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Wendy, that is such a cute story! I have never really been a huge football fan, and I can certainly not imagine most children watching it and really enjoying it. Well, maybe older boys. I do agree with her that the commercials can be fun. As for watching it from the swimming pool... might not be a bad idea, if it wasn't in the middle of winter. (It could work in San Diego or Florida but not in many other parts of the country unless you're talking indoor swimming pools).

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Ha! Wendy that is way too cute.

 

We didn't watch the Super Bowl...(I know.... such heresy.... I am going to probably be hit by a flying football helmet or something for that one any minute now...) but we are just not much for "pro" sports around here... We do like sports...just more into high school or little league type events... I feel fortunate to be married to someone who looks at it the same way as I do... if one of us was all gung ho about watching and the other wasn't... well... I am glad that is not on the table for us... ha.

 

Instead we watched... The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet... too cute... lots of puppies rolling around nipping and playing on a big "football field" covered in rubber balls and squeaky toys... with a Kitty half time show...thrown in for good measure. Though I have to confess I could only stand about 20 minutes of it at a time... we kept turning it in between commercials...but somehow the kidling always managed to notice we weren't turning it back to the show in a reasonable amount of expected time for the average commercial break... they do get harder to "pull the wool over" as the get older... ha.

 

I like Alice's idea... a football/swimming pool sort of game... that sounds like a lot more fun. :-) Except if the people watching were in pools... I would have to have one of those big "floaty" raft things... as I tend to swim like a rock... ha. :-)

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That was the longest ten days, Scotchie! Don't ever go away again.... It was brutal here without you, with only FrankGrimes to keep us company.....

 

heehee! okay okay! i shall never leave again, unless my internet accidentally breaks down again. bad juju!

 

Still, I suppose it could have been worse. We could have had this poor slob instead.....

 

oh wendy, you kill me! it really made me giggle!

 

We were so sad and lonely here.....

 

oh no! we shall get out the squirt water guns and have fun again!

 

Seriously, it's good to have you back!

 

thank you wendy!!!!! im glad to be back, everyone on here is so much fun to be around and talk to!

 

 

Chris!!!

 

who made fun of Helen Mirren?

 

oh just frankie thats all. he claims to not pick on her, but he really does secretly. i catch him sometimes. heehee!

 

how are you doing lately? have you written any new catchy songs for your loverly bride recently?

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>how are you doing lately? have you written any new catchy songs for your loverly bride recently?

 

Been sick off and on this week. No songs for now. Last couple of weeks I've been busy with church music and played for a wedding last Friday so it has been hectic. I do get a little time to "noodle" and sometimes I come across a chord pattern I like.

 

A funny thing happened at the wedding. As I was playing a song that was going on whil the mothers and bridesmaids were to come in on someone told me the father of the bride was not there. So the song not being long enough I was told to play on so I went off into whole new areas only to hint back in with the melody until they were ready. I must have played 8 or 9 minutes which can seem like a long time when you're working with a 4 minute song. The worst part was that people thought I wasn't going to quit and it was me that was holding things up. Dumb.

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Hello there, Chris...

 

just butting in a bit..

 

Been sick off and on this week

 

Hope you are feeling better. We are fighting the "germ-ans" around here this week too...Blech.

 

I had to crack up when I read about folks blaming YOU for the music mix up... Over time no one but you will likely remember why things ended up that way...but can you imagine the bride and groom on their golden wedding anniversary...watching the movie of their wedding...

 

"What WAS that crazy music guy thinking???" ha... Even though it wasn't your fault, at least you will give them a smile on their anniversary to enjoy...Now that's got to be worth something...ha. :-)

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Hiya Molo!! Long time, no chat!!! Thanks for the well wishes... I hope all is well with you... I have had a blechy week... but maybe the worst will be over soon.... Yech!!

 

Anyway... guess what I WAS able to do today while I was "suffering" ha... I went through the rest of February in the TCM schedule.... to see what films I wanted "reminders" for..

 

And guess what film is coming on FEB 23... I believe at 8PM if I recall... our old friend Dan'l Webster will be on... I wonder if the sound will be any better when they show it than it was on the tape I had...I remember you saying something about the sound quality too. Anyway... maybe we can finally get that ramble in. I wouldn't mind watching it again before we chat... you know... since it has been SUCH A LONG TIME....ha. Now where did I put that rope???? Ha. :D

 

Well... I am off to go practice my knot making .... I haven't threatened you or the Grey Guy in a while... I must be getting rusty... Ha.

 

Seriously.... though... have a nice night!! Hope all is well. :-)

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Kathy:

 

The wedding was for the son of a very good friend. I can't imagine the bride forgetting her father was late but it will be my luck they'll forget. The last thing I am is a show off (mainly because I have nothing to show off) even my bride got annoyed with the others who thought it was me.

 

Molo:

 

I am a born "noodler" so just running off into a different area musically is not all that bad. I regularly noodle during prayer time in our services. No one has complained as far as I know.

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I think the father of the bride should have made every attempt to get there ON TIME. For goodness sake, how important is the day for his daughter? And someone should have let you know beforehand that the wedding was to be a few minutes late. It's only common courtesy.

 

When we were married, a friend of mine hinted and hinted that he would like to read a piece at the wedding. I finally asked him to read a piece for us. The day came, the ceremony started, the minister was done with the "intro", and he says, "Jim will read a poem for the bride and groom........... .... Jim? .....................Jim?.................

 

No Jim. He was late. Luckily, the minister turned back and got right back into the service. Suddenly, a car comes driving AROUND THE GAZEBO in which our wedding ceremony was taking place.... guess who? Jim had arrived.

 

I am telling you this because, until you typed the story of your dreadful experience (and I know it felt very embarrassing - I have been on stage before waiting for someone to show up, nine minutes is an ETERNITY), I really did not remember the incident. Everything else went off as planned and it was a lovely day in every respect.

 

P.S. I hope you feel better!

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I was told the father was late while I was in the middle of the song. "Keep playing" I was told. So I kept playing.

 

Thank you (and everyone else for the wishes for my feeling lousy.) It is somewhat better today. It's awful what a sinus infection and a sleepless night can do to you.

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I also agree that the father of the bride should make every effort to get to the wedding on time. How many times is he going to give away his daughter in marriage? With a bit of luck it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

 

Wendy, sorry to hear that your friend got late to your wedding but I'm glad to hear that otherwise everything else went off without a hitch.

 

And I also hope Chris feels better! ;)

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Suddenly, a car comes driving AROUND THE GAZEBO in which our wedding ceremony was taking place.... guess who?

 

Lucky for Jim you were not married in a hot air balloon!!! He would have had to parachute in or something!! Ha. :-) I imagine it is funny now.. but right about then, Jim would have been on my hit list for sure... Ha.

 

PS....

 

*Happy 3000 Ms Favell!* Here's a little something to celebrate.... (None for Jim though... that's what he get's for showing up late! Ha.) :D Enjoy!

 

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good early afternoon Chris!

 

 

Been sick off and on this week. No songs for now. Last couple of weeks I've been busy with church music and played for a wedding last Friday so it has been hectic. I do get a little time to "noodle" and sometimes I come across a chord pattern I like.

 

oh thats terrible! i hope you feel mucho better so you can noodle with your music again.

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A funny thing happened at the wedding. As I was playing a song that was going on whil the mothers and bridesmaids were to come in on someone told me the father of the bride was not there. So the song not being long enough I was told to play on so I went off into whole new areas only to hint back in with the melody until they were ready. I must have played 8 or 9 minutes which can seem like a long time when you're working with a 4 minute song. The worst part was that people thought I wasn't going to quit and it was me that was holding things up. Dumb.

 

sounds like you had a new experience! heehee! im sorry you had to do that, people just need to appreciate all the hard work it takes instead of looking for you to stop. i would have been there and clapped for you at the end! :)

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*Hiya Molo!! Long time, no chat!!! Thanks for the well wishes... I hope all is well with you... I have had a blechy week... but maybe the worst will be over soon.... Yech!!*

 

Hello Rohanka!

 

I know! It's been a while. Hopefully you will feel better soon. We are having springlike weather here with temperatures near seventy degrees. Today was yard work day. After not having any last year, we have a bumper crop of gum balls this year. They are everywhere and are the bane of my existence right now. :) Mom is loving it. She was able to walk around the yard today (once we cleared away enough gum balls) and she is actually excited about getting out there again tomorrow. :)

 

*And guess what film is coming on FEB 23... I believe at 8PM if I recall... our old friend Dan'l Webster will be on... I wonder if the sound will be any better when they show it than it was on the tape I had...I remember you saying something about the sound quality too. Anyway... maybe we can finally get that ramble in. I wouldn't mind watching it again before we chat... you know... since it has been SUCH A LONG TIME....ha. Now where did I put that rope???? Ha*

 

I'm glad TCM is playing it. I have the Criterion DVD and the sound transfer was atrocious. I have had DVDs where, even with the volume turned all the way up, I couldn't hear the dialog and I do have sensitive ears anyway. This DVD was actually painful to listen to though. I had to keep the remote in hand the whole time. When the characters were speaking I had the volume turned all the way up and I had to turn it way down during parts of the score because it was so painfully loud I thought my eardrums would burst. It's a shame because it is such a wonderful film.

 

Maybe the TCM broadcast will be better. I will plan on being ready to ramble by the 23rd.

 

*Well... I am off to go practice my knot making .... I haven't threatened you or the Grey Guy in a while... I must be getting rusty... Ha.*

 

Yes I guess we need to be kept in line every now and then. Nothing like the thought of a cold rope to keep you focused. :D

 

Hopefully Mr. Grimes will join in the discussion. I'm sure who would like another excuse to post screencaps of Simone Simon's Belle. :)

 

*Seriously.... though... have a nice night!! Hope all is well.*

 

I hope all is well with you and your family too. Things are going good on my end right now.

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I'm glad TCM is playing it. I have the Criterion DVD and the sound transfer was atrocious. I have had DVDs where, even with the volume turned all the way up, I couldn't hear the dialog and I do have sensitive ears anyway. This DVD was actually painful to listen to though.

 

Molo, I didn't realize the sound transfer on that Criterion DVD was so bad. Are you sure you didn't have a defective copy? The one I checked out from the library seems to have been OK, from what I remember. But I probably also had the captions on, because I watched it late at night, with the volume down a bit.

 

In any event, I really do hope the print TCM gets will be better. It's such a great movie, and the "courtroom" scene I could just watch a million times.

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Hey there, Molo!! Glad to hear you are getting in the nice weather... Glad to hear your mom is doing well too.

 

It was a very "spring-ish" day around here too... The QT and the kidling spent half the afternoon out in the yard picking up all the sticks and yard "stuff" and goofing off. I think they had a lot of fun Sadly.... I spent it all inside... I am still fighting the "gunk"... blech.

 

I will look forward to the Webster Ramble.. no REALLY...this time.. let's really ramble...ha.! And maybe the sound on TCM will be better... I remember on the library vhs tape... it was like all the sound on the whole film was the same volumn...soft stuff, back ground noises, and dialogue...it was hard to listen to sometimes...and hard to hear others...

 

PS...I will only break out my rope if I HAVE to... Truthfully... my BETTER weapon right now is my "germs" . HA!! If I breathed on anyone...well.. it would be "curtains" for them for sure... but don't worry.. I would never use that weapon of choice on a friend... HA!! So you are safe ....

 

But I might however save one of these little germies for the next time I need to tell somebody annoying what I really think of them... It could come in handy...the way I feel right now... a germ could be worth a thousand words... Ha. :-)

 

Have fun with the gum balls!!! (wouldn't it be nice if they really WERE gumballs... you could make a killing selling them to all the kids in the neighborhood!) :-)

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After I watched it I checked around on the web to see if others were having the same problem with the audio. I didn't have a problem with the visual print quality as I figured Criterion did the best they could possibly do.

 

I really didn't find any reviewers referring to the audio in such harsh terms as I just did. This leads me to believe I either got a bad disc (I doubt it though) or my lack of a good home theater sound system combined with my rather unique hearing problems led to my unpleasant experience.

 

I found two reviews that did mention the sound:

 

The sound fares even more poorly. A loud hiss is present throughout much of the soundtrack. Volume levels fluctuate wildly, leading to constant struggles with the remote. Music is loud and brassy at times, nearly inaudible at others. Dialogue is a strain to comprehend. The sound stage is truncated, with many pops and distortions. This poor audio quality is particularly frustrating because Bernard Herrmann's Oscar-winning score is both innovative and subtle. The original mastery is all but obliterated by time and wear. - Rob Lineberger from DVD Verdict.

 

http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/devildanielwebster.php

 

This led me to think that Lineberger and I have the same kind of hearing problems.

 

and also

 

The mono soundtrack is a bit harsh and sometimes coarse in spots, but dialogue and sound effects levels are otherwise balanced. - Mark R. Hasan from KQEK DVD Review.

 

http://www.kqek.com/dvd_reviews/d/2755_DevilDanielCrit.htm

 

I really didn't think they were well balanced at all.

 

Obviously if everyone had endured the same problem I had there would be a massive outcry. So maybe it's just my sensitivity to noise combined with something in the way this particular audio track is presented, that made it particularly unpleasant for me.

 

I certainly don't want to dissuade anyone from buying it because it is a great film.

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Well, molo you and those reviewers may have a point. I've gotten a bit used to soundtracks with a lot of hiss when watching some old movies, so I might have tuned it out slightly. Having seen it late at night, I'd have relied mostly on the captions to follow much of the dialogue.

 

(I have sometimes suspected I might have a bit of tinnitus but I've never asked a specialist to give me a test or anything, it's not too bad and I can generally cope most of the time.)

 

Criterion really does try to get the best source material possible, so I imagine there just wasn't anything better available. Still, I do hope TCMs print might somehow not have those problems.

 

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Someone's not going to be so happy if this print has bad sound! ;)

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Kathy - Thanks for the cheesecake! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm - mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! How did you know it was my favorite?

 

They are so pretty, with the little dabs of caramel and such, and the different flavors - I may have to save some for Valentine's day........

 

Kathy and Chris - I hope you are both feeling better soon.....

 

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Thanks for the cheesecake

 

Ha. Wendy...glad you liked them... I had my personal chef whip them up for you. I'd have made them myself... but wanted to spare you the germs...

 

PS... Thanks for the well wishes... the look in that dog's eyes... pretty close to how I have felt all last week.... ugggghhhh. ha.

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Oh, no! I am actually allergic to cats.... but I just thought it was such a cute pic, and the dog look so miserable.... I had to post it.

 

Andrew and I used to watch A Child's Christmas in Wales every year at Christmas, and there is one line in it that we would laugh at every time- "The dog... was sick...." In the movie, everyone has eaten their Christmas dinners, and the ladies are cleaning up. The gentlemen are in the parlor unbuttoning their vests and belching and then this line, "The dog ....was sick...." and they show a dog laying on it's side with a bloated belly from eating too much turkey or roast beef.....

 

We still say it after we've had a gathering at the house with too much food.....

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hey kathy!

 

its always noce to chat with you, so i hope you dont mind if i comment on something.....:)

 

Ha. Wendy...glad you liked them... I had my personal chef whip them up for you. I'd have made them myself... but wanted to spare you the germs...

 

do you really have a personal chef!? heehee!

 

PS... Thanks for the well wishes... the look in that dog's eyes... pretty close to how I have felt all last week.... ugggghhhh. ha.

 

eat plenty of chicken noodle soup! its good for you, it helps you see at night, as my papa says about EVERY kind of food possible. heehee!

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