Home Page
"The Philosophy of Knowledge"
"Ecphorizations"
Principles of Constructionism
About The Ecphorizer
Printed Issues
Online Issues
Contributors
Index & Search


website metrics free counters free counters
The Ecphorizer
Sparks; Respighi, Ottorino Tod Wicks
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer of note who lived in the early part of the 20th century. He traveled to the US quite often and was immensely in love with San Francisco. He spent so much time there that he found himself in a small circle of music-loving San Franciscans, one of whom kept referring to him as Sparks.

Respighi let this go but at one point his curiosity overcame him. He asked his friend why he called him Sparks.

The friend replied that to get to San Francisco he traveled by railroad and the train went through Sparks, Nevada, right?

Respighi answered that indeed it did go through Sparks but what was point?

The friend then said that Sparks was outta Reno, right?



close
Title:
Link:
Summary:
We have collected the essential data you need to easily include this page on your blog. Just click and copy!close
Share |
| E-mail | Print | Blog
  


About
Tod Wicks
A home computer aficionado [a relative rarity in 1982] with a license plate that says APPL II, our own Tod Wicks is also the originator of the Ian Faber Memorial Rallye. [for information about rallyes, check out our Special Rallye Issue.]

 


City Names Update 2006

Ah, how times do change, as does the familiar ring of old names of cities returning after the massive changes in Eastern Europe in the late 80s and early 90s.  Chemnitz is once again Chemnitz.  St. Petersburg is proudly back again.

And as noted to the left, some cities simply disappear off the map when other, larger, cities devour them.  This is true here in the SF Bay Area where behemouth San Jose is concerned.  Always in the shadow of San Francisco, San Jose keeps trying to gain stature among the top metropolitan areas of the world, but no matter hard this former canning center tries, it will never ever match San Francisco for style, fashion, culture, business, architecture, and pure elan.  That's not for trying, though, as San Jose has for years been gobbling up small nearby communities and adding them to "greater" San Jose:  Such places as Willow Glen, Robertsville, Almaden, Alviso, Coyote, Milpitas, oops, sorry, no one wants Milpitas.  San Jose has its eyes on San Martin and Cupertino these days.  Too bad, San Jose, you'll always by that little burg at the sourthern end of San Francisco Bay.  As a sign over a toilet in a business on Powell Street once urged:  Flush twice as San Jose needs the water.
Other articles by Tod Wicks
+ more