Posted 15 August 2001 - 09:35 PM
Books? Most of my favorites are mindless reads of the drugstore variety, but I am quite fond of Catcher in the Rye and anything by Tom Robbins, as well as Maya Angelou. I also like to write myself, but seldom complete what I've started, unless it's for a school project, creative writing workshop, etc.
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Posted 15 August 2001 - 10:26 PM
Also transposing music from classical guitar (can no longer play due to arthritis) to the fretted dulcimer. I've been trying to play Baroque pieces on it.
We own an Irish step dance school. I spent a long time on the phone yesterday with an 82 year old woman who's offering us a free dance hall if we'll teach her and her friends step-dancing. They're all over 75-I love it! And they'll bring dessert, she tells me.
Finally, I spend as much time in the garden as I can. It's mostly a rocky hill but is now shaping into some semblance of my dreams for it. I've been delighted to have hummingbirds visiting it daily now.The season is too short.
Posted 16 August 2001 - 12:24 AM
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Posted 05 September 2001 - 11:03 AM
One thing I really like in Paris (unlike in Marseille) is that even in summer, there always is a large choice of good (old and recent) movies to see, with all the festivals at the Cinematheque and in the small independant cinemas of the Quartier Latin. The last two movies I saw were Preminger's "Laura" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"- very different, but both enjoyable... I liked "Crouching tiger, hidden dragon" (but probably would have enjoyed it more if the cinema audience hadn't been the worst I've ever seen- a bunch of idiotic vulgar teen-agers shouting at each other, yelling silly jokes, etc), even if sometimes it looked a little bit too artificial to me.
The films which striked me the most in the last year both were from Asia: Edward Yang's "Yi-yi" (Taiwan), and Wong Kar Wai's "In the mood for love" (Hong-Kong).
Presently I'm re-reading Jane Austen's "Emma". Recently I especially enjoyed "Quoi de neuf sur la guerre" (What's up about the war?), the first novel of the film maker Robert Bober, dealing with life in a Jewish tailor's workshop in Paris just after WWII.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 12:09 PM
I am not really a frequent visitor here, but I'll share my interest anyway.
Hobbies or interest not ballet (or dance) related?
When I am not busy being a full time dad (3 kids) and husband I:
I like to draw (charcoals,ink,lead) and paint (both traditional and digital with computers). Been drawing since the age of 2. I am a 21 year graphic artist by profession also currently trying to defect into post production for film. Anybody with any advice to share regarding that feel free to email. I need all the help I can get.
I collect and restore old 50's style balloon tire bikes; Monark,Firestone,JC Higgins (at one time I had over a 110, now I have parred it down to about 30 or so). Its an extremely expensive hobby that I can't really afford anymore. I have been into bikes about 25 years.
I am also an avid VINTAGE diecast car (1/64th scale Matchbox,HotWheels,etc) collector (I have currently between 34,500-36,000 pieces). I have been collecting these nearly 35 years).
I love to cook (good for the nerves).
My wife and I also collect old vintage poster art (Cappeillo is a favorite!) from the early 20's.
We also are heavily into antique furniture (restoration).
I am also into film (I was also heavily into theater and acting up until I entered college upon the time I found out most actors starve. I may get back into it though just for fun).
I love old movies (Gary Cooper,Humphrey Bogart,Jimmy Stewart). Rarely do I waste my money on new films or esp waste time watching current TV sitcoms etc- (most of it is garbage; lacking any quality, substance or originality!).
What TV I do watch is usually educational (History Channel,Bravo, A&E, Biography).
I also follow politics very closely. I am (dare I say it here) very much active with the Republican Party (I donate quite a bit) and spend quite alot of time reading and listening (TV,talkradio; Fox, Dennis Prager,Micheal Medvid) to intellegent debates.
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Posted 05 September 2001 - 02:40 PM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 02:42 PM
Re: your Republicanism. I hope I speak for all of us when I say that a board like this acts in part as a forum for people to voice their opinions, and every once in awhile opinions of a political stripe will creep in. We need to hear from everyone in order for discussions to be truly rounded and interesting. Otherwise, we may find ourselves sounding like T.H. White's ant colony, all voicing the same opinions over and over "Oh-I-do-like-that-ballet-it-is-so-very-Done."
That's my speech for the day.
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Posted 06 September 2001 - 11:53 AM
I also love music - I really want to join an ensemble of some kind with my flute but unfortunately all the ones I want to join rehearse on the same night as ballet class ... priorities ...
Posted 07 September 2001 - 05:17 AM
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