[lit-ideas] Re: It's gone quiet

  • From: Andy <min.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 20:02:04 -0700 (PDT)

I'm sorry Ursula.  I wasn't making light of your situation, just making light, 
that's all.  Well, dim light.  I think your daughter's accomplishment is 
extraordinary.   Regarding the flat screen TV, I'm probably as unmaterialistic 
most of the time as your daughter is, but I admit I really wanted a flat screen 
TV for the longest time.    Always tempered the wants against the needs and 
stayed true and never broke down, but wanted one anyway.   Then, fortunately, I 
learned that plasma TV's take one and a half times the electricity of a 
refrigerator.  What with my obsession with climate change and peak oil, that's 
exactly what I needed to hear to put this thing to rest.  I'm proud of myself 
that I didn't contribute to the landfills of the world but it was a struggle 
straight out of the Bible.  For John, I have Bose speakers on my computer and 
they're wonderful.  I love them and they probably would make a  great gift.

Andy <min.erva@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
    How about a flat screen TV?  

Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  Looking far, far into the future for David and his daughter but coming 
up next month for me.
What's a good graduation present these days for a daughter getting her 
PhD in pure math who doesn't like possessions, doesn't want to own a lot 
of stuff that has to be schlepped around, loves biking but already owns 
three bikes, doesn't want to own a car, is going to be teaching at 
Harvard, living outside Cambridge. Many years ago (many, many) a nice 
red-leather set of the Harvard Classics might have been nice, but who 
needs that now? I've wracked my brain for weeks, but can't think of 
anything both she and I would like. 

And David, you think you've got problems....

(so I stuck in a brag...so sue me....)
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