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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, I just lost a long post to you, so I'll try again. Thanks for the background info on Monte Cassino.

We did visit Ribera and Caltabellotta in 1998 when our daughter was studying in Florence. In Ribera we bought some strawberries, bread, meat and cheese and had a picnic. After that we had coffee at a place called Harry's Bar and met a sweet young girl from Eastern Europe that married an Italian soldier. She was quite the hit in town as most people were leaving for better opportunities that exist outside of Sicily and Italy for that matter. She moved there on her own free will! We drove up the hill to Caltabellotta on a cold rainy day and got out to take pictures of the statue of Santo Padre Pio and left. It was so cold that the rain was making a pinging sound like ice hitting the windshield. When I told my cousin this story he cracked up as he visited Caltabellotta in August, while he was stationed in Germany, and it was over 100 F!

I think that the snow fizzled out on the way here. Western CT around the NY MA border got some and we just got flurries.

Try to stay warm.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,

Lost messages seem to be the rule lately. I lost a few when my computer locked up. I'm using my cousin's now - updating everything...Avast antivirus, Spybot, new Firefox (not v. 4 yet as they are confusing about the system requirements/recommendations - some have posted that they have installed successfully with a system slower than this one).

Must have been great to visit in Italy/Sicily - I keep dreaming about that but probably will not be able to get over there. And your daughter must have been very happy to study in Florence. And your cousin to visit while in the service.

The young girl you met must have liked the new adventure and weather (in spite of the cold rain) after living in East Europe. I had a friend who moved to Berlin in the 70s from Marburg and sent photos. She said it was dull and gray - she used to visit in California through an organization that swapped places to stay when traveling, except I never went over there. Haven't heard from her in years...wonder what she is doing. Maybe I will try one of the addresses etc.

Anyway, I shoveled last night and moved the car up so it would be in the sun. This morning the sun melted all the walk and the ice on the car. But I missed a doctor's appointment because I thought it was for 3:15 and it was actually for 1:15. And this despite the note on the calendar, the appt. card nearby and my phone which alerted me. Now I have to wait until July unless they have a cancellation.

Toe warmers were on sale for 25 cents for a package of two so I got a bunch. Going to 19F tonight. Six toes was under the plastic today eating Slug's remaining food and I got to pet him, though he made a hiss gesture with his mouth - but no sound came out.

I did record Slug's purring/pert-ing and played it back for my mother. She couldn't hear it before.

Dave

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week the front page of the local paper had a photo of a bagpiper in one of the churches downtown. The occasion was a remembrance of the firefighters who gave their lives while on duty and also all past members.

My Aunt Connie's twin brother was among several others in 1961 when a gasoline leak at a downtown gas station exploded. They were trying to flush the gas out but a spark must have triggered it - maybe the compressor went on then.

A terrible event and my aunt kept trying for twins of her own and finally succeeded for a grand total of 12 great kids for her and Uncle Sammy.

I wonder when the bagpipes were first used at these events...

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Seems to me that they had a Blue Mass, for police and firemen, at the cathedral in Norwich recently. They usually have bagpipers at them.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just love listening to the bagpipes what is really nice is to hear the 'lone piper' playing the bagpipes up on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle at the end of the Military Tattoo performances when the Edinburgh Festival is on during August. Only heard it on TV (shame on me- I've never been to a live performance)
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