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   Calvinesq posted on Main Page The Lobby  Just had to juxtapose these two articles from Philadelphia Inquirer (i.e., philly.com ):

1. Philly's entire congressional delegation is skipping the inauguration — and we're the only big city to do so

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/Phil
lys-entire-congressional-delegation-is-skipping-the-inaugura
tion----and-were-the-only-city-in-the-country-to-do-so.html


AND (most rats/mice in the U.S.!! )

2. Nearly 1 in 5 Philly-area households has mice or rats

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Nearly-1-in-5-P
hilly-area-households-has-mice-or-rats-January-2017.html


The entire congressional delegation (Dems ) to skip the inauguration, but note that Philly also has the most rats/mice of any city in the U.S. - kind of all fits together!!!
January 17 at 15:56 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Nostalgia  Santa Claus pull string pin. I was given a number of these as a small boy. The firehouse near my grandparents' house had Christmas parties for children and these were given away as a present for attending. Santa's nose, of course, lit up when you pulled the string.
   December 23 at 23:31 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Jokes  Amish vs. An Elevator

A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, “What is this Father?”

The father (never having seen an elevator ) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is.”

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheel chair moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened, and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially.
They continued to watch until it reached the last number… and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blond stepped out.

The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son . . .

“Go get your Mother.”
   December 22 at 11:55 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Happy 100th to Kirk Douglas!
   December 9 at 12:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  The New York Post has been featuring an article on "swordsman" Douglas's wide swath through Hollywood femaledom.
http://nypost.com/2016/12/08/how-kirk-do
uglas-charmed-old-hollywoods-finest-beau
ties/
December 10 at 05:54 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Thanks, Storm. I was struck by the report in the story that he had sex at 14 with a teacher. Seems an epidemic today.
December 10 at 23:01 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Building on MeiDei's "The Music Man" quiz below, answer me this: Harold Hill was such a fraud that Harold (perhaps even Hill ) was not his real name! What, from the movie/show, was Harold's real first name?
December 2 at 11:57 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Marcellus Washburn (played by Buddy Hackett in the movie ) knew Harold well before he came to River City. But, he knew Harold as "Greg" and "Gregory."
December 3 at 07:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good add-on, never would have guessed the answer.
December 3 at 10:35 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Faith  Some random thoughts for this Thanksgiving:

We hear a lot of noise these days regarding "privilege" or "white privilege." It is used to keep a lot of people silent about their beliefs and values.

The concept, in my view, is misguided and wrong. I don't know about this so-called "privilege" with which "they" want to keep me silent.

I do know that what I have, even what I may have earned, is nothing without God. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, a means to make a living and a multitude of friends, both believers and non-believers. God's grace has indeed been shed on me. My response is not to denigrate my privilege, but to thank God profusely for all his blessings, with humility, praise and utmost respect. Without God's grace, I would have nothing.
November 23 at 09:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  You speak for me too.
November 23 at 18:47 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Nostalgia  TV Dinners. I recall as a young child having my mom try Swanson TV Dinners as an experiment. You see, my mom was/is an excellent cook, so this was just that - an experiment. Well, she heated them up in the oven (conventional, of course ), and we sat in front of the TV while we ate them (something we were then otherwise not allowed to do ) - they were "TV" dinners, after all. The experiment was not a complete failure or a big success. I remember that the food was rather unexceptional, but being a picky eater, I liked how the foods (veggies, meat and potatoes ) each had their on separate compartment. Anyway, TV Dinners became very rare in my house, as my mom made much better, tastier food.
November 14 at 12:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Our experience was similar. The tv dinners were advertised as being quick and efficient and tasty. I seem to recall there were only two Swanson versions: one of sliced roast beef and one of fried chicken. My mother loved to experiment, so we tried them out and decided they were ok in a pinch, but probably weren't going to become very popular. Fortunately for the tv dinner industry, we were bad market predictors.
November 17 at 05:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  We tried them once - OK, but if your mother was a good cook you always had left-overs to look forward to - not so w/single serving meals. Today Swanson has a few good frozen dinners that are handy for one of "those" days; Café Steamers have a few good ones too - for a quick lunch.
November 19 at 22:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rereading Calvin's post brought back a childhood memory. When I was preschool age my mom brought me to my paternal grandmother's; mom got her recipes from her that my father most liked. In my late teens, a newly married aunt was given recipes that her husband liked my his mother. My MIL hated cooking, her son had no favorites - good thing too!

I'm going to put together a little book of recipes for anyone tasked with cooking for my son, just seems like something that should be done.

And Cal, as a kid all our veggies/salads were served separately, I'm wondering if that was influenced by dad's years of service in the hotel industry; still do today to some extent.
November 19 at 22:54 EST .

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   StormCnter  My own sweet mother-in-law was just an ordinary cook, but her biscuits were wonderful. I spent many years trying to duplicate her biscuits, but never felt I succeeded. I made biscuits for almost every meal (3 per day ) for most of my marriage and I make excellent biscuits. But, hers were better.
November 22 at 06:30 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When my father saw that mother had purchased TV dinners for us he blew his stack!! We had a family restaurant and I guess he figured that would keep others from frequenting our business if the rage caught on. It's not like WE ate in the restaurant all the time, maybe once a year and we had better behave! So TV dinners were outlawed at our house.
December 11 at 08:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  I was wrong w/Swanson - should have typed Stouffers.
December 11 at 19:13 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  "That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is."

Name the movie and the actor who gave this example.

Bonus: Can you punctuate, or provide inflection guidance, so that the words are sensible?
October 21 at 14:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  2 WAG's - The Mad Hatter or Yoda [lol]
October 21 at 15:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  "That that IS is that that is NOT IS not is that it it IS."
October 21 at 15:22 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Storm - I will give you the bonus points! I assume you know the film and the actor, but I will leave it open for now to see if someone gets it.

I will add some capitalization and punctuation to your input:]

"That that IS is. That that is NOT IS not. Is that it? It IS."
October 21 at 18:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Calvin, I don't know the answer, but if Elwood P. Dowd didn't say it, shame on the screenwriter.
October 22 at 05:30 EST .

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   Calvinesq  One more hint: The characters MeiDei mentioned above were permanent geniuses, unlike the main character in this movie. The actor won an Oscar for his performance.
October 22 at 09:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  Aha! I believe this may be Cliff Robertson (sigh! ) in "Charly".
October 22 at 10:06 EST .

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   Calvinesq  It IS! Based on the novel Flowers For Algernon. Well done.
October 22 at 10:47 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Just some musing, not really a quiz this time. My post re Walter Matthau brought back some thoughts a about certain movies. Charade, for example, is one of my favorite thrillers (as I said below ).

Just one problem: Once you know "who" it is (the aha! moment ), it's hard to watch the movie again, or should I say, enjoy it as much as the first time. I feel the same way about "The Sixth Sense". Love the movie, but once the aha! moment occurs, it's just not the same when you watch it again.

On the other hand, I can watch a Hitchcock thriller like "North by Northwest" over and over again, and still enjoy it as much as the first time.

Do any of you have similar feelings about other movies in the "first category" (love the movie, but the aha! moment makes watching it again less intriguing or interesting ) or movies in the "second category" (where you can watch it again and again and it remains enjoyable )? Or (third choice ) I'm all wet in my categories?
October 14 at 15:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  "Wait Until Dark" is still just as terrifying to me, even when I know how it ends. And when I see "The Alamo" for the gazillionth time, I keep a faint hope things will end well this time.
October 14 at 16:39 EST .

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   Calvinesq  I agree. I can watch "Wait Until Dark" again and again. I suppose that is because the two leads were so good. Tap!... tap! tap! etc - so good. RC's betrayal was not much of an aha! moment in my humble opinion. Let's face it, the jump from the dead(? ) is still the best!

Alamo - great pic! Also, I do like some of the Disney Davey Crockett Alamo scenes for TV stuff too.
October 14 at 20:42 EST .

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   GO3  I agree on The Sixth Sense. A great movie but I don't watch it unless I'm with someone who hasn't seen it before. As you might expect, I'll watch 007 movies again. In fact I just watched Skyfall again the other day.
October 14 at 23:05 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  This Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor ) was born in New York City’s Lower East Side to a mother from Lithaunia and a Ukrainian father.

He served with the 8th Air Force during WWII as a radioman-gunner, in the same bombardment group as James Stewart, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He was many times a villain in his early movies (including one of my favorite thrillers ) and later became known as a versatile comedy actor, having a movie career that spanned from the 50’s to the new century.

He had an ongoing joke that his middle name was Foghorn. One reviewer of an early career play in which he played a derelict said that the other actors “just looked like actors in make-up” but that he “really looks like a skid row bum.”

Name the actor.
October 13 at 14:08 EST .

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   StormCnter  His second and last wife was reportedly the inspiration for Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's ).
October 14 at 05:48 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Correct, Storm! That would be Carol Matthau, wife of Walter.
October 14 at 11:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes. I was just trying to give a bit of additional info without answering. I thought others would recognize Walter in the clue.
October 14 at 12:32 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Thanks. I'm still getting a feel for this, but I thought that I should close it out since it was almost a full day since the initial post. I'll let it linger a little longer next time. : )
October 14 at 14:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh no, Calvinesq. You did just right. It had been up long enough. That's why I added a bit of info to see if someone would answer. But see, even an additional four hours after my hint, he was still a mystery. It was a good quiz.
October 14 at 16:36 EST .

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