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Flashback to 1981: Young Geoffrey remembers it for you - wrongly [Jul. 29th, 2010|12:30 am]
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'Everything you know is wrong'

My Own Private (game of) Telephone'


A (very) young Young Geoffrey, fall 1980.
Vern, almost as young (winter or spring 1982).

Well, we might have known, but we also forgot.

The story as I've been telling it to others for years — for decades! — now, and as (I think) we have been telling to each other when nostalgia has struck over drinks, went roughly as follows.

Vern and I had been practicing for maybe two weeks — he on guitar, with me as lead vocalist and (piss-poor) tambourine man — when we decided we were ready to take "Dow and Pineau" out to the streets and start our climb to stardom.

We were 16 years old and determined to begin our careers as buskers at the very top: right in front of the main entrance to the Eaton Centre at Yonge and Dundas.

And so, laughing with adolescent faith in our inevitable stardom, we set out in search of fame and fortune.

Only, Vern started to get cold feet and, even as we approached our destination, he stopped and said he wasn't going to do it, he wasn't going to play.

I tried cajoling, then yelling, but only when I kicked a rock (and hurt my foot), did I get through to him the importance of finishing what we had set out to do.

And so it was we boldly set up facing the Eaton Centre.

Vern laid his guitar case upon the sidewalk and took out his Norman, wrapped the strap across his chest and began to tune up. I nervously banged the tambourine against my thigh, hoping against hope I would not forget the words to "Helpless", or "Run for Your Life" or, especially, to our cover-tune par excellence, "Eleanor Rigby".

At length, Vern began to play and I to sing. And before long a couple of funky chicks (who later told us they were from New York City) stopped to watch us and then began to dance. Between the glorious music and the dancers' enthusiasm, we gathered a crowd that might have approached 50 people and the money poured into the open case.

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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2010-07-29 05:37 pm (UTC)

ah too bad I have all of my 16 year old entries online

Sorry I don't have anything substantial to say except:

"Anyway; now to Pamela Tadman: hmmm. My next beau? I don't know."

I have nothing but laughter for this line.
It sounds so strange coming from a 16 year old.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-07-29 06:41 pm (UTC)

Re: ah too bad I have all of my 16 year old entries online

It's pretty funny, but I wonder whether you're laughing at it for the same reason(s) I am.

Meanwhile, I'm finally starting in on Mandarin and have decided to accept that pin yin doesn't make sense from an English point of view.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2010-07-29 10:48 pm (UTC)

Re: ah too bad I have all of my 16 year old entries online

Well if you're going to be doing Mandarin, I just (really just) found this site that I think is awesome and fun for learning Mandarin. It's pretty basic: the blog posts of 10 ways to say things are small in number but incredibly useful and interesting to me. Also they have a thematic dictionary with pictures which is really useful for targeted learning. I just found it because I need to help a friend of mine learn a bit of English so he can take his driver's test in English:
http://www.nciku.com/theme/detail?catg2ID=96&initial=&page=2

But generally speaking I use this site:
http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/chinese-dictionary.php
which is really useful and accurate especially for the combinations of words.

I love reading dictionaries. <3
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2010-08-02 09:48 pm (UTC)

Re: ah too bad I have all of my 16 year old entries online

Yes, we decided that Mandarin is the way to go, even though Cantonese is "Raven's" mother-tongue. Incidentally, she said that your first link looked interesting, but that she highly recommends YellowBridge.com.

P.S., re your subject-line, I wonder if you might not still find some surprises in your old entries — if not now, then 10 or more years down the line. (I'm really glad I hung onto my old writings, too. I wonder what other memories will prove to have been falsified over the years.)
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