August 17th, 2004


Dinner at Olivia

seity1 and brannanjp1 and I had a proper dinner tonight at Olivia. Done right, it's definitely quite expensive, but I think we all left well-fed, and having had enough beer. Ithaca Flower Power is one of their seasonal taps right now! Good choice! (It's the exceptional local IPA.) Not uncharacteristically, JP had Hoegaarden and Denise had Guinness.

It was a good evening for sitting out on the deck, and, thanks to the steadily decreasing length of the day as the solstice recedes into the past, the sun wasn't in my eyes for too long before it was hidden by the building.

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I spotted John Alexander, former owner of Coyote Loco, wandering around while we were dining, and I went over to say hi to him and his wife as we were leaving. I'll have to ask him later how he happened to be dining with Chris and Dan, two folks on about the opposite of Ithaca's spectrum! I should have an opportunity, since I told John there's something I need to talk to him about (some of you know what it is) and wondered when I could call. I'll be chatting with him later this week. Also amusing... he, too, likes the Loco on the bar menu. :-)
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The concept of women athletes at the Olympics is apparently posing quite a problem for some Muslim societies and Arab cultures.

"The question how much of a woman's body could be seen in public is one of the two or three most important issues that have dominated theological debate in Islam for decades," says Mohsen Sahabi, a Muslim historian. "More time and energy is devoted to this issue than to economic development or scientific research. "