How are your studies coming, by the way?
I can't remember many films, and that includes Beau Geste, tho I know I've seen it. My tendency is to take in all the beauties of landscape, faces, forms and costumes . . . and entirely miss a film's story and conversations (odd for a playwright, no?) Also, Gary Cooper, despite his real-life dapper dressing, never caught my attention. But since you see some relevance in the film, I'll Netflix it.
You sailed Norfolk sound?!!! (tell me what "sound" means, Roger; I've Zero Knowledge of ship, sailing, or sea jargon). In what capacity did you sail, for whom, and on what kind of ship?
You've brought forward for me quite a love-fear topic. The most beautiful day of my life (aside from giving birth to my son) was in Norfolk in a small craft, in Chesapeake Bay. I was fortunate to have a retired merchant mariner first mate as an explainer-companion who told me everything about what I was seeing. I was continuously thrilled with the sights of the ships so varied and stunning. We hailed a water taxi alongside our craft, and the taxier told us that he ferries folks from downtown Norfolk, usually, to Portsmouth.
After that trip, I became obsessed with having a boat---and very nearly bought one, until I forced m'sel' to listen to every single expert I could find----all of whom said DO NOT BUY THAT BOAT! The most telling of them was my insurer who asked what year the boat had been built. I said 1960, and he referred me to the yellow pages (phone book) for another insurer.
Next, I determined that to get on the water I would take sailing lessons, but my fear of being that vulnerable to the ocean overtook me, so I didn't follow thru with the lessons. But I STILL wanna get on the water (no, not swimming in it). Any suggestions? Advice? Do other people have such a strange caught feeling about oceans and sailing vessels?
And now to my Rhinemaiden persona: I have none. I always do what Patrick McManus wants me to do, and he wants me to mermaidly send him off on his Viking ship. I have suggested that I will accompany him and VB on his voyage, but will await his wishes about it. So it's mermaid attire, not pigtails and breastplates I'll be wearing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger Day" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: A viking funeral
I always liked Gary Cooper's Beau Geste.
I've sailed the Norfolk sound in fog and those carriers gave me the
heebie-jeebies. Big bastards the lot of them. Not too careful where
they plough either.
Maybe you could go down with Patrick and VB (which I tend to translate
as Visual Basic, no insult intended, although it should be called Vile
Basic) as a Rhinemaiden...do you have golden locks? pigtails? A large
shield? Big lungs?
On 9/29/05, judy prince <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My dearest sweet P Viking P---and of course B caulking B (would that be VB
> or someone you've not told us about?):
> How O how did you know that my hometown of Norfolk VA US of A sports
> artistically decorous mermaid sculptures at Important Crossroads throughout
> the fair city. Hence and evermore, I am Way Aware of how to dress m'sel' as
> a mermaid-in-waiting at Viking (and caulking as well) sailings.
> Thus, please know that if your last snapshot is of me in my mermaid attire,
> then it will be a most worthy, memorable memorial. Will we pose together
> for the snapshot, then? You can be inscribing your loving words with a
> stylus upon clay, and I will be . . . . . well, let's save that surprise for
> much later, shall we?
> Further, we have ships in Norfolk (the largest military naval base in the
> world) that rival small cities. One cannot look upon one of these carriers
> without feeling that it has emerged all of a moment from one's otherworldly
> dreams. Its immensity, in short, would rival yours (in talent and loving
> compassion, of course). I will put in a good word with the Admiral of the
> fleet, if you just say the word, O Maximum P.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patrick McManus" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 1:43 PM
> Subject: Re: A viking funeral
> > Look you clinker man--I and Boris are not going in our last great trip
> > going
> > to sail in a Viking boat across a desert the shipping lanes will have to
> > take their chances or we might take an oil tanker two with us -it is our
> > funeral after all!
> > Omnimermaid might wave us off for a bit??
> > Would be my last snapshot though:-(
> > P Viking P
> > B caulking B