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Title: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 12:14:55 AM
Well, you've read the notes, the notes were both fancy and free, and now it is time for you to post until the fancy and free cows come home.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 12:15:41 AM
And the word of the day is: DAEDAL!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 12:20:51 AM
And now, the new Kritzerland release!  You know the routine - if you'd like a copy, go directly to paypal.com, put in our paypal address of kritzerland at adelphia dot net - price, as always, is 19.98 plus 3.75 shipping.

“NOBODY MESSES WITH BULLDOG STREIGER!”

Kritzerland is proud to present its newest limited edition soundtrack, the world premiere release of Bank Shot, music composed and conducted by John Morris.

Bank Shot, adapted from the comic caper novel by Donald E. Westlake, starred George C. Scott as incorrigible criminal Walter Upjohn Ballentine, who, with his motley crew, decide to pull a big bank shot by abducting a bank – literally moving it from one location to another (the bank is being temporarily housed in a motor home).  The film, directed by the great director/choreographer, Gower Champion, was not a success – it was poorly reviewed and disappeared from movie screens instantly, lost amidst a rather incredible year of film releases – 1974 turned out to be one of Hollywood’s all-time best, with such films as The Godfather II, Chinatown, Lenny, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Towering Inferno, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Conversation, Murder On The Orient Express, well, you get the idea.  With films like those, audiences simply weren’t interested in a farcical, over-the-top, manic comic caper film.  Watching it now is a somewhat different experience, and the film actually has a lot of fun and funny moments, and is quite entertaining.

The score to Bank Shot was written by the great John Morris, composer of such great film scores as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, High Anxiety (all Mel Brooks films), David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, Clue, The In-Laws, and many others.  Choosing a very circus-like stylistic approach to the film (which itself is like a three-ring circus), Morris’ themes are delightfully melodic and fun, and perfectly suited the film.  Much of his score, however, was truncated, moved around, or dialed so low in the mix that it may as well not have been there at all.   But hearing it as it was recorded, and all in film order, it’s a wonderful listening experience, a score that simply makes you smile, and which, on occasion, sounds like a big Gower Champion production number. 

For this world premiere release of Bank Shot, we’ve gone from the original three-track session masters and we’ve included every note of music Morris wrote for the film, as well as two alternate versions of the main title music.

So, join Walter Upjohn Ballentine and his merry troupe of inept cohorts for the Bank Shot of a lifetime, all set to the merry music of the masterful John Morris. 

This release is limited to 1000 copies only.  The price is $19.98 plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the first week of October – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early).  To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

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Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 12:21:32 AM
The cover art is by the great Jack Davis.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 12:24:08 AM
And a very happy haineshisway.com to the delightfully delightful Swishy Sarah.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 12:43:57 AM
A Very Happy Birthday to former DR §wishy §arah!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 12:44:59 AM
I just ordered "Bank Shot"...it's a good thing that I just got paid (direct deposit, you know). :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 02:13:42 AM
A VERY HAPPY HHW BIRTHDAY
TO DR SWISHY SARAH!!!!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 02:16:13 AM
~~~SMOOTH & EASY TRAVEL VIBES~~~
for DR elmore3003!!!!!!!!

~~~SMOOTH & EASY TRAVEL VIBES~~~
for Skip!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 02:17:29 AM
AND MAY DR elmore3003's reading go smoothly, with no Sturm und Drang!!!!!!!      :P
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 02:18:30 AM
~~~VIBES OF STRENGTH & FORTITUDE~~~
for DR Cillaliz, her friend Steve, and his family!!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 02:19:11 AM
~~~PT VIBES~~~
for DR Matt H. this morning!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: elmore3003 on August 31, 2009, 03:46:24 AM
Good morning, all! I slept poorly - it took forever for me to fall asleep - and when the alarm went off at 5 am, I stayed in bed until 5:30, debating whether I wanted to get up. So, I'm bathed and ready to pack. Then I'll work until around 10 am on Brent's album. At that point I will clear off my work table and move it out of George's way. I am hoping that I will return tomorrow night and find the bookshelves all finished, but I am totally dependent upon his schedule and his health.

Around 11:30, I will head out. I need to stop at the bank, then grab a taxi to Penn Station. The train's at 1 and I like to be there early.

DR Jose, the reading is in the Coolidge Auditorium of the LoC. I do believe the Sturm und Drang are over. But the fates always have little tricks up their sleeves, so we'll see.

Happy Birthday to DR Swishy Sarah! Am I wrong, but isn't she finishing college soon?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Safe Travel Vibes to Skip Today! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 04:16:37 AM
Hey, Mr. Barnum, I don't think there will be pictures of the new chairs anytime soon. We have camera troubles as well. Anthony's 10 year old digital is giving up the ghost. We haven't gotten a new one yet so until that happens no chair pictures.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 05:41:27 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm up... And I believe my niece and her cousin are currently in the air and en route to Tampa, FL.

*And Uncle Jojo is trying to decided whether to take a short nap right now, or not. ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Druxy on August 31, 2009, 05:57:57 AM
When did I eat my very first hamburger and hot dog?

I'm 68 years old, and I haven't the slightest idea.

 ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 06:01:21 AM
Vibes for the family of the friend of DR CILLA LIZ.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 06:01:41 AM
Buck Creek Players.

No I will not be going, thank you very much.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 06:04:06 AM
As for the Topic of the Day...

I'm sure that the first hamburgers and hot dogs I ever ate were at a cookout or picnic of some sorts.  I do remember McDonald's hamburgers, but I do remember wanting to see how juicy a Wendy's hamburger was after watching all those "napkin" commercials.  -And they were square too, instead of round.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 06:05:40 AM
As for the Topic of the Day (Part Deux)...

As for the best burger or hot dog... Hmmm....  The "best" is usually the one I'm having at the time while at a table with some good friends.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 06:24:32 AM
HAPPY NATAL DAY 'SWISHY' SARAH!  May I have the first birthday dance?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: FJL on August 31, 2009, 06:26:06 AM
The first burger I remember from outside our homestead was from a McDonald's in D.C. before the chain had spread to every street corner.  It was wrapped tightly in some foil-like wrapping, and really messy through and through, and thus quite delicious.

I also remember the burger at an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Florida called The Painted Horse.  We were taken there by our delightful Cousin Yetta and her family.  (I think Yetta was her nickname, but I've never been sure.)  Perhaps, as with Jose's best burgers being the ones at a table with good friends, it's the memory of the company of our wonderful family in Florida that makes those particular burgers so memorable.

Skip's burgers based on a NY Times recipe have been quite amazing as well!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 31, 2009, 06:26:20 AM
And the word of the day is: DAEDAL!

And The Song Of The Day Is:  NO MORE CANDY
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: FJL on August 31, 2009, 06:26:24 AM
Happy birthday to dear Swishy Sarah
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jennifer on August 31, 2009, 06:27:13 AM
Happy Birthday to Swishy!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jennifer on August 31, 2009, 06:29:18 AM
There is a chain in Canada called Harvey's. I love their hamburgers!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 31, 2009, 06:29:26 AM
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SWISHY SWISHY SWISHY SARAH
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 06:42:48 AM
Happy Birthday to DR Swishy Sarah!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:43:01 AM
~~~PT VIBES~~~
for DR Matt H. this morning!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much, DR DAW. I am curious about what's in store today. There really has been minimal improvement since I was there last week (though quality of sleep as improved a bit), so maybe I'll get some new exercises. I can't see being there the hour that last week's first appointment required.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:44:28 AM
Good morning!

We didn't get the forecasted rain yesterday, but it must have rained gently during the night since the driveway was wet when I went out to get the newspaper this morning. It's raining now softly and it's refreshingly cool. I hope it stays that way this week.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:45:00 AM
Another spotty night of sleep: about 5 1/2 hours all told. I certainly could use more.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:45:10 AM
Page Two Dance!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:46:59 AM
Unless something arrives in the mail today, I have the day off from work. I have completely cleared out my stack of discs though I expect the empty stack won't last long. I have at least three TV box sets and several movies I know I'm supposed to get. The only question is when they'll arrive.

After that marathon THE HUMAN CONDITION, I wouldn't actually mind a day off. But if something comes in, I will go back to work.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 06:49:01 AM
TOD:

My first hamburger more than likely was home-cooked by my dad or mom, but my first restaurant fare probably came from Geno's, a local chain that was generally preferred by my family because they also sold Kentucky Fried Chicken.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/WandaDuck/Ginos_Index_1.jpg)

Everybody goes to Geno's,
'Cause Geno's is the place to go!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:49:15 AM
My goodness, with NURSE JACKIE, THE CLOSER, and RAISING THE BAR all finished for the summer, there is nothing new for me to watch tonight. If I have the day off, I'll have last night's MAD MEN to watch at some point today. And I'll likely watch more episodes of LIE TO ME.

Wouldn't mind watching a Blu-ray movie either. ALEXANDER REVISITED maybe or GHOSTBUSTERS or DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Lots of choices.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: elmore3003 on August 31, 2009, 06:52:05 AM
~~~PT VIBES~~~
for DR Matt H. this morning!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much, DR DAW. I am curious about what's in store today. There really has been minimal improvement since I was there last week (though quality of sleep as improved a bit), so maybe I'll get some new exercises. I can't see being there the hour that last week's first appointment required.

I hope the progress continues, DR Matt H!

My shoulder is still bothering me from the crutches, and I'm certain that's part of my poor sleeping as well. I don't know if I need physical therapy or just let it work its way out.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:52:10 AM
TOD:

I'm sure my first hamburger and hot dog were cooked by my mother and eaten at home. We had hamburgers once a week for dinner (hot dogs less often but more often for Saturday lunch).

As for those foods being eaten elsewhere, I'd rather have a Burger King WHopper than any other fast food. I think their burgers are the best going.

Woolworth's lunch counter used to have the best hot dogs I'd ever tasted. But there are no more Woolworth's around here.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:52:47 AM
~~~PT VIBES~~~
for DR Matt H. this morning!!!!!!!!

I hope the progress continues, DR Matt H!

Thank you so much, DR DAW. I am curious about what's in store today. There really has been minimal improvement since I was there last week (though quality of sleep as improved a bit), so maybe I'll get some new exercises. I can't see being there the hour that last week's first appointment required.

Thank you, DR Elmore. I appreciate the thought. I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 06:54:12 AM
I saw the list of Daytime Emmy winners, and since I had no great fondness for any of those winners, I'll just delete last night's show.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: elmore3003 on August 31, 2009, 06:56:05 AM
I saw the list of Daytime Emmy winners, and since I had no great fondness for any of those winners, I'll just delete last night's show.

I know Ron Raines was there, although he wasn't nominated this year. Perhaps he and the rest of the GUIDING LIGHT cast wanted to make a bid to the network for renewal. Or did he sing? What do I know? Last thing I knew was that he'd tasken Charlotte back to college in Ann Arbor.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 07:01:06 AM
TOD (2):

Favorite Hamburger:  generally, I like the blackened hockey pucks that are served up at backyard barbecues.  But my favorite restaurant burgers are the juicy steakburgers from a place called Ove's in Ocean City, NJ.  My only complaint about them is that they are a little too big (about 1/2 a pound) and they are served on a huge bun--a bit much to eat.

Favorite Hot Dog:  again, I like picnic charred dogs (with lots of mustard, relish and raw onions.  Can't think of a commercially served dog that I prefer.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: elmore3003 on August 31, 2009, 07:05:38 AM
I've cleaned up my drafting table, which serves as my writing desk, and put it away so George, if he comes in, can do the repairs to the shelves without getting caught between it and bookcases. Now that all that is done, I'm completely bored, waiting for my exit from the City.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 07:06:34 AM
Like DR Druxy, have no recollection of the FIRST hamburger or hot dog.

One chain hamburger that I remember liking a lot was a place called Fuddruckers.  Don't know if they're still about, but they were good.      :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 07:13:19 AM
I used to like the hamburger called the Brawny Lad at Big Boy's.....not sure what was in the sauce, but it was unique.  The bun was also toasted in a special way.

Right now I think the Burger King Double Cheeseburger or Whopper is my favorite.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 07:13:56 AM
Oh I forgot Rally's.  Nice burgers.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:14:21 AM
I must head down now to finish getting ready to head off to PT.

WBBL.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 07:23:24 AM
My cholesterol level doesn't allow for hamburgers, but when I do splurge (once or twice a year), I like Jack in the Box's Ultimate Cheeseburger.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 07:28:39 AM
I like the taste of the burgers at Wendy's but they are incredibly greasy.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 07:28:53 AM
Finances preclude me from pre ordering the new Kritzerland release at this time.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Druxy on August 31, 2009, 07:35:28 AM
Happy Birthday to Swishy!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 07:36:37 AM
The first hamburger CHAIN I remember having a burger at was White Castle.  There were so many White Castle's in this area when I was growing up. 
Almost as abundant was WINKY'S.  Most of the Winky's (a McDonalds-like chain) were gone by 1976, but, there was one single one close to the apartment I lived in for five years, which went out of business in the late 80s.
Hot Dogs?  Well, I'm sure that Dad treated me to a hot dog or two on our excursions to the Pirates games at Forbes Field.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 07:38:01 AM
A good blog entry about WINKY'S:
http://workingstiffs.blogspot.com/2007/11/fast-food.html (http://workingstiffs.blogspot.com/2007/11/fast-food.html)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 07:39:18 AM
I used to like the hamburger called the Brawny Lad at Big Boy's..... The bun was also toasted in a special way.

I'll bet it was!         ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 07:40:59 AM
DR DAW - I first encountered FUDDRUCKERS in South Carolina.  They tried opening a few here in Pittsburgh, but were not successful at all.  There's still one here according to their website:
http://www.fuddruckers.com/locations.php (http://www.fuddruckers.com/locations.php)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 07:43:18 AM
Thanks, DR td!!!!!   Isn't that funny.... there is a Fuddrucker's in the little nothing of a town in Northern NJ that my mother lives in now.

We'll have to make a point of going there the next time I go to visit her!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 08:03:22 AM
There's been a Fuddrucker's in Voorhees, NJ for about 30 years.  Years ago, my friends and I would go there because they stayed open to very late hours.

Did anyone ever go to Burger Chef?  They were all over the place in NJ when I was a youngen, but I don't recall ever having been to one.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: elmore3003 on August 31, 2009, 08:07:50 AM
I'm taping GUIDING LIGHT for DR Dakotacelt, so I've got it on as background. Is there a lesbian plot going on? Did I hear something and misinterpret? I'll have to call Ron when I'm back from DC.

I'm shutting down the computer, so I'll see you all late tomorrow or Wednesday. Hugs to everyone!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 08:09:43 AM
Is there a lesbian plot going on? Did I hear something and misinterpret? 

If you heard the word "toolbelt," or DR JMK's name, then you probably didn't.

Misinterpret, that is.        ;D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 08:25:03 AM
Monday morning greetings!  Today is the final day of Rob's move from Cincinnati and my task is to prepare his welcome-home dinner.  We have gloriously cool weather  :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on August 31, 2009, 08:28:48 AM
There's always a lesbian plot going on.

Them crafty lesbians...
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 08:35:26 AM
TOD:   I'm sort of in DR Druxy's situation....simply could not recall with any accuracy "when" I had my first hot dog or hamburger.  I can't remember the having of one or the other as being anything other than normal.  My dad was a first-rate BBQ-er....nothing ever came out wrong.  He could cook up meats that would have your mouth watering for days afterward just from the memory of how great they tasted.

When we weren't eating burgers at home, or at the lake (Clark Hill Reservoir in southwest SC), I would get one wherever we ate out...usually at Wade's Diner in Johnston SC.

My dad ran a Texaco station in Johnston for a number of years and he sold hot dogs there, too.  My mom made chili and diced onions, and folks would stop from all over to have one of those steamed dogs on a bun with onions, mustard, relish and chili.  Those were GOOD dogs!  Through the years, my dad would "hear of a great place for hot dogs" and we would go as a family on a late Sunday afternoon for an early supper.   Almost always, those hot dogs were worth all the trouble of finding them.

There is a hot dog stand about a quarter-mile from my office where I can get a hot dog with chili, onions and mustard, and they're pretty great-tasting, but I'm at that point in my life when I don't "NEED" to be eating hot dogs and the like.  But an occasional "taste" suits me just fine.

For burgers, I have to agree with DR MattH that nothing tastes better than a Burger King Whopper.  I've had great burgers made at home (and have made same, myself), but there is something about the taste of a Whopper that I've never replicated.  And when I gots to have one, I simply gots to have one!!!

I recall the first Whopper I ever ate.  This was in South Carolina in the late 1960s, and at that time, a Whopper all the way included slaw.  And it wasn't just local to SC, 'cause I recall being in the Washington DC area and going to a Burger King with some friends and everyone ordering with slaw or without slaw.  I wasn't particularly partial to the slaw, personally, and this was the first time I'd ever thought about ordering one without.  I did so, and the taste was HEAVEN!

Now, of course, I wish I could try another one WITH slaw.  So far as I know, they dropped the slaw from the all-the-way Whopper long ago.

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 08:39:00 AM
They Dropped the Slaw...

The title of my next something-or-other.       :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 08:49:32 AM
My DH is from Chicago, so he was always looking for a real Chicago Hot Dog. He found a place in central Phoenix. I usually watch him eat one, since the fat level is so high in a good hot dog.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 08:51:19 AM
P.S. to my TOD memory:  My dad suffered a stroke in 1990 when he and my mom were living in Aaron's Creek, VA, where they had bought a two-story colonial in early 1989 from my Uncle Graham and Aunt Fanny, who were moving to Roanoke to live near their oldest daughter.  The house was on two acres of farm land my uncle maintained (he kept 50 acres of pasture land on either side of this parcel) and included an older house (where my uncle was born) a smokehouse, a stable, several storage out-buildings, including a barn.  My folks had retired there in the summer of 1989 and their goals were to farm the land in spring and summer and then to travel in the fall and late winter.  They did plenty of farming, I have to say.  I visited them from Italy in August and September 1989 when I was attending a Broadcast Manager's Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.  I spent two weeks with them before going to my month-long course, and I had a couple of long weekends during which I went back to be with them.  They worked really hard with a half-acre plot of garden, and they put me to work helping prep some of the vegetables for canning.

When my dad had his stroke, he was driving a tractor (from a farm where he'd bought it at auction) to my Uncle John's house.  My uncle saw him first and remarked that my dad looked "sorta strange".  When my dad arrived, everyone was outside to meet him and he told them, "That tractor 'liked to' kick my butt."  I think my Aunt Frances thought he'd had sunstroke and called medics.  He was rushed to a local hospital where my mom learned he'd had a terrible stroke.  The hospital gave him 24 hours to live.  My mom called my cousin Butch, who is an M.D.,  for a reference to specialists.  Several hours later, my dad was med-evaced to a Duke Universtiy specialty unit in Durham NC.  They saved his life. 

There's a point related to the TOD, I swear it, and it's not all grim.  You have to learn how to communicate all over again when a stroke robs you of speech.  My dad worked hard but everything wouldn't come back.  So, when he was trying to say something, he'd often speak gibberish which, to me, sounded like he was improvising words that were as close to what he wanted to say as possible.

Bringing my tales about hot dogs and hamburgers as full circle as I can regarding my dad, there was a day when my mom was taking my dad to his doctor for a checkup.  He was partially ambulatory by then (required a walker to get about) and the visit was short.   My mom, facing the drive back home and preparing lunch for them both, suggested they might stop and get something to eat.  My dad nodded enthusiastically.  My mom asked him what he'd like.  He struggled a bit...and my mom suggested several things, but my dad shook his head "no" to those suggestions.  After a few moments, my mom asked him if he couldn't give her any kind of idea of what he was wanting.  He looked at her and said, "Hooly-doolies". 

My mom, amused and puzzled, suddenly asked: "Do you mean hot dogs"?  My dad's face lit up, and off they went for hot dogs.  My mom said they were the best she'd tasted in a long time.

Now, I can't think of "hot dogs" wiithout thinking first of "hooly-doolies".
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 09:02:38 AM
I like "hooly-doolies."
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 09:03:06 AM
Nice story, DR Ron Pulliam!

And if you eat them on consecrated ground, do they become "Holy Doolies?"
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:03:07 AM
Travel vibes for DR elmore.

PT vibes for DR Matt H!  I hope this week is even better than last weeks visit!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:06:23 AM
Thanks DR George.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:09:33 AM
I like "hooly-doolies."

So do I.  DR Ron, thank you for sharing the story.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 09:21:42 AM
Great story, DR Ron Pulliam!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:22:12 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR SWISHY SARAH!



                              (http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/img/nature/cats/big/tiger-birthday.gif)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 09:24:09 AM
Happy Birthday, Swishy Sarah!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 09:24:12 AM
That was a fine story, DR RLP.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 09:25:54 AM
My friend Zach is appearing in AMERICAN BUFFALO in Hartford Sept 11- Oct 18 - if any DRs ever go out that way.

He is on the left in the photo.

http://www.theaterworkshartford.org/
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 09:28:29 AM
Those who've read the Kritzer books know that my memory is pretty sharp about the whens and wheres of things - therefore, while I may have had a hot dog or hamburger at home (which I don't really count), my first restaurant or counter dog and burger is easy - burger would be Kentucky Boys on the corner of Sherbourne and Pico (then - now it's a funeral parlor - same building), and hot dog would be an Orange Julius stand at the corner of Pico and Robertson, next to a newsstand where I bought my first MAD magazine.  I can taste both as if it were yesterday.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 09:28:35 AM
Off to go over my lines.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 09:30:54 AM
Making my entrance.  I am not wearing my glasses in performance....but I did in rehearsal.  ;D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 09:31:22 AM
I also liked The Apple Pan (still there), Fosters Freeze burgers (one or two still around), Scot's (next to the Picwood Theater at Westwood and Pico), Hody's, and later, McDonald's and Jack In The Box and Bob's Big Boy.  In the 70s, hot dogs were always at The Wiener Factory in Sherman Oaks, and I would eat burgers at all the fast-food jernts as well as the Hamlet and other slightly more upscale places.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:38:14 AM
Bithday Wishes and Happy Life Dreams

to DFR Swishy Sarah
 (who got her nickname because she once wrote she was wearing swishy purple shorts)!

The memory ain't gone yet!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:43:27 AM
 It felt good to write that out, and many thanks for the nice words.  Also, apologies to those for whom it was TMI!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:44:54 AM
Growing up in Greenville SC, the one place we normally went for hot dogs was a drive-in called Hinton's.  I can't think of Hinton's without thinking of late afternoons-early evenings because the light of day was always waning whenever we went to Hinton's, and I can visualize the white and blue neon lights of the signs there getting brighter as the light of day diminished.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:46:04 AM
Making my entrance.  I am not wearing my glasses in performance....but I did in rehearsal.  ;D


That's a really nice suit there, JRand.   You oughta see about keeping it, if it isn't yours already!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:48:01 AM
They Dropped the Slaw...

The title of my next something-or-other.       :)


Perhaps your "tell-all" about life in and out of kitchens/service areas. 
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 09:51:39 AM
My boss has returned from her vacation in Massachusetts (her second this year).  She has been gone the entire month of August (except for today), and there is much on her desk requiring attention, including ALL my vacation requests through the end of the year!  Those are on top, naturally!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:55:47 AM
I also liked The Apple Pan (still there), Fosters Freeze burgers (one or two still around), Scot's (next to the Picwood Theater at Westwood and Pico), Hody's, and later, McDonald's and Jack In The Box and Bob's Big Boy.  In the 70s, hot dogs were always at The Wiener Factory in Sherman Oaks, and I would eat burgers at all the fast-food jernts as well as the Hamlet and other slightly more upscale places.

Did Scott's become a See's candy?  I wish I could remember the name of the ice cream in the back of the See's Candy store.  They had the best English Toffee ice cream-ever.  Later See's expanded and took over their space.

I miss the Picwood Theater :(
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:57:10 AM
Oh, and I thought Orange Julius had the best hot dogs, that is until we discovered Cupid's.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 09:57:42 AM
Nice photo DR JRand :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 10:02:14 AM
The suit belongs to me.  $10 courtesy Goodwill - and it was black tag that day which meant 50% off.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jrand69 on August 31, 2009, 10:02:36 AM
Nice photo DR JRand :)

I can be mean sometimes.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 10:07:23 AM
Jrand, Bank Shot will be around for a little while, and even if it sells out and you ultimately want one, I'll have emergency copies.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 10:18:30 AM
Pain free vibes & sleep filled nights for DR elmore!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 10:22:22 AM
I'm pretty sure my first hamburgers were at home.  My mother made delicious hamburgers, much better than my friend's mother's made.

My favorite hamburgers out were at Stat's.  I think I spelled that correctly.  I can't find any old memories online.  It was a sad day for me when they closed.  They had the best thousand island type dressing on their burgers.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 10:37:37 AM
I still can't remember what that funny thing was they said last night.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 10:41:12 AM
Bruce, did you work with John Morris at all in preparing the tracks for CD?   Doesn't he live in your neck of the woods?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 11:13:50 AM
There's been a Fuddrucker's in Voorhees, NJ for about 30 years.  Years ago, my friends and I would go there because they stayed open to very late hours.

Did anyone ever go to Burger Chef?  They were all over the place in NJ when I was a youngen, but I don't recall ever having been to one.


A Burger Chef opened in Greenville SC back in the early 1960s.   It was a pretty good place for a 15-cent burger.  It did great business but "changed into" a MacDonald's after that franchise bought Burger Chef (at least, in my neck of the woods).  The prices were the same, so it didn't seem like much of a change.  But I could "taste" a difference, I thought.  I liked Burger Chef's chocolate milk shakes better than MacDonald's.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 11:15:15 AM
I am also a huge fan of White Castle.   Nothing better than a bag of White Castle burgers, onion chips and fries, and a HUGE chocolate shake.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 11:24:00 AM
Back from a three-mile jog, which is all I could take in this smoky air.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 11:24:45 AM
Just because.....

A Journey to A Star
Would not be very far
As long as I'm alone with you.

Romantic as we are,
A Journey to a Star
Could start before the dawn breaks through

You're right beside my heart
Our lips are just a kiss apart
And we could make a dream come true.

A moment of your love
Could have the feeling of
A Journey to A Star with you.

(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh119/RonPulliam/GangsAllHere-3.jpg)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 11:24:55 AM
Jane is right about Stats - great burgers, and I wrote about the cheeseburger, probably in Benjamin Kritzer.  They put the cheese INSIDE the burger, so when you cut into it or bit into it, it would come out.  I loved that.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 11:25:47 AM
Ron, John actually remembered nothing about the music or the film, so could be of no help.  It's going to be all I can do to get him to do an interview.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 11:43:40 AM
Ron, John actually remembered nothing about the music or the film, so could be of no help.  It's going to be all I can do to get him to do an interview.

Oh....I see.  Bless his heart!   :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 31, 2009, 12:20:23 PM
Growing up in Greenville SC, the one place we normally went for hot dogs was a drive-in called Hinton's.  I can't think of Hinton's without thinking of late afternoons-early evenings because the light of day was always waning whenever we went to Hinton's, and I can visualize the white and blue neon lights of the signs there getting brighter as the light of day diminished.
Ron-

I worked most of my life For Wamsutta and our Manufacturing Plant was in Lyman South Carolina .My fondest memories is eating The Hamburgers and Pulled Pork Sandwiches at THE BEACON DRIVE-IN in Spartanburg.

Did you ever experience that experience?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DAW on August 31, 2009, 12:23:50 PM
Bless his heart! 

Laws, yes.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 12:59:33 PM
It felt good to write that out, and many thanks for the nice words.  Also, apologies to those for whom it was TMI!

That was a great story, Ron.  Thanks for sharing. :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 01:01:38 PM
How can people remember their first burger??  Anyway, there are so many restaurants that have great burgers.  For fast food burgers, I do love (in no particular order) the Whopper (Burger King), Big Mac and Big 'N Tasty (McDonald's) and Jumbo Jack (Jack in the Box), as well as the Quesadilla Burger from Applebee's (I love this!) and several different burgers from Red Robin.  A couple of local places that I love are are Eagan's and Norma's. 

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 01:01:54 PM
When we first moved to Olympia in 1976, there was a place called Norm's Drive-In and all it was was a burger stand and a gravel parking lot.  There were a couple of picnic tables and that's it.  It was also in an areal that had almost no other businesses around.  Anyway, they had the absolute best burgers ever!  The area started to be developed and eventually they disappeared.  Several years ago, a place called Norma's (mentioned above) opened pretty close to where my parents live.  It has indoor seating, but otherwise seemed VERY similar to what Norm's used to be like...and the kinds of burgers that they offered.  I REALLY like Norma's, but I don't go there as often as I'd like because most times that I go to my parents' house, it's for dinner.

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 01:02:20 PM
Another place that I liked was called Rucker's in Packwood, WA.  It's about two hours away from Olympia, and I only went there when I was an emergency substitute courier for the library.  They had Pa Burger that had to be AT LEAST eight, count 'em EIGHT inches in diameter!  It was a very thin burger patty and the bun was also appropriately thin (but not too thin) and it was delicious!  They also had a slightly smaller Ma Burger.  I only went there a couple of times because I was only an emergency substitute courier...meaning "other duties as assigned" and I wasn't going to go all the way to Packwood just for a burger.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 01:03:04 PM
This is Ginny. Ginny and her family will be staying with us for a couple of months.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2426/3874949575_a6b42fc272.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2431/3875742540_e45fa1c852.jpg)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 01:03:55 PM
And now, I'm very hungry and am going to McDonald's for lunch.  I have a coupon for to get free medium fries and a drink with the purchase of their new Angus third pounder.  Free is good (too bad it's not for a free burger, though ::).

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 01:09:41 PM
DH Richard just pulled up in the redneck pick-up truck with Rob's bed, dresser, and desk in the back.  Rob will be along shortly in my Vibe with his desk chair in the back and his move will be complete.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 01:10:11 PM
DR Laura, I'm honored to have a cat mama named after me!  Ah-choo!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:12:02 PM
Jane is right about Stats - great burgers, and I wrote about the cheeseburger, probably in Benjamin Kritzer.  They put the cheese INSIDE the burger, so when you cut into it or bit into it, it would come out.  I loved that.

Right, the cheeseburger.  I wish I knew why the dressing was so special.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 01:16:24 PM
The dressing WAS goooood.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 01:16:47 PM
Back from shipping a few packages in advance of the many packages that go out tomorrow.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 01:20:00 PM
...I like picnic charred dogs (with lots of mustard, relish and raw onions.  Can't think of a commercially served dog that I prefer.

If the bun is nicely toasted I'll join you!

der Brucer

The LA area gay bars (well, the Leather and Western type) usually had Saturday beer busts with grill them your self hot dogs on the patio. One of the few places you could get your dog properly charred.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:21:29 PM
DR Laura I saw the quote before the photos and was surprised to see "yes".  I love Ginny's expression and look forward to the naming of the new kittens.  They all look very sweet.  I can't wait to see their faces.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 01:24:42 PM
Ginny was turned in Friday afternoon, and the kittens were born before Saturday morning. So they are pretty fresh.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:24:58 PM
PT had good and anxious omoents. The good was a "laying on" hands massage/stretching activity that was so wonderful, so soothing I told the therapist that I thought I could fall asleep while he was stretching and massaging my spine. Sadly, in ten minutes it was over, and I was back to aching.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 01:27:15 PM
TOD - in addition to The Jug, the burger place right up the street from us, we are fond of Culver's (http://www.culvers.com) and Five Guys (http://www.fiveguys.com).  Richard first discovered Five Guys in Delafield, WI, near his seminary, long before they were made famous when NBC spent the day with President Obama.

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:28:48 PM
He mentioned that an orthopedist may be my next step unless there is some notable improvement. This caused me some anxiety. It's only been TWO weeks, and we're already thinking about alternative methodology? I'm not sure my insurance company is ready to go for that yet.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:28:52 PM
Ginny was turned in Friday afternoon, and the kittens were born overnight. So they are pretty fresh.

Keith said "How old are they!" That really is fresh-lol.  How is Ginny doing?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:29:47 PM
Speaking of burgers, I had an Angus burger at McDOnalds today when I went there with best friend John for lunch. I'm not a fan of McDonalds' food, but if I have to have it, that's about the best burger they offer.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:30:19 PM
PT had good and anxious omoents. The good was a "laying on" hands massage/stretching activity that was so wonderful, so soothing I told the therapist that I thought I could fall asleep while he was stretching and massaging my spine. Sadly, in ten minutes it was over, and I was back to aching.

Usually PT hurts, I'm envious.   Tomorrow or the next day after the massage might show an improvement.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:31:52 PM
When I got in from lunch, I had received no review material today, so I have the day off. I decided to revisit a movie I've been wanting to rewatch all summer - THE DIVINCI CODE.

This is the DVD release; I didn't spring for the Blu-ray as the movie, while fine, isn't one I'd watch often enough to justify a new purchase. I did enjoy seeing it again.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:32:26 PM
He mentioned that an orthopedist may be my next step unless there is some notable improvement. This caused me some anxiety. It's only been TWO weeks, and we're already thinking about alternative methodology? I'm not sure my insurance company is ready to go for that yet.

Stay calm, these people often jump the gun.  How many weeks have you been scheduled for PT?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:33:14 PM
PT had good and anxious omoents. The good was a "laying on" hands massage/stretching activity that was so wonderful, so soothing I told the therapist that I thought I could fall asleep while he was stretching and massaging my spine. Sadly, in ten minutes it was over, and I was back to aching.

Usually PT hurts, I'm envious.   Tomorrow or the next day after the massage might show an improvement.

He gave me three more exercises to begin doing with the two I already had, and while I haven't done them since coming in from the session, I have to say my arm has hurt less today than it has in the past month.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:33:46 PM
He mentioned that an orthopedist may be my next step unless there is some notable improvement. This caused me some anxiety. It's only been TWO weeks, and we're already thinking about alternative methodology? I'm not sure my insurance company is ready to go for that yet.

I don't know, and he hasn'tsaid anything nor has my doctor.

Stay calm, these people often jump the gun.  How many weeks have you been scheduled for PT?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:34:54 PM
I scanned through both ATWT and Y&R today. Nothing at all of interest with either one.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:35:19 PM
I know Fish is back in the spotlight on OLTL, but I'll get to it tonight.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:35:56 PM
The dressing WAS goooood.

I found this memory/question online.

Quote
Does anybody remember Stats restaurant in Beverly Hills?
There were two locations ...one on Wilshire Blvd. near Doheny Dr.....the other on Pico near Palm Dr. They were around until the early seventies. I have memories of a char broiled burger they made and it was served on grilled garlic bread made on a sourdough french roll. I haven't found anything close to it since. The combination of flavors was outstanding...it came with their house 1,000 island and needless to say a memorable burger. Can anybody suggest a place to get something comparable?

I don't recall two locations.  I remember it was near Doheny, & I thought on Pico.  Do you remember the bread? 

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 01:36:06 PM
Ginny has a different parenting style than Jane had. Jane was quite protective; Ginny not so much.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 01:39:22 PM
I got some early birthday presents today, and one of them will be my evening's viewing: the HD-DVD of CASABLANCA. I am so tickled to have this. The DVD looks smashing for the movie, so I can't imagine how much better the HD version is going to look (but I'll sure find out in a few hours!)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 01:43:34 PM
TOD

Best Burger – probably from Tommy’s  (http://www.originaltommys.com/index.php)(the Shack at Beverley and Rampart in LA). Humongous greasy patty smothered in chili and onions and served in a brown paper towel. Best enjoyed before sobering up.

Best Hot Dog – Munich, Germany – German Sausage wrapped in a “fresh from the oven” roll served al fresco at the Farmer’s market.

der Brucer

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 01:46:47 PM
Well - that's some service!

The Two's Company" I ordered from BK on Friday arrived today!

(And that was ordinary First Class mail)

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:48:15 PM
Ginny has a different parenting style than Jane had. Jane was quite protective; Ginny not so much.

Hmmm, I wonder if this reflects the parenting style of their namesakes? ;D I think I was too protective at times.  How about you DR Ginny?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on August 31, 2009, 01:50:40 PM
Laura-

Happy Parenting...They are so cute and cuddly
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:50:56 PM
I got some early birthday presents today, and one of them will be my evening's viewing: the HD-DVD of CASABLANCA. I am so tickled to have this. The DVD looks smashing for the movie, so I can't imagine how much better the HD version is going to look (but I'll sure find out in a few hours!)

I find this exciting.  Casablanca is the only film we have purchased on DVD.  I'm looking forward to your response on the HD version.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 01:51:46 PM
When I finally ate a Tommy's I didn't understand what the big deal was.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 02:01:38 PM
Ginny has a different parenting style than Jane had. Jane was quite protective; Ginny not so much.

Hmmm, I wonder if this reflects the parenting style of their namesakes? ;D I think I was too protective at times.  How about you DR Ginny?

The assistant minister at our church when Rob was little observed that he was on a tether - sometimes a long tether - but a tether nonetheless.   And when Rob and Richard and I were watching people rappelling down Devil's Tower in Wyoming, Rob (then age 11) said,  "That's the kind of thing that when I do it you don't want to know until it's over.  Right, Mom?"  Right.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 02:02:46 PM
ROTFLOL DR Ginny.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 02:07:16 PM
I talked to the guy today who reported the bear sighting last week. 

He was walking along the trail when he thought he saw a large dog walking ahead of him, in the same direction (to his great relief).  As soon as he realized it was a bear he turned around and went the other way.  His little dog was on a leash and his larger dog was behind him & never saw the bear. 

He thinks it is the adolescent cub from this spring, now weighing 200-250 pounds at about double the size of Sherlock.  I totally forgot to ask him what time of the day he saw the bear.  Everyone says it is too late when I walk, however I see this guy on a semi-regular basis.

I met up with the guy in the parking lot on his way home after his walk.  Another couple came out behind him, scared off by the warning sign.  They recently moved to Ashland, not too far from me & weren't thrilled to hear about all the wildlife by us.

I found it exciting to talk to the guy who saw the bear.  On the upside, I haven't seen anymore scat since Friday.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 02:07:46 PM
I've been to the zoon!  Hey mister, I've been to the zoo!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 02:09:00 PM
LOL, Ginny. That's right.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 02:16:58 PM
I guess I'll tidy up a few computer items on the desktop and then head down to an evening of pure entertainment. How I'm looking forward to this!

WBBL.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 02:22:11 PM
I think I was too protective at times...

"was"? :)

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 02:27:02 PM
When I finally ate a Tommy's I didn't understand what the big deal was.

Well, you were probably sober.

der Brucer

Did you eat at the original shack?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 02:36:06 PM
Speaking of burgers, I had an Angus burger at McDOnalds today when I went there with best friend John for lunch. I'm not a fan of McDonalds' food, but if I have to have it, that's about the best burger they offer.

I'm back from lunch and the one that I got was pretty darned good. :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 02:36:47 PM
Made some pasta with butter and cheese, which I've been craving.  As soon as I finished my first helping, the phone rang and someone wanted to go have lunch.  Go know.  We'll try to do it tomorrow, after I ship, but now there may be a prob with the discs arriving - a machine went down and they asked if they could come Wednesday morning instead.  I said that would be problematic since I've already hired someone to come tomorrow to help.  So, they'll call me back, but they're going to try and have CDs here by noon instead of their original arrival time of nine.  Noon will be fine, so hoping they get it together.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 02:39:28 PM
Those of you in CA or AZ should be swearing by In-N-Out Burger!

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Michael on August 31, 2009, 02:46:29 PM
I've been wondering if reading HHW can be hazardous to one's health. ;D

There are quite a few of us who are under the weather.

The pain is better having rested the past two days.

It was tolerable, but around 1pm it was very hard to get around and pain meds were not helping. I left early and went to my doctor's appointment.

I will see him again on Friday and hope there is improvement, I just might work half days if the pain increases during the day.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 02:48:34 PM
~~~PAGE SIX VIBES FOR EVERYONE DANCE!!~~~
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Michael on August 31, 2009, 02:51:37 PM
TOD

We didn't have any of the chains in Montreal until perhaps I was 10 years old. We did have A & W. I hate their hamburgers but loved the root beer.

I remember Harvey's but not sure when I first discover it. The claim to fame is that they will cook your hamburgers and you can choose your toppings.

Fudruckers was a favorite place of mine but the restaurant that was closest to me in Ft. Lauderdale closed a numbers of years ago and  has been empty ever since. I knew of one other in Coconute Grove and used to go there when I went to late lamented Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Michael on August 31, 2009, 02:54:17 PM
I didn't really answer the TOD

I don't remember when I had my first hamburger or hot dog outside the home. The hot dog may have been at the old Montreal forum watching a Canadians game.

But I insisted that ketchup was for hamburgers and mustard for hot dogs and one shouldn't use the garnish on the opposite food
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 02:58:25 PM
I think I was too protective at times...

"was"? :)

der Brucer

;D 
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 02:59:15 PM
When I finally ate a Tommy's I didn't understand what the big deal was.

Well, you were probably sober.

der Brucer

Did you eat at the original shack?

I think so. 
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 03:01:37 PM
DR Michael S, what a bummer.  I hope you find some improvement by Friday.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 03:26:24 PM
More drama with a capital D - got a call from the pressing plant who told me there is a screwup, and she didn't know if it was on the master or the inlay card.  Well, something happened on the inlay between the time it was sent in and the time it was printed and some print got shifted that threw the track titles off by one and it looks horrible, so I've stopped the run and the inlay is being reprinted now and will go to the pressing plant tomorrow by noon, so now I won't have CDs until Wednesday, probably in the late afternoon, and that is VERY problematic, as I have an all-day casting session on Thursday that will preclude me from doing ANY shipping that day, so if they don't go out on Wednesday, they don't go out till Friday, and it's Labor Day weekend, which means they won't actually start getting places until Tuesday or Wednesday.  We're still early by two or three weeks, so that's not the issue, but I'm really annoyed right now, as I like my schedule to be precise and exact.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 03:28:41 PM

But I insisted that ketchup was for hamburgers and mustard for hot dogs and one shouldn't use the garnish on the opposite food

At the Naval Academy the traditional condiment for either burgers or dogs was a concoction made at the table by a plebe (Fourth Class Midshipman). You placed equal amounts of mustard and ketchup in a bowl and then laced it with copious quantities of black papper - and then you had GOO.

The master of our kitchens was one CDR Louie LaForge, Naval Supply Corps.
In the Fall of 1960 when we returned for our final year, we found on each and every dining table (and there were nearly 300 of them) peanut butter-sized jars of "stuff" proudly labelled "Mama LaForge's Gourmet Goo".

der Brucer

This was the same CDR LaForge that solved the Academy dairy's crises of excess cream by producing large bowls of freshly made ice-cream on the breakfast table each morning - oh boy - Vanilla Ice cream on your corn flakes and strawberries!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: FJL on August 31, 2009, 03:31:07 PM
Skip has returned from La Jolla, and no cooking tonight - we are ordering in.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 03:36:13 PM
Just for fun...
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 03:47:17 PM
DR Ron the photo put a big smile on my face.

DR FJL, glad Skip is safely home.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 03:48:52 PM
I'm really annoyed right now, as I like my schedule to be precise and exact.

Think of it this way - you wisely planned extra time to accommodate unforseen events (that so often happen), so now when the discs go out on the published schedule you can be pleased with your thoughtful planning.

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 04:00:25 PM
- we are ordering in.

A Personal Chef?

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 04:05:08 PM
This is Ginny. Ginny and her family will be staying with us for a couple of months.

And to think your poor DH was worried you'd only leave one kitten behind!

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 04:05:25 PM
I'm really annoyed right now, as I like my schedule to be precise and exact.

Think of it this way - you wisely planned extra time to accommodate unforseen events (that so often happen), so now when the discs go out on the published schedule you can be pleased with your thoughtful planning.

der Brucer

Exactly - and it's still going out two weeks ahead of the official ship date.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 04:18:52 PM
Since you are ahead of schedule, I personally would wait until after the holiday to mail them.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 04:25:56 PM
Hey, Mr. Barnum, I don't think there will be pictures of the new chairs anytime soon. We have camera troubles as well. Anthony's 10 year old digital is giving up the ghost. We haven't gotten a new one yet so until that happens no chair pictures.


Couldn't you find the manufacturer on line and find pcitures of the chairs?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 04:32:24 PM
Hey, Mr. Barnum, I don't think there will be pictures of the new chairs anytime soon. We have camera troubles as well. Anthony's 10 year old digital is giving up the ghost. We haven't gotten a new one yet so until that happens no chair pictures.
Couldn't you find the manufacturer on line and find pcitures of the chairs?

Good Idea. I will do just that but we won't be sitting in the chairs.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 04:34:08 PM
Thanks, DR td!!!!!   Isn't that funny.... there is a Fuddrucker's in the little nothing of a town in Northern NJ that my mother lives in now.

We'll have to make a point of going there the next time I go to visit her!


Which little nothing of a town does your mother live in, since there 8 towns listed?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Kerry on August 31, 2009, 04:42:21 PM
I am finally moved.  Still living out of boxes-- but moved.  my computer keyboard is doing strange things-- especially the SHIFT key.  Serves me right for daring to dislodge the crumbs!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Kerry on August 31, 2009, 04:42:52 PM
Now I need to catch up o the last few days' posts!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 04:44:24 PM
A very nice story, Ron.  Thank you for sharing it.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 04:54:10 PM
Congrats on the move, Kerry!  Hope it's a quick and painless unpacking!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:03:17 PM
When we first moved to Olympia in 1976, there was a place called Norm's Drive-In and all it was was a burger stand and a gravel parking lot.  There were a couple of picnic tables and that's it.  It was also in an areal that had almost no other businesses around.  Anyway, they had the absolute best burgers ever!  The area started to be developed and eventually they disappeared.  Several years ago, a place called Norma's (mentioned above) opened pretty close to where my parents live.  It has indoor seating, but otherwise seemed VERY similar to what Norm's used to be like...and the kinds of burgers that they offered.  I REALLY like Norma's, but I don't go there as often as I'd like because most times that I go to my parents' house, it's for dinner.





Norm!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:05:37 PM
Considering the TOD, I thought SWW would enjoy this photo - if he ever returns.


(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u271/actr2000/Mc.jpg)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on August 31, 2009, 05:11:52 PM
I've been wondering if reading HHW can be hazardous to one's health. ;D

There are quite a few of us who are under the weather.

The pain is better having rested the past two days.

It was tolerable, but around 1pm it was very hard to get around and pain meds were not helping. I left early and went to my doctor's appointment.

I will see him again on Friday and hope there is improvement, I just might work half days if the pain increases during the day.


You may be onto something here, DR Michael Shayne.  I've considered this possiblity for some time.  I'd ponder it some more, but it makes my neck hurt...and there's a twitch in my shoulder...and....
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 05:14:07 PM
Considering the TOD, I thought SWW would enjoy this photo - if he ever returns.


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

Well, he's none too pleased that I saved the book of Micky Dee's coupons and have them by the computer- at the ready.

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:15:11 PM
Those of you in CA or AZ should be swearing by In-N-Out Burger!

der Brucer


Or Nevada.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 05:17:18 PM
Here is the Hibiscus chair from Pier One.

We have two of them and the couch is now gone. We have more room, having also taken away an end table. It looks very nice and comfy.

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 05:23:57 PM
I am finally moved.  Still living out of boxes-- but moved.  my computer keyboard is doing strange things-- especially the SHIFT key.  Serves me right for daring to dislodge the crumbs!

Hi Kerry, it is nice to see you.  Did the move go well?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 05:28:38 PM
Nice chair DR Ben.  I look forward to seeing them with the matching decor in your home.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:29:59 PM
Soon after we moved to Tacoma, when I was five, we discoved a little hamburger stand on South Tacoma Way called Jolly Jack's.  They were the first place I ever saw that served charcoal-broiled burgers (this was 1955 or 56).

When I was young my favorite hot dog, and the only one I would eat, was from the snack bar at Sear's.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:31:09 PM
Great chair, Ben.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 05:31:11 PM
LATIMES (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen30-2009aug30,0,2592815.story)

Quote
Keep your self-righteous fingers off my processed food

By demanding we all pay more to fund their agendas in these harsh economic times, foodie snobs and lefty social critics may as well tell us to eat artisanal cake.
By Charlotte Allen
August 30, 2009

Just in time for the worst economic downturn since the Depression, here comes a new crop of social critics to inform us that we're actually spending too little for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the furniture we sit on and the gasoline that runs our automobiles.

Never mind that U.S. job losses these days range from 200,000 to 500,000 a month, that foreclosures are up 32% over this time last year and that people are re-learning how to clip newspaper coupons so as to save at the supermarket. Dire economic circumstances don't seem to faze these spending enthusiasts, who scold us for shopping at supermarkets instead of at farmer's markets, where a loaf of "artisanal" (and also "sustainable") rye bread sells for $8, ice cream for $6 a cup and organic tomatoes go for $4 a pound.

The latest cheerleader for higher prices is Ellen Ruppel Shell, a professor of science journalism at Boston University who has just published a book titled "Cheap." It's not a guide to bargain-hunting. The theme of Shell's book, subtitled "The High Cost of Discount Culture," is "America's dangerous liaison with Cheap."

Shell's argument goes like this: Shopping at discount stores, factory outlets and, of course, Wal-Mart (no work of social criticism is complete without a drive-by shooting aimed at that chain) exploits Chinese factory workers (who would much rather be back on the collective farm wearing their Mao suits) and degrades the environment because much of the low-price junk wears out and ends up in landfills.

Even IKEA comes in for a drubbing in Shell's book. Yes, the Swedish chain's inexpensive, assemble-yourself furniture may look tasteful, but behind every Billy bookcase lies a gruesome tale (in Shell's view) of Siberian forests ravaged for all that pine veneer and gallons of fossil fuel burned by couples motoring to IKEA's remote store locations, strategically chosen for their rock-bottom land values. Most damaging of all, says Shell, is the cost to America's soul.

Echoing Waters was her fellow Berkeley food guru, Michael Pollan, professor of science journalism (a hot field for social critics, obviously) at UC Berkeley. Pollan (no relation to Robert Pollin) is the author of the best-selling "Omnivore's Dilemma" and coiner of the mantra "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" that is on the lips of every foodie from Bainbridge Island to Martha's Vineyard. Pollan too rejoiced at the idea of skyrocketing prices for groceries, hoping they might "level the playing field for sustainable food that doesn't rely on fossil fuels."

Pollan is a "locavore," one of those people who believe that in order to be truly ethical, you should eat only foods grown or killed within your line of sight (for me, that would be my neighbor's cat).


So, George, the next time your sister wants help putting together the IKEA, tell her you can't - it's against your religion.

der Brucer

I don't know at what Farmer's Market the writer shops, but the quoted prices are twice what we pay at our Farmer's Market in Rehoboth. And the Farmer's Market vine ripened locally grown tomatoes are cheaper than those at the supermarket!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 05:34:10 PM
Here is the Hibiscus chair from Pier One.

We have two of them and the couch is now gone. We have more room, having also taken away an end table. It looks very nice and comfy.

Does anyone know where Ben can get a Kitten to share his chair?

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 05:40:51 PM
Still living out of boxes--

It sure beats being buried in one!

der Brucer
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 05:43:37 PM
I've done all I can do in terms of damage control, and I think we'll be okay for Wednesday.  Been watching Adam 12 to calm down.  The current episode just had a wonderful shot on Riverside in Burbank and there were Paty's and Marie Callender's just as they are today.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:48:56 PM
DR Laura, how far are you from Prescott?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 05:51:17 PM
Leave it to Ben and Jerry to celebrate Gay Marriage in Vermont  :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 05:51:26 PM
LATIMES (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen30-2009aug30,0,2592815.story)

Quote
Keep your self-righteous fingers off my processed food....

So, George, the next time your sister wants help putting together the IKEA, tell her you can't - it's against your religion.

der Brucer

Sounds like a plan! ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 05:51:52 PM
I could go for that ice cream even if I wasn't married!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 05:53:06 PM
Leave it to Ben and Jerry to celebrate Gay Marriage in Vermont  :D

Nice!  I wonder if it (the ice cream) only available in Vermont.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 05:58:06 PM
Leave it to Ben and Jerry to celebrate Gay Marriage in Vermont  :D


Very cold cool!  I wonder if you can buy it in Washington?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 05:58:31 PM
DR Laura, how far are you from Prescott?

About two hours.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 06:04:24 PM
I am now watching listening to the "Two's Company" DVD (minimized) as I work! ;D

Thanks, BK!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 06:05:17 PM
DR Laura, how far are you from Prescott?

About two hours.

Thanks.  I was just curious.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 06:05:57 PM
LOL DR Laura (regarding your "dog" conversation with your DH.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 06:06:41 PM
We considered moving to Precott before we thought to come to Ashland.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: DERBRUCER on August 31, 2009, 06:11:54 PM
Jane, 

If you see something like this on your trail - pick it up; it sells for $85/ounce in good food stores.

(http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/storylink/2009-08/48947522-29161023.jpg)

der Brucer

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 06:21:12 PM
Jane, 

If you see something like this on your trail - pick it up; it sells for $85/ounce in good food stores.



der Brucer




Do I want to ask?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 06:23:19 PM
I don't.  It looks like something I would want to keep the dog away from. ;D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 06:24:28 PM
Are they special mushrooms?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 06:26:28 PM
Hi DR Jose.  Did you and Monkey have a nice time at the Smithsonian?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 06:45:16 PM
DR Ben - I like your new chair!  Hadn't thought to look at Pier One for the piece we need to complete our living room - thanks for the idea!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ben on August 31, 2009, 06:47:39 PM
Ginny, they don't have much but what was there was nice. I was surprised also that they had things besides wicker. They are having an end of season sale so you may find a good deal. I don't know how delivery is outside of the city but it was quick and easy for us.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 06:47:52 PM
Jane, 

If you see something like this on your trail - pick it up; it sells for $85/ounce in good food stores.

(http://www.latimes.com/media/alternatethumbnails/storylink/2009-08/48947522-29161023.jpg)

der Brucer



Is it Jesus in bear scat?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 06:48:05 PM
We are back from DR Elmore's brothers' neighborhood, where we returned the redneck pickup truck to our niece (John's middle daughter) and her husband.  Rob has gone back to Cincinnati to crash on his friend's couch because he has to work at 7am the next two mornings.  He'll be home for good Wednesday evening.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 06:48:35 PM
This is Ginny. Ginny and her family will be staying with us for a couple of months.


Oh How wonderful~  a new family of kitties!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 06:51:08 PM
A never-ending supply, Cillaliz.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 06:52:18 PM
DR Ben - I like your new chair!  Hadn't thought to look at Pier One for the piece we need to complete our living room - thanks for the idea!

Don't forget about shipping...if you don't buy it at a store and take it home yourself!  My supervisor was telling me just this afternoon that he and his wife were looking for a chest of drawers for their daughter.  They found one on Ikea's website that they liked for $149.  To have it shipped from a store to their house in Montesano would cost ANOTHER $279!!! :o

They found a similar item at overstock.com for about $130 and FREE SHIPPING!!

They're still looking around for something, but if they really want the Ikea drawers, they can certainly go to the store and pick it up themselves for a hell of a lot less than $279. :-\
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 06:52:24 PM
I found it exciting to talk to the guy who saw the bear.  On the upside, I haven't seen anymore scat since Friday.

I hope it isn't a constipated bear.  That could be one grumpy guy
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 06:53:28 PM
A couple of little faces:
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 06:53:49 PM
Cute kitties! :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 06:58:53 PM
A couple of little faces:



Have you named any of the kittens yet?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 06:59:19 PM
Well today they took Steve to the hospice at the hospital.  I'm very glad about that. He is a very tall man and Gretchen and her sister are very short.  Gretch just couldn't physically get him from point A to point B anymore.   She posted in Caring Bridge that his liver is failing and his lungs are getting weaker.   It won't be long now.  She will stay with him there. I am relieved that the whole burden isn't on her anymore and that there are people there to help her care for him
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 07:01:49 PM
Well today they took Steve to the hospice at the hospital.  I'm very glad about that. He is a very tall man and Gretchen and her sister are very short.  Gretch just couldn't physically get him from point A to point B anymore.   She posted in Caring Bridge that his liver is failing and his lungs are getting weaker.   It won't be long now.  She will stay with him there. I am relieved that the whole burden isn't on her anymore and that there are people there to help her care for him


Cilla, has this progressed very rapidly, or have you just been keeping this all to yourself until recently?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:03:25 PM
Ginny, they don't have much but what was there was nice. I was surprised also that they had things besides wicker. They are having an end of season sale so you may find a good deal. I don't know how delivery is outside of the city but it was quick and easy for us.

I was surprised it wasn't wicker ;D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 07:04:39 PM
I'm so sorry, Cillaliz. This has been so fast. My prayers are with him and his family.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 07:05:19 PM
No names yet. We haven't really even handled them much, so we don't know which are males or females.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:06:41 PM
Well today they took Steve to the hospice at the hospital.  I'm very glad about that. He is a very tall man and Gretchen and her sister are very short.  Gretch just couldn't physically get him from point A to point B anymore.   She posted in Caring Bridge that his liver is failing and his lungs are getting weaker.   It won't be long now.  She will stay with him there. I am relieved that the whole burden isn't on her anymore and that there are people there to help her care for him

This is so fast and sad.  I'm glad she is at a place where they can all be more comfortable.  I hope he goes peacefully & comfortably.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:07:50 PM
DR Laura, thank you for the sweet kitty faces. :D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:08:32 PM
It has progressed extremely rapidly.  Well, he's been fighting cancer for a year,and although I've known for a long time that his prognosis wasn't good, he seemed to be doing ok.   Two weeks ago yesterday he was well enough to go to the theater.  A couple days later he found out that he essentially had lost his battle and only had a few weeks to live at most.  Last Monday he was well enough to drive himself to the office and get some things in order, so this has really all happened very fast.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Ginny on August 31, 2009, 07:08:35 PM
DR Cillaliz - your friends remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: TCB on August 31, 2009, 07:11:45 PM
It has progressed extremely rapidly.  Well, he's been fighting cancer for a year,and although I've known for a long time that his prognosis wasn't good, he seemed to be doing ok.   Two weeks ago yesterday he was well enough to go to the theater.  A couple days later he found out that he essentially had lost his battle and only had a few weeks to live at most.  Last Monday he was well enough to drive himself to the office and get some things in order, so this has really all happened very fast.


My thoughts and prayers are with you, as well as with Steve and his entire family.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:13:47 PM
Thanks all.  I have to say I'm really glad I was there yesterday.  I'm not sure I would have believed how close he is to passing if I hadn't been there.  He is not in pain. I'm sure his passing will be peaceful.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:18:25 PM
Had you not gone yesterday you would have been sorry of the missed opportunity.  Your timing was perfect to help your friends.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:25:13 PM
I agree.  Gretchen has always been there when I needed her.  It was very nice to be able to return the favor.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 07:30:10 PM
Good Evening!

So... At least it was nice to know that I still knew hot to and could drive a car.  However, trying to remember how to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient and direct manner possible took a little doing.  And a couple of extra turns.  As well as some unplanned detours.  Thankfully, most of my traveling today took place on the DC Metro along the same subway line.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 07:30:56 PM
~~~~~{{{{{DR CILLALIZ}}}}}~~~~~
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:31:03 PM
Laura you are an inspiration.  I'm going to suggest fostering cats to Gretchen.  She doesn't want to have the long term commitment of another pet - at least not right now, but down the road, she may like the idea of fostering.   
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 07:34:35 PM
It is rewarding mostly and heartbreaking sometimes.

Thanks, Cillaliz.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:36:30 PM
I have to say that today's news is a  relief.  I have been very worried about Gretchen.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:37:37 PM
I think if I fostered, I'd have to approve where they went....no, I'd end up with a house full of cats...I couldn't let them go
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: td on August 31, 2009, 07:37:51 PM
DR Cillaliz, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:38:03 PM
Laura you are an inspiration.  I'm going to suggest fostering cats to Gretchen.  She doesn't want to have the long term commitment of another pet - at least not right now, but down the road, she may like the idea of fostering.  

What a great idea.  I'm sure you will have many opportunities in the near future to be there for her.  I like she has already planned a trip with her sister.  Maybe you both can go somewhere later.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:39:28 PM
I think if I fostered, I'd have to approve where they went....no, I'd end up with a house full of cats...I couldn't let them go

Keith's reaction today, when I mentioned where Jane & her kittens went, is why we don't foster.  With great concern he said "What if they aren't adopted!!!"
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 07:39:34 PM
Hi DR Jose.  Did you and Monkey have a nice time at the Smithsonian?

Yes, we did. :)

In fact, I had such a good time today, that I'm seriously considering staying down here in DC one more day to spend more time down on The Mall.  Tomorrow, I'll be at the Library of Congress all day with DR elmore and company, and I think I might go ahead and spend Wednesday going through a few more museums.  -It's either the last week of summer vacation or the first week of school for the counties around Washington, DC, so the museums were quite "roomy" today.

*And since I went ahead and TwitPic'd some of my pics, a few of the Smithsonian museums are now Following me on Twitter. :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: MBarnum on August 31, 2009, 07:40:09 PM
My best thoughts out to Steve and Gretchen!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:40:27 PM
Tonight I drove to a town about 30 miles from here at the invitation of  minister at a Baptist church to talk to the hispanic community about immigration.......4 people showed up, lol.  I was actually glad. I didn't really get a presentation prepared, so I just answered their questions for an hour. The minister wants me to come back again.  I told him he'd have to do a better job of getting the word out, but that I would do it
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: MBarnum on August 31, 2009, 07:41:07 PM
DR Laura, I am so glad you have another batch to raise! What fun!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:41:11 PM
The downside was it was at the Ice Cream Capital of the World...and I'm on my diet.  I ddn't stip for my favorite ice cream
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:42:56 PM
I had a great evening of leisure viewing. I started with CASABLANCA in HD. Spectacular. Noticed lots of details I hadn't noticed before (though the blacks weren't as deep black as I remembered them being).

Bogie was nominated for Best Actor for this. Bergman got her nomination for FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS rather than for CASABLANCA. I doubt she would have beaten Jennifer Jones no matter which film she got her nomination for (and she won the next year for GASLIGHT). They are so spectacular together that every scene brought tears to my eyes.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:43:33 PM
Laura you are an inspiration.  I'm going to suggest fostering cats to Gretchen.  She doesn't want to have the long term commitment of another pet - at least not right now, but down the road, she may like the idea of fostering.  

What a great idea.  I'm sure you will have many opportunities in the near future to be there for her.  I like she has already planned a trip with her sister.  Maybe you both can go somewhere later.

She and her sister have taken many long distance road trips. They have also gone to Mexico and Costa Rica and other places as well (no they didnt' drive).  they are both in their 60s and are retired so there isn't any rush to get home etc.

Depending on where they go, I may fly out to see them
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:45:12 PM
When I finished the movie, I watched the "making of" documentary which was about a half hour. They showed clips from either the trailer or some previous print of the movie, and BOY could you tell how much restoration had to be done on the movie to get it into the shape it is in now.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:45:56 PM
Next I watched another episode of LIE TO ME. I enjoyed both cases being investigated in the episode I watched tonight.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:47:10 PM
Next I watched today's OLTL. SOme good reflection by FIsh on his life of denial as a gay man. Nice that Cristian and Layla are forgiving, kind people.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:47:47 PM
The downside was it was at the Ice Cream Capital of the World...and I'm on my diet.  I ddn't stip for my favorite ice cream

I'm very proud of you.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:48:42 PM
Hi DR Jose.  Did you and Monkey have a nice time at the Smithsonian?

Yes, we did. :)

In fact, I had such a good time today, that I'm seriously considering staying down here in DC one more day to spend more time down on The Mall.  Tomorrow, I'll be at the Library of Congress all day with DR elmore and company, and I think I might go ahead and spend Wednesday going through a few more museums.  -It's either the last week of summer vacation or the first week of school for the counties around Washington, DC, so the museums were quite "roomy" today.

*And since I went ahead and TwitPic'd some of my pics, a few of the Smithsonian museums are now Following me on Twitter. :)

Nice all around.  Have fun tomorrow.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 07:48:50 PM
And I ended my evening viewing with last night's MAD MEN. Enjoyed the show. Loved Joan playing the accordian and Pete's Charleston. Betty had on a stunning maternity dress that only made her appear more ravishing.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:49:30 PM
DR Matt H, thanks for the HD CASABLANCA report.  I guess we should upgrade our DVD.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Jane on August 31, 2009, 07:49:40 PM
'night
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 07:53:08 PM
Night Jane
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Cillaliz on August 31, 2009, 08:07:58 PM
Thanks again, everyone for your support.  I'm going to go get a piece of fruit, watch the news and get some sleep
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Matt H. on August 31, 2009, 08:11:10 PM
My eyes feel really heavy right now, so I'm going to head down to bed.

Good night!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 08:11:27 PM
I think if I fostered, I'd have to approve where they went....no, I'd end up with a house full of cats...I couldn't let them go

Keith's reaction today, when I mentioned where Jane & her kittens went, is why we don't foster.  With great concern he said "What if they aren't adopted!!!"

That's why you contact a shelter. They own them. They just stay with me for a while. I actually get antsy when they are pet-shop size. I want them to go to adoptions while they still have the "cute" factor.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JMK on August 31, 2009, 08:12:42 PM
Greetings from Great Wolf Lodge in Washington, actually fairly close to DR George.  The kids are having a ball and I am finding out I am way too old to be going on water slides.  :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 08:20:29 PM
LOL.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 08:23:00 PM
There are storms blowing toward Phoenix. I am hopeful it will make it here.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 08:34:18 PM
DR DAW - Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com/index.php) still makes a good burger - if you can find a location that is still open.  There are still a number of locations in Virginia, but there used to be more.

*My Mom also liked Fuddruckers, but mainly for their "salads".  Well, the salads she would construct herself from the Fixings Bar - lettuce, tomatoes, etc. ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 08:34:36 PM
DR Laura - MORE KITTIES!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 08:45:07 PM
We are getting the beginnings of a storm. I hope it lasts a while. We need it.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 08:59:48 PM
Well...

Any DRs have any sort of reactions to Disney buying Marvel Comics?
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:00:13 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Those were great stories, memories.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:00:43 PM
DR Ben - Nice arms. ;)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Kerry on August 31, 2009, 09:02:33 PM
It's raining!  I'm not used to all the new sounds in my house yet, so I was wondering.  ???   ;D
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:03:11 PM
With all the Ice Cream talk the other day, and the Hamburger and Hot Dog talk today, I'm wondering if HHW should just go ahead and become a sister site of This Is Why You're Fat (http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/).

::)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 09:03:21 PM
You got more than we did, Kerry.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Kerry on August 31, 2009, 09:04:15 PM
I have an Oriental rug airing outside, so most likely the rain will last a bit.  if the rug were inside, the rain would quit!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:05:51 PM
It's raining!  I'm not used to all the new sounds in my house yet, so I was wondering.  ???   ;D

DR Kerry - Hopefully, the next sound you hear won't be dripping, if you get my drift.  -And I hope you don't.  -Or something like that.

Glad to hear that you're all moved in.  Now just take the time to get everything set up just right and just the way you want it.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:09:43 PM
Well...

I've already been drifting in and out for the past hour or so - which is a good thing since I have to get another early head start in the morning in order to make it down to the LoC on time.  So...

Goodnight.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:10:13 PM
DR MattH - I hope you're reading this after a more restful night's sleep.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: JoseSPiano on August 31, 2009, 09:14:59 PM
PAGE 10 MONKEY IN JULIA CHILD'S KITCHEN DANCE!!!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 09:18:29 PM
That monkey gets around.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:18:42 PM
(((CILLA))))


prayers are being said for Steve and his family
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:19:16 PM
Ron - your story touched me - thank you for sharing it with us
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:19:48 PM
Painfree vibes for Matt H , Elmore and TCB
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:21:00 PM
TOD - I cannot remember the first or the best  - but I do love me a bef frank hot off the grill  - ina grilled bun with Guldens Spicy brown mustard and lots of sauerkraut 
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:21:56 PM
at at the risk of being told I support evil - the McDonald's mushroom swiis angus burgers are mahvalous!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Kerry on August 31, 2009, 09:22:24 PM
Vibes to everyone-- whether you think you need them or not!!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:24:02 PM
We used to have a Fudruckers fairly locally when Vixdad and I were were newly married -  They had a burtcher section there where you could buy raw burgers to take home -  we used to buy a box them every so often - they were absolutely delicious

 Vixdad once nearly burned the house down grilling some too near the vinyl sideing
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:24:28 PM
It is afrter midnight and I should be sleeping so nighty nighty to all
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: vixmom on August 31, 2009, 09:25:10 PM
and VIBES for ALL GOOD THINGS to each and every one of you !!
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 09:30:28 PM
Oh, man.  I was perfectly happy, watching a motion picture on DVD.  I took a break and checked my e-mail, and there was one from paypal stating they'd put a hold on a transaction's funds pending my response - nothing to do with me or my account.  This is the fourth time they've done this in a month - they've credited all the others into the account, but I'm so tired of it, that I spent twenty-five minutes on hold to get to someone from the resolution center, and I just lit into him like nobody's business and I told him that if that money wasn't in my account in ten seconds there was going to be major trouble, because I now consider this harassment.   For you see, this time they chose to flag a payment from a dear reader who has ordered every CD we've ever put out.  First the guy asked me for a tracking number - I started getting very agitated and I said a) we don't do tracking numbers, b) it's a pre-order, and c) it's none of his business.  I told him that this customer has purchased stuff all the time and to merely check his account or ours.  I told this guy that I felt that eBay has put some kind of flag on my account for no reason (I have never in all my paypal years had a problem that's been my fault) - he said he was sorry it seemed like that, but assured me it wasn't.  He closed the case and put the money in my account, and I told him strongly that if this happened again EVER it was going to be very problematic for paypal.  It's fine to say it's not my fault or a problem with my account, except that they put a hold on MY funds and it shows up as a problem.  He heard me well, I think.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 09:30:59 PM
I think we'll officially announce Bank Shot at midnight - hopefully it will be a nice way to start September.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Laura on August 31, 2009, 09:34:32 PM
I guess the storm passed us by. We only got a sprinkle of rain.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 10:29:36 PM
My best thoughts out to Steve and Gretchen!

~~~DITTO!!~~~
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Sam on August 31, 2009, 11:12:31 PM
Good evening everyone.

I'm now 2 days behind in reading posts.

The smoke and heat in LA is too much.   At work this morning, you couldn't see the mountains at all through all the smoke.  The air was hard to breathe.

Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: George on August 31, 2009, 11:16:37 PM
:o Yikes, Sam!  How close are you to the actual fires??
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Sam on August 31, 2009, 11:25:57 PM
I work at the bottom of the foothills, the fire is on the other side, if the wind blows SE the smoke blows towards us,  I feel bad for the mail persons who have to walk around in it all day.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Sam on August 31, 2009, 11:28:01 PM
I live far enough away to just be too hot to open the door or windows. 

I have not heard how this fire started, they know where, but have not said why.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Sam on August 31, 2009, 11:29:52 PM
LOTS OF VIBES FOR ALL THE POSTS I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO READ.

HAPPY TUESDAY. :)
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: Sam on August 31, 2009, 11:30:11 PM
Goodnight George.
Title: Re: FANCY FREE
Post by: bk on August 31, 2009, 11:53:04 PM
Well, catch up already.