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Overheard at the pool [Jul. 29th, 2014|10:43 am]
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In the showers, two men were discussing Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose: "He was mad, like that Richard Branson... He was a visionary."
"Isambard, he was a visionary."

"The problem with him was, he wore a top hat."
And I didn't hear what came next, because I went for my swim.
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[User Picture]From: helenraven
2014-07-29 10:28 am (UTC)

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How could you possibly leave at that point? Or would it have been too obvious that you were eavesdropping? I think calling Howard Hughes a visionary is a bit generous, though I guess it's generally used to mean "obsessive whose values I share or admire" rather than, say, "obsessive who wasted vast amounts of time, money and other people's patience".
[User Picture]From: weegoddess
2014-07-29 01:19 pm (UTC)

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How could you possibly leave at that point?

My thoughts 'exactly'. I want to know what happened next!
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-29 02:24 pm (UTC)

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See above. Besides, you are so much better than I am at talking to strangers!
[User Picture]From: weegoddess
2014-07-29 02:45 pm (UTC)

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::chuckles:: I meant, I want to know what happened next in the conversation. Are tophats usually so objectionable?

As for talking to strangers, that might be true. But I'm somewhat certain that there's also a cultural influence. Yanks are known for their bold communication approaches, after all.

(intentionally avoiding use of the term 'rude american'?)
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-29 03:06 pm (UTC)

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Oh, yes, I'm a reserved Brit, I know!

I didn't think top hats were objectionable, that's what caught my fancy about this exchange.

And it made me think of Great, aa animated biography which shows Brunel as a small man in a very big hat...
[User Picture]From: weegoddess
2014-07-29 03:10 pm (UTC)

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"Get a big top hat if you want to get ahead"...;-)

I should watch that movie.
[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-07-29 05:15 pm (UTC)

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Me too! Dunno from Isambard, but whoever mentioned the top hat, whatever he meant, I'd Friend him instantly.
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-29 02:23 pm (UTC)

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Ah, maybe the two speakers differed on the interpretation of visionary - that hadn't occurred to me.

And yes, it'd have been pretty obvious, I think. Besides, early morning: swim and home to breakfast, no hanging about!
[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2014-07-29 11:36 am (UTC)

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Of those three, I'd only agree on IKB- top hat, cigar and all!
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-29 02:25 pm (UTC)

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I liked the way he called him Isambard: "Me and Izzy, we're like that..."
[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-07-29 05:20 pm (UTC)

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Another good layer.

Your whole event sounds like the opening of a Kipling story.
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-30 08:39 am (UTC)

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Thank you.

I wish my mind worked in stories - but all you get with me is these snapshots!
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2014-07-29 01:28 pm (UTC)

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Priceless. I never knew what a deal breaker a top hat was.
[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-29 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Exactly. Maybe I should have hung around to find out why, but I like it just as it is, a not-to-be-debated absolute.
[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-07-29 05:16 pm (UTC)

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That, too.