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July 1, 2005

Film: (DVD) Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling 2004

This was great fun, as I gather the books are too. Highly recommended.

July 2, 2005

Film: (DVD) The Gingerbread Man Robert Altman, 1998

Kenneth Branagh as a souther lawyer?! Actually, he pulls it off. His Georgia accent works for me but might not fool a southerner. Pretty good film, but not a great one.

July 4, 2005

eBook: A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859

Don't know how I missed out on reading this earlier. I've seen it on film, but never read the book before. I have to say I enjoyed this more than any other Dickens book I've read, even though I knew how it came out.

I'm glad I wasn't made to read this in high school, because I wasn't ready for it then.

July 8, 2005

Harriet's off to New York for a weekend with her mother, and George is heading off to Madison for graduate school, so I'm alone for the weekend after driving them to the airport.

Film: (DVD) The Bridge Gérard Depardieu, Frédéric Auburtin, 1999

I can't resist anything with Gérard Depardieu. The eternal triangle in Normandy. I liked it.
Oops, the next few entries are being filled in after the fact from notes, in September, 2006, so I don't recall as much detail as I would like:

July , 2005

Film: (DVD) The Girl tn the Café David Yates, 2005

Stodgy bureacrat falls for free-spirited young woman, takes her along to a major summitt conference...

July 12, 2005

Film: (DVD) Mansfield Park Patricia Rozema, 1999

I can never get enough of Jane Austen, but can't recall the details of this film 13 months later.

July 13, 2005

Music: Revels Cruise

Harriet and I went on a Revels harbor-cruise-sing, good fun but my voice wasn't at its best.

July 14, 2005

eBook: The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells, 1898

THE classic alien invasion novel, this one came first! A must for all science fiction fans.

Film: (DVD) Saved Brian Dannelly, 2003

A light comedy making fun of the Christian right. Not terribly memorable, I'm afraid.

July 15, 2005

Film: (DVD) Withnail and I Bruce Robinson 1977

This is a fairly highly regarded film, but I didn't much enjoy it.

July 16, 2005

eBook: Maggie, a Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane, 1893

As grim and depressing as the title suggests.

The Sorcerer, Gilbert & Sullivan

An informal sing-through at M.I.T. I took the role of The Notary.

July 21-24, 2005

Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

July 30-31, 2005

Ithaca New York

Drove out to Ithaca to pick up Tova, finishing the summer research program she was doing at Cornell. A quick hit and run trip, but on Sunday we did take the opportunity to go swimming in a gorge on the Cornell campus. I got my signals crossed and didn't have my bathing suit handy so I went skinny dipping, which is always a pleasure anyway.

Ithaca Gorge

Ithaca Gorge

August 6, 2005

Eastern Tandem Rally , Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

8 1/2 hours in the car got us there in time for the ice cream social, but not for any rides today. We took the route recommended by Google Maps, which took us over the Tappan Zee bridge, too close to New York City. We hit bad traffic from there out toward the Poconos. At least the car wasn't overheating and the air conditioner is working.

Brought the Picchio set up as a fixed gear. I've heard mixed reports about the suitabaility to the terrain for fixed gear riding, so I also rigged up the Shimano Nexus 8 speed wheel from my Raleigh International with a shifter and long cable that let it work on the Picchio. I did a couple of test rides last week around home to see if it worked OK, and it seems to be up to the task. However, I still plan to try out the fixed gear first. Running on the 52/18 combination. We've got a 17 tooth sprocket on the other side of the rear wheel, but that's probably not going to get us up the hills.

August 7-8, 2005

Eastern Tandem Rally , Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Did a 39 mile ride, using the 52/18 fixed gear. It was delightful! We were the only fixed gear among 120 tandems, but held our own just fine. We couldn't keep up on the descents, but did quite well on the flats, and left everybody in the dust on the climbs...with the exception of one short steep bit right after the lunch stop where we had to get off and push for 20-30 meters. I'm glad I didn't listen to the dire warnings of those who told me I'd need gears.

Spent a fair amount of time riding alongside Mel and Barbara Kornbluh of Tandems East. I knew Mel from the Internet, but our paths had not previously crossed.

This was an absolutely gorgeous ride under a clear blue sky, through beautiful farmland with fine views on every side. The roads were very well paved and with hardly any motor traffic. Only saw one Amish buggy on the road, and was startled by how fast it was clipping along. I was later informed that the Amish frequently buy race horses that are past their racing prime but still good for a good clip.

The lunch stop was in Mifflinburg, and we toured the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, a preserved factory where buggies were made in the 19th century. Turns out Mifflinburg was a key center of coachbuilding, with at one time a total of 70 active carriage manufacturers. I was particularly fascinated to see some of the special tools and fixtures they used for manufacturing and repairing the wood-spoked, iron-tired wheels.

August 10, 2005

Added Google Search to this Journal directory

August 26, 2005

Bentrider Recumbent Festival

Drove the Pontiac out to Bath, NY on Keuka Lake. 6 1/2 hours, beautiful weather, nice drive listening to:

Audio Book The Archer's Tale Bernard Cornwell, 2000

A very exciting tale of an English archer-hero and events leading up to the Battle of Crécy in the Hundred Years War. Originally published under the title Harlequin.

August 27, 2005

Bentrider Recumbent Festival

Main event today was an expo/test ride fair. I rode a bunch of different recumbent trikes, but didn't actually like any of them quite as much as my own Greenspeed.

Riding up from the campground to the demo event, I took a "shortcut" across a hayfield and acquired an amazing harvest in the Greenspeed's rear derailer.

In the evening, I gave a talk to the assembled multitude, which you may listen to by clicking here (9.8 MB download.)


August 28, 2005

Bentrider Recumbent Festival

Today was the big ride around Keuka Lake , about 49 miles, the longest ride I've yet done on the Greenspeed. It was a very nice ride, kinda hot but not really uncomfortable. The roads were very nice, quite scenic and not too busy. No cross traffic, thanks to a clockwise course around the lake.

After lunch I really felt the need for a swim, so I took the low road along the shore, stopped when I saw a guy out on a float a few yards offshore. I asked him if it would be OK if I took a dip, he said "Sure but watch out for the zebra mussels on the bottom." Fortunately, his dock ended in water deep enough to jump into without any need to touch bottom. The water was a delightful temperature (at least by Marblehead standards) and very clean (I guess I can thank the zebra mussels for that.)

After the ride I took a quick tour of the Glenn Curtiss Museum , wishing I had more time for it...they've got a lot of very interesting stuff there, but it was just about closing time, and I had "miles to go before I sleep."

Bent Ride 2005 Panorama
I headed back for home after the ride, but it was late and I was too tired to do the trip all in one go, so I stopped in a cheap motel in Sesquehannah, a bit east of Binghampton. Not bad for $43/night, and they had HBO so I was able to watch the debut of the new series "Rome." I enjoyed the show, but it's better on my own TV.

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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.

Books reviewed on this page:
The Archer's TaleBernard Cornwell8/26/05
Maggie, A Girl of the StreetsStephen Crane7/16/05
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens7/4/05
The War of the WorldsH. G. Wells7/14/05


The overall film list has been moved to a separate page.

Films reviewed on this page:
The Gingerbread ManJuly 2, 2005
Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate EventsJuly 1, 2005
Mansfield ParkJuly 12, 2005
SavedJuly 16, 2005
Withnail and IJuly 15, 2005

February 4, 2005B.S.O., Rafæl Frühbeck de Burgos. Brahms
July 13, 2005Revels harbor cruise
January 22, 2005B.S.O., James Conlon, Garrick OhlssonUllmann, Shostakovich
January 8, 2005B.S.O., Hans Graf, James Galway Hindemith, Bolcom, Mozart
October 23, 2004B.S.O., James Levine Mahler: Symphony #8
May 2, 2004Aiofe O'Donovan, Seamus Connoly, Halali"Rapper, Reels & Revelry"
May 1, 2004B.S.O., Gianluca Cascioli, Jahja LingMozart, Mahler
April 10, 2004M.I.T.G.A.S.PGilbert & Sullivan: Thespis
April 3, 2004B.S.O., Grant LlewellenVaughan Williams, Musgrave, Walton
January 17, 2004B.S.O., James LevineMozart, Carter, Dvorak
December 10, 2003Australian Opera (DVD)La Bohème
November 13, 2003Kirov Ballet, St. PetersburgChopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky
October 4, 2003B.S.O., Hans Graf, Claudio BohóquezTchaikovsky & Shostakovich
October 4, 2003B.S.O., Bernard Haitink, Dubravka TomsicBeethoven
March 8, 2003M.I.T.G.A.S.PBizet: Carmen
March 8, 2003B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkBeethoven, Harbison
March 7, 2003Arlo GuthrieNortheastern University
February 21-March 1, 2003Gilbert & Sullivan: PatienceSudbury Savoyards
January 18, 2003B.S.O., Ton Koopman, Andreas SchollBach, Haydn
December 7, 2002B.S.O., Marek JanowskiBartok, Strauss
November 29, 2002New York Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pierre Laurent-AimardJanacek: Cappriccio; R.Strauss: Burleske; Brahms: Sym. #2
November 2, 2002B.S.O., Marek JanowskiBartok, Strauss
September 22, 2002Boston Folk FestivalBarachois, Bill Staines, Cheryl Wheeler, Richard Thompson
July 21, 2002London Philharmonic, RostropovichShostakovich, Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk
July 3, 2002Stan Rogers Folk FestivalOysterband, Fairport Convention, others.
May 3, 2002The Australian OperaWagner, Die Meistersinger
April 18, 2002B.S.O., Seiji OzawaMahler, Sym. # 9
April 13, 2002M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Gondoliers
March 7, 2002B.S.O., Hans Graf, M. Piccinini, A.HäfligerColgrass, Schubert
February 21, 2002B.S.O., James LevineDvorak, Wuoronen, Mozart, Ligeti,Schumann
January 10, 2002B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkBruckner: Symphony #7
December 9, 2001Brandeis University Symphony OrchestraBeethoven: Piano Concerto #3; Dvorak: Symphony #6
December 8, 2001Brandeis University Early Music SocietyVarious works
November 17, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore
November 3, 2001B.S.O., Federico CorteseIves: Ragtime Dances, Mozart Pf Conc #9 k271, Kurtäg: Grabstein für Stephan; Schubert, Sym. #4
Novembr 2, 2001Blue Man Group, Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
October 6, 2001B.S.O., Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
May 3-6, 2001M.I.Tl G & S PlayersGilbert & Sullivan: The Grand Duke
April 13, 2001Harvard-Radcliffe G & SGilbert & Sullivan: Utopia, Limited
March 4, 2001Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraHaydn: Missa in Tempore Belli; Symphony #49 "La Pasione"
March 3, 2001B.S.O., David RobertsonJanácek Sinfonietta,
February 18, 2001Theatre de Chatelet (DVD)Janácek, The Cunning Little Vixen
February 4, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Rowe & Sullivan, The Zoo
February 3, 2001B.S.O., James LevineMahler Symphony #3
February 3, 2001George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
December 27, 2000The Christmas Revels, CambridgeAppalchian/African-American Revels
December 23, 2000San Carlo Opera (DVD)Wagner, Tannhäuser
November 18, 2000M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Sorceror
November 16, 2000Harvestfest, Newton North High School
November 2, 2000B.S.O., Christoph EschenbachMozart: Piano Concerto #23; Mahler Symphony #5
October 24, 2000Leon RosselsonJohnny D's
October 7, 2000The Savoy-AiresGilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
June 18, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
May 21, 2000Small Ensemble Concert--Newton North
April 29, 2000Spring Revels
April 22, 2000B.S.O., André Previn, Pamela FrankPrevin: Diversions; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony #39
March 10, 2000Revels, Inc/Shakespeare & Co.The Mysteries
February 26, 2000B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa, Christine Goerke, Ian Bostridge, Thomas QuasthoffBritten: War Requiem
February 19, 2000B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkMahler: Symphony #7
February 12, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
January 29, 2000B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Donohoe, Piano
Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel,
Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Brahms: Symphony #2
January 8, 2000George on TromboneN.E. Regional Senior District Festival
December 19, 1999The Christmas Revels, CambridgeItalian Renaissance Revels
December 12, 1999Pierre Boulez, Met Opera (video)Wagner: Siegfried
November 19, 1999Matapat, Lexington
November 18, 1999Harvestfest, Newton North High SchoolSt. Sæns Danse Macabre
November 7, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe
November 4, 1999George and his band at Ryles, Cambridge
October 2, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa
Florence Quivar, Mezzo; Paula Delligatti, Sop.
Mahler, Symphony #2
September 29, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa,
Hildegarde Behrens, Soprano
Wagner: Tannhäuser, Götterdämmerung excerpts;
Strauss: Electra excerpt.
August 14, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Crichton
July 24, 1999David Mallett
June 19, 1999The Publick TheatreGilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
April 13, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova at Watch City Brewery
March 7, 1999Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraMozart: Requiem, Symphony #38 ("Prague").
March 5, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova in Jazz recital at Newton Congregational Church.
March 4, 1999Newton North High School various groups.
February 6, 1999B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa,
Jacques Zoon (flute)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande "Symphony"
Mozart: Flute Concerto #1 in G, K.313
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps.
January 30, 1999B.S.O., Robert Spano,
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Lindberg: Arena
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony #3
January 16, 1999B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle,
Dawn Upshaw (sop.)
Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Weir Natural History
Mahler Symphony #4
Schumann Piano Concerto
December 23, 1998The Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
December 12, 1998Caroling with Nym Cooke, Hardwick, Mass.
November 28, 1998B.S.O., Roberto Abbado,
Lief Ove Andsnes (piano)
Mahler Symphony #1
Schumann Piano Concerto
November 8, 1998M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado

November 29, 2002Lorraine BraccoThe Graduate
November 23, 2001Helen Mirren, Ian McKellnThe Dance of Death-August Strindberg
September 30, 2000Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell UniversityThe Maids-Jean Genet
May 30, 2000Kelsey Grammer/Colonial TheatreMacbeth
May 26, 2000The Huntington Theatre Co.King Hedley II
September 3, 1999The Publick TheatreNine
August 21, 1999Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sonata
August 13, 1999Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
May 22-29Newton South/North High SchoolsRichard III
December 18, 1998Newton North High SchoolThe Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998Newton North High SchoolTo Kill a Mockingbird 052999

August 26-28, 2005'Bentride 2005, Bath, N.Y.
July 21-24, 2005Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
April 29, 2005Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, N.C.
February 16, 2005Indianapolis
November 24, 2004Plantation, Florida
October 8, 2004Santa Cruz, California
October 4, 2004Las Vegas, Nevada
June 8, 2004France, England
December 22, 2003Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 27, 2003Florida
October 31, 2003Potomac, Maryland
October 10, 2003Las Vegas, Nevada
September 21, 2003New York, N.Y.
November 27-30, 2002New York, N.Y.
October 8-13, 2002Evanston, Illinois
October 4-8, 2002Las Vegas, Nevada
July 3-9, 2002Canso, Nova Scotia
May 24-27, 2002Long Island, New York
November 21-24, 2001New York City
October 16-19, 2001Cape Cod, Massachusetts
September 29-October 3, 2001Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show)
June 16-23, 2001Nags Head, North Carolina
October 5-14, 2000Evanston, Illinois
September 30-October 2, 2000Ithaca, New York
June 22-25, 2000Urbanna, Virginia
October 7-13, 1999Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
August 19-28, 1999Ithaca, New York
August 12-13, 1999Ithaca, New York
July 23-25, 1999Bridgeton, Maine
November 25-28, 1998Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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1980Yucatan, Mexico
1975England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey

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