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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 12:23:50 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you are now feeling the Christmas spirit, and now it is time for you to post until the Christmas Cows come home.  To it, I say.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 12:24:16 AM
And the word of the day is: TREMULOUS!
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 12:31:55 AM
A very happy birthday to DRs Penny O and DantheMan
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 12:35:07 AM
Wine.

Australia produces fine wines.  A good Merlot is my wine of choice these days.  Smooth as silk.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 12:35:46 AM
The topic of the day and the word of the day may well be allied.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 12:37:58 AM
Tremulous and tender - music of the night.  Eeeeeek!
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Post by: Jennifer on December 18, 2005, 01:54:27 AM
Happy Birthday to DRs PennyO and DanTheMan.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 18, 2005, 01:56:43 AM
Is it almost 5am and I sadly have not been to sleep yet. :(

My throat was so much better today during the day.  I even went shopping and then took a long nap.

But tonight it has been absolutely killing.  And unfortunately I ran out of the pain meds i got 2 weeks ago with my first throat infection.  I had thought about trying to get a few extras today (just in case). But since it is supposed to take 2 days for the antibiotics to work, and since i was pain free today, I thought I was okay.  Now I"m quite upset I didn't do it! :(

Well at least I watched this week's episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home and The OC!
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 18, 2005, 05:25:02 AM
Happy, Happy, Happy (that is three happies) Birthday to PennyO and Dan-the-Man!!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 05:34:25 AM
[size=10]Dan and Penny
Sitting In a Tree
K  I  S  S  I  N  G...[/size]

(...but not just each other!   :o)

Happy Birthday to PennyO and DanTheMan!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 05:39:44 AM
I like a good Shiraz (also known as a good Syrah).  

For something lighter, a Beaujolais Neuveax is quite nice.

Spicier food?  Pair it with a Zinfandel, but not that White Zin cr&p, which is just soda pop.

I'm not a fan of white wines.

Except for Champagne.
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 05:41:27 AM
And there's nothing wrong with not liking wine.
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 05:58:52 AM
This is going to be quite a week, I can tell that already.

Looking over my work schedule, I've only got Monday off.  I rather like that, since I like to keep busy.

My hours are all over the place, however.  Today, I start early-ish.  Tuesday, very early.  Wednesday, I work late.  Thursday and Friday are somewhere in the middle.  And Saturday, Christmas Eve, I'll be at the store until it closes...at seven in the evening.

Christmas Day we'll be closed.  I know one of our competitor stores will be open, but they've been doing lousy business since they opened a month ago, nowhere near the big splash they thought they'd be making.

Somewhere in all this, I've got a country ham to prepare: scrub down, soak for three days, and then bake.  Or is it soak and scrub?  I've got to check on that.

And we have to head over to the grandlad's twice, once for Christmas itself and once earlier, to deliver "stuff."

And I've a session with my shrink sometime this week, too (nothing big there, just a check-up re depression and a 'scrip for my meds).

There's bound to be lots of other things adding to the schedule, as well.

I think der B wants me to bake cookies, too.

And I still haven't found anything to send to my father!
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 06:12:42 AM
Good morning, all!  Today's my last trek to Toyland with Mr Murray, who departs for Chicago tomorrow to be musical director for a Stephen Flaherty-Gertrude Stein collaboration with Frank Galati, I believe,  We'll work on the last two numbers from the 1923 score for TOYLAND TODAY, then look at fixes in "He Won"t Be Happy Till He Gets It," which is not a song about DRJose, nor is the film "7 Men from Now."

Then I have to attend a festive Do at the home of DRsRodzinski and TPunk.  This will be a partay week.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DR DAN(THE MAN), MANY HAPPY AND HEALTHY BIRTHDAYS MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 06:20:36 AM
...Then I have to attend a festive Do at the home of DRsRodzinski and TPunk.  This will be a partay week.
You HAVE to attend the festive Do?

I could understand "GET to attend the festive Do," but "have" makes it sound like meeting your probation officer!

 ;)

(Of course, if your probation officer was anywhere near as pretty as TPunk...)

Pleasant Holidays, Elmore!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 18, 2005, 06:38:55 AM
Quote
In 2001, the Guinness Book of World Records bestowed the record for the longest handmade candy cane to Paul Ghinelli, who created a 58-foot, 2 1/4 -inch cane at a restaurant in Leslie. He broke his own '98 record (16 feet) and 2000 record (36 feet). He'd planned to chop it up and auction it off, but the restaurant burned down a couple of weeks later.

From an article in the Detroit Free Press. (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051212/FEATURES02/512120349/1027)
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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 06:39:27 AM
Oooo, a double HHW birthday!

Happy Birthday to DR PennyO!

Happy Birthday to Dan(the Man)!
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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 06:40:44 AM
DR elmore - please give holiday hugs to DRs Rodzinski and TPunk for me!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:50:26 AM
Happy Birthday DR PENNYO!!

Happy Birthday DR DANtheMAN!!

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:51:05 AM
A bit of snow predicted for today, hopefully it will come and be gone all while I am busy with my wonderful customers at the World of Wisdom!

I hope.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:51:55 AM
A couple of movies I didn't mention yesterday.....and they are just on the edge of the TOD:

SMILE & DROP DEAD GORGEOUS - both films about the teen pageant frenzy.  
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:52:52 AM
There is an Australian wine that I like very much....hmmmm....I don't have a bottle (took my last one as a gift) - but it is a white wine with flavors of lemon and toasted almonds.

Hmmmm....I need to get some more this week!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:54:07 AM
Ann Turkel!  Wasn't she once married the King Arthur aka Richard Harris?

Carole Cook!!  She was wonderful in many episodes of THE LUCY SHOW and of course....I love her on the 42ND STREET cast album.  Any Carole Cook stories in the Gower Champion book?
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 18, 2005, 07:42:07 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]A Very Happy Birthday wish to Dan-the-Man![/move]
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 18, 2005, 07:42:38 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]A Very Happy Birthday wish to Penny-O![/move]
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 18, 2005, 07:45:50 AM
Worst Memory of Last Week:  Nathan Lane in an interview with Katie Couric during which much was made of "The Producers" and the Golden Globe Nominations.  That was fine and funny.  Then Katie mentioned that "Brokeback Mountain" had gotten more nominations.  Nathan smirked, ridiculed the line "I wish I could quit you"...over and over and over.

It was the most disappointed I've ever been in a celebrity of any ranking.

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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 18, 2005, 07:47:04 AM
And that's the truth.  I am off now to my mother's church for their Christmas cantata.

Ciao-ders!
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Post by: Jennifer on December 18, 2005, 07:53:40 AM
Worst Memory of Last Week:  Nathan Lane in an interview with Katie Couric during which much was made of "The Producers" and the Golden Globe Nominations.  That was fine and funny.  Then Katie mentioned that "Brokeback Mountain" had gotten more nominations.  Nathan smirked, ridiculed the line "I wish I could quit you"...over and over and over.

It was the most disappointed I've ever been in a celebrity of any ranking.

This might be a stupid question but what does "i wish i could quit you" mean?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 07:56:57 AM
When he felt my oblongata
Then I sang a wild contata.

But he never said, he loved me!

DR ELMORE I will be playing some of your lovely musical arrangments at the store today.

The snow did not wait, so I am off to work.

Everyone have a safe and wonderful Sunday Before Christmas.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 07:57:38 AM
It's a line from the movie BrokeBack Mountain, DR JENNIFER.  Sad moment in the film
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Post by: Jane on December 18, 2005, 08:01:30 AM
DAN (THE MAN) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HAVE A SPECIAL DAY PENNY!!
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Post by: Jane on December 18, 2005, 08:14:31 AM
Hi Joy.   :)
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Post by: Jane on December 18, 2005, 08:15:31 AM
UPS can be annoying.  They canít tell us if our package is sitting in Maryland for sure or on its way to Portland.  At first it appeared the package was sitting in Portland.  If it isnít in Portland than why do they even show the city when you read the tracking information?  Why not say on route to Portland.  So tracking says the package left Maryland on the 12th but is delayed to Portland due to the weather.  Keith checked the weather conditions and Maryland appeared to be fine.  Since the package contains a gift for Bryan we need it here before we leave for Portland.  End of rant.

I need to walk now!
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 18, 2005, 08:19:41 AM
Happy Birthday Dan(the man)!
Happy Birthday Penny O!
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 18, 2005, 08:24:39 AM
With all the talk of Jane's new kitchen and Pogues new home, I've been thinking that maybe it's time for me to start looking for a new house. I love this one, and it was fine when I still had a lake house, but putting a three bedroom house of stuff into  a 2 bedroom that was already full hasn't worked too well.  So I'm just going to start looking.

Sioux City has lost a lot of jobs over the past 5-10 years.  There are lots of really nice houses for sale for very reasonable prices. I'm in no hurry, but once I set my mind on something, I seem to go for it. Anyway, I'm going to head out and go fro a drive past a number of places that look interesting on the internet to see if there are any I'd like to see.  This could be great fun.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:28:47 AM
Good morning!

It was lightly sleeting when I went to bed last night, but at some point, it must have stopped because other than the streets being damp this morning, there was no sign of ice or snow anywhere. Beautifully bright, sunny day!

However, in the newspaper this morning, the forecast for tomorrow morning was a warning to watch for "freezing fog." In 55 years, I have never heard that weather term in my life.

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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:31:05 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Happy Birthday to DR Dan-the-Man!!![/move]

[move=right,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Many happy returns of the day to DR PennyO!!![/move]
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:32:48 AM
Listening to the soundtrack to BEST FOOT FORWARD in the car this morning on my way to the grocery store, it made me long to see the actual film which I will do today on a DVD I burned when the movie came on TCM some months back. I haven't watched it in awhile, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:34:36 AM
I also need to start wrapping Christmas presents. I have parties coming up on both Wednesday and Thursday nights where gifts will be exchanged, and I need to at least start wrapping some of what's here.

Sadly, due to Amazon's glut of orders, some gifts may not make it here by party day. First time that has ever happened to me.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 08:38:12 AM
TOD: I don't know much about wines, other then I am not a big fan for them. But there was one from a local winery that I enjoyed...just don't remember which one it was.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:39:14 AM
I am certainly not a wine connoisseur, but I do like rose or blush wines very much. And I would much rather have any wine to drink rather than beer which I have never developed a taste for.

And, of course, for us Southerners, Cheerwine is in a class by itself. (Cheerwine is a soft drink bottled and distributed in the South; it's a heavily cherry-flavored carbonated soft drink. I'm drinking the diet version of it now.)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:41:19 AM
DR MBarnum, I'm glad you liked OKLAHOMA! It's one of the real classics of the American musical theater and one of the most faithful film versions ever shot of a Broadway show.

Yes, Gordon MacRae is to die for - the perfect Curly to my eyes and ears.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 08:43:28 AM
Have a wonderful birthday DanTheMan!!!!

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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 08:47:46 AM
And happiest of Birthdays to DR PennyO!1

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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 08:49:05 AM
I don't know why that girl is chasing giant dragonflies...seems rather bizarre.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 08:51:02 AM
Yes, I did enjoy OKLAHOMA, DR Matth, but I don't think it will ever be one of my favorite musicals. For my Gordon MacRae fix I would more likely watch BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON!
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 18, 2005, 08:54:36 AM
B'day felicitations to PennyO & Dan the Man!

BK, I'm delighted 7 Men From Now is Out.  I must rush right out and buy it today!  We are going out to eye Big Screen HD TVs and dining room furniture.

I love a good Shiraz.  I like most anything from the vineyards of Qupe or Au Bon Climat.  I love bubbly.    The nice thing about being here is my best friend is president of the biggest liquor concern in Kentucky, The Liquor Barn...they are like giantic Trader Joe's and have several stores here and in Louisville.  Roger started out as a non-drinking, part-time clerk.  Over the years he became a wine expert and is now second in command of the whole concern.  He is also a scion of Lexington Theatre...which he calls "non-neurotic theatre" (meaning one doesn't have to make a living at it).  He's currently rehearsing for his role of Henry in Lion In Winter.  But he keeps me posted for all the great wines.  We asked him to make up a "welcome home" case for us of various reds and whites.  Last night we sampled the first...a lovely Chardonnay.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:59:23 AM
Yes, I did enjoy OKLAHOMA, DR Matth, but I don't think it will ever be one of my favorite musicals. For my Gordon MacRae fix I would more likely watch BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON!

All of his musicals with Doris Day are wonderful fun. But among singing baritones on the silver screen, I love his voice and prefer it to, say, Howard Keel's (though I think his voice is wonderful, too).
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 09:00:22 AM
And now I must start prepping lunch and buckle down, Winsoki, this afternoon!

WBBL.
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 09:10:48 AM
Yet another great review for Arena Stage's (and Jose's) DAMN YANKEES.    

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/dc/dc205.html  
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 09:12:19 AM
Happy birthday, Dan!

Happy birthday, Penny!
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Post by: TPunk on December 18, 2005, 09:19:24 AM
Happy Birthday Dan the Man!!
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Post by: TPunk on December 18, 2005, 09:19:38 AM
Happy Birthday PennyO!!
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Post by: TPunk on December 18, 2005, 09:20:34 AM
Our apartment is clean and I have time to sneak in a quick trip to the gym before I begin preparing snacks for our holiday gathering.  (If I go to the gym, that means I get to eat whatever I want!!)
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 10:16:26 AM
I'm up, I'm up, after a nice long sleep filled with completely wacky weird dreams.

Pogue - You can't get 7 Men From Now until Tuesday.  I may just watch it again today.

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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 11:05:09 AM

Pleasant Holidays, Elmore!


And the same to you, DRs SWoody and DerBrucer!
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 11:44:58 AM
DR Jose, if you are in New York in the next couple of weeks, I have a BABES IN TOYLAND manuscript needing your wonderful eyes as decipher of illegible handwriting!
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 12:20:19 PM
Two posts in two hours.  And I'm the only one in the jernt?  What the HELL is going on here at haineshisway.com?
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Post by: Jason on December 18, 2005, 12:30:51 PM
Good day, all...

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS TO DRs PENNYO & DAN THE MAN!!!

Sadly, I will not be able to attend DRs TPUNK & RODZINSKIS holiday do. I already promised I'd help a friend from work with HIS holiday do...

I don't drink, so I don't know from wines.

I think I have a cold. I'm really in denial about it, but I'm all stuffy and have been for a couple of days now. Oh, well...such is life.

And now I'm off to the holiday festivities!
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Post by: Jason on December 18, 2005, 12:31:42 PM
Oh, yes... The Greek is back in town tomorrow. Pray for Rosemary's baby.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 12:41:18 PM
Oh, yes... The Greek is back in town tomorrow. Pray for Rosemary's baby.


I TOLD YOU THOSE PILLS WOULD WORK!!!
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 12:42:33 PM
Happy to announce that the website for Deceit is up and running.  You can see our logo, purchase tickets, read bios (some to come), and like that.

www.deceittheplay.com
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Post by: Michael on December 18, 2005, 01:28:56 PM
Happy Birthday to Penny and Dan
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Post by: Michael on December 18, 2005, 01:29:38 PM
My favorite wine when I was younger was " I don't want to go to school today."
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 01:32:27 PM
Crossed fingers and good hopes for DR Jason and his Greek!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 01:35:20 PM
Had an enoyable MGM afternoon.

Started off with BEST FOOT FORWARD. Always a slight, fun romp, but honestly, I wonder if folks back then thought that was really Lucille Ball's voice when she sang. Usually MGM was pretty good about matching speaking voice to a ghost double's singing voice, but that has to be one of the worst matches in all movie musicals.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 01:38:19 PM
Then, I put in THE THIN MAN. When I pick a THIN MAN movie, I usually don't pick the first one since the later ones are slicker and the production values seem richer in later installments.

But the mystery is such a corker in this one that it's always fun to revisit even when you remember the killer's identity. All of the suspects and red herrings still hold one's attention beautifully.

There are some small scratches that pop up here and there during the film, but it still looks good for a film as old as it is.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 01:38:51 PM
Now, I need to get some other surfing done so I can be finished with the cleaning chores in time for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS tonight.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 01:52:08 PM
BK, if I could afford the trip to L.A. I would surely go to see the play...you will just have to bring it to the Pacific Northwest and cast Ms. Jessica Skerritt.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:27:48 PM
Thanks to all and sundry for so many nice birthday wishes. And happiest b'day to you, DantheMan!!

This is the first birthday I do not share with my father, who shared this natal day with us. But I'll be stopping by the cemetary on my way to my sister's house (for a birthday barbecue, with the whole fam damily - including all my sibs and ALL their chillun, plus my ex, plus Bill, and assorted pets...) to pour a fine bottle of Scotch into the sod over their graves, and a toast (Jewish rye, sliced thin) to THEM that gave me life and a love of language, theater, music and convivial friends.

Off I go, Convivial Friends! L'Chaim!
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:29:44 PM
Oh, hey, I just remembered (I think) that Brad Pitt and Steve Spielberg also share this birthday with us. Is that right?
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:30:00 PM
I do know that Beethoven's is Dec. 16...
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:37:02 PM
Anyone know who is playing Richard III at Seattle Intiman next season???
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:37:18 PM
Good Afternoon!

Just one more show until my "weekend"!

;)

So... To New York, or Not To New York?

Yes, that is the question.

;D
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 02:37:31 PM
Anita O'Day, Buck Ram and Keith Richards also share this day.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:37:37 PM
I do know that Bartlett Sher (Light in the Piazza) is directing.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:37:59 PM
Happy Birthday, DR Dan (the Man)!!!![/i][/size]
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:38:14 PM
KEITH RICHARDS?!?!!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 02:38:24 PM
Well, the internet seems fairly quiet as I've surfed around from site to site.

Guess I'll go tackle my cleaning project of the day.

WBBL.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:38:28 PM
I did not know that!
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 02:38:42 PM
Buck Ram was co-writer of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and wrote hits for "The Platters"
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:39:05 PM
Happy Birthday, DR PennyO!!![/b][/size][/color]
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:39:09 PM
But, somehow, it seems so right.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:39:28 PM
Thanks, Hozay!!
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:40:31 PM
Okay, and now I really must change into something festive and head to the Mount Sinai Cemetary off Yosemite, in Simi Valley, thence to my sister Tami's house for cheese slices and ham chunks.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 18, 2005, 02:41:22 PM
Keith Richards. I suspect he has indeed gathered moss. He is 62 today.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:41:25 PM
I wonder if she'll have the pointy hats? or shall I stop at Party Place and pick up said jolly items?
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:42:00 PM
Keith Richards is ONLY 62??? Wow. Talk about livin' large.
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 02:42:48 PM
Here's a partial list of today's birthdays courtesy of Do-Re-Milla of All That Chat.


Today's Birthdays 12 18
Posted by:    do_re_milla 11:51 pm EST 12/17/05
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Dame Gladys Cooper 12/18/1888 - 11/17/1971 performer, Wife of Philip Merivale (? - 1946) his death, Was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1967 - Shining Hour (Raymond Massey); 1935 Othello; Spring Meeting (dir. John Gielgud); The Chalk Garden (Marian Seldes, Betsy Von Furstenberg, Fritz Weaver); A Passage to India (James Coco, Donald Moffat)

George Stevens 12/18/1904 - 3/8/1975 American film director, "Swing Time", "Gunga Din", "Alice Adams", "Annie Oakley", "Woman of the Year", "I Remember Mama" and "Shane" - Never Gonna Dance (Based on the movie directed by George Stevens)

Christopher Fry 12/18/1907 - Jun 30, 2005 writer - A Phoenix Too Frequent / Freight (Nina Foch); The Lady's Not For Burning (John Gielgud); Venus Observed (Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Hurd Hatfield); The Dark Is Light Enough (Katharine Cornell, Ty Power; Christopher Plummer, Sydney Pollack); The Firstborn (Katharine Cornell, Anthony Quayle)

Abe Burrows 12/18/1910 - May 17, 1985 Writer, Director - Guys and Dolls; Three Wishes for Jamie (John Raitt, Charlotte Rae, Bert Wheeler); Can-Can; Reclining Figure; Say, Darling (Vivian Blaine, Johnny Desmond, Elliott Gould, Peter Howard, Robert Morse); Golden Fleecing (Tom Poston, Mickey Deems, Suzanne Pleshette); Cactus Flower (Lauren Bacall, Brenda Vaccaro, Barry Nelson); No Hard Feelings (Eddie Albert, Stockard Channing, Nanette Fabray); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Betty Grable 12/18/1916 - 7/2/1973 performer - film's Down Argentine Way, Tin Pan Alley, Moon Over Miami, Song of the Islands, Springtime in the Rockies and Sweet Rosie OíGrady. Her famous legs insured by Lloyds of London for somewhere between a quarter million and a million dollars.

Ossie Davis 12/18/1917 - Feb 4, 2005 Writer, Source Material, Performer, father of Guy Davis; husband of Ruby Dee (December 9, 1948 - present) - 2006 Purlie; Jeb (Reri Grist, Ruby Dee, Grover Burgess); 1951 The Green Pastures; Jamaica; replacement A Raisin the Sun; Purlie Victorious; The Zulu and the Zayda (Louis Gossett, Joe Silver); tv's & film's Grumpy Old Men, Evening Shade

Danny Simon Dec 18, 1918 - Jul 26, 2005 Writer, Director, Other; brother of Neil Simon - Catch a Star (Pat Carroll); New Faces of 1956 (John Reardon, Maggie Smith, Inga Swenson); 1985 The Odd Couple

Steven Spielberg 12/18/1946 Husband of Kate Capshaw (1991 - present), Amy Irving (1985 - 1989) divorced; director, producer; Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (Steven Spielberg, Founder and Chairman) - Academy Award-winning director: Schindlerís List [1993], Saving Private Ryan [1998]; E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, The Color Purple Shrek, Artificial Intelligence: AI; Oscarís Irving G. Thalberg Award [1986]; Munich

Ray Liotta 12/18/1955 performer - Match (Frank Langella); film's Unforgettable, Corrina, Corrina, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Dominck & Eugene, Something Wild, The Lonely Lady

Brad Pitt 12/18/1963 performer - film's 12 Monkeys, Seven, Legends of the Fall, A River Runs Through It, Thelma and Louise, Twelve Monkeys, The Devilís Own, Meet Joe Black, Fight Club, Oceanís Eleven & Twelve, Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

SHOWS THAT OPENED ON THIS DATE:

1892 Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1952 The Children's Hour with Patricia Neal, Kim Hunter, Robert Pastene

1956 Uta Hagen plays both a man and a woman in Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan at New York's Phoenix Theatre. The three week run is directed by Eric Bentley.

1967 Roy Dotrice plays 17th century diarist and biographer John Aubrey in Brief Lives. Patrick Garland penned the script.

1969 Screen goddess Katharine Hepburn tries her hand at a Broadway musical, starring as designer Coco Chanel in the Andre Previn musical Coco at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. it runs 329 performances.

1985 Jerry's Girls, a musical revue celebrating the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, opens tonight. The performers include such legendary names as Dorothy Loudon, Chita Rivera and Leslie Uggams. Herman wrote the scores to some of Broadway's biggest hits including Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles.

ON THIS DAY IN:

1865 Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.

1939 Journalist Heywood Campbell Broun dies today at age 51. Broun contributed to New York's Tribune and World newspapers and a collection of his theatre criticism, "Seeing Things at Night," was published in 1921.

(sources: IBDB, IMDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY, 440.comís Those Were The Days, Playbill.com)

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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:42:57 PM
Penny, Penny, Penny! Sign off at once, and get dressed! Sheesh... whaddaya want, a spectacularly LATE entrance to yer own birthday bash??
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:45:54 PM
As for the Topic of the Day...

A couple of years ago, I started to "taste" some really good wines - some pricey, some not - and I have to say that having a quality wine is sometimes worth the expense - and effort to find.  Some of the standard wineries - Gallo, Turning  Leaf, etc. - are producing some pretty decent "supermarket" wines now, but there are some amazing ones from smaller vineyards and wineries.

If it's a white, I prefer a Chardonnay with little to no "wood".  The California wine makers went through a phase where they over-oaked everything coming out of their cellars.  Yuck!  I prefer Australian and New Zealand Chardonnays since they are usually steel-aged.  And, keeping on the lighter side of things, a good Sancerre - especially with salmon.

As for reds, a very leggy Zinfandel is a nice indulgence.  But I also like a nice Merlot, and a Penfolds (Australian) Shiraz can be sublime.  -I have a bottle of 2001 (I think it's 2001) kept away for future consumption - it was a gift from a conductor.  A very nice gift from a very nice conductor.
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:45:55 PM
Thanks, FJL! Wow, Whatta date is December 18!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:47:14 PM
As for the Topic of the Day, Part Deux...

"I don't wanna..."

"Do I have-ta?"

"Wwwwwhhhhyyyyy?"
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Post by: PennyO on December 18, 2005, 02:47:47 PM
One last post before I go: best wine experience was the 1959 Chateau Latour I was so privileged to taste in the late 70's. Nothing remotely like it, before or since.

I used to like to cook with Gallo Hardly Burgundy...
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:48:59 PM
DR elmore - More undecipherable writing?  I thought you were putting the project to bed?  In any case...  If I don't make it up tomorrow, I will not be up there until the second week of January.  So...  Can it wait until then?  If not, could you scan it and e-mail me the writing in question?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:49:59 PM
-Oh... I actually still might come up next weekend - Christmas Day/Night and stay through Tuesday afternoon.  We shall see...
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:50:23 PM
...Did I make the acknowledgments?  ;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:52:04 PM
Oh... and another one...

"But I'm just going to unmake it [the bed] again tonight..."
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:52:54 PM
Are you dressed yet, Penny?

;)
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Post by: George on December 18, 2005, 02:55:43 PM
The Happiest of Birthdays to both DRs PennyO and Dan (the Man)!!








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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:56:23 PM
Well...

I've been tracking down internet reviews responses to last night's first preview of Lestat.  Some interesting reading.  All in all, what any new show would be subject to on first viewing and hearing.  However...

I've never really been "in" to all the theatre chat boards... And after reading some of the drivel and "informed" opinions of some of the posters... YIKES!!!  -One person at least admitted that Lestat was only the second show he/she had ever seen.  -The first one was, of course, Phantom of the Opera.

 :P
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Post by: George on December 18, 2005, 02:57:27 PM
BK, if I could afford the trip to L.A. I would surely go to see the play...you will just have to bring it to the Pacific Northwest and cast Ms. Jessica Skerritt.

I know where you can find her right now!! ;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 02:57:45 PM
Well, I need to do some futzing before the tonight's show...

Laters....
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Post by: George on December 18, 2005, 02:58:56 PM
I don't drink (I don't like it) so I don't know from wines at all. :P But I don't think that there's anything wrong with it...it's just not for me.
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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 03:09:22 PM
Well, kids, I'm in the midst of the prep for that procedure that DR elmore had a couple of weeks ago  :P.  My appointment is 8:30am tomorrow, so I may be E & T for a while.  I'll hang in here as long as I can.

My day so far, though, has been quite pleasant.  Had my last meal at lunch at Panera with DH Richard and DS Rob.  Did some Christmas shopping, visited with my mom, and am now watching the Cincinnati Bengals try to get into the play-offs (wonder of wonders).  As for Christmas shopping, I'm farther along than I'd realized and have gotten to this point without going to a mall.  Love the season, loathe the hype.  
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 18, 2005, 03:19:34 PM
BK, I found out that I couldn't get SEVEN MEN FROM NOW until the 20th.  I won't be able to get it for 10 bucks either.  But I've got it on order from B & N.  I got to find a really good video store here, knowing, of course, I'll never have an Amoeba, Lazer Blazer, or Heavy Rotation here.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 03:34:04 PM
Pogue, if you can't find stuff, there's always amazon, which I can order for you and use free shipping - they allow me to have several shipping addresses.

Jose, here is my sage advice and if you are smart (and you are) you will take it: Stay away from the theatre chat boards.  One of them is populated by nothing but teenagers who think they are God's gift to theatre crititcism, and the other is populated by the same teens and even worse young adults and adults.  Nothing they write means anything - they just do love to hear themselves mouth off on every subject, whether they know anything about it or not (mostly not).  And when someone with knowledge has the temerity to correct them, they go after that person as if they were Satan himself.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:18:07 PM
Good gravy - 15 minutes into ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and it's bad....not hilariously bad....just bad....

A misfire...miscast....  Tracey Ullman is no Carol Burnett....she's not even Sarah Jessica Parker.  FRED AND DAUNTLESS are just too DAMNED old!
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 04:33:02 PM
Someone on another board was actually and hilariously trying to JUSTIFY the age of Fred and Dauntless.  And they were serious.  And yet they thought Glenn Close wasn't right for South Pacific.  How do you even have a discussion with such a person?
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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 04:35:10 PM
Someone on another board was actually and hilariously trying to JUSTIFY the age of Fred and Dauntless.  And they were serious.  And yet they thought Glenn Close wasn't right for South Pacific.  How do you even have a discussion with such a person?

They probably liked the Matthew Broderick/Kristin Chenoweth version of The Music Man, too.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:37:34 PM
DR JOSE - I agree with MR BK that you should avoid the Message Boards.  I think you have already guaged the calibre of MOST of the posters.

UGH!!!  The final MATTRESS straw for me.....the casting of some irritating actor whose name I don't know, but whom I have NEVER liked in anything as THE WIZARD!!!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:38:31 PM
Someone on another board was actually and hilariously trying to JUSTIFY the age of Fred and Dauntless.  And they were serious.  And yet they thought Glenn Close wasn't right for South Pacific.  How do you even have a discussion with such a person?

Just shake your head and walk away......in sadness....   :P
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:40:08 PM
DR ELMORE - your CD was a big success at World of Wisdom today, and I must give you KUDOS GALORE for your arrangment of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  It is tremendous and I LOVE IT!!!  Thanks!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:41:10 PM
"The Swamps of Home" is being murdered right now....murdered.

"Opening for a Princess" was not used....too bad, great opening number for the ensemble....
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Post by: Jennifer on December 18, 2005, 04:41:19 PM
Hey is tonight's ONCE UPON A MATTRESS without commercials?  I taped it from 5-7pm on CBC (Cdn channel) and when I came home at 6:50pm it was already over!

Btw, today's heading "ho, ho, ho" reminds me of a funny line said on a soap this week.  The leading lady's husband (they are separated) showed up at a Xmas party with the town tramp.  So she looked at her and said, "ho, ho, HO"!  (if you get my drift). :)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:42:43 PM
Might like the choreography, if I could see it.  Thanks, Mr Editor!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 04:44:18 PM
Got commercials here, DRJENNIFER.    The best part of the show, so far.

But ENOUGH from me.

Hopefully we will hear from other posters.
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 05:10:37 PM
Wow, we're really enjoying MATTRESS, especially the comic aspects.  Zooey Deschanel's voice doesn't quite work for me, and I wasn't crazy about the camera work on the swamp number, but other than that, it's a campy hoot, in a really good way.  Maybe it's because we're in a group laughing a lot???  Or maybe it's such low expectations?  (Ullman is breaking my heart with "Happily ever After," though, even though it's not close to Burnett's vocal on it.)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:12:06 PM
Carol Burnett who is one of the producers of this production said in a couple of interviews she wanted to get this "definitive" version on film....and that they kept bringing people in their 20's in for Winifred.  Burnett says: "I said where are we going to find a girl in her 20's who has the comedy chops for the role and can sing it....."  Hence the casting of Ullman.

Ya know, if George Abbott and the producers of the original production had felt that way, where would Carol Burnett be today?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:13:28 PM
Two points for the Spanish Panic.....lose one point for missing a lot of the fun in "I'm In Love With a Girl Named Fred"......"Happily ever After"...  see FJL's post above.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:26:01 PM
Oh my....just howlow are your expectations, DR FJL?  "The Lesson" was pretty scary.....or maybe it's just because Dauntless is so old it makes him seem simple minded.

And who is that ... that guy playing the Wizard.  Ugh!
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 05:32:19 PM
I must confess we're a little predisposed in favor of Kathleen Marshall in this room, though.

Also, having done VERY few interviews, but with Skip having done a few of them, I know that you sometimes have to put a spin on things when you can't get exactly what you want.  It's possible Carol Burnett had figured out with her co-producers what they would say to explain the casting and the fact that they probably did bring in a lot of women to audition.  It may be spin to explain their using a name like Ullman as opposed to the exact gospel truth.  I'm only guessing, though.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:33:38 PM
Page Five Once UPON a Mattress Dance.   8)

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:34:48 PM
Marshall directed & choreographed, right?

She's trying....
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:35:32 PM
New song by Burnett.....  Did Mary Rodgers write this?  I think she's listened to Rose's Turn too many times.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:35:41 PM
Oh it's a reprise, sort of.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 05:38:40 PM
DR elmore - More undecipherable writing?  I thought you were putting the project to bed?  In any case...  If I don't make it up tomorrow, I will not be up there until the second week of January.  So...  Can it wait until then?  If not, could you scan it and e-mail me the writing in question?

I could fax it.
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 05:39:04 PM
The show is campy, so we bought the simple-mindedness of Dauntless, I guess.

As to Edward Hibbert, one of our group made a film with Hibbert and we're finding him a lot of fun, but maybe it's predisposition to liking him.

Golly, the new number for Burnett is sick, and I mean that in a good way. :)  

SPOILER

SPOILER




It's a stripper number with her son's baby shoes.  Gosh!
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 05:39:24 PM
...Did I make the acknowledgments?  ;)

Yes.  On behalf of 7 men.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 05:44:48 PM
Edward Hibbert....hmmmmm.

Sorry I'm not liking it as much as you and your friends, DR FJL.  Maybe I would if I knew some of the people....but I just remember having such fun doing the show with a bunch of High School and College Kids...and the unbridled joy that can result from the material....even in a barn in the middle of a field in Putnam County....  

Sorry if Hibbert is a nice guy - his "shtick" palls for me.....quickly and repeatedly.  I run from anything I see him in.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 05:48:03 PM
I'm clearly home from the Big Do chez Rodzinski and TPunk, which had several sparkling friends whose company I enjoyed immensely.  Walty and Kilbot were lovely, and I saw Michael Barnum's guest bed which DRs R&TPunk have left littered with DRMBarnum's old copies of The Young Physique and Physique Pictorial.

I watched the ONCE UPON A MATTRESS special up to "The Swamps of Home" and fled, infuriated by the fact it was neither broad nor silly enough and I missed the cut music.  I wasn't impressed by direction or choreography or the new arrangements which certainly garnered a big credit for Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob.  I didn't mind the cast; after all, Queen Agravaine's been holding this marriage off for a long time.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 05:53:08 PM
Edward Hibbert....hmmmmm.


I've liked his work in the original production of JEFFREY, but I liked Patrick Stewart better in the film.  I also thought he was good on FRASER, but I'm not always crazy about his work, so I'm in DRJRand55's corner here.  Where's the Minstrel?  I hoped we'd get ""The Minstrel, The Jester, and I" or whatever it's called.

DRJRand55, thanks for the comment about the Welcome Christmas sequence; I loved the Christmas Spectacular, and I'm flattered to be the final section of the show before it turns into The Nativity.  I think the whole recording of the 1998 edition is quite wondereful.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:00:00 PM
New song by Ken and Mitzi Welch....

Hmmm.   Oh well.

Spanish Panic A+
Matthew Morrison A+

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:02:24 PM
The Minstrel and Jester and I was just ONE of the numbers missing....but that's okay.  

I just hope this isn't seen as the "definitive" version of the musical.

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:03:34 PM
Enough from me, I am just an member of the Equity Candidate Program from Indiana.  I will never be on television or make my living in theatre.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:04:23 PM
DR ELMORE the subtle way you arranged that number with so many references and instruments and rhythms.....it is a marvel!!!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:04:51 PM
Time for the go to bed.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:05:12 PM
I'm afraid Miss Marshall, other than sharing a name with her brother Rob, doesn't have any of his creativity, and how they let her DIRECT a FILM is beyond comprehension.   She's a very nice lady who is so clearly out of her element it's not even funny.  She doesn't know anything about cameras or editing, and so the cameraman and the editors do it, and then I'm quite certain that the ham-fisted producers have their say, too.

And the "definitive" version???  When you cut Opening For A Princess then the word "definitive" has no meaning.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:05:39 PM
But remember, this thing has been sitting on a shelf at Disney for eight months.  They knew.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:09:05 PM
I hope there is NO pea under my mattress!  I want to live happily, happily, happily EVER AFTER!
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:09:50 PM
And "where are we going to find someone in their twenties with the comedy chops and the ability to sing it"???  Is she mad?  Right off the top of my head I nominate Leslie Kritzer.

They never even looked at those kinds of people.  They wanted a "name" and they got one who is thirty years too old for the part.  Someone on that same message board yesterday actually said with a straight face that Miss Ullman was forty-five.  It even said so on the imdb, he said.  I asked him how old he thought Bernadette Peters was.  I also informed him that if Miss Ullman was forty-five then I was forty-five and that I was most assuredly not forty-five.  Then he said that Harrison Ford was fifty-five.  I said if Harrison Ford was fifty-five then I was fifty-five and that I was most assuredly not fifty-five.  Mr. Ford and I shared the same manager for years - he wasn't YOUNGER than me, that much I can tell you.  He was at least eight years older, maybe a bit more.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:09:54 PM
All this and Edward Hibbert!

That's the name of my next novel.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:10:29 PM
DR VIXMOM - welcome to the world of home HIGH SPEED internet.  You will love it!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:10:42 PM
The DECEIT site is very interesting, MR BK.  
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:10:58 PM
And I am SO bored of Mr. Kosarin and Mr. Troob, two of the most overrated, overpaid people in show business.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:12:30 PM
Thanks, Jrand.  Why hasn't anyone else checked it out???
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 18, 2005, 06:12:54 PM
Well I began my house hunt today and it is taking off fast and furiously.  Turns out there are really some great houses here going for next to nothing. Some friends told me about an incredible house that I'm trying to get an appointment to see tomorrow.  It's probably more house than I need, but if it's anything close to what they are telling me it is (the internet photos look great) and it's still on the market, I may just have to make an offer. This house just can't last long.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:12:58 PM
Still haven't heard whether dinner plans are on or off.
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 18, 2005, 06:13:57 PM
I checked out the site Bk, it's great. I was just back to the house search so quickly I forgot to comment.  I'm a little obsessed by this right now.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:14:29 PM
I am anxiously awaiting "The Gallery".

RE:ages.

When I was 8 years old, Francesca Hilton (daughter of Zsa Zsa) was on Tv at age fifteen.  Later she was on TV....I was 20 and she was 19!  What is in that water out there?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 18, 2005, 06:16:16 PM
Thanks, Jrand.  Why hasn't anyone else checked it out???

They will.   ;D


www.deceittheplay.com

Someone likes RED!!!  8)

DR CILLALIZ that is SO exciting!  Good house vibes for you!  This is a great cycle in the scheme of things for buying a house...   ::)
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 06:20:21 PM
Thanks, Jrand.  Why hasn't anyone else checked it out???

I too checked it out, and I thought it was quite nifty.  I didn't mention it because I had nothing to say except that.  I did not see cast and staff photos or bios?  Did I miss a link?   I would sure like to come west and see the production.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 06:25:01 PM
The bios (some of them) are indeed up - the links are at the top of the page
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 18, 2005, 06:29:43 PM
They will.   ;D


www.deceittheplay.com

Someone likes RED!!!  8)

DR CILLALIZ that is SO exciting!  Good house vibes for you!  This is a great cycle in the scheme of things for buying a house...   ::)

So glad to hear that. I'm really hoping things go well with one particular house. My friends all know the guy who owns it. He was here as a part of the crew restoring the Orpheum theatre and has done restoration to what I hear is the coolest house.  So it has 5 bedrooms....I'll have room for guests.

I actually have a pretty good attitude about this sort of thing. If it's supposed to happen it will happen. If it isn't the house for me another will come along.  I tend to believe everything happens when it's supposed to happen. I just wish it would be on my timeline....
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 18, 2005, 06:31:11 PM
I visited with DRs Kerry and MusicGuy and got home during "I'm in Love With a Girl Named Fred" at 7 p.m. We thought it started at 7 p.m. After the commercial W came on and yakked for a while.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 18, 2005, 06:37:38 PM
The bios (some of them) are indeed up - the links are at the top of the page

Thanks!  I sure missed 'em!
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 06:42:51 PM
I also checked out the Deceit website earlier, but it was at a time when I was on as a "guest" since my computer didn't let me sign on to HHW at that moment.  Really excellent site.

Also checked out the El Portal site.  The Forum theater looks like a lovely jewel box of a theater from the picture on there.  (I'd only been in their larger space, never the smaller space.)

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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 06:45:31 PM
bk, the Deceit site is very eye-catching.  Did you intentionally pick Friday the 13th as your opening night?
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Post by: FJL on December 18, 2005, 06:53:00 PM
JRand, I grant you that sometimes sitting in a small group where we all knew and were rooting for various favorite personnel involved (and that doesn't happen THAT often for us) can make a difference.  I'm certainly not calling this a great filming of the show, and it had better not be the "definitive" version.  But we expected so little but found ourselves laughing, laughing some more, and laughing even more, maybe not until we couldn't laugh any more, but laugh we did - that was our experience, following the exceedingly low expectations.   One person laughing can snowball, and I wonder if this material and these performers would have been better served by a filming before a live audience.  (Didn't one of the previous Burnett versions even have a laugh track?)  
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Post by: Ginny on December 18, 2005, 06:56:16 PM
DR Cillaliz - house-hunting vibes to you!
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 07:26:36 PM
Re Friday the 13th: We were set to open on the 12th - then that stupid Billy Crystal guy, who has to rip off EVERYTHING I do (first Kritzer, then 700 Sundays), decides to open HIS show on the 12th.  Since I figured that every celeb in town would be there, we decided to open on Friday so we could get a few, too.  And being the 13th is just too much fun.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 07:37:14 PM
Thanks, Jrand.  Why hasn't anyone else checked it out???

I checked it out earlier, when you first posted the link. I wanted to see more bios of the cast...so I will check back when those are up.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 07:43:55 PM
Looks like Digger will be staying with me for another night...his two dads are currently stranded in a parking lot otherwise known as Interstate 205. This afternoon an unexpected winter storm, consisting mostly of freezing rain, hit Salem/Portland...now all of the Sunday Christmas shoppers are trying in vain to get home. It is really horrible judging from the news reports and shots of traffic just sort of sitting on the various freeways. With all of that ice no one can get any traction.

So far, Mark and James have sat on the interstate for over 2 hours...the trip from the airport to their house in West Linn is only 15 miles!
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Post by: MBarnum on December 18, 2005, 07:45:37 PM
I saw a smidgin of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS...I just thought it was a kids special..now I remember you guys mentioning it. I have never seen it before so I don't know if this version is good or not.

I am now watching a 1960s Hong Kong musical called THE DANCING MILLIONAIRESS.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 07:48:18 PM
[size=10]Dan and Penny
Sitting In a Tree
K  I  S  S  I  N  G...[/size]

(...but not just each other!   :o)

Happy Birthday to PennyO and DanTheMan!

Hey!  I happen to find DR PennyO kissible in the extreme!
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 07:52:24 PM
! ! ! ! !  HAU' OLI LA HANAU TO MY BIRTHDAY TWIN DR PENNYO  ! ! ! ! !
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 08:13:09 PM
Buck Ram was co-writer of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and wrote hits for "The Platters"

Brrrr--I'm picturing Keith Richards singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas".
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 08:22:28 PM
SHOWS THAT OPENED ON THIS DATE:

1952 The Children's Hour with Patricia Neal, Kim Hunter, Robert Pastene


I hate to think how many unknowing theatregoers attended this play back thin thinking it was holiday fare.  What were the producers thinking?
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:28:14 PM
I'm afraid I agreed with VARIETY about the show being a misfire. It wasn't funny, and the cast is peopled with funny people, but they aren't funny here.

I was infuriated that all of the songs not involving the Queen, Larken and Harry, Dauntless, and Fred were cut. And, of course, they reassigned "Normandy" to Harry and Larken while cutting their best song "Yesterday I Loved You" (well, it was always my favorite of their songs when I played Sir Harry).

It's not so much a disaster as it is a misfire, a wet firecracker that just doesn't go off.

I did enjoy Matthew Morrison's looks and voice, but I found Zooey Daschenel charmless and dull as Lady Larken.

No version of this show without "An OPening for a Princess," "Very Soft SHoes," "Yesterday I Loved You," and "The Minstrel, the Jester, and I" could ever be called definitive.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 08:29:58 PM
And, Hey!--thank you all for the birthday wishes!  I spent the day in my usual way--shopping and more decorating.  I had a nice brunch with two friends and had a big birthday slice of black forrest cake--yum!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:31:58 PM
One thing that IS definitive is the new special edition of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I got up to Tom Robinson's testimony and decided to call it a night, but I'll finish it tomorrow again with great pleasure. This is one of the treasures of American filmmaking.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 08:32:21 PM
Good Evening!

Well, I was in Damn Yankees land while "Once Upon A Mattress" was on, so... No comment.

;)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 08:33:08 PM
I also watched COLD CASE off the DVR when MATTRESS was finished. Good episode, but I guessed the murderer's identity this week. Some of the cases aren't as tough as others.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 08:35:33 PM
BK - As for the chat boards...  I guess my "YIKES" in my earlier post was not a good enough sign that I would most likely not be revisiting the chat boards.  And, frankly, I have enough of a problem keeping up with HHW at times, that I don't need to waste my time elsewhere on the internet.  I was just curious, that's all.  And now the proverbial cat has been killed.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 08:38:18 PM

Sorry if Hibbert is a nice guy - his "shtick" palls for me.....quickly and repeatedly.  I run from anything I see him in.

He was very funny as Gil Chesterson on FRAISER, but I can't picture him as the Wizard (I didn't watch OUAM tonight, though I did Tivo it.)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 08:43:06 PM
DR elmore - Fax is doable.  But probably not until Tuesday - unless it's tomorrow morning...  I'll call you...
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 18, 2005, 08:46:14 PM
Thanks, Jrand.  Why hasn't anyone else checked it out???

I did.  And I discovered that I had missed a sharp little detail in the logo the first time you posted it months ago.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 08:50:31 PM
I will be Richmond bound tomorrow.

I called Steve between shows just to see how he was doing, and, unfortunately, he's not doing well right now.  Besides some of the usual work-crunch for him at this time of year, his mother is in bad health right now.  He didn't sound too "optimistic" about the situation.  Steve has never been one to show his emotions, but I could tell that he's going through some "stuff" right now.  And knowing that someone you love is hurting...

I haven't seen him in a while, so it will be good to catch up with him in person.  And give him a hug.  I'll probably head down in the morning, and head back up sometime Tuesday.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 09:00:49 PM
I gave up chat boards on theater sites long ago. Not enough people there to talk intelligently about shows both old and new to make them worth my time.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 18, 2005, 09:05:46 PM
Heading for bed now.

Hope everyone has a nice rest of the day.

Good night!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 18, 2005, 09:14:58 PM
Well, it's been a long week, and I want to get up sort of early tomorrow since I have some errands I need to get done before heading down to Richmond...  So...

Goodnight.
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Post by: SwishySarah on December 18, 2005, 10:31:52 PM
Hello HHW-ers!

I just dropped by to say hello, how are you, the works.

Then I remembered that it's 1:30AM. Whoops!

Quick rundown of the past few months, oh-so-exciting, no?

School has been wonderful, this year is a breeze. Physics, AP French, Chamber Chorus, AP Government, International Relations/Post WWII History, AP Literature, and Advanced Algebra with Trig are keeping me busy, but are really just fancy terms for a whole-lotta-fun :).

College Apps are ALMOST DONE! SO CLOSE! I'm applying to Shenandoah U, James Madison, Curtis (eep!), McGill (home of DR Emily!), Christopher Newport, and Virginia Commonwealth. Possibly Oberlin, I haven't really decided.

I've been working with my wonderfully crazy voice teacher for a few hours a week for the past few months, and I have my audition program down pat. The list goes as follows:

V'adoro Pupille, Handel
Father, I beg You, Mechem
Lachen und Weinen, Schubert
Oh! quand je dors, Liszt
O liberty, thou choicest treasure, Handel

That covers basically every requirement that any colleges have, and finally today I feel completely comfortable. On Wednesday I am off to a recording studio in Vienna (Virginia, not Italy :)) where I shall be creating a CD for my McGill application. Nervous? YES. Scary stuff.

Stage managed for the fall production of Noises Off, which was a piece of cake, since the cast was so wonderfully independent and able. I pretty much sat on a stool and told the millions of extra techies to be quiet. Ah, power :).

Auditioned for All Virginia Honors Choir, which is seniors-only, and I missed the cut by THREE POINTS, which is VERY frustrating, but I was still pleased with my score. The audition for All-District Choir turned up much better results, where I placed first in the Soprano grouping with a score of 198/200.

Last week, I wrapped up a semester of Spanish that I took at a local community college. My class was highly entertaining, my professor was 100% energetic and available, and I completed the course with a 95. I'm beginning to become obsessed with learning new languages. I'm fluent in French now, and I can carry on casual conversations in Spanish and Hungarian (well, restaurant-language for the Hungarian, but still). My goal is to continue with both Spanish and Hungarian, and also pick up some Italian too. I tutor lower French students twice a week for 2 hours, and I feel it has helped tremendously in my understanding of the language.

Speaking of restaurant-speak, I am still employed at a local cafe where I serve the roles of waitress/to-go girl/cook/busgirl/kitchen help/food runner/etc. I love my job, and I love my coworkers even more. I am so lucky to have fallen into this position, and 2 years later, I wouldn't dream of leaving, as I feel it has made me a better person.

Last week I checked off another goal on my list, this time seeing one of my favorite singers, Jason Mraz, in concert. Waiting outside in DC on a windy winter day is not exactly the most pleasant experience, but our place on the floor was worth it. Here is my plug for the 930 Club, which has never ceased to offer awesome service, and quality music, along with everything else. A picture is attached, taken by my best friend Ashley. He's quite lovely.

I hope everyone is doing well! Please drop me a line at my email address, Sarah@davishome.us . I miss you all very much, but as you can see, I'm more than busy :).

Quite sincerely, Swish.
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Post by: bk on December 18, 2005, 10:36:46 PM
Nice to see the Swisher back.  Happy holidays!

Back from a GREAT dinner at Genghis Cohen.