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    New QotW

    As the major holidays are (to the best of my knowledge) now over for a few months,

    What's the next holiday you're looking forward to?

    Mine's the 4th of July (Independence Day here in America for you folk who may not know). There's a big parade, and fireworks, and it's a lot of fun. And the last holiday to look truly forward to until the end of October.
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    Ummm, the next big holiday I'm looking forward to? Any, since I haven't had one in a long time. All work and all work, and all work, oh what the Haides, it's exhausting!

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    Does my birthday count?
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    Author who I longed to read, but who crushed with disappointment = Anne Rice (reason: slayed me with purple prose). I know seasons change when I sneeze. Holiday to look forward to... *scans calendar* ah, the aptly named freedom day! Yay! *dashes off to do monster-sized shimmy in traffic*

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    Next one for me is Beltane. Though, when the question was asked, it was partway through Passover, so if I'm cheating, that could also count.
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    I feel like there would be more things I would enjoy seeing under the ocean, but I would feel a bit claustrophobic and would probably end up choosing space travel for that reason. Also, I might find a wormhole and time travel =) (of course having taken only Physics 101 in college I have no idea what this entails)

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    New QotW

    Sorry about the delay, but last week was tax time here.

    Anyway, this QotW was prompted by my little one:

    If you could learn to play any instrument, which one would it be?

    Don't worry about cost or anything, just indulge. (My little one's first instrument of choice was the harp, for example.)

    As for me, always wanted to learn the violin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcboston View Post
    If you could learn to play any instrument, which one would it be?
    One of those gigantic, cathedral-sized pipe organs would be huge amounts of fun, I think. If not that, the double bass. If not that, the tuba. Did I mention already elsewhere that I am hopelessly drawn to the impractical?

    I might take up the mandolin, if I ever scare up any free time.
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    I already play the violin, and about half a dozen other instruments (including lap harp), so maybe I'd pick one I don't already know. Let's go with Bassoon. I don't play a double reed instrument, and I love the sound of the bassoon. As opposed to the treble-oon, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MittensMorgul View Post
    I already play the violin, and about half a dozen other instruments (including lap harp), so maybe I'd pick one I don't already know. Let's go with Bassoon. I don't play a double reed instrument, and I love the sound of the bassoon. As opposed to the treble-oon, I guess.
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    The violin.

    And I should devote more time to the piano. I know enough to practice upon and improve.
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    I already know how to play the piano, and given the choice I'd much rather perfect my technique than learn another instrument. Otherwise, I'd probably go with a violin (which seems to be a popular choice), and I'd look for my own Fermina Daza (Love in The Times of Cholera) to serenade.

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    I want to learn how to play the theremin properly, rather than making awful sounds with it. It's harder than it looks.
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    Inspired by my own current week off, although I can neither go anywhere nor do much of anything except catch up on the work I have to do from home:

    If you had a week free of constraints, with no obligations and no concerns about cost or other practical hurdles, where would you go and what would you do?

    I'd like to take a week and just hop from one city to the next, spending each day in a different place. A whirlwind tour of wherever the next the plane leaving would take me.
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    North Dakota.

    Take a guess...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWords View Post
    North Dakota.

    Take a guess...
    And see, it's this lovey-dovey stuff that keeps me from following either of you on the Twittersphere.

    *gags*



    PS: Good to see you back, vomit-inducing stuff aside.
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    See, if you're really interested in the details they can be supplied...

    *waits for the sheep to throw up*
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    Space for sure! Although there are really cool things deep down in the ocean (giant squids etc) you'd never see any since it's too dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcboston View Post
    If you had a week free of constraints, with no obligations and no concerns about cost or other practical hurdles, where would you go and what would you do?
    I would like to rent out a windmill, up on the top of a hill, with no one for miles and miles around, with plenty of foods and drinks and no need to return to civilization until the week was over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraP View Post
    I would like to rent out a windmill, up on the top of a hill, with no one for miles and miles around, with plenty of foods and drinks and no need to return to civilization until the week was over.
    Um... Have you been in a windmill? I would pay money not to stay in one again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slcboston View Post
    If you had a week free of constraints, with no obligations and no concerns about cost or other practical hurdles, where would you go and what would you do?
    I think I would go to Japan and try to climb Mt. Fuji.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWords View Post
    Um... Have you been in a windmill? I would pay money not to stay in one again.
    This is a windmill that's been adapted. Here is an idea of what it's like (the website is crappy, and it's in portuguese, but you can see the pics and get an idea).

    I've had one or two friends stay in one and they really enjoyed it.
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    God, that looks so much better than the one I stayed in. (Abby is going to be horrified at all the places I have been to, and survived)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraP View Post
    This is a windmill that's been adapted. Here is an idea of what it's like
    I admit, that looks cool. Decor in the bedroom leaves a little to be desired, though.

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    Well, yes. Not exactly what I would paying attention to, though.

    ETA: Restoring windmills for get-away rentals is booming here. Quite neat.
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