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PostThe Watch Incident (Leslie Robinson, USA, 10/29/11 4:46 am)
In my post of 22 October, I wrote of a Japanese prisoner of war on Saipan who asked me for my watch. JE responded:
"Next time we meet, [Les and I] shall limit our conversation to Russian and Portuguese only. We'll talk about the watch incident--what kind of prisoner of war has the chutzpah to demand watches from his jailers? I admire someone who tries to turn the watch-stealing stereotype on its head."
He didn't "demand" the watch; he merely asked me for it, since I was "rich" and could get another one. We had an interesting conversation but I can't remember anything else. I'm 88 and my memory is going to pot! I'm not in Alzheimer land yet but I seem to be headed that way. I'm trying to slow things down by studying Russian. I've sold my house and have moved in with one of my daughters. I couldn't take care of the yard any more since my body has gone to pot as well. It's also lonely living alone; my wife died two years ago.
JE comments: We love you, Les! Be well and be sure to keep in touch with your friends at WAIS. I once read that language study is an excellent way to maintain mental sharpness in one's senior years. Can anyone give us more details on this?
Les: I'm looking forward to having lunch with you someday--at year's end? Russian for the main course, Portuguese for dessert. Vodka or caipirinha? To open up our foreign-language appetites, either one would do the trick.