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One Fine Day

My life came together in a very unique way today.

At 10 am, I met with my adviser as a PhD student. As a librarian, I attended a lecture at 12 noon by the president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). At 2:30 pm, I listened—as a Filipino—to a political scientist discuss volatility in the Philippines.

From there, I hurried to catch the rest of a talk about Michael of Rhodes that began at 4:30 pm, and which was important to me as a student of book history. Finally, I attended Barbra Streisand's concert tonight as a fan =)

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Pat Fleming, my adviser, said that I was on the right track with what I was doing for my dissertation. Alex Byrne, president of IFLA, wondered why copyrights are extended at around the same time the ones for Mickey Mouse expire. And David McGee suggested that Michael of Rhodes used his legendary manuscript to win votes among passengers who didn't have much to do on board a ship.

It was a bit embarrassing listening to Paul Hutchcroft talk about "Political Volatility in the Philippines: Origins of Crisis, Prospects for Reform" because the circus that's been going on in our country sounds especially absurd when seen in the company of non-Filipinos. Except for a not-exactly-wrong reference to "fall of 2005," I couldn't really say that he said anything wrong. But I had to speak up when someone asked about what's going to happen until 2010, and another commented on the Manila-centric presentation.

I don't know if I expressed myself well enough, but what I wanted to say was that more orchestrated maneuvers and counter-maneuvers will take place but nothing much will happen because the people—including me—are sick of politics. Life goes on, as the could-be-better-but-not-bad state of the economy will attest. And the same is true for those in the provinces—they're sick of politics in Manila, too.

Then there was Barbra Streisand. I "met" her in first-year high school because Mr. Pagsi couldn't stop talking about her "One Voice" concert, which he saw on laser disc. I turned into a fan of her music (mostly the Broadway albums) and concerts over the years, but not her movies.

So when I found out Toronto was going to be one of two non-American cities on her tour, I decided that I'd watch her live in concert if I could get a cheap-enough ticket. I did get a ticket, but I took the warnings seriously and didn't bring my camera. And that's why it's a poster up there, and not a view from my almost-nosebleed-worthy seat.

Aside from the usual goosebumps with songs like "The Way We Were," "People" and "Somewhere," I found the use of a few lines of "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" (South Pacific) as an intro to "Children Will Listen" (Into the Woods) very effective. Streisand's also still very much a funny girl. I haven't been to too many concerts, but I don't remember laughing as much as I did at this one.

I don't quite know why all these happened on this one day. But I suppose it's a sign that I'm in the right place =)

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