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THEE: Subject: very cool I have really enjoyed reading your stuff. There is one point I'd like to make and would love you to comment on, if you have time. On your page about humans being special you commented that if we are the only superior race who has discovered radio waves and used them for communication we are special. True. But. I would argue if we are talking about advanced races, such an ability does by your definition make us special, just not very special. ME: Thanks for visiting. Hmmmm... even without rereading all my thoughts in that page, I'm doubtful that I could make my points more clearly. Not that I'm saying they're already clear! - I just have my limits as far as pulling words together is concerned. I think my argument boils down to transportation and communication being two of the defining aspects of advanced civilizations. If we're the only life forms in the galaxy who have the ability to communicate with and travel to other solar systems, that makes us pretty darn special. Admittedly, our abilities in both those regards are pretty modest right now, but we are engaged in both of them (unmanned, as far as interstellar travel is concerned.) The common wisdom is that there is nothing particularly special about our planet or sun, and that the appearance of life is no big deal, and the emergence of highly advanced life forms is downright *guaranteed* by darwinian evolution. So of the potentially billions of advanced civilizations in our galaxy, billions of which may have had billions of years headstart on us, if we're the only ones travelling and communicating between stars then, I don't know how else to put it, that makes us pretty darn special. I guess what you're saying is, what if all the other billions of most-advanced races out there never developed opposable thumbs, so they could never actually develop anything or alter their environment, but they can do 20-digit exponentiations instantly in their head. Doesn't that make humans a bunch of low-life morons in comparison? all of our communication and transportation and potential for colonizing the galaxy just a "parlor trick"? I guess it would be pretty fruitless arguing against such a position. Does that clarify anything, or just muddy things up even more? Sorry! ME: yahoo search Daniel Hannon 1611 W Las Lomas St Yuma, AZ 85364-4470 (map) Tel.: (928) 329-0841 D Stalder 1572 E Windy Ln Yuma, AZ 85365-3516 (map) Tel.: (928) 341-1839 Hi Ivorybill, gpskink444, Daniel Hannon and/or D.D. Stalder, How many people are you and do you know each other and did any of you receive the 15 fingerstyle magazine guitar cds, plus the nice homemade greatest hits compilation? They never came back to me. THEE: Can Borax be used to kill ants or roaches? The Dial Corporation cannot recommend Borax to kill ants or roaches. The EPA has not authorized 20 Mule Team. as a pesticide. How much Borax is in 20 Mule Team? 20 Mule Team. Borax is comprised of 99.5% pure borax, a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. (The scientific name for borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate.) The remaining 0.5% is composed of trace minerals. ME: to Persimmon Park Place A few thoughts, suggestions, and offers: 1. About staining the clubhouse: You indicated it would be an expensive job. I'd be glad to help - will work for chips and soda (or for nothing, if the truth be told.) I'd like to think there are enough able-bodied residents who would join in, make a day of it, and bat out the job for just the cost of the materials. How about a call for volunteers in the newsletter? 2. About the vandalized "P" on the entrance sign: I happen to have a small bottle of yellow paint. I can't guarantee it's the exact, right shade, but I suppose any shade of yellow would look better than the black spray paint. Want me to paint the P yellow until a more professional job gets done? 3. After you left, Hself made the perfectly sensible proposal that the newsletter have a *regular* column about recent problems in the neighborhood, including the police report summary. 4. Something I've always wanted to see in the newsletter is info on home sales. I used to scan the Dover Post "deed transfers" for PPP activity, but it was a lot of effort for very few hits. Is home sale info easily available? Any reason it couldn't be published in the newsletter? I'm sure everybody would be interested. 5. My "Double-wide dialog" idea never took off, and my suggestion for an advice column from Brass Sales didn't go anywhere, but I still have a lot of questions about our manufactured homes even after living here over 2 years - about our roofs, plumbing, crawl spaces, furnaces, water heaters, etc. My current idea is that maybe there could be meetings dealing with house maintenance issues for people with questions, like me, and people who might have some experience to share. Sounds like the clubhouse is getting close to being usable, and maybe that would be a good place for such a meeting now and then. 6. After sleeping on the street parking issue, I'm still convinced it's an unbelievably bad idea. And I do not accept the argument that city government has some need to force it on us even if we don't want it. What do they care? They seemed to be sympathetic with our desire for a 15 mph speed limit. PPP was *designed* for no street parking. The streets are too narrow for it and the houses have, what *should* be, ample parking for each. This would open up the neighborhood to families who will have four, five and six vehicles. I'm not saying people can't have that many cars, just, if they have to have them, find somewhere else to live. Up until now, all of the sentiment I've heard at the meetings has been the *opposite* direction - people *complaining* about cars parked on the street. The argument given for street parking is, "What about people who have a temporary overflow of visitors?" My response is that that's nothing new, and most residents are sympathetic with it. It's not a big deal on an occasional basis. What's the need for a change now? I don't claim we will have a rash of head-on collisions, but I know from experience it is a pain in the neck negotiating around parked cars on these streets. A few months ago we had to crack down on someone who parked regularly on Persimmon Circle. To get around him, you had to drive in the lane for on-coming traffic - which you couldn't see because of the curve in the road and the island. Also, the clean, empty streets just *look* nice! Every time I hear a call at our meetings for more of this, that, or the other, something inside of me dies. PPP had what I would call a "modest charm" that is being hacked away at - street lights (ugly as sin), street signs, chipped up curbs from the (needed?) street resurfacing, calls for police cruising, speed bumps, buses, mail delivery to each house... And now streets crammed with parked cars. Gad, people, if that's what you all want, go live on Queen Street. When the homeowners take over the council, I know two things I'd like to see for PPP: all houses owner-occupied, and a two car limit per household. People who need fleets are not good fits for PPP. Here's my proposal - use the newsletter to take a vote on the street parking issue and put your full weight behind majority sentiment. 7. The street parking issue somehow got tangled up in an unrelated issue - the swimming pool. My two cents on that is the same thing - majority rule. Things you said make me wonder if the majority of residents would prefer to get rid of the swimming pool. If so, why not? My own position is that, while I don't use the pool myself, I don't begrudge others enjoying it. I'm not in a position to judge whether the costs and benefits of the pool are in line with each other. What disturbs me is hearing the simple position that the $300 condo fee is just for the pool. With whatever shortcomings the council has and has had, obviously the fees have kept up the neighborhood grounds. I view the fee, the work of the council (such as it is), and the work of the homeowners' committee as the "thin blue line" between our nice neighborhood and a rundown trailer park. Again, I'm not in a position to judge whether $300 per year is exactly right, but I say to anyone who bought a very inexpensive home here and then complains about the condo fee, save yourself the condo fee and go buy a $400,000 house in some other development. It took a bit of time and effort to get these thoughts down. Can I ask you to forward an exact copy to other committee members? Also, I encourage you to use any part of this, verbatim, in the newsletter. Thanks for listening. Keep up the generally great work! ME: Dear Dover Post, When I am in the voting booth on April 18 deciding on the mayor, I know I'll be thinking about the Hanson House - Dover's (formerly) oldest, most charming and strikingly situated building - and under whose watchful eye it got sold down the river for a handful of shekels so some real estate guys can build themselves a club house, whooppee. THEE: Re: lob a grapefruit over two moons I didn't notice the "are we rolling Bob?" line. Maybe someone was honking at me when it occurred. Sorry. On instructions of counsel I am forbidden from addressing your question about how the Three Stooges taught the Beatles everything! ME: pushing back the barriers of darkness Made *huge* strides in trying to achieve 1970s-like stereo functionality two days ago. I made a cd for my guitar friend Hself that involved input from vinyl, tape, microphone and cd - all direct-to-cd without computer involvement! (I need the computer to make cheap copies). Keep in mind, this is not for the faint- hearted. It involved receiver, microphone, turntable, cd recorder, and not one, but "three", dual cassette decks. I'm not all the way there, yet, though. I need one more cd recorder for my stack. As it is, if I want to copy from cd, I am forced to accept a track in its entirety, or at least from the beginning of the track. At just about the time I get this finalized, the cd will have gone the way of the dodo bird. Maybe I can time it just right so I die at that moment. P.S. Do you remember your "Coronation Day" joke from a year ago? Evidence that you had planned a Dover visit a year ago that was cancelled due to weather. The Christmas lights are still on downtown. THEE: Re: fingerstyle guitar cds From: Daniel Hannon
Donald: Hello again. I'm sorry for not keeping you updated more often in regards to the cds....No, I still have not received them, and have assumed the postal service has (as has happened to another shipment from someone else) accidentally shipped it to another address, & if so, the recipient of them has kept them, not informing the postal service of the error. If they ever Finally do arrive, I will definitely let you know immediately. Thanks. Respectfully yours, D.D. ME: Hi D.D. I'm more curious than mad - 18 bucks isn't worth it. But you have to know how weird this is from my point of view. Can you at least clarify whether D.D. and Daniel Hannon are different people, and whom I'm talking to, and what person and address I was supposed to send the cds to? They weren't all that valuable, but I put a lot of work and loving care into filling the order, along with a freebie, nice, greatest hits compilation. ME: Here's a "cd postcard" I made for Hself. I imagine you'll find some fun things in there, too. Hope it's not an imposition loading such a thing on you - makes the effort much more worthwhile for me. By the way, I'm guessing the Cyrano you heard that afternoon was the one by Damrosch - a guy who defies my attempts to find a pigeonhole in my brain for. There was also a Cyrano by Alfano which seems to have about the same low level of recognition now. Alfano is the composer who finished off Turandot for Puccini, and doesn't seem like the sort who would write the vocal acrobatics you were describing. But I could be wrong. ME: Here's a cd I made for Hself. I know that it will satisfy your sophisticated musical tastes, too. As always, there will be a quiz. ME: I figure long about summer you might find time to dig around this "cd postcard" I made for guitar friend Hself. Sorry about that; you know how I like to get multi-duty out of my little projects. And you're always such a good and positive responder! I'm always saying "life is too short" and it applies again to the Bach organ pieces. They grab you a little more strongly every time you hear them, but who has the time in this day and age? Here's also Ye Olde Tyme Tale from St Nicholas Magazine, Jan 1892. It pretty much busted my gut - I'm sure I've never seen anything a tenth as funny in the old children's magazines. I meant to put it in an earlier mailing - sorry to keep you waiting! Here's also a memento of Dover's Hanson House, which I'm still kicking myself over for not showing you. THEE: Re: fingerstyle guitar cds From: Daniel Hannon Hi again, Donald. Yes, I can clarify the name(s)...Daniel and D.D. are the same person, and I listed the mailing address correctly, as: 1572 Windy Lane Yuma, AZ 85365 Sincerely, D.D. ME: Hi D.D. Thanks. That's the address I used, but at that time D.D.'s last name was Stalder. And Daniel Hannon lived up on West Las Lomas Street. Weird. [No further response from liar and thief D. D. Stalder.] ME: I had a major brainstroke today. It became clear how I can do any and all transfers to cd, from vinyl or tape, without any diddling on the computer. I thought I would at least have to take the sound files to the computer to break continuous opera, for example, into convenient tracks. Now I see how to do it on the fly. Started modestly by transferring a problematic Carmen highlights tape to cd. Moved the tape to a nice Maxell shell first, which will be more or less standard practice for working with tapes. It worked for the Carmen, but not so well for The Merry Widow - and abysmally for a Fritz Wunderlich recital. The problem, as hard to believe as it is, is that on these old (ca. 1984) commercial tapes, the lubricant in the oxide coating is gone - and there is so much friction that the rollers and capstans can't pull the tape across the head, even though the reels turn perfectly freely! I was thoroughly convinced my Proformance deck had given up the ghost, but then it spun my Maxells perfectly. I'll have to look into a couple of "fixes" I read about. One involves lubricating with graphite. And I remember somebody saying he just bent the spring behind the pad in the cassette so it didn't apply as much force. Bought a box of books for $3 at the auction today, mostly to complete my set of "Junior Classics". THEE: Turn those lights off Sorry for my decidely belated response. I was in Coral Gables (next to Miami), getting a bit of soon. Does the Deauville (sp?) Hotel still stand? I wasn't able to find out. ME: The doctor came bouncing in and said, "Well, I have nothing but good news!" He even called my lab results "phenomenal." Everything was in the good range. So how come I feel like I'm falling apart? THEE: Staining: The height of one of the buildings to be stained is a liability risk for Persimmon Park Place to allow residents to do the job. An insured, licensed contractor with the required equipment is being considered to do the job. Graffiti Removal: We will be most appreciative for your assistance in removing the graffiti from the entrance sign. Club-House Usage: The Club-House will be available for usage after maintenance issues are completed. 15 MPH: The request for a 15 mph has been approved by the city. Parking: Parking restrictions has not been completely resolved by city officials. THEE: Hey Don, Been listening to the CD's and enjoying the stuff. Thank you!!!! How did you record yourself? Right into the computer? Cool stuff! Hey we are going to play at Hself's faculty recital and we need a few duets that are worth practicing and playing. (Nothing too hard) Do you have and suggestions? What kind of guitar do you have? I just bought a breedlove with an extended neck and a cutaway (crossover) $800 I like it... it came with a really nice case. When I wanted to get back into guitar I dug out my classical from college but the bridge had pulled off and the neck was bent which made the action bad. I had the bridge fixed but felt it was time to get another. That is great you got into teaching. When you get the teaching bug it is a hard thing to shake. I love to see my students perform...I get so into it I forget to do the things I am responsible for. Tee Hee.......... ME: Glad you enjoy the cds. Did the crazy clash of music on the Robin Adair album click for you? No big deal if it didn't . . . For whatever it's worth one of the most recurring memories of our times palling around is that murderous Sharon Isbin cd of Bach pieces we tried to listen to in your truck. And how we couldn't get your radio presets to work. Believe it or not, I'm still playing the same old worn out Guild guitar I've had since the mid 1970s. I'm not playing with anyone now, so it doesn't matter much. And I've always had a thing against shopping for another guitar, knowing *anything* I could get my hands on has surely been picked over and rejected by hundreds of other guitarists already. A really good guitar isn't going to make it into the local music store. That's my dumb belief, anyway. I'm not clear, is the Breedlove you bought a classical guitar? When you say you love to see your students perform, what do you teach? I remember you used to work with people with problems, so to speak. All the trio work was recorded on Hself's equipment. The initial recording was done to digital audio tape. It was only somewhere down the line when cd-burning became common among the masses, and our stuff made it to cds instead of cassettes. The compilation I sent was my own doing, having added a cd-burner to my computer not so long ago. If you get the bug for recording, I might suggest recording to a "cd recorder", which is the same as a dual cassette deck with cd trays instead of cassette. I absolutely can't imagine all that diddling around on a computer - although I have gotten used to things in the past I swore I never would. Right now, what I'm trying to do with my collection of recordings is make a copy to cd of the tapes or records I listen to as a cheap and almost natural byproduct of listening. I absolutely can't imagine doing that on a computer. (If I've got you curious about cd recorders, ask me for a little more advice from my experience before you take the plunge.) By the way, my solo work was recorded with a cheap, plastic microphone into an old cassette deck. To be honest, I think it has a lot more life and kick than the recordings made with the thousands of dollars of equipment. Your mention of duets reminds me of an album of duets I made with a friend. I'll send you a copy. I'm not so good with recommendations, but you might hear a thing two that you could track down. THEE: Have you tried Grouper? It is a way we could share Mp3, sheet music, software just between us. Go to www.grouper.com get the program and then we can create a group just for us and invite only us 3. Or others if we know them. This program let's you instant measage each other!!!! It is really wonderful (I am still finding out things it does) Do you want to try it out? it's free Let me know. ME: Sounds like an amazing tool, but very overwhelming for this old brain! For instance, I make the piano&guitar music I got from the Library of Congress available to whoever's interested (almost nobody!) at 22 cents a page. When somebody asks, couldn't you just scan it and email it?, I say sure - but that's $100 per page for all the time and effort involved. (You never know - you might be talking to a billionaire!) Also never caught the instant message bug. We had it twenty years ago on our computer system at GE and it always seemed about the most inefficient way to communicate anything. ME: Had a great success today. Couldn't work it into my allotted minute, and it would glaze a normal person's eyes over, but I have to unload it on someone. I found the exact answer to my question in an old discussion group thread from 1993. I realized lately that my best sounding tape deck, the Sears model Proformance, plays slow. I finally opened it up figuring that turning one of the resistor pots(?) would do the trick, as it did on an earlier deck of mine. Nothing I turned had any effect on the speed. I went to the discussion group, typed in "cassette deck" and "adjust speed" and this is what I found. > In most Japanese decks I've looked at the motor speed adjustment is a trimpot *inside* the motor housing. This is not as bad as it sounds: The pot is reachable via a hole in the back of the motor. The hole looks like a round black dot; if you poke at it with an alignment tool you find that it's a hole with a piece of rubber over it, with slits cut in the rubber to admit the tool. It may be covered with tape on a deck that hasn't had this done since it left the factory. I didn't have much hope that that would apply to me specifically, and that I would be successful if I did find a tiny hole at the back of the motor. You're really working blind, jabbing a tiny jeweler's screwdriver half an inch through the rubber clogged hole and hoping it seats itself in the slot of some microscopic screw - but all of this truly came to pass and now both decks of the machine are putting out a perfect A440. Yippeee!!! On the down side, equipmentwise, my answering machine is acting like it's ready to give up the ghost, and I can't face buying modern phone equipment for the house. Guess I'll have to get an old cassette style answering machine off of ebay. I've been wasting too many hours of my life losing auctions on ebay. After correcting the Proformance speed, I transferred my Rose Marie highlights tape, with Bert Lahr in the role of a mountie, to cd. It clocked in at a whopping 24:15! There aren't many Beatle albums that short. It was my first transfer without the cd recorder kicking out of the record mode on me. On the other hand, I transferred my Three Tenors tape to cd tonight, and it got about 50 minutes in before doing me dirty. That created untold work, because the recording is continuous sound. I needed to do some patching up on the computer, and one thing leads to another and it becomes a "project" - exactly what I'm trying to avoid forever with these transfers to cd. Got another batch of 5 cd-rws in the mail today. I found out quickly that 5 wasn't enough. This should do it though. Think about The -(r)fest for -(r) Fans. I'm probably hoping deep down inside there are reasons that make it unfeasible. But if everything works out, maybe this is the year. I can't imagine where we'd meet up, though, and it seems inefficient to drive all way the separately. THEE: Hello music inquiry - search First, I do not know if you still are providing a music service. I am seeking a Napoleon Coste Collection of Solo Guitar Works, Vol 3 (now out of print) but published by Chanterelle Ref #403. Is there any way you can assist me with obtaining a photo copy? THEE: t'aint half as funny My father, Arthur George Eiss, used to read to us a lot when we were kids. By far, my favorite story was a lyrical poem of sorts that was published in a very old text book called The Peerless Reciter. The title of the piece was Ye Olde Tyme Tayle of Ye Knighte, Ye Yeoman, and Ye Faire Damosel. Have a read and see if you like it too. I believe that the copyright on this may have expired, leaving the works it contains in the public domain. I am slowly researching that. If, however, you know this to be untrue, please let me know and I will remove the writing from this site. ME: Hey, I think Larry needs to see the pictures and the crazy running commentary! ME: Thought I'd write again in case the message box on your site didn't work. Also, I'm noticing now how the spellings in your version have been tamed (modernized"), much to the detriment of the humor. Again, the artwork and the commentary that accompanied "Ye Olde Tyme Tayle..." in the 1892 St Nicholas magazine were hilarious. Would you like me to mail you a copy? THEE: "done uppe browne" Did I mention this expression to you a while back? Read the poem this afternoon, and I'm still laughing. More on the other great loot later. Many thanks! ME: > Tip: Try removing quotes from your search to get more > results. > >Your search - "done uppe browne" - did not match any documents. > >Suggestions: Make sure all words are spelled correctly. Try > different keywords. Try more general keywords. Stupid google. THEE: Re: letter to editor - hanson house The house is supposed to be rebuilt on another location. -- Don Flood [never happened] ME: Bought my first box of records at Dover's auction on Friday. I'm finally getting the hang of it. When the auctioneer gets to a huge lot of books or records, the bidding will start "per box". So the thing to do is, pick through everything and put your choices all in the same box. Then you just have to either bid high enough to get first choice, or hope the high bidder doesn't grab your box. This worked for a nice box of books I got last week. There were 33 discs total, so I think that comes in under $.25 a record. After entering them in my database, and doing a file compare with the previous version, here's a list of the ones that have an opera connection. Had quite a wrestling match getting "Great Handel Choruses" onto cd last night. When will this ever smooth out? This ordeal started with a missing felt pad, which caused a crumpling of the tape when I fired it up, and I'll spare you a blow by blow account. Biggest worry right now is, I truly don't know what cd recorder to gun for, either new or from ebay. I have reasons for rejecting each one that I know of. Not so sure Peter & Gordon is any scarier than anything else (r)fest could come up with at this point. But don't let me talk you out of it... F84: Harmonica Holiday by Richard Hayman and his harmonica orchestra Carmen, Bizet: harm. Hayman F85: Mike Di Napoli plays Honky Tonk Classics Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Offenbach: pn. Napoli F86: Twistin' in High Society by Lester Lanin Dreigroschenoper Die, Weill: OWOW Lanin F87: Concert Encores by Mantovani Sadko, Rimsky-Korsakov: OWOW Mantovani Thais, Massenet: OWOW Mantovani F88: Spring-Ford Senior High Choral Festival 1964 Carmen, Bizet: Rittenhouse Schimpf Semele (oratorio), Handel: Garber Schimpf F89: Harmonica in Hi Jinx by Danny Welton Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saens: harm. Welton F90: The Best of Spike Jones and his City Slickers Guillaume Tell, Rossini: overture speak. Weaver arr. Jones-Weaver La Gioconda, Ponchielli: ballet speak. Weaver arr. Weaver-Jones Debussy, Claude: Suite from Pelleas et Melisande Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy: OWOW Leinsdorf The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 1 Die Lustige Witwe, Lehar: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 2 Babes In Toyland, Herbert: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 3 The Red Mill, Herbert: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 4 Mlle. Modiste, Herbert: c. Piastro Barbe-Bleu, Offenbach: overture c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 6 El Capitan, Sousa: c. Piastro The Fortune Teller, Herbert: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 7 H.M.S. Pinafore, Sullivan: c. Piastro La Traviata, Verdi: c. Piastro Clari, Bishop: c. Piastro Naughty Marietta, Herbert: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 8 The Mikado, Sullivan: c. Piastro The LONGINES Symphonette: The Famous Choraliers and the Longines Symphonette; record 9 Les Cloches de Corneville, Planquette: c. Piastro THEE: Re: "done uppe browne" So much for google, Don. What about my questions? ;-) ME: fumbling left and right! a. Right after sending off my response > I think Larry needs to see the pictures and the crazy running commentary! It hit me that you were saying the same thing in your subject line: "t'aint half as funny". Oof. By the way, I did shoot right off a message to Larry asking if he wants a copy of the poem in St. Nicholas magazine. b. Subject: "done uppe browne" Double-fumbled this one. I missed that it was a quote from the poem, and thought it was your comment on the poem - which I'd interpreted as a positive comment (sort of like "painting the town red".) Searching my disk to refresh my memory, this is what I came up with: > I've been trying to figure out a slang expression I've seen many times in 1912 newspapers: "do [someone] brown." In the OED, I just found an 1840s use meaning "to deceive, take in." It also suggests that the expression might be associated with roasting-- to roast throughly until brown, to do thoroughly. If one takes both ideas, they pretty well fit what I've seen. Sometimes the expression seems to mean to trick or deceive. Other times it seems merely to mean to do *whatever* bad to someone, such as one baseball team doing another brown when the first team trounces the second. Guess that fits with the "do thoroughly" notion. This is the only lead I've been able to find other than getting the basic idea of meaning from contexts. So thanks; that made that section of the poem, where there's all that bouncing of opposites (dress uppe/dress downe) even funnier. c. Make that a triple fumble. Figuring "done uppe browne" was your doing, I could have at least played along with "stupidde googoyle". Too late now. :( Something that occurred later, though - since "done uppe browne" is in the poem, how come google didn't come uppe with it? (I know how english teachers frown on "how come?" I've been trying to get more sophisticated and use Little Roy's formulation on one of Mom's country gospel records: "Why come...?") d. Neat Billy Possum card. Billy had also completely left my memory banks. This item from a wish list, from Dec 2001, is all I came up with: > H.S. Taylor,"The Rag-Bag Rag" and "Billy Possum's Barn Dance" (together) I don't think I knew even then about the Taft connection. I'm not totally clear on Billy. It seems that he never caught on, as Teddy Bear did, but I see stories about Unc' Billy Possum from 1920. I presume that can't be a pure coincidence. Yes, ebay is grand. I just got a copy of "The Dutch and the Swedes on the Delaware, 1609-1664" by Christopher Ward (1930). This wasn't one of the regular ebay auctions, but a buy-it-now from some ebay store, I suppose? I don't really know what's up with ebay stores, but, hey, it got me something I was looking for. Haven't started to read it yet. It was a wrenching decision between that and "Robin Hood" by my man Howard Pyle, and I figured it was time to come up to speed on Robin. I'm just noticing now that there's no date of any sort on it. I'm guessing it may be 1950s-era reprint. I get a kick out of Howard Pyle - he really works me. Before getting to chapter one I went to the dictionary for: butt, clothyard, throstle, greenwood, sward, eke (also), yeoman, clout, rod (5.5 yards), an (if), wot (dictionary gives as past tense of wit, but always seems to me to be used as present tense), despoil, dingly, curtal, ell, quarterstaff, trow, covert (underbrush, e.g.), broad arrow, humming ale, ween. One thing I ween/wot/trow - I'll *never* nail the distinction between them. Robin Hood came in a box of books I got at the Dover auction for $3. After all this time, I'm starting to get the hang of the auction. There was a whole table full of boxes of books. I've come to understand that it is a-ok to put together your own box (since they come from the same dealer, of course.) One box had a complete set of "The Junior Classics", and I always wanted to complete my collection. So I dug through all the other boxes and pulled out anything that vaguely interested me and threw it in with the Junior Classics. Another nice one, already read, was "20 Most Asked Questions about the Amish and Mennonites". By the way, if you're interested in one of the facets of Howard Pyle, look up "How Boots Befooled The King". It's surely on the web somewhere. Apparently, our notion of what a pirate is comes from Pyle's pirate stories and drawings. I only have one of his pirate stories - in The Junior Classics. At Friday's auction I applied the same method to a lot of records. I found a few that had miscellaneous opera-related tracks, so I gathered those together and then just filled out the box with any ol' "dumb" thing that looked like fun. You'll note your influence in some of the selections: Mister Ragtime, E. Power Biggs Plays Scott Joplin (on the harpsichord), Your Father's Mustache, Piano Roll Discoveries (with Zez Confrey, etc.), Piano Roll Party in Hi-Fi, Honky Tonk Classics, Spring- Ford High School Choral Festival 1964, etc. Quite enjoyed the article on Bruthuh Vanderbilt's cakewalking. Hope I never see an accident as bad as the one you described. I can think of a few that were many times less serious, and they still made my heart pound. Never letting anything die, I set out to destroy our wormy mayor who oversaw the destruction of the Hanson House - and belittled me when I tried to put in a word for it. We have elections in April, and I sent this to the Dover Post. You'll see I couldn't get it to all fit cleanly in one sentence - there's a problem with what adverbs, adjectives and nouns link up - but it was the best I could do and I figured the reader would get it. > Dear Dover Post, > When I am in the voting booth on April 18 deciding on the mayor, I know I'll be thinking about the Hanson House - Dover's (formerly) oldest, most charming and strikingly situated building - and under whose watchful eye it got sold down the river for a handful of shekels so some real estate guys can build themselves a club house, whooppee. I didn't really expect it to fly, and this is what I eventually got back from the editor: > Re: letter to editor - hanson house > The house is supposed to be rebuilt on another location. -- Don Flood Now, if he had just hit the delete button, I'd be ok. But can you imagine a response that misses the point any worse? Don and I have shared some good laughs, and I think of us as friends, but I could barely squelch the urge to shoot back a "So what?" Come on, Don, I *know* all that - with emphasis on "supposed to be". And even if it is, it will be nothing more than a mockup of the original - and almost an hour from Dover! So what, so what, so what??? THEE: Subject: Billy Possum Ain't eBay grand? I managed to snag that Billy & Jimmy walking to DC card for not to outrageous of a price. (Most of them were starting at $20-$60). I did better. I has already arrived and has a terrific message on the back: 3/29/09 Guthrie Okla. 923 W Warner Ave Dear Friend I received your card & was glad to get it but would rather get letters than cards from you as you write such long letters and I like to get that kind are you still at Aunt Beckies say I wish you would come over and take me a ride in the Auto as I have never rode in one and would like to very much well bye-bye. Your loving friend Lillian The friend is Miss Hattie Kerwood (or possibly Sherwood) at a RFD address in Illinois. I can't make out the town--something like Lathurce or Satlhurce but those both look strange. It has a nice Guthrie postmark, too, just a couple years after statehood and about a year before the capitol was moved to OKC. I hope Lillian got her Auto ride! Finally getting ready to pop in the new CD as I enter grades into my online gradebook. Remind me to tell you about the newspaper archive Billy Possum search. It's a goody. 6 attachments -- Download all attachments View all images Billy Possum dines on Roast Teddy Bear.jpg Billy Possum moving day 1909 postcard pub Fred Lounsbury.jpg Billy Possum Poem card 1.jpg Billy and Jimmy Possum on the Links.jpg Billy Possum poem postcard2.jpg billypossum_teddybear March 4 1909 possum headed to White House.jpg THEE: Congratulations on the tape deck success. I'm mulling the Fest. I like the idea, though a Peter and Gordon reunion sounds ghastly! THEE: fumbling left and right > By the way, I did shoot right off a message to Larry asking if he'd like a copy of the poem in St. Nicholas magazine. Good. Figured you'd do that, too. Let me know if Larry replies. > b. Subject: "done uppe browne" > Double-fumbled this one. I didn't recall if I'd mentioned this to you although I knew I'd discussed it with an Internet-only friend who was trying to track down a word he'd come across in an African American newspaper: buffay. It seems to be a put-down of white folks, but neither of us has been able to find any other uses of the word. > So thanks; that made that section of the poem, where there's all that bouncing of opposites (dress uppe/dress downe) even funnier. One of my favorite lines, although there are many, is "an wore a look of honestie/likewise a flannel shirte." I guess it was the contrast that tickled my funnybone. You had a question mark in the margin beside binned on page 1. Maybe it refers to storing what he reaped, as one stores wheat or corn in bins. My guess, for what it's worth. Am I write in assuming those occasional semicircles in the margins are some of your laughing points rather than places where you got spastic with a pencil? > c. Make that a triple fumble. Figuring "done uppe browne" was your doing, I could have at least played along with "stupidde googoyle". Too late now. :( It's funny even now. > Something that occurred later, though - since "done uppe browne" is in the poem, how come stupidde googoyle didn't come uppe with it? Maybe because Larry's version not only lacks the illustrations and marginal annotations, but also lacks the archaic spelling. ;-) The St. Nicholas Magazine version is better all around. > (I know how english teachers frown on "how come?" I've been trying to get more sophisticated and use Little Roy's formulation on one of Mom's country gospel records: "Why come...?") As long as you don't make it "hows come" like a few of my students. > d. Neat Billy Possum card. Billy had also completely left my memory banks. This item from a wish list, from Dec 2001, is all I came up with: > H.S. Taylor,"The Rag-Bag Rag" and "Billy Possum's Barn Dance" (together) I'm pretty sure I mentioned Billy Possum in one of the book chapter's you've read and that you asked me to explain. BUT THANKS! I'd forgotten about "Billy Possum's Barn Dance." Looking through a stack of music copied last summer, I'm finding "Rag-Bag Rag" but not "Billy Possum," which should have been published with "Rag-Bag." Maybe I was running out of money on my card, but I woulda thunk I'd at least have copied page 1. I guess this means the name didn't yet mean anything to me at the time. I don't recall making the connection until I read your note, or rather, the paste in from my 2001 wish list. I've now added "Billy Possum" to my May search list. Fortunately, "Rag- Bag" is clearly marked M1350.T. There's a definite connection here. They copyright date is 1909. I wonder if I can track down the original sheet music, which might have an illustration. it would be interesting to know how WC. got involved with this one, too. This isn't a Witmark piece; H. S. Taylor seems to have self-published it, using WC as orchestrator: H. S. Taylor & Company, Elizabeth, N. J. I'll try the copyright catalog. > I don't think I knew even then about the Taft connection. Yes, I'd be interested in the newspaper archive search stories. I'm not totally clear on Billy. It seems that he never caught on, as Teddy Bear did, but I see stories about Unc' Billy Possum from 1920. I presume that can't be a pure coincidence. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a 1909 Billy Possum book on eBay. The seller expressed puzzlement about it, mentioning the popular 1920s stories. He didn't seem to be aware of the Taft connection but obviously guessed that he had something rare. His beginning price was $100. Needless to say, I passed. > Yes, ebay is grand. I just got a copy of "The Dutch and the Swedes on the Delaware, 1609-1664" by Christopher Ward (1930). Sounds like a neat buy! My two latest eBay books are Marie Corelli's Romance of Two Worlds, an undated Collier edition that is in better shape than the clearly older edition bought a few years ago, and a leather bound 1911 edition of Arnold Bennett's Denry the Audacious. You probably have in past emails the explanation of my interest in the Corelli book. It's the source of WC's "Heliobas," and I bought this second copy mainly for the drawing of the character Heliobas. Someday when I create that website I keep thinking about, I'll need the drawing. Denry the Audacious I bought mainly out of curiosity because of an allusion in one of my hound dog articles. You know me; I like to be able to explain those obscure references. The book arrived yesterday, and I immediately read the first 10 pages, barely forcing myself to put it down to do other things I need to do this weekend. It's gonna be one funny book. In the opening three pages, Denry, born of a seamstress/laundrywoman, who could 'wash flannel with less shrinking than any other woman in the district, manages to make his way into a good private school as a scholarship student by changing his geography exam score from 7 to 27 out of a possible 30 while the examiner is out of the room. His educational career is treated very briefly: "He did not shine at the school; he failed to fulfil the rosy promise of the scholarshipl but he was not stupide than the majorityl and his opinion of himself, having once risen, remained at 'set fair.' He ends up with a clerks job in a law firm where he briefly meets a countess, who has the office handling her invitations to the ball she is giving. Denry falls for her immediately, and, since he has the job of collating several lists of invitees, in to one final list, he manages to insert his name toward the middle where it won't be noticed. In a mere ten pages, it's clear how he earned his name. His full name, by the way, is Edward Henry Machin, but his mother "saved a certain amount of time every day by addressing her son as Denry instead of Edward Henry." > Robin Hood came in a box of books I got at the Dover auction for $3. Neat deal. It would be fun to create one's own box! I read one Robin Hood book years ago as an adult and enjoyed it immensely. I guess that was about the same time I read Treasure Island and Tarzan of Apes and 2-3 other of the Tarzan books. These were always "guy books" when I was a kid, but I had fun with them as an adult. I guess this must have been during the 6 years that I was home with young 'uns. > Hope I never see an accident as bad as the one you described. I saw and heard nothing immediately after the event. A couple of days ago, a colleague told me that she'd read that the man died. Not surprising at all. >> The house is supposed to be rebuilt on another location. -- Don Flood > So what, so what, so what??? Right. The point is that the house should have stayed in Dover, preferably on site or, at least, on a museum site if it had to be torn down and rebuilt. I'm enjoying owning a piece of the house. > P.S. For what it's worth, here are my new records with opera connections: Cool. Honky-tonk and harmonica opera. You find some treasures! Any chance of our maybe getting to The Book Thing this trip? ME: Once again, a step behind. After wondering in the email about how google missed "done uppe browne", but before sending it off, I realized it was surely due to updated spellings in Larry's page. I hadn't looked that closely on the first visit; figured the blandness was a natural result of a web presentation and lack of pictures and wise-guy commentary. Right after sending it off, I took another visit to confirm my suspicion. Hey, being a step behind ain't so bad. I claim people who are always a step behind see lots of things other people don't. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I did get a nice reply from Larry, but he didn't take the plunge and include a mailing address yet. (After all, how can anybody know I'm not an ax murderer? My argument is that I'd probably start next door rather than fly across the country first, but who cares about logic.) I'm sure you've nailed "binned". Falls right in line with the farming chores leading up to it. Yes, the little arcs are my shorthand for a smiley face. Who needs eyes? I suppose it came about from worrying about somebody finding smiley faces in my margins - how embarrassing! I've been doing it since long before the web popularized smiley faces. Denry the Audacious sounds like a funny guy. I read the first few Tarzan books in the mid-1970s. I was totally knocked out by the first one, and said, I've got to read them all! I seem to remember thinking the second one was pretty good, but not up to the snuff of the first, and the next one or two fell off a little more, and that's as far as I got. In the list of words I looked up in the prolog to Robin Hood, I didn't admit that "humming ale" wasn't in my dictionary. Just did a web search and the first hit gives the definition - and the next two are web editions of Howard Pyle's Robin Hood. I reread How Boots Befooled The King last night, and also the story after it in the anthology, King Stork. The latter may have a little more "color" to it. That's how I view Pyle's fairy tales - Grimms with added "color" (but not full-blown, modern technicolor). I think "The Apple Of Contentment" was the first Howard Pyle story I read, and I thought it was really nice. You got me wondering whose version of Robin Hood you read. Here's a web page that lists loads (all?) of them. You'll see how influential Pyle's telling was. The page doesn't give me the year of my book, though. http://home.earthlink.net/~ozfoxes/sherwood/rb2novl.htm For the life of me, I can't make a buffay/ofay connection, although it seems like there has to be one. I forgot to mention that there's another Lincoln symposium coming up, which Hself might be interested in. I'm scared to death of making recommendations, cuz you never know what other people like and how good something is going to be. I had a great time at my first three Lincoln symposia, but last year's - when it finally worked out that my friend could make it, wasn't nearly as fun. But, one takes one's chances. I'll just forward the announcement to you. And I see I just got a note from Larry with his mailing address. Great! THEE: Re: fumbling left and right Oops, will get back to you later about Billy Possum search. Looks like the name originated in January 1909. THEE: Re: bought my first Good deal! Some of those records sound awesome. Some don't. I tried downloading a DVD via hip bit torrent technology this weekend. It took 43 hours. The result (a Who concert) is too big to fit on a single DVD. I'm giving up on this particular project, I think. THEE: RE: ye olde tyme tayle I would be interested in the artwork and commentary. I'm surprised to learn that you have seen a version of this that has alternative spelling. My version comes from the Peerless Reciter (a compendium of writings to be used in training actors and speakers) and I had always assumed it was the original version. How did you come to learn of this tayle? ME: I picked up a bound volume of St. Nicholas children's magazine (Vol. XIX, Nov 1891 - Oct 1892) at an auction in Dover, Delaware. It seems a lot of what I read is a) old, and b) for kids. I wouldn't give up my computer and my stereo, but otherwise, I was born in the wrong age. I had sent a copy of Ye Olde Tyme Tayle to a college professor internet friend, who laughed her head off, too. She instantly and naturally does an internet search on *anything* - and found your page. All I can say is, don't delay! Shoot me any sort of mailing address so you can enjoy the original in all its glory! You deserve it for putting a copy on the web. THEE: Subject: vinyl repair!!! Hi, I was wondering if you had any idea about how to fix a record that is warped at a tiny part of the edge. You know those records where for the 1st minute or so, whenever the needle hits that area, it just jumps right up? Its so frustrating and I was just wanting to know if its possible to fix... maybe with heat or something? or am I just screwed? thanks, ryan. ME: Nope, I don't have any ideas on taking a warp out of a record. I've had quite a few that sound like what you're describing. I suppose you've tried cranking up the tone arm weight for the first track? Most of the time that will do the trick. One of my beefs with the design of cartridges and needles is that there is so little clearance. I've had warps that will scrape the cartridge even before it gets to the stylus. And if you bump up the weight a little, the clearance is even less. Anyhow, that's about the best I can say - try increasing the tracking weight as much as you dare. THEE: Subject: RE: ye olde tyme tayle You can snail-mail me at . . . I like your Web site. You have some impressive credentials as well. It'll take me years to read all you have there. THEE: > Now that I know what's going on, I ask if you've caught the of/or typo? If you didn't point it out earlier, I probably missed it. BUT I saw it this time. Definitely OR. That's one of my common typos, as you know. Worse, though, is my tendency to hit s when trying to type the word add. That's a common enough word in handouts to my students, that I've put the a** version into my autocorrect. Of course, if I ever mean to type it, it will now come out as add. > Yes, the little arcs are my shorthand for a smiley face. Who needs eyes? I suppose it came about from worrying about somebody finding smiley faces in my margins - how embarrassing! I've been doing it since long before the web popularized smiley faces. Definitely more subtle. > Denry the Audacious sounds like a funny guy. I think the book will be a hoot. And I was thinking that Samuel Slimme might like to know Denry's ma, who can wash flannel with less shrinkage than anyone else. > You got me wondering whose version of Robin Hood you read. Here's a web page that lists loads (all?) of them. You'll see how influential Pyle's telling was. The page doesn't give me the year of my book, though. http://home.earthlink.net/~ozfoxes/sherwood/rb2novl.htm I don't know what it was. I think it was a copy my parents had, part of a series of classics. for some reason I think it may have been Pyle because his name is so clear in my memory and I don't know why. It was there before you first mentioned him. > For the life of me, I can't make a buffay/ofay connection, although it seems like there has to be one. Do you have the definition of ofay that comes from some African language? Doesn't seem like this should be a typo for ofay since it was in an African American paper, but no one seems to be figuring it out. ME: Let me take a stab at buffay before anyone beats me to the punch. Now, I'm trusting you to not blabber this around, at least with my name attached, if it's totally stupid. I had seen the word ofay used by blacks in several stories as a word for whites. Even though it had a pig latin ring to it, I never made the obvious connection. I eventually read a story where a black character defined it for a white character: "ofay" = "foe" in pig latin. Pretty obvious, huh? I can only think that I never got the final answer because I had a fixation on the other possibility - "oaf" also maps to "ofay" in pig latin, and I didn't reckon oaf as a possible solution. So, *if* at some time blacks had a *thing* for pig latin, *maybe* "buffay" is semi- or lazy pig latin for "buff": "1b. the color of buff (a thick, soft, undyed leather...); pale, light, or moderate yellowish pink to yellow, including moderate orange yellow to light yellowish brown." Notice that "buffay" works better as code than "uffbay", which practically screams "buff". Then again, this is only a wild-eyed theory. Mizan calls us apricot. P.S. Speaking of Mizan, I went to her school today to see their Black History program. Mizan was the narrator for a Rosa Parks skit. I learned a few things. THEE: Subject: The Fest for People Who Like to Record CDs We reviewed our calendar last night and I am OFFICIALLY on for Beatlefest (delete and insert proper name). PS. Sorry to report that the car deck adaptor thingie you got me has shorted out. I replaced it with another brand, which has its own quirks. THEE: Re: let me take a Interesting guesses and all that makes pretty good sense, but look at the possible connections to African languages. Here's what the Oxford English Dictionary has to say. And what are Jiw-wauks? Does London Letter mean this is from London? Maybe some black performing troupe in London? If so, maybe Jiw-wauks are Jews, who are scarce as contrasted with the numbers in, say, NYC? London certainly had Jews. Beats me. U.S. slang (orig. and chiefly in African-American usage). Chiefly derogatory or depreciative. Brit. /fe/, U.S. /ofe/ Forms: 19- ofay, offay. [Origin unknown. A large number of etymologies have been suggested (as in quots. 1932, 1977), but none are convincing; for summaries see J. E. Lighter Hist. Dict. Amer. Slang (1997) II. s.v., and Dict. Amer. Regional Eng. (1996) III. s.v.] A. n. A white person. Cf. FAY n.4 [1898 Freeman (Indianapolis) 8 Oct. 5/1 'Ofay' Brooks sends regards to 'Snapper' Edmonds.] 1899 Freeman (Indianapolis) 2 Sept. 5/5 London Letter... All the boys seem to like this side of th [sic] water... 'Jiw-wauks' are scarce, but 'O-fays' are plentiful. 1925 Inter-State Tattler 6 Mar. 8 We hear that 'Booker Red' has three ofays on his staff. 1932 Africa 5 506 The root of the word appears to come from the Ibibio Afia, white or light-coloured. Hence in Harlem Offay means any light-coloured person and therefore a European. 1956 B. HOLIDAY Lady sings Blues (1973) v. 52 Most of the ofays, the white people, who came to Harlem those nights were looking for atmosphere. 1977 Amer. Speech 1975 50 89 That this word [sc. Yoruba ofe] could have been brought to the United States by slaves is altogether possible... Thus ofay may be taken as a word said for self-protection in times of threat, which was then transferred to the source of threat, and so came to mean 'whiteman'. 1992 Folk Roots Sept. 47/3 Let's not get into any ethno-political-socio-hoo-ha here 'cos it's so boring, mainly this is entertainment: right, ofays? B. adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a white person; white. 1911 Adventure Jan. 446, I saw a mardi-gras suit of clothes that might have been 'ofay' on a negro minstrel. 1927 Amer. Mercury Dec. 392 Ugly people there are, certainly, but the percentage of beautiful folk is unquestionably larger than among the ofay brethren. 1940 New Republic 7 Oct. 472 When he goes downtown to this civil-service office, they take him for ofay. 1956 B. HOLIDAY Lady sings Blues (1973) ix. 89 'What will people think?' is a big deal in ofay circles. 1971 Black World Apr. 62, I was attendant in the ofay ladies lounge. 1999 J. ELLROY Tijuana, mon Amour in GQ Mar. 276/2 He teed off on ofay oppression and segued to sepia self-hate. Following the link for FAY, I found this: 1927 Amer. Mercury Aug. 393 'What a lot of 'fays!' I thought, as I noticed the number of white guests. 1946 MEZZROW & WOLFE Really Blues (1957) 62 He was the first fay boy I ever heard who mastered this vital foundation of jazz music. 1966 Publ. Amer. Dial. Soc. 1964 XLII. 44 Fay is commonly used by Negroes to designate Caucasians. If we're to take ofay or fay for white, might bufay (should be a single f) be someone a little darker, maybe a mulatto? Notice that example above contrasting "ofay oppression" and "sepia self- hate." "Bufay" was applied to the manager of the traveling production of Scott Joplin's lost opera A Guest of Honor. The guy ran off with the receipts, thus stranding the troupe without money to pay the boarding house bill. Then, allegedly, Joplin left his trunk as security on the debt, and the opera was never seen again. By the way, the one use of the term I'm aware is in the Indianapolis Freeman, a major--perhaps THE major--black paper of the time: "We are sorry to note the misfortune Mr. Scott Joplin met with his Ragtime Opera company while filling an engagement in Springfield, ILL. He has been doing big business, but his Bufay representative embarks with the receipts, leaving them in a hole. They are in Chicago for the present." Good to hear you were able to attend Mizan's program and that she was the Rosa Parks skit narrator. I bet she enjoyed that role! Apricot, huh? Closer than white, maybe, but sounds a bit orange to me. ME: I just tortured myself with probably close to an hour's worth of ordering my (r)fest ticket online - to find that I have to still mail a check in anyway! grrrrrr.... I am close to certain this park & ride will work. According to the web page http://www.dartfirststate.com/parknride/ the address is DE 896 & DE 4 (with 180 spaces) Newark, DE 19702 It's mixed up with some unrelated church address. These route numbers are close to worthless, and probably more misleading than helpful. They appear on only the most detailed road atlases, and really throw mapquest for a loop. But I am almost certain this corresponds to S COLLEGE AVE and the point where CHRISTIANA PKY becomes E CHESTNUT HILL RD (or vice versa). DE 4 is DE 2 in this region. You can confirm some of these findings at http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/de-896.htm Here's the most relevant paragraph: In Newark Delaware 896 travels South College Avenue to junction Delaware 2 & 4 (Chestnut Hill Road). A late 1980s realignment relocated the state route from South College Avenue between Chestnut Hill Road and Delaware Avenue (Delaware 2 Business & 273 eastbound) in an effort to reduce through traffic. South College Avenue bisects the heart of the University of Delaware Campus between the Amtrak Northeastern Corridor and West Main Street (Delaware 2 Business & 273 westbound). Delaware 896 follows Delaware 2 & 4 (Christiana Parkway) west from South College Avenue to Elkton Road (Delaware 2 Business). From there Delaware 2 Business & 896 migrate northeast into downtown Newark to the one-way street couplet of Delaware Avenue (eastbound) and West Main Street (westbound). The north and southbound directions of Delaware 896 partition between Delaware Avenue east, South College Avenue north, West Main Street west, and New London Road north for northbound and Hillside Road west, West Main Street east, Elkton Road west for southbound. The split directions join at the Hillside Road intersection with New London Road. Delaware 896 resumes a northward course along New London Road 2. 9 miles to the Maryland state line. Whew, it sounds like 896 jerks around back on itself! I found a road atlas at the Dover auction today that showed 896 on the route that becomes S COLLEGE AVE, and routes 2 and 4 on the E CHESTNUT HILL/CHRISTIANA PKWY road. Note that mapquest consistently calls CHRISTIANA "Christina". Let me attach a mapquest image making this mess clear. Note that the intersection is maybe less than a mile north of Exit 1 on Rt 95. For an evening of your own entertainment pleasure, try plugging de 896 and de 4 into mapquest. THEE: Subject: CD recorders My friend just flagged thismodel. What do you think? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827196017 ME: It may be just the thing to change my life. What is it? THEE: Re: i just tortured I haven't investigated the ticket ordering business. I suppose I'll give 'er a try tomorrow. I will have to study this park-and-ride business closely, but I like the plan. THEE: Re: CD recorders It is the answer! A CD recorder! I need it! Exclaimation point! ME: Now *this* is a cd recorder: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=Item=5872311841 (Note winning bidder.) THEE: Subject: Still laughing I've been enjoying the CD and laughed myself silly as I exited the freeway and headed toward campus one day while listening to the juxtaposed versions of the Peter and the Wolf intro for the first time. What a contrast! If you ever tackle the fuller juxtaposed scene CD, please make sure I'm on your mailing list. Then, on my way home later in the day, I came to the Psychedelic Amateur Hour and started laughing again. I suspected that "Old MacDonald" recorder virtuoso wouldn't win, but I half suspected that Dan's disappearing act would. Is life ever fair? So how about trying out for American Idol? Any big prizes for that WFBR contest? The gamut of talent from Andrea, Mildred, and Bill the Great to Senor Flamenco and Spookie Weirdness to Bach . . . . well, what can I say? Maybe I'll try a continuous loop of Spookie Weirdness played out the front window next Halloween. Listening to all that Bach organ music made me think of the closing quote in the old NY Evening Post interview with WC about him being the man whose diversion is playing Bach on the organ. You SAVE your answering machine messages??????? ME: Subject: let's get one thing perfectly straight was: Still laughing I . . . save . . . every . . . THING. On 3/4/06, you wrote: > You SAVE your answering machine messages??????? THEE: Subject: kapsberger Hi, thanks for your website. I thought I was one of the only guys (besides Paul O' Dette) who loved Kapsberger. I wonder if you could help me find more music transcribed for guitar by Kapsberger. I would love it if someone would transcribe the whole Primo Involatura etc. for guitar. I have the music of Kapsberger in tablature but It is a nightmare to transcribe. How is his music read? Is it upside down from English lute tab? I want to play the pieces that O' Dette does on his Kapsberger CD but I can't seem to make it work. Has Kapsberger been transcribed in complete fashion like Dowland or Mudarra. Do you have any suggestions on how to best approach the acquistion of this music so that I may play it on my guitar. Thanks so much !!!!!!!! THEE: Subject: Clear as mud was: let's get one thing perfectly straight was: Still laughing . . . THEE: Re: CD recorders I feel jealousy! Good work! ME: Get word to Hself she made a killing on the ketchup deal. Those cucumber bath granules just sit on the bottom of the tub, hard as pebbles. THEE: Subject: Mt taranaki pictures I kept a couple of pictures of Mt Taranaki from Harry's house before it was sold. I believe you expressed an interest in having one. If so let me know and I will send a description of the pictures that I have. ME: That's kind of you. Yes, I'd be interested in a picture I don't already have that Harry thought was special. I know we talked about the large picture hanging outside the office, but I thought there was only one of that. If you're referring to a framed photo, I wouldn't need the frame. THEE: hey what's wrong with coming to Baltimore, just because I beat you in scrabble? I'll will pass on the message to Hself. ME: That was a fine game - I'm still feeling a glow. Hey, now that I think about it, you had one more turn than everybody else. That really stinks. Just kidding - you used it very wisely. While I'm writing, any chance Hself has a copy of the old Christmas card picture with the horse and sleigh? This is very low priority, but if it's handy, I could make nice use of it. THEE: Subject: Amaranthine I loved your word definitions but couldnt find Amaranthine which I searched and searched for but probably bypassed it. I found definitions elsewhere but would like yours. What a super site. Take a bow ME: Thanks for visiting. You say you couldn't find "amaranthine" on my page after a search engine brought you there? I just checked, and it's there, right in alphabetical order. The definition I give is actually the second in my American Heritage dictionary: Eternally beautiful. (The dictionary adds, "unfading; everlasting".) No, I would not have remembered this without revisiting the page, but I do see many other words on my page that have managed to stick by now. By the way, I now record my words direct to cd, though I still need a tape recorder as a go-between for my cd recorder and microphone. Current read is "Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle which regularly sends me to the dictionary and recorder. ME: minor case for Det. Boyd? to: Ronald.Rodriguez@ci.yuma.az.us Dear Supervisor Rodriguez, Would you be so kind as to forward this message to Detective Wayne Boyd, or whoever may be the most appropriate? Thank you very much. ====================================================================== Dear Det. Boyd, I was stiffed on the payment for an item I sold on ebay to a Yuma resident. No one has to tell me how trivial $18 is in the scheme of things, or, even if I did pursue the matter through the court system, how it would take years, I would be out many thousands of dollars, and the courts would still leave it in my lap to try to collect the $18 (plus interest) from the loser. Still, I think if a member of Yuma's fraud division had 2 minutes to spare to give D. D. Stalder a call and ask what's up with his confusion of identities, he'd get quite a surprise and might think twice in the future. Also notice the implausibility of his knowledge of mail that had been addressed to him going to someone else. For the record, my packing jobs are superlative and my printed address and return address labels are legible at 50 feet. I don't think it was the post office. Just 2 minutes of your time, that's all I'm hoping for. Thanks. ====================================================================== According to a yahoo people search: D Stalder 1572 E Windy Ln Yuma, AZ 85365-3516 Tel.: (928) 341-1839 Daniel Hannon 1611 W Las Lomas St Yuma, AZ 85364-4470 Tel.: (928) 329-0841 ====================================================================== THEE: From: eBay Mailed-By: ebay.com 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: $15.50 Quantity sold: 1 Subtotal: US $15.50 Shipping & Handling: check with seller - $2 Details for Item number: 4800577670 Item URL: http://cm.ebay.com/cm/ck/1065-29323-2357- 0?uid=&site=0&ver=EOISSA080805&item=4800577670&lk=URL Sale Date: Sunday, Dec 04, 2005 09:34:26 PST Listing format: Auction Buyer: ivorybill444 (firstname.lastname@example.org) [ contact buyer ] Buyer's shipping address D.D. Stalder 1572 Windy Lane Yuma, AZ 85365 (Please confirm with buyer that the address is correct) Your payment instructions: All payment instructions are clearly described in the item description. ============================================================= Jan 22 2006 To: , ME: Hi Ivorybill, I'm sure the cds should have arrived by now. Let me know what's up. Thanks. Donald ====================================================================== THEE: From: Daniel Hannon Mailed-By: yahoo.com Re: fingerstyle guitar cds 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. ====================================================================== ME: Hi Ivorybill, gpskink444, Daniel Hannon and/or D.D. Stalder, How many people are you and do you know each other and did any of you receive the 15 fingerstyle magazine guitar cds, plus the nice homemade greatest hits compilation? They never came back to me. Donald Sauter ====================================================================== THEE: From: Daniel Hannon Mailed-By: yahoo.com Re: fingerstyle guitar cds Donald: Hello again. I'm sorry for not keeping you updated more often in regards to the cds....No, I still have not received them, and have assumed the postal service has (as has happened to another shipment from someone else) accidentally shipped it to another address, & if so, the recipient of them has kept them, not informing the postal service of the error. If they ever Finally do arrive, I will definitely let you know immediately. Thanks. Respectfully yours, D.D. ====================================================================== ME: Hi D.D. I'm more curious than mad - 18 bucks isn't worth it. But you have to know how weird this is from my point of view. Can you at least clarify whether D.D. and Daniel Hannon are different people, and whom I'm talking to, and what person and address I was supposed to send the cds to? They weren't all that valuable, but I put a lot of work and loving care into filling the order, along with a freebie, nice, greatest hits compilation. Donald ====================================================================== THEE: From: Daniel Hannon Mailed-By: yahoo.com Re: fingerstyle guitar cds Hi again, Donald. Yes, I can clarify the name(s)...Daniel and D.D. are the same person, and I listed the mailing address correctly, as: 1572 Windy Lane Yuma, AZ 85365 Sincerely, D.D. ====================================================================== ME: Hi D.D. Thanks. That's the address I used, but at that time D.D.'s last name was Stalder. And Daniel Hannon lived up on West Las Lomas Street. Weird. Donald ====================================================================== I didn't hear any more from him after that one. Donald Sauter ME: I received the cd recorder today and started to put it through its paces. Nothing I could do would get it to advance the track number while recording in the analog mode, using either the buttons on the machine or on the remote. I was definitely in the "manual" mode. It sure looks like a problem with the cd recorder. Any chance you have any tip (advice, secret) that will advance the track number while recording from an analog source? Thanks. ME: how ebay has unchanged my life The cd recorder I just "won" has a big problem. The manual track number advance while recording doesn't work. This is killing me. THEE: Subject: Amaranthine Thanks for replying to my email. Yes I was very tired of and looking for your definition of above word. I had already encountered it several places but thought I might be missing something else. I came across it in a quotation of Wm Cowper, "The only Amaranthine flower on earth is truth". It also apears in Gilbert& Sullivan's, Patience 1881 where Bunthorn sings, "The writhing maid lithe limbe quivering on her Amaranthine asphodel (Daffodil) In Oscar Wilde's, Salome, 1982 the quare one herself whinges, "It was too late I diqscovered this Amaranthine aspect of appetite". It appeared too, earlier, in the 9th and last stanza of James R Randall's moving ode to John Pelham Confederate "boy artellerist" killed at Fredericksburg on St Patrick's Day 1863. "How must he smile on this dull world beneath Fevered with swift renown He with the maryyrs amaranthine wreath Twining the Victors Crown" Have you encountered the term "quare one" before? Brendan Behan wrote a play called, The Quare Fella". Thanks again Don 'Sauter, from the French, to jump. ME: Thanks for the amaranthine quotes. Of course, I often wonder where I met a certain word when I see it highlighted in my dictionary, but the effort to record a pointer for each word back to the book and page it came from would be staggering. In this case, though, I'm wondering if you didn't nail it with "Patience". I see "asphodel" is also highlighted in my dictionary. That alone would be pretty flimsy evidence, but 3 lines down is "calomel" which is also highlighted. And 2 lines further down is "colocynth", also highlighted. Flimsy evidence against this theory is that my Gilbert libretto spells it "amarantine", although, knowing myself, I suppose I would have accepted the dictionary's "amaranthine" without making a meal of it (britishism). More evidence for the theory is that when "calomel" pops up again in the penultimate line, I penciled in the simplified "(laxatives)". That's pretty darn close to proof that I had my dictionary at hand during Bunthorne's recitation. Still, how come (why) isn't "plinth" (4 lines after "amarantine") highlighted in my dictionary? You can't tell me that I was so secure in that word that I wouldn't wonder what the heck a "poet's plinth" is. Even if I were rock solid on definition 1, I'd still be wondering how the poet managed to get the statue out of the way. The final mystery is, does the definition I chose for my 1000 words page - "eternally beautiful" - really fit Bunthorne's usage? Even there I have an explanation. In my dictionary I highlighted the numeral "2." indicating definition 2. But Def. 2 goes on to say, "unfading; everlasting." and I see those as the most likely synonyms for Gilbert's "amarantine" (as opposed to 1. "resembling the amaranth" and 3. "deep purple in color"). But by the time I put together my 1000 words page how would I have known it was really the 2nd and 3rd choices of def. 2 that I originally had in mind? If you don't tell the world of my little goof, I won't. And thanks for prodding me to re-examine those 4 minutes of my life from years ago. It'll make quite an engaging Chapter MMMCMLXXVIII in my autobiography! THEE: Subject: Ebay From: Boyd, Wayne - Police Detective Mailed-By: ci.yuma.az.us Mr. Sauter, Sergeant Rodriguez forwarded me your email. I did a little bit of research and D.D. Stalder and Daniel Hannon are two different people. They do appear to be related though and both live or have lived at the Windy Lane address. D.D could be using Daniel's email address and ebay account and that's what led to the confusion. I don't know. Unfortunately if they claim they never received an item and it was shipped without any kind of delivery confirmation then there is no way to determine if they received it or not. Even though it's unlikely, the shipment could have been lost or misdelivered. There's no way to know. Considering the value of the item and the only thing going on here is that the buyer did not pay, the only potential criminal violation is a misdemeanor theft which with all honesty will not be investigated by a detective. I would look at the buyer's feedback record. If he/she has a high positive feedback score then I would guess the buyer is being honest with you. If there's anything else I can answer for you let me know. Sincerely, W. Boyd [About par for our system of law 'n' order . . . All I was asking for was a two-minute phone call to give the crook a bit of a shock.] THEE: Re: how ebay has unchanged my life I admire your perseverance with eBay, but there seems to be a message here. THEE: Re: tdk cd recorder hi- It is a very complicated machine to use, so I think that is what you're dealing with. My advice? Read through the manual carefully, as it explains how to do what you're asking. (It was my husband's machine, and he tells me it took him many hours to get it to work -- but that it did work exactly right). I know that the remote control is an important part of getting it to do its magic. Let me know if the manual answers it. If not, I really don't know how else to help, as my husband tells me he doesn't remember how he did what you're asking -- but that he did do it. ME: I read the manual thoroughly, even though the machine operates the same way as the Philips recorder I had. I've even gone to the TDK web site which says: Q: How can I record seamless track marking? This unit can record a disc of continuous music with multiple track numbers, but no audible pauses between the tracks. This can be achieved only by recording from an external device through the CD Recorder's analog inputs. Set DA 3826 input to analog Adjust record level (4 is recommended) Set DA 3826 to manual mode via the remote control (preferred) Press record DA-3826 Press play DA-3826 Play external continuous source Press track + via the remote control (to add seamless track mark) Finalize after finished (finalize process) Nothing new or surprising there; that's what the manual says, and is what I would have guessed without a manual. The manual also says that the buttons on the remote and the machine will do the same thing. None of these 3 buttons will advance the track number. As far as I can tell the machine does everything else right, but it's worthless to me without being able to mark tracks as I record from lps or cassettes. THEE: I am Julia and I live in Germany. In September I will be visiting Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr). Instead of only visiting all the famous Lochs, Castles,etc. I would even like to visit places where the Beatles, or other famous groups/ persons have been to before, or their houses etc. When I read your article about the Beatles on scottish television I thought that you would be the right person to be asked this... I am looking forward to an answer!!!!!! ME: Guten Tag, Fra"ulein Julia, The best reference I can think of for locations of Beatle concert appearances is Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Live". Here's a complete listing for Scotland from the index. UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, 143 Alloa Town Hall, 44 Bridge of Allan Museum Hall, 143 Dingwall Town Hall, 143 Dundee Caird Hall, 154, 178 Edinburgh ABC cinema;-l71, 178 Elgin Two Red Shoes' Ballroom, 143 Forres Town Hall, 45 Fraserburgh Dalrymple Hall, 45 Glasgow Concert Hall, 153 Odeon cinema, 151 (tour w/ Roy Orbison), 171, 178, 189 Inverness Northern Meeting Ballroom, 44 Keith Longmore Hall, 143 cancelled St Thomas' Hall, 45 Kirkcaldy Carlton Theatre, 154 Nairn Regal Ballroom, 45 Peterhead Rescue Hall, 45 WEST GERMANY Essen Grugahalle, 198 Hamburg Ernst Merck Halle, 199 Indra Club, 46 Kaiserkeller,46 Star-Club, 110, 117, 119 Top Ten Club, 48, 74 Munich Circus-Krone-Bau, 198 The ones on pages 44 and 45 would interest me the most. They were performance dates on the Beatles first ever tour, backing Johnny Gentle in May 1960, when they were called the Silver Beatles. Page 143 represents the Jan 1963 Scottish tour. Pages 153-154 were an Oct 1963 mini-tour of Scotland. Pages 171-178 were 1964. Page 189 was Dec 1965. I see they stayed at the Royal hotel in Forres - and skipped out without paying. They had an accident with the van "at a crossroads outside of Banff" on the drive from Inverness to Fraserburgh. Hope you can find the exact addresses easily enough. I left in the West Germany locales since they were on the same index page. Have a good trip! THEE: Subject: "A fish weighs 10 pounds plus half its weight" Not meaning to be rude but i believe that you have made an error in you method of calculating the "weight of the fish" on your website. Let W = weight of the fish. "A fish weighs 10 pounds plus half its weight" translates into W = 10 + W/2 The next step should be W -- W/2 = 10 NOT W/2 = 10 Because subtracting w/2 from both sides doesn't mean that you can remove the w that was on the left side of the equation originally. You just came up with the correct answer because the problem dealt with dividing by two. for example if the problem had dealt with any other fractional amount this anomaly would not have occurred. "A fish weighs 20 pounds plus one third its weight" translates into W = 20 + W/3 The next step would be W -- W/3 = 20 Not W/3 which would incorrectly provide 10 as the answer. THEE: Subject: Fw: Piano Roll for 03/16/06 Thought you might get a kick out of this. The music sure doesn't fit the chariot race as I remember it from the Charleton Heston film. Fast and exciting, granted, but not the same sense of danger-- especially of those wheels equipped with devices that would shatter the spokes of an opponent's wheels and almost certainly cause a fatal crash. I can picture the Keystone Cops running around madly to this music. ----- Original Message ----- From: Ragtimebill@aol.com To: Ragtimebill@aol.com Sent: Subject: Piano Roll for 03/16/06 Brace yourselves for a real pot-boiler! "The Chariot Race, or The Ben Hur March" was written in 1894 by E. T. Paull. Many of Paull's published works were arrangements of other composers work, but this was an original composition. When we think of "Ben Hur," the 1959 movie of the same name starring Charleton Heston is what comes to mind for most of us. However, the actual story was first published in 1880 by Civil War General Lew Wallace and was a mega-hit at the time. The story was made into a movie 'way back in 1925 for the first time. That original movie has a chariot race scene that rivals the 1959 film's race. This song evokes the excitement, tragedy and victory of the famed chariot race scene. Chariot Race or The Ben Hur March.mid ME: I checked google news this morning and don't see any wildfires bearing down on your house. Got a kick out of The Ben Hur Chariot race. I presume you didn't think of me because I have a guitar transcription in my list of LC guitar arrangements? Whew, hearing a pianist - even a digital one - play it makes me want to smash my guitar (not for the first time). I remember well being somewhat disappointed by that one because the title and cover page held such high promise. And then, it sounded just like your garden variety foot stomper, hardly a chariot race! But I always try to enjoy something for what it is. The midi showed that 2 measures were missing in the guitar arrangement. While I'm emailing, thought there was an outside chance you might vaguely enjoy a little exchange with someone who found my 1000 words page. ME: I'm not mad about the cd recorder. I don't think for a moment that you knowingly concealed the manual track advance problem. How's this for a simple and fair deal: I put the recorder back up on ebay, describing the one problem it has, and if it doesn't bring as much as I paid, you reimburse me for half of the differential. So if it goes for $20 less, we split the loss and you send me $10. That's fair, isn't it? Besides, I think there are many potential buyers who would not worry about the manual track advance. They might not need it at all, or they might split tracks on their computer. Let me hear from you. Thanks. ME: I look forward to digging into this site - thanks! My occasional efforts to uncover a motherlode of old opera recordings on the web never turned up much of anything. I could never square that with the impression I have of the web sagging under the weight of all the music on it. What I would do is take a flash drive to the library where they have a faster connection (who doesn't?) Eensy-weensy coincidence: you listed the Temptation Rag, and I had just heard it last night - possibly just minutes before you whipped up the email! All right, not one of the world-stopper coincidences. It's on one of those records I got recently at the Dover auction - "Mister Ragtime - Joe Fingers Carr of Course!" "Henry Lodge was one of the giants of his day..." I had meant to mention in the discussion of the "Ben Hur Chariot Race" that the phenomenon is well known with Rossini. For example, a potpourri of music from his heavy drama Semiramide sounds more like cartoon music (very *good* cartoon music) to modern ears. And I enjoyed the fruits of your possum hunt (yuck). It only occurred to me after seeing the newspaper picture of Billy Possum what a weird idea it was, at least if everyone views the possum as ugly as I do. Not that I would even recognize the doll in the newspaper as an 'possum. I still chuckle internally when I think of a college mate who put it something like - don't ask me how we got on the subject - "How could any animal be blessed with such ugliness???" A little disappointed Larrye never commented on the original Olde Tyme Tayle, but I'll survive. THEE: Re: bunking history > Sure, I'd enjoy reading the paper, but can't figure what the Communist Party has to do with it. CR . . . CP . . . What the heck. > I checked google news this morning and don't see any wildfires bearing down on your house. Maybe cuz I've been watering the lawn. > Got a kick out of The Ben Hur Chariot race. I presume you didn't think of me because I have a guitar transcription in my list of LC guitar arrangements? Whew, hearing a pianist - even a digital one - play it makes me want to smash my guitar (not for the first time). I remember well being somewhat disappointed by that one because the title and cover page held such high promise. And then, it sounded just like your garden variety foot stomper, hardly a chariot race! But I always try to enjoy something for what it is. The midi showed that 2 measures were missing in the guitar arrangement. No, I hadn't noticed that it was on your website . . . or if I'd noticed, I'd long forgotten. It somehow seemed like something you'd get a kick out of, hard tellin' why. ME: Thanks a million for digging up Hself's card. Can you mail a photocopy instead of the original (assuming you can shoot a copy right at home)? I don't quite trust the post office all the way any more. Dover had a nice St. Patrick's parade. THEE: Subject: Link to the OED Entry for amarant(h)ine, a. This link will allow free access to the OED entry amarant(h)ine, a. for the next three days. Message: Hope you're checking this promptly. Looks like you'll have access to this entry for only 3 days. ME: (then what're they gonna do to me i'll just sneak in i have my contacts hee hee hee) ME: Great news - the manual track advance from the remote started working! Now I know what you're thinking - that guy just didn't know what he was doing, but I swear it wasn't working earlier. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! And even though the manual says in black and white "During an analog recording, the track number may also be increased by pressing the | button", neither of those buttons work yet. So I'll try to get comfortable with the remote. I'm an old-fashioned sorta guy who has always hated remotes and never used them. Overall, I'm pleased with the machine. In most of the ways it differs from my Philips (which has its own pain-in-the-neck problem with analog recording), I like it better. It does everything a little faster. I wish TDK didn't make such tiny buttons, almost flush with the face of the recorder. The biggest pain, but one I can live with, is that it doesn't remember the analog setting from my previous session. It fires up every time in co-ax mode, and I have to punch the little "input" button 3 times, grrr. But I guess every machine has something idiotic about its design. After the manual track advance started working, I copied 6 cassettes to cd today - lots of fun. Thanks for hanging in there while some poor guy was screaming the sky was falling. THEE: Re: opera recodings and more--not so instant (or accurate) replay What did we do before flash drives? Don't forget Chicken Little. How appropriate to record this during WWI. When Disney came out with the recent film, which I haven't seen, I recall thinking, "What a great chance to work in some humor that would appeal to adults." Between war, genocide, famine, mad cow disease, bird flu, pollution, energy crisis, etc., who could better speak for society than that ultimate paranoid of paranoids? I have a fast cable connection at home and, of course, a fast network connection at school, but only the public library has access to certain resources such as the Historic New York Times. Glad you enjoyed the possum hunt. Plenty of those little guys dead by the roadside around here. Occasionally at night I'll spot a live one running along side in a semi-rural area near home. Can't miss those eyes glowing in the dark. Don't think I ever told you the story of the friend who walked into her bathroom one day and found a possum hangin' by its tail from the shower curtain rod. A pox on that Larrye! Happy prospecting in the motherlode. ME: and the message is... EBAY UBER ALLES! The manual track advance started working today, and I'm off and running. In fact, I copied 6 complete tapes to cd today, all sounding great and all with nice track markers, even the continual flow ones like Carol Channing's Peter and the Wolf. Cds, if it wasn't for those idiot cases I might have learned to appreciate them years ago. I mean, have you ever counted up the moving parts on a cd? And that's not all, I also got a new Shure M97xE Audiophile cartridge from ebay today. J&R and some other "real" sound equipment business couldn't even come up with it, and wasted a half year of my life with their "back orders". I think the cartridge is going to be a winner, and side one of La Fanciulla del West sounded noticeably better than I remember it with my old cartridges, but it's still not a wide-open phonograph sound. So I'll have to invest in a separate preamp, since logically, that can be the only other culprit if I'm getting good sound from tapes, cd and radio. If a preamp doesn't do it, I'll be stumped. I started the morning by rearranging my stereo components. I thought I could get rid of one of the 3 dual cassette decks since the TDK cd recorder has a level knob, but I realize the cassette deck has to be reunited, because every now and then I have to reconfirm that my cheap Proformance does, in fact, sound better than the expensive JVCs. That shouldn't be. I'm wondering if it's because the JVCs make an internal determination of cro2 tapes. My cheap decks have always had a button for normal, cro2 and metal, and I've always found that all tapes sound clearer and brighter on normal. 6 cassettes to cd today - is that living or what? P.S. Maybe I'll do another one. THEE: Subject: CD for Hself, Feb 2006 Sorry it took so long to reply about the CD. That was awfully nice of you to put it together. I've been real busy with work and don't seem to have much time for relaxing stuff anymore, like listening to a 70 minute CD. However, I decided I'll finally get to it today. Comments: Tracks 1-11 Thanks for the Organ music. There's a lot of stuff I hadn't heard before, and I'm always grateful to hear something new from Bach. I actually have a solo arrangement of Wachet auf. It isn't easy, but I can handle it. Track 8: This is called the "Little Fugue" and I heard it many times on the radio. This was one of the pieces I was trying to work up with Hself, but he just couldn't get a handle on it. I'd love to work it up with someone (hint). Take a look and we'll get together sometime... Track 12: I don't know where you've heard this before, but when I was a kid, we had records of classical music which acommanied stories which were read like in Peter and the Wolf. Unfortunately, the records all got lost. There was lots of Prokofief, Tchaikovsky, Grieg..... . The Leutenant Kije was part of the story of a Greek mythology of Atalanta and Hippomenes All of the kids in my family would love to find those recordings again... I think they were narrated by Derwood Kirby and were around recorded around 1960. Tracks 14-22 I loved Carol Channing! (Not!) Richard Hale sounds so pompous! Track 28: This is actually an transcription of one of Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances", which he took a lot of old Italian lute music and set and modernized the harmonies with full blown orchestration. I highly recommend it. Listen to "Galiarda" Isn't the second theme is something you and I play? Track 33: I like the coughing.. Intentional? Sounds like the yelling they do in actual flamenco! Track 34: Nope, never heard it. Looked at Musipea search http://www.musipedia.org/search.0.html and the closest thing I could see was "Where have all the flowers gone", except that one's in a major key. Tracks 37-42 Pretty nice stuff! "Golden Slumbers" isn't familiar to me... Sorry Don, but I don't hear the similarity between the two. ME: I have new glasses. Three days after I got them I was at Diane's Groundhog Day party. Not one family member commented on them. When I was at the dermatologist, I gave him the go ahead to snip off all my angiomas, probably a couple hundred of them. It was just about as much pain as I could bear, but I figured, get it over with rather than poke me with a lot of little needles with pain killer poison. Plus, I've always been proud that I never had a pain killer when the dentist drilled my teeth. ME: Thanks for the guitar cd and music! I used to subscribe to Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, up through 1997. Gee, that's a long time ago, I guess. I played through some of the easier pieces. I don't torture myself with things that are over my head any more. There was a time whan I thought, I can't call myself a guitarist unless I've played everything ever written for guitar. Now I don't *need* an excuse not to call myself a guitarist! ME: cylinder recordings on ucsb site to: rec.music.opera Even *better* than great. Enter search term "operas" instead of "opera" and the hits go from 197 to 699. I think most or all of the "opera" hits are included in the "operas" list. But there must be even more that fell through the cracks; search on "35012" for a Magic Flute aria missed by "operas". Would anyone like to share the chore of getting all of these historic opera cylinder mp3s onto convenient cds? If a project manager-type doesn't step forward, contact me for brainstorming. [No one ever did. Guess I'll just have to listen to my four mp3 discs containing 200 opera tracks apiece by myself.] ME: For me, myself, personally like, you know, the best was Rick Foster's arrangement of In The Sweet By And By. Kind of sweet, and keeps you on your toes, rhythmically. Yep, we're having some cooler days lately after some really warm ones. By the way, after years of thinking about getting a wall hanger for my guitar, I finally did it. Much more convenient than a stand or box, and looks nice hanging on the living room wall. THEE: Subject: guitar/piano music A friend and I have been working on the Guiliani Rondos 1 & 2 for sometime along with two modern pieces, but, the music (other than piano reductions of concerto scores) available commercially for piano/guitar duos seemed quite limited. I was very happy to find your site and am getting an order together. (My dial-up connection is very slow and it takes a while to get the samples up on the screen). I am assuming that everything offered has both the piano and guitar parts. I was also wondering if the Trent dissertation is available from you as well? Thank you in advance for all your work in making this available. My pianist friend and I are excited about having some fresh repertoir. ME: Hope you find some nice things among the LC pieces. Yes, all the pieces are complete, and ready to play. Even if you had a fast connection, and even if I had all the music scanned and up on the web, I'm sure you would be looking at a year's hard labor downloading and printing those thousands of pages of guitar & piano music. And no doubt it would cost you far more - for lower quality copies. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of the best way to get Robert Trent's dissertation. I would imagine it's available from UMI. I just did some poking around - when you type umi in google, you get a site called proquest - and didn't find it, but then I got no hits on the search term "guitar", so I must not know what I'm doing. Give it a try. ME: This post embarrasses, offends and angers me. Dear Google Groups, A search on my name "donald sauter" will bring up this synopsis in the hit list. At a glance, it looks like the offensive post is my own work. I would be very grateful if you could delete Oceanstrip's reply to my post. I think the world will carry on just fine without it. Thank you very much for your help. Oprah Winfrey on Baltimore radio, 1980 OPRAH IS A [...] ME: 2nd try 11:24 AM 4/27/2006 Dear Google Groups, A search on my name "donald sauter" will bring up this synopsis in the hit list. Your summary makes the offensive and obscene response to my post look like my own work. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE delete Oceanstrip's offensive and obscene reply to my post. The world will carry on just fine without it. Thank you very much for your help. THEE: Re: Math League Press Book Order I don't think the fact that it is a debit card should matter. For some reason, my system declined your card. With credit cards, that's usually because the card has maxed out. Do Debit Cards max out also? Yes, I think sending a check with your order may be the easiest solution to this problem. THEE: Hey, Maybe that is the answer for school...a wall hanger. That would get it out of the way of little hands. Thanks for the idea, I never would have thought of that. THEE: Subject: Just fun One day, you read me a letter from "Beatlefan" and now, this afternoon, a mere 19 years later, someone else noticed it. Enjoy: In December 1981, in Beatlefan magazine, there's a letter from a reader. It says: "I have a friend who met John Lennon in Central Park in 1974. He claims Lennon told him at that time that he had contributed vocals to McCartney's 1973 album Band On The Run. He claims Lennon told him he sang harmony on one line of the title track, just before the 'link' where it says 'If we ever get out of here.' I was skeptical at first but upon playing that particular line from Band On The Run, I am convinced that the voice contributing the low harmony is that of Lennon. If not, it is a remarkable resemblance. I would be interested to learn if any of your readers have heard of this before or if anyone has any information to confirm or deny Lennon's presence on the song. "Neal Powell "Charleston, SC" The letter didn't spur a discussion in the columns of Beatlefan magazine, and received no follow-up. After I read about it, I listened to the track with new ears so to speak, and I now think it really sounds like Lennon. It doesn't resemble a doubletracked McCartney or even a McCartney/Laine vocal, it sounds like John and Paul. Now, of course I realize that if this is the real McLennon, someone must have flown the master tape of this track from AIR studios in London where Wings were doing the overdubs, to Los Angeles where Lennon was having the start of his "Lost week-end", recorded John's vocal and then flown the tape back to London. And both John and Paul must have had some sort of agreement to keep this moment a secret and an inside joke between the two of them. Of course, all other participants must also have been sworn to secrecy about the occasion. With Band On The Run now available as a 5.1 DTS version of the quad-mix and with all the various digital filters available to anyone with a pc and sound editing/mixing skills, I was wondering if it's possible to isolate just the vocals for this single phrase? ME: Who's the "someone else"? Everything after "Enjoy:" constitutes a letter in a "recent" Reggiefan? Absolutely astonishing coincidence: I was just assaulted by the very song in question in Big Lots this evening. I lost, bad. Major technological victory this morning, which I always have to unload on somebody. My printer was going on the fritz, spitting out test patterns every time I turned it on, and not letting me do anything until I replaced the print cartridges. There's no way the black ink could be gone, and I was skeptical about the color, even though the color cartridge is original, going on 3 years old. Replacing both cartridges in such a printer costs almost as much as the printer (on a real good sale, $60, say.) The user manual gave a conflicting line, indicating the nozzles and contacts were clogged. It said, "Do not clean with alcohol", but it didn't say what *to* do. I called one printer cartridge place and only succeeded in slightly annoying both parties. Then I did what modern wisdom says I should do first - go online for the answer. The HP site had just what I needed - how to clean the ink cartridges. The secret is q-tips and distilled water. Worked great, and the printer runs like new. My internal cd-rom is starting to balk at reading my cd-rws. The read process gets unbearably slow as it gets further into the disk. Figured I'd have to replace the drive, but had a brainstorm - use my external cd reader/writer to copy the cd-rw to the hard disk, and then copy back to a blank. A little more clicking on my part, but it's *fast*! Gearing up for Sat., I read the Mad magazine version of Abe's life. (This is not completely true.) Got my Reggiefest ticket in the mail yesterday. ["Reggie" is my running joke for "registered trademark", as in Beatles(R).] ME: Dear Dover area elementary school, I have about 600 children's books I want to donate. Most of them are at an elementary school level, though some may be middle school level or above. Some are older, but many are up-to-date and in new condition. The majority are fiction. There are many classics, Newbery award winners, and books on the Kumon recommended reading list, for example. Surely, some would make nice additions to the school library; others, nice giveaways. I'll gladly drop them off at the school that sounds the most enthusiastic about rooting through the hodge-podge. Let me know. Thanks! ME: I submitted an ad in the Dover Post for my folding tables, but I don't see it in today's issue. My proposal for using the neighborhood club house has not been rejected yet. I hope they can see how nice the extra income would be, especially considering the space isn't used for anything. My mastercard was rejected for buying some Math League books online. Wish I had some idea what the goes on with credit and debit cards. THEE: Re: Just fun Did you get all of my e-mail yesterday? It was about John's solo on "Band on the Run." Through strange circumstances, I find myself exchanging occasional e-mails with Andre Gardner, who hosts a "Breakfast With the Beatles" show in Philadelphia. Here's what he had to say: "There actually is an isolated 5.1 mix of all the songs on the CD (a few of which I've played on BWTB) and it definitely AIN'T John!" Boo! His next message revealed that there's no Santa Claus either. I sent him the John Lee Saylor anecdote. I have my Reggiefest ticket too! They added a few extra dollars to the cost. I'm not sure why. Also, I'm dense but I don't get "Reggiefest." THEE: Subject: Lennon vocals on Band on the run Hi, I read your Beatles book review recently and was fascinated by that letter to Beatlefan you were talking about, the fan that had met John Lennon in Central Park in 1974. So I took it upon myself to relay this story to May Pang. This is what she had to say about the matter: Hi Roger, Thank you for your email. I can assure you that John and I were in LA in Oct/Nov of 1973 working on promotion for John's Mind Games album and the preparation for the Phil Spector sessions later to be called The Rock'n'Roll album. John and I had no contact with Paul and Linda until March/April 1974. So there was no way that John did any vocals for Band on the Run. I hope this answers your question. And also, John was not living near Central Park in 1974 or frequenting the Park. Best, May Pang ME: Thanks a million! The subject has come up lately, and I'll forward May's letter along. I'll have to refresh myself on the exact dates in question to see if May has closed the case, although it's looking very unlikely it could be John. Thanks for the good work! P.S. I see Castleman & Podrazyk say the Band On The Run album was recorded in Sep 1973. And sending a cassette back and forth in the mail would not require any contact with Paul and Linda. Far fetched, I know, but I'm still waiting for someone to come along who can convincingly say, "That was my voice!" ME: Yes, I got the whole email, but it didn't say who was responding to the 1981 letter. Is it being discussed in the Beatlegs group? I just got the email below, which I presume is coincidental? I'm more doubtful all the time about it being John(R)'s voice, but I haven't heard anything approaching a "case closed" yet. This is part of what I wrote to Roger: > I see Castleman & Podrazyk say the Band On The Run album was recorded in Sep 1973. And sending a cassette back and forth in the mail would not require any contact with Paul and Linda. Far fetched, I know, but I'm still waiting for someone to come along who can convincingly say, "That was my voice!" Is Andre claiming the voice survives on a separate master track, or did somebody tease it out of the mix? In the latter case, they can choose whatever binary digits they want. They could turn it into Boris Karloff or Madonna. I've made Roger's letter safe for innocent eyes, but I don't know how long I can keep this up. [Again, my running joke about the legal necessity of registered trademark symbols following the names of famous people.] There was a $4 charge for paying by credit card. Did they add something on top of that? ---------- Forwarded message ---------- THEE: From: Roger Stormo Subject: L*nn*n vocals on Band on the run Hi, I read your B**tl*s book review recently and was fascinated by that letter to B**tl*fan you were talking about, the fan that had met John Lennon in Central Park in 1974. So I took it upon myself to relay this story to May Pang. This is what she had to say about the matter: . . . THEE: While I would love to have more books, we are not an elementary school. We are a middle school and a high school. I would gladly take them if no one else steps up. Thank you for the generous offer. Director Positive Outcomes Charter School ME: Yes, I should have known that - after all, I've worked with a couple of your students. But it may have been a fortuitous mistake to include your school in the mailing list. The books went to the reading specialist at Booker T. Washington, and I told her of your interest in the books. She said, "Oh, I drive by Positive Outcomes every day." So, no promises, but it may be that she will pass on the books she can't use to you. Thanks for expressing interest. THEE: Subject: RE: book donation Thank you for speaking with her this a.m. She has been trying to build home libraries for our students so this will help out immensely! I appreciate you contacting the schools. Have a great day! Principal BTW THEE: Subject: re: russian music G'day Donald, the Russian scores arrived in this morning's post. Many thanks for all the trouble you went through. I've paid your PayPal account the amount of US$30.00. Somehow that doesn't seem like enough for all that you did for me. All I can do now is get down and play them. As far as the instrument is concerned, I've had trouble with the bolt that hold the neck onto the body. The nut inside doesn't want to locate itself in the correct spot to hold the neck in tightly ... so, I may be a couple more weeks getting it into playable condition. The tang on the new fretwire isn't as deep or as corrugated as the old worn out ones, so the refretting job was tricky indeed. I achieved a good result without resorting to glue of any kind. I had to rebuild the original machine heads - the peg spacings were unusual, so there was no option. The body repolished pretty well. The whole thing now looks like a well kept 40 year old instrument rather than an "as new" total rebuild and I think I like that idea better. I added some thin clear self adhesive scratchplate material (a la flamenco guitar) which will prevent any surface scratches on the body. The bridge bone and nut are cut and waiting for be fine fitted after the instrument goes together and is strung. I'm going to use a Hannabach Flamenco high tension nylon string set because of the short scale. Then the strings will feel like a normal classical guitar. The 7th string I'm adding is a 6th string from an an ultra high tension set. I marked out the grooves on the nut bone and the string spacing will be practically the same as my Fender Tele. Getting used to having another string at the bottom end may throw my technique out for a while but if I can get used to a tenor banjo neck, I can get used to anything - that was a real challenge. Again, many thanks for your efforts on my behalf ... very much appreciated. I'll let you know how I going over the coming weeks. THEE: Subject: 1915 Baltimore Co. Directory Any of your family? http://distantcousin.com/Directories/MD/BaltimoreCounty/1915/Page.asp?Page=164 ME: I think you'll find this page interesting that an internet friend dug up and sent me. Had no idea there were *that* many Sauters in the area. THEE: Re: (R) vocals on Band on the run was: L*nn*n vocals on Band on the run Who's Roger now!? Excellent. Someone asked May Pang. The issue did generate some exchanges on the Beatlegs group; all very serious and denunciatory. Doesn't anyone have a sense of humor? Now, do you have John lee Saylor's letter handy? ME: Thanks for your enthusiastic response to my book offer. Unfortunately, you were second out of the gate. I had gotten an excited call first thing that morning from the reading specialist at Booker T. Washington. You'll be glad to know that her main idea was much the same as yours - starting up home libraries for her students. ME: 922 I quite enjoyed the Lincolnfest, and more and more so every time I think back on it. I understood most everything I heard and believed most all of it. Well, I just double-checked the guy who said "shizzem" and see only two possibilities in my American Heritage - "sizzem" (!!!) and, as I always thought it was pronounced, "skizzem". I think the moderator of the panel discussion really goofed. He had the clever idea of each panelist asking one question, to which *each* of the other panelists were to respond(!) You can imagine, that would have taken all day. Eventually, the symposium moderator said, um, I think maybe we ought to let the audience ask some questions. But before that, Jello [a presenter with a voice like Jello Biafra's] made a good joke (I think?) on the strange proceedings in asking, "Ok, everybody, was Lincoln a genius? And, please expand on your answer." But the panelists took it serious(!!!) Most interesting for me was the eventual discussion of the current state of history education in the schools. Everyone seems to agree No Child Left Behind has murdered it. The woman who talked on the Old Soldiers home made a bit too much, I think, of a tour guide who told his group that Lincoln owned slaves. Lincoln?, Jefferson?, Washington?, from this distance that's doing pretty good, I say. Nobody knows everything. I asked her how it was that Paul and Pete got home first after George was deported first. Jello expressed profound doubts about the younger generation. He'd like to believe things go in cycles, but he's afraid it's the end of the world as we know it. And everyone shared his pessimism; no one put in a good word for today's youth. Ms. Soldiers Home even backed up the doom and gloom with John Adams' (Madison? Monroe? Starkey?) quote giving the U.S. republic 200 years, so we're living on borrowed time as it is. Scary. Think I'd better kick out the jams in my search for a cd recorder. THEE: Subject: You Won eBay Item: NEW Compact Disc Player / Recorder 5 Disc CD RCD-W500C (9704386001) Congratulations, the item is yours. Please pay now! NEW Compact Disc Player / Recorder 5 Disc CD RCD-W500C Sale price: $225.00 Quantity: 1 Subtotal: US $225.00 Shipping & Handling: Standard Flat Rate Shipping Service: US $19.95 ME: to Hself taking another plunge . . . . . . or going down for the third time? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll... THEE: Subject: music The music arrived today in good condition. Thanks!! My pianist and I are looking forward to playing this. The check, as they say, is in the mail. THEE: Re: books Thanks for the note about the books. I'm really glad that children will be getting the books - no matter what school they go to. The kids will appreciate them so much! You are doing something very kind. Thanks so much for thinking of the Capital School District. THEE: Re: 922 Thanks for the scene report on the part I missed. Declining to join us for dinner with the Hselfs was one of your smartest moves ever. Next time we take a long car ride together, I'll tell you all about it. I noticed that mispronunciation of schism, too. ME: Hey I thought long car rides were for talking about burning cds. In the process of fixing the the 4 glitchy tracks on three cds, surely burning as much time and effort removing a few chic-chic- chics as recording the cds in the first place, I am now the proud owner of big pops on each cd. Falling between tracks is small consolation, as you well know. Another infuriating aspect of this is that I was immensely proud of my track record on wasted cds - only one or two up to this point. Now, in one fell swoop, I've more than doubled that, grrrrr. If Sony doesn't come through, I guess it's goodbye cruel world. THEE: Re: taking another plunge . . . I think you've bought this! THEE: Re: 922 Long car rides are for throwing defective CD recorders out the window! THEE: Subject: Billboard! Billboard reference info needed! Does your book list the top songs by week? Do you still have your book? I must know what the other top songs were on the chart on the week that Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" was at its peak, probably in 1974. Also, how high did the song "CD Recorder Blues" get? I believe the performer used the stage name of Shortsighted Lemon Donald Sauterson. ME: shortsighted man of vision was: Billboard! Now let's not be hasty. In the world of cd recorders, anything less than 13 non-working functions may be considered absolute perfection. (Want a perfect cd recorder? How about two?) Midnight at the Oasis reached No. 6 some time after 413 1974. Hey, I'm finally catching the groove of this new date-talk. Used to make me cringe; now I can listen to it 24/7. Top Fives: Apr 13 Bennie & the Jets Hooked on a Feeling TSOP The Lord's Prayer Come and Get your Love Apr 20 TSOP Bennie... Hooked... Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me Come and Get Your Love May 4 The Loco-Motion TSOP Bennie... Best Thing... Dancing Machine May 18 The Streak Dancing... The Entertainer The Loco... The Show Must Go On Hmmmm... can't guess which is the song of the hour amongst those. Ooops. Turning one more page I see: June 8 Band On the Run The Streak You Make Me Feel Brand New Dancing... Sundown Don't tell me Maria's husband Geoff, formerly of Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, was caught screaming "If we ever get out of here!" locked in the men's room with a Wing's recording session going on next door? ME: The Dover Post refused to print my ad for the folding tables again. I know they got it, because they did print my ad for a set of encyclopedias. THEE: Subject: Warning: Contains no refs. to CD burners Thanks! I would have bet the farm that "Band on the Run" was a 1973 hit. Ah well. Frighteningly, I have four of the 45s on the chart -- "The Streak" (of course), "The Loco-Motion," "The Entertainer," and "Band on the Run." I thought I didn't buy records in those days. THEE: Subject: Meyerbeer Sicilienne I have been trying to find sheet music for the subject music for quite some time. I believe it is an aria from the opera Robert Le Diable. I have noticed that you list a piece of music with that same description under your number W0098. Performances I have heard (Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Hampson) feature vocals and piano. The sample you have listed for W0098 doesn't sound like the same piece. Can you tell me if this is the same item? ME: Thanks for the fun research question. When I plugged "meyerbeer" and "sicilienne" into amazon, I came up with an album called Lieder Melodies by Anne Sofie von Otter. Is that the one you're trying to find music for? The sample amazon gives doesn't match my gtr&pf version, and I'll stick my neck out and say they are different pieces of music. More evidence is that my music is for an opera aria while the album seems dedicated to art songs, not arias. I just fired up the Thomas Hampson sample and conclude the same thing. Good luck finding the music. THEE: Subject: Music Recommendation I stumbled across your web site looking for some duets for piano and classical guitar that I can play with my flatmate. I play the guitar and she plays piano, both to quite a good standard, so hopefully we should be able to tackle most of the music on your list. I am a bit overwhelmed with the choice and wondered if you could recommend any of the pieces to me? Perhaps some of the operatic ones that you mention on the web site? I am in the UK so if you are able to recommend some pieces I will send you a letter with confirmation of the order and the money to cover your cost etc. Think your website is great. ME: Thanks for finding me! Have no idea how you did it - I can't find my own gtr&pf page from google, the web is so big. Your request is perfectly understandable, but call it a gene of mine that makes me uncomfortable with recommendations. I've had fun with *all* the pieces, except Giuliani's Op 113 piece with a guitar part painfully beyond my abilities. I'd like to think that the cost of the music is so reasonable that one wouldn't worry about ending up with a loser or two in the order. Just bear in mind, what we have here - 19th C. "gebrauchtsmusik", not masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, etc. Hope you find a few pieces that jump out based on the title, composer, or some other vibe! ME: cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds cds.... How many people do you know with 10 cd decks and 6 cassette decks on their stereo? If only some of them would work, I'd be set. At least, after I get the phonograph problem licked. I some have ideas on that. THEE: Re: Meyerbeer Sicilienne Thanks for your comments Don, I just assumed that the piece was from that opera. I wonder if he wrote two pieces with the same title. I'm starting to think that I will just have to "listen closely" to the recordings and transcribe it as best I can (another challenge). THEE: Subject: Thingemebob Searching the web today for various items I need for our "Radio/TV" segment in each issue of Bandworld Magazine, I found a reference to Thingemebob and Black Dyke Mills. The director at the time is a close friend and famous conductor by the name of Geoffrey Brand. He was the one who made the recording for that TV show (and later Yellow Submarine intended as a backside of the Thingemebob single. Geoff just loaned me his rough copy of the original recording which I'm going to try to get to mp3 format (if worth including). Just thought you or whoever wrote the text might like to know. M. Max McKee, Executive Director American Band College Editor, Bandworld Magazine Board Chairman, Western International Band Clinic ME: That's interesting, thanks. If Geoff hasn't already been interviewed by Beatlefan magazine, and if he's so inclined, they are always eager to talk with people who have fringe Beatle connections. I'm sure a google search on "beatlefan" will bring it right up. THEE: Subject: Invite me to Create gmail Account Please ! Good Day, My name is Grace, I only write to ask for your help. I love to have account with gmail but I have made several attempt to create one but they always said it is strickly by Invitaion. So please I beg of you to invite me so that I will create box with gmail. I love the site so much and this is why I write you since you use gmail. Pls Invite me. Grace. ME: If it helps, you have my total sympathy regarding your remodeling nightmare. It swamps my "piddly" $300 leak and furnace repairs - which are never quite right. When I look at my carpet I think, this had better last a lifetime because just emptying the bookcases to get to the carpet would wipe me out. re: the Lincoln Symposium It was very nice again. Nothing explosive, but nice. Interesting talk on interpreting Lincoln's comments that might sound racist on their own. Quick summary: no way a racist would have made them, and they all make sense in battling Stephen Douglas's racist position. Interesting talk on Lincoln's "melancholy". Most interesting to me was a talk making the point that it was only during Lincoln's presidency that the lingering disagreement about whether the states were sovereign entities ("countries" in my own terminology) more or less loosely federated, or subdivisions of one great nation, was put to rest. Sure explains to me why we never got around to giving our country a name. I unloaded my stuff from Dover Kumon today, figuring this is the end. They won't talk to me, so I don't know for sure what's going on, but I'm not renewing the lease on the center under such circumstances. My last session with Ashley was memorable. She's a math student, but she found a little children's booklet of Aschenputtel, in German, on my shelf. We had a great time talking Grimm's and Perrault (pretending I know a little something about 'em.) Her Spanish class had done the Spanish version of Cinderella. I had never even thought about Spanish versions. It had major differences with the French and German and English versions. Besides moving lots of stuff today, I'll be heading up to Secaucus New Jersey tomorrow with for a Beatlefest. I suppose I'll enjoy myself, but I have to wonder what makes people do the things they do. I guess a sense of obligation to not be a hermit every once in a while. Anyhow, it won't be a "relaxing" weekend. Last Beatlefest I went to was 1996. I was hoping to find some opera fans who could get excited about sharing the chore of getting the cylinder recordings off the UCSB site, but no peep from anyone yet. ME: back in the beatle saddle i mean saddle for fans of the beatles Thanks again for inducing me out of hermithood for a day. I had a great time. Sure glad all of our close encounters with alien autos were of the first (or second? anyhow, not third) kind. Here are a few wrapup thoughts and research results. I thought the claim of 9 Top 40s for Peter & Gordon might have been a wee inflated, but the Billboard book actually lists 10. They had a No. 1 and two other top 10s. Man, I wish those Billboard statistics were based on something. In case I wasn't the only one wondering about the big line upstairs, the program indicates that P&G were doing autographs up there in the Robert Freeman room. I had misanticipated the punchline of the Alan Livingstone story. I figured the creator of Bozo would say, "Raw meat and baby dolls - yeaaahhh!" Didn't notice till looking at the program today that Roag was in Pete's band. There's plenty of evidence that I might be too easily impressed by lots of things people do, but I thought Pete had some real good, sharp, musical drum moves. What was the song that Peter Asher produced that Paul drummed on? I had already forgotten the title by the time I got to writing it in my note, whereas you still remembered it walking to the car. A reason why Laurence wasn't loaded with fans at his table when we were leaving may be because he had just gotten there. The program scheduled him a signing from 8 to 9:30. Refreshing myself on the first Beatle (legally speaking, "the group with the name the Beatles") visits to EMI Studios, I see that the technical engineers all wore white lab coats, not suits, until the 1970s. Well, maybe they had suits under the lab coats. "McArtrey" appeared in John & George's "Short Diversion..." in a Mersey Beat, Jul 6-20 1961. "Beatle's [sic] Sign Recording Contract" named "Paul McArthy" (not McCarty, my bad, as the kids say) in a Jul 20-Aug 3 1961 issue. In the same date range, The Mersey Roundabout quotes Howie Casey saying Paul McArtrey is a better singer than Cliff Richard. The "Beatles Top Poll!" McArtrey was Jan 4-18 1962. The next stab at the name was in a Sep 6-20 1962 issue, "A Little Bare", by Paul McArtney (2x). Finally, in a Sep 20-Oct 4 1962 issue, it appears correctly for the first time, in the byline to "Hamburg". I'm pretty sure I never mentioned I got an email from Bill Harry recently. he doesn't make it obvious, but he's responding to my little intro to my "Beatles in Teen Magazine" page. I'll paste his email below. Now I've forgotten the mileage on my trip meter in the Crown Plaza parking lot. I think it might have been 195. If so, my final mileage indicates we only overshot Secaucus by 10 miles on the way up. Not so bad. Occurs to me now why mapquest would not fork over directions to the hotel, given the exact address. I confused it by still calling it the Meadowlands Hilton. Speaking of smooth vs. chunky peanut butter, the Acme near me had an incredible Skippy sale this weekend - 10 for $10. Even twenty years ago, $1.50 per jar was a buy, buy, buy! price. I got there on the 2nd day, and there were mountains of superchunk left, but no creamy that I could see. I eventually found a few jars in another area, but the results of peanut butter sales are *always* the same - the creamy vanishes right away and the chunky sits and sits. Thanks again for the cd drive, but after the import of 4x4x6 sank in, I don't think I'll be hooking it up. I think my internal drive is supposed to be faster than that. My $30 external drive is 52x32x52. I'll spring for another, in good time. I don't have the exact url handy, but if you search on "35012" in the UCSB collection there's a Magic Flute aria apparently with some strange vocal technique. Can you bit torment that one so we can use it for a wav/mp3 comparison? I'll get the mp3. Been thinking about Stone Ridge a lot and been meaning to ask, but it sure is a bad time, what with me overwhelmed by all the extra stuff in my house right now. On the other hand, the day will charge in when I'll kick myself for skipping a year. If only I could find an agent with a cell phone... I observed the aftermath of the vandalizing of a USA Today paper box today and figured it was worth calling 911. I won't type up the whole story, but they nabbed some suspects fitting my description. To be honest, I hadn't gotten a good enough look at their faces to make a definite identification. That's fine. Not such a big deal in the scheme of things, and I feel bad for them. Funny thing, they didn't even pick up all of the quarters, or any of them for all I know, as the sidewalk was still covered with them. Funnier thing, there were more washers and slugs than quarters. So who are the real crooks? THEE: Subject: Bagged I made it home fine last night. My playlist for the ride home was Beatca... We interrupt this program for a special announcement! Stone Ridge sale next weekend!!!! THEE: Subject: Johnny Walker on WFBR Oh Don, what memories your article (actually focused on Oprah's Baltimore stint) brought back when you described Johnny Walker's "Psychedelic Amateur Hour". I listened to Walker just about every weekday morning for the fourteen or so years he was on the air at WFBR. I probably heard your rendition of Windy as I drove to work. Somewhere in my basement I have a book he published of the best from his "Little News of the Morning". He was just one of the funniest guys I ever heard - such a sharp irreverent wit. Do you remember the bits he used to play around the holidays from an album of Christmas sketches by Dudley Moore and Peter Cook? There was one where the shepherds visiting the manger were observing the Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and discussing what a sloppy job Joseph had done with the swaddling - maybe because he was pissed about not being the father of the baby... absolutely hysterical stuff for those of us who appreciated Walker's brand of humor. If you or any of your readers have a clue where I might be able to get a copy of this album - or even if someone knows the title of it - I would be forever grateful. Still haven't given up on finding it after twenty some years of looking. Thanks for the memories. ME: Thanks for writing. I'm glad somebody remembers Johnny Walker and his shenanigans! I'll always remember Little News of the Morning for a Johnny Walker reversal. He *always* ended Little News with some zinger of a joke. The morning after John Lennon was murdered, I didn't know about it until after getting in my car, turning on the radio, catching the Beatles "In My Life" in progress and thinking, "Hmmm, that's odd", letting it play out and then hearing Johnny tell the devastating news. A little later, at the end of Little News, Johnny just said something like, "No joke this morning; we'll miss you John." A quick web search turned up this Peter Cook site: http://stabbers.truth.posiweb.net/stabbers/html/discography.htm I don't see a Christmas album, but the sketch you're looking for may be in there somewhere. Note the 3-cd "Complete Beyond the Fringe" set. THEE: Now I have your message. I ran our meeting spot through MapQuest. It worked. I can say no more. ME: what me psychic? O but I predict there will be much more to say. THEE: Closing Kumon, gee. That's a surprise. No wonder I haven't heard from you in a while. Are you talking about the Kumon folks in Chicago or wherever it was that won't talk to you? Seems like that's where you went for training. Anyway, having your own place would be good. Do they have some sort of regulation about not being able to open your own place for fear of taking the students with you? Hself has a clause in her contract that she can't leave History Associates to go to work in the WDC area for any of the government facilities that have contracts with HAI. Really stinks, but quite a few employees had gone over to regular jobs for the government for higher pay, so the contracts were changed shortly before she was hired. I think she'd have to be away from the current job for a year to move into a gov't job there. Fortunately, she's getting terrific experience and is sort of the unofficial project coordinator now. That means she does the work, but doesn't get paid more. She figures that her resume will look good whenever she decides it's time to move on. She's soon to hit the magic 3 years' experience that most employers demand. I've gutted my desk, which has shelves and cupboards rather than removeable drawers. It's gonna be a bear to move, but Carlos, the head carpet installer, had already made a trip to the house just to see it because the saleman who did all the measuring was afraid they wouldn't be able to put new carpet in room. You know those stories about people building large boats in their basements. Well, we built this desk in my office, and it won't fit through the door. Smart, huh? I'm officially pooped and taking a break. Whenever the tile guy and his son leave this evening, we're going out to dinner. It's not like either of us can cook anything. Our stove is sitting on the back patio. I'm considering sticking plants in the toilets on the front porch. They're very Warholesque. Thanks for telling your story about Ashley. Imagine the number of variations out there in the world of those fairy tales if only we could read all the languages or find translations. What do you suppose the Japanese have done with Cinderella, or the Nigerians, or the Malays? Sounds like a dissertation topic to me. Have a good time at the Beatlefest. Just what happens today at a Beatlefest, anyway, other than a lot of Beatles music and screaming adolescent girls? Well, maybe now they are screaming 50-something women trying to relive their youth. As for me, I'll join the octogenarians at the Joplin Fest in June. I can feel young there. I won't bother to go into the magic (a.k.a. nightmare) at home. This tile/carpet business isn't something a working person should consider having done. ME: Thought you might be interested in the C-5 crash location. I couldn't find a map on google news pin-pointing it, but descriptions like "1000 feet south of Dover Air Force Base," and "grass field . . . east of Del. 9" would put it about 2000 ft (.4 mile) north of the John Dickinson mansion. Sorry about your home improvement miseries. You asked about what goes on at a Beatlefest, and I'll write more later, but I bought a book of reproductions of post cards that Ringo received from the other Beatles over the years. This was mostly as a souvenir of the convention; I certainly don't keep up with the tons of books that continually appear. A selling point was the relatively small amount of text. Anyhow, in case you're considering what Ringo did, listen to him first (p9): "I bought half of the building firm that was working on it [his house in Weybridge] because I thought they'd get the job done much faster. Not a chance in hell!" So perish the thought. THEE: Thank you for all these tidbits. As usual, it's too late for me to reply. Where does the time go? THEE: Dear Sir: Several Questions: 1. Who was the only man in history to hold the rank of general on opposing forces during the same war? 2.Name the only woman to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration. 3. How did the Iditarod start? ME: Guess who I saw Friday night? Right! Fred Garbo! Thanks for the heads up; it was a lot of fun. I borrowed Mizan. As I told her, I laughed at all the funny stuff and she laughed at all the dumb stuff, so between us, we laughed at everything. Funniest for her was Fred falling 29 floors down the elevator shaft. We also had fun punching the big balloons around the theater after the show, *trying* to get them up into the balcony. She got *two* sets of autographs, one on her program, and one on the flip book. Here's a really neat set of books I let slip through my fingers at the Dover auction on Tuesday. Problem was, it was in a box filled with really old, valuable-looking books, like the Bobbsey Twins, and there was a dealer there to contend with. I thought I could buy the "Wit and Humor of America" set off of him for about what he paid for the whole box, but he was skittish. Said he had to see what he had. Looks like I should be able to get a set off the internet, but it's not the same as a "find". Think there are any ragtime references in those 10 volumes? In the table full of books I had my eye on one other, another nice, old British Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Plan A was the same as above, try to buy the individual book off whoever got it in a box lot. But nobody was bidding on the other boxes, so the auctioneer kept adding boxes. When the box with Mother Goose was added, I piped up with a $2 bid - and got all 4 boxes for $2. I needed the 4 boxes of books like a hole in the head, but I picked out about one box-worth of juvenile material that looked half decent and left 3 boxes for scavengers. I'm about halfway through this Mother Goose. It's slower going with each new book because there are more versions of each rhyme in my collection to compare. I still get a kick out of each little difference, e.g. "There came a big spider" vs. "There came a little spider", and, "When the boys (girls) came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away." Cleaning out my learning center, I gave away 625 books to a local elementary school. The reading specialist there jumped on the phone after reading only half of my email with the offer. She was so thrilled with them. I also got a response from another reading specialist who was also quite enthusiastic. So that was the vague idea behind that last box of children's books, maybe accumulating another collection big enough to donate to a school. Problem is, it's getting a bit crowded around here. The little story about Hself was just the tip of an iceberg. I left out the parts about her doing a cool little jigsaw puzzle I had on my desk while I was going on and on about the beauty of base 8, upholding both ends of the discussion, and her challenging me to beat her time on the puzzle, and then hiding a piece when it looked like I was going to, and the cool wooden 3-d puzzles on my desk, and translating about half of Aschenputtel and identifying the other Grimms stories advertised on the back cover. I fumbled Dornroschen. Ashley could see from the picture it was Sleeping Beauty and I knew we had changed her name. I couldn't get "Rose Red" out of the way in my brain. As soon as she left, I remembered - Briar Rose. Dorn = thorn, get it? Just another of the hundreds of times I wished my sessions were filmed. *Then* I'd show 'em (haha) ME: to sony It's extremely unlikely I will ever get used to the cd text moving across the display. Besides being annoying, it obliterates the time display just when I am most likely to be interested in monitoring it. Question 1: Is there some way to turn off the cd text? Question 2: Is there some way to record cds so there is no default cd text added? What I get is "No05", for example, and I sure didn't put it there. Cds I recorded on other machines jump cleanly from track "4" to "5", for example, at the exact moment the new track starts. That is all I ever want to see. Thanks for your help. THEE: > Thought you might be interested in the C-5 crash location. I couldn't find a map on google news pin-pointing it, but descriptions like "1000 feet south of Dover Air Force Base," and "grass field . . . east of Del. 9" would put it about 2000 ft (.4 mile) north of the John Dickinson mansion. Lucky miss. I had wondered about the crash site when I heard that the crash was near the base. The mansion was an interesting place. You should go sometime. ME: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: This is a must have for opera lovers! (#4862015562) iz710 sent you this eBay item Personal message: Or, if you're looking to get into opera on a shoestring, I have duplicates of lots of these. This is a must have for opera lovers! A opera collection of 129 records Item number: 4862015562 Seller: donnaz424 ( 8 ) Positive Feedback: 100% Member since Aug-28-05 in United States Starting bid: US $525,000.00 Time left: 7 days 18 hours Ends Apr-16-06 17:06:56 PDT Price: US $1,500,000.00 Item location: Princeton, New Jersey United States Ships to: Worldwide Summary These are 129 Different opera records from 1940 to; 1970. These are in Excelent Condition, Some of the names are Ferruccio Tagliavini, Callas, Poveratti, Wagner, Paliughi, Sutherland, Siepi, Freni, Panerai, and on,and on. The reason the shipping is so expensive is because of the total combined weight. The reason the price is so high is because the records are worth that amount,but also because Ebay take a large amount the selling price. ; If you would like more information Please call 1-908- 907-2357 and I will give you any information you would like. These records are what my mother wants me to sell, she has stage 3 Alzheimers Desasise, She has asked me to sell them, that way she won't have to worry about the;her care in home now, and;funeral costs when she dies. ; These are records in mint condition, and will be a huge investment in the future. ;Some of the titles are: "L'Amico Fritz", Pia Tassinari and Ferruccio Tagliavini, Puccini, La Bohe'me, Carteri/ Tagliavini, Tosca,Milanov, Biojerling, Warren, Rome Opera House, Orchestra and Chours,;;Tannhauser and the German state Orchestra, and Three Famous Scenes By Wagner. THEE: Subject: Original (Brand new this second) Quote Hi, I love a good quote. One just came to me from my other me: "When people tell me to stop analysing everything and just go with the flow, I ask them what the direction and relative velocity of the flow is." Have a good one ! ME: My doctor laughs off the idea that sugar gives you diabetes, although I know as well as anyone how fallible doctors are. They are people, after all. The C-5 that crashed in Dolver didn't get me. Dolver got me started on a funny conversation thread with my friend Hself. He grew up in Baltimore, but has never noticed or been alerted to the difference between the very pure, British Baltimore long O versus the uglified, back of the throat, guttural way the rest of the country says it. In essence, he told me I was nuts. He said he *never* heard an L added after an O, even in pop songs, so I made a recording of about 20 or 30 examples. I even threw in some British singers for comparison. For some reason they sing "Yo-ho heave-ho" when Americans knolw it to be "Yol-hol heave-hol." Most of Hself's long Os are pure, but I catch him every time he adds the phantom L, as in woln't and holme. THEE: Re: Donald Sauter sent you this eBay item: This is a must have for opera lovers! (#4862015562) Snatch 'em up at that buy-it-now price, Donald . . . with UPS next day air and insurance. I'll spring for some of those "shoestring" budget duplicates at $11,627 average. Egads, must be a diamond-studded, platinum shoestring! Who has Alzheimer's--Mom or the seller? For this price, it seems like one oughta be able to revive the dead for a personal performance. And I thought $700 for an original Joplin rag was outlandish . . . For this price, you could just 'bout buy that town for sale in California. THEE: Re: balloons and books > Guess who I saw Friday night? Right! Fred Garbo! So you didn't get them up into the balcony? I trust someone did. The balloons made their way to the balcony several times after the performance we attended. Sending the balloons out into the audience was a nice touch. > Here's a really neat set of books I let slip through my fingers at the Dover auction on Tuesday. Looks like a find for $20. What's the date? What looked like it should have been a date is coming through as 191. Hope it included Peter Finley Dunne, who wrote an Irish dialect column called "Mr. Dooley." I've read all I've come across in old newspapers. > Again, if I've mentioned it before, the bone was me working directly with the students. You're supposed to run the place and not have any of the fun of working with the students? They must want business men, not caring educators. Ah, come to think of it, that describes most college administrators, too. (Luckily, my immediate boss is an exception and a gem.) Btw, my husband was the victim of a "random" security check at Tulsa International when he left for Virginia the second time after being back home less than a week. (He'd returned home on a Wednesday, received the news of his uncle's death late Saturday, and was back on the plane Monday a.m.) The first time, with a round-trip ticket, he had no problem. The second trip, with a one-way ticket, he was waylaid for an extensive search. Random, maybe. But I have a hunch that there may have been more to the story. One round-trip to check things out, then a second one-way trip to do whatever evil a Middle Eastern lookin' guy with an Arabic surname might do. On the otherhand, if that is the story, in a sense it's comforting to know that someone is paying some attention to recent travel history. > P.S. After composing the above, and before sending it off, I sprang for the "Wit and Humor of America" set. What a multi-tasking society we live in. I'm gettin' multi- tasked out! ME: > Looks like a find for $20. What's the date? What looked like it should have been a date is coming through as 191. Hope it included Peter Finley Dunne, who wrote an Irish dialect column called "Mr. Dooley." I've read all I've come across in old newspapers. The set I saw and the set I bought are 1911. The internet also shows 1907 edition(s), as in the auction below. To answer your question about Mr. Dooley, see the 6th photo. Unfortunately, this set is missing volume 10. > You have some kind of luck at that auction. I won't go into all my misses. You'd think that someone who just cleaned off a table for $2, for example, would be happy to get an immediate $1 for a single piece o' junk out of that lot, but more often than not he's very reticent. What I think happens is not so much, "Hey, this must be really valuable if he's offering me a buck!" but that a different mindset kicks in, as if the buyer immediately steps into the role of shopkeeper of an antique or 2nd-hand store and applies those sort of prices. > You're the only person I know who enjoys such little verbal variations the way I do. Some of the variations actually invert the sense. For example, "And one (but none) for the little boy who lives (cries) in the lane." Also, there are illustrations for most all of these to compare, and the differences in artist conception are fascinating. Two of the old drawings for Humpty-Dumpty don't show an egg. Some drawings for "Young lambs to sell" show a peddlar with toy lambs, which I would never have thought of. Some drawings for "Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross" are perfectly literal, some show the boy playing in his room on a hobby horse. Differences are fun, don't ask me why. I always liked: There was an old woman Lived under a hill; And if she's not gone, She lives there still. In my latest book, I just got to the novelized version: There once was a giant Named Bug-a-boo Bill. Who lived in a house On the top of the hill. And if he's not dead He lives there still. My apologies if this is all way above your head. > All you need is a trip to The Book Thing. Too get back up to five- or six-hundred selectively chosen (I know how redundant that sounds) juvenile books would probably require several trips to the Book Thing. I think the batch I donated may have had 3 or 4 trips invested. >> Guess who I saw Friday night? Right! Fred Garbo! > So you didn't get them up into the balcony? I trust someone did. The balloons made their way to the balcony several times after the performance we attended. Sending the balloons out into the audience was a nice touch. We just got one up there, no thanks to me. Those things were so flabby and floppy. I knew that a smack wouldn't do any good, but even a good push hardly had any effect. Either they had deflated somewhat, or I'm even more impressed with Fred's ability to juggle them. Don't get me started on airport security, grrrrrr.... P.S. I see "discriminately" would have been a better word above. THEE: Subject: Italian Opera Singers . . . "That International Rag" By Irving Berlin, 1913. Verse 1: What did you do, America They're after you, America, You got excited and you started something Nations jumping all around You've got a lot to answer for They lay the blame right at your door The world is ragtime crazy from shore to shore. Chorus: London dropped its dignity, so did France and Germany, All hands are dancing to a raggety melody, full of originality The folks who live in Sunny Spain dance to a strain that they call the Spanish Tango Dukes and Lords and Russian Czars, men who own their motor cars Throw up their shoulders to that raggety melody, full of originality Italian opera singers have learned to snap their fingers The world goes 'round to the sound of the International Rag. ME: Whilst in an upbeat mode, thought I would pass on some apparent successes of late. I had emailed Sony about one of my dissatisfactions with the cd recorder, and their automated email response did not address it, but they invited me to call their Customer Information Service Center. Something like that actually takes getting up a major dose of inertia for me, but I took the plunge today. It was a big success. Here was the problem I emailed Sony: > It's extremely unlikely I will ever get used to the cd text moving across the display. Besides being annoying, it obliterates the time display just when I am most likely to be interested in monitoring it. Question 1: Is there some way to turn off the cd text? Question 2: Is there some way to record cds so there is no default cd text added? What I get is "No05", for example, and I sure didn't put it there. Cds I recorded on other machines jump cleanly from track "4" to "5", for example, at the exact moment the new track starts. That is all I ever want to see. Thanks for your help. My problem was even worse than all that. If I deleted the track named "No05", for example, then the new track 5 would be named "No06". What a pain! Sony supplied a fix. If I turn off the recorder, or even just open the record tray, before finalizing, all the cd text info is lost. I had interpreted the user manual as saying, if you did either of those things, you would lose the text *you* entered. So it's another step, but I can live with it. On the way up to Manhattan (almost) I mentioned I thought this machine would allow me to use the play and record decks independently, so I could extract just what I wanted from the play deck. This would eliminate (almost) the need for a second cd player in my system. When I starting testing this theory, I found that could extract just the passage I wanted, but not fade in or out of it, which stinks. Sony told me you could do that. I didn't want to call them liars, so I just said I'd give it another go. Lo and behold, it turns out you can! There were statements in the user manual that led me to understand that in a digital copy the level couldn't be changed. But what they meant was, the final level after coming out of a fade in. Then I asked about the digital rifle cracks I had gotten at the end of tracks when I had erased and re-recorded the following track. Their answer has the smell of getting the customer off their back, but it may be correct in this case. They suggest using Sony audio CD-RWs. Guess I'll spring for a batch, and hold my breath. I've noted an instance or two when I've rerecorded a track without getting a rifle shot, so maybe it's something that's worked out of its system. I never mentioned that the machine had a terrible time playing the first cd I put in it. But it settled down after incinerating the dust on the laser beam lens, I guess. Life is getting good. My current recording project is a 3-tape Cav/Pag set which, if I can get the tapes to behave, will fit nicely on 2 cds, one opera per. That's what it's all about. On the other hand, I had to split a single 82-minute Pirates of Penzance tape onto 2 cds. That's not what it's all about. On top of all this, the world changed on or before the most recent Thursday. I went into a Metro grocery story - and the music was not unbearable! Not great, but not the urban contemporary that's been killing me in every store for the last 6 years or more. Just some more-or-less pleasant oldies, including back-to-back Beatle/ Beatle-related: Another Day and And I Love Her. These were the first two Beatle-related songs I've heard in public in the last 6 or so years. I even asked at the customer service counter what the story was, chain wide, or due to popular demand at this store? She said it was a decision coming down from Baltimore. I remember hearing employees at the Shoppers in Lanham talking about how the customers hated the new urban music, so maybe word finally went up the ladder. But, as unbelievable as all this is, when I walked into another store in the same shopping center, they were playing bearable music too! Now, if you can't depend on Dollar Tree for hip-hop, then upon whom can you? And it wasn't even the same oldies Muzak feed as Metro's; every few minutes it broke to say, "This is the Dollar Tree radio network." Dare I get up hope that it's safe to go into stores again, everywhere? Of course, my advice, failing a return to old-style muzak, is blissful silence. I bet a grocery store could advertise that to its advantage. Everybody calls music the universal language when its really just universal fightin' words. ME: Dear Delaware State News, When I am in the voting booth on April 18 deciding on Dover's mayor, I know I'll be thinking about the Timothy Hanson House - Dover's (formerly) oldest, most charming, and strikingly situated building - and under whose watchful eye it got sold down the river for a handful of shekels so some real estate guys can build themselves a club house, whooppee. THEE: Re: bugaboo bill >>> Guess who I saw Friday night? Right! Fred Garbo! >> So you didn't get them up into the balcony? I trust someone did. The balloons made their way to the balcony several times after the performance we attended. Sending the balloons out into the audience was a nice touch. > We just got one up there, no thanks to me. Those things were so flabby and floppy. I knew that a smack wouldn't do any good, but even a good push hardly had any effect. Either they had deflated somewhat, or I'm even more impressed with Fred's ability to juggle them. OK, I confess to us not getting the balloons to the balcony because we weren't in a position to, but they made it to the balcony 3-4 times. > P.S. I see "discriminately" would have been a better word above. Which reminds me that when indiscriminate came up in my Reading II vocabulary text, none of my students knew the word. When I related it to discrimate and discrimination, they didn't know the former and all thought that the later referred only to racial prejudice. THEE: Some days I think that cutting sugar cane would be easier than giving lessons. I have a few students who are advanced enough to have a little joy with. Most are struggling beginners, who a lucky to remember which finger is next. THEE: Subject: The price is right Shall we go halfsies on the Buy It Now price? We do not want to let this bargain get away! THEE: I've been wondering if that transport had fallen on you, but the news didn't mention your name. Back to the "O" subject, the most glaring example is coke followed by home. THEE: Subject: Digital Butcher cover Big doings on the Capitol Albums Vol. 2 front. Let me see if I can remember how it went. Last Tuesday, someone on the Beatlegs discussion group posted a message from an anonymous writer to another group saying that the mono mixes on the box set were "fake mono"! They were just the stereo mixes folded into mono. I dashed off an e-mail to DJ Andre Gardner, asking if he knew anything about it. Silence. Wednesday, Andre wrote back to announce that he was the anonymous poster! Apparently, he'd played his advance DJ copies the previous weekend, detected the fraud, and got on the phone right away. He caught Bruce Spizer in a cab, going to his hotel in New York, ahead of the Fest. Spizer agreed, as soon as he heard the discs, in his hotel. The two then called Capitol. Capitol has since announced that they will replace the offending discs. It looks like they may even have pushed the release date (today) back a week or so. ME: I've come back down a notch or two in the cd recorder realm, but nowhere's near to hauling a high-powered rifle up the local bell tower. I got a surprise rifle crack going from track 12 to 13 of my most recent cd project - tape 1 of Verdi's Macbeth. I had even double checked that spot before taking the cdrw to the computer, because I had deleted and rerecorded track 13. It's absolutely clean on the cd recorder. Some troubleshooting suggests that it's my external 56x cd drive, since the crack doesn't appear when I use my pokey internal cd drive. Still, it seems to suggest that the cd recorder does something that's hard to handle for a cd drive. The infuriating cd text is still there - powering down did not kill it. Haven't given up, though. Great story about the fake mono. Any chance you're still up for a tape-to-cd frolic on Saturday? In spite of my griping about my machine, I can guarantee a fine product. THEE: Subject: Meet Your Neighbor Mr. Sauter, Independent Newspapers Inc. has introduced a feature called "Meet Your Neighbor." These stories feature Downstate residents who serve the community through various activities, groups or clubs and/or who are concerned with community issues. The profiles run in the Delaware State News (Smyrna/Dover area and the beaches), The Journal (Harrington area), the Milford Chronicle (Milford area), the Sussex Post (Georgetown/Millsboro area) or The Leader & State Register (Seaford/Laurel area). A simple question-and-answer interview, which we'd like done via e- mail, would include the following inquiries: Of course, if the interviewee is uncomfortable answering a particular question, it could be skipped. We would publish the responses in their own words and run a photo alongside the copy (which the respondent could supply). The reason I am contacting you today is because we'd like you to be one of the individuals profiled. There is no obligation, of course. And if you can think of anyone else who may be interested, please let me know. Your prompt response (at least to let me know if you would like to participate) is appreciated. Feel free to call or e-mail me. Thank you in advance. ME: Thanks for the opportunity to say hi to the community. My first inclination was to decline. I couldn't imagine anyone enjoying the responses that were coming to mind. Then I figured, why not let you be the judge of that! THEE: Subject: Sauter To Sauter This is really strange but cool, but i typed my last name in to google search and your website popped up. The thing that caught my eye was that you were into guitar and seemed involved in different political viewpoints. Here is where it gets cooler, My last name is Sauter, and i've been playing guitar like a religion since the age of 17 and am fueled extremely politically, writing and recording politacal songs. Get back to me because this seems interesting. ME: Yeah, that's neat. I'm certainly no singer, though! I don't have a link handy, but if you search on "patowmack guitar trio" you should come to a page that has a few guitar trios with me in there. Oops, I just ran a little test - make that "potomac guitar trio". THEE: With your interest in variations, how about becoming involved with a revised edition of H. M. Belden's Ballads adn Songs Collected by the Missouri Folklore Society. The new editor is looking for a large team of volunteers to see what they can turn up in terms of updates on each song's "appearance in books, journal articles, or recorded media since Belden finished writing his annotations in 1949." This, by the way, is sure to be a long-term project. It's not really underway yet except for a little bit of preliminary work that Lynn has been doing. I learned of it a few days ago when my March Missouri Folklore Society Newsletter arrived. (Yup, March. This is fast for this group.) ME: I'd be happy to contribute anything I can to The Belden's Ballads project. Obviously, the thing that comes to mind are all the LC guitar arrangements I have which are mostly unknown. Don't know if there's any overlap with Belden, but I'd jump in with gusto. I think this is the way to do projects in this day and age, and it tears me up that in my areas of interest there seems to be no inclination whatsoever to band together. Just this morning, for instance, I informed the Guitar Foundation of America I was letting my membership slide. I didn't come out and give my reason: that I hardly feel any connection with the classical guitar community. And another recent example is the lack of response to my call for a project to get the opera mp3s off of the UCSB site. Yes, I could eventually do it myself, but wouldn't sharing the chore be a million times more fun? Maybe "infinitely" would be a better word since I'm not sure doing anything that you don't share with anybody else is really any fun at all. With that in mind here's yer daily Mother Goose torture: I bumbled "Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross" when I brought it up. The reason its pictures in particular come to mind is because my fat British Mother Goose gives two pictures, by different artists, both showing a child being dandled. That was interesting after seeing the scene painted literally. My "Story and Verse for Children" book lists it among rhymes "serving a purpose in action games and pantomime." You asked about the Humpty Dumpty illustrations. Both of them in my fat British book, by different artists, show a chubby boy. One's snoozing on the wall, the other is falling headfirst off of it. I see now they both incorporate real eggs. A couple are falling with the falling boy, and one is broken on the ground. There are 3 round objects, eggs seen end-on, I guess, on the wall next to the snoozing boy. Two of my illustrations for "Little Nannie (Nancy) Netticoate (Etticote) in a white petticoat..." just show a candle since that's what the riddle is. But one cleverly shows a little girl fitting the description of Nancy Etticote looking at a candle. Neat. There are hardly any examples of nursery rhymes in the different books being word-for-word identical. I found one which is identical in the 3 books except at one word: Three wise men of Gotham Went to sea in a bowl, If the bowl had been stronger, My tale/story/song had been longer. How's this for a mean variation?: Rain, rain, go away, And come on Grandma's washing day. I had 2 bare-bones version of one that starts Where are you going to, my pretty maid? I am going a-milking, sir, she said. It has 3 or 4 more couplets like that. In my most recent acquisition it's fleshed out to Lord Rendall proportions: Where are you going to, my pretty maid? Where are you going to, my pretty maid? I am going a-milking, sir, she said; Sir, she said; sir, she said; I am going a-milking, kind sir, she said. I like that, but why I had to mention it to you was because of a surprising word in the last verse. The short version goes: Then I won't marry you, my pretty maid. Nobody asked you, sir, she said. The technicolor version: Then I cannot marry you, my pretty maid, Then I cannot marry you, my pretty maid. Well, nobody axed you to, sir, she said; Sir, she said; sir, she said; Well, nobody axed you, kind sir, she said. Axed? Sound like good, ol' prim and proper British English to you? Finally, in Mother Goose land, I noticed something I never noticed before - the closed loop of The House That Jack Built. The 11th and final verse introduces the "farmer sowing his corn that kept the cock that crowed in the morn... waked priest... married man... kissed maiden... milked cow... tossed dog... worried cat... killed rat... ate malt that lay in the house that Jack built" Well, the "corn" is where the malt came from in the first place. I have a small collection of cassette tapes, and I'm copying them to cd as I go through them. I got to Pagliacci a few days ago. Most of the translations give the time for the clowns' play as 7:00. That always confounded me; even I could see that "a venti- tre ora" is not 7:00. On the other hand, 2300 = 11 pm seemed like a mighty late showtime for the villagers. And one or two of my libretti agreed with my calculations and gave it as 11:00. In pulling down about 50 of my opera reference books with main sections on Pagliacci, I finally stumbled across one that solved the mystery (for me, at least). It says in some parts of Italy, they count the hours from 8 pm, meaning *our* 8 pm which is their 0 o'clock, I guess. So their 1 ora is 9:00, and so on to 23 ora, which is 7 pm. Weird! But neat. Comparing pictures sometimes turns up something fun. I have 5 different editions of the Victor Book of the Opera, spanning several decades. The text and the pictures were always being updated. I had all 5 opened to Pagliacci and looking at the pictures, noting which were new in each edition, or holdovers from earlier editions. In the earliest and latest editions is the famous picture of Caruso playing Pagliaccio, with his right arm held up high ready to beat a great big bass drum. I just figured they were the same photo, each with a slightly different contrast due to processing. But Caruso's smile seemed ever so slightly different in one of them. I figured that had to be due to the processing, but I eventually noticed his arm was moved a few inches (relative to himself, that is.) No big deal, just that it was quite a surprise, plus I didn't figure they had rapid fire still cameras back then. I think I made some remarks about the Kumon instructor in Wilmington who was shut down by the kids in the branch office for providing SAT prep material to his students. I wanted to give you a web page address, but I see it's been removed. However, the google cached page is still available: http:... Does he seem like the sort of person you wouldn't want helping your kids with math? He's given me some much appreciated direction in setting up my own tutoring business. Ok, so I couldn't get the balloon up to the balcony. I'm a loser. Stop rubbing it in. ME: LATE BREAKING NEWS: FedEx just dropped off a "priority overnight" envelope from Deven Klein, Kumon North America Inc. Haven't opened it. You suppose they want me as a vice president? ME: Dear Soundboard, I got my "Time to renew" notice last month. I've decided to let my subscription come to an end, and I thought I would tell you rather than leave you wondering if it got buried under a stack of papers. It's been great over the decades. The last issue was particularly fine, so thought I'd make that the grand finale. Thanks again. Donald Sauter #1291 ME: to audiophile group: subj: What's causing the loud crack between tracks? I have a Sony CD recorder (RCD-W500C) which is only a few weeks old... ME: (from my old friends page) Cathy Samakouris? Cathy Samokouris? (Are you still creative? The construction paper chains you pasted to your face and ears that day was the most brilliant thing I've ever seen. Why did the teacher explode? Who knows, who knows...) THEE: Hey Donald, Can't say as I remember glueing paper chains to my face but good for me! My daughter googled "Samakouris" and sent me your site. Here's my life in a brief nutshell... I'm still on the creative side. I cross-stitch, play the piano and guitar and for years my hair was purple. Now it's just a nice shade of Burgundy. The last person I ran into from Featherbed Lane was Susan K. when I attended Towson State. Really wild! Seeing all those names and bringing back memories. I wish I had an old class picture. Thanks for the memories and getting my day off with a smile! ME: Great to hear from you! My little snare has caught a few old friends. You didn't answer the main thing I wanted to know: did you grow up big and tall? Just joking! Sounds like you can take the paper chain and paste incident in good spirit, so I'll remind you of a little more. Miss Olsen really blew her stack, and made you keep them on for the rest of the day, even going through the lunch line. Is that the way to treat true genius? Thanks for reminding me of Susan K. - I'll have to add her to the page, although there's not much chance with common names. Working for the Girl Scouts sounds real neat. At the request of a friend I started volunteering in a local elementary school. I was scared to death, but loved it immediately. It was obvious the kids liked working with me. Couldn't get on with the school system, so I opened up a learning center in Dover, Del. I had a nice surprise meeting with one of our classmates last December. My mom died, and Marcia M., whom I hadn't seen since Featherbed, showed up at the viewing. She was a neighbor of my Mom's family - lived across the road from my cousin Alice C., remember her? Michael Tolson, who now goes by the name tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, tENT for short, was the first to get caught by my old friends page. He's still a character, actually, much moreso than ever. Have a nice Easter, and all the best! ME: I'm hoping you'll go for something a little offbeat, picture- wise. I'm not much photographed, and anything like a portrait would go back to the days of big glasses. Here's my favorite from the most recent "photo session". It shows me playing roofball with my nephew Stephen Paul Bossom (airborne) on Christmas afternoon, 2005, in western Baltimore County, Maryland. Note the cool Christmas rainbow. The reason for the shoot was to provide roofball pictures for an encyclopedia on sports in North America. The author found my roofball page. Oh, yes, many others *claim* to have invented the sport, but they're all a bunch of charlatans. THEE: Subject: RE: Meet Your Neighbor We really would prefer a straight-on (what we call) mugshot, if you've got one. We also could arrange to have one of our photographers take one of you. Since this is an opportunity for readers to meet you, we'd like you to be identifiable in the photo. What do you think? ME: Hmmm... All I know is my own brain, and I know I'd a million times rather see a fun, out-of-the-ordinary photo than a mug shot. Are you sure you're viewing this from the readers' standpoint, as opposed to what's "allowable" for a newspaper? Would one infraction bring Independent down? I think the offbeatness of the photo is far more in tune with "me" than a normal portrait. The caption might make the most interesting lines of the profile. It's also hard for me to believe a tiny feature like this is worth sending a photographer around for. Hey, I didn't even answer half the questions! But in the end, as one knows from my web pages, I believe in simple majority rule, and if after considering my feelings and arguments here the majority still says "Mug shot!", I guess that's the way it'll be. But thanks for asking around and giving it a second thought. THEE: RE: Meet Your Neighbor Running the profile with a mugshot is the way my managing editor has asked me to do these. If you'd like to send one in, please do. If you'd like us to take a shot of you, please let me know. Also, if you'd prefer not to participate at all, that's your option. ME: If you think it'll be interesting enough with a mug shot, then that's ok with me. But I will need a photographer to come out since I can't think of a portrait taken of me in decades. Thanks for doing all of this for me - what did I do to deserve it! THEE: I cannot tell a lie: When i heard about the fake mono, I ordered a set from Lapidos. I think my goal was to get a correct box but a fake-mono sampler. Well, it arrived and the box is fake mono. I gave "I'm Looking Through You" a quick spin. Now I'm disappointed. ME: I eventually need to understand the mono story better. Everything happened that fast that you got the box set already?? And you're disappointed you got a future rarity??? And you can hear fake mono without an A/B comparison???? (Or even with?????) I see I goofed on the UCSB number for the Queen of the Night's aria, which is unbelievable, by the way. The UCSB catalog no. is 2352. If you search on 35012, you'll get it too, as the Edison Amberol number. THEE: Re: teachers, grrr... Cathy Roberts? Cathy Roberts? (To heck with the paper chains; I'd like to see the burgundy hair.) ME: The "Wit and Humor" set arrived today - definitely a keeper. Got chuckles from the first couple of things I dipped into. I'll have to read it front to back. If O. Henry only gets one entry, the standards must be pretty high! Enjoyed "Ye Legende of Sir Ironcladde" muchlie; how did we ever let such a genre die out? Got few books from a company called Math League that look like superb material to use in my learning center, as soon as that can happen. It's tremendously richer than the Kumon worksheets, although they were quite acceptable with me running the show. I'm plowing through all the Math League books now. Got my first few cylinder mp3s from the UCSB site. So many things pulling me this way and that - although I think you probably know more about that than anybody. Chicken Little was great story-telling. I'm surprised at how good the sound quality of the cylinders is, in general. For a wild vocal technique that doesn't exist anywhere in my record collection, listen to the Queen of the Night's aria from the Magic Flute. Use the UCSB no. 2353, or search on "35012", Edison Amberol no. If I didn't thank you for the 1915 Baltimore directory of Sauters - thanks! I forwarded it to my sister Diane who is the most genealogically minded of us. She can point out dilapidated farm houses in the are that were formally inhabited by our ancestors. Had meant to bring up the bufay thread one last time. Pretty obvious my pig latin theory was a fiasco, but the theory of derivation from an African word seemed pretty far-fetched to me. Or maybe not, if we have lots of examples of that. But with tens of thousands of African languages to choose from (I'm guessing) it'd be pretty hard not to find a word to sound like anything you want. But the main thing I remember is, with a few minutes of searching, I never found a web page that spelled out, or even took a stab at, the origin of pig latin. Was it around in the late 1800s even? As always, maybe one more click would have done it. Yesterday I had the pleasure of giving my 1979 set of The Book of Knowledge to a woman who ships things to an orphanage-school in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was thrilled with it, and also the box of kids books I got along with the recent Mother Goose at the Dover auction, plus a crate of old National Geographics and a stack of Ranger Rick nature magazines. It's one of her "causes". She says neighboring Pakistan looks like Fifth Avenue in comparison to Afghanistan - and we know how ritzy Pakistan is. She has connections that allow her to ship APO, but still, she spent $1800 in pastage last year. She also heads Delaware's Salvation Army, etc. etc. THEE: Subject: Beatles Movies Mr. Sauter, I have come into possession of some 16mm movies of the Beatles. These Movies have these titles listed on them: Splice of life Its what's happening baby Murphy Thek Beatles in America. I noticed that you had a lot of Beatles information on your web site. I am trying to figure out if these movies have any value. There are not even on reels to play on a movie projector. A couple of the movies appear to have no wear on them at all. Can you help me out? ME: I guess I'm not much of an expert on films made about the Beatles; only the 2nd title sounds fammiliar (a Murray the K quote). You might want to ask on the discussion group rec.music.beatles . Or you might just want to describe them to the best of your abilities and put them on ebay. Good luck. THEE: > So what was in the FedEx envelope from Kumon? Who knows? I didn't want it to ruin my Easter weekend! THEE: > Maybe "infinitely" would be a better word since I'm not sure doing anything that you don't share with anybody else is really any fun at all. It's too bad that the guitar group lacks community spirit. I find that the ragtime crowd on newsgroups can sometimes be that way, but other times they jump in and get excited about some issue or topic for a couple of weeks. Then a person can ask a question another time and get not one reply. When replies are forthcoming to the poster, they're usually helpful and supportive, but occasionally they are snide and critical . . . or sure sound that way even if it may not have been the way the remarks were intended. I haven't experienced any of the "attacks" but have been ignored several times. Most likely that means no one knows the answer. > I bumbled "Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross" when I brought it up. The reason its pictures in particular come to mind is because my fat British Mother Goose gives two pictures, by different artists, both showing a child being dandled. That was interesting after seeing the scen painted literally. My "Story and Verse for Children" book lists it among rhymes "serving a purpose in action games and pantomime." I had to look up the verb dandled. But I suspect quite of few of these rhymes could have been used for similar purposes. > You asked about the Humpty Dumpty illustrations. Both of them in my fat British book, by different artists, show a chubby boy. One's snoozing on the wall, the other is falling headfirst off of it. I see now they both incorporate real eggs. A couple are falling with the falling boy, and one is broken on the ground. There are 3 round objects, eggs seen end-on, I guess, on the wall next to the snoozing boy. Huh, I've always found that a strange rhyme even when I was a kid. What would the king's men (and especially the king's horses) be doing trying to put an egg together? And if it's a boy that they can't put together, it's a morbid tale, and perhaps warning, for kids. But why combine the boy and the eggs? Just tried a Google search. In one modern picture, Humpty, as an anthropomorphized egg, falls off the wall and bounces off of a trampoline. He's pictures flying toward the roof of a house as a girl looks on from the yard and some sort of animal from the house. Looks a liddle like the cat and the fiddle but maybe more like a squirrel and a banjo . . . Humpty appears to have been holding a cup of coffee or hot chocolate because it's flying through the air, too. Haven't looked through all the pages of hits, but here's my favorite so far--from the London Times: http://www.londonstimes.us/toons/cartoons/richdiesslin_humpty.gif And how about this origami Humpty? http://www.kalei.com/origami/models.html And I like this one a lot: http://www.playswithmusic.com/plays/humptydumpty.html Do you suppose that egg was a symbol for the earth all along? The king's horses and king's men make more sense that way. The military never has done a very good job of bringing order out of destruction. > Two of my illustrations for "Little Nannie (Nancy) Netticoate (Etticote) in a white petticoat..." just show a candle since that's what the riddle is. But one cleverly shows a little girl fitting the description of Nancy Etticote looking at a candle. Neat. Reminds me a little of the at scene in Lady and the Tramp (or is it 101 Dalmations?) in which a succession of people walk down the street walking their dogs, and dogs and owners all look alike. Which reminds me of one of our instructors on campus. I was at her house once. Her chihuahua looked and acted just like her. It was the most nervous dog I've ever seen. Repeatedly, it came to me as I sat at the kitchen table and put its paws on my leg as if it wanted attention. If I looked at it, it ran. A few minutes later, the process repeated. This happened more than a dozen times, always the same. Then I tried something else. I kept my eyes on Hself across the table, but reached out my hand sideways to pat the dog's head. The dog stayed. > How's this for a mean variation?: Rain, rain, go away, And come on Grandma's washing day. Mean, yes, but funnier than the original (or at least the common) version. > Finally, in Mother Goose land, I noticed something I never noticed before - the closed loop of The House That Jack Built. The 11th and final verse introduces the "farmer sowing his corn that kept the cock that crowed in the morn... waked priest... married man... kissed maiden... milked cow... tossed dog... worried cat... killed rat... ate malt that lay in the house that Jack built" Well, the "corn" is where the malt came from in the first place. That was always one of my favorites as a kid, but I don't recall the corn although it may have been there. Is it not in the other books? > Most of the translations of Pagliacci give the time for the clowns' play as 7:00. That always confounded me; even I could see that "a venti-tre ora" is not 7:00. On the other hand, 2300 = 11 pm seemed like a mighty late showtime for the villagers. And one or two of my libretti agreed with my calculations and gave it as 11:00. In pulling down about 50 of my opera reference books with main sections on Pagliacci, I finally stumbled across one that solved the mystery (for me, at least). It says in some parts of Italy, they count the hours from 8 pm, meaning *our* 8 pm which is their 0 o'clock, I guess. So their 1 ora is 9:00, and so on to 23 ora, which is 7 pm. Weird! But neat. Wow, I'll have to ask Alessio if he knows anything about this method of telling time. > Ok, so I couldn't get the balloon up to the balcony. I'm a loser. Stop rubbing it in. Who, me? THEE: Re: soundboard subscription Thanks for the notice, Donald, much appreciated. Take care, THEE: Serial numbers ending in SK1 are OK Wait a minute! You goofed on the UCSB number for the tune you wanted me to download for you? Too late: It's already enshrined on "Digital Don VI." Fortunately, it's awesome! To these untrained ears, Maria Galvany's "Il flauto magico" is all the opera anyone needs! I had the weirdest dream the other night. You sent me a CD which consisted of a recording of you describing your problems with your CD recorder. (Don't let this give you any ideas.) You got mad at me because I just threw it in my regular backlog pile and therefore didn't notice that you'd recorded it using your Boris Karloff impersonation voice. Weird! Here's Andre Gardner's press statement on the mono crisis! Last Thursday, 12 days before its official release, I received a copy of the Capitol Albums Volume 2 boxed set, to use in the production of my show "Breakfast With The Beatles." Needless to say I was thrilled, and immediately began listening to the set. When I put on the mono mixes of RUBBER SOUL, in particular "Norwegian Wood", I noticed the mono mix wasn't like the ORIGINAL mono mix. There was a very distinct cough after one of the lines of the song that was always on the US mono mix, and on the set I had just received, it wasn't there. I then put on the mono version of "I'm Looking Through You", and noticed a 'false start' at the beginning of the song, which should only be heard on the US stereo mix of the song. It was then I realized that the mono mixes on RUBBER SOUL were NOT the original mono mixes, but a stereo "fold down" into mono, whereby the stereo mix is combined to create a mono mix. I was stunned. I then put on the BEATLES VI CD and listened to the mono mix, only to realize THEY were not the original mono mixes either...they, too, were the stereo to mono fold-downs. Since the EARLY BEATLES and HELP! US albums were ORIGINALLY stereo to mono fold-down mixes, I knew the ones I heard on those CDs were correct. But the BEATLES VI and RUBBER SOUL mixes were definitely the wrong ones. I then called Chris Carter, a noted Los Angeles DJ and also a host of an excellent Beatles show, to frantically tell him the news, thinking he would also have received a copy of the set. He had not, and he put me in touch with several people at Capitol Records, as well as Bruce Spizer, noted Beatles historian and expert, who in fact, wrote the liner notes for the Volume 2 boxed set. Mr. Spizer had just arrived in New York for the Festival For Beatles Fans that weekend, and had not heard the finished version of the set. When I explained to Mr. Spizer what had happened, he, too, was very surprised, and after hearing the set himself, realized that indeed a mistake had been made. After many phone calls to Mr. Spizer and Capitol Records and myself, the label then determined that an error at the mastering lab had been made, and new masters were immediately sent to the pressing plant. While I am not exactly thrilled to be the first person to have discovered this mistake, I am grateful that the error was caught early enough (albeit at the eleventh hour) for correction discs to be manufacured in time for the April 11th release. Andre Gardner THEE: Re: The Former Cathy Samakouris I figured it had to have been either Miss Olsen or Miss Botton (2nd grade) cause I think I rubbed each of them wrong. I just wish I could remember. Big and tall, huh? I got really excited when I finally reached 5 foot in 8th grade. Didn't grow much after that so now I'm a whopping 5'2". My daughters are almost a head taller than me! ME: to: Laurence Juber guestbook Have you ever heard "Belshazzar's Feast" by William Walton? Listen about 3:50 in, after the line "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." It's cool. A recording of "Belshazzar's Feast" won a Grammy the same year (1973) as George Martin's arrangement for "Live and Let Die" - a weird coincidence? Thought you might get a kick out of this since you play the song. Thanks for listening! ME: Is it ok to upgrade my original responses to "Meet Your Neighbor"? I presume nothing's been etched in stone yet. If it's not too much to ask, I was wondering how I was chosen. I figured that a slightly offbeat letter I sent recently to the Delaware State News triggered it, but it doesn't look like that letter was used. Not a big deal, but I'd like to think there was *some* sort of selection criterion. That would help to ease my mind against imagined accusations of "Showboat!" THEE: I know what you mean about getting away from guitar. It is a major life issue for me: I want to get back to it in a disciplined way but my lifestyle (as a bureaucrat & Internet/computer junky off hours) gets in the way. If I could find a solution to the problem of musicians losing their motivation I think I'd be rich. But, I think it is good for the soul so I don't sell my instruments (though I contemplate selling my baroque guitar, bodhrans, & cittern, not the Roberts classical). THEE: The Little Red Hen is a single mom . . . makes pizza . . . and leaves her great grandson and heirloom cookbook > Got few books from a company called Math League that look I'm sure that you jazzed up the Kumon materials. That was obvious from what you were doing with the folk/fairy tales alone. With math, you'd really be in your element. > Chicken Little was great story-telling. Always one of my favorites. I probably couldn't count, even today, the number of times that story was read to me when I was too young to read myself. Probably as many times as "This Is the House That Jack Built" and "The Little Red Hen." Great version of the latter, too. Instead of words, it used small pictures here and there scattered through the text where some of the words appear in most versions: little red hen, cat, goose, rat, wheat, bread. From the time I was maybe two, that gave me the feeling that I was doing part of the reading as I said the word for the pictures. > But the main thing I remember is, with a few minutes of searching, I never found a web page that spelled out, or even took a stab at, the origin of pig latin. Was it around in the late 1800s even? As always, maybe one more click would have done it. Don't know when pig latin (or Pig Latin) originated, but it must have been before 1912 because reporters had fun with the coined "dog latin" when the dog song came out in Latin translation attributed to the satirist Juvenal. THEE: RE: Meet Your Neighbor Mr. Sauter, Basically, the only requirement is that you live Downstate and are willing to participate. THEE: Subject: Spontini i found in your opera recording list: :Fernand Cortes, of G.Spontini: (EJD EMp69 ..) i was wondering if you have also an english synopsis..and if it is possible to get it somwhere greetings from Italy ME: I wish I could be more helpful, but the most complete synopsis I have in my opera reference library is from the Dictionary of Opera and Operetta by James Anderson. Fernand Cortez or La 'Conquete de Mexique (The Conquest of Mexico) Opera in three acts by Spontini. 1st perf. Paris, 28 Nov 1809; libr. by Victor Joseph Etienne de Jouy and Joseph Alphonse Esmenard, after Alexis Piron's play. Revised version, 1st perf. Paris, 28 May 1817. Principal roles: Cortez (ten), Amazily (sop); Montezuma (bass), Telasco (bar), Alvaro (ten). One of Spontini's finest and most spectacUlar operas (the original version included a cavalry charge), it was enormously successful at its appearance and is still occasionally performed. Plot: Mexico. The conquistador Cortez loves Amazily, daughter of the AZtec King Montezuma, and hopes by their marriage to bring about peace. After putting doWn a mutiny by his troops, he burns his boats and with the help of Amazily (now a Christian) he rescues his brother Alvaro from being sacrificed to the Aztec gods. Montezuma finally agrees to his marriage with Amazily. A Guide to Opera Recordings (called "EM" in my opera index), by Ethan Mordden mentions a recording of the opera. I presume they would include a plot summary, if not the whole libretto. Here's what EM says about three Spontini operas. Spontini's later works [after La Vestale] are more enjoyable but less admirable, so long out of fashion that all the sets are pirates. As with Cherubini, MRF [a recording label] has extended itself, to Fernand Cortez, Olimpie, and Agnes von Hohenstaufen. Cortez, with its piquant Aztec pastiche, points up what was to become a favorite grand-opera plot line: Romeo and Juliet against a background of political upheaval (like Guillaume Tell's Mathilde and Arnold, she of the Austrian tyrants and he of the native Swiss freedom fighters). MRF's 1974 RAI Cortez under Lovro von Matacic, in Italian, is decent, though sabotaged by the shaky Angeles Gulin. MRF's RAI Olimpie, suddenly, is in French, though filtered through the international slant of Yasuko Hayashi, Alexandrina Miltscheva, Werner Hollweg, Alexander Malta, and Alexander Zagrabelni under Gianandrea Gavazzeni. It's a poised but uncompelling performance, lacking the oomph of the 1966 Scala revival with Pilar Lorengar, Fiorenza Cossotto, Franco Tagliavini, and Giangiacomo Guelfi (Melodram). Again, the love plot is set in a political context, in this case the squabbles of the generation that succeeded Alexander the Great in Macedonia. Agnes von Hohenstaufen is most interesting historically, as it marked the climax of Spontini's reign at Berlin's Royal Opera. There he attempted to popularize the French style, meanwhile demonstrating grand opera's paradoxical relationship with the European ancien regime: cultural-capital opera, in Paris and Berlin, was subject to royal authority, yet the operas' plots hammered away on the theme of democratic idealism. (The paradox becomes itself paradoxical when L'Africaine features a hero who defies Church and state-to further colonialist expansion.) As it was, Berlin's nobility and the opportunistic bourgeoisie supported Spontini, while the general public preferred the less pretentious subjects of Weber. MRF's Agnes (Caballe, Stella, Prevedi, Guelfi, Bruscantini; Muti; RAI, 1970) presents a good account of what may be Spontini's greatest opera. It is certainly his grandest, with much ceremony, huge act finales, and a cast so big it has three characters named Heinrich and two named Philip (one of the latter, forgivably, is mentioned but never appears). MRF knocks the whole thing down to three discs. The complete work is so long that the first act was presented by itself when Agnes was premiered in 1827. Hope that helps a little bit! THEE: Subject: wine/water Thank you, Mr. Sauter, for providing such an exhaustive and well- written explanation of the wine/water problem. It proved most helpful in supporting my assertion that I was, in fact, correct. ME: Thanks for visiting. Nice to know that the page made sense and was helpful to someone! ME: There's a neat picture here. I thought it was really odd that after the C-5 crashed there was not a single, related story with the term "dickinson". We're talking a miss by only a few football fields. > Subject: What does an Easterner know about jackalopes? I, for one, used to know *everything*. Now you mean to tell me they're imaginary??? Dang. >> Enjoyed "Ye Legende of Sir Ironcladde" muchlie; Oops, make that Sir Yroncladde. I *used* to know how to spell... At the auction on Tuesday I picked up a set of books called "The Library of Wit and Humor". The date is 1917. I got volumes 1-9 and I'm guessing there was at least a volume 10. The first 5 is "American," and 6-9 is "British", and I'm guessing the set was balanced. A web and ebay search didn't turn up much on this set. There are other books and sets with the same title, in particular, one by Mark Twain, and one not by Mark Twain, but using his name and thereby provoking a lawsuit. Cost me $2, and I figured it would be fun to compare with the "Wit and Humor of America" set I got recently. They're all indexed on my computer now. Found a funny writer named John Kendrick Bangs; ever heard of him or his "genial idiot"? He also pops up in my collection writing children's poetry. At my sister's house on Easter I had the chance to fire up the 1915 Baltimore directory with also my father present. My sister lives out in the "country" and it was entertaining to hear my father say, "They lived just up the road there," etc. If you ever revisit the page (not worth it, realy), my grandfather is H. Benton Sauter. I was sort of surprised to see him up and running as a farmer in 1915, considering my father was only born in 1927. My father clarified it for me, yes, his parents had children late. My grandfather was born in 1883. My father was the 2nd youngest of 7. A story I sort of knew, but got refreshed on, involved Oliver Sauter and his wife Meta. Oliver was my grandfather's brother, and Meta was my grandmother Ella's sister - so my father had a set of "double cousins". We also all enjoyed the Jacquie Lawson Easter card - thanks. > That was always one of my favorites as a kid, but I don't recall the corn although it may have been there. Is it not in the other books? Good question. I just go to my KIDX program, type in "jack built", and out pops: Search string = jack built 04-23-2006 BOOK: Story and Verse for Children MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES 69. This is the house that Jack built BOOK: Best in Children's Books 1958.8 The House That Jack Built BOOK: Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales (British 1895) The House that Jack built 173 BOOK: The Real Mother Goose (American 1916) This is the house that Jack built 68 BOOK: Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Castle Book) 155 This is the house that Jack built Out of those 5, only the Castle Book edition omits the "corn" verse. That one is published in London, but I found on the last page that it was "Printed in Romania." Seems a little odd to me. Wish I knew the year. I've got half a mind to try the Humpty-Dumpy origami. I helped Mizan make a neat folding puzzle called The Sheep and Goats puzzle the other day. Unfortunately, the "playswithmusic" Humpty-Dumpty page wouldn't come up. Thanks for the updates on The Little Red Hen. As for me, I'm afraid it's too late - gimme *musty*! Dover reelected the guy who leveled the Hanson House, thanks to the Dover Post and Delaware State News, neither of which printed my devastating letter. Thought you might get a kick out of one sort of "math" problem that pops up in the material I plan to use. The company is called the Math League. One of their neat little quirks is to lump our calendar system in with math. So you get problems like this one aimed at 8th grade: My cousin Vinnie testified he was born on a Tuesday in March of a leap year. Long ago, Vinnie told me that his birthday had fallen on a Wednesday exactly twice in his life. What was the youngest age (in years) Vinnie could have been when he told me this? a) 6 b) 7 c) 8 d) 9 Keep in mind you have 30 minutes (but 39 other problems to complete in those 30 minutes.) There's a funny picture of our cousin Vinnie looking thoroughly gangsterish with his hand on Bible in a court of law. ME: Glad to hear you enjoy the Patowmack guitar trio album enough for repeated listens. That's definitely the highest kind of praise, and certainly not what I expect when I give such things out. I view it as sort of a greeting card - one spin and toss it out is ok with me. I know most people are "too busy" for anything extra in their lives nowadays, at least they believe they are, and since we're positively drowning in music performed perfectly by world-class freaks it takes an out-of-the-ordinary constitution to appreciate amateur music-making. I may have mentioned I caught the opera bug maybe 8 years ago or so, and that accounts for most of what I listen to. It takes "work" to tackle a new opera, but that's actually a lot of fun for me. Something about the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. Currently working over Mozart's opera seria Idomeneo. One before that was Verdi's Macbeth. So besides great music and great (ok, sometimes wacky) stories, opera brings you to all sorts of historical and legendary and mythological characters. The big problem is whether to stick with an opera that's knocking me out, or move on to a fresh one. So many operas - so few years. Well, if that's my most stressful decision, it's not such a bad life, I guess. I also have a bit of a thing for "Americana", and I've acquired some neat books recently. At Spence's auction in Dover, I was outbid on a box of books that had a 10-volume set at the bottom from 1907 called "The Wit and Humor of America", and the winner didn't want to sell it. I figured he was probably after all the valuable, old Bobbsey Twins books in the box. So I checked ebay and they had a set for about what I was willing to pay, and I got that. Then the next week at Spence's I spied an old, 1917 set called "The Library of Wit and Humor". The first 5 volumes are American and the last 4 British. (I suspect it's missing a volume.) I've already found many neat stories and poems in both sets. THEE: Here's one in return to help thee with thy procrastination. It's all about Arkansan high culture a half-century before they got into dawgnapping. It's by Thomas Bangs Thorpe, and I read it by accident when I was reading all my John Kendrick Bangs stories. Oof. No facility for numbers and no facility for words - is there any hope for me, doc? http://docsouth.unc.edu/thorpe/thorpe.html#thorpe145 THEE: >> http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/hardtime.htm > hee hee hee hee hee! Can't stop chuckling! Never knew carpet stories could be so funny! One of my favorite chapters in all of literature. When Dickens is at his best, he's close to unbeatable. > A bit of a stretch, but here's one in return to help thee with thy procrastination. It's all about Arkansan high culture a half-century before they got into dawgnapping. It's by Thomas Bangs Thorpe, http://docsouth.unc.edu/thorpe/thorpe.html#thorpe145 My washing machine lets out some memorable tones now and then, too. Mo Mercer had better stick to those woodchucks when he goes to Little Rock. Funny story . . . and one of my favorite websites. Thanks for the laugh. I'll think of pianos every time I see a woodchuck . . . or pass through Little Rock. ME: ye olde club house At the neighborhood watch meeting, the subject of what to do with the club house came up and I noted that absolutely no one had any ideas of what to do with it. I'd like to think that that works in favor of my proposal of renting it for a few hours a day, 5 days a week, for $200 a month, say. If no one has any idea of what we can do with it, they should be happy to make money off of it. And just to reiterate, if uses for the club house do come along, it would be available until about 3:30 pm and after about 6:30 pm. It's like free money for Persimmon Park Place. You seem to have no objections to the idea; any chance you could nudge the council in that direction? P.S. I still think a few able-bodied PPP men could slap some varnish on the club house, or at least most of it. P.P.S There are TOO MANY SIGNS in Persimmon Park Place! Who needs them! Let's keep Persimmon Park Place beautiful! Here's the "rest of the story" regarding Jack and Jill: 1. Jack and Jill went up the hill. To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown. And Jill came tumbling after. 2. Then up Jack got, and home did trot. As fast as he could caper. To old Dame Frown, who patched his crown, With vinegar and brown paper. 3. When Jill came in, how she did grin, To see Jack's paper plaster. Her Mother, vexed, did whip her next, For laughing at Jack's disaster. I found that on the web. I didn't find any versions on the web exactly like the ones in my library. Here are some of the endings from my Mother Goose books. 2. But up they got And home did trot As fast as they could caper. And Jill had a job to plaster Jack's nob With vinegar and brown paper. 2. Then up Jack got And off did trot, As fast as he could caper, To old Dame Dob, Who patched his nob, With vinegar and brown paper. 2. Up Jack got, And home did trot, As fast as he could caper; Dame Jill had the job to plaster his nob With vinegar and brown paper. 3. Jill came in and she did grin To see his paper plaister, Mother v'd did whip her next, For causing Jack's disaster. So now you know! Don THEE: Alrite mate, Have just read your piece on fixing scratched Records and found it very interesting. (just to make sure this method can be used to fix normal vinyl records cant it?) I have recently scratched one of my very rare vinyl's and have not been able to replace it so when i found your method i was very pleased... (as you say it is the only information available on the web on this topic) I am going to give it a try on some old worthless stuff to make sure i can do it before i try it properly. Is it a technique that needs to be mastered or can anyone do it?? Also if i failed and was unable to fix it, if i was to send the vinyl to you would you think about repairing it for a fee, i would pay all postage there and back and would make it very much worth your while. If so please let me no it would be much appreciated!! ME: You have the idea - try it out on a worthless old record. I promise you - anyone can do it. You'll realize you didn't even need the practice run. Of course, if the vinyl is gouged *really* bad, nothing might work. There's a few reasons against mailing it to me to do, but the main one is, anybody can do it as well as me. Good luck! THEE: Re: Spontini Thanks for your help, In May i will see the new F.Cortez production in Erfurt theatre in Germany.i let u know if its worth to go ME: TO SONY How do I make recordings WITHOUT cd text? Besides being indescribably annoying, it can be confusing and downright WRONG. If you delete a track then the track no. in the track NAME disagrees with the ACTUAL track no. GRRRR.... Please can I communicate with someone who knows this machine thoroughly? ME: Realized when I got home I had left my stupid pillow in the vending room at the surgery center, grrr.... Those were the hardest chairs I ever sat on! ME: I have a parent who wants the completed worksheets back. He won't take no for an answer. He says, "They give them back in Chicage; they give them back in Boston; they give them back in Wilmington; there's a girl in Dover who has a complete set." Giving them back is a large, extra burden on me. It doesn't fit in with the system I've developed. I've always viewed the worksheets as the consumables they were designed to be. When I'm finished with a student's assignment, the worksheets are something like a pile of shrapnel. I never got any impression during training that worksheets should be returned. I would think that Kumon would not want people collecting a complete set of worksheets. Charlie has mentioned that the branch office was shocked to find he returns worksheets. In spite of all these reasons in support of not returning worksheets, when I brought it up during FUT, the answer was a very middle-of-the-road, "It's up to you. Some instructors do, some don't." What I was hoping to hear was that Kumon officially disapproves of the practice. Can I get any support on from on high, or am I on my own in confrontations with immovable, know- it-all parents? One thought: If Kumon is so unconcerned about this, can I offer to sell parents the bound worksheet booklets from KDC? THEE: Subject: RE: completed worksheets I do apologize for not replying sooner. In answering your question, it is really up to the Instructor if they want to return the worksheet or not. We do not discourage Instructors from giving back the worksheets. Most of the Kumon Instructors prefer to give back the worksheets so that the students and parents can see their progress. There are far more benefits in returning the worksheets then keeping it. When returning the worksheets, the students and parents will see where their hard labor is going to and see their progress. They will understand why they are repeating and they will be more involved in the lesson planning. It is also an excellent way to communicate to the Kumon family. In Japan, most Instructors give back the worksheets so that the students and parents can see their progress and effort. It is motivating for students to see they finally got 100% correct or reached their time goal. We can support you in your right to set class policy of not returning worksheets, but for good customer service please consider giving back the worksheets. If you choose not return the worksheets, be sure to add this in your center policy letter. If a parent specifically requests the worksheets, the worksheets should be definitely returned. It is the right of the parent and student. Finally, we cannot sell bounded worksheet booklets to parents. That is a violation of the franchise agreement. The Kumon organization provides a service and we do not sell worksheets. Section 8.3 states Services, Programs and Products Developed by Franchisee. You may not sell or otherwise distribute the Additional Materials to other Kumon franchises or to any other person or entity. I hope this answers your question. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Emily Kim ME: will rice etc I know I'm way, way behind. One of my excuses is my memorial page to Mom, which I forced myself to finally wrap up before Mother's Day. http://www.geocities.com/donaldsauter/mom.htm [now http://www.donaldsauter.com/mom.htm ] Of course you're not obligated to read every word, but figure you're probably the only invitee I don't feel any need to apologize to regarding the length. Happy Mother's Day! (You're allowed to say that to somebody else's mother, aren't you?) ME: Hope you don't mind me "saving postage" with one mailing. Here's a memorial page I finally pulled together for Mom. I used Mother's Day as the incentive for finally wrapping it up. It's way too long for anyone to read all the way through, but I *think* there are some funny bits in there which I hope you can find. For instance, there's the time Beetle locked himself in the truck, and more! THEE: The Genealogy of a President Dear Editor, In his Anglophobic vent ("Postmarks," Nov. 29), Todd Alan Smith refers to the crowning of George Sr. and his royal sons. Smith may be interested to know that George Walker Bush does indeed directly descend from Robert II of Scotland in the 21st generation, Edward I of England in the 25th generation in one line and the 28th in another, William I of the 29th generation (Gary B. Roberts, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, pp. 92, 211, 234, 267, 333, and 362 for the ancestries and sources). In noting this, I in no way endorse any acts of President Bush. It is embarrassment enough that he and I are 23rd cousins three times removed. Sincerely, David L. Kent December 6, 2002: austin chronicle THEE: New football/baseball rules I came across your website while searching for the definition of infield fly rule (which you not only educated me on, but also taught me why it should not be in place.) I found your new layouts regarding softball to be fantastic. As a matter of fact, I am having a BBQ soon and I think I may implement them (living in Toronto, it's difficult to find many people who want to play softball at a BBQ, let alone do anything but drink (those hosers!), so I may have to adjust to playing with only a six or so people). After learning about why I was playing both base and soft ball incorrectly all my life, I browsed around your website and came across some football ideas you had regarding kicking. Seeing that you only had negative feedback (and enough of a sense of humour to post even the most poorly written feedback), I thought I'd be the (evidently) first person to tell you I also can't stand when teams punt on the fourth down (it's the third down here in Canada, but it's the same thing.) It's just not exciting. (Practical? Yes. But I didn't tune into the "Practical Sports Network," did I? No, I didn't.) After reading that, I found myself browsing around for quite some time and even wrote down your recipe for gourmet cereal. The point of this last (and dare I say, most exciting (not really)) paragraph, is basically just to tell you you're done a good job on that Internet, there. Yep, to find a personal website that isn't just a teenager complaining about driving lessons is rare, and you've even made your stories interesting, to boot! I feel I must remind you at this point that you shouldn't think anything negative of me. I'm actually a very interesting person with tons (millions) of friends and I usually don't have time to read a stranger's personal website for hours. I mean it. I'm a real laugh riot. A hoot, my friends say. Why I'm wasting my time with this email, I'll never know. So I'm going to go now. To a real big party with hundreds of people who know both my first AND last name! That'll show you. ME: Hey, your email was just in the nick of time. I'd taken so much abuse for that no-kicking proposal that I was about to remove it from the page, figuring that my latest idea of best- out-of-five quarters would liven up football enough, and not make anybody mad except for people who resent it when they didn't think of something themselves. P.S. You don't have to lord your popularity over me - I'm a hermit by *choice*! THEE: Re: will rice etc If I didn't read every word, I was darn close! Wonderful memorial page, Donald. I feel as if I knew your mom. Getting to know her, even if too late, also makes be see why you are the kind of person you are. A few quick observations in random order. Now I know why you were reading that biography of MMO'H. Must admit I was curious. She made Barbie clothes! I'm impressed. Those shiny dresses were a breeze compared to that. I tried Barbie clothes only once. Trying to attach a sleeve that is maybe an inch around that top at most to a bodice was more than I could deal with. Maybe she made hers by hand. A person would need a miniature sewing machine. Mine wouldn't do it. Mizan's card choked me up. The Will Rice article cracked me up. What a coincidence. In case you don't know how Will Rice College fits into Rice University, Rice undergrads are assigned to a college--pretty much at random, the best I know. Their college is their home (dorm) and family. Each college has a live-in professor and family. Will Rice, as you've probably guessed by now, is one of the colleges. William Marsh Rice was the millionaire behind the university. The notes from Betty Ford and, especially, Lee Harvey Oswald's mother really surprised me. I can only imagine what she must have said to Marguerite Oswald. What a dramatic ending for your webpage (well, if I ignore the final appendix which follows) Everyone should have a Jewish beagle--a true multicultural houn' dawg. Wish your mom had been here to help pull weeds today. Thanks for sharing your mom's memorial page. Wonderful Mother's Day gift to your mom. P.S. When I receive the English translation of Tha Doc Sonc War, I'll read your comments carefully. They're always helpful. I did read one: the question about recorded versions of the dog song by Buffy Sainte Marie, Ian Whitcomb, the St. Louis Ragtimers, and Bob Darch. Yup. All of 'em. Btw, do you recognize Ian Whitcomb's name--one of those British one-hit wonder rock stars? Check your archive to see if I've described him. Made him a character in a dramatic skit I wrote back in 1999 but don't know if I can find that now. It existed only in e-mail--a couple of computers ago--but I know I have a hard copy somewhere. ME: > What did you mean about not feeling any need to apologize about the length? Do I sense an unspoken "That crazy person who's writing an unending book about a ??? couldn't possibly mind this"? No no no. Just that you have a blazing brain; you (apparently) enjoy reading; you take an interest in what interests friends (*very* admiral trait); and are on the lookout for what's neat about something, as opposed to what's stupid about something. You don't need to be told that of the other invitees who can actually muster the energy to click on the link, *none* of their responses will be *anything* like yours. > Now I know why you were reading that biography of MMO'H. Must admit I was curious. I figured you'd be at least mildly curious. Of course, I didn't offer an explanation which would have ruined the surprise, assuming I ever managed to pull together a page for Mom. > Btw, do you recognize Ian Whitcomb's name--one of those British one-hit wonder rock stars? In fact I was the first one to drop Ian's name. I couldn't have imagined in a million years you would have known it, much less him. If your reputation of being impossible to be outdone wasn't already cemented, that did it. From old email: >> I was taking another stab at "After The Ball; pop music from rag to rock" by Ian Whitcomb. I've started it several times before and never finished, although I'm not particularly interested in finishing it. At the beginning of the "Ragtime" chapter is a song lyric: Got more troubles than I can stand Ever since ragtime has struck the land ... I'm certainly leading a ragtime life! > Remind me to tell you about Ian Whitcomb. (If I can find it, I'll even send you a skit--if it can be glorified with that name- -that I once whipped out in which Ian and wife Regina play a small role.) Don't get too anxious; I haven't seen it in several years. If your reputation of being impossible to be outdone wasn't already cemented, that did it. But I see I'm repeating myself. This is what I wrote back then: >> Again, you amaze me. I mean, what you don't know would hardly fill a thimble, but I would have guessed Ian Whitcomb would have been in there. I don't think of you as a big, '60s pop music fan, and Ian only had one hit. But, of course, your connection is personal. Lemme ask this, if you relegated Ian Whitcomb to a bit part in your play, who did you give the lead roles to? Your buddy Ralph Richardson? Sir John Gielgud? Katharine Hepburn? Just out of curiosity, can you say you remember his hit from when it was current? Lemme guess, you went around singing it backwards in French. > Slow getting this book in the mail, but you'll know what to do with it. Sure, read it, highlight it, scribble notes in the margin, slice out the table of contents, send it to Kabul... Just joking. Thanks a lot. That was very nice. It was a good book; the sort of thing that supports the contention that if you want to learn about something, go to the children's books section. I'd be doing good if I remembered a quarter of what I read. I saw Krystal and Mizan a couple of weekends ago at the annual Old Dover Days festivities. We watched a really funny puppeteer, for example. Mizan made a feathered mask, had a balloon hat made, got to keep the inflatable guitar she "played" for the puppeteer, and accumulated little frisbees and who knows what all - made out like a bandit. We also helped paint a mural for an artist. Funny as it may sound, a highlight of the festival for me was watching a spinner spin. Guess I've never seen it before. Made me feel like I was in a Grimms fairy tale. I remember having to hurry from the auction. Just in the nick of time they got to the item I wanted - after I snuck it from the back end of the table to the front. It was a facsimile reprint of Mark Twain's "Library of Humor", which I had just heard about while trying to track down something on my "Library of Wit and Humor" set. I should read the Twain collection first since it was earlier (1888). It has about 32 stories which appear again in my two later sets. It set me back $2. A day or so after you sent me the funny Dickens chapter on filling little pitchers I came across a passage in a story in my Wit and Humor of America set called Wanted-A Cook. "You, Letitia," I retorted, "remind me of Mrs. Nickleby. You ramble so." Letitia looked offended. She always declared that Dickens "got on her nerves." She was one of the new-fashioned readers who have learned to despise Dickens. Personally, I regretted only his nauseating sense of humor. This particular story was pretty funny itself - but missing the last page! My Volume I skips from 54 to 87, and the funny thing is, it doesn't appear to be a missing signature. Notice that 34 pages isn't even a multiple of 4. Wonder what happened. And the web let me down. Funny thing happened at last Tuesday's auction. There were about 6 big boxes of books in a lot. I went through them all, book by book, and found about 4 things of interest. I put those together in a separate box and filled it up with things that I thought would be great for the Kabul orphanage. This was probably about an hour's worth of "work". Figuring that there's not much interest in books, I felt no need to stick around and protect my box. As the auctioneer got closer to it, there were, in fact several people hanging around, trying to look cool. Well, my box had been gutted - guess I made it look too good! I was feeling a little sick and almost left, but then decided to stick around to see how it played out. In particular, there was a woman who had made herself at home there, beside my box, knitting away, and even piling her knitting stuff on top of the stack of books she pulled from my box. I eventually got it out of her that, yes, that was her stack. There was another older man hanging around, not letting on what he was interested in, if anything. Turns out because he's an old pro at auctions, even has an account going. They know how loose lips sink ships. Anyhow, I figured I would at least run up the woman's bid, even though my original plan was to get the whole box for $2 or $3. I ran it up to $10, and when the auctioneer turned to me again, I said she could have it, but... somebody else stepped in and took it into the 20s! And when he gave up the older man I mentioned stepped in and took it up to $37 whereupon the lady finally gave up, no doubt wondering what hit her. I'm sure the auctioneer was just as baffled. I suspect it was mostly all spite bidding, like mine was. When the older man won his stack of plunder from my box, for another large winning bid, and the dust settled, the woman asked if he would part with a few of the books on the top of his stack for $11. He immediately agreed, which a) supported my suspicion he didn't need any of them *too* bad, and b) gave me the courage to jump in with an offer. The woman didn't get the one real prize in the whole caboodle - "Opera Cavalcade - the Story of the Metropolitan" (1938). Besides being old and neat, I had noticed a fantastic autograph in it - Lucrezia Bori's. So I offered the man $4 for the opera book and he agreed - and right away the woman let out a big groan, "Ohhh, I forgot about the opera book!" She shouldn't have given me that satisfaction! What fun! And then... when I got it home I found 3 more autographs, including Kirsten Flagstad and Edward Johnson, the manager of the Met for the 15 years before Rudolph Bing. Yee-ha! THEE: Subject: Ed Sullivan As the bass player in Spanky & Our Gang - a musical recording group back in the '60s - I appeared on the Ed Sullivan show several times. We got to know the camera men, the director, and the like. They had some great stories about their boss. I will relate a couple of them here. Ed had a funny way of referring to things. He one time introduced the Supremes as "three young Negro performing girls." Until he mentioned their name I was expecting to see an acrobatic troupe. He one time misread his cue cards while doing a public service announcement about tuberculosis by saying, ". . . so everybody pitch in and try to help stamp out TV." On one of his shows he said, "We are very fortunate to have with us tonight members of the 343rd Paralytic Ward. Stand up boys and take a bow." I thought of this because Ed's comment about Segovia. I enjoyed reading your Web site. Kenny Hodges ME: A minor coincidence hearing from you at this time. I grew up on 60s' pop music, but have almost completely forsaken pop music in recent years to free up quality opera-listening time. But a few weeks ago at the auction here in Dover, Delaware, I put together a box of records with mainly opera connections, but let a few neat-looking pop albums stay, including Like To Get To Know You. Had a good time with it! I suppose Lazy Day was my favorite Spanky hit. THEE: > Funny as it may sound, a highlight of the festival for me was watching a spinner spin. Guess I've never seen it before. Made me feel like I was in a Grimms fairy tale. I've never seen spinning either and would be interested. We have a complete spinning wheel in our livingroom although I have no idea how to use it. > Just in the nick of time they got to the item I wanted - after I snuck it from the back end of the table to the front. It was a facsimile reprint of Mark Twain's "Library of Humor", which I had just heard about while trying to track down something on my "Library of Wit and Humor" set. I should read the Twain collection first since it was earlier (1888). You always find the best of bargains! Without my searching, did I mention reading Twains "War Prayer" over the weekend. It doesn't belong in a humor book, but, man, did it get to me. It's one of the terrific supplemental items in the back of the new text I've selected for our Reading II classes. > This particular story was pretty funny itself - but missing the last page! My Volume I skips from 54 to 87, and the funny thing is, it doesn't appear to be a missing signature. Notice that 34 pages isn't even a multiple of 4. Wonder what happened. And the web let me down. Missing the last page? Egads, that's even worse than spending days on a jigsaw puzzle to find that the last piece is missing. ME: math rules Here's an example of one of the many really neat Math League problems. Be glad I don't unload them *all* on you. Action Comic #1, which originally sold for 10 cents, now sells for $18500. This comic has increased in value by what percent? THEE: Re: math rules 18,500,000% ME: Try again! THEE: Re: math rules 18499900% THEE: Kumon and success? I am a mother of a boy aged 13, turning 14 in June. He refused to learn: story behind this: we are from Africa, well he is black and I am white. This is in America enough to drive a child a school nuts. He wanted to belong to the "typical" black kids. We came four years back to the US. He first stayed in his grades which were A und B to join the club of losers! Now he is fighting from D to C and F. I changed his school to a private school. But the boy was still delaying or not handing in homework etc. This is now the reason that he is in danger of failing: meaning he has to attend summer school for math and English. Do you advice me to suggest to the school to send him to do Kumon over the summer? Do you think he will, if he really works succeed? He is in Grade 8 now. Please try to answer this morning, because I am having a meeting with the school today. ME: My most honest answer is: I doubt that Kumon is an answer to your son's problems. For one thing, Kumon is a "long-term" program, at least if you want to see big, obvious results. (I claim that Kumon is beneficial right from the start, but people would not generally notice the strengthening of the basic skills.) A student starts Kumon far below his current level, for many good reasons. The downside is, a student who is in junior high or above would typically take years to get up to his grade level in Kumon, if ever. At the end of the summer, your son would probably still be doing basic addition in Kumon. Also, based on what I think you are telling me about your son, it sounds like he would resist Kumon with all his might. It takes a lot of commitment to give up that half hour or so per day to plow through a lot of math worksheets. But, on the other hand, Kumon may be just right for your son. Sorry I can't make a guarantee. THEE: Subject: Bill Harry Dear Donald, I don't know whether I've contacted you before about the Mersey Beat site. I have now got a second site www.rockandpopshop.com Best Bill. Mersey Beat - Merseyside's Own Entertainment Paper The Beatles, The Liverpool Sound, The Swinging Sixties... It's still happening, man: http://www.mersey-beat.com Imagine, and it's true. THEE: Subject: RE: Kumon and success? Thank you so much for taking your time to answeer my e-mail. Well, I am the one who is convinced that Kumon is the answer to the problem. Of course this is not the truth. However he agreed to take Kumon, which he 2 years back resisted like hell. so I could not really force him. So, my question back to you: If this boy is going to work through all these worksheets, do you believe he will improve? This is what counts and I believe that, if he works he will. There are no magic behind this. ME: That's right; there's no way someone can apply themselves to the worksheets and *not* improve. ME: Curious about how you interpret "some" in this problem from an old textbook: "How many positive even integers can be formed from some or all of the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 if no number is to have repeated digits?" Does "some" imply two or more? Since you got out of me my view of modern medicine, I'm curious if you can think of one human ailment for which our medical industry has an actual "medical" cure, as opposed to mechanical (slice and dice, cut and paste, hack and slash, blast to kingdom come, etc.) ME: old as my birth year Thanks a million for the birthday loot! Now for Christmas I want... Just joking. Yep, I've never stonewalled being born in 1953. If I ever got annoyed at the question, which I'm sure I didn't, it must have been attached as a rider to some radio talk show issue that is not my battle. I had always figured it was common knowledge that we were all born in consecutive years, with one gap between me and Steven, since that's the way our school grades went, but now I realize I'm not 100% certain that follows through to Susan. Yes, I found the letter from Cleo. It was a case of "the purloined letter" - hiding right out in the open. It was in the basket of Christmas cards and get well notes on the coffee table in the living room. I had figured that the Christmas card basket would be gone by Easter, especially after a major straightening and cleaning by the Bossoms, but no. The best way I can describe how I feel about Mom being gone is, every time I think about it, it just hits me as being very, very *wrong*. ME: hello old friend (not in the literal sense) I had been thinking to write lately, even before the mess with Paul McCartney. I haven't clicked on a single news article so far, but just the headlines makes one wonder if you called it from the beginning. Funny thing was, just the day before I was in a doctor's office. I always bring my own reading material and never pick up a magazine. But I saw what looked like a familiar, upside down face on some Modern Maturity magazine. I picked it up and the cover article made it sound like everything was going fine in Paul's marriage. ME: to Kent County Planning Commission Chairman Albert Holmes. Dear Mr. Holmes, Just an idea, offered up in the spirit of "nothing ventured, nothing gained": Might the people of Kent County be willing to dig into their pockets to make the next wave of farmers in line to become fabulously rich, fabulously rich *without* having to plant *any* houses? Developing over the earth has to stop somewhere, sometime; why not Kent County, now? Thanks for considering "radical" (in reality, common sense) solutions. P.S. Here are two letters I wrote to the Dover Post. The first was printed, the second wasn't. 1. Dear Dover Post, Being of sound mind and pretty good soul, I propose Garrison's Lake Golf Course Scenario 5, if it's not too late. You will see that my proposal is a complete inversion of the current, small- minded visions. I propose that, instead of preserving a few-acre golf course while paving over the rest of Kent County, those few acres be allocated to dense, cramped, high-rise - the sky's the limit! - condos for everyone desiring to live in Kent County who is not willing to move into existing housing, and a moratorium placed on any further development of Kent County. But it is too late, of course. Donald Sauter 2. 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 disaster? 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. Donald Sauter THEE: Kumon and success? I guess your suggestion is ok for someone who actually wants to work. My son needs still structure and control. This might not what he likes, but for now this is the only answer. He hope he gets through and over this phase. We as parents can only "lead" for these kids the way, but the actual work they need to do themselves. THEE: A Hard Day's Night Chord I know you've probably heard just about everything about this "mystical" chord. It's been a great debate for years. An acquaintance of mine who met George Harrison, told me that George claimed he couldn't remember exactly how he played it! Several years ago, I came across a CD bootleg of the very first takes of the song, complete with breakdowns...and just plain studio chatter. At times you can hear each Beatle rehearsing their piece of the "chord." Here's what you hear: Paul is playing a D in octaves John is playing a G chord on an acoustic guitar, probably his Gibson. 320033 George is playing what amounts to a D7sus that's close to the F9 he uses at the end of the song for that chimey ending. The only difference is in the opening chord he leaves the 4th string open to match Paul's bass. So...here's the simple chord that launched a classic song. XX0213 Put all 3 together and voila! ME: Thanks a lot for the clearest rundown I've ever heard. I haven't heard the bootleg you describe. I've just played the recording on cd an vinyl a few times and may be willing to concede that most or all of that is in there. I know there are people who will swear, for instance, that there is NO low G in the chord on the recording. But I'm satisfied this is close enough, if not exact. There must be concert footage showing them striking the chord together, you'd think. THEE: A Hard Day's Night Chord Thanks for entertaining my AHDN guitar ramblings. One factor that some guitarists may omit is that they don't have access to a Ricky 360-12 that generates a lot of overtones. I've got one modeled on my Line 6 Variax that reproduces the tone nicely. Since I wrote my note to you, I have revisited the recordings. The bootleg on the Yellow Dog Label is takes 6 & 7 recorded on Thursday April 11, 1964. Take six breaks down when George Harrison misses a chord change and John blurts out "I heard a funny chord!" From the control room, George Martin responds "So did I." That's the point where everyone starts rehearsing their parts individually (as bands are wont to do) until John counts them down for take 7. At one point, you can hear George all by himself strike his part of the chord on the Ric. The triad that rings is clearly G (on top) C and A. I also listened to the take that's on Anthology 1 (with that gawd awful delay) and the final released version. I agree with those who don't hear the low G that's produced by the (incorrect in my opinion) barre chord version of the "chord." The dominant bass note is Paul's D in octaves. Although I believe John is playing a G chord on his acoustic, it's recorded in a thin trebly manner where you don't hear a pronounced low G. George is only striking his guitar from strings 4 - 1. Now the wild card in all of this is the addition of a piano overdub. It's obviously missing from the early takes I have, but you sure can hear it contributing to the sustain of the chord on the final version. I doubt I'll ever convice some of the skeptics...but, hey it's fun to discuss. Take care and rock on! Steve
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