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Re:THE HOST WITH THE MOST ON THE BALL
« Reply #90 on: September 09, 2005, 09:46:43 AM »

... maybe you can distribute cue cards to the folks in the front row.  You can tell them it's a new interactive project that you are trying.

I love this solution !! ;D
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« Reply #91 on: September 09, 2005, 09:47:57 AM »

I'm back, and my friend is safely here.

What is there to "get", dear reader Jose?  Well, gee, the whole ambience, what's going on, the dialogue.  You know, those things?  Your post seems a little disingenuous to me, but I've been thinking that for quite some time.
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« Reply #92 on: September 09, 2005, 09:47:58 AM »

I am going to dance!!  But very carefully so I don't hurt my head



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« Reply #93 on: September 09, 2005, 09:49:08 AM »

I am glad you r friend arrived safely.  I hope you enjoy all your reunions today!!!
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« Reply #94 on: September 09, 2005, 10:05:11 AM »

I'm sorry the show didn't go well.  I hate problems like this that are totally out off your control... maybe you can distribute cue cards to the folks in the front row.  You can tell them it's a new interactive project that you are trying.

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« Reply #95 on: September 09, 2005, 10:15:04 AM »

I don't think there's a huge difference between 1st and 2nd Ring at the State Theatre. Now, 4th Ring - that's a whole other bag of hair. I think either of the first two rings would be swell, though I'll be honest - I'm not a huge fan of the State Theater for musical/opera performances. The place was built to muffle the sounds of pointe shoes on a dance floor, which doesn't work too well when people are trying to sing. The sound in the 4th  Ring is awful - and you might as well be in a football arena for all you can see up there.

Your input is very appreciated as I have never been to this venue.  I must admit I am also unfailar with this particular G & S show... dear elmore, what can you tell me about Patience?
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« Reply #96 on: September 09, 2005, 10:18:15 AM »

Jose said:

...or the 1 at 81st and Broadway to Times Square...

Hmm... I guess I am becoming a New Yorker.


Not quite yet.  ;)

The Number One (1) train is at 79th and Broadway and then goes up to 86th and Broadway. No dead stations in between, like the old 91st Street station on Broadway which was around as late as the early 1940s. They closed it when they expanded the 96th Station. If you're passing uptown or downtown between 96th Street and 86th Street, especially if you're on the local train, look out the window and you can see what's left of the station. There is a platform and the walls are covered in graffitti. The sidewalks up above bear no trace of a long abandonded subway entrance. And that, my friends, is your New York History Moment for today.
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« Reply #97 on: September 09, 2005, 10:20:13 AM »

A story from New Orleans

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In the chaos that was Causeway Boulevard in New Orleans last Thursday, one group of survivors stood out: a 6-year-old boy walking down the road, holding a 5-month-old, surrounded by five toddlers who followed him around as if he were their leader.

They were holding hands. Three of the children were about two years old, and one was wearing only diapers. A three-year-old girl, who wore colorful barrettes on the ends of her braids, had her 14-month-old brother in tow. The 6-year-old spoke for all of them, and he told rescuers his name was Deamonte Love.

Thousands of human stories have flown past relief workers in the last week, but few have touched them as much as the seven children who were found wandering together Thursday at an evacuation point in downtown New Orleans. In the Baton Rouge headquarters of the rescue operation, paramedics tried to coax their names out of them; nurses who examined them stayed up that night, brooding.

Transporting the children alone was "the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, knowing that their parents are either dead" or that they had been abandoned, said Pat Coveney, a Houston emergency medical technician who put them into the back of his ambulance and drove them out of New Orleans.

"It goes back to the same thing," he said. "How did a 6-year-old end up being in charge of six babies?"

So far, parents displaced by flooding have reported 220 children missing, but that number is expected to rise, said Mike Kenner of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which will help reunite families. With crowds churning at evacuation points, many children were parted from their parents accidentally; one woman handed her baby up onto a bus, turned around to pick up her suitcase and turned back to find that the bus had left.

At the rescue headquarters, a cool tile-floored building swarming with firefighters and paramedics, the children ate cafeteria food and fell into a deep sleep. Deamonte volunteered his vital statistics. He said his father was tall and his mother was short. He gave his address, his phone number and the name of his elementary school.

He said the 5-month-old was his brother, Darynael, and that two others were his cousins, Tyreek and Zoria. The other three lived in his apartment building.

The children were clean and healthy -- downright plump in the case of the infant, said Joyce Miller, a nurse who examined them. It was clear, she said, that "time had been taken with those kids." The baby was "fat and happy."

"This baby child was terrified," he said. "After she relaxed, it was gobble, gobble, gobble."

As grim dispatches came in from the field, one woman in the office burst into tears at the thought that the children had been abandoned in New Orleans, said Sharon Howard, assistant secretary of the office of public health.

Late the same night, they got an encouraging report: A woman in a shelter in Thibodeaux was searching for seven children. People in the building started clapping at the news. But when they got the mother on the phone, it became clear that she was looking for a different group of seven children, Howard said.

"What that made me understand was that this was happening across the state," she said. "That kind of frightened me."

The children were transferred to a shelter operated by the Department of Social Services, rooms full of toys and cribs where mentors from the Big Buddy Program were on hand day and night. For the next two days, the staff did detective work.

Deamonte began to give more details to Derrick Robertson, a 27-year-old Big Buddy mentor: How he saw his mother cry when he was loaded onto the helicopter. How he promised her he'd take care of his little brother.

Late Saturday night, they found Deamonte's mother, who was in a shelter in San Antonio along with the four mothers of the other five children. Catrina Williams, 26, saw her children's pictures on a web site set up over the weekend by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. By Sunday, a private plane from Angel Flight was waiting to take the children to Texas.

In a phone interview, Williams said she is the kind of mother who doesn't let her children out of her sight. What happened the Thursday after the hurricane, she said, was that her family, trapped in an apartment building on the 3200 block of Third Street in New Orleans, began to feel desperate.

The water wasn't going down and they had been living without light, food or air conditioning for four days. The baby needed milk and the milk was gone. So she decided they would evacuate by helicopter. When a helicopter arrived to pick them up they were told to send the children first and that the helicopter would be back in 25 minutes. She and her neighbors had to make a quick decision.

It was a wrenching moment. Williams' father, Adrian Love, told her to send the children ahead.

"I told them to go ahead and give them up, because me, I would give my life for my kids. They should feel the same way," said Love, 48. "They were shedding tears. I said, Let the babies go.' "

His daughter and her friends followed his advice.

"We did what we had to do for our kids, because we love them," Williams said.

The helicopter didn't come back. While the children were transported to Baton Rouge, their parents wound up in Texas, and although Williams was reassured that they would be reunited, days passed without any contact. On Sunday, she was elated.

"All I know is I just want to see my kids," she said. "Everything else will just fall into place."

At 3 p.m. Sunday, DSS workers said good-by to seven children who now had names: Deamonte Love; Darynael Love; Zoria Love and her brother Tyreek. The girl who cried "Gabby!" was Gabrielle Janae Alexander. The girl they called Peanut was Degahney Carter. And the boy whom they called G was actually Lee -- Leewood Moore Jr.

The children were strapped into car seats and driven to an airport, where they were flown to San Antonio to rejoin their parents. As they loaded into the van, the shelter workers looked in the windows; some wept.

The baby gaped with delight in the front seat. Deamonte was hanging onto Robertson's neck so desperately that Robertson decided, at the last minute, to ride with him as far as Lafayette.

Shelter worker Kori Thomas, held Zoria, 3, who reached out to smooth her eyebrows. Tyreek put a single fat finger on the van window by way of goodbye.

Robertson said he doubted the children would remember much of the helicopter evacuation, the Causeway, the sweltering heat or the smell of the flooded city.

"I think what's going to stick with them is that they survived Hurricane Katrina," he said. "And that they were loved."

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Re:THE HOST WITH THE MOST ON THE BALL
« Reply #98 on: September 09, 2005, 10:22:23 AM »

and another
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A Bourbon County man has been arrested and is accused of falsely soliciting donations for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Police say Wayne Combs, 42, was soliciting donations with a bucket with "Katrina Relief" written on it at the corner of Clintonsville Road and KY 57 in Paris. When asked what organization he was collecting for, Combs allegedly said a church in Clark County. The church was contacted, and denied that Combs was collecting for them.

Combs has been charged with theft by deception, as well as drug possession and attempted escape. He is being held in the Bourbon County Detention Center. His arraignment is set for September 14
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« Reply #99 on: September 09, 2005, 10:30:15 AM »

Oh dear me!  Yesterday I spent the entire day in our kitchen with BEETS!  Two bushels of BEETS!  Those two bushels of BEETS are now in jars and have been pickled.  Canning BEETS turned out to be a nine hour job, and that was with three, sometimes four, people at the table peeling and quartering the BEETS.  But before the BEETS may be cut or peeled they must be blanched in boiling water, then when the BEETS are cut, they're put into a pickling sauce (mostly vinegar and sugar) and boiled once more.  Then the BEETS are scooped into quart jars while hot, lidded and allowed to sit and seal.  There are now 40 quarts of PICKLED BEETS lined up on the kitchen counter. . .

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Ah yes, I can see DR td, in his best Baby Jane drag wandering aimlessly through the kitchen, stopping at the kitchen table, snatching one of the hapless beets off of the table, and screaming at it wildly,

"But you are, Blanched, you are!"
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« Reply #100 on: September 09, 2005, 10:37:29 AM »

Ah yes, I can see DR td, in his best Baby Jane drag wandering aimlessly through the kitchen, stopping at the kitchen table, snatching one of the hapless beets off of the table, and screaming at it wildly,

"But you are, Blanched, you are!"

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« Reply #101 on: September 09, 2005, 11:01:33 AM »

All by myseeeeelf,

don't wanna beeeeeeeee

 all by myseeeeeelf

 anymooooooore
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« Reply #102 on: September 09, 2005, 11:37:40 AM »

A story from New Orleans

I was talking with some co-workers and one of them just mentioned hearing about this exact story.
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« Reply #103 on: September 09, 2005, 11:37:54 AM »

Here's another coinky-dink!  I have the new Kevin Spirtas CD single "The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days," and I noticed that the song was written by Judith Viorst (lyrics) and Shelly Markham (music).  One of the books that I just ordered is "I'm Too Old to Be Seventy and Other Delusions" by Judith Viorst!  Here's the cover:



You can click on the cover to find out more about the book.
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« Reply #104 on: September 09, 2005, 11:59:33 AM »

Your input is very appreciated as I have never been to this venue.  I must admit I am also unfailar with this particular G & S show... dear elmore, what can you tell me about Patience?

Probably more than you want!  It's much more sophisticated than PIRATES OF PENZANCE and HMS PINAFORE, and they're getting into the stride that leads to the great ones:  IOLANTHE, RUDDIGORE, THE MIKADO, YEOMEN OF THE GUARD and THE GONDOLIERS.  

It's about several things:
  1.  The aesthetic movement personified by Whistler and Wilde
  2.  Absurd hero worship (almost cults)
  3.  Pompous military nitwits and the cult of the uniform

The ironies:
  1.  Both "aesthetes" are shams, doing it for the attention, not the art
  2,  The subtitle is BUNTHORNE'S BRIDE; at the end, Bunthorne is still unmarried.

The score is not so popular as others, but it's beautifully melodic and funny, extremely well crafted and stylish.  I like Sullivan's humor in the "Salvation Army" trumpets in the Overture,  the wonderful duet between the battleaxe Lady Jane and Bunthorne, the aesthetically "antique" music in the Act One Finale, and Gilbert's sardonic verse and melancholy in "Love Is a Plaintive song."  I look forward to it immensely.  
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« Reply #105 on: September 09, 2005, 12:04:50 PM »

Probably more than you want!  It's much more sophisticated than PIRATES OF PENZANCE and HMS PINAFORE, and they're getting into the stride that leads to the great ones:  IOLANTHE, RUDDIGORE, THE MIKADO, YEOMEN OF THE GUARD and THE GONDOLIERS.  

It's about several things:
  1.  The aesthetic movement personified by Whistler and Wilde
  2.  Absurd hero worship (almost cults)
  3.  Pompous military nitwits and the cult of the uniform

The ironies:
  1.  Both "aesthetes" are shams, doing it for the attention, not the art
  2,  The subtitle is BUNTHORNE'S BRIDE; at the end, Bunthorne is still unmarried.

The score is not so popular as others, but it's beautifully melodic and funny, extremely well crafted and stylish.  I like Sullivan's humor in the "Salvation Army" trumpets in the Overture,  the wonderful duet between the battleaxe Lady Jane and Bunthorne, the aesthetically "antique" music in the Act One Finale, and Gilbert's sardonic verse and melancholy in "Love Is a Plaintive song."


Thanks!  I guesas I will see if I can get tickets for the Vixter and myself to go see it (I am not sure if Vixdad will be all that interested....I'll have to ask)




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« Reply #106 on: September 09, 2005, 12:08:47 PM »



Thanks!  I guesas I will see if I can get tickets for the Vixter and myself to go see it (I am not sure if Vixdad will be all that interested....I'll have to ask) Does that mean you going to see this production?

DRDanise and I are seeing the Oct. 2 matinee.
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« Reply #107 on: September 09, 2005, 12:09:23 PM »

Do I see Nurse Jane is on the board?  
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« Reply #108 on: September 09, 2005, 12:09:48 PM »





Jane!  How are you???








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« Reply #109 on: September 09, 2005, 12:13:37 PM »

Hello from an Internet cafe in hot, sultry Munich  :o  The keyboard is a pain in the patooties (so says Keith who's typing this) so I need to keep this short.

Yesterday we saw Ludwig's castles (including the Disney knockoff) and today we did the Third Reich  walking tour.  (Munich was the / home of the Nazi party.)  Tomorrow we go to Salzburg, Austria.

Tonight we ate a "the best vegetarian restaurant in Europe" (says the NY Times) and I had tofu stroganoff.

Gotta run...the cafe clock is ticking....  
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« Reply #110 on: September 09, 2005, 12:14:33 PM »

Hi Elmore & TCB.

REALLY GOTTA GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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« Reply #111 on: September 09, 2005, 12:15:13 PM »

Jane's on the board!

Now, I just received a rather disheartening PM from dear reader Stuart, who is leaving the board.  Can someone please e-mail me and tell me what caused this, because I have no clew at all.

I hate when this stuff happens, and I've asked Stuart to reconsider his leaving, although I'm doubting he will.  I will ask again - please be aware of what you're posting in regards to people's feelings.  I do know like all boards, certain topics bring out the heat in people or the passion, but I pride myself on this board's ability to bring people together, to be a place that's positive (which it is ninety-eight percent of the time), and I just hate when stuff like this happens.

Someone please e me the details.
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« Reply #112 on: September 09, 2005, 12:15:45 PM »

DRDanise and I are seeing the Oct. 2 matinee.

It sounds like Danise's dance card is getting filled up by leaps and bounds!!She should have a wonderful trip.  
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« Reply #113 on: September 09, 2005, 12:16:03 PM »

Hisaka, there is no "International" shipping charge for Rewind.  One price ships anywhere in the world, so the five bucks covers you.
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« Reply #114 on: September 09, 2005, 12:17:02 PM »

Hello from an Internet cafe in hot, sultry Munich  :o  The keyboard is a pain in the patooties (so says Keith who's typing this) so I need to keep this short.

Yesterday we saw Ludwig's castles (including the Disney knockoff) and today we did the Third Reich  walking tour.  (Munich was the / home of the Nazi party.)  Tomorrow we go to Salzburg, Austria.

Tonight we ate a "the best vegetarian restaurant in Europe" (says the NY Times) and I had tofu stroganoff.

Gotta run...the cafe clock is ticking....  

have fun!! Thanks for stopping in!!
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« Reply #115 on: September 09, 2005, 12:23:03 PM »

Oh no, what terrible news about DR Stuart leaving this site.  I hope, Stuart, you might reconsider.  You would be missed a great deal by us all.
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« Reply #116 on: September 09, 2005, 12:25:09 PM »

I certainly hope that Stuart will reconsider his decision.  I would miss him very much.
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« Reply #117 on: September 09, 2005, 12:28:19 PM »

Ah yes, I can see DR td, in his best Baby Jane drag wandering aimlessly through the kitchen, stopping at the kitchen table, snatching one of the hapless beets off of the table, and screaming at it wildly,

"But you are, Blanched, you are!"

DR TCB nearly made me laugh my pants off!   ;D
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« Reply #118 on: September 09, 2005, 12:32:03 PM »

Oh my!  I do hope that DR Stuart doesn't seriously leave for good. . . :'(
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« Reply #119 on: September 09, 2005, 12:35:22 PM »

DR TCB nearly made me laugh my pants off!   ;D

Oh no, don't encourage him! :D
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