High Fidelity

“Unlike many other habitants of the earth
we chose not to be born, live and die in the same town
and hang out with the same people
from birth to death,
so sooner or later we will move on and
who knows where we will be next.
We will be spread around in several continents,
hanging out with totally new people.”
Dr. Zeynep Delen
Fidelity is a notion, that at its most abstract level implies a truthful connection to a source. Its original meaning dealt with loyalty and attentiveness to one’s duty to a lord or a king, in a broader sense than the related concept of fealty.”
The movie, High Fidelity, details one man’s existential process of developing “the quality of being faithful” in his life and relationships, playing on the metaphor of musical “accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal.”
While the birthday boy of honor declaimed, “This movie is not autobiographical!”, there were occasional resonances felt by at least some of the invited guests. ahem The movie capped an elegant evening of surprise, spirits, fancy dress, festive chatter, and a live woodwind duet.
As proclaimed by the primary event organizer, Dr. Zeynep Delen:

Hopefully tonight,
and all other days and nights like these will
forever stay with us. This plan came to life as
Anuj’s birthday party but it could be
for any of us for any other occasion. I don’t know about you, but
I have been thrilled to be a part of this Amherst crowd.
I am simply amazed how anything is really possible.
(Hey, this is really America! :)”

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