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  •  A pleasant good morning to anyone who (15+ / 0-)

    reads this.

    My answers.

    The most difficult dish - probably something that was a miserable failure and is blotted from my memory.  I remember several that seemed very difficult but honestly I can't remember what they are (if I see the recipe again the horror will leap to mind unbidden I'm sure).

    Your experience is a bit more extreme than mine but similar.  Generally I didn't like any kind of food that mixed a bunch of stuff together (casseroles, pizza, spaghetti sauce).  I had partly outgrown that in my early teens but leaving home laid it to rest permanently and totally.

    Seafood is one thing that I didn't really care for (we didn't really eat it except for fish sticks) as a child and for which I gradually developed a taste.

    Music - I was quite opinionated when I was young and am now more tolerant.  I wasn't really exposed to much pre-rock pop music back then and there is some I quite like now.  I really disliked Disco music in its heyday when I was in high school.  Now that I only hear something in that genre once in a long while it evokes more of a feeling of nostalgia but I can't say I really like it.

    Probably my favourite toy was something called 'Lunar Probe'.  The video shows the basic set up.  A wooden base with a series of circular recesses and a pair of moveable metal bars.  And a solid metal ball.  My uncle sent us this as a Christmas gift in the late 60s or early 70s.  It game in a box with no instructions.  We were baffled for several days until we figured out what you were supposed to do.  Very solid wood and metal construction.  It now lives at my aunt's cottage and I played it last summer.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge with hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:42:57 AM PST

    •  And my thermal environment (11+ / 0-)

      Our thermostat in the winter is programmed as follows:

      58 overnight, 67 for an hour in the AM and about 5 hours in the evening, 62 the rest of the day.

      This winter our house has rarely dropped to 58 overnight and it has often been obviously cooler inside than outside in the afternoon.

      Summer:  78 at night, 80 during the day.

      "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge with hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

      by matching mole on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:58:36 AM PST

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      •  I keep mine off in the summer (8+ / 0-)

        (no air conditioner) and 60-65 in the winter when I go to bed, then I crank it up to 70 when I wake up.

        Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

        by Floja Roja on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:44:16 AM PST

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      •  mm, I know this is off topic, but (7+ / 0-)

        Your screen name? Is it anything to do with Oh Caroline?
        I was going through some YouTubes and somehow ended up there.
        If that was you, that's way cool.
        But why would a search on Bill Bruford take me there?

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:27:55 AM PST

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        •  Matching Mole is the name of a fairly (4+ / 0-)

          obscure art rock band that existed 1971-1972.  O Caroline is a song of theirs, perhaps the best known but quite atypical.  I have nothing to do with the band (I was only ten at the time and living in Canada, on the other side of the ocean from them).  I picked the name because a) it sounds cool and b) I am a big fan of Robert Wyatt, the drummer and vocalist for the band.

          Bill Bruford has no direct connection with Matching Mole to my knowledge, during the time they were in existence he was still in Yes.  He would have moved in the same general British art rock circles and later he was briefly in another band in the same loosely defined 'Canterbury' scene called National Health which contained a guy named Phil Miller who was also in Matching Mole (although I'm not sure they were both in the band at the same time).

          As a side note the name Matching Mole itself has an interesting history.  Robert Wyatt acrimoniously left his former band Soft Machine and decided to form his own band.  He took the words Soft Machine and translated them into French (Machine molle) and then converted them to phonetically similar English words.

          "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge with hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

          by matching mole on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:34:03 PM PST

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