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Conversations with me, No. 16
Email highlights, ca. November 1998

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

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ME: About the Chobanian trio, I want to perform at least 2 out of
the remaining 3 movements.  I think the one we worked on Saturday
may be my favorite so far.

Hself, thanks for not throwing a damper on my Thanksgiving.

ME: Subject: string gauges

Thanks for struggling through my string calculation web page.

You want *gauges* for your cittern strings, but that's the
problem - gauge depends on composition.  I presume some strings
are simple wire and some are wound, right?  The best we can do is
calculate the desired mass per length (and to do that, you'll
need some idea of the tension you want for each string).  The
formula is in my web page.  Then pester the string companies to
tell you the mass per length of the strings they sell.  Good
luck!

ME: Subject: printing tablature

Thanks for the instructions on how to print from Claris Word.
I will incorporate that in my web page as soon as I get a
chance.  As I say, my own computer equipment is old, old
technology, and I've been worrying about whether or not the
average person with up-to-date hardware and software can print
the tablature out correctly.

ME: Subject: ufos

> Do you believe in aliens visiting Earth?  Intelligent life other
than on Earth?  It was not clear from your descriptions if you
are or not.

Rather than answer directly, I invite you to spend some time with
my web pages examining "Is the human race special?" and the Fermi

http://www.donaldsauter.com/human-race-special.htm

ME: I see I forgot to mention that the next record convention
is Dec. 20.  We didn't miss it last Sunday; there was
one the Sunday before, when my guitar trio performed.  Keep
hanging in there.

Had a mandolin/guitar session yesterday.  My buddy is
developing eye problems, which may be serious.

In our guitar trio, we all breathed a big sigh of relief when
Hself's colon tumor turned out to be benign.  There were major
reasons for thinking it might not be.  He's only 42, and has 2
kids.

Did a little reading and arithmetic at school today.  Also
affixed more bar codes to library books.  I keep finding books I
want to check out.  By the way some kids were looking at me from
another car today, I think they must've recognized me from
school.

Bought some bolts for my license plate today, so everything's
back to normal.  Threw out my facsimile NZC 696 which was
velcroed in my back window.

Comparing U.S. and Brit Beatle recordings sounds like a splendid
idea.  Don't let us forget I Feel Fine.

Hooray for the Simpsons.  I remember the last few we watched - at
least the Rock Hudson one, maybe others - were well done, but had
such dreary, downer stories.

THEE: The day got off to a rough start--it was raining and that's a
major crisis when you have a dog who wants exercising.  The rain
stopped (conveniently as I was finishing my album of the day), so
I took Hself out for a half hour of fetch.

Upon our return, Hself wanted me to know that he wasn't even
winded by that extra long session.  He ran around, ate, and
drank, and then threw up.  Hself!  Two minutes after i finished
cleaning up, he brought me a tennis ball.  he wanted to play
more!  Now he's sacked out on the floor, as he should be.

Hself and I watched a terrible movie last night, "Ludwig" (1972).
It was two hours and 50 minutes of pure tedium.  I had taped it
because it did feature the ravishing Romy Schneider.  Now, just

Today's "Post" has a story on Takoma Park's house of Musical
traditions.  Do you guys in the guitar cult ever deal with them?

It's always good when a friend's diagnosis comes back clean,
isn't it?

A record convention on Dec. 20 sounds like just the way I want to
start the holiday season.  Keep it in mind.

I definitely would like to do some A/B comparing of Dave Dexter
"improvements."  I'm aware that the U.S. "IFF" sounds different,
but I want to hear the versions side by side.

THEE: Subject: ufos

I too believe, though I'd rather not, that we are "special".  My
reasons, though, may differ from yours.  Though the odds seem to
favor the evolution of life on other planets unknown in the
universe, "inteliigent life" is an entirely different matter.
From what I know about the evolution of man and the evolution of
his brain, much was accidental (the meteor thing), relied on
mutations as well as natural selection, and other happenings that
made our existence anything but inevitable.  We still are not
sure why or how our brains got so big, so it seems to me
presumptous to think that this happened (whatever "this" is) all
over the universe.

I am a reader of the "Skeptical Inquirer" and I, too, seem to
have alien B.O. because I have never been abducted, or even seen
a spaceship from another planet.  I think it a hysterial movement
by a bunch of people with overactive imaginations.

ME: in the meadow we will build a snowman...

Thanksgiving was good.  The count was 35.  For a change, I
brought a regular-meal (as opposed to dessert) dish.  The logic
was, no matter how good a dessert is, it can hardly be enjoyed
when you're already stuffed - not to mention, there will be 15
other desserts.  I was daring, and made a salmon-noodles-alfredo
dish that I always like.  There weren't too many takers, so that
just means leftovers for me.  I bought a hot-plate carrying
contraption by Pyrex that managed to keep it about 3 degrees
above room temperature.  Man, I thought we had insulation down
pat by now.

I went to the House of Musical Traditions one time to buy some
lute strings.  I think we may have sent them a few WGS
newsletters in the past.  I feel very little affinity, actually.
Non-classical guitars might as well be Yamaha DX-7 keyboards, as
far as I'm concerned.

I guess that's the way it is, but was still taken by surprise by
a few Christmas songs on the radio the day after Thanksgiving,
and the news being dominated by fast-breaking Christmas shopping
stories.  If *I* ran the radio stations of the world, I'd ask
listeners when they want to start hearing Christmas music, and
average the responses.

Was that Ludwig as in Beethoven?

Keep the Hself stories coming.  I enjoy them, even though I have
little in the way of response.

Our trio got together today.  We recorded a set of pieces called
Irish Dreams.  We'll do them for the December meeting.  We figure
the folky/dreamy element is sort of in the holiday spirit.

ME: a guitar-related favor

I notice on the BCGS home page the statement, "The BCGS is funded
in part by generous donations from the DAddario Foundation for
the Performing Arts..."

I have a guitar-related idea that I would like to find funding
for.  When I go to the DAddario site, I don't see mention of the
Foundation.  I wrote their webmaster, asking who I should
approach with my idea, but got no response.

I was wondering if you would do me a favor and point me in the
right direction.  I'm sure the whole process is too large to
describe, but if you could just get me started.  I presume that
whoever at DAddario approved giving money to the BCGS would be an
appropriate person to contact.

THEE: Re: a guitar-related favor

yes, i've never been able to find a webpage for the foundation.
the image on our webpage looks as fuzzy as it does because it's
scanned off one of their envelopes.

THEE: Merry Christmas everybody!

Have a fuhlie luhlie Christmas!

Christmas does come too early these days.  I had reluctantly
accepted the Thanksgiving start date but when I drove into
Bethesda last Saturday (five days before Turkey Day), the
landscape was already dotted with Christmas trees and
decorations.  This just won't do!  When should we begin
celebrating Christmas?  I ask because I have a nice Beatles
Christmas theme for my computer and I've been torn about when to
put it up.

Speaking of my computer, I finally got the manufacturer to agree
to replace my monitor.  Now I'm panicked about the possibility
that the new one will continue to give the same dark image.

It sounds like you had a huge Thanksgiving.  Our crowd numbered
11 adults and six children, which was big enough for me.

one of those profound "emperor has no clothes" observations that
will never benefit the masses because it's far too radical.  Keep
this dangerous wisdom hush-hush!  (I think of my own experience
this year where our hostess wrapped two pieces of pie for us
because we didn't have the strength to eat it there.)

Bavaria."  One of his crimes against the state, according to this
movie, was draining the treasury to support production of Richard
Wagner's ambitious operas.  That was kind of interesting but,
still, it was just a dreadful film.

THEE: Two more clews for y'all

I've recently started reading a book published in 1984 called
"Sitting in Darkness" by David Haward Bain.  It concerns an
incident during the U.S.'s little-known war against Philippine
guerillas around the turn of the century.  The author also
discusses his visit to the Philippines in 1982.  Along the way,
he provides a lot of the history of the years between and before.

I'm about a third of the way through this fascinating book and
the Beatles are getting short-shrift so far.  However, this is
what I've learned:

* Our author stayed at the Manilla Hotel in 1982.  John Lennon's
name appeared on a list of famous guests who had stayed there.  I
wonder if that was where the Beatles stayed or if Lennon stayed
there during one of his post-green card Far East jaunts in the
'70s.  Has a Beatle ever revisited the Philippines?

* I always got the impression that Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos
down in 1966.  In fact, Marcos was elected in a (relatively) free
election in 1965 and took office in early 1966!  The Philippines were
(was?) then still nominally a democracy--Marcos did not assume absolute
power until 1972.  So, I need to know more about how Marcos
marshalled all that popular resentment against our lads, just
seven months or so after he assumed the presidency of a
democracy.

THEE: Family Feud Game

I am trying to locate the computer version of the Family Feud
game show.   Gametek has gone out of business and it is difficult
to get a copy now.  Do you have any ideas?

Also, do you know if there is a way to input our own survey
questions into the game?

THEE: Re: free space

Hi Mr. Sauter,

Sorry for the delay. Finally I could get your article up. You may
find it under "Free Space".  Best Wishes, Sailor's Web Manager

ME: Subject: sunday journal

It's probably thrown out by now, but do you still have that
Sunday Montgomery Journal from Nov 22?  I could use a few more
copies.

THEE: web surfing par excellence

Since our phone talk today, had a couple of Beatle encounters of
the 2nd kind.  Turned on my radio to WWMD to catch a "Don't drink
and drive" public service announcement in progress with Paul
McCartney on vocals.  Heard a strain or two of Drive My Car.

Replenishing my mayonnaise supply in the grocery store tonight I
heard a superlative muzak version of Another Girl.  There's one
you don't hear every day.

I know you have deadlines, but that's what you get for
procrastinating.  Your managers are lying to you anyway.  Take a

http://sailor.lib.md.us/

and click on "Maryland information"

and then click on "Free Space".  There's a good one there.

THEE: sedition

Have checked the PG Journal dumpster a couple of times in vain
for discarded copies of my photo and dumb quotes.  Had to wait in
line behind the Gazette spies.  (Just kidding.)

Spent a good day at LC yesterday.  No friction from any of the
staff, although I didn't request anything that might strain the
system.

http://sailor.lib.md.us/

and click on "Maryland information"

and then click on "Free Space".  There's a good one there.

The Marcos and Manilla questions are good.  If you don't want an
the resentment, heck, even if he was in power only 5 minutes, if
a bunch of pop stars snubbed some disadvantaged kids (were they
orphans or handicapped, or something?) in my town, I'd be pretty
riled up too.

THEE: Boycott!

What next?  Making bootlegs is OK?

Another beautiful morn with Mr. B. this morning, although I'm mad
at the sun for sleeping in so late.  We saw a deer on the grounds
of the school across the street from our apartment, where I take
the dog.  Actually, I don't think Hself saw it or if he did, he
decided to remain silent.

Hself urged us to get together next week, at your place.  It's her
last week of teaching and she'll be working at home every night.
Is that OK?  I'm free Monday and Wednesday.

I forgot about the widows-and-orphans angle of the Marcos snub.

In the latest issue of the newsletter of Politics and Prose, a
bookstore near our old apartment, there's a review of a new
biography of Mohammed (sp?) Ali.  It's illustrated with a photo
of Cassius Clay belting Harry Georgeson and Ringo.

Thanks for inviting me to submit my idea - more like a long-time
dream - to you.  That's very gracious.  What I would like to do
is make the fantastic collection of guitar music held by the
Library of Congress available to all guitarists.  Of course, I am
referring only to public domain music - 19th century European
editions, first and foremost.

ME: Thanks for the Thanksgiving card.  Were you behind the teddy bear
design, or was that just a nice coincidence?  By the way, I'm
still text-only at home, but I just go down to the local library
if I *have* to see web pictures.  (Not *too* often...)

I'm doing some volunteer work at the local elementary school one
day a week.  Probably does me more good than the kids.

Still having a good time with the guitar.  Helped out my
violinist friend at a little concert at the Frederick Douglass
Home in D.C.  It turned out *very* nice.

My web site is getting about 350 hits per week now.  There are
about 30 more pages I "have" to do before I can rest easy, but
I'm having trouble pushing myself.

ME: consonant blends: sn st tr br gr bl sl pv wx cb...

Another nice day at the elementary school.  Deonte and Adeleye
were model students.  Little Ronnie flies off in every direction
except the one you want, but she's fun.  Showed some of the kids
a video from my youth.  If you riffle a deck of cards, it shows a
pitcher pitching a ball, a bat smacking it, the pitcher fielding
it and throwing to first.  They got a kick out of it.

THEE: Thanks for responding!  No, unfortunately was not part of that
card teddy bear design, however I will send you a few photos of a
recent bear I completed for a friend in Ft. Lauderdale for Xmas.
Hopefully you can get these photos when you hit the library the
next time!

Sounds like your site is doing well.  Have to confess I still
have not gotten around to visiting it--shame on me!!!!!!

Think it's super that you are doing some volunteer work!!!  Bet
the kids are crazy about you!!!!   Did that kind of stuff years
ago, but don't do the things I should do along those lines
anymore.

Thanksgiving was loads of fun, the bird was cooked to perfection
(Linda Mac would have turned over in her grave, bless her)--but
we aren't completely veggie around here.  Kind of fun watching
grandchildren at their first Thanksgiving together with you.
Wierd.

Speaking of Grandparents, you likely know that Sir Paul is to be
a grandfather soon!!!!  Mary is expecting.  Most of us thought
Mary was preggers at the wedding--now it is confirmed.  We are
all saddened that Linda Mac did not have the very special joy of
watching her daugher Marry, or to be on earth to see her first
grandchild born.  So sad.  She really deserved to experience
those special events.  Don't understand why she was denied that
after all she contributed in life.  Paul must be overwhelmed!!!
over this child.  My guess is that if it is a girl, they'll name
her Linda in tribute.  I've heard it will be Allistair, if it is
a boy.

Gotta run.  When you have a chance, would love to
hear your views on the Clinton and Monica pony show which is
finally coming to an end.  No cigar, please....teehee..........
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