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That’s Amore!

People sometimes ask me how I choose what to send each week. This week's thought process was really quite complex. For those of you interested in getting into ivman's pysche a little, here ya go....

Today's iv is the coming together of three threads of recent life here. The first is that my middle school class just finished watching Princess Bride on Monday of this week. They *loved* it! The boys loved the action and adventure, and the girls were really tuned in to the "true love" theme in the movie. The second inspiration for the sending of this particular iv is that on Monday evening I tried eel at a restaurant. Eating eel reminded me of something in my files that mentions eel. (By the way, the eel was quite tasty, and I would order it again.) Come to think of it, one of the scenes in Princess Bride was waters infested with shrieking eels, so maybe there's even more cohesion to the inspiration than I had thought! In fact, I'll treat you to a picture of the eel before I enjoyed it.

my eel dinner

The third reason was actually the thing that originally brought the thing in my files to mind. Last week at the apartment building next our ours we saw a blanket hung out to dry that was emblazened with AMORE in huge letters. (For those of you from Rio Linda, "amore" is Italian for "love.") Today's iv is a number of variations on the song "That's Amore." Some are better than others, but hey, I didn't write this! I don't know who did, but several of the variations indicate it could have been a Canadian, eh? 😎

That's Amore

(the original wording...)
When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That's amore.

When an eel bites your hand
And that's not what you planned
That's a moray.

When our habits are strange
And our customs deranged
That's our mores.

When your horse munches straw
And the bales total four
That's some more hay.

When Othello's poor wife
becomes stabbed with a knife
That's a Moor, eh?

When a Japanese knight
Used his sword in a fight
That's Samurai.

When your sheep go to graze
In a damp marshy place,
That's a moor, eh?

When you ace your last tests
Like you did all the rest
That's some more "A"s!

When your boat comes home fine
And you tied up her line
That's to moor, eh?

When on Mt. Cook you see
An aborigine,
That's a Maori.

Alley Oop's homeland has
A space gun with pizzazz,
That's a Moo ray....

A comedian-ham
With the name Amsterdam
That's a Morey.

When your chocolate graham
Is so full and so crammed
That's s'more, aye?

When you've had quite enough
Of this dumb rhyming stuff
That's "No more!", eh?


Yet another time of mixed emotions is fast approaching! We're in our final week of classes here at Hainan University. Our classes have been very enjoyable, and we have grown to love our students. Parting truly is sweet sorrow. This Saturday morning we fly out early for Beijing where we'll spend several days. While there we hope to visit several places we've heard are quite nice in the city, as well as taking a day trip to see the Great Wall. On Tuesday, Jean will fly to Cambodia to spend two weeks with her daughter and her family who live there. The other three of us will fly back to GSP, via Chicago, seeing the Arctic Ocean on the way. It's weird that, if our plane is on time (and why would we *ever* assume that?!), we will arrive in Chicago timewise slightly before we left Beijing. (Things that make you go, hmmm.)

I will not be going online again after this Friday 6:00 p.m. (Greenville time) until I'm back in my home again. So please do not send anything from July 28-August 1 to which you need an immediate answer, 'cause you won't get one! I sent a quick email to our kids from Beijing when we arrived, and it ended up being a pretty pricey "service" of our hotel. I'll forgo that amenity this time around.


"What we do shows what our heart desires." - Dr. Randy Jaeggli

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Invertebrates make no bones about it. (After some of our dining adventures here, I'd say that maybe invertebrates merit further consideration.)

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1 Comment on “That’s Amore!”

  1. #1 Robb
    on Apr 23rd, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Invertebrates make no bones about it. (After some of our dining adventures here, I’d say that maybe invertebrates merit further consideration.)

    But maybe only by inebriates…?