Thursday, August 28, 2008

Glasses and old photos

I went shopping for new eye glass frames this week -- long overdue! I tried on dozens of frames and the more I tried on the more they reminded me of old family photos from the 1960s. The strongest images were of my aunt's glasses and my mom's sunglasses. Of course images of my dad, a la Drew Carey, also weighed in.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Where in the world...?

Conversation overheard at my local coffee shop. Two young women, both new to the job; let's call them "baristas":

Barista #1: Is Amsterdam in Holland?

Barista #2: No, that's Europe. Amsterdam is a country.


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Monday, August 4, 2008

"La rosa nera"

Nonna Elvira had a collection of Italian 45s that she bought on her first trip back to Italy in the 1960s. I spent much of my childhood listening to those records. Here's one of those songs, "La rosa nera."

As a kid I liked the tune but when I listen to it now I wonder if Nonna was taken with the lyrics, particularly "stanno cambiando il mondo" -- they are changing the world. For someone who was born in a time and place with no electricity and lived well into the age of the Internet, she experienced an amazing amount of change. Wonder if I will see that much change in my lifetime?