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December 28th, 2008
12:21 pm


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Liquor chocolates

One of the most tasty food substances in the world
Very Yummy
Nice enough
I'll eat them if I'm offered them, but won't buy them
Not Nice

Alphabatising things

Yes, everything, even pets and spouses
Yes, all the obvious things like books and CDs and herbs

Buying violas for beginners

I know lots about this
I know a bit about this
I don't know anything about this
I would come with you and help you if you bought me dinner

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Date:December 28th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
I'm very good at alphabetising things - I'm an amazingly quick filer.
But I prefer my own possessions sorted by theme :)
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Date:December 28th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
I'm having my Dad's viola repaired, and it should be ready for me in the new year. I'd like to start playing - if you get any fabulous advice I'd be happy to hear it! I played violin to grade 3 as a kid, but nothing for 20 years now.
Date:December 28th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
I like the holidays.

You post more.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)

Quantity isn't the same as quality though ;-)
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Date:December 28th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Are you looking for a viola? I have the one I played at school I'm unlikely to touch again that I'd be happy to long-term-lend you, though it might be a bit big for you as it was only just small enough for me.

Poke me on this username @cam if you're interested.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you - that's a really kind offer! I will confess (although I am ashamed to do so, as it makes me sound strangly mercenary and obsessed with stuff, which is true, but is one of my flaws I'm more ashamed of) that as well as wanting to learn to play the viola, I really want to own a viola. I think this is seated in my first viola learning attempt being thwarted by Margaret Thatcher cancelling free music lessons in schools - I feel that the universe is out to take my violas ;-) Or at least more realistically, I am a bad borrower, and would be less happy to take a viola to slightly drunken folky parties if it were not mine. To break my own viola would be horrific, but to break the viola of someone I liked would be even worse ;-)
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Date:December 28th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
I can carry heavy things.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I could possibly give you my old viola. I upgraded but it makes a nice soft sound which is good for starting on....
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Is that the old viola which I have, or a different one? If the former, do you want it back?
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I tend to arrange books by association - so the Arthurian legend is next to the poetry (on one side) and the philosophy (via Jostein Gaarder) on the other, Good Omens goes between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, etc. CDs are *usually* alphabetical when organised, but not always.

This infuriates gerald_duck, particularly because my response to him saying "aha! Where would that go, then?" is invariably not "gosh, you're right, I have no idea, my system is a failure and I must do something more readily understandable by mere mortals AT ONCE" :)
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
:-) Yes, I used to use that system. It has theoretically show-stopping flaws (e.g. if you put two authors' sections end-to-end when you own a collaboration between them, what happens if you acquire a set of books requiring the same author to be end-to-end with more other authors than their section has ends?), but they never became practically show-stopping (i.e. that never happened). Its biggest practical problem for me was that I kept having to re-solve knapsack problems when a thematically connected area overflowed a shelf, and so when I moved house last year and took all my books off the shelves to pack into boxes, I decided the time had come to take the opportunity to reshelve alphabetically so I wouldn't have to faff about like that any more...
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
*Especially* pets and spouses.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
> liquor chocs

Especially the ones from Hotel Chocolat with silly names, e.g. Boozy Bumblebees, Drunken Raspberries
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Date:December 28th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I would come and help you without any requirement for you to buy me dinner. However, this is not helpful.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Did you get my email about the 2nd? I'm sorry it's lame, and this isn't a nag, I'm just having sudden paranoia that my computer is eating all my emails.
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Date:December 28th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
I had an idea a few days ago that we should alphabetise the whole contents of our flat. But then I realised it wouldn't work. *sad face*
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Date:December 28th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Boozy chocolates are fabulous, which is why I wouldn't buy them for myself.

My response to the last question is more a reflection of the fact that I enjoy having dinner with people than any implication that I might be any use in selecting a viola. I sincrely encourage you not to take me up on that offer if you want a half-decent viola, as I would almost certainly give highly frivolous advice based on how pretty it was.
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Date:December 29th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)


The bit I know about violas is that I once had to buy a violin and was told that you get what you pay for and anything under £100(in 1993) wasn't worth buying as it would sound absolutely foul. Also be sure to buy a case to keep it in and some of that resin stuff for the bow (goodness knows what good this is supposed to do, but you're supposed to put it on anyway).

Hope this is slightly helpful!
Ali xx
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Date:December 29th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I have apparently given the most popular answer to each question. This has never happened before: am generic! woe
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Date:December 29th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Be prepared for a lot of anti-viola jokes.

Boozy chocs without the sugar-crunchy lining are fab, ones with said lining are not to be consumed, but eschewed.

That was my one joke for the season, I'll get my coat, whilst wishing you a very happy New year!
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