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Title: AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 12:06:51 AM
Well, you've read today's unwieldy notes and you know that there is more than one topic, so don't tarry and dally, let's get some postin' goin' on, shall we?  Yes, let's get a volley going.

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Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 12:19:35 AM
Just missed the time cutoff from yesterday's notes...

Tom from Oz posted:
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LC was last heard of in France!
JED: We will still glady accept a photo of the Ghost Of Christmas Present in purple tights!
A 30" step. One "small" step for mankind but surely not for a ghost.

France, eh?  Must have missed the announcement on that one.  Thanks for the info, Tom.

A 30" step ain't bad at all... except when it's vertical and you're wearing tights. :D

Today's Topics...

I very, very rarely go to the movie theater, so I don't have a whole lot to offer here.  Only recent one I've seen was Mystic River, which I did find quite well done, but not as mind-blowingly wonderful as some have made it out to be.

Ice cream, now this is a subject I can talk about!  My top pick would be Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.  Absolutely yummilicious.  Other B&J favorites are Mint Chocolate Cookie and Everything But The...

Really wishing I hadn't finished the vanilla I had in my freezer last night!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 12:30:49 AM
We have not seen a movie at the cinema since "Nemo". May possibly go and see "Master & Servant". "The Leopard" has just been reissued at the movies here. I assume it has already been released in North America in its new "restored" state.

Ice-cream: Not many flavours I would avoid but I always go back to the Berry flavours. Strawberry is always there.
Whoops! I don't think there was an announcement re LC in France. I know people!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 12:42:57 AM
Good night from the land of the vegemite sandwich and the violet crumble.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Charles Pogue on December 04, 2003, 12:57:03 AM
My movie pick:  LOVE ACTUALLY.  I also enjoyed MASTER & COMMANDER.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 04, 2003, 12:58:17 AM
Yes... I'm still up... It's so late now, it's practically early!  Ah, well...

Movies - I see about two or three movies in a movie theatre.  I like movies, but with my schedule and line of work...  And by the time I can see a movie I want to see, it's already ended it's run.  I did see Finding Nemo, L'Auberge Espagnole and Chicago in a theatre this year... and I really think that's been it - WOW!   I am pathetic!  ;)  I usually end up catching up via DVD, HBO and Showtime.

Now as for ice cream... Not too many flavors I don't like...  Ben & Jerry's - New York Super Fudge Chunk, Everything But The..., Makin' Whoopee, Cherry Garcia, Phish Phood, etc.. and a bunch of flavors in their "flavor graveyard" - I especially miss Mandarin Orange Chocolate.  I recently tried Haagen-Dasz Tres Leches Cake Ice Cream - nice flavor.  But my favorite flavor has to be - and I've mentioned this before - Cinna-Bean from Bev's Ice Cream in Richmond, VA.  Cinnamon ice cream with chocolate covered espresso beans.  Sooo good!  And quite the sugar/caffeine buzz too!  Oh, and sometimes the sugar/caffeine drop.  Ah, well...

Speaking of drop... I better get to bed... I have understudy rehearsal in eight hours.  YIKES!!!!  -Which means I will have to be in five hours... Well, that's enough...  -Now, I just have to check the weater report to see what the wintry mix forecast has been updated to.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 04, 2003, 01:01:35 AM
Oh, and I did see a bunch of movies on the various plane rides I took - I saw four on the trip to Syndey alone!  Let's see... Down With Love, Bend It Like Beckham, Daddy Day Care, some independent film with Scott Baio in it, Bruce Almighty, and some film with James Marsden... dealt with choosing the right road, living your life, etc...  ???

Yes, I do need to get to bed... SLEEP!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 03:01:03 AM
Well hmmmmmmmmmmm.......butter pecan ice cream.

Movies:

Master and Commander and Seabiscuit.

And a less recent but available on DVD movie called Big Eden.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 03:08:18 AM
Fvaorite flavors coffee and Mocca
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 04:39:06 AM
DR Michael Shayne - is that Richard Denning?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: SwishySarah on December 04, 2003, 04:43:14 AM
Jose: Brandon Lee was the actor who died in the making of The Crow. That movie is so weird...

Thank you all for your angry comments :)...the security officer is known for being a jerk anyway, I don't think it would do much to complain. He's the kind of person who looks really funny when he smiles, because you've never seen that side of him before. While the principal might say something like, "Apologize.", nothing would really happen. Ah well, such is life.

I spoke to WFO a few weeks ago. He has some major things going on in his life aside from the trial. Although we all miss him and want him back, his major priorities are with his family right now. But he DOES miss us! Keep on sending the good vibeage!

I haven't seen any movies recently...I think the last one was SCHOOL OF ROCK, which I wouldn't reccomend anyone seeing...and before that, it was Pirates of the Caribbean...but my parents went and saw ELF and loved it.

Ice Cream= Any of the various and sundry coffee flavors that Starbucks puts out. They're WONDERFUL!

Off to school, see y'all later.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Noel on December 04, 2003, 06:23:50 AM
Yesterday was a deeply frustrating day.
I'd hoped to mail out Christmas Cards,
which will also announce our wedding
and the availability of the CD
of Our Wedding - The Musical
(which would make a great Christmas gift
-- hence the time pressure).

I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make MS Word take our photo and put it four times on a page.  It would seem easy enough.  I can quarter a page easily on WordPerfect, but this had me absolutely stymied, and the copy shop was no help.

Then, I started work on addresses, and I know I'm missing a lot of people.  Adding to my address list is another long and laborious process.  I've only just recently learned how to "paste" as plain text.  Used to be I'd be carrying over codes and formatting from the previous document.

I suspect I'll be increasingly e & t over the next month.  There's simply too much to do.  Today, I'll be working from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Friday's that university gig.  So those Christmas cards are unlikely to get printed before Saturday, a day when I've a gig at 9 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  I'll miss you all.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: William E. Lurie on December 04, 2003, 06:31:15 AM
I rarely see new movies - 99% of them don't interest me - but I did see ANYTHING BUT LOVE.  It's not great but it's very good and at least it's a musical, a form that is (CHICAGO notwithstanding) almost dead.

Tonight NEVER GONNA DANCE opens.  It is the best musical I've seen in years, and the first time I came home from a show and immediately ordered tickets to see it again before the discount offers are withdrawn.  While I would have preferred an original score, the Kern score is full of gems, expertly arranged, and most of the songs actually fit the plot situation and are not "shoehorned" in.  The script is funny.  The sets and costumes are beautiful but do not overpower the show itself.  There is not one miscast actor in the show.  Noah and Nancy may not be Fred and Ginger but they are damn good anyway, and Karen is as wonderful as usual.  Peter Bartlett may be overplaying a bit of a stereotyped character, but he is a very funny stereotype.  And best of all is Jerry Mitchell's choreography with every number in a different style from ballroom to tap to Latin to shimmy.

How will the critics react?  Well the audience loved it, almost stopping the show with applause after several of the numbers.  I think a term that may pop up in the reviews is "old fashioned".  That's true, but it is "old fashioned" in only the best ways and as another current Broadway musical puts it "everything old is new again".
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 06:36:05 AM
DR WEL - I am sending my best vibes to NEVER GONNA DANCE...  I am sure it won't be everybody's type of show, but your description of it makes it seem like exactly the show I would be expecting if I got to see it!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 06:54:35 AM
Last movie I saw was Love Actually and it was fabulous!

Now for Ice cream. Phish Food is always a good choice. Oatmeal Cookie and Chubby Hubbby are also quite yummy  

As for Never Gonna Dance..Not my cup of tea but hopefully it will find it's audience. There have been way to many show's closing  this season. :'(
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:29:40 AM
I LOVE chocolate mint chip!

For some reason I have not been to see a movie at the movie theatre in quite a while.  There are a number of videos/dvds I want to see including Daddy Day Care and Bruce Almighty. And I"m sure there must be more.

I did see Finding Nemo and really liked it.

Brrrrr, why is it so cold here? (-15C or so with windchilll would be guess).
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 07:31:00 AM
I have so been staying away from ice cream, so much so that I can't even remember my favorite flavors! Something with chocolate and cherries always makes me happy though!

Haven't seen any movies at the theater in ages. Want to see ELF and that musical that Danise (I think it was) has mentioned which features Eartha Kit.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Andrea on December 04, 2003, 07:33:28 AM

Brrrrr, why is it so cold here? (-15C or so with windchilll would be guess).

I have no intention myself of leaving the house.

In regards to chocolate and ice cream

Like I may have said, I've give up chocolate except maybe once a week (just in general, exams take my eating habits to hell-- I almost forgot to eat yesterday till 10pm).

Ice cream: I haven't eaten that in four months!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 04, 2003, 07:40:25 AM
Good morning!

And Welcome new DR Diane!  -Although methinks you came out of the lurkers realms, n'est-ce pas?  In any case, Welcome!

It's cold here too.  And the wintry mix "event" for this weekend will now be primarily rain, but we are due do for some sort of freezing precip tonight...  So, if i don't post post-show, it's probably because I'm staying downtown, and not risking it on the roads - well, not risking having to deal with the amazing (in a bad way) amount of stupid drivers in the DC area.

Now that I've slept on it, and read my late/early posts from last night...

Of course, I meant to say I've only three movies in a movie theatre... this year.

Of course, those movie-filled plane rides occured during my mini-world tour... Otherwise, how could I have sampled all that wonderful OZ-ian chocolate.

And, now that I think of it, one of my favorite flavors of cie cream is Breyer's Butter Almond.  Now, I like Butter Pecan, but Butter Almond will always beat Butter Pecan into my shopping cart.  Hmm... An ice cream fight?  -You know what I mean.

Oh, and has anyone been following all the flack that chef, Rick Bayless, has been getting for his Burger King ads?  There was an article in the Food section of the Washington Post yesterday, and I didn't realize some of the reactions were so severe, practically vitriolic.  -Love that word!  I need to check back into egullet.com to observe more of the fireworks!  ;-)  *I wondered about the whole things myself when I first saw the commercial.  *Although, there was a, I guess, sexist, comment about Rachel Ray's endorsement..."Hey, she's a babe.  We expect that."  - ???

Well, I'm babbling already and it's only 10:38am....  Gotta run - Understudy rehearsal from Noon-5:00, and then the show tonight...  Catch you later.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 04, 2003, 07:42:13 AM
"cie cream" - ah, well... Sounds like something you put on your legs...  Well, maybe not ;)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 07:45:31 AM
Yes..I have been lurking for quite sometime now ;)...Thanks for the warm welcome!!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 07:46:03 AM
Good morning.  Good day.  How are you this wonderful day?  I am leaving shortly.  I never go see movies so that is why I do these topics every now and then, so we can get some good suggestions.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 04, 2003, 07:52:41 AM
Welcome, new Dear Reader Diane. Glad to have you join us!

Movies: never go
Ice cream: most any kind, as long as there's no coconut. But I rarely eat it.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:53:09 AM
I wonder if Anything But Love even opened here. Lately many interesting movies seem to only open at one movie theatre downtown, the AMC.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 08:00:23 AM
I am so out of touch, I do not know the Burger King commercials that DRJose is talking about.  Can someone help me?  ???

Last night's Queen for a Day included an audience that was in town for a hotelier convention...and lunch and a show at the Moulin Rouge was part of the fun.  The requests included blankets for firemen, muskrat traps, a singing audition, and an engine overhaul for a 1946 Pontiac.  The engine overhaul won - and the Queen also got a trip to Hawaii, fashions, a freezer, a washer, and dishes and silverware.  Also, when she got home she could go down to a Ford dealer and pick out a NEW car!

Maybe tonight we will hear some SAD stories.  I know I am not making it up, I remember....

I also hear that President Bush will announce on December 17 - that we going back to the moon and will establish a base there!  Would any other DR like to visit the moon?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:03:34 AM
The only movie I've seen in a theater since January was MASTER AND COMMANDER, and nI did enjoy it quite a bit.

On DVD I really loved X-2 the other night. I got involved in many of the characters' situations and was anxious to see what happened. And, of course, it was a great set-up for another sequel three years down the road.

FINDING NEMO - goes without saying that it's a riot of fun, color, and sound. Don't miss it.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:05:20 AM
I meant to mention that I am also a GREAT fan of SIX FEET UNDER, so any discussions DR Tom or others want to have about it will be welcomed by me. I think it is simply brilliant television, beautifully acted and so absorbing that I hang on every word and every scene.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:08:24 AM
Ice Cream: I had gotten out of the habit until late this summer, the grocery store I go to was having a buy one-get one free sale on Breyer's, so I bought some of their low fat ice cream (mint chocolate chip and a chocolate with chocolate chip variety that I can't remember the flavor name). I allow myself one cup of ice cream a day for dessert as long as I have it in the afternoon.

Of course, that was finished long ago, so I keep my eyes peeled for ice cream specials. I don't pay full price ever. Right now I'm eating Pet's Cherry Vanilla, and it is simply delicious.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 08:18:55 AM
DR MATTH - isn't "buy one get one free" irresistable?

I also enjoy "Six Feet Under" - have some friends who are morticians and the show gets the details right, they say.  I don't know from setting up a funeral.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 08:21:12 AM
DR Emily: If you ordered Wicked, they lowered the price. Make sure you get the lower price.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:25:26 AM
Yes, I find it VERY hard to resist buy one-get one free on just about anything. Ever since I've started back eating ice cream, the grocery store I go to has had that on ice cream every single week. Not always Breyer's, of course, but on something every week. This week it's on Edy's Ice Cream. I've never had any of that brand, but I read a Consumer Reports article on ice cream (my, they DO test EVERYTHING!), and they rated Edy's very, very highly.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:38:38 AM
Good morning, DR Ron! How are you feeling this morning?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Donna on December 04, 2003, 08:39:47 AM
Recent movies I've seen are Under the Tuscan Sun and Runaway Jury. These are not blockbusters but they are satisfying. If I were to recommend one though it would be Tuscan because it is still "with" me. By that I mean, I can still recall certain scenes and dialogue--plus Diane Lane's performance. What a wonderful actress she is! Without saying a word, you see and feel her pain at divorce, her disappointment with love and her joy of life. The film offers (IMO) something that is seriously lacking in most moviegoing today--a little grace. Hmmm...I think I'll see it again.

Runaway is entertaining too but of a different kind (John Cusack IMO is always interesting to watch), although I would say wait for it to come out on video.  I only went to see it as a second choice because Tuscan wasn't playing.

P.S. The December Cabaret West Calendar is now up on the Cabaret West website. Lots of holiday-themed shows playing. The BIG news is the opening of the Deborah Downey Cabaret Theater. It's 99-seats in 3/4 configuration and is located in the El Portal Center for the Arts in North Hollywood. She'll be presenting a holiday show there Saturday, December 13, at 7 p.m. followed by an Open Mic. Click this link http://www.cabaretwest.org/nowappearing.htm (http://www.cabaretwest.org/nowappearing/).
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 08:40:00 AM
My tummy is doing VIOLENT GRUMBLES (a play on TomFromOz's favorite foodstuff).

But I am at work.  I am here.  Fulfilling my destiny.

Ooof.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 08:42:23 AM
Yes..I have been lurking for quite sometime now ;)...Thanks for the warm welcome!!

Told you, I did.  Lurk first, post when comfortable, they do.  Why do I sound like Yoda all of sudden?

[move=left,scroll,10,blue,100%]Welcome, Diane![/move]

Hey, I tried something new and it works!   :)

What's not working is Karma.  I tried to give some and it didn't change.  :'(

Like most of you, I rarely go to the movies.  The last one I saw was T3 and I think the last Star Wars movie was before that.    I either do a Pay-Per-View or rent the DVD/tape.  The movies are to loud--does anyone else have a problem with that?  I always walk out with a headache.  

Not to mention the price.  I really feel sorry for a guy trying to date a gal now days.    You have to take out a loan for one date!  I bet it's fifty bucks easy for just dinner and a movie!

Ice Cream:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  Someone had to say it.  I used to love Butter Nut and Black Walnut but I haven't had either  for a long time.  

Hey, I have a kinda important question.  Is Life still a fun game for a kid?  They're doing a toy drive and I wanted to get something that a would be for a boy or a girl.  I was going to get Operation but since it has batteries, I thought that when the ones I would have bought ran out the kid might not get any more for a long time.  I picked Life because I used to like it when I was a kid but now I'm worried that I picked something no one will want.  Should I take it back?  If I do what should I get?  What's cool?  I have until Saturday.  

I'm still thinking about "Flowers of the Night"  that should be a song.  We have "Music of the Night" and "Shadows of the Night".  Trivia question: who know's what "Shadows of the Night" is from?  It has another name.

Swishy Sarah--that's horrible to be blamed for something you didn't do and then not even get an "I'm sorry".  He needs to go back to school and learn some manners.  I would tell my parents and have them give him what for.

Gotta run and have fun.  Only 2 more days of vacation left.  Sigh.

Have a good and safe day all--Posters AND Lurkers.  Because lurkers sometimes come out of the shadows to post.

D
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 08:44:53 AM
Sorry I forgot,  good vibes to Ron and who ever else is ill this day!  Eat light, drink juice.  Rest when you can even if you are at work.  Go home if you feel really bad.

D
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 08:48:15 AM
That is a good question DR DANISE.  I have wondered about it myself, and maybe some H/K's who have children or the younger H/K's can help?

Are younger people interested in board games?  Or do they just enjoy and play computer games?

We loved board games - and my brothers and sisters and I still play them.  LIFE was a favorite one, along with Monopoly (of course), my brothers and I liked RISK.  All of us loved CLUE and FINANCE, a Monopoly ripoff.  

And of course the card games UNO and (my favorite) PIT!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 08:49:55 AM
DR Ron - you should be like our mayor....a story in the newspaper said that he would treat Thanksgiving just like any other day - he would be in his office but wouldn't attempt to get any work done.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:52:38 AM
One of the great joys of being retired is not having to worry about one's work when one is sick. When I taught school, I usually went in sick because it was such a hassle to get up work for a substitute teacher to do, and you couldn't rely on them to teach anything new, so you basically gave the students things to do that marked time but would (hopefully) keep them out of trouble.

I don't mean that as a slight to our substitute teachers at HHW, but we couldn't select our subs. We had to take whomever they could get, and often it wasn't someone very reliable.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 08:54:24 AM
Oh, David Hemmings passed away!   :'(

He was such a good/bad Mordred!  And he was in Gangs of New York and Gladiator as well.

Blow-Up of course, and a movie not mentioned in his obit as yet:  The Love Machine.

Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:55:54 AM
I have seen some public service announcements recently on TV suggesting that parents turn off the TV and play board games with their kids. I wish MY parents had wanted to do that! I loved board games (still do) but had a very hard time finding others to participate with me. Loved CLUE, used to play Monopoly over the course of several days at the beach with cousins. Parker Brothers also had a board game I loved called CAREERS, but no one liked it but me. I notice it's not being manufactured any more, so I guess it didn't go over too well. I sure loved it.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Donna on December 04, 2003, 08:58:39 AM
Forgot.
ICE CREAM. My preferences are so Plain Jane I probably shouldn't even post on this topic. What I like is for my ice cream to be, first of all, REAL (nothing artificial) and, secondly, CREAMY--no fershulganah nuts, chips, berry bits, candies or alfalfa sprouts in it for me! SO...I usually buy vanilla or chocolate or a combination of the two. That's IT! (oh my, so boring, boring, boring). Ah, well.

Signed,
Jane
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:59:08 AM
Seeing that picture of David Hemmings reminds me how shocked I was when I saw him after a number of years much heavier than he was in his BLOW-UP/CAMELOT days.

I guess we ALL do spread a little as we enter middle age.

Sorry he's gone. He was always a reliable and enjoyable character actor.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 09:03:12 AM
I am so frustrated I want to scream. I just pre-ordered Wicked from amazon.ca. I ordered something else as well so I could get free shipping.  When I ordered the other item it said that it would take 24 hours. Yet after ordering it I noticed it would be 3-5 weeks. Do you know how hard it is to change an item on amazon.ca???  They make it very easy to cancel an item. But they make it impossible to add one. After fiddling around for like 20 minutes I finally found a line that said "you cannot add items or combine orders".

Huh?

So I cancelled my order and redid it. And then guess what? It said my promotional certificate had already been used :)

Ha ha. Good thing I had another. But why do they make it so difficult? They will be getting a nice email from me shortly.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 09:10:13 AM
DR Jennifer you are mixed up - online sellers are not there to serve the consumer....they are there to take credit card numbers and put money in the bank.  If they can send you some merchandise sometime in the future (when they decide to), that is just a sideline.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 09:15:41 AM
DR Jennifer you are mixed up - online sellers are not there to serve the consumer....they are there to take credit card numbers and put money in the bank.  If they can send you some merchandise sometime in the future (when they decide to), that is just a sideline.

Yes but wouldn't it make more sense for it to be EASY to add items, but DIFFICULT to cancel them?

Maybe it's because amazon.ca is new. Although I do remember having an equally difficult time trying to do the same thing at amazon.com. Although eventually it worked.

The sad thing is that all I'll get out of the email is another discount code. And they will probably frustrate me in the process by using one of their pre-existing form reply letters.

There is nothing I hate more than asking a question or making a comment, and having them ignore what I ask and send me a form letter (that they feel most vaguely answers my question).

And I make it worse. Because when they don't answer my question, I email them back. They probably hate me, but darnit if I ask them something they should ANSWER my question.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Andrea on December 04, 2003, 09:18:20 AM


Hey, I have a kinda important question.  Is Life still a fun game for a kid?  They're doing a toy drive and I wanted to get something that a would be for a boy or a girl.  I was going to get Operation but since it has batteries, I thought that when the ones I would have bought ran out the kid might not get any more for a long time.  I picked Life because I used to like it when I was a kid but now I'm worried that I picked something no one will want.  Should I take it back?  If I do what should I get?  What's cool?  I have until Saturday.  

D

I love life!
It's still a tradition with me and my friend to play life. However, we do the money making version. We play the game over and over again with the grandkids, each time getting tons and tons of money!

It's a great game and better than other things.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 09:23:14 AM
Online sellers can be VERY frustrating, and there certainly have been times that I've wanted to hurl the computer across the room in frustration in dealing with them.

On the other hand, I have saved SO much money buying over the internet, and have found items I never would have gotten if I had waited for them to arrive in stores here. So, I find it hard to bash them outright.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 09:24:39 AM
DR MATTH - I enjoyed playing Careers!  But it seems that it either had a lot more pieces or rules or something, because I remember it as being a bit more complicated that LIFE (which we loved) or Go to the Head of the Class   And of course Sorry!

DRJennifer - I know what you mean about those form replies.  I used to get them from my ISP - and if you use PayPal if takes you forever to get to a page so that you can send them an email!  And EBAY is terrible, too.   They send you in circles before you get the "Contact Us" option, even though no place you go before that can answer your question. :P
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 09:27:49 AM
I can't speak to amazon.ca practices, but Amazon.com has been extremely reliable, user-friendly and helpful every time I've encountered a problem.

Bad copy of something received -- immediate dispatch of item via 2-day delivery and easy-to-acquire return mailing label.

Problem with getting order in a timely manner when eBay says all items should be available within 24 hours?  They always upgrade my shipping to two-day delivery and never charge me for shipping at all.

Compared to Amazon.com, all the rest are amateurs, IMO!
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Post by: Craig on December 04, 2003, 09:29:42 AM
NEWSDAY has yet again jumped the review gun for Never Gonna Dance...


http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/stage/ny-etnevergonnadance,0,7232527.story?coll=ny-theater-headlines

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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 09:29:54 AM
GO TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS - gosh, I haven't thought of that in years, but I loved it too. And SORRY used to make me so mad because I don't ever remember winning that game. I won CLUE and MONOPOLY on occasion, but never SORRY! I ALWAYS had the worst luck.

I think you're right about CAREERS. I think the rules were more complicated, and you had to go through your career choice successfully three times I think to be declared the winner, and I think it became too repetitive for people to endure.
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Post by: Craig on December 04, 2003, 09:30:18 AM
you will have to do a little cutting and pasting to make that link work...
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 09:38:31 AM
I got there. The writer's critique was decidedly less enthusiastic than DR WEL. Different strokes, I guess....
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Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 09:41:20 AM
Has that link thrown us into widescreen?

Board games:  How come on free-for-all day you don't come up with these good topics?  Scrabble and Monopoly are my faves.

I really thought Mr. Hemmings was a terrific actor, and if you want to see a really fine Hemmings performance, pick up the low cost MGM DVD of Juggernaut, which is a wonderful movie.  He's also terrific in a film I hope will be on DVD soon, Islands in the Stream.
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Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 09:41:47 AM
I REALLY should be doing my Excel spreadsheet assignment for my math class, but I wanted to post first.  Maybe Mark or Craig, being the computer experts that they are, would like to volunteer to do said project for me?

The last movies I saw were Elf and Bad Santa, and although they were polar opposites tone-wise, I highly recommend both!  I really do need to get out to a movie theatre...there are a lot of things out now that I want to see.  And I've got to catch all the big prestige pics before Oscar season, but I guess there's still a lot of time.

My favorite ice cream flavor is butter pecan, but I also love strawberry, coconut and peach.  And chocolate, of course.  And French Vanilla.  And...damn it...there are just too many of them.

Jrand--I haven't played Life in ages, but I DO love Trivial Pursuit.  I just have a talent for storing weird random pieces of information in my head.

Swish--wow...I didn't realize that our teasing moniker of Swishy the Druggie would become a psychic prediction!   :P  I AM sorry though you had to go through that, and that security guard SHOULD be fired for his insolence.  

Ah well....back to the delights of schoolwork...

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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 09:52:41 AM
I had a "Careers" game, and I think it may still be in my mother's house!!!

I loved "Careers" and you're right -- there were far too few kids "capable" of playing it correctly.  You really needed mature minds...or adults.

"Sorry" was a favorite, too.

And I still have fond memories of "Uncle Wiggily."
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 09:53:31 AM
Don't forget, DR Maya, that the Oscars have been moved back a month to the end of February, so you have one month less time than in years past.
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Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 10:01:21 AM
I'm so glad that Life is ok.  I just wasn't sure.  Thanks all, I feel better about it now.  

I don't have any kids and am not around them so I started to 2nd guess myself.  

I remember Careers as well. Humm, maybe have to look on E-bay and see if it's there just for the heck of it.

I was raised as a only child so I didn't get to play games as much as I wanted to.  I love to play chess.  My first computer, a TRS80 taught me how.  I never won a game but I think it made me a good player.  

As far as ordering on-line.  I do it all the time.  I might go to the mall and look but most of the time I wait unitl I go home to order something I want.  The only thing I really buy out is clothes.  Something may look GREAT in a catalog or a picture on line but when you try it on yourself, you don't want it.  

And you never can tell the size for sure.  It all depends on the cut.  I prefer to try it on before I buy it and save the return postage if doesn't fit/work.


 
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 10:01:24 AM
MattH: Do hurry and post again so your total number of posts doesn't read "666"! [shudder]
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Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 10:08:20 AM
That's funny.  I worked for a Waldens bookstore and the store number was 666.  Do you know that there were people who wouldn't buy a Bible or any kind of religious book from that store?  They wouldn't write a check because they didn't want the "666" on the check and they didn't want the receipt either.

Had to add--there are 46 copies of Careers on E-bay.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 10:13:47 AM
Just call me "Damien."   :D
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 10:17:07 AM
How about Mystery Date? Yeah, it was just for girls, but I mentioned to my last lover one night how much I had always wanted to play that game, but I couldn't now that it was out of print. Well, what do you think I got for Christmas? And you've never seen nor heard a campier scene in your life than four gay men playing Mystery Date over drinks.
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Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 10:18:01 AM
Danise: Thanks for the very creative welcome! ;D

When I was little I loved Hungry Hungry Hippos and Don't Break the Ice. I wonder if they even still sell those games?
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Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 10:19:25 AM
 :D ohhh! I got Karma Points! Yea!!! :D
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Post by: William E. Lurie on December 04, 2003, 10:28:45 AM
666 is supposedly the "Devil's Number".  I have no idea where that started, but it was probably by people who are very superstitious about a lot of other things too.

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By "internet sellers" do you mean individuals who sell on the sites like e-bay or companies that sell their goods through the internet?

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I found the Newsday NEVER GONNA DANCE review.  If the link in these here notes doesn't work (it didn't for me) just go to the www.newsday.com home page, go down the list on the side and click "Entertainment", and you can get it that way.

It's interesting that Newsday's main critic, Linda Winer, did not do the review, but she didn't do I AM MY OWN WIFE either today, so she may be on vacation.

The review is mixed, but more positive then negative and the words "old fashioned" did appear.  The critic liked the dancing, but failed to mention that they are dancing 2/3 of the time.  I expected Peter Bartlett to be disliked, but both he and David Pittu did get laughs with almost everything they did.  However am I incorrect in thinking that designer Robin Wagner is a him and not a her as referred to in the review?

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I have a confession to make.  I have never seen ANGELS IN AMERICA and despite the awards the play got and the advance raves the HBO movie is getting I still really have no desire to see it.  I don't like drag queens, don't believe in angels and saw an excellent movie a few years ago about Roy Cohen.  I will probably tape all six hours but don't know if I will get through the whole thing.  Can any DR explain why this is supposed to be such a great work and why I should watch it?  The critics haven't convinced me.
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 10:32:58 AM
Wow, best current movies to see?  I'm afraid I am not really up to date on what’s playing in the theaters.  Is Intolerance still at the Bijou?

Ice cream however is a subject I can discuss.  Ben & Jerry make the absolute best ice creams flavors in the world, if you like different treats and textures in your dessert.  Tops on my list are Karamel Sutra and Peanut Butter Me Up.  However, when pressed, I can be swayed by some Haagen-Daz flavors, particularly Dulce De Leche (oh a “Guys and Dolls” reference).
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Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 10:33:38 AM
I had the  Mystery Date game and always got the "bum".  LOL!

Your welcome, Diane!   Tell us about yourself!

As far as the games,  E-bay might have them.  I think I saw Hungry, Hungry Hippos yesterday when I was looking at the games.  

I think it is a good idea for families to sit down with a board/card game at least once a week.  

The games that I played the most were in my early 20's.  I found a group that did the role playing games--D&D, Vampire, etc. and later, the card games like Magic.  I still have my decks.  I LOVED them.  They weren't as bad as people made them out to be.

It depends on who your playing with and what rules you set.  Like poker.  You can play for match sticks or strip or lose your house on the turn of a card.  It just depends on you.

We never did the burn the village, rape, loot (well we did loot the dead when a character died) murder stuff.  We always had a quest like Lord of the Rings.  We only went off the path one time and it was soooo funny but we never did it again.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 10:40:39 AM
666 is supposedly the "Devil's Number".  I have no idea where that started, but it was probably by people who are very superstitious about a lot of other things too.

It "started" in "Revelations," the last book of something called the "New Testament" that is the second part of the Christian Bible.

"...and the number of the beast was 666..."

It has been the entire basis of stories and films dealing with satan, most notably "The Omen" films.

It is well-known to those superstitious people with more than a passing reference to The Bible.

: )
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 04, 2003, 10:42:24 AM
Re Mystery Date: If you go onto a high school or college campus now, it appears that The Bum is the desirable fella these days.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 10:46:48 AM

DR Jrand wrote:
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DRJennifer - I know what you mean about those form replies.  I used to get them from my ISP - and if you use PayPal if takes you forever to get to a page so that you can send them an email!  And EBAY is terrible, too.  They send you in circles before you get the "Contact Us" option, even though no place you go before that can answer your question.


Yes it is sometimes very hard to find the contact options. So I just save the address to send complaints to (cust.serv@amazon.ca for amazon.ca).  See why they hate me :)
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 10:50:12 AM
666 is supposedly the "Devil's Number".  I have no idea where that started, but it was probably by people who are very superstitious about a lot of other things too.

666 is considered the Mark of the Beast as described in the Book of Revelations in the Bible.  As for who is responsible for the words and ideas in the Bible, well, I'm not getting into that discussion.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 10:50:15 AM
DR RonP wrote:
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I can't speak to amazon.ca practices, but Amazon.com has been extremely reliable, user-friendly and helpful every time I've encountered a problem.

Bad copy of something received -- immediate dispatch of item via 2-day delivery and easy-to-acquire return mailing label.

Problem with getting order in a timely manner when eBay says all items should be available within 24 hours?  They always upgrade my shipping to two-day delivery and never charge me for shipping at all.

Compared to Amazon.com, all the rest are amateurs, IMO!

They are reliable that is for sure. And if you have a problem they will help you.

But my problems have mostly been with shipping delays (items that might say 1 or 2 weeks taking longer) or things like what I described in my other message (trying to add an item/ or their system eating my discount code).

They do always answer within 24 hours. But sometimes you just need help sooner.

But not only that their form letters are a HUGE problem for me.  If I ask them why MY ITEM is delayed, I don't need to get a form letter saying that occasionally there are delays. I want them to check into my item.

But all this said, I actually love buying from the amazons. I do realize that they have SO many customers. So that considered they are great.
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Post by: Emily on December 04, 2003, 10:50:49 AM
Good afternoon everyone!

T minus 23hours and counting until exam #1!!! Am I studying?  Nahhhh... that'll happen frantically tonight and tomorrow morning... ;)

*oh we oh we oh we oh we oh we oh we oh* = SURVIVOR tonight

I spent the morning working out the final kinks to my travel plans.  Andrea and I will be in NY from Dec. 30-1.  We leave Montreal at 10pm and travel by bus overnight.  Oy.  Why do I get the impression that the bus ride will become hellish fairly early?  I am planning to sleep the minute we clear the border - which should be around midnight or one o'clock in the morning.  

The hotel I THOUGHT we were going to be in changed to the Park Savoy which I think may be slightly nicer.  So yea!  Plus it's near  the Canadian Consulate if we need to bail Andrea out of Guantanamo or something...

My favorite type of ice cream is Chocolate Mint Chip without a doubt.  B&J kicks some serious booty - there is one (of less than 10 in all of Canuckistan... I guess we aren't that fond of frozen desserts) five walking minutes away from my house.  I love their free cone day!  Such a great hippie-ish idea!

I'm off to tackle the Arab-Israeli Conflict... I'll let you know how I plan on solving it singlehandedly (I swear that is going to be an essay question on the final exam!) :D
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Post by: Emily on December 04, 2003, 10:51:51 AM
I think I might take a religious studies class on eschatological imagery in the book of Revelations next year.  If I do, I'll send you guys some info. on 666 :)
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 10:51:58 AM
Oh, I almost forgot, welcome Dear Reader Diane.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 10:53:31 AM
I have very fond memories of playing board games with my cousins when I was a kid. Saturday nights my aunt and uncle would come over, and while the adults were having cocktails and playing cards us kids were in the family room watching the Saturday monster film (H-Man, Voodoo Woman, Godzilla) and playing Aggravation, Monopoly, or The Game of Life. I also remember vividly when my cousin Molly got Concentration for Christmas...I was so envious! Chinese Checkers, Battle Ship, and Candy Land were other favorites.
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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 10:55:10 AM
What wonderful interesting posts.

Yes DRMaya - Trivial Pursuit is fun, but it seems to take forever to get to your turn, something I don't remember in Monopoly or the other "action" as opposed to "question" games.   And of course in Clue everyone's turn is important because you can learn something!  ;)

DRDanise - I am so tempted to bid on a Careers game!  ;D

And while I was complaining earlier about some online shopping services, I must agree that personally I have gotten mostly outstanding service from them all.   And as my computer skills improved, my internet shopping got easier.  And it certainly beats going out, fighting the crowds, parking, and going inside to find what you wanted sold out - if you could find a person to help you. The only person who is really suffering is my mailman!  :P

Oh heck!  I did it.  A 1965 version - complete - was going for $2.00.   I think it was the 1955 version we had...here is that box, but I will take the later one.  Remember this board, guys?
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 10:55:41 AM
I have never recieved one iota of help from Ebay or Paypal when I have had trouble (in other words the buy took my money and ran) with an Ebay purchase. Thankfully that has only happened twice. Once last year and one that I am dealing with right now.

That said, I still LOVE Ebay and would never dream and think it has been a huge boon to mankind!
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Post by: Emily on December 04, 2003, 10:58:22 AM
Trivial Pursuit was invented in a Montreal bar...

betcha all didn't know that! :)
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 11:01:26 AM
I spent the morning working out the final kinks to my travel plans.  Andrea and I will be in NY from Dec. 30-1.  We leave Montreal at 10pm and travel by bus overnight.  Oy.  Why do I get the impression that the bus ride will become hellish fairly early?  I am planning to sleep the minute we clear the border - which should be around midnight or one o'clock in the morning.  


I have taken the overnight bus many times. It's not bad at all. Just be prepared to be questioned by the customs people.

For some reason they hate single girls travelling alone. They will probably think you are trying to marry an American.I kid you not. I have these discussions EVERY time I go to the US.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 11:03:53 AM
When can I come over and play, DR JRand? That picture brought back SUCH memories.

Speaking as a gay male, I have to say the bum in MYSTERY DATE is the most desirable of the men behind the door. Yes, you lose if you get him, but you lose only the game if you know what I mean. We had hours of hilarity about that fact.

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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 11:21:09 AM
As soon as I get it, DRMATTH, I will have a Careers party.

And, not that I have ever played it or anything, but I think the loser in Dream Date is not called a bum, he is a dud....as in:  "Will your date be a... dream.........or a....dud?"  8)

And DRLaura is correct in her observation about the "bum" being the most sought after.  It is thus in most cultures!  ;D

DRDiane - Don't Break the Ice and Hungry Hungry Hippo are great games...and don't forget their companion...Ants in Your Pants!
 :P

TCB - watch your tape!
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 11:40:15 AM

TCB - watch your tape!

I will, JRand, I have it scheduled for Sunday afternoon.  I am really looking forward to seeing the whole tape -- especially The Boat Trip.
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Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 11:43:47 AM
DRTCB: Thank You!  :-*

DRJrand: I don't think I ever played Ants...Now  I'm gonna have to go and find it!

Remember Shoots and Ladders? Me and my sister could play that for hours...

What do you all think of Video Games? Killing kids imaginations? Giving them better hand / eye cordination?
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Post by: Emily on December 04, 2003, 11:46:15 AM
Has anyone here ever played the Grand Theft Auto Games?

Definitely are NOT for children but also definitely cathartic.

But what does it say about a society when you get such enjoyment out of stealing cars, shooting cops and beating up prostitutes? :)
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Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 11:53:12 AM
It's always so funny to see so many people perusing the board - I always think, "Oh, good, there'll be lots of new posts to read" and then I go to the posts and there's like two posts to read.  Yes, it's always so funny.

Very busy crazy day at work, but I'm going to Cafe Bizou later, so I've got a rainbow waiting at the end of the day.
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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 11:55:28 AM
Just another day in the neighborhood, DR Emily.

DR Diane the only computer game I really have ever played is Pong!  

LOL TCB!  Unfortunately BOAT TRIP does not feature Gale Storm.


What was Benjamin Kritzer's favorite board game?
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 11:58:16 AM
DR Ron, UNCLE WIGGLY!!!!  I LOVED UNCLE WIGGLY!!!

I had forgotten all about him until you mentioned it.  Yay!  Brings back lovely memories!

I think Life is a fun game, and I think it would be a great gift, depending on the age limit of the kids.  Might want to check that out.

I had this game called "Yotta (Know Mammals)" (as in, You Ought To), which was an educational game about some rather obscure mammals.  Because of this game, I know the difference between the Hoary Marmot and the Olympic Marmot.  Great game.

At the moment, I love Cranium.  And when I was a kid I LOVED loved loved Mousetrap.  Now they have a cruelty-free (read: lame) version called Mouse Roundup.
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 11:59:50 AM
Welcome, DR Diane ;)

Glad you found us.

To everyone else, FYI, Diane and I met on our My Fair Lady tour and have been friends for about 2 years or so.  She also did Camelot, which DR Jose is doing right now, right?
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Post by: William E. Lurie on December 04, 2003, 12:00:05 PM
By the way - speaking of games has anyone seen or played "Ghettopoly"?  I have it ordered but don't know how long it will take to get as the supply can't keep up with the demand.

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Post by: Andrea on December 04, 2003, 12:00:55 PM

For some reason they hate single girls travelling alone. They will probably think you are trying to marry an American.I kid you not. I have these discussions EVERY time I go to the US.

Really? I never had that problem. My friend Alex and I were so giddy and cute, that they guy started talking about how much americans liked mcgill and how mcgill kids were always passing over.

Then again, EVERYONE knows I'm trying to marry an american.
So far I've had:

Mr. Florida/ California
Mr. New York
Mr. Pennsylvania/ DC

There are sooooo many states left to cover.


Welcome Diane
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 12:01:15 PM
Oh, and DON'T SPILL THE BEANS...that was a cool game! OPERATION was sort of fun too.

Boy this is all bringing back memories of childhood Christmas mornings as that is usually when we got our board games! What fun!!
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 04, 2003, 12:03:13 PM
I, too, will miss David Hemmings.  I think my favourite Hemmings piece was a British TV movie called CHARLIE MUFFIN, I believe.  A wonderful spy story (which is usually not my thing) and he's great in it.  I also enjoyed him in a film about a year and a half ago called LAST ORDERS with Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins.

I am a Trivial Pursuit champ.  Of course, I still play the original editions of the basic Genus game, Silver Screen, Baby Boomer, and one called the Vintage Years: the 1920's through the 1950's.  I'm sure subsequent versions of Genus and Silver Screen can't be as good and my movie knowledge of more recent years will falter.  When we played teams, my pal Larry Drake and I would be on a team and were virtually invincible.

SCRABBLE is another one I love.  A recent one I like is WISE AND OTHERWISE...which is a fancy board game of the old parlour game called Dictionary.  In Dictionary, you're given an obscure word and then you have to write a definition and people guess which one is the right one.  You get points if people guess yours. In Wise and Otherwise...you have to finish a Wise saying and people guess on which one is the real one.  

We also play another version of this where you take something like Leonard Maltin's movie book and read out a logline of a movie and then people make up titles and you have to guess the real title.  For years, we called the game California Screaming, after the title my lovely wife had given a description of a movie about a couple being menaced by wild bikers.  But recently a friend entitled a movie about a nanny and some children being menaced by supernatural trees as Mary Poplar...and that seems to be the game's new name.  And, yes, in all these games...some folks actually go for the laugh and you got points for the one that got the biggest laugh.

I also used to play an Avalon Hill game called KINGMAKER which was about the War of the Roses.  Lots of fun, but it could go on for hours, if not days.

I'm also addicted to Solitaire on my computer.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 12:03:30 PM
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 12:03:33 PM
LOL TCB!  Unfortunately BOAT TRIP does not feature Gale Storm.

Gee, I never think of Gale Storm in any films, and after seeing the titles of the films she was in, I understand why.  However, I loved her on TV, and I even remember when she was on Murder She Wrote as nephew, Grady's, mother-in-law.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 12:03:55 PM
DR WEL:  I, too, have this game ordered.  I keep getting "promising" e-mails saying my order will be honored, but I fear it won't make it for gift-giving!  And I SO wanted to have it with me when I trek to SC this yuletide.

: )
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 12:05:15 PM
DR Joy:  I'm looking for one on eBay in near-mint condition.  Just because:

(http://www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/~museum/vexhibit/Whitehill/wiggily1.gif)
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Post by: Emily on December 04, 2003, 12:07:39 PM
Ghettopoly is fun... although the game "China Town" is better - where the property is all laundries, restaurants, tenements and herbal medication stores.  :)

The best board games store in the world... I could spend hours here...

http://www.levalet.com/
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 12:08:19 PM
I keep getting tempted to bid on the 1959 PERRY MASON board game, or the SURFSIDE 6 board game.

Has anyone ever played either one?
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Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 12:09:43 PM
The only computer game I play (and which I'm addicted to) is Free Cell.  
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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 12:13:52 PM
OMG DRMBARNUM....those games based on tv shows always turned out to be so lame!  But I think you should be on them for the graphics ALONE!  :o

We had The Patty Duke Show Game, The Dr Kildare Game, and The Lucy Show Game.  :P

I love the Dictionary Game, DRCHARLESPOGUE, and I love the idea of the movie title game!  We must give that a try.

But your post reminded me of another Halloween costume of mine from a few years ago...it was a cutaway, white gloves, etc....and I was Mary Poppins brother who also wanted to be a nanny...
Murray Poppins.  ;D
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 12:16:44 PM
Charles Pogue, that definition game sounds like Balderdash!  I love Balderdash.  It's the same thing:  you get a card with a word and different definitions, but you have to make up one definition.  You read aloud the three defs. on the card, plus your own, in a random order and the others have to guess the correct one.  You get points if they guess yours.  Fun!
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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 12:17:38 PM
There are FIVE H/K birthdays in the next 10 days!  Check the calendar!
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 12:18:19 PM
BK, I used to be addicted to Minesweeper, another Windows game.  I could spend hours sweeping those darn mines!
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 12:26:13 PM
By the way, everyone, this is Diane:
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Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 12:29:27 PM
When can I come over and play, DR JRand? That picture brought back SUCH memories.

Speaking as a gay male, I have to say the bum in MYSTERY DATE is the most desirable of the men behind the door. Yes, you lose if you get him, but you lose only the game if you know what I mean. We had hours of hilarity about that fact.



I wanna play too!  I'll pack my Clue and Life game and hop on the next jet.  

As far as the bum goes, I do remember saying something about he might be like Howard Hughes and rich.   :)

I guess none of us have really grown up because (and I'm suprised that no one has said this yet)  we are still playing on a "Board"!  (http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0903/lachen/laughing-smiley-014.gif)

At the computer show I went to a few weekends ago, I bought a classic game CD--it has Pong on it.  It's so strange to think that was once "State of the art"--with a SQUARE ball, no less.  They couldn't even get that right.  

Crystal Castle was a favorite of mine which was why I bought the CD.

I keep meaning to say, “Thank you, Karma Fairy for all the Karma!”

Ya know, I guess the bum could be worse--let me show you my prince.  He lives in my shed.  I keep him round in case of an emergency--a ball, need a date quick.  I just haven't worked up the nerve to kiss him yet....
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 12:34:38 PM
Okay, okay, I'm a horrible friend.   ;)  Here is a much more accurate picture of Diane.
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 12:44:52 PM
Ya know, I guess the bum could be worse--let me show you my prince.  He lives in my shed.  I keep him round in case of an emergency--a ball, need a date quick.  I just haven't worked up the nerve to kiss him yet....

Unfortunately, Danise, that is what my prince looks like after he has been kissed.
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Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 12:47:36 PM
Joy is a very good friend..although she does like to torture her friends on occasion ;D
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 12:49:46 PM
A much nicer picture of the fair Diane.  However, while we are on the subject of that picture, who is the good looking guy with the graying temples and the green print shirt behind her?
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 12:52:11 PM
Okay, okay...to be fair, here's a similar one of me:

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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 04, 2003, 12:52:29 PM
Joy, yes Balderdash is the board version of the old Dictionary game.  I wish I had the foresight and imagination to take a parlour game like dictionary or trivia and turn it into a board game like Balderdash or Trivial Pursuit and make a ton of money off something that people had been playing for years without all the fancy accoutrements of playing boards and plastic pieces and dice.  Next someone will come up with a board version of Button, Button, Who's Got the Button or I Spy With My Little Eye...
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 12:54:58 PM
Welcome Diane!  :)
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 12:56:46 PM
That didn't work. LOL.  I thought fun things were suppose to happen.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 01:00:49 PM
DRs JRand & Matt H: I probably will never discuss "Six Feet Under" as every comment will be a spoiler for me for six months or more! I wish I could afford the DVDs. This is TV and acting at it its best. I probably have to wait until next October for the next episode.
Welcome Diane
Danise: "Moon Flower" by Santana is a beautiful piece of music. ("Flor D' Luna") 1977.
Now on to reading page 2!
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 01:01:05 PM
A much nicer picture of the fair Diane.  However, while we are on the subject of that picture, who is the good looking guy with the graying temples and the green print shirt behind her?
TCB, that is Oscar, who eventually took over as Pickering and even played Higgins once or so.  He said a grand total of five words on the whole tour and was the sweetest, cutest guy ever.  I had a grand time touring Philadelphia with him.  Really nice, funny guy (once ya get him talking) and did a fantastic job as Higgins and Pickering.  OH, and he's married.  Sorry.

By the way, the story behind those ghastly pictures is this:
One night during the show we were bored backstage and were making faces in the mirror in the dressing room, and Staci (Mrs. Pierce) decided to take pictures of us all doing double chin faces.   Staci later posted the pictures on AmIHotOrNot.com.
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 01:04:31 PM
Jane, you probably meant to say

Welcome, Diane!
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Post by: Diane on December 04, 2003, 01:07:45 PM
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being so sweet and welcoming me so kindly ::) I'm sorry I lurked for such a long time!
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Post by: Mr. Mark Bakalor on December 04, 2003, 01:09:42 PM
Grammy Award Nominations Announced!

Best Musical Show Album

(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parenthesis.))

* Flower Drum Song
Hugh Fordin, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Lea Salonga & Others)
[DRG Records]

* Gypsy
Jay David Saks, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Bernadette Peters, Tammy Blanchard, John Dossett & Others)
[Angel Records]

* Man Of La Mancha
Jay David Saks, producer (Mitch Leigh, composer; Joe Darion, lyricist) (The New Broadway Cast Recording With Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Ernie Sabella & Others)
[RCA Victor]

* Movin' Out
Mike Berniker & Tommy Byrnes, producers (Billy Joel, composer/lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Michael Cavanaugh)
[Sony Classical]

* Nine - The Musical
Tommy Krasker & Maury Yeston, producers (Maury Yeston, composer/lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera & Others)
[PS Classics]
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 01:16:35 PM
Thanks for that list Mark,
I did pick up that new Flower Drum Song CD (my only Broadway CD other then Wildcats and the first Flower Drum Song) and I thought it was very good.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 01:20:13 PM
I am still on page 2 but just read about David Hemmings. "Last Orders" is a movie worth seeing. I assume it had a USA release this year. Great ensemble cast. I think Hemmings narrated on one of those Rick Wakeman albums of the 1970s.
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Post by: Mr. Mark Bakalor on December 04, 2003, 01:20:36 PM
Though I'm SLIGHTLY biased, I'm hoping and betting on NINE, an album I've been working on and with for the last seven months.  :)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 01:22:19 PM
Thanks for the Grammy nominations, Mr. Mark. Hmmmmm, not a new score among them. The sad state of Broadway.


I had a 77 SUNSET STRIP game. It was a poor man's CLUE and not nearly as much fun, but the pictures of Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes on the box lid were worth the cost of the game.

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Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 01:25:37 PM
Congratulations to Mark and everyone at PS Classics on the Grammy nomination!  Soooo cool!  

I'm sooo bored at work...need mental stimulation...anyone wanna play Tic Tac Toe or something?

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If only I could get some vertical lines now!

Welcome to new DR Diane!
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 01:25:44 PM
Of course I had to go get a scoop of ice cream-Haagen Dazs coffee with health bar pieces added to it.  Other favorites are Baskin-Robbins chocolate chip, chocolate, world class chocolate and English toffee.  Haagen Dazs is my favorite vanilla.  We have a local store, B.J’s, which makes a good peppermint stick.

Swishy Sarah, your complaint might not make a difference on its own, however multiple complaints in the security guard’s file might.  I agree he should not get a way with his comment.

Charles Pogue, I do hope Julieanne is feeling a bit steadier today.

Traditionally Sunday is our movie day.  A few of the recent movies I enjoyed were Bend it Like Beckham, Whale Rider, Holes, Pirates of the Caribbean, Master and Commander, Radio and Lost in Translation.  This Sunday I get to pick the movie so we shall see Love Actually.
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 01:28:15 PM
Let's see if this works.

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Welcome Diane.[/move]  :)
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 01:29:57 PM
Okay!  I feel so accomplished.  I really don't know why I wanted it to move since that makes me dizzy.

Now I must get back to my work.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 01:31:44 PM
I'm guessing the winner will be MOVIN' OUT because the voters will think it's cool to vote for Billy Joel, and the ironic thing is he won't win if the album does. It's not a new score.
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 01:34:16 PM
Swishy, although I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with the law, your story was most amusing.

My favorite ice cream flavor is peppermint stick.  Preferably the pink kind.
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Post by: Joy on December 04, 2003, 01:35:19 PM
Maya, I highly recommend the Bathroom Habits Survey at bored.com.  Hours of gross-out amusement.
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Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 01:40:24 PM
Thanks, Joy!  I can take bathroom humor in small doses!  

I haven't heard ALL the nominated albums, but Nine is masterfully produced and put together.  I would NOT count it out by any means...even if Movin' Out's more contemporary-sounding score is more in accordance with voters' tastes.

I don't think Gypsy is gonna win...great at parts, but inconsistent.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 01:41:00 PM
I think "Clue" was sold here as "Cluedo". Very good for deductive reasoning classes at school. I remember some fun nights with friends (after a few glasses of wine) where the Rev Green was quite likely to do some odd things with a candlestick to anyone in any room at all.
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Post by: Craig on December 04, 2003, 01:48:25 PM
Work is work.. but I thought I would post a picture taken the other day when Dion was here for everyone's amusement...

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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 01:48:30 PM
I have to admit I haven't heard the Bernadette Peters' GYPSY, but of the other four, I certainly would prefer that NINE win.
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Post by: Noel on December 04, 2003, 01:49:24 PM
I have seen some public service announcements recently on TV suggesting that parents turn off the TV and play board games with their kids. I wish MY parents had wanted to do that! I loved board games (still do) but had a very hard time finding others to participate with me. Loved CLUE, used to play Monopoly over the course of several days at the beach with cousins. Parker Brothers also had a board game I loved called CAREERS, but no one liked it but me. I notice it's not being manufactured any more, so I guess it didn't go over too well. I sure loved it.

I, too, loved Careers, and always see it as a metaphor for life.
Me, I've placed too much emphasis on happiness, too little on money.
And now I'm getting fame points.

The first order is in at www.WeddingMusical.com (http://www.WeddingMusical.com) for Our Wedding - The Musical CD
and it comes from a dearly missed Kinslet
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 01:50:04 PM
TCB: Have you been visiting my garden? There are so many frogs around - at least they are a sign of a healthy environment. Now if I can find someone prepared to catch and kiss all the rabbits. (With my luck they would change into Playboy bunnies). Magnus and Fosca ignore the rabbits totally!
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Post by: William E. Lurie on December 04, 2003, 01:50:42 PM
For completeness the Bernadette GYPSY is great.  For performances (and not just Rose), I prefer either Angela or Ethel.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 01:51:08 PM
Dion was there for everyone's amusement? My kind of guy.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 01:52:03 PM
I guess many of you here know that the original cast album of GYPSY won a Grammy for Ethel Merman. Yep, back then, the star artist and the conductor received the Grammys, not the composer/lyricist, so Sondheim and Styne didn't win Grammys for GYPSY. Isn't that weird! I think Sondheim's first Grammy (and first Tonys) were for COMPANY.
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Post by: George on December 04, 2003, 01:57:13 PM
Firstly, welcome Diane!  (My sister's name is Diane.)

Ice cream:
Breyers Chocolate Rainbow – five different chocolate flavors!!
I also really like Dairy Queen’s Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard but with extra peanut butter cups.

Movies that I like (and have actually seen):

Bend It Like Beckham
Chicago
Finding Nemo
Pirates of the Caribbean

Like most of you, I rarely go to the movies.  The last one I saw was T3 and I think the last Star Wars movie was before that.    I either do a Pay-Per-View or rent the DVD/tape.  The movies are to loud--does anyone else have a problem with that?  I always walk out with a headache.

Danise, my niece has tinnitis (sp?) so she has a ringing in her ears ALL THE TIME.  It's quiet, but noticeable.  It doesn't stop her from going to movies all the time and live concerts a couple of times a year.  Next week she's going to the Shania Twain concert in Portland, Oregon and almost decided against it because she knew that her ears would hurt afterwards.  But she loves Shania and always has ear plugs (that help a little).
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Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 02:01:48 PM
SORT OF makes up for Merm losing her Tony!
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 04, 2003, 02:18:20 PM
BOARD GAMES: How about Mousetrap!  It was even fun when no one else was around, just to set the whole gizmo up and let it loose.

ICE CREAM: I'm not really much of an ice cream person.  I kinda like Fudge Ripple, but not enough to pursue it.  Der Brucer is the ice cream devourer in our house, always hogging up freezer space, but that's not a problem now because we have the main freezer downstairs (soon to be filled with venison provided by his son in law, which is interesting because he can get the meat fresh but his wife, der Brucer's daughter, refuses to cook it, so I'll have tons of it on hand instead).

FILMS RECENTLY SEEN IN THE THEATERS: Timeline, panned by the critics but enjoyable.  Based on another Michael Crighton book, it doesn't have the dazzle of Jurassic Park, but the plot is certainly servicable, and for something by Crighton a surprisingly small number of major characters get killed off (something like six or seven), making it one of the gentler of his stories.   ::)  Actually, one of the leads, Gerard Butler, is fairly woofy; he's playing the Phantom in the film version of ALW's mock-opera that's currently filming.
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 04, 2003, 02:27:45 PM
Oh, and has anyone been following all the flack that chef, Rick Bayless, has been getting for his Burger King ads?  There was an article in the Food section of the Washington Post yesterday, and I didn't realize some of the reactions were so severe, practically vitriolic.  -Love that word!  I need to check back into egullet.com to observe more of the fireworks!  ;-)  *I wondered about the whole things myself when I first saw the commercial.  *Although, there was a, I guess, sexist, comment about Rachel Ray's endorsement..."Hey, she's a babe.  We expect that."  - ???
The whole flack over at eGullet about Bayless is a total over-reaction, fueled by the self-righteousness of the woman running their news summary.  They're normally a decent crowd over there, on a par with the crowd here, but on occasion they really screw up, particularly when the subject has to do with television.  In this case, their news summary chief decided to get vindictive, and the site leadership never told her to resheathe her claws.  It's gotten as ugly as Bill O'Reilly with the demands that Bayless be answerable to them, when they've already decided that tar and feathers are the uniform of the day.

A shame, really.  Other than this particular incident, I've a lot of respect for the site.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 02:33:40 PM
On another note, I am SO glad TCM is showing two Deanna Durbin movies today. IT'S A DATE is showing right now (I'm recording it for keeping), and it will be followed by LADY ON A TRAIN (which I already have). Hopefully, TCM will show some other Durbin movies in the coming months. I have several holes in my collection.

BTW, for you mystery lovers, LADY ON A TRAIN is a mystery and a pretty good one.
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 02:35:51 PM
I thought Antonio Banderas was going to be the Phantom?
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 04, 2003, 02:37:18 PM
All right, I love Dion but Craig's picture of him, brings up a pet peeve of mine. I am sooooo booooored with caps turned around backwards.  I never saw the point of it in the first place, unless you were a catcher on a baseball team or a camera operator, but I find this silly fashion fad especially ridiculous on 50-60 year old men.  You don't look hip, you just look like you're an old geezer desperately trying to look hip.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 02:37:55 PM
Nope, DR TCB, Lloyd Webber auditioned him, but I guess he didn't find him acceptable. Also, Joel Schumacher is directing and perhaps he didn't like Antonio either. Or maybe Antonio wanted too much money. None of the leads are  household names.
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Post by: Donald on December 04, 2003, 02:41:40 PM
I'm thrilled for Tommy and Philip and everyone at PS Classics for their Grammy nomination for NINE

however, I also wanted to point out that Ilene Graff, who was a recent guest on the Broadway Radio Show, was nominated for Best Musical Childrens Album for her Baby's Broadway Lullabies!  I emailed "congrats" to Ilene this morning and discovered that she had no idea she had been nominated!  Needless to say, she was THRILLED!!!   Let's all wish her the best and hope she brings come the gold!
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Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 02:45:09 PM
DR MATTH, LADY ON A TRAIN is indeed a very fun murder mystery! I enjoyed it.

DR Donald, I love Ilena Graff! Wasn't she on ALF? Regardless, I always thought she was such a good actress.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 02:50:55 PM
I emailed "congrats" to Ilene this morning and discovered that she had no idea she had been nominated!  Needless to say, she was THRILLED!!!   Let's all wish her the best and hope she brings come the gold!

Who is she up against?
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Post by: Craig on December 04, 2003, 02:51:30 PM
Charles-

I woudl agree with you.. except that it seems to be one of Dion's trademark looks as he's donned a similar look at least for the last 20 years that I have seen him at appearances, and or just in person.  Please note that DION was not here for any publicity..  The company I work for is owned by a guy that does television production and DION was taping part of a documentary.... After the taping, they came downstairs and hung out for a bit...
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 02:55:11 PM
DR TCB --    I thought I should let you know that the Bijou has finished their run of "Intolerance" and will be showing "Ella Cinders" with Miss Coleen Moore starting this next week.  Organ score by Ann Leaf at the Wurlitzer.
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 02:57:51 PM
DR WEL --    I too avoided seeing any of the parts of "Angels In America" for a long time.  When I finally went (to support a friend in the cast) I was blown away by how all of my preconcieved ideas about the show were wrong.  I was also very surprised by how much humor is in the script, considering some pretty heavy themes to deal with.

I really would recommend it for you and Ray.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 02:58:32 PM
It's a nasty, ugly day here in Oakland CA....rainy, misty, dark, gloomy, cold and on top of that, my stomach is cranky.

HHW does cheer me up from time to time, though.

: )
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Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 02:58:50 PM
DR TCB --    I thought I should let you know that the Bijou has finished their run of "Intolerance" and will be showing "Ella Cinders" with Miss Coleen Moore starting this next week.  Organ score by Ann Leaf at the Wurlitzer.

Thank you, MusicGuy, for the news.  I hear that Miss Moore is supposed to be an up and coming new starlet.
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:01:01 PM
Dear esteemed, busy, frenetic, and productive BK --

Hmmmmm, so, Cafe Bizou tonight and no invitation for DR Kerry and myself??  ???   Well tarnation, now it is too late in the day to drive over.  Have an especially yummy bite of something for us, OK?

We also don't see too many "in-theatre" movies, however "Under The Tuscan Sun" was absolutely rich and beautiful on the big screen.  I'd also like to see Runaway Jury.
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Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 03:03:16 PM
On another note, I am SO glad TCM is showing two Deanna Durbin movies today. IT'S A DATE is showing right now (I'm recording it for keeping), and it will be followed by LADY ON A TRAIN (which I already have). Hopefully, TCM will show some other Durbin movies in the coming months. I have several holes in my collection.

BTW, for you mystery lovers, LADY ON A TRAIN is a mystery and a pretty good one.

I hope it is not too late for me to record them. :-\
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Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 03:03:35 PM
I haven't played Life in ages, but I DO love Trivial Pursuit.  I just have a talent for storing weird random pieces of information in my head.

A girl after my own heart.  I, too, have a mind filled with worthless crap. :D

Always been a board game fan, but had the same trouble MattH did of not having people around too interested in playing them with me.  During my senior year of HS, we had a group of us who would get together every couple weeks and play TRIVIAL PURSUIT.  My friend Joey and I always battled it out right to the end.  Beyond that, CLUE was always a favorite.  Whenever my cousin Wesley was in town, we'd play GO FOR IT.  Also played a fair amount of PAYDAY and LIFE.  UNCLE WIGGILY... heck yeah!  I do believe that one's still in Grandma's closet somewhere.  Like someone else (I forget at the moment... Matt? Ron?), I always had horrible luck with SORRY, so it was never a favorite of mine at all.

For more recent games, I do really enjoy BALDERDASH and its counterpart BEYOND BALDERDASH, which includes dates and such in addition to definitions.  And I'm undefeated at TABOO.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 03:03:59 PM
We've got the same weather on this coast, DR Ron. It's been freezing cold with mizzly rain all day long. At least we didn't get the ice they forecast, but it's been miserable enough even without it.
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:05:58 PM
DR TCB --   In reality, I really liked Miss Moore's silent film work, and have played Ella Cinders a number of times.  A friend of mine knew her address, wrote to her about me playing her films, and she sent me back the nicest 8x10 of herself and personally autographed to me.

Now that's a classy lady!  DR Kerry had a similar response from Miss Kim Novak, when he wrote to her years ago.  We still have the picture and note up in our gallery.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 03:06:56 PM
There was also a Disneyland board game where you moved around a board layout patterned on the four sections of Disneyland. There was this vile looking serpent in Adventureland that used to creep me out! Can't believe I remember all this stuff like it was yesterday, and I'm talking games from 45 years ago!
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Post by: Danise on December 04, 2003, 03:08:40 PM
Well, it seems no one had a  guess about “Shadows of the Night” aka  "Quentins Theme” from Dark Shadows.

Just saw our weather and we're going to get cold this weekend.  It will rain tomorrow and then the cold will set in.  Joy.  I so love the cold.  Errrrr.   Or should I say Burrr?

Oh, I forgot--Voice from the Mummys Tomb--Now THAT was GREAT game along with Bats in Your Belfry.

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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:09:13 PM
Dear east coast H/Ks --    You all really do have to forgive us, if we are getting to the time of year where we can brag a little about our weather.  Today is 74, sunny, and a very light breeze.

That said, we pay for it by frying our asses off from about late May to the middle or end of October!!  :'(
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Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 03:10:48 PM
Then again, EVERYONE knows I'm trying to marry an american.
So far I've had:

Mr. Florida/ California
Mr. New York
Mr. Pennsylvania/ DC

There are sooooo many states left to cover.

I happen to know that Washington state has great guys to offer. :D
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Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 03:14:01 PM
Dear east coast H/Ks --    You all really do have to forgive us, if we are getting to the time of year where we can brag a little about our weather.  Today is 74, sunny, and a very light breeze.

That said, we pay for it by frying our asses off from about late May to the middle or end of October!!  :'(

This is why I could never live in Arizona.  I can deal with 10 degrees a lot better than 110 degrees!
Currently 32 and overcast here.
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:15:53 PM
Favorite ice cream really has to be broken into 2 categories for me.

First, for a flavor scooped right out of a tub and into a cone (with no alterations or additions)...either Hagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream, or Baskin-Robbins Gold Medal Ribbon.

But as far as an "ice cream creation," it would be either a big scoop of H-D Vanilla with my own homemade (seedless) raspberry sauce on it, or a Hot Fudge Sundae from C.C. Brown's.  ::)  ;D
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:17:42 PM
DR Jed --     Oh, I absolutely agree about the killer heat...Yuck, phtooey !!   But you have to admit, something in between 67 and 73, with a beautiful blue sky and the sun out, is a might pretty day.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:22:26 PM
By the way DR Jed --  I roughly understand the first 2 phrases in your quote at the bottom of your page (in French), but what is the last part, about "le singe...."??
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 03:22:51 PM
What's funny, DR MG, is that we HAD that exact day on Monday. In the mid-Atlantic region, we can go from a spring-like day to vile winter overnight. Very typical for us to have very mild winters and then a HUGE ice storm out of nowhere.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 03:24:39 PM
DR MattH --- Well, try staying warm by slipping into Pernell Roberts,,,,,I mean a warm blanket.. :o
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 03:25:41 PM
Awww, thanks Jed.  If you ever come to DC, you're on for a game of Trivial Pursuit!  Though the edition I have is really outdated....it's a genus edition from like the Reagan administration.  
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Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 03:41:26 PM
MusicGuy: You mean drive over from Arizona?

Re Grammys - the cast album is a curious category.  If there's a well-known rock producer in the batch, that's who wins.  If there's a really popular thing like Riverdance (which had been all over PBS the year it was up) that wins (over Rent, I believe).   So,  my guess is that the Billy Joel (simply because of his name) has a good shot, even though it's probably the least interesting album.  Nine has a chance ONLY because of its star.  FDS has no shot.  Because the general membership are the voters and because few of them will have actually heard any of these, it's what name is familiar to them.  Plain and simple.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: George on December 04, 2003, 03:41:28 PM
As far as board games are concerned, I grew up playing the previously mentioned Sorry and Aggravation (anyone heard of that?).  We still play these after getting our first versions...probably 25-30 years ago!  A new card game that we love playing is Phase 10.  It can take a long time the more people you have playing...you really can't play with only one or two people.  The more the merrier!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Maya on December 04, 2003, 03:48:06 PM
BK--that really saddens me that that's how the Grammy's work when it comes to cast albums.  I know it would be really small and unpublicized, but do you think they should have an award show for theatre music recordings similar to the MAC's, maybe?  Maybe they already do have one and I'm just not aware of it.  But at least that way cast albums would win awards based on merit, and not politics or name-recognition.
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Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 03:53:08 PM
Congratulations to Mr Mark Bakalor and NINE!  The Grammy Awards are a strange animal.....often times a song/album/performer is nominated in two categories...particularly when a "new" or "now" category is created such as Punk or Funk or Rap....I would hope that someday, a song/album/artist nominated in one category couldn't be nominated for the SAME work in another category....so strange.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 03:54:51 PM
Trivial Pursuit was invented in a Montreal bar...

betcha all didn't know that! :)

I used to play with some of them when I worked at a local radio station. Weeklye trivial  pursuit games.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ben on December 04, 2003, 03:58:27 PM
Hello, one and all. I am here for a few minutes. I have been out for most of the time since last Wednesday. I've popped in once or twice but I've been busy w/Thanksgiving and then volunteering but I wanted to hop in and say hello so you don't forget me. I haven't read a single post except for those on this page and I probably won't get to them until this weekend (Saturday, probably) so I don't know what in the hell any of you are talking about :-)

Off to see Lypsinka tonight. Tired after a day of unloading boxes and packing gift bags, but it's a good tired.

DRs Kerry and Music Guy, glad you liked the card and the CD. We had fun making them.

Later, folks.
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Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 03:58:31 PM
Maya - I've always played with that 1983 Genus edition, too.  Gotta love when half the Geography answers are "Soviet Union." :)

MusicGuy - "Le chat est sur la chaise, la souris est sous la table, et le singe est sur la branche" translates to "The cat is on the chair, the mouse is under the table, and the monkey is on the branch."  It's from Eddie Izzard (very funny British stand-up) talking about his early French lessons.

George - Yes, I do remember AGGRAVATION.  I think it's still in Grandma's closet somewhere, too!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ben on December 04, 2003, 03:59:48 PM
Oh, my. At this point in time as I post both BK & JRand have exactly the same number of posts, 782. Just thought I would point that out.

Bye, again.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 04:06:23 PM
DR Michael Shayne - is that Richard Denning?

Yes it is.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 04:06:42 PM
Not any more, baby.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 04:10:22 PM
At least David Hemmings died doing what he liked to do acting.

At age 62

(http://entimg-origin.msn.com/i/150/ce/june/june2/davidhemmings_150x207.jpg)

In Camelot at age 26

(http://www.prisma-online.de/image/3e/mme4cc8d00c0d6e83e.jpeg)
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Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 04:12:25 PM
David Hemmings with Vanessa Redgrave in BLOW-UP

(http://home.clara.net/digger/sixties/vanessaredgrave.gif)

In Barberella

(http://www.sixtiescity.com/SciFilm/Images/SF033.jpg)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 04:16:39 PM
Oh yea?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 04:19:44 PM
another one from Blow Up

(http://www.culturadeuropa.it/accessibile/img/cinema_img/blowup.jpg)

a headshot early 60's

(http://www.spotlightcd.com/hall_of_fame/thumbnails/david_hemmings.jpg)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 04:21:07 PM
How about one where he plays the gay photographer in THE LOVE MACHINE.
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 04:26:33 PM
Welcome DR Diane!

DR MBarnum: You only own two Broadway cds? OMG, we need to fix this.  Btw, I would like to recommend Avenue Q, which still has me in hysterics.

DR Noel: I want your cd. I didn't have a chance to check your site. But did you decide what you are doing for Canada shipping wise?  Thanks.
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Post by: Michael on December 04, 2003, 04:29:01 PM
An interesting items about David Hemmings taken from his Telegram obit. There was a lot I didn't know about him

A lauded child soprano for whom Benjamin Britten wrote the boy's role in The Turn Of The Screw, Hemmings became one of the best-known faces of the 1960s after starring in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966) - a baffling, beautiful critique of "Swinging London" that many saw as a profound indictment of cultural vacuity; others found vacuity in the film itself.

Hemmings was nine when he first sang for Benjamin Britten. For three years he toured in The Turn Of The Screw, until his voice finally broke during a high aria on stage at the Champs Elysee Theatre in Paris. His understudy had been waiting, in full costume, throughout these three years, and was brought on after a brief interlude; alas, his voice broke three days later.

At the end of the 1960s he left London for a holiday in the Seychelles and ended up working in Australia and New Zealand, making more than 20 films.


At one point he had co-founded a film and finance company called Hemdale, which came up with a scheme for shielding actors and musicians from the predations of the taxman under Harold Wilson's government.

For much of the 1970s, Hemmings was in Los Angeles, working as a director. Among the films he directed were Running Scared (1972); The 14 (1973), for which he won a "Silver Bear" award at the 1973 Berlin Film Festival; and Just a Gigolo (1978), which featured appearances by David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich. Hemmings later turned to directing for television, working on episodes of shows such as The A-Team, Magnum PI and Murder, She Wrote.

and then there is the personal stuff.

Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 04:29:31 PM
All you have to do is ask, DRMATTH!   ;D
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 04:31:38 PM
DR Michael, I have a picture of Richard Denning with the "Michael Shayne" sign right behind him. I started to post it the other day, but when you Richard Denning picture came up, I thought there was no need.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 04:33:20 PM
Thank you SO much, DR JRand!  :D
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 04:34:32 PM
DR MattH: Don't talk about cold unless it's -15C with windchill!  We are freakin freezing here!

DR Andrea: Personally I'm stuck on Mr. California.

Yes I have problems at the border almost every time. I can't exactly pinpoint it. I mean I don't have terrible problems.  But once on the bus the guy came to ask questions and he was fixated on me.

Only once have I been put in a "special" room, and that was for no reason at all.I was visiting a college friend (a CANADIAN actually) and the guy saw a the dimaond ring I was wearing and was convinced I was eloping.

I had to explain that a) my friend was Canadian and b) my ring has 4 diamonds on it, it was my grandmother's anniversary band.

But mainly my point is: WHO CARES IF I ELOPE WITH AN AMERICAN???

I felt like asking if it was illegal. I mean what the heck do they care. It made me so mad. Putting me in a room like a criminal. They let me go fast. But it really bothered me!

Oh and I must give a big cheer to amazon.ca.  I sent them two emails today. One was because a cd I received on Tuesday was cheaper today (they offered me a credit). And two, cause the system ate my promo discount.  She didn't quite understand the second part (since i used a different promo she didn't realize that it ate my first one). But I am sure she will resolve this. I was very impressed that she actually answered my question. Yeah for that!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 04:44:03 PM
Congratulations DR JENNIFER on tilting the windmills!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 04:45:09 PM
RE Border Crossings: I have been treated very courteously by officials when I have crossed USA and Canadian borders. Maybe Australian passports are more attractive. My only problem(?) years ago with a border crossing was leaving Greece to go to Italy by ship. It was in fact even funny at the time - strip searched. The "official" was a delight and and told us they in fact had a "quota" to fill and didn't think we would mind!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jrand69 on December 04, 2003, 04:48:12 PM
Time for Queen for a Day.  Back later....catch up, Mr BK!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 04, 2003, 04:59:32 PM
Any excuse to "Show off" my collection of 45 rpm recordings.
Dionne Warwick "Amanda"/"He's Moving On" - from "The Love Machine".
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 05:00:25 PM
I'm RESTING!
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Post by: Kerry on December 04, 2003, 05:23:10 PM
Favorite ice creams:
 
Baskin-Robbins:  Winter White Chocolate (with cherry bits and chunks of chocolate)

Ben and Jerry's:  Cherry Garcia  and one Caramel one I can't think of the name of

Haggen-Daasz:  Vanilla, Dulce de Leche


Board games:  Life (I always seemed to end up with more kids than the car had room for, and the pegs kept falling out), Careers, Candyland, Mille Bornes (anyone else remember this?) Clue, Parcheesi (the game of India!).  We also had the Beverly HIllbillies board game and Pattty Dike game (I forget what the point of either of those was).
I ALWAYS wanted Mystery Date.  Never got to play it, but I would look at all the cards  ;) when my sister and her friends played it.
The commercials on Saturday morning and near the holidays always make the board games look like so much fun.  You need a jolly family with a dad wearing a cardigan to get that much fun out of them.  My family never quite lived up to the happy unit shown in commercials.  But then, that is what therapy is for.
Recent movies?  Have seen very few in theatres.  Last one was "Under the Tuscan Sun" which I loved ofr the scenery and the men.  And I think Diane Lane is beautiful, and her wardrobe was great.
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Post by: Craig on December 04, 2003, 06:37:22 PM
[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF HAINESHISWAY.COM[/move]


Juliana's Journal has been updated with her FULL account of going on a MILLIE on Thanksgiving - complete with pictures!

Enjoy!!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 06:38:53 PM
I'm still

RESTING
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 06:40:21 PM
Bad news -- The company from which I was buying "Ghettopoly" is refunding my money.  The company making the game has refused to fill his orders and the seller fears the Ghettoploy maker will file Chapter 11 at some point.

Beware!
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Post by: MusicGuy on December 04, 2003, 06:43:27 PM
Well dear H/Ks,  we finished our modest repast of linguini with a "sort of" carbonara type sauce on it, and sliced leftover chicken breast that I baked the other night.  

Of course, it wasn't Cafe Bizou............. :-[

But then again, it was tasty, and the ever-cute and adorable Sugar sat and looked at his with those lovely eyes.......... pardon me while I gush!!
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 06:54:44 PM
Tis the Season....

(http://www.kevinsdomain.com/xmas/2002as.jpg)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 07:05:57 PM
The "other" guy in "Barbarella":

(http://www.johnphilliplaw.com/auto/pics/john39.jpg)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 07:10:52 PM
So, now we see how DR Ron rests! He decorates slightly and finds angel pictures from 40 year old movies. Sweet!
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:30:05 PM
Congratulations DR JENNIFER on tilting the windmills!

What does "tilting the windmills" mean?  I'm gathering it has something to do with amazon?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:37:01 PM
Re: Border crossings

It's hard to explain. I mean I've never been denied entry or anything. And often it's only a minute or two of hassle.

Maybe I just look guilty :)

I cannot remember if I accidently combined two different border crossings before.  I think the time they made a big deal about my ring (being an engagement ring) was when I was actually visiting my boyfriend and we were going to Las Vegas. Okay maybe that had something to do with it :)

But I was always planning on coming home. Plus I don't think I told them I was going with my American boyfriend.  But like I said, I guess I just don't get it.  I don't think it's a crime to marry your boyfriend in Vegas.  So why do they always bring that up?

And btw, I think the amazon people must read this site, because after mentioning how upset I get by form letters, I didn't get one!  (and it was the first time EVER).

Three cheers for amazon.

Oh and btw, you won't believe this. But amazon.ca says YOU CANNOT ADD ITEMS TO YOUR ORDER. Is that a riot or what? The only way you can do so is by emailing them your changes. Um, what if your order goes out before they get it. That makes no sense to me. But at least I wasn't going mad earlier when I was trying to combine my orders.

Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 07:37:18 PM
Jennifer:

Tilting is a term that can mean jousting, or waving a lance or sword.

Tilting at windmills is what Don Quixote de la Mancha did.  Those windmills didn't do a thing to him.  It's what they represented in his mind that mattered to him.

The phrase "tilting at windmills" or, in this case, "tilting the windmills," means you've fought the good fight, taken on the establishment;  in other words, whether you achieve the desired end results, you took action on principle!  (also see: fighting a losing battle).
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 07:39:09 PM
Jennifer, interesting story.  Maybe your luck will begin to change.  For years I had a problem with people pushing me.  I mean really shoving me so I was bounced a few steps.  Whatever was causing this rather common occurance to happen eventually stopped.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 07:43:18 PM
Off to watch a movie.  Last night we watched The Man Who Know Too Much with Stewart & Day.  Does anyone know if Hitch was in this movie?  We couldn’t find him.  I believe there is one movie he wasn’t in.  I have never seen the original 1934 (?) movie.  How is it?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:43:52 PM
Jennifer:

Tilting is a term that can mean jousting, or waving a lance or sword.

Tilting at windmills is what Don Quixote de la Mancha did.  Those windmills didn't do a thing to him.  It's what they represented in his mind that mattered to him.

The phrase "tilting at windmills" or, in this case, "tilting the windmills," means you've fought the good fight, taken on the establishment;  in other words, whether you achieve the desired end results, you took action on principle!  (also see: fighting a losing battle).

Ah thanks. I figured he was saying he was proud of me for "talking" to amazon.

I am just like that. I don't know if it's good or bad.

But I was really happy with the letter I got. It was one of the first times that I felt like the person there actually was trying to respond intelligently.

As I said before, usually I just get so frustrated. But this time I had to write. I mean they ate my discount code :)
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 07:46:57 PM
Yes, Hitch is in THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. He's in the Morocco marketplace sequence.

There was more than one movie in which he didn't appear.
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Post by: SwishySarah on December 04, 2003, 07:49:10 PM
How sad is it that, while reading Juliana's new entry, I've found myself tearing up a few times? I'm so proud of her!

I hope you all had good days...Mine was nice actually, nothing too huge happened. During my lunch, the fire alarms went off, and we were ushered out into the snow (Yes, Virginia, it was snowing...) for about 25 minutes until they said it was electrical problems. I WAS cold, but luckily I found someone to hug for 25 minutes, so it was all good :).

Welcome to the cookie jar, DR Diane! What flavor are YOU?

-I've noticed that people have stopped answering that question...*tear*!-

I love board games, and the only computer game I play is solitaire. I'm not really into the actual games. Kids today still like LIFE, as long as they have long attention spans.

Sorry I couldn't post today, I had school, then work, then my computer kept shutting down. Ah well :).
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Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:49:33 PM
Jennifer, interesting story.  Maybe your luck will begin to change.  For years I had a problem with people pushing me.  I mean really shoving me so I was bounced a few steps.  Whatever was causing this rather common occurance to happen eventually stopped.

Well I wouldn't say it's bad luck. It's just interesting.  The thing is I detest lying.  But I have learned from experience that if I tell them I am going to visit my boyfriend they will give me a harder time than if I say I am visiting a girlfriend.

I think next time I will say I am eloping with my American bovfriend just to catch them offguard :)

Actually I have not been to the US for two whole years. So who knows, maybe things have really changed since 9/11. Maybe they are looking for more important things and wouldn't bother with me.

I'm gonna go read Juliana's journal now.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 07:50:48 PM
oops. I forgot to answer the second part of your question. Yes, I've seen the first version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. I much prefer the remake even if it is substantially longer. BTW, that's one of the films in which Hitch didn't appear. He wasn't in THE RING or JAMAICA INN or SABOTAGE or SUSPICION. He was in SABOTEUR (in case someone was going to correct me about that.)

Hitchcock always said that he considered the first MAN to be the work of a talented amateur and the remake to be the work of a professional. The second one, with a big Hollywood studio behind it and a much larger budget, is much more polished and watchable, I think.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 07:53:01 PM
Re: tonight's Survivor

I won't spoil anything. But if you haven't seen it, don't read ahead.

Last week's episode was so exciting. They didn't show so much of what went on. And it was shocking and fun.

In tonight's episode it was boring, and predictable.

Anyone else feel this way?
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jennifer on December 04, 2003, 08:00:06 PM
Hey it's Laura II: HI!!!!!!!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Matt H. on December 04, 2003, 08:07:18 PM
Just read Mandelbaum's review of NEVER GONNA DANCE. He was decidedly mixed but mostly negative. He basically called it a "dud."
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Post by: S. Woody White on December 04, 2003, 08:35:10 PM
It's Easter Egg Time!

If anyone else out there has The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Special Extended DVD Edition (you know, the four-disc set where the film itself is about forty minutes longer and there's so many extras they take up the second two discs), there's a special treat.

On disc one, go to the chapter selection menus, to the final page, and click on down to where it says "*New Scene."  There will be ring symbol.  Click on that, and you'll get a special bit from the MTV Movie Awards.  FUNNY!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: TCB on December 04, 2003, 09:01:02 PM
Dear Reader Michael Shayne -- Thank you for the David Hemmings' photos.  Judging from that second Blow-Up picture, it is obvious that some men look better with all of their clothes on.  Even so, he was a handsome devil in Camelot -- evil, but handsome.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 09:30:07 PM
Home from dinner.  Actually, I don't think Hitch is in the marketplace sequence - is he on the bus at the beginning- he's somewhere right up at the front of the film, though.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 09:31:03 PM
Yes, Hitch is in THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. He's in the Morocco marketplace sequence.

There was more than one movie in which he didn't appear.

Thanks.  We looked but couldn't find him. :-[
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jane on December 04, 2003, 09:34:11 PM
Home from dinner.  Actually, I don't think Hitch is in the marketplace sequence - is he on the bus at the beginning- he's somewhere right up at the front of the film, though.

We looked there as well.  
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: MBarnum on December 04, 2003, 09:38:06 PM
Yes, Jennifer, I didn't think tonights SURVIVOR was all that exciting...but then it would be hard to beat last weeks episode!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: bk on December 04, 2003, 09:43:26 PM
Well, he's somewhere - I'll whip out the movie and let you know.

Just finished Juliana's Journal, which was heartfelt and lovely.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Laura II on December 04, 2003, 10:29:10 PM
Hi everyone! (Hi Jennifer!!!)

I'm back from Philly. :) Actually, I've been back since Monday evening, and I had so much to catch up on. Sounds like the past week has been interesting, and I'm sorry I missed it! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I'm currently writing this as snow falls and sticks (!!!). It's the first snowfall of the season! The kids will probably have a delay tomorrow (or maybe even have the day off, as our county school board members flip at the sight of snow). If the kids have off, I won't have to work. Oh the possibilities.

All right, well I have a lot to say!

First, DR Charles Pogue: I'm glad to hear Julieanne is safe, and I know you're there for her as she gets through this. Everyone involved is in my thoughts and prayers.

Sarah--Oy to Ingerski. What he said to you was blatantly wrong. I'm actually quite surprised at that as I encountered him a few times when he was a pleasant human being.

DR Ron (and all others who are sick): Feel better vibes!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Welcome to the board, Diane!!![/move]

Decorations: I know this was yesterday's question, but I just had to answer it. My mom and I *love* to decorate. We are hardly finished this year, but we should be done soon. (We had a late start.) All right, inside we have our large fake tree in the morning room, complete with decorations from the year my parents got married to now. We also have our Advent wreath there. There are candles in the morning room, living room, family room, dining room, my bro's bedroom, and my dad's bathroom windows, and the front windows and front door all have wreaths. In the foyer, we put garland around the banister, and I set up our Christmas village. There are Annalee dolls placed throughout the house. Our Nativity set is on our mantel in the family room. Hmm what else? Oh, we have all 101 Dalmations from a past McDonald's Christmas promotion in our basement (the theme for our mini tree there), plus various Christmas stuffed animals. The mini tree in our living room has a gold ornament theme. My bro and I each have mini trees in our bedrooms with our ornaments on them. (Mine are mostly Disney ones and the entire Broadway collection from Carlton Cards.) We also have Christmas-themed comforters, sheets, and curtains for our rooms.  Finally, there are more lights in the living room windows (the front of our house), along with icicle lights over our porch and garage. We also decorate the porch with garland and bows. Finally, in our front yard (and I *promise* this is not tacky), we have a Nativity scene. Someone posted a picture of one that I actually think is the one we have, but ours is all white. (My mom prefers white lights and decorations to colored lights and decorations because she thinks the colored lights look childish and busy.) That's about all we have. Last year, someone stole our Baby Jesus. I certainly hope it doesn't happen again.

All right, I have more to say, but this is getting long, so I'll post now and then post the other stuff soon.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 04, 2003, 10:30:43 PM
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow...  Just to confirm DR Sarah's "observation", Yes, it is snowing in Virginia.  We're supposed to get anywhere from 2-4 inches tonight, and then another storm could come in tomorrow night and give us another 6 inches or more.  I LOVE SNOW!  Of course, since I am playing a show right now... But a night off would be nice.  ;-)  *And with the AFM's COB, as long as we play five shows in a week, we get paid for the full week, so....  ;-)

Good day today.  Long, but good.  Understudy rehearsal went well.  The male swing has to cover 11(!) tracks, and we started doing some detail work on the fight choreography.  Made some good progress.  Tomorrow is scene work, and it's an "optional" day for me, but I'll most likely go in just because I have nothing else really planned - as I had planned on going in tomorrow anyway.  But with the weather, we'll see what the morning brings.

As for board games...  Monopoly - although I don't I ever played it the way it was supposed to be played.  I remember reading the rules one time, and wondering "Really?!?!?".  I also loved Parcheesi, Life, Scrabble, Sorry, Operation, Mousetrap.... Oh, and Connect Four too.  I never got into Trivial Pursuit, but enjoyed playing it the few times I have.  On the tour bus, we played 20 Questions - I think that's what it is called.  You draw a card with five words on it.  You wager how many clues it will take you to guess all five words correctly.  Kind of like Taboo in a sense.  Fun game - and if I remember correctly, it won Games Magazine's Game of the Year designation.

-And I remember having a Titanic and a Bermuda Triangle game.  The Bermuda Triangle had this "cloud" that moved across the game board.  It had magnets in it, so that when you moved it across the board, it would pick up any player's pieces in the way.  Oohh... so mysterious!  ;)

Well, I'm tired... -and that was quite a bit of post reading I had to do.. :D

Ciao for niao!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Noel on December 04, 2003, 10:42:12 PM
DR Noel: I want your cd. I didn't have a chance to check your site. But did you decide what you are doing for Canada shipping wise?

I've not completed my investigation of how much it will cost to mail the thing to Canada, and how much time it will take standing on line at the post office.  There's been so much to do.

But the website, www.WeddingMusical.com (http://www.WeddingMusical.com) is, at long last, operational, and accepting orders.  Eventually, I'll change what lyric samples are shown, what music samples are listenable, different photos and maybe the upcoming article in DRAMATICS.

But I'm especially pleased that our first order came from a DR.  It's just too too (oh, a Les Girls reference)!
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Laura II on December 04, 2003, 10:44:45 PM
Ok, more to say :)

Ice Cream: I had Finding Nemo ice cream tonight! I *love* ice cream! I could eat it everyday. (And sometimes I do!) My all-time favorite has to be pistachio. Mmm! I also love chocolate chip cookie dough. I am proud to say I brought my fellow local Giant customers the smooth taste of spumoni ice cream and the creamy Ben and Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough when I requested these flavors at the customer service desk. Oh yeah!

Board Games: DRs Danise and JRand--Yes yes yes! Kids love board games! Just last week, my friend came home from school, and we visited here at my house while playing "old school" board games, as we like to call them. We played Life, Guess Who, and some card games. JRand--Pit is awesome! So is Clue. Diane--Don't Break the Ice is fun (with the tissue), and Chutes and Ladders is my favorite board game ever! I wish I knew what Careers was. I have played Go to the Head of the Class and Go for It before, though.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Noel on December 04, 2003, 11:18:56 PM
I have a confession to make.  I have never seen ANGELS IN AMERICA and despite the awards the play got and the advance raves the HBO movie is getting I still really have no desire to see it.  I don't like drag queens, don't believe in angels and saw an excellent movie a few years ago about Roy Cohen.  I will probably tape all six hours but don't know if I will get through the whole thing.  Can any DR explain why this is supposed to be such a great work and why I should watch it?  The critics haven't convinced me.

I don't know how this cable movie version is, but Angels In America is, by almost all estimations, the best American play of the last 40 years or so.  It's funny, it's profound, and manages to tie together a lot of wild ideas in very interesting ways.  I don't like drag queens and don't believe in angels, too.  Luckily, Tony Kushner's play isn't really about those.  It's about the necessity of taking care of our fellow man.  And the scene with Roy Cohn and his doctor (Ron Liebman and Kathleen Chalfant in drag) was the most frightening thing I've ever seen on a Broadway stage.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 04, 2003, 11:24:26 PM
I watched the fast-deteriorating "Survivor" -- Jon Fairplay has got to go.  

And Darrah -- oh, lordy! -- that nasal, monotonic cracker accent makes me want to stick needles in my eyes!  There's nothing charming or genteel about that noise, folks...it's puretee monotonic screeching.

I'm pretty sure she's tone deaf.
Title: Re:AUTHOR'S NOTE
Post by: Jed on December 04, 2003, 11:30:54 PM
Well, we had a pretty decent final dress rehearsal for A Christmas Carol tonight.  A few little bumps, of course, but nothing too big... as long as the fog machine doesn't set off the fire alarm again. :D

Laura II, so good to see you back where you belong!  Thanks for the tip... we were already on top of that one!

Snow, snow, snow, that's what we have around these parts tonight.  The highway back from rehearsal was a bit nasty (it's about 25 miles or so), but I wasn't in any hurry, so all was good.  Does make the town look rather nice, though.