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macgeorge1
Date: 2013-03-01 19:15
Subject: life changes
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For those intrepid few who still have me on their friends list despite my long neglect and non-responsiveness, apologies.  Life has taken some odd twists and turns in the past few months/years.  None of those twists or turns has diminished my great affection and respect for the talent, intelligence and never-flagging creativity of my fandom friends.

I've been diagnosed with a chronic, degenerative disease (non fatal in the near term) that has complicated my life at the same time I was pulled out of retirement to serve the public good in a somewhat high profile position.  My 'spare time' capacity has evaporated, and my performance life is quickly diminishing in a way that makes me sad, but it was inevitable and unavoidable, so railing against 'fate' seems silly and a waste of valuable time and energy.

To those who live in the general area where I reside and sometimes get together to do fun and wonderful things, I'm still here, although my time and energy is husbanded rather carefully these days.  So, if the opportunity arises for get-togethers, I'd still like to know about it so I can decide whether it's possible to join.  If I can't, it's NOT that I don't want to.... trust me on that.

Fandom and my fandom friends have always been a Safe Place.  A place where no one judges, no one EXPECTS, no demands are made, and that is very, very precious to me, especially now.

MacG
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macgeorge1
Date: 2012-03-26 15:33
Subject: Happy Birthday to ....
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unovis!!!!
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Date: 2011-12-12 09:34
Subject: Theatre!! Opera!!
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I know it's been forever since I've posted, but I had to share....

Spent a few days in NY going to the opera w/my sister and my dear friend known to some of you as Cinel Durant, and her incredible mom. Saw "Boheme" and "Butterfly". The Zeffirelli "Boheme" was very enjoyable, with terrific performances by Hibla Gerzmava (Mimi) and especially Suzanna Phillips (Muzetta). Rudolfo (Dimitri Pittas) was good in the ensemble and duets, but frequently noticeably sharp in his arias, which made me cringe. But it was the Minghella production of "Madama Butterfly" that was the stunner. All the roles were sung well, but Liping Zhang brought vocal beauty and emotional depth to one of operas more challenging roles. The production itself was unique and marvelous, and I left the Met afloat on cathartic tears. When opera is good, it is the epitome of great theatre!
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Date: 2011-08-23 18:19
Subject: and the earth moved
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Okay. Less than 10 seconds of rumbling, and it was over. A badly built brick wall falls over on some cars, some spires off the National Cathedral. No one hurt. But wait! Federal buildings evacuated, college classes canceled, panic, stupidity, over-reaction, traffic jams. Good Grief! Don't people have any sense of perspective or even some small smidgen of common sense?
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macgeorge1
Date: 2011-08-04 09:04
Subject: vacation
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Went to the Maine Lobster Festival yesterday (http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/). Ed and I ordered a 'three-fer' - three large, freshly steamed lobsters on a platter. It was cool and breezy as we sat at plank tables by the water, and the food was deeeeelishous.
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macgeorge1
Date: 2011-08-03 07:46
Subject: Game of Thrones, movies
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It's rained a couple of afternoons here in cool, lovely central Maine, so we've been doing a lot of reading and we've been to see "Captain America" and "Cowboys and Aliens".

Song of Dragons: I've been reading the Game of Thrones series for a long time and waited and waited for this sequel. I'll not do any spoilers, but my general comment is that while engrossing, this book is a little more choppy than previous ones in the series and he leaves even more plot threads dangling than before, if that's possible. As much as I love the characters, especially Aryn, Tyrion and Dany, I was left frustrated since I know it may be many years before we see another book. The HBO series is actually more satisfying since there is some resolution built into the concatenated and tightened up (but still complex) plot lines. I highly recommend the series, which continues in 2012. Postscript: When is he actually going to *do* something with the whole direwolf portion of the plot line??

Captain America: Saw it in 3D and enjoyed it a lot. Loved the remarkable way they handled the same actor transitioning to his new "CA" persona. Loved the female lead, and I always adore Tommy Lee Jones. And can we say... sequel? :)

Cowboys and Aliens: Fun, pass-the-torch adventure story. Really silly if you thought about it too hard, but I tried not to. I wish Daniel Craig interested me more as a hero, but he was appropriately stoic and tough. He's kind of a little guy though, and I like my heroes to be big, lanky ah-shucks kinda guys (preferably dark and broody). I know, corny, but there it is. Harrison Ford was much more the type I go for, and he's still a great presence on screen.
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macgeorge1
Date: 2011-07-26 09:49
Subject: travels
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We're in Maine and I'm sitting overlooking Great Pond (actually it's a big lake, so why they call it a pond is a mystery).  Loons have been calling all morning, with a soft, misty rain occasionally drifting through and a temperature hovering just below 70 degrees.   Had fresh berries and cream and lox and bagels for breakfast.  It's cool, it's quiet.  Life could be worse.
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macgeorge1
Date: 2011-07-19 17:37
Subject: Sandy
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 Sandy was unique and special in so many ways.  I did not know her well, but I felt... I don't know... a kinship?  An admiration for the energy and joy she brought to everything she did?  I don't know, but a light has gone out and I will miss it.  Rest well, Sandy.
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macgeorge1
Date: 2011-07-15 15:04
Subject: Living life fully
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I know I've been very absent for a long time, but that doesn't mean I don't care and that I don't pay attention.  I can't NOT post about sherrold .  So many of my best memories of Escapade and fandom are of her broad laugh and zest for life, of sitting in the con room, drunk as skunks, trying to fit the lyrics of "Gilligand's Island" to the tune of "Amazing Grace" laughing so hard and so long it hurt.

Sandy is a woman of great worth.  I wish her strength and peace and send her all my love.
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Date: 2010-11-01 15:14
Subject: Yeehaw
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