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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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February 15, 2006


Great minds love alike-- because *I* heart Joey Cheek! I emailed half the planet yesterday, professing my love for the inline skater turned ice King! I love love LOVE him!! Thanks for inlcuding a tribute to him-- he certainly deserves it!


Yeah, I saw him win it and receive the medal. It's a nobel thing to do on his part. You know media was too busy kissing Bush's arse and trying to find out why it took Cheney 24 hours before he said anything.

I bile xxxx. I have been thinking about the title of your post, "I heart Joey". I feel the "I heart" movement is pretty hot right now-- probably because it conveys the visceral nature of one's emotion.

but what is it's antithesis? Today, in an email, I wanted to be able to say succintly how much I despise something, but i was at a loss. the best I've got is "I bile blank", but I'm not sure if that cuts it-- any thoughts?

Wow. Good question. Are bile and hearts polar opposites? Maybe "I spleen _____"? I'm not sure. Isn't referencing the spleen when discussing someone's personality or temperment mean they are grouchy?

Oh wait, I found it. According to, an obselete use of spleen is that it was the seat of the emotions or passions. Ill temper is also referenced, as in "venting one's spleen." So maybe "I spleen ______" is the opposite. Does anyone else have any ideas?

hey claire! one of the companies my nonprofit works with is the gap (yes, that gap) and they got in touch with us because they're planning to give $25,000 to the same organization. it's called right to play and was actually founded by johann koss (former gold medalist himself). they have *amazing* pictures of the kids they work with around the world:
so apparently some people heard about it and are jumping in to help out too :)

Hey Dana,
Thanks for more precise info about the organization. I think it's great that other companies are donating money. Thanks for the link!

That's amazing Dana. Thanks too.

Claire - you've been quiet over the past few days. What's going on?

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