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Desert Island: washed ashore from the S.S. Minnow

March 12 2008 at 10:01 PM

Diego SCPC  (Login DiegoArana)
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With Mary Anne and Ginger. That damned Gilligan.

Two Watches:

My Patek 5980

My Panerai PAM217

Two Songs:

Creep by RadioHead

Fisherman’s Blue from one of my favorites albums by The Waterboys

One Movie: anything touched or directed by Martin Scorsese -
The Last Temptation of Christ would be my choice.
Its a faithful adaptation, a great cast and score,
of one my favorite novels by Nikos Kazantzakis

One Book:
“When a true genius appears in the world,
you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are
all in confederacy against him."
With out a doubt John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.
I can pick up this book at any chapter and start reading.
Ignatius J. Reilly is one of my favorite fictional literary characters
next to John Irving’s Owen Meany.

One Photo:
I had been carrying Aneta’s engagement ring in my pocket
for about three months waiting for the right moment to pop
the question. Every time the moment came close Aneta would
invariably do or say something to irk me. Finally in Śnieżka,
which is the highest mountain range, (1602m above the sea level)
at the Polish-Czech border, I popped the question. I knew she’d be
too tired from the trek up to blow it. I had decided about 15 minutes
before this photo was taken and I forntunate enough to have Aneta’s
friend capture the “right” moment.

One Meal:
An asado of skirt steak grilled on the parajilla,
a tomato salad, papas fritas well done and a bottle of
Malbec (Catena, Punto Final or La Posta) followed up with
an espresso and a chocolate dessert or fruit tart with
homemade vanilla ice-cream.

One Memory:
Our last summer vacation spent with our mother.
The whole family spent eight weeks in Europe, two weeks of
it in at the villa Le Capanne di Sopra in Montefollonico (Montepulciano),
Italy. My aunts came in from Argentina. It was truly a beautiful holiday
and experience. My mother passed six months later on New Year’s eve 1999 at
the early age of 54 but left us with a lifetime of memories packed in
that last year.
Christina 1998

One Person:
My Wife Aneta ( uh-net-tah ) formerly Aneta Zarcharczuk.
When I met Aneta thirteen years ago she had just emigrated
from Poland. She was ten years less my thirty and could barely
speak English. It has not always been an easy journey but one
I have been blessed to take. Unknowingly, She has been a great teacher.
She is my “best friend with privileges”

Ship sinking: washed ashore, 10 items;

2 watches

2 songs

1 book

1 movies

1 photograph

1 memory

1 meal

1 person

Rules: Just post your name underneath. Prepare your script. Do not post it. I will randomly pick someone.

Sunday evening at 9pm Chicago time I will announce the person. You post your script on Monday with all the blanks filled in. From any replies, you then pick out of personal choice who you would like to read about. Your choice. Then, keep the ball rolling . The recipient picks. One a week, every Monday. Lets see whats in your mind.

Thanks for playing guys
Previous weeks....
1. Paddy
2. MuRph
3. covac
5. Lars
6. Issing-San (Martin)
7. Patrick™@Belgium
8. Marc (Cap)
9. Diego

Studio City, CA
Refresh, refresh, refresh........

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(Login rd223)

That was extraordinary - thanks for sharing.

March 12 2008, 10:24 PM 

I feel richer for having read your post while listening to that awesome song by the waterboys. (Never heard of them before).

Wonderful story about your wife, and of your family's vacation and the memory of your mother. Makes me appreciate my days all the more.

Thanks Diego

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(Login rd223)

Please take my name off the list - just wanted to say I liked your post (nt)

March 13 2008, 12:09 AM 


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(Login BoroSF)

Great stuff Diego! (nt)

March 12 2008, 10:28 PM 


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(Login Demo-man)

Great Stuff D

March 12 2008, 10:30 PM 

Great choices Diego, fantasic read.

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(Login Paul-Belgium)

Beauty full Diego

March 12 2008, 10:53 PM 

Great read and songs


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Robert Dickman
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Great Stuff My Friend

March 12 2008, 10:53 PM 

Great stuff ! Yours was a very interesting read !

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(Login otisDU)

Thank you for that wonderful tale Diego...

March 12 2008, 10:59 PM 

...perhaps we can say Diego Crusoe? Thanks for sharing

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Drew Watson
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Outstanding! Really superb, Diego. Thanks for

March 12 2008, 11:12 PM 

sharing some wonderful personal moments.

As a side note, I've just added "Creep" to my iTunes library.

Thanks again!

Kindest Regards,


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(Login klod100)

Thanks Diego for reading

March 12 2008, 11:14 PM 

I really enjoyed read, I like some items from Your list too

Please say Hello to Aneta - "Pozdrowienia od Paneristi z Polski"



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(Login Raneleigh)

Very nicely done! nt.

March 12 2008, 11:18 PM 


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(Login Pakage)

OMG, great selection of songs.nt.

March 12 2008, 11:26 PM 


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Action Dan
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Very nice Diego. Thanks. n/t

March 12 2008, 11:29 PM 



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(Login red1108nyc)

Wonderful stuff Diego!

March 12 2008, 11:30 PM 

I am especially thankful and glad that you got to spend 2 great weeks with your mom before she passed. Those moments, you can not buy back.. and those beautiful memories will stay with you forever and ever. Great stuff!

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(Login Marc_Cap)

Great stuff Deigo...well worth the wait :-)

March 12 2008, 11:41 PM 

Great music selections too and well I haven't had Catena in ages but might have to crack one open this weekend

Upstate New York
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(Login AstorWilson)

You picked my all time favorite book

March 12 2008, 11:53 PM 

I woke my wife up at night cause I was laughing out loud while reading "A Confederacy of Dunces".

It is also special to me becasue it is set in New Orleans and is written by a native son. I am from south Louisiana.

The backstory is also worth mentioning---the writer commited suicide years before this book (his only novel) was published. His mother found the manuscript after his death and begged a Tulane professor to read it and help her get it published...it was subsequently published and won the Pulitzer Prize.


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(Login Feisar)

Moving story Diego - many thanks for sharing M8 [nt]

March 12 2008, 11:55 PM 



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"Watches are vessels for self-expression – the amplifier to our inner persona"

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(Login fania123)

WOW that Patek is sick. Lovin it nt

March 13 2008, 12:19 AM 


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(Login SteveToronto)

Excellent Diego!! nt

March 13 2008, 12:36 AM 


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(Login angustami)

Great Choices Diego

March 13 2008, 12:55 AM 


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