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Thanks for checking in, Kat. Enjoy your travels. I look forward to seeing/reading more of you when you get back.

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Good to see you are traveling, Kat. If I could I would be traveling north. Today's heat index: 115 F.

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They say the older you get the more vulnerable you are to the heat. Getting older now, this has been worrying me. No way around the summer heat in this job and the past two months have been brutal. Today I learned that, for the area, the last two months were the hottest June and July on record. In a perverse way this makes me feel good, knowing the old bod can still stand up to it, more or less.

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Just be glad you don't get hot flashes.
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Libra, I got to take a chance here. Your comment brings to mind a knock down funny story.

My oldest brother is in his mid-seventies. In his late forties he married a student who would have been about 24, approximately the same age as two daughters from his first marriage. Now, all three women are in their early to mid fifties and experiencing that thing you refer to, hot flashes and all. So my sister-in-law, with her wicked sense of humor, says: 'Yeah. T. gets his dream. He can sit back and watch three younger women walk around in the nude trying to cool off. Unfortunately for him everything has gone south.'

ta ta dum

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Sad day. My friend's cat Digit, who I mentioned recently in another thread, died last night. He was a good cat and will be missed.

I keep thinking of a poem by Derek Walcott, "Oddjob, a Bull Terrier":

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Oh Kat,

Sad news. What a fine poem you've linked here.

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Thanks, Chris. Digit wasn't my cat, but I spent a lot of time at my friend's house and felt a real bond with him. Just yesterday afternoon, Digit came into the living room where I was sitting, jumped up on my lap for some loving and fell asleep. I had planned to spend some time today catching up on the board but couldn't find it in me to do so.

The Walcott poem is from his book Sea Grapes. It contains a number of poems I really like.

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Dam n death. It doesn't just break your heart, it busts your balls.

Miss you around here,

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That it do, Chris. That it do.

I've missed being here. It's good to take a break from online things, but it's to good to reconnect too. Hope to be able to plug back in more often in the coming days.
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I was in a tatoo parlor yesterday to get one, my third. For some reason I was nervous, hands visibly shaking while driving from work. So much so I stopped at home in route to down a couple of shots of rum, which I guess is what you are supposed to do anyway. This one hurt, unlike the other two. I guess it was because I had it placed on a patch of skin not normally exposed to the sun. More tender. Or maybe it hurt because of the audacity of the idea.

I was a little worried about the artist's ability. As soon as I saw the copy and the trace paper he made of the picture I had given him earlier in the week I knew I was in the hands of a master. Seriously. It was exquisite, nuanced with the right shadings, perfectly true to the original. I wish I could give his name but we have a policy against personal i.d.'s given without permission. In the course of our conversation he said he had been at the craft for fifteen years and that he had been drawing since the age of 3. He was from New Orleans. At age 16 his mother made a huge decision and moved them out of the city, away from the violence in the schools and on the streets. I asked if that was when he came here. He said, no. She moved them to Donaldsonville. I laughed big time and immediately understood his mother's motive. Donaldsonville is more a town on the map than on the earth. It needs all of 5 minutes to pass through downtown, such as it is. He said he would complain about there being nothing to do there, not even a single gaming room. Every time he complained, he said, his mother would just stand back, cross her arms and smile. That lady knew what she was doing. I said your mother probably saved your life. He said there was nothing probable about it. He also told a story of how when he would act up, this is back in N.O., his mother would sit him in a corner and tell him he could do nothing. He said he could always find something to play around with. And so she finally resorted to locking him in a closet. To amuse himself he took to drawing on the ceiling. He said he knew his mother would be looking down at him on the floor when she let him out, never up. I asked how he managed to smuggle in pencils or crayons or whatever he had. He said he always has something with which to draw in his pocket. As if to assure himself he reached down to his right hip pocket to make sure he was telling the truth. And it worked, his ruse. His mother never noticed the drawings. He said he finally told her about when he was old enough not to get a whipping. He also said his drawings survived Katrina.

Because the tatoo is a little elaborate I expected the session to take a couple of hours. Ther other two had and they are much, much smaller. From time to time I would look at his work in progress. Every time I was surprised by how far along he was. I told him how impressed I was by his speed. He said he loved kung fu, a connection I couldn't get. He said kung fu taught him that strength and size do not matter as much as speed. Get in and get out, he said. The tatoo, maybe 6 inches by 3, was finished in little over 30 minutes.

It is another world to me, the social order of a tatoo parlor. But I almost forgot. They also perform body piercings. While waiting I watched a big, young man get his tongue pierced with one of those little gold balls people wear there. Sitting in his chair in front of the artist, he turned to a young clerk, a tall, big boned and handsome looking girl, put out his hand and said she needs to hold it. She did. She stood there holding his hand. She said he could squeeze it as hard as he needed to. Actual piercing was done in lesss than a minute and he was on his way out the door with two girls.

It is another world for me. But a foreign place in which I felt quite at home and maybe a little nostalgic for a similar time and place when I was committed to having no committments. The building is an old house, sturdy but a little frayed. Mostly earth colors. Booths for the artists and their clients. Scores of books of tatoos. And several computers on which artists were playing when not working. The place was full of people. And people standing outside on the sidewalk, also lounging in a spacious backyard. A meeting place for some cadre of underground revolutionaries having decided the best revolution is when you simply drop out and hang out. Black and white young people. Young women with brightly colored hair. Young men, and judging from what I could see of their bodies, who probably were covered with tatoos. Everyone smiling, relaxed and in playful conversation.

I heard a word, a concept really, I didn't understand. Not wanting to bring even more attention to how out of it my age relegates me to, I didn't ask for an explanation. My artist was talking with another artist. It was something about transforming. He said "she" thought he could transform and wanted him to do it for her friends. All I could think of was shape shifting. Maybe that was it after all.

That one hurt. In the main room there was a big sign in bold, brightly colored letters that read: YES. IT HURTS.

I do love artists. They are my people.

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Good story, Tere. What's it look like?

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Hi Tere. I found it. I'm off to pick up youngest child from sports right now but will come back and write more as soon as I can.

Hi everyone else. I see a few familiar names. Look forward to meeting the others. emoticon
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YAAAAY!!! Susan's here emoticon

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Well, how fine does it get? I made this board for two reasons. I was fed up with the snarkiness on some boards. And I wanted back the kind of board Susan's Lily thing said could be.

So glad to see you here, Susan. This is sweet. It is such an easy spot for going expansive and all.

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Hello, Folks! Seneca the Duck here. The first post on this thread says, "Here is the place for introducing yourself to the board however you want to." So I thought this might be the place for introducing myself to the board however I wanted to.

Actually, Terreson has recently managed to persuade me (by twisting my arm and breaking it in three places) to present to you some translations of the poetry of Catullus that I've done.

Anyone who knows me would find it highly ironic that I should be translating poetry. I, sadly, am not a poetic soul. I'm even less poetic than I am musical, and I'm about as musical as your average donkey. So why translate poems?

One reason is that I'm into languages. Mainly French, but I've done a fair bit of Latin as well. And Catullus was one of the main reasons that I got into Latin. Those who know languages know that no writer can truly be translated, and if it's someone you really love, you want to take him on in his own language. Montaigne would fall into this category for me(never has a man's language been so well suited to his thought), as would Villon, Tacitus, Stendhal--and of course Catullus.

Why do I love Catullus? To be honest, I'm not even sure. Love is one of those things you don't have to explain for it to be valid. It's simply something that's in your heart and you accept it as it is. It may even be true to say that if you can explain it, it's not really love.

Catullus got in my heart. How, I'm not sure. He can be funny as hell at times, and that's no bad thing. He can see the ironic side of life and people, and that's not bad either. But there's also an odd fact that for me one of Catullus' positives is actually a negative. He was lost in ways, just like the rest of us, and in his lines I often find a heart-felt cry, a desperate desire to make sense of things. He can strut about, he can put on a show of self-assurance, but he's vulnerable, too--and the poems I chose to translate show that very clearly.

The ones I chose are what I call "the Lesbia poems"--the ones about his lady love, whom he called "Lesbia". I don't intend to go into a lot of introductory material here about Catullus' life, Lesbia/Clodia, the times, etc. You folks probably know more about that than I do. I thought I'd just present the poems and let you see if you find anything in them.

I didn't do these poems with a view to getting them published. They've been done many times before, and I would hardly pretend that my translations are the definitive version. Perhaps people will find a great deal in them they don't like. That wouldn't surprise me.

But I did them because I love them, and if you know languages you find that one way of making a text yours is by laboring over it. Give it some of your heart and it gives a lot back to you. And when I say "making it yours", I don't mean that you can then pound your chest and proudly declare, "This boy belongs to me now." No, what I mean is that the text is no longer skin-deep: it gets down into your heart where it belongs.

So hopefully you folks will find something for yourselves here. It would delight me to no end if you did. As far as the actual posting goes, Terreson and I have agreed that he will look after that as he sees fit. I'm one of those people who's not just trying to figure out how technology works: I'm still trying to figure out what it is. They didn't have all this stuff in Catullus' day, did they? But you never know, some day I might start catching up.

All the best, Seneca the Duck.

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hi Seneca and Welcome!

It already feels like you belong here. I'm looking forward to your translations. Maybe you'll participate in other ways, discussion threads possibly?

In any case, it's good to see you here.

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Thanks for the welcome, Chris. And yes, I'll try to participate as often as possible, when I think I have something constructive to say. My interests are primarily linguistic. Many of the discussions here are outside my specific area, but there are some that interest me a lot, so I'll see if I can get in on those.

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This is good. Let me get up on the board Catullus poetry Senecatheduck has translated.

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Hi Susan and Seneca,

Welcome to Delectable Mountains. It's good to have you here. Looking forward to reading you both.
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Hi Susan! Hope my Lily Lit buddy is going well.
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Down with a cold and staying home from work. Day two and the virus not weighing as heavily. Sleep is a good thing.

Lately I've felt a little discouraged about our board. So few posts. What I can't figure out are the number of visits. It is noon my time. Already there have been 210 visits or views today. I guess this means there is interest in the content. Anybody who feels like getting wild and crazy and joining in is encouraged to do so.

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This happened once, which means it could happen again. Christmas Eve cease fire, 1914.

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Happy New Year to all!

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creating 2011


this is a very special year. It ends in lucky "11" -- which I feel signifies hope.

I am ready to create a magical, beautiful year. Please, feel free, feel hope, feel your creative energy surge. We can co-create this year to be the year we've always hoped for.

Peace (and a very, merry New Year to you [plural]),
L.

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2011 is here, and I am starting to lurk around again. I am catching up with the new stuff that is up, and getting ready to post my ramblings about them.

Hope y'all are doing wonderfully.
-shab
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What generous well wishes, Libra. Very much so. You've put a smile on my face. I hope it is as you say, a creative year for all. And one that is friendly.

And, Shabfriend, it is always good to see you on campus. I hope and trust things are good with you. I see you've already posted a new Forough translation. That also puts a smile on my face. I've been sorely needing a fix.

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Thanks for the shot-in-the-arm, Libra. I'm glad to hear that 11 is lucky. The merriest of
New Years to you.

It's so good to hear from you, Shab. That's getting the new year off to a great start!

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1/1/11

Happiest of New Year's to all of you! 2011, the little year that could. Could what? I guess, as Libra points out, that's up to all of us.

Shab! So nice to see you back! Loverly!

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You all may have noticed I went a little crazy on the board today. Yikes! What can I say? It was a potential snow day, and since it may be the last one for a while, I thought I'd take advantage of it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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