Friday, January 27, 2012
Twas my distinct pleasure to join a party of earnest high school teachers in a meeting with the PSU Middle East Center at Tarboush this evening. I showed up late, given other pressing engagements, but one of the teachers, from Lincoln High, had decided to stay on and have a real dinner (this is a top notch Lebanese restaurant). I joined in with Dr. Tagrid Khuri, who had invited me to this event and whom I'd not seen for quite a long time.
We all had our stories to tell, our adventures in that part of the world. Dr. Tag, as she is affectionately known by a large Arab-speaking community, has the most up to date experience, being Jordanian (currently) with plenty of reasons to visit friends in Amman. The high school teacher and I hadn't been to the Middle East in a long time. Not counting Egypt, the last time I was in the Jerusalem area was when Bobby Fischer was contending with Boris Spassky for the title of world champion at chess. That was a long time ago, I think those still living might agree.
Next, I adjourned to Greater Trumps for a meeting with Synchronfile, if metonymy may be permitted. As usual, the futuristic gadgets were on and ablaze, at least for part of our meetup.
Trevor is a serious scholar and top ranking Esozone type here in Portland. His interest in the restoration of Dymaxion Car 2, the model for the newly minted Dymaxion Car 4, a project undertaken by Lord Norman Foster, has been more than just casual. Not atypically, Trevor expressed his admiration and respect for Joe Moore, another independent scholar doing valuable work.
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