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  1. My whole family took this course and really enjoyed it. I am wondering if it's archived somewhere so I could recommend it to my elderly in-laws. They are in an assisted living facility and are looking for interesting and sort of challenging things to do. Thanks in advance.
  2. This is true! I bought two and chose Medium. Although that's not what my cart said, that's the size that arrived yesterday. And I must say, they are very nice shirts.
  3. No. I got off Fb years & years ago. But if I were on I would certainly join. ?
  4. I want to share an idea for a group activity. My family & a couple of friends have played this game a couple of times and it really is a lot of fun. It can be played via email or text so no worries if folks aren't all in the same house. Here's our Dinner Party Conversation Game as we played it. I'm sure you'll see right off how the structure could easily be modified for musicals. The game begins with the question, who would you invite to an imaginary dinner party? You set parameters like only real people or just fictional characters. You can set a time range (within the last 200 years). You also decide on the number of "guests" who will be seated at the table (# must be a multiple of the number of players). One of the players acts as organizer. Without consulting with any other player, each player draws up a list of invited guests and gives it to the organizer. These guests must be randomly seated at the dinner table. There are a number of ways to do this, the easiest is for the organizer to write the names of guests on slips of paper and pull them from a hat. First name pulled sits at the head of the table and you just fill the "chairs" with guests. It's fun to visualize this on a white or chalk board, or just as a graphic on the computer. You can string inviting and seating guests out for a week or more, or you can do it in one evening. (We are such statistics geeks that we randomly assigned numbers to guests and then randomly seated them at the table. But you could just seat them clockwise or whatever.) That part can be mildly amusing. For example, my eldest daughter invited five of the Doctor Who's. The twelfth Doctor was seated at the head of the table next to Hesiod. Chuck Berry wound up next to Elon Musk. Here's why that's fun. What do guests do at a dinner party? They talk with the people they're seated next to. Here's how that works. The guest at the head of the table begins the conversation by saying something that he/she actually really said. For example, I quoted Amelia as saying, "Help!" (For this game we had to provide citation information-- where the quote came from-- and I said "common knowledge".) The person seated at that guest's left (e.g., go clockwise around the table) responds. This is critical. The response has to be something that the guest said, and it has to be a response to what was said. So son-in-law's guest, Phillip K. Dick (who wrote the novel "Ubik") responds: Has perspiration odor taken you out of the swim? Ten-day Ubik deodorant spray or Ubik roll-on ends worry of offending, brings you back where the happening is. Safe when use as directed in a conscientious program of body hygiene. We made up the "rules" as went alone in this game; one was that if the guest was an author (or composer) than anything he/she wrote was fair game. Here's a funny one-- Hunter S. Thompson: We can't stop here. This is bat country. Willie Nelson: On the road again, like a band of gypsies we go down the highway, we're the best of friends, insisting that the world keeps turnin' our way, and our way is on the road again. ~~ The way we play, after the guests are seated and the conversation begins, we try to allow just one day to come up with an appropriate response. But there are any number of ways you could do this. It's important to make up the rules as you go along! Aside from the fun, playing the Dinner Party Conversation Game is educational. I can see this applying to musicals especially. You have to sort of dig into a guest's "work" to discover what would be a good response so you learn more about your guest. It's also true that a player will inevitably choose guest(s) that the other players are unfamiliar with. So you can introduce your guests to the others. Have fun!
  5. My husband is a philosopher. For several years he taught an honors seminar using classic westerns-- usually the transition westerns-- to teach virtue ethics (the Aristotelian virtues) among other philosophical topics. It was freaking awesome. If anyone is interested, one of books he uses as a text (not really a text) is Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns by Peter French. (My husband is not Peter French!) Before reading it, I had never considered that Westerns were anything more than just stories. It's a bit pricey, but for anyone who loves Westerns, it's worth it. So yes. I would love a TCM sponsored course on Westerns if for no other reason that to talk about what's in Halley's hat box in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
  6. I plan on checking back in. Look! I am! I don't do Fb though.
  7. Me, too. Luckily-- especially this June-- I've enough experience to anticipate problems and be proactive. First tomato horn worm egg sighting... out comes the Dipel.
  8. Like Motherof Zeus, I slacked on housecleaning. But more obviously, I gave up garden time. And it really shows. You should see the weeds in the squash garden! Though with afternoon temps in the mid-90s and heat indexes hovering around 105, it ain't easy being outside in the afternoons. So... I have stacked up dusting, vacuuming, laundry to fold, ironing to do, patio to tidy up, guest houses to clean, tomatoes to put up (for you youngins that means I have tomatoes to waterbath, stew & freeze), peppers to pickle. Et cetera. And guess what? My in-laws are coming next week. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have La Mancha paused in the guest room where I am soon to be stripping the bed.
  9. According to Amy Vanderbilt's New Complete Book of Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious Living (1967):
  10. I love this movie, too. Watched it for the first time (shame on me) after we returned from a trip to Israel last year. Can't watch it enough. I just have one complaint. No way the future Det. Starsky should have been cast as Perchic. Weakest character in the film. Glaser on the same set as Tool? It's an abomination.
  11. I did the same! Listed every movie that showed, then checked them off.
  12. There are a LOT of people in the world who know a LOT about musicals! I am not among them. ? Thanks for sharing!
  13. Rio Bravo. It is so not a musical but that scene in the jailhouse with Rickie Nelson and Dean Martin singing make the movie so awesome. Oh! Let's not forget Walter Brennan accompanying on the harmonica!
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