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#21 laffite

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Posted 08 September 2016 - 01:13 AM

lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us go through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"

 

Barb, I chuckle at your passing me-banal remark. You are of course the most unbanal person I know. I attribute those kind words you wrote about Kingrat to you yourself as well. (Sincerement, ma chere) I yearn for you to come on and talk about flicks ... the tours can wait! hee hee ...

 

...to coin a phrase, oh where is our BabyT? Yes, I know, hoping she's okay. No talk of Ramblers can be complete without our Greer.

 

Happy to hear your mom is doing okay. It's been awhile hearing from you on the Board here and therefore worrisome as you point out with one of your RARE banalities, namely, Life Happens. Keep those mom quips coming. You should (seriously) write at least a chapbook of Momisms and TCM as well as other zingers on life. It could go viral, that is if chapbooks can do that. They're really funny, funny good, and you write about it so well.

 

I think I'm off to tour London, why not? I'm in the mood now.

 

Thanks, Barb

 

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 06:29 PM

kingrat, it's great to see your name again!  I always associate you with erudite, incisive, supremely well-informed film commentary.

 

Thanks for the kind words. Mom of course isn't as outspoken as she used to be, given the fact she's slowed down considerably at 95 years old, but I hope to have many more crazy Burns & Allen conversations with her on my thread, lol. 

 

I miss writing about the turkeys.  And THE BRAMBLE BUSH definitely sounds right up my alley, ha!  Never saw it, and thanks to you I must!!  I somehow always confuse the descriptions of Burton's character in that movie with the one he plays in THE SANDPIPER., where he confesses to wife Eva Maria Saint of his affair with Liz:  "We made love in motels, God help me!"   I recommend the wonderfully awful THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR where Richard, replete with turban as a dedicated Indian doctor, is the object of wealthy playgirl Lana Turner's lust.  Everyone in the cast acts as though they are struggling against bouts of dysentery.  Haven't seen it in some time.  I do remember one scene where Lana, caught in "the rains", comes down with pneumonia and starts babbling "I'm richer than everyone!"

 

On an entirely different note, I'm obsessed with Freaky the Scary Snowman videos on YouTube.


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Posted 31 August 2016 - 05:59 PM

Hahaha!  Yeah, I'm chasing ghosts and running from them at the same time!  That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  Thank you, Quiet Gal and Barbarella.

 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

 

 

Scott, you'll be just fine!  In the meantime, find a pair of ruby red slippers, tap them ever so gently, and intone "There's no place like the TCM Message Board! There's no place like the TCM Message Board!"

 

You'll be home here in no time.



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 01:24 PM

lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us seem to be going through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"

Love hearing about your mom, and it's been way too long since we've heard your reports on various less than stellar films. The Bramble Bush is available online, and I can vouch for the fact that when you make your list of Richard Burton's ten best performances, this film will NOT be mentioned. I mean, when you're casting the part of a guy who grew up as a doctor's son on Cape Cod, does Richard Burton come to mind? He's in mellifluous voice/phoned in/where's the paycheck? mode, and this is a few years before Liz. Come on, guy who grew up on Cape Cod and became a famous doctor. You know Hollywood, they probably tried to get Frank Sinatra or Louis Jourdan. Or maybe Tony Franciosa.

 

The movie does get a few points for trying to deal with the subject of euthanasia. Tom Drake is dying of cancer, and he wants his best friend Burton to hasten the process and then wed his soon-to-be-widow (Barbara Rush). Oh, there's Angie Dickinson as a nurse red-hot for Richard. She worries if maybe she's a s_l_u_t, and the fact that she's sleeping with Jack Carson is not a point in her favor.

 

The cinematography of The Bramble Bush is quite interesting. Today filters are all the rage, and each scene is a giant smear of one color. The color palette of The Bramble Bush is extremely muted, with many tones of the same muted color in each shot, like Barbara Rush in an off-white outfit getting into her white convertible. Sets and costumes are color-coordinated to be as muted as Burton's performance.

 

It's great to see the whole gang back.


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Posted 31 August 2016 - 12:59 PM

Hello Laffite. 

 

I haven't been doing much cyber-cooking of late.. too hot in August to fire up the stove! But I WAS rummaging around through the freezer last night (looking for a frozen rope to help motivate the Grey Dude to come back out of the shadows and start posting again!) And while I was looking in there,  I DID happen to see some left over sherbet way back in the corner.. so cool and refreshing, and just enough for a lovely snack!!  Enjoy!! 

 

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 12:44 PM

lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us go through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 11:56 PM

Hi Scott

 

I'm so lame. You're birthday was listed on The Birthday Thread in Film and Filmmakers and I posted a Happy Birthday to you. Why didn't I think to come over here and do that.

 

Happy Birthday, Scott !

 

Barb I miss your thread and have been thinking of something to post there to lure you back. The first thing that came to mind was perhaps one of these cab tours along famous city streets. You love that. I hope your mom is okay.

 

Ro, I miss your cyber dishes that you used to post, yum. You are the best at that here on the Board.

 

Miss all the Ramblers!

 

Cheers

 

Jean Laffite

 

 


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 11:20 PM

That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  

 

Ha... well I hope it was a happy one for you sir, no matter WHAT mess  you found yourself getting into. :D 

 

Meanwhile.... 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

 

IF only!!! I'd say you are LONG overdue!! Here, let me give you a little motivation to POINT you in the right direction!! :P

 

 

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 09:45 PM

Hahaha!  Yeah, I'm chasing ghosts and running from them at the same time!  That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  Thank you, Quiet Gal and Barbarella.

 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.


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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:20 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTTIE!

 

 

 

May all your dreams come true!

 

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:11 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTTIE!

 

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 07:34 PM

Cough, cough.. sputter.. gasp.. cough. 

 

Excuse me while I blow a little dust off of this thread just to say HAPPY Birthday, Harry Fabian.. I mean Grey Dude!! :P

 

I hope you have had a great day and hey.. maybe you'll even get a chance to go out for a fun night on the town with some friends!! :D

 

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All kidding aside.. hope your b-day was a happy one, sir!! :)



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 01:25 PM

Sorry to hear about the back Mr, Movieman. You guys out east have really had it rough. Hope you are feeling much better very soon. Take it easy if you can,  and stay safe, everybody. 



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:16 AM

29 inches here. The good thing about it is we didn't get the bad winds that were expected. (Ocean City, MD did get some wind damage though.) Also, the snow was more of a powder type than the heavy wet kind.

 

Waiting on a plow. It is all of 11 degrees. Had a friend use his snowblower but The Bride keeps his kids so it was a win/win for us both. Still managed to tweak my back.

 

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Posted 24 January 2016 - 03:16 PM

Take good care out there, Madhat. Slow and steady on the snow shoveling, if you please. A few feet here, a few feet there.. and eventually you'll get there.

 

Woo... Remind me not to complain about anything "winter" related ever again. ha. :D  

 

My golly.. Compared to you guys we might as well be Florida around here. (ha.. ok.. that might be stretch. We HAVE had a touch of winter, but nothing like the mess  your are in. We've had some single digit temps and some icy roads with just a hint of snow, over the last week or so overall.. but still. That is NOTHING like what you all have been through) Wowsa. 

 

Think Spring, everybody!! Take care!  



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Posted 24 January 2016 - 09:39 AM

Hey there everyone,

 

Frank I knew you all were really getting it up there. We got about 16 inches here. It was a remarkable storm. It stated snowing here around 9:30am Friday and except for a brief period of sleet, it didn't stop snowing until sometime after midnight very early Sunday morning. So it lasted a long time! Since it was all mostly powdery snow we never lost power.

 

Now what to do with it all? This stuff isn't going to melt away anytime soon. I was really amazed by the drifts. Really high in some places. We also have these huge piles hanging over the roof.

 

I'll start digging out today. I have to pace myself. :)  



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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:59 PM

It was a record snowfall for us.

 

GOOD grief, man!! Some records should remain unbroken!!! Wowsa, that's a boatload of snow. Take good care!! Stay safe, and batten down those hatches!!

 

Golly.. I hope you don't run out of sauerkraut and sawdust!! You don't want to run out of food and have to make a run to the store.. or the saw mill... in weather like THAT!! :P

 

All kidding aside.. do take care, sir. Hope it is over soon!! Bundle up!! 



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Posted 23 January 2016 - 07:23 PM

It was a record snowfall for us. We hit 29 inches of snow. The old record was 25. We were expecting 8-12.

 

 

It has been said that snow is like sex - you do not know how many inches you will receive nor how long it will last.

 

We have had total accumulation of approx. twelve inches from snows during the nights of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This is the most snow since I have been here. It is humorous to see how a little snow panics people here and the city shuts down. I drove around Friday simply because it was so unusual to have so little traffic. I could not do my expected errands because banks, grocery stores and the post office were all closed as well as the schools and most businesses. 


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 06:58 PM

Thanks, Bronxie. It was a record snowfall for us. We hit 29 inches of snow. The old record was 25. We were expecting 8-12.

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 04:10 PM

Stay safe and warm, East Coasters!

 

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