Year of our Lord

Unreal checks back in with our favorite Filipino beauty queen, fiddles around with a $10,000 custom violin and encounters a blogger who's moved back in with Mom. Plus: One very pissed off Cardinals fan.

When we spoke a year ago (see our November 23, 2005 installment), Hazelwood seventh-grade teacher and former Filipino beauty queen Udis Lord had just finished writing her sixth book. Now comes word that she's completed two more, Dr. Lord's Development of Supernatural Power: A Guide on How to Develop the Sixth Sense and Dr. Lord's Understanding Alchemical Symbolism in Dreams. Last week the author took precious time out of her busy schedule to discuss her latest accomplishments.

Unreal:Wow. Eight books in one year! Do you ever sleep?

Lord: I sleep fifteen minutes at a time. I'm like a machine.

Do you still plan on writing 25 books in total?

At least that many. I'm almost finished with my ninth book. It's about my native ancestors in the Philippines, the Kapampangan tribe. The title of the book in English translates to From the Lion to the Tiger, I Am Not Afraid. It's from a famous quotation, because my people were known to fight lions, tigers and soldiers in hand-to-hand combat.

We're no animal scientist, but do lions live in the Philippines?

I don't know. Maybe they were once there. It's a very old quotation.

Your book on developing a sixth sense is your seventh book. Did you consider making it your sixth book, or did you not see that one coming?

It came out of dreams I had of my grandfather. I never met him, but I had these visions of an old man whose head was cloudy, like it was covered in Saran Wrap. I started to study the ancient Greeks, quantum-theory physics and hermetic principles. Suddenly all these visions and dreams made sense. Like different animal symbolism in dreams.

We recently had a dream that the house was on fire and our dog woke us up barking. What do you think the dog was trying to tell us?

Fire symbolizes a change or a renewal. Your dog was waking you up because he was loyal to you.

Will your next books also focus on the supernatural?

I think so. There's so much I still want to understand. For example, I'm really interested in destiny. I recently tested out some numerology and it indicated that I was destined to be a writer, teacher and fight for the downtrodden. It also said when I died I'd be renowned and famous.



Fiddle Me This

Seitz inlays a small design into the back of every instrument he makes, and as he finished this one, he thought of how his client was a baseball fan.

So Seitz decided to add "a little artistic touch": The violin got an outline of home plate and a mother-of-pearl baseball.

"He's a baseball nut," Seitz explains when we stop by his Loughborough Avenue store in south St. Louis for a gander at the violin.

"Here's the beast," Seitz says, pointing to the instrument, which was hanging from the hook on a wall.

Did he consider inlaying a Cardinals logo?

"No. The entrepreneur is actually a Yankees fan."

Seitz, who has been making violins for more than 25 years, says he has received some odd requests over the years, like the customer who asked him to make a violin out of wood from Carondelet Park.

The strangest request, he says, came from a woman who said she wanted her DNA preserved on the back of her instrument. Seitz carved three circles, then the woman came to his workshop, pricked her finger and dripped blood onto them.

"It was just for fun," says Seitz, then pauses, perhaps in light of the perplexed expression on Unreal's face.

"I mean, it was fun for her," he says, then revises his thought.

"It was a riot, actually."



Commontary™

This week's Commontary™ comes from Chuck Schneider of Florissant, who was none too happy with Major League Baseball's solution to the Great Rain-Out of October 25.

I hate to rain on anyone's parade, especially the Cardinals', but I'm one of several thousand individuals who were cheated out of seeing the Cardinals win the World Series because of Major League Baseball's decision to switch tickets for Games 4 and 5. After buying tickets SPECIFICALLY to see the Cardinals clinch the series, Bud Selig decided I should be punished because Game 4 was rained out — and this was supposedly for my own good.

The rationale behind the decision — that some individuals would be inconvenienced by doing the right thing and postponing the entire schedule, seems to imply that it's easier to get tickets to the first home-field World Series clincher in 24 years than it is to get a babysitter or to extend a stay one more night in a hotel! Why don't you let US make that decision? If it's too inconvenient, THEN I will sell my ticket! While I'm sorry that the patrons of Game 4 had to sit and drink beer for three hours before the game was called, that is no reason why Game 5 ticket holders should be made to pay the price. I am outraged that everyone seems to think that the Game 5 ticket holders were just fine and dandy with this arrangement and they should shut up and just be happy that they got to go to A World Series game — period.

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