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Pavilion Digest: October 2006
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:06 am
The following posts contain Art Deco Dining Pavilion messages for the month of October 2006.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:06 am
Kim Owen Smith Source:
"On a cheerier note, when I read Kim Owen Smith's remarks, I am reassured that people can, through polite civility and a desire to reach accommodation, still interact as reasonable human beings."
I keep parsing that sentence, and it keeps coming up "oxymoronic" on my old Parse-Meter-O-Tron.
Kim Owen Smith has a big mouth. Worse yet, I type ninety WPM with no governor, gov'nor.
Polite civility and I have much the same relationship as the dancing bear of Dr. Johnson 's aphorism had to dancing.
For a hoot check out www.espressostories.com
I be Robert A. Wells as my pen name there (and elsewhere).
Good Lord, Man! Look at the hour!
Kim Owen Smith
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 3:00 am
Name: Ben Winfield
I managed to see the first two episodes of David Tennant's run as Doctor No. 10. THE CHRISTMAS INVASION was pretty decent, especially considering how weak previous "debut" Doctor stories have been, and Tennant is showing real promise.
NEW EARTH was...uhm...
On a show where practically ANYTHING is possible, they decided to go with a regurgiation of THE EMPTY CHILD...and not a particularly GOOD regurgitation, either. The cat-like nurses were pretty cool, and Tennant was hilarious, but the script sabotaged his efforts right from the beginning. Phooey.
Let's hope things pick up for the rest of the season...
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 4:56 am
Name: Dr. Pretorious
Alex Jay, before we start playing chicken...has a crime even been committed here? Are there charges?
Resigning in disgrace for doing a disgraceful thing...yes, you can make political hay out of it. But it's only going to go so far if there isn't an arrest.
I'd try to get the Dems back into office by more sustantive means than by beating this particular drum.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 5:11 am
Name: Alejandro Riera
Believe me they will pick up. Just think: in two weeks the return of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9. And down the line, Cybermen!!!!! Versus Daleks!!!!!!!
I've heard that there were a couple of week spots in this new season but that the pluses more than make up for the minuses.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:24 am
Name: SUSAN ELLISON
A whole bunch of Dr. Who stuff arrived a couple of days ago. Thank you! Cheered me up!
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:44 am
Name: Frank Church
Susan, didja like my poem. Scuffles foot in the dirt.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:00 am
Name: Paul Leslie
Nice post Alex. Boy, I turn away from the news for a week and when I look back we have five new scandals and political disasters. Think where we will be in two years. The wanna-be fascists call our concern mindless Bush hatred and unbalanced anger, but I think in order to be happy with what you see in the U.S.A. today you must be an authoritarian, be benefiting directly, such as a military contractor, Halliburton CEO, or CEO in general, be a racist or Christian religious fanatic, very rich, or just plain willfully ignorant and stupid. Sounds like Bush's base.
So don't worry about the trolls. There is a direct relationship between the degree that you make sense and the degree a troll becomes obtuse.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:34 am
Name: Roger Gjovig
In regards to the mention of Citi.While Citi does do the billing and some of the servicing of the gas cards, that is the only involvement as far as I know. I do not believe they own the card, they just make a fee, like any number of other companies, for servicing those cards.
I just finished painting an inside wall of my garage, it looks like it is going to need another coat of paint before it will look finished. I received the third and final book in the Peter David King Arthur series yesterday in the mail. The first two were very good, I hope this one is also.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:00 pm
Name: HARLAN ELLISON
Just to get on the record, for whatever posterity or curiosity:
Susan and I saw the "new" Dr. Who, and as much as I wildly liked the Eccleston interpretation -- and you're hearing this from one Whoficcionado who grew up on the Patrick Troughton Doctor, and another for whom Tom Baker will ALWAYS be the REAL Doctor -- this Tennant kid made a terrific first impression! We sat and ate popcorn and gritted our teeth through the grotesque commercials (yeah, I know, we could've taped it and played both episodes straight-thru sans hucksterism next day, but we were too expectant to wait) and had just a spiffy fun evening! In a world gone mad, in such a surly depressing world as Today has become, we can always count on the Doctor and his doings to make us marvel, smile, sigh with content, and determine to live yet another week. How could ANYone carp about an icon so lush?!
Yr. pal, Harlan (avec Susan)
Multi region DVD players
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 2:22 pm
Name: Gwyneth M905
Dear Harlan and Susan,
Do you have a multi-region DVD player? There is method behind my madness in asking...
Has anyone else in the Pavilion tried Ben&Jerry's "Karamel Sutra" ice cream? If so, what did you think of it?
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 3:36 pm
Name: SUSAN ELLISON
Sorry, we only have a Zone 1 DVD player.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:00 pm
Name: Brian Siano
It took me a while to warm to Tennant as the Doctor, but that's mainly because there's a weird Tommy Steele quality to the guy: with his energy and good looks, he seems like a natural for musical theater. The gravitas of being the _last_ Time Lord doesn't sit on him as well as it did Eccleston. But that's fine, because our "getting used to the new Doctor" period is part of the fun! The Doctor is an alien. He's going to be strange and unnerving to us human beings.
I've seen the whole Tennant series. He's going to be Just Fine for the next batch of episodes. And given the delightful *snap* at the end of the season, I can't wait for the upcoming Christmas episode.
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:12 pm
Name: Don Hilliard
Susan: Many Region 1 DVD players can be very easily converted to region-free. Post up the make and model number and I'll see if I can find a code. (I think I buy more DVDs from the UK than the US these days; there's been a huge amount of brilliant stuff released in the past couple of years.)
Harlan: A query which you may or may not be able to answer, given that your diet has changed more than somewhat - but is Dr Hogly Wogly's in Van Nuys still one of the best BBQ joints in L.A.? (Taking a friend to lunch tomorrow and would love to try it if it's still up to snuff.)
Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 6:16 pm
Name: Larry Forrest
Alex Jay Berman: Thanks for your articulate and informative rebuttal to Dr. Pretorious. One high five coming your way!
Dr. Pretorious: I assure you it was not my intention to "tell" you what your "party choices" should be. I simply wanted to SUGGEST that, if the Foley scandal could help the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, then wonderful. The sleazy episode itself is not wonderful, understand, but rather that one potential result.
Sure, I'd rather defeat the Republicans via substantive means; but hey, as the late Democratic US Rep. Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill used to say, "Politics ain't beanbag." If it takes getting down in the mud, the blood, and the beer to take back the House, so be it. Fight fire with fire and all that.
Normally I wouldn't be this partisan, but since the Bush II administration is by far the WORST in my memory (which memory extends all the way back to Eisenhower), and furthermore, because of the stunning mishandling of Operation Iraqi Freedom before, during, and after the invasion--as well as myriad other fuckups--I want to see the Republicans lose every election. I don't say this because I'm so crazy about the Democrats; no, it's because I'm so DISGUSTED with the Republicans.
This from a guy who, long ago and far away, voted for Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan. Times change, people change.