute to Sylvester, based primarily on this fact, but the robots just weren't interested. Now I must weed through the eight Arthur Conan Doyle Society messages I have. They're all relating to a story I haven't read yet, so I'm deleting merrily. I'm looking forward to visiting on Tuesday. I'll bring LPs, but they'll be classical. Sorry. ME: Subject: surf music Hself didn't get off quite so easy after all. She had surgery at 2:30 am Saturday to patch up holes in her duodenum. A problem down the line is that her arthritis medication is implicated in her problems, so the question is, what will she do about her arthritis? For no informed reason, I'm concerned that she might have great difficulty getting back on track, what with pancreas, lung, duodenum and arthritis problems. The optimistic view is that they are all interrelated and one magic bullet will do the trick. On a brighter note, we had a great time at Hself's annual musicale yesterday. (We is the guitar trio and everyone else there.) Hself is a harpist and the musicales have historically been harp-heavy. One of the musical acts (harp and guitar, although the guitarist played a bongo-like drum on this piece) played Miserlou, so I had to think of you. I didn't know it was a quasi-Greek folk tune; just thought it was a standard workout for surf bands. It's still not a tune that I recognize or could hum out of the blue, although it sounds vaguely familiar when I hear it. Why'n'cha tell me you were a Gorgologist? Recount the plot to me some day. All I remember is Gorgo smashed a movie theater playing "Gorgo". Wow, that's like an Escher picture, or something. THEE: Subject: Dyonald Thee Dyonald, Sorry to hear about Franken's sister Phyllis (this is a quote from "Yellow Submarine"!). I hope it all works out. Hself had some occasional run-ins with conflicting medication--her biggie was that she was allergic to one of the best antibiotics. Needless to say, I'm extraordinarily mellow about Tuesday. Keep me posted. I'd like to know whether I should come over before I actually get in the car but aside from that, I'm easy. (I'm even easy about driving over and not finding you there, if it comes to that.) Let's see if the internet Movie Database has a plot summary for "Gorgo." Ahem, www.imdb.com... A salvage vessel is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Yeah, that sounds right. "MST" had a huge stinker on this weekend, "Puma Man" ("L'Uomo Puma," (1980)). Star Donald Pleasance kept calling him "Pyuma Man." "Yeah, whatever, Dyonald," said the MST gang. Then Pleasance said, "He is still a human being!" MST: "Shouldn't that be hooman, no, wait..." Good stuff. THEE: Subject: Guitar Dear Mr. Sauter, Thanks for the invitation in the ensemble session! but it came to me as a short notice, perhaps next time!. About your question; yes, I am a classical guitarist and I know about the WGS. Please let me know about the WGS next events. ME: Subject: binding machine smashed Just kidding about the binding machine. So is Puma Man pronounced pooma? I'm confused. My web searching left me even more confused as to what a Puma Man is. Software of some sort? Web searching also did not illuminate Betty Rollin's legs. How come imdb.com didn't give the plot to Gorgo Meets Godzilla, or The Gorgon, for that matter. Man, I'm still no better at making sense of crowded, busy web pages than a year ago. My next web offering will be a large batch of pieces by Mozart in ascii tablature never before heard by man. How can that be, you might well arsk. THEE: Subject: Guerau links Sorry about the delay putting up a link from my Guerau page. I made the modification right away, but uploading is very cumbersome for me, so I usually wait till I have a few files ready to go. I found lots of interesting reading at your site. My next ascii tab offering will be a large batch of Mozart pieces never before heard(???) THEE: Gorgo vs. Puma Man Puma Man is the protector of the Aztecs. He's a man with incredible powers! He can fly! Ooh, what an awful movie. It opens with an Aztec guy, knowing that Puma Man has been reincarnated as an American, throwing Americans out of high windows to see if they can land on their feet like a cat or puma. Only after 10 tries or so does he find the right guy. Shouldn't "puma" be pronounced like, uh, doom-a? That was the joke in the movie. Some Britisher kept saying "pyuma." I had a fine evening last night. We took care of a little backlog and did some archive indexing. I don't need anything more from life these days. Now it's back to work. THEE: Re: Guerau links Many thanks! I find your site interesting too. THEE: Subject: Sears Guitar Query I just read your page on the Sears catalog guitars, and enjoyed it very much. I am trying to find some information about a guitar that I believe was sold through the Sears catalog. I cant seem to find anything specific about a mid to late 1950's, possibly into the 1960's, Sears guitar with the Hawiian 'motif' and pearl (looking) fingerboard, and pickguard. If you have ever heard of these, please mail me back. Thank You in advance for any help you may give. THEE: Subject: Exercises Great site. I'm looking to enhanace my right hand. Just started classical instruction after playing for 25 years. Sometimes I have learned my lesson and would love some neat exercises. Any tips? ME: Subject: Offenbach's Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffmann Just plugging away. My next tablature project has turned into something much bigger. Don't they all. I found a copy of Mozart's Musical Dice Game at the Library of Congress. It's dated 1802 and represents another great LC thrill. Now that I have an original, though, I was compelled to check the guitar transcription with a fine tooth comb. When you present something to the world, everything must be as perfect as possible - everybody on the web knows that. Just kidding about the original; I made a copy. But remind me to rant about recent LC experiences in person. I should say that the card catalog card says "although it is known from his sketchbook that he experimented with this idiom, the attribution is doubtful." C'mon, man! It's in his sketchbook; it sounds just like him; and the cover says "W. A. Mozart" as big as life. Why do we insist on ascribing late-20th- C.-type dishonesty to all previous eras as well? On the subject of truth, keep the National Enquirer stuff flowing. While it surely is not impossible, Germany is probably the *least* likely birthplace for a John Lennon daughter born in Oct65 of any country on earth. Read one Sherlock Holmes story. It was about a diamond. It depended greatly on 19th century hi-fi sound reproduction. What do we know about that? THEE: Lennon &tc. I want to hear about your confrontations at the L of C. When can we rock in the near future? When I went to the library, they delivered both books I requested in 20 minutes or so. The one I really wanted to see is very rare, apparently, even though it was published in 1983. I was much impressed. The Lennon baby story was bizarre. I think the mother is Astrud! Initial comments on Billy Tipton: There's a five-year discrepancy in his birthdate. The "Times" obituary says 1914. The LP says 1919. It's creepy how the LP liners refer to Tipton's boyish appearance, although obliquely, and the obit. notes that people sometimes teased Tipton about it. Thanks so much for that obituary, by the way. In indexing the LP, I find that I have a bunch of other versions of all songs but two. Some of the versions are strange indeed. I note that the only other version of "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" I have is by the Beatles. I have no memory of such a thing. I'll have to look it up. My current LP listen is "It's a Beautiful Day...Today" (1973). I bought it in November 1995. THEE: football You have either never played the game or suffered a severe head injury in doing so. ME: Subject: Das maedchen von Ipanema. Don't know if I ever mentioned, I'm back up to 14,400 baud. Bummer is, I have the same problem with this modem as the old one - text gets garbled after about 9 screens worth when downloading in the ascii mode. I figured this was something wrong with the other modem. Now I'm really confused. Nothing stays the same. An easy way to get to my web site is simply to search on my name in yahoo, I would tell people. It would come up with one hit - my home page. Now it comes up with 13 hits - none of them any of my pages. Actually, it lists 12 of 13 and when you try to click on the remainder, there isn't another one. (???) Played with my mandolin friend yesterday. As a matter of course, the subjects of My Bonnie and the Sheik of Araby were brought up by him. Did some fun binding today. Also operated on one of your records, a Westminster classical sampler, with a straight pin. Big improvement. Kidding about Astrid, right? ME: Subject: Mozart's Musikalisches Wuerfelspiel I found your "prerelease" page on randomly composed music. I notice you have a copy of Mozart's Musikalisches Wuerfelspiel. In case you're interested, I've just put on the web a batch of waltzes generated from the Musikalisches Wuerfelspiel. I've also put up my program (in BASIC) that generates them. This, by the way, is in a transcription for guitar. THEE: Astrid and Don Sure I'm kidding about Astrid. My info is exactly the same as your info on this matter. It just popped into my head that it was possible. Did John know anyone else in Germany who could bear children? I ran some searches on "Don Sauter." This is unsettling. I gave up after 40 hits on Yahoo, none of which was right. In Hotbot, using the "the person" limiter, I came up with five hits, none right. The first one was to a site called Hippy PORN. Remain calm, it's an independent movie that is apparently not pornographic. It features the bands "Medicine Ball, Barbara Manning, Unrest, Cop Shoot Cop, Railroad Jerk, Dustdevils, Unsane, Red Bliss, Superchunk, The Frogs, Jim Sauter, Don Dietrich, and Thurston Moore." Lookie, there's "...Sauter, Don..." in that list. Thanks for doing all that binding. I hope you feel free to read whatever you want. The ghost-story book is OK. There are some goodies in there, also some weak stories. The Doyle collection features some of his early work, when he was finishing medical school and trying to establish a practice. The stories are pretty good, though he had yet to develop his own style. I particularly like the light "Crabbe's Practice." The novel at the end, "The Mystery of Cloomber," is good. It has a lot of themes in it that Doyle reworked for Sherlock Holmes. Have I told you all this before? Do you need a copy of the 1973 LP "It's a Beautiful Day...Today"? THEE: Enjoyed the page I came across your page while looking for Monopoly information. Somehow I've become addicted to an old Macintosh version that I have. I enjoyed the comments. ME: Follow-up to the Beatles-related Straight Dope column I see you have a link to the Beatles-related Straight Dope column from some months back. This was a source of tremendous frustration for me, as Cecil made probably his biggest goof-up ever and wouldn't acknowledge any of my attempts to set the matter straight. Maybe you can see fit to working this into the Misc. Strangeness list. If you'd like, I could put it on a web page, to which you could link. Here's the form my effort took in trying to clarify this in the Beatles USENET group. You may edit it how you see fit, or get in touch if you want me to alter it somehow, and/or put it on the web. Thanks for listening. Subject: Straight Dope Cecil fumbles Beatles question. A few weeks ago, a Beatles-related Straight Dope column was brought to this group's attention. The column read: [... See my page on the subject] Here's an earlier note I sent you which may have fallen on fallow ground. Dear Cecil, I'm not a regular enough reader to know how often you blow one. (This can't be the first, because I remember you initially fumbled the prize-behind-the-3-door problem.) I don't know Lee from AOL. I don't know his friend. I do know that he meant to say Beatles VI, not Beatles '65. But thanks, anyway. Now I know what an umbrella is. P.S. I know what *all four* Beatles are holding on Beatles VI. P.P.S. Did you ever make use of my brilliantly sarcastic contribution to the exploding bird problem - you know, how a cup of rice and 2 cups of water make a gallon of cooked rice? P.P.P.S. How can somebody in my dream explain to me what is going on in my dream? ME: Subject: start your engines Thanks for the Doyle recommendations - I look forward to reading them. Got another big batch of guitar tablature out on the web. What I've done is quite bizarre, but I don't know how many people can recognize and appreciate that. I buckled down this evening to compare search engines from the EZ-Find page. It wouldn't even successfully kick on 2 or 3 of the engines. Gave up in frustration, as with almost all of my web sessions. I should say, that AltaVista has lots of my pages, some very recent, even, which I certainly made no effort to have indexed. P.S. Webcrawler found "25 of 3" (???) hits. ME: good newsletter The newsletter looks real good. Thanks for the nice mention. Also, thanks for lending Hself your guitar - she, Hself and I had a fun session Saturday night. THEE: Subject: Engine down I'm glad some of the search engines found your pages. My lack of success was a real surprise to me. We did have a good time at the beach. Two terriers were there until Sunday. The two terriers did not get along with Hself the Wonder Dog and I found the whole thing very frustrating. At night, Hself would shake his head, as he commonly does, and the two terriers would bark a lot from behind a closed door in another room. THEE: Subject: Your Campion tablature Many thanks for your dedicated and meticulous work on these tablatures, and the excellent and detailed notes you provide. I have been playing them on a four-course baroque guitar, and have adopted your suggestion of deleting the top line (and also the bottom one since it appears to me superfluous - in my case.) I find that spaces rather than lines to indicate strings is rather confusing, probably because I'm familiar with French tablature, which, I assume, was used in the autograph. That said, I wondered why you felt it necessary to invent a new one
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Helpful keywords not in the main text: Hself = generic name, male or female (Himself, Herself). TtR = ticket to ride; IaL = i'm a loser; Astrid Kirschherr; Hself = puli; rotr = rodney on the roq; LitSwD = lucy in the sky with diamonds; PPM = please please me; Oa9 = one after 909; b9 = beethoven's ninth; TNK = tomorrow never knows; ADitL = a day in the life; -o-i-a.
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