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Title: THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 12:01:22 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've learned the notes' true and deep meaning, and now it is time to post until the cows come home.
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Post by: Jed on April 24, 2004, 12:16:49 AM
Ooo, I loves me some cookies!  My all-time favorites are Oatmeal Scotchies... yummilicious oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips.  Also a no-bake cookie known in my family as Grandma Swope cookies (named for the mother of a longtime family friend).  Can't remember the quantities off the top of my head (nor off the bottom of my head, for that matter)... but you bring a mixture of butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa powder to a boil, then quickly stir in some oatmeal and coconut and then hurry to get it spooned out into good cookie-size dollops before it hardens up.  Quite tasty.
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 12:22:04 AM
I clear the cookies from my computer every few weeks - then I have to remember my passwords again!
Cookies? I know that is how the cookie crumbles and I know Kookie didn't like to lend Connie her comb.
Jo-Ann Cambell sang about a Kookie little Paradise.

There is a language barrier here.

In Oz Cookie = biscuit. I think biscuit means something else in North America. Maybe it means Racehorse. Maybe it means Shirley Temple.

(BTW in OZ we would pronounce Kookie and Cookie the same way. I wonder what they do in the North West - with their pronunciation, not with their cookies).

I can cook too. Tonight I shall cook Anzac biscuits. (April 25 is Anzac Day). I guess it is like Memorial day cookies!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jed on April 24, 2004, 12:28:26 AM
In the Northwest, both kookie and cookie are pronounced just like marry, merry, and Mary, of course.
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 12:51:00 AM
Thanks for that Jud/Jed/Jid/Jade/Jowd/Jawd/Jood/Joyd/Jeed/Jad/Jod/
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 01:00:29 AM
I'll post now as I probably won't have time in the morning. Off early to the Festival of Books with the Esteemed Author. Should be fun.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 04:20:08 AM
Yes what a wonderful pair to encounter at the Book Festival....DRPANNI and MR BK.  Yes, booth 132 will be the most booth in the whole place!

Have fun....remind everyone to "count your change", sell lots of books, and keep your eyes open for (other) celebrities.

Also DRPANNI, you never know, Amelia Earhart may show up, they never found her you know!
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 24, 2004, 04:22:57 AM
Good morning, all!  I hope the BIG EVENT in the West of Wood is a triumph, just a veritable triumph.  And more photos this time, please!

Today's topic, cookies; I feel like Pavlav's dog already.  I remember my grandmother's icebox cookies quite fondly from my early childhood.  She called them icebox cookies because the dough was chilled till it hardened and then my grandmother with a butcher knife sliced the dough into long thin slices, baked them, and served a wonderful spicy, chewy, raisin- and nut-filled concoction that put this little kid into nirvana.  The recipe vanished with her death, around 1961, and I wish I had a copy to share with all of you.

My two faves:  oatmeal raisin and peanut butter

Most disliked:  chocolate chip; loathe them, and they seem to be everyone's favorite but mine.  My mother's sister Jean used to bake tollhouse cookies for me and replace the chocolate chips with candied fruit, and I loved those.

My mother made a mean sugar cookie around Christmas, but her two good pastries were doughnuts and pecan pie, topics for another day.
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Post by: Robin on April 24, 2004, 04:44:52 AM
Also DRPANNI, you never know, Amelia Earhart may show up, they never found her you know!

Miss Earhart won't be heard of again until Captain Kathryn Janeway finds her alive and well, though very far from home, sometime in the 24th century.  

My favorite cookies are peanut butter.  Almost every time I decide to whip up a batch of some other kind of cookies, I usually change my mind, and decide to fix peanut butter cookies instead.  Heck, if I'm gonna go through all the trouble, I may as well make my favorites, right?

Once or twice a year, though, I must bake up a batch of Egg Nog cookies.  Dee-lish!
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 04:59:56 AM
That's right DRROBIN - how could I have forgotten!

Pecan Sandies.

MR BK do you or DRPANNI have a luggage cart?  You might use that to transport your books....otherwise you may have to borrow one from a friendly co-seller.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 05:04:25 AM
Ms. Earhart is still flying, but on another plane, if The Flight of the Lawnchair Man is to be believed.  She also sounds like a Katherine Hepburn impersonator, but that may just be a flighty affectation of hers.

A simple variation on the Tollhouse recipe is most popular in our house.  I add a couple of tablespoons of molasses to the regular recipe, which deepens the brown sugar flavor and makes them softer, the way der Brucer likes.

Now that I have a decent kitchen table, I'm going to have to try making rolled cookies.

A hint at colored sugar for decoration: If you're feeling cheap (and who doesn't at times) and don't want to spend the money on the colored crystals, cheat!  Put a few spoons of regular granulated sugar in a small dish, and add food coloring, a few drops at a time, stirring with a fork to blend the color into the sugar evenly.  The colored sugar can be stored in plastic zip bags, and lasts indefinately.
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Post by: Michael on April 24, 2004, 05:31:42 AM
 From  BK's posting today: Do you know that if Alan Cumming and Joanna Going did a show they’d be Cumming and Going?

But how about...........

Is Joanna Going played Alan Cumming in a movie (or play) about his sex life they can announce that "Joanna is Cumming!"
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Post by: Michael on April 24, 2004, 05:36:40 AM
My fav cookies to eat when I am depressed and thankfully it doesn't happen all that often anymore are Chocolate covered Oreo Cookies!!

My late co-worker Laura would bring in the most amazing chocolate brownies to work. I have to say they were the best I ever had and that includes Alice Toklas' recipe.

But there is nothing like Mother's home made and made from scratch chocolate chip cookies.
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Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 05:39:48 AM
Hey good luck at the festival!

Okay cookie and kookie are the same.  

Let me just say: OMG!!

Here "cookie" is like "cook" and "kookie" has a "coo" sound like cool.

I like any cookie that isn't packaged.

But my favorites are Mr. Felix & Mr. Norton (like Mrs. Fields).  They are in all the malls and their cookies are so delicious!
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 06:46:53 AM
Thank you so much, DR MBarnum, for that timely bit of GREAT information. It's the first I had heard of any Deanna Durbin DVD plans, and I couldn't be happier. Yes, I knew they'd include her two biggest childhood hits: THREE SMART GIRLS and 100 MEN AND A GIRL, but I'll finally have my hands on IT STARTED WITH EVE, probably her best adult role and one I didn't already have on videotape. And I'm sure CAN'T HELP SINGING (her only color film) and LADY ON A TRAIN will look great on DVD, better than the videotape copies I have. And FIRST LOVE features my favorite song of hers "The Prince" (which is an English reworking of "Nessum Dorma" from TURANDOT.)
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 06:48:57 AM
Cookies? I've yet to meet one I didn't like. My favorites are from my childhood: little round tea cookies with a generous dollop of icing in the center. I could eat my weight in those.
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Post by: Jay on April 24, 2004, 07:17:25 AM
Am I lucky or what?  I get to drive to the County of Orange today so I can take my Dear Mother shopping for a toilet.  Isn't that exciting?  Isn't that too too?
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Post by: Jay on April 24, 2004, 07:20:18 AM
Of course, after said shopping expedition, the Dear Mother and I shall have a nice dinner and then go to the opera.  There's something in this scenario akin to "from the ridiculous to the sublime," but I'm not quite sure how to describe it.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 07:26:42 AM
DR JAY - you will astonished at the selection of water closets now available!

DRMATTH  - I think FIRST LOVE is my favorite of Deanna's movies, with such a great supporting cast and lovely music!  And Deanna is so funny!  I forgot to ask you, did you like KISS ME, DEADLY?  Did you recognize the BABY JANE house at the end?  Ralph Meeker was a great MIke Hammer.  He was Marlon Brando's replacement in the Broadway STREETCAR and also originated the role of Hal on Broadway in PICNIC.  I always thought he should have had a bigger screen career, but he did okay.  And how about that Maxine Cooper?  Real woo-bait, huh?
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 07:49:02 AM
I love Kiss Me Deadly.

I love cookies.

I'm hoping someone named Shirley comes to the booth.

I'm making ready to leave but shall post until I do.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Noel on April 24, 2004, 07:49:05 AM
If Joanna Going played Alan Cumming in a movie (or play) about his sex life ...

I'm there
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Noel on April 24, 2004, 07:51:33 AM
I get to drive to the County of Orange today so I can take my Dear Mother shopping for a toilet...
Of course, after said shopping expedition, the Dear Mother and I shall have a nice dinner and then go to the opera.  There's something in this scenario akin to "from the ridiculous to the sublime," but I'm not quite sure how to describe it.

I had a professor in college (and Jay and I attended the same one) who defined "bathos" as "from the sublime to the ridiculous."  In your case, however, the term should be "toiletos"
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Noel on April 24, 2004, 07:55:22 AM
These days, I'm most fond of oatmeal cookies.  I like 'em better than oatmeal.  In my youth, Nabisco made something with a layer of mint ... can anyone recall the name?

And let it not be said I eschew Jewish food.  (Not that that's easy to say.)  I enjoy a good coconut macaroon if it's done right.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 07:58:48 AM
It's surprisingly hard to find really excellent cookies - I am partial to Mrs. Fields coconut macadamia, but only when they've just come out of the oven (nevo, spelled backwards).
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 08:00:51 AM
A quick hello. ...Quick hello! Will report any Earhart sightings. She was also an author, after all.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 08:03:44 AM
Don't forget to keep the home fries burning.
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 08:04:25 AM
I used to love Nutter Butters in the seventies when the darling daughter was but a wee sprig of a twig of a tad of a girl.
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 08:05:19 AM
And occasionally I would have an obsession with those Mother's animal cookies, you know, the pink and white ones.
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 08:09:40 AM
Yes, Nutter Butters are easily addictive, so I try to stay away from them.

I really enjoyed KISS ME DEADLY because Meeker was such a tough SOB. He took nothin' from no one. Loved it. I thought I commented on it the night I finished it. Maybe not. I see so much nowadays.

Looking at the alternate ending (which I'm to understand was the theatrical release), Mike was supposed to DIE in the movie at the end? How ridiculous if they had any hopes of a series of Mike Hammer films.
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 08:11:19 AM
I agree with you about FIRST LOVE. Robert Stack was a perfect love interest for her, and they made a gorgeous couple.

I think HIS BUTLER'S SISTER is probably my favorite, but there are several, including FIRST LOVE, that I really find terrific entertainment. Universal is becoming my new heroes with these multi-movie sets (Kettles, A&C, now Durbin) at such CHEAP prices.
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Post by: Danise on April 24, 2004, 08:19:36 AM
Best of luck today, Bruce!  Hope everything goes better than you hope.

Jay,  Toilet shopping.  Humm, well that has me beat. *chuckle* All that's on my plate for today is to take the older clothes I'm taking on the trips to the dry cleaners today.  I heard that gasp.  No, I didn't run out and buy all new clothes for the trips.

I think I have everything.  Now I'm in the holding pattern waiting for it to happen.  I don't want to pack everything to soon and get it all wrinkled.  That and if I put stuff in the bag and need to use it, I'll be taking it out and putting it back and then I'm not going to know if its packed or not when the time comes.

I'm starting to get excited.  And scared.  Can't wait.  Wish it was all over.

I tried once again with RoadRunner to find out how I could use the pocket PC to dial up while I'm out on road.  They said it wouldn't work.  Sigh.  So short of getting a notebook computer, it can't be done.  I did so want to stay in touch while I was away but it looks like I won't be able to be on-line for those 2/3weeks.  

It makes me mad because the Pocket PC HAS IE on it!  I just don't understand why it won't work.  It has more memory and computing power then most of my old computers and THEY got me on the internet.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:22:37 AM
Is C-Span Book TV going to be at the Festival?
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Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 08:24:13 AM
SWW the Pumpkin ravioli at Cloud 9 sounds good.  It’s also the only thing I would eat there.  I do eat salmon, but not coconut. Wait, I just noticed sweet potato fries on the small plate.  I’m on my way!

Are you recommending Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve?  If so I will put it on my shopping list.  Is it this year’s?  This weekend Ashland’s has it’s food and wine tasting at the local art galleries.  
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:24:37 AM
Hey it is!  Just checked the schedule!  Sometimes they do walk arounds!
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:27:41 AM
MATTH - after all these years, I have read that Marjorie Main was still under contract to MGM during the "Kettle" years and of course was loaned out to Universal-International at a premium for those movies.  She was not happy at the arrangement since she didn't share in the bounty, but that's Hollywood!
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on April 24, 2004, 09:04:26 AM
This morning I went for a walk, and this is what I saw:
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Post by: Jed on April 24, 2004, 09:36:46 AM
Mmmm... Nutter Butter...

I have a feeling I'll be headed to the supermarket later on today. :)

Jennifer - Fear not, "kookie" and "cookie" are pronounced here just as you suggest.  Seems only those silly Oz fellows do otherwise.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 09:42:44 AM
Unless it's Gerald Lloyd Kookson III
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 24, 2004, 10:14:12 AM

I tried once again with RoadRunner to find out how I could use the pocket PC to dial up while I'm out on road.  They said it wouldn't work.  Sigh.  So short of getting a notebook computer, it can't be done.  I did so want to stay in touch while I was away but it looks like I won't be able to be on-line for those 2/3weeks.  

It makes me mad because the Pocket PC HAS IE on it!  I just don't understand why it won't work.  It has more memory and computing power then most of my old computers and THEY got me on the internet.


DR Danise, do you have the expansion pack that the iPaq slides into which also has a slot for a modem card?  You need that to use the Pocket PC to connetect to the internet.  You might want to check out  here    (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&locale=en_US&docIndexId=179111&taskId=101&prodTypeId=215348&prodSeriesId=96479) for manuals for the iPAQnet Mobile Internet guide.

My favorite store-bought cookies have always been plain ole Oreos (and not those Hydrox knock-offs, thank you!)

My fav home-baked are chocolate chip oatmeal, hot from the oven.  Yummmmm.
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Post by: Emily on April 24, 2004, 10:22:44 AM
Four Words (the most BEAUTIFUL words in the English language):

SKOR BAR CHUNK COOKIES

Take toffee, take chocolate chunks and mix them into your favourite chocolate-chip cookie base (sans chocolate chips).  

While the ones I have had used separate toffee and chocolate (the woman who used to make them for me was big on getting only the best English toffee and speciality dark chocolate which she'd chunkify herself) you can also hammer skor bars into chunks and mix those right in.

Yum...  
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Post by: Emily on April 24, 2004, 10:24:17 AM
My favourite store brand cookies are the Pecan Passion ones made by Peak Freanz.

Think of a very wonderful shortbread cookie made even wonderfuller by the addition of pieces of toasted pecans.

Yum...
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 10:41:48 AM
And occasionally I would have an obsession with those Mother's animal cookies, you know, the pink and white ones.

Keith's favorite.  He won't go near them now.  You can't eat just one.
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Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 10:44:20 AM
For more information on Anzac day:

http://www.acn.net.au/articles/anzac/

Tomovoz do you do anything special today?

Almond macaroons.  You rarely see them anymore
Peanut butter cookies
Mexican wedding cakes, without nuts
Oatmeal cookies-the boxed version would only be Mother’s
Oreos
Mallomars
Pogens ginger cookies which are no longer available
Chocolate chip cookies from Robertson Bakery
Meringue chocolate chip
Butter cookies
Nabisco ‘nilla wafers

Must stop, Keith needs the computer and I’m getting hungry

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on April 24, 2004, 10:44:36 AM
JAY-

What opera---La Toiletra??
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Post by: William E. Lurie on April 24, 2004, 10:57:17 AM
I don't have time to post the recipe but I make Waffle Cookies... cookies made in a waffle iron instead of an oven.  They are easy but time consuming because you can only make 4 at a time.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 11:17:50 AM
Of course, after said shopping expedition, the Dear Mother and I shall have a nice dinner and then go to the opera.  There's something in this scenario akin to "from the ridiculous to the sublime," but I'm not quite sure how to describe it.
There's something about the order that seems to be in reverse.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 11:28:34 AM
SWW ...Are you recommending Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Reserve?  If so I will put it on my shopping list.  Is it this year’s?  This weekend Ashland’s has it’s food and wine tasting at the local art galleries.  
I believe it is this year's, and yes, I do recommend it.  Since the art galleries are having their tastings, if you can find it give it a try.  Also, if Rainbow Ridge is represented at all, we enjoyed both wines that we tasted from them.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 11:31:01 AM
JAY-

What opera---La Toiletra??
They should be taking in a play, instead.  Krapp's Last Tape.
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Post by: Matthew on April 24, 2004, 11:35:06 AM
Three musicals in one day... Rehearsal for "Fiddler on the Roof", auditions for "Oliver!" and OPENING NIGHT for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", busy day in the Bay Area.  Favorite cookies these days have been Oatmeal ad raisin.

Check out the Palo Alto Players website

www.paplayers.org

to see info on Joseph for all you Northern CA people, it's a great production and so much fun and the band rocks!!  :)
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 11:40:05 AM
So far, der Brucer and I have had a very nice day.  So have Marty, Mikey, Bonnie and Buster.  We all went on the Rehoboth Beach Dog Walk on the Boardwalk.  There must have been a couple hundred humans, and as many canine controllers, taking part, strolling from one end of the boardwalk to the other and back again.  There were daschunds, there were pekes, there were bassets and beagles.  There were lots of Labs, who looked small standing next to the Great Danes.  Heck, I look small next to a Great Dane.  (Well, not really.)

Bonnie and Buster had a great time, making sure that I got my exercise, pulling me faster than I was planning.  Marty and Mikey took it easier on der Brucer, kind fellows that they are.  Lots of people commented on how darling or smart or cute Bonnie and Buster look, asking if they are littermates.  Der Brucer keeps saying "We don't know," but I keep saying "Yes."  Some things you just know, y'know?

Everyone's home again, taking a well-earned nap.  Der B. and I should be heading out again soon, however, for another round of the Wine and Food Festival.

If there were a way we could hand a couple of glasses of wine to BK and Panni, we would.  I hope everyone who is in the Los Angeles area gets over to the Book Festival to see them.  (It sure would beat shopping for a toilet, IMO.)
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Post by: Matthew on April 24, 2004, 11:41:49 AM
SWW, was there a battle of the pekes and pollicles at this park?
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Post by: George on April 24, 2004, 11:51:22 AM
Topic of the Day:

Nestle’s Original Toll House Cookies (especially when hot out of the oven)
Nutter Butters
Oreos (especially Double Stuff)
Pecan Sandies
And cookies that I got just last night:  NEW! Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Chocolate Chunk Dark Chocolate Brownie cookies (a.k.a. "Captiva")!  Mmmmm!!


I'm hoping someone named Shirley comes to the booth.
If not, maybe Shirley will come to the temple.  ;)


From  BK's posting today: Do you know that if Alan Cumming and Joanna Going did a show they’d be Cumming and Going?

But how about...........

Is Joanna Going played Alan Cumming in a movie (or play) about his sex life they can announce that "Joanna is Cumming!"
There's a British actress/singer named Joanna Riding.  Add her and George and Gracie to the mix and you could have Cumming and Going: Gracie's Riding while George Burns.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 11:56:53 AM
Break a leg with JOSEPH, DRMATT.

It's one of my favorite shows to do and to see!
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Post by: Noel on April 24, 2004, 12:01:30 PM
Over on a contentious newsgroup, I made a statement about one of the hot political topics of the day, and have been asked to back it up with, you know, proof.  I think the DRs here, particularly Emily, might be able to point me towards proof.  And, if I'm wrong, I'll be proven wrong.

But, please understand, I don't want to drag the debate over here.  I'm not looking to argue this controversial matter especially on a sunny spring weekend day (my post to the other newsgroup won't be made before Tuesday).  So, get ready, DRs: Remember, we're not to argue this; I'll just happily accept a point in the direction of proof or disproof.

I said that, in the USA, a gun-owner is more likely to be shot by a gun than someone who doesn't own a gun.

Is there some statistics to back that up, or was I dreaming?
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 12:22:59 PM
Check this out DRNOEL.   8)

http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/summaries/reader/0,2061,563481,00.html (http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/summaries/reader/0,2061,563481,00.html)
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Post by: George on April 24, 2004, 12:41:26 PM
Well, I must go and get ready to go to my sister's house.  Last Saturday was my niece Hilary's 20th birthday, but today is the day that we're all celebrating.  Both sides of Hilary's family are getting together [her father and mother (my sister) have been divorced--a Tammy Wynette reference--for quite a while].  Fortunately, everyone gets along.
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Post by: Emily on April 24, 2004, 12:51:50 PM
Noel... I've sent you a private message :D
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 24, 2004, 12:52:39 PM
Accept Cookie?  
Reject Cookie?

Nowadays I buy our cookies and other sweets with my Sunday-morning shopping from our local Italian bakery, run by a same-sex couple, as people are wont to say.

I don't know if everything counts as a "cookie", but Joe's favorites are the Italian Tricolors (aka Rainbows).  He has rejected them from just about every other bakery as not measuring up to the ones his sister bakes at Christmas.  But the ones from this bakery are acceptable and have the added bonus of a layer of marzipan, which really makes them Tetracolors, I suppose.

He also likes their Rugalas (as opposed to Arugula), especially the apricot (with the ape in it) and the raspberry.  

Other treats from said Olde Sweete Shoppe are Pinioli Nut Cookies, Chocolate Macaroons, and Jumbles, which are different every week, I guess because they consist of of everything he's been baking all mixed together.

Storebought:  We were into the Keebler Elves ChocChips for a while.  I've always been turned off by the name "Hydrox".  Sounds like some sort of chemical.

My dearest friend Debby gives us genuine English Shortbreads every Christmas, her husband being English.  We never seem to get together around the holiday season, though.  So yesterday I finally got my shortbreads (and she got the CD Tea at Five, being as she is a big Katharine Hepburn fan) when I closed on my new mortgage--yes, Debby is a paralegal and handled the entire thing for her boss, my mortgage attorney.  Far as I can see, he does nothing, she does everything.

Childhood:  Every Christmas my Norwegian Grandmother (later to distinguish herself as the Administrative Assistant to the Warren Commission) would visit and make those sinful Scandinavian pastries.  There were Rosettes, of course, which she said were Swedish, and Krumkake.  But the true prize was Fattigmann, little rhombi of dough which she tied in a knot, popped into deep fat, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.   mmmmmmmmmm

My Mom would later make rosettes, but she refused to even attempt Fattigmann.

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 01:31:59 PM
A lot of panel discussions from the LA Festival of Books are on C-Span but so far no looks at the Big Room.
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Post by: Sandra on April 24, 2004, 01:40:47 PM
Mmmmm. Cookies. One time, I tried to make mookies, kind of a cross between cookies and muffins. They didn't turn out so well, but I'm pretty sure I know what I did wrong.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 02:01:06 PM
DR Jane: Today is a strange day - in many ways considerd the anniversary of Australia's Birth By Fire. We "celebrate" a total disaster. It however a sombre day and now taken far more seriously than when I was child. The major event here in my state is the Dawn Service at Melbourne's Shrine Of Rememerence which is attended by thousands of all ages. It is a very moving ceremony. The morning then has a march (parade/procession) of war veterens and said march ends at the Shrine for another service. The afternoon has many reunions of soldiers from the various conflicts. Most town throughout the country would have some type of service at their local war memorial. In the last decade or so the events have been by many young people. When I was their age we had less pride and knowledge as the vets really did not talk about such things to our generation.  The Vietnam conflict may well have given Australians a different perspective. Many Australians now take to trip to Turkey and/or Northern France ro attens Anzac day ceremonies there. Colin and I attended those in Northern France and Belgium three years ago. Australians are though of very highly by the people of the region and Anzac Day is a major event in some villages of Northern France.
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 02:26:45 PM
MATTH - after all these years, I have read that Marjorie Main was still under contract to MGM during the "Kettle" years and of course was loaned out to Universal-International at a premium for those movies.  She was not happy at the arrangement since she didn't share in the bounty, but that's Hollywood!

I just assumed that she had a "dual ownership" deal with the two studios, but I guess not. What a shame for her. I haven't looked at her filmography, but other than ROSE MARIE, SUMMER STOCK, and THE BELLE OF NEW YORK, I can't think of any MGM movies she made during her KETTLE years. MGM didn't even use her in THE OPPOSITE SEX while used a ton of women. Of course, Marjorie had been in their original version THE WOMEN.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 02:45:10 PM
All this talk of cookies is making me hungry.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 03:00:32 PM
MATTH - I agree....that surprised me as well when I realized what was happening.

Certainly Charlotte Greenwood was OKAY in "The Opposite Sex", but Main was hilarious in THE WOMEN.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 03:13:48 PM
Well the C-Span hostess is wandering around near booths 320 and 321 so she is nowhere near MR BK and Panni in booth 132!

Oh well!
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 03:38:21 PM
How can they have a panel discussion on the 1960's and NOT include BK?
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 03:43:06 PM
What is this:  Saturday?
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Post by: MBarnum on April 24, 2004, 04:10:56 PM

 Universal is becoming my new heroes with these multi-movie sets (Kettles, A&C, now Durbin) at such CHEAP prices.

I agree! I am really hoping that they will release their INNER SANCTUM films on DVD as well as the Creature from the Lagoon of Black films and/or any of there other 50s B films!

April 27 I will have a whole giant box of Universal DVDs in the mail! And even though I am not a big fan of Miss Durbin's I shall be buying her set of DVDs....I am likely not yet a fan as I have only seen one of her films thus far, which I have to say I very much enjoyed (LADY ON A TRAIN).
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 04:29:16 PM
I think you will like Deanna DRMBARNUM.  Her musical interludes are almost always enjoyable.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on April 24, 2004, 04:38:52 PM
Cookies:  Pecan Sandies and a simple Lorna Doone.

Was at the Festival of Books.  Saw Mr. Kimmel and the redoubtable Panni.  I leave details to Mr. K.  I'm sure there will be many.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 04:56:10 PM
I think you will like Deanna DRMBARNUM.  Her musical interludes are almost always enjoyable.

And I look forward to hearing the details. :)
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 05:02:54 PM
Emily what did the woman consider the best toffee & chocolate to put in those cookies?

WEL I have never had a waffle cookie but it sounds intriguing. Years ago I could get delicious potato chip cookies at the Philadelphia airport.  

SWW I will have to get the wine at the market.  Except for wine from Shasta, California the wines are from Oregon.

WFO those Fattigmann look yummy.  It’s a good thing I’m stuffed from all the food at our “Taste of Ashland” outing today.

Thanks Tomovoz.  I have had an interesting history lesson today.  I had heard of the battle but didn’t really know much about it.  Is Scottish Shortbread, another favorite cookie of mine, popular in Australia?  I like Walkers for store bought.

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Charles Pogue on April 24, 2004, 05:05:12 PM
Jane, my friend the liquor magnate in Lexington, Kentucky (who sends me all the bizarre CD compliations) swears by Oregon vinter, Ken Wright...says he producing some the best wines around.
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Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 05:14:37 PM
(http://www.gifs.net/animate/a-crun.gif)

JRand53 it works-Thanks.  I did need a little help from Keith.  
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 05:16:55 PM
Jane, my friend the liquor magnate in Lexington, Kentucky (who sends me all the bizarre CD compliations) swears by Oregon vinter, Ken Wright...says he producing some the best wines around.

I'm not familiar with him.  Are the wines under his label?  I'll have to check it out.  Thanks for the info.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 05:47:02 PM
Good job, DR JANE & KEITH.
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Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 05:47:39 PM
CharlesPogue I found the site for Kent Wright Cellars.  His white wines, which I drink, are all under different labels.  I don’t recall any of them were at the wine tasting today.  I will watch for them in the wine section of the market.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 05:49:04 PM
Thanks JRand53, I just hope I can do it again. :)
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 06:14:15 PM
Back, but on my way to Glendale.  I have photos to share and details to share but I shan't share them if we are going to achieve a new low.  You dear dear people out there in the dark are supposed to be keeping the home fries burning so get off thine butt cheeks and do so.  I want lots of postings upon my return for my mental delectation.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 06:28:17 PM
You must be rushed, you didn't say Dale of Glen.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: George on April 24, 2004, 06:29:36 PM
I'm back at home after my niece's 20th Birthday celebration.  She received lots of money and a couple of DVD TV series ("Friends" 7th season and "King of Queens" 2nd season).  The cake was a triple layer white cake with strawberry whipped cream and whole strawberries between the layers and covered in real whipped cream with whole strawberries on the top.  It was pretty good (it cost more than $30!) but the filling reminded me too much of strawberry Jell-O mixed with Cool Whip and just wasn't quite what I would have chosen.  Since it was my niece's choice, I didn't complain...until now.

Anyway, that's my contribution to keeping the home fries burning (http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/waffen/violent-smiley-104.gif).  I hope it helps!  
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Post by: Danise on April 24, 2004, 06:39:37 PM
I signed in to get the news but there's no news!

I wanna know how you did that cool cat graphic, Jane!  Where did it come from?

I thought this would be an easy day but I did a lot more then I thought.  Mowed the grass, took the dogs to the dog park, took the dry cleaning to the cleaners, went to the mall, did some grocery shopping...  Whew!  I'm tired.  :)

I wanted to tell DR Jose about the foot/leg stuff I found at the local K-mart.  I remember he said something about wanting a foot bath after all the walking around he did in NYC.  

You know how you have to run the gauntlet of stuff they try to get you to buy by the registers?  Well, there were some packets shaped like feet that said it was "soothing for tired feet and legs".  I bought a couple of packs and threw them into the suitcase.  I will let you know if they are any good or not.

I love cookies but I decline to speak of them right now.  I'm trying to be extra good before I leave on my trips.  My weight goal is in reach.  

Noel, I would have said the same thing.  I can't speak with facts but I do agree with you.

Dan (the Man), I bought a little 56k modem for it that fits the slot perfectly.  What I'm understanding is that it is a software problem but I don't understand why.  

Oh well.  Maybe I can find one of the cyber cafes I've heard about and can log in for a quick "hello" there.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 06:41:50 PM
The cake sounded yummy until you finished your description.

I like the home fries/fire-could even feel the heat.
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Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 06:44:53 PM

I wanna know how you did that cool cat graphic, Jane!  Where did it come from?


LOL.  I'm not sure.  I will email you the directions JRand sent me.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 06:45:11 PM
Maybe this will help us get to post 100.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 06:45:40 PM
It's easy Danise.  Just follow the directions I sent DR JANE.
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Post by: Robin on April 24, 2004, 06:47:01 PM
The SO and I spent the day eating junk food and watching deeveedees...

We started out with Cronos, by Guillermo del Toro, segued into Ziegfeld Girl with Judy, Hedy and Lana, eased into Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which was simply atrocious, and our latest destination was Airport '75...and in a few minutes, we'll top off the day with In the Good Old Summertime, just to end the day on a high note.   D flat.  
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:47:07 PM
DR Danise:  You can also use the computers for free at the Visitor's Centre (in Times Square right beside the McDonalds). I use them when I go to NYC.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 06:47:51 PM
Would any DR Like to see a front page from the day he was born.

Post your Birthdate and I will try to find it for you and post it.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:49:12 PM
Can someone email me the instructions too.  I like those moving cats!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:52:29 PM
Would any DR Like to see a front page from the day he was born.

Post your Birthdate and I will try to find it for you and post it.

Front page of what?

I think you can find most people's birthdates in their member info.

Here is mine: 04/26/70.  I feel old. :(
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Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:53:52 PM
Btw, if anyone sees the new Jennifer Garner movie can you say if it's any good.
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Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:57:52 PM
Ooh we're on Page Four.

Okay there will be no low today.  We want details about the show please.
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Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 06:59:24 PM
I rented the Steve Martin version of Cheaper By the Dozen today.  I thought it was very funny.  I cannot even imagine having twelve kids.  Steve Martin is hilarious.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 07:01:43 PM
(http://www.gifs.net/animate/a-felix.gif)

I did it again.  Jennifer I will email you the directions I'm typing for Danise.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jennifer on April 24, 2004, 07:01:48 PM
I went off my diet today and had the most delicious Tim Horton's Iced Cap  (Tim Horton's is a donut place, and there Ice cap is similar to Starbuck's Frappucino but cheaper :))

Yummy!  I just realized that the gas station about 5 minutes away, has opened a Tim Horton's drive-thru. Yeah!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 07:10:28 PM
Jennifer here is the front page of the Pomona CA Progress Bulletin from the day you were born 4-26-1970.

You can save it to a disk and enlarge it if you like.

Lovely kitten, DRJANE.  See how easy it is!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Emily on April 24, 2004, 07:18:57 PM
Ooh Jrand I wanna see mine!

Nov. 3, 1983
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: MBarnum on April 24, 2004, 07:18:58 PM
Hey, that looks like fun JRand53! Here is my birthdate
12/10/63. Let's see  what was going on in the world as I was being popped out!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 07:19:51 PM
Would any DR Like to see a front page from the day he was born.

Post your Birthdate and I will try to find it for you and post it.

My birthdate is 12-7-48.  Do you have L.A?

We have four newspapers framed and lined up in a hallway.  Mine is the only one not from the city I was born in.  It took several attempts to before I located an L.A. paper for Keith.  When I was in labor with each of the boys Keith took one of his rare breaks from holding my hand to pick up a paper.  Considering how long I took to deliver those kids he sure needed an excuse to take a break.

My San Francisco paper is neat.  In big red letters it says “Errol Flynn jailed in row”
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jane on April 24, 2004, 07:26:12 PM
JRand53 glad you like the cat.  Thanks again. :) :)

Jennifer you really should see the original CHEEPER BY THE DOZEN, a truly beautiful classic film.  The only similarity between the films is the name.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 07:40:34 PM
DR EMILY couldn't find a Canadian paper....but here is the Frederick Maryland Post for November 3, 1983

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 07:41:59 PM
MBARNUM here is the Albany New York Citizen Advertiser for
December 10, 1963.

DR JANE I can do one more...and I will check for an LA paper for you.

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:00:50 PM
DRJANE - don't have an LA paper, but here is the RENO Nevada Evening Gazette.  Whew, what a day!

West Coast Macaroni Mfg in Oakland burned down!  That's a lot of spaghetti!

C54 Transport crashed in the Pacific.

And Whitaker-Hiss-Chambers was boiling hot!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:02:14 PM
Now what else can we do to give BK lots of stuff to read when he gets home?
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 08:12:26 PM
All of Durbin's films are light, charming entertainments (well, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY isn't so light). I really prefer the ones she made as an adult rather than her child star pictures, but they're all worthwhile.

Now, if Universal would just give me TARANTULA, I'd be SO happy.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:14:46 PM
So do I DRMATT.  I COULD GO ON SINGING is not my favorite even though it is in color.  

TARANTULA....isn't it crazy that they put Mara Corday in men's pajamas in her bedroom scene???
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Emily on April 24, 2004, 08:16:22 PM
It's nice to see that Martin Luther King Jr. Day was made an American observance on my birthday

Thanks Jrand :)
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Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 08:21:29 PM
I rewatched CALL ME MADAM today with the Miles Kreuger commentary playing. He's always informative and enthusiastic. I found it interesting that he would pause in respect whenever someone was singing but talked right through most of the dance numbers. Also interesting that there are a number of fairly lengthy pauses during his commentary here but with the 1936 SHOW BOAT, he doesn't draw a breath. Of course, he's made SHOW BOAT a lifelong research project, so it's not surprising he had much more to say about it than CALL ME MADAM, but at any rate, he gave a good, informative talk.

I was hoping he'd once and for all validate that Irving Berlin won the Tony for Best Score for CALL ME MADAM. THE TONY AWARDS BOOK certainly says he did, and so does the Tony website (which I guess should be conclusive), but THE TONY AWARDS says that Frank Loesser and his GUYS AND DOLLS score won. Miles mentions the Tonys for Merman and Russell Nype, but doesn't mention that Berlin won the Tony.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 08:31:22 PM
SWW, was there a battle of the pekes and pollicles at this park?
Absolutely not.  This was one incredably well behaved group of dogs, from the largest to the smallest.  There was the big golden Lab who was riding in a stroller, the kind that fits behind a bicycle, because he was too old to do the walk itself.  There were puppies and mid-aged dogs of all sorts.  There were doxies who made their presence known with assertive yips.  Lots of sniffing went on, but while there might be a gruff bark after there was no antagonism on the part of any of the dogs.

We did run into a cousin of der Brucer's son-in-law, but he was quite friendly, too.

Der Brucer's face is slightly neon red from his being in the sun.  So is mine.  Next time we'll have to wear shades.   8)
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:33:23 PM
GUYS AND DOLLS won for Outstanding Musical, music & lyrics & book creators credited....and CALL ME MADAM won for Outstanding Musical Score for Irving Berlin.

After that Outstanding Musical was a category, but I don't see a separate one listed for Outstanding Musical Score.

I think it's one of those Tony blips.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 08:41:56 PM
Here is mine: 04/26/70.  I feel old. :(
Oh, poor baby!  (kiss kiss)   ;D
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Matt H. on April 24, 2004, 08:42:53 PM
Well, I'm sure Loesser won a Tony scroll for G&D and probably a Tony medallion for producing HOW TO SUCCEED, but it's odd that he never won a competitive Tony for a musical score. HAPPY FELLA lost to MY FAIR LADY and HOW TO SUCCEED lost to NO STRINGS
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: td on April 24, 2004, 08:43:43 PM
My favorite cookies escaped from The Cookie Jar and got tangled up with Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick and Harry Guardino.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 08:54:09 PM
Were they whistling?
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 08:59:13 PM
Late and tardy in my postings today, because der B and I went back to the Food and Wine Festival.  We started over at Cloud 9, with wine from the Garland Ranch area around Carmel.  Yawn.

This was followed by a couple of very good, but very expensive, Pinot Grigios and a Zin over at the Dogfish Brewpub, the wines from the Pessagno Winery.  I finally learned how to pronounce terriore or however it's spelled, and met a woman who has put together the winelist for a new restaurant opening soon (got to keep these contacts going).

This was followed by a flight of ten wines from Greece, over at the Camel's Hump.  Some of the wines were very good, some not so.  Greecian winemakers are trying to break away from the ouzo/retsina stereotype, but they aren't getting any support from their government the way Chile, Austrailia, and South Africa have.  Greece's loss.  It was der Brucer's turn to make a contact, this time with a reporter from the local Cape Gazette.

As if we weren't flying well enough after that flight, we then headed back over to the Blue Moon, for a quartet of sparkling wines.  All very nice, but I'm glad they had more cheese and some chicken to nosh on.  While there, we ran into a fellow who had been at the first tasting we had gone to.  Turns out he used to work for the State Department, including a stint in Hungary!

I also confirmed that the Blue Moon has a special running on Tuesdays: three course prix fix, with three samplings of wine, for just $30.  Add dessert, and add a dessert wine.  Not bad for a restaurant that is considered to be one of the best in Delaware, and people in this state know how to eat well!

I've tucked der Brucer into bed, and really should follow his example.  But first I've got to work out what kind of schedule we've got for more tastings tomorrow.
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Post by: td on April 24, 2004, 09:05:03 PM
Were they whistling?
Yes, but it wasn't a happy tune.
Perhaps it was a Hapgood tune.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 09:07:33 PM
Hmmm...

That didn't take me long.  Frankly, there's not that much going on tomorrow.  I guess most people are packing up and heading home after the weekend.  Can't blame them.

But we will have the chance to re-meet the fellows from Rainbow Ridge, and there's a wine and cheese happy hour over at DISH! after that.

That, and we've got a gardening shop to check out called Tomato Sunshine.  Nice name.  Der Brucer wants to check for flowers, I want to check for herbs.

And back to jobhunting on Monday.
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Post by: François de Paris on April 24, 2004, 09:17:36 PM
Gee, I've hardly registered that the "woolfman" saw my name!

Well, this place sure looks familiar....
And it seems that The Man from Oz is on line too!

Nice to be back! Yep!

I hope BK was able to visit with our friend Tony Walton and Tony's ex Fair lady, Dame Julie who, like BK, might be signing books too!
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Post by: Jed on April 24, 2004, 09:19:24 PM
"User browsing this board: Jed, Noel, François de Paris, Matt H., Tomovoz, S. Woody White, td, Laura II"

François???  Is it really you?!?  Welcome back!

Well, I guess you've already answered that question. :D
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 09:21:59 PM
DR Jane: Scottish shortbread is popular here - particularly at Christmas. I still prefer the homemade variety.

Further to your early question: Colin and I visit our friends Lisa & Darren for Breakfast each Anzac Day. I have just returned home (5 hours at the breakfast table!). Our friends have visited and stayed with our friends in Northen France who celebrate Anzac day too.

I guess I should recommend the Oz film Gallipoli for your viewing. A young American actor - Mr Gibson - was the star. I have not been to Anzac cove but know a few people who have made the journey. There is quite a strong friendship between the  Turkish people and Australians despite the fact that we fought each other in The Great War. A mutual respect for the bravery, and sacrifice has brought us close together. The Turkish soldiers are now represented in Anzac day marches here. It is just not the Australians that are remembered but all who have suffered the horrors or war.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 09:24:04 PM
My arm is complete. No that's not the right quote. It is truly a delight to have such a good friend posting once again at HHW.
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Post by: td on April 24, 2004, 09:26:57 PM
Gee, I've hardly registered that the "woolfman" saw my name!


I'd know the cher dear reader Francois anytime, anyplace, anywhere.
But, HERE is the next best place to find him, Paris being the BEST.
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Post by: Laura II on April 24, 2004, 09:29:01 PM
Hi François! Nice to see you again! :)

My favorite cookies from childhood on have to be my grandma's pizzelles and biscotti. I like to dunk my biscotti in hot chocolate. It's a nice breakfast!

I also love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from Isgro's Bakery in Philly...ooh and the chocolate ice box cookies there are wonderful! Oh no! That reminds me...I left a bag of them (and a chocolate mousse cannoli) at my uncle's in NYC. Boo to that! :(

Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 09:29:09 PM
So clap hands for the wolfman who is so observant and also a treasure. (Our little Prince man).
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Post by: Laura II on April 24, 2004, 09:38:47 PM
I can't believe I forgot to tell you the best thing about Grandma's pizzelles! She makes plain ones, yes, but she also make chocolate pizzelles! Grandma takes them right out of the iron and wraps them around mini bars of Hershey's chocolate while they're still hot. They cool, and they're ready to eat! Delicious!
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: Tomovoz on April 24, 2004, 09:42:07 PM
All this talk of food and chocolate and no Jose in sight.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 09:43:53 PM
Hurray!  Bonjour Francois!
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 09:44:46 PM
DRJOSE must be working working working.....it has been DAYS......
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 09:45:59 PM
Welcome back, Francois.  You have been missed.

And we want to hear all sorts of cheap excuses for why you were away for so long!   ;D
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 09:48:09 PM
Favorite cookie that I don't make myself: chocolate covered pretzels!  And I don't want that stinkin' milk chocolate, I want real pretzels covered with real dark chocolate!

(We really need to get up to the Reading Terminal Market in Philly, because they have the best!)
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: DearReaderLaura on April 24, 2004, 10:13:12 PM
Hello, Francois. It's so nice to have you back where you belong (a Jerry Herman reference).

Cookies: I eat all cookies. And too many of them.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:14:45 PM
Welcome back Francois!  Happy day indeed.

Okay, here come the photos.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:15:46 PM
Photo one, dear reader Pogue.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 10:16:35 PM
Two "I don't know if anyone's noticed" bits:

Garry Trudeau has broken the rules again with his comic strip Doonesbury.  For one thing, he's had a major character, BD, lose a leg in the war in Iraq.

This has been controversial enough for some papers to pull the strip this week.  Others are condemning the strip for use of foul language.  (When BD wakes and discovers what has happened, he shouts "Son of a Bitch!"  Seems appropriate to me.)  That's rule breakage number one.

We won't go into how old BD is supposed to be.  I mean, he served in Viet Nam.

The second rule broken is one of Trudeau's own.  On the strip for Wednesday, April 21st, (http://www.ucomics.com/doonesbury/2004/04/21/) BD is shown for the first time that I know of not wearing a helmet!  They guy has always worn either a flak helmet or a football helmet, even back when Trudeau was writing for his college newspaper.  BD has hair!

Of course, this second rule-breaking is the sort of thing that's going to slip under most everyone's radar.  Pity for most everyone.
Title: Re:THE STRAIGHT HEAD
Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:16:49 PM
Photo two, dear readers Pogue and Panni in fervent embrace.
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:17:37 PM
Photo three, bk and a fellow scribe.
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:18:27 PM
Photo four, bk and best helper Panni
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:19:36 PM
Next photo, my friend Lee, whom I haven't seen in many years, along with her many children who I bonded with immediately.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 10:22:13 PM
OK, just how hot was it at the book fair?  CP looks like he could use a good breeze.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 10:23:06 PM
Loving these photos!
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 10:24:31 PM
Photo two, dear readers Pogue and Panni in fervent embrace.
Francois: Since you've been out of the loop for a while, Panni is the one with the better haircut.

 ;D
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:24:35 PM
It was VERY hot.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 10:26:47 PM
Seemed to be VERY warm from what I saw on CSpan....everyone wearing shorts and using fans.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 24, 2004, 10:27:52 PM
The 1960's panel that YOU should have been invited to is being re-run on C-Span now Mr BK.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 24, 2004, 10:30:02 PM
It was VERY hot.
That's what it looks like.  I hope someone supplied you with plenty of icy Diet Coke.

On the other hand, you were under a tent, so you didn't get burned to a crisp.  I mean, you look OK in a hat, but if you're sitting down, it's kind of hard to see your face from above.  All someone like me would get to see is your mouth, and that someone would miss the twinkle in your eyes.

I'm hoping you stayed cool enough to keep twinkling!   :-\
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 10:32:25 PM
They didn't have Diet Coke - I was smart enough to bring one, and then we bought one during the day.  
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Post by: Charles Pogue on April 24, 2004, 10:57:51 PM
BK, you may never take my photo again.
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Post by: François de Paris on April 24, 2004, 10:59:30 PM
Thanks for the greetings!

"Sorry excuses"?
Well, i went to visit my grandmother in Trenton, NJ!

I'm quoting No, No, Nanette! there.... even though I'm way too old to play Nanette!

I guess i'll play Nono! :-\

I hope you sold MANY books BK!

I'll "see" you all next Thursday night!
7:50 am here -- in Euros of course! :)

I must sign off!
Au revoir!

DrJane, that darling cat you used -- Félix -- promotes cat food here in France!
They have wonderful animated adds on TV here!
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 11:27:20 PM
Whew! Caught up on all the posts. Great photos. What's the problem, FS Pogue? You've never looked lovelier. The Book Festival was long and hot - but people watching is one of my favorite sports and there was plenty of that to do. The whole thing was not terribly well organized, starting with the parking. A huge lot with absolutely no signs instructing us where to go. Which is no fun when you're lugging boxes of box around. We finally did manage to find the way out and then to locate Booth 132. I assume bk will talk about the day in detail in his Notes, so I'll leave that to him.
The Glendale book signing was interesting - it's always a fruitful experience listening to other writers reading or talking about their work. (I don't think I've ever used the word "fruitful" before - and I don't know why I used it just now - but there it is.)
By the end of that event (the end for us, anyway) bk and I were FAMISHED. We went out and had macaroni and cheese with garlic bread (bk) and fish and no chips but coleslaw instead (me) - and, oh yes,  onion rings for starters. A nice light late evening repast.
Looking forward to more people watching tomorrow.
 8)
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 11:34:30 PM
I believe this will bring us to page 6....
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 11:47:01 PM
Jane - I know you're probably sleeping now, but when you read this tomorrow - I have to tell you that the one huge cat you posted is a little SCARY.
Speaking of cats, as I've mentioned before, there's a white cat that lives in the yard by my place. I feed her, but have made a point of never petting her because I didn't want her to think of me as anything other than the person who supplies the grub. But the other day, I couldn't stand it anymore - she looked so forlorn - so I stroked her fur. BIG mistake. Now she's constantly meowing under my window. And every time I walk out my door, there she is, waiting for me, rolling over, trying to strike up a conversation. I've tried explaining to her that I'm not really a cat person, but I don't speak cat, so she doesn't understand me. Wussburger (aka Abie) is not thrilled with this new turn of events, let me tell you.
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Post by: Panni on April 24, 2004, 11:48:52 PM
I see I am my own posting frenzy. For some reason, even though it's been a very long day, I'm not in the least bit sleepy.
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Post by: bk on April 24, 2004, 11:55:18 PM
The merry searchers are still searching merrily.  Yawn.