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Monday Musings

  • Two down, five to go. Have started numero tres and am finding Mr Hemmingway (What's a hemming weigh?) unsurprisingly flat, especially compared to the word paintings of Mr Nabokov and Ms Smith. Part of me keeps trying to imagine a young Rock Hudson as the narrator, and part of me just hears an alcoholic misogynist type type typing his way to (what I already know is) a very unhappy ending. So goes the war.

  • I've got a new student this week and she's an absolute delight. She's an assistant to a fairly big hitter in the Iraqi government, is here to improve her fluency, and spent a number of years in Montreal. It's a good lesson when you can compare the relative merits of Shi'ites, Tim Horton's, secularism, and poutine.

  • I'm up to 200 meters in the pool without stopping. A minute or so rest and then repeat till we pass the quarter-mile mark. Not bad for only being able to do 50m at a time a few weeks ago. Slow and steady may not win the race, but it keeps one from drowning huffing and puffing.

  • Speaking of Amy Winehouse ... no, let's not.

  • According to the government of governments (does such an organization really merit its existence?), we're not supposed to say "bottom-up" or refer to "best practices" anymore. Seems that "brainstorming" was almost verboten as well, since it might offend the epileptics, whose seizures are caused by cerebral electrical storms.

  • I about had a seizure reading the list.

  • Sad about him, sadder about her (hmmm, 93 and never married ... do you think that she and Judy Holiday ever tried the Callie/Erica thing? I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin'. What a fun (not to mention attractive) couple they would have made. Right?

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  • I'm most pleased with the color-coded handout I made on conditionals for tomorrow's lesson. If you want to see it, I will send it to you. If you thought there will be lots of these, you would be mistaken. If you had asked me two years ago about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conditionals, I would have looked at you like you had a giant beetle on your back.

  • Speaking of Donna Noble ... no, let's not. Okay, let's. She actually was pretty good in the first of the last three. Bring on the finale(s). And please, Russel T., can you explain Rose's new Sean Connery speech impediment? Did she get new teeth in the parallel universe?

  • Ah, the (end of?) humanity.