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Title: HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 12:11:28 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you know the secrets revealed in the notes, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're nibbling on some hab gumbuh right now.
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Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 12:13:38 AM
And the word of the day is: HABERDASHER!
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Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 12:14:37 AM
I find it just a wee bit disheartening that yesterday we had less posts than the weekend.  It's Christmas, you know, so let's get some serious postin' goin' on, shall we?

HABERDASHER, baby, HABERDASHER!
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 01:14:25 AM
I posted a few comments at the end of yesterday (not realizing that there was a new day) because yesterday was not yet locked!  So, I was still able to post in yesterday's posts.  Anyway, here's a question that I asked YESTERDAY:

So here's a question about professionals learing lines.  Is there a contractually obligated time limit or a fine if lines aren't learned on time?  I know rehearsals are always limited and actors have to learn their lines, but what happens if professional actors don't?
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 01:20:29 AM
This is cool!  I can quote a post from yesterday:

I CAN STILL POST TODAY BUT TOMORROWS NOTES ARE ALREADY UP AND RUNNING!

And in yesterday's posts, I can quote THIS message! ;)
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 01:24:01 AM
Okay, I'll stop now.  Goodnight...two guests. :)
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Post by: Michael on December 20, 2005, 02:21:56 AM
TOD

Any of the Christmas Carol/Scrooge films. Most of them have wonderful Scrooges. Some of my favorties are Alistar Sim, Albert Finney and George C. Scott.

Favorite Carols.

Burnett
Channing
O'Connor

but seriously

Oh Come All Ye Faithful as sung by Julie Andrews
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Post by: Jed on December 20, 2005, 02:56:03 AM
I find it just a wee bit disheartening that yesterday we had less posts than the weekend.  It's Christmas, you know, so let's get some serious postin' goin' on, shall we?

More posts than Sunday and one short of Saturday.  My goodness, you're easily disheartened!
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 03:20:56 AM
Good morning. Well...I don't know how good it is. The strike is on.

More later...
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 20, 2005, 04:08:19 AM
Haber, Dasher!  Haber, Comet and Blitzen!  Haber, Cupid and Vixen!  Haber away, Haber away all!!!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 20, 2005, 04:11:10 AM
New Yawkers are going to be doing a lot more walking than usual.

Wearing Manolo Blahniks is not recommended.
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 20, 2005, 04:12:24 AM
Good morning, Elmore!  Hope you don't have to walk all over the place today!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 20, 2005, 04:14:22 AM
And with that, I must get ready for work.  A very early day today, to be followed with a trip to the Grandlads' house, to deliver presents that are coming from Santa.

What fun.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 04:16:43 AM
Good morning, all!  Yes, the strike is on!  I find the MTA workers' demands excessively high, but I also have to say I have no idea what the final offer they rejected was.  Luckily, I have things to do at home today, and I can actually work at home for the next few days.  I do need to hit the post office this morning before I accomplish anything else.

TOD:  I'm fond of Christmas music, so I have too many things to list.  Elaine Stritch wanted to do a funny song I only heard of this year, "Santa lost a ho," and it's in the "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" mode.

Christmas songs:  
   I'll Be Home for Christmas
   Home for the Holidays
   Suzy Snowflake (one of the dumbest things ever)
   Sleigh Ride
   Winter Wonderland
   Let it Snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Movies?  Elf!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 05:12:50 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up!  I'm up!...

And the first bit of news I heard/saw on "The Today Show" this morning was about the Transit Strike in New York City.  Ah, well...  Let's hope it doesn't last long, and I also hope that all 'stranded'  New Yawkers and New Yorkers will be able to get to work today in a timely and safe and "cheap" manner, and/or have very understanding bosses.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 05:20:02 AM
As for the Topic of the Day...

"Angels We Have Heard On High" - It's all about that descant for the refrain.
"Away In A Manger" - Both versions.
"The Boar's Head Carol" - I still remember the Yale Whiffenpoofs singing this on "Saturday Night Live".  :)

"The Christmas Song" - Nat King Cole
"Mary, Did You Know" - Kathy Mattea
"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" - Andy Williams(?) - Well, at least for those funny Staples' back-to-school commercials.  ;D
"Christmas Time Is Here" - I think I have either Patti Austin and/or Dianne Schurr singing this. Oh, and Diana Krall.

...And that's my list for now...  I need some breakfast.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 20, 2005, 05:42:49 AM
Best Christmas film ever! Period! No argument!  No discussion!  A CHRISTMAS CAROL with the brilliant Alistair Sim, the definitive Scrooge!

George, Firing is what usually happens when an actor doesn't learn his lines, though I've worked in productions where some well-known actors never quite learned their lines.  Not fun.

My favourite story about learning lines.  Ron Liebman was doing Richard III at the Dallas Summer Shakespeare Festival one year.  Every night, right before the show, he would nervously go over and over his opening lines.  One night he turned to a fellow actor backstage as he was doing this and blurted out:  "You know all those little f@#kers who come up to you after a show and asked: 'How d'ya learn all them lines?' Well...THEY'RE RIGHT!"
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 05:45:23 AM
Rodzinski and I aren't going to work.  His bosses seem pretty understanding and he is salaried so I think he should be okay- as long as the strike ends soon and he is able to get to work to finish everything up so that we can leave on Friday night.

Today is a GMHC day for me and they are super understanding and know that I cannot get 160 blocks (approx 8-9 miles) to work during the strike. The problem is that I am an hourly employee and so I will not earn any money for the shifts I cannot do.  And that is my only source of income right now...

I think that the transit workers union has gone too far, and even though I seriously question the MTA's business practices, it's hard for me to support the workers.  I think they are being very unrealistic with their demands.  As you guys know, I'm training to become a social worker, and when I graduate in May with my masters degree, I will make nowhere near what the transit workers make.  And I will have to pay for a portion of my health coverage, and I will have no hope of retiring at age 55 without a winning lottery ticket.  And that's okay because it's what I chose.

But, tomorrow, I won't be able to get to work at my internship, and I won't be able to tell my children why I'm not there.    Each day that passes where I cannot get to work, I will have less sympathy for the workers.  I'm all for the process of negotiations and striking, but not when the demands have gotten out of control.  I don't want to diminish the job that they do and everyone deserves a fair shake, but these are not 12 year old children losing limbs in a meat factory.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 06:14:52 AM
Rodzinski and I aren't going to work.  His bosses seem pretty understanding and he is salaried so I think he should be okay- as long as the strike ends soon and he is able to get to work to finish everything up so that we can leave on Friday night.

Today is a GMHC day for me and they are super understanding and know that I cannot get 160 blocks (approx 8-9 miles) to work during the strike. The problem is that I am an hourly employee and so I will not earn any money for the shifts I cannot do.  And that is my only source of income right now...

I think that the transit workers union has gone too far, and even though I seriously question the MTA's business practices, it's hard for me to support the workers.  I think they are being very unrealistic with their demands.  As you guys know, I'm training to become a social worker, and when I graduate in May with my masters degree, I will make nowhere near what the transit workers make.  And I will have to pay for a portion of my health coverage, and I will have no hope of retiring at age 55 without a winning lottery ticket.  And that's okay because it's what I chose.

But, tomorrow, I won't be able to get to work at my internship, and I won't be able to tell my children why I'm not there.    Each day that passes where I cannot get to work, I will have less sympathy for the workers.  I'm all for the process of negotiations and striking, but not when the demands have gotten out of control.  I don't want to diminish the job that they do and everyone deserves a fair shake, but these are not 12 year old children losing limbs in a meat factory.

I second that!

DR CharlesPogue, it's so nice seeing you posting in our time zone for a change!
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 06:21:20 AM
I'm back. I was going to go in to work - no, I really was. Four of us in my neighborhood hired a car to drive us in and the company was going to reimburse us, but right about the time I started to head out the door I began to feel really, really nauseated. I'm sad to say that I still DO feel really, really nauseated, so I'm calling in. I don't think I could stand to sit in a car for an hour or more only to get sick in the City with no way to get home.

How much was the car charging for us to go a total of 5 miles? $20 per person...!
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 20, 2005, 06:22:14 AM
One of the more unusual Christmas songs I've heard: Dominic the Donkey -- on a cd a friend sent us. :-)
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 06:23:37 AM
Ms. Judy Kaye's Broadway show, SOUVENIR, will close on January 8 according to Playbill.com.
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 06:24:05 AM
Hey Jason, when are you leaving town?
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 06:25:21 AM
TPunk: I fly out Thursday afternoon...
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 06:27:02 AM
I was hoping to drop the keys off to you after I got off work at GMHC today (ha!) but since that's not going to happen and may not happen soon, maybe I could mail them to you at your holiday locale...
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 06:30:35 AM
TPunk: You've got a Private Message. :)
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 06:38:11 AM
Thanks Jason, now you do too! :)
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 06:44:02 AM
I am also home from work this morning...but not because of a strike or an illness...am interviewing a former Disney child actor turned pastor.

Sadly I must return to work once the interview is done  :-\
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 06:45:35 AM
I do hope the strike ends very, very soon..I cannot imagine what a pain in the neck it must be for all of you New Yorkers.
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Post by: Ginny on December 20, 2005, 06:45:46 AM
Tuesday morning greetings!  Still home on sick leave today, having taken 2 days for yesterday's procedure.  I slept in this morning and plan to do some holiday puttering around the house.

My best vibes are going out to all those affected by the transit strike.    
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 07:16:18 AM

I think that the transit workers union has gone too far, and even though I seriously question the MTA's business practices, it's hard for me to support the workers.  I think they are being very unrealistic with their demands.  As you guys know, I'm training to become a social worker, and when I graduate in May with my masters degree, I will make nowhere near what the transit workers make.  And I will have to pay for a portion of my health coverage, and I will have no hope of retiring at age 55 without a winning lottery ticket.  And that's okay because it's what I chose.

........    Each day that passes where I cannot get to work, I will have less sympathy for the workers.  I'm all for the process of negotiations and striking, but not when the demands have gotten out of control.  I don't want to diminish the job that they do and everyone deserves a fair shake, but these are not 12 year old children losing limbs in a meat factory.


Well said!! I agree with you on every point.  


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The offer called for a 9 percent wage increase, phased in over three years. The union wants 8 percent raises each year of the contract. Currently, train operators, station agents and cleaners earn an annual base salary of between $47,000 and $55,000.  



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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 07:23:49 AM
Transit settlement vibes to HHW'ers in NYC!!

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 07:27:30 AM
Santa Claus in wearing a gown?  Who knew?

DRJOSE - usually the A side of a 45 rpm record has a lower number on it.  Both sides will have a number that is the same (usually) and a smaller number below it.  I don't know what they mean, but the A side is usually the smaller number.  And of course for a LOT of records, the B side is composed by or at least carries the name of one of the artists who really had nothing to do with the HIT side, but allows him to collect the same royalty on the HIT record.  Bobby Vinton wrote ALL of his B sides during his Epic years - or at least was credited with them.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 07:28:06 AM
I love The Sylvers HIGH SCHOOL DANCE.  We had a great dance routine to the song....it's got some great rhythms.  

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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 07:30:36 AM
Wasn't President Harry Truman a former Haberdasher?

Hmmmm.....

I like WHITE CHRISTMAS and BELL,BOOK,AND CANDLE (sort of Christmas), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL and SCROOGE, the Musical.

Doris Day singing Silver Bells
Giselle McKenzie singing Toy Soldiers On Parade
Carpenters singing Merry Christmas, Baby
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 07:31:35 AM
I could always tell when my cousin and her husband had been smoking the MaryJane.  When I got to their house, they would be making a lot of popcorn.  Lita was holding the pan, and Brad was shaking the stove.  :)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 07:53:17 AM
Good morning!

It's partly cloudy here but is supposed to be in the upper 40s-low 50s, so a pleasant winter day.

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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 07:54:58 AM
I am very sorry about the strike for your stranded NYCers. I read the demands and found them very high. I know living in NYC is very expensive, but their salaries seemed to me already reasonable for the work done. But what do I know? After many, many years of going to NYC for vacations, I have used mass transit only sporadically.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 07:59:48 AM
A busy day of gift wrapping here, and I will be listening to Christmas music as I do this.

First up will be Doris Day's Christmas Album which I have had out but have not put on, but I will today. It is perhaps the mellowest of all Christmas albums that I possess.

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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:00:04 AM
To show what a sheltered life I lead: last year when Clay Aiken's Christmas CD came out, I was hearing the song "Mary, Did You Know" for the first time. I honestly thought it was a piece of special material written for him for his CD! A day or two after I listened to the CD, I was in a friend's car and his radio was tuned to a station playing Christmas music all day, and some other artist was singing "Mary, Did You Know," and I was flaberghasted. Had never heard the song before, and within two days had heard two different interpretations.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:01:39 AM
Favorite Christmas-themed movies:

WHITE CHRISTMAS
SCROOGE, the Musical
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
A CHRISTMAS STORY

And A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS if a thirty minute program counts as a movie.
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 08:03:33 AM
I could always tell when my cousin and her husband had been smoking the MaryJane.  When I got to their house, they would be making a lot of popcorn.  Lita was holding the pan, and Brad was shaking the stove.  :)

 ;D
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:04:11 AM
Favorite Christmas songs in addition to "Mary, Did You Know":

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Andy Williams
"The Sound of Christmas" - Julie Andrews
'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
"Do You Hear What I Hear" - Bing Crosby
"White Christmas" - Bing Crosby
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:06:03 AM
Former Mouseketeer who became a minister?

Well we know it isn't jailbird Darlene Gillespie or roustabout Lonnie Burr.

Hmmmm.....Dennis or Jay?
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:06:52 AM
With TV in (mostly) reruns tonight, I'll put on a movie, and I suspect it's going to have to be WHITE NOISE since I'm going to a Christmas dinner tomorrow night at the home of the fella who loaned it to me, and I need to return it.

I don't think the movie is holiday-themed, but I'll give a full report on it tonight after I see it.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:09:17 AM
Former Mouseketeer who became a minister?

Well we know it isn't jailbird Darlene Gillespie or roustabout Lonnie Burr.

Hmmmm.....Dennis or Jay?

Have no clue, but isn't it funny? THose two (Darlene and Lonnie) were among my favorite Mouseketeers. I thought Darlene grew up in the series to be rather attractive after looking like a freckle-faced tomboy in the early years. In that last season, she was pretty.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:09:47 AM
First up will be Doris Day's Christmas Album which I have had out but have not put on, but I will today. It is perhaps the mellowest of all Christmas albums that I possess.

Ain't it the truth?

I love that album.  Other favorite Christmas albums....

Pat Boone - White Christmas
Johnny Mathis - A Johnny Mathis Christmas  ;D
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:11:48 AM
Yup - Darlene was a terrific "chirp" as she was dubbed in Variety - and she was heavily favored to be the breakout star - until the MMC started and the FANS made a star of Joe and Virginia's little girl.

I still get a bit misty-eyed when I watch my video of Darlene singing and dancing to "When I Grow Up Someday" - especially since she's still got several years in the pen to go.
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Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 08:15:55 AM
Favorite Christmas movies:  Scrooge, The Musical, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Chrstmas, The Muppet's Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street (original) also, Meet Me In St. Louis (does that count???)

Favorite Songs:  

When a Child is Born (Michael Ball and Claire Moore on the "Save the Children" CD which I lent out and never got back and it's now out of print!!)

Mary Did You Know
Do You Hear What I Hear?
As Long As There's Christmas
The Christmas Waltz
The Holly and the Ivy
Candlelight Carol (John Rutter)
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Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 08:18:14 AM
Oh... and "Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home'
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 08:19:49 AM
Favorite Christmas song

http://wilstar.com/xmas/oholynight.htm

Although I particularly like the Robert Goulet version that my dad had on a Christmas Compilation album when I was a girl
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:28:12 AM
Re: Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, Merry, Marry....all the fun has now gone for me.  Here in South Carolina, "Mary" is being pronounced  "MAY-Ree".
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:29:26 AM
Re: The NYC transit strike:

What a great opportunity for a Segway franchise...to set up rental stands around the city!!!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:29:27 AM
Later re-released on the Columbia's budget Harmony label - Doris sings 'em!   ;D
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 08:31:10 AM
also

I'll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow
And mistletoe
And presents 'neath the tree

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams












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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 08:32:17 AM
Re: The NYC transit strike:

What a great opportunity for a Segway franchise...to set up rental stands around the city!!!

DAng! Why didn't I think of that?!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:32:58 AM
Always loved Pat's voice and RAN to see his movies:

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Bernadine - great songs!
Mardi Gras - Pat with his shirt off!
State Fair - more Pat with his shirt off and a great version of "That's For Me!"  ;D

This stereo album is lovely....Pat re-released it himself in 1979 with a weird puppet cover.  :P

The DOT stereo engineers were GREAT!!


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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:33:03 AM
I'm wondering about DR Pogue's startling relocation news.  

Will he and La Jolie Femee REALLY take to Kentucky's winter weather?  Only time will tell.

But the blood thins -- oh, yes! It thins -- in California.

And, of course, the years make a difference, too.  As much as I love coming to South Carolina in December, I've found my ability to tolerate the cold has its limits.

It will be interesting to read Pogue's comments in the coming months!!!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:34:08 AM
And of course.....
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:35:38 AM
TOD:

Christmas in Connecticut
Christmas in July (not REALLY a Christmas story, but fun)
A Christmas Story
Holiday Inn
The Bishop's Wife
Come to the Stable
Miracle on 34th Street
White Christmas
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:36:06 AM
Getya Segway....getya Segway.... 3 dollas a mile.....credit card number fa deposit.....ya keep it....ya buy it!

Getya Segway....getya Segway....
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:36:55 AM
Anybody else remember The Three Suns?  Their instrumental Christmas Album is a LOT of fun, too.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:38:40 AM
Lots of cooking going on in the Pulliam kitchen today.  My mom is going to make some pies...and she has a fruitcake to bake, as well.

I'm doing lunch...orzo with a combo of pork, asparagus, mushroom and cherry tomatoes sauteed in olive oil with garlic.

Something different for my mom...and a variation of a dish I had a month ago in Oakland.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:39:35 AM
That's all for now.  

Everyone be safe...stay warm if you're in the cold.  Stay dry if it's raining.

Stay happy even when things get blue.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 08:39:45 AM
Former Mouseketeer who became a minister?

Well we know it isn't jailbird Darlene Gillespie or roustabout Lonnie Burr.

Hmmmm.....Dennis or Jay?

LOL! This guy wasn't a Mouseketeer! He is Roger Mobley star of Disney's THE ADVENTURES OF GALLAGHER series of films/shows and THE LOVES OF WILLADEAN. Being drafted during the Vietnam war ended his acting career which had started in the late 50s with the TV series FURY.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:40:30 AM
Page Three Suns Dance.  8)


Couldn't make them dance.  :P


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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 20, 2005, 08:40:33 AM
Oh!  Favorite Christmas song:

Marry, Mary Merry Christmas, Darling -- The Carpenters
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:40:35 AM
I only have the Johnny Mathis Christmas album on an aduio cassette and consequently don't remember to pull it out and listen at holiday time. I do like it.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:42:57 AM
And I adore Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" played instrumentally by the Boston Pops. When words were added, they're fun, but the instrumental version, which is simply winter-themed, is a great favorite.

This is the song I would always play when I'd get in from the last day of school before Christmas holidays started.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:43:15 AM
Roger Mobley was very good as Gallagher....played him a couple of times, I think!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:44:07 AM
And I adore Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" played instrumentally by the Boston Pops. When words were added, they're fun, but the instrumental version, which is simply winter-themed, is a great favorite.

This is the song I would always play when I'd get in from the last day of school before Christmas holidays started.

I used to have a tape of the Cloverdale High School band playing SLEIGH RIDE....whew!  Enthusiasm counts, for sure!  ;D
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 08:44:31 AM
I remember THE THREE SUNS. A little bit of them go a long way...but I have not heard their Christmas album, which I might enjoy...at least I don't think I have heard it...hmmm.

Favorite Christmas movies:

WHITE CHRISTMAS
CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (it takes place during Christmas)
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS

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Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 08:45:51 AM
Oh!  Favorite Christmas song:

Marry, Mary Merry Christmas, Darling -- The Carpenters

BAH!  How could I forget "Merry Christmas Darling" add that to my list!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: FJL on December 20, 2005, 08:46:28 AM
Well, I was supposed to get a UPS package today via Next Day Air.  But the tracking on the UPS site has already rescheduled the delivery for tomorrow.  This is possibly understandable, but it does mean they already know at 11:45 in the morning that they're not even going to TRY to honor their Next Day service.  (The site does point out that delivery guarantees are irrelevant in cases like this.)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 08:46:38 AM
I think Roger did 3 or 4 different Gallagher shows...I have it all written down someplace.

By the way, the interview went nicely. He was fun to talk to. He is from Indiana, by the way JRand55! Now lives in Texas.

He was also in EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES with Bryan Russell.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 08:48:04 AM
Now I must get myself to my work. Bye for now...until I get to my cubicle!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:48:56 AM
Off to get lunch prepped.

WBBL with some MURDER SHE WROTE comments. I have a couple of episodes to go on the second disc's first side.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 08:50:32 AM
Favorite Christmas movies:
A Christmas Story
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas
Scrooge with Albert Finney
It's a Wonderful Life

One of my favorite Christmas albums growing up was this:

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/08/0e/7c4db340dca0bf89fb518010.L.jpg)

And you can get it on Amazon.com for as little as $39.95 (or as much as $199!!)

Favorite Christmas Songs:
All Those Christmas Clichťs (by Lainie Kazan from "A Cabaret NoŽl")
Be A Santa (sung by Michelle Nicastro, our very own Guy Haines and taps by Niki Harris)
Happy Holiday (I just got The Manhattan Transfer's Christmas DVD and they're fabulous!)
I Watch You Sleeping (by Frances Ruffelle from "Save the Children")
Sleigh Ride (Janis Siegel's version from the aforementioned TMT Christmas DVD totally rocks!  I also love Jim Nabors' version)

I also have both The Manhattan Transfer's Christmas CDs (the second one, "An Acapella Christmas" was released only in Japan!) and they are wonderful!

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000657PDY.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 08:53:08 AM
Okay, off to work now. :D
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:57:40 AM
Emil & the Detectives is the one I remember MOST!!  I didn't know he was from Indiana, but I know we are close to the same age!  I think.

Jim Nabors Christmas!

Of course we have the Bonanza Christmas LP!

I think I said Merry Christmas, Baby...in my list, but of course I mean
Merry Christmas, Darling by Carpenters.  Whew!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:58:09 AM
DR MATTH - has Carroll Baker shown up yet?
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 08:59:06 AM
Remember all the compilation albums you could get at your local "Firestone" dealer or from Kraft or your local "Ford" dealer?  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 09:13:08 AM
Off to make meringues... pray for stiff peeks :)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:19:26 AM
Does anyone still wear an accordian?  

I was hoping I'd have been right about the strike, but sadly, the little game is being played.  It's like watching two junior high school debate teams go at each other, except the junior high schoolers are more mature and have more decorum and class.  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 09:23:29 AM
Off to make meringues... pray for stiff peeks :)

Calling TCB.  Calling TCB!!  ;D
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 09:25:26 AM
MR BK - any feedback from the LACC Show?  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:41:53 AM
The response to the LACC show, for the most part, has been incredible.  Some, like me, think it was an hour too long, but even those people really enjoyed themeselves.  I think the handful of people who hadn't gone there might have been a bit weary by the end, but everyone else has professed to have a grand time.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:43:12 AM
No, there is no set time to learn lines, but most directors have cut-off points.  Some actors love to get off book quickly and feel that's the only way they can really do their work - I'm one of them.  Others like to have the safety blanket as long as possible, but the ones who really abuse that make it difficult on all the other actors.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:45:22 AM
Just visited a theater chat board - would you like to know how many posts there are about the transit strike?  Two.  Yes, two.  The first asks if shows will be affected, the response states that everyone should support shows that might be hurt.  Do these people live in the real world?  That's all they can think about?  Not the stranded people, the people who can't get to WORK, who will lose money because of it, etc?  No, everyone should just go spend 100 bucks and support the shows.  I just sit and scratch my head sometimes.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:45:51 AM
Soup?  I'll gvie you soup!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Charles Pogue on December 20, 2005, 09:46:04 AM
Ron, actually I have a greater tolerance for cold weather in cold weather climates.  It has never bothered me when The Lovely Wife and I go to England...usually in the dead of winter.  And I'm finding it right tolerable here so far.  I was greeted with snow when I drove into the state, shoveling ice off my walk my third day here, and still having heater problems with the car, but I take long walks with Tewkes out in the cold and find it rather invirogating (as does he...he seems to love the cold weather)

Oddly enough, I couldn't stand it when it got cold in California, which was probably rarely ever as cold as it gets here.  I guess it's all what one expects.  But cold in a warm weather climate always bothered me worse than it does here.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 09:46:11 AM
And one for the accordion.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 09:47:34 AM
Can one beat eggs white to death??  These are NOT peeking at ALL!  haB!!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 09:56:53 AM
I just got this list from Alex Rybeck who got it from Craig Renshaw, who got it from Andrew Peterson who got it from Sarah Fletcher.  God knows who started it, but since it's the TOD:

Christmas songs for the psychiatrically challenged:

Schizophrenia - Do you hear what I hear?

Multiple Personality Disorder - We three kings disoriented are

Amnesia - I don't know if I'll be home for Christmas

Narcissistic - Hark, the herald angels sing about me

Manic - Deck the halls and walls and house and lawn and streets and stores and office and town and cars and buses and trucks and trees and fire hydrants and . . .

Paranoid - Santa Claus is coming to get me

Borderline Personality Disorder - Thoughts of roasting on an open fire

Personality Disorder - You better watch out, I'm gonna cry, I'm gonna pout, maybe I'll tell you why

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells . .

Agoraphobia - I heard the bells on Christmas Day but wouldn't leave my house

Autistic - Jingle Bell Rock and rock and rock and rock . . .

Senile Dementia - Walking in a winter wonderland miles from my house in my slippers and robe

Oppositional Defiant Disorder - I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus so I burned down the house

Social Anxiety Disorder - Have yourself a merry little Christmas while I sit here and hyperventilate
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 09:57:26 AM
Quote
The union said the latest MTA offer included annual raises of 3 percent, 4 percent and 3.5 percent; the previous proposal included 3 percent raises each year. MTA workers typically earn from $35,000 as a starting salary to about $55,000 annually.

Toussaint said the union wanted a better offer from the MTA, especially when the agency has a $1 billion surplus this year.

"With a $1 billion surplus, this contract between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union should have been a no-brainer," Toussaint said. "Sadly, that has not been the case."

A key issue was the MTA's proposal to raise the age at which new employees become eligible for a full pension from 55 to 62, which the union says is unfair. The MTA later agreed to allow pension eligibility at 55 for new employees, but asked that they contribute 6 percent of their salaries for their first 10 years of employment.


Why did I bother going to college and getting a paralegal degree?  I could be making more money and getting much better benefits sitting in a subway station being rude to people trying to buy subway tokens or getting advice on train schedules.

I sure am not going to get a pension at 55 or 62 or any other time... I contribute 20% of my salary to my 401K which is saying I throw it down the toliet and have to contribute another couple of hundred a month for health care and I have no job security unlike these union workers


 

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 09:57:42 AM
Can one beat eggs white to death??  These are NOT peeking at ALL!  haB!!
Pray it dies or you'll be in litigation forever.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:00:05 AM
Recipe aborted... back to the drawing board
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Rodzinski on December 20, 2005, 10:02:28 AM
Checking in from the home office.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Rodzinski on December 20, 2005, 10:03:13 AM
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is tops in my book.

I also like A CHRISTMAS STORY, especially because it takes place in the area where I grew up.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:06:53 AM
Can one beat eggs white to death??  These are NOT peeking at ALL!  haB!!

Sometimes it is because there was a little bit of water or something on your beater ...


Did you add a 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar?  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 10:07:04 AM
vixmom, I'm with you.  These people, both sides, are just reprehensible.  And the fact that there is a LAW prohibiting these people from doing what they're doing and that they are breaking that law is just pathetic.  What will the consequences of this lawbreaking be?  A ten dollar fine?  They put people in jail for breaking laws much less inconsequential than this - this particular lawbreaking is causing loss of income and/or grief to millions of people.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:09:00 AM
Meringue
3 egg whites, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Beat the egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add the cream of tartar, then gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the vanilla.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:14:29 AM
vixmom, I'm with you.  These people, both sides, are just reprehensible.  And the fact that there is a LAW prohibiting these people from doing what they're doing and that they are breaking that law is just pathetic.  What will the consequences of this lawbreaking be?  A ten dollar fine?  They put people in jail for breaking laws much less inconsequential than this - this particular lawbreaking is causing loss of income and/or grief to millions of people.

Mayor Bloomberg was on the radio this morning saying that the Taylor law imposes a fine of two days pay for each strike day against each and every striker.  I don't blame the workers themselves because the majority of them are just puppets that are being forced into a strike that they can ill afford by the union leaders who are just trying to be big shots.  The union leaders of course are living large on the the double moeny they get as salaried employees of the MTA while also collecting salaries as union officials and of course they have all the pension and health benefits
of the rank and file



These peopel should trying living in the real world wher people don't have safety nets like pension plans
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:16:29 AM
TOD:

A Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
Muppet Christmas Carol
Penny Serenade
Desk Set

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:18:07 AM
Pray it dies or you'll be in litigation forever.

What about the wrongful death suit filed by its relatives?






A suit like that is no yolk


 ::)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:19:36 AM
Meringue
3 egg whites, at room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Beat the egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With mixer running, add the cream of tartar, then gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in the vanilla.

THANKS!!  I was using Martha Stewart's recipe for Swiss Meringue, I had to cook it first.  If I get brave, I'll try yours.  It's actually a recipe for Chocolate Meringue cookies.  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:32:48 AM
THANKS!!  I was using Martha Stewart's recipe for Swiss Meringue, I had to cook it first.  If I get brave, I'll try yours.  It's actually a recipe for Chocolate Meringue cookies.  

OOH! That sounds good!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 10:39:25 AM
Just got off the phone with a friend of mine, another future social worker.  She's also concerned about getting to her internship tomorrow.  She works with recovering drug and alcohol addicts... tis already the season to relapse, so what is going to happen if they are stranded at home unable to work or get to treatment.

I never like situations where the needs/wants of one group of people are put ahead and are at the expense of the needs of many, many others.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 10:41:21 AM
I also hate not being able to work.  I almost never take sick days and when I do I usually feel guilty and end up doing housework so that I can feel useful.

I went to the gym this morning and that made me feel better, but only for a little while.  Now I'm eating christmas cookies to see if that helps.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 10:42:51 AM
I did get some good news from my boss at my internship, there's a good chance that I will be able to get a ride into work tomorrow morning.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 10:43:41 AM
Vixmom, I forgot PENNY SERENADE! I love that movie.

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 10:46:14 AM
Vixmom, I forgot PENNY SERENADE! I love that movie.



it always makes me cry....
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:51:59 AM
Ok, what's up with the whole "actors playing instruments" thing?  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/96927.html

Does anyone else find this silly?
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:55:13 AM
So, instead of the chocolate meringue cookies, I have two other thoughts... Chocolate-Black Pepper Cookies, or Chocolate Orange EspressonThins.  These are all out of Martha's Holiday Cookie magazine
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:59:01 AM
Where the hell does someone get "sanding" sugar??
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 11:02:35 AM
Where the hell does someone get "sanding" sugar??

What the hell is "sanding" sugar??
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 11:10:58 AM
By the way it looks in the picture, it's rather large granuals of sugar.  Coarse Sanding Sugar, it says... leave it to Martha to think we all know what some of these ingredients are!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:14:31 AM
By the way it looks in the picture, it's rather large granuals of sugar.  Coarse Sanding Sugar, it says... leave it to Martha to think we all know what some of these ingredients are!

 I blame Jose
















who I am sure has a sack of sanding sugar in his pantry even as we type

 :D
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:16:02 AM
Ok, what's up with the whole "actors playing instruments" thing?  http://www.playbill.com/news/article/96927.html

Does anyone else find this silly?

 I do
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:19:13 AM
What the hell is "sanding" sugar??

Actually. I believe it is that colored sugar that you get in the baking aisle that you use to sprinkle on top of cookies and cakes and cupcakes and such for decoration


 
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 11:29:56 AM
Thanks for the info! ;D
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:30:52 AM
What the hell is "sanding" sugar??

http://www.sugar.ca/sugTypesPrt.htm
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:33:53 AM
Where the hell does someone get "sanding" sugar??

http://www.kitchenkrafts.com/product.asp?pn=CD0102-BLK&bhcd2=1135107563

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:38:26 AM

I stopped in to see how the NY crowd is faring today & to wish them all good vibes.  Now to read the posts.

TPunk I hope you get to see your kids before the school break.  Iím sure they all adore you.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:42:12 AM
Later re-released on the Columbia's budget Harmony label - Doris sings 'em!   ;D

I should get this.  Thanks.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 11:43:49 AM
Good afternoon Jane!  Thank you for brightening my evening with that mail!

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:45:14 AM
From MBarnum:

Quote
DR Jane, when the Cost Plus Import store opens here in a few months the first thing I am gonna do is go there and buy some Marzipan! They carry a wonderful selection of the stuff!

Is there one in Portland and who makes their marzipan?

Quote
And the roads here are fine now.


Good, and I hope it lasts until we return from our Christmas/Chanukah/birthday visit with Bryan.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:48:59 AM
Vixmom your welcome :)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:50:18 AM
Can one beat eggs white to death??  These are NOT peeking at ALL!  haB!!

Yes you can ;D
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 11:50:45 AM
DR JANE - I think Doris has a Christmas CD around....there are several on EBAY...and she would sound great coming out of that BIG jukebox!  Doris' arrangers were always top notch!!

Maybe she meant sand AND sugar!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 11:51:31 AM
Thanks for the LACC information, MR BK.  Very happy to hear that everyone had a good time!

Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 11:52:28 AM
Sometimes it is because there was a little bit of water or something on your beater ...


Did you add a 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar?  

Were the eggs at room temperature before you began?  And don't use a cold bowl.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 12:05:18 PM
Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
Dash slat
Ĺ cup sugar
1-6 oz package semisweet chocolate piece
(possibly better-Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate)

Optional Ĺ cup chopped pecans (I never use)

Combine egg whites, vanilla and salt.  Beat until whites are stiff, but not dry.  

Gradually add sugar, beating until whites are stiff and satiny.

Fold in chocolate pieces and pecans

Drop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet

Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes  
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 12:33:26 PM
Just wrapped production meeting, and now am on my way to LACC meeting/lunch, after which I shall return.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 12:35:43 PM
Just wrapped production meeting, and now am on my way to LACC meeting/lunch, after which I shall return.

I am quite interested to hear your teaching plans.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 12:41:23 PM
From MBarnum:Is there one in Portland and who makes their marzipan?

There is probably as store in Portland. I dont' know who makes the marzipan that they carry, but I believe it is imported from Europe.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 12:42:23 PM
DR JANE - I think Doris has a Christmas CD around....there are several on EBAY...and she would sound great coming out of that BIG jukebox!  Doris' arrangers were always top notch!!


It is sold out for this year but I can purchase the CD at the Doris Day Animal Foundationís storeÖ.. http://ddaf.org/store

Now that we have the jukebox, thanks for reminding me, I should pick up a couple more of her CD's.  I only have one album of hers, which doesn't do me much good now that I don't have a record player.  I did hint to Bryan I need one, not that he has had any free time to shop.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 12:47:05 PM
There is one in Portland, downtown. Click here for the address: http://www.worldmarket.com/custserv/store_details.jsp (http://www.worldmarket.com/custserv/store_details.jsp)

Cost Plus World Market is what it is called I guess.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 12:57:22 PM
Getting it through Doris' foundation is a GREAT idea, DRJANE!!  I think she'll autograph for you, too, for a bit extra for the doggies.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Charles Pogue on December 20, 2005, 01:03:39 PM
A few less well-known Christmas movies that I like:

Remember The Night...Fred MacMurray and Babs Stanwyck

Holiday Affair...Robert Mitchum & Janet Leigh
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 01:08:13 PM
Well gang, things move quickly in my world. Saturday I decided to start looking for a house and today I made an offer on one.  So I'd appreciate any good vibes you can send.  Of course, if it works out it will seriously curtail my travel plans over the next 6 months or more,  which is not a happy thing, but to be in this house? I'll gladly stay home








Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 01:11:24 PM
Good house vibes.....we must have photos as soon as possible, DR CILLALIZ.

Is it the house you were talking about the other day?
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jed on December 20, 2005, 01:12:08 PM
Good golly, you don't mess around!  House vibes to DR Cillaliz!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 01:12:28 PM
MBarnum, this might not surprise you but I think we were there with Bryan.  I want to check out the bedding for our guest room.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 01:13:13 PM
My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story...

Favorite Christmas song - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.....no, seriously The Christmas Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas is Waiting, then there's Angels We Have Heard on High, Greensleeves, hmmm there are more I just can't think of them at the moment
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 01:14:02 PM
I love Doris!!   ;D

(http://www.porthalcyon.com/catalog/images/xmas-day-doris-personal.jpg)
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 01:15:36 PM
Cillaliz,

GOOD HOUSE VIBES![/size]

 :) :) :)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 01:17:18 PM
Watched four sparkling episodes of MURDER SHE WROTE. Included among these was my favorite ofthe entire series, a take on TWELVE ANGRY MEN where Jessica is the jury foreperson looking into the death of an enraged husband killed by a man who said he was defending himself. Oh, the case turns out to be much more complicated than that!

Among the famous faces on trial and in the jury box were Jon Cypher, Tony Bill, Virginia Capers, Vickie Lawrence, Arlene Golanka, Gary Frank, Brock Peters, Tom Ewell.

The bittersweet ending has always seemed absolutely perfect to me.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 01:17:38 PM
All the way up to 21 degrees!
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 01:18:14 PM
Good house vibes.....we must have photos as soon as possible, DR CILLALIZ.

Is it the house you were talking about the other day?

Hmm not sure, there was a really cool sounding house from 1918 that my friends were all excited about. I looked at it, but I'm not going to deal with an asbestos wrapped boiler, putting in all new wiring, new duct work, replastering, etc....I'm just not fixer upper girl and I don't want a money pit

This one is pretty cool. It's brick with a slate roof and even has a turret - It was built in 1934.  I'll send a photo when the offer is accepted - I'm going to stay optimistic here.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 01:19:56 PM
I can't believe I left out Judy Garland's rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Add it to my list.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 01:20:54 PM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Page 6 Dance!![/move]
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 01:21:57 PM
Got the packages wrapped for the folks I'll be seeing tomorrow night, but I'll save the wrapping for the Thursday night crowd for Wednesday afternoon.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 01:26:03 PM
Thanks for the good vibes, I better get back to work for a little while today
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 01:27:47 PM
I just introduced our electrician to Jo Stafford.  He is now a fan.  I wish Amazon had sent her Christmas CD-guess I will have to wait until next year.

My favorite Christmas CD is Nat King Cole.  I would like Perry Como & Bing Crosby Christmas CDís.  Iím sure they must exist.
Title: Re:HAB GUBMUH
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:28:09 PM
Good Afternoon!

Greetings from Fairfax...

The drive back up from Richmond was, alas, "eventful" this time.  An accident caused some major back-ups on 95, and then there were just a LOT of people on the road today.  A lot!  The trip usually takes me just under two hours, and today it took me two and a half.  Not too bad... It could have been - and has - been worse.  -Counting my blessings.

Before leaving Richmond, I made yet one more trip to Ukrop's - all their baking supplies are on sale this week, so...  And since the prices in Richmond are a bit cheaper than they are in the DC area, well..  -Gentlemen, preheat your ovens!

And I also made a stop at Trader Joe's once I got back up to Fairfax to pick up some eggs, almonds, yogurts, etc.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 01:28:46 PM
For the song part of the TOD:

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SHEEP by Rosemary Clooney

SNOWFALL by Claude Thornhill and his orchestra

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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 01:29:59 PM
The house sounds great Cillaliz! Good buying vibes!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:31:18 PM
DR Matthew - As for your Italian Meringue...  Making an Italian Meringue is always sort of scary for me - since it is sort of a scary process: pouring hot sugar syrup into beaten egg whites.  Thankfully, my Kitchen Aid stand mixer has made the process a little easier, but there's still that "problem" of making sure all the sugar syrup ends up in the mixing bowl, and not all over the mixer itself and the counter.  So, sometimes, I still make it the "old-fashioned" way and do everything in a bowl with a hand-held mixer.

In any case...
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 01:48:27 PM
I just introduced our electrician to Jo Stafford.  He is now a fan.  I wish Amazon had sent her Christmas CD-guess I will have to wait until next year.

My favorite Christmas CD is Nat King Cole.  I would like Perry Como & Bing Crosby Christmas CDís.  Iím sure they must exist.


Bing has a couple; I was listening to one of them this afternoon: CHRISTMAS WITH BING.

Perry has a very famous one that is very enjoyable. I played it all last week.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:48:43 PM
I can't remember which book or magazine I read it in, but one part of the success of an Italian meringue could be what kind of bowl you beat them in, and the temp in your kitchen.  Yes, metal bowls are standard, but if you have a cold kitchen - like I did in Richmond - a glass bowl is better for the final process since it doesn't chill as fast as metal bowls do.  Plus, they hold and release the heat slower - which is a plus when making Italian meringues.  You don't want to 'shock' the hot sugar syrup since by doing so, you run the risk of the syrup seizing and forming sugar crystals, and once that happens, it's very hard to get the meringue to peak properly.  However, even if that does happen, all is not lost.  *More to follow on that.

One easy fix to a cold kitchen is to soak a kitchen towel in hot water, wring it out, then wrap that around the bowl.  This is also a handy-dandy way to keep melted chocolate melted.

Of course, there are the usual precautions:
Were you bowls and beaters spotless?  No trace of oil?  -Stay away from plastic bowls and spatulas since they attract and hold oils - since plastic is actually a petroleum product.

Were your egg whites at room temp?  This is actually not a total necessity, but it does affect the final "whip".  However, they should never be fresh-from-the-fridge-cold.  I usually break them into a measuring cup, cover it with plastic wrap, and let them sit on the counter for a bit.  Otherwise, I make sure to take my eggs out of the fridge about 30 minutes before I start, or I put the cold eggs into a bowl of very warm water to take the chill off of them.

Were you sure that all the sugar in your sugar syrup had dissolved?  Just like in candy making, any remaining sugar crystals can adversely affect the final results.  Keep a clean pastry brush - natural bristles only, please! - and a small cup of warm water by the stove to wipe down the sides of the pan just in case crystals start to form on the sides.

*I've found that an Italian meringue really never peaks as much as a standard meringue.  Yes, you can achieve stiff peaks, but they will still droop a bit.  The best use I've found for "faulty" Italian meringues is to add some chocolate chips to the mix, then drop them by tablespoons on cookies sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Place in a very slow oven - about 250 degrees - and let them bake/dry out until they are crisp.  Once they are done, just turn the oven off, and leave the over door open just a bit while the oven and the meringues cool off.  -This last step insure they dry out properly.  And, of course, be sure to store them in air tight container.

Hope this helps.  :)

*I believe DR Jennifer had a meringue problem too a couple of months ago... or more than a couple of months ago.

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:50:48 PM
So, instead of the chocolate meringue cookies, I have two other thoughts... Chocolate-Black Pepper Cookies, or Chocolate Orange EspressonThins.  These are all out of Martha's Holiday Cookie magazine


I'd go for the Chocolate-Black Pepper Cookies.  The Chocolate Orange Espresso Thins are good too, but they do require a bit extra rolling pin time.  And the Chocolate-Black Pepper Cookies are one of those cookies that bring "happy question marks" to people's faces when they try them.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 20, 2005, 01:52:38 PM
So must catching up to do:

TOTD:

O Holy Night - Linda Eder
                       Michael Ball
                       Bobby Vinton

Christmas Countdown: Frank Kelly

Last Christmas :  Wham

Silent night - Enya
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:54:48 PM
Oh... You made a Swiss Meringue... Same as an Italian meringue in most circles.  Although, if I'm remembering correctly, in a Swiss meringue you continue beating the egg whites while still over a heat (double boiler set-up), while an Italian meringue calls for beating the hot sugar syrup into the beaten egg whites - the heat from the sugar syrup cooking the egg whites - then continue beating until the mixture has cooled off..  -Have you ever made Seven Minute Frosting?  Same thing.  *And I have yet to make Seven Minute Frosting in seven minutes.

*My cookbooks are up in New York City right now, so I can't consult anything "off the shelf" right now.  Of course, I could always Google, but I think that's enough egg white talk for today.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:55:51 PM
And as for the Transit Strike...  Some of the Damn Yankees cast members went home after Sunday night's show.  Let's hope they all make made it out of the city on time.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 01:58:37 PM
DR Cillaliz - Good House Hunting Vibes!

*I truly admire anyone who can undertake such a process: buying a house.  I've been a renter all my life, and the whole concept of "buying a house" is just something that my brain cannot wrap itself around.  Points - ?? Mortgage - ?? Loans - ??  Just does not compute right now for me.  When it comes time for me to buy a house, I just envision paying for the whole thing all at once.  "Here's my offer.  Here's my check."  -Yes, I'm being that optimistic!

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 02:02:28 PM
So...

And I'm not sure I've ever admitted this here on HHW... But...

I have to say, I've never gotten into "It's Wonderful Life".  Yes, there are some wonderful moments in the movie for me, but, all in all, I find it a hard movie to sit through.  It gets kind of boring for me.

:-\

Any other DR willing to fess up to this opinion too?

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 02:03:17 PM
Now, as for "A Christmas Story", I watch it at least once if not twice each year.  -Sometimes, not even during the Christmas season.

:)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 02:04:31 PM
It IS nerve-wracking buying a house, and the paperwork is monstrous. A friend who just bought a condo (the third residence he's bought in his life) told me the paperwork has increased with each place he's bought.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 02:04:32 PM
So... If the transit workers get back to work, just how will the fines for going on strike be collected?  Enforced?

*And I'm just wondering why Mayor Bloomberg just hasn't reached into his pocket and grabbed some loose change to pay the striking workers what they want.

;D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 02:05:10 PM
OK - I cooked some chicken breasts earlier... Time for dinner...

Laters...
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 02:05:39 PM
Now, as for "A Christmas Story", I watch it at least once if not twice each year.  -Sometimes, not even during the Christmas season.

:)

I do this, too, DR Jose. It's a feel good movie for any time of year.
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Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 02:06:52 PM
It is a good think I enjoy ITíS A WONDERFUL LIFE as Keith never tires of watching it.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 02:07:00 PM
I think I'll get an early start on today's cleaning chore - the living room.

WBBL.
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Post by: Jed on December 20, 2005, 02:08:01 PM
So...

And I'm not sure I've ever admitted this here on HHW... But...

I have to say, I've never gotten into "It's Wonderful Life".  Yes, there are some wonderful moments in the movie for me, but, all in all, I find it a hard movie to sit through.  It gets kind of boring for me.

:-\

Any other DR willing to fess up to this opinion too?

;)

Me too, Jose.
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 02:09:10 PM
Now, as for "A Christmas Story", I watch it at least once if not twice each year.  -Sometimes, not even during the Christmas season.

:)

One of the cable stations does a 24 hour Christmas Story Marathon starting Christmas Eve.  Vixdad and I usually have this on while we are waiting for Santa to complete his tasks after the Vixter goes to bed


"You'll shoot your eye out!"


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Post by: Jed on December 20, 2005, 02:10:48 PM
One of the cable stations does a 24 hour Christmas Story Marathon starting Christmas Eve.  Vixdad and I usually have this on while we are waiting for Santa to complete his tasks after the Vixter goes to bed


"You'll shoot your eye out!"

Makes a great background to stocking stuffing at my house, too.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 02:11:11 PM
The Manhattan bitch-slapping has begun:  a judge has held the transit workers' strike in contempt and is fining the union $1,000,000/day they are on strike.  The rumor is they only have $3.6 million in their coffers.  The union president Toussaint seems like an arrogant boob claiming the transit authority's superiors are impossible and need to be put in their place.  Oy!
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 02:11:28 PM
It IS nerve-wracking buying a house, and the paperwork is monstrous. A friend who just bought a condo (the third residence he's bought in his life) told me the paperwork has increased with each place he's bought.

You think the paperwork is bad when you're buying the place... trying being the paralegal putting all those papers together !






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Post by: JMK on December 20, 2005, 02:13:58 PM
The kids have given Betsy and me an early "present" by infecting us with the colds they had last week.  Yuck!  I have laryngitis, which virtually never happens to me and makes my singing gigs this week a bit of a challenge!   ;D

Song TOD:  well, TomofOz probably can guess this one, but the Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 version of "Christmas Song" is yummilicious, with a gorgeous Richard Hazard orchestration.  It was available only on a special B.F. Goodrich LP that you had to get at the tire store (stop laughing), featuring all A&M artists, and entitled "Something Festive!"  (Sergio just redid the same song on a Target holiday sampler CD, but I'm sad to say it has little of the magic of his first version).

Film TOD:  Scrooge, of course, which my sis took me to see in Seattle when I was a kid.  I still remember it was snowing tons when we came out and ran to the car.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 02:15:00 PM
I love "A Christmas Story" as well!  The movie's ambience is so mid-1940s, it's like a memory of my early Ohio childhood, and it brings back so many memories of my Grandmother's house, decorations, five and dime stores.  And I think it makes a trip to Santa the trip to hell it always was.

I'm also fond of "The Ref," which is like a pleasant version of my Ohio family holiday gatherings.

"AWonderful Life" is wonderful, but it doesn't make me quiver with anticipation and demand a yearly viewing.  Once a decade is fine.
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Post by: vixmom on December 20, 2005, 02:23:53 PM
So... If the transit workers get back to work, just how will the fines for going on strike be collected?  Enforced?

*And I'm just wondering why Mayor Bloomberg just hasn't reached into his pocket and grabbed some loose change to pay the striking workers what they want.

;D

I think some of the demands are really outrageous... I posted some of them earlier... they are jsut unrealistic.  I sure would like to get a guaranteed 3 - 4 % raise each year and all my health benefits for 1% a year and a guaranteed pension at  62 which is what they are being offered. And BTW this offer is for the new guys... people alerady employed get a guaranteed pension at   55.  But that's not good enough, they want a  8% raise every year and free health care and guaranteed full pension at 55 for everyone.

Pigs at the trough... pigs at the trough!  Not to mention that the MTA has a billion $ surplus and they keep raising the fares.

Oh and my cable bill and phone bill and and local taxes all include surplus fees that go to the MTA.....

oooh no... I gotstarted.... better sign off now before Istarta a REAL rant!!

Laters!!
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 02:28:49 PM

And I'm not sure I've ever admitted this here on HHW... But...

I have to say, I've never gotten into "It's Wonderful Life".  Yes, there are some wonderful moments in the movie for me, but, all in all, I find it a hard movie to sit through.  It gets kind of boring for me.



DR Jose, I am afraid that our friendship is over!

 ;)
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Post by: JMK on December 20, 2005, 02:34:44 PM
I'm also fond of "The Ref," which is like a pleasant version of my Ohio family holiday gatherings.

"I've kidnapped my parents."   ;D
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Post by: FJL on December 20, 2005, 02:37:26 PM
Elmore - Someone on TV said the union also owns a building that's worth about $60-million, in addition to the $3-million or so they have.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 20, 2005, 02:37:30 PM
The problem with IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is that it's been over-exposed.  When it's copyright ran out.  It got played everywhere!  I just take a sabbatical from it every so often.  It's a terrific movie but really went through a period of overkill when guys like Spielberg and others were featuring it in their own movies.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 02:38:02 PM
Actually it has been several years now since I have watched IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE....I love the movie and have loved it since I was a kid. Back then I would watch it just about every Christmas.

A CHRISTMAS STORY I had never seen until about 2 years ago. My sister LOVES this movie and I was expecting to also love it....but I didn't. I didn't dislike it or anything, but it just didn't warm my heart the way some other Christmas movies do, and it isn't one that I would likely watch again...and I am not a huge fan of any of the versions of SCROOGE...it was just never a favorite story.

Well, anymore Christmas confessions!?
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 02:40:04 PM
THE SONG OF BERNADETTE, while not really a Christmas movie, always used to play at Christmas time when I was a kid, and I loved it.

I have it on DVD now but have not watched it.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 02:40:40 PM
WHITE CHRISTMAS is another favorite. I have yet to see HOLIDAY INN.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 20, 2005, 02:45:12 PM
BK, I too am one of those actors who likes to be off book as quickly as possible.  That way I can actually start to interact with the other actors, move properly, and generally be at the director's disposal to try things.

I know a lot of actors who cling to the book, saying "I'm learning the lines organically."  Whatever the Hell that means.  I figure once I've learned them, I have the flexibility to explore the many varied possibilities of saying them.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 03:07:39 PM
Well... 7:30 curtain tonight, so...

Laters...

Oh!  DR MBarnum - Well, if I can 'forgive' your Bollywood "habit", then...

;D
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Post by: JMK on December 20, 2005, 03:11:41 PM
Trips to See Santa Department:  One of the pluses of having your Dad be the manager of the store is that Santa always knew your name and all about your naughty to nice ratio (maybe that part wasn't such a plus, come to think of it  ;D).
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Post by: JMK on December 20, 2005, 03:13:34 PM
WHITE CHRISTMAS is another favorite. I have yet to see HOLIDAY INN.

Just watch WHITE CHRISTMAS with the color turned off.  You'll pretty much have it then (you might need to squint a little to make Danny Kaye look like Fred Astaire).
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 03:14:18 PM

I know a lot of actors who cling to the book, saying "I'm learning the lines organically."  Whatever the Hell that means.  I figure once I've learned them, I have the flexibility to explore the many varied possibilities of saying them.

I always thought it meant "I'm getting the feel of the scene so I can paraphrase and never worry about the author's actual lines or rhythms within the dialogue."  These actors never do classical plays, I suspect.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 03:44:47 PM
I like It's A Wonderful Life - I even SORT OF liked the remake with Marlo Thomas....sort of!

I also try to get off book as soon as I can.  As I wrote about last September, however, it is HELL working with an "actor" who doesn't learn his lines....that is what made MY THREE ANGELS such hell for me.  It was HELL....in rehearsal I got notes for prompting him and not giving him "time to say the line" - well, it's NOT Chekhov....if you have to THINK about it, you are wasting too much time!

And of course it was awful in performance - sometimes I would finally try to lead him around to what he was supposed to say, but he just repeat the line I had just said....and of course if I talked after a LONG pause it seemed as though I had forgotten MY lines.

Oh...someone stop me....I am remembering something best forgotten!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 03:46:00 PM
I always thought it meant "I'm getting the feel of the scene so I can paraphrase and never worry about the author's actual lines or rhythms within the dialogue."  These actors never do classical plays, I suspect.

Ain't it the truth, DR ELMORE.  Why do some people think they don't have to say the lines as written?  WHY? WHY?

Of course they say what they want, but if you try to say something that's not in the script to cover their asses, they look at you like you're crazy.  :P
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 03:46:26 PM
Tonight is the NIP/TUCK two hour season finale.  We find out who the Carver is......I have a good idea!
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 20, 2005, 03:52:11 PM
Ain't it the truth, DR ELMORE.  Why do some people think they don't have to say the lines as written?  WHY? WHY?

Of course they say what they want, but if you try to say something that's not in the script to cover their asses, they look at you like you're crazy.  :P

In graduate school I acted in a terrible children's play with an actor who never learned lines, so I would wait until he finished fumbling around before I'd speak.  In one performance he actually said the correct line and I was so dumbfounded I screwed up mine.  All I could do was look at him and say "Right!"
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Post by: Ginny on December 20, 2005, 03:53:08 PM
Confession:  I don't think I've ever watched It's a Wonderful Life all the way through.

On learning lines:  The most difficult blocking I ever had to learn was as The Mute in the DR elmore-directed Fantasticks, because I had no lines to which to "attach" my movements.  It ended up that I learned everybody else's lines, so I'd know when to move.

TOD - Nothing says "It's Christmas" to me more than hearing the boy soprano at King's College sing "Once in Royal David's City" on NPR on Christmas Eve.
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 04:03:06 PM
DR Cillaliz - Good House Hunting Vibes!

*I truly admire anyone who can undertake such a process: buying a house.  I've been a renter all my life, and the whole concept of "buying a house" is just something that my brain cannot wrap itself around.  Points - ?? Mortgage - ?? Loans - ??  Just does not compute right now for me.  When it comes time for me to buy a house, I just envision paying for the whole thing all at once.  "Here's my offer.  Here's my check."  -Yes, I'm being that optimistic!

;)

Not that's a concept I would like to be able to get to know.  You do have to understand that property here is inexpensive relative to many places in the country. What we consider a heafty price for a home is probably a down payment on the coasts
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 04:08:09 PM
I really do like It's a Wonderful Life, but not constantly- which as DR Pogue points out happened a while back
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Post by: Jed on December 20, 2005, 04:08:14 PM
I'm always a fairly quick learner of my lines.  I try to get a pretty good idea of them before ever rehearsing the scene, and find that they really lock in my mind quickly once I have a bit of blocking to attach them to.
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 20, 2005, 04:09:19 PM
Well, I think I'm going to find some dinner - I have some homemade tamales in the freezer - and watch Polar Express. I haven't seen it yet, so I'm hoping I enjoy it.
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Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 04:39:56 PM
I was once an It's A Wonderful Life junkie - used to run my 16mm print every Christmas.  I haven't watched it in ten years now, but even inserting the little Donna Reed clip into the LACC celeb video made me tear up, and I think I'll watch it again this year.  I think it's just about perfection in every way.

Everyone involved in this illegal strike should be fined.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 04:56:44 PM
DR CILLALIZ when you must begin thinking of names for your new home.  Every home with a turret must have its own name!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 04:58:30 PM
Yes MR BK, Donna Reed as Mary could give lessons to all these young "actresses" who are so popular today on television and the big screen.  Donna was also exceptional in her Oscar winning role in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY of course, and also in THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS as Elizabeth Taylor's sister!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 04:59:14 PM
In graduate school I acted in a terrible children's play with an actor who never learned lines, so I would wait until he finished fumbling around before I'd speak.  In one performance he actually said the correct line and I was so dumbfounded I screwed up mine.  All I could do was look at him and say "Right!"

I know EXACTLY what you mean!!  It's so unexpected!

Watching DEAL OR NO DEAL....no TAR tonight! :(
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 20, 2005, 04:59:26 PM
Off to TVLAND
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 05:05:18 PM
Ain't it the truth, DR ELMORE.  Why do some people think they don't have to say the lines as written?  WHY? WHY?

Of course they say what they want, but if you try to say something that's not in the script to cover their asses, they look at you like you're crazy.  :P

A few years ago, I played Tobias (the lead) in a college production of "The Perfectionist (http://www.latw.org/Audio/detail.aspx?title=Perfectionist,%20The)" by Joyce Carol Oates.  I wasn't going to the college, but Alice, a friend of mine, directed it and she had several non-student participants.  We performed it as if we were doing a radio broadcast (even though no one asked permission to do it this way ::)).  We had scripts in hand and a sound effects person and the guy playing my son was a quadriplegic (hence the radio broadcast format).  Anyway, the characters of Tobias and Willy Rebb (his co-worker) had this one interchange (it's the only specific one that I can remember) within a scene that was something like:

Tobias:  So you wrote a letter.
Willy:  A letter (pausing to consider his words carefully) ...came to be written.

But Dan, the guy playing Willy said, "A letter just appeared" (with no pause to consider what he, the character, was saying).  Now, that may seem like a small change, but Dan did things like that all the way through the script just because he wanted to!  And the director let him!  AARRGGHH!!  And because he got to make any changes he wanted, a couple of the other actors decided that they wanted to make a few changes.  Overall, there weren't any really big changes, just things all over the place.  It was quite frustrating.
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 05:07:38 PM
I have a ride to work tomorrow! Well to my internship so that I can work with the kids.  Still no good way to get to GMHC, so no income for me this week. :(
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 05:11:25 PM
TOD: I love Carol of the Bells, it's a little eerie and appeals to my darkside.  I also like Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep sung by Rosemary Clooney, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland.
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Post by: TPunk on December 20, 2005, 05:11:55 PM
Woo hoo! Page 8!
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Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 05:30:24 PM
5:30 and I'm the only one in the jernt.  Not even the bartender.
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Post by: FJL on December 20, 2005, 05:54:18 PM
It's after 8:30 p.m. and FedEx just delivered a package, which is I guess above and beyond the call of duty to still be working at 8:30 to make sure the deliveries get made despite the transit strike.  This is as opposed to UPS which, even before noon Tuesday, had already reclassified a "Next Day Air" package as rescheduled for delivery on Wednesday and puttting a proviso on their website that the Next Day guarantee is not applicable when there's a local transportation problem.
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Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 06:02:33 PM
I have a ride to work tomorrow! Well to my internship so that I can work with the kids.  Still no good way to get to GMHC, so no income for me this week. :(

I'm sorry you are loosing your pay-check, but am so happy you have a ride to your internship and the kids. :)
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Post by: MBarnum on December 20, 2005, 06:16:54 PM
TOD: I love Carol of the Bells, it's a little eerie and appeals to my darkside.  I also like Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep sung by Rosemary Clooney, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland.

As many DRs here know, CAROL OF THE BELLS is my most favorite Christmas song! And I like any version of it!
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 06:22:11 PM
"Carol of the Bells" is a pretty cool song to sing, too!  I've sung it several times in various choirs over the years. ;D
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:43:23 PM
Hello, everyone!

I love Holiday Inn. Oh, boy!

I'm sitting in the Extended Stay America in Bellevue WA, having just gotten in to SEATAC, rented a car, driven up to the cabin to check on things, get a few items, water the plants, and get back here before dark, which happens before 4:30.

Now I find I have free wireless internet!!! Oh, the holiday spirit!
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Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 06:43:24 PM
Hi Penny.
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:44:46 PM
Elmore!! I read your semi-rant about folks as don't learn the lines the author wrote, with great jollity. I, myself, am working on perfecting 18 lines of the Great Bard, for tomorrow. I think I would want to strangle myself with a bloody clout, were I to mess wit his verse.
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:45:03 PM
Jane!
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:45:42 PM
And i do think I'll make it to the annual Kimmelbash. What joy! What a frisson of anticipation!
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Post by: George on December 20, 2005, 06:46:08 PM
Hello, everyone!

I love Holiday Inn. Oh, boy!

I'm sitting in the Extended Stay America in Bellevue WA, having just gotten in to SEATAC, rented a car, driven up to the cabin to check on things, get a few items, water the plants, and get back here before dark, which happens before 4:30.

Now I find I have free wireless internet!!! Oh, the holiday spirit!

Welcome back to Washington!  How long are you staying?  I'm just south of you in Olympia.  Jed, Ann and TCB are in Tacoma...maybe we can have a mini-HHW-meeting?? ;D
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:47:03 PM
Not one o' yuz will recognize me now - with very short silver curls, instead of the great mane of black hair.
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:48:25 PM
Oh, honee - I won't be staying long. Gotta get back on the plane tomorrow evening for LA. But by February or March I'll be up for longer, and then we'll get together - a little Valentine's Day or St. Paddy's Day bash, perhaps?
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:49:26 PM
Or April Fool???

Told ya I loved Holiday Inn....
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Post by: PennyO on December 20, 2005, 06:52:04 PM
Gotta edit my nephew's Statement of Purpose for his grad school ap's now. Back later, kidz.
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Post by: Jane on December 20, 2005, 06:58:12 PM
Penny I guess you wonít be stopping for a visit on your way home. ;D

I think flying was a much better idea.  We will see you next time, or before then in LA.
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Post by: Ginny on December 20, 2005, 07:16:42 PM
Oops, I accidentally logged out when I meant to post how much I was enjoying the company of 4 Pacific Northwesterners!
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Post by: Ginny on December 20, 2005, 07:17:27 PM
And now Tomovoz is here, too!
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Post by: Jason on December 20, 2005, 07:53:34 PM
I have a ride to work tomorrow, too. Woohoo.

This strike is nothing but a pain in the city's ass.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:21:00 PM
I watched the (inadequate) special features on LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND first this evening. Because there was such attention to detail with the costumes in particular, I'd love to have had the costume designer discuss the painstaking efforts to duplicate the wardrobe from Garland's films and personal life. Nothing mentioned about it.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:24:02 PM
Next up was WHITE NOISE. I have no idea if there is any validity to these voices from beyond communicating with the living via static on TVs and radios, but this movie certainly didn't help the cause.

I'll admit there was a second or two of genuine suspense, but much of it was melodramtic drivel, and I found the ending most unsatisfactory.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 20, 2005, 08:26:18 PM
Christmas songs:  
   Suzy Snowflake (one of the dumbest things ever)
 

I always thought this song sounded like it was about a hooker.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:26:19 PM
Better entertainment was had with another round of MURDER SHE WROTE episodes featuring the likes of Edward Mulhare, Hurd Hatfield, Karen Black, Jerry Orbach, Vic Tayback, Carrie Snodgress, Monte Markham, Ann Jeffreys, and Robert Sterling.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:28:38 PM
Good Evening!

Well...  We started our "Caroling for a Cure" drive tonight.  Members of the cast are singing carols in the lobby after the show, and members of the audience are "invited" to make donations.  We're collecting for two organizations: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Food & Friends (a D.C.-based organization).  *And for just a $20 donation, you can have a poster autographed by the company.

**The last time we did this - which was during Camelot - we collected just over $20,000(!!!) in just two weeks!!!!

Well...

Tonight was the first night of the collection drive.  I was instructed to stop the orchestra after the Bows so that the curtain speech could be made.  So...

I stopped the orchestra.  Then I kept hearing the applause going.  But no one on stage was stepping forward to make the curtain speech.  More applause.  And then some laughing.  And then a couple of cast members started singing "Heart"....

OHH!!!!!!  After ALL of the Bows!!!!

So, I started pounding out the intro for the final "Heart", and, thankfully, the rest of orchestra jumped in.  We finished, then Brad Oscar stepped forward to make the curtain speech.

Meanwhile, I'm making the big ole "L" on my forehead down in the pit.  LOSER!

;D

-But I have to say, it's nice to know the orchestra follows me.

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:32:46 PM
...And my Secret Santa gave me yet MORE dark chocolate tonight.  I just wish I could enjoy it right now.  However, I plan to enjoy some of it on Christmas Day.

;)

*And he/she also gave me a set of craft scissors - the type that make different patterns when you cut with them - sort of like pinking shears.  Cool gift.  -And one of the pairs makes a cut that looks like you've torn the paper.  Who'd of thunk?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:33:36 PM
DR TPunk and Jason - Glad to know you both have rides to work tomorrow.

*I just have to wonder if there was a cap placed on the parking garage rates.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:33:57 PM
Hi, DR PennyO!

Bye, DR PennyO!

-Safe travels.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:34:44 PM
Oh, and I love "The Carol of the Bells" too.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:39:17 PM
There's a rather well known acting "couple" who have worked on two major projects over the past couple of years.  One of them is very fastidious when it comes to learning lines and blocking.  The other one does learn the lines and blocking (more or less), but also likes to leave a room - a lot of room - for things just to happen in rehearsal.  And in performances - at least in previews.  Needless to say...

*And when "one" of them happens to come into Angus McIndoe for a few drinks and then starts "talking" about the "other one's" process...  Well...  Just be thankful that Liz Smith was not in earshot.

;D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:40:00 PM
-And, yes, I was being intentionally vague, but it's sort of an easy "couple" to figure out if you put your thinking caps on.

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 08:45:34 PM
Well, we have a Noon matinee tomorrow, so I shall be heading to bed shortly.  -We also have our usual evening show too.  And then we just have Thursday and Friday evening.  That's all.  A five show week.  And we still get paid as if it's a full, eight-show week.  Thank you, AFM!  -And Equity provides the same "bonus" too for the actors.  *See, sometimes, unions can be a good thing.  ;)  In any case...

It will be nice having Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off.  And we still get Monday off too.  So, in essence, we're getting a 3-day weekend!  A lot of shows are on special schedules this week - shows tonight, and/or a matinee on Christmas Eve.  Not at Arena.  Thank you, Arena Stage. ;)  In any case...

I have no idea where this is/was going.  So...
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:45:54 PM
I've always found that "The Carol of the Bells" is very exciting to sing.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 20, 2005, 08:47:42 PM
Guess I'll be heading down to bed, too. I would LOVE getting 8 hours of sleep tonight, but I have a feeling it just ain't gonna happen.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 20, 2005, 08:50:15 PM
TOD:

Movies:
A Christmas Carol with Alistar Sims
It's A Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street

TV:
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The Little Drummer Boy
The Hard Nut

Songs:
Jingle Bells -- Ella Fitzgerald
Do You Hear What I Hear -- Bing Crosby
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -- Judy Garland
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- Perry Como
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Post by: TCB on December 20, 2005, 08:56:49 PM
There's a rather well known acting "couple" who have worked on two major projects over the past couple of years.  One of them is very fastidious when it comes to learning lines and blocking.  The other one does learn the lines and blocking (more or less), but also likes to leave a room - a lot of room - for things just to happen in rehearsal.  And in performances - at least in previews.  Needless to say...

*And when "one" of them happens to come into Angus McIndoe for a few drinks and then starts "talking" about the "other one's" process...  Well...  Just be thankful that Liz Smith was not in earshot.

;D


<Gasp!>  Nathan and Matthew????
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 09:07:15 PM
<Gasp!>  Nathan and Matthew????

 :-X

 ;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 20, 2005, 09:20:47 PM
Well, matinee in less than 12 hours... And I have to be at the theatre in less the 11 hours... So...

Goodnight.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 20, 2005, 10:00:10 PM
And now Tomovoz is here, too!
Briefly.  More electrical storms and we have lost power a few time today.
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Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 10:13:55 PM
Ugh - have to work up Vocal Ranges for "Urinetown" - I hate that part of the job!
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Post by: bk on December 20, 2005, 11:08:09 PM
Back from rehearsal and must now relax before writing notes.
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Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2005, 11:24:17 PM
Done  -- everyone sings low and REAL high.  What are these people thinking????