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Planning Out My Holiday Time

weather: mostly cloudy
outside: 7°C
mood: happy
I think I'm going to spend time at the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch next week on my holiday week. It's a beautiful building, beautiful surroundings, close to lots of food and other amenities (ie. the Husband's wallet) >KD. It's also close to work, so I can still carpool with Husband Guy and I don't have to pay for parking.

I could also go out to the Burnaby Public Library, Metrotown branch which has free parking and is very nice too. The Burnaby one is close to the mall with a Chapters =D if I decide to buy the books I want instead. There's Internet access for sure at the Burnaby branch >K} although there must be a lab at the Main one as well, I've just never used it.

Things I want to do at the library:

    <input ... >  read Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind. This book came very highly recommended, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet.

    <input ... >  read Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China.

    <input ... >  read Memories of Madame Sun. Ching-Ling Soong, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's wife. She was one of the three Soong Sisters, Ai-Ling ("eye"), Ching-Ling, and Mei-Ling ("may"). They were the most powerful women of their day, educated at Wesleyan College in Georgia. Ai-Ling (the oldest) was the wife of H. H. Kung, a powerful businessman and later, Finance Minister to Chiang Kai-Shek. Mei-Ling (the youngest) was the wife of Chiang Kai-Shek himself... I think Mei-Ling is still alive, clocking in at 105 years old this year.

    <input ... >  borrow Opera and Classical music CDs. Let's see if I can make my hard drive or speakers explode with World Class Tenors =)

    <input ... >  I hear the library has old movie DVDs now, so I'll have to see what they have. The one I have in mind is Casa Blanca. No, I haven't seen this yet. Yes, I'm culturally deprived... shut up, all of you. =)

    <input ... >  read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I still haven't read these books. Cultural Osmosis has done me well, but I asked for the 6 volume set for my wedding and I got it, so I should go read the real thing. But then I also got The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth, so I may just get the buzz through that. Although, thinking about this a bit more, it might be a tougher read than the LOTR text. I had a peep last night and it's set up like an index.

    So, "Aoufhaewoirya" is the name of a small pair of shears that Elrond used to clip his nose hair by his reflection in Doomerhaeioussenir, this Little Enchanted Puddle of Mordor (it magnifies if you flip it over), while regretting not tossing Isildur into the lava personally, on the way back from the southern hillsides of Mount Doom after Isildur hacked off Sauron's middle finger completely by fluke.

    I care. Really, I do.

I don't want to just end up sleeping my entire holidays away, then feel like a total schmoe for not doing anything when I get super busy with work next year.

*sigh* I plan a trip to the library in more detail than other people plan their honeymoon... =P


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Dec. 13th, 2002 10:55 am (UTC)
Hey! Wesleyan College is in my hometown. It amazes me how many people know that she went there. But then, I guess it's a pretty amazing thing that she went there, huh? Some of my international students went down to Macon expressly to visit Wesleyan College because of that (though the Cherry Blossom trees & festival usually lures more people).
Casablanca is fabulous! Also, if you ever get the chance to see it on the big screen (old film festivals) do, the globe in the opening shot looks incredible. (I'm an old movie buff). If you like brooding, bitter men, you'll love Humphrey in it. But honestly, To Have and Have Not is better! I wish I could find that to own.
LotR reads slow... just a warning. I love to read & usually devour books, but i'm stuck @ halfway through the second. i'm also depending on cultural osmosis! hey, here's a quote you might appreciate. I forget who said it, but it applies sorta! "The world is divided into two types of people: those who have read the Hobbit, and those who keep meaning to." Wouldn't it be nice to be the author of a book that divided the world?? ;)
Dec. 13th, 2002 11:00 am (UTC)
those who have read the Hobbit, and those who keep meaning to

Hmm... I've had The Hobbit read to me in 7th Grade. I haven't read it myself, but you can't say I've never read it, either. So I'm in this weird nebulous category =D

I'm always in the Weird Nebulous Category =P =)
Dec. 13th, 2002 01:14 pm (UTC)
What's with the aqueduct on that library there? Is that leftover from the Roman occupation of western Canada back in the 1920's?
Dec. 13th, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know... I think it's just for the coolness factor. =)
Dec. 13th, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
wow the vancouver library is beautiful!!! i wonder if the seattle public library is nice- ive never been to the main branch. i've been to the NY public library once (the one on 5th & 42nd) and it was amazing!! i could stay lost in there forever. I love libraries!!

I've read wild swans before in the 7th grade. iremember liking it- but I can't remember much of what was in it. I should reread it. :) have a good holiday!
Dec. 13th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Seattle Public Library


It's an interesting-looking building for sure =)

Re: Wild Swans

It's a biography/memoir of Jung Chang's grandmother, mother and herself through the changes from dynastic to modern China (well, the beginnings of modern China anyway).

I saw an interview with her and it focussed on her experiences in the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
Dec. 13th, 2002 01:50 pm (UTC)
...and here I thought I was the only one that hasn't read Lord Of The Rings!

I don't feel like I'm alone on a hill anymore
Dec. 13th, 2002 02:08 pm (UTC)
Heehehe, I was watching The Lovely Elf Boy during the whole movie, so I didn't quite get everything that happened either =D

There was a Hobbit? What Wizard?
Dec. 13th, 2002 02:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! I walked out of the theater saying "I didn't get it. Beautiful eye candy, but it didn't make sense!"
Everyone made fun of me "Ha ha, Dianna doesn't know what a Hobbit is"

Ah well - as long as I get popcorn, I'm happy :)
Dec. 13th, 2002 02:49 pm (UTC)
*snorf* Yeah, watching the midnight showing while being sick didn't help me.

Sheesh Dianna, even I know what a Hobbit. Bobo Baggins is a Hobbit. =D
Dec. 13th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)
I read Wild Swans a long time ago, too. Would be interesting to reread it now, five years later. Not that I have time to do that.

I thought Chiang Kai-Shek's wife went to Wellesley... was I mistaken?
Dec. 13th, 2002 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, she transferred to Wellesley in 1913, after her first year, and ended up earning her Bachelors from Wellesley instead.
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:01 pm (UTC)
It has been remarked that Soong Mei-Ling, wife of Chiang Kai-Shek had a tremendous impact on how history played out the way it did. She's supposedly a major reason why the United States backed the Kuomintang the way it did leading to an alliance between the Republic of China and the US in WWII. Her influence was also instrumental in American foreign policy towards Pacific Asia. The US continued to back the ROC on Taiwan even after the Kuomintang lost the civil war until the late to early 1970's.

That book sounds like something I'd really like to read but I've got so much stuff to do.
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
I think I once heard an old recording of her public plea to the American general public. She is amazing.
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
Those speeches of hers made it politically impossible for Harry Truman to refuse the alliance. ... and they're are part of the reason why the US continues to protect Taiwan with the 7th fleet.

She really is an amazing woman. My paternal grandparents met and dined with her family once. They tell me that she has real presence.
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
Wow, Hob-Nobbin' with the Hoity-Toity >KD j/k

It's kind of a shame that she's portrayed as a spoiled glam brat chick in "The Soong Sisters" (the one with Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and Vivian Wu). But I guess you have to have contrast... =P
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
My family was a little involved in the situation back then.

I've never seen that movie. Michelle Yeoh? It's a "mo-hup" flick? Whoa! SOLID. Okay, I'm just being stupid.
Dec. 13th, 2002 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
My family was a little involved in the situation back then.

Ah, neato! =)

Re: mo-hup

BWAHAHA! =D That's hilarious to me for some reason =D

Anyway, no, it's about the most demur you'll ever see of Michelle Yeoh =D
Dec. 14th, 2002 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Mei-Ling
I went to Soong Ching-Ling's home here in Beijing... If you ever come to Beijing (go to? I just realized, I'm so used to thinking in "來/去" I've honestly forgotten the convention in English!), you really ought to see it. The family is absolutely fascinating...

But they say there's a Chinese saying, that there were three daughters: one loved money, one loved power, and one loved China. (Of course, I think that's a saying from the mainland...) :p
Dec. 14th, 2002 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have Wild Swans but have yet to read it. You'll have to tell me if it's good.
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