Haines His Way

Archives => Archive 13 => Topic started by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:41:00 AM

Title: FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:41:00 AM
Well, you've read the notes, the notes had the qualities of a fine mother, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're a bunch of mothers, too.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:41:58 AM
And the word of the day is: BABBITT!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:43:10 AM
Welcome ten GUESTS.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:43:20 AM
I gotta tell you.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:43:28 AM
Won't anyone come out to play?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 12:43:38 AM
Finding anything interesting?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 01:15:09 AM
Thank you for the travel vibes yesterday. They worked; I arrived home safely.

We had a direct flight to Fresno. But we had three flights home: to San Francisco, to LAX, and to Phoenix. One of them was a 30-seat plane.

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 01:15:32 AM
Make that thirteen GUESTS.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 01:15:46 AM
Were you in LA, dear reader Laura?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 01:16:09 AM
Well, it is late and I must to bed.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 01:16:39 AM
And a very happy haineshisway.com birthday to Robin - I think I have some memory of Robin.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 01:24:14 AM
I think we're about five for five, review-wise, with this, our latest - he saw a preview, and yes, the pacing problems were worked out by opening night.

'The Brain From Planet X' spoofs '50s sci-fi in Anaheim Hills
The musical's O.C. premiere uses short, kicky scenes and songs to parody the genre.
By ERIC MARCHESE
SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
Comments  | Recommend
Genre spoofs are tricky animals, forcing writers onto a tightrope with diehards on one side and those unfamiliar with the turf on the other.
It's therefore good to report that the 2006 musical "The Brain from Planet X" scores high marks from nearly every perspective. The show's creators, David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel, knew exactly what kind of wacky note they wanted to strike, then consistently made every facet of the show – its characters, dialogue, melodies, song lyrics, visuals and overall tone – strike that note.
In case you hadn't guessed, "Planet X" is a sci-fi spoof – or, more accurately, a parody of such '50s classics as "Invaders from Mars" and the spectacularly awful, champion golden turkey "Plan Nine from Outer Space."
Not only is the Chance Theater's kicky staging the show's Orange County premiere; the production is also part of this year's Festival of New American Musicals, one of only two full-fledged stagings in Orange County (the other is at South Coast Repertory). The fact that the Chance was able to snag Kimmel as director is simply icing on the cake.
Kimmel's opening weekend staging showed rough spots in pacing that presumably will be ironed out early in the run. He wrote the majority of the music and lyrics and co-wrote the libretto with Wechter, who also co-wrote two of the songs. Wisely, the duo keep both songs and scenes brief and punchy.
"Planet X" accurately spoofs an array of '50s sci-fi flicks. More critically, it also parodies the social milieu of the era itself. The resulting show is campy, cornball fun, with loads of pop culture references sprinkled into a story of a stereotypical 1950s nuclear family and their neighbors' encounter with outer space aliens.
The play's nuclear family are the Bunsens, headed by Fred (Bob Simpson), who works at the local defense plant and, at home, cheerfully patronizes his bubbly wife Joyce (Allison Appleby) and teen daughter Donna (Shannon Cudd).
Of course, it's no coincidence that they live in the San Fernando Valley and that the year is 1958, the same place and time as "Plan Nine from Outer Space." As in that film, a small crew from a distant galaxy are determined to conquer Earth, starting with the Valley.
The emotionless crew consists of Yoni (Emily Clark), who sports a tall, blue Marge Simpson 'do, and Zubrick (Daniel Berlin), a pudgy, finicky wimp who sneers that earthlings are nothing but "stupid." Their blueprint for conquest? "Plan Ten."
Their leader, The Brain (Mark Rothman), has a head that's literally a huge cerebrum – but with his huge, rounded spectacles, gaping stare, Yiddish speech rhythms and constant kvetching, he's more of an intergalactic Catskills standup comic.
In some scenes, Kimmel and Wechter score the trifecta, spoofing sci-films, the 1950s and the 2000s. To wit: A high-ranking military official repeatedly mispronounces the word nuclear as "nuke-you-ler." Fred rhapsodizes that the world 50 years hence, in 2008, will be free of crime, war, famine and disease and that "the air will be clean and gasoline will be free!" One character even quips, "Next you'll be telling me that women and Negroes are running for president!"
"The Brain from Planet X" is also a glorious salute to the great American musical, with the same satiric air and sexy style as "The Producers" and the same nostalgic feel as "Little Shop of Horrors," another great musical based on a schlocky '50s sci-fi flick. The show taps a broad palette of musical styles, including soft rock; 1950s jazz; patter songs; striptease music; vaudeville revue and even a socko, Broadway-style tap dance number replete with oompa-loompa-like aliens.
As in many '50s sci-fi films, human emotion, considered crude, primitive instinct by the aliens, wins out, and the big Finale Ultimo is joyous and cornily patriotic.
Simpson and Appleby tap an SNL vein, with Fred a Bill Murray sort and Joyce akin to a Laraine Newman persona. Clark's slinky, steamingly sexy vamp and Rothman's Yiddish-theater delivery are the most consistently funny, but every cast member gets his or her share of laughs. Michael Irish is hyper-serious – and just plain hyper – as the kind of narrator frequently tapped by Ed Wood ostensibly to legitimize a bizarre tale ("what you're about to see is shockingly realistic!"), but actually only helping mock it.
The offstage combo of Bill Strongin (piano), Lonn Hayes (percussion) and Ross Craton (reeds) are all the show's score needs to score. Though Masako Tobaru's set design and her and Kimmel's deliberately cheeseball special effects are just right, the sound scheme (Dave Mickey and Mitchell Kohen), lighting (KC Wilkerson) and choreography (Adam Cates) cannot be overlooked.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 01:36:39 AM
I was in LAX for about 40 minutes.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 01:37:31 AM
We boarded the little jet around 10:45 p.m.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 01:58:12 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm... Well, I haven't been to bed yet, so I'm still up.  -Gotta love those time zones!


;D
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:00:43 AM
So, when I headed out earlier, I decided to head to Hollywood for some sight-seeing.  -And as it turned out, a whole lotta walking(!!!!).  I hopped on the Red Line at Sunset/Vermont, hopped off at Hollywood/Vine, then just started walking here and walking there.

Along the way, I came across some "friends":

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GS1.jpg) (http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GS2.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/LB1.jpg) (http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/LB2.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:01:08 AM
And just because...

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/PBStar.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:04:59 AM
Basically, I walked down Hollywood Blvd. to La Brea.  Then I turned around walked down the other side of Hollywood Blvd.  When I got the huge Hollywood/Highland complex - home of the Kodak Theater - I came across this:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/CastingCouch.jpg)

Then I continued along Hollywood Blvd.  Then once I got to Vine, I turned left, walked up to Yucca, crossed the street, then walked down the other side of Vine.  Once I was back at Hollywood, I took a right and continued until the "stars" stopped.  Then I crossed the street, and walked down the other side, then when I got back to Vine, I took a right... and, well, you get the picture:  I walked the whole Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Whew!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:06:39 AM
Well, I kept wandering here and there... Down to Sunset and Ivar to stop in at Amoeba - where I bought nothing.  Then I zig-zaaged back up and over to La Brea...

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/HollyHigh.jpg)

Then continued walking down La Brea...

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/JimHensonCo.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:08:08 AM
After walking past a Ralph's where there were about six policemen with the their guns drawn(!!), I hopped on a bus - the 212 - down to Pico.

Once I was down at Pico, I stopped in here:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/TheatreCFSB.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:09:59 AM
...We had a direct flight to Fresno. But we had three flights home...One of them was a 30-seat plane.
Cozy!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:13:17 AM
After walking past a Ralph's where there were about six policemen with the their guns drawn(!!), I hopped on a bus - the 212 - down to Pico.

Once I was down at Pico, I stopped in here:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/TheatreCFSB.jpg)
Terrible writing on the wall, thanks to a bad font choice.  It almost looks like the place is called "Theatre Thertea."
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:13:59 AM
-And as DR PennyO indicated "last night", I attended a performance of Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher which was being presented by Rogue Machine theatre company.  -With our very own PennyO serving as musical director, musician and actress.

And, as promised, here are some pictures of the post-show reunion:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/PennyOCFSB.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/PennyOJCFSB.jpg)

:)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:15:07 AM
A good review of the Evening Primrose CD has been posted by Serkin  (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117612.html) over at Playbill.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:16:22 AM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/PennyOJCFSB.jpg)

:)
Lovely to look at, delightful to know.

Both of you.

 ;D

 :-*
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:19:38 AM
There appears to be something in the contract that any MOZ (Mother of Zubrick) attend the show multiple times.

If this was a television episode...

On Friends, it would be "The One With Zubrick's Mother."

On The Wild, Wild West, it would be "Night of Zubrick's Mother."

On The Man From U.N.C.L.E., it would be "The Zubrick's Mother Affair."

I kinda like that one.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:23:05 AM
And the word of the day is: BABBITT!
Bugs Bunny was a wascally wabbit.

Elmer Fudd was a befuddled babbitt.

Enough said.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:28:42 AM
Tis close to time for me to get to work.  I'm running the self-scan registers again today.

But I haven't a clue as to the rest of my schedule for this week.  Sandy, the former billing clerk at our store who is supposed to be training me, has not given us a hint as to her schedule for this week, and I need to match my schedule to hers if I'm to get any real training done.  Figures.

It doesn't help that she's territorial, and inclined to saying "Do things this way" without giving a hint as to why they should be done that way.  I'm goal oriented.  I like to know where I'm going.  And I like to know the whys.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:32:10 AM
Laters, George.  Laters, Jose.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 02:33:43 AM
Th-th-thu-th-th-thu-th-th-thu-th-th-thu-th-th-That's All, Folks!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:34:49 AM
*And I have to say, I completed enjoyed tonight's performance of Compleat Female Stage Beauty.  It's a very neat, thought-provoking play.  -The author also adapted his script for a film version that starred Claire Danes and Billy Crudup simply titled "Stage Beauty".

Here's the blurb-synopsis from the LAStageTix site:

Quote
When women were men…on the stages of England, Edward Kynaston reigned as the most celebrated leading lady. His exquisite portrayals of Shakespeare’s famous females brought him celebrity and love at the start of the Restoration. Then, a real woman named Margaret Hughes stepped on stage to steal his glory. King Charles II decreed a new law and Kynaston’s splendor soon changed to squalor. His livelihood and self image wavered on the brink of destruction until…revenge and a stunning turn of events persuaded him to take the stage once more.

I had seen the play when it made it DC premiere a couple of years ago, and a friend of mine cast the premier production of it back in 1999 - and let me read the script back then too.  I really like this play, and was sort of surprised that this was the L.A. premiere of the play.  But better late than never.

The casting is top-notch, and the Actors really gave it their all and took some risks that paid off in spades.  I was also impressed with the Restoration/Modern Dress costuming concept - and there were some beautiful costume pieces.  -And some beautiful actors too - sometimes just in their underwear! ;)

DR PennyO really did a wonderful job with the musical component of the evening - even her pre-show announcement was lots of fun and helped to set the mood and time period for the evening.  And, yes, it was very good to see and hug her again too.  :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:35:44 AM
A good review of the Evening Primrose CD has been posted by Serkin  (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117612.html) over at Playbill.

Suskin.  Serkin was/is the pianist. ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 02:36:23 AM
Good night, Woody.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:38:00 AM
Suskin.  Serkin was/is the pianist. ;)

"was" - Rudolf.  "is" - Peter.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 02:42:16 AM
A Very Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers...and Mothers-by-Proxy!!!

;D
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 02:45:06 AM
And now, I'll say good night.  "Good night" to Jose and any and all guests. :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 02:46:10 AM
Or "good morning"...whatever the case may be. ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:46:59 AM
Well, it's been a good, long day.  And I did a lot of walking - for some reason, the 212 bus seemed to be not running for a while, so I just kept walking down La Brea from major intersection to major intersection, from bus stop to bus stop... I started up at Hawthorn - just a block below Hollywood Blvd - and did not hop on a bus until I got down to Wilshire... About three miles!  -And that was after I had walked the Walk of Fame.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:47:21 AM
Goodnight, George.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 02:47:39 AM
And...

Goodnight.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 03:45:15 AM
Great photos, DR JoseSPiano.  Thanks for sharing your vacation with us!   :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 03:46:17 AM
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY[/size][/color]
to all DRs celebrating!!![/size][/color]
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:21:13 AM
Happiest of Mater Dei to those who do and have.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:22:05 AM
What wonderful pictures from DR JOSE as part of the 2008 Hollywood Tour.  Thanks for the multiple star postings of Ms Ball and Ms Storm....

And of course the PENNYO report!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:22:20 AM
Another fine BRAIN EX review!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:22:46 AM
SUDDENLY NO TRAFFIC - that is the title of my new Tennessee Williams play.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jennifer on May 11, 2008, 05:31:12 AM
Happy Mother's Day!  To all the mothers on HHW!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jennifer on May 11, 2008, 05:32:53 AM
DR TCB, not sure if i am included in your comments (about spelling).  If so i didn't mean to make it sound so harsh. I'm not offended if anyone makes an error.  And in fact most times i just assume they are typos!  Me i do make a bunch of typos. That is for sure. Some of my fingers are faster than the others! :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jennifer on May 11, 2008, 05:34:05 AM
Thanks for the info DR MattH.

I hope they do air the remaining MEN IN TREES. However, i'm guessing that i won't get the ending i want. Since they probably did not know they were ending. Although maybe they were good about it and decided to make a possible series finale just in case.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:34:47 AM
Another rainy day!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jennifer on May 11, 2008, 05:38:12 AM
Wow that sounds like a nice reunion between DRs Jose and PennyO!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jennifer on May 11, 2008, 05:39:11 AM
Wow, it's bad enough that any type of non-drowsy medication makes me loopy/sleepy. But my herbal tea (for my detox) has me totally out of it today. And i took it 9 hours ago! :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: elmore3003 on May 11, 2008, 05:43:31 AM
Good morning, all! I'm about to head out for some Brain surgery, so I wish a Happy Mother's Day to all of you, especially to those mothers among you.

DR Jose, what lovely photos of you and the wondrous and wonderful DR PennyO!

DR SWoody, I think you meant Suskin, a good friend of mine, who is the author of a forthcoming book on Golden Age Broadway orchestrators and their amanuenses. You'll be amazed to learn how many shows Don Walker took credit for as he suncontracted the orchestrations to others.

I have nothing else to report, but it's good to see another positive review. It's nice to know he liked the band even if he can't credit me. But who's bitter?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:49:38 AM
Congrats on the wonderful Store Opening, DR SWW!!!  Today at the self scans, you will probably see lots of flowers and cards!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 06:09:39 AM
Quiet this morning, so far.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 06:40:24 AM
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers out there.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Ginny on May 11, 2008, 06:43:33 AM
Mother's Day greetings!   I'm here between thunderstorms - the one about half an hour ago zapped our answering machine and I don't want the next one to get my computer.

Hope to be back when the weather clears up!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 06:43:40 AM
I found out this morning that the tornadoes sort of went around Joplin. Jhvw had been on the river all day and didn't know of the warnings. When they got to the car the sirens were going off. I don't know where he went for shelter, but he is fine.  His brother was in WalMart and ended up in the back of the store with about 400 other people waiting it out.

Neosho is where DR jhvw's twin used to work. It's very close to Joplin and looks like it was hit very hard.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 06:46:46 AM
It's a sunny day here. I need to get on the road soon to make it to the lake in time for fried chicken!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 06:47:26 AM
Thanks for the photos, DR Jose and the travelogue, the next best thing to being there
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Michael on May 11, 2008, 06:58:53 AM
Question for DR MattH

Technically how many episodes of a series like MASH (1/2 hour program less commericials)  and LOST (1 hour less commecials) can actually fit on a single Blu Ray Disc?

I know that Lost places about 4 (?) episodes per disc. But could they place more?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: td on May 11, 2008, 07:11:36 AM
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY TO ALL, whether you're a parent or not!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:26:26 AM
Good morning!

It rained this morning for a couple of hours, a slow steady rain which will make mowing the groass today impossible. Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday, both of which are suspoosed to be rain free.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:33:32 AM
Question for DR MattH

Technically how many episodes of a series like MASH (1/2 hour program less commericials)  and LOST (1 hour less commecials) can actually fit on a single Blu Ray Disc?

I know that Lost places about 4 (?) episodes per disc. But could they place more?

Actually, the Blu-ray of LOST, Season 3 placed five episodes per disc. (The sDVD placed four and the set had one more disc than the Blu-ray had).

I think the number of episodes per disc would be determined by how much compression and which compression scheme (MPEG-2, VC-1, AVC) the manufacturers wanted to use to put the episodes on the disc.

Disney wanted the Blu-rays of LOST to astound (and they did with better resolution at 1080p and even more striking image depth and clarity than the broadcast versions which are done in 720p) so I suspect that's why only five episodes are on a disc.

As to how many could theoretically fit, I really don't know. I had read that a typical season of a comedy show could fit on one or two discs, but I only have LOST to go by. I don't own any other TV shows on Blu-ray.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:36:37 AM
In answer to DR DakotaCelt's question from last night:

Yes, you will need an antenna to use with a new HDTV. It doesn't have to be one of those fancy HDTV antennas that stores like Best Buy want to sell you. A $10 set of rabbit ears from Target do my sets just fine.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:38:11 AM
TV Reminders:

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!

BROTHERS & SISTERS (season finale)!

SURVIVOR night on CBS with the final episode and reunion show.

NBC is rerunning two of the one hour OFFICE episodes tonight along with an SVU rerun.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:40:22 AM
I finally finished with NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS. I didn't like it as much as the first one though it's much bigger in every way, and they've brought Helen Mirren into it as Nic Cage's mother.

I enjoyed the commentary with the director and Jon Voight much more than the one on the previous movie with the director and Justin Bartha.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:41:30 AM
Today, I'll watch Thursday night's 30 ROCK and THE OFFICE while I cook and eat lunch.

Then, I'll be starting on season six of J.A.G. which I'm looking forward to since I enjoyed the season 5 set so much. I never watched the show when it aired on broadcast television, so I'm playing catch-up (ketchup?) now.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 07:43:18 AM
For all of the mothers who frequent this site, Happy Mother's Day!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DERBRUCER on May 11, 2008, 07:44:10 AM
I finally finished with NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS. I didn't like it as much as the first one though it's much bigger in every way, and they've brought Helen Mirren into it as Nic Cage's mother.

I agree that it is not as good as the first one - but it was still a fun ride for a Saturday afternoon!

der Brucer
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 11, 2008, 07:47:16 AM
And the word of the day is: BABBITT!

And The Song Of The Day: THE BABBITT AND THE BROMIDE

(What Else Could It Be?- Thank You Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and George and Ira Gershwin)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DERBRUCER on May 11, 2008, 07:51:09 AM
I know that Lost places about 4 (?) episodes per disc. But could they place more?

Which poses an interesting marketing question - if you are marketing box-sets of full seasons I suspect whether you have a 7 disc set or a 5 disc set makes little difference in marketing terms.

Hypothetically, if you could put a single season on a 6 disk set, and by some magic, put four seasons on a 6 disk set; would you market the latter for much less than the price of the 6 disk set of one season? I suspect not. I imagine the marketing models will place emphasis on $/hour, not on $/disc.

der Brucer
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DERBRUCER on May 11, 2008, 07:53:36 AM
And The Song Of The Day: THE BABBITT AND THE BROMIDE

(What Else Could It Be?-

Babbitty, Boppity, Boo?

der Brucer
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JMK on May 11, 2008, 08:02:13 AM
HAPPY DAY TO THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF MOTHERS I KNOW.  :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: FJL on May 11, 2008, 08:10:36 AM
As someone who give gifts of DVD sets from time to time, I will say this about that:  It seems that the more DVD's in the set, the better (actually, more substantial) the present is regarded.  So from perspective of gift-giving, more discs is better than fewer discs with the same amount of viewing time.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 08:32:20 AM
I'm up, and groggy, and shall soon be on my way to a put-in rehearsal.  For some reason, I slept poorly, with lots of sniffles.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:38:07 AM
I agree that it is not as good as the first one - but it was still a fun ride for a Saturday afternoon!

der Brucer

For purposes of reviewing the set, I had to watch the movie three times, and I agree that it grew on me. I liked it better after the second and third time around. I'm glad I have the Blu-ray, and I'll be hanging on to it to watch again (but not soon unless a friend wants to stop by to see it).
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:39:05 AM
I guess it's time for me to head down and gather up clothes for today's laundry duties followed by fixing myself some lunch.

WBBL.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 08:49:31 AM
I shall now be on my way to a put-in rehearsal.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 08:50:13 AM
Very nice review by Suskin.  And I had about six orders waiting for me this morning, so maybe this will help get us even closer to being sold out.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: FJL on May 11, 2008, 08:52:18 AM
BK - Was there any response at all to that email we talked about last week?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 09:02:32 AM
As a mother on this message board, I thank you for the Mother's Day Greetings and extend the same to the other mothers.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: MBarnum on May 11, 2008, 09:18:03 AM
Have a wonderful Mother's Day to all!!!!!!


(http://i4.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/bd/67/ab8e_1.JPG)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Edisaurus on May 11, 2008, 09:34:51 AM
Good morning and Happy Mother's Day!

I finished up the garden tour this morning---2 other homes---with our gardening show producer. All of the gardens were very inspiring (even the "checkbook gardens").
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Edisaurus on May 11, 2008, 09:36:42 AM
I'm kind of tired because I was up from about 205 watching the weather, stashing a car to protect it from the golball-sized hail that was predicted, and getting ready to move the cats to the basement if a tornado or high winds arrived. Fortunately, the storm went south of us, and we were once again spared...not even a tree limb down! Whew!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Edisaurus on May 11, 2008, 09:37:19 AM
That's great that DR Jose was able to see PennyO's show!

Wonderful pictures!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Edisaurus on May 11, 2008, 09:50:45 AM
Even though Bretty hasn't been with us lately, I spied him today on YouTube!

He attended the wedding of the daughter of a friend of ours in LA. It sounds like it was a beautiful wedding. I've only met the bride and groom once, when they came to our film out in LA, but they're a wonderful couple and we're very happy for them.

Bretty was inspired to set his impressions to music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppFuXae3shs

It's very a sweet and touching memento!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 10:57:28 AM
And the word of the day is: BABBITT!


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

Babbling.com would like to introduce its new mascot: Babbit. Babbit will help newbies learn the ins and outs of online chatting...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 10:57:51 AM
Hi Folks and a very Happy Mothers day.

I wasn't on yesterday because I was quite busy.

It seems that sometimes things converge and take matters out of our hands.

Last week, my cable box starting messing up as you all well know.  Well, on Friday, I got the gift from my uncle.  That and the money I got from work made a nice sum.  

After some thought as to what to do with the money, I thought what better use to put it to then to not just change out the cable box but to change it to an HD box.  That meant I needed both a HD TV and a new stand for it.  

I was able to get both.  I found a Sony 32” on sale at Best Buy and I got the stand at Walmart.  Brighthouse is at the mall so I was also able to exchange the old box for the new HD box.  The guy told me that the old box was an old box and I never should have received it.  He said it was going to go straight into the trash.

Then came the struggle to get the old tube set and TV stand out of the house.

In trying to get the old set down, it slipped and fell on my left foot.  I don’t think anything broken but I must say I danced quite a jig and said some rather choice words.  My entire foot is black and blue now and is quite sore.  

I managed to get the old set out to the curb then came the wrestling match to get the old stand out.  It fell apart when I got it about half way.  That was both good and bad.  It made it easier to get the pieces to the curb.

Next I had to struggle to get the box with the new stand into the house and get it assembled.  Well, that was a gas and took longer then I thought.  It was nine o’clock last night before I was finished and I was so tired and my foot hurt so bad that I just went to bed.

When I got up today, I finished with unboxing the new TV.  It was harder then you would think to get it out of the box because I’m so short.  I thought I was going to have to cut the front of the box to get to it.

I had not problem figuring out to attach the DVD player and the cable box.  The picture is, of course, wonderful!  The 32” size is perfect for my small living room.  

So there is the agony and the ecstasy of getting my new TV.  
I’m just taking the day to relax my foot and enjoy my new set.  
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:00:26 AM
Good day one and all!!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 11, 2008, 11:01:01 AM
TODAY IS IRVING BERLIN'S BIRTHDAY-HE WAS BORN ON MAY 11,1888 and Would Have Been 120 Years Old Today. He Died when he was 101 Years Old.

Asked to define Berlin's Place in American Music Jerome Kern said He had None. " IRVING BERLIN IS AMERICAN MUSIC"



Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:01:46 AM
Good Morning!

Now I'm up, I'm up!  ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:07:15 AM
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:08:43 AM
Good Day, DR Danise!

Enjoy your new TV set up!  -And enjoy staying off your feet/foot today too!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:09:50 AM
Congrats to Danise on her new telly....

I am hoping my nice entertainment center will be enough now. I will keep the old beater telly for a bit in the puter room until it dies....  I do have to say the old one is nearly 20 years old and has worked well. The picture was pretty good on it until the few months. I suspect that the tube is slowly going. There are days it takes a bit of time to warm up. The audio is wonky to say the least.

We can't put tellys in the landfill here and they wont pick them up. However, once a month there are a couple of places that open for collecting old tellys and puter equipment.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:10:18 AM
~~~~~SAFE FROM THE STORM VIBES FOR THOSE DRS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN MISSOURI AND GEORGIA~~~~~
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 11:10:47 AM
Thank you, DR Jose.  I feel sorry for the dogs.  I know they wanted to go to the dog park and it was my plan to take them but now I feel like we'll just enjoy the rest of the day at home.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:11:45 AM
Jose,

Thanks for sharing your travels in Hollywood. It was great fun seeing the pics.

Lovely picture of you and PennyO!

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:12:27 AM
TODAY IS IRVING BERLIN'S BIRTHDAY-HE WAS BORN ON MAY 11,1888 and Would Have Been 120 Years Old Today. He Died when he was 101 Years Old.

Asked to define Berlin's Place in American Music Jerome Kern said He had None. " IRVING BERLIN IS AMERICAN MUSIC"


Indeed he is...

Irving Berlin and several others helped define American Music.



Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:13:03 AM
Healing vibes for Danise's foot!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 11, 2008, 11:14:32 AM
Vibes of safety to those in harm's way....

The southeast has been battered this year with tornadoes. They need the rain but not the tornadoes.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:14:46 AM
Well, at least it's Mother's Day and not Father's Day since this Father is most likely not having a good day...

Archuleta's Dad Banished from "Idol" (http://www.tmz.com/2008/05/10/archuletas-dad-banished-from-idol/)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: MBarnum on May 11, 2008, 11:14:57 AM
I wish I was in Los Angeles with DR Jose! We would have fun hoofing (and eating) around the town, I think.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: MBarnum on May 11, 2008, 11:15:28 AM
That was a fun BrettyS wedding song! LOL!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:15:54 AM
Thank you, DR Jose.  I feel sorry for the dogs.  I know they wanted to go to the dog park and it was my plan to take them but now I feel like we'll just enjoy the rest of the day at home.

I'm sure the dogs will find something to watch on your new TV.  -Do you get the National Geographc Channel?  You could watch "The Dog Whisperer".  ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:16:33 AM
I wish I was in Los Angeles with DR Jose! We would have fun hoofing (and eating) around the town, I think.

"I think."  ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 11:16:35 AM
After walking past a Ralph's where there were about six policemen with the their guns drawn(!!), I hopped on a bus - the 212 - down to Pico.

Once I was down at Pico, I stopped in here:




Yeah, good old Ralph's.  They really enforce their "No Loitering" policy.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: MBarnum on May 11, 2008, 11:18:08 AM
Dog Bosco and I took our walk around the neighborhood...Freddy followed us about a block and then found a yard that looked like it needed exploring.

Now I await my sister's arrival...we are taking mom out to lunch at Macedonia Greek Restaurant which is downtown inside the Reed Opera House.


(http://www.reedoperahouse.com/assets/roh.jpg)


Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:18:54 AM
And as for my virtual walking tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, You're Very Welcome.  :)

*As I was going back through my pictures from yesterday, it turns out I had taken pics of at least 50 different Stars' stars.  Thatsa a lotta stars!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 11:19:43 AM
Congrats to Danise on her new telly....

I am hoping my nice entertainment center will be enough now. I will keep the old beater telly for a bit in the puter room until it dies....  I do have to say the old one is nearly 20 years old and has worked well. The picture was pretty good on it until the few months. I suspect that the tube is slowly going. There are days it takes a bit of time to warm up. The audio is wonky to say the least.

We can't put tellys in the landfill here and they wont pick them up. However, once a month there are a couple of places that open for collecting old tellys and puter equipment.

If the old telly hadn't been so big, I would have considered puting it into my room.  It just wouldn't have fit.

The old entertainment center, while big enough for the old telly, would have been just a little to small for the new one.

I'm lucky that it seems almost everything I put out on the curb gets taken.  I was just sitting down to watch a bit on the HD TV when a guy knocked at my door and inbetween dogs barking, I was able to make out that he wanted to know if he could have the old set.  I told him to have at--it still works.

It really wasn't my plan to get the new TV put like I said, sometimes things just come together at odd times.  Getting the money back from the government and the birthday money plus the cable box going out when it did just added up to it.  

I was going to wait until I took out the home improvement loan in the fall (if all goes well with the job) to get a new set but it's better to pay in cash if you have it.

That and the old TV threw so much heat with that tube.  It's already in the mid 80's now.  That made the house so much warmer.   I thought a flat panel would be cooler.  It does throws more heat then I thought but not like the old set.  

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 11:21:38 AM
   
I'm sure the dogs will find something to watch on your new TV.  -Do you get the National Geographc Channel?  You could watch "The Dog Whisperer".  ;)
:D  We do from time to time!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:22:23 AM
Yeah, good old Ralph's.  They really enforce their "No Loitering" policy.

It really was such a weird and scary(!) scene.  As I was approaching the store, a cop car pulled up by the sidewalk, the cop got out, drew his gun, and then took a position where he could see the front entrance.  Then as I looked further down the sidewalk, I saw a couple more cars parked down there, and there were a cluster of cops also with their guns drawn standing on the other side of the entrance.  Meanwhile, people were still walking out of Ralph's - and they didn't seem to be flustered or anything.  However, if anyone wanted to go in, the cops were waving them past.  I actually did stick around for a minute or two, but then just kept on walking... and walking... and walking...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 11:26:18 AM
Well, I think I'm going to go take a short nap.  I'm a little tired.  

Laters all.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 11:31:21 AM
Well, I need to get ready for the rest of my day.  I went ahead and got a ticket for this afternoon's Los Angeles Philharmonic concert at the Disney Concert Hall.  It should be a good afternoon of music: Hindemith's "Mathis der Mahler Symphony", and Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde".

And then after the concert, I shall be hopping on the 10 Bus to get to Melrose and Fairfax in order sup tonight with bk and friend(s) at Genghis Cohen!  :)

Laters...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 11:31:44 AM
A good review of the Evening Primrose CD has been posted by Serkin  (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117612.html) over at Playbill.

Actually, it is Steven Suskin.  He mentions that OLYMPUS 7-0000 actually had an "Original Cast Recording."  Well, ON THE FLIP SIDE had an actual "Soundtack Recording," because I just about wore out the copy that I owned.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 11:46:13 AM
Congratulations on the new TV, Danise.


And, healing vibes for your foot!

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%][size=12]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[/size][/move]
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 12:10:23 PM
Good afternoon, Fred. Happy Mother's Day.


Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: FJL on May 11, 2008, 12:13:56 PM
I had called my Mom yesterday because sometimes the circuits are busy on Mother's day itself.    But then I called her again today and no busy circuits.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 12:15:54 PM
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY,
[/color][/b]

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u271/actr2000/HappyMothersDayredrosebudVAJImage1.jpg)


TO ALL WHO ARE, OR HAVE, OR HAD!
[/color][/b]
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DERBRUCER on May 11, 2008, 12:21:43 PM
...I danced quite a jig and said some rather choice words.  

If you need a larger collection of "choice words", contact DearReaderLaura - she has been whipping up a blue vocabulary for such occasions.

der Brucer
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:11:45 PM
The rain clouds have finally cleared away and the sun has come out. SHould dry the ground out for me to be able to mow tomorrow morning, hopefully before it begins to heat up.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:15:01 PM
Page Five Dorothy and Glinda Dance!!!


Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:19:01 PM
I put on 30 ROCK to watch while I cooked and ate lunch, and was devastated to learn that the local NBC affiliate had also preempted all programming to broadcast a repetitive storm warning for two hours of prime time instead of running a crawl on the screen and showing normal programming.

So, I missed 30 ROCK and THE OFFICE. I'll have to watch for reruns of the shows I missed.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:20:23 PM
So, I put in an old reliable, BONES, the second season episode where Brennan first works with Agent Sullivan who soon became her boy friend for a few episodes before he sailed off to the CAribbean. Loved that first episode as they began to learn about one another's quirks. It also featured Stephen Frye as Booth's psychiatrist, the first in a wonderful three episode arc for him.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:22:59 PM
Then, I began to watch J.A.G., the first disc in the 6th season box set. In the first episode - a two parter - Rabb found out that he had a half-brother living in Moscow. Never having seen the rest of the season, I don't know if there will be any more episodes with the two of them, but if there aren't, the writers certainly lost a PRIME character they could have built many episodes around since they seem SO anxious to have a lot of personal business with the stars as well as court martials (which is primarily the purpose of the show).
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:25:12 PM
The next episode dealt with a Cuban refugee whom a captain makes his personal mission to rescue and get to the United States.

Interesting to see Sean Murray guest starring on some of these episodes. Of course, once NCIS was spun off from J.A.G., the producer picked him up (in another role) to be a regular on NCIS.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 01:26:10 PM
I'm about halfway through the last episode on disc 1. I may be able to get through disc 2 tonight if there are no interruptions later this evening.

That will leave only four discs to go.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: elmore3003 on May 11, 2008, 01:40:40 PM
TV Reminders:

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!

BROTHERS & SISTERS (season finale)!

SURVIVOR night on CBS with the final episode and reunion show.

NBC is rerunning two of the one hour OFFICE episodes tonight along with an SVU rerun.

And THE TUDORS, which I watched on Showtime on Demand last week. It's a very intense and moving episode.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: elmore3003 on May 11, 2008, 01:42:48 PM
Even though Bretty hasn't been with us lately, I spied him today on YouTube!

He attended the wedding of the daughter of a friend of ours in LA. It sounds like it was a beautiful wedding. I've only met the bride and groom once, when they came to our film out in LA, but they're a wonderful couple and we're very happy for them.

Bretty was inspired to set his impressions to music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppFuXae3shs

It's very a sweet and touching memento!

If he follows the same schedule from last year, he'll be back in about 11 months.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 02:07:40 PM
And THE TUDORS, which I watched on Showtime on Demand last week. It's a very intense and moving episode.

I thought about it after I went downstairs this morning and then I forgot again to add it to my list when I came back this afternoon.

Thanks for the reminder, DR Elmore. I'll definitely be recording it.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 02:08:39 PM
I'm heading down now to clean my bathroom, put up the folded laundry, and then get back to J.A.G.

WBBL.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 04:10:17 PM
Congrats on the wonderful Store Opening, DR SWW!!!  Today at the self scans, you will probably see lots of flowers and cards!
Not that many cards, but buckets and buckets of bouquets.
 
Which, of course, don't always scan well at the self-scans.  I was busy through most of the day.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 04:20:13 PM
it turns out I had taken pics of at least 50 different Stars' stars.

Did you see this one?   ;)

(http://bp3.blogger.com/__fWWAnGLVm4/SCJOgNRLmcI/AAAAAAAAAjQ/VsiVa-4enKg/s320/Walk+of+Fame2.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 04:23:31 PM
Well, I had to conduct the children's and adult choirs again this morning, this time with very little notice.

I guess I'm getting pretty good at it, but the stress makes me really tired.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 04:36:22 PM
Awards in the Whoniverse:

The good news:

Quote
Steven Moffat has tonight been awarded the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Writer, for the script of his 2007 Doctor Who episode "Blink". The Award was presented at the annual BAFTA Craft Awards ceremony, which honours those who work behind-the-scenes in the industry. Moffat won the award ahead of Jimmy McGovern (for "The Street"), Tony Marchant (for "The Mark of Cain") and Heidi Thomas (for "Cranford"). Full details can be found on the BAFTA website. (http://bafta.org/awards/television-craft/television-craft-nominations-in-2008,363,BA.html#overlay=hidden)
One of the highest accolades available to a British scriptwriter, it is Moffat's second BAFTA Award in recent weeks, having also won the BAFTA Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs) scriptwriting category, again for "Blink".

"Blink" has been winning awards all over the place, and deservedly so.  A Doctor Who tale where the action does not follow the Doctor, it has an interesting set of villians, a different kind of heroine, and lots of fun with "easter eggs."  On the DVD, there's even an easter egg about the "easter egg."

Now, however, for the bad news:

Quote
An investigation by the British broadcasting industry regulator OfCom has found that Doctor Who star Catherine Tate was unfairly denied the People's Choice Award at the 2005 British Comedy Awards, screened on the ITV network. The recipient of the award was to have been decided by a telephone vote from viewers.

BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7390193.stm) reports that even though Tate won the most votes in the category, the prize was given to presenting duo Ant and Dec. This was done because pop star Robbie Williams had agreed to attend the ceremony and present a prize, but would only do so if it could be for Ant and Dec. As they had not won any of the jury-decided categories, it was decided that they should win the audience award to ensure Williams's attendance.

The Times (http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article3895555.ece) quotes a spokesman for Tate as saying that the actress was an "innocent bystander" in the matter, and had no desire to comment. Ant and Dec have said that they will return their award, which will presumably now be given to Tate.

Our esteemed BK will, of course, find nothing unsurprising about this turn of events.  Personally, I would understand if the award had been given to Ant and Ben, but who the honk are Ant and Dec?  For that matter, who the honk is Robbie Williams?  And is he so big in England, or anywhere, that the British Comedy Awards would risk their credibility so he could honk them over?  I am boggled.

And that is the end of our news from the Whoniverse.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 04:44:26 PM
It really was such a weird and scary(!) scene.  As I was approaching the store, a cop car pulled up by the sidewalk, the cop got out, drew his gun, and then took a position where he could see the front entrance.  Then as I looked further down the sidewalk, I saw a couple more cars parked down there, and there were a cluster of cops also with their guns drawn standing on the other side of the entrance.  Meanwhile, people were still walking out of Ralph's - and they didn't seem to be flustered or anything.  However, if anyone wanted to go in, the cops were waving them past.  I actually did stick around for a minute or two, but then just kept on walking... and walking... and walking...

It reminds me of working at the bank and having the police run past our department with their guns out.  At least you could leave the area ;D

Thank you for the Penny report & photos.  What a great surprise :D
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 11, 2008, 04:45:35 PM
Jose-

How was the concert and how was Dinner? Pictures Please!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 04:46:13 PM
So, I put in an old reliable, BONES, the second season episode where Brennan first works with Agent Sullivan who soon became her boy friend for a few episodes before he sailed off to the CAribbean. Loved that first episode as they began to learn about one another's quirks. It also featured Stephen Frye as Booth's psychiatrist, the first in a wonderful three episode arc for him.

We finally watched the latest episode, thought it was terrific!  HOUSE had a good episode too.  We thought MEDIUM was just ok.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 04:46:54 PM
It reminds me of working at the bank and having the police run past our department with their guns out.  At least you could leave the area ;D...
"Stop that man!  He's got a donut!"



Sorry, couldn't resist.   ;D
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 04:53:01 PM
DR Danise, CONGRATULATIONS on your new HD TV.  Vibes your foot is only bruised and heals quickly.

DR Dakota, Glad to hear you are enjoying your new entertainment center. :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 04:53:50 PM
SWW, good thing groaning isn't permitted ;) :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 04:54:02 PM
For dinner tonight:

Salisbury Steaks, with mashed taters and mushroom gravy and carrots...

And popovers!  I've never tried making popovers, but over at Michael Ruhlman's blog (http://blog.ruhlman.com/) he's talked about them in the last couple of days, and immediately after I found a recipe for them in Creating Chefs (the same book that gave me a great recipe for Zuppa de Zucca for yesterday's dinner).  So it is fated that I make popovers!

(And poor DR Jose will have to "settle" for Genghis Cohen. (http://www.genghiscohen.com/)  *le sigh*   ;))
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: S. Woody White on May 11, 2008, 04:57:19 PM
I'd better get going.  There is food to be made.

Iron Chef America is a re-run tonight.  DR Matt is forgiven for not including it in his media alert earlier.   ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 05:07:13 PM
Very nice review by Suskin.  And I had about six orders waiting for me this morning, so maybe this will help get us even closer to being sold out.

Congrats, BK!  I'm glad I bought two copies!

;)

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 05:07:41 PM
I enjoyed all the Mother's Day greetings and the lovely cards.  Thank you.

I have had a nice, if unusual, Mother Day.  We did  things I never imagined would be part of my special day.  We went to Costco and got me a new computer.  Then we went to the Home Depot for a wireless connection & a webcam so I can Skype with the boys.  Then we went to the Lowe's hardware but didn't find anything we needed.  Sherlock went to the last two store where he received loads of attention.

Instead of a laptop I got a small Gateway.  Keith is working on it now.  I'm not when it will be up and running.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 05:09:55 PM
Hi Folks and a very Happy Mothers day.

I wasn't on yesterday because I was quite busy.

It seems that sometimes things converge and take matters out of our hands.

Last week, my cable box starting messing up as you all well know.  Well, on Friday, I got the gift from my uncle.  That and the money I got from work made a nice sum.  

After some thought as to what to do with the money, I thought what better use to put it to then to not just change out the cable box but to change it to an HD box.  That meant I needed both a HD TV and a new stand for it.  

I was able to get both.  I found a Sony 32” on sale at Best Buy and I got the stand at Walmart.  Brighthouse is at the mall so I was also able to exchange the old box for the new HD box.  The guy told me that the old box was an old box and I never should have received it.  He said it was going to go straight into the trash.

Then came the struggle to get the old tube set and TV stand out of the house.

In trying to get the old set down, it slipped and fell on my left foot.  I don’t think anything broken but I must say I danced quite a jig and said some rather choice words.  My entire foot is black and blue now and is quite sore.  

I managed to get the old set out to the curb then came the wrestling match to get the old stand out.  It fell apart when I got it about half way.  That was both good and bad.  It made it easier to get the pieces to the curb.

Next I had to struggle to get the box with the new stand into the house and get it assembled.  Well, that was a gas and took longer then I thought.  It was nine o’clock last night before I was finished and I was so tired and my foot hurt so bad that I just went to bed.

When I got up today, I finished with unboxing the new TV.  It was harder then you would think to get it out of the box because I’m so short.  I thought I was going to have to cut the front of the box to get to it.

I had not problem figuring out to attach the DVD player and the cable box.  The picture is, of course, wonderful!  The 32” size is perfect for my small living room.  

So there is the agony and the ecstasy of getting my new TV.  
I’m just taking the day to relax my foot and enjoy my new set.  

Congrats on the new TV, Danise!  I finally got mine set up on Tuesday...I love it!  
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 05:10:12 PM
~~~Quick Foot Recovery Vibes for DR Danise!!~~~
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Ginny on May 11, 2008, 05:11:49 PM
For Mother's Day, I promised my mother two days of ME.  The first was somewhat dampened - well, literally, soaked - by the weather.  Rob and I tried to take Gram to Newport on the Levee, but it was just too rainy and blustery for her to walk from the parking lot.  We ended up at Max & Erma's, which wasn't too busy.  The food was fine, including the complimentary sundae bar, but the service was lousy.  After we took Rob back to UC, Mom and I did a couple of shopping errands and went to visit my reclusive aunt.

I got home just in time to receive a phone call from Richard, who's arrived safely in Wisconsin for his last residency week at the seminary.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 05:14:11 PM
I enjoyed all the Mother's Day greetings and the lovely cards.  Thank you.

I have had a nice, if unusual, Mother Day.  We did  things I never imagined would be part of my special day.  We went to Costco and got me a new computer.  Then we went to the Home Depot for a wireless connection & a webcam so I can Skype with the boys.  Then we went to the Lowe's hardware but didn't find anything we needed.  Sherlock went to the last two store where he received loads of attention.

Instead of a laptop I got a small Gateway.  Keith is working on it now.  I'm not when it will be up and running.

Hope you like your new computer. What a fun thing to get on Mother's Day!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 05:14:50 PM
Right now, I'm at my sister's house and they're all playing Phase 10.  I only got here about an hour ago (everyone else got here at noon) because I had to work concessions for a local ballet production of "Coppélia," which didn't start until 2:00 AND they had TWO intermissions! :P That meant that we concessionaires had to stay until after the second intermission to clean up.  

Here at my sister's, it's not that exciting watching other people play cards.

 ;)

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 05:17:06 PM
I'm back from the lake and visiting my mother. We went to the Gingham Inn and had the best fried chicken in the world.  Then I saw DR Samantha.  She was with her DBF Chris and was looking very fine.  She said she thought it was so sweet that everyone here sent out birthday wishes even though she doesn't stop in often.  
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: George on May 11, 2008, 05:18:06 PM
So, I'm going to go.  Until later!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Ginny on May 11, 2008, 05:19:38 PM
Danise has a new TV, Jane has a new computer, what an exciting day!  Hope everyone enjoys their new toys!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 05:32:56 PM
I almost had a new dog.  I was driving down a county road and there was a dog in the middle of the road.  I had to stop and the truck behind me stopped. We both honked and tried to get the attention of the farm we were near, but no one came out. The dog just stood in the road and wouldn't do anything, so I got out and he ran up and wanted me to pick him up. He was a jack russell terrier and very friendly.  I got in my car and drove into the farm lane. It took awhile, but finally someone came out. She said it wasn't their dog and she had never seen it before. She did mention the family down the road had a couple small dogs, but they didn't look like this one.

She also told me that this is a road where a lot of people just put dogs out and drive away.  She guessed that's what happened.  The dog was very very friendly, looked very healthy and well taken care of.  He had no collar, but I knew he was someone's pet.  I drove into town but couldn't even find a convenience store or anywhere to ask if anyone recognized the dog.  I was about 70 miles from Sioux City, so I didn't really want to bring him home where no owners would be looking for him.

So I went back to the other farm and drove into the lane.  It was a very well kept farm, with chickens, cattle and the two dogs in the front yard.  When I rolled my window down, the dog, who up until this time had to be on my lap and didn't want to be away from me, jumped out the window and ran over to the other two dogs.  They seemed to know each other or at least didn't act like he was a stranger.   I sat in the car a bit and the dog went over and sat in front of the garage door.  I honked the horn and tried to get someone's attention but didn't find anyone.  So, I left.  I'm not sure the dog lives there, but it's very near to where I found him, so if he is lost, his owners would probably look there and he seemed to know the place.

I still feel a bit funny about leaving him there, but in my gut I think it was the right thing. I got him out of the road. He acted like he was somewhere familiar and he's in a place where his owners could look for him and find him.  
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 05:34:49 PM
Very sensible, DR Cillaliz.  You are a good egg!   :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 05:35:43 PM
DR Danise, ***HEALING VIBES*** to you. And CONGRATULATIONS, enjoy your new media set-up!  :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: singdaw on May 11, 2008, 05:36:43 PM
DR Jane, hope your new computer is everything you want it to be, and that it brings you back to HHW for many years to come!

Do they really allow DD Sherlock inside Home Depot and Lowe's?  ???
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 05:44:49 PM
Do they really allow DD Sherlock inside Home Depot and Lowe's?  ???

I was wondering the same thing

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 05:48:32 PM
Back for but exactly one minute.  I ended up staying for the matinee - sold out - very good show - and I'll explain the reasons when I return.  I think I'll post the book list in the morning rather than this evening when I get home - unless people think they'd be looking at it tonight.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 05:49:07 PM
And some of the errant and truant mothers out there in the dark best get their complacent butt cheeks back and do some postin' while I'm eating.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:49:52 PM
New television for DR DANISE and new Entertainment Center for DR DAKOTACELT and a new computer for DR JANE.

Wow!  Jackpot!!

All I have here today is a wind advisory until midnight.....gusts up to 50 mph.

I am watching the Frank Sinatra special on TCM.....but it's really the kind of "no audience" "canned laughter and applause" special that I don't enjoy as much as an onstage live audience performance....  I had the same problem with the two Doris Day specials that came out last year.  Lots of fun and great music, but very sterile and artificial in the long run.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:50:15 PM
DR CILLA LIZ - you did the right thing.  
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 05:51:01 PM
Book List Monday would be something to look forward to.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 05:53:41 PM
DR CILLA LIZ - you did the right thing.  

Thanks JRand and Singdaw. I think so too
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 06:01:06 PM
I think I will watch a DEE VEE DEE this evening.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 06:04:06 PM
I am too old to do that kind of traveling all in one day. Today has been a total waste. I don't look forward to having to do that again.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Cillaliz on May 11, 2008, 06:14:39 PM
VIBES TO DR LAURA~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 06:14:40 PM
Very sensible, DR Cillaliz.  You are a good egg!   :)


I don't remember the last time I heard anyone use that term, Coleslaw.  I think it may have been Rosalind Russell in HIS GIRL FRIDAY.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: elmore3003 on May 11, 2008, 06:16:22 PM
My goddaughter's godmother Celia Weston ias on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES tonight. She's playng Terri Hatcher's mother-in-law.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 06:19:27 PM
New television for DR DANISE and new Entertainment Center for DR DAKOTACELT and a new computer for DR JANE.

Wow!  Jackpot!!

All I have here today is a wind advisory until midnight.....gusts up to 50 mph.



And I got my new MagicJack!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Danise on May 11, 2008, 06:23:46 PM
Good evening all.   I had a very nice 2 hour nap.  Then I went to McD's to get food for the dogs and myself.  

I'm watching STAR WARS now.  I can't believe how nice the picture is even if this HD.  I'd almost forgotten how handsome Harrison Ford was back in the day.   :D

I'm happy to hear about DR Jane' s new computer.  I hope it works well for you!

DR Cilla, I hope your little doggie friend is home tonight.  You had a hard decision to make and I think you made a good one.

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 06:34:05 PM
Thanks, Cillaliz. I've been groggy and inefficient all day.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 07:04:11 PM
Thank you DR Cilla.  It is a fun thing to get & I'm using it right now.  It is funny, because until a few years ago I rarely used a computer, and before that hated using the computer.

I'm using it but there is loads Keith still needs to do to it.  I'm sure he will be up tomorrow morning long before I am and working on it.  It is already tons faster than my old laptop.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JMK on May 11, 2008, 07:07:36 PM
A SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY SENTIMENT FOR ALL:

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 07:08:29 PM
DR Jane, hope your new computer is everything you want it to be, and that it brings you back to HHW for many years to come!

Do they really allow DD Sherlock inside Home Depot and Lowe's?  ???

Thank you and yes they did.  Lowe's had a sign saying service dogs only.  We hesitate and a woman walking in said, "oh just go in & let them ask you to leave, that's what I do" ;D  She didn't have her dog with her but several other people had theirs.  He was extra friendly and happy to walk around the store with us.

We take him into stores all the time & find more often than not he is welcome.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 07:13:13 PM
Thanks JRand and Singdaw. I think so too

I've did the same thing once, also with a Jack Russel.  I left a note on the door & received a call later all was well :).  The odds were the dog belonged to the house because the owner bred them.  My biggest concern was that I didn't know which kennel to put the dog in & didn't want to accidentally create a litter or two of pups.

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 07:14:05 PM
I am too old to do that kind of traveling all in one day. Today has been a total waste. I don't look forward to having to do that again.

I'm sorry, will you have to?  Can you refuse to come home on multiple flights?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Michael on May 11, 2008, 07:19:29 PM
DR. Elmoore

I posted a question for you last night. I am guessing you might have missed it.

Re: The link for The Persuasion.

The final dance music sound like the intro to How To Handle A Woman, but speeded up? Am I correct?

I found it hard to make out most of lyrics, but it was nice to finally hear them
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jane on May 11, 2008, 07:30:57 PM
'night
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 07:31:55 PM
I'm sorry, will you have to?  Can you refuse to come home on multiple flights?

It's a small airport with a limited number of flights in and out. The flights we took yesterday won't be available next time, so I guess we'll have to go in town a day before and leave a day after. That makes the commitment for the meeting last for three days.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 07:32:17 PM
[size=12]PAGE SEVEN (7)[/size]
[/color][/b]
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: TCB on May 11, 2008, 07:33:31 PM
Good night, everyone, I hope you had a great day.

BK, is it possible that you could post the list of books as one of your first posts of the new day.  Or, if not, could you wait until tomorrow afternoon to post it?  I am not allowed to go to this site while I am at work, but I would love to have a look at the list before it is totally picked over.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 07:42:11 PM
Travel recovery vibes for DR LAURA.

DR TCB has a new MagicJack?

Interesting!

I have decided to have a Tyrone Power/20 Century-Fox DeeVeeDee night....starting with the movie that my father took my mother to on their first date:  "Captain From Castille", which I haven't seen in its entirety.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Jrand68 on May 11, 2008, 07:42:56 PM
Good night, everyone, I hope you had a great day.

BK, is it possible that you could post the list of books as one of your first posts of the new day.  Or, if not, could you wait until tomorrow afternoon to post it?  I am not allowed to go to this site while I am at work, but I would love to have a look at the list before it is totally picked over.

What are you saying?  That we will get all the GOOD ones?  ;D  I am thinking that's a possibility.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:11:53 PM
My goddaughter's godmother Celia Weston ias on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES tonight. She's playng Terri Hatcher's mother-in-law.

She was very funny tonight.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:13:24 PM
I spent the first three hours of the evening watching more JAG episodes. I got all of the shows on disc two watched except probably the last 10 minutes of the last episode on that disc.

I really meant to watch it after prime time TV was over, but I shut everything off and headed upstairs before I remembered I wanted to do that. I'll see it tomorrow and then start on disc 3.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 08:13:25 PM
A happy day to all the Mothers and fond rememberences of all the Mothers that have left us.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: PennyO on May 11, 2008, 08:14:12 PM
*And I have to say, I completed enjoyed tonight's performance of Compleat Female Stage Beauty.  It's a very neat, thought-provoking play.  -The author also adapted his script for a film version that starred Claire Danes and Billy Crudup simply titled "Stage Beauty".

Here's the blurb-synopsis from the LAStageTix site:I had seen the play when it made it DC premiere a couple of years ago, and a friend of mine cast the premier production of it back in 1999 - and let me read the script back then too.  I really like this play, and was sort of surprised that this was the L.A. premiere of the play.  But better late than never.

The casting is top-notch, and the Actors really gave it their all and took some risks that paid off in spades.  I was also impressed with the Restoration/Modern Dress costuming concept - and there were some beautiful costume pieces.  -And some beautiful actors too - sometimes just in their underwear! ;)

DR PennyO really did a wonderful job with the musical component of the evening - even her pre-show announcement was lots of fun and helped to set the mood and time period for the evening.  And, yes, it was very good to see and hug her again too.  :)

Same to you, baby! What a great surprise!!! My only regret was that you got the regular (amateur) cellist, instead of her 'sub' - a superb professional (Russian) cellist. world of difference!!! I get him on Thursdays...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 08:14:39 PM
I visited lovely Nelson Bay last week.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:15:23 PM
What a DELIGHTFUL surprise to find the guest star in one of the episodes was the ever gorgeous, ever swoon-worthy Bailey Chase (the actor who played the gay quarterback on SVU a couple of weeks ago).

He's a much better actor now than he was in 2000 when that episode was shot, but he was just as handsome and hunky back then. Of course, star David james Elliott towered over him.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: PennyO on May 11, 2008, 08:15:25 PM
Wow that sounds like a nice reunion between DRs Jose and PennyO!

It was heartwarming, I tell ya!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 08:15:51 PM
too many movies - too little time -

Avoid "Hideous Kinky" and "Charlie Wilson's War". If I'm not interested in anything in the first 15 minutes I'm not going to bother!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:16:47 PM
In the two part episode that ends disc 2, Terry O'Quinn (John Locke on LOST) was the guest star as an admiral on trial for war crimes during Vietnam.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: PennyO on May 11, 2008, 08:17:32 PM
That's great that DR Jose was able to see PennyO's show!

Wonderful pictures!

Yes, and it was so great that i was able to see my dear Jose! Felt like home...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:18:21 PM
And, of course, the poor junior attorney and his wife lost their baby girl in childbirth. His trying  to get over his sense of loss and anger is obviously going to be a continual story line through much of the rest of the season.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 08:19:47 PM
Hello DRs.

I'm not on line frequently at the moment.  We've had serious plumbing problems that have required cutting into floors and walls near the computers.  We have been without power at times and have also been avoiding dust etc from the work.  

It has not been quite going to the well and singing Casle in the Clouds - but it has not been far off it as our Autumn turns to Winter.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:20:48 PM
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES:













Devil spawn Kayla deserved that slap (and much more). I've despised her ever since she was introduced last season, and though the writers had backed off from her during the first part of this season, we're now repeating the spoiled, evil child routine they used last season. I almost want to walk out of the room every time she comes on the screen.

Loved how Bree handled the Edie blackmail. Gaby story of not much interest to me. As for Katherine and her ex-husband, that's going to be an interesting storyline to play out in next week's two hour finale.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:23:24 PM
BROTHERS & SISTERS:
















Lovely commitment ceremony, and the scene with Kevin and Scotty's parents was very dramatic. A nice cliffhanger to end the season with. Justin and Rebecca? I wasn't for it, but it might not be so bad. We'll see next season.

I have to admit I was a little surprised that one of Scotty's friends at the ceremony didn't catch Saul's eye to give him SOME kind of storyline for next season.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: PennyO on May 11, 2008, 08:23:49 PM
Wow - great review for Brain!! Huzzah and a half!

And now, to rest me weary old bones... sheesh, it's always such a surprise to see a photo of me looking almost-60, with that wild white hair... I'm thinking of aging gracefully...
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: PennyO on May 11, 2008, 08:24:12 PM
And good night.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Ginny on May 11, 2008, 08:28:06 PM
Just finished watching Enchanted - 'night!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Matt H. on May 11, 2008, 08:36:14 PM
I've got some writing to do, and then I'll head down to bed.

Good night!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 08:42:05 PM
Good Evening!

Who knew L.A. could be so much fun?  ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 08:43:36 PM
Hope you get the chance to say hello to Pasadena Jay DR Jose. Please give him my best wishes.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 08:44:52 PM
DR PennyO - Very gracefully.  :)

-And, seriously, I really loved the play last night.  -And once I realized that those Ralph Lauren Boxer Briefs that the lead was wearing were "on purpose", well, then everything else began to fall into place quite nicely. (For a couple of minutes, I just kept thinking to myself, "Why didn't the costume designer "hide" the label on the waistband?")  Bravo!  Brava!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 08:45:59 PM
Hope you get the chance to say hello to Pasadena Jay DR Jose. Please give him my best wishes.

I actually e-mailed him, but got no response.  -Do you have a possibly "updated" e-mail address for him?  -I would call him, but his phone number was "lost" when my previous cell phone died.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 09:00:10 PM
DR Jose -- I might have his number on my OLD phone. I will have to charge it up to see if I have it.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:03:46 PM
Jose-

How was the concert and how was Dinner? Pictures Please!

The whole concert experience was quite wonderful.

Again, as I was walking up to the Disney Concert Hall, I was awed by the building itself.  Those sweeping and swooping steel panels just seem so right.  Once I was inside, it turned out there was a pre-concert lecture.  I sat in for a few minutes, but since I needed lunch, I headed on down to the Cafe.  What a neat place to eat, and the prices were very reasonable.  I had a very generously-portioned Poached Salmon salad - just $7.25!  *And since the WDCH is right near the Court House, they offer a discount for jurors during the week at the Cafe! ;)

As for the concert itself.... :)

When I bought my ticket, I had toyed with purchasing an "Orchestra View" seat - a seat on stage, behind the orchestra - but since there were soloists involved, I wanted to sit in front of the orchestra.  Well, I guess I must have mumbled, "I'd rather sit in the balcony", and found myself in the Orchestra View Section seated right behind the String Bass section.  I was a bit worried that the sound would be compromised, but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about.  It was also fascinating to watch Essa-Pekka Salonen conduct - he truly has great "stick technique".

The first half of the concert was devoted to Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler Symphony".  A lot of time Hindemith can come across a bit dry and academic - as DR JMK can attest to - but this was not the case this afternoon.  And by sitting so close to the orchestra, the clarity of the orchestration was practically crystalline.

During intermission, I went ahead and scouted out some empty seats in the Terrace Level, and was able to "legally" make the move for the second half of the concert.  -I went and asked an usher if it would be OK for me to change seats, and she pulled up a print out of the empty seats and told me where I could sit!  Now that's COOL!

Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" comprised the second half of the concert.  What a beautiful, emotional and moving piece of music.  The two vocal soloists did a fine job, although I felt that the afternoon belonged to the mezzo-soprano - I sensed a bit of fatigue in the tenor's voice, he just wasn't "pinging" over the orchestra.  But, all in all, it was an ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

-And the inside of the concert hall is another stunner - including the very funky arrangement of the organ pipes.  I think I would have picked a more subdued color scheme for the upholstery -  it's all bright oranges, reds, greens - but it works well with all the blond wood. ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: Tomovoz on May 11, 2008, 09:07:59 PM
I actually e-mailed him, but got no response.  -Do you have a possibly "updated" e-mail address for him?  -I would call him, but his phone number was "lost" when my previous cell phone died.
His email that I have was still valid on his last birthday - It is on my old PC.  I'll be able to locate it - but not until the old pc is up and running.
I'll PM the phone number Jose
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:14:13 PM

After spending a good chunk of time in the Concert Hall Gift Shop, I headed on down to 1st and Hill St. to hop on the 10 Bus to get to Genghis Cohen...

In a word: YUM!!!!!

In another word: FULL!!!!

It truly was some of the best Chinese food I've ever had.  Well-seasoned, non-greasy, and with a few non-traditional twists that explain the "Cohen" part of the restaurants name.  -Frankly, I'm surprised a place like Geghis Cohen hasn't opened in NYC.

And the company was great too!  BK and I were joined by the very entertaining and "historic" Walter Willison.  It turns out that Walter's main assistant for his Theatre World work is a friend of mine, so we had plenty to talk about.  And we talked about a lot of other stuff tonight too.  I'm sure there were ears a-plenty burning on both coasts.

I think the food selections were as follows: Cohen Slaw & Pickles, Cold Sesame Noodles, Steamed Vegetable Potstickers, Orange Peel Chicken, Garlic Chicken, and Szechuan Green Beans(!!!).

-Surprisingly, by the time the busboy came to collect the plates, all that was left has a small spoonful of the Garlic Chicken, and a couple of the String Beans.  ;)

*Yes, pictures were taken, and will be posted once I get them resized. :)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:15:38 PM
DRs DearReaderLaura and Tomovoz - Thank You!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 11, 2008, 09:17:40 PM
Was it the same number?
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:18:58 PM
PAGE EIGHT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL ORGAN DANCE!!!

(http://rogerbourland.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/wdch-stageconsole.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:19:33 PM
Was it the same number?

Yes.  -You and Tomovoz had the same one.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:56:36 PM
And here's the outside of the Walt Disney Concert Hall:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/WDCH.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 09:59:26 PM
And since it is all about the food...

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCSign.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCFood1.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCFoodBlur.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCFood2.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 10:01:00 PM
The beginning:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCPickles.jpg)

The end:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCCookies.jpg)

*That's the way the fortune cookie crumbles. ;)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 10:01:56 PM
Two Views Of Walter Willison:

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/WWCellPhone.jpg)

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/WWBlur.jpg)

Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 10:02:33 PM
And one view of me (courtesy of Walter Willson):

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/WWCamPhone1.jpg)
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 11, 2008, 10:02:34 PM

After spending a good chunk of time in the Concert Hall Gift Shop, I headed on down to 1st and Hill St. to hop on the 10 Bus to get to Genghis Cohen...

In a word: YUM!!!!!

In another word: FULL!!!!

It truly was some of the best Chinese food I've ever had.  Well-seasoned, non-greasy, and with a few non-traditional twists that explain the "Cohen" part of the restaurants name.  -Frankly, I'm surprised a place like Geghis Cohen hasn't opened in NYC.

And the company was great too!  BK and I were joined by the very entertaining and "historic" Walter Willison.  It turns out that Walter's main assistant for his Theatre World work is a friend of mine, so we had plenty to talk about.  And we talked about a lot of other stuff tonight too.  I'm sure there were ears a-plenty burning on both coasts.

I think the food selections were as follows: Cohen Slaw & Pickles, Cold Sesame Noodles, Steamed Vegetable Potstickers, Orange Peel Chicken, Garlic Chicken, and Szechuan Green Beans(!!!).

-Surprisingly, by the time the busboy came to collect the plates, all that was left has a small spoonful of the Garlic Chicken, and a couple of the String Beans.  ;)

*Yes, pictures were taken, and will be posted once I get them resized. :)


Jose:

Sounds like A Wonderful Day. Glad you enjoyed the concert and the Dinner,
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 10:03:57 PM

(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e49/JoseSPiano/GCFortune.jpg)

...in bed.  ;D
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 11, 2008, 10:08:19 PM
Jose:

Sounds like A Wonderful Day. Glad you enjoyed the concert and the Dinner,

...And I still have two and half more days to go before I head back to NYC!
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 10:24:02 PM
What fun we all had tonight.  Conversation was sparkling, food was divoon, and it was a perfect topper to a very sweet day.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 10:24:51 PM
That Steve Suskin review of Evening Primrose seems to have given us a nice little sales spike - I think  I had at least twenty orders since it appeared, and I think that more people will actually see it tomorrow.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 10:25:32 PM
Re the book list - I am going to type up as many titles as I can before Ye Olde Notes have to be written, then I'll put them in the first post of the day.
Title: Re:FOR ALL YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE IN THE DARK
Post by: bk on May 11, 2008, 10:25:57 PM
I started to watch a motion picture on DVD and promptly fell asleep.