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Gender: Female
Hometown: NYC
Home country: USA
Current location: Chapel Hill, NC
Member since: Sat May 7, 2005, 11:13 PM
Number of posts: 15,098

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1995 325i BMW convertible

in red!

Not a great photo--but the only one I have that survived our fire.

My oldest son--the one who now drives autocross here in NC--learned to drive a manual transmission on that car.
I still remember taking him out to the local mall parking lot on Sunday mornings so he could get the feel of the clutch
and learning to shift. Me? I learned to drive a manual transmission on a WWII era Willys Jeep that my dad used
in the orchard when I was in high school.

More moon

Almost full moon tonight, with Belt of Venus




and a closer view


My son's first project goes up at Yale Cabaret in early March

If you are in the greater NY area--especially anywhere near New Haven, CT--and enjoy edgy theatre,
here's something to think about seeing. My son is a first year grad student in the dramaturgy/dramatic criticism program
at Yale School of Drama, and did the translation of this play from the German. He started working on it last year when he was
in Berlin on his Fulbright scholarship to do a project on German theatre. The director of the piece
is a first year student in the directing program--from Bulgaria--and the cast are first year acting students at YSD.

My husband and I will be there for opening night. Would love to meet some local DU'er's if anyone is so inclined to attend!

http://yalecabaret.org/performances/Leonce-and-Lena

Gorgeous moon tonight in Chapel Hill

From our back deck







I have a photographer friend who uses this service to upload/sell her photo art.


Might be the easiest way to do what you want.

http://fineartamerica.com/create-art-online.html

Check out these gorgeous photos of a dog, taken by his human.

in places where they've traveled together.

my favorite:





http://www.earthporm.com/wild-adventures-man-dog-majestic-nature-photos/

New Year's Eve day sunrise in Chapel Hill

post photo application of photobucket's Indiglow effect and splatter frame





and the unaltered photo


The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch

My husband wanted to go see this last night.

Fascinating story. We had seen an Enigma machine on display in London at Churchill's War Rooms
last May when we were there.

Some info: http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/info_sheets_enigma.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine

I did not know anything about Alan Turing, although my husband had read a book about him.



Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is superb. Really well done.


Alan Turing:
Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.



Apparently, the relationship with Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) is overdramatized, although
they did have a short engagement.


For some of the controversy surrounding the depiction of Turing's relationship with Joan Clarke:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346828/Film-WW2-codebreaker-Alan-Turing-attacked-biographer-exaggerating-love-affair-woman-gay-says-Keira-Knightley-glamorous.html


And Keira Knightley's view about it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/keira-knightley-imitation-game_n_6221196.html


Anyone else see it?

For the 14th year in a row, UNC-Chapel Hill has been ranked Kiplinger's #1 best public college value

http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php

http://uncnews.unc.edu/facts-about-carolina/facts-figures/


We live in Chapel Hill. Both our sons graduated from Chapel Hill public schools, but took
different directions.

Our youngest son graduated (in 4 years) from UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major. He had
a scholarship worth $20K over 4 years, which just about covered tuition. He managed
to snag a Fulbright Scholarship last year--to spend 10 months in Berlin--studying German theater (he was a German major)
and was admitted last spring to Yale School of Drama for an MFA Class of 2017 (he's first year in that)
and has a sizable scholarship covering almost all his tuition there. Fortunately, we have been
able to cover his living expenses (he also has work study at Yale) and he SHOULD be able to
complete 7 years of undergrad/grad study with NO loans.

He happens to be a really smart kid. We are hoping the Yale credentials--and contacts-- will get him in the door
when it comes time to working in the world of theater.

Our oldest--now at 28-- decided he wanted nothing to do with college after high school--has always known he wanted to work in computers--and he's managed to do very well for himself by teaching himself. His current and previous jobs he was recruited to by
people he knew. We helped him buy a townhouse when he was 25, buying down the mortgage to a level for which he could qualify, using the money we had set aside for his college for his down payment. He has always been a really level headed, responsible kid.

So our kids are night and day different in how they've approached post high school experience/education/career prep.

We have hoot owls here in Chapel Hill.

The first summer we were in the house we rebuilt after the fire, we had one that routinely
roosted during the day in a tree down the hill on our lot.

See? Since then we've heard them, but I've never gotten any more shots of them.
It's really fun when one hoots and another answers!

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