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Old 05-26-2014, 06:47 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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ER, I am not much of an opera fan but isn't that the opera that has "Meditation" -- a melody that (well I can't quite explain it but it mesmerizes me, has a strong effect.) I never saw Placido except on tv but his voice was the best out of many of them. I should look up some of the other music from that opera; I am only aware of "Meditation." Words fail me, I love this. You had a very special experience.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfNnAs6C88&feature=kp
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Yes, words fail all of us in this case!

^^^^^^ Yes, the well known "Méditation" is from the opera "Thais", the opera itself being less well known. The courtesan Thais of Alexandria (Egypt) is concerned that her physical beauty will fade. She has been approached by a monk (Placido Domingo at L.A. Opera) who is trying to save her soul by having her enter a convent. While she ponders, alone, the decision whether to follow his advice, this staggeringly beautiful and sublime "Méditation" plays in the pit orchestra. There are truly no words to do it justice.

Thanks so much for posting that!
 
Old 05-26-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Words fail me, I love this. You had a very special experience.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfNnAs6C88&feature=kp
This is one of the many pieces including opera, classical and jazz that will be played during my memorial service. Of course no one will be allowed to speak during the three hours of music that will run.

It is indeed one of the most beautiful pieces ever composed, and always played at concert venues out of context of the opera.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I went to see the surgeon who will be removing my gall bladder and I really like her. She listened to my heart, as most drs do when you go to see them and then asked me about my heart murmur. What? What heart murmur? No one has ever mentioned it before. So I have to go have an echo/stress test before the gb surgery can be scheduled. The test will happen on Thursday.

While her assistant was on the phone trying to get that scheduled for me I asked the Dr if she would consider taking a big old goat as partial payment. We did have some good laughs over that. I think I will have to take a good picture of Zugor and print it and give it to her.

My car got a new battery today, had to have my mechanic come jump it this morning so I could get to my appt. I had discovered that is was dead on Saturday, the first day that I felt up to getting out of the house. I was only planning on taking a bunch of garbage to the dumpster and some Netflix DVD's to the mail box at the post office. So I stayed home for another 3 days of R & R.

I've dropped about 5 pounds this past week due to lack of appetite and having to be careful about what I eat. I can only hope that I can continue this trend and lose a great many more pounds, at a slower rate, over the remainder of the year.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Zugor

When it rains it pours.

Good luck with your surgery - hope you have someone to check on you when you get out. How long will you be in the hospital. I had a stress test once - really boring.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Baring complications I get to come home the same day. They do want me to have someone stay will me for 24 hours and I can get a friend to do so. She might not stay a full 24 hours but overnight and through midday would not be a problem.

I probably should kick the dogs out of bed for at least a couple of nights. No lifting anything over ten pounds for a couple of weeks. No yard work, no laundry, etc. Let's hope neither of the dogs needs to go to the vet during that time since they each need major help getting up into the Suburban.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Baring complications I get to come home the same day. They do want me to have someone stay will me for 24 hours and I can get a friend to do so. She might not stay a full 24 hours but overnight and through midday would not be a problem.

I probably should kick the dogs out of bed for at least a couple of nights. No lifting anything over ten pounds for a couple of weeks. No yard work, no laundry, etc. Let's hope neither of the dogs needs to go to the vet during that time since they each need major help getting up into the Suburban.
When I had it, a friend stopped by before and after work and fed my dog and took him for a walk. I remember I was not supposed to bend down so could not feed the dog. No lifting, just resting. It was easy. I was up and about in a few days. My food was purchased beforehand and kept in the freezer so I could just heat it up. I can't remember any pain, maybe there was. I was very tired for a while, I remember that. It takes energy to heal.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I went to see the surgeon who will be removing my gall bladder and I really like her. She listened to my heart, as most drs do when you go to see them and then asked me about my heart murmur. What? What heart murmur? No one has ever mentioned it before. So I have to go have an echo/stress test before the gb surgery can be scheduled. The test will happen on Thursday.
Wishing you the best of luck with that.

My mother had gall bladder problems, but that was treated successfully.

I have a friend - a man a little younger than myself, about 56 or 57 - who has been waiting for a heart transplant for two months now. He is a fit, handsome fellow with a full head of silver hair and an extravagant silver handle-bar mustache; but he desperately needs a new heart. He's had to go into the hospital every few weeks to have his chest cavity drained.

My big birthday dinner is next week and Handyman Rod and I have been cleaning and scrubbing the old house down. I hope my friend with the heart problem can make it. Chef Joe is doing all the cooking. The thing I am NOT looking forward to is cleaning the dining room crystal chandelier, and my mother's sterling flatware. Yes, the best crystal, china, and silver is coming out!
 
Old 05-28-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Wishing you the best of luck with that.

My mother had gall bladder problems, but that was treated successfully.

Thanks for the good wishes. I will keep your friend in my prayers.


I have a friend - a man a little younger than myself, about 56 or 57 - who has been waiting for a heart transplant for two months now. He is a fit, handsome fellow with a full head of silver hair and an extravagant silver handle-bar mustache; but he desperately needs a new heart. He's had to go into the hospital every few weeks to have his chest cavity drained.

My big birthday dinner is next week and Handyman Rod and I have been cleaning and scrubbing the old house down. I hope my friend with the heart problem can make it. Chef Joe is doing all the cooking. The thing I am NOT looking forward to is cleaning the dining room crystal chandelier, and my mother's sterling flatware. Yes, the best crystal, china, and silver is coming out!

Wouldn't it be nice, just once in a while, to have "staff" to do at least some of that work.

I hope that your dinner is a very joyful occasion and that your new year is the best one yet.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Escort, the opera sounds lovely. I am looking forward to doing things like that when we move back to civilization.

Zugor; our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

Clark, your birthday dinner sounds exciting; it reminds me why I am keeping the good china and silver! Happy Birthday!

Misty and fifties, overcast. Changing bed linens. *Yawn*
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