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Title: MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 12:29:20 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've done your Arthur Treacher impression, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they'll be home in mere moments.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 12:31:39 AM
And the word of the day is: OCCLUDE!
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 01:24:09 AM
Books': "The Turning" - Tim Winton
            "The Empress Of Ireland" - Christopher Robbins
            "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" -Mark Bittner
            "Aberystwyth Mon Amour" - Malcolm Price
             "Harry Potter & The Halfblood Prince" - Rowling

   Nothing else was memorable.
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Post by: Danise on December 28, 2005, 03:50:37 AM
 Morning all!

What are lox?  That's not fish is it?

Ginny, every good wish and vibes to the Mother In Law. I hope that she gets well very soon.

My New DVD Recorder is a LiteOn and it will record and play the plus or minus DVD’s.  

Ann, Congrats on the New Used car. I’ve had many, many, many of them in my lifetime.

DR Cillaliz, I also hope you are having fun with your Niece.  

Gotta run for the bus!  Have a good day!
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Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 04:23:40 AM
Not to suck up to BK the only book that I remember reading was Rewind for a variety of reasons. The others that I read were a mixture of biographies, histories, and a few other novels. But Rewind was a can't put it down read.

Question.

Will their be standys/understudies for the Deceit actors?
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Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 04:30:49 AM
Ron Pulliam mentioned Andrew Lloyd Webber's music score and song to The Odessa File.

Did you know that he recycled some of the music for his score to Sunset Blvd? (Quel surprise! He stole fom himself)

Just caught up with yesterday posts and DR TomofOZ already mentioned this. But there was an article in the late great Show Music magazine that described where all the music for Sunset Blvd was cribbed from. Very little of the score was original if I can dig it out later (after work) I will post some of them.
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Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 04:37:56 AM
MatH mentioned yesterday

...As for worst shows... and JOEY has bottomed out, too......

I always thought of Joey as a top. But one can dream?

(Did I really write that?)
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 28, 2005, 05:15:23 AM
Good morning, all!  Another weird night of dreams and very restless sleep.  I'm sure it's part of a cycle, but it's beginning to irk me.

Today, I believe I will continue work on the Ron Raines chart, and perhaps do a bit of Toyland notes.  I've lost my momentum on them and i'm so close to the end!

TOD:
  FICTION:
     The Kite Runner
      Rewind
  MUSIC:
      How Sondheim Found His Sound
      The Rose & The Briar: Death, Loce and Liberty in the American Ballad
  BIOGRAPHY:
      Isherwood:  A Life Revealed
      The Tricky Part
      Tallulah!: The Life and Times ofd a Leading Lady
      Edge of Midnight:  The Life of John Schlesinger
      Secret Dreams: A Biography of Michael Redgrave
  HISTORY:
      The Emperor and the Actress
      The Affair of the poisons
  THEATRE:
      Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903
      Playing Underground: A Critical History of the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway Movement
     
     
     

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matthew on December 28, 2005, 05:32:32 AM
Off to Disneyland  and a few days of romping around the LA/Hollywood are this weekend.  BK, I'll wave to you on the street :)  
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 28, 2005, 05:45:56 AM
Hmmmm....

REWIND
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL
THE WHITE CITY

More to follow, I am sure.

I am off to the airport so that soon to be ex brother in law can be on his way to start his new life - in Arkansas.

I missed something....where are DRRODZINSKI and TPUNK vacationing?  In Indiana???
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Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 06:47:37 AM
Well, as with the last few TODs I cannot come up with ten (what have I been doing with my year???). The only book I recall reading all the way through is THE PICTORIAL HISTORY OF INDIAN CINEMA! LOL!

I also read, several times, RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY'S PLEASE, THANK YOU, AND I LOVE YOU BOOK...'cause Taylor loves that one!

I started, but have not finished, the bios of Ray Strickland and another guy, whose name is escaping me (Elmoore knows, because he sent me the book).
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 07:38:09 AM
Hi all
Sam and I are having lots of fun. Yesterday she arrived in the early afternoon and hadn't eaten. She's not into anything too exotic so we had Burgers at Red Robin and did the shopping she had on her "must do" list (Best Buy and purse shopping) We both found fun purses and she bought us matching cubic zirconia rings.  As she says "It's better than glass because it has a name"  
After a short break at home, we went to see The Family Stone, which we both enjoyed.

Then it was home for a game of Clue before we hit the hay.  She needs to get lots of sleep or she has problems, so she's still sleeping right now. When she gets up we're off to coffee. Then we'll hit a few really funky shops that I know she'll love and this afternoon it's ice skating.

Oh! she just woke up....better go.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 07:44:19 AM
MatH mentioned yesterday

...As for worst shows... and JOEY has bottomed out, too......

I always thought of Joey as a top. But one can dream?

(Did I really write that?)


You've been hanging around DR TCB WAY too much!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 07:45:17 AM
Good morning!

I awoke to an overcast morning sky but not especially cold temperatures for December (41).

The skies have now cleared of all clouds and we're on our way to another spectacular day in the Carolinas.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 07:46:28 AM
Good Morning!

Well... Whilst lounging in bed this morning, I decided to make today my "day off" from my workout.  Normally, my "day off" is Monday, but after indulging in Christmas goodies all weekend...  I just can't allow tomorrow to turn into another "day off".  That would be most unseemly.  -And, frankly, I think my body needs the "day off".  The program I'm quasi-following allows for one "day off" - or "off day", if you prefer each week.  So...  And, actually, I could even tell last night during the show that I had had a good workout yesterday afternoon.  I think I was still catching my breath by the time the Overture started.  So...  Rest is good.



...And now that that is off my chest....

;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 07:46:56 AM
And a friend just e-mailed me to have lunch today! Things are looking up!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 07:49:07 AM
I read so many books that they all sort of blend together in my mind, and I also forget whether I read a certain book this year or last year except for the last two - the Gower Champion biography which I'm still reading at a leisurely pace (I have liked it a lot so far despite some piddling errors) and the Henry Willson biography which was way too repetative and haphazardly written.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 07:51:27 AM
I will definitely be watching THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY today. TV tonight is all reruns that I don't especially want to revisit, so I'll opt for some DVD delights. If there is time after I finish that lengthy movie, I may put in one of the Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes films. Haven't enjoyed one of those in several months.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 07:51:54 AM
For Ask BK Day....

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

;)

-One of my favorite Frank Loesser songs.  :)

But, seriously...

Will you be rehearsing this Saturday? -Either in the day or night?

AND...

I know you prefer to spend New Year's Eve at home.  A very quiet, contemplative evening.  However, if you could spend New Year's Eve with one person - with or without romantic inclinations - would you?  And, if so, who would that be?  -Or that can be rhetorical, in a sense.  -If that makes sense.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 07:52:41 AM
Another day off here.  While I enjoyed yesterday's Do Nothin' Day, I have to admit that I was getting kind of antsy in the pantsy.  I suppose that after all the hustle and bustle of the past month that my engines are all primed for daily activity and it's a bit hard for me to just kick back and relax.  So while I will be doin' somethin' today, I'm going to try to slow things down and make like Bing Crosby.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 07:53:51 AM
As for myself...

I have a matinee and an evening show on December 31.  And a matinee and an evening show on January 1.  So...

However, the theatre will be holding a January 1 party for the casts of both currently running shows Sunday night.  -It's also the closing night of Cuttin' Up.  A combo party.

:)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 07:58:17 AM
Oh...

And as for who/whom....??

Well, let's just say, I'm working on it.

;)


But, seriously, I've spent the five of the last seven New Year's Eves with Steve.  I don't think schedules will allow that to happen again this year, but it has been very nice being able to spend it with my best friend - even after we "broke up".

Otherwise, I've been working on New Year's Eve for the past who-knows-how-many years.  And I usually hang out with the cast of whatever show I'm working on - which has usually been at Arena Stage.  And that's fun too.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 07:59:50 AM
MatH mentioned yesterday

...As for worst shows... and JOEY has bottomed out, too......

I always thought of Joey as a top. But one can dream?

(Did I really write that?)


-Yes, you really wrote that, DR Michael S.

And...

I have some "unfortunate" news for you.

 :o

 ::)

 ;D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 08:02:11 AM
And as for books...

The only two that stick in my mind are:

"The Piano Tuner"
"Yiddish With Dick And Jane"

...And various cookbooks.

I actually recall buying a bunch of books this year, but I don't recall reading most of them.  *Just like all those CDs that I've bought this year... That are still sitting on my desk... Wrapped in plastic... :-\
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:04:01 AM
I'm going to get showered and dressed for my lunch date.

WBBL.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 08:04:26 AM
Well...  I think that's enough postin' for now...  A veritable frenzy...

I have to run a few errands before the understudy/brush-up rehearsal this afternoon, and then I'm supping with my friend, Mike, from Richmond.  He's coming up to see the show tonight.  And then I think a bunch of us are heading to the Old Ebbitt Grill after the show for some oysters and libations.

Laters...
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: td on December 28, 2005, 08:06:41 AM
First things first:

I worked my first 7.5 hour shift Monday night.  I felt as if I had sprained a muscle in my thigh throughout the evening, feeling it through my pants, I could even feel what I though to be a knotted muscle. When I undressed to take a nap upon getting home, I saw that it was not muscular.
Mum, the resident nurse, took one look at it and knew that it was cellulitis (she's had it, dad had it, my uncles and aunts had had it) and that meant that I should see a doctor.
Our main doctor wasn't in, but, our pinochole buddies' daughter is the office manager of another one whom I've seen; she fit me in for the last appointment of the day.  THIS doctor looked to be no more than 20 - he took a look, and said that he'd be right back, that I should lay down and relax as he was going to draw on me.  He returned with a Sharpie and marked the outline of the reddened skin; gave me a bottle of antibiotics and an excuse for Wal*Mart.  Three days minimum off work.  I'm supposed to check back in with him in the next couple of days with a progress report.
Meanwhile, today the cellulitis has spread approximately .5 inch outside of the outlined area.  We have a phone call in to our regular doctor, who did indeed want to be kept up to speed.  When she calls, I'll either have to go to see her and/or be admitted to the hospital for i.v. treatment.
I can say this, it's painful most of the time; when walking, I feel as if I'm carrying a melon on my thigh.  Tylenol is taking care of the pain.  I've had three of the antibiotics, so, I don't know if they've had time to get into the infection and start their work.  Trust me, the last thing I want to be is a patient in a hospital.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jason on December 28, 2005, 08:17:28 AM
I'm home! Well...I'm at work, but I'm back in NYC. Sorry I couldn't post while I was home - my dad's computer was screwy. Anyway, I'm swamped with stuff, so I need to get back to work....
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 28, 2005, 08:23:32 AM
I'm home! Well...I'm at work, but I'm back in NYC. Sorry I couldn't post while I was home - my dad's computer was screwy. Anyway, I'm swamped with stuff, so I need to get back to work....

Welcome back, DR Jason!  We want to hear all about the visit and the kindly HHW angel who got you out of the transit mess.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:58:26 AM
So sorry to hear of this very painful-sounding affliction, DR td. Keep us posted on your condition. Good wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:01:20 AM
SONS AND LOVERS isn't remembered much any more. Seems like it won the ensemble acting prize at Cannes the year it was eligible, and for some reason, I thought it tied for that honor either with LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT or COMPULSION. I'll have to look that up later.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:02:14 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Page 2 Dance!!![/move]
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:03:04 AM
Kind of slim pickings on the DVD front for next week. Other than HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL - Season 3, I didn't see much of interest for me.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:03:41 AM
Hey, I'm the only one in the place!
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 28, 2005, 09:15:29 AM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To TD for the cellulitis. I have had that a couple times but caught it early.

My most-read book this year is Sibley's Field Guide to the western United States.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 09:17:28 AM
Healthy vibes for DR TD!

Welcome back to NY vibes for DR Jason
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Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 09:19:10 AM
Work is very quiet and very dull today.

Season 3 of HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL?! Well, where in tarnation are seasons 2 of DRAGNET and ADAM-12 I should llike to know...some of these other series come out one right after the other, but the two that I want most are  taking their sweet time about it!

End of rant.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 09:20:30 AM
I must be  grumpy today...or tired.

Last night I popped in the DVD for ULYSSES AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES....I was enjoying but after 1/2 hour I fell asleep on the couch! I hate that.

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Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 09:22:19 AM
Trivia of interest, likely, only to JRand55 and myself...the actor  (Mike Lane) who plays Perecles in ULYSSES AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES is the same guy who plays the monster in FRANKENSTEIN 1970! Who knew!

So whatever became of Mike Lane, that is what I want to know!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:23:36 AM
DR MBarnum, we waited almost three years between the first and second seasons of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, so you just have to be patient. I think they will get around to your favorites eventually (I'm longing for the one season of ELLERY QUEEN with Jim Hutton), but obviously they're going to release subsequent seasons of shows that sell the best in their first go-round.
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Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 09:24:04 AM
Back-at-work greetings!  Today I work 12-9, tomorrow and Friday the day shift, then another glorious 3-day weekend.

TOD:

The Kite Runner
Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette bio
Madeline Albright's autobiography
Lucia, Lucia and Rococo, by Adriana Trigiani
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig
Made in Detroit:  A South of 8-Mile Memoir, by Paul Clemens
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 09:32:13 AM
OK, I'm going to try this...

From the artist's website, here is the work that I received for Christmas.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 28, 2005, 09:54:19 AM
Hello, everybody!

My name's Ron!

What's YOURS?


It's another laid-back "sleepy" day in Johnston SC.  I got up around 7:30 a.m., made some coffee, washed a load of clothes and watched the Today Show.

Later in the morning, my mom and I went to the dump to discard an old grill (the dump is a paved lot with huge collection bins, each labeled according to what is allowed to be placed inside).  It was most antiseptic and easy.

We've just finished lunch (roast beef, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, green beans and hot rolls.  Pecan pie for dessert).

Sigh.

We have to retire a tad early this evening.  We have to be on the road at 4 a.m. in order to reach the Columbia SC airport one hour before my 6 a.m. flight.

I'm flying into Cincinnati where I'll change planes (in roughly 35 minutes after arriving).  I'll arrive in San Francisco at 10:10 a.m. pst.

I'm gonna be tired.  But I'm gonna be glad to get home, and I'm gonna be glad I spent two weeks here, too.  

There are many things I want to do when I return to Oakland, all of which I am certain will fall by the wayside as I get back into my rut..er..um...routine.  Yes, that's it, my routine.

I do look forward to cooking for myself.  That I have missed.  I've really enjoyed my mother's cooking, but the leftovers, as good as they are, seem to haunt us.  I don't cook much that gets left over beyond one meal.  But I cook for one.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 09:59:52 AM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]~ ~ ~ ~ ~  HEALTH VIBES FOR DR TD  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~[/move]

Wow, I never even heard of cellulitus.  Sounds seriously painful.  Take care, TD.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 10:00:11 AM
Work is very quiet and very dull today.

Here, too, DR MBarnum.  Mint M & M's are helping.
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Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 10:02:44 AM
TD, hope you feel better!  I thought cellulitis was that jiggly fat stuff women get on their thighs!   :P

Betsy has devoured more books than I have this year, but I liked The Second Messiah, a book which presents fairly cogent evidence about the Shroud of Turin actually being of Jacques de Molay of Templars fame.  I've just started Umberto Eco's new book (a "graphic novel") about an amnesiac book dealer, and it "feels" like it's going to be a good one.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 28, 2005, 10:11:49 AM
That's a beautiful piece of art, Ginny.

Cellulite is the jiggly stuff.

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. The infection extends into the tissues below the outer layer of skin (subcutaneous tissue). It most often develops anywhere the skin has been broken—often from a cut, burn, or an insect bite. The infection spreads from the skin to underlying tissues. In severe cases, it can spread quickly, within hours or days. Cellulitis is usually not contagious.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jennifer on December 28, 2005, 10:23:29 AM
Why have I not even heard of cellulitis? Feel better!
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Post by: Jennifer on December 28, 2005, 10:24:51 AM
Wow, DR Dan the Man I did NOT read your post before posting mine.  We wrote the exact same thing!
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Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 10:34:06 AM
And may I just add that Debussy's La Mere is one of my favorite pieces of music.   ;D
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Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 10:38:32 AM
I'm up, I'm up.  Great and needed sleep I had.  What am I, Yoda all of a sudden?

Only Matt Ashford has a standby, and his standby is also standing by for Fonzie in Happy Days at the nearby Falcon Theater.

New Year's Eve I do nothing but post here at haineshisway.com.  It's the only party I attend.  No rehearsal that day.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 28, 2005, 10:38:33 AM
Let me just say that I love love love my new grill pan.  I have no idea why I waited so long to get one.  The steaks were great, even though I did not try the method where you put the pan in the oven.  But I will try that soon.

For anyone who has one, what kinds of things do you cook in there?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 10:39:57 AM
On this slow day at work, I'm catching up on professional reading and found a review of this book.  Thought it might appeal to some DR's:
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Post by: Jennifer on December 28, 2005, 10:40:08 AM
Speaking of Matt Ashford, is he back on DAYS (of our lives)?  I have not watched that show in like 15 years.  But when I was at my sister's last week he was on lurking outside on Christmas day!
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Post by: Jennifer on December 28, 2005, 10:47:17 AM
Well I have another cooking dilemna tonight. I am making a roast (inside round roast). And I'm not sure whether to cook it solely in the oven.  Most recipes seem to say 20 minutes per pound. And this one is only 1 and 1/2 lbs.  But somehow 30 minutes at 375 does not seem like enough.

Yesterday DR Jose was mentioning searing meats before cooking them. Some recipes I have recommend doing that.  Also, I wonder what it would cook like if I sliced it and just grillpanned it.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 10:55:57 AM
I am still at work and still bored, and I have no Mint M&Ms.
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Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 11:17:12 AM
I am still at work and still bored, and I have no Mint M&Ms.

DR MBarnum - I'd share mine, if you were in the next cubicle!
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Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 11:40:49 AM
Yes, Matt is back on Days, as far as I know.  He's been shooting pretty regularly.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 11:41:10 AM
Might I just ask where in tarnation IS everyone?
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Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 11:41:58 AM
Glad someone is enjoying the Gower Champion book more than I - I found its errors way too numerous and not so piddling, but that's just me.

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Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 11:46:27 AM
And as for books...



"Yiddish With Dick And Jane"




I only glanced at that-very funny :)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 11:51:39 AM
TPunk is Marshall Field’s name changing to Macy’s?  Originally they were thinking of leaving the name alone.

Welcome home Jason.
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Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 11:57:55 AM

Td-ouch and scary.  GOOD BE GONE CELLULITIS VIBES!!
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Post by: Jason on December 28, 2005, 12:04:14 PM
DR Jane, MBarnum, Elmore et al: Thank you for the welcomes home. I had a great time, if you can believe it, and was even a little sad to be coming back to the City so soon. Five days really did fly by.

Something I said to my mom must've triggered something in her because she was quite possibly the happiest I've ever seen her at Christmas (THE holiday she usually hates). Everything went smoothly from what I could tell and a good time as had by all. We all received FAR more gifts than we needed, but everything was greatly appreciated and, for the most part, exactly what everyone wanted. More importantly, though, we were all together - including my nut of a brother who, despite the horrid things I've been told about him lately, was extremely sweet and hilariously funny. As a special gift to my parents, he even shaved off his hideous beard and was supposed to cut off his nasty hair yesterday. I don't know if he actually went to the salon, but he had an appointment. He's a good guy - I just hope his problems don't overwhelm him.

Anyway...that's that. I'm home now. I have a new roommate. We're getting cable in a couple of weeks. I'm way excited about that. I have a ticket to see LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA on New Year's Eve (what a great way to ring in the new year!!) and I'll be going to the Zoo on New Year's Day. Color me happy... :)

(And another hearty thank you to my HHW Angel, who saved my hide from the hateful transit strike and helped get me to my destination safely. THANK YOU!!)
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Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 12:13:28 PM
Jason, so glad you had a good visit home. :D
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Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 12:28:44 PM
~~~ Best Health Vibes for DR TD!! ~~~
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Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 12:36:16 PM
As for the Topic of the Day:  I hate to admit it, but the only book that I can remember reading this year was BK's "Rewind."  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I really don't think that I actually read any other book this year. :-\
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jason on December 28, 2005, 12:45:03 PM
DR TD: Feel better!!!

TOD: I don't think I really read a whole heck of a lot this year - I haven't had time!

I do remember reading:

Augustin Burroughs, "Dry"
Alice Walker, "The Color Purple"
"Death's Acres"

...and sadly, I think that's it. I really should make more time for it, but I just can't find the hours in the day.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 12:46:26 PM
TPunk is Marshall Field’s name changing to Macy’s?  Originally they were thinking of leaving the name alone.

Welcome home Jason.


DR Jane, I don't know if you are aware of this or not, but Strawbridges will also soon be gone.  Some will become Macys, a few others will become Lord & Taylors and others, like the long standing store at the Cherry Hill Mall in NJ will just be sold off.  I find it very sad, even though Strawbridges hasn't been the same since the Strawbridge and Clothier families sold out the business ten years or so ago.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 01:12:22 PM
Good afternoon!

Our cloudless blue skies clouded up to bursting resulting in a nice steady downpour and thunder for about an hour or more. I guess we need the rain, so I won't complain. Thankfully, I got in from lunch and shopping before the rain storm began.
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Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 01:19:26 PM
DR Jason - I'll bet it's pretty quiet in your workplace this week, too.  Do you need some mint M & M's?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 01:21:17 PM
I spent the remainder of the afternoon with THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY.

This has to be one of the premiere DVD transfers in the history of Fox Video. I have never ever seen Deluxe Color look so rich and deep: not in CLEOPATRA, not in HELLO DOLLY, not in THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, not in STAR! It simply dumbfounded me; looked more like three strip Technicolor than any other film I can ever remember seeing on DVD.

The Dolby Digital 5.0 sound was adequate, no more.

But this is what Todd-AO is supposed to look like making that abominable Todd-AO OKLAHOMA! all the more obscene. The travelogue/mini biography of Michaelangelo that begins the film was so sharp and clear that one could make out textures in the marble of his statues, see pits and differences in the color of the marble in such depth as to be awe-inspiring.

I wish the film had a better script, of course, but as for a DVD of the film as presented, this just couldn't be bettered.

And this was a budget Fox release!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 01:24:18 PM
So, I'm thinking tonight I'll be watching some CSI: NY on DVD along with a few episodes of FRIENDS from the last season. I'm still on Disc 3 of that set.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 01:40:21 PM
DR Jane, I don't know if you are aware of this or not, but Strawbridges will also soon be gone.  Some will become Macys, a few others will become Lord & Taylors and others, like the long standing store at the Cherry Hill Mall in NJ will just be sold off.  I find it very sad, even though Strawbridges hasn't been the same since the Strawbridge and Clothier families sold out the business ten years or so ago.

Sad.  Keith's mother will miss her May Company (I should say Robinsons May-boy did they ruin Robinsons, which is gone now or will be soon >:( ).  I'm hoping Macy's will be an improvement over our Meir and Frank, but it is still sad to see the name go.  The big Meir and Frank in Portland is in a wonderful old building and it will seem strange to see the Macy name up there. :(
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jason on December 28, 2005, 01:45:15 PM
DR Ginny: I could use the mint M&Ms anytime, but not because work is slow! ;)

Actually, things have been ridiculously busy for the last three or four weeks. This is usually the very slow period for us, and then things pick up again in late January. I dunno...I had nearly 100 new emails in my inbox this morning and a stack of letters and faxes to go through. Somehow, I'm all caught up now, though...
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 01:50:08 PM
DAVID COPPERFIEL
PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL
HAMLET’S DRESSER
YEAR OF WONDERS
PEACE LIKE A RIVER
ON FALCON WINGS

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 01:55:38 PM
Have any DRs read Gregory McGuire's sequel to "Wicked" yet?
Is it "Son of A Witch" or some such title.

Comments would be appreciated.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 02:03:16 PM
Have any DRs read Gregory McGuire's sequel to "Wicked" yet?
Is it "Son of A Witch" or some such title.

Comments would be appreciated.

That is the correct title, but I haven't read it yet. I'll get a used copy at some point in 2006 and read it. The reviews have been very mixed.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 02:14:58 PM
Thank you DR Matt.

Welcome back DR Jed.

Best wishes for a speedy and painless recovery to Mr Dale.

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jed on December 28, 2005, 02:22:02 PM
Haven't posted since the weekend, so I guess it's about time I do.  As DG Ann reported, our Christmas was a wonderful time, bouncing back and forth between our families' homes in Ellensburg (all of one block apart!).  The gifts were plentiful, including a number of lovely shirts, tickets to the concert/show/whatever of my choice, tickets to a Seahawks game of my choice next season, and a pulsating massage gizmo which feels simply faboo on the back and neck.  

Currently, I'm using my Christmas present to myself, a new computer.  My old one was just too old and slow, didn't want to connect to the internet, was outdated in every way... basically, its day had come.  This is the first truly new computer I've ever had, having bought my previous ones used from friends.  It's a very basic little Gateway eMachine, but a big improvement for me in terms of speed, storage, and everything else.  And with rebates and post-holiday discounts, it was simply too good a deal for me to resist!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 02:27:01 PM
Health Vibes to d, d, drTD.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 02:28:08 PM
I'm up, I'm up.  Great and needed sleep I had.  What am I, Yoda all of a sudden?

Only Matt Ashford has a standby, and his standby is also standing by for Fonzie in Happy Days at the nearby Falcon Theater.
.

And what happened if the standby is required at both shows on the same night??
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 02:41:03 PM
Have any DRs read Gregory McGuire's sequel to "Wicked" yet?
Is it "Son of A Witch" or some such title.

Comments would be appreciated.

I bought "Son of a Witch" and "Wicked" a few weeks ago.  I have yet to open either book. ::)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ann on December 28, 2005, 02:54:17 PM
I would love some mint M&M's right now.  Not that my work day is going particularly slow...they just sound good :)

Gotta love how rumors fly around workplaces.  I had heard that this daycare is so far in debt that they had to get rid of four people just to stay afloat.  Now those four people are gone, but there is some idea around that even with them gone, we might be closed within the next six months to a year.  Yee haw.  
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 03:10:50 PM
I suppose one of us will have to cancel.  We're thinking that Happy Days won't be needing his services that early on.  If our other two actors should miss, however, we cancel.

I wanted understudies for everyone, but I was fought on the issue and by the time everyone realized I was basically correct, it was too late to try to find people.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 28, 2005, 03:26:53 PM
I would love some mint M&M's right now.  Not that my work day is going particularly slow...they just sound good :)

Gotta love how rumors fly around workplaces.  I had heard that this daycare is so far in debt that they had to get rid of four people just to stay afloat.  Now those four people are gone, but there is some idea around that even with them gone, we might be closed within the next six months to a year.  Yee haw.  

I see a job search in your future! :-*
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Danise on December 28, 2005, 03:38:48 PM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]~ ~ ~ ~ ~  HEALTH VIBES FOR DR TD  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~[/move]

Wow, I never even heard of cellulitus.  Sounds seriously painful.  Take care, TD.

Hi all.  I'm glad I'm not the only one who never heard of cellulitus.  

Very good health vibes to you DR TD!

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[/move]
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Danise on December 28, 2005, 03:45:11 PM
DR Jason, I'm glad you had a good time and are home safe and sound.  

DR Ginny, I like the picture as well.  

Never heard of "Son Of A Witch".  

I do lots of book reading in a year.  I also enjoyed "ReRun".  But mostly for me, it's SF and Fantasy books.  

Lord, I'm tired tonight.  That first day back at work after having such a nice, long weekend is a killer!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Danise on December 28, 2005, 03:49:03 PM
Hi all
Sam and I are having lots of fun. Yesterday she arrived in the early afternoon and hadn't eaten. She's not into anything too exotic so we had Burgers at Red Robin and did the shopping she had on her "must do" list (Best Buy and purse shopping) We both found fun purses and she bought us matching cubic zirconia rings.  As she says "It's better than glass because it has a name"  
After a short break at home, we went to see The Family Stone, which we both enjoyed.

Then it was home for a game of Clue before we hit the hay.  She needs to get lots of sleep or she has problems, so she's still sleeping right now. When she gets up we're off to coffee. Then we'll hit a few really funky shops that I know she'll love and this afternoon it's ice skating.

Oh! she just woke up....better go.

Has she ever been ice skating before?  I'm sure that unless your used to it, you both will be hurting in places you didn't know you had on the morrow.    ;) :D  I know I sure DID!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 04:05:11 PM
Last year the jernt was jumpin'.  This year, it's moribund.  What gives?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 04:05:47 PM
I mean, it's not like it's Christmas Day or anything.  
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 04:22:19 PM
All this talk of mint M&Ms has reminded me of my new favorite candy--Cherry Cordial Hershey Kisses.  One night while wrapping gifts, I found myself going through half a bag.  Unfortunately, they're seasonal and they already disappeared from the shelves at Target in the middle of the month.  I was able to find only four more bags at K-Mart, so I'm going to have to eke these out to last a while.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 04:25:04 PM
The local Dairy Queen had a special Blizzard of the month, "Mint Chip Blizzard," which was a mint-flavored Blizzard with M&Ms.  Quite tasty, especially with extra M&Ms. ;D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: TCB on December 28, 2005, 04:28:14 PM
You've been hanging around DR TCB WAY too much!


Actually, I was hoping that JOEY was a top.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 04:29:01 PM
Actually, I was hoping that JOEY was a top.

I always assumed that. ;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 04:30:23 PM
Last year the jernt was jumpin'.  This year, it's moribund.  What gives?

I mean, it's not like it's Christmas Day or anything.

Well, in addition to my posts above, here's another contribution:  I'm leaving work. :)

I'm not taking any whole vacation days, just a few hours here and there.  So, I'm leaving now which is 2.5 hours less than usual.  I won't try and make it up before the end of the week...mainly because I'm house-sitting.  Fortunately, it ends next Monday, so that night I'll be able to post to my heart's content...if I have anything to say, that is. ;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 04:32:27 PM
Actually, I was hoping that JOEY was a top.

Does that mean he's also the Coliseum?

That's what you're all talking about, right?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: TCB on December 28, 2005, 04:52:43 PM
Does that mean he's also the Coliseum?

That's what you're all talking about, right?


Yeah!  That's it, Dan!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: TCB on December 28, 2005, 04:59:05 PM
Mr. Pogue, congratulations on your new home!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 05:01:34 PM
Last hour of my work day alone in telephone reference -now if the phones stay quiet...
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 28, 2005, 05:09:01 PM
So that's that!

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 28, 2005, 05:10:35 PM
Good vibes to DR td - painful......

Mike Lane....I am still trying to find Johnny Duncan who played Robin in the Batman serial.  Word is he is in Kansas City where he was born back in 1923.

Oh well!

I have to work tomorrow 10 am to 7 pm, so I don't know if I will be around much.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jason on December 28, 2005, 05:12:54 PM
Just back from checking in on DRs TPunk & Rodzinski's adorable kitties, Killbot and Walty. Water was changed, litter boxes scooped and food was poured (and quickly eaten) and there was lots of purring and nuzzling - and the cats were happy I was there, too. ;)

They're beautiful cats and I'm totally going to steal them while their humans are away... :D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 05:19:59 PM
Just back from checking in on DRs TPunk & Rodzinski's adorable kitties, Killbot and Walty. Water was changed, litter boxes scooped and food was poured (and quickly eaten) and there was lots of purring and nuzzling - and the cats were happy I was there, too. ;)

They're beautiful cats and I'm totally going to steal them while their humans are away... :D

So, DR Jason, now YOU'RE the HHW angel, paying the kindness forward!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Ginny on December 28, 2005, 05:35:30 PM
DR td - hope you're feeling better!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 05:37:04 PM
Good vibes to DR td - painful......

Mike Lane....I am still trying to find Johnny Duncan who played Robin in the Batman serial.  Word is he is in Kansas City where he was born back in 1923.


Seems to me that Johnny Duncan has been appearing at some of them there Western festivals that are held in your neck of the woods and are advertised in Classic Images.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: MBarnum on December 28, 2005, 05:39:31 PM
...in fact, here is Johnny's very own website!

http://www.originalrobin1949.com/ (http://www.originalrobin1949.com/)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 05:44:07 PM
I mean, it's not like it's Christmas Day or anything.  

It is the third day of chunkah and four more to go. Maybe that's it.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 05:54:33 PM
From a recent interview with Karen Morrow talking about her flop musicals she appeared in. This should be of interest to people here.

A Joyful Noise (12p): "They hired me to play Mary Texas, a character like [saloon owner] Texas Guinan. We closed on Christmas Eve, and when we left the Hellinger, we found that there was a terrible blizzard. All we needed was a little match girl in the corner! I did make some friends from the show, like Michael Bennett. When he was doing Ballroom, he asked if I'd stand by for Dorothy Loudon, but I just didn't want to do that. Funny, though, I later did three songs cut from Ballroom on a Lost in Boston album
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Michael on December 28, 2005, 05:55:14 PM
One more.

I got a good laugh from this one.

The Selling of the President (5p): "Jack O'Brien [who wrote the book and lyrics, and later went on to be a Tony Award-winning director] saw me in The Grass Harp and decided that I was the type of personality he wanted. When I auditioned, it came out of my mouth so easily and fast. We took a Christmas break, and when we came back, it was a different script. I was dreadful. The conceit was that none of the main characters would sing; all the singing would be done as the commercials for the candidate, sung by a very talented chorus: Nell Carter, Pam Myers, and Don Johnson's partner on Miami Vice [Philip Michael Thomas]. So I didn't sing. Opening night, when I came out for a curtain call in my Halston outfit, a couple of guys in the fifth row center said, 'You shoulda sung, honey

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 06:37:01 PM
All this talk of mint M&Ms has reminded me of my new favorite candy--Cherry Cordial Hershey Kisses.  One night while wrapping gifts, I found myself going through half a bag.  Unfortunately, they're seasonal and they already disappeared from the shelves at Target in the middle of the month.  I was able to find only four more bags at K-Mart, so I'm going to have to eke these out to last a while.

I see them for sale on eBay.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 06:54:38 PM
It is the third day of chunkah and four more to go. Maybe that's it.

Well maybe it's the 3rd day of Chunkah (is that a holiday for overeaters?--in which case I'm pre-qualified  ;)), but it's the 4th night of Channukah.  I know because we just lit many menorah (menorim?--Hebrew plurals are so confusing).
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 06:55:46 PM
In fact, I think we have solved the "what to wish people?" conundrum in our typically creative HHW way.  So may I be the first to wish everyone

[size=8][move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]A HAPPY CHUNKAH!!![/move][/size]
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 06:59:25 PM
Wow--you try to spread a little Chunkah cheer, and the whole place empties out.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 07:04:56 PM
I'm here and not too sure about Chunkah ;D

We also lit four nights of candles. :)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 07:13:30 PM
I browsed the Washington Post list of best books for 2005 and found I haven’t read a single one.   I think I will try and find a list for best paperbacks of 2005.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/01/AR2005120100912.html
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Jane on December 28, 2005, 07:16:43 PM

I just noticed the time-must go.

'night
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 07:25:43 PM
Has she ever been ice skating before?  I'm sure that unless your used to it, you both will be hurting in places you didn't know you had on the morrow.    ;) :D  I know I sure DID!

No she hadn't but I have.  It was actually pretty funny, we got there, the skates were extremely uncomfortable, we skated for about 15 or 20 minutes (neither of us fell down) and then we looked at each other, laughed and both knew we were done and it was time to go to the mall.  Of course the story for the family is we skated for at least an hour, but we both knew if we stayed there any longer it would soon become a painful endeavor and no fun at all.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 07:29:22 PM
Very odd.. I've been away from the Computer (and the house) for over 4 hours and not much has happened!).  It over 90 degrees F here today.. Over 100 tomorrow.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 07:30:19 PM
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa DtM.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 07:32:58 PM
Tomovoz, do you mean I'm beguiling and mysterious or glazing and cracked?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 07:33:51 PM
I have had a most wonderful visit with my Niece.  We have played, shopped, watched movies, eaten and had as much fun as you can pack into 2 days without getting stressed out. She was tired tonight, so we stayed home. I made her dinner and we rented a couple movies. She crashed early, but that's a good thing, she really needs to get some rest.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 07:35:48 PM
My mother gave me a number of old cameras over the holidays including a Realist Stereo Camera. Does anyone know much about them?  I've found a lot on the internet, but would like to discuss it with someone who may have used one. They take the 3-D slides.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 07:36:17 PM
It is really quiet here tonight.  
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 07:38:45 PM
PAGE FIVE SMILE:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/WandaDuck/mouth.jpg)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 07:42:53 PM
Tomovoz, do you mean I'm beguiling and mysterious or glazing and cracked?
You choose.
Maybe just Leonardo in drag.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 07:45:48 PM
I'm at my house after going to Costco.  I bought new genuine sheepskin car seat covers, a treehouse/scratch post for my cat and a couple of other things...I have officially spent all of my Christmas money. ;)

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 07:46:38 PM
Right now, I'm listening to our very own DR Ben on "Showtime (http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/shows/showtime.shtml)" on BBC's radiowales!!  Today is the first day of the broadcast.  It'll be available for a week.  Everyone should (if you can) try to listen to it.  I'm also recording it for Ben, so if you want a CD copy, let me know.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 08:11:40 PM
AAARRRGGGHHH!!!  About five minutes before the end of the radio broadcast (and it was a shorter episode, which made me wonder why), Beverley Humphries (the host) announces that those who are listening on FM have to change channels because sports is coming on...and then sports comes on the Internet broadcast!  They don't broadcast the rest of the show with Ben!  DAMN THEM!!! :'(

Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 08:12:07 PM
One of the things that Beverley does that I thought was a bit rude was talk about Chita Rivera and the incredible splash that she made in her London performance of West Side Story singing "America," but then Beverley plays the movie soundtrack, sung Rita Moreno! :o
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JMK on December 28, 2005, 08:17:07 PM
Yes, but remember that Chita Rivera *did* win the Annual Rita Moreno Award by mistake one year (obscure SNL News story reference).
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 08:18:06 PM
I am Chita, I am not Rita,
Rita is Rita and not Chita...



;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:18:16 PM
I enjoyed the book WICKED (this was before I saw the musical version in NYC), but it did leave me somewhat depressed and out of sorts and just slightly unsatisfied. Say what you will about the book of the Broadway musical, for me it was an improvement on the novel in terms of plot and coming full circle with THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:23:39 PM
I had a very entertaining evening of DVD watching.

I started with the third disc of FRIENDS which contains all of the final episodes of their last season. Even having seen them several times, I was blubbering like a baby through the final two shows. Pathetic, I know, but it's the truth.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 28, 2005, 08:25:10 PM
I enjoyed the book WICKED (this was before I saw the musical version in NYC), but it did leave me somewhat depressed and out of sorts and just slightly unsatisfied. Say what you will about the book of the Broadway musical, for me it was an improvement on the novel in terms of plot and coming full circle with THE WIZARD OF OZ.

I found WICKED the book very dark, but I did enjoy it and thought about it long after I finished reading it. I thought the musical was much lighter and much more suited to theatre. In some ways it was more satisfying to me, but the novel had much more depth to it.   I have Son of a Witch but haven't started it yet.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: FJL on December 28, 2005, 08:26:05 PM
Has it been pointed out on here that CHITA RIVERA:  THE DANCER'S LIFE opened on Rita Moreno's birthday (December 11)?
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:27:37 PM
Next up was SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON, the second of the Universal series of Holmes mysteries.

This film was one of the four movies in the series which were in the public domain, and thus this movie was readily available for viewing albeit in hideous third or fourth generation dubs that robbed the film of any richness or depth. How grand to see it looking so beautiful once again! Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:30:49 PM
I finished the evening with another CSI: NY episode from the first season boxed set. A very disturbing episode involving two graphic cases - one a multiple homicide at a diner and the other involving the death of a man whose leg had been amputated under unusual circumstances.

Not the stuff of sweet dreams.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 08:33:52 PM
Since I had an experience with a roadshow movie today with THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, I think I'll save DR. ZHIVAGO for this weekend, perhaps Saturday. I'll look for something a little lighter tomorrow, perhaps a musical, a Disney animated feature, or both!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: FJL on December 28, 2005, 08:35:19 PM
Saw the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR tonight, and must say I was impressed at how effective the whole shebang is.  Really kept me in a holiday frame of mind.  

By the third Rockettes routine, I thought I might have grown weary of them, but it may have just been that dance routine, because they won me back completely with their next segment.   But there's also more sexual innuendo in the show than I remembered from the last time I saw it; I assume all of that went over the heads of the youngsters in the audience, though.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 08:44:05 PM
I'm at my house after going to Costco.  I bought new genuine sheepskin car seat covers, a treehouse/scratch post for my cat and a couple of other things...I have officially spent all of my Christmas money. ;)


Mmmmm...DR George, I think I wouldn't ever get out of my car if it had sheepskin seat covers.

My mom got my sisters Ugg boots with sheepskin linings for Christmas, and they both have since said that they've worn them just about 24/7.  I was tempted to get myself a pair of them myself, but I don't think that style would fly on a guy outside of Aspen.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: TCB on December 28, 2005, 08:47:25 PM
Oh my Gosh!  By accident, I just flipped onto a sitcom called FREDDIE starring Freddie Prinze.  Good grief, what has happened to Brian Austin Green???  He has to be the gayest man on televsion. He should try for a role on WILL & GRACE.

(Oh, by the way, FREDDIE is terrible.)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 08:49:28 PM
Good Evening!

On the way into understudy rehearsal, I made a stop at Border's to pick up a calendar - since they're already 1/2 price - and to get a book for my brother, Jay - it's his birthday on January 1.  And since I had a "Buy 1, Get 1 50%" coupon...  Well, I actually had TWO of them...

:)

I was a little antsy about using both coupons at the same time and at the same store, and had pondered heading to another Border's after leaving the one I was in.  Well...

I found a copy of "A Million Little Pieces" for my brother - he had mentioned wanting a copy - and since it was not on sale, I could use the coupon.  Well, then I had to find another book.  I had a couple of possibilities in my hand, then happened to come across the new-ish paperback edition of Ted Chapin's "Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies" - which I hadn't picked up yet (surprisingly so).  So...  I headed to register, books and coupon in hand, and made my purchase.

-OH!  I wanted to get a calendar!  So...

I had had my eyes on one of those arty ones printed in Italy.  This one featured classic chocolate ads.  Well, I found a copy still sitting on the shelves.  Yeah!  But... Then I spotted another one by the same company with classic New York City travel posters.  Yeah!  But...  So... Since they were 1/2-off, I decided to buy both of them.

;)

But I still had a another coupon to use up...

After a minute or so of hemming-and-hawing, I decided just to stay put at the Border's...  And I also noticed that a couple of the people at the cash registers had changed - I think everyone was getting back/going to lunch.... So... I headed upstairs to the CDs and DVDs, and picked up both volumes of "Sondheim Sings" - which, again, surprisingly so, I didn't have yet.

And then it was back to cash registers again with the calendars and CDs in hand... OH, and the coupon!

:)

...And like DR George, I have officially spent all of my Christmas money.

;D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 08:53:50 PM
Then came the understudy/brush-up rehearsal which very well (again).

And since we don't have another u/s rehearsal tomorrow... I have a totally free day...

:)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 08:59:38 PM
...And we had a good show tonight too.  My friend, Mike, came up from Richmond, and I was able to snag him a comp - we're sold out this week - and he had a great time.

And then...

We're still in the midst of our "Caroling for Charities" collection campaign for BC/EFA and Food & Friends.  We've been "selling" autographed show posters for $40 a pop.  Well...

Apparently, last night, Mr. Richard Adler came to see the show!  -Things that fall under "See what you miss when you leave the pit right after the show?".... And also, "Richard Adler is still alive??!?!?"  In any case...

Mr. Adler signed a couple of posters, and they offered some of them tonight for an extra donation...  And since I had yet to make my annual Christmas donation to BC/EFA...

I will definitely getting this one framed.  *And I will not be putting it up on e-Bay as some people have suggested.  ;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 08:59:40 PM
Mmmmm...DR George, I think I wouldn't ever get out of my car if it had sheepskin seat covers.

My mom got my sisters Ugg boots with sheepskin linings for Christmas, and they both have since said that they've worn them just about 24/7.  I was tempted to get myself a pair of them myself, but I don't think that style would fly on a guy outside of Apsen.

When I originally got the seat cover (a birthday present from my parents quite a few years ago) and put it in my car, a friend said that he wanted to get one and make himself a sheepskin-lined jock strap out of it!! :o As far as I know, he never did. ;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:01:08 PM
When I originally got the seat cover (a birthday present from my parents quite a few years ago) and put it in my car, a friend said that he wanted to get one and make himself a sheepskin-lined jock strap out of it!! :o As far as I know, he never did. ;)

Well... there's always lambskin...

:o
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:01:58 PM
DR td - FEEL BETTER AND SPEEDY RECOVERY VIBES!!![/size]
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:05:51 PM
Oh my Gosh!  By accident, I just flipped onto a sitcom called FREDDIE starring Freddie Prinze.  Good grief, what has happened to Brian Austin Green???  He has to be the gayest man on televsion. He should try for a role on WILL & GRACE.

(Oh, by the way, FREDDIE is terrible.)
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It IS a terrible show in every respect.

And the irony is that Brian Greene is playing a RAGING heterosexual, a womanizer without another thought in his head except how to get the NEXT woman he sees in his bed.

I gave this show two chances and have never (and will never) revisit it.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:06:28 PM
I only glanced at that-very funny :)

It's actually very funny - and educational - book.  -I gave copies of it to the writers of Triangle, the show I MD'ed up at Williamstown this past summer.

In fact... They just started rehearsals for Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing at Arena Stage.  -And there's lots of Yiddish in the play.  I was talking with literary intern, and mentioned "Yiddish With Dick And Jane", and I dropped off a copy for him a few days later.  Well...  It's become sort of required reading for the cast of A&S.

Learning is fun!

:)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:06:51 PM
I must be heading downstairs to bed now.

Good night, everyone!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:07:12 PM
DR Jason - Welcome Home!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:08:01 PM
DR Ginny - Nice Art!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:08:43 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Safe Travel Vibes!

*And remember to stretch before and after your sprint through the Cincinatti airport.

;)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:10:07 PM
Page Six Lucy and Ricky hair growing Dance!!!


Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Matt H. on December 28, 2005, 09:10:53 PM
Let's try that again now - - - -

Good night, all!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:10:53 PM
OH!...

And the cool thing about Border's was when I checked out, there were additional coupons printed out with the receipt.  One for 30% off a regular-priced book, and one for 30% off a regular-priced CD.  -They're only valid January 5-8.  Well... Since I made two trips to the registers, I have two of each coupon.  So...  Time to start making a list.

:)
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 09:32:27 PM
In all my Christmas shopping, I only hit Barnes & Nobel once to pick up a book and gift certificate for my brother-in-law and I didn't have much time to browse for myself.  I think that will be on tomorrow's agenda.

I think that this was the first Christmas in a long time that I did not ask for nor received any theatre related books.   Three books I did get were all comic strip related:  The Complete Calvin & Hobbes (a birthday gift, actually), the second Peanuts collection, and the first Dennis the Menace collection.  I've been dipping into each and love them all.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on December 28, 2005, 09:35:52 PM
Grrrr--I was listening to DR Ben on that Welsh BBC radio show when all of a sudden the connection dropped and I can not re-establish it.  I guess they are being overwhelmed by all of us HHW'ers trying to connect to it.  I'll try again tomorrow.

And thanks for the link, DR George.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 09:41:05 PM
My pleasure, Dan. ;D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:49:36 PM
...And in just four weeks from today - or five depending how you count the weeks - I'll be boarding a plane to San Francisco, seeing LESTAT, and then getting back on a plane to DC!

;D
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 28, 2005, 09:50:08 PM
...And in about five hours, I will be driving my brother, Jay, to the airport for his flight back to San Diego.  So...

Goodnight.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: George on December 28, 2005, 09:53:16 PM
And in about five minutes, I'll be leaving my house to go to the house that I'm house-sitting.  Goodnight, all!
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 10:26:50 PM
Ten-thirty and I'm the only one in the jernt.  I think you can see the problem.

Good working rehearsal, just stopping and starting as we went through act two.  It's getting better.  We're having some issues about the video shoot Friday night - my set designer, despite having known about this shoot for weeks, says it won't be ready on Friday night and that we should shoot on a real location.  I said that will not be happening and that he'll just have to do what he has to do to BE ready.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 11:24:03 PM
I'm listening to the soundtrack from "Finding Neverland"  Beautiful. I also play the soundtracks from "Motorcycle Diaries" and "The Chorus" quite often.  Last year was a good year.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: bk on December 28, 2005, 11:37:00 PM
Perhaps that will be the topic for tomorrow - favorite CDs of the year.
Title: Re:MERE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 28, 2005, 11:38:34 PM
At least I could make a top 10 for a change with CDs.
(I think!)