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Re: Gilding the lily
In a message dated 97-06-29 20:28:29 EDT, Peter writes:
<< Today my son and I took a little ferry-and-car trip up-Island.
We found a nice little old-fashioned restaurant right by the
water and sat by an open window where butterflies came
to the flower boxes. There was no music, and it was really
wonderful to be able to sit there are hear nothing but the
sounds of a seaside town and our own conversation. I gave
the lady one of our complimentary "pipedown" cards and
she said normally they had the radio on -- country-and-
western. Oh well. But Michael Wright, you will be happy
to know that they had a piano and she said they _do_
occasionally have customers sit down and play a tune.
That sounds nice. I grew up in a world where you could
take for granted going into a place and having a conversation.
That seems like such a simple, ordinary event, doesn't it?
It never occurred to me that any other state of affairs would
develop. Now I find it a rare gratifying event to find an
affordable place which doesn't annoy me with a pumped-up
stereos. Too bad that they "normally" had the radio on,
although older country and western would be OK at decent
volume. I have no problem listening to Patsy Cline. She
will be remembered, I hope, long after Madonna is forgotten,
and I hope Madonna will be forgotten soon.
What do "pipedown" cards say?
-- Michael Wright
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