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Keeping Comfy

NatBot, your item about Rand Paul and a comfortable pair of shoes reminded me of two things. First, I once heard Strom reminiscing about his filibustering days. (His cause wasn’t as good as Paul’s.) He said that Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois would offer him glasses of water — anything to get him to excuse himself (and relieve himself). Second, Birgit Nilsson was once asked what it took to sing Isolde. She famously answered, “A comfortable pair of shoes.” (This is a long and demanding part.) (Did I need to say that?) (The quip is sometimes attributed to Flagstad. But it sounds more like Nilsson.) 

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