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Title: FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 12:05:44 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you were firmly ensconced in the notes, and now it is time for you to post until the firmly ensconced cows come home.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 12:08:01 AM
And the word of the day is: QUIDNUNC!

Smoke on your pipe and put THAT in.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Tomovoz on January 02, 2006, 12:45:39 AM
Mrs Lovett's Pie Shop serves Eyetalian dishes. The shop is in Fleet Street.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Tomovoz on January 02, 2006, 12:48:52 AM
My favourite italian dish is Gnocchi with twice-cooked  Lamb Shanks. It is a favourite dish at  Italian restaurant in Russell Street Melbourne, OZ.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:18:25 AM
I don't know from quidnunc.....I must use the dictionary.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:18:51 AM
Sympathy and good thoughts to DRJANE on the passing of her cousin. :(
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:21:25 AM
Of course I was right, MRBK.  Do not doubt.

BENJAMIN KRITZER would be a wonderful movie....all of the books would!

Hmmmm....EYETALIAN is my favorite kind of food, but it isn't in my vocabulary right now.  However, I can still have favorites, and they are:

Spaghetti & Meatballs with pork chops on the side.

Chicken al fredo.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Pasta and shrimp with a chicken breast on the side (hold the Fletcher)

Gelato!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:21:41 AM
We are supposed to have STRONG thunderstorms today!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:22:36 AM
Kong is headed for the Empire State Building.  That is all.

DRCILLALIZ did you see the beast yesterday?

Thanks for the LESTAT info, DRJOSE - the shirt, and the actor, and the set are ALL very intriguing.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: elmore3003 on January 02, 2006, 05:03:42 AM
Good morning, all!  Celesta just became my favorite Italian restaurant, and I look forward to more of their menu.  I'm not certain I have a favorite Italian dish, but I do love a lot of the pasta dishes, particularly ravioli, lasagna, and tortellini.

Today, I have to wrap the last of the gifts to distribute.  I'm seeing KING KONG this morning at 10:30, and I hope to see the Family Raines today; they should be home from their South African safari by now.

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: S. Woody White on January 02, 2006, 05:35:18 AM
And the word of the day is: QUIDNUNC!

Smoke on your pipe and put THAT in.
If you'll forgive my butting in, that's CNUNDIUQ backwards.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: S. Woody White on January 02, 2006, 05:38:16 AM
Pasta and shrimp with a chicken breast on the side (hold the Fletcher)
Equal parts ;D and  >:( (still)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: S. Woody White on January 02, 2006, 05:51:52 AM
And DR Jose is feeling his way around the pit...

 :o

 ::)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: elmore3003 on January 02, 2006, 06:02:58 AM
And DR Jose is feeling his way around the pit...

 :o

 ::)

Aha!  The old Helen Keller trick.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 06:36:36 AM
DR Jane, I'm very sorry about your cousin.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 06:38:18 AM
Btw, while checking out the WB schedule for this week. I noticed that every night (at 9pm i think) they are replaying the episodes from last year's BEAUTY AND THE GEEK.  I don't think this will be everybody's cup of tea.  But it was quite funny.  The premise has geeks paired up with beauties.  And they are each tested on things that they don't know about (beauties were tested in academics, geeks on social stuff).  There is one particular guy, Richard who is a hoot.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 06:39:08 AM
Oh and who knew the Rose parade was on  today.

I know they didn't want to interfere with the NFL. But I thought it was always on the 1st! (only on nbc and abc this year).
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 06:51:12 AM
Last night, DR George wrote: "Since it'll be on Fridays, I can watch it right after "Ghost Whisperer," but it'll be on at the same time as "Book of Daniel," which I also want to watch. "

They will only be opposite each other this week, DR George. DANIEL has a two hour premiere so it's starting at 9. Its regular timeslot will be Fridays at 10 p.m.

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 07:27:23 AM
Good morning!

Rainy and overcast here this morning, and thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon. It's going to be unseasonably warm, however, - 61 today and tomorrow. So, if we've got to have rain, at least it's now raw and bitter cold outside.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 07:29:49 AM
Since football bowl games are going to be playing during much of the day and evening, I will be DVDing it for a good portion of the day. I want to finish the one more CSI: NY episode on the disc already in the player, and then will put in something like ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, I think.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 07:32:19 AM
NBC does have a slate of new episodes scheduled for tonight, so MEDIUM will be watched for sure, and I'm certain I'll DVR CSI: MIAMI since it's so much fun to watch in high definition.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 07:35:34 AM
And I will be having lunch with a friend this afternoon, so that will break some monotony of a day devoid of mail, packages, etc. And we have ANOTHER holiday in a couple of weeks! Isn't Martin Luthur King day also a federal holiday with no mail delivery?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 07:52:57 AM
TOD:

Ralph's is Philly's best Eyetalian restaurant.  They do things with veal that cannot be believed!  My favorite dish is veal rolled up with mozzarella and prosciutto and covered with a white wine sauce.  I'm drooling here thinking about it.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 07:57:43 AM
I really do love Italian food, but my favorite Italian restaurant here closed some years ago (can't even remember its name now), and now I rarely have it. My favorite dish has always been lasagna. My former partner prepared the best I have ever eaten, and he took the recipe with him. :(
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 08:07:04 AM
BK, I watched MAN IN THE SHADOW when it played last and I very much enjoyed it! As for ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, haven't seen it, but I do enjoy Charles McGraw.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 08:08:06 AM
The Italian place I went to with Laurie Mitchell and family in Toluca Lake is my favorite Italian restaurant. I don't recall the name, but boy was that food good!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:20:30 AM
I would like to stay indoors all day today and prepare myself for going to the office for the first time in over two weeks, but I have to go back to Circuit City to make one more return.  And thus prefaces my Rant of the Day:

On Christmas Day, a few gifts to me and my nephew (DVDs from my mom) were duplicated by other givers.  I took it upon myself to return the extra copies.  Well, after standing in a long, slow moving line at Best Buy, I was told that, even though I had a receipt, the South Park Season 6 DVD set could not be returned because it was not purchased there.  Evidently, Best Buy has its own propitiatory barcodes printed on its merchandise and they will not accept anything else in return, even though it is the same exact thing that is sitting on their shelves.  Well, I thought that since I had the other copy of South Park at home, that it wasn't worth making a fuss over and I left the store.

I then had to return a copy of SpongeBob SquarePants at Circuit City.  Another long, slow moving line--same deal.  I had brought back the copy that was not bought at the store and they refused to return it.  This time I tried arguing with the clerk but she wouldn't budge and started getting snippy.  I left the store fuming, because this time I had to call my sister and tell her to not let my nephew open and play the SpongeBob set until New Years Day when we would be able to exchange copies.  And so I return there today to finally get rid of it.

What gets me in the damn inconvenience of it all!  They can claim that having their own barcodes aids in managing their inventory, but what ti is essentially is setting up another roadblock in customers making a return.  

End of rant.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:27:17 AM
I can understand your frustration, DR Dan, but I suspect these staores have instituted this policy because there are some DVD sets now (not yours particularly) which have proproetary extras exclusive to one store or another, and it's just too much hassle dealing with it all.

Sorry this happened, however.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:28:27 AM
Off to gets showered and dressed for my lunch outing.

WBBL.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:30:52 AM
Last night I viewed Surrender, Dorothy, a made for TV movie starring Miss Diane Keaton.  The teleplay and direction were all over the place, and I found it, along with Keaton's performance, at times frustratingly cutesy and self-precious and at other times deeply moving and surprising.  In any event, it was way beyond the normal CBS Sunday night movie fare and that most probably had to do with Keaton being one of the producers.  It's the kind of thing that the networks don't do at all anymore.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 08:41:28 AM
I'm up, I'm up, but may go back to sleep.  It is pouring rain here, and the winds are gusting, oh, yes, the winds are gusting.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:43:55 AM
I am going to start to work on a new teleplay for next Christmas, entitled The Christmas Brassier.  It's the story of a man whose dislike of the Christmas holiday stems from the year he was traumatized by seeing his mother dancing for Santa while wearing a red sequinned bra with white fur trim.  The man meets and falls in love with a Victoria Secrets model (who either has a long held secret or carries a heavy burden--I haven't decided yet),  with whom he rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas and novelty lingerie.  This may not be Hallmark Hall of Fame type of programming, so I'm thinking maybe taking this one to either HBO or Cinemax.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:48:22 AM
What's up with the weather?  Seems like it's raining and storming everywhere there are HHW'ers.  Woke up to brilliant sunshine, but the gray skies are rolling in here, too.  Heavy showers and winds are expected all day and into tomorrow.  Good day to just lay on the sofa and watch a movie or two.  

Once I get back from Circuit City, that is.  Grrrrrrr...
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: FJL on January 02, 2006, 08:49:40 AM
Dan - Sounds good.  Why not call it THE SECRET OF SANTA'S VICTORIA?  :)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 08:51:12 AM
Monday greetings!  Yikes, bk, it sure is raining out there, which we can see on the HGTV commercial-free broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

DH Richard and I are the meat in the "generation sandwich" today.  He and I are going soon to transport his mother from the hospital to the health-care center at her retirement community.  Her doctors are pleased with her recovery, but agree that she is not ready to go back to her independent living apartment right away.

After we get her settled, we'll load up the car and take DS Rob back to the University of Cincinnati for the second quarter of his sophomore year.  During this term, he will make arrangements for his first co-op experience which will take place in the spring and summer quarters.  He's looking at a government contractor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 08:53:10 AM
DR Jane - I was sorry to read this morning about the loss of your cousin.  Sympathies to your family.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 08:55:10 AM
This is akin to last year's major rainfall.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 09:02:15 AM
Two weeks from this very moment, DH Richard and I will be on our way to NYC for our 25th anniversary vacation!  Dinner at Barrymore's that evening, anyone?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 09:03:40 AM
Oh!  Will Barrymore's still be open on Jan. 16?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 09:20:20 AM
Speaking of Barrymore's, is Sam's right next door closing, too?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 09:21:09 AM
It had rained this morning but stopped for awhile. Now, it's raining again, and pretty heavily, too.  :(
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: FJL on January 02, 2006, 09:23:30 AM
Ginny - I may have missed it.  Did you end up getting tickets for the Barbara Cook concert at the Met?  

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 09:31:47 AM
Off to my lunch date now.

WBBL.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 09:40:45 AM
Good Morning!  Good Afternoon!

Well... Since I just got out of bed about half and hour ago... And as DR Dan (the Man) mentioned, it is raining here (too)... I'm staying put in Fairfax today.  Richmond shall have to wait until next "weekend".

-And as it turns out, a couple of friends from Richmond are coming up today for some shopping (IKEA), so I might be getting together with them later.

And now that I've had my oatmeal and blueberries with a dash of cinnamon... and a pat of butter... :)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 09:47:34 AM
As for the Topic of the Day...

Restaurants: Becco, Pietrasanta - Basically anything on their menus.  I'm partial to the gnocchi at Pietrasanta, and the Osso Bucco at Becco.

Chain restaurant-wise, I do like The Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill.  Strangely enough, in all my travels, I have yet to give Carraba's or Buca di Beppo a try.   -Do I sense another New Year's Resolution forming?

;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 09:48:42 AM
Two weeks from this very moment, DH Richard and I will be on our way to NYC for our 25th anniversary vacation!  Dinner at Barrymore's that evening, anyone?

OH!  And I guess I will be up in New York City that day/night too!  Count me in!

:)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matthew on January 02, 2006, 10:21:15 AM
Add House of Pies to one of the few BK haunts I've visited in these rainy days in LA.  The Chocolate Banana creme pie is fabulous!!

BK - I didn't arrange a west coast get together because I'm traveling with 3 others who don't post here on HHW, one of which has probably never even heard of the esteemed bk.  Anyhow, perhaps next time.  I do like this area and re-location has always been a thought!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 10:25:48 AM
Macaroni Grill! Thanks DR Jose, that is the name of the restaurant we ate at yesterday. I couldn't remember the name! It was very, very good!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:26:20 AM
Where in tarnation IS everyone.  Vacation is OVER, baby.  Time for the errant and truant to get their butt cheeks back here.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:45:26 AM
Still pouring and gusting here.

I did get back in bed about nine, and there I stayed until ten-twenty.  Frankly, I could just curl up there and stay all day, but I shan't.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:47:01 AM
Welcome seven GUESTS!  We're talkin' about Eyetalian food.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:47:29 AM
Jane was here, Jane is gone, with nary a post.

People come, people go, like Grand Hotel.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:47:32 AM
...Oh... And I did catch a bit of coverage of the Rose Parade in Pasadena... Gotta love Mother Nature.

;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:47:50 AM
Whatever shall I eat today, I wonder?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:51:16 AM
Whatever shall I eat today, I wonder?

Some Eyetalian food, of course!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 10:51:35 AM
Bruce, just trash the leftover fudge so you can begin eating healthy foods.  I donít mind. ;D

I thought Matt was at the Farmerís Market Du-París.

The Emy connection is great. :D
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:54:00 AM
There she is!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:54:45 AM
Trash the fudge?  Fudge isn't healthy?  There's only two pieces left - maybe I'll bring them to rehearsal and give others a treat.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 10:55:36 AM
What do you mean I left?  I have been here all along catching up.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 10:55:54 AM
Ginny I wish Richardís mother well at the health-care center & a speedy return to her own apartment.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 11:02:40 AM

I appreciate all the good thoughts, thank you FJL Cillaliz, Matt H. Penny, MBarnum, Jose, TCB, DtM, JRand, Jennifer and Ginny

We had planned to leave for LA on Wednesday, providing the pass to California wasnít closed due to snow.  What we never anticipated was 4-5 inches of rain in 24 hours and the damage all that rain caused.  So now the sun is finally shining and the pass is clear but we have to stay home and deal with the clean up.  Iím sorry I wonít be going to the funeral.

We live off a private road and the responsibility for repairs is left to the homeowners.  Today the road guy will be out to discuss our options.  Our neighbors above us canít drive home, otherwise the road is useable, for how long we donít know.

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 11:08:47 AM
From seven GUESTS to one GUEST in the flip of an eyelash.  Makes you wonder, don't it?

Looks like it's letting up just a bit here.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 11:09:04 AM
Perhaps I'll venture out while the venturing's good.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 11:14:11 AM
Well.. I think it's time to get out of this chair for a while...

Laters...
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: FJL on January 02, 2006, 11:31:14 AM
Favorite Italian restaurant will probably always be Tony's at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World - it's the Lady and the Tramp restaurant, and there's much controversy about the quality of its food, but I've loved it.  (Who knows?  Maybe it's not even there anymore.  We haven't been to the Magic Kingdom since 2000. But I thought it was enchanting.)

Closer to home, I'm partial to Pietrasanta, especially the Mozzerella Fritta (which sounds so much less unhelathy than the fried breaded mozzerella that it is) and the Penne Gorgonzola or the Linguini Con Pollo.  On a more upscale level, there's Il Tinello, not too far from Fifth Ave, on 56th Street.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 11:51:46 AM
Bruce, just trash the leftover fudge so you can begin eating healthy foods.  

DR Jane!  I didn't think you were capable of speaking such evil words!   :o
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 11:55:37 AM
DR Jose, if you decide to go to Buca di Beppo, you had better take at least three others along.  They serve only family-sized entres.  It's good food--but there's alot of it.  The decore is fun, too--make sure to check out the men's room.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 12:11:54 PM
Well, I was able to make my return at Circuit City without any further freaking out on my part.  I then drove over to Barnes & Nobel where I spent a nice relaxing hour or so browsing about.  I picked up two books:  A Year With The Producers by Jeffrey Denman and Yiddish With Dick And Jane.  I also picked up two boxes of fun Christmas cards (at 50% off) to be sent out next year (if I keep track of where i store them.)

I also had myself a venti caffe mocha topped with whipped cream.  A yummy sugary buzz!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 12:18:53 PM
Television seems a little schivophrenic today.  It's a Monday and it's January 2nd, and yet the Gator Bowl is on this afternoon.  The Orange Bowl is tomorrow night (Go, Penn State!)  I remember when all the bowl games were played on New Years Day.  Now there are all these fake corporate sponsored bowl games (the Tostitos Bowl?!?) with third rate college teams that they have to interspread them throughout the week.  Sheesh!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: elmore3003 on January 02, 2006, 12:25:32 PM
Two weeks from this very moment, DH Richard and I will be on our way to NYC for our 25th anniversary vacation!  Dinner at Barrymore's that evening, anyone?

We're talking Jan 16?  An Ayn Rand day?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 12:26:20 PM
Ginny - I may have missed it.  Did you end up getting tickets for the Barbara Cook concert at the Met?  

Yes, DR FJL, we did.  After much conversation here with you and Jason and Ben and at home with DH Richard, we opted for the front row of the balcony.  I know it's high up, and I wouldn't have minded spending more money for orchestra seats, but the ones available were pretty far back.  Being short height-challenged, I prefer the front row of any section and I'm hoping it will also have some extra leg room for my tall husband.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 12:27:45 PM
With all the ranting I'm doing here today, you might think I'm in a crabby mood, but I'm actually feeling quite mellow.  I'm comfy in my LL Bean gear--sweats and sheepskin bedroom slippers.  I've shut off the TV and put on the classical music channel on the radio.  Sipping a cuppa tea.  And I think I'll go take a little nap on the sofa.  La vie est bonne, indeed.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 12:31:05 PM
We're talking Jan 16?  An Ayn Rand day?

...well, the night of, anyway!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: elmore3003 on January 02, 2006, 12:31:34 PM
I'm exhausted!  I'm back from KING KONG, which has wonderful views of a mythological New York I fell in love with 50 years ago and wanted to live in.  I liked the film, but I could have easily cut 10-15 minutes from each ofd its three one-hour segments.  My other complaint was the final scene between Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts.  Vertigo to ther nth degree!

As I left the theatre, I was thinking about what a great movie season this has been for me:  KONG, THE  PRODUCERS, MRS HENDERSON . . ., TRANSAMERICA, and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN; I still haven't got to the Narnia film, which I'm still ambivalent about seeing, CAPOTE, and GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, which I still want to do by the end of the week.  Usually, I'm wondering why nothing good is playing.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 12:34:51 PM
I guess I'm truly in "day off" mode.  I got out of this seat for a while - headed upstairs to check the newspaper, made a few phones calls, etc.  And now I'm back at my laptop...  And, frankly, I don't really feel like doing anything today.  -But I may head to a movie later.  We'll see.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 12:34:59 PM
elmore go see Narnia.  We felt so good after leaving the theater yesterday.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 12:36:45 PM
Ginny I wish Richardís mother well at the health-care center & a speedy return to her own apartment.

Thank you, Jane.  She certainly has an incentive to get back to her apartment, because they put her in a 2-bed room with a "permanent" resident.  She is one very unhappy camper and feisty enough to give them such a hard time they'll release her back to independent living.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 12:39:57 PM
...Now there are all these fake corporate sponsored bowl games (the Tostitos Bowl?!?) with third rate college teams that they have to interspread them throughout the week.  Sheesh!

 ;D DR Dan(the Man), this true Blue Michigan Wolverine is delighted to consider one of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl teams (OSU Buckeyes) "third rate."  Of course, who am I to talk, when my team played in a real loser bowl last Wednesday and LOST?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 12:40:37 PM
Yes, continued good vibes for DH RICHARD's mom.  

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 12:44:19 PM
Such strange weather.  Thunderstorms and hail....temperature in the upper 50's!  Is it spring, or is it winter?   I guess winter returns by Friday with snow flurries and temps in the 20's.  Time Will Tell.

I also like Becco de Buca....the Olive Garden is okay, small portions, though.  I also like...Fazoli's which gives you a LOT of food for a small price, and the fetticini al fredo is very good.

Anyone else remember the routine Rose Marie used do about the goyim ordering an Italian dinner....starting with the myne-strone....

DR DtM - you've got a kewl hair thang going in your new avatar!  It's the new Jan Brady for 2006!
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Post by: TCB on January 02, 2006, 01:03:03 PM
DR Jose, if you decide to go to Buca di Beppo, you had better take at least three others along.  They serve only family-sized entres.  It's good food--but there's alot of it.  The decore is fun, too--make sure to check out the men's room.


Oh, I am sure he will.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 01:04:35 PM
Oh... And, of course, there's Maggiano's.  -Yes, family style portions, but when you're on the road and have a fridge in your hotel room, very convenient.  But two pastas on Tuesday, have food for the rest of the week!  -And I like their chopped salad too!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 01:05:27 PM
Oh, I am sure he will.

 :-X
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Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 01:06:08 PM
Well, it's a little after 4:00 here on the East Coast...  Think I'm finally gonna take my shower...  And then... ??

Laters...
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Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 01:07:34 PM
TOD - For a small midwestern city, Middletown, OH, has several good local Italian restaurants.  I've never been to the most well-known, Shiavones.  Stefano's has great chicken cacciatore and Capozzi's, which is right here in our neighborhood has their spaghetti special on Wednedsay nights.

As for chains, I prefer Bravo Italian Cuccina; their Ensalata de la Casa (fancy for house salad) is so good that I've ordered a "catering" portion to take to a potluck dinner.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: TCB on January 02, 2006, 01:23:35 PM
Has Jed caught up yet?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 01:33:30 PM
Thank you, Jane.  She certainly has an incentive to get back to her apartment, because they put her in a 2-bed room with a "permanent" resident.  She is one very unhappy camper and feisty enough to give them such a hard time they'll release her back to independent living.

Good for her.  I just hope she is getting the care she needs to get out of there.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 01:41:45 PM
It rained here for about four solid hours and a very hard rain it was, too. It's let up for the time being, but that 60 degrees never got here. In fact, it became that cold, raw day I so dreaded. Getting out in the damp and cold to go to lunch lessened the fun of the outing considerably.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 01:45:54 PM
Yes, Olive Garden gives you small portions but that's because they expect you to fill up on salad and breadsticks. Usually works for me! I don't go there often, however, because the line is always out the door. They're VERY popular here.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 01:47:27 PM
As for Buca di Beppo, I had never, ever even heard of this place until last night when we passed one going to the China Buffet place where we ate. I mentioned it, and my friend John said he had eaten there, and it was good.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 01:48:47 PM
I watched another CSI: NY episode this afternoon (lunch ran long and I didn't have time for a full length film). This episode had to do with people dying of formaldehyde poisoning. Fascinating case.
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Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 01:51:56 PM
Page Four Lucy and Ricky Threshold Dance!!!


Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 01:55:33 PM
Where in tarnation IS everyone.  Vacation is OVER, baby.  Time for the errant and truant to get their butt cheeks back here.

I'm home and here!  My house-sitting gig is finally over!  The people come home today.  That was confirmed last night because Rita (the wife) called me to confirm that everything was okay with the house.  They have a basement that has flooded in the past, so I had to check the sump pump every day to make sure that it was working properly.  It was and there was no flooding!  So, all is well with the world. :)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 02:01:27 PM
I can understand your frustration, DR Dan, but I suspect these staores have instituted this policy because there are some DVD sets now (not yours particularly) which have proproetary extras exclusive to one store or another, and it's just too much hassle dealing with it all.

Sorry this happened, however.

I bought the soundtrack to "The Producers" at Borders and it has an extra bonus track, supposedly not available anywhere else.  Another reason for the policy could be that some people mght buy a copy of something at Costco (for a low price) and return it to a store that charges full price!  You could make a profit just by returning things!  Even if you only got store credit, it would still be more than what you could get it at Costco. ;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 02:12:43 PM
Still rainy and gusty here in the City of Studio.  Just relaxing until rehearsal time.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 02:20:52 PM
I guess I'll be going with ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM when I go back downstairs.

Oh, I did record on the DVR a Bob Fosse special off the Biography Channel. It may be something I already had on tape, but the description was vague so I recorded it and will watch tonight before settling in with network TV.
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Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 02:21:50 PM
So, I'll head down now to clean the dining room and then watch some media.

WBBL.
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Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 02:27:40 PM
ANNA AND THE KING was a film that I had never seen.  Then, the summer we were doing THE KING AND I (the same summer Jodie Foster's version came out) - I watched Irene Dunne's version.

I really do like it.  And I think Rex Harrison is very good as the King.  Dunne as Anna and Linda Darnell as Tuptim are very good, too.  I was sorry I had neglected this version of the story and bought the VHS within a few days.  Still one of my favorites.

And I think that the book of the musical follows this movie more than it does the original book, although the fate of the little boy is different.

My favorite part of ANNA AND THE KING, however, is Gale Sondergaard as Lady Thiang - her speech about the mural and her hopes for Anna and her affect on the King and his children is stunning.
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Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 02:30:15 PM
Went to Blockbuster and used half of my gift certificate. Didn't find any movies that I wanted to buy...really, how many copies of ARE WE HOME YET does one store need to carry?

...so I rented 3 gay themed movies...A Spanish film called KM.0 (KILOMETER 0) which I have seen before, and loved...STRAIGHT JACKET which seems to be a version of Rock Hudson' life in the 50s...and the Israeli film YOSSI AND JAGGER which is about two soldiers who fall in love.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 02:31:35 PM
JRand55, THE HUNTERS was on TV today so I taped it. After I watch that and STAGECOACH I will need to send an interview request out to a certain someone!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 02:32:57 PM
The weather here is also very odd...it must be close to 60 degrees out...very warm..no rain...I feel I must go out and do a little sprucing up of the front yard which at the moment looks like crapola.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Michael on January 02, 2006, 02:36:08 PM
I like the olive garden because so far they make the best chicken marsala that I can find.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 02:36:57 PM
DR Dan I am very confused. You had the receipt, but it was for a different store? (i.e., you tried to return the BestBuy dvd at Circuit City and vice versa?).  I didn't know that there was any store that would accept any item that was not bought at that store.

It sounds very frustrating and I'm also sorry you had to go through that.  But it makes sense (unless i'm misunderstanding the whole thing!).
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 02:37:24 PM
Under 700 posts to achieve our new plateau.  Surely we can do that in the next hour if everyone on this board right now made 100 posts immediately.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 02:37:45 PM
Wow, watched the Rose Parade at my sister's house in high definition. All I can say is WOW! Exceptional.  Such a difference from the regular version.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 02:38:19 PM
Speaking of Italian food, I had the most delicious tortellini in rosee sauce last week. I just love rosee sauce!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 02:57:07 PM
Hmmm....watching AROUND THE WORLD, and 1943 movie with Kay Kyser and his band.

Joan Davis just came out onstage during a show in Australia....did two cabrioles and tour jete INTO the pit...LOL.

But what I notice in the first song....Kyser's band has 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, drums, guitar, and (I think) some kind of tuba....cept it's smaller....not sure what it is...

No windwinds?  What's the deal?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 02:59:23 PM
Hmm...I guess it's a Bb tuba.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 03:06:11 PM
JRand, no I didn't make it to Kong yet.  Saturday there were things I wanted to do and yesterday I had an open house to go to. Today is the last day of my vacation and I am catching a cold, so I decided not to leave the house all day and just lounge around.  I can't remember the last time I've done that and with the move looming on the horizon, there will be little time to do that for the next couple months.  It will be packing, moving, cleaning etc.

I have to say I'm looking forward to it.  I never thought I'd say I'm looking forward to a move, but this is such a positive one and close enough that I can do it little by little. I have had many volunteer to help, but you know how that goes, when the boxes are actually out and need to be filled and carried, people tend to evaporate or have very pressing plans, so I'm not going to count on it.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 03:07:47 PM
I will add I wouldn't have gotten the move done last year from the lake home here with out my friend Gretchen.  I'm not sure she's going to want to come to Sioux City to help again, but if she does that would be fabulous.
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Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 03:07:48 PM
We're talking Jan 16?  An Ayn Rand day?

I was the defense attorney in that one a looooong time ago.  And I just could not memorize my summary speech at the end--something really unheard of for me in my acting days.  So I would inevitably skip over sections and re-stitch the whole thing together in unexpected ways.  And yet, I unerringly "won" every night come jury-polling time.   ;D
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 03:08:59 PM
Eyetalian..... I like Botticelli's in Sioux City.  I especially like thier Chicken Piccatta
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 03:09:24 PM
No windwinds?  What's the deal?

Ummmm....maybe because that particular section hasn't been invented yet?  Unless it's some sort of Chunkah band.   ;D
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 03:10:27 PM
Speaking of Ayn Rand, I haven't read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged in a while. Maybe I'll reread them this year.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 03:12:58 PM
One would think a Chunkah band would have windwinds...
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 03:15:11 PM
Speaking of Ayn Rand, I haven't read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged in a while. Maybe I'll reread them this year.

JR will probably kill me for this, but--just read The Fountainhead.  It's the same story as Atlas Shrugged, only several hundred pages (and one unbearably long John Galt speech) shorter.   ;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 03:16:21 PM
I like Italian food in general...lasagna, especially.  I make a pretty good lasagna, but it's just any recipe on a box of noodles or container of ricotta cheese.  What I do, though, is double everything in the recipe except the noodles.  That way there is plenty of "stuff."  I hate it when I'm making lasagna and I run out of sauce or cheese. :P

;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 03:16:29 PM
Does anyone else remember when Faye Dunaway was announced for a film, then tv film, version of Atlas Shrugged?  <tick...tick...tick....>
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 03:18:23 PM
I had an "Objectivist" friend when I was in high school who did manage to be actually objective at the B-movie turn of events about halfway through Atlas (the "secret town" bit).  He said, "Yes, didn't you just want to throw the book across the room at that point?"  To which I responded, "No, that part came during the unbearably long John Galt speech."   ;D
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:21:19 PM
UH-oh....all the sax players just picked up violins, so my guess would be eventually some of the trumpet players and some of the trombone players double as well.

Misha Auer:  How would you feel if you were wearing a ceremonial robe made entirely of feathers?

Kay Kyser:  I'd be tickled to death.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:24:44 PM
Well, DR JMK - basic similarities in the two books, of course, but ATLAS SHRUGGED is the more complete objectivist manifesto.

Al Ruddy had the TV rights for an ATLAS SHRUGGED mini series that was also announded for TNT a couple of years ago....that also has now gone by the wayside.

ATLAS SHRUGGED is my favorite book EVER, and I think the characters (though mostly one dimensional) are fascinating.  And the description of the book is still one of my favorite blurbs.

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:30:21 PM
"This is the story of a man who said that he would stopo the motor of the world -- and did.

Is he a destroyer or a liberator?

Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most?  Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?

You will the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable new book by the author of THE FOUNTAINHEAD.  You will discover why a productive genius became a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist was working for his own destruction..why a philosopher became a pirate...why a composer gave up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who ran a transcontinental railroad fell in love with the man she had sworn to kill.

Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in suspense, ATLAS SHRUGGED is unlike any other book you have ever read.  It is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder -- and rebirth -- of man's spirit."

My signature is the title of Part 3 of this book.

Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:31:34 PM
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged Dance.  ;D

(http://images.bestwebbuys.com/muze/books/89/0525934189.jpg)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:36:51 PM
Hank Reardon invents Reardon steel, a metal that will revolutionize the industry if he can just get the Steel Trusts to let him market it.  At an anniversary party, he presents his wife Helen with a bracelet made of Reardon steel.  Helen is unimpressed.

Dagny Taggert takes off a priceless diamond bracelet and offers to exchange it for the one of Reardon steel.  Helen laughs and makes the trade.  From that moment on, Hank knows that his fate is tied up with Dagny's.....even though she is driven to find John Galt, the man she has dubbed the Destroyer!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 03:54:58 PM
Joan Davis: "Don't strip your gears, Maxwell, I'm just tryin' to get those guys interested."
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 03:59:31 PM
Joan Davis is a hoot.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 04:01:11 PM
Front yard now looks splendid. Chatted with hunky neighbor who lives in mansion across the street. Ate a sandwich. Am having a cup a coffee. Laundry is going. Will now finish Bollywood movie.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 04:01:34 PM
Although what I would really like to do is take a nap.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 04:14:17 PM
This weekend, my sister's boyfriend played a DVD that he taped from TV, a Christmas concert by The Barra MacNeils (http://www.barramacneils.com/) (a Celtic-style band from Canada).  I loved their version of "Auld Lang Syne" with what is purported to be the original melody.  Well, I found their website and they have a whole bunch of full-length clips from all of their albums.  They don't, however, have "Auld Lang Syne," but I am thoroughly enjoying everything else that is available.  I still want to get either the DVD or the CD with "Auld Lang Syne," but I may get something else by them, too!  I highly recommend them.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 04:21:48 PM
DR DtM - you've got a kewl hair thang going in your new avatar!  It's the new Jan Brady for 2006!

Thank you, sir.  And I do it without product.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: elmore3003 on January 02, 2006, 04:23:28 PM
I'm back from Christmas gift giving at the Raines' apartment.  They're safely back from their African safari but suffering from major jet lag.  My goddaughter Charlotte just gave her opera director mother the funniest album for Christmas.  I cannot wait to buy it.  Here's the site, and the audio bit does not do this turkey justice.

http://www.orrielsmith.com/
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:29:13 PM
Oh dear DRELMORE - I think that lady still sings for the Indianapolis Opera Company....that Caro Namo sounds eerily familiar!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 04:29:39 PM
;D DR Dan(the Man), this true Blue Michigan Wolverine is delighted to consider one of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl teams (OSU Buckeyes) "third rate."  Of course, who am I to talk, when my team played in a real loser bowl last Wednesday and LOST?

Sorry for dissing your team, DR Ginny--I was just ranting about the proliferation of bowl games.  I don't really think OSU is third rate so much as--er--well, I'm not sure that they would have made it to a bowl game years ago when there were not as many.   ;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 04:29:50 PM
Thank you, sir.  And I do it without product.

Lucky you, DtM - I would have to do it without HAIR!!  :P
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 04:41:35 PM
Rain has abated, and skies are clearing - who knew?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 04:52:15 PM
DR Dan I am very confused. You had the receipt, but it was for a different store? (i.e., you tried to return the BestBuy DVD at Circuit City and vice versa?).  I didn't know that there was any store that would accept any item that was not bought at that store.

It sounds very frustrating and I'm also sorry you had to go through that.  But it makes sense (unless i'm misunderstanding the whole thing!).

I was returning to Circuit City and had the receipt for Circuit City.  The DVD I was trying to return, however, was purchased in another store.  Even though it was the same exact item as was listed on the receipt, Circuit City considered it a completely different item since it did not have their own barcode on it.  I had the same problem at Best Buy, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who went through this rigamoroll.  It's a stupid policy.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 04:54:40 PM
Lucky you, DtM - I would have to do it without HAIR!!  :P

Don't they still make that spray-on hair?  I'm counting on that stuff, myself, in the coming years.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Cillaliz on January 02, 2006, 04:55:15 PM
JRand, when I was in high school, my history teacher told me that I needed to read Atlas Shrugged and he would give me extra credit if I would read it and tell him what I thought about it.  I did and loved it. I read it every 10 years or so. It doesn't have the same effect it did when I was in high school and it gets very long at times, but I still enjoy it.  

I also love the way "The Virtue of Selfishness" sounds.  I had an interesting discussion about that concept with my secretary just before Christmas. I won't go into the details, but it was actually quite interesting.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 05:00:42 PM
JR will probably kill me for this, but--just read The Fountainhead.  It's the same story as Atlas Shrugged, only several hundred pages (and one unbearably long John Galt speech) shorter.   ;)

DR JMK, I think the two of us, having been through enough threads on r.a.t.m., slump our shoulders and droop our heads everytime someone mentions Ayn Rand.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:02:22 PM
Evening all! My but the past 2 days just flew by!  

I have to say that from now on my drinking on New Years Eve will be limited to beeróroot beer that is.  One small (and I do mean small) glass of wine and I was sick as a dog.  

I should have known better.  Alcohol and I just donít mix but I wanted to make the New Year special for Mom. I thought she might miss having a New Years toast with some ďspiritĒ.  

Since she also stated it made her sick as well, it will be the last time.  

We did have the tradition pork and Sauerkraut for New Years dinner.  Good luck in the New Year is now a certainty.    

The tree is down and all decorations put away.  Sigh.  

So glad to read that Ben and DP Ant made it home safe and sound.  Iím looking forward to many pictures and stories about the trip!

I would also like to offer my most sincere condolences to DR Jane on your loss.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 05:03:15 PM
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged Dance.  ;D

(http://images.bestwebbuys.com/muze/books/89/0525934189.jpg)

Hmmm...where does one stuff the dollar bills?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 05:06:02 PM
Sorry for dissing your team, DR Ginny--I was just ranting about the proliferation of bowl games.  I don't really think OSU is third rate so much as--er--well, I'm not sure that they would have made it to a bowl game years ago when there were not as many.   ;)

No, no, no, DR Dan(the Man), OSU isn't my team - I'm a Michigan Wolverine through and through.  I do agree with you, though, about the proliferation of post-season games - what my DH Richard calls "loser bowls."  They're, of course, all about $$$.  Speaking of OSU, classes start there tomorrow.  How many absences do you think will occur because their bowl game just entered the 4th quarter in Arizona?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 05:07:30 PM
Night Must Fall on TCM.  

Dan must go from HHW.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:08:33 PM
In the darn and drat department, I just learned that Michael Crawford AND Michael Ball will be in NYC later this month.

If I didn't have to have that darn surgery and use up all of my sick/vacation days I would be sorely tempted to make the trip up.  I still am sorely tempted.  Well, sore at least--so much for the "Pork and sauerkraut bring good luck in the New Year" theory.  Sigh.   ::) :'( :-\
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 05:10:51 PM
DR Danise - Happy New Year!  What are the particulars of Michael Crawford in NYC later this month?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: DearReaderLaura on January 02, 2006, 05:10:57 PM
How many absences do you think will occur because their bowl game just entered the 4th quarter in Arizona?

Every time someone scores, we can hear the booming fireworks, or whatever one sets off in the daytime when someone scores.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: DearReaderLaura on January 02, 2006, 05:11:39 PM
What's up with the weather?  Seems like it's raining and storming everywhere there are HHW'ers.

No rain here. None since mid-October!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: DearReaderLaura on January 02, 2006, 05:12:12 PM
DR Danise: When is your surgery??
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:13:19 PM
DR Danise - Happy New Year!  What are the particulars of Michael Crawford in NYC later this month?

Happy New Year to you too!

As to the particulars.....

http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=6585
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:14:53 PM
DR Danise: When is your surgery??
February 22nd.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:19:20 PM
Gee, It was a shame about all that rain on the Rose Parade today.  I felt so sorry for everyone.  Including the animals.  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 05:19:44 PM
(http://images.bestwebbuys.com/muze/books/89/0525934189.jpg)

Hmmm...where does one stuff the dollar bills?

Umm...anywhere it fits? :o




 ;)  ;D
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:20:13 PM
Someone should have sang, "Don't rain on my Parade!"
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 05:23:26 PM
Well, I'm off to my parents' house for dinner.  Afterwards, I will be back home!  And I get to sleep in my very own bed with my very own cat lying on top of me. ;D And I can post late into the evening again.  As much as I like getting paid for house-sitting, I am always glad when it's over.  

Be back later!

And a very early:
~~~Good Luck Vibes for Danise's Surgery!!~~~
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Danise on January 02, 2006, 05:25:09 PM
Well, I'm off to my parents' house for dinner.  Afterwards, I will be back home!  And I get to sleep in my very own bed with my very own cat lying on top of me. ;D And I can post late into the evening again.  As much as I like getting paid for house-sitting, I am always glad when it's over.  

Be back later!

And a very early:
~~~Good Luck Vibes for Danise's Surgery!!~~~

Thanks, DR George.  I'll just be very, very, very glad when it's all over.    
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ginny on January 02, 2006, 05:34:27 PM
Happy New Year to you too!

As to the particulars.....

http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=6585

Thanks for the link.  It's about a week early for DH Richard and me - oh well, we'll have to "settle" for Barbara Cook!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 05:39:41 PM
In the something to aspire to department: Last January was the biggest month we've ever had - by several thousand posts.  

In the shortly I'll be leaving for rehearsal department: Shortly I will be on my way to rehearsal.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: MBarnum on January 02, 2006, 05:47:33 PM
JRand55 and Elmoore3003, the Richard Harrison spaghetti western VENGEANCE is on Encore Westerns tonight, if you happen to get that channel.

(http://i2.ebayimg.com/02/i/05/a4/2c/5f_1.JPG)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jed on January 02, 2006, 05:51:48 PM
Has Jed caught up yet?

Yes, yes he has.  A couple times, even!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 06:04:23 PM
JR will probably kill me for this, but--just read The Fountainhead.  It's the same story as Atlas Shrugged, only several hundred pages (and one unbearably long John Galt speech) shorter.   ;)

 ;D Thanks.  Now I don't need to read it.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 06:16:35 PM
JRand, when I was in high school, my history teacher told me that I needed to read Atlas Shrugged and he would give me extra credit if I would read it and tell him what I thought about it.  I did and loved it. I read it every 10 years or so. It doesn't have the same effect it did when I was in high school and it gets very long at times, but I still enjoy it.  


Now I know where I went wrong.  I waited to long to read the book.  I thought it was okay but never got the hype.  Bryan and his friends read it in high school and became big fans of Ayn Randís philosophy.    
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jane on January 02, 2006, 06:20:26 PM
Danise wasnít it just last year you said you would not toast in 2006?  ;D  
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 06:37:35 PM
Good Evening!

Well, today turned out to be a "me day".  I was thinking about meeting a friend for dinner... Nah.  Then I was thinking about heading out to movie... Nah.  So, I just headed out to get some dinner - burger and fries - really good burger and fries*, and I've just been surfing the web and watching TV.

-It's actually been kind of nice being low-key today.

:)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: TCB on January 02, 2006, 06:37:40 PM
Although what I would really like to do is take a nap.

Then why don't you take a nap with the hunky neighbor?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 06:58:40 PM
I think Ayn Rand tends to be a high school/early college thing for the intelligentsia.  I actually love Ayn and appreciate what her philosophy did for me, especially surrounded by the "selfless" citizens of SLC, LOL, but, just like everything else, you need to take her with a grain (and/or pillar) of salt.  But I still remember carting around my paperback Atlas Shrugged along with the Viking Portable Nietzsche (or was that the Nietzsche Portable Viking--I always get those two confused  ;D) in my senior year of high school.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 07:09:34 PM
I was returning to Circuit City and had the receipt for Circuit City.  The DVD I was trying to return, however, was purchased in another store.  Even though it was the same exact item as was listed on the receipt, Circuit City considered it a completely different item since it did not have their own barcode on it.  I had the same problem at Best Buy, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who went through this rigamoroll.  It's a stupid policy.



Maybe the policy is different in Canada.  But I don't know of any stores that take back items with barcodes that don't belong to their stores.  Of course it is terrible that you had all this trouble. It's too bad that you did not realize which receipt went with which dvd.  But glad you got it solved.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jennifer on January 02, 2006, 07:10:20 PM
Re: the BARRA MACNEILS cds/dvds you might be able to find them cheaper at amazon.ca.  Not sure.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:43:22 PM
DR DtM - Hair In a Can is still available.  Years ago when there was still some foliage on the top of the mountain, I bought a can.  It was icky and unsatisfactory.  But everyone should try it once, just so you know.

Ayn seems to capture her most fervent converts in their late teens and early twenties, and then as we grow older we are a bit selective about which of her ideas we embrace.  But I still enjoy the sweep and scope and suspense of ATLAS SHRUGGED.

Years ago when Ayn was on The Phil Donahue Show, some of the audience were rabid accolytes, some had never heard of her, and some said they were an author of their youth.  One woman was only slightly critical and Ayn cut her off sharply:

"If you don't like my books, what are you doing on my show?  I wish I could take back all of my books from people like you, you don't deserve to own them.  Write me a letter."  LOL....she was a great interview.  I was always hoping that Tom the late night NBC guy or Mike Wallace would have Ayn Rand and Harlan Ellison on the same program!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:44:41 PM
DR MBARNUM I don't get the Encore Westerns channel. 8-(

But I am happy that you now have THE HUNTERS.

Hmmm....if you call him the hunk who lives in the mansion across the street....I wonder how he refers to YOU?
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:45:38 PM
Umm...anywhere it fits? :o




 ;)  ;D

I would say stuff the bills somewhere around the equator.  :o
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:46:33 PM
Good surgery vibes for DR DANISE.....it never hurts to start early.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:47:36 PM
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Jrand70 on January 02, 2006, 07:48:11 PM
Still raining in Mooresville.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Ann on January 02, 2006, 07:53:57 PM
I was encouraged to read Ayn Rand when I was in high school.  I read Fountainhead and attempted Atlas Shrugged.  I have to admit I found them both a bit pretentious and self important.  A few decent ideas, but not enough to wow me.  When I was doing my philosophy major during college I met some who agreed with me, others who loved her.  


'tis horse racing...
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:09:02 PM
I would say stuff the bills somewhere around the equator.  :o

Which longitude would that be?  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!

(Shut up--I think I'm witty!)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:15:35 PM
I watched some varied things on TV and DVD tonight.

First up was the Bob Fosse biography recorded from, what else, the Biography Channel. A fairly cursory look at his life and career, and once he won the triple crown of director awards in 1973, they zoomed through the remaining 13 years of his life in less than 10 minutes. That meant a lot of really fine work - like directing LENNY on film - didn't even get mentioned. And even though ALL THAT JAZZ did get mentioned, its Cannes Palme d'Or wasn't mentioned. STAR 80 never got mentioned either.

Not a very satisfying biography when all was said and done.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:22:11 PM
I bought ONCE UPON A MATTRESS on DVD. Don't ask me why; I guess I wanted SOME kind of record of the show since the production I was in didn't get recorded, and I don't have either of Carol's earlier two videotaped efforts.

At any rate, I watched the bonus features on the disc, and was completely underwhelmed. Pure puffery from top to bottom. There is a section where they show rehearsal footage side-by-side with the filmed results for two musical numbers. That was the most interesting thing on the DVD.

Having seen the show in high def, the DVD can't compare in sharpness to it, of course, but it looks acceptably colorful. The close-ups of Carol on the DVD look more soft focused on the DVD. I didn't notice any softening in HD.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Dan (the Man) on January 02, 2006, 08:22:15 PM
Crap--I do not feel like going back to the office tomorrow.  I have to get up at 6:30 am.  I haven't seen 6:30 am since the 16th.  I've been keeping Broadway Baby hours the past two weeks.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:23:44 PM
I watched the HOUSE rerun tonight which I think was from last season. Very tense episode with some lovely moments. The child who played the patient with multiple cancers did a superb job.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:25:46 PM
And tonight's MEDIUM was another very unsettling, mesmerizing show. The writers for this series surely deserve raises for coming up with so many novel ways of working Allison's psychic powers into these crimes and investigations.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:27:46 PM
Well, the Trio cable channel is no more, and my cable company lost no time sticking the new channel "Sleuth" into the spot on the dial. So, far I've seen them showing episodes of THE 'A' TEAM, MIAMI VICE, and the remake of DRAGNET from a couple of seasons ago.

But I was hoping for COLUMBO, THE SNOOP SISTERS, ELLERY QUEEN. I guess those shows are TOO old.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:31:49 PM
Page Seven Lucy and Ethel Convertible Dance!!!


Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: Matt H. on January 02, 2006, 08:40:22 PM
I guess I'll be heading down to bed now.

Good night, everyone!
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JMK on January 02, 2006, 08:48:18 PM
I watched some varied things on TV and DVD tonight.

First up was the Bob Fosse biography recorded from, what else, the Biography Channel. A fairly cursory look at his life and career, and once he won the triple crown of director awards in 1973, they zoomed through the remaining 13 years of his life in less than 10 minutes. That meant a lot of really fine work - like directing LENNY on film - didn't even get mentioned. And even though ALL THAT JAZZ did get mentioned, its Cannes Palme d'Or wasn't mentioned. STAR 80 never got mentioned either.

Not a very satisfying biography when all was said and done.

They obviously needed a better archivist.    8)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 09:39:24 PM
I came home from dinner at my parents' and watched "Surface" and am now watching "Las Vegas" (guilty pleasure).  Next will be "Medium."  Then well be bed, since I have to go to work in the morning and I don't want to start off the new year by coming in late.  So, there. :)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:10:12 PM
Good Evening!

Well... What a day this has been...  Of course, I'm not really sure what type of day this day has been...

::)

I'm actually sleepy right now, which is a good thing.  I need to get to bed, and I need sleep.  And, most importantly, I need to get up and out of bed before 9:00.  -Preferably at 8:00.  All my little projects kick in tomorrow, and I'll need the extra waking hours to make sure they're accomplished without having to rush through them (since I slept through most of the day).

But before I go...
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: George on January 02, 2006, 10:10:17 PM
Re: the BARRA MACNEILS cds/dvds you might be able to find them cheaper at amazon.ca.  Not sure.

Thanks.  I hadn't thought about amazon.ca.  I searched, but their Christmas album is no longer available through amazon.ca and their DVD wasn't even listed.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:12:27 PM
When I was out earlier, I noticed the signs indicating the HOV regulations on I-66 read as follows:

NO HOV
MON-02-2006

-I mean, I understood it, but...

;)
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:14:29 PM
And... well, that's all for me today...

Goodnight.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: JoseSPiano on January 02, 2006, 10:26:01 PM
OH!

And as one of my computer-savvy brothers just reminded me via an e-mail...

Be VERY careful opening up suspicious looking e-mails this week... Especially on January 5.  The latest variant of the "SOBER" virus is due to strike, and cause major amounts of havoc.  Beware, in particular, of e-mails supposedly coming from the IRS and FBI.

It will mainly affect Windows-based computers, but Macs could be affected indirectly due to the amount of spam e-mails generated by the virus and causing logjams on the WWW.

So, if you haven't scanned your computer lately for viruses, now would be a good time.  And if you don't have an anti-virus program, get one.

*Just Google "sober computer virus" for more info.
Title: Re:FIRMLY ENSCONCED
Post by: bk on January 02, 2006, 10:44:22 PM
Back from an interesting rehearsal.  Act one played very well indeed, albeit with too low an energy level and some fumfers.  We had our stage manager and the ASM there, and that gave a nice energy to the room.  The second act was a big, giant turd, and we have a LOT of work to do.  The staging is fine, but no one is doing well at this point, and they need to get the lines down better, and then start understanding what my notes mean.  I gave very long and very detailed notes tonight, so hopefully they'll make a difference tomorrow night.  We also hadn't run the second act in six days, so I'm sure that had something to do with it.