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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Where is everybody?
Friday at 08:35 EST .

   StormCnter  Gram, you are greatly appreciated as a fellow movie fan and an active and informed participant on this wall. But I think I'll take a hiatus. Very few have taken time to join us and maybe there'll be more interest in the spring.
Yesterday at 05:19 EST .

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   Gram77  Is MeiDei gone too? This concerns me as I don't see much activity anywhere at The Connection. A dear friend who left The Connection quite some time ago predicted that The Connection was slowly disappearing. Sad. Gram
Yesterday at 09:16 EST .

   StormCnter  Mei will make her own comment. We've discussed it, however.
Yesterday at 09:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm still here Gram - just got our cable/phone/internet back - lost it yesterday due to a heavy/wet snow storm - it's picture perfect outside now - the glare is so dazzling you have to wear shades! : )
The Connection will only disappear when lurkers don't jump in & 'olds-timers' give up; so yes, it's sad. What a boost it is to continue on when someone 'new' takes the leap to make a comment whether they know the answer - or part of it - or not - even if it's just to say "I'm stumped" is welcomed : ) Then again, we welcome new quiz makers. I'm hoping our 'regulars' aren't going through rough times; we try to keep this site cheerful & informative at the same time. Maybe we can get some response as to what others are thinking i.e., should we continue, how often or no interest. What say you?
21 hours ago .

   Gram77  I think getting opinions are always a good idea. Suggestions that are offered open and honestly will work. Just an idea; what if you folks offered a tickler related to a movie or movies one day during the week and several days later give us a whopper of a post for the week. I hate to see this site go dark.
15 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  Good idea, Gram.
5 hours ago .

   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Hey MeiDei!! The movie The Revanent has been bugging me a lot. I finally got my mind in gear and it came to me that this movie really really reminds me of a Richard Harris movie. I know it was quite some time ago but the story line is soooo familiar. Am I experiencing old age or is The Revanent a remake but not advertised as such?
February 2 at 08:11 EST .

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   Gram77  Just stumbled onto something else that possibly fits into the above movie/book The Revanent. I'm always searching for interesting books that aren't on the best seller list and this is what I found. Would love to know what you think. I found a true story, the book is entitled Hugh Glass by Bruce Bradly. It seems to be (according to the short Amazon review ) very much like the Revanent story and the old movie that keeps running around in my memory. Got an opinion?
February 2 at 08:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good memory Gram. I think Richdet would be better at answering this one as it had come up in the past. I do remember Richard Harris in a similar movie & had to do a search - it's "Man in the Wilderness" also "based" on the true story of Hugh Glass. Check this out:
IIRC there is more than one book about Glass. I haven't seen "The Revenant" yet - I think both movies took "artistic license" with the facts to bring it to the screen.
February 2 at 09:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  You might also find this article of interest - : )
February 2 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gram77  This is great info and my decision is.......find the book Hugh Glass and see DeCaprio in the movie. Some of each, a good idea.
February 2 at 12:45 EST .

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   Richdet  I researched this the other day. Both the DiCaprio movie "The Revenant" and the Harris movie "A Man in the Wilderness" are based on accounts of the real-life frontier fur-trapper Hugh Glass. "Man in the Wilderness" is said to be "loosely" based on/inspired by the Glass story. "The Revenant," however, is based on a book by Michael Punke, titled "The Revenant -- A Novel of Revenge," published in 2002. So the new movie is not a remake as such of the older movie, but both are treatments of the Hugh Glass story. Mischief makers are trying to push the "remake" angle, but that's equivalent to saying the Dennis Quaid version of "The Alamo" is a remake of the John Wayne version because Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie turn up in both.
February 2 at 19:00 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Pet Peeves  I'm sure this peeve isn't happening only in Florida, but the city I live in here in Florida is absolutely famous for never moving over for fire trucks or ambulances. I watched an ambulance yesterday with siren going and the driver using the horn in order to get a lane clear while everyone either sat glued to the street or kept driving in the way of the ambulance. Then I saw something I never saw before, the driver went over the curb and into the grass to get by. And then the famous question......where's a cop when you want one.
January 28 at 10:24 EST .

   MeiDei  Not only pull over for ambulances, police & firemen - while waiting for the procession to go by appropriate prayers are said for all concerned. It's he right thing to do I think.
February 2 at 20:30 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Mei Dei.......check out the music site. : )
January 27 at 13:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did and answered Gram : )
January 27 at 19:42 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just some small talk. I took a friend to Aspen Dental for implants. Let me say this, never any implants for me! Her pain showed on her face like a bright light. She was told she will have 5 days of severe pain and then it will settle down. No thanks!! I had no idea what the procedure was but her entire implants for all the the bottom teeth were done all at once.
January 25 at 14:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, my husband had some implants (to replace a removable bridge ) several years ago and his experience was just fine. Very little discomfort during the procedure and very little afterwards. His procedure was done in two visits, one to embed the little devices in his jaw and then the second to attach the teeth. I'm sorry about your friend's experience.
January 25 at 15:51 EST .

   Gram77  Her work was all done today with all teeth in the bottom implanted. I thought it was rather severe but apparently that is the way Aspen does it. Your hubby's experience was what I thought would be done with her. This is gross but what worried me was how much she was bleeding. I plan to check her out this evening. She was recently widowed and lives alone.
January 25 at 17:12 EST .

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   Balogreene  I needed full dentures that fit and worked. I researched. Many places here in the DC area advertise a full mouth in a day. I can't imagine if they had to pull, put in the stubs, and add the the teeth in one day! That would be killer.

A friend had two implants, they put in the rods, and then went back a few weeks later, after they were sure the rods had set (one had not ).

When I got my full-mouth dentures they told me I could get two implants on each jaw that would anchor the dentures. So far, I'll deal with fixedness!
January 27 at 23:45 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  We have fairly high winds here in Bradenton but nothing compared to what the East Coast is getting. Keep warm and safe BirdsNest. According to the news you have a ways to go before this monster blows out.
January 23 at 08:47 EST .

   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Good morning from Bradenton, FL. Our town and the people are ok, but in the well known tourist community of Siesta Key there is a considerable amount of tornado damage. No one was injured but at about 3AM the tornado came through. Here in town we are experiencing fairly strong gusty winds. Out on the key they will be picking up and doing major repairs for quite some time. Weather like this is difficult here in Florida as no one has basements to escape to.
January 17 at 09:15 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Thank God you are okay. I've been watching coverage of the storms on the Weather Channel this morning. Stay safe and dry.
January 17 at 10:43 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  2 dead. My beagle woke me up at 3, no basement, as Gram says, so little bathroom with a unused mattress I have from the DH bunk. Still gustsy winds at noon, but bright sky's and all is good.
January 17 at 12:09 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Here I am again asking I guess a political question. What exactly will happen concerning Cruz's birth question?
January 15 at 08:01 EST .

   Balogreene  Gram, I don't know. Mark Levin says it's all silly, according to the Constitution he's every bit a Natural Born Citizen as Barak Obama, or Barry Goldwater, or George Romney, or John McCain. The founders did not want an immigrant to become president. But, the Democrats are already choosing judges. It scares me!
January 15 at 20:46 EST .

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   Allsogreat  I suspect that if we allow a Kenyon, with one American parent be President, then we should allow an American, born of two American parents.....just my thinking...H
January 16 at 11:28 EST .

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   StormCnter  I believe you're right, Allso. The precedent has been set.
January 16 at 14:29 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  After the Mulatto Muslim, I don't know how anyone could --with a straight face, question another's birth status. 0bastard is the Gold Standard for who is or isn't eligible.
January 16 at 20:56 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Interesting day today. Once in a while human kindness pops up and renews my faith. Sometimes I need to use a cane and today was one. And in of all places, Walmart, some one stopped and asked me if I needed a cart. Pretty neat, uh?
January 14 at 13:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  There are lots of good and thoughtful people, Gram, they're all around us and I'm glad you spotted one of them.
January 14 at 15:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  Not only neat, almost unprecedented. When mom has a cane, or a motorized cart, people are always cutting her off, pushing her aside. All of which drives this daughter to almost violence. I keep saying wait until it is your mom, or you are mom.
January 14 at 23:05 EST .

   BirdsNest  It was always a surprise to me when Hagar was shopping in WalMart in an electric cart. People were kind. They always apologized when they cut him off. It used to amaze me. But then again we live in a rural area, kindness still shows itself here.
January 15 at 05:46 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Music  Are there any classical listeners around here? Or opera? There used to be.
January 12 at 18:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  YEP! I used to have a 2 hour youtube of classical music to listen to on Firefox while I read the articles on Drudge & Lucianne - lost my sound; trying to find a time when I can turn my computer in to the guru to fix. : )
January 25 at 13:30 EST .

   Gram77  Got any favorites? I am totally hooked on the Russian composers. Just for fun, did you know that every piece of music Leonard Bernstein conducted he did so by memory?
January 27 at 13:22 EST .

   StormCnter  Oh Gram, I have a whole shelf of opera and another of classical. Everyone has favorites, of course. I did not know that about Bernstein. I love the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto performed by Isaac Stern. And kiri te kanawa singing just anything. I saw Cecilia Bartoli in Dallas a few years ago. Heavenly talent, for sure.
January 27 at 14:50 EST .

   MeiDei  Chopin & Tchaikovsky are my favorites, but sharing 2-3 place are Rachmaninoff, DeBussy, Mendelssohn, Shubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Offenbach, Shumann, Ravel, et al. I never was a fan of Wagner (too grim ) but came to appreciate his music from watching "Inspector Morse" who was a fan : ) Oh & the Strauss waltzes! In grammar school we had "Music Appreciation" classes (G1-5 ) highlighting most of the above mentioned; I used to close my eyes & picture scenes the music had me think of .. to date I still "see" music. Remember when cartoons in the movies always had classic music as a backdrop? I'm sure you watch Andre Rieu when he's on PBS.
January 27 at 19:23 EST .

   MeiDei  What really moves me is Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma, & more recently Andrea Bocelli singing Time to Say Goodbye - both cause goosebumps right down to the bone!
January 27 at 19:40 EST .

   StormCnter  I highly recommend "The Three Tenors" album from the 1990 concert. My son-in-law gave me the CD several years ago and I have nearly worn it out. But just for fun, here is the backstage video for that event. Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo. It's 9 minutes long.
January 28 at 05:26 EST .

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   Gram77  My hubby who always has the blues or jazz station on in the car will stop everything to listen to Pavarotti. Warms my heart. Oddly, I love Wagner. If you see any of his operas (and I bet you have ) they are really a thrill. Nice to see this site come alive. Thanks!!
January 28 at 10:15 EST .

   MeiDei  Speaking of opera, did you ever hear the J. G. Wentworth commercials - my dog 'sings' along with them + any opera she hears, she gets it right after the 3rd or 4th try : ) My son has the Wentworth commercial via YouTube on his computer & he'll ask the dog if she wants to sing, she jumps up on his bed, faces the computer expectantly & then sings her heart out - too funny.
January 28 at 12:13 EST .

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   Gram77  Neat, a dog who loves the classics. Well sort of : )
January 29 at 08:23 EST .

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