Member Rara Avis
Visiting Earth on a Guest Pass
WOW! I go off to mow the lawn, and when I come back there are a bazillion happys waiting for me! I like this place!
Lemme do the answers as best I can remember the comments.....
....steel sings all right, especially if it's a sword (I confess, it's a reference), but also in any other object with innate beauty and usefulness.
I heard some steel going squeak-squeak-squeak last night, gotta get a new mattress....oops, I'm thinking nakedthoughts again....
Yes, it is in the way you see -- and a modern city can be beautiful enough and welcoming enough to write choka about, if only we would.
Ah yes, the nick.... eons ago a friend told me how to set up my very first E-mail account. In the same conversation he asked if the "-ledge" in my name referred to a wall, or if it might have been "liege" as in "lord"... Ratlord@somethingorother.com was too much, but Ratleader had a nice ring, and lasted beyond the mail service's lifespan. Eventually I fessed-up that the name means "Redwater," but I ain't using that one, ever!
Japanese poetry, along with most of its old art and culture, are fascinating to me. That's a common response, I suppose, and it's based in part on the fact that they've become as romanticized as Camelot. Part of my own interest stems from my impression that in a thousand years or so, my ancestral Scottish and British clans would likely have evolved into something similar to the Samaurai society, had the Romans, etc. not arrived to snap 'em out of it. Similar place + similar ecological niche = similar creatures...