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07:32 am: Overheard at the Wright's Household
Juss, coming home from Taekwando: "My heel is my great weakness, like Odysseus."

Mommy: "Er...I think you mean Achillies."

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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 10th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
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I thought girls were one of Odyseuss' weaknesses. Suppose that may come in time.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's funny. Yeah...he's already likely to be the most affected by that weakness in the family. Last week, he declared his character Robin Hood was going to marry Tyria Befin, the girl next door that he adventured with...his grounds was that both of them wanted to be spies.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, heck, it's a better reason than most.

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From:kokoroverboten
Date:July 10th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Your house sounds like a fun place to be. :D
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 10th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
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It is. ;-)
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From:madkestrel
Date:July 10th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
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At least he knows who they are - I have middle school students who wouldn't be able to even make the misreference properly. :D
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From:kokorognosis
Date:July 10th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
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One of my coworkers-- a remarkably intelligent guy, generally-- was distressed and surprised by the end of 300. "I can't believe the Spartans died!"
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 10th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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I have symathy. I've reread Roadmarks several times, and I'm always surprised by that he finally finds a version where the Greeks win at Marathon. ;-)

But yes...It is sad how much of Classical history has just been forgotten.
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From:kalquessa
Date:July 10th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Meanwhile my great weakness really is the same as Odysseus's: being dumb out loud at inopportune moments.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 10th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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One of my favorite lines from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is where the local mobster refers to Harry Dresden as "Diplomatically Challenged." He has the same weakness. ;-)
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From:princejvstin
Date:July 10th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I admire how classically informed your household is.

Granted, a century and a quarter ago, it would not have been unusual, but its unusual these days.

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From:arhyalon
Date:July 10th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I was really impressed that he knew enough to get it wrong. It led to a discussion about Achilles and why his heel was his weakness, which led, logically, to a discussion about Percy Jackson, Hero.

(Juss is terrified of the Percy Jackson books, but Orville loves them.)
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 11th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)

Percy Jackson

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Now I have to research these.

JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 12th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)

Re: Percy Jackson

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Oh, they are cool. Kids books, but I and other adult friends like them. Percy is a half-blood...half human, half child of a Greek god. Lots of fun!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:July 12th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)

Re: Percy Jackson

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My nephew's ten going on eleven and I try to get him to read in a house that has few* books, lots of TV, and an excess of video games.

My baby brother was never a reader and his Mom doesn't qualify as someone in our circles [id est, bibliophiles who thirst for the written word].

I read to my boy or invented a story for him every night and refused to own a TV. Math bought his first TV with his own money he had earned working. One 6' x 5' set of shelves in this house are filled with his books.


JJB

*Few = less than 100.
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