July 27th, 2005

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tract home nature recording

"When we're not out 'in the field', we live and work from our mud-brick, solar-passive home, set in peaceful bushland near the central Victorian town of Castlemaine. We chose this location because of our desire to be in a quiet natural setting that gives us the inspiration we put into our work. Our home is a contemporary solar-passive design, which is cool and airy in summer, and cosy and warm in winter".--nature recordists Andrew Skeosch and Sarah Koschak

When we're not in the field, we live in a yellow brick tract home built by a large corporation, set among dozens of similarly situated tract homes, laid out in neat rows, in peaceful converted farmland, in the Collin County town of Allen. Our home lacks any solar panels, but we do enjoy the feeling of the sun coming in through the windows on a January day. We chose this location because it has low crime and good schools.

Today I woke very early, drove a few blocks to the open 24 hours a day Kroger grocery store, purchased raisin bran and milk, and also noted a forlorn table on which resided a handful of sale copies of the new Harry Potter novel. I don't know why the book display inspired in me a "land of misfit toys" feeling, but soon I added the Rowling book to my purchase selections. On the drive to the store, I saw a young rabbit, hopping along the alleyway. Now if I can just figure out where the new mp3 converter disk I purchased is--as it is not in the box--then I'll be in business.
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four person tournaments

Today a nice woman called from the Dallas Morning News to check out the details on my August 6 Allen Quads chess tournament. I had had the presence of mind to submit to their community section some weeks ago, and now they apparently are going to give it a featured announcement place next Friday. Last year they helped me, and it brought another soul or two out to play, but my tournament was still quite small.
We'll see what it does this year.

I have read the books and guides and can write a pretty good press release, but in the few times I've dealt in person or by phone with news folks, I've been more talkative than charming. I am of the school of thought that seeking publicity for my work is rarely a good thing, so that I only seek out a little attention in the news when it might help get people to come play chess, say, or do some other worthy thing.
Lately I notice that on-line I can manage to commit virtually any malapropism, wanton abruptness, misunderstood humour, inadequate communications of feelings, imperfect grammar and style, incomplete thought, or noble sentiment so poorly phrased as to be taken the wrong way, so I suppose it should not surprise me when my "being interviewed" skills lack a bit. But we did chat a bit about quad pairing systems and what "blitz" chess is (thankfully, I did not have to explain a "hegemony"), and what Game in 30 means.

I hope this tournament attracts more than the four or so I got for the first two.
I have had a lot of "I'm coming", this time, so I'm hoping for a turnout of 8 or 12.
But we'll see. August 6 will be a big day. That reminds me--I want to buy tickets for the Suzanne Vega and Abra Moore concert that night.

Meanwhile, I am slicing, dicing, and straining sounds, and walking our lhasa by
still pond waters.