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  1. Chit-Chat

    I thought tropical storm Alberto was going to head east of my area (which would put us on the 'good' side of it), which still might be so, but right now we're getting some heavy rain. The day was really nice and sunny, but I guess the clouds moved in after dark. This is probably a rain band, but I guess we'll get some rain on and off through Monday.
  2. Pet Peeves

    I haven't been to a concert in years, but I usually go to the movies by myself for most of the same reasons as stated for concert-going with others. I can pick the movie I really want to see, I can pick the time that's good for me (I usually go on a weekday that I have off from work, to insure that there won't be a lot of people there, which helps limit any surrounding chatter and possible cell phone rings), can get snacks without people wanting to share, can sit where I want (aisle seat about halfway back), and can enjoy the movie without people wanting to discuss it during the film. I'm not totally anti-social. I love to watch movies that I've seen before with others who have also seen the same film (generally a DVD watch). We can then watch the movie while we talk about it. But if I'm seeing a movie for the first time at a theater, I want to make sure that my time and money are well spent.
  3. Chit-Chat

    I'm quoting my own post from last week, but I wanted to report that I think one of my neighbors must have complained to/about the noisy music from next door. I haven't heard a peep (music-wise) from next door since my report above (last Sunday). And, I know they've been home, because I've seen activity and their cars. I took advantage of the reasonably good weather (hot and humid, but no rain yet) to work in the back yard. I heard voices (and smelled cigarette smoke) from the screen porch next door, but no music. Then, the man who lives there (I've met the wife but not the husband) said 'hey' over the fence and let me know that they were going to be having a party this afternoon and to let them know if they get too loud and they will tone it down. I said 'thanks'. A few minutes later, he said they would be grilling burgers and offered me food (and a cold drink). I said 'thanks, but I have food cooking right now in the kitchen for lunch' (I didn't, but will soon). That was very nice of him, and I hope that we can all be good neighbors. There seemed to be four or five people kind of milling about on the carport and the yard, so I'm guessing they were waiting for me to go inside and stay inside before they cranked up the music. I don't have a problem with the occasional outside music at a party (although if I can still make out the words of the song when I'm at the far end of my house it's probably too loud), especially on a holiday weekend, but this loud music everyday and every weekend day was not going to make them any friends in the neighborhood. But, I got a nice big piece of my backyard cleaned out and raked (and everything bagged), so I feel like I got something good done (and that will help me be a good neighbor). My yardwork has resulted in several bags of yard debris that I need to take out to the curb, as well as some fallen limbs, but my area is supposed to get heavy rains and some winds from that 'it's not even hurricane season yet - insert expletive here - storm Alberto' that's making it's way north. (Everyone is asked not to put out anything that could blow around or float away if it happens to fall into the gutter until the storm passes. I may look out, though, and put the items out to the curb if I see that others on the street have done it. We're supposed to have yard trash picked up on Mondays, and now that the really bad weather might not get here until Monday night or early Tuesday morning, they may make the usual pick up.)
  4. Chit-Chat

    Thanks! As soon as I finish logging my food for the day (I just had some popcorn for dinner), I plan to hit the hay. My cats will get up at the crack of dawn.
  5. Chit-Chat

    I just got home for the day and I'm pooped. I had a meeting after work and then had to make a trip to Wal Mart (it didn't have to be WM, but I had to go to some store). I was out of most of the basics and needed to get ingredients to make a 'tropical coleslaw' to take to a luncheon tomorrow (no special recipe for it--just a bag of tri-colored slaw and bottled dressing as the base. I then add some pineapple tidbits, some cut up Maraschino cherries, and add a little of the pineapple juice from the can to the dressing to sweeten it up. I've also made it with some shredded coconut, but I know a lot of people don't like coconut, so I'm leaving it out. I might also add a little chopped apple and fling in some Craisins.) Now I'm trying to figure out what to have for a late dinner. At least we had some snacks at the meeting, so I wasn't too hungry when I went shopping. I need to eat something though. I'll figure out something.
  6. In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    Richard Peck, author of many, many young adult novels has died. I haven't read all of his books, but I always enjoyed his books featuring Blossom Culp ('The ghost belonged to me', 'Ghosts I have been', etc.), his award-winning books 'A long way from Chicago' and 'A year down yonder'. I also thought that his book 'Secrets of the shopping mall', about two kids who run away to live in a big department store (and find others had done the same) was a fun read. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/76968-obituary-richard-peck.html
  7. At first, I thought we would see an explosion take out the second floor of the bar, but then I remembered that they blew up Pride and his bar last season (or was it the season before? I've lost track). So, I figured he would get shot. I thought that Lou Diamond Phillips was a baddie when he and Pride were out on the dock, but then later I thought that the rockets had been hidden on the boat and that the pilot would be the baddie and fool both Pride and LDP. It was kind of idiotic that all of this evidence had been built up against Pride, but it only took one photo to change the minds of the authorities. If I was the police/FBI, my first thought would have been that the 'real' photo was the phony one and that Pride was indeed the mastermind behind the evil plot.
  8. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I had some issues with the seasons after Carter left. I just couldn't get interested in the new doctors/nurses. I didn't realize that John Stamos was on for so long. For some reason, I thought he was just on there for one season. I didn't like Archie Morris at first and the Australian doctor--Brenner (or as Morris speculated, Anspaugh's 'love child'. Hee!), but they have grown on me. Morris turned out to be a good doctor (who sometimes veered into 'say something stupid' territory) and Brenner evolved from being a creepy scuzzball to a much nicer person. I'm glad I stuck with it until those characters got better. I'm not sure about Angela Bassett's Dr. Banfield. I alternate between wanting her to lose the Grouch of the Year face that she seems to wear most of the time and liking her as the head of the department. Unfortunately, I never warmed up to Sam the nurse. She always seemed to have a chip on her shoulder, and in the few times that she acted happy, you knew that it wouldn't last.
  9. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    Since I quit watching 'ER' during ts first run around season 11, all of the episodes that I've been watching lately are all new to me. I watched a season 15 episode this morning called 'The long, strange journey', which was the one with the elderly John Doe who wandered into the ER after being mugged. When Dr. Morgenstern showed up, it was revealed that the man (Morgenstern's mentor) had been the doctor who had basically revolutionized emergency medicine years before (he had literally wrote the book on ER medicine). It was a really good episode, and the scenes that showed his point of view of what was going on around him (he saw everything and everybody in a late-60s style of clothing, equipment, etc.) were excellent and touching. His story was sad, but it was also a good story (and was kind of fitting that he died in an ER trauma room--that he had designed--surrounded by people who appreciated what he had done for them). And, the doctor was played by Rance Howard, which is always a bonus.
  10. S01.E09: White Car in a Snowstorm

    I agree that this episode seemed to move much faster than most of the others. I loved the glimpses of the mountainous scenery, with the winding roads, the snow and the view of the sea. Even the 'calmer' scenes--mainly the ones of Chace and Gail waiting in the car for the phone to ring--were not boring, probably because of the dialogue between the two. I also thought that the photos of the real Gail and young Paul that were taken right after his release were effective. ETA: I forgot to add that I loved the scene with Chace calmly painting the brown suitcases white. I would want him on my team if I needed help.
  11. Chit-Chat

    It's hot outside, but I'm taking advantage of the fact that my noisy new neighbors seem to be out this afternoon. I worked in the yard yesterday to the sounds of their sometimes extra loud/sometimes tolerable country rock all afternoon (they had company and they and their kids were outside). The kids noisy playing doesn't bother me--I'm happy to see kids playing on swings/slides/kiddy pool/ etc. instead of staying inside watching TV or playing computer games. The silver lining is that -- so far -- they might play their music loud, but not constantly. They will play music for about 10 minutes, stop for a little while, then play some more, stop, etc. etc. I'm not sure why the periods of silence, but I'll take what I can get. I never thought I would be happy for hot weather, but it keeps me inside most of the time and the windows shut so I don't hear it. I should complain to them, but I don't dare say anything until my yard is not so briar-y and weedy anymore--they could complain about the state of my backyard right back at me (and they would be right to complain--but I'm working on it).
  12. Chit-Chat

    Me too.
  13. Favorite Lines and Quotes

    'I'm beginning to think that we should just trust Brick when it comes to making our chair decisions.' 'The kid does know how to sit.'
  14. Chit-Chat

    Unfortunately, I had to park, get out of the car, go up some steps and around the corner to the night deposit. I met another person coming in from a different direction. She had also forgotten about the payment being due today. GHSCORPIOSRULE, Wow! I wish all of us could do more than just send good wishes and good vibes. (But I do send good wishes and vibes.)
  15. Chit-Chat

    I hate it when I get home and then remember an errand that I absolutely have to run before the end of the night. I just remembered that my water/sewer/garbage bill is due today. I had planned on dropping by the payment place on my way home from work (they would be closed, but the night drop is available, and it still counts as 'today' even though they won't see it until tomorrow morning). Of course, I got home, changed into my pjs (because I hadn't planned on going out any more tonight), got ready to fix something for dinner and remembered the bill. Drats! Now I have to get re-dressed and drive downtown to put the payment in the drop box. It's either that or get up at the crack of dawn and pay before they open in the morning. I'd rather take care of it tonight. (If the late fee was small, I would just pay tomorrow, but it's $10 and I don't want to pay that much.) It's only a five minute drive, but still it's a pain. Oh, well, it's my fault for waiting until the last minute.