PeterTimber wrote:Dear Michele your comments were not offensive but seemed "piccino" and unecessary. People do not know who you are, how old your are, whether you are a male or female, why you choose one word or another and it is easy to make things go from bad to worse.
Nevertheless we welcome you to the forum with open arms and we are here to help not "rompere............i". =Peter=
You know Peter what you said there is in fact true of many of us - that includes you and me too! All people know about me is that I am based in the Alps in Northern Italy. Not whether I am male or female, my age or my nationality. Much the same can be said about you too I suppose. We know you live in Yonkers, but have no idea of your age, your background or your nationality. I (personally) assume that you are a gentleman because of your name. But I have no idea how you gained your knowledge of Italy or it's customs and practices.
I know that I joined IG in February 2006, and you followed in December 2007, so we both have some considerable time and experience under our belts - but nowhere near as much as many of the great researchers who abound on this site.
For my part I had already married a Milanese guy and was living in Milano, Italy during those 'real' times that you mentioned here:
"Back in the 60's and 70'swhen life in Italy was real, the month of August was always referred to by the average personin Italy as the Feria Agosto meaning that everything in Italy closed down for the month of August. iIts meaning was not what you technically describe but a popular description for vacation time in Italy and nothing more."
Well life in Italy was surely VERY real in the 60's and 70's, I can't argue with that, and from your statement I can only assume that you were living here too in those days - am I right?
Age wise I'm nearing my 70's and for the last half century of my life I have been either living in, or been closely connected to my family in Italy and to it's culture. My retirement life is now permanently based in a small mountain village of about 1000 souls but where I am accepted as one of them!
I have never considered my attempts to help people as a contest, but more as an opportunity to ensure that they are given correct information. I'm certain that you must feel the same way.
I don't want to be considered as a 'rompi scatola...'
So perhaps we can now get back to the original reason for the thread... the response to a military enquiry and how long one should expect to wait for a response at this time of year!