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Public Speaking

I hate Public Speaking. Odd for a Lawyer, who thinks that he should have been a teacher.

Harpo Marx retired from show business in 1963. His retirement was announce at a performance by Allan Sherman. Harpo got up on stage and said, "As I was saying in 1907..." 56 years of no public speaking sounds wonderful.

I've given a few speeches. In college, I ran for office and won. I was so nervous when I spoke, that I sounded like Porky Pig. I eulogized my father. I've spoken in court. I've given a few talks on Real Estate Law.

I've agreed to speak at a class, next Sunday, on developments in Elder Law. The class consists of 15 Hasidic women studying for their MSW. Today, after I'm through procrastinating, I'm writing an outline.

I wonder how Harpo would have handled this one. He could have done the whole lecture with whistles and horns and then chased one of the women around the classroom.

Maybe I should try that.

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wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Somehow, I don't think those Hasidic women would appreciate Harpo's method. Then again, perhaps.....nah, it won't work.
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Just imagine it. I enter wearing a red wig, silverware falls from my sleaves. I think that I may do it.
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Carrot Top.........move over!

http://www.carrottop.com/
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sample SAT question and answer:

Carrot Top is to Harpo as George W. Bush is to Lincoln.
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Good observation.The red hair threw me off.
Good thing I took my SAT's years ago, or I would never have been accepted to a college. Thank you for setting me straight.
goddamnitbabies
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Did anyone tell you to imagine them naked yet? DON'T TRY THAT.
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I imagine everybody naked.
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Everyone?

Men!
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I picture them as naked women.
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of figured that!


cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I read about Hasidic Judaism and it seems to be about loving-kindness and joy. I think you are going to have an appreciative and sensitive audience no matter what you do. I think they will be very warm with you. :)

15 women - 1 man - what's not to like?
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Two men, my cousin is the teacher.
cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
The odds are still in your favor. :)
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
It SEEMS to be about loving kindness and joy.
It is actually a reactionary movement. Like many other reactionary movements, the main idea of Hasidic Judaism is that Jews should stop living in the modern world and return to “the good old days.” On close inspection... “the good old days” (that is, the eighteenth-century world which Hasidism represents in both dress and practice) were really days of oppression and ignorance for the average Jew. Hasidism continues that. To a Hasidic Jew, I am not a "real" Jew, because I am not pious enough. Also it is and has always been oppressive towards women. In the Hasidic world I, as a woman am a second class citizen as I don't have all the rights and privileges afford a man.

Lot's of things "seem" different from what they truly are.
cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: It SEEMS to be about loving kindness and joy.
Thank you for your explanation. I do know that Wikipedia has the influence of the one posting at the moment, so should have considered my words more carefully. Perhaps, I responded to the intent, rather than what I originally perceived as the reality according to various friends who are personally familiar with it.

Yes, returning to a place where women are second class citizens does not work for most of us. Thank you for explaining and clarifying. Looking forward, not backward, seems the way to go and the more equality that evolves, the better for us all.
countfroggy
Feb. 14th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
What a sight to se!
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
If I can only find a curly red wig.
cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
It shouldn't be hard to find a curly red wig. Is there a theatrical company near you? They often rent costumes. If it were October, you would have no problem at all.
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
The one time, as an adult, that I went to a costume party it was as Harpo Marx. I wore a wig, took off my glasses, carried a horn, wore an old jacket and pants, and brought my friend a salami as a gift. Harpo gave Chico a salami in "A Night at the Opera."
cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you have your calling and a way to make your presentation a great deal of fun for you and your audience. I'm not sure about the salami though. Is salami kosher? I vote for cupcakes. :)
jellomarx
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Is salami Kosher?
Such a question!

Hebrew National.
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Is salami Kosher?
Make sure it's Glatt
cathy_edgett
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Is salami Kosher?
Ah, hah!! Okay, then, wave and dance your kosher salami around. :)
rob_t_firefly
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
wastingmythyme
Feb. 14th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
If laughter is the best medicine, I am now cured.
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