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Lessons from Little Rock:

* do not snort with laughter any time someone calls Little Rock "a big city"
* do not state your opinion of any Clinton as more than likely your seat neighbor is a FOB or FOH (I was at the Clinton School on Friday and it turns out that the couple next to me knew Bill & Hillary well from church - they kindly ignored my preliminary comment of "I'm not a big Clinton fan.")

Friday afternoon I attended a lunchtime lecture at the Clinton School by Reza Aslan on "The Islamic Reformation." Not only was he adorably cute but he was also a very engaging and witty speaker. The title was a deliberate reference to the Protestant Reformation and he had some interesting points on parallels between the two, including the use of the vernacular in religious texts and the dissemination of key documents due to new technology (printing press back then, internet now). He also said that Islam is different in the US as opposed to Europe because American Muslims are wealthier and more educated, and the ability of American Muslims to reconcile Islamic values with American values has an effect on global Islam.

So it's deer season and football season but I'm still managing to amuse myself despite not engaging in either of these popular pursuits. On Saturday a friend and I went to the UALR pool for the weekly paddle clinic sponsored by the Arkansas Canoe Club. Since it was such a gorgeous day the other members had taken advantage so it was just us and the volunteer instructor. It was really fun - I can't wait to get out on an actual body of water. Although the vast heated pool was lovely in its own way. The instructor was very amiable and ended our session with a couple of spectacular leaps off the diving board - in his kayak. Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with a trip to Cold Stone Creamery. I'd never been before, and it was strange to see the employees mix up the different types of ice scream with paddles on a marble slab, but the results were delicious. I'd already been to Shipley Donuts that morning for my church neighbor who cut my hair; needless to say, Weight Watchers has been shot for a long time.

Right now the 10th annual Slate 50 conference is taking place at the Clinton School. It's an annual gig of slate.com on philanthropy. No celebrity sightings though. But it does put Little Rock on the map - sort of.

Local coverage:
Arkansas Times
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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On November 14th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC), 13oct commented:
"do not snort with laughter any time someone calls Little Rock a big city" - LOL good one!
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On November 14th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Unfortunately I still do this a lot. :(
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On November 14th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Ice Cream
I find it somewhat odd that you on the same day swim and eat ice cream!! Cold Stone is good but can be expensive. I am looking forward to our after Christmas shopping trip!! I just accepted a new job with USA Drug, and if I start before Christmas, I will have to work that day :(
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On November 15th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Oh, I think we have the same ice-cream chain in Australia but they call it 'Cold Rock' there! My sister and I are regular customers :) My flavour combination tip - natural cream ice-cream with crystalised ginger and crunchie (or some other form of honey/chocolate combination) mixed in. Yu-um.
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On November 15th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Mmm. I'll have to try that on the next visit.
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