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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  "D.J. #1: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
D.J. #2: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
D.J. #1: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
D.J. #2: [mockingly] That blizzard - thing. That blizzard - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big blizzard thing!"
D.J. #1: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
D.J. #2: Especially cold!
D.J. #1: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips...
D.J. #2: On their chapped lips...
D.J. #1: On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
D.J. #2: Punxsutawney Phil!
D.J. #1: That's right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's...
D.J. #1, D.J. #2: [in unison] GROUNDHOG DAY!"

****

Phil: Do you know what today is?
Rita: No, what?
Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened.

************

Ned: Phil?
Phil: Ned?
[Punches Ned in the face]
February 2 at 14:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Tell me this isn't Ground Hog Day, too obvious, right?
February 2 at 23:45 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Yeah, Mei. But this was not meant as a quiz. Just a tribute to the Day and the movie.
February 3 at 09:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  My apology, may the 6 weeks more of winter bother me, not thee.
February 3 at 09:25 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  Flora Robson and Ingrid Bergman in "Saratoga Trunk"
   January 25 at 16:46 EST .

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   Calvinesq posted on Movies & Reviews  This is a delightful film, which was also one of my mother's favorites. It has limited availability now, perhaps because of a PC snafu, and I have not seen it for over 40 years. Can you name the movie and the cast members shown in this picture? Bonus if you can guess the PC snafu to which I referred.
   January 25 at 10:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gary Cooper?
January 25 at 11:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  definitely Gary Cooper. I can't identify the lady yet, however. Could she be Pat Neal and the film "The Fountainhead"? They had an affair off set.
January 25 at 11:13 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Gary Cooper is correct. Not Pat Neal, not "The Fountainhead."

One additional clue: Best train wreck scene in the movies.
January 25 at 11:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Would her fur coat [back of chair - guessing fur] be the PC no-no?
January 25 at 12:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Paulette Goddard? Perhaps "Unconquered"? Whatever the answer, it's a good quiz, Calvin.
January 25 at 15:36 EST .

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   Calvinesq  OK. One more hint: Cooper and this co-star also starred in a prior movie about two year's earlier that was based on an Ernest Hemingway novel.
January 25 at 16:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Well, that isn't Helen Hayes ("A Farewell to Arms" ), so she is Ingrid Bergman and "For Whom the Bell Tolls". I don't know about the controversy, however.
January 25 at 16:25 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Yes. It is Ingrid Bergman. The earlier movie was "For Whom the Bell Tolls" This later movie reunited these stars. The later movie (and the above picture ) is "Saratoga Trunk" based on an Edna Ferber novel. "Trunk" refers to a railroad line. The PC snafu that I referred to was that one of the characters plays a Haitian maid. However, she was played by a British actress, whose skin was made to look dark for the part, which some may see as akin to blackface. Flora Robson was the actress in that role, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for that role. I will post another picture showing this character. Great movie in my view.
January 25 at 16:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  I read that book many years ago. My whole family abandoned Edna Ferber, however, when she wrote "Giant" ridiculing Texans without ever visiting the state. We persuaded my rancher grandmother to come to Fort Worth to see the movie, hoping we Texans would come out looking a little better in the film. Alas, my grandmother harrumphed through the first 2/3 of the film and then stormed out of the theater.
January 25 at 17:32 EST .

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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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