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Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 20:11:56 EDT
Subject: Re: "Interesting Times"

>Re Lelia Loban's message about pipe organs.  Lelia, What is the ancient
>Chinese curse?

Grant Green wrote,
>>The curse is "May you live in interesting times.">>

Yup, that's it.  There's another variation on it, too:  "May you lead an
interesting life."

Oddly enough, although several of my closest friends are American Chinese,
I've never heard one of them actually use the "ancient Chinese curse"  as a
curse.  They *refer* to it, humorously, as the ancient Chinese curse, usually
with reference to some minor mishap in their own daily lives, and then quote
one of the versions with a wry smile.  Maybe things are different in China,
but I get the impression that even when Americans are speaking Chinese, they
only deliver this "curse" in jest, to people who are actually friends or
family, never to enemies.  The only times I've ever heard an American Chinese
person actually curse someone out for real, invariably it's been plain old
gutter Anglo-Saxon, sometimes accompanied by the familiar finger gesture.



From: "Aaron Rabushka" <>
Subject: New Web Page
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 21:49:21 -0500

For the first time today I have made my personal web page available. This
includes several exceprts from my recordings (playable with RealAudio's free
RealPlayer G2), including the ones with bass flute and bass clarinet. Point
your browsers to

Aaron J. Rabushka

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