Ira, Ira, Ira, who is Ira?

Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:09 AM
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Bravissima, Mimi!!!

Travginny, thanks for the shout-out. Not necessary, not deserved, but very kind of you!

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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:28 AM
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Since we're on the subject I have 2 Ira questions I've wondered about...

How many times have you actually been to Italy, Ira ?

What does the lightbulb mean ?
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:31 AM
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Rex and Patrick:

Let me own up to it. Didn't mean to refer to the Pebble Beach golf course in Monterey, which is in the Central Coast.

I wanted to refer to to certain steep stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco - i.e Hwy 1 along Marin County, Point Reyes, Jenner, Bodega Bay, all the way up to Mendocino. As a resident of Marin County (part time in Marin, full-time in NYC), I've driven these roads many times, and in a some stretches, the roads are definitely steeper than the ones leading up to Montserrat.

Patrick: I don't recall reading any of your posts (or having the time, like you do, to dig them up), probably because they were useless to me anyway. Your basis on getting on my case is to pick on one of my posts (most likely not as much as yours, as you apparently have all the time in the world to spend with your computer in this board), and which doesn't make me care anymore than I really don't. Plus, and I'm sure you will agree, it doesn't add anything to whatever credibility you may have with me.

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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:41 AM
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The lightbulb means Ira is VERY BRIGHT!
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:44 AM
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Ira's a dear! Kind, considerate, witty - a true gentleman. Sooooo rare these days...

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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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IRA, would you stop having all your friends and relatives write these messages as it's beginning to sound like your travel EULOGY. Mike P.S. I agree with them!!!
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 07:09 AM
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Ira - a true wizard in the best sense of the word! And a gentleman in the best sense of the word!
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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That's so funny, barbmike about a Eulogy.

Yesterday, I turned on the Today show and was greeted by a photo slide show and tribute to Willard Scott. I immediately said, "OH, Willard Scott died!" Then found out it was a 25 year honor or some such thing. I guess we only think people should be raved about AFTER they die! I don't think that's the case with Ira!
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 08:04 AM
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I have only one thing to say: I never saw an inaccurate or non-informative post from Ira.....which is more than I can say for myself.
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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It seems that he is a man who enjoys a good meal.
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 11:35 AM
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Another Ira fan here who enjoys reading his posts (especially about his beloved Paris, as it's my favorite place too). I really like how, after someone posts a trip report, he always thanks them "for sharing".
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Old Mar 11th, 2005, 10:15 PM
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Ira, Patrick, Rex. When I see your names, I read your posts. You are dear fellows to give of your time.

I feel like I have a whole new set of friends. What a great website this is.
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Old Mar 12th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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I am also pretty new to fodors but can already see that all of these wonderful compliments are true about Ira. He was nice enough to reply to my very first post and now I know I probably could have found the answer by searching past threads. To me this proves how generous and patient Ira must be.

Thanks to all of the fodorites that provide concise, valuable advice to travel junkies across the globe!

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Old Mar 12th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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Hi guys,

You have no idea how read my face is from the wonderful remarks. I can only say, "Aw shucks".

Hi LoveItaly,

>The title is "Life in a Postcard". <

Thank, you. I shall ask my library to get it for me when I get home.

Hi caroline_edinburgh

>How many times have you actually been to Italy, Ira ?<

I had been to Venice 7 times, when my wife reminded me that I had actually been to Italy.

For the rest of the country, I am a mere tyro. I owe very much to the more experienced travelers here and at www.slowtalk.com.

>What does the lightbulb mean ?<

The code is (_(_I_)_) without the _

You guys want steep.

My Lady Wife and I were driving up route 590/591 (I think this is the right route number) outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, at speeds sometimes approaching 7 mph, honking at every bend in the road, praying that no one was coming the other way, when we finally reached the top of the ridge - 3500 ft up.

Coming at us was a Lincoln Continental.

Fortunately, he was as scared as I was and going very slowly.

A local pointed out the only place wide enough to pass.

This took almost 5 min.

On the way down, I kept the car in "1" and my foot on the brake.

The grade is up/down 3500ft in 1 mile.

I don't want to ever do this again.




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Old Mar 13th, 2005, 07:19 AM
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<I have no finacial, commercial or fiduciary interests in Fodor's, or any other person, place, thing or idea . . .>

I had assumed Ira was a lightbulb salesman.

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Old Mar 14th, 2005, 03:16 AM
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"The code is (_(_I_)_) without the _ (lightbulb)"

Sorry, Ira, even more confused now ?!?
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Old Mar 14th, 2005, 04:55 AM
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<<"The code is (_(_I_)_) without the _ (lightbulb)">>

In this sequence of nine keystrokes... (_(_I_)_) ...four of them are the underscore character. Omit all four of those and the result displays the lightbulb, like this:

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Old Mar 15th, 2005, 01:09 AM
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Thank you, Rex. Still doesn't explain what it means, though !?
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Old Mar 15th, 2005, 04:01 AM
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If this were music, I believe you would call ira's lightbulb a <i>grace note</i>.
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Old Mar 16th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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&gt;Still doesn't explain what it means, though...&lt;

I believe that it is the only smiley that has an &quot;I&quot;.

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