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ERIK SATIE

Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a French composer. I like his music, but after reading a biography about the man I think I like his writings even more. Here are some writings I've gleaned from various biographies.

Day in the Life of a Musician

An artist must regulate his life.

Here is a time-table of my daily acts. I rise at 7.18; am inspired from 10.23 to 11.47. I lunch at 12.11 and leave the table at 12.14. A healthy ride on horse-back round my domain follows from 1.19 pm to 2.53 pm. Another bout of inspiration from 3.12 to 4.7 pm. From 5 to 6.47 pm various occupations (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, dexterity, natation, etc.).

Dinner is served at 7.16 and finished at 7.20 pm. From 8.9 to 9.59 pm symphonic readings (out loud). I go to bed regularly at 10.37 pm. Once a week (on Tuesdays) I awake with a start at 3.14 am.

My only nourishment consists of food that is white: eggs, sugar, shredded bones, the fat of dead animals, veal, salt, coco-nuts, chicken cooked in white water, mouldy fruit, rice, turnips, sausages in camphor, pastry, cheese (white varieties), cotton salad, and certain kinds of fish (without their skin). I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with the juice of the Fuchsia. I have a good appetite but never talk when eating for fear of strangling myself.

I breathe carefully (a little at a time) and dance very rarely. When walking I hold my ribs and look steadily behind me.

My expression is very serious; when I laugh it is unintentional, and I always apologise very politely.

I sleep with only one eye closed, very profoundly. My bed is round with a hole in it for my head to go through. Every hour a servant takes my temperature and gives me another.

Caught at Chile-Heads Digest Volume 1, Issue 80 (http://chile.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu: 8000/anonymous/chile-heads/digest/DIGEST.080)

From: ab252@lafn.org (Richard Strayer)

Subject: Re: Are These Habs?

Michele, from your description they definitely could be Habs [habanero peppers]. If you don't have any chile books with pictures, try netting to the chile-heads WWW server at "http://chile.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu:8000/www/gallery.html." If I'm not mistaken, there are some image files of Habs there (you did put some there, Michael?) from which you should be able to get a positive ID of your mystery grocery-store chiles.

Of course the other method of ascertaining whether these chiles were correctly labelled is the one you referred to, and which was only half-jokingly posted on rec.gardens; put it in your mouth. If your head jumps off your shoulders, your eyes flood, and your ears ring like a church belfry on Sunday, it's a Hab. If you're too frightened to try this simple experiment, put it in your (soon to be ex-) SO's mouth and watch for smoke.

Hope this helps.

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