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RE: How Old Are You .........Just right...................58




Born and raised Irish Catholic, I was studying Virgil in LATIN in the 6th grade.....was taught latin form 4th to 8th grades.....amazing.....anyone out there teaching passages of the "Aeneid" to 11 year olds??? Sang thousand-year-old Gregorian chants at Mass...spoken in latin......NOT a trace of some fool with an acoustic guitar leading the crowd with some ever-so-popular contemporary tunes.

Old enough to remember going up to SF with my cousin to see what Bill Graham had to offer....$2.50 for thurs and Sunday....$3.50 on Fri and Sat.....I SAW EVERYBODY....with the exception of the "Fab Four".

I'm not kidding.......

EX) Albert King, John Mayhal and the Blues Breakers (Mick Taylor), and Jimi Hendrix Experience....I went both Friday and Saturday at Winterland auditorium.

Please...someone from SF bay Area speak up and say I speak the truth!!...Oh yeah....Truth...Jeff Beck Group with some skinny ass singer.

Went to college for just about free....more for the life style than for grades. My transcripts are a nightmare.

After 7 years of Owsley Acid, etc etc etc...........I came to realize the power and majesty of the Risen Christ.......but I have always looked at my faith as someone from the outside. I've tried to avoid that quasi-religeous cultural tar pit that is present in every society. Adolph and National socialists did wonders with them in the 1930s.

Discovered classical music via Glenn Gould. Picked up my first serious audio system in 1986, but I've been collecting records since alvin and the chipmonks!

I was born in the last days of a romantic age....corner general store with penny candy, plenty of un-supervised fun in the wilderness around my neighborhood, my dads Vacuum tube amps, I already mentioned Virgil.

I'm painfully aware, while I was living this wonderful childhood.....black men were still being killed for looking at a white women. Did the South really lose the war? The confederate flags are still blowing in the breeze.

I'm sorry.....I'm terminally West Coast....I think it's that big body of water just over the hills to the west.

As my hero Karl Barth once said to a Time Magazine reporter......Jesus loves me...this I know....because the Bible tells me so!

Hopefully I didn't insult too many out there....but your question was waaay too provocative.

Tom B.


Franz Marc





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