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Robert M. Tilendis
16 April 2015 @ 01:18 pm
Which languages do you speak or read? If you know multiple languages, why did you learn more than just your native language? If you could learn another language fluently, which would it be and why?
I'm working on getting my German back -- I used to be fairly fluent, but after thirty years of non-use, "rusty" doesn't even come close. It's the vocabulary I lost -- grammar and syntax are still solid.

At one point I spoke fluent German, Classical Latin, some elementary Russian, and a smidge of French. In fact, I almost became a linguist. (Once I've got my German firmed up a bit, I'm going to resume learning Japanese.)

I learned foreign languages because language fascinates me. It's probably no coincidence that the one constant for the past thirty-odd years has been my career as a writer and editor, no matter what else I was doing to make a living.
Robert M. Tilendis
16 April 2015 @ 08:14 am
So yesterday, I kept thinking that today would be Friday. Now that it's here, it feels like Sunday.

That's just me and time -- anything smaller than a month tends to get away from me.
Robert M. Tilendis
09 April 2015 @ 08:18 pm
What’s your favorite smell/scent? Is it somehow connected to a specific memory? If so, what is that memory and why is that scent so strongly attached to it?
I don't know if I have a "favorite" scent. I'm like a dog in that regard -- smells are information, and not much more. There are scents I enjoy, and some I can't tolerate if they're too strong, but for the most part, it's a matter of "Hmm -- OK."
Robert M. Tilendis
09 April 2015 @ 03:23 pm
I guess if you keep predicting rain long enough, eventually, it will rain -- which it did all morning. I did go out, during a break in the downpour, and was actually considering going out again, since it had gotten so much warmer -- nearly 70. And of course, just as I was making up my mind, the heavens opened again. I'm right under a thunderstorm right now.

Ah, well. At least I've been making good progress on some of my rainy day projects.

But I think I can finally put away my winter coat. Probably.
Robert M. Tilendis
07 April 2015 @ 12:48 pm
If there were only two choices, would you rather live in a really cold environment or a really hot one? Why? What are your tips for making either of these more comfortable to exist in?
Hot. It's easy to stay cool -- well, easier than getting warm: just find a shady place with a slight breeze and don't move. I learned that years ago by observing my cats.

As for why -- I was born in Miami, where we lived until I was six months old. I discovered somewhere along the line that people's sweat glands develop differently in tropical and subtropical climates than they do in temperate climates in the first six months. By extension, I take that to include their reaction to heat and cold in general.
Robert M. Tilendis
07 April 2015 @ 07:51 am
for a while longer, at least. After a couple of warm days -- I was even able to open a window -- we're in for a chilly week with rain.

Fortunately, I have plenty of soup makings. And plenty of rainy day projects.

Welcome to Spring in Chicago.

Now if I could just get started. . . . (I hate cloudy mornings.) Although I did manage to get one pile of papers on the worktable sorted and put away.
Robert M. Tilendis
04 April 2015 @ 07:14 am
So, Wednesday was a beautiful day, at least in theory: sunny, high in the upper 60s, a bit of a breeze. I went to the Zoo -- along with the rest of metropolitan Chicago. It was -- well, a zoo. And chilly. I need to remember that the temperature readings are for points inland. I think the temperature in the Park might have broken 50, but with an icy wind off the lake, it was hard to tell.

Thursday was nearly as warm, but cloudy and rainy. I decided to go to the Park anyway, which was much less crowded. And then, of course, the wind came up, and I got hungry, and my legs were sore -- did a lot of walking earlier in the week, which I haven't done all winter, and I'm paying for it now.

So of course, the sun came out when I got home.

And yesterday started off fairly mild, then the temperatures dropped to the upper 30s with a stiff north wind.

So it was 29 when I got up this morning, but the sun is out and it seems to be warming up.

Welcome to Spring in Chicago.
Current Mood: sunny
Current Music: Dufay Collective: Music for Alfonso the Wise
Robert M. Tilendis
21 March 2015 @ 01:10 pm
Pigeons are weird: There was a pigeon on the landing when I went out earlier; he (she?) hopped down a couple of stairs and then flew to a ledge under the stairs to the next landing. And then, deciding he didn't like the view or something, decided to leave, but instead of just flying out to the courtyard, he circled around, flew up the stairs over my head to my landing, did a sharp bank and flew up the next flight and then out.

I can tell I'm getting better after my cold -- I'm actually hungry.

Another weather report that claims it's mostly cloudy as I'm sitting looking out the window at bright sun. And not a cloud in sight.

After careful observation, I've come to the conclusion that birds are digitigrade.

And that's all I have to say about it.
Robert M. Tilendis
18 March 2015 @ 10:41 am
I love these weather forecasts that say "mostly cloudy" when I've had sun streaming in my windows all morning.
Robert M. Tilendis
17 March 2015 @ 11:23 am
Do you think of yourself as an honest person? Can you think of a time where you lied to someone, just to make them feel better? What did you say?
I am painfully honest. I don't know if I've lied to someone to make them feel better -- I probably have, but not anytime recently. I'm more likely to try to look on the bright side, or just keep my mouth shut.