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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 10, 2007


(I hope Im not double posting this...:))
I am so sorry for you. Back in the old days when a person lost something, it was merely misplaced (its gotta be around here somewhere...) and it was just a matter of finding it again. Alas, now when we lose something is pretty much really lost in the ether....("poof"). So sorry, my heart is cring with you.

Claire, what a bummer! Is there not some way to retrieve it? I wonder how often this occurs? Well, when you come home you can use your father's collection for some of the music you like. You'll just have to start over. Love, M

Oh no!!! Just reading this made me panic a little myself and feel like I had to go and turn on my Ipod to double check it.

I had that happen a couple of months ago and at Best Buy they told me my "ipod crashed" it doesn't mean it is totally broken but it does mean that the music is gone. They fixed it for me so I could still put music on it. Don't you have your songs in your library on your itunes? I actually didn't have all of mine on my computer so I had to rebuild my itunes library from my CD collection. It is amazing how much time that takes--especially with you and your massive music collection! I feel for you!!!

This is terrible. My hard drive crashed back in undergrad and I lost all my (illegal) mp3s. There is software you can purchase to recover crashed drive or erased data. You could do it on your own or bring it to a computer store. Erasing or losing something on your hard drive doesn't really mean it is erased or lost.

I have an old Lionel Richie CD I'd be willing to give you. Does that help?

Thanks for the sympathy... it had been acting buggy for awhile and I probably should have taken it in earlier. Such is life sometimes, right?

And Anthony, why does that sound like a threat? :) Just kidding. Do you have any Kenny G?

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