Just a thought!

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  1. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

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  2. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hey GB --

    I had a thought for a new game. We played it many years ago on the chit chat board.

    It was called "Oh the places you will go" -- Dr. Seuss title (I think).

    The thread would start with someone naming a place, such as Hawaii. Maybe post a pic, or a wiki site. Or fond memories.

    The next person would have to come up with a place starting with I -- the last letter in Hawaii.

    Might be Indonesia?

    Then someone else post a place with "A" as the beginning letter.

    So we could go to Al's Sandwich Shop (possibly in Pittsburgh).

    But we'd pick up on P (the last letter in SHOP).

    Next guess could be Phoenix.


    OK, who knows a place that starts with "X"??????????

    Xanadu?

    And on and on and on and on. This game went on for many volumes, and it was popular.


    What do you think??

    Diane :)
  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
    A stately pleasure-dome decree :
    Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
    Through caverns measureless to man
    Down to a sunless sea.

    By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    That's funny. I memorized this poem in High School, but I remember the author
    as Algernon Swinburne. Swinburne BTW died in 1909. The same year Geronimo
    died and my father was born.

    I don't remember that game, Diane, but that's no surprise. Maybe we are
    already playing a game. GB wants us to guess what her thought was?

    I'm going to guess she was thinking of Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation
    that the next best thing to saying something quotable is to remember a
    good quote. Was that it, BG? :rolleyes:

    Rock
  4. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, I had an idea that maybe we could post uplifting messages and quotes that we find and it would lift our spirits. Diane mentioned that it might be a problem because of copyrights.

    I had wondered about that also and had already removed the quote that I posted initially. I don't know what the rules are for reposting or how to find out.

    I had seen a really inspiring quote on facebook and wanted to put it on our board but don't know if it's okay to do that. I deleted the whole post. There's no way to delete the thread title though. The moderators have to do that.

    That's a good guess about Emerson! (It's a good thing no one can read my mind!) :) GB
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  5. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Diane, That game might work. Why don't we give it a try.

    Xanadu

    Utah Anyone been there?
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Sure, GB, I've been to Utah, Couple ah times. Back in 1967 I went to hear
    the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse.

    There were probably only about 50 people in the audience. The choir is
    about 7 times that big. Anyway the choir members ambled in and
    sat quietly chatting. Then the director (Richard P. Condie at the time)
    walked in and waved his arm. Instant silence. He waved it again
    and a wall of beautiful sound filled the tabernacle.

    It wasn't terrible interesting though, because they didn't sing any hymns.
    Just bits and pieces of that and that. He'd stop them, say a few words we
    couldn't hear, and move on to something else.

    And then an old lady in a wheelchair was pushed into the auditorium. She
    was introduced to us as "someone whose books you've all read". It was
    Pearl S. Buck. The choir performed two complete pieces for her.

    One was Come, Come Ye Saints which was written in Iowa when the Mormon
    pioneers were heading west and set to an old English tune. The other was
    Battle Hymn of the Republic. The choir had a hit record with its recording
    of same when I was a teen. Won a Grammy Award too.

    Well, maybe we should move on to someplace like Houston. There seem to be
    at least two songs with that name. Dean Martin sings the one I prefer on
    Youtube. :rolleyes:

    Rock
  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, I watch the Mormon T. Choir's Christmas special every year. They are wonderful. They did have a weekly program that was carried on one of the religious channels but they dropped it a few yers ago. It was something like Music and the Spoken Word. I really miss it.

    I read a lot of Pearl S. Buck's books years ago. She is was a great writer. Lots of adventue too.

    That version of Battle Hymn of the Republic is the one my high school choir used. When I heard it on one of the Mormon T. Choir's programs I recognized it. Our choir performed it for a group of businesspeople one time. We were very good, for teenagers.

    Houston, never been there either.
    How about NASHVILLE ? Music City U.S.A

    GB
  8. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Nope, I have not been to Nashville. I wish I could visit there. Go to the Grand Ole Opry.

    Seems like there's lots to hear, and visit there!

    Rock -- anybody else, y'all ever been there?


    Well, I'll take the "E" in Nashville,

    and give y'all three destinations. How's that -- a three-fer?

    EIFFEL TOWER

    ENGLAND

    or --

    EUROPE (in general)

    I think I'm cheating a bit here. LOL


    I'd love to hear if y'all have been to these destinations. :)

    Hugs, Diane
  9. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    From the D in England I'll take Donegal, Ireland.

    This is a place I'd love to visit. I have found that many of my ancestors lived there. Some were probably born there. I think Ireland is beautiful from all the photos I've seen. And I love the Irish brogue. GB
  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    The arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic that the M.T. Choir made
    famous was done by Peter J. Wilhousky, You can read about him on Wikipedia
    if you're curious.

    When records became passe, I bought a CD by the M.T. Choir. It now uses
    a new arrangement. Not so good in my opinion. The choir still sounds
    wonderful though.

    I've never been to anyplace in Europe, but I did spend a prom Night in
    Paris back in the 50s. We had an Eiffel tower too. Musta been a good
    10-12 feet high. Made of cardboard. The gym never looked more
    enchanting.

    I wish I had been able to go to Ireland too. My great-great-great
    grandfather came from there. His surname, however, was Scottish.
    That's the one my family uses. Got other ancestors from England,
    Wales, Norway and Germany. I know a lot about two branches of the
    family and nothing about the others.

    Soul, how long have your people lived in the Netherlands? One
    of those places that had changing names and boundaries, right?

    Cheers, Ha det bra, Bis spater, Hwyl fawr
    Rock
  11. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Rock, I don't know about 'my people' but I've lived in the Netherlands all my life and so did my parents and grandparents and I think great grandparents too. I'll ask my mom if I see her as I know she has been looking at our ancestory... but I don't think we have known ancestors outside of the Netherlands. I don't feel particularly Dutch though :p

    Let's see we ended with Donegal right?

    I want to take you all to India but I'll have to find a place I've been to or through with an L first then :p Gonna do some searching, I'll be back, pack some light clothes and your ID and get ready ;)
  12. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Never mind... no L to be found on the route :p I'll take you all to Luxembourg instead!

    We went there from when I was about 9 years old? for a couple of years in a row. The car would ALWAYS break down (get overheated) and we once barely got away because the campground we where standing was flooded and we where one of the last people allowed to leave the campground.

    It was quite fun, there was a stream there where we would build dams and such with rocks (by the way that didn't cause the flood, haha, it just rained for a long time) and you could go for 'mountain' hikes. I remember one time me and my brothers and the kids of the family that went along got lost on a hike. Then our fathers went to look for us and by the time we found the way back they got lost :p
  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Soul

    You sure your people weren't one of those lost tribes?

    Rock
    :)
  14. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Mr. and Mrs. E.T.?
  15. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Soul, You've been to some very interesting places. I've never been outside the US.

    Luxembourg sounds fascinating to me. And India too. Maybe we'll find one ending in 'i' soon.! GB
  16. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Jumps in, woooohhooooo from Georgia we go to Abu, Rajasthan, India. My favorite place on earth!
    It's a beautiful place in the arrivelli hill range where I went in my young adult healthy years for quite a few times.

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    I've set here enjoying the sun go down, at very clear days you could watch all the way to Pakistan and see the Himalaya supposedly.

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    For the record, my place is Abu so the next one has to start with an U :D

    I'll see if I can take a few pictures from my albums and upload them here.
  17. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    All aboard, the train is about to leave. Ladies travelling without companions please use the ladies compartement. I traveled with company :p It would usually be a flight to Delhi and then about 18 hours per train in a sleeping compartement all the way through the desert.
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    On your right you will see a building site. It is very inspiring to see how they use sticks and branches to make a construction for building.
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    Some houses look like ships almost... and they are build against and even in the mountain. I remember using a shower where one of the walls was simply the rock of the mountain that was build around. And one having a huge tree trunk in it in one of the corners.
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  18. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    When having your lunch please watch out for the monkeys. They will gladly steal your food.
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    This was a little with bouganville overgrown terrace on the highest point behind a building. I sat here one day and I heared a huge probably dominant male monkey sitting very close by not being happy about me sitting there making nasty noises. I just became really quiet and didn't dare to look afraid it might attack. It calmed down after a while and went on it's own business.

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    These are my own pictures of that sunset point. I did make a full series of the sun coming down but on those pictures you can barely notice the differences. It was back in the days when there was no digital camera's or preview windows where you had to take the roll out to have it developed. I really dislike taking pictures and one time I had a large roll and really did my best to have a nice overview only to find it ripped at the beginning :p
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    Fresh fruit and coconutmilk sellers on the side of the street.
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    Thank you for joining me on my journey, this was Abu, where will you take us next? U.....
  19. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Soul, Those are lovely photos. What a beautiful country. :) GB