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 Post subject: Bon Voyage, Juufa!
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Our long-time member, Julius, is heading off to Poland this week. Depending on circumstances, we may not see him on the forum for a while. Have a nice and safe trip, Juju! :)

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Thanks Monmon!

Look at it this way: I might be thousands of miles away from you and Chi-town, but I will be sooooo much closer to Techneut, Andreas, Alfie, and others :lol:

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Take care, World Traveler! :D

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Hi Juufa

I am so excited for you! I recall a while ago on the forum that you were debating whether to stay in USA or try the Polish thing. My vote was for you to go to Poland and see what happens. I am happy to see this. Best of luck!


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Thank you Sara and Nicole.

I am leaving to see what happens, I could be back in a month and a half or ten months (depending on employment). Though I am leaving at a sensitive point in my family. My sister is getting married on the 10th of October, my father absolutely despises it and will say what he thinks which causes deep divisions and many tears to come to my mom and sister. My sister also has planned this wedding which a normal person to say "what the hell?' (i.e. have the wedding at a state park, 2 hours away--major logistical issues, and have the groom wear khakis and a white shirt, much to the nay of my old school Polish Catholic father). In short, my dad is angry and unnecessarily speaks his mind which causes my mom to be even more depressed and even more crying and which causes him to distance himself from my sister. And I am bounced around like a ball. F*** :x

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Good luck JG ! Sounds like you have good reasons to get out of the heat for a while. I hope it will help some. Be sure to het an internet connection :wink:

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Hope all goes well Julius!!!

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I hope you get to visit some good Chopin sites, Juuf. Have fun!

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If I'm assuming correctly (and if you even like it), you should have a fantastic time eating Blood Sausage (one of my very favorite foods).


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If I'm assuming correctly (and if you even like it), you should have a fantastic time eating Blood Sausage (one of my very favorite foods).



Yuck! Image

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Hi juffa,

Have a grand trip to Poland! First, find an Internet cafe to stay in touch with PS. Please give my regards to Lech Wallensa. Go easy on the dumplings, stuffed cabbage leaves, and Polish blood sausages. Oh, and especially the vodka!!! If you play Chopin's piano, give us a full report. Other than that, be on best behavior (for you), but have a blast! :lol:

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Hi all!

Update: I dont like blood sausage, or charnina (blood soup). I cant touch another potato and my veins no longer pump blood but rather pure lard and butter! My grandma shows her love through my stomach and the amount of food she cooks.

No job yet. Still searching. I'll probably open up a self-employed tutoring operation until there is an opening in one the schools.

I also have to start the darn paper work for legal residency (3yr) so I can have time to assemble the documents to have an Polish-EU citizenship with my US citizenship. So much to do. I wonder how this will work out?

No pictures either. I am too busy to take pictures. But once I establish a routine and secure some legal status, then I will start snapping away.

And I will NOT play on Chopin's piano because I do not want to be stuffed into the trunk of a mafia car and wake up in the middle of some Russian province. I have to be careful because I am an American and that's no longer a good thing (Thanks Commisar Obama "messiah")

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Hi juufa,

Figure it this way: They're going to lock YOU away anyhow. :lol: So, it's better to try out Chopin's piano sooner than later, while you still have the opportunity! On settling in, sounds like you're getting acclimated there. Great!

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Hi juufa,

I forgot to ask. There are Polish glumkies. Has your grandmother made those for you yet?

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I forgot to ask. There are Polish glumkies. Has your grandmother made those for you yet?

David


No. the typical supper is: fatty meat, potatoes, cabbage, butter--lots of butter.

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Egad!! Your diet is fatty protein, starch (which turns to sugar which turns to fat), fiber (which is good), and dairy fat. Trying eating the potato and cabbage devoid of butter, which will help. You might need to get a cholesterol test and go on a generic statin drug for your own self preservation while there. But while you're still alive, you should ask if she makes glumkies. :lol: If you can get inexpensive red wine there, the resveratrol and antioxidents in it will help preserve you too. Good luck with that diet!

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The kitchen is a battlefield that I will always find defeat. She starts to cook when I am gone or in the bathroom. And I have no control. I wish my Polish was better because I would tell her that she does NOT need to add 1 stick of butter to a non-stick Teflon coated frying pan. I would also ask her if she ever heard of something called: Salad. (the the kind of salad without the fruit and mayonaise).

I compensate (sort of) with walking and a morning run. Now I understand why tradition has the Poles consuming lots of Vodka to aid in digestion.

The overall diet is void of green veggies, high fiber, mono unsaturated fats, and vitamin-packed fruits.

F*! :x

She no longer cooks from scratch like she used to. Her oven is used as a storage bin for her pots and pans. Every food is either pan-fried (w. butter) or boiled.

I should eat very little at home and then go out and find a salad bar.

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Juufa wrote:
she does NOT need to add 1 stick of butter to a non-stick Teflon coated frying pan.


Sorry Julius, but that's a little funny!

If your Grandma doesn't know that you'd like a salad, maybe you can go to the grocery store yourself sometimes and bring home the salad ingredients. (unless they don't even have things like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc...?) But then you also better make the salad yourself so she doesn't put butter in it. :wink:

btw - my mother cooks with a lot of butter too. Maybe it's the generation. But she's also German, so maybe it's just older Europeans.

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It sounds like your grandma is tickled pink to have you there. Glad to hear you are being well-fed.

How do you like Poland so far?


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Update:

Mission accomplished! I made a salad and LOVED IT . My gma also ate it and did not complain.

How am I liking it here? It's alright, no job yet. Though I am starting to branch into the private tutoring field because the money is better and the value is much higher for the learners (e.g. 1-on-1 instruction / conversation).

And my neck is quite sore from turing it side to side so I can look at all the women! Dear diary: Jackpot! (sorry monmon and nicole and sara and other ladies :wink: )


Have to go
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And my neck is quite sore from turing it side to side so I can look at all the women! Dear diary: Jackpot! (sorry monmon and nicole and sara and other ladies :wink: )


Hmmm....maybe some wedding bells in the not-so-distant future? (make sure she likes salads! :lol: )

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And my neck is quite sore from turing it side to side so I can look at all the women! Dear diary: Jackpot! (sorry monmon and nicole and sara and other ladies :wink: )


Hmmm....maybe some wedding bells in the not-so-distant future? (make sure she likes salads! :lol: )



No. I am here on business not pleasure (then again, some people's business is pleasure while some people's pleasure is business? see: gene wilder's skit in the movie "Don't start the revolution without me" on Youtube).

Besides I dont want to do to my parents what my father did to his when he moved to the US in 1980. It's too hard on everyone when the child lives 5000 miles away.,

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juufa72 wrote:

Besides I dont want to do to my parents what my father did to his when he moved to the US in 1980. It's too hard on everyone when the child lives 5000 miles away.,


My mother did the same thing; she left her family in Germany to marry my father and live in the US. And my cousin married an Australian man and now lives in Australia. Talk about being far from her family! Much easier to stay in your own country, but when love beckons.... :wink:

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but when love beckons.... :wink:


Yea, too bad you're already married :x

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Yea, too bad you're already married :x

Gigolo :roll: :lol:

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Yea, too bad you're already married :x

Gigolo :roll: :lol:



I will have to take a picture of me wearing my cougar hunter t-shirt (and pants)! It's a magnet like a wedding ring.

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Hey Juufa, I had missed the latest news. Now you are on THIS side of the Atlantic! I see you solved your main issues (healthy food & gals) and a job is almost on its way. Anyway, you are lucky to be here in Europe during the Obama era, after all it's him who got the Nobel Peace Prize, not the former president. :P

PS: post some pics of you cougar hunter garment soon!

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Oh, Juuf! Now you're on THAT side of the atlantic _and_ THAT side of the Equator.

:-)

Have a nice time. Be sure to post some photos, I've seen your photography and I look forward to seeing some pics.

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Alf: look at my "location" indicated by the number of posts I have. The only English channels I get are BBC, EuroNews, and DW-Tv (when airing English programs). And these channels are too socialist for my taste and pretty much eat anything that Obama and his communists give them. For instance, there were plenty of tea parties and uproar by the citizens concerning massive government takeovers and the rate at which government is growing, and these protests were for the most part promoted by the people and lacked any sponsorship from interest groups or politicians. But EuroNews had a segment stating that "Special interest groups [e.g. these protests and tea parties] are getting in the way of America's healthcare reform."

Socialists..... *vomit*.



All: I will try to upload photos when I can, but I dont ahve the means and the tools to do so.

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Juufa, I was replying to this of yours: "I have to be careful because I am an American and that's no longer a good thing (Thanks Commisar Obama "messiah")". It's actually the opposite. As an American you're generally pretty much safer outside your country now with Obama than ever (with GWB). By the way, it was the latter who proposed Poland to host a major NATO military installation. So, leave the Russians alone and go tour around. :D

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Dare I revive this thread? I have the internet now in my apartment, but I dont know what capacity it is so I will sparingly download "auditions" and comment my superinflated (i.e. useless) two cents

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Welcome back Juuf. :wink:

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Dare I revive this thread? I have the internet now in my apartment, but I dont know what capacity it is so I will sparingly download "auditions" and comment my superinflated (i.e. useless) two cents


Don't put yourself down, now your comments are pegged to the Euro! :lol:

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It's great that you've got internet now... I don't know how you've managed to live without it. I would've gone insane! :lol:

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Terez: there is a saying--you dont know how much you miss it until you dont have it. I know that you missed me :lol:

Alf: so when are you coming to visit me? Or should I visit you? But I really dont want to be caught up in all the corruption and mess that is the Italian government, :wink: :?

Sarah: Adaptation is key. When in Rome do what the Romans do. That means for a while I was going to the sole Internet cafe and fed off the wireless networks when I was at my company lessons

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Alf: so when are you coming to visit me? Or should I visit you? But I really dont want to be caught up in all the corruption and mess that is the Italian government, :wink: :?


Cheap shot, Juuf. But bear in mind that one of the powerful supporting groups of Berlusconi and Co. is the Vatican together with the more conservative among the catholic voters. :wink:

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you got me there....but you never did bother to answer my two-pronged question

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you got me there....but you never did bother to answer my two-pronged question


HA, true. Currently I have no plans to visit Poland (I'd like though, since I've never been there), but if you feel like to come to Northern Italy we can arrange to meet up.

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you got me there....but you never did bother to answer my two-pronged question


HA, true. Currently I have no plans to visit Poland (I'd like though, since I've never been there), but if you feel like to come to Northern Italy we can arrange to meet up.


Maybe when I win the Polish lottery, as of now I have no cash. :x

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I would think that all you Europeans would be flocking over to Poland pretty soon for Chopin's big birthday. It's not that far, is it?

JG - can I come and stay at your Grandmas at around March 1st? :D

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Maybe when I win the Polish lottery, as of now I have no cash. :x


Here we're pinching pennies as well.

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I would think that all you Europeans would be flocking over to Poland pretty soon for Chopin's big birthday.


Every time I listen to Chopin, I get the urge to invade Poland! (That was Woody Allen slightly adapted). Monica, I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

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Every time I listen to Chopin, I get the urge to invade Poland! (That was Woody Allen slightly adapted). Monica, I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?


Of course, everybody should expand his or her Chopin repertoire! :D

And speaking of traveling - here is my latest idea :idea:. Let's start a new fund-raising program, whereby the funds raised will enable me to go to Poland next Feb/March. It'll be like a business trip - I'll take lots of notes and photos for Piano Society. So everybody should just forget about donating to Piano Society - donate to me, instead. Sounds good, huh? :lol:

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Sure you can stay here for a night or two. But we live in a small commie block apartment and the living quarters are quite tight. Though I am quite far from Żelazowa Wola AND Paris

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I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

Yes, you should. And you should play something you like. :P

@Juuf - you anywhere near Warsaw? Most of the interesting things in Chopin's Polish life happened there anyway...

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@Juuf - you anywhere near Warsaw? Most of the interesting things in Chopin's Polish life happened there anyway...


I am about 300km west of Żelazowa Wola

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I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

Yes, you should. And you should play something you like. :P


I've just seen that no recordings of Waltzes Opp.34/3 and 42 exist on the site... :wink:

I'd like very much to learn the 2nd sonata, but it's way too advanced for me now.

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alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
alf wrote:
I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

Yes, you should. And you should play something you like. :P


I've just seen that no recordings of Waltzes Opp.34/3 and 42 exist on the site... :wink:

:lol: I'm glad you are true to the vision of PS....

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I'd like very much to learn the 2nd sonata, but it's way too advanced for me now.

Oh come on, you act like you're aging and decrepit! :lol: You can at least play the third movement...even I can do that!

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Terez wrote:
alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
alf wrote:
I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

Yes, you should. And you should play something you like. :P


I've just seen that no recordings of Waltzes Opp.34/3 and 42 exist on the site... :wink:

:lol: I'm glad you are true to the vision of PS....


And incidentally I like them. :P

Terez wrote:
Alfie wrote:
I'd like very much to learn the 2nd sonata, but it's way too advanced for me now.

Oh come on, you act like you're aging and decrepit!


Aging, of course, but pianistically I've yet to come of age. :lol:

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alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
alf wrote:
I definitely should widen my Chopin repertoire (consisting of a single one Nocturne) the next year, shouldn't I?

Yes, you should. And you should play something you like. :P


I've just seen that no recordings of Waltzes Opp.34/3 and 42 exist on the site... :wink:

:lol: I'm glad you are true to the vision of PS....


And incidentally I like them. :P



...making the quote box smaller, one off-topic quote at a time :twisted:

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