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2007-02-21 - 6:49 p.m.

I've become addicted to computer backgammon of late, learning all sorts of metaphorical lessons about balancing bold action with reticence, when to use force and the consequences thereof, etc.

Anyway, it's the kind of game where the Interwave connects you to another live (maybe nude!) player, with possibilities from all over the world.

You can also "chat" while you play, but you are limited to a pull-down menu of pre-set lines, like, "Hello," "nice game," etc.

I like to imagine the lines being said in the accent of whatever player I'm up against, although it usually ends up just sounding like Latka.

Today I had this baffling exchange with a Portuguese player. I was "white," appositely:

White> Hello
Brown> You're welcome
Brown> It was luck

And speakin' of life lessons and bold action, everyone's heard that Goethe quote about "What you can do or think you can do, begin it," right? It's on guidance counselor office posters all over the planet.

But today I finally read the lines that precede that quote:

"...Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days..."

That's some good stuff!

Today Rebecca gave me a quick tutorial on the difference between Patty Larkin, Patty Griffin, and Patty Loveless.

Basically, Loveless = country, Griffin/Larkin = folkie/rootsy, although Larkin's website goes out of its way to tout her multiple facets.

(She should just have a disclaimer: "I'm not Patty Griffin! or Duke! Or Sandi Patty! or Patty Smyth from Scandal!")

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