Wednesday, June 08, 2005 +

E-mail from Planet Vleeptron

From: Robert Merkin []
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:10 PM
To: Leo Wong
Subject: RE: Help Wanted: Man in Amherst

No. Not until you come back to Vleeptron.

If you promise to come back to Vleeptron, and leave Comments, I will make this easy quest tomorrow or the next day. How many benches can the Jones Library have?

(btw the Jones is a Very Important public library as public libraries go. Important special collections, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost. My wife loves it so much, and hates our own Forbes, that she schleps the extra 17 miles to the Jones to do her library stuff. Architecturally Jones is also quite remarkable. And yadda yadda yadda. The more you know about the Jones, the more rich and interesting a place it is. They give free or cheap rent to an upstairs office to a free community service that Helps the Clueless in a remarkable way, "First Call for Help" -- you call them when you have Any Conceivable Problem, however weird or embarrassing, but don't know whom to call. They tell you whom to call. They know Everything. [in the Tri-County Area]! .)

Leo I have not sufficiently told you how meeting you and your J4J cybernetically has given me such enormous pleasure. It is unlikely that the Planet Vleeptron will convert to your Faith any time soon -- mostly we worship peanut butter on Vleeptron, with a small Swedenborgian community in East Ciudad Vleep -- but Leo, you rawk. It has been so sincerely moving to walk the Chartres Labyrinths with you. Not to mention educational. Learning new things is a magnificent pleasure for the Superannuated.

I sincerely worry about this -- I hope Vleeptron is not too Salty for you, or Irreverent, or yaddaeu yaddaeu. You are such a remarkable C-Space neighbor, I would not want my Planet to smash into your Saab and annoy you.

I am serious about someday soon driving to Boston to walk Boston College's 9/11 Alumni Memorial Chartres (outdoor) Labyrinth. Wanna go? Meet? Wanna take the Albany-Springfield-Boston Amtrak? My legs suck, I may horrify you with a taxicab or two, but I'll pay for the cabs. If we take our cars, no such problem. And my legs don't suck to walk a Labyrinth. If they do, I can slow down. And you can be behind me impatiently screaming at me to walk faster.

Oh. I just thought of this. And if we meet at the BC Labyrinth ... we could meet one another in Realityland! What a concept! And then have lunch or dinner in Boston!

Conditional Bob

and pls say HI to Mary! My swell wife (SWMBO) is outta town for a week. So my first night unsupervised, I invited The Entire Population of Earth, I posted the invitation on Vleeptron, over to my house for an unruly party featuring dead Gypsy jazz guitarists, dead French jazz violinists, jazz musicians, and other assorted Bohemians.

Alas, nobody showed up. Fooey.

Posted on the World Wide Web for six hours last night:

Due to an extremely rare Astrological Convergence

1. Ghosts of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

4 blocks from My House

2. Wife out of town for entire weekend

3. Obscure minor critically well-regarded American novelist

having Major Bipolar UP episode

& profound erosion of Judgment Center

which occurs only once every 12,345 solar years,

you are cordially invited to an


for the Musicians, Retro, Wannabe, Brilliantly Gifted,

or Dead, associated with

le Hot Club du France

and no more than 50 of their

Close Friends & acquaintances

True Love of Mssrs. Reinhardt & Grapelli


door bouncer will require

you play instrument, sing, or hum

a Hot Club standard

absolutely nobody under 21

not handcuffed to parent or guardian

serious about this

Massachusetts laws




no exceptions

all jazz bums out by Noon

Party can begin any time

Saturday Night

after DjangoFest ends

Host will order Free Solid Food (pizza, etc.)

and Harmony Springs Soda Pop.

4. High School Graduation across street from Party

Party Host sincerely hopes they do not make too much noise

Graduation Rehearsals promise some lovely renditions

by NHS marching band of Rogers & Hammerstein love ballads

also female graduate canary sings "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Absolutely no HS recent graduates or their family members

will be permitted into Hot Club Party.


COST of PARTY:Musicians Must Bring Instruments, and jam.

Play what you want.

No axe? Beat feet, get axe, return, play music.

Rom/Romany Gypsies or their Ghosts or Impersonators

especially welcome. Please speak Romany if you can.

French conversations (Parisienne jazz vocab) encouraged.

French & Romany conversations, and music jam, may be taped for Host's Personal Enjoyment.

of DjangoFest itself --

Merci Merci Beaucoups for coming to my neighborhood.

It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood. Wow. Whodathunkit?

BIPOLAR BOB (last name on polite request)

or via my spiffy new blog:

77 Whistful Vista / BEechwood 4-5789

Walk west on Rte 219A

Everyone Must Walk

High School Graduation Tonite!

No Parking Possible.

take LEFT at/to front doors, West Vleep Regional High School

Go down short hill

At crosswalk intersection,

take Sharpest Left onto Xrrq� Street

(hug HS athletic field fence on left)

Drive to first T intersection

(HS stadium parking lot)

Right on ZhaZha Drive

(sorry, not my idea) corner cottage

~ ~ many beautiful tulips & flora in yard ~ ~

Blue Toyota pickup in driveway

Use back/kitchen door.

4 Cats, none for eating

Priscilla might bite if you touch her

Please do not discard invitation

carelessly around house

> [Original Message]
> From: Leo Wong <>
> To: <>
> Date: 6/5/2005 5:47:24 PM
> Subject: Help Wanted: Man in Amherst
> Dear Bob,
> I wonder if you would do me a favor.  A few years ago
>; a fellow in the Amherst area asked my wife to let him
> put a quotation from one of her stories on a bench
> commemorating his wife.  The bench was supposed to be
> put on the grounds of the Amherst Public Library.  We
> lost touch with this fellow, and don't know if the
> bench was ever placed, and if so, whether it included
> the quotation.
> We don't know the man's name.  The quotation may have
> been something like "She slept and dreamed of tiny
> hands and the singing of birds." Not exactly,
> because he was going to change some of the wording.
> may have been changed.
> On your next visit to the library, would you try to
> find out if there is such a bench?  If there is, for
> extra credit (if you have a digital camera or a
> scanner), could you send us a photo?
> All best,
> Leo

See also Vleeptron’s Labyrinth.
and Vleeptron’s Labyrinth with Slave Ship.