Saturday Morning Open Thread

The coffee is fresh, the temp outside is 72, and everybody’s still asleep.  A nice quiet few minutes on the back porch before the day begins.






76 replies
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    Pogonip says:

    Nice here, too, a few hundred miles east of here.

    Is your agency having overtime to catch up from the furloughs? Mine is. But the furloughs saved money! “When I use a word,” said Humpty Dumpty, “it means just what I choose it to mean…”

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    donnah says:

    I got up at 6, met my sister-in-law at her place, and we walked five miles on a perfect Saturday morning. And now I’m having fresh coffee and sitting on my front porch swing.

    Life is good.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Passing through SFO on the way back to NYC. Damn I’m tired.

    Will be back in SF next weekend though.

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    Laur says:

    So what’s going on in Syria? Someone told me it’s going to start WWIII? Meh.

    A recommendation for all parents to watch a movie called “What Maisie Knew.” Got it from Redbox last night, devastating (and wonderful).

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    ….and then someone mentioned Snowden or Assange or Greenwald, and the silence of the morning was broken by a stampede of trolls….

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: LOL. Speaking of trolls, what happened to Corner Stone? Haven’t seen him around much of late.

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    NotMax says:

    The coffee is fresh

    After that, everything else is gravy.

    Reminder, for those so inclined, of two comedy nuggets airing on TCM today (Saturday). All times Eastern

    8 p.m. – “The Lady Eve” – romp of pure fun with nary a misstep. Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck

    10 p.m. – “The More the Merrier” – premise as thin as a clothesline but oh, the finery hanging on that line. Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea

    Should the latter movie seem familiar once watched, it was remade decades later as Cary Grant’s last vehicle, “Walk, Don’t Run.”

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    JPL says:

    Good day sunshine! According to weather.com, the next ten days are suppose to be sunny with high temps in the low to mid eighties. The lawn and shrubs are needing attention so that’s what is on my agenda this weekend.

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    Bruce Lawton says:

    Just another day in paradise here in the East Bay and it looks like the Arabs are coming closer and closer to eliminating each other with no outside help.

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    newdealfarmgrrrlll says:

    my first coffee break here at work in minneapolis after a 5am start ime, looking forward to the st paul balloon juice meetup at 5pm.

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    chopper says:

    it’s 6:30 am, I’m up with both kids, and the 4 month old decided for a second night in a row to keep me up fussing. FML

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    danielx says:

    Fresh coffee, a beautiful day, and 64 degrees on the back porch…life is good at the moment. Gots to enjoy while the weather is fine because it’s supposed to be 92 on Monday. What’s up this weekend is refinishing front door and sidelights, always a treat.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @newdealfarmgrrrlll:

    See you there!

    Morning was good here also. Just having a cup and enjoying the quiet.

    Had to replace the guts of the toilet tank yesterday. Came home to find the plastic fill tube that connects to the water feed had cracked and was leaking on the floor. Since the whole thing had been operating poorly since I replaced the handle & lever a couple years back I bought an entire new internal setup. Its the dual flush kind.

    Installation was a snap but the part that fits into the exit hole would not seal 100%. The small leak caused the tank to have to fill that last inch every 5 minutes or so. After a lot of playing around I gave up & created a plumbers putty donut around the seal. The who thing works like a champ now. Not sure if it really saves water but it flushes better than new.

    Life is the travel from mundane to mundane but, given my history, mundane is better than the alternatives

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    kindness says:

    I can tell fall is coming. The mosquitoes around here are getting really aggressive at night. They know it too.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @chopper:

    Ah, those were the days! I sure don’t miss them. We had two kids 17 months apart (I’ve told that story here, how that happened, right?) anyway one was a fussy non-sleeper the other had some health issues that cause him to have tough nights. It felt like I went 3 years without a single nights sleep. I have nothing but sympathy for you. Hopefully they will straighten out & let you sleep a whole night soon

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Laur:

    So what’s going on in Syria? Someone told me it’s going to start WWIII? Meh.

    I remember being told in church in the 70s that the invasion of Israel that would begin the End Times would come out of Syria.

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    I was settling in with coffee, the crossword, and “Up” and I noticed a dead bug under the coffee table. Half an hour later I’m schvitzing like a racehorse from running the vacuum over the entire living room floor (it’s all tile), moving furniture, and finding more dead bugs than the bottom of a birdcage everywhere. Florida in summer.

    Now I’m back to the coffee and the crossword in a clean place. Oh, wait, what’s that under the piano…?

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    @Schlemizel:

    Life is the travel from mundane to mundane but, given my history, mundane is better than the alternatives

    I had to chuckle. There has been many a time when I wished for a nice, boring day. Peace is hard to come by sometimes.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Pogonip: VA was never subject to sequestration, so I avoided that problem. My friends from my old job at Tinker and my sister in NATO in Germany have dealt with it, though.

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    chopper says:

    @Mustang Bobby:

    I did the same thing here after finding an empty black widow egg sac in my kid’s room. Ah, living in California.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    A saddish, bittersweet day today, as we are interring my cousin’s ashes this afternoon, followed by a reception for mourners. I’ve spent much of my time during the past few weeks helping the family sort through paperwork and change over registrations and insurance coverages and so on.

    Tomorrow, I think I’ll go see The Butler.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Mustang Bobby:

    Not long after moving to Florida I started calling it the plague of the month club. It seemed some times like once a month some new, odd thing came into our life from the wild. Nothing bad though so it was more of a joke. The kids had fun with the various reptiles and sealing all food in plastic kept the hoards at bay.

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    @Schlemizel: This month it’s these tiny flying bugs that are drawn to the light from my monitor while I’m writing with no other lights on. They die all of their own volition and cover the floor tile like ground pepper.

    Next month it will be palmetto bugs that are so big that when you step on them, the crunch drowns out the TV. Then it’s the arrival of the little sugar ants in the kitchen.

    The plague of locusts must be on backorder.

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    p.a. says:

    Not sure edit/delete works from my phone. I was thinking Comrade Stuck, not Corner Stone. If my earlier post is still active: IGNORE IT. And deepest apologies to C. Stone and the late C. Stuck.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    just finished reading a lit review for a phd student of mine. somehow she has made it to 45 without knowing the difference between led, lead, lede and lead. SIGH.

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    debbie says:

    @kindness:

    I can tell fall is coming.

    A surer sign: my grocery store has limited edition pumpkin Pop Tarts.

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    Thlayli says:

    Sunderland up 1-0 early. Altidore is looking good.

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    Phylllis says:

    Fixing to head out on the porch and crack open The Monuments Men. It’s overcast and still in the mid-seventies here. Sent the tomato plants to their final resting place. Had a pretty good yield, considering all the rain.

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    debbie says:

    @NotMax:

    Stanwyck is always great, but Jean Arthur is horribly underrated. She’s been just great in the movies I’ve seen.

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    ira_NY@live.com says:

    Summertime and the living is easy.

    Enjoy it!

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    imonlylurking says:

    Bob has elected to spend the morning on my bed. I’m not allowed to touch him (not even a little!) but I’m not allowed to get up either. I guess it will be another few days with a messy-as-hell bedroom.

    Greatly looking forward to the meetup later today. Will be loads of fun.

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    NotMax says:

    @debbie

    Full agreement.

    In the movie mentioned above, she (IMHO) turns the cute up to 11.

    Sill remember her very short-lived TV show, too.

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    Suzanne says:

    My two-year-old is screaming her head off. Sigh.

    I’m too old for this shit.

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    Abo gato says:

    I will tell the truth and even say it out loud here. We love the weekends. Wake up when we want, but still kinda early. Get some great coffee and the paper. Get back in bed with both those, turn on local news and smoke a bowl. After that cup of coffee, some of the most fabulous sex, ever. More coffee, then off to get get us some of those amazing Tex Mex tacos for breakfast. We’ve been doing this for the past few years or so. And we are both 60 and have been married for 24 years next month. I wish everyone could do this. We are the luckiest people in the world.

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    scav says:

    ferociously early morning walk to squishing duties but there were rabbits and some early kayakers doing a rather overly cinematographic ruffle of their wakes in moonlight (I said ferociously early). And what’s with the sunspots? My coffee was unusually good this a.m. as well.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Can I drag the health insurance topic up from the thread below? In the HuffPo article linked below, a 29 year old married woman, no mention of kids, unemployed husband, makes 12K/yr says Obamacare will cost her money and wipe out her savings (they’re in the ER for her husband). The article states they’ll qualify for expanded Medicaid. Wouldn’t someone with that income level already be eligible? according to google they’re well below the federal poverty level ~15K/yr for a couple.

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    chopper says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    if he’s on unemployment they may be above the poverty line. So expanded Medicaid it is.

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    Donut says:

    @Suzanne:

    I said the same thing, often, the year I turned 40 and our youngest turned two. Glad those days are behind us, but (as you know) four is also fukkin frustrating. Full time Pre-K starts for him Monday. Since I work from home and my wife works Thursday-Saturday, we are about to gain 20-30 hours a week in completely child-free time. It’s gonna be so awesome.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @NotMax:

    Aw, go to H — arvard.

    You should know what I’m talking about.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @p.a.:

    You scared me there!

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    gogol's wife says:

    @debbie:

    Try Wilder’s Foreign Affair. She is magnificent in that. (You have to look past Marlene Dietrich to see her.)

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    debbie says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I’ve put that on my list. My library has 4 of her other movies, so I’m thinking, “Marathon!”

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    ruemara says:

    @debbie: sugar free pumpkin pie syrup. it’s made a week of over 100 temps much better.

    I woke up to find a fly had successfully spawned in my trash, with the resultant wigglers trying to find nesting spot. Nothing gets your blood pumping quite like a good sweeping session. Now for a cup of tea before I clean all the upstairs carpets and move from my larger room to my smaller room so my new roommate gets the space he’s paying for.

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    Baud says:

    Well, this just crossed my Twitter:

    Empty Circle ‏@EmptyCircle 54m
    Noam Chomsky: “Sarah Palin was right about #Obama” http://news.nationalpost.com/2.....ack-obama/ … …

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    Mike E says:

    @Donut: Nap time, daddy’s little helper, loved that up until my daughter turned two and decided life was too interesting to miss. Didn’t take another nap until high school. I remember crying over that…

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    NotMax says:

    @gogol’s wife

    Still pixelated*?

    Got a friend/neighbor who can tape ’em?

    *(Worked in a digital age and an old movie reference there.)

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    gogol's wife says:

    @debbie:

    You probably already know Talk of the Town, in which Ronald Colman and Cary Grant vie for her hand. It’s not a great film, but again, she’s wonderful in it.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Baud:

    It wasn’t enough for him to ruin the field of linguistics.

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    Origuy says:

    @PsiFighter37: If you’re going to be in SF Labor Day weekend, be aware that the Bay Bridge will be closed, as they will be finishing the new span. On the up side, BART will be running all night while the bridge is closed.

    If you have time, come down to the Highland Games in Pleasanton Saturday or Sunday. Pipers, caber tossing, and whisky tasting I’ll be dancing on the Scottish Country Dance stage around noon on Saturday.

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    John says:

    Jim, In many places non-disabled adults do not qualify for medicaid no matter how low their income. Expanded medicaid under ACA will change that. In the states that expand, income will be the only measure for eligibility.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @NotMax:

    I’m probably still pixelated, since the Comcast guy never called me back yesterday. But I didn’t watch TV last night. It won’t be such a big problem with The Lady Eve, since I know it by heart.

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    Baud says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I didn’t click on the link in the tweet, so I don’t know if Chomsky agrees that Obama is palling around with terrorists or something else.

    I mean, if you’re going to criticize Obama, why would you invoke Palin if you want people to take you seriously? The Internet has turned everyone into a troll these day

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    gogol's wife says:

    @NotMax:

    What’s the old movie reference?

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Baud:

    He’s always been a troll, including in his scholarly work, IMHO.

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    NotMax says:

    @gogol’s wife

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    “He’s pixelated!”

    (And it’s another Jean Arthur film too, to boot.)

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Baud: That’s just sad. I guess it’s because I am of a phlegmatic nature, but I simply cannot understand how smart people let emotion run so far ahead of their brains.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @NotMax:

    Oh, that’s why I didn’t get it — I’m immune to Capra (except It Happened One Night).

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @chopper: also, too, even if the husband gets a job similar to hers, they would qualify for subsidies that would cover 84% of their premiums, according to the KFF calculator.

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    NotMax says:

    @gogol’s wife

    I’m immune to Capra (except It Happened One Night).

    Even Arsenic and Old Lace?

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    Elizabelle says:

    Valdivia, Valdivia.

    Where is she? Has she posted recently?

    Remorse here for not showing up for “Copperhead” a few weeks ago.

    Up for doing another movie in the DC area; still haven’t seen “The Butler” (officially “Lee Daniels’ The Butler).

    Post again soon, Valdivia. You are missed.

    (Gorgeous morning in NoVA. Considered trekking downtown for the 50th anniversary march, for about 20 seconds, then bailed. Not up for that much standing and crowds on Metro.

    But more power to those who DO show up. )

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    gogol's wife says:

    @NotMax:

    Especially Arsenic and Old Lace. Despite the fact that I’ve been madly in love with Cary Grant since I was 5 years old. I only made it 20 minutes into that movie.

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    Mike E says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Not so much emotion but his insistence on being not of this world. All your quaint niceties, mundane conventions. Heh.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Pogonip:

    Is your agency having overtime to catch up from the furloughs? Mine is. But the furloughs saved money! “When I use a word,” said Humpty Dumpty, “it means just what I choose it to mean…”

    Hahahahaha!!!

    Control over employees is worth any sum! At my employer they stopped letting employees trade shifts. Of course they have to pay overtime hours instead and blow their budget annually. Who cares! The peons know their place!

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @NotMax: 8 p.m. – “The Lady Eve” – romp of pure fun with nary a misstep. Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck

    Not only is Stanwyck a comic genius in this movie but it’s strongly implied that her grifter father’s partner is also his long-term companion, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

    Unlike Maltese Falcon, even though the grifters are criminals they’re portrayed in a positive light. (I think there’s a thread running through that the rich people they prey upon got their wealth in no better way–I guess this was before everyone in American got the memo about worshiping their Job Creating Betters.)

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @Origuy: Unless BART goes back on strike!

    The union is doing a shitty job of messaging. Apparently BART is running around claiming their operators make a living wage but in fact their “average” figure is 10K more than the union local president makes and he’s been there over 15 years. They’re probably averaging their bloated management in with the front line employees, either that or counting employer portion of benefits and taxes as “income”, or maybe both. And I guess the local union president is too dumb to realize this or effectively fight back. Instead, the whole bay area thinks they should be happy because “cops only make a little bit more”.

    NEVER strike on wages unless you GET YOUR MESSAGING STRAIGHT.

    Now, I’ve heard from union sources that management is being real shits about everything. I know from environmental justice blogs that BART management/board is horrible on top of horrible so this would fit. They’ve already been caught diverting operating funds to capital projects. They already built an underutilized airport people mover for rich suburbanites while cutting crowded bus services. “Operating funds” move poor people around and they also get drivers paid. However, I’m sure BART operators were looking at the empire (more rail jobs!) instead of merging with the bus operator local and making common cause with passengers. Oh well, now they’re stuck.

    Seriously, why do local union presidents love their little fiefdoms … you’re just going to get flooded like King Knute. Give that shit up, dumbass.

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    raven says:

    The garden club decided to have a low-country boil so I just drove 100+ miles to the DeKalb Farmer’s Market to pay $9.00 a pound for shrimp. There is a virus in Thailand and prices are at a record high.

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    debbie says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Yep, I’d already seen it, but Talk of the Town is one of the four DVDs now sitting by my television.

    You ought to give Arsenic and Old Lace another chance. Even Boris Karloff is pure silliness.

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    BrKo says:

    @Abo gato:

    I will tell the truth and even say it out loud here. We love the weekends. Wake up when we want, but still kinda early. Get some great coffee and the paper. Get back in bed with both those, turn on local news and smoke a bowl. After that cup of coffee, some of the most fabulous sex, ever. More coffee, then off to get get us some of those amazing Tex Mex tacos for breakfast. We’ve been doing this for the past few years or so. And we are both 60 and have been married for 24 years next month. I wish everyone could do this. We are the luckiest people in the world.

    We should all aspire to this! Cheers!!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @debbie:

    Even Boris Karloff is pure silliness.

    That’s not Boris Karloff — it’s Raymond Massey. They wanted Karloff for the movie version, but he was still contractually bound to the Broadway play (which was a massive hit) so they had to cast Massey instead.

    Massey does a decent Karloff imitation/tribute, but, still, it’s not like having the real thing.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Thanks — I’ve been wondering how I could have turned it off before Karloff appeared.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Wonder how the morning was for the surviving families and loved ones of all the people you’ve killed in your career…

    …oh well!

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    debbie says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Stupid me, you’re right.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @debbie:

    Don’t worry, the whole thing was basically written around the joke of it actually being played by Karloff (as it was on the stage), so it’s not unusual for people to mistake Massey for Karloff.

    I’m a big Karloff fan (as you could tell by the name of my late, great cat Boris) so I always know if it’s really him or not.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Have I mentioned recently that G knows what I like? He came home from Fry’s with this TCM four-pack for me.

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