This Week's 33Oth Club Meeting

David Pitt, Mark Kritz This week's 'Crowd' was Two (minus 'guest ed')
This week's 'Crowd' was Two

Sun, Wild West and Pagination

Sun, Café, Terrace, Waiter of the Week.
Sun, Café, Terrace, Waiter of the Week.

Today's weather was beautiful. The sun was warm, the wind was still a tad chilly but everything was there for what anyone would call a springtime day. Never mind what mister 'weather guy' said, 'guest ed' doesn't have a television and won't be buying one anytime soon – but he does have a handy desktop widget that keeps him informed of the predictions for the coming days. On to the club report before this becomes a diatribe about the pros and cons and choices of weather RSS feeds...

Guest Ed spent the first twenty minutes of the Club 'official in–time' doodling away at a site renovation plan – this being one of the season's first nice days, I can only understand if everyone was away enjoying it. Before dipping his pen guest ed spent a second thinking to a mail club member Tomoko sent this morning: she told about the success of her 'Beatles Story' gig the night before (see last week's report) and expressed her regrets at 'guest ed' not attending – in addition to his regular work, 'guest ed' has been installing and configuring a new work plan–server–system and has not been having a great time of it. Apologies, Tomoko, but glad to hear it was a smash!

the (Colorado) hat of the week
The (Colorado) Hat of the Week

Patient Doodling, patent Programming

Guest ed was just wondering whether he had chosen the wrong place to wait (this was the official 'club spot' though) and if there was a whole terrace of Club members waiting for him outside (which was a great time to wonder if he had ever attended a summer club meeting – we think to the negative, captain, so even more room for doubt) when walked in from the warm David Pitt. David had a rather cowboy–ish air about him, an image reinforced in 'guest ed's mind because he had watched Jim Jarmusch's movie 'Dead Man' not the night before.

David even presented himself as a cowboy – from Colorado, no less. That certainly looked like a Colorado–esque hat. "What trade?" ask I. "I owned a bookstore," replied David. "Hardcover Cowboy," notes guest ed, orally and in writ. David seemed to like that one so I use it here. So as so far there are no other club members yet, I had to inquire more about David. "No, I want to hear about you, what brought you here?" he said. I hoped my explanation was answer enough, as it took at least five minutes. All guest ed's stories about his stay in France are intertwined.

Through all the above we did manage to touch on to our respective technological backgrounds – it's rather odd, but although we are not close in age we both went through that strange time where computer technology was budding and all ages, 'yung'uns' and 'old fogeys' alike, were on the same place in the learning curve. Cobol, Fortran, and early Java came up – those years are far behind us both. David 'gave up' on following technology around the 1980's, and, after spending quite a few 'analogue' years himself, guest ed was obliged to pick it up again only around six years ago. For sure there's a lot of 'analogue good' that hasn't yet been ported over to today's software mainframes and GUI's, and David and I were lucky enough to be born into a time where we could experience a bit of both worlds. For an 'analogue guy' David has sure got a nice website. He started it up "between two national holidays" in the year 2000, and by the looks of it he's been adding to it daily ever since.

 David Pitt, Mark Kritz, Five Hundred Euros of Glass(es)
Five Hundred Euros of Glass(es)

David seems to have a particular liking (as do most all of us ex–pats I'm sure) for the "Shakespeare & Co." bookstore. We had a bit of a chat about it because I never really could figure out the connection between the existing establishment and the one of Hemingway's years – Sylvia Beach and her shop in rue de l'Odéon. Today's Shakespeare and Co. is just as much of a legend as the old, if not more, to the modern world... to be frank, in all my years here, I've never paid any thought to origins because I just love the store. Not only the books, but the little details like the store's sound system which seems to be piped through a 1970's amplifier tucked away into one of the store's lesser–browsed corners. Odd that I think of it now, but I've never heard any music played there...

Talk of ex–pat–frequented bookstores of course turned to language, namely David's. His English is certainly better–spoken than the usual'standard American' – although he's made an effort (he says) to adapt to the American way of speaking, Guest ed does detect a bit of Brit, if not in the accent (not at all), but in the wording of much of he says: questioned on this he says that it is because he and his family came (emigrated) to the United States from England in the 1950's. His French wife Domenique (who he met in 1976) is most likely why he's here today... but he still has far to go on the French, he says. Guest ed can't comment on that as we didn't speak a word of French together. Next time, maybe.


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