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    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    11:43 am
    Lucky At Cars
    Went to AutoZone to pick up a new battery for my '99 Sable. As it happens, the Sable takes a Reverse Polarity battery (the terminals are reversed from their usual position), so naturally, it also happens that sometime in the last 15 or so years, someone rewired my car so they could slap a standard battery in there. The cables wouldn't reach the terminals with the battery rotated to put them on the appropriate sides, so it seemed easier to go back to AutoZone and exchange the battery than to try re-wiring the car again.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, November 14th, 2014
    7:54 pm
    Bury the Hachette
    Really, if this phrase isn't popping up in headlines all over, I'm vastly disappointed.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Thursday, November 13th, 2014
    9:50 pm
    Wow, Low-Hanging Fruit Really Is Easier To Get
    My sister's meteorologist friend suggested that we pick as many satsumas as we can off of Dad's tree today in case there's a freeze tonight. I concentrated on the fruit that looked like it was definitely ripe (I think my sister was a bit more indiscriminate) even if some of those were fairly high up in the branches. And boy, trying to twist satsumas off a branch with one hand while trying to keep a limb bowed down with the other is harder than I thought.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    6:25 pm
    Why Is It
    that when I hear a commercial trumpet "Take Aleve PM for a better AM" my first thought is "How about a better BM?"

    That's right, folks, this is the sort of high-minded wit you've been missing out on.

    Current Mood: complacent
    5:56 pm
    Good Lord, It's Back!
    Couldn't access my LJ page or my Friends Feed for the longest time. Not sure why the error since I was able to bring up the LJ home page with no problems. An e-mail to LJ support brought about as much help as you'd expect.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Monday, October 13th, 2014
    2:21 am
    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
    Finally caught up with this thanks to a gorgeous print on Turner Classic Movies, and I have to say it was even more marvelous than I could have imagined.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, October 11th, 2014
    11:49 am
    And Your Random End Titles of the Day Are:
    Uninformed detectives: Symon Galope, Brian Miquiabas
    Graceland (2012)
    Thursday, October 9th, 2014
    3:33 pm
    "Hot females of the neighborhood spice up your wishes with their furtive parts"
    At least, someone who sends mail to my spam folder thought a header like that would get someone to read a message. How's it doing? I do have to say, I like that expression, "their furtive parts."

    As long as you're here, might as well ask: Do you, too, have to check your spam folder daily, because your email provider sends way too many of your messages there, and only occasionally lets obvious spam messages into your inbox? (I'm looking at you,

    Current Mood: complacent
    Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
    11:09 am
    And Your Random Movie Quote of the Day Is:
    "Stock market's a racket. I'd rather bet on professional wrestling."
    Lay the Favorite (2012)

    Current Mood: complacent
    Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    11:32 am
    Compromise, By Definition
    I decided not to stay up to watch the obscure biker flick on Turner Classic Movies last night because it would have kept me up until three in the morning. Then I overslept anyway.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    7:53 pm
    Art On Demand
    Last night, I went to the Art Throwdown at the Mobile Art Council, where several artists were each given a box of random stuff and ordered to make some art of it. You might get a circular saw blade and a doorknob, or you might get a bag of Army Men, but they're all going into the mix. They also had a silent auction where many local artists had pieces for sale, including my sister Joanne, whose painting of a Spotted Ass sold for $150. (Yeah, yeah, my sister was peddling her Spotted Ass on Dauphin Street. There. I beat you to it.) They also had food and drink, including spinach and crawfish dip. Crawfish is the new artichoke, as far as I'm concerned.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, September 26th, 2014
    10:21 am
    Old Acquaintance
    Finally watched Richard Linklater's Bernie and I'm not here to talk about what a great slice of small-town Texania it is, rather that not only is it based on the journalism of my old TCU classmate Skip Hollandsworth, but he co-wrote the screenplay!

    Current Mood: complacent
    Sunday, September 21st, 2014
    3:46 pm
    Warrior of Light and Shadow
    Daisan no kagemusha

    Opening of Umetsugu Inoue's Daisan no kagemusha (1963)

    Current Mood: complacent

    Monday, September 15th, 2014
    2:17 pm
    Sideways, Italian Style
    Stayed up late to tune in to Turner Classic Movies and watch Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi's great 1962 road movie, with boppin' score by Riz Ortolani.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Saturday, September 13th, 2014
    6:58 pm
    My Hot Idea for a Restaurant Chain
    Waffle & Falafel

    Current Mood: complacent
    2:33 pm
    And Your Random CNN Quote of the Day Is:
    The NFL has taken quite a PR hit this week.
    Well, I guess everyone will stop watching football now.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, September 12th, 2014
    8:27 am
    Hey, Every Website Developer, Everywhere
    Think you could possibly cram any more slow-running scripts into your pages? Thanks. I'd appreciate it.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Monday, September 8th, 2014
    4:45 pm
    Thoughts on Reading of California Split
    Elliott Gould once said his best work was in his three films for Robert Altman...M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, and California Split...and although this was while the latter was still in production, it's a judgment that has probably stood the test of time, much as I liked him in Bugsy.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Friday, September 5th, 2014
    11:55 am
    William Wellman's Safe in Hell (1932)
    Nina Mae McKinney as a singing hotel manager? Count me in!

    Current Mood: complacent
    9:52 am
    Virtue (1932) offers us another chance to see the poor man's Bogart, Jack LaRue. He's paired with Maya Methot and everything!

    Well, also, Carole Lombard, who's paired up with Pat O'Brien. As Ward Bond tells him at one point: "You're no Clark Gable."

    Current Mood: complacent
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