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Title: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 12:29:58 AM
Well, you've read the notes, the notes were fiendish, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they will be coming home - that's their plan - plan nine.
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 12:30:36 AM
And the word of the day is: PERORATE!
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 12:31:08 AM
And a very happy haineshisway.com birthday to DRMegan.
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Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 01:41:48 AM
I'm awake. I cannot sleep. Just when I thought I was getting back to my old sleeping pattern. Damn!

Maybe it's all the tsuris and angst over the LoC, my current poverty, and this upcoming reading of Life Begins At 8:40, maybe it's too much cinnamon in my apple sauce, maybe it's the pain in my leg.
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Post by: Ben on August 21, 2009, 03:06:45 AM
I, however, am up at my usual time.

I have no idea what we will be watching, if anything, this weekend. Until the weather breaks I won't sit in the living room to watch a DVD, it's too hot. The older I get, the less tolerance I have for the heat. It is supposed to get better tomorrow and Sunday and I can't wait.

Even with the heat I still have to do laundry so that will happen today.

Things are crazy at work. I won't go into detail. Some of you may hear details on Monday but I'm refraining from writing on a public space.
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Post by: Ben on August 21, 2009, 03:09:04 AM
Oh, I forgot, I may see the revival/re-worked How Now, Dow Jones on Sunday afternoon. It's being done at the Minetta Lane as part of the Fringe Festival. It's always been a guilty pleasure. Very few people know the show. It starred Tony Roberts and Brenda Vaccaro (sp) was featured and had more than one song?!?!

Anyway, it's hot here in the living room (we only have AC in the bedroom) and I need to finish my breakfast and get to the office.

Bye.
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:31:22 AM
I'm awake. I cannot sleep. Just when I thought I was getting back to my old sleeping pattern. Damn!

Maybe it's all the tsuris and angst over the LoC, my current poverty, and this upcoming reading of Life Begins At 8:40, maybe it's too much cinnamon in my apple sauce, maybe it's the pain in my leg.

Maybe all of the above.

I should be in bed sleeping.  I'm sure I ate too much sugar last night.  Oh, and then a dog sleeping half on top of me on a warm night doesn't help, on cold nights it is ok.
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:33:25 AM
(http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k259/hutsellmama/meganbirthday.gif)
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:36:14 AM
DR Matt H, I like Meg Ryan.  I somehow doubt the results of whatever she had done was exactly what she had intended.  I think it is relaxing a bit now & she looks better.
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:36:41 AM
DR Jose, I have no doubt you are a dream customer for the restaurant manager/partner.  She also sounds like a dream manager & knows how to treat a good customer.

It is possible I misplaced a camera for a few days.  I did have a VERY long stretch between camera’s.
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Post by: Jrand70 on August 21, 2009, 04:57:54 AM
You of Earth are IDIOTS!
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Post by: Jrand70 on August 21, 2009, 04:58:46 AM
Lovely photos from DR GINNY yesterday.

Also lovely photos from DR derBRUCER....food and otherwise.

Yes Mr Oosterhouse looks to me as if he's had some photoshopping done on his photo.
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Post by: Jrand70 on August 21, 2009, 05:00:28 AM
Nice email that MR BK received.  Hmmmmmmmmm......three hours to see 4 people, one of whom argued with the director.

We did Act Two yesterday.  It was my 4th rehearsal, and I had never done Act Two, so I had to use my book, but so did everyone else, except Teddy.  It's most distressing that people who have been in rehearsal SO long are still on book and wondering about their blocking.

It didn't help that our director decided to stay home last night.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 05:01:58 AM
What Price Oosterhouse?

(almost some accounting humor)
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Post by: Michael on August 21, 2009, 05:07:47 AM
TOD

I have started going through the 14 (?) disc Superman set

Superman Theatrical Version
Superman Extended DVD Version
Superman Supplements
Superman Supplements 2
Superman II Theatrical Version
Superman II Donner Cut
Superman II Supplements
Superman III
Superman 1V
Superman Returns
Superman Returns Supplements
Look Up In The Sky (Doc)
You Will Believe (Doc)
Bryan Singer's Video Journals.

Discs include all the Superman cartoons, trailers, music only tracks, commentary. etc
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jrand70 on August 21, 2009, 05:18:19 AM
DR TCB I can play Teddy if you want to play Jonathan. 
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jrand70 on August 21, 2009, 05:29:00 AM
I have to go back to work today.  And I will be working for the next three days.  Oh well.
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Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 05:58:24 AM
Good morning, all!

As of today, no PHI payment, no word from the Library of Congress except that "friends" in the Music Dept have been letting other friends know that they're pissed I'm publicly yelling about the Library's accounting dept's refusal to honor the payment terms of its contract. I'm sure those "friends" are being paid regularly, and that's all I've asked for, and I've had to deal with certain friends whose attitude is "well, you will be paid at some point" want to know why I'm not borrowing money from others!

So, to all those folks above, I have some very choice, terse phrases I won't repeat here.

I have a few errands to run first thing this morning, and that's my day.

TOD
DVD: Three Netflix items including "This is the Army," since Earl Oxford of Life Begins at 8:40 is in it
CD:  LAST SWEET DAYS OF ISAAC, Marily Hill Smith's theatre songs "Is It Really Me?" Liz Callaway, Guy Haines
VCR: Short art fims
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:59:22 AM
Our weather has been cool and wonderful this week.  It's only 62 degrees right now.  It feels like Fall and I love it
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 06:06:45 AM
And the word of the day is: PERORATE!

And The Song Of The Day Is:  A PUZZLEMENT
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Kerry on August 21, 2009, 06:13:10 AM
TOD--(so far)

THE DAY THE FISH CAME OUT
CANNERY ROW
MRS. SANTA CLAUS
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:18:31 AM
Good morning!

We have a 70% chance of rain today, but right now it looks like it's going to be a regular summer day with blue skies and lots of hot, hot sunshine.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:19:13 AM
Another fairly wretched night. I did take a 30 minute nap this morning, and I suspect I'll be lapsing back into unconsciousness a lot today.
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Post by: Druxy on August 21, 2009, 06:22:11 AM
I don't really have anything new to watch this weekend, except the last to discs of NCIS, Season 4.

However, by the middle of next week, I should be getting a big box of DVDs forwarded to me from Los Angeles, which should contain some good stuff.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:23:41 AM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:24:48 AM
Friday Media Check:

CD - THE BOY FROM OZ (OBC)

DVD - THE UNTOUCHABLES, Season 3, Volume 1
          DOLLHOUSE, discs 2 & 3

DVR - ROYAL PAINS
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:26:22 AM
I was going to watch the All-Star PROJECT RUNWAY this morning since I was up very early, but the DVR did not record an audio track, so I just deleted both it and the first episode of the new season.

It's coming on again early this evening, so I'll re-record it then. I made sure the SAP channel was turned off which I think was the problem with the recording last night.
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:28:02 AM
LIZA WITH A Z was playing on one of the Showtime channels this morning, so I watched that. (I have it on DVD, but this was convenient). Always a pleasure to watch this even tough the lip-synchs a vast majority of the show (or went back and looped her songs after the event).
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Post by: MBarnum on August 21, 2009, 06:28:24 AM
TOD:

DVD:
MOTHRA and THE H MAN

CD:
Soundtracks from two soon to be released Telugu films

DVR:

More episodes of Maverick
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 06:29:01 AM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.

DR Matt H, the great news is that it's diagnosed and treatment can begin! I still feel for your pain and discomfort. I was going to sugggest the doctor give you Vicodin and muscle relaxant to help you sleep at night but I see he already has. It worked wonders for me, although I think it will take death to silence my bad attitude on existence.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:29:15 AM
Still too early, I put in THE WOMAN IN GREEN, a fun Sherlock Holmes adventure. I turned on the audio commentary instead of the regular audio treack. I've heard it before but not in some time, so it was nice to revisit the commentators' opinions.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:29:28 AM
Page Two Dance!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 06:30:11 AM
For the uninitiated, you can get a 5 minute "taste" of Planet 9 from Outer Space HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRq80QNnJM).

Unfortunately, it does not contain the "I, a fiend?" line.      :(
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Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 06:31:09 AM
DR Matt H. - I am glad that you know what you're dealing with, but sorry that there isn't a more certain prognosis.   ***CONTINUED VIBES OF COMFORT*** to you!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:32:43 AM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.

DR Matt H, the great news is that it's diagnosed and treatment can begin! I still feel for your pain and discomfort. I was going to sugggest the doctor give you Vicodin and muscle relaxant to help you sleep at night but I see he already has. It worked wonders for me, although I think it will take death to silence my bad attitude on existence.


My problem is that Vicodin and the muscle relaxer he gave me have had almost zero effect on things like cramping and their effects seem to wear off within a couple of hours which usually means by 4 a.m. at the latest, I'm wide awake and miserable.

I don't mean to sound like a whiner. But I haven't had a quality night's sleep in a month (come Saturday), and it's hard to stay positive without proper rest.

But I do appreciate the positive words.
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 06:37:25 AM
My work project today and tomorrow will be THE UNTOUCHABLES from 1961-62. There are 16 episodes in this first half of the season. I haven't seen these programs in decades, so I'm looking forward to the Walter WInchell narration, the period look, and hopefully the crisp black and white production which I remember from watching it so many years ago.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 06:42:53 AM
Just in case she checks in today (and I hope she does)

Happy Happy Birthday to DR Megan!



(It seems like a long time ago that I gave you that toilet paper for your 18th birthday.)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 06:43:54 AM
Birthday wishes to Megan
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 06:54:28 AM
... I think it will take death to silence my bad attitude on existence.


Nah...you'll just join Shaw and prepare a welcome for Albee so you can form a club of curmudgeonly misanthropes :D

der Brucer
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 07:00:00 AM
My problem is that Vicodin and the muscle relaxer he gave me have had almost zero effect on things like cramping and their effects seem to wear off within a couple of hours which usually means by 4 a.m. at the latest, I'm wide awake and miserable.

I don't mean to sound like a whiner. But I haven't had a quality night's sleep in a month (come Saturday), and it's hard to stay positive without proper rest.

You need a visit from Hank Med - or some Gregory House-strength Vicodin.

der Brucer
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 07:06:02 AM
Maybe Fred can compose an appropriate title song for today's production of "What Kind Of Fiend Am I?"

der Brucer
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 07:11:14 AM
Happy Birthday To The Phantom Of HHW- MEGAN
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 07:12:52 AM
Internet seems pretty quiet today, so I'm heading down to get ready to go out later on my usual Friday outing.

WBBL.
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 07:13:06 AM
... I think it will take death to silence my bad attitude on existence.



r ExistenceNah...you'll just join Shaw and prepare a welcome for Albee so you can form a club of curmudgeonly misanthropes :D

der Brucer


Or Maybe BECKETT for Existence
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 08:07:45 AM
JMK, what's the name of your theater?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 08:15:42 AM
Friday morning greetings!  I've been out already for a much-needed haircut.  Later today, Richard and I are going to see Julie & Julia.  Meanwhile, he's working on Sunday's sermon and I'll probably go visit my mom.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:16:52 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm up... And if there ever was a day where I really don't feel like doing anything, well...
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 08:17:09 AM
der B - Don't think my mind hasn't been racing.  :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: The Vixter on August 21, 2009, 08:20:57 AM
Oh. My. GOD.

I never thought that this sort of thing could happen to me. My friends and I were coming back to y best friends house to hang out for a bit, since a couple of people were feeling sick from rides and whatnot. My best friends boyfriend, Matt had an I pod on him, so he put it on speaker or somthing so we could all rock out to the music together, and we got a call from a friend who was still in the fair, and all she did was yell into the phone for a couple of minutes about us leaving her behind, and then she hung up on me. (Incidentally, the reason we left was because she said her boyfriend and her would catch up, so we thought they where ditching us to go make out. AGAIN.)
So we were waiting on the corner for them to catch up (which they never did), when these two huge black guys come out of no-where and start asking Matt how much he wanted for his ipod. When he said it wasn't for sale, one of them took it and started walking away from us. Matt grabbed his shirt, and the guy punched him in the FACE, which made Matt stumble backwards and rip the guy's shirt. Then they walked away from us and when they got half-way down the block, they started running. After that, we went back to the house, and called the police after telling our friends mom. The police showed up, and dragged Matt away to identify a suspect, and less then half an hour later, I was being dragged away to do the same thing. The good News: They caught the guy who took his i-pod, and have him in custudy, I believe. The bad news: Even though Matt and I were able to identify the guy so they wouldn't need the rest of our friends to identify him as well, they made the two of us stay in a police department, in seperate rooms, and tell the whole story again to different detectives. I haven't seen him since around 11 ish last night, when my police car drove past his on the way to the station. I hope he's ok. Now some guy's gonna call me in a week or two, who'll want the story again, and tell me if I have to go to court as a witness, or if the kid is just going to jail now without me and Matt having to go to court. This place is turning into some new kind of Brooklyn at night. I thought people oved out here to get away from the cities. Guess I was wrong.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Druxy on August 21, 2009, 08:20:57 AM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.

Welcome to the club.  I got the same diagnosis a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:21:07 AM
DR MattH - Even though it may not have been the diagnosis you were expecting - hoping for? - at least now you know how to proceed from here.  Did you doctor give you and advice, instruction for what to do between now and Monday? Stretching, etc.

*And as for your trip to the DMV yesterday - I guess it was a good thing that it took a while to get your renewal. It reminded me of a trip to the DMV I took a couple of years ago where the man at the next window did not have the strength(?) to sign the form.  All I could think of was, "And you expect him to drive too?" ;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:21:15 AM
-Or something like that.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 08:21:57 AM
DerBrucer-

Thanks For The Birthday Boy's Dinner Pictures
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:23:16 AM
DR vixter - WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

However, at least it's good to know that you and your friend are all right, and, that, at the very least, you were able to check in here at HHW.

*And how is your mother this morning?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:25:04 AM
der B - Don't think my mind hasn't been racing.  :)

....The first song that came to my mind was "Love, I Hear"....
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ben on August 21, 2009, 08:25:54 AM
I got a haircut yesterday.
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Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 08:26:05 AM
{{{{{DR The Vixter}}}}}
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 08:26:48 AM
Oh. My. GOD.

I never thought that this sort of thing could happen to me. My friends and I were coming back to y best friends house to hang out for a bit, since a couple of people were feeling sick from rides and whatnot. My best friends boyfriend, Matt had an I pod on him, so he put it on speaker or somthing so we could all rock out to the music together, and we got a call from a friend who was still in the fair, and all she did was yell into the phone for a couple of minutes about us leaving her behind, and then she hung up on me. (Incidentally, the reason we left was because she said her boyfriend and her would catch up, so we thought they where ditching us to go make out. AGAIN.)
So we were waiting on the corner for them to catch up (which they never did), when these two huge black guys come out of no-where and start asking Matt how much he wanted for his ipod. When he said it wasn't for sale, one of them took it and started walking away from us. Matt grabbed his shirt, and the guy punched him in the FACE, which made Matt stumble backwards and rip the guy's shirt. Then they walked away from us and when they got half-way down the block, they started running. After that, we went back to the house, and called the police after telling our friends mom. The police showed up, and dragged Matt away to identify a suspect, and less then half an hour later, I was being dragged away to do the same thing. The good News: They caught the guy who took his i-pod, and have him in custudy, I believe. The bad news: Even though Matt and I were able to identify the guy so they wouldn't need the rest of our friends to identify him as well, they made the two of us stay in a police department, in seperate rooms, and tell the whole story again to different detectives. I haven't seen him since around 11 ish last night, when my police car drove past his on the way to the station. I hope he's ok. Now some guy's gonna call me in a week or two, who'll want the story again, and tell me if I have to go to court as a witness, or if the kid is just going to jail now without me and Matt having to go to court. This place is turning into some new kind of Brooklyn at night. I thought people oved out here to get away from the cities. Guess I was wrong.

Oh My Goodness...What A Nightmare
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 08:27:38 AM
DerBrucer-

Thanks For The Birthday Boy's Dinner Pictures

Well, you did make me promise :)

der Brucer
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:28:51 AM
DR elmore - Maybe you could get your super's son to come pay another visit today? ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 08:30:07 AM
OK... I need to be down at Grand Central in an hour, so...

I hope everyone has a cool and HHW-VIBES-influenced day!

Laters...
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 08:32:03 AM
I thought people moved out here to get away from the cities.

Well, perhaps somefolks visit for the easy pickins'.

der Brucer

Remember, you can always find kindness in the city as well as evil in the 'burbs.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 08:35:41 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nNTq90gWbMQ/Rkaqqm2cnVI/AAAAAAAAAEk/N52uo_iMQqQ/s320/IMG_0660.JPG)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 08:37:26 AM
DR the vixter - you are NOT supposed to be re-creating the escapades of Adriana Hofstetter in REAL LIFE!!??!!          :o  :o

Glad you are OK.   PLEASE be careful!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 21, 2009, 08:40:36 AM
BK-

Like Your Well Written Mysteries Can you throw out some Clues(Hints) on The Broadway Show Recording and The New Movie Score?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 21, 2009, 08:41:23 AM
The police showed up, and dragged Matt away to identify a suspect, and less then half an hour later, I was being dragged away to do the same thing. ...they made the two of us stay in a police department, in seperate rooms, and tell the whole story again to different detectives.

They did this without a parent present?????

Somebody needs to tell your local police they aren't in Brooklyn either!

der Brucer
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 08:43:38 AM
DR elmore - Maybe you could get your super's son to come pay another visit today? ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have no work for the super's grandson until I hear from George about his schedule and I have no money to pay for any work.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 08:51:11 AM
DR the vixter, what a terrible situation!  I'm so happy they caught the creep and that your friend wasn't more seriously injured. Those crooks might have shot you all, and that wouldn't make me, the other DRs or anyone else very happy.It sounds to me, though, that you and your friends, as well as many folk I see in the City, need a course in street smarts. I had a roommate in 1984 who was mugged in the lobby of my building because she was too lax to make sure the building's front door was locked behind her when she came into the building after 11 pm. The creep followed her in and put a knife to her throat while she waited for the elevator. If the super at the time hadn't come out of his apartment to walk his dog, she might have been seriously injured instead of punched in the face when he ran off.

I kept hoping that, while she was looking at mug shots, she'd meet a nice cop.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 09:01:32 AM
I'm glad you and Matt are ok, Vixter. Write down EVERYTHING that happened including the tiniest details and descriptions. Update it every time you remember another detail.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 09:04:45 AM
Nice email that MR BK received.  Hmmmmmmmmm......three hours to see 4 people, one of whom argued with the director.

We did Act Two yesterday.  It was my 4th rehearsal, and I had never done Act Two, so I had to use my book, but so did everyone else, except Teddy.  It's most distressing that people who have been in rehearsal SO long are still on book and wondering about their blocking.

It didn't help that our director decided to stay home last night.

No, the actor was great - it was the author who said the character shouldn't have the Irish lilt - he now realizes he was wrong and wouldn't hear it any other way.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 09:11:41 AM
I am very happy they caught those cretins, and if you have to go to court to make sure they're put in jail, then it's okay - because ASSES like that need to be put in jail.  I feel quite strongly that anyone, any turd who causes innocent people grief of that nature, needs to be put away because they are not fit to interact with other human beings, except for meeting their like in jail.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 09:11:50 AM
DR Matt H, your doctor seems to be working with you to make everything better.  I have one suggestion, use the over-the-counter pain meds before therapy, after the first visit.  They really need to know what level of pain you are in for the evaluation.

VIBES PT WORK QUICKLY!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 09:12:47 AM
BK-

Like Your Well Written Mysteries Can you throw out some Clues(Hints) on The Broadway Show Recording and The New Movie Score?

I don't like to give too many clews, but I'll say that the B'way recording is on most people's want list, and the new movie score's composer has a B'way connection.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 09:13:15 AM
I've been up since eight.  Handy Man is out buying metal shelves and will install today.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 09:16:55 AM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.



My problem is that Vicodin and the muscle relaxer he gave me have had almost zero effect on things like cramping and their effects seem to wear off within a couple of hours which usually means by 4 a.m. at the latest, I'm wide awake and miserable.

I don't mean to sound like a whiner. But I haven't had a quality night's sleep in a month (come Saturday), and it's hard to stay positive without proper rest.

But I do appreciate the positive words.

Whining is permitted, you are going through a lot right now.

Have you tried heat for the cramping?  That helps me, either soaking, a hot towel or heating pad.  A mild tranquilizer at night might work better than the pain meds or muscle relaxer, it does for me. 
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 09:17:45 AM
DR Matt H, Whining is permitted, you are going through a lot right now.

Have you tried heat for the cramping?  That helps me, either soaking, a hot towel or heating pad. 

A mild tranquilizer at night might work better than the pain meds or muscle relaxer, it does for me. 
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 09:21:05 AM
DR Vixter, glad you are ok.  VIBES!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 09:25:59 AM
JMK, what's the name of your theater?

If you mean where The Producers is running, Lakewood Theater in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Only three more performances to go (but who's counting), all sold out.  This is the most successful show they've done in 57 seasons!  In truly incredible news, this company has been in the black for going on 58 years, and anyone who's had any business experience with community theater knows how rare that is.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 09:26:20 AM
Happy Birthday, Megan.



(Who is Megan?).  :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 09:28:40 AM
I would never have expected reading A YEAR IN PROVENCE would give me nightmares, yet it did.   It seems we have lived through renovations in too many homes for me to me reading stories about other people living in the same conditions.

This book is really for the likes of DRs Jose, SWW & DerBrucer, when the book is discussing home renovations it is discussing food, most of which I find rather disgusting ;)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 09:30:21 AM
JMK, a Facebook friend of mine posted that he saw The Producers at the Lakewood Theater last night. He loved it and thought it was great.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 09:31:11 AM
JMK, a Facebook friend of mine posted that he saw The Producers at the Lakewood Theater last night. He loved it and thought it was great.

Who's your friend--I might know him.  Portland is a very small place.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 09:32:19 AM
I made the tech director laugh last night.  He saw that I had a crossword puzzle book in the pit, and said it was obvious the band had "checked out."  I responded, "Kurt, Kurt, Kurt--we're professionals.  We had checked out by Act II on opening night."  :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 09:32:46 AM
DR TCB I can play Teddy if you want to play Jonathan. 

Oh, I'm so glad we're able to work this out!

Martha Brewster - DR Ginny
Teddy Brewster - DR JRand
The Rev. Dr. Harper - My DH Richard (he already has the wardrobe!)
Elaine Harper
Officer Klein
Mr. Gibbs
Abby Brewster - DR Vixmom
Mortimer Brewster - DR Ron Pulliam
Jonathan Brewster -  DR TCB
Mr. Witherspoon - DR Elmore or DR Jose
Officer Brophy - DR George
Officer O'Hara - DR MattH
Dr. Einstein
Lieutenant Rooney
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Druxy on August 21, 2009, 09:36:19 AM
This is probably a dumb question, but since I don't know the answer, maybe not.

Why would a road company, like WICKED, have both a standby and an understudy for the role of "Elphaba"?

An understudy is usually in the Ensemble, or playing a secondary role, but isn't the standby paid to basically show up and just sit around (doing crossword puzzles) unless the lead gets sick or something?

In New York, I assume, that they pay the standby a "retainer" to know/rehearse the show and be available, plus more $ if they actually perform.  But, on the road, we're talking about traveling expenses, etc., which makes having a standby much more expensive, particularly when you have an understudy for the part.

Somebody, please enlighten me.

BTW: I'm asking because we saw the standby (Carrie Manolakos) do the show the other night, and she was terrific.

Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 09:42:51 AM
Alan Lytle
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: MBarnum on August 21, 2009, 09:58:50 AM
Oh gosh, DR Vixter! I am so glad you and your friends are Ok. And I do hope those bad guys get what they deserve!

Be careful and be safe...and think of the grand story you will have to tell your grandkids one day!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: MBarnum on August 21, 2009, 10:02:26 AM
I am quite worried about my friend Jackie Loughery (Miss USA 1952, and star of TVs JUDGE ROY BEAN) as I have not heard from her in a couple of weeks. I usually get e-mails from her several times a week. I can't for the life of me locate her phone number, which is unlisted.

She is such a sweetheart and I hope she is OK and maybe just having computer problems again.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:03:48 AM
I hope you hear from your friend soon, MBarnam. It's very upsetting to have friends disappear like that.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 10:09:30 AM
Hugs and love to vixter!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 10:22:17 AM
This situation with the Sept 1 reading of Life Begins At 8:40 is turning into open warfare and I fear and hope it gets no uglier than it currently is. At the present, I have no urge to make the trip to DC!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 10:25:03 AM
Handy Man is back with the shelves, so I can now go jog.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 10:27:11 AM
Last call!

***** HHW GET-TOGETHER INVITE *********

Party in honor of BK Monday Aug 24 at 7:30. 

Please RSVP by HHW Private Message by Friday, please!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:31:16 AM
Laura, that's hilarious, because Alan is Lakewood's usual MD.  He has a much higher tolerance for doing shows than I do.  :)  How do you know him?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:31:43 AM
I typically can't stand to do more than one a year, and after this one I think I'm good for a decade.  :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 21, 2009, 10:35:03 AM
DR elmore - Maybe you could get your super's son to come pay another visit today? ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
DR elmore - Maybe you could get your super's son to come pay another visit today? ;)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Why not just get his phone number and make an appointment?




;)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:40:32 AM
I met him on the internet many years ago, when he was in college and had long hair.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 21, 2009, 10:40:58 AM
I made sure the SAP channel was turned off which I think was the problem ...


Hmmmmm, I think that's something worth looking into....    ;D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:42:34 AM
I know Darren Hurley, too.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:43:44 AM
I know Darren Hurley, too.

Darren was in my REEFER MADNESS musical!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:43:57 AM
What school did you go to?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:44:17 AM
And I frankly can't imagine Alan with long hair--he seems like such a "button down" person.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:44:32 AM
Me, on the other hand....  ;)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: JMK on August 21, 2009, 10:50:19 AM
It's not quite officially official yet, but I can now announce that I've been hired to review classical music/opera (both BD and audio BD) for Blu-ray.com.  I'm very excited by this opportunity, though truth be told, will miss the variety I experienced at both DVDTalk and Matt's home, Home Theater Forum.  I've already submitted my resignation to HTF, DVDTalk is wanting me to stay on in the background to handle classic film and some t.v. series, but I need to clear that with Blu-ray.  The best part in terms of new toys is, because I'm an independent subcontractor for Blu-ray, I can write off a brand spanking new home theater system, so I'm excited to be able to upgrade to some great new components for my review room.  Right now I think I will be getting a Samsung 42" LCD, an Onkyo 7.1 surround system and the new slimline PS3 for a player.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:54:15 AM
And I frankly can't imagine Alan with long hair--he seems like such a "button down" person.

It was a long time ago.

I have seen Alan a couple of times in person, but I have not met Darren in person yet.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 10:57:45 AM
Thank you!! I did check in, I always do on my birthday- thanks for not forgetting about me  ;D

That toilet paper was the most functional gift I've ever received!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 10:59:27 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nNTq90gWbMQ/Rkaqqm2cnVI/AAAAAAAAAEk/N52uo_iMQqQ/s320/IMG_0660.JPG)

Thank you, that is too cute :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:59:54 AM
LOL! And most memorable!

Megan, I hope you are happy.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 11:04:24 AM
LOL! And most memorable!

Megan, I hope you are happy.

Very much so, thank you. I've been very blessed :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 11:08:00 AM
Happiest of birthdays, DR Megan!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 11:08:04 AM
I told  you when you met the right fella you'd know it. I'm glad you found him. It makes all the difference.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 11:16:23 AM
How much more school do you have, Megan?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 11:34:44 AM
How much more school do you have, Megan?

I finish my Bachelor's in May, but I start an accelerated Master's of Social Work program in June. It's only a 36 credit MSW program instead of 60, so I will have my Master's in May 2011. The next two years will be fueled by Starbuck's and vitamins :)

You were right! It took Tommy a while to come along but since he did, life has been so good!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 11:40:26 AM
I'm very proud of you. I know you can do it.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 11:50:11 AM
Hey, FJL, can you or someone call Rodzinski and see if he can come?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 11:52:10 AM
Back from the long jog.  Handy Man is assembling the metal shelves in the garage and this is the smartest decision I've made in ages!  We've got three going up now, then we'll do two smaller ones against the back wall, and then two more on the opposite side wall.  Not only will all the Kritzerland product and shipping supplies fit perfectly with room to spare, but also I'll finally be able to have a few shelves of CDs, books, and DVDs out there, instead of being so overcrowded in the house.  That will be so wonderful.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 11:58:15 AM
A Very Happy Birthday to DR Megan!! ;D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 12:11:05 PM
Waiting, waiting.

For Sunday.

To learn the answer to the urgent question:

What Will Brian Boitano Make?       :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 12:17:56 PM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.

~~~Continued Vibes for DR Matt H.!!~~~
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 12:23:36 PM
Oh. My. GOD.

I never thought that this sort of thing could happen to me. My friends and I were coming back to y best friends house to hang out for a bit, since a couple of people were feeling sick from rides and whatnot. My best friends boyfriend, Matt had an I pod on him, so he put it on speaker or somthing so we could all rock out to the music together, and we got a call from a friend who was still in the fair, and all she did was yell into the phone for a couple of minutes about us leaving her behind, and then she hung up on me. (Incidentally, the reason we left was because she said her boyfriend and her would catch up, so we thought they where ditching us to go make out. AGAIN.)
So we were waiting on the corner for them to catch up (which they never did), when these two huge black guys come out of no-where and start asking Matt how much he wanted for his ipod. When he said it wasn't for sale, one of them took it and started walking away from us. Matt grabbed his shirt, and the guy punched him in the FACE, which made Matt stumble backwards and rip the guy's shirt. Then they walked away from us and when they got half-way down the block, they started running. After that, we went back to the house, and called the police after telling our friends mom. The police showed up, and dragged Matt away to identify a suspect, and less then half an hour later, I was being dragged away to do the same thing. The good News: They caught the guy who took his i-pod, and have him in custudy, I believe. The bad news: Even though Matt and I were able to identify the guy so they wouldn't need the rest of our friends to identify him as well, they made the two of us stay in a police department, in seperate rooms, and tell the whole story again to different detectives. I haven't seen him since around 11 ish last night, when my police car drove past his on the way to the station. I hope he's ok. Now some guy's gonna call me in a week or two, who'll want the story again, and tell me if I have to go to court as a witness, or if the kid is just going to jail now without me and Matt having to go to court. This place is turning into some new kind of Brooklyn at night. I thought people oved out here to get away from the cities. Guess I was wrong.

~~~Vibes for DR Vixter!!~~~
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 12:24:34 PM
It's not quite officially official yet, but I can now announce that I've been hired to review classical music/opera (both BD and audio BD) for Blu-ray.com.  I'm very excited by this opportunity, though truth be told, will miss the variety I experienced at both DVDTalk and Matt's home, Home Theater Forum.  I've already submitted my resignation to HTF, DVDTalk is wanting me to stay on in the background to handle classic film and some t.v. series, but I need to clear that with Blu-ray.  The best part in terms of new toys is, because I'm an independent subcontractor for Blu-ray, I can write off a brand spanking new home theater system, so I'm excited to be able to upgrade to some great new components for my review room.  Right now I think I will be getting a Samsung 42" LCD, an Onkyo 7.1 surround system and the new slimline PS3 for a player.

Congrats to JMK on his new position! 

(and that's NOT a euphemism. ;))
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 12:30:16 PM
HAPPY NATAL DAY DR MEGAN!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 12:31:54 PM
DR VIXTER -  I have nothing but hugs for you!  Thank the lord that you are alright and that your friend is alright.  As someone else said, keep writing down anything you remember, anything at all, and keep re-reading and rethinking.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 12:32:58 PM
Bk - Rodzinski has been emailed an invitation.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 12:36:15 PM
A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to DR JMK on his new tax write-off position!!!     :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 12:40:46 PM
I hope you hear from your friend soon, MBarnam. It's very upsetting to have friends disappear like that.

DITTO!

We once did that to friends during a sudden move.  When I reached one friend she said she was about to call my father & check up on us. 
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 12:41:27 PM
This situation with the Sept 1 reading of Life Begins At 8:40 is turning into open warfare and I fear and hope it gets no uglier than it currently is. At the present, I have no urge to make the trip to DC!

:(  Vibes things improve.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 12:43:14 PM
To bid at auction on these rare early Streisand tapes (http://www.momentsintime.com/Barbara%20Streisand.htm), you need only put $100,000.00 in escrow, for starters.   :P
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 12:43:36 PM
I gotta tell you.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 12:43:53 PM
I was just thinking of Veronica Lake.  I know not why.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 12:44:12 PM
CONGRATULATIONS DR JMK! :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 12:52:37 PM
JMK, tell Alan and Darren I said hello and to come join us here.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 12:56:53 PM
I was just thinking of Lake Erie.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 12:58:05 PM
I was just thinking of Lake Erie.

That's very strange.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 12:58:36 PM
I hope that DR JMK is happy in his new position.  ;)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 12:59:04 PM
I could think of Lake George.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 01:01:07 PM
Shelf number two is up - it's so NEAT out there now, with all the CD boxes where it's easy as pie to see them and all the shipping supplies in one easy to reach place.  Shelf three will get done today, then, when I get back from NY, we'll do the rest.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 01:02:09 PM
Once the rest are up, I will finally be able to get these stacks of DVDs out of the den and where I can actually see and get to them, same with about three hundred CDs and I'll also be able to take some books that have been boxed up since I moved here, and get them out of the boxes and onto shelves.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 01:03:15 PM
Anyone up for some peach melba?

(http://bp0.blogger.com/_BIQSd5NCJFQ/SHAawd8RsSI/AAAAAAAAAG0/09S4HZtMtFM/s400/Peach+Melba+2.jpg)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 01:03:54 PM
That's very strange.

Well, it is ME we're talking about, here.       :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 01:08:23 PM
Everyone involved with the Life Begins reading just got an email from the major LoC person claiming that she had a long talk withe the conductor who told her about conversations he and I had involving errors in the piano parts.  Only we didn't have those discussions. I have the emails involving several problems but I haven't spoken to him since a meeting around August 12 when we rode the bus uptown together.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 01:14:20 PM
I just woke up from a 2-hour nap.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 01:18:51 PM
Congratulations, DR JMK, on the new writing job.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:21:48 PM
We did have a 70% chance of rain, but there's nothing to suggest it's going to happen based on the way it looks outside today - hot, hot, hot but with blue skies smilin' at me (an Irving Berlin reference).
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:23:34 PM
Thanks to all who expressed good wishes for my condition. And I believe I'll try your suggestion tonight, DR Jane. At this point I'm willing to try most anything for a decent night's sleep.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:24:21 PM
Sounds like you'll be doing what you really love, DR JMK, at the new site, so I'm happy for you. And the new system sounds swell.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Kerry on August 21, 2009, 01:25:55 PM
I hope that DR JMK is happy in his new position.  ;)


Hmmmm.....
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:26:09 PM
I Watched ROYAL PAINS while I ate lunch. One of the better recent episodes since Evan wasn't stalking a woman and both health cases were interesting.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:27:36 PM
Then I started on my work project: THE UNTOUCHABLES, Season 3, Volume 1. This show is loaded with guest star character actors.

In the first episode, two crime bosses are played by VIncent Gardenia and Ned Glass and Peter Falk is moving in to take over their territories.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Kerry on August 21, 2009, 01:27:53 PM
Duck/Wife or Wife/Duck just arrived and is playin gnow.  Oh, joy!  Oh, rapture!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:28:58 PM
In the second one Wendall Corey was Mr. Big, and Carroll O'Connor was also one of the guest stars along with Albert Salmi.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:29:13 PM
Page Six Dance!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 01:29:51 PM
Kerry, are we getting a storm tonight? I had a headache this morning.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Kerry on August 21, 2009, 01:30:10 PM
Anyone up for some peach melba?

(http://bp0.blogger.com/_BIQSd5NCJFQ/SHAawd8RsSI/AAAAAAAAAG0/09S4HZtMtFM/s400/Peach+Melba+2.jpg)

 YES!   Will you deliver it personally>   The Peach Melba, too!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:31:09 PM
And in the third one, Frank Nitti makes his first appearance of the season (played by Bruce Gordon). Don Gordon was a guest star, but the big name in this episode is Martin Balsam as a former cop-gone-bad.

The shows are pretty formulaic - bad guys ove in with some racket and have early success thwarting the feds until Ness and his crew find a way to turn the tables. Still, good production values: love the score and Walter Winchell's terse commentary.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 01:31:53 PM
DR MattH - thanks for updating us on your diagnosis.  When do you start the PT?  It won't keep you out of rehearsals for our HHW production of Arsenic & Old Lace, will it?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:31:56 PM
I did have time to skim through today's ATWT. Nothing of interest though Holden was in next week's previews.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 01:33:38 PM
Thanks to all who expressed good wishes for my condition. And I believe I'll try your suggestion tonight, DR Jane. At this point I'm willing to try most anything for a decent night's sleep.

DR Matt H, re your nocturnal  Vicodin-relaxant  dosage, I took mine right before i went to bed and usually woke up for another dose around 4-4:30 am. Because I was so scared of addiction, I only took it at night, and around 9am or so when I got out of bed . I only took it during the day if it really really ached or I had some traveling to do. I do hope they get you out of your misery soon. I'm constantly in pain and constantly irritable, which is only aggravated by this payment misery, but i am off the drugs completely for the past week.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:34:35 PM
DR MattH - thanks for updating us on your diagnosis.  When do you start the PT?

Monday morning 8 a.m. I took the first available appointment. I am really serious about wanting to get better. This has been such a shock to me since I've never had any health issues apart from kidney stones quite a long time ago. The doctor seemed to think the spasms and pain would be cyclical for me. I guess time will tell.

Thanks for asking.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:35:47 PM
Thanks to all who expressed good wishes for my condition. And I believe I'll try your suggestion tonight, DR Jane. At this point I'm willing to try most anything for a decent night's sleep.

DR Matt H, re your nocturnal  Vicodin-relaxant  dosage, I took mine right before i went to bed and usually woke up for another dose around 4-4:30 am. Because I was so scared of addiction, I only took it at night, and around 9am or so when I got out of bed . I only took it during the day if it really really ached or I had some traveling to do. I do hope they get you out of your misery soon. I'm constantly in pain and constantly irritable, which is only aggravated by this payment misery, but i am off the drugs completely for the past week.

I dropped the Vicodin after talking with the doctor. I'll hold what I've got left for "special occasions." I'm going over-the-counter stuff right now.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 01:36:16 PM
The Rains of Ranchipoor have landed! It's turned very dark and the thunder and downpour have begun.

I've been down to the basement looking for George in his workshop all day, but he hasn't shown up. I just left a note on his door to stop by and see what we've done so far.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 01:38:34 PM
Lots of review stuff arrived today. I got the next three Criterion items for September: THAT HAMILTON WOMAN, Mamet's HOMICIDE, and a three part THE HUMAN CONDITION movie set. I also got the next season of CRIMINAL MINDS.

All of these things come out on September 8. Oy! Next week is going to be BUSY!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 01:44:15 PM
We are supposed to get a storm this weekend. I hope we do.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 01:55:52 PM
We are supposed to get a storm this weekend.

Snow?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 01:57:05 PM
We would be absolutely ecstatic to have some rain.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 02:23:15 PM
I guess I'll write for a little while and then head down to continue with the adventures of Elliot Ness.

WBBL.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 02:49:48 PM
To bid at auction on these rare early Streisand tapes (http://www.momentsintime.com/Barbara%20Streisand.htm), you need only put $100,000.00 in escrow, for starters.   :P

Okay!  Who's in with me??
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 02:50:19 PM
Anyone?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 02:50:31 PM
;)
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 02:54:04 PM
A brand new Trader Joe's just opened on the west side of Olympia today!  I went at my lunch time and just got back.  It was a mad house!  But I parked at a store kitty-corner to where Trader Joe's is (that parking lot was practically empty) and walked across the streets.  I just looked around a bit and only got some cookies and spaghetti sauce (not to be combined in any way, shape or form) and it took me 24, count 'em 24 minutes to get through the line...actually, that was not a surprise.  But I got a free reusable Trader Joe's bag! :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 02:57:30 PM
Topic of the Day:  in my CD player, Susan Johnson - Legendary Performers (http://www.amazon.com/Legendary-Performers-Susan-Johnson-Johnson-Kehn/dp/B000065C55/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1250891016&sr=1-1).  She's great, but it sounds like they used the same applause track in between the songs. :-\

But why are all the songs so darned short??  Practically just one chorus and that's it.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 03:13:14 PM
Well, darn it. We got sent home with antibiotics for ten days, so no adoptions for a while.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 03:17:04 PM
Lots of review stuff arrived today. I got the next three Criterion items for September: THAT HAMILTON WOMAN, Mamet's HOMICIDE, and a three part THE HUMAN CONDITION movie set. I also got the next season of CRIMINAL MINDS.

All of these things come out on September 8. Oy! Next week is going to be BUSY!

So, DR Matt H, I think I've asked you this before but i am curious: are you obligated to review everything you are sent or can you pick and chose? I have an acquaintance who reviews AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE; he used to get 30-40 CDs a month and would maybe review 3 or 4 at the most.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 03:25:45 PM
My test books have arrived and look swellegant!  It's such a cool feeling to get these.  Anyway, I'm placing my order for books, so we'll start preorders over the weekend or on Monday.  Not sure how we're doing it yet - we may make a page for it on the Kritzerland site (eventually all the books will be there), but if not, you all know how to do the direct payment thing.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 03:30:01 PM
My test books have arrived and look swellegant!  It's such a cool feeling to get these.  Anyway, I'm placing my order for books, so we'll start preorders over the weekend or on Monday.  Not sure how we're doing it yet - we may make a page for it on the Kritzerland site (eventually all the books will be there), but if not, you all know how to do the direct payment thing.

Nice!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 03:30:55 PM
Well, darn it. We got sent home with antibiotics for ten days, so no adoptions for a while.

that's so like elmore, passing around STDs.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 03:31:46 PM
Right this exact minute, I'm listening to Susan Johnson sing "I Love Paris" and the very next title that have to order for work is "Frommer's Paris 2010."  What a coinkydink! :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 03:39:19 PM
Topic of the Day:  in my CD player, Susan Johnson - Legendary Performers (http://www.amazon.com/Legendary-Performers-Susan-Johnson-Johnson-Kehn/dp/B000065C55/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1250891016&sr=1-1). 

???

Not sure why Amazon lists this as an "Import."  Isn't Harbinger a U.S. label?
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Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 03:39:58 PM
bk - great news about getting organized AND getting the sample books!      :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 03:56:06 PM
Topic of the Day:  in my CD player, Susan Johnson - Legendary Performers (http://www.amazon.com/Legendary-Performers-Susan-Johnson-Johnson-Kehn/dp/B000065C55/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1250891016&sr=1-1). 

???

Not sure why Amazon lists this as an "Import."  Isn't Harbinger a U.S. label?

Yes.  I'm listening to a CD burned from an iTunes download.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 03:57:13 PM
PAGE SEVEN SUSAN JOHNSON DANCE!!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51r-4G75I-L._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 04:02:11 PM
DR George - I just meant that in the Amazon link you provided, Amazon is saying that it's an import recording.     ???
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:10:12 PM
Shelf number two is up - it's so NEAT out there now, with all the CD boxes where it's easy as pie to see them and all the shipping supplies in one easy to reach place.  Shelf three will get done today, then, when I get back from NY, we'll do the rest.

It is always nice to be organized & have a place for everything. :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 04:12:02 PM
Thanks to all who expressed good wishes for my condition. And I believe I'll try your suggestion tonight, DR Jane. At this point I'm willing to try most anything for a decent night's sleep.

I hope something works.  I know how painful it can be when body parts cramp.

SLEEP WELL VIBES!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 04:16:10 PM
Oh, right, we have a TOD:

DVD:
PUSHING DAISIES SEASON TWO - gosh, I'm really thrilled with this show and saddened by its cancellation.  Favorite episode of the 2nd season featured a female lighthouse keeper (the murder victim), a character named Eliot, an a capella rendition of "Candle on the Water" AND guest star Mary Kay Place!

PETE'S DRAGON - just had to go there.

ULYSSES - Kirk Douglas/Anthony Quinn peplum.

BLU-RAY:
CALIGULA - the new format doesn't make it a better movie, but, the commentaries by MacDowell and Mirren are quite fascinating.

CD:
Helen Reddy -The Woman I Am - The Definitive Collection
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 04:25:06 PM
DR George - I just meant that in the Amazon link you provided, Amazon is saying that it's an import recording.     ???

I did see that Amazon lists it as an import.  I don't know why, either.  The vendor where our library gets most of the A/V (CDs, DVDs, etc.) lists it as "Special Order/Availability Limited." 
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 04:26:14 PM
Maybe that's there way of indicating that it's difficult to get it from the publisher without having to create a whole new code in their system.
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Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 04:27:22 PM
Oh, I forgot, I may see the revival/re-worked How Now, Dow Jones on Sunday afternoon. It's being done at the Minetta Lane as part of the Fringe Festival. It's always been a guilty pleasure. Very few people know the show. It starred Tony Roberts and Brenda Vaccaro (sp) was featured and had more than one song?!?!

Anyway, it's hot here in the living room (we only have AC in the bedroom) and I need to finish my breakfast and get to the office.

Bye.

In my (recent!) previous life, when once I was backstage tour guide host at Disney/MGM (then) Studios -- almost 20 years ago -- I got to host Miss Vaccaro; she's a funny lady who was so surprised I knew about How Now Dow Jones!

She also seemed to get a kick out of my telling her she has good taste in being married to a French fellow!

Ah, memories! .... Had to share!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 04:36:33 PM
DR TCB I can play Teddy if you want to play Jonathan. 


Oh Boy!  I could never run up those steps as Teddy.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: elmore3003 on August 21, 2009, 04:41:16 PM
PAGE SEVEN SUSAN JOHNSON DANCE!!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51r-4G75I-L._SS500_.jpg)

I think I got this through the Grammy Awatds Guide about 6 or 7 years ago.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 04:46:39 PM
I got the results of the MRI. The good news was that it was not a herniated disc in my neck. The bad news is that I have a combination of the onset of arthritis and a deterioration of the spongy material between the discs in my spine. Now, I understand why the doctor has signed me up for rehab which begins on Monday morning.

And no new drugs for the present. He's convinced the pain will subside with time and exercise, so I have to use over-the-counter pain medication plus the rest of the Vicodin and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers he prescribed during my previous two visits.

All very disappointing. On the other hand, it's not life threatening; it's just that my quality of life for the moment is not going to be very pleasant.

DR Matt H, the great news is that it's diagnosed and treatment can begin! I still feel for your pain and discomfort. I was going to sugggest the doctor give you Vicodin and muscle relaxant to help you sleep at night but I see he already has. It worked wonders for me, although I think it will take death to silence my bad attitude on existence.


My problem is that Vicodin and the muscle relaxer he gave me have had almost zero effect on things like cramping and their effects seem to wear off within a couple of hours which usually means by 4 a.m. at the latest, I'm wide awake and miserable.

I don't mean to sound like a whiner. But I haven't had a quality night's sleep in a month (come Saturday), and it's hard to stay positive without proper rest.

But I do appreciate the positive words.


At least, DR Matt, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  Continued good vibes.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 04:47:08 PM
Anyone up for some peach melba?

(http://bp0.blogger.com/_BIQSd5NCJFQ/SHAawd8RsSI/AAAAAAAAAG0/09S4HZtMtFM/s400/Peach+Melba+2.jpg)

Hmmm.... that's more Peach than Melba to me! :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 04:49:26 PM
Richard and I thoroughly enjoyed JULIE & JULIA and I will go see it again whenever my girlfriends want to.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Druxy on August 21, 2009, 04:50:31 PM
I just read that Paramount is moving Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND from an September/October release date to February.

Bummer!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 04:52:07 PM
PAGE SEVEN SUSAN JOHNSON DANCE!!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51r-4G75I-L._SS500_.jpg)

I love this cd!

Now, is it on it that she sings a song along with the composer who can't recall the lyrics and she tells him: "YOU wrote it! You're on your own!"?   :D... something to that effect! ...

What a belter she was!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 04:53:09 PM
What a belter she was!

Amen!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 04:53:49 PM
that's more Peach than Melba to me!

You'll always be a Melba to me, darling!!       :-*
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 04:54:29 PM
I could never run up those steps as Teddy.

How 'bout in a teddy?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 04:55:21 PM
[maybe that'll work better today than it did yesterday.   :P  ]
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 04:56:01 PM
Richard and I thoroughly enjoyed JULIE & JULIA and I will go see it again whenever my girlfriends want to.

Amy Adams is such a pretty and talented and whimsical and natural and (STOP me!) heart-warming actress!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 04:58:36 PM
that's more Peach than Melba to me!

You'll always be a Melba to me, darling!!       :-*

You have me ... melting!! :D

Do you remember Melba Moore? (PURLIE) (Larry's niece?! :D)
Melb-a mour.......
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 05:00:33 PM
PAGE SEVEN SUSAN JOHNSON DANCE!!

I love this cd!

Now, is it on it that she sings a song along with the composer who can't recall the lyrics and she tells him: "YOU wrote it! You're on your own!"?   :D... something to that effect! ...

What a belter she was!

Yes!  She was singing a duet with Johnny Burke on "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny" and he forgot his own lyrics. ;D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 05:02:10 PM

For those who need their Amy Adams fix!

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0010736/mediaindex

I have read yesterday that ... there might be an "ENCHANTED 2" ....

Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 05:07:48 PM
PAGE SEVEN SUSAN JOHNSON DANCE!!

I love this cd!

Now, is it on it that she sings a song along with the composer who can't recall the lyrics and she tells him: "YOU wrote it! You're on your own!"?   :D... something to that effect! ...

What a belter she was!

Yes!  She was singing a duet with Johnny Burke on "I Wouldn't Bet One Penny" and he forgot his own lyrics. ;D

Yes, that's it!

I think the songs are shortened because they are TV performances ....

Check youtube; there's a terrific post of a L.A. production of FOLLIES (Another terrific belter, Karen Moore, BK's friend, is in it!) and she's the lead singer for the Who's That Woman number.

The singing is out of this world!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOahWAFYbQI
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: François on August 21, 2009, 05:09:32 PM

Enchanted 2 ?

http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2009/08/20/mickey-s-sweatshop-tink-my-ride-and-enchanted-2.aspx
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 05:12:53 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.

(http://i32.tinypic.com/2uiav4p.jpg)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:16:45 PM
That's great, bk.  It's amazing how much having things organized gives you a mental boost.       :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 05:16:50 PM
Wow, I had to see that to comprehend the amount of boxes. ;D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:17:05 PM
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:19:02 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.



Wow! Great shelves
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:22:34 PM
My next project is the basement again.  I need to clean out the junk/storage room and put in some plastic shelves (not even in the same league as BK's shelves) and will put plastic storage hims full of stuff that needs to be stored for now.   Then, I'll finally fire up the miter saw and finish the trim in the room I redid last winter. 

Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:23:06 PM
Dr Laura are the kitties ok?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:23:20 PM
VIBES TO ALL WHO NEED THEM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:26:44 PM
VIXTER - very scary.  Vibes to you.  Chances are he'll plead guilty and you won't have to go to court
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:27:42 PM
I had a very very good day in court today.   what a lovely feeling
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 05:27:43 PM
The kitties have an upper respiratory infection, but they had their surgeries today. They are still sleepy.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:28:15 PM
Wow! Great shelves

And it's not even a euphemism!      :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 05:28:28 PM
So there's still time for me to torture you all with another video, I guess.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:29:25 PM
So there's still time for me to torture you all with another video, I guess.

I sure hope you will!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:29:56 PM
Weather man tonight :  "Hurricane Bill will cause extreme waves and rip currents, especially near the ocean."
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:32:41 PM
So there's still time for me to torture you all with another video, I guess.

Please do!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 05:32:45 PM
that's more Peach than Melba to me!

You'll always be a Melba to me, darling!!       :-*

And you'll always be a peach to me, DR DAW!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 05:33:55 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.

Wow! Great shelves

Definitely!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: td on August 21, 2009, 05:34:07 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.



Wow! Great shelves

Nice rack, too.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 05:37:29 PM
I learned today that the designer in the office next to me may be moving to another building in about a year (one that they own and are redoing).  This would be just about the time I am hoping to be able to expand and possibly add another paralegal or a lawyer.  Her space is totally cool. with the original high ceilings and a bathroom! (the building was built in the early 1900s)  Now we have to go upstairs to get to a bathroom - that alone would be worth it.   They would remodel to connect the offices.  We could still use my office now as two conference rooms and a waiting area and use the other space for our offices.   

this is all just planning ahead, but I really think it's going to work out.

The best part about it is we would have 4 HUGE windows so lots of natural light
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 05:41:51 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.



Wow! Great shelves

Nice rack, too.

I've been told that many times.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 05:44:38 PM
I'm watching Lost, Season Five episode 8 and this one is really pushing me, patience-wise.  It's like they run out of ideas and just create some new thing with new characters until they can figure out how to get back to, you know, the story we're INVESTED in.  For those who don't remember, SPOILER

This is where they are now stuck in whatever time they're stuck in and it keeps doing that three years later, three years earlier thing, and Sawyer is head of security and it's just giving me a headache, and now there's a new irritating girl have a baby in the way that only actresses have them, and I hope this is a one-off episode for her.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:48:33 PM
And you'll always be a peach to me, DR DAW!

A bit overripe and past its prime, but a peach nonetheless!     :)

[just scrape off the brown bits]
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 05:50:26 PM
I'm so glad that I have this book.  Without a recipe, I'm not sure that I would know quite how to create a platter of figs!!       ::)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511KpoR8oyL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 06:09:24 PM
So there's still time for me to torture you all with another video, I guess.

:D  Please do.

How about your cats?  Do you need to have them all checked?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 06:10:02 PM
DR Cilla I hope your expansion happens just as you wish it to.  It sounds wonderful.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 06:14:36 PM
DR Cilla I hope your expansion happens just as you wish it to.  It sounds wonderful.

VERY exciting possibilities!!!     :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 06:36:21 PM
Weather man tonight :  "Hurricane Bill will cause extreme waves and rip currents, especially near the ocean."

Does anyone proof those reports before the weatherman reads them?
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 06:41:05 PM
I HAD A GREAT TIME.

MUST NOW READ 2 DAYS POSTS.

Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 06:43:40 PM
Weather man tonight :  "Hurricane Bill will cause extreme waves and rip currents, especially near the ocean."

Does anyone proof those reports before the weatherman reads them?

 ;D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 06:44:04 PM
Hi DR Sam, glad you had a great time! :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: DAW on August 21, 2009, 06:44:43 PM
I HAD A GREAT TIME.

:D

Welcome back!!!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 06:46:06 PM
Welcome back, DR Sam!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:49:19 PM
Okie doke, the new book will be up for preorder momentarily at www.kritzerland.com - I'll do a direct link later, but for now just go to the site and click on "Fun" on the menu bar.  From there you'll see the link to the book page.  There's only one thing we haven't dealt with and that's if someone orders multiple copies - although that has never been an issue, but if someone wants to just go ahead and do so and I'll figure out if there's extra shipping later and let you know.  Very exciting!
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 06:49:27 PM
Well, I'm heading home.  I bought a PS2 serial port adaptor for my new computer to hook up both my computers to a PS2 switchbox so that I can use the same mouse, keyboard and monitor for both computers at the same time!  The PS2 adaptor arrived today and (hopefully) I can install it myself without (much) trouble.

Until later. :)
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:49:31 PM
Sam's back.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 06:51:53 PM
Thanks Jane and DAW. It's one of those long term possibilities and by no means a sure thing, but I had the impression that the designer would be there forever until I talked to her husband today.  That's when the thing I've been musing about suddenly became a real possibility
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 06:52:13 PM
Hi Sam! Welcome back
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:53:41 PM
Who will be the first to order?  Someone alert the Vixter and Vixmom, who've been asking about when they can order - could someone e-mail Vixmom, as she sometimes stays away from the site for days.
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 06:55:43 PM
Before I go...I just ordered BK's new book!  It was very easy to do. :D
Title: Re: I, A FIEND?
Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 06:56:12 PM
Welcome back, Sam!
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 06:56:46 PM
George beat me to being the first one, but I ordered one too
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Post by: Jennifer on August 21, 2009, 06:57:31 PM
DR Vixter glad you're okay. That sounds scary.

DR MattH, hopefully the physio will help. I bet it will do something!

DR Elmore hope your pain goes away!

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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 06:57:56 PM
George beat me to being the first one, but I ordered one too

...unless I was only the first to post.  Maybe you actually ordered first??

;)
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:58:31 PM
So far, only George's order has shown up, but that's probably just the paypal lag.
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:58:40 PM
It's already a best-seller :)
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 06:59:03 PM
You can read the dust jacket flap copy whilst your there to get an idea of the plot of this one.
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 06:59:35 PM
I have a receipt for the payment. It should be showing up
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Post by: Ginny on August 21, 2009, 06:59:57 PM
Who will be the first to order?...

I just did!
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 07:00:29 PM
They're going like hot cakes!
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 07:02:20 PM
And now, I must be going. 

Bye, all!
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:02:24 PM
Herringbone was so good.   I had no idea what I was in for.  This is exactly the kind of bizarre writing I love.   Great evening, I was in heaven.

I don't think I even blinked, afraid to miss something on stage.  The acting, music and band, lighting and stage, etc, etc, were just wonderful.  

Imagine being in a small theatre, in the middle of an eucalyptus grove filled with cool breezes and the scent of the ocean.   Wolfgang Puck's outdoor seating restaurant for the theatre was 20 feet away, and it seemed the place to be before the show.  

I stayed at the Sheraton La Jolla across the street.  Next time I know to wear really comfortable shoes, walk the 4 blocks, and arrive early for dinner.

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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 07:03:46 PM
This lovely young actress was at Bryan's wedding. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3080981)
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 07:05:04 PM
Here's the direct link to order the book:

http://kritzerland.com/historical.htm
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 07:14:09 PM
It looks like our storm is coming.
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 07:16:36 PM
Food2 Challenges
http://www.food2.com/challenges

Don't know if the foodies out there have seen this yet
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:32:38 PM
Posts read.

Book ordered.

Lord Love a Duck is stuck at post office, I got there too late for them to want to fetch it for me from the back.  I'll have to pick it up in the morning.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:36:55 PM
Everyone in LA complains about the traffic, I left at 5:30 in the morning, drove at 80MPH the whole way to La Jolla.  Was there before 7:30AM.   And at 80MPH I was being passed by more than 1/2 the cars on the road with me.   Faster than 80 is not safe in my little Echo.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:44:19 PM
REALLY BIG THANKS TO THE DEAR HHW READER THAT POSTED THE HERRINGBONE INFO. 

And thank you to FJL for letting me know it was in CA.   I really had a good time, from the moment I sat down in the theatre.  Everyone connect with the La Jolla Playhouse is just nice.  Almost all volunteers, who see the shows in exchange for their time (when seats are available).

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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 07:44:42 PM
DR Sam, excellent time to San Diego.  You were wise to leave so early.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:45:06 PM
Hi to everyone I missed on the board while I was slowing reading the posts.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:47:00 PM
Sadly the economy is bad there just like everywhere else.  Lots of stores were closing at 70% off sales.  The restaurants were all busy as I walked through La Jolla.
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 07:47:09 PM
Hi Sam. I'm glad you had a great time.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:49:06 PM
Maybe, just maybe, I will venture to Las Vegas this winter.  Just maybe.  I still like being home.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 07:49:46 PM
Hi Jane

Hi Laura
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 08:01:03 PM
Sadly the economy is bad there just like everywhere else.  Lots of stores were closing at 70% off sales.  The restaurants were all busy as I walked through La Jolla.

Sad.
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Post by: Michael on August 21, 2009, 08:02:19 PM
Add my name to the book list
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 08:02:44 PM
I know this will sound really weird.  Last year I just could not take waking up with my back hurting anymore so I started sleeping on the floor (sort of the Japanese version).  No more backache in all this time.  The hotel had this incredible bed you just wanted to snuggle into for TV, room service, and sleep.  I woke up with a backache, back to sleeping on the floor for me.
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 08:03:29 PM
Add my name to the book list

Book list? 
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 08:04:05 PM
BTW, there will be a special something coming with every book ordered from Kritzerland or directly through paypal.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 08:04:49 PM
EXCELLENT VIBES TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT SATURDAY.

See ya later.
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Post by: Sam on August 21, 2009, 08:06:07 PM
And a big thank you for all the warm wishes. :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: FJL on August 21, 2009, 08:06:18 PM
Sam, I know Skip is thrilled that you went to see the show and he will be quite thrilled with your report!
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 08:06:21 PM
Good night, Sam. Sleep well.
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 08:06:34 PM
We are getting thunder.
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 08:07:12 PM
I know this will sound really weird.  Last year I just could not take waking up with my back hurting anymore so I started sleeping on the floor (sort of the Japanese version).  No more backache in all this time.  The hotel had this incredible bed you just wanted to snuggle into for TV, room service, and sleep.  I woke up with a backache, back to sleeping on the floor for me.

I always thought firm beds were better for your back & preferred them.  Now I find I do better with a softer bed, not too soft that it caves in.  A hard bed makes my back hurt more.
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Post by: Jane on August 21, 2009, 08:08:05 PM
DR Laura I hope rain comes with the thunder.

'night
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 08:28:27 PM
We got some. Didn't last too long, though. Summer storms come and go quickly and dramatically.
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:31:44 PM
Lots of review stuff arrived today. I got the next three Criterion items for September: THAT HAMILTON WOMAN, Mamet's HOMICIDE, and a three part THE HUMAN CONDITION movie set. I also got the next season of CRIMINAL MINDS.

All of these things come out on September 8. Oy! Next week is going to be BUSY!

So, DR Matt H, I think I've asked you this before but i am curious: are you obligated to review everything you are sent or can you pick and chose? I have an acquaintance who reviews AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE; he used to get 30-40 CDs a month and would maybe review 3 or 4 at the most.

LOL! I do remember your asking before, but I also remember answering before!

I am pretty much obligated to review what I'm sent OR make arrangements to have it covered by someone else on the staff. We send links of our reviews to the publicity departments of the studios we're assigned, and if they don't get them, they eventually cut off the review copies.
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Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 08:35:40 PM
[maybe that'll work better today than it did yesterday.   :P  ]


Nope!
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Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 08:38:21 PM
BK - How much is the new book and how much is the postage?  And do we have a title?
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:38:29 PM
I got five more episodes of THE UNTOUCHABLES watched. I found myself nodding off during several of them. It's not that they're dull, but the formula is SO rigid for these shows that There isn't that much new to see show after show other than the great array of guest stars who continue to show up.
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 08:40:48 PM
Sadly the economy is bad there just like everywhere else.  Lots of stores were closing at 70% off sales.  The restaurants were all busy as I walked through La Jolla.

Sad.

Sad, but I would have gone shopping...
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:41:16 PM
Look at this list of guest stars in the shows I watched tonght: Telly Savalas, Michael Constantine, Jack Klugman, Martin Landau, George Tobias, Gavin McLeod, Cloris Leachman, James Gregory, and Ruth Roman.
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Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 08:41:44 PM
BK - How much is the new book and how much is the postage?  And do we have a title?


Oh, never mind!
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:42:08 PM
I have watched exactly half the episodes, so I have eight more to watch tomorrow. There are no bonus features with the set, so I'll be done once I watch the shows.
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Post by: TCB on August 21, 2009, 08:42:09 PM




G'night!
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 08:42:58 PM
Night TCB  sleep well
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:43:55 PM
My friend John went to see ALTAR BOYZ tonight and dropped by after the show to tell me about it. I just ached too much to feel comfortable sitting in a seat watching a show. Watching TV, I was up and down, stretching, bend, trying to find comfortable positions, not the kind of thing I could do with people around you in the theater.
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:45:12 PM
When he left, I watched PROJECT RUNWAY. I certainly agreed with who was sent home.
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 08:53:46 PM
Going to get down to 49 degrees tonight.  back in the upper 70s tomorrow.  It really does feel like fall
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 08:59:47 PM
Going to get down to 49 degrees tonight.  back in the upper 70s tomorrow.  It really does feel like fall

Oh, how I envy you! I suspect we've got another month at least of upper 80s/lower 90s temperatures.
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Post by: Matt H. on August 21, 2009, 09:00:26 PM
I'm heading down in a few minutes to get some sleep.

Good night!
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 09:08:53 PM
Well it will be 87 on Wednesday, but overall, we are below average
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Post by: Cillaliz on August 21, 2009, 09:09:27 PM
Good night Matt, hope you can get some sleep tonight
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 09:37:21 PM
TCB, trust you found it.  Also, anyone who can't afford to buy right now, just let me know and I'll make sure I order enough books.
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:51:49 PM
DR Megan, I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I hope your DH bought you a lovely gift.  Even better than toilet paper.
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Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 10:53:15 PM
And a very happy haineshisway.com birthday to DRMegan.

Thank you so much BK!! My hubby enjoys reading your notes and requests more stories about She with the Evil Eye :)
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Post by: DRMegan on August 21, 2009, 10:55:01 PM
DR Megan, I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I hope your DH bought you a lovely gift.  Even better than toilet paper.

He brought me to the Phoenician :) We're here until Sunday, which I think is an AMAZING gift! He even bought me flowers, which is a nice surprise.

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes- it made me feel very special for the day!
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 10:57:14 PM
Wow. He sounds like a swell guy. :)
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 11:03:09 PM
Another mile/mill/gallstone has been passed!! ;) Laura has gone over the 3,000 mark!

(http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff302/HHWgroup/Lauras3007thPost.png)

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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 11:03:30 PM
Just had to share. :)
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Post by: Laura on August 21, 2009, 11:06:23 PM
Thanks, George. I don't really celebrate posting millstones -- unless it's a really BIG one. I have no idea how many posts I had under the old name.
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 11:08:10 PM
Been listening to the Kritzerland release that follows the next Kritzerland release - just the raw three-track session tapes, which sound rather terrific.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:11:27 PM
Good Evening!

So...

I left my apartment a little after Noon today... And I just returned about a half hour ago...

I had a wonderful day.

*Details to follow.  -If not tonight, then tomorrow/later today.
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Post by: bk on August 21, 2009, 11:22:36 PM
Just in case no one has shared this, I do.  It's truly uplifting and amazingly amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmDGntpZC3I
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:37:33 PM
Just in case no one has shared this, I do.  It's truly uplifting and amazingly amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmDGntpZC3I

:)

WOW!

:)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:38:38 PM
DR Sam - Thanks for the theatre reportage. And I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in La Jolla.  You truly deserved a good "Me Day" or two.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:39:08 PM
And you'll always be a peach to me, DR DAW!

A bit overripe and past its prime, but a peach nonetheless!     :)

[just scrape off the brown bits]

What about your fuzz?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:40:08 PM
DR Ginny - I think I'll be heading back to movie theatre soon to "Julie & Julia" again.  With or without my gurlfrenz.

;)
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 11:40:08 PM
Just in case no one has shared this, I do.  It's truly uplifting and amazingly amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmDGntpZC3I

:)

WOW!

:)

"WOW!" is right!!
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Post by: George on August 21, 2009, 11:41:05 PM
Lord Love a Duck is stuck at post office, I got there too late for them to want to fetch it for me from the back.  I'll have to pick it up in the morning.

Well, I didn't get mine at work today, so I won't be able to get it until Monday.  We don't get deliveries on Saturday...it's all in the timing.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:42:09 PM
DR elmore - Well... You know that poison thing in "The Name of the Rose"? Maybe you could rig the conductor's score the same way.

::)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:42:56 PM
Here is a photo of the new shelves - it's a little out of focus, but the shelves themselves and their contents are in focus.

bk - I'm trying to remember - Did you finish clearing out your two storage units?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:43:36 PM
I hope that DR JMK is happy in his new position.  ;)

'Nuff said.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:45:35 PM
I made the tech director laugh last night.  He saw that I had a crossword puzzle book in the pit, and said it was obvious the band had "checked out."  I responded, "Kurt, Kurt, Kurt--we're professionals.  We had checked out by Act II on opening night."  :)

According to the Local 802 by-laws, I believe that's actually supposed to occur by the end of the opening number during the last tech.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 21, 2009, 11:46:14 PM
DR TCB I can play Teddy if you want to play Jonathan. 

Oh, I'm so glad we're able to work this out!

Martha Brewster - DR Ginny
Teddy Brewster - DR JRand
The Rev. Dr. Harper - My DH Richard (he already has the wardrobe!)
Elaine Harper
Officer Klein
Mr. Gibbs
Abby Brewster - DR Vixmom
Mortimer Brewster - DR Ron Pulliam
Jonathan Brewster -  DR TCB
Mr. Witherspoon - DR Elmore or DR Jose
Officer Brophy - DR George
Officer O'Hara - DR MattH
Dr. Einstein
Lieutenant Rooney


Hmmm... No one is playing Elaine yet... Hmmm....
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 22, 2009, 12:01:27 AM
This is probably a dumb question, but since I don't know the answer, maybe not.

Why would a road company, like WICKED, have both a standby and an understudy for the role of "Elphaba"?

An understudy is usually in the Ensemble, or playing a secondary role, but isn't the standby paid to basically show up and just sit around (doing crossword puzzles) unless the lead gets sick or something?

In New York, I assume, that they pay the standby a "retainer" to know/rehearse the show and be available, plus more $ if they actually perform.  But, on the road, we're talking about traveling expenses, etc., which makes having a standby much more expensive, particularly when you have an understudy for the part.

Somebody, please enlighten me.

BTW: I'm asking because we saw the standby (Carrie Manolakos) do the show the other night, and she was terrific.



That's not a dumb question at all, DR Druxy.

I believe our very own bk may have some inkling of the "structuring" of the roles and contracts in Wicked, but... As I was about to say...

It basically comes down to the color of the contract and the pay.

Yes, the understudy is usually part of the ensemble.  And, yes, the standby usually just does that: stand by.

For Wicked - even here in NYC on Broadway - the designation usually means that Mr. Schwartz and/or Mr. Mantello has "officially" approved - or not approved - the actresses playing G(a)linda and Elphaba.

For Elphaba, in particular, they want to have the "depth of coverage" since the role and the singing required tends to take its toll on actresses.  I believe the Broadway company actually has a stand-by, an understudy and one, if not two, additional "covers" for the role.

I also know that for the touring version, they've also been featuring different actresses for Elphaba and G(a)linda in certain cities if an actress happens to be a "hometown" girl.  I know that Chandra Lee Schwartz just took over as G(a)linda in San Diego - she's from San Marcos.

And as far as extra expenses are concerned, Wicked truly has money to burn, especially when you consider that they usually sell out in each city weeks and months before they roll into town.
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Post by: bk on August 22, 2009, 12:05:40 AM
I haven't cleaned out either storage facility.  At some point I'll have Mr. Handy Man accompany me to the main one, where all the stuff went when we had to move out of my former record label's offices.  I want to really pull everything out and reorganize how the boxes are - and there are boxes way in the back that I haven't been in for eight years, and I'm sure there are interesting things there.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on August 22, 2009, 12:07:51 AM
So...

I found out this morning via Twitter that a friend of mine was in NYC today.  He has posted a pic of The Highline, and then I tweeted back asking him if he had actually taken the picture, and he said he did!  He decided on Wednesday to take a trip up to NYC for the weekend. -He's a teacher, and this is his last weekend of "freedom".  -He also managed to snag a decent orchestra seat for tonight's performance of Hair too!

So, since my cousin was running late this morning - surprise, surprise - I went ahead and headed down to Chelsea to meet him for lunch.  We were also joined by one of his former students. After lunch, we then made the rounds: Chelsea Market, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Shake Shack, etc., etc., etc.