Closet no. 1.

I’m not exactly a hoarder, but some of this crap make me think I might be a candidate. Although most is in the trash now, including these remnants of my early-adulthood fondness for stealing blank letterhead. (I was a big sender of prank mail, back in the day.) Including:


This is the station that became WTBS. TCG stood for Turner Communications Group, if I recall correctly. (Ted was into billboards as well as UHF TV stations.) J.C. worked here in the early ’80s, and I used to fly down for weekend visits; Delta had a cheap flight out of Columbus. We’d always go to the station for at least a little while, because J.C. was always working, and I’d play in the wrestling ring while he finished up. Georgia Championship Wrestling was taped Saturday mornings. Good times.

Other of my friends tended to work for print outlets:


Including me.

This is my Uncle Arthur’s casket flag. It’s a nice cotton one, and I need to get it out and fly it. Casket flags are slightly disproportionate, a flag maker told me once, and we don’t have a pole, but in Columbus we displayed this on July 4 by hanging it from nails driven into the mortar of our brick house. Think I’ll do that here.


I kept this because it’s a movie waiting to be written. A madcap comedy.


And while I loved my time in Ann Arbor, both of these went into the trash. Just not a hat girl.


Off to closet no. 2 now. MORE COFFEE.

Posted at 10:04 am in Stuff reduction |

52 responses to “Closet no. 1.”

  1. brian stouder said on December 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Heck – I betcha we coulda’ had a bidding war for the NN.c-related ball caps!

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  2. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Stop setting a good example. My wife might make one of her twice a year scrolls through this site and offer an “ahem” to meself.

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  3. jcburns said on December 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    WTCG also informally stood for “watch this channel grow.”

    I like how on the AP letterhead it says “office—Enquirer Building”, as if everyone would know where that was and the mail would just get there.

    I’ll be in the ACME building if anyone needs me.

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  4. Connie said on December 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’ll take the caps. My husband’s found hats count for 2013 is about to hit 100.

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  5. Kirk said on December 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Even now, Nance, someone at The Dispatch occasionally gets a note on a sheet from a Les Shelley notepad.

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  6. Jeff Borden said on December 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Page Lewis was famous for pilfering the personal stationery of Carl de Bloom and writing notes to staffers with a forged signature. It almost bit him on the ass when one of his victims decided to confront ol’ Carl about his comments, He was seconds from the office door when Page intercepted him.

    I nabbed a few sheets of Columbus P.D. stationery and a few official envelopes while the night cop reporter. Don’t recall what I did with them, but it was a dumb thing to do.

    I still have my very first VCR –a Betamax made by Sanyo that probably weights close to 30 pounds and cost me almost $600– thinking it might some day be valuable. Your efforts to toss shit makes me think that I’ll put it out in the alley for the gleaners. The sucker is all metal.

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  7. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Georgia Public TeeVee, which operated on the UGA campus and where I once worked doing lighting, was designated Channel 8 on the VHF band. Captain outrageous was obsessed with trading places to get to VHF. He was also intent upon hiring away our sound guy, my good buddy Dan Mosely Who won repeated regiohal Emmys for the quality of his work, but Mosely was an inveterate Athens townie and wasn’t going anywhere. He was in our studio constantly, which was a good thing, because he was an entertaining raconteur and generally a hale fellow well met. Occasionally he’d bring us pizzas and cases of Co-Cola. A pretty fascinating guy, who for some reason never brought Mrs. Turner with him when he visited, damnit. Ted Turner was a trip. He came to the studio once when Bear Bryant was there and Turner teased the old tosspot mercilessly about UGA having beaten Bama the previous football season. We did a weekly news omnibus and TT was a frequent guest, along with the courageous newspaperman Reg Murphy, who succeeded legendary Ralph McGill as the editor of the Constitution.

    Those caps look like Meecheegan helmets.

    Yusef Lateef died over Christmas.Superb jazz musician who played tenor, flute, oboe, and a lot of Oriental wind instruments. He lived in Detroit for a long time, and I used to talk my mom and dad into taking me to supper clubs where he was playing. Back in the 60s Detroit had many such clubs. George Shearing was another performer we got to see frequently. He was an extremely innovative musician, who actually wrote a concerto in jazz idioms. We went to see the world premier outdoors at Meadowbrook one summer. He had an undergrad degree from Wayne State, and a doctorate in education from UMass. He played with Coltrane in the early part of his career, and wrote a terrific tribute piece called Brother John.

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  8. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Brother John, by Yusef Lateef. Plays both oboe and flute on this cut. His tone on oboe is remarkably warm and bluesy. Live at Pep’s Volume 2 is an amazing live performance recorded at a club in Philadelphia. The combo:

    Richard Williams – trumpet
    James Black – drums
    Yusef Lateef – tenor saxophone, oboe, argol, tambourine
    Richard Gene Williams – trumpet
    Ernie Farrow – bass

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  9. jcburns said on December 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Pros, one of our best audio people at WTBS was…Dan Mozley. We worked together a lot. He’s blurrily pictured in this picture. Mozley, parenthetically, came from a newspaper-owning family in Rome or Cartersville GA, as I remember.

    Maybe Ted’s intentions were more successful than you thought…

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  10. brian stouder said on December 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Well, sometimes you probably should judge a book by its cover (or a river by its name). The accompanying photos are a few notches (so to speak) worse than yesterday’s dirty McDonalds photo…

    the lead:

    Their Christmas Day did not go as planned. About 70 people were injured Wednesday when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked at a beach near the city of Rosario, on the Parana River, Argentina’s state-run Telam news agency reported

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  11. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    jc: It was Rome. My ex and I attended his marriage to Liz Mooney in a beautiful old Presbyterian church in Rome around 1972. I should have remembered how to spell his surname. Dan had a VW van that had been chopped to approximate a pickup truck. We did a lot of long lunches together on the deck of Steverinos on Milledge Ave. in Five Points.. His audio skills were largely self-taught. His college major was zoology, but he never bothered to graduate. I loved that job, $5000 per annum salary and all. I don’t know what Dan was getting paid, but I’m sure TT trumped it easily. Best were road trips around the state to shoot oncert shows of good HS bands. We barely managed to stay out of trouble. And got a stern talking-to from the station manager when somebody called to complain about seeing a UGA-owned van parked at a liquor store. Another busybody Babdiss heard from. Dan and Liz were out with us the night we came upon a dualie pickup tipped up on it’s side. A local restauranteur had spent too many nickels on a dring and drown night at the B&L Warehouse and tipped his ride over. We got him out of the truck and protected him from the would-be good Samaritans that would have been hell on his damaged spine. The entire bank from that night at his restaurant was strewn all over the cab of the truck, and the SOB never even comped us a meal.

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  12. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Coals to Newcastle, ice to Eskimaux. Really? FLA has more tanning salons than Mickey D’s. Seems counterintuitive. And which one is the greater health risk? Well, nobody ever said the jorts and mullets crowd were the sharpest tools in the shed.

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  13. beb said on December 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    If only you had a matching “Grommet” hat to go with the Wallace House hat. The hats, besides looking horrible, strike me as something that would sell in a consignment shop, or at the least provide some relief for bald-headed shopped at the Salvation Army. But I suppose it’s a lot easier to consign everything to the dumpster.

    I once recycled a couple reams of “Mayor Archer” headed stationary. That was some really nice paper, high quality. I used the paper as part of my pulp reprinting hobby. The stories needed to be sent out for proofreading and here was a lot of unusable free paper. (This was during the Kwame years).

    I am confused by JTMMO is being irresponsible in Indianapolis. It is irresponsible to go to Indianapolis or does one have to go to Indy to be irresponsible?

    My daughter came across a comment about Duck Dynasty that seemed pretty funny. Someone reported that the Bible called shrimp an abomination more times than it does homosexuality. This being the internet I don’t know if that is actually true but it sounds right. In fact I’m not sure the Bible ever mentions homosexuality by name. It takes a lot about fornication but that just means G*d has it in for child molesters, and unmarried couples. And when the Bible talks about sodomites I imagine that it means sheep. But even then, that was the Old Testament and Jesus came to bring us a New Testament. And stuff. Mostly I think that since Homosexuality is something you’re born with, like left-handedness, than it is highly immoral of God to condemn people for being what HE made them.

    As for Duck Dynasty, the rapidity with which both A&E and Cracker[head] Barrel reinstated them is a sad commentary on Right/Left politics in a America. We’ll never hear the end to “Benghazi” but Duck Dynasty is already behind us.

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  14. Peter said on December 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, kudos to Nancy for cleaning out the debris. That is some seriously old shit there.

    And, I didn’t know that coffin flags were sized differently. All those years at Boy Scout camp and I couldn’t figure out how they could get that flag to fold so nice at a funeral and mine wouldn’t look like that. Well, that brings some closure.

    One of my relatives says that the Duck Dynasty blowup is all Obama’s fault. According to her, if those folks would get real jobs and not live off Obama’s socialist welfare payments, none of this would have happened. I would have said something except my head was starting to hurt real bad…

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  15. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Sweet Home Alabama. This has got to turn into the next redneck heaven show on A & E.

    Debris. Great Ronnie Lane song. From A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse.

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  16. MichaelG said on December 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Prospero, in regards to marriage yesterday, I’d say neither of us is damaging the institution. People can screw up their own lives without help from us and as for the institution, somebody (Jeff) covered that yesterday with a little economic analysis.

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  17. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t know about any of y’all, but I am absolutely stunned to find that the for profit-hospice industry is milking Medicaid for all it’s worth. Say it ain’t so. Sounds like this may have been Rick “Lex Luthor” Scott’s idea. And somehoow it’s the fault of the bubmint in general, and of course, President Obama specifically, even though he had nothing whatever to do with writing Medicare legislation or regulations.

    When creepy little Edward “Munster” Snowden brags that “I already won”, that seems like a textbook manifestation of narcissistic personality disorder to me. Truly bizarre comment.

    I was attempting facetiousness MichaelG. I’d say I’m an exemplar of how not to go about marriage that people could learn from.

    A Nod is as Good as a Wink is a great album title, in a class with Ian Hunter’s You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, and The Smoker You Drink the Player You Get, by Joe Walsh.

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  18. Dexter said on December 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Rome Georgia, summer 1968, another venue for me to find a wallet…I have posted before how for unknown reasons I have always found other peoples’ most prized pocket cargo. This one was full of store credit cards, a thick stack. I had to catch the team bus ASAP and we were highballin’ to Chicago. When we got there, the newsboxes screamed headlines: “Cops Involved in Huge Mail Fraud Credit Card Theft Scheme” I wanted to get this wallet back to the owner but I had limited opportunity to get anywhere to package it up and mail it, so I just dropped the whole wallet and cards into a mailbox. That was probably a bad choice. Oh well.

    I love the History Channel’s picker show, Mike & Frank. My wife is always after me to get rid of my bicycles, even though I make a point of always having the tires aired up and have them all in good condition to ride. She says “you cannot possibly ride all those bikes!” Maybe not at the same time, dear.
    Then Mike and Frank discover a barn somewhere in the US or England and somebody has bicycles stacked up dating back to the 1880s. This makes me know I am not a sick hoarder. I just like bikes. A couple years ago the fellows found a totally rusted out frame of a bike from 1890…just the basic frame and the chain-ring…that’s it. It looked like the foulest junk. Mike gave this old man seven benjamins for that piece of crap. My jaw dropped. Ten years ago I converted a JC Higgins baloon tire bike from 1953 into a beach cruiser. I threw away the fenders, the old handlebars, the luggage rack, the chain guard, and installed straight handle bars and took it with me to ride on the beach for our Daytona vacation one spring. I cannot even fathom what Mike the picker would have paid me for that bike if I had left it original.

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  19. Hattie said on December 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    My husband would go wild over those hats!

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  20. mark said on December 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm


    By Mayo Clinic staff

    Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

    Yes, a textbook manifestation.

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  21. Dexter said on December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Good old Mike Wallace. A cohort from here loved to traipse around Ann Arbor, shopping and trying the downtown restaurants and bars and coffee houses. One day she and her party stopped into the Mongolian restaurant on Main. They were seated and awaiting their server when a resounding voice was heard wafting through the room. Mike Wallace, venerable CBS journalist, was holding court over a plate of barbecue. My brash, tough cohort was cool enough to let him have his peace…no gushing praise, no autograph on a paper napkin. Mike Wallace loved U of M, loved Ann Arbor, and was a tremendous supporter of the institution in many ways, more than I really know enough about to list.
    My own helmet cap had the inside liner made of that spray-on thin foamy shit. After a year or so it crumbled and shredded and I too had to toss my helmet cap.
    Well, on to another college town in a few minutes. My wife is riding home with our daughter so I have to meet her in Bowling Green since Columbus-Bryan-Toledo is a long dog-leg outta the way deal.

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  22. brian stouder said on December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Not sure where mark is headed with that bon bon, but this IS the season for gathering with mostly agreeable people and saying “Oh, uh-huh” when the others let fly with whatever the hell might being crossing their minds…

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  23. nancy said on December 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Dexter, I’ve told this story before, but it was down in a longer item, so I’ll just copy/paste it here. This is my colleague Ron French, who was a Knight-Wallace Fellows the year before me:

    So Ron has to go to the airport in Detroit one day in March, to pick up Mike Wallace, yes, that Mike Wallace, who gave the Knight-Wallace Fellowship half its name. And he’s driving back, gets into Ann Arbor, and his car just … stops. Dead. No mas go. They’re in traffic, and there’s honking, and while Ron is trying to figure out what to do, Mike jumps out and starts directing traffic. Imagine what a sight this would have been to passing motorists: Honey, is that–? But then, while Ron’s looking for the four-way flashers, he feels the car jostle a little. Looks up, into the rear-view.

    Mike Wallace is pushing his car. Eighty-four years old, this guy.

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  24. alex said on December 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Duck Dynasty is a “hillbilly minstrel act” being served up by the college-educated millionaire Robertson family who are getting even wealthier with their “reality” TV show. So says Alex Pareene. How did this get left out of the national media discourse?

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  25. coozledad said on December 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    More commonly, in primitive personalities, narcissism is coupled with projection, wherein anxieties about one’s self and surroundings are displaced onto others or mythic figures. These archetypes come to form part of a fully sublimated cultural discourse.

    According to one late 20th century logical positivist philosopher and Jungian cultural critic (Miller):

    “A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidents and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. Give you an example, show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, “plate,” or “shrimp,” or “plate of shrimp” out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.”

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  26. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    That’s plate o’ shrimp. And Miller didn’t even know how to drive, despite working in the repo yard. Ernie Hudson’s purveyor of Diuretics had the more cogent arguments.I don’t see how Mark’s Mayo Clinic definition of narcisstic personality disorder contradicts my obviously amateur diagnosis of Snowden. It seems to describe the weasel pretty much exactly. And “little regard for other peoples’s feelings”? Or for real consequences that might fall upon the inferior individuals that surround the narcissist, including physical consequences. And how does Eddie figure “I’ve already won”? Everybody knowss who he is?

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  27. coozledad said on December 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    If, as Freud says, narcissism is an unassailable libidinal position which we ourselves have since abandoned., then it’s possible clinical exhibit A would be this gentleman:

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  28. brian stouder said on December 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Alex’s link was good stuff; not just for the 1000-word- equivalent-photos, but indeed – if all you do is see these images, you get the whole story (and Proud and Loud Crackers at the Barrel are all too eager to be in on the minstrel macaroni):

    Cooze has always referred to the essential grift in the wormy hearts of these sorts of people, and he simply could not be more right.

    This isn’t to say that people that I might agree with are necessarily more pure or less prone to this sort of thing. Indeed, when the worm turns, people of this sort will pretend to have a social conscience and try and turn a profit from THAT, rather than from fear and prejudice.

    That’s the point. It’s not an ideological question at all – but only how to surf the waves and turn a profit within a sea of rubes, whether they’re homophobic and racist or compassionate and gullible.

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  29. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Who in hell is pajama guy. And aren’t actual jammies much more popular with GOPers than with liberals? Along with twin beds? I haven’t worn PJs since I started HS. Have no use for them now. My slipper sox, on the other hand, those are rugged LL Bean products and they are practical for keeping the heat setting low on the thermostat.

    People are up in arms because TK Toby Keith opened a bar and but up signs explicitly prohibiting guns.

    That wienie wagger in Oregon might someday live that down. In about a million years.

    If the Ducf Idiots are actually preppies pulling a fast one, that’s an apt representation in microcosm of astro-turfing assholes taking advantage of ignorant rube teabangers, Like Tom Delay and Mortimer and Randolph Koch.

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  30. Deborah said on December 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Our friends in Taos are going to be on a reality show on Animal Planet tonight, it’s called Living on the Edge or something like that. They live in an Earthship that they built themselves out of old tires, then covered in plaster. They’re really strange looking buildings, completely off the grid. There are a bunch of them around Taos. I mentioned before that we stayed overnight in Dennis Weaver’s house, also an Earthship. They pound dirt into the tires first, then stack them like bricks (laterally). It’s an extremely labor intensive process. They plug up the spaces between the stacked tires with empty soda cans. It’s bizarre, but very energy efficient.

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  31. Deborah said on December 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    The Duck clan isn’t doing anything new. The Koch brothers have been scamming the tea-baggers for ages. There’s a sucker born every minute.

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  32. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    As appearance contract ridersgo, insisting on bendy straws is right up there with the puerile insistence by Van Halen on “No brown M&Ms.” Juvenile idiots of a feather. But, you know VH is a band full of delinquent drug addicts. $Palin actually ran for VP of the USA. Of course, she also insisted that Paul Revere intended to “warn” the Brits. And she left this contract to be discovered in a trash can? She just doesn’t care if she makes an ass of herself. Talk about scamming the rubes.

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  33. Prospero said on December 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Franny-Starver Ryan ragging on Pope Frankie? That’s some disrespect coming from an Irish Catholic boyo. Of course, Ryan thinks Jesus was a radical Marxist, even though He predated to old fart by nearly 2000 years.

    And there is all sorts of up-in-arms shit befouling the interwebs about John Kerry fist-bumping Snoop Dogg. There is a scandal the Grand Theft Auto Issa needs to investigate.

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  34. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I posted a review of “Hobbit 2” of sorts at my Facebook feed for those who are on that, but my short summary is “Tolkien meets Transformers.” Wretched excess, with just enough grace notes from the book to make me sigh and think “but I’ll still go watch part three next December.” Can’t imagine buying the DVDs, though.

    If you dislike spiders, DO NOT go see this movie. Oddly enough, for all the near-silly implausibility in this movie even for fantasy (even fantasy has to have some rules, and Jackson doesn’t quite get that), the most gut-wrenchingly effective part of it is the spider sequence, because they are arachno-accurate to a fearful extreme. As in, arachnophobes who stumble into this film will either have nightmares for sure, or the immersion therapy will end their affliction for good.

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  35. coozledad said on December 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Republicans can’t really talk about pajama boys. Especially when they elect them:
    Blake Farenthold is their go-to sack of stupid when Louie Gohmert can’t find his teeth.

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  36. beb said on December 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    The problem with Narcissistic Personality Disorder is that we all have it to some degree. And it’s hard to point to where this sense of personal worth is normal and where it becomes deranged. Better off to not judge people all together.

    Apparently today (Dec 27th) is the 118 anniversary of when Stagger Lee shot Billy. So in honor of the even Political Animal posted a video of Hugh Laurie, the British actor, singing “Stagger Lee.” Considering that Laurie was born with a birth defect – ie, being born British, he gave a pretty fine performance. I wanted to send it to my wife who is a big “House” fan. The best way to do that was to follow the link to YouTube and send that link. That lead to me listening to Laurie singing “St. James Infirmary” and that lead to a hour or so of listening to other versions. And it seemed like no two people ever sang exactly the same lyrics. Arlo Guthrie’s version has a stanza setting the song in a bar, which explains why it’s also called “Gambler’s Lament.” Van Morrison was good, Joe Cocker’s was nice. Bluegrass musician Doc Watson had a really fine version. I should google Minnie the Moocher and heard other people’s take on the song.

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  37. Danny said on December 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Dang, catching up on a little from the last few days and all I can say is that you guys are real anal about gay marriage.

    Brian, you dis not understand that mark was replying in agreement in his post to Prospero’s about Snowden being narcissistic? Makes me wonder if you come away from reading books about the assassination of Lincoln with the idea that thesis is that “going to plays is dangerous business.”

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  38. Dexter said on December 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Life is so sweet when you are married to an associate professor like George. A few drinks never hurt anybody, right, Martha?

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  39. Danny said on December 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Man, Dex. Liz lit the celluloid on fire! Admittedly, I had to look it up. When she had her head turned, I thought it was Shelley Winters.

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  40. Sherri said on December 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Speaking of gay marriage, last week I mentioned the student protest at Eastside Catholic, a Catholic high school in the Seattle suburbs. The students were protesting the firing of a vice-principal who had married his partner last summer. The protest (thanks to social media) quickly spread to other Seattle Catholic high schools, but of course, the conservative Archbishop of Seattle isn’t interested in what the next generation thinks. (He was brought in to rein in some pesky nuns.)

    Well, now we find exactly how deep those convictions really are. Eastside Catholic told the fired vice-principal that if he just dissolved his marriage, they’d be happy to keep him. After all, the important thing is that you know your place…

    Danny, I’d rather be anal than an asshole.

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  41. Deborah said on December 28, 2013 at 12:03 am

    This was mind boggling, I heard on NPR that the 1.3 million people losing unemployment benefits tomorrow, if lined up shoulder to shoulder starting in Washington DC would stretch out to Lincoln, Nebraska. That’s a lot of unemployed people!

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  42. Dexter said on December 28, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Danny, it’s been so long since I watched it I had to do a double take myself. That bunch was going through a fifth of booze every ten minutes.

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  43. coozledad said on December 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Reading about Republicans all I can say is, what a bunch of delusional racist scum.

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  44. Brandon said on December 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Recycle and donate as much as you can.

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  45. alex said on December 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    So A&E kissed and made up with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Because raging rubes are a scarier mob than the arbiters of taste, apparently.

    So much for the fakery of the show being exposed.

    Fitting though. The class of people the Robertsons are mocking has always loved being taken by charlatans.

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  46. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Friend of NN.C David Edelstein has posted a very useful “10 Worst” movie list:

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  47. Basset said on December 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Pros, about those Van Halen brown M&Ms… Most of the time stuff like that is put into the rider to make sure the promoter actually reads all of the contract. A music-business accountant here in Nashville told me awhile back that one of his acts requires a case of diet Evian water in the dressing room for the same reason… promoter reads it, says “what the hell is this?'”, they cross it out and move on. If you get a little free publicity from making such an outrageous demand, look at those spoiled stars and their crazy wants, so much the better.

    Meanwhile, I am adding caps rather than throwing them away. Our 1600-mile Christmas run to northern Michigan yielded two… a black “Cabela’s Deer Nation” and a fine hunter-orange souvenir of the Bucksnort Bar in Mesick, Michigan.

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  48. coozledad said on December 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Alex; The only way they’d have let Phil Robertson go is if he’d said Sarah Palin, her family, and their ilk would munch through a hogshead of wormy shit to get next to a dollar.

    It’s like Thomas Jefferson said about Southerners. They arezealous of their own liberties but trampling on those of others, generous, candid and without attachment or pretensions to any religion but that of their own heart. That last bit about “Their own heart” is just an old cavalier way of saying they don’t have enough sense to do anything but make shit up as they go along, and barring rigorous externally enforced social restraints, they’ll take a crap in the buffet.
    What passes for religion among them is pure tribal flatulism.

    The Yankees should have burned this motherfucker down more, and exiled the planters back to their Hibernian infuckeries, and stopped the relentless westward and northward spread of chronic deep-fried dumbfuck, but Britain would probably have considered the return of its penal diaspora an act of war.

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  49. Prospero said on December 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Some WallStreet PAC has launched a vile push polling attack on Jeane Shaheen in Neh Hempsha, in support of a putative Senate run against her by Massachusetts resident and foromer naked Cosmo guy Scott Brown. Johnny Cougar and Jakob Smirnov both come to mind. “Ain’t that America” and “What a country.”

    Remember when A & E actually took the Arts part of it’s name seriously and aired good movies? The distant past. Maybe they should change the name to The Redneck Olympics Channel. And no, I didn’t make up that name. Rednecks did.

    When somebody completely ignores the effect his selfish behavior might have on an entire nation of 300million people because he wants to “win, already”, I think it’s safe to say his normal human egoism has passed into the realm of a dangerous psychological problem. Seems like a no brainer to me. And anybody that wants to claim that Snowden knows whats in even 10% of the documents he has leaked is welcome to that not so comforting delusion. What are the odds he’s pulled a Dickless Cheney and exposed undercover intelligence agents? Pretty damned good I’d say.

    I saw both Spring Breakers and The Canyons, and I have to say the former inhabits a planet far sleazier than the latter. It’s not even fair given the inherent James Franco skeeze factor and the youngster bimbettes jiggling their ways through the movie. Barely disguised kiddie porn with Franco licking his chops the whole while.. And I cannot fathom the dislike so many critics had for Elysium, especially those who had previously anointed the director a genius for District 9 which was nigh onto incomprehensible to anybody not fortified by hallucinogens. Seems like some of these people were uncomfortable with the screed against the comfortable class. I figured the Carrie remake for a waste of film stock and video tape as soon as I heard about it. As for Edelstein’s list, how can you take a worst list seriusly that omits a Grown Ups sequel and a third Hangover movie. Offensive LCD assaults and insults to intelligence.

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  50. coozledad said on December 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    This could be a parable of wingnut faith. Their insane god factor is beautifully played by Robert Mitchum, even in reverse:

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  51. DellaDash said on December 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Prospero @49…“…incomprehensible to anybody not fortified by hallucinogens” tickles to the bone.

    Hope I got the italics bracketed correctly. It’s been a while.

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  52. deb said on January 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Jesus, you tossed the Wallace House caps but kept that godawful book? It is one of the low points of my career, writing in first person as the lead horse on an eight-horse hitch. Burn it, please. I’m begging you.

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