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Yeah, you may be safer copying your entire message BEFORE you hit post. Sometimes the site is wonky while it experiences some growing pains. It's just gotten so huge the last few months.
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p.s. thanks for setting this up
Glad to be here!
I also own both Frimbo and the New American Bible. As a recovering ex-Catholic I can not call myself a religious person.
I also am one of two owners of the Beer and Whiskey League. But I am neither a baseball player nor a drunk.
But your observation is very interesting.
Dave in Duluth
I see we share 29 books in our libraries. One book, When Eastern Michigan Rode the Rails, I did help the author, Jack Schramm, in a minor way, while I lived in Detroit, Michigan. But, I co-authored with him a two-issue article in Motor Coach Age (60 pages) of the suburban bus history of Detroit.
Are you from Bemidji originally. I've been to Duluth once, and did a week's worth of "consulting" in Minneapolis for the bus system there.
Bob on Long Island
(p.s. Can you be in an island in an American dialect? You can be in Newfondland and in the Isle of Man)
Our libraries overlap in some amazing areas.
I grew up and attended high school in Bemidji and later came back for a short time, did some work with the PBS channel, taught for one year at the college and marries the fottball coach's daughter.
I worked with the Kingsley Group, a railroad consulting firm, for a time, mostly on projects for Norfolk Southern and Conrail. I did get east occasionally, and actually saw a Long Island rail road train once, at Penn Station.
I have been a depot agent and in train service for several roads, starting with the Northern Pacific right after high school.
Currently I am watching with interest a proposal for commuter rail in Duluth...the tracks are perfectly sited for a city that is 40 miles long and two miles wide, and, except for one mile around Rices Point yard, are underutilized and could easily support service with Budd Cars or equivalents. There was a one week test in that manner last year.
I think I envy you your current job.
Otherwise, railroadly, I have been a part of a small team cataloging the train photos of Ronald Nixon. He left his collection of 30,000 train photos to a college in Montana, which after trying graduate students on the job, decided to try people with good railroad knowlege, a small group of railroaders and very serious railfans. Now we may have a chance to do captioning on three other big collections, so I have something to do while a major illness makes it necessary to slow down.
In Long Island? Well, CBC often uses the phrase "in Newfoundland", so it must be legit.
Take care and stay warm.
I've been living in Connecticut for 6 years now, and I have yet to attend a single mensa function, but I still pay my dues. Here I have found a couple of book clubs that suit my needs nicely. Oh and I belong to a couple of wonderful message boards, too.
I took the test on a challenge in 1979. I attended my first Mensa function, a Christmas party, in 2006. I had not paid dues for a number of years, but last year my wife reupped my membership as a surprise gift.
I think clamairy makes the best case for membership...you get people that can provide tremendous conversations and you can stimulate each others interests and open whole new horizons. It is easier to do that today, with the internet and the chance at a network of e-friends. In 1979 you had to be part of the right college community or a very unusual work environemnt to get that kind of stimulation.
And if you have a preference for really smart women (or men), Mensa is a pretty good way to meet some.
Dave in Duluth
You may find you've already got the what you need to get in!
Pardon me for butting in - I'm not a current member. Just read a post on Site Talk which mentioned Mensa, and have to ask if Mensa has a new recruitment program. :-)
Here's the quote:
". . . Even went so far as to call me dumb. Hmm. MENSA never thought so and I've turned them away twice. So did my parents. Never wanted to join a cult..."
I went ahead and took some umbrage (grin), but maybe y'all could confirm that Mensa hasn't started going door to door hassling innocent people to get them to sign up? :-)
Edit: I joined after I saw an add in Discover magazine, BTW. I've been a member for 13 years.
Just trying to figure out how people could "turn away" Mensa not once, but twice. And in 2 generations.
The image of wild-eyed Mensa cultists harassing a family is intriguing. There are some nutty people in Mensa, but I'd hope they haven't been elected to run the outfit. :-)
Edit: Talked into pulling out my SAT scores by someone I met at my first SF con, 30 years ago. Lapsed. :-)
In fact, when I was active in Mensa, I was surprised to find that the people I knew in the SF community read a lot more of every type of literature.
It doesn't seem to have worked, though. Hardly anyone is using this group. It's sad because I've been talking to some of these people, like Bob (vpfluke,) for years.
Edit: On the plus side, many of these folks joined LT because I set up this group, and they have found other groups to join.
The old bit was that outside Mensa no one undertood what you were talking about. Certainly not true on the internet.
Edit: My point being that I was living a non-book reading zone.
A paid public library. Where was that so I can mark the place on my map and make sure I never contribute to its economy? On one of my projects in the south I did hear a county board in Kentucky voted to stop funding the public library because it was of interest only to elitists.
Thanks for starting the group. Maybe we all need to use it more. It is good to know that it is available, even if the internet has made most of us less isolated.
Dave in Duluth
On another note, I've been a member of Mensa for over 30 years & have gone to only one meeting, but I still pay my dues. The newsletter is a good way to find out what's happening locally, even if I don't attend.
Oh, I have a library card in the next town--for $165/yr, and I can use it in the entire county. For academic material, though, I use my university--I'm doing a Ph.D.
So the answer is, for those who can afford it, yes, you have library privileges.
If you're looking for a good NF book, Evolution by Carl Zimmer is as smooth and interesting as some novels.
We lived one summer (1960) in Newport, RI, while my stepfather went to the Naval Justice School. I was 15. There was a library only about two blocks from where we lived, however, it wasn't the public library in Newport. It was the Redwood Library, a venerable private library that one had to pay a fee to join. So my mother signed me and my sister up, so we didn't have to walk a mile to get to a library. This was a great place to be as we could open our windows and hear the Newport Jazz Festival and the folk Festival, climb a wonderful beech tree, walk among colonial homes, visit our eccentric landlord who was listed in the Boston Social Register. A married man, he once dated my great aunt when she visited: he driving a second hand telephone truck. His wife looked like the only effort on her curly hair was to collect it into a large band without combing. She drove their beat up looking for third hand furnitue to fill up their 35 room house.
The one thing that impressed me about the Redwood Library was their complete collection of bound Atlantic Monthly magazines.
I also remember the summer (1957) we spent in Palm Beach, FL. There my mother had us join the library their whose name, I believe, was the Society of the Four Arts. The librarian here introduced me to the deeper world of rare books and beautiful bindings. I also remember their bamboo garden.
So, non-public libraries weren't all that bad. Do others have memories of private libraries. I think the Library Company of Philadelphia was a paid institution at one time and I'm sure that the Boston Athenaeum still is.
I will certainly agree with you that certain private libraries are a very valuable resource. The ones you cite are superb.
The ones that get me all warmed up and hostile are those that are the only library available in a community. Many of us who are products of small towns or isolated areas would have been very severely deprived if Andrew Carnegie had not made the town an offer that was accepted and nurtured, or had the bookmobile not come by with a freshly washed window on the world every two weeks.
I know that my janitor father and waitress mother could never have afforded a library membership during my early years. And there must be many smart young people growing up in areas where libraries have today been privitized or eliminated as elitist luxuries or unnecessary things when "everyone has access to the internet" who are going to be deprived of a treasure.
Today I live in a town where the public library system has five books for every local resident. The hours keep getting cut back, but the treasures are still there for the asking.
Would it be so everywhere.
Dave in Duluth
currently reading James Tiptree Jr. courtesy of the Public Library
I couldn't live without my local public libary here on Long Island. About 8 years ago, there were slivers of communities here without access to a public library because of the variation between the boundaries "village" supported libraries versus "school district" supported libraries - these not being coterminous (unlike New England). A state law was passed to rectify these anomalies, the details of which I don't remember, but everyone has access regardless of where they live.
Books I have checked out right now include The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs, Wetware: a novel by Craig Nova, and Tree of Souls: the Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz.
Maybe I should buy this book at some point.