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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:34amSanction this postReply
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Linz, that is so very beautiful an article. Thanks for bringing tears to my eyes.

Barbara



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:41amSanction this postReply
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I second that, Barbara. This is stirring stuff, Linz, and worthy of Ingersoll himself.



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:41amSanction this postReply
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I second that, Barbara. This is stirring stuff, Linz, and worthy of Ingersoll himself.



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 7:31amSanction this postReply
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Thanks, Linz, for your beautiful article. It lightens up my day!

Now off to attack the turkey...




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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 12:26pmSanction this postReply
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Derek, I think post 2 should read, "I third that Barbara" :-)

Therefore, I fourth that Barbara. 

Thanks Linz, you have finally given this American tradition a worthy meaning.




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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:41pmSanction this postReply
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Bravo! I'll drink to that.



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:54pmSanction this postReply
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I am now hiding in the study, reveling in a moment of silence.  Sadly, the tryptophan seems to have had little effect on the children.  I was so counting on that.

The champagne has helped me tremendously, however.  ;)  On to dessert and full-contact Trivial Pursuit...

Thanks for an excellent article, Linz.  Its message will help me to endure the next few hours.  HA!

(Edited by Jennifer Iannolo on 11/25, 1:56pm)




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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 4:40pmSanction this postReply
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Linz,

Your article was the perfect after-dinner snack for the brain. I wish you had posted it earlier, since I often get the inspiration for the menu from pre-thanksgiving writings. Not having had yours, I took my inspiration from Paul Kutz's editorial in Free Inquiry: "America is best understood as a universal culture." So our American turkey was stuffed with ham and Chinese water chestnuts, its skin crisped with Italian olive oil, served with Korean giant white radish slices and Turkish pepper-cured olives; we drank Israeli Moscato and finished with cheeses from Finland and Mexico.

If you read "Trinity" on ejectejecteject.com, you may have noticed this: "This one is for us. Americans. This includes all you Americans living in foreign lands with foreign passports, speaking foreign languages and holding foreign citizenships. You know who you are. If you’re an optimist, if untrammeled freedom makes you giddy, if you think you know of a better way to do something and just want a chance to try, if you can tell right from wrong and still care about the difference, if you’re soft hearted and tough minded, if you think we could all get along just great if we’d all just leave each other alone, if you don’t like to fight but know sometimes you just have to, and most especially, if the idea of leaving the huddled masses and joining the pursuit of happiness has a mystical appeal for you, then you are already an American in your heart. Welcome home."

Welcome Home, Linz. You're the best American here.



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 9:16pmSanction this postReply
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Adam wrote:

"Welcome Home, Linz. You're the best American here."

I can't begin to say how thrilled I am by that compliment. I am over the moon about it. What with this, and bringing a tear to Barbara's eye, and the other comments here, I can know my brief article of thanks accomplished its mission.

Funnily enough, I have just literally arrived home after a week away. As my flight neared completion, I looked out at the wings & thought of my article. "What a piece of work is man!" I thought of playing the two Tosca arias I mentioned as soon as I walked in the door. I thought of what one of Lanza's conductors said, in *condemnation* of him - "The guy did the craziest things. He would take his kids to Rome airport & sit for hours with them just watching planes take off & land." And I thought, the hour of NEM is young.

And so it is.

But here we are.

Linz



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Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 10:25pmSanction this postReply
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Beautiful, and beautifully moving, Linz.

Keep writing like this and you may even be forgiven by the hordes of people you have driven up the wall over the years!




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Friday, November 26, 2004 - 1:42amSanction this postReply
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A beautiful day with my partner, Sergio, and his son. A traditional turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, etc. dinner which I prepared ( not bad, but not Jennifer, I am sure - both Sergios said it was "beddy, beddy good"..). Great music (Shostakovich, Evgeny Kissin playing Chopin, a little Bjorling). And now this beautiful article and a reminder that my new Solo friends are another great reason this year to celebrate my amazingly "rich" life.
Lindsay, America is an idea and a spirit. You completely grasp the idea and, as much as anyone I know, you exemplify the spirit. Thank you for this cherry on my Thanksgiving Sundae.



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Friday, November 26, 2004 - 6:42pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks Lindsay for a taste of soaring goodness and to my solo colleagues who match him; it all gave me a happy giddy feeling.

Michael




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Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 3:31pmSanction this postReply
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What a wonderful article to see on the Solo homepage. 

I just posted a new thread in the general forum on this theme, and I think it crossed with this article. If I had seen it, I would have saved those sentiments for this thread.

Wonderful writing, Linz. Both Kat and I salute you and all of Solo in this spirit today.

Michael & Kat




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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 3:04amSanction this postReply
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I have had one Thanksgiving in the USA and I was grateful then as I am now for the USA.

Thank you Lindsay for such a poignant and passionate expression of all that is beautiful about what SOLO is about.  This evening I will have a drink to think of you, SOLO, the USA and all that is the wonderful creation of man.




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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 4:15amSanction this postReply
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Thank you Scott, especially for your identification of the fact that this article, incidental to its tribute to heroes past & present, captures the quintessence of SOLO. Indeed it does. No grandstanding purveyors of moral equivalence who bitch about the "bickering" their grandstanding engenders can, or will, take that away from SOLO. Not while I have breath in my body & total passion for the total height oozing from my every pore.

Linz



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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 10:56amSanction this postReply
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Thanks, Linz. American Solo readers (myself included) ought to offer you the title "honorary American."

I was moved by your article -- all the more because I spend so much time on a campus polluted with anti-Americanism.

Thanks again for your beautiful thoughts.




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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 1:48pmSanction this postReply
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Marty—thanks for the compliment of "honorary American." As I commented to Adam further up, nothing thrills me more, knowing what that compliment means. Let me return it by saying—if I had to nominate people I regarded as quintessential SOLOists, you'd be right up there.

(I hope you see that as a compliment! :-))

Hang in there on that polluted campus. As you know, most of them are like that nowadays. But it won't be like that for ever. It's you & other noble souls like you who will see to that!

Linz



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Friday, November 25, 2005 - 5:42pmSanction this postReply
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Happy Thanksgiving, Linz. 
(The leftovers are the best part, and here we have an article from last year to warm up.)

SOLO is one of the things that I am thankful for.




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Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 2:26amSanction this postReply
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Linz: I'm honored by your statement:

if I had to nominate people I regarded as quintessential SOLOists, you'd be right up there.

SOLO is great, and so are you.

Thanks for your encouragement. I shall not waiver in the campus battle for the minds of men. Long live reason and freedom.   





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Friday, November 23 - 6:41amSanction this postReply
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Still thankful for RoR...  This was a very nice archive article from Lindsay Perigo in 2004.  We have much for which to be grateful.  For the past month, I have been reading books on biotechnology.  I got the Dummies book, a couple of undergraduate texts, and a popular treatment, Biopunks: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Marcus Wohlsen (reviewed here).  Linz put the advances of science at the top of his list.  We really do live in marvelous times, far beyond magic carpets, philosopher's stones, and genies in lamps. 

I got an email from an old friend. We met on a project for Chrysler back in '85 and stayed in touch ever since.  But he is an engineer and like many nerds keeps to himself, so our long relationship holds across some embarrassingly long gaps.  He mentioned that this time.  He said that he is now pursuing modes of happiness, including more human contact.  ... which, apparently meant email, oddly enough...  Still, I took the meaning of his intention. 

Online communities such as RoR allow us to enjoy engagements that would have been impossible a generation ago.  In her Minkus essay, Ayn Rand was almost poetic in her praise for personal mail, itself an attribute of capitalism and industrialism. Personal correspondence was long known - the New Testament is largely Paul's Letters - but suddenly, anyone could send a message across continents for a few pennies. Now we can include moving pictures and stereo sound.  3D is around the corner.  Soon RoR will look like the Jedi Council. ... except that we will follow SVO grammar...

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 11/23, 6:53am)




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