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  •  Cheers for the Gates of Hell (12+ / 0-)

    I used to be an archaeologist.  I pretty much drank myself out of that career, after it took me seven years to complete my undergraduate education (half of my major credits were graduate level, but I was too tired to continue).  But I loved working in the field.  And even though I now work in finance, I still think the training on personal dynamics I learned in a square give me a distinct advantage over your typical business major.  Do, I was delighted to see the news that The Gates of Hell (or more properly Hades) have been discovered.

    A few birthdays today.  I will highlight, as usual, a musical birthday, but I couldn't pass by the birthdays of two men who were heroes to me as a child:

    Herb Caen:  If you need to ask who that is, you are either too young, or did not grow up in or near Baghdad by the Bay, as Caen used to call San Francisco.  I wonder what he would think of the City these days.

    Marlon Brando:Today, he is most well known, among people my age and younger, for his work in The Godfather.  But it was not until I saw Last Tango that I understood why he was a special actor.  Now, Last Tango itself is a mediocre movie, best remembered for the nudity and sex today.  But Brando delivered two amazing improvisational monologues, one of which is linked to above.

    Happy birthday to Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:39:13 AM PDT

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