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Simple life as senior, well, if running on 8 tracks is simple, so YES :)

October 4, 2014

IMAG5806 As regular readers of this blog will know, I have retired and now I am so called profesor Emeritus IMAG5468 which means that I go up north to the Arctic University in Tromsø and teach a little bit and enjoy the city of Tromsø, the surroundings and my colleagues and friends etc., a bit like being grandfather, doing a little bit of work, but most of the time I just enjoy life and go to places you know so well.
That is my first track, my documentation studies track, a bit mixed with my 2nd track, friends and family. Since our grandsons live in Norway, we can visit them on our way to Tromsø and enjoy going out in the forests around Oslo IMG-20140913-WA0002 and that leads to the 3rd track hiking / walking, which I happily enjoy, it is cheap if you just walk out of your door and certainly healthy too! IMAG3305 and I hike of course in my most worn out overalls2013-07-31-3409 that leads to my 4th track overalls, which I love, especially for their special kind of texture when they get older, IMAG5548 perhaps a reasonable interest for an old guy !:) but it is also some kind of interest in how things evolve and grow and dissolve like in nature and that leads to my 5th track, gardening, IMAG5808 both keeping up with all plants growing up but also a special interest for special plants like the Royal Light plants, Kings Light or in Latin, Verbascum, of which I have at least 3 sorts, IMAG5807 and all this is a part of a history, of a history of my life which leads to my 6th track, historical research, where I really feel at home! I’m historian by profession and I have loved doing historical research since I was a kid, running on archives as a teenager and doing genealogy as a teenager!! yes, a true nerd from the beginning! and now I’m back and going to be Visiting researcher at the National Archives in Denmark, doing research about my ancestor Jens Harpøth, a creative Merchant from 1758, who did a lot of inventions, tried to fly, did social work and business, Harpøth, Jens who apparently also was a bit of an artist IMAG5742 in this business letter above a drawing of a very noble man (he was very often satirical!) and I have also have had an artistic interest, which leads to my 7th track, opera, since I have written an opera about the merchant, which has not yet been finished, but hopefully will be premiered at some point ! but at least the first act was performed at Berkeley in 2006 at a workshop IMG_4270 and since then I have worked with musicians and singers and still do planning a concert, Vivaldi “the Four Seasons” in a swimming Hall,
unusually stage and that leads to my 8th and last track, distributed performance, which actually started at the workshop in Berkeley, discussing how can you play together if you use technology, the internet and after that I wrote to my colleague at Stanford Chris Chafe and since then I have been working on this format, having Porgy standing in Stockholm and Bess in Stanford, singing I love you Porgy across continents! bringing the world together DSC_0732 and next week I’m going to make a course for Danish music schools on how to play together between cities and the whole world ! so I better stop now ! have a nice weekend

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  1. October 8, 2014 1:25 pm

    This was fun to read and see, Niels! Your ears should be burning…Mike and John and I were talking about this year’s International Overalls Celebration and wishing you and Bodil could be back with us. It’s not set yet, but we’re thinking of having it at their house this year since I’ll be driving back to StL the next morning. Love and miss you both-Laury and Sammie cat

  2. bibprofessor permalink*
    October 14, 2014 6:41 pm

    wow, you/we have invented a party tradition in New Orleans 🙂 I don’t know what I or we will do apart from having fun, perhaps cellebrating it in coveralls and then Bodil will be able to join us ;I love niels

  3. October 24, 2014 10:42 am

    Thought I’d share where we’re heading for Interantional Overalls Weekend this year…now, I’ll be flying down for a couple of weeks. Mike (from across the street at my parents) will join me around the 19th or 20th. We’ll head over to Covington for the weekend and stay there with Mike and John and they’ll host International Overalls Day there on the 22nd, couple with the beginning of their “naming the oaks” at Mahogany Oaks that evening too, I have to get busy on invitations and such, but I think it is really going to be fun and as special as last year…only you and Bodil won’t be there! Hope all is well-off to sub-Love, Laury

  4. bibprofessor permalink*
    October 24, 2014 4:13 pm

    sounds really great and interesting about both the celebration of overalls day and the naming the oaks, need to know more about that! here everything is well, really fall weather, rainy and becoming more and more dark, both Bodil and I are sorting our respective family archives, letters going 100 years back and all the way up to now !super interesting, but also really time-consuming work and Bodil is starting in a local almost new orleans band (traditional jazz and swing) on Monday being the only clarinetist and the only woman together with 8 boys in the 60/70ties 🙂 and I have started my “work” at the National archive (in overalls!!), so we are busy and have a lot of fun, love Niels

    • October 28, 2014 8:14 pm

      Wow, you guys are incredible. You’ve got so much that is so interesting and exciting going on. Mom is coming over tomorrow morning to stay with me for a few days. Then, I hope to get a few days of teaching before I head down to New Orleans. Love to you both-Moi

      • bibprofessor permalink*
        October 28, 2014 8:20 pm

        thanks, yes, I feel very privileged of having such a rich life ( not in money, but in substance!) ! and say hello to your mom from me although I have not met her! enjoy her stay although it may demand energy, love Niels

  5. November 3, 2014 12:00 pm

    We are wealthy in substance and experience…Love, Moi

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