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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, ALENKA w CLIFF #7.1

ALENKA w CLIFF #7.1

We talked about a few different things today. To start off, we had a discussion about fame. You said that to you fame is when a lot of people know about you, which seems like a pretty good definition to me. As far as whether was a good or a bad thing, you told me that it really depends on why you're famous. To that, I told you about the two words that English has about that distinction. One is “famous”, which is usually considered good, and one is “Infamous”, which is the exact opposite. I asked if you were famous in any way and you told me that you were interviewed on TV for your writing. That made you locally famous, but not in a way that invaded your privacy. Nobody was coming up to you on the street. I had a somewhat similar brush with fame myself. I was known online as the Silicon Sorcerer because I wrote a magazine column of the same name for about two years, but nobody knew what I looked like and it was just for a gaming magazine, so most people have never heard of me. Still, within a certain circle my name was known. As far as other people who are famous, I asked if you knew any of them and you said you didn't. I mentioned that I recently found out that somebody I went to high school with had made it big in Hollywood. He wasn't a top-line name, but he was in a fair number of movies, some of which I had seen recently. And then I asked if you would like to be famous and you said absolutely not. Definitely no. You like your privacy. The thought of having paparazzi chase you around is just nothing that you want any part of. I generally agreed with that, though I would be perfectly happy to be famous in a way that does not invite that kind of thing. So while rock stars and athletes and actors have to deal with that, famous people like authors generally don't and I would be very happy to be a famous author. Then we moved on to talking about abilities and superpowers and you told me that if you could have any ability in the world, you would like the ability to travel through time, which led us to a little bit of a discussion about the British television show Doctor Who and also the perils of time travel and what might happen if you go back into the past and change something. My own preferred ability is a bit simpler than that. I just want to be able to fly. I love the thought of being able to sail through the sky And then finally we talked about our embarrassing moments in our past. You talked about how for a long time you had no memories of your childhood and when they did come back, it wasn't a good feeling because your entire history changed. That to me seems very unpleasant but still leaves you with a tremendous amount of dignity, unlike me where I told you a story about when I got sick in college and wet the bed while I was sharing it with my girlfriend. That was still hard to say.



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ALENKA w CLIFF #7.1

We talked about a few different things today. To start off, we had a discussion about fame. You said that to you fame is when a lot of people know about you, which seems like a pretty good definition to me. As far as whether was a good or a bad thing, you told me that it really depends on why you're famous. To that, I told you about the two words that English has about that distinction. One is “famous”, which is usually considered good, and one is “Infamous”, which is the exact opposite. I asked if you were famous in any way and you told me that you were interviewed on TV for your writing. That made you locally famous, but not in a way that invaded your privacy. Nobody was coming up to you on the street. I had a somewhat similar brush with fame myself. I was known online as the Silicon Sorcerer because I wrote a magazine column of the same name for about two years, but nobody knew what I looked like and it was just for a gaming magazine, so most people have never heard of me. Still, within a certain circle my name was known. As far as other people who are famous, I asked if you knew any of them and you said you didn't. I mentioned that I recently found out that somebody I went to high school with had made it big in Hollywood. He wasn't a top-line name, but he was in a fair number of movies, some of which I had seen recently. And then I asked if you would like to be famous and you said absolutely not. Definitely no. You like your privacy. The thought of having paparazzi chase you around is just nothing that you want any part of. I generally agreed with that, though I would be perfectly happy to be famous in a way that does not invite that kind of thing. So while rock stars and athletes and actors have to deal with that, famous people like authors generally don't and I would be very happy to be a famous author. Then we moved on to talking about abilities and superpowers and you told me that if you could have any ability in the world, you would like the ability to travel through time, which led us to a little bit of a discussion about the British television show Doctor Who and also the perils of time travel and what might happen if you go back into the past and change something. My own preferred ability is a bit simpler than that. I just want to be able to fly. I love the thought of being able to sail through the sky  And then finally we talked about our embarrassing moments in our past. You talked about how for a long time you had no memories of your childhood and when they did come back, it wasn't a good feeling because your entire history changed. That to me seems very unpleasant but still leaves you with a tremendous amount of dignity, unlike me where I told you a story about when I got sick in college and wet the bed while I was sharing it with my girlfriend. That was still hard to say.

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