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Post Thoughts for a WAISly 2018, from Gary Moore
Created by John Eipper on 01/01/18 3:02 PM

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Thoughts for a WAISly 2018, from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 01/01/18 3:02 pm)

Gary Moore writes:

One of Auld Lang Syne's "lost" verses (approximating the archival Scots):

We ran the full round did we not,
And a full year filled in time,
Since last this song soothed wounds we'd got,
As we sang of Auld Lang Syne.

Great New Year's adventures ahead on WAIS.

I am very curious about Timothy Ashby's bygone hike along Hadrian's Wall, and about Rorke's Drift.

And about coming reports Inside New Cuba, and from the Mears expedition in Mexico.

Also, for A. J. Cave, after that great religion essay that included Galileo:

When Galileo was finally pardoned after 200 years by Pope John Paul in 1979, did Galileo's soul then get to go to heaven? How did they work the transfer?  Or did they leave him down there, retorting sarcastically: "no, NON ti muovi"?

Maybe light on this can be cast by Tor, Istvan and others in the religion discussion.

Not to mention all the other fascinating possibilities for the New Year.

JE comments:  Today's WAIS posts have all been from correspondents I've never met in person.  Add Gary Moore to the list.  Happy 2018, Gary!  May our paths cross before our next singing of Auld Lang Syne...


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  • A Scottish New Year's Toast (John Heelan, UK 01/02/18 7:17 AM)
    Gary Moore's reminder (1 January) brought back to me the wry toast of my old Scottish golfing partner (and professional soccer referee).

    When we we won a competition, my mate Jim--a teetotaller--would toast to our success with the old Scottish words, "Here's tae us/ Wha's like us?/ Damn few/ and they'r all deed!"


    Sadly, so is Jim.


    JE comments: Rest well, Jim. How, one wonders, did the Scots ever think up their vowel pronunciation? Kilts that are too tight?


    There's nothing like a wry toast.  Beats a white or whole-wheat toast every time.  (!)


    Painful punning aside, a very happy New Year to the most prolific WAISer, our dear friend John Heelan.

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  • Crossing Paths and Auld Lang Syne; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA 01/03/18 2:36 PM)
    Gary Moore writes:

    JE's much-appreciated returned New Year's greeting seems almost telepathic, because next in the "lost" verses of Auld Lang Syne, to which John was replying, comes:


    To all ye here whose paths I've crossed

    On the journey lost and blind,

    Pray with my wrongs, recall my songs,

    And the light I sought to shine.



    I too, hope our paths cross in this new year, John.


    (As January 6 approaches, three modern Wise Men on GPS-equipped camels converse by night: "No, not that star. That's just Galileo, repositioning to Heaven.")


    And if possible, the Wise Men also append a thanks to John Heelan for that great Scottish toast.


    JE comments: We'll make it happen, Gary. I haven't been to Memphis (Home of Elvis and the Ancient Greeks) in a dozen years or more.


    Gary's follow-up New Year's greeting makes me realize that each January I overuse the expression "I hope our paths cross in [insert year here]." A cliché? What are some alternatives?


    • May our ships pass, but not in the night?

    • I hope that sometime this year, we both get stuck in the Atlanta (O'Hare, DFW) airport?

    • Maybe I'll be in town and mooch a night's lodging?

    • Let's do sushi?

    • WAIS '18 conference?  Yeah!



    Better suggestions?

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