You learn something new every day. Today’s lesson came early in the morning. I have an 8 o’clock class in Vršovice, which would actually be a lovely neighborhood except for the fact that you have to go uphill in any direction to get out of it and that’s depressing. It takes me about 40 minutes to get there – two stops by Metro, and then about 15-20 minutes by bus. When I get off the Metro, I always pick up a copy of Metro magazine because I like to do the Sudoku puzzle, and it’s free.
The challenge, any more, is not just to finish the puzzle. It’s to finish it within that 15 minute bus ride. Today I was successful, with minutes to spare, so I took a glance at the 5 trivia questions at the side of the page. I don’t usually do so well on these. A lot of the questions are about obscure Czech stuff (How old was our oldest Olympic competitor at the 1924 Olympics? What year was Krkonoše national park established?) Still, it’s multiple choice so I just go ahead and give it my best shot. I consider it a win when I actually understand the question.
One of the questions this morning was ‘Who is the patron saint of musicians?’ One of the possibilities was Cecilia and I chose that because I like the Simon and Garfunkel song (Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my confidence daily…) and it was the right answer and I realized the song might be about something entirely different than I thought it was.
They were singing about the muse leaving them, they were singing about writer’s block. I suppose it’s still possible they were singing about some girl named Cecilia, who changes boyfriends rather quickly, but I like my new interpretation better.
Unless I hear from either Mr. Simon or Mr. Garfunkel that I am wrong, I am going to assume I am right. You learn something new every day.