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> Both Yahoo and AOL seem to be down, with neither of them actually, like, showing emails. In both cases, I enter the infinite loop of error messages, although I can access the main websites. Strange, but this is me not caring.

> I spent about 3 hours in the car this afternoon/evening, and it was all "local" driving. Note to self: East-West Highway is NOT THE WAY TO GO HOME. Evar. Unless I need to develop a strong sense of "KILL THEM ALL", then it will be the right way. Alas, unless I am eventually possessed by a demon, I will never need this; ergo, it will never be the right way. Q.E.D.

> When one is very hungry, even stale bread with old baloney and wilting lettuce is consumable. Not that a 13-yr old boy will eat wilting lettuce. Ha.

> Saturday evening we went to the opera and saw Puccini's "Turandot". The lead soprano (singing Turandot) got tepid applause, while the second soprano (singing Liu) got bravos and lots of applause. Ouch. But she was the better singer, by far.

> It looks like Sonny will be taking summer school this year, in Spanish. Even though he has a fabulous accent, he didn't study the vocabulary and is failing it like a failing thing. Other classes are much better, as long as he stays on track with getting homework turned in, that sort of thing.

> I have been working diligently on our Pile O' Socks, and have now whittled it down to a reasonable size, i.e., one that can be carried in a single load. Still more socks await pairing. Is this going to the Supreme Court, or will it be done on a state-by-state basis? Certainly California will be of no assistance in this matter.

> Has Dan Rather always been this much of a whistler/squeaker while he speaks? Personally, I can't stand to listen to people like this.

Date: 2009-06-03 08:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-calql8.livejournal.com
I bought myself about two dozen identical packages of white tube socks. Haven't had to sort my socks for months. Now it's just pairing Spouse's socks, many of which are orphaned or escapees.

Never been to an opera before. Been to a dozen different Shakespeare plays, but never an opera. What do you think would be a good 'first opera' for an adult?

Learning Spanish without learning the vocabulary? Yeah, that should end well. ;-)

Date: 2009-06-03 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etumukutenyak.livejournal.com
Part of my pairing problem is that we have way too many white tube and black tube socks, all just slightly variable. For example, there are far too many Hanes white socks which vary only in the color or font used in the word "Hanes".

But I digress.

Operas to begin with: good question. Die Fledermaus is a good one. Mozart's Don Giovanni is considered to be more "dark" and might be more appealing. The Barber of Seville (usually the Rossini version) is another fun one. Any of the Italian operas should be fun, as most of the lighter operas have been written in Italian. The heavy-handed approach of the Germans should be saved for later, once you decide whether you like opera at all (i.e., Richard Wagner). If you love music, you probably want to stay away from the Schoenberg/Alban Berg line as they wrote atonal music, based on a 12-note scale. Unless you happen to like that kind of stuff, in which case, go right ahead.

Bottom line: Mozart and Puccini are the most popular librettists, for good reason. ;-)

Sonny thinks he knows enough vocabulary...or else he just hasn't realized that he really needs to study every day, or -- possibly -- that he needs to study effectively every day. I don't think he knows how to study best for his learning style or for a foreign language, but he'll learn. Oh, how he'll learn...maybe I'll dig up some vidoe or tapes for him to listen to. The library ought to have some.

Date: 2009-06-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-calql8.livejournal.com
Thanks...you are enlightening, as always. :-) You sound like me when someone asks me what Shakespeare play they should see as their first. I always suggest one of the comedies (Midsummer and Shrew are old favorites of mine). See something fun.

Chances are, the only exposure most people had with the Bard was in high school, by someone who didn't know how to teach it...and chances are it was Mac, R&J, Hamlet, or JC, ie a tragedy. Teens have enough tragedy, real and perceived in their lives without being depressed by this stuff.

On the other hand, my first exposure to Hamlet was via the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Aside from the coughing from their overdoing the fog machine in the early 'ghost' scenes, it was absolutely stunning. I saw it over 25 years ago and I still remember scenes from it. I guess the caveat here would be that if you have to see a tragedy, see it performed by people who know what the hell they're doing.

Bottom line: Mozart and Puccini are the most popular librettists, for good reason. ;-)

I'm guessing because of their wit and/or bawdiness?

Completely odd trufax: the first exposure I had to the word 'libretto' was George Carlin's "On the Road" album, which actually came with a libretto of his performance. It was kinda fun--like reading closed captions during a movie.

Date: 2009-06-03 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etumukutenyak.livejournal.com
I did at least have good English teachers in high school. Consequently, the writer whose work I cannot stand is Ernest Hemingway.

Date: 2009-06-04 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murstein.livejournal.com
Bottom line: Mozart and Puccini are the most popular librettists, for good reason. ;-)


Point of order. The librettist writes the words sung. The composer writes the music. The Mozart and Puccini operas I'm familiar with, at least, have someone else writing the libretto, and they wrote the music.

Now, for many (most? all?) of his operas, Wagner wrote both the libretto and music. This might be because Wagner took German myths, and recast them as Catholic morality plays in the form of classical Greek tragedies.

Date: 2009-06-03 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serge-lj.livejournal.com
Socks to the Supreme Court? The GOP will probably try to block that because anything related to Bill Clinton, even his cat, can't be allowed near the levers of Power.
Edited Date: 2009-06-03 02:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-06-03 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etumukutenyak.livejournal.com
Socks, alas, has ascended to the Higher Realm. The Supreme Court will be looking to him for guidance.

Date: 2009-06-03 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serge-lj.livejournal.com
From acros the Pearly Cat Gate he imparts his wisdom. Of course, the GOP will immediately assume that any conusel from a being who is a cat and a Democrat is suspicious, and may come not from Up There, but from the Other Place.

Date: 2009-06-03 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-calql8.livejournal.com
*raises hand*

Um, could the technique of putting Obama's dog on a leash be called Tie Bo?

*runs*

Date: 2009-06-03 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serge-lj.livejournal.com
Drat. I almost hit you with that frying pan.

Date: 2009-06-03 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etumukutenyak.livejournal.com
"I really miss my ex - but my aim is improving!"

Date: 2009-06-04 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
I've never lost socks. I know, it's unusual.

I had excitement driving home from my nebupent treatment today -- on a two-lane road, a car about six ahead of me suddenly swerved into a busy oncoming lane. Everybody else stopped while that car went on and I wondered what could be in the road to cause that. Well, there was nothing in the road and he continued to swerve back and forth. If I'd thought I could have gotten my phone out of my pants pocket while driving, I would have called 911. Instead, when we reached the two lanes on each side part of the road, I moved out and up next to the guy behind him and we carefully barred the road even though folks behind us honked. I don't know what happened when I turned to go home.

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