A Conversation for Writing Right with Dmitri: Collateral Damage

Your motor functions are 67?

Post 1

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

" At 67, the small-motor functions (note the hyphen!) are not what they used to be."

How old is the rest of you? smiley - biggrin

smiley - run


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 2

Dmitri Gheorgheni

As old as the small-motor functions, I suppose. smiley - laugh

That's one way to read that sentence, although I also think it is possible that I am employing an obscure Ciceronian technique that has a Latin name I've forgotten. smiley - winkeye


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 3

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

You're good, Dmitri smiley - ok

Bringing in Cicero off the top of your head is a sure way to get me to ease off. smiley - smiley Yes, the Latin language has the famous "non sequitur," a passive form which probably means "is not followed by."

(I confess that the phrase in question distracted me from actually reading the text of the article. smiley - run)


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 4

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - snork I suggest that you are too easily distracted.

I call this the 'bird outside the window' effect. Years ago, I was trying to help a five-year-old boy learn to read. He didn't want to. I was trying to get him to play what I thought was a fun game with giant interlocking foam tiles: we'd make 'cat', then I'd change the 'c' for an 'm', etc. Just when I thought he was about to get the hang of it, he'd change the subject by saying something like 'There's a bird outside the window.' smiley - winkeye




Your motor functions are 67?

Post 5

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

I've gotten halfway through the article. I noticed this:

"I attribute my subversive attitudes largely to my Cold War television viewing experiences."

What I learned from 1950s television was that Boris and Natasha were the best enemies a good country like ours could have. Boris couldn't even pronounce "Natasha" right. Yes, I have a collection of Rocky & Bullwinkle videos somewhere, why do you ask? smiley - winkeye


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 6

Dmitri Gheorgheni

'Rocky and Bullwinkle' didn't go on the air until 1959, so I think of them as 1960s entertainment. smiley - laugh

I remember some really *old* television. Things like 'I Led Three Lives'. Here is a particularly awful episode written by Gene Roddenberry. It's one of Tavaron's favourites because of its 'safe-handling' practices when you have radioactive materials in your living room.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0DW_qpilRQ




Your motor functions are 67?

Post 7

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

"Rocky and Bullwinkle" is in keeping with your memories of your aunt, though. It was aired on Sunday afternoons, and when I was at my grandmother's apartment at that time, I begged her to let me watch it on her TV.

Or maybe I "bugged" her. Same difference. smiley - winkeye

Early TV shows? I remember "Ding Dong School," "My Little Margie," and ""Mister peepers."

I've already managed to move the topic from the original. Sorry! In my defense, I have to say that when I ran a book discussion group, I let the participants wander off-topic, because I was confident that I could link whatever they were discussing with the original topic. I guess I was following Dirk Gently's approach. The universe is infinitely connected, so you will always reach your destination no matter what roads you take.smiley - zen


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 8

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - laugh That's a perfectly fine thing to do, I think.

Did your grandmother like 'Rocky and Bullwinkle'? Mine enjoyed 'studio wrestling'. I'm not kidding. smiley - rofl


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 9

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

I had the best kind of grandmother smiley - ok. She died more than forty years ago, but I still miss her. I miss my mother, too. It's funny how much I appreciate people after they're gone. smiley - sadface Did they realize how fond I was of them?


Your motor functions are 67?

Post 10

Dmitri Gheorgheni

I'll bet they did. smiley - hug And I know what you mean about missing people.

The other day, I got an old gospel hymnbook I'd ordered online. I sat down and played through it. And I could hear my grandmother's old beat-up piano (that worked as a player piano if you threw the switch), and heard my aunt and uncles singing 'No Tears in Heaven' and 'Just a Little Talk with Jesus'.

I swear it got warmer in the room. smiley - laugh Because it was always summer when this happened, and it was always hot and humid.


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