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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 12:07:11 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you are ready to attack your collective blank pages with a fervor the likes of which we have never seen, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're just trying to figure out what a blank page is, and then they'll be on their way.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 12:13:04 AM
And the word of the day is: EPISTLER!
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Post by: Tomovoz on September 07, 2005, 12:21:40 AM
St Thomas the Apostle who doubted so much said in one of his epistles that DRs living outside of the USA should take no part in today's topic.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 12:36:07 AM
Anyone may take part - from anywhere.  Even Dino at the piano.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 12:36:32 AM
EPISTLER, baby, EPISTLER!
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 12:39:33 AM
Oops (spoo, spelled backwards) - have a birthday to add.
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Post by: Tomovoz on September 07, 2005, 12:41:32 AM
[size=8]Happy birthday DR WEL[/size]
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 12:45:56 AM
A VERY HAPPY HHW BIRTHDAY TO DR WILLIAM E. LURIE!!
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 12:47:16 AM
I'm going to use the Wussburger excuse and say that I have to go to sleep and I'll think about the Topic of the Day...later (a Little Night Music reference.) ;)
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 12:47:44 AM
Goodnight all! ;D
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Post by: Tomovoz on September 07, 2005, 12:59:55 AM
And it's goodnight from OZ
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Post by: Hisaka on September 07, 2005, 02:06:13 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, DR WILLIAM E. LURIE!!!
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Post by: Hisaka on September 07, 2005, 02:12:52 AM
DR TOMOVOZ,
Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons, too, but unfortunately these are very brief.  Your Time Zone and Mine are very close (only an hour difference?) but our seasons are perfectly opposite. Inscrutable! ???



My aunt found an interesting stuff, a hair cream made in Australia, Silver Check, which makes your hair gradually change grey hair to natural looking colour (brunette only!). I hard it’s made with natural herb and the original of it is from Aboriginal culture.  Seems to me that that is going to be popular for senior women/men in Japan. (I think all dear readers are not interested in it and not need it, since you all seem to have no brunette hair and too young to use it if you have brunette one) :)
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Post by: Hisaka on September 07, 2005, 02:24:48 AM
DR VIXMOM816,
Hope the Vixter had a good first day in seventh grade.

The Vixter’s story recalled me that there were two-sister bullies near my house when I was 6 or 7 years old, one of them was younger than me and the other was older than me, and they threw small rocks at me  every time I went out from the door of my house.  I told it my mother and she protected strongly about it to their mother BUT surprisingly she said only that she didn’t care about children’s fight (it’s not fight!).  >:(  Thankfully, the evil family moved out a few months later.  :)
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Post by: Hisaka on September 07, 2005, 02:26:28 AM

Have a beautiful day, ALL!
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Post by: elmore3003 on September 07, 2005, 04:09:13 AM
Good morning, all!  Tuesday is Wednesday, and time is out of joint for me.  Today is more of Messrs Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, and I'm enjoying myself.  I, too, received yesterday my copy of STAGES, which I'm taking to the recording office this morning.  

My publisher contacted me yesterday to report some missing orchestra parts had been found, so that's a bit of pressure off my deadlines of the next month, and a missing friend materialized yesterday so Tuesday was a good news day (keeping Ira Gershwin in mind).

TOD:  Well, the things I haven't approved of in the government since 9/11 include the manner in which our current administration is allowing two terrorist attacks to encourage a ridiculous but frightening "Homeland Security" system I think is one more step in its nazification of America and to promote a "war on terror" mentality to keep itself empowered.  FEMA is now caught up in the Homeland Security nonsense and since our puppet president can't walk and chew gum at the same time, the evil threat behind the puppet, which clearly cares for neither humanity nor the environment is scrambling to throw blame on everyone else.

I've always thought the principles of the French Revolution were an excellent model.  One the guilty parties are found, they should be taken in a tumbril to a park in Washington, DC, and be beheaded.  If we're going to have blood spilled in Iraq and the Gulf Coast, I think all the budget cutters, slow movers, and the millions of inept in any regime should pay.
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 05:14:46 AM
How can people get WORSE the more they rehearse?

They took the Lieutenant's red pants that were very NICE and gave him some blue ones that don't match his jacket.

We don't have a stage crew so we have to do the scene changes ourselves.

I forgot my chicken wing.

I have to put the ladies' wigs on for them.

The newspaper came to take photographs when only two of us were there.  And we are not in many scenes together.  But I think I'll make the paper!

We open on Thursday - no wonder people in theatre drink!
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 05:17:10 AM
But actually in the VAST scheme of things, I don't have any problems.

AND it is Luana Patton in THE RESTLESS YEARS, not Luana Anders!  So you Anders fans, don't run out and try to find TRY.

Yes, DRMBARNUM, we do need the John Saxon Collection:

The Unguarded Moment
Rock Pretty Baby
Summer Love
The Restless Years
This Happy Feeling
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 05:17:32 AM
Happy Birthday, DR WEL!
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Post by: Matthew on September 07, 2005, 05:21:36 AM
Happy B-day DR WEL!!!

I'll abstaine from the TOD other than to say our National governement is ridiculous as is the California State government at the moment.  Do people not matter anymore?  Does education not matter anymore?  

But I won't say anymore (Ooo, a "Rags" reference!)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 05:53:33 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up... Well, I'm still waking up...  So..
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 05:54:02 AM
Happy Birthday, DR WEL!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 05:56:11 AM
DR elmore - Good news indeed!

:)
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 05:56:37 AM
I think I should play 816 today.  Boxed.
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Post by: Matthew on September 07, 2005, 05:58:22 AM
I just wrote in my Live Journal (livejournal.com  user - maestromatthew) and it's way to funny how as I wrote my entry, my "voice" was TOO reminiscent of our dear bk.  It's a style that should be patented!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 06:04:30 AM
Well, a few minutes later, and I'm slightly more awake...

And now I need to get ready to head back up to Fairfax and then up to NYC this afternoon...

So...

Laters...
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 06:04:55 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]! ! ! ! !  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DR WILLIAM E. LURIE  ! ! ! ! ![/move]
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 06:05:31 AM
OH...

As for the Topic of the Day...

I still do and don't understand the whole Electoral College system.  So...

:-\
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Post by: William E. Lurie on September 07, 2005, 06:12:42 AM
Thank you all for the birthday wishes... especially since I have been E&T in posting (though not reading) these here notes most of the last year.  I'll try to post more from now on.
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Post by: Ben on September 07, 2005, 06:34:13 AM
Happy Day to WEL!
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 06:35:04 AM
If there's one thing I think this country desperately needs it's strict campaign reforms, along with crack downs on PACs and soft money.  As long as it's possible to buy a politician one way or another, nothing will ever be done that is truly for the good of the people.  

I'm no fool--I know that no matter what comes along the pike in the way of reforms that there will always be some form of graft and corruption.  But the way things are set up now, even the most sincere and honest of politician will eventually find him/herself in someone's pocket.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 06:41:39 AM
Page Two Dance:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/WandaDuck/dance1111.gif)

(I had another one here but it was too disturbing.  This one is nicer...)
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 06:58:26 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]HAPPY BIRTHDAY , DR WILLIAM E. LURIE!!![/move][/color]
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:14:55 AM
Harry and Tonto on DVD?  I am so there!  

Paul Mazursky directed a slew of films from about the late 60s to mid 80s that were gems--my favorites being An Unmarried Woman, Next Stop Greenwich Village and Moscow On The Hudson.  I remember distinctively not liking The Tempest, finding it dull, convoluted and pretentious, but I would still like to revisit it some day.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:18:10 AM
I am all alone.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:22:19 AM
There is the temptation to frenze!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:22:37 AM
I'd like to see Medicaid and the various HMO's , ect etc abolished and replaced with a national health care system.  Perhaps our Canadian friends can give us their opinions on this, but all our relatives in Grande Prairie, Alberta are very pleased with the care they receive.

Also, my sister -in-law informed me that the school taxes they pay go into a general fund and your child can elect to go to any school in the province as they are all fed from the general trough.  Our niece and nephew went to a French immersion Catholic school fom K - Grade 8 and then our neice elected to go to  an English language Catholic School in town and our nephew went to a Theatre Arts High School in Edmonton, there were no additional tuition fees or book fees. It was paid for with the property taxes, which BTW are a third of what we are paying on Long Island.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:22:44 AM
After all, who is here to stop me?
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:23:32 AM
Blast you, woman!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:24:57 AM
After all, who is here to stop me?

It is I, vixmom816!!!
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 07:29:11 AM
Curses--foiled again!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:29:56 AM
I would not allow drivers licenses to be given to non legal  "immigrants"

I would like us to establish a national language (my preference being English) and end the nonsense of government forms being publised in other languages (think of the cost savings there!)

I was applalled when I received my voter registration card in the mail the other day and the entiore thing was printed in both English and Spanish... the last I heard one of the requirements for becoming a American citizen was that you must be able to read and write in English and since only American citizens can vote.......



I would like the INS to do its job



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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:31:29 AM
Curses--foiled again!

I try to use my powers to support  the forces of good and to support the America way of life!!!! ;D
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:34:59 AM
I am not anti-immigrant... all my grandparents were immigrants, I am married to an immigrant I am anti illegal immigrants

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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:35:55 AM
Now I am frenzying...

Where are you Dan the Man?????
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Post by: DERBRUCER on September 07, 2005, 07:42:01 AM
TOD:If you could change one aspect of the way this country is run (and not just by ousting any number of people that you’d like to oust), what would be your solution.

Many of today's problems are caused by an ever increasing and obtrusive government (at all levels) which seeks to fill the vacuum being left because the citizenry has been abdicating personal responsibility. Not only are insufficient voters failing to object to "Big Government", more and more they seem to clamor for it - either through legislation or the courts.

The rapid acceleration of technology has made things possible today that were unheard of when I was young - I pre-date Helicopters, penicillin, national network TV, organ transplants, etc. Until the advent of Polio and the Iron Lung, there was no way the medical system could spend $50,000 on a patient. There was no "instant" communication of disasters. You saw Pathe news footage once a week when you went to the movies. Nobody clamored for prompt help from a central government thousands of miles away.

Throughout most of our nation's history a strong back and a willing attitude were sufficient to enable a man to accumulate the necessities of live. Strong, extended families (formed by attachment of teenagers married for life) formed the basic societal building block. There was always a "frontier" ready to welcome the adventurous or the malcontent: unhappy in "Our Town", move over the mountain!

While I pride myself on a pretty good insight into what's wrong, I'll be damned if I have any simple solution fixes - the cures lie in the education and awareness of the people.

Some fundamental suggestions"

Give the President a line-item veto.

Expand our public educational infrastructure to provide monitored care for all children ages 4-18 for 10 hours a day, five days a week (at least). Our families, and by extension, our Villages, are not providing the necessary nurture for our next generations - until they are ready and able, society must plug the gap.

Provide a "None of the Above" option on all ballots, and count and publicized the results. (At least those elected may get a more realistic evaluation of how the citizenry viewed their candidacy.)

Decriminalize recreational drugs and provide maintenance programs for hard-core drug users.

Eliminate the death penalty - it really doesn't work and costs us enormous amounts of money that could be better spent elsewhere.

Question why prisons have better libraries and recreational facilities than most of our public schools!

When all else fails, Whistle a Happy Tune and blame Jose!

der Brucer (if Vixmom can sound like a conservative, I can sound progressive!)
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:45:37 AM
Happy Birthday to DR William E. Lurie!
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:47:53 AM
Good morning!

First order of business this morning was my walk which went swimmingly (walkingly?). These cool mornings make walking SUCH a pleasure, and with no rain in sight for days and days, seems like I'll be walking every morning for the foreseeable future.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:49:15 AM
I've never been a Robert Morse fan, to be honest. Sure, he was perfectly cast in HOW TO SUCCEED, but he always seems gigantically aware of his cuteness, and to me, that's a turn-off.
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 07:49:19 AM
DR VIXMOM816,
Hope the Vixter had a good first day in seventh grade.

Thank you.  She said it went very well and seemed very happy when she got home yesterday.  Her schedule is much better this year as she is not running from one end of the building and from floor to floor as she had to last year, and her locker is centrally located for her classes this year so she does not have to lug her books all day as she did last year.



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The Vixter’s story recalled me that there were two-sister bullies near my house when I was 6 or 7 years old, one of them was younger than me and the other was older than me, and they threw small rocks at me  every time I went out from the door of my house.  I told it my mother and she protected strongly about it to their mother BUT surprisingly she said only that she didn’t care about children’s fight (it’s not fight!).  >:(  Thankfully, the evil family moved out a few months later.  :)

I am glad that the nasty girls moved away.  Unfortunately the response their mother gave to yours is all too common here .  A bully's parents often say  "the kids are just being kids" and "kids have to have to work these things out themselves"... Silly me, I thought a parent's role was supposed to be one of guidance and educating their children as to how to behave in a polite and civilized society

Its easy to say the kids have to work in out themselves when its not your kid being taunted, tripped, pushed etc etc.  I would be appalled if I ever heard that the Vixter was doing something to injure another person physically or spiritually.....
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:50:44 AM
I think I'll have to pass on the topic of the day. I just make it a policy not to discuss politics, and there is no way to discuss improving the country without getting into it.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:52:28 AM
A parent who says that "children need to work these things out themselves" is being an irresponsible parent.
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 07:53:21 AM
TOD:
I would start with teaching citizenship in school from 1st through 12th grade, and posting the Golden Rule. It might take a few generations to really impact, but that is the trickle down theory.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:54:59 AM
We are still in the midst of a gas crisis. The pipelines which supplied our part of the East Coast were shut down during Katrina, and with the panic this caused here, many stations closed their pumps for lack of fuel. The delivery of fuel supposedly is back on schedule, but there are no overages, and stations sell their allotment quickly and put the "out of gas" sacks over the pumps by midday.
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 07:56:43 AM
I picked up a couple of wonderful DVD treats yesterday..THE HAMMER collection (with several of my favorite Hammer horror films...1962s Phantom of the Opera, being one of them!) and the BELA LUGOSI collection (with The Black Cat, Murders in the Rue Morgue, etc). I had hoped to be able to watch some of them this weekend, but my mom will be staying with me for a whole week, beginning on Saturday....which means all I will be watching are John Wayne and Tom Tyler westerns! LOL!
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 07:57:59 AM
The mail just came, and RED GARTERS is MINE!! I know exactly what I'll be watching today.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:00:11 AM
I want to hear your thoughts about this THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, DR MBarnum. I saw this on TV many years ago and found it very slow-moving. It was on a commercial network, so maybe all the ads slowed down the pace of the viewing.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:01:26 AM
Not in the mail today are THE STING and the GARBO collection. Perhaps they'll arrive tomorrow.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:05:41 AM
Looking forward to the new ROCKY & BULLWINKLE set (season 3) which also came today. I have loved these shows since childhood, and find them even more delightful now.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:06:48 AM
Any thoughts on the season finale of RENO 911!, DR George? I haven't watched it yet. I opted to watch RESCUE ME live last night and let the DVR catch RENO 911! I should get to it sometime today.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:08:44 AM
Speaking of MURDER IN THE RUE MORGUE, I don't think I've ever seen that earlier version. The only one I remember was the Warners remake in the 1950s with Merv Griffin playing a supporting role. I remember that one as being well done.

Is the Bela Lugosi version a public domain title? If not, which studio made it?
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:09:47 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Page 3 Dance!!![/move]
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Post by: td on September 07, 2005, 08:09:52 AM
LOST arrived in my house last night. I've watched the first four episodes. Needless to say, I'm lost. . .or I'm all at sea. . .at sixes and sevens. . .betwixt and between. . .but loving every minute of it. A polar bear? ? ? ? ? ?
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Post by: td on September 07, 2005, 08:10:33 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAYD DR WEL!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 08:15:58 AM
I am suffering from a head cold. At 9:00 PM last night ,after the Vixter went to bed, I put on my nightdress, made a mug of tea and settled down on the recliner under my 'couch blanket" to wait for Reno 911 to come on at 10 PM

The next thing I knew it was 6:25 am this morning, and  I was waking up on the recliner with a full mug of cold tea next to me.    

According to vixdad not only didn't I make it to 10 PM I was out before 9:10 .

My head feels like Ron Pulliam's

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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 08:18:04 AM
der Brucer (if Vixmom can sound like a conservative, I can sound progressive!)

Between the two of us we could kick some butt couldn't we?
 :-*
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:21:19 AM
LOST arrived in my house last night. I've watched the first four episodes. Needless to say, I'm lost. . .or I'm all at sea. . .at sixes and sevens. . .betwixt and between. . .but loving every minute of it. A polar bear? ? ? ? ? ?

Last season produced some memorable TV, but I think I'd rank LOST just a slight tad above VERONICA MARS, HOUSE, THE OFFICE, and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES as my favorite new show introduced last season.

Can't wait for the new season of it to begin. Of course, what comes on opposite it this season? VERONICA MARS, of course.
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 08:23:22 AM
Oh is Lost out on DVD already?  I nver saw it this past year.  I shall have to pick it up at the Blockbuster and check it out
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:23:27 AM
I see that Universal is releasing new widescreen editions of PSYCHO 2 and PSYCHO 3 next week. About time PSYCHO 2 got a decent looking DVD. The Goodtimes release some years ago was pan and scan.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:26:16 AM
Oh is Lost out on DVD already?  I nver saw it this past year.  I shall have to pick it up at the Blockbuster and check it out

Came out yesterday! You will be doing yourself a favor watching this exciting and masterfully composed drama. I think you'll get hooked and have to watch the new episodes coming up.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:27:03 AM
OK, I must make a quick exit to the shower to clean up for my luncheon appointment.

WBBL.
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 08:29:21 AM
I want to hear your thoughts about this THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, DR MBarnum. I saw this on TV many years ago and found it very slow-moving. It was on a commercial network, so maybe all the ads slowed down the pace of the viewing.

I can give you my thoughts on it right now. The 1962 version is one of my all time favorite films, and my favorite verision of the Phantom story! I love the music and the actors. The British Hammer films were not particular favorites of mine, as compared to the Universal horror films, but this title, and a handful of others I very much enjoy...this collection happens to have some of those favorites (Evil of Frankenstien, Nightmare, Kiss of the Vampire, etc).
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 08:33:48 AM
Happy Birthday, WEL.

Electronic hat, you have mail.   ;)

Lost:  TD, the polar bear is simply the tip of the iceberg (so to speak).   ;D

TOD:  oy, don't get me started.  I know there are some Republicans on this site, but how you can continue to support this corrupt and worthless administration is beyond me.  I was having fantasies last night, after seeing Oprah's reaction to Katrina and the Bushies' dogged determination to do everything wrong, of her inviting W on her show and then slapping his face.  That's what he needs--a good bitch-slappin'.  That, or a brain.

End of rant.
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 08:35:36 AM
Oops, rant not quite over:

Has there ever been a more inarticulate public "leader" than W?  Does no one equate one's ability to formulate a coherent sentence with one's intellectual acuity?  I leave it to the HHW R's to answer.

End of rant (maybe).  :)
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 08:49:32 AM

My head feels like Ron Pulliam's.

?

Soft, supple skin, yet firm with determination?

Hair that is thick and bristly like a military brush?

Slightly coarse at the beardline?



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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 08:49:56 AM
On a completely different subject

JMK.. whatever happened with your house? Did the builder make a suitable offer?  Are you moving?  If so, which house did you decide on?

Inquiring minds want to know
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 08:50:54 AM
?

Soft, supple skin, yet firm with determination?

Hair that is thick and bristly like a military brush?

Slightly coarse at the beardline?





actually I never completed that sentence did I? :o ;D
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 08:54:04 AM
I am listening to a very nice CD of THE BEST OF BOB LIND sent to me from across the sea by a certain Aussie DR!!

Thanks Tomovoz!!
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 08:55:15 AM
actually I never completed that sentence did I? :o ;D

Ah, but the imagery you left for me to comment upon...
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 08:56:54 AM
I am up and at work.  I feel odd today.

Not quite one thing or another...just odd.

And for some unfathomable reason, "Happy Harvest" is running through my head.

(For those who don't know, "Happy Harvest" is a number from the film musical "Summer Stock").
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 08:57:19 AM
I am verklempt--two kids in all day school--a watershed moment.  Plus Betsy is leaving this morning for Wisconsin, where her father's first play is opening this weekend in Milwaukee.

Vixmom--developer needs another week or so, but in the meantime we have other people interested.  No decision on new house--we are still looking.

Mr. Hobbs--BK, I assume you know your semi-close personal friend Herb Alpert has a cameo (as, maybe, does Julius, now that I come to think of it).  Did you ever get those CDs to Mrs. Herb?

And, speaking of Julius--the Wechters should sue department:  Did anyone see that wire service report that the "You Light Up My Life" guy has a new musical opening on Broadway about a musician with Tourrette's finding love with a woman with OCD.  I kid you not.  (I'm not implying that Cissy has OCD, BTW--the Wechters should sue the "You Light Up My Life" guy, not me.)  ;)

And oh, for the second time:

)

There, now I feel better.
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Post by: Jennifer on September 07, 2005, 08:59:01 AM
Happy Birthday DR WEL!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 09:00:34 AM
For Dale & Thomas popcorn lovers (Jose introduced me to this)  I received this offer in my mailbox a few moments ago

Share The Love!
Visit www.daleandthomas.com NOW
and take 10% off your order!
Just enter discount code EX83XP1T when you are checking out. This discount is for merchandise only, and cannot be used to purchase gift certificates or combined with any other offer.
Offer ends 9-15-2005


Enjoy!!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 09:03:14 AM
Ah, but the imagery you left for me to comment upon...

actually I was leaving it for TCB  ;D but feel free, feel free!
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Post by: Jennifer on September 07, 2005, 09:03:59 AM
Re: last night's Big Brother.

DR Cillaliz, don't let the editing fool you. I have not read about last night's live feeds yet, but i'm pretty sure that Ivette has no desire to vote out April.  And i think it's quite misleading for them to show it that way.

Btw, (and i know this is mean), but did anyone else laugh hysterically at some of janelle's diary room comments?  Especially what she said about ivette's girlfriend.  It was mean but after what they have said about her, i thought THE WAY she said it was hysterical.

Question, why don't howie/janelle try to get MAGGIE to switch her vote? I almost wonder if she would be more willing to switch sides than ivette. But I guess since maggie controls them both she probably won't switch sides.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 09:07:58 AM
I caught myself doing something last night I never thought I'd ever do, much less admit to anyone in a public forum:

I watched "Scarborough Country" on MSNBC.

It was quite by accident.  I was watching MSNBC for coverage of the day's "recovery" efforts in New Orleans, and the Scarborough hour started up before I could quickly change the channel (Scarborough has been, up until now, NBC's concession to having a sympathetic right-wing viewpoint on its staff).

Scarborough and his wife spent much of last week and this past weekend in and around New Orleans, as well as Biloxi and Gulfport.

Last night, however, he was back in the studio and was engaged in a rant and outraged tirade over the inadequacy of government agencies, as well as agencies like the Red Cross, for not being in and around the areas that needed them the most.

He was critical of FEMA and its nearly crippled status as part of Homeland Security.  He was, in fact, righteously raging against the "administration's" unforgivable sluggishness at providing relief to the victims STILL stranded.

At some point, he began repeating himself and I changed the channel to another, similar show.  There was a featured story about a man from California who chartered a jet and flew it to Louisiana.  He offered it to the National Guard and to FEMA, both of whom turned it down.  So, the man went to centers where "evacuees' (no, not "refugees" -- no one was seeking "refuge."  I guess they were seeking "evac") were biding their time and he offered whole families an opportunity to move to California.  He offered to get them jobs and a place to stay.  He has since made several trips back and forth, taking in medicines and supplies that FEMA and the feds have YET to be able to provide.

It was a wonderful piece, until the man began to unravel.  He began ranting at Target and K-Mart, asking them where they've been during all this turmoil.  He began calling out Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, both of whom (he claimed) have a million times more resources than he does...and the rant went on until the embarrassed host essentially just talked over him, saying "Sorry, but we've got to break away."
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 09:10:08 AM
I am verklempt--.
translation for Lutherans please :D

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Vixmom--developer needs another week or so, but in the meantime we have other people interested.  No decision on new house--we are still looking.
Are you determined to move now?


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And, speaking of Julius--the Wechters should sue department:  Did anyone see that wire service report that the "You Light Up My Life" guy has a new musical opening on Broadway about a musician with Tourrette's finding love with a woman with OCD.  I kid you not.  (I'm not implying that Cissy has OCD, BTW--the Wechters should sue the "You Light Up My Life" guy, not me.)  ;)


There was some talk about this show on Sunday and yesterday.  I have actually received a 3 song CD sampler in the mail and was underwhelmed by it.  Oh  BTW, I just noticed that on the back of the CD case it says (quite humbly I may add) "Listen to the best music you've heard in your life - IN MY LIFE- the new musical from Academy Award and Grammy Award Winner Joe Brooks." {bold face is my addition} and yes, the inside cover  mentions that he is the composer of "You Light Up My Life"  has he ever done anything else or is he a one hit wonder?
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 09:11:03 AM
actually I was leaving it for TCB  ;D but feel free, feel free!

I gave TCB enough to work with, I think, in the first sentence of my "Scarborough Country" post.
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 09:14:47 AM
I gave TCB enough to work with, I think, in the first sentence of my "Scarborough Country" post.

That's what we are all about here on HHW helping each other!  :D
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 09:15:08 AM
Re: last night's Big Brother.

Btw, (and i know this is mean), but did anyone else laugh hysterically at some of janelle's diary room comments?  Especially what she said about ivette's girlfriend.  It was mean but after what they have said about her, i thought THE WAY she said it was hysterical.


I laughed! I felt bad for laughing, but I did! LOL1

And Howie's Jedi act cracks me up as well!
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Post by: Jason on September 07, 2005, 09:27:01 AM
How 'do on this GORGEOUS afternoon?

I don't really have much to report. Things are crazy busy at work. That's about it.

"Lost" is, indeed, a great show. I can't wait til I can actually afford to get it on DVD.

TOD: Someone once said, and I've adopted it as my personal political creed, that opinions are like (butt)holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink. Therefore, I will keep my opinions to myself.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 09:31:04 AM
I can give you my thoughts on it right now. The 1962 version is one of my all time favorite films, and my favorite verision of the Phantom story! I love the music and the actors. The British Hammer films were not particular favorites of mine, as compared to the Universal horror films, but this title, and a handful of others I very much enjoy...this collection happens to have some of those favorites (Evil of Frankenstien, Nightmare, Kiss of the Vampire, etc).

Thanks. Let us know if the DVD does the film proud or if it doesn't measure up.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 09:33:32 AM
I really am excited about getting to see RED GARTERS again after all these decades. Keeping my fingers crossed that I won't be disappointed.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 09:37:06 AM
You've just GOT to read this "National Geographic" piece...written ONE YEAR AGO.  It's eerily prophetic, and puts to rest any "story" anyone might tell you about whether FEMA realized a problem existed in New Orleans before Katrina hit.

http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0410/feature5/
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 09:39:19 AM
And...whoops....here's another little article, written in June, about the Bush Administration's lack of anything more than "lip service" on the issue of coastal erosion, etc.

http://www.americaswetland.com/article.cfm?id=241&cateid=2&pageid=3&cid=16
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 09:42:20 AM
I'm up, I'm up.

I had no idea that the bad-buzz In My Life is Joe Brooks.  Now I understand why the CD was sent out, and I hope someone learns a lesson from it - it's going to kill the show, basically, although, given Mr. Brooks' theatrical track record (Metropolis), whether it has a chance is anyone's guess.  Mr. Brooks, who is a nice sort (and one of the original investors in The First Nudie Musical), has a very large ego, with a capital E.  And yes, other than his 70s commercial jingles, You Light Up My Life has been it for him.  He made, I believe, two films after it, both of which were huge disasters.  And, I think I've told the story before, but when we were doing Nudie, Mr. Brooks was dating Cindy W. and their relationship was a bit volatile, and he didn't think he'd be able to direct her in his new movie, which she'd agreed to star in - You Light Up My Life.  So, he asked if I'd direct it.  Then they broke up.  That was that.  He did end up using Stephen Nathan from our film.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 09:46:53 AM
I'm enjoying all the posts thus far on our little topic of the day.  The topic wasn't meant to be a Republican vs. Democrat issue - it was meant to be, what's the worst that's wrong with this country, and how would you fix it.  

I have my own feelings on certain issues and I know how they can be fixed swiftly and quickly, with the only kind of revolt that would make sense today.  Unfortunately, there are too many sheep in this country who would never do it, but if ten million people could band together and simply not pay their income tax until certain issues were addressed, let me tell you how fast things would change.  Certainly they're not going to toss ten million people in jail.  My little bugaboo is the IRS - which I would simply abolish in its present form.  People work hard for their dough, and, at the end of the day, they take home sixty percent of what they make.  And the goverment wastes most of that money on ineffectual programs.
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Post by: elmore3003 on September 07, 2005, 09:59:28 AM
I have my own feelings on certain issues and I know how they can be fixed swiftly and quickly, with the only kind of revolt that would make sense today.  Unfortunately, there are too many sheep in this country who would never do it, but if ten million people could band together and simply not pay their income tax until certain issues were addressed, let me tell you how fast things would change.  Certainly they're not going to toss ten million people in jail.  My little bugaboo is the IRS - which I would simply abolish in its present form.  People work hard for their dough, and, at the end of the day, they take home sixty percent of what they make.  And the goverment wastes most of that money on ineffectual programs.

Or needless and inhumane mythical wars on terror.
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:02:05 AM
Birthday greetings to DR WEL!

You share this day with our DS Rob, who turns 20 today.  Yesterday he became an officially licensed Ohio driver - passed his road test, in my new Vibe, on his first try.

We are celebrating today by going for an early dinner at Montgomery Inn and then to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Here's the personnel list for the production - anyone I should know?

Cast:
Nat Chandler - Miles Gloriosus
Lynn Eldredge - Domina
Jared Gertner - Protean
Karen Hyland - Geminae
Keith Jochim - Marcus Lycus
Lynette Knapp - Philia
Bryan Lefeber - Protean
Jaclyn Minerva - Tintinabula
Hayley Nelson - Geminae
Whit Reichert - Erronius
Dominic Roberts - Protean
Erika Lynn Rominger - Gymnasia
Carol Schuberg - Vibrata
John Seidman - Senex
Jeff Skowron - Hysterium
Eric Ulloa  - Hero
Bob Walton - Pseudolus

Production Team:
Edward Stern - Director
Janet Watson - Choreographer
Darren R. Cohen - Music Director
John Ezell - Set Designer
David Kay Mickelsen - Costume Designer
Peter E. Sargent - Lighting Designer
Chuck Hatcher - Sound Designer
Jenifer Morrow - First Stage Manager
Bruce E. Coyle - Second Stage Manager
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:05:18 AM
Not that I'm counting or anything, but four weeks from today is the big walking/eating tour of NYC with DR Jose!
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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 10:07:17 AM
Not that I'm counting or anything, but four weeks from today is the big walking/eating tour of NYC with DR Jose!

I am getting hungry already!
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Post by: Ben on September 07, 2005, 10:10:43 AM
Jose, October 5th, the day of the big walk is also a Union Square Greenmarket Day, something to consider when the gang moves up from downtown to Chelsea/Flatiron/The Village. It's from 6am to 6pm and they sell all sorts of great things. By October there won't be all the fruit we have now but there will be apples, baked goods, lots of veggies and other good stuff. The Market is also just a block away from my office (you know where Union Square is but the others probably don't) so you can stop by and say hello. I'll let you all use your cell phones to call me. That's a good reason to use one (a cell phone, that is)  :D
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Post by: Jennifer on September 07, 2005, 10:10:51 AM
re: laughing at Janelle's comments in the Diary room.

I laughed! I felt bad for laughing, but I did! LOL1

And Howie's Jedi act cracks me up as well!

I laughed so hard.  I think part of the reason it was funny was because of how she said it.  It really was the funniest thing I'd heard in ages.

I also thought Howie was funny. And laughed when him and janelle had that fight with the light sabers! :)
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:13:52 AM
Jose, October 5th, the day of the big walk is also a Union Square Greenmarket Day, something to consider when the gang moves up from downtown to Chelsea/Flatiron/The Village. It's from 6am to 6pm and they sell all sorts of great things. By October there won't be all the fruit we have now but there will be apples, baked goods, lots of veggies and other good stuff. The Market is also just a block away from my office (you know where Union Square is but the others probably don't) so you can stop by and say hello. I'll let you all use your cell phones to call me. That's a good reason to use one (a cell phone, that is)  :D

Ben, DR elmore and I had a lovely walk through the Union Square market last October when I was there for Network Days at your workplace.  Thanks for reminding us about it - I also liked the Barnes & Noble store at Union Square.
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Post by: elmore3003 on September 07, 2005, 10:20:15 AM

We are celebrating today by going for an early dinner at Montgomery Inn and then to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to see A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Here's the personnel list for the production - anyone I should know?

Cast:
Nat Chandler - Miles Gloriosus



Janet Watson - Choreographer


Well, since you asked.  I haven't seen Nat Chandler in years.  He's a former boyfriend of Jason Graae's, and he and Jason were in my first showcase, TALES OF TINSELTOWN.  Janet Watson in 1999, when I had surgery on my cervical discs, told the hospital she was my sister to get into the recovery room.  Her husband Tom Jones wrote THE FANTASTICKS.
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Post by: FJL on September 07, 2005, 10:26:40 AM
Oh, please, please, don't abolish the IRS, for my sake.   :)   Just make the tax laws more reasonable.  If I don't have tax law, I might have to switch to real law.  And there were so many moral qualms for me when I practiced real adversarial law that i don't think I'd want to go back.




 
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Post by: FJL on September 07, 2005, 10:31:01 AM
BTW, my father is 85 years old today.  I'm going to my brotehr and sister-in-law's hosue in New Jersey tonight to celebrate, celebrating very simply because Dad didn't want any fuss made over him.   I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, and he said pick out something that I can use myself, because whatever I buy for him, he's going to give right back to me anyway.  So I'm stuck with the quandry of what to buy myself for my father's birthday.
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:31:59 AM
Well, since you asked.  I haven't seen Nat Chandler in years.  He's a former boyfriend of Jason Graae's, and he and Jason were in my first showcase, TALES OF TINSELTOWN.  Janet Watson in 1999, when I had surgery on my cervical discs, told the hospital she was my sister to get into the recovery room.  Her husband Tom Jones wrote THE FANTASTICKS.

DR elmore - thanks for the insights.  BTW, not long ago we were in a megabookstore and I was browsing the Musicals section of CD's.  There were a couple of teenagers there (a guy and a girl he was obviously trying to impress).  He pulled out a copy of The Fantasticks and gushed about how he couldn't believe that it was written by Tom Jones, the "What's New Pussycat" guy!
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:34:25 AM
Happy 85th birthday to the father of DR FJL!  Buy yourself something nice, FJL  ;)
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Post by: FJL on September 07, 2005, 10:38:25 AM
Speaking of "What's New Pussycat" - is there anyone else in the world besides me that didn't think the rendition of that number in the Broadway show LOOK OF LOVE was that bad.  The show in general was just not particularly good, but I sort of enjoyed watching the choreographer really push the envelope on that number.  It was vulgar, but vulgar in a very winning sort of way.  
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Post by: FJL on September 07, 2005, 10:41:19 AM
Thank you, DR Ginny.  

Maybe I'll take a clue from your avatar and get him (I mean me) a gift certificate for a book store.  
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 10:46:13 AM
Maybe I'll take a clue from your avatar and get him (I mean me) a gift certificate for a book store.  

Always a good choice - he'll (I mean you'll) enjoy that  ;)

DR vixmom - I was glad to hear that the first day of 7th grade went well for your daughter.  I remember that was a pretty traumatic transistion for our son, but for him it involved a "new" building.  It's actually an old building, the one where DR elmore, my DH Richard, and his parents attended high school.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 11:14:18 AM
Good Afternoon!

Greetings from Fairfax!

A very nice drive back up 95.  A little bit of traffic at the Springfield Mixing Bowl, but just a little.

Before leaving Richmond, I went ahead and dropped by my alma mater to say HI to some of my old profs.  And, lo and behold, I seemed to catch everyone while they were between classes.  :)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 11:16:11 AM
Well, I need to return a bunch of phone calls and get my Amtrak ticket back up to NYC lined up too, so...

Laters...
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 11:18:41 AM
Speaking of "What's New Pussycat" - is there anyone else in the world besides me that didn't think the rendition of that number in the Broadway show LOOK OF LOVE was that bad.  The show in general was just not particularly good, but I sort of enjoyed watching the choreographer really push the envelope on that number.  It was vulgar, but vulgar in a very winning sort of way.  

It couldn't possibly compare to the treatment BK gave it for our Bacharach revue here.  ;)
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 11:29:23 AM
Happy 85th birthday to FLJ's dad!!
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 11:30:37 AM
DR elmore - thanks for the insights.  BTW, not long ago we were in a megabookstore and I was browsing the Musicals section of CD's.  There were a couple of teenagers there (a guy and a girl he was obviously trying to impress).  He pulled out a copy of The Fantasticks and gushed about how he couldn't believe that it was written by Tom Jones, the "What's New Pussycat" guy!

 :D  Wasn't there a movie about him too?
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Post by: vixmom on September 07, 2005, 11:33:16 AM
DR vixmom - I was glad to hear that the first day of 7th grade went well for your daughter.  I remember that was a pretty traumatic transistion for our son, but for him it involved a "new" building.  It's actually an old building, the one where DR elmore, my DH Richard, and his parents attended high school.

She went through that transistion last year. (what a nightmare!)  The "middle school" is grades 6 - 8  
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 11:41:00 AM
I've been having a telephonic conversation with another writer for the last two count them two hours.  She wanted to pick my brain and now my brain has been properly picked.  I must now go box up a few CDs.
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Post by: Jennifer on September 07, 2005, 11:46:02 AM
For Big Brother fans, another America's Choice:


THE ULTIMATE FALL PREMIERE CROSSOVER!

"BIG BROTHER 6" MEETS "TWO AND A HALF MEN"

TWO AND A HALF MINUTES OF "TWO AND A HALF MEN" TO BE FEATURED ON HIT REALITY SHOW AS VIEWERS ARE GIVEN A THIRD CHANCE TO CAST THEIR VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE BIG BROTHER CONTESTANT

CBS Reality Series to Offer a Third America's Choice Vote Through CBS.com and Text Messaging via Mobile Phones

Los Angeles -- For the third time this season, BIG BROTHER 6 will put the power back into the hands of the viewers on Thursday, Sept. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT) when host Julie Chen announces a third America's Choice vote on the reality series.

In the ultimate fall premiere promotional crossover, BIG BROTHER 6 houseguests and viewers will get the chance to cast their ballot for their favorite remaining Houseguest to leave the Big Brother house and spend the day on the set of the hit comedy series TWO AND A HALF MEN. Viewers can vote on CBS.com or via text messaging on their mobile phones. Votes will be tabulated during a specified time window following the episode's broadcast. CBS will offer the text messaging option as well as downloadable wireless applications relating to BIG BROTHER 6, through a partnership with GoldPocket Wireless.

TWO AND A HALF MEN, currently the Number One comedy on television, is about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love. More specifically, it's about the lives of two brothers, one brother's son, and the many women who surround them. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is a well-to-do bachelor with a house at the beach, a Mercedes in the garage and an easy way with women. His casual Malibu lifestyle is interrupted when his tightly wound brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan's son, Jake (Angus T. Jones), come to stay with him. TWO AND A HALF MEN will have its third season premiere on Monday, September 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

As part of the TWO AND A HALF MEN set visit, the America's Choice winner will be whisked out of the Big Brother House and taken via limo to meet Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones and the rest of the cast and watch a taping of the show. Following the taping, the houseguest will return to the Big Brother house and rejoin fellow contestants.

During the Saturday, September 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) broadcast of BIG BROTHER 6, voters will be informed of the outcome and watch a special broadcast of two and a half minutes of TWO AND A HALF MEN, as well as a recap of the winner's visit to the set.

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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 11:51:44 AM
Any thoughts on the season finale of RENO 911!, DR George? I haven't watched it yet. I opted to watch RESCUE ME live last night and let the DVR catch RENO 911! I should get to it sometime today.

I did watch it, but I didn't pay as much attention as I should have.  It didn't seem to be as funny as other episodes (but don't let that stop you from watching it ;)).  I want to watch it again and not let myself be distracted.  And I didn't realize until I was watching it that it was the season finale.  I hope the DVDs come out soon!
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 11:53:06 AM
Page Five Dance:  The Clump!
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 12:00:27 PM
TOD - I've been giving this a lot of thought today and my answer would be to reduce the amount of polarization in our society and rediscover the arts of compromise and tolerance.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:13:37 PM
Good Afternoon!

STOP THE MADNESS!!!!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:14:17 PM
OK - Feeling much better now.  Just had to get that out my system.

-And the "madness" has nothing to do with today's Topic of the Day.
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 12:15:08 PM
TOD: Someone once said, and I've adopted it as my personal political creed, that opinions are like (butt)holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink. Therefore, I will keep my opinions to myself.

ROTFLMAO!! ;D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:18:59 PM
..But it does have to do with theatre companies and directors hiring musical directors and assistant musical directors who can't play piano (as well as they said/thought they could).  I just had two more calls today, and that makes at least six offers in the past two weeks.  Whaddup widdat?!?!?

Mind you, I'm not really complaining, but "it" seems to be going around right now.  So, just a "warning" to DRs FJL, elmore, etc. - I may be contacting you for names of other pianists and musical director types to cover work that I can't cover right now.

But for now...  I'm just waiting on the return phone calls, if you get my drift.

;)
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 12:29:31 PM
..But it does have to do with theatre companies and directors hiring musical directors and assistant musical directors who can't play piano (as well as they said/thought they could).  I just had two more calls today, and that makes at least six offers in the past two weeks.  Whaddup widdat?!?!?

Mind you, I'm not really complaining, but "it" seems to be going around right now.

DR Jose - "It" seems to be going around in my field, too.  I see a lot of so-called managers who have no idea what to look for when they're hiring.  They make bad choices, then wonder why things seem to be falling apart all around them.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:33:03 PM
DR Jose - "It" seems to be going around in my field, too.  I see a lot of so-called managers who have no idea what to look for when they're hiring.  They make bad choices, then wonder why things seem to be falling apart all around them.

Well, does this mean you might end up in Philadephia and Los Angeles(!) too for a few days over the next couple of weeks?

;)
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 12:35:47 PM
I just got some of the latest batch of Sepia reissues.  I must say even a "minor" show such as Seventeen has so many pleasures compared to most of the drivel that's out today.  I did an aural double-take on "A Headache and a Heartache," though--Frank Albertson somehow pre-channeled Robert Morse.  Their voices are virtually identical.  And, JR, there's a great song for your next audition:  "The Hoosier Way."
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 12:36:21 PM
Well, does this mean you might end up in Philadephia and Los Angeles(!) too for a few days over the next couple of weeks?

;)

LOL - No, it means that I (and several of my competent coworkers)  keep having to fix the messes that others make of in-person, telephone, and online transactions with the public.

...but I wouldn't mind going to Philadelphia or LA...
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Post by: JMK on September 07, 2005, 12:38:11 PM
Jose, there is an appalling lack of even basic piano skills among many of the most "in-demand" musical directors (and I use the term beyond loosely) here.  It drives me slightly batty.  And I have been called on to rescue show after show (sometimes literally four hours before opening--no joke--playing a show completely cold) because they've just let it go.  Unbelievable.
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Post by: Ginny on September 07, 2005, 12:39:12 PM
We're about to leave for Cincinnati to celebrate Rob's birthday.  Back later tonight with a Montgomery Inn/...Forum report.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:49:21 PM
Jose, there is an appalling lack of even basic piano skills among many of the most "in-demand" musical directors (and I use the term beyond loosely) here.  It drives me slightly batty.  And I have been called on to rescue show after show (sometimes literally four hours before opening--no joke--playing a show completely cold) because they've just let it go. Unbelievable.

I know that feeling too...

I got called in to play Side By Side By Sondheim a couple of years ago here in DC.  I had done the show before, but I was the MD, and played Piano I.  And now I had to play - and learn - Piano II (which is easier, than Piano I, but still...).  Well...  The critics were not that kind to the show, well, at least the women in the show.  However, they loved the Man.  And a special mention - well, the whole last paragraph of the review - was made by the reviewer from the Washington Post regarding the "effortless and supportive" playing of the two pianists!  -And I was only called in for the opening weekend too!

:)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:50:13 PM
Safe Travels, DR Ginny - And Birthday Wishes to your DS Rob.  -And I hope you enjoy the show and have lots of cake too!

:)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 12:51:16 PM
OK - I'm booked on the 6:10 Amtrak back to NYC from Union Station which should be back home in NYC around 10:00.  OH!  And then I can watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" on the DVR!!!  WOO and HOO!
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 12:54:38 PM

TOD: Someone once said, and I've adopted it as my personal political creed, that opinions are like (butt)holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink. Therefore, I will keep my opinions to myself.

I suspect the person who once said it was particularly chagrined at something said by another person who didn't hold similar opinions to his own.

Everyone has them and everyone expresses them.

But I take it your personal take on this applies specifically to politics?   Maybe religion, as well?

Surely you won't hold back on shows/movies you love, shows/movies you hate, actors/singers you "ditto", who should win the Tony, who shouldn't have won the Tony, etc., etc., etc.????

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D :D
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 12:57:47 PM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Happy Birthday, William E. Lurie![/move]

May this special day bring you great joy and good wishes from dear friends.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 01:06:51 PM
OK - Time to get ready for another bit of traveling today.

Laters...
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Post by: Jason on September 07, 2005, 01:19:24 PM
I suspect the person who once said it was particularly chagrined at something said by another person who didn't hold similar opinions to his own.

Everyone has them and everyone expresses them.

But I take it your personal take on this applies specifically to politics?   Maybe religion, as well?

Surely you won't hold back on shows/movies you love, shows/movies you hate, actors/singers you "ditto", who should win the Tony, who shouldn't have won the Tony, etc., etc., etc.????

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D :D

Touche. Or touchy. Either one applies in this case.

When it comes to subject matters for which have limited or no knowledge (or in many cases - interest), I prefer to sit back, observe, keep my mouth shut and soak in what I can. Perhaps others would find that to be a deplorable, passive attitude but as you said, everyone has their opinions. If others want to judge me or others for holding their tongues in forums about which they have no desire to comment, so be it. I know what I think and believe. I know what I see and hear. That's enough for me. That applies to politics, religion, love, careers...you get the idea.

Now, when it comes to things that really matter, like the Tonys or shows on Broadway...well watch out! ;)
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:27:07 PM
Oh....a Musical Director who can't play the piano?  Not even at the Putnam County Playhouse would such a thing be permitted.  Usually the directors of our musicals are pianists as well.....even I myself play the piano.....a little piano....in my own little corner.
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:27:19 PM
Epistle a happy tune.
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Post by: elmore3003 on September 07, 2005, 01:27:24 PM
I just got some of the latest batch of Sepia reissues.  I must say even a "minor" show such as Seventeen has so many pleasures compared to most of the drivel that's out today.  I did an aural double-take on "A Headache and a Heartache," though--Frank Albertson somehow pre-channeled Robert Morse.  Their voices are virtually identical.  And, JR, there's a great song for your next audition:  "The Hoosier Way."

I think Guy Haines should do "This Was Just Another Day," and I've always loved "Reciprocity."
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:28:33 PM
TOD:

I think before anything becomes a LAW - it should be legislated NOT adjudicated.  The idea that a judge SOMEWHERE can say THIS IS THE LAW and the entire country has to abide by HIS opinion is ridic! (As they might say in WEST SIDE STORY).
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:29:10 PM
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 1962 is okay.  I like Herbert Lom and Heather Sears AND Edward Sousza a LOT!!!  ;D
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:30:13 PM
DR JMK - SEVENTEEN is one of my favorite books, and I will get the CD someday when I am working again!
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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:31:40 PM
Yes, ladies & gentlemen of HHW - this is the news what AM news.

I am on the front page of the paper, above the fold in the catbird seat on the right hand side of the page!  ;D
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on September 07, 2005, 01:32:34 PM
Epistle a happy tune.

That reminds me of my favorite painting, "Epistler's Mother".
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Post by: Jason on September 07, 2005, 01:43:30 PM
I just had my first call from Arkansas from a theatre group that is requesting to push back their production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by two months because they are housing 300 evacuees from New Orleans. I hate to admit this, but I got a little choked up while I was talking to him...
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 01:44:57 PM
Had a nice lunch with my best friend John and then back to continue watching HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Did I read somewhere that the original intention ahd been for Peter Cushing to do an entire series of Holmes color films for Hammer? If so, I'm sorry they didn't follow through with the plan. He's not tall, but in every other way, he's a grand Holmes.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 01:49:08 PM
I did watch it, but I didn't pay as much attention as I should have.  It didn't seem to be as funny as other episodes (but don't let that stop you from watching it ;)).  I want to watch it again and not let myself be distracted.  And I didn't realize until I was watching it that it was the season finale.  I hope the DVDs come out soon!

Oh, no, I'll watch it tonight for sure.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 01:52:58 PM
Page 6 Dance!!!


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Post by: Jrand71 on September 07, 2005, 01:55:19 PM
One last rehearsal before facing an audience.  Oh my.

Back later.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 01:58:15 PM
After watching my soap (Cady Huffman made another appearance), it was time for RED GARTERS.

The movie looks wonderful, very bright and super-colorful. Though the score produced no standards, the songs are very entertaining and are sung quite wonderfully.

But poor George Marshall just had NO idea how to direct a musical. True, he guided Marlene Dietrich to great acclaim in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN which featured three songs and was a western, but a full blown musical is another entity entirely, and everyone in the background just stands around watching other folks sing. It gives the show a gracecless look and feel. Yep, I know it's a stylized western, but that's not stylization; that's just clueless direction.

But doesn't Guy Mitchell have a great voice! And Rosie's voice is as mellow as it's ever been.

And I'm sure Edith Head enjoying pouring Guy and Gene Berry into their very tight and physique hugging costumes. Many women and gay men in audience owe Edith a debt of gratitude.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 01:58:49 PM
Nice pic, DR Jrand. Congrats on scoring such a coup!
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 02:10:21 PM
Happy Birthday, William Lurie. Birthday festivities report this evening, I hope??

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Post by: MBarnum on September 07, 2005, 02:17:18 PM
JRand, great publicity photo! I didn't know you were working with John Carradine, however!
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Post by: S. Woody White on September 07, 2005, 02:20:28 PM
You've just GOT to read this "National Geographic" piece...written ONE YEAR AGO.  It's eerily prophetic, and puts to rest any "story" anyone might tell you about whether FEMA realized a problem existed in New Orleans before Katrina hit.

http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0410/feature5/
I found a link to this at another site.  I was going to post, but I'm glad you beat me to it.

Now, if only there was anything to be glad about in the article.   :-\
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 02:23:09 PM
And thank goodness Sepia has seen fit to reissue those wonderful cast albums from the late 1940s and early 50s making them available to us again in wonderful sounding mono.

My LP of TWO'S COMPANY had seen better days, and MAKE A WISH and SEVENTEEN/HIGH BUTTON SHOES were also none the worse for wear. Now, these brand new CDs can be enjoyed by another generation of theater music lovers.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 02:26:12 PM
Other than watching RENO 911! off the DVR, I don't have a clue what else will grace my TV tonight before VERONICA MARS. Might be more ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW episodes from Season 2.
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 02:31:19 PM
What's the chore of the day, DR MattH? I'm thinking I should follow your schedule.
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Post by: S. Woody White on September 07, 2005, 02:31:43 PM
..But it does have to do with theatre companies and directors hiring musical directors and assistant musical directors who can't play piano (as well as they said/thought they could).  I just had two more calls today, and that makes at least six offers in the past two weeks.  Whaddup widdat?!?!?;)
You're a New York City Girl now!  That means you must be available, right?

 ;)
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 02:34:26 PM
Back from numerous errands.  Picked up two lovely packages - one of the had another Sabata spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef, and the other was from the DVD Academy, and I got this movie everyone seems to like entitled Crash.  I'll probably watch that this evening.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 02:34:43 PM
What's the chore of the day, DR MattH? I'm thinking I should follow your schedule.

Cleaning the den is today's chore. Since I spend a majority of my day in this room, it tends to need the most thorough cleaning, and this room usually takes me longer than any other.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 02:36:12 PM
And so, I think that's my cue to exit. Will be back later in the evening to report on DVDs, VERONICA MARS, and sundry other topics.
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Post by: S. Woody White on September 07, 2005, 02:50:03 PM
All right, time to tackle the TOD.

If I were to change anything, it would be about attitudes.  Instead of putting people into labled groups, I would try to educate our youth to see people as individuals.  No more of this "Republicans are This/Democrats are That" stuff.  No more appropriating the label "Christian" by one segment of the religion, or labeling people as "Jews," as if that can only mean one type of person, and that they're all cookie-cutter identical.  Straight/Gay/Trans/Bi...why?  And, not least of all, none of this racial baloney.

How to do it?  Well, it's got to start in our schools.  But not in the way that it's being done now, where any mention of diversity is so often shushed because even mentioning differences is an admission that differences exist.  For example, I'd have Huckelberry Finn used as a reading text, when appropriate.  But I wouldn't shy away from the "n" word, as is done too often today.  I'd instead urge the teachers to show how the stereotyping is inappropriate.

The insistance on pigeonholing people into little labeled groups is destructive.  I simply want to see an end to it.  And if it takes a generation to change how we see ourselves and each other, then I'm willing to wait.

I'm just not willing to wait forever.
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Post by: Matthew on September 07, 2005, 03:41:01 PM
I'm viewing my VHS copy of Sarah Brightman in "Song and Dance" complete with Japanese subtitles!!  Anyhow, the transfer to CD should be ok, can't be any worse than the cassette I remember hearing a while back.  
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Post by: S. Woody White on September 07, 2005, 04:16:08 PM
Just for a change of pace, this is something I found elsewhere...

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The Ballad of Lime Jello
Words: David Bratman and Rael Starhand
Music: "Titwillow," by Gilbert & Sullivan
From The Westerfilk Collection, Volume One Copyright 1980 by Jordin Kare.

In a bathtub at Discon a famous pro sat
In lime jello, lime jello, lime jello.
And when when he got out, what got onto the mat?
Lime jello, lime jello, lime jello.

He poured himself out a humongous beer,
Then he said to himself, "This is mightily queer."
He yelled out to the hall, "There's an orgy in here,
With lime jello, lime jello, lime jello!"

His wife came back later, and what did she find
But lime jello, lime jello, lime jello?
On furniture, floor and venetian blind
Was lime jello, lime jello, lime jello.

The first thing she did was go out of her mind.
Then she said to him, "Dear, that was very unkind."
But that very evening, the two of them dined
On lime jello, lime jello, lime jello.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 04:17:59 PM

I've always loved "Reciprocity."

Just wait til TCB gets a hold of THIS one!
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 04:21:33 PM
Wow!  What a s-l-u-g-g-i-s-h posting day.

Where did everyone rush off to??  I know it's evening on the east coast, but still....so few posts this afternoon.

I think some serious bitch-slappin' is in order.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on September 07, 2005, 04:21:47 PM
Where the frell is Rodzinski these days?
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 04:29:00 PM
I'm kinda wondering what it was that DR S.Woody was searching for when he came across "The Ballad of Lime Jello."
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 04:36:12 PM
I'm kinda wondering what it was that DR S.Woody was searching for when he came across "The Ballad of Lime Jello."

You probably don't want to know! ;)
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Post by: TCB on September 07, 2005, 04:41:05 PM
?

Soft, supple skin, yet firm with determination?

Hair that is thick and bristly like a military brush?

Slightly coarse at the beardline?






DAMN, Ron, that almost sounds sexy!
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Post by: Danise on September 07, 2005, 04:42:55 PM
Evening folks.

Sorry to have E & T last night.  I got the call that my locking gas cap for Bonnie came in and I had to go get it.  Fifty three bucks!  But the guy said that I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get one.  They are getting calls from all over for them.

Getting the thing attached was a whole other story.  I won't bore you with detail.  I got it.  

And for some odd reason I am very, very, very tired this evening.  I feel so drained.
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Post by: Danise on September 07, 2005, 04:45:43 PM

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[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]DR WILLIAM E. LURIE[/move]
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Post by: TCB on September 07, 2005, 04:47:50 PM
I caught myself doing something last night I never thought I'd ever do, much less admit to anyone in a public forum:



DAMN, Ron, that almost sounds sexy.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 04:49:01 PM
Yes, where the HELL is Rodzinski?  Are he an TPunk renacting the story of The Randy Vicar and the Licorice Twist?
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 04:49:31 PM
I'm happy to say that after lots of meetings over the last few weeks, all the money for our play is in place.
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Post by: Danise on September 07, 2005, 04:52:58 PM
I got a good laugh yesterday when my cell phone started ringing (it plays Tubular Bells).  Someone asked my why I would pick that of all possible rings.  I told them it seemed the most logical ring in the world to me because if you ever look at a person talking on a cell phone, they look like they’re possessed.  

I’m just giving you fair warning before I answer the thing.   :D  ;)
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Post by: DERBRUCER on September 07, 2005, 04:53:53 PM
TOD:

I think before anything becomes a LAW - it should be legislated NOT adjudicated.  The idea that a judge SOMEWHERE can say THIS IS THE LAW and the entire country has to abide by HIS opinion is ridic! (As they might say in WEST SIDE STORY).

I agree with your concerns; however, judicial legislating is usually the result of a court deciding, when petioned, what an exiating law, does, in fact, mean. Also, a Judicial decision does not extend beyond the courts jurisdiction (Iowa judges rulings only apply in Iowa, Federal 9 th District Court rulings do not apply in Indiana.) Courts often do back-door legislating by declaring that a particular law is not valid because it violates a Constitution (state or Federal).

Most of the complaints against judicial activism are not that the Judge has said "this is the law", but rather, has said "this is not (or may not be) the law".

Unfortunately our current society seems to support the concept that anything I don't like should be against the law. "I don't approve of condoms" - so outlaw condoms." "I don't believe in spanking my children" - pass a law that says you can't spank yours, either. "I don't want Fries with my Burger" - enact a law that says Burger King must sell salads. "I don't believe in God" - pass a law that says you can't proclaim you do. "I think talking on a cell phone while at a dining table is rude" - outlaw cell phone useage in restuarants ... wait a minute, mabe that's not so bad 8)

Much judicial mischief is facilitated because legislatures craft sloppy laws!

der Brucer
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Post by: DERBRUCER on September 07, 2005, 05:00:09 PM
I got a good laugh yesterday when my cell phone started ringing (it plays Tubular Bells).  

The 25 minutes of Part One, or the shorter 23.5 minutes of Part Two?

der Brucer
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Post by: Danise on September 07, 2005, 05:02:34 PM
 :)
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 05:14:43 PM
I'm happy to say that after lots of meetings over the last few weeks, all the money for our play is in place.

Congratulations!  So, when (not if) it's a huge success, are you heading to Broadway...or at least New York?? ;D
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Post by: TCB on September 07, 2005, 05:16:57 PM
HAPPY

BIRTHDAY,

WEL!!!
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Post by: DERBRUCER on September 07, 2005, 05:18:36 PM
From  The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40305)

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White Foragers Report Threat Of Black Looters

NEW ORLEANS—Throughout the Gulf Coast, Caucasian suburbanites attempting to gather food and drink in the shattered wreckage of shopping districts have reported seeing African­Americans "looting snacks and beer from damaged businesses." "I was in the abandoned Wal-Mart gathering an air mattress so I could float out the potato chips, beef jerky, and Budweiser I'd managed to find," said white survivor Lars Wrightson, who had carefully selected foodstuffs whose salt and alcohol content provide protection against contamination. "Then I look up, and I see a whole family of [African-Americans] going straight for the booze. Hell, you could see they had already looted a fortune in diapers." Radio stations still in operation are advising store owners and white people in the affected areas to locate firearms in sporting-goods stores in order to protect themselves against marauding blacks looting gun shops.


der Brucer
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 05:52:07 PM
Whew! Finally caught up. Long day at work, about 11 hours.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, DR WILLIAM E. LURIE!!!
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Post by: DERBRUCER on September 07, 2005, 05:52:36 PM


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Perps, skells and stiffs: a user's guide
By Greg Braxton
Times Staff Writer

September 4, 2005

You don't have to be Jerry Bruckheimer to figure out that if you want to make it on TV, you write a procedural. Ready to try it? Here's a 10-step formula for stepping onto the well-beaten path:

1. The 'murder before the opening titles' setup

Atmosphere must be established with either moody electronic music or throbbing techno — violent crimes and murders are never underscored by Barry Manilow tunes or the caressing tones of Sarah McLachlan. Victims, who must be young and female, should be photogenic, work out regularly and be well dressed or, better yet, barely dressed.

2. The 'What d'ya got' scene

The star investigators must arrive at a crime scene walking at a regular pace or in slow motion. Dark trench coats are a must, and the stars should look properly stern and speak cryptically out of the sides of their mouths when asking officers at the scene, "Who's the stiff?" Detectives should possess a background in comedy or philosophy: Nothing kicks off a murder investigation or leads into the first commercial like words of wisdom or a morbid one-liner such as, "Dinner really did cost him an arm and a leg."

4. The eating scene

Early in the investigation, detectives must have some kind of food — preferably a hot dog from a park vendor or something else suitably nonnutritious (save those soy lattes for HBO!) that can be consumed on the run while discussing the case. But not all routine daily functions should be depicted. If a detective says, "Excuse me, I have to hit the head," he should not be referring to using the restroom.

5. The 'special guest star' role

When a B- or C-list movie star winds up on a procedural and acts like an innocent party, it's a pretty sure bet he or she will be the killer. Even fading stars have their pride, after all.

8. The chase scene

At some point, the investigators and a suspect will just happen to see each other in a market or on the street. Several seconds will pass while the suspect contemplates whether he should run. The suspect must always run, resulting in knocked-over pedestrians and crashing cars.

10. The 'alone again naturally' montage

Even though the detectives have once again solved another big case, their personal lives are still empty and lonely. They are shown alone at home feeding the cat, or walking aimlessly alone on a brightly lighted street.

Now is the time to cue the Barry Manilow.

(Excerpted from  LA Times (http://www.calendarlive.com/tv/cl-ca-procedural4sep04,0,385009.htmlstory?coll=cl-suncal))
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Post by: TCB on September 07, 2005, 05:54:22 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a copy (video, DVD) of a Stockard Channing film from 1976 called either Sweet Revenge or Dandy, the All-American Girl?  It costars Sam Waterston, and it was filmed here in Tacoma.  I have a friend (Yes, I do) who wants this movie in the worst way.  The only copy I found was on ebay from Great Britain, and it says that it is a PAL recording.  Can those be played in the States the Colonies?
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 05:54:35 PM
BB6,
Yes, I laughed when Janelle talked about Ivette's girlfriend. It was catty and I loved it.

I know Ivette went directly to April and Maggie and said Janelle and Howie wanted her to join them. She may just be doing it to make Maggie worry since she didn't use the veto to save Ivette. She'll stick with Maggie and April and lose the money.

The new America's Choice is lame, but I think we all need to vote for Janelle. She really doesn't have a chance to win the money with the make-up of the jury, but she really is my favorite and it would KILL the other three for her to win another America's Choice. Good enough for me
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:03:19 PM
TOD

I don't know if I even want to get started on this......

I think our election process is insane.  I hate political commercials and living in Iowa we have to watch them for 2 years!!!  The Iowa Caucuses are crazy - total insanity. I like being able to meet everyone who runs for president in someone's livingroom, but to have the party's nominees decided before the populated areas of the country get to vote is insane.

The electoral college makes no sense. I realize it's supposed to give the small states more of a say, but that hasn't turned out too well and I live in a small state. I'd scrap it.

I would make the judiciary stronger, not weaker.  It is supposed to be an equal branch of the government to protect us from Congress and the President going crazy over the issue de jour to the detriment of our civil rights. Right now the Bill of Rights has been reduced to a quaint notion. That has been a long slow process, can't blame it on the Republicans. But it's sad. When congressmen write letters to judges threatening them if they don't change rulings, we have lost the foundation of our system.

I would enforce the separation of church and state. Oh, yeah, that's one of those pesky rights that has eroded.

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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:05:46 PM
I would stop the federalization of criminal law. It isn't right that in states where medical marijuana is legal, people can be prosecuted for violating federal law.  I would get rid of the death penalty, but if that didn't happen, the feds shouldn't be allowed to ask for it in states like Iowa where we don't have it.

I would require prosecutors to have some life experience and not be little robotrons who just got out of school, don't know what it's like to have things go wrong etc.  They have way too much power and no understanding of what it is to be a human.
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:08:46 PM
Let's see. We need tolerance. There is a great Teaching Tolerance by the Southern Center for Human Rights to be used in school. It should be mandatory.  

I would legalize many drugs and treat drug addiction as a health problem.

I would make it easier to become a citizen and to enter legally so that people who come here to work and are basically law abiding while they are here can come here.
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:10:29 PM
Ok, I'll step down for a little while, but that's really just a start.
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:15:01 PM
One other thing. I would love to see "The buck stops here" come back into favor. What's wrong with a little accountability? Why not say, this went wrong, I did it. How can we fix it?
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 06:15:52 PM
Wow! After that frenzy I may need some ice cream and I've already been to the Ice Cream Capital of the world once today
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 06:31:15 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy a copy (video, DVD) of a Stockard Channing film from 1976 called either Sweet Revenge or Dandy, the All-American Girl?  It costars Sam Waterston, and it was filmed here in Tacoma.  I have a friend (Yes, I do) who wants this movie in the worst way.  The only copy I found was on ebay from Great Britain, and it says that it is a PAL recording.  Can those be played in the States the Colonies?

TCB, no, PAL video tapes will not work in US machines.  Technically, you could put it in the VCR and it will go through the process of playing, but you wouldn't see anything except static.  There are places that will convert them for you (one here in Olympia is relatively reasonable), but some places will keep the original and only let you have the copy, saying it's a copywrite issue, but I don't think that that's true.  The one place that I've taken videos to have converted (well, my sister's boyfriend actually took them for me) gave the originals back.
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Post by: Ben on September 07, 2005, 06:51:56 PM
I had another thought regarding our East Coast shindig on October 5th. I think Jose had mentioned if Artie's is closed (because of Rosh Hashana) we could maybe go to Joe Allen's. As much as I like Joe Allen's, I think the possibility of getting a table for a large group such as ours on a Wednesday late afternoon (sometime after 6:30) between matinee and evening performances would be difficult. I just tried sending an e-mail to Artie's asking about their hours during the holidays and it came back as undeliverable. I'll try to call tomorrow. I think if we can't get into Artie's, we should try for the official Upper West Side hang out for HHW, La Concina. They have a large basement room which seems frequently unoccupied and they have vegetarian fare on the menu which is good for some of our celebrants.

Just a thought.

Later, gaters.
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Post by: George on September 07, 2005, 06:53:40 PM
And if your friend really "wants this movie in the worst way," it might be worth it for him/her to get the PAL video and have it converted.  I think the place that I've used charged $20 if it's less than 2 hours.  That's pretty cheap for a movie that you can't get anywhere else in the world! ;)
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 07:32:32 PM
Cillaliz, well put.

We're just hoping to make the production of the play as good as we can.  If it succeeds here, then we'll be inviting people in from NY to see it during the run.
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Post by: Cillaliz on September 07, 2005, 07:38:32 PM
Thanks BK
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:20:52 PM
After I cleaned the den tonight, I resumed the last 15 or 20 minutes of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. I then watched the Christopher Lee interview which is a special feature on the disc. Some lovely remembrances of making the film and of his friendship with Peter Cushing.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:27:10 PM
When this was over, I put in the DVD I had selected for tonight's viewing: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.

I only got to see the first hour of it before VERONICA MARS came on, but it's as engrossing and beautiful as it ever was. This is another film I hadn't seen in years, and seeing things like the eerie, tragic beauty of the dead Shelley Winters in that pond is just mesmerizing. So many other directorial touches that make the film so special.

Makes one VERY sad Charles Laughton never directed another movie.

And how did Robert Mitchum not get an Oscar nomination for this performance? I guess the fact that the movie flopped at the box-office did him in, but he is really electric.
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 08:29:12 PM
I have finished watching Crash, about which more later.  I may start my Sabata movie now.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:30:41 PM
At the beginning of the NIGHT OF THE HUNTER DVD, we get those dreaded words "This movie has been modified from its original form. It has been framed to fit your screen." Of course, it DOESN'T fit my TV screen, but thankfully, I used one of the slight widescreen zoom modes on my set and it matted the image pretty perfectly to my eyes without making the image grainy or false looking.

I will be eager to finish this tomorrow.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:32:53 PM
VERONICA MARS had some astonishing revelations tonight, an episode just full of surprises every 10 minutes or so. Wow! I'm SO ready to see the conclusion of the murder mystery next week.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:33:46 PM
However, with the other viewing done tonight, I did not get around to RENO 911! so it'll have to be something I watch tomorrow while eating lunch.
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 08:39:23 PM
I don't have a den, so I worked outside today.
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 08:41:28 PM
TOD: Wouldn't it be a nicer world if everyone took responsibility for themselves and their families and then helped out others, when needed?
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on September 07, 2005, 08:44:44 PM
Speaking of helping others, we have had a very nice response from the new neighborhood regarding the flyers I put out the other day asking for help stocking our childcare kits for the shelter work. People can be good.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:48:48 PM
As the clock creeps up delicately toward midnight, I must hurry myself to bed. I want to read the Fall Preview issue of TV GUIDE to see if there is any information in there about new shows that escaped me when I read about them in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY the other day.

Good night.
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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:52:06 PM
Have to do a Page 8 Dance before I leave!


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Post by: Matt H. on September 07, 2005, 08:52:57 PM
And now, this time for keeps (an Esther Williams reference).

Good night!!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 09:10:24 PM
Good Evening!

Back in NYC, and all is well.

And I got my first official piece of mail today.  A check!

:)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 09:31:12 PM
I had another thought regarding our East Coast shindig on October 5th. I think Jose had mentioned if Artie's is closed (because of Rosh Hashana) we could maybe go to Joe Allen's. As much as I like Joe Allen's, I think the possibility of getting a table for a large group such as ours on a Wednesday late afternoon (sometime after 6:30) between matinee and evening performances would be difficult. I just tried sending an e-mail to Artie's asking about their hours during the holidays and it came back as undeliverable. I'll try to call tomorrow. I think if we can't get into Artie's, we should try for the official Upper West Side hang out for HHW, La Concina. They have a large basement room which seems frequently unoccupied and they have vegetarian fare on the menu which is good for some of our celebrants.

Just a thought.

Later, gaters.

I keep meaning to call Artie's too.

However, I'm also thinking that if people do want to freshen up before dinner, we could always end the tour in midtown, and then have a later dinner - start around 7:30 or 8:00 - when it would be easier to book a large table.

But La Cocina is a good choice too.  And those 2 for 1 frozen margaritas are poured all night.

:)

*Now I just wish Beard Papa stayed open later.  Of course, we could always head down to Magnolia after dinner.  Hmm....
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 09:33:14 PM
Does anyone remember when DR Jane returns from Romania?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 09:39:13 PM
And I'll ask this again later...

Could those DRs who are planning - or even thinking of - joining the Food and Walking tour e-mail me? - even if you may only be joining for a segment or two.  I want to start getting a head count.  And I also need to send out a questionnaire.  My e-mail is my screenname @aol.com

:)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 09:46:14 PM
DR Tomovoz - Hmmm... I came across this article about a former Richmonder in Sydney

I am not to blame for this (http://styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=10913)

My jurisdiction ends at the equator.  My "twin" is responsible for the Southern Hemisphere.


;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on September 07, 2005, 10:50:00 PM
Has Ann caught up yet?

;)
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Post by: Ann on September 07, 2005, 10:52:33 PM
Ann has indeed caught up.  She had plenty of time, too...an hour between posts?  Unseemly...where is everybody?
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Post by: Tomovoz on September 07, 2005, 10:54:44 PM
I shall indeed leave the responsibilty at your twin's feet DR Jose. lol
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Post by: bk on September 07, 2005, 11:02:20 PM
I'm so glad Ann has caught up.  I have caught up as well, and must now write Ye Olde Notes.
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Post by: bk on September 08, 2005, 12:09:14 AM
No posts since I posted at 11:02.  I have just one word to say:

WUSSBURGERS!