Wrapping Up the Weekend Open Thread






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  1. 1
    Raven says:

    There wolf

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    I will probably go out shopping tomorrow for some peeps on sale to remind myself why I don’t eat them on a regular basis.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    That last photo is child abuse. For real though.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @Jerzy Russian: The day after Easter is one of the few times during the year that I willingly step foot in Walmart.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Peeps? In our home it’s Reese’s Eggs and maybe some candy-coated dark chocolate.

    I don’t know if there are real chocolate-covered malted milk balls (candy-shelled) around here anymore.

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    geg6 says:

    @ThresherK:

    There’s a local chocolate store that makes them here. They are luscious. When my ex and I broke up and efore I met my John, my apartment was two short blocks from that lovely Rosalind’s Candy store. All chocolates made on the premises. A comfort when getting over an 18-year relationship that ended pretty badly. Great chocolate can help you get over anything.

    ETA: The chocolate there is so good that the national organization of candy makers brings groups of members there regularly.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    Is that Mr Pibb display for real? What state was that in? Nothing says Resurrection like soda I guess…

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Yes. Super uncool. No joke.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    My husband just reminded me that it’s a year since the NBC Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Time flies.

    It was John Legend singing Marvin Gaye songs on the Motown 60 special that reminded him.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I strongly suspect that it’s an ordinary Easter Bunny photo with the scary face photoshopped on later.

    If not, I agree with you.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    I have no idea what’s going on in that picture and I don’t want to, but I think you’re right.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Patricia Kayden: It’s gotta be a Santa picture that was Photoshopped.

    ;-)

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Great to see Diana Ross singing.

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    Immanentize says:

    Oh C’mon. That is Miss Bianca’s Roxy with a wet diaper child. I say it’s wolf-girl abuse.

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    ruemara says:

    The venison, root vegetable & stout & cheddar sauce pasty was good. All I have room for is a lot decaf coffee to close out the night. If someone could just roll my ass toward the kitchen, I’d be much obliged.

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    ThresherK says:

    @geg6: We have our places, too, but at some point i guess I’ve been spoiled by gentrification of chocolate. In any CVS or supermarket I can get dark Dove or Lindt, but decades ago all was there was Hershey’s Special Dark (my gateway chocolate).

    My bugaboo are things which are “chocolatey” but not chocolate, and that makes me die a little inside. That includes Whoppers malted milkballs, Butterfinger, and Baby Ruth.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    For people who have watched episode 2 of “Fosse/Verdon,” below is a link to a clip of the actual dance they worked out during her “audition” for him for Damn Yankees.

    For context if you haven’t seen the musical, Verdon plays a demon in disguise who is trying to seduce Tab Hunter, which explains some of the … eccentricities of her dance.

    https://youtu.be/6kjQmgm0r4g

    ETA: To be clear, this is the real Gwen Verdon.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Mnemosyne: of course, no woman had any chance with Tab Hunter.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Immanentize:

    I sometimes suspect that was an in-joke with his casting, because he was already pretty widely known to be gay inside Hollywood.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Immanentize: Natalie Wood, but Tab wouldn’t.

    (I do miss the guy some and am glad he got to live his best life. If he was born 30 years beforehand he’d have been forced to be much more closeted.)

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    Immanentize says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    By the way — if you watch “who’s got the pain” you can see Verdon is really a much better dancer than Fosse.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    The Masterpiece adaptation of Les Miserables is excellent. Sorry I missed the first episode last week.

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    Immanentize says:

    @ThresherK:
    What kind of wood doesn’t float?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @ThresherK:

    I just had a couple of squares of Ghirardelli 72% cacao “Twilight Delight.”

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    piratedan says:

    @Immanentize: @Immanentize: witchy wood

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    Jay Essel says:

    @Raven: There castle.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @ThresherK: I have a weakness for marshmellows. Reece’s Eggs sound good also.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Raven:

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    ThresherK says:

    @Steeplejack: I swear my wife could tell Ghirardelli’s 72% from Lindt’s 70% in a blind taste test.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Adam L Silverman: One of the best movies ever. That, and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “My Cousin Vinnie,” and “Babe.” That’ll do.

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    Shana says:

    @ThresherK: I allow myself one Cadbury’s Cream Egg a year. Otherwise I’d eat dozens.

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    ola azul says:

    @ThresherK:

    Should do it, be fun!

    My wife once put me to the test (tho a ridiculously easy one) inna blind taste-test betwixt Haagen-Dasz, Breyer’s and (ugh!) Blue Bunny. Given that line-up, 15-outta-15 were purty easy to come by. imo

    (Butter pecan for baseline.)

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    debbie says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Tonight was harrowing. 😣

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    Nicole says:

    @Patricia Kayden: If you have a smart TV and access to PBS’s mobile app you may be able to see Episode 1 (or on your computer, if you don’t have a smart TV- go to PBS’s website and see if they’ll streaming it there). I caught it mid-week. Were I a premium member I could have watched all the episodes, but I’m not, so I’m going to have to do it week by week, too. Just not on Sundays, as I have to watch the dragons. ;)

    First episode was really good. Quite faithful to the book, all in all.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: I’m also partial to Weird Science and Back to School.

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    SFAW says:

    @Another Scott:

    It’s gotta be a Santa picture that was Photoshopped.

    Agreed. The red coat, white beard (covered by the lupine (maybe) face, the white-gloved hands, all point to that other pagan festival.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: Harrowing was the Passover Seder I went to last night.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Could have been worse. Could have been endless. 😏

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    ola azul says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Unmentioned offbeat selex: A Fish Called Wanda, Princess Bride, They Call Me Trinity, Repo Man, A Boy and His Dog.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @debbie: Let’s just leave it at it being a nightmare.

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    Shana says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Mine wasn’t terribly pleasant but I wouldn’t call it harrowing. What happened?

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    piratedan says:

    @ola azul: even farther of the beaten path ….. Real Genius, Buckaroo Banzai, Big Trouble in Little China, Used Cars and Meatballs

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    Another Scott says:

    @ola azul: Dr. Otto.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    SFAW says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Harrowing was the Passover Seder I went to last night.

    If you weren’t in Nepal for the Seder, then you’re just faking it.

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    mad citizen says:

    @ThresherK: Butterfingers have been improved by new owner Ferrero-Rocher (owner of Nutella), to wit: https://www.today.com/food/why-butterfinger-candy-bars-have-new-recipe-look-different-t145540.

    I recalled this and bought one from a rest stop vending machine a couple weeks ago–I think it was indeed better. I didn’t notice the outer covering being actual chocolate, but thought I could tell the crucial inside crunchy part is more tasty due to them roasting the peanuts in-house.

    We got some Ethel M chocolates at the Vegas airport yesterday, hope they are good. And yes, I may stop by the local Target tomorrow to check out easter candy. I took an extra day off of vacation to recover from flying west coast to heartland.

    Wishing the Dems would livestream their meeting tomorrow–ha ha!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @debbie:

    I had planned to watch it, but when I saw the preview and Cosette’s little face, I just couldn’t do it. Trump doesn’t leave me any margin for sad entertainment.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Immanentize:

    Someone makes that point in episode 2 of “Fosse/Verdon” — Fosse came to Hollywood to be the next Fred Astaire, but his dance career never really took off and he fell into choreography. Verdon could dance the way he wished he could dance, so he could project everything onto her. Which, of course, was part of the reason their marriage failed. On some level he always resented that she was a better dancer.

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    Am watching Easter Parade (1948) and am agog at how geriatric Fred Astaire looks—he’s giving me latter day Uncle Joe Biden.

    That said, Gramps sure can dance.

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    ola azul says:

    @piratedan:

    Ya. Royal Tenenbaums; Juno; Kick Ass; Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang; Rushmore; Raising Arizona (“Recidivism, Hi, y’know what that means?”).

    Will say as an aside: My mother tipped over well before I could know her as an adult. One of her faves was Young Frankenstein. It’s one a mine, too. Would give a great deal to have had the opp to jaw that out with her.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Shana: I’m not going to post it or discuss it publicly beyond what I’ve written.

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    Immanentize says:

    @ola azul: are you only like 40?

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    ThresherK says:

    @mad citizen: I didn’t know that. Per the Wiki, “utilizes a higher percentage of cocoa and milk in the chocolate coating”. So I’ll have to try that. (PS Baby Ruth is also now owned by the same company but per the wiki had no upgrade in recipe lately.)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SFAW: Actually, I just got a phone call from a retired Nepalese general who is one of my former students. He called to wish me a happy holiday.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman:were you with Bibi?

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    ola azul says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I’m not going to post it or discuss it publicly beyond what I’ve written.

    Having been the lone goyim atta coupla passover seders myself (wife was Jewish), that yer still here reckon we can accept as proof of concept.

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    eemom says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Did Elijah show up?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @hervevillechaizelounge:

    Dick Van Dyke still dances (in short bursts) at age 92. I saw it live, and it was both amazing and terrifying.

    I think Astaire had issues with arthritis, as many dancers do, and it prematurely aged him. He was 49 when he made “Easter Parade.”

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    ThresherK says:

    @hervevillechaizelounge: “A Couple of Swells” is a favorite from that movie.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Immanentize: No.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @eemom: Also, no.

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    randy khan says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Well. strictly speaking, Lola isn’t a demon in disguise. She is a human who works for Applegate and obtains certain benefits as a result of doing so.

  63. 63
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: OT: you have mail.

  64. 64
    Adam L Silverman says:

    Did someone’s dog go on a cross border killing spree in Ireland or something?

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    ThresherK says:

    @Mnemosyne: I have no complaints about Astaire’s chops in The Band Wagon and Silk Stockings, each in the 50s.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @ThresherK:

    I don’t doubt it.

    I need to recalibrate. I hadn’t had any of the Ghirardelli in a long time, and two squares was almost too much. One would have been plenty.

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    ThresherK says:

    @randy khan: Wasn’t Lola once the “ugliest girl in Providence, Rhode Island”?

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    ola azul says:

    @Immanentize:

    Been forty. Forty now time-gone, a decade past, inexorably disappearing in the rear-view mirror. (The back-forty, as it were; objects in the rear-view mirror are both larger and smaller than they appear, alas.)

    Funny how time slips away.

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    Immanentize says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Alex Trebek? 😎

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Immanentize: Also, no.

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    I don’t think it’s called a werewolf if it’s a bunny and not a person…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @randy khan:

    Picky picky picky. She’s 170 years old and is getting a little bored with the whole “assisting the Devil” thing.

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    Immanentize says:

    @ThresherK:
    Back further — Ruby Keeler? I loved her style.

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    SFAW says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Actually, I just got a phone call from a retired Nepalese general who is one of my former students. He called to wish me a happy holiday.

    According to NPR, the largest Seder in the world (i.e., most participants) is in Kathmandu. I can neither confirm nor disprove this contention.

    Happy Passover, by the way.

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    mad citizen says:

    @ola azul: For those who like mid-80s country Neil Young, the outtake “Leaving the Top 40 Behind”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU0IjDUAZ88

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    randy khan says:

    @ThresherK:

    That sounds about right.

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    randy khan says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    If I can’t be a pedant about musical comedy, life is not worth living.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @ola azul:

    Funny how time slips away.

    And the older you get, the faster it goes.

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    ola azul says:

    @mad citizen:

    Ooh, tx. Unfamilar with that’n, look forward to checking it out.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Immanentize: Oh, certainly. I am a bit surprised that she only made 10 musicals, over eight years, starting with 42nd Street. That part of her career ended when she was about 32.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I’m not going to post it or discuss it publicly beyond what I’ve written.

    Ummm, what is supposed to happen at a sedate Seder?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Immanentize:

    Terrible dancer, though! (I love her too, just to be clear.)

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I can imagine the cop’s patter… “Okay, we can do this the easy way… Or the hard way. You ever want to see your wife and pups again, you’ll start yappin’!”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Saw it and responded. As usual, I have no particular insight.
    /shrug

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Millard Filmore:

    My daughter graduates high school in two months. I swear, we were playing My Little Ponies just yesterday.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @ThresherK:

    IIRC, he was a little uncomfortable playing Garland’s love interest since he was old enough to be her father. And her increasing problem with addiction probably didn’t help.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @ola azul:

    Having been the lone goyim atta coupla passover seders myself (wife was Jewish), that yer still here reckon we can accept as proof of concept.

    I don’t believe Adam will mind if I assure you he will never be in that situation.

    @Immanentize: OT I’m hoping you made bunny shaped pancakes. I didn’t make pancakes but may do bunnies.
    In other news, I decided my butter lamd will be Orthodox this year.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Ann-Margret is also a terrible dancer, but she does look like she enjoys it, which goes a long way.

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    ola azul says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    Wrote imprecisely. “Myself” is unintentionally misleading. Meant me solely, not me like him.

    Know Adam is Jewish, din’t mean to intimate he wasn’t. Apologize for the unclear meaning.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Sorry to hear that. I avoided that by not going at all. An interminable service with Trumpies was just not something I could stomach.

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    ThresherK says:

    @Mnemosyne: Was this a year before or after she was replaced on “Annie Get Your Gun”? We’ve all seen the footage which was scrapped.

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    Chacal Charles Calthrop says:

    @Millard Filmore: they don’t have to be sedate. I was a goyim guest at a fabulous Seder last night – great guests, nonstop jokes, fabulous three-course meal, and between seven people we polished off five bottles of (very good) wine. Of course, I woke up this morning vowing never to touch alcohol again…

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @ola azul: I suspected something like that, but pendants gotta pedant.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Millard Filmore: Snoring.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @ThresherK:

    “Easter Parade” was in 1948 and “Annie Get Your Gun” was 1949/1950, so it was after.

    “Annie Get Your Gun” went through a really major retooling, though, after Garland was fired and Busby Berkeley quit. The new director decided to shoot most of the film outdoors, while Berkeley mostly shot his footage on soundstages.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Dialed back the Ghirardelli reaction with some Blue Diamond wasabi and soy sauce almonds.

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    James E Powell says:

    I’m not just wrapping up the weekend, I’m wrapping up a spring break week off that went by all too fast.

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    J R in WV says:

    Being retired, every week is a little like spring break. Although to be honest, I went to college multiple times before graduating, and never really did a spring break vacation.

    I’m lucky to know what month it is, now, really. When I was still working, I frequently had phone conferences with multiple other state Environmental agencies IT folks. I had a really hard time with time zones and sometimes, rarely, missed a meeting by an hour, or two, depending upon who was hosting the meet.

    Embarrassing, a little… but I made it to retirement without much trouble. So all good! And now it doesn’t matter what day it is, so long as I don’t mess up an important birthday or anniversary. So far, so good!

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    NotMax says:

    @ThresherK

    Brought out of retirement when in her 60s for the Broadway revival of No, No, Nanette in 1971. The producers and director couldn’t find anyone to replicate her style the way they wished.

    Keeler couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag (no matter what the scene, all her lines were delivered in the same sing-song cadence) but no argument she was an intrepid hoofer.

    @hervevillechaizelounge

    Was originally slated to star Gene Kelly, and then he broke an ankle and Astaire two-stepped in.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Well, actually…

    When I was in college, my sophomore year I think, I did a favor for the college chaplain (Oxford College, Emory University). The chaplain, a Methodist, obviously as this was Emory, got a request from one of the local churches in the Oxford/Covington area*. They wanted to know if he could help them get someone to do a Passover Seder for them. So I got asked as I was helping to coordinate the on campus Seder for the Jewish students. I said sure and basically wound up running a Passover Seder, or trying to, for a bunch of Fundamentalist Baptists. While this was done before Passover, so there was no real worry about the need for kosher for Passover food for these folks, I brought the matzoh and a number of bottles of both kosher for Passover wine (at the time this was not the somewhat decent stuff being exported from Israel, so Manischewitz). I got there, schlepped the matzoh, the Seder plate, horseradish (maror/bitter herbs), charoset (mixture of chopped apples, walnuts, brown sugar and wine/the stand in for mortar), haggadahs, and some grape juice for anyone to young to drink. Got everything inside, started setting up, and was promptly informed the wine had to go as the literal word of the Deity expressly forbids alcohol. Got through everything, got back home, and when I told the chaplain the next day there were quite a few choice remarks about idiot fundamentalists who clearly thought Jesus turned water into colored water.

    * The Oxford/Covington area, now a bedroom community for Atlanta as it continues to sprawl out and absorb the entire south, is the home of the original Emory campus, which functions, essentially, as a two year advanced liberal arts curriculum college for about 600 or so students. It is also where they filmed the Dukes of Hazard and The Heat of the Night. When a student at Oxford, my congressman was Ben Jones, who played Crazy Cooter on the Dukes of Hazard.

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    ola azul says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    As in so mucha life, both a blessing and a curse.

    Inna ‘nother lifetime, usedta edit a magazine. (I know, me, right? Inconceivable!) Quit the only real job (or what some professional sorts consider a real job, anyway; notta estimation I share, but whatever) at age 27 to be with my new love who I met inna highly peculiar way thru a story I wrote ’bout fly fishing for tarpon in Central America (think prehistoric Match.com meets Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes). So: eventually met her fam (Nor’eastern liberal Jewish tothe point of delightful familiarity; my girlfriend from college was also Jewish and from Brooklyn, so this northwoods hick was not entirely unfamiliar). Her brother asks me what I usedta do before throwing in with his sister. I tell him. He says (kindly, playfully, ribbingly, don’t wanna mischaracterize), “Oh, so you were a word nudzh?”

    Precisely. I were a word nudzh.

    ETA: Just finisht Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. Set in Sitka, tho far more imaginatively than for realz (no objections; if reality ever obtrudes with fancy in art, I’ma easy-mark for fancy). Learnt several new Yiddish words as a result (inneresting in and of themselves, but esp. choice for scrabble). Ex.:

    potzer, or patzer: an inept chess player

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    dww44 says:

    @ThresherK: Since there are discussions of chocolate ongoing, I’ve a question someone might could help me with. A couple of years ago I happened on some chocolate covered fruit, dried cherries, I think, that were wonderful. Made/marketed by a company with a short name of 4 or 5 letters, the first of which was “C”. Cannot find that particular candy nor any other made by that company. I purchased it at Kroger.

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    Harbison says:

    @ola azul:

    Isn’t that where “patsy” comes from?

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    Barbara says:

    @dww44: Cella?

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    NotMax says:

    @dww44

    Not by any chance Cella’s? (Shall refrain from opinionating.)

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    eemom says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    My daughter graduates high school in two months. I swear, we were playing My Little Ponies just yesterday.

    Sunrise, Sunset

    Got a 24 and 20 year old. I feelz it. 😢

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    Barbara says:

    @NotMax: I love them.

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @eemom: Harry Belafonte – TURN AROUND

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTL-fwRsEdc

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    NotMax says:

    @Adam L. Silverman

    Some matzo brei can make up for a host of harrows.

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    ola azul says:

    @Harbison:

    Good cuestion. Dunno. Consulted Lord Google just for grins, gotta reply of origin unknown.

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    NotMax says:

    As we’re mentioning dancers up there in years, the great, great Honi Coles at age 68.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Harbison:

    I think patsy predates patzer in English. Patsy appears early in the 20th century, patzer more toward mid-century. Don’t have my OED handy, so I can’t check.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: My youngest did a solo to Whatever Lola Wants and the only time she performed it was at a local talent exhibition on one of those terrible trailer stages that Alameda County Parks & Recs owned. She was 17, 4’10” and weighed 90 pounds. A miniature Lola.
    I don’t really remember that dance but I made her a leotard and a tear-away circle-skirt, and when she tore it away there was an audible gasp from the cretins who knew her from HS. Quite the scandal.
    The choreography included a tiny bit of homage to Fosse, some shrugged shoulders in the beginning, but the rest was all her teacher’s work, and it was good.
    The scandalized teenage boys got on the phone to her boyfriend at his job and told him she’d done a strip tease. Oh, the horror. The East Bay was full of prudes.

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    Harbison says:

    @ola azul: @Steeplejack:

    I just went to Google alter, too. This is plausible: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/go/words/word-of-the-week-patsy-possibly-from-vaudeville-fall-guy/article_08013cc1-d3d4-5018-b272-f2e7a457d646.html

    But patsy seem more like patzer (poor player (Yid.) or bungler (Ger) than pazzo (crazy (It.)

    Somebody needs to figure this out.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Steeplejack: Wikipedia says it goes back to the 1880s in the USA:

    A victim of deception
    The popularity of the name has waned with the rise of its, chiefly North American,[3] meaning as “dupe” or “scapegoat”.[1] Fact, Fancy and Fable, published in 1889, notes that in a sketch performed in Boston ‘about twenty years ago’ a character would repeatedly ask ‘Who did that?’ and the answer was ‘Patsy Bolivar!’.[4] It may have been popularized by the vaudevillian Billy B. Van, whose 1890s character, Patsy Bolivar, was more often than not an innocent victim of unscrupulous or nefarious characters.[5] Van’s character became a broad vaudeville “type,” imitated by many comedians including Fred Allen who later wrote, “Patsy Bolivar was a slang name applied to a bumpkin character; later, it was shortened to Patsy, and referred to any person who was the butt of a joke.”[6]

    Interesting stuff.

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    ThresherK says:

    @opiejeanne: Quite the scandal?

    Those prudes wouldn’t last through “Let Me Entertain You” and “Hey Big Spender”.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @eemom:

    Oh, God… That song brings my girlfriend to tears every time. I get it now…

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    ola azul says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Purty sure sweet, noble patsy goes back at least as far Arthurian times, with perhaps minor blips in the historical record when the airspeed velocity of an unladen European swallow foils the pursuit of the elusive Holy Grail.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @Millard Filmore:

    Speaking of wonderful Harry, the version of Havs Nagila he did with Danny Kaye is filled with such joie devivre.

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    Another Scott says:

    Sally Albright on Twitter:

    Sally Albright @SallyAlbright

    I called it.

    Bernie ran the exact same scam that lost Jim Wright his Speakership and cost Newt Gingrich $400k in fines, but from campaign donations, not from lobbyists.

    And sadly, it’s legal. Unethical af, but legal.Sally Albright added,
    Brit @thatgirlfrmOhio
    Bernie spent $444k of campaign dollars on his own books in 2015

    https://www.fec.gov/data/disbursements/?two_year_transaction_period=2016&cycle=2016&data_type=processed&committee_id=C00577130&min_date=01%2F01%2F2015&max_date=12%2F31%2F2016&recipient_state=NY&min_amount=100000&max_amount=400000&line_number=F3P-23
    5:58 PM – 21 Apr 2019

    Hmm…

    (via DeLong’s blog)

    Cheers,
    Scott.

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    Aleta says:

    @NotMax: I saw him around then or the next year, doing Bill R.

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    Harbison says:

    @Another Scott:
    Don’t you want your next president to unleash his or her entrepreneurial spirit?

    eta: Just went down the Rabbit hole of Albright’s twitter thread … wait Ro Khanna is on team Bernie, now? That guy is a massive douchebag.
    Just went d

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    opiejeanne says:

    @ThresherK: Hey Big Spender was a bit over the line, but she danced to Bernadette Peters’ version of I Make Him Feel Good. (Lyle Lovett’s She Makes Me Feel Good).
    When she started that piece the teacher said, “Get a chair…” and everyone knew it was going to be at least a little naughty. She was 15 and looked 12, but her age was in the program. Judges loved it. Tommy would have been a lot more scandalized by this if he’d seen either dance.
    She loved to compete and she was a professional dancer until she was 30.

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    @ola azul: What no love for Airplane? Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.

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    Harbison says:

    eta: Just went down the Rabbit hole of Albright’s twitter thread … wait Ro Khanna is on team Bernie, now? That guy is a massive douchebag.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Another Scott:

    More plausible than coming from patzer. You can find lots of “first appearances” of Yiddish words in English in the second half of the 19th century, but Yiddish’s influence didn’t become strong until well after 1900.

    “The Story of American English”:

    The majority of American English words from Yiddish that we know today entered the language in the 1900s, particularly from the 1930s onwards.

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    joel hanes says:

    wait Ro Khanna is on team Bernie, now?

    For almost a year now.
    I had had hopes for Khanna once.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Probably going to get a Samsung Galaxy S10e as my new phone this week. Now’s the time for an intervention, if necessary.

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    ola azul says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Lo siento! Oversight, I assure you. “We have clearance, Clarence. What’cher vector, Victor? Roger, Roger.” Loves me some a that silly, daffy, slapstick, stupid-funny, artful calamity-insanity.

    Notta duffer at all, but Caddyshack, too, course.

    ‘Member a line in one a the Naked Gun flicks. If mem’ry serves, Priscilla Presley’s character just broke with Nielsen’s Frank Dreben, and he’s all male-hurt-but-don’t-wanna-show-it -puttin’-onna-stoic-face and tryn’ta dredge up something cutting to wound her, n so he outs with (paraphrase): “Oh, and btw. I faked every orgasm.”

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    Cckids says:

    @dww44: Quite possibly Chukar Cherries? They’re amazing.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Steeplejack:

    She won several California State Championships, and this music below was one that just split the judges 50/50 with a ballerina dancing competently to a little bit of NutCracker (can’t remember which piece). The girl was in a pretty, stiff, short tutu and about a year younger (the age category was probably 15-18). My kid wore a black leotard and black toe shoes, and it was a jazz ballet dance. The judges had never seen anyone do that before but there was no other category for it. Each girl got $50, the prize for any solo category, so they had to cough up $100 for this one.
    Louis Jordan, Knock Me A Kiss
    https://youtu.be/xQCK_a6pN20

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    Steeplejack says:

    @piratedan:

    Could you give us some context, i.e., why is this important now? It’s from March 2018.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @opiejeanne:

    You wpuld probably appreciate “Fosse/Verdon” for all of the behind the scenes stuff, like the “audition” where they come up with Lola’s dance.

    Also, please enjoy Titus Burgess singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

    https://youtu.be/1mz6tw5Zddg

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Glad to catch you, as the housecat and I have just retired.

    I don’t know whether I mentioned it before, but I have been giving her Gerber’s baby food (chicken and turkey) to see if it will get her weight up. She really, really likes it. That might help with your sick girl.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: I know I would. I have it saved on the DVR.
    It took me a while to understand the movie Fosse made about his life just before he died, All That Jazz, partly because the first time I saw it was on tv and they shredded it to make it fit but also because I had no idea who he was let alone that it was about his life. They ran it several times that week and I managed to capture the whole thing on tape. One of the neighbors opined that she was very open about “things like that”, sophisticated when it came to stories with sex in them, but she just couldn’t figure that movie out at all. She was a young Mormon. mother of six by age 28. I didn’t take her word for it that the movie was just weird.

    A few years later I knew who Bob Fosse was and saw the whole movie, and understood it, and appreciated it. .

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    opiejeanne says:

    @opiejeanne: Funny, though, I did know who Gwen Verdon was because of Damn Yankees. Tab Hunter couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, but he did have the “baseball face”.

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    @Adam L Silverman:

    Jesus turned water into colored water.

    Having been raised in that religious tradition, it’s grape juice Adam.

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    @Steeplejack: What, not a Galaxy Fold*?

    *Not to be confused with at ’68 Ford Galaxy.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Humor aside, I’d probably get the Galaxy S10+ for the extra cameras. But you know I have a thing for cameras.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    @ola azul:

    I see a certain kitten hasn’t forgotten how to scratch…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Steeplejack (phone):

    Thanks! Annie hates turkey, but she usually likes chicken and they probably have a chicken-only version.

    I finally realized today that she may not be eating the dry food because it’s mixed with a prescription dry food that keeps Keaton regular, so I gave her a separate little dish of that.

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    ola azul says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    Evening. Confess I don’t follow. Help?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @opiejeanne:

    It definitely helps to know who’s who when you see “All That Jazz” since all of the names were changed. It’s based on events surrounding the heart attack he had when they were rehearsing “Chicago,” except that Joe Gideon dies and Fosse survived for another 4 years. The movie about the comedian is “Lenny” and the previous Broadway show was “Pippin.”

    One thing I picked up on when I saw it recently is that Ben Vereen was parodying Sammy Davis Jr — you can tell because he’s wearing a Star of David. And Vereen was the star of “Pippin.”

    Fosse made Ann Reinking audition, like, three times before he would let her play the character based on herself.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Kroger has a buy 2 Reeses eggs and get one free plus I have digital coupon for discount. I usually pick up a few when I’m at Kroger. Today I’m wondering if I have to wait for Halloween for the next Reeses egg promotion. Shallow.

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    Kathleen says:

    @ThresherK: Lindt Chocolate is crack to me. Some of the best chocolate ever.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Mnemosyne: Thanks. By the time I got to see it in full I knew who everyone was playing. And making Ann Reinking audition to play herself is going a bit too far, but he was like that. His and Gwen’s daughter was in the movie. She didn’t play herself but was one of the ballet dancers in the hallway/dressing area.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Kathleen: my addiction is to those damned Cadbury eggs. The originals. I tried one of the caramel filled eggs and was unimpressed.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @opiejeanne:

    They did a Bob Fosse film series at UCLA this summer and his assistant choreographer was one of the people who spoke after the film. You can see her in the “On Broadway” scene leading the audition while Joe watches the dancers (she’s wearing a black leotard and tan suede boots that almost look like Uggs) and she’s also one of the two dancers dressed up like Joe’s circulatory system in the “Bye Bye Life” number at the very end (Ann Reinking is the other).

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    I don’t need the extra camera, I want the smaller size, and I don’t want the on-screen fingerprint-recognition thing, which seems to be a bit of a nuisance. I will sideload the Google camera app; definitely interested in that.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Yes, the chicken and turkey are two separate flavors; sorry I wasn’t clear. There’s also ham and beef, but the housecat didn’t like those.

    Also, I got a test jar of Beech-Nut “chicken with chicken broth,” and she liked that even more. It’s a little bit more liquid than the Gerber’s.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Mnemosyne: She was a true STAR (photo)

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    sherparick1 says:

    @hervevillechaizelounge: Astaire seem to age in a burst in forties, but then kind of looked roughly the same age into his late sixties – check out “Finnigan’s Rainbow” the last movie Astaire danced in (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/finians-rainbow-1968). He as also a very good straight actor, giving memorable performances in “On The Beach” and “Ghost Story,” his last movie in 1981. If you have not seen “Ghost Story” and like subtle horror, it is one of the best.

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    Kathleen says:

    @opiejeanne: I’m an Ingredient Purist. Especially candy. Only additive I like is almonds. Also Lindpt Truffles are to die for but too pricey.

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    dww44 says:

    @Cckids: As you can tell, i went to bed after posting my query. Don’t believe Chukar was the name, but I will look for the brand.

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    dww44 says:

    @joel hanes: Thanks, I’ve bookmarked both those sites. Not the brand I’m looking for, though I can almost call the name up from the depths of this senior brain, but can’t quite get there!

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    dww44 says:

    @NotMax: Thank you. That’s it. Still can’t find the brand around. Those were the very best.

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    dww44 says:

    @dww44: Oops. I googled it and it isn’t it, because I am familar with the red box of chocolate covered cherries that one sees most frequently around Christmas time. The one I remember was in a white bag and it wasn’t a cordial type candy.

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