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My dancing career Part 2

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 18, 2013 in Middle Age

I was watching the movie ‘All that Jazz’ on the plane the other week (the Classic movie genre being the only respite for frequent trans-coastal fliers who have already mined the not so deep depths of the new release offerings). Anyhow, it reminded me of how good a movie it was. And also of the [...]

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On the road again

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 3, 2013 in Travels

I am once again spending lots of quality time in the U.S. and once again I am noticing the not so subtle differences introduced by the invisible line along the 49th parallel. Here are some of my observations. I do admit that I am mostly relegated to the suburban edges of the metropolitan areas (Redmond [...]

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Baby, it’s cold outside

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 27, 2013 in Middle Age

For a winter nation, we certainly have a weird relationship with the season that others use to define us. Even those who pretend to like it slink away to Mexico at the earliest opportunity and there are entire colonies in Florida where you would be hard pressed to hear anything other than Quebec French between [...]

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Another year over and a new one just begun

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 31, 2012 in Middle Age

At this time of year, everyone is obsessed with two things: what happened this year and what’s going to happen next year. I have no problem with the rehashing of the events of the previous 12 months, except for the lame attempts to pick the ‘winner’ in various categories (e.g. worst mayor, most tragic tragedy, [...]

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My dancing career Part 1

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 2, 2012 in Middle Age

My dancing career started when I was about seven years old. I don’t think that ballet was a very accurate name for the classes I attended, since the most difficult thing we did was stand still with our arms over our heads (although standing still is actually quite challenging for primary schoolers.) The highlight of [...]

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Everything today is thoroughly modern

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 23, 2012 in Middle Age

In the past year I have seen the term ‘midcentury modern’ increasingly more often, usually in the context of hip and happening decor. At first I had no idea which era they were referring to but then it dawned on me that they meant the 20th century. This has the unfortunate implication of branding me [...]

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Tattoo You

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 15, 2012 in Middle Age

Summer is pretty much unofficially here and one of the first signs of summer is people wearing fewer clothes. Along with the usual offenses punishable by the fashion police, the lesser coverage also results in too much information about people’s bad tattoo choices. At the risk of inducting myself into the curmudgeon hall of fame, [...]

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Everything I need to know I learned from disco

Posted by Marlinee on May 25, 2012 in Middle Age

May was a bad month for disco, with the deaths of Jimmy Ellis, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb. It also puts me too close for comfort to my own mortality, because it is not a good thing when the fixtures of your youth start to go. However, I was firmly in the ‘disco definitely does [...]

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Even more things that no longer exist

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 4, 2011 in Middle Age

Television listings It used to be that a list of the next week’s television programming came in an insert in the Saturday paper. That way, you could see what movies and special programs were on the roster and you could effectively plan your entertainment for the next seven days. The TV listings were useful even [...]

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Food, glorious food

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 24, 2011 in Middle Age

I recently acquired some Bon Appetit magazines dating back to 1989 and 1990, which could easily form the basis of a PhD thesis on food trends in the latter part of the 20th century. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chilli paste and soba noodles were exotic ingredients at the time, as evidenced by the footnotes required [...]

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