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Goodbye, Old Paint?

Contemplating having my car painted. 9 years of scrapes and dings which I covered over with various shades of blue paint has greatly reduced its resale value. I am not color blind, but I do have trouble matching shades of the same color from memory. Maaco looks like my first choice, but I'm open to suggestions.

Have to find out what it will cost & how long I will be without the car. They don't work on weekends, so part of the cost would be rental car.

That would be after my Seattle trip, sometime in mid-August to early September.


Voted for the Hugos. I had not planned on joining this year, but the "Fan Writer" controversy sucked me in. Nice that they let you vote on a supporting membership (no way can I afford a trip to Japan this year). And yes, kevin_standlee did convince me that a professional writer can also be a fan writer, which is all the more reason for me to put my money where my mouth is and vote for who I believe to best exemplify that category.

Unfortunately, at this late date there is no way I could read most of the entries in other categories, so I only voted for a handful of awards, mostly the short forms which I either have already seen or was able to find on short notice.

I did not vote for the 2009 Worldcon site because I am not thrilled with Montreal (two English As A Second Language sites in a row does not appeal to me**, and the distance makes attending unlikely.) and Kansas is hotter in August than I'd like to think about. If they were holding it on the other side of the river, I'd be more inclined to go.

I'm not sure how deep into global fandom I want to dive, but Denver next year is a possibility.

**World Science Fiction, some random musings:
The world isn't fair. Some languages are so different that they cannot be adequately translated. I have written poetry in English, German, Thai and Hebrew, and know that what I feel when I read even my own translations is very different from when I read the same poem in each of those languages. I can't help but wonder how much great writing will never reach me because it's written in a language I don't understand, and there is no way to capture the spirit of the writing in English. For a while a couple of decades back, there was a great flood of writing in Russian which made it into English translation, but that seems to have passed. Now the trend seems to be for writers whose English is not as good as their native language to try writing in English. My favorite example of this is Pierre Boulle, whose The Bridge over the River Kwai is a classic in its original French, and also excellent in Xan Fielding's English translation. His best-selling book when he decided to switch to writing his own stuff in English? Planet of the Apes. Not a literary masterpiece, by any stretch. There must be vast piles of Chinese, Japanese and Hindi writing which I'll never even hear about. No offense to the hard-working WSFS folks, but with this in mind, the "World" part of the name is not much more apt than the name "World Series" is to global baseball. One thing which has changed in recent years is the number of Japanese-literate fans, what with the Anime and Manga crazes. I'll save my slams of those two alleged art forms for another post. The point is this coming Worldcon may come as close as anything to putting some meaning in the "world" part of the name.

Okay, where's my babelfish?

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bovil
Jul. 26th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I think it was a Heinlein character who said he learned Russian to read the Russian classics in the original language, only to find they had gained something in the translation...
howeird
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Yup, a valid point too. I first saw One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest dubbed (live) in Thai. There was some dialog which sounded better in Thai than it did in English. OTOH the ending was a lot more touching in the English version.
bovil
Jul. 26th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, and while this is the first time that Worldcon is in an Asian nation, it's not the first time it's in a non-English-speaking nation.
howeird
Jul. 26th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Yes I know. I remember they were in Glasgow. :-)
bovil
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
I was thinking more of Den Haag (which, ironically, is where Vincent, co-chair of Interaction, lives now).

There's also Heidelberg, but that's almost 40 years ago. I really want the Finns to bid Finncon as a Worldcon some year.
howeird
Jul. 26th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Finland, Finland, Finland.
The country where I want to be,
Eating breakfast or dinner,
Or snack lunch in the hall.
Finland, Finland, Finland,
Finland has it all.

Yes!

Seriously, though, I love the idea. Finland is one of the most English-literate countries I know, at least judging from the Finnish engineers I've worked with. And I might be able to trace my ancestry there in a roundabout manner, being 1/4 Hungarian.
edith_mf
Jul. 26th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Instead of having your car painted by a cut rate shop, consider having it detailed by a decent place. The talent of the person masking the car then wielding the paint gun counts for a lot.

I have gone through this and not been entirely happy with results.
howeird
Jul. 26th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
If I was having it done for *me* I'd do that. But I'm just having it done to get some more trade-in value.
dave_gallaher
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
two English As A Second Language sites in a row

Well, 2008 is in Denver and bidding has not closed on 2010 (although Australia is the current favorite). Which is the "English as a Second Language" site? (Good arguments can be made for each.)
howeird
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
My bad. Should have said two in three years.
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