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I picked up my OVFF pics yesterday, and will be gradually posting some of them here (especially the ones containing Blatherchatters! :-)). Unfortunately my scanner isn't quite working right at the moment (see unsightly streaks in photo above); I'm calling Visioneer today to find out what I can do about it. Bought a German phrasebook yesterday in hopes of becoming fluent by tomorrow. Thus far I have learned the following important words/phrases:

  • Ich surfe hern im Internet. (I like to surf the Internet)
  • Schokolade (chocolate)
  • Kanst du mich nach Hause bringen? (Will you take me home?)

Downtown Freddy Brown has a website! Not a lot there at the moment, but I'm sure more will develop (which scares me :-) )...check it out at His email address is Jeff and I are going to see WINGFIELD UNBOUND tonight, a one-man show with Dan Needles. It's the sequel to the Wingfield Trilogy, which we both loved (thanks to Graham Leathers for introducing us to these plays!). Jeff and I used to live out in the country, and it's amazing how accurately these plays portray country life and some of the people. In fact, my brother-in-law was born and raised in the town on which Larkspur was based.

I remember my baptism into country life...shortly after Jeff and I moved in, our neighbours (dairy farmers) across the road invited me to check out the spring calves. I'm glad I wore boots instead of shoes, because in order to get to the barn I discovered I would have to cross a field of extremely fresh cow manure. My first impulse, of course, was to run away screaming. But as I opened my mouth to say, "Holy Toledo, I'm not walking through THAT", I noticed I was being watched very closely. Ah. The "city girl test". So I gritted my teeth and slogged my way through the field, cowpies sucking at my boots like the salt creature in classic Star Trek as I struggled to put on my "gosh I can't believe how much FUN I'm having" face. And it was worth it...the calves were darned cute. :-) EGOBOO: Hey, just noticed that Inklings was mentioned in the Fall issue of Canadian Author magazine, woohoo!

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