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  •  Thanks for that! I'd caught one of (8+ / 0-)

    the other ones while I was writing mine and didn't see yours.  That is a great story!

    I met Ivan Havel through a kind of monthly salon he threw back when I was visiting Prague.  My Czech teacher at the time had been invited and brought me... I met a whole bunch of the city's intelligentsia, but at the time I was so young and inexperienced that I couldn't tell you who most of them were.  Experience wasted on the youth!

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:50:31 PM PST

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    •  Some of my people are Czech. (9+ / 0-)

      I can't speak it worth a damn, my Hungarian is better!

      Prague is a most wonderful place. I visited it often even in the old Communist days.

      My 91 year old grandmother is from that part of the world. Back when I was living in Vienna, she came to visit me and wanted to go to her "mother's country". As we came into Czechoslovakia by train, after the passport control, she wept and said "finally, now I am in my mother's country". I will never, ever forget that. I have been close to her all my life, but I never before or since felt closer to her than in that train compartment crossing that border.

      Capitalism may be our enemy, but it is also our teacher. --V.I. Lenin equalitymaine.org

      by commonmass on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:55:25 PM PST

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