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A Motley Post

It's done!  It's In!  Lash can stop dreading her email, featherxquill  has it, and I can cut back on the antacids.  That's right, folks, my dysfuncentine  thing has been submitted.  And I solemnly swear that I will never again pick two characters I know next to nothing about to write for a fest, nibbling plot bunny not withstanding.  Bleh.

My ESL group had a belated Lunar New Year party today during our 'class' time (I put that in quotation marks because I gave up on running this like a traditional class after about 2 weeks and the students have really gotten a lot more out of it this way).  Among the delicacies I had never tasted before were chicken's feet.  Yep.  You read that right.  My student called them 'Phoenix Claws', but I don't think Fawkes was involved. ::g::  They were steamed and served with a fermented black bean sauce.  They are finger food and quite messy to eat, but fairly tasty.  Whoda thunk it?
Anyway, we ate dumplings and noodles and fish and more dumplings.  I'm stuffed!  My lone Indian student, not to be outdone, is planning a feast for us later this month, and my Georgian fellow insists that he, too, is going to make us lunch next month.  I think I'm going to gain 10 pounds from mentoring this group.  :-D   I never thought I'd say this, but, I'll miss doing this when the real ESL teacher starts up in August.

I will be going back into the classroom to teach for real in six weeks.  The molecular biology course in our Molecular Medicine graduate program has just started up again, and I get to do all of transcription biology and chromatin structure in 10 lectures plus three recitation sessions.  To say it's going to be the Cliff's Notes version is putting it mildly.  I sure hope that this year's crop of students displays a bit more initiative than past classes, or I'm going to be stuck explaining to my course director why my students have mistaken me for Severus Snape in their reviews.  >:-\

On a brighter note, last night, after reading lash_larue 's fabulous Snape - The Musical, I had to get out my ancient videotape of the Joseph Papp production of The Pirates of Penzance and watch it.  This is the one with the amazing Kevin Kline as the Pirate King, Angela Lansbury as Ruth and George Rose as the Major General.  I had forgotten what a fetching Mabel Linda Ronstadt made, though I definitely could have done without Rex Smith as Frederick.  But the most unsung and underated person in the whole production, to my mind, was Tony Azito.  He was a wonderful dancer who did a lot of work on Broadway and trained with the Modern Dance company of Anna Sokolow, before he died of AIDS almost 16 years ago.  He has a real Buster Keaton-like vibe going here as the Police Sargent

I hope you enjoy this clip!

I'll close this post with an unusual fic rec for those who are interested in ACD canon Sherlock Holmes.  I don't generally rec works-in-progress.  I've had the all too frequent experience of getting hooked on a story, only to see it abandoned by its author.  But this one's exceptional right off the bat, and I doubt that the author will dump us after making us fall in love.   w_a_i_d has started posting a fic at  dispatch_box  called
An Antidote to Sorrow that concerns the end of Watson's marriage to Mary Morstan due to her death, and the return of Sherlock Holmes after his 'death' at Reichenbach Falls.  What makes this so unique and powerful is that the start of the story is told by Mary on her deathbed, and voice is just astonishing.  It's very moving to hear her take on her marriage and Watson's deep friendship with Holmes.  Watson in his grief is the subject of the second chapter.  Only the first two chapters are posted, but even if she never posts another, these two are worth reading on their own merits.

Well, I'd best scoot into the kitchen and get my Baked Potato Soup started - even if I'm too full to eat any. my husband and daughter are clammoring for their suppers. 


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Feb. 9th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Nobody ever gained weight eating chicken feet.

Dear God.
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
It wasn't just the chicken's feet - it was dumplings and bao and more dumplings and noodles and . . . well, you get the idea. Worth every calorie, though! :-D
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I hate you Congratulations on finishing the story! Wish I could say the same.

Your Asian dinner sounds fun. I once ate chicken feet, but I'd ordered them by mistake at a dum sum place.

Can't wait to read the canon Holmes story. I'm a total canon whore when it comes to Holmes, and I don't think I've ever read a story from Mary's pov.

Well, I should return now to maturing my felonious little plans (for the story). I was cast in a production of Pirates once (chorus), but I had to drop out for family reasons. Too bad -- I was looking forward to singing "When the Foeman Bares His Steel" -- "go to glory and the grave!"
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I hate you Don't be jellin', as my daughter's friends would say. Not only will yours be 10 times the fic mine is, there won't be anybody reading it because it's not a pair anyone really cares about. Hell, *I* don't even care about these two. So why this particular bunny bit, I haven't a clue.

Can't wait to read the canon Holmes story. Did you get a chance to look at it yet?

I was looking forward to singing "When the Foeman Bares His Steel" -- "go to glory and the grave!" For *days* after this post I was hearing "Go to death and go to slaughter! Die and every Cornish daughter/with her tears your graves shall water!/Go, ye heroes, go and DIE! Go, ye heroes, go and die! Go, ye heroes, go and die! in my head. At the most inappropriate times. You've had your revenge for the R&H. ::g:: It would have been a treat to see you as one of General Stanley's many daughters.
Feb. 10th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
*applauds you* I'm impressed by everyone who can turn a fic around in such a short time. I've committed my single fest fic and met my one deadline of the year, and that's enough for me.

Hmm. Dubious about the chicken feet, personally. But the idea of comparative-cuisine parties sounds delightful.

I sympathize with the concern about cramming too much info into too small a time. And then there's the inner Snape problem. It's one reason why I'm glad I never pursued an academic career; I'd be a harsh grader, or so my beta habits lead me to believe.

No, no (she says pedantically), that's not a Buster Keaton-ish turn at all - more Keystone Kops with a tip o' the hat to Groucho Marx. And I did enjoy watching it. "Twas brillig.

Oh, w_a_i_d's new Holmes fic! Doesn't it start beautifully? I've been saving the second chapter as a reward (not for good behavior) because I want to be able to read and savor it, and right now all I'm capable of savoring is the fwump of my head against a pillow.

Urgh. I feel as if I've just eaten my weight in cardamom cake. I may be overestimating, but only slightly.
Feb. 10th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Sadly, I'm on extensions, but on the plus side, my beta didn't tell me to trash it. I'll manage somehow.

The chicken feet sounds intriguing. And there's nothing wrong with getting a Snapish review now and then.
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
You know, you'd have much more credibility in the whinging department if you'd ever actually written anything that was trash. ::g:: I'm sure you've managed beautifully.

The chicken feet were tasty, but not the sort of thing I'd go out of my way to eat again. They were worth trying once.

there's nothing wrong with getting a Snapish review now and then. I don't care if my students adore me - I just want them to learn. However, I am already considered something of a hard ass since I won't grade on a curve and actually expect people to come to class prepared and ready to participate (the very idea!). I'm hoping that my reputation will have not proceeded me with this group since it will 2 years since I last taught this course.
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Feb. 16th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
And the deadline is in a mere six weeks *frets* ... No worries - I, for one, am certain that what ever you do will be more than fine.

And chicken feet are worth trying once, but they are a bit on the lean and stringy side. I don't think I'd go out of my way to have them again, but I wouldn't turn them down if placed in front of me, either. :-)
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