Saturday, October 01, 2005

Patrick's Saturday Six #77

1. How many AOL J-landers have you actually met in person? Just 1 so far; Mrs. L, who dated my ex before I ever met him. We finally met in the late 80's or early 90's, I think, when Mrs. L came to Dallas for a business trip. I was a little trepidatious about meeting her because for years I'd heard, from both my ex and his younger brother, as well as from a mutual friend, Ked (of the Tapas Bar) how funny, beautiful, smart, talented, etc., Mrs. L was (and IS). I needn't have worried, though; in addition to all those adjectives (which are accurate) she has genuine warmth, and I liked her immediately and yep, I feel lucky to have her as a friend.

2. How many photos that you have taken yourself are hanging on display in your home in a size of 8x10 or larger? (The print, not the frame!) SIX - including the one above, that I took in Chicago in 1982. I used to keep a roll of seamless paper hanging from the ceiling in my dining room, and I pulled that down one rainy afternoon and got the above shot of Alex and Katharine, then ages 6 and 3.

3. How far do you live from your job? What is your commute time like? Has the distance prompted you to consider alternative transportation because of gas prices?
I'm currently unemployed, but my son, Christopher, has begun taking public transportation in Dallas because of the high price of gas.

4. Take this Quiz:
What decade does your personality live in?
Aaaarrrggghhh, I'm not cool; I live in the 70's!

Kris: What is the funniest, most original Halloween costume you've ever seen? I’ll have to think about that, butin the meantime...a few years ago I came into work one Friday and noticed that one of my co-workers, who often wore outfits that were right on the edge, seemed to be dressed as a streetwalker. I thought she’d finally, totally lost it, and I couldn’t believe no one had said anything to her. I was having a little private laugh at her expense until I realized the laugh was on me: it was Halloween!

6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #71 from Courtenay: What is your favorite paragraph in a literary work? This might be a thought, or a message, or a descriptive passage which has remained in your consciousness throughout the years. Be sure to post the name of the book and author. One of my absolute favorites is from a poem by W.H. Auden, called Lullaby:

Lay your sleeping head, my love,

Human on my faithless arm

Time and fevers burn away

Individual beauty from

Thoughtful children, and the grave

Proves the child ephemeral

But in my arms till break of day

Let the living creature lie,

Mortal, guilty, but to me

The entirely beautiful.


Pam said...

Totally awesome picture! Looks just like them.

....I'm apparently living in the '60s. So there. :)

Tina said...

What a beautiful picture ... what gorgeous girls. Tina

V said...

Beautiful kids!!


Mrs. L said...

I have always loved that picture and didn't realize you had taken it!! Thanks for your kind words, by the way.

Mrs. L

Lily said...

Lovely answers. Yours ALWAYS are so I'm not in the least bit surprised lol

Love the quote too. Beautiful.

~Lily said...

An Auden fan checking in. There's lots more of him to enjoy than just the famous poem from Four Weddings, though.


emmapeeldallas said...

Hmmmm, I believe the Auden quoted in Four Weddings was Funeral Blues:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Paul said...

That poem astounded me in the film, and I looked it up as soon as I got home. I've always loved Musee, too.

Paul said...

Oops. I meant to say "beautiful little girls " before I hit "save>"