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Excuse my ignorance, but what the heck does this mean and where does the expression come from?? Thanks
-- Jimbo (Jimbo@Jangles.net), December 17, 1998
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Here's one take on "Pollyanna":
"Fair Use" ...
Pollyanna (prl4j-`n4e) noun A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.
[After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American writer.]
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Regards, Bob Mangus # # #
-- Robert Mangus (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1998.
Yup Jimbo, and one of the worst out there is INFOMAGIC...
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 17, 1998.
The book itself is not worth reading if you're over 10 years old. But you can get a synopsis at amazon.com.
Her philosophical opposite was Cassandra: (from the Encyclopedia Mythica) Cassandra was the most beautiful of the daughters of Priam and Hecuba, the king and queen of Troy. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, who wished to seduce her; when she accepted his gift but refused his sexual advances, he deprived her prophecies of the power to persuade. At the end of the Trojan War, Cassandra foresaw the danger posed by the Trojan horse; the people of Troy ignored her warnings and the Greek soldiers hiding inside the horse were able to capture the city. During the sack of Troy, Cassandra was raped by the Locrian (or "lesser") Ajax, and was then given as a war prize to Agamemnon. She returned to Greece with Agamemnon, and tried to warn him of the danger which awaited him there; once again her prophecy was ignored, and both she and Agamemnon were murdered by Clytemnestra and Aegisthos.
Remember, Cassandra was RIGHT. But nobody listened. Remind you of anyone you know? Hallyx
"Life is what you do while you're waiting to die. Life is how the time goes by."---Zorba
-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), December 17, 1998.
What's the real story behind Hallyx, I think we should be told :)
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 18, 1998.
Who are you, and what have you done with Andy Rowland? (I'd wink but the arrows vanish the W)Thanks for asking. I enjoy explaining my handle.
It's a creative misspelling of "hallux" which is the large hind talon of a falcon, the one which pierces the heart. My taediun vitae (or whatever you call it) is on one of those "Who are you" threads floating around here somewhere. Anybody know where it is these days?
As soon as you find it, tell us a little about yourself, Andy. That'll float it to the top of "new answers" where we'll all see it. Then all the other new guests (and trolls ::sigh::) can tell us what they're about.
"The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."---H. L. Mencken
-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), December 18, 1998.