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02/26/2014

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Brian Fies

There's a town 20 minutes from my house named Sebastopol, a remnant of Russia's brief claim to Northern California. Of course we pronounce the "b" like an English "b" instead of a Russian "v," and it comes out like "Se-BASS-tuh-pol." Can't tell you how thrilled I was to take Russian in college and learn, not only that there was another one over there, but how to pronounce it right.

I would really like to get to the Kenosha festival someday, having heard nothing but great things. As you say, maybe the idea will spread closer to home. The Hambrocks seem to have developed a good model to follow.

Mike Peterson

We had a place called Madrid at home in the Adirondacks and newcomers had to learn that it was MAD-rid, not muh-DRID. When I lived in Western Maine, there was another MAD-rid. I guess that's how you say it in English.

I probably should have trotted out ol' Andy Rooney for some ruminations on New Orleeens/New Orlins and Missoureee/Missoura and so forth.

Kenosha is sure to be a blast. I'll bet a direct flight from SF to O'Hare wouldn't be very expensive. (Google google) No, it isn't.

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