Feeling less wondrous.

How was my weekend? Well, it started with deciding to stay in Friday night and rent a movie (“In Bruges”), because Alan had just finished a brutal week. I turned off the movie at 9:30 and went upstairs to read because he was snoring so loud I couldn’t hear the dialogue anymore.

Some weeks are just like that. Although the movie was good, even if I had to watch it in halves. We stayed awake for Saturday night’s choice, “Wonder Woman,” although it also filled me with despair because god, SUPERHERO MOVIES ARE SO BORING. They’re about 30 percent longer than the story needs to be, and all end with a huge battle that goes on and on and on, and has zero tension because you know who’s going to win, or, perhaps, lose in a sequel-y setup. I understand that people see these movies for the other stuff, in this case Gal Gadot in a metal bustier, but let me just say this: The smartest thing DC Comics ever came up with was Kryptonite, because otherwise, Superman is just another dude in tights who wins every fight. Wonder Woman can leap a quarter-mile, and that’s when she isn’t flying or jumping from great heights to land lightly on her feet, stopping a barrage of machine-gun fire with her shield, or random bullets with her wristbands, or squeezing the truth out of someone with her Golden Lariat of Justice, a handy lie detector she keeps tied to the utility-belt portion of her metal bustier.

I’d like to see Wonder Woman start throwing that thing around Washington D.C. these days. Now that would be a movie.

But these are quibbles, people. Quibbles! However, my weekend was about as low-key as could be, which was good, because we didn’t go to Noel Night in Midtown, where three people were shot, and we didn’t get up early to watch the implosion of the Silverdome, which was hilarious. To save you a click: The sequential charges all went off as planned, and then the stadium…failed to collapse. “Built too well,” the engineering firm concluded. Now, though, you have to figure it’s a real shitshow, however, because who’s going to want to go back in that thing after a series of explosions? Maybe a daisy-cutter would take care of it.

And with that, we turn to the weekend’s discouraging words:

You know what we need? Another dispatch from Trump country.

Today’s can-you-imagine-this-headline-three-years-ago story: Trump moves to block Romney from the Senate.

Finally, a note: J.C. and I are tinkering with the Amazon links — the Kickback Lounge shut down, as a few of you have noted — and will try to get a replacement in place eventually. It never amounted to much money, but it was a little, and I always appreciated those of you who used it. Let a worthy successor rise in its place. If any of you have experience with the Amazon Associates program, I’m all ears.

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72 responses to “Feeling less wondrous.”

  1. Mark P said on December 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

    The same company that was supposed to demolish the Silverdome was responsible for the almost demolition of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Most of the Georgia Dome actually fell, but there was a reasonably large section that didn’t. I heard that comment by the contractor that the Silverdome was built too well. Funny. I thought people who explosively demolish structures are supposed to know about that sort of thing. I need to burn some old pallets, but I don’t think I would trust them to do it.

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  2. Julie Robinson said on December 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

    If detonators didn’t go off because of faulty wiring, someone will have to remove the explosives before they can go in with bulldozers and wrecking balls, right? But now the building may not be safe to be in? What a cluster. Perfect analogy for the state of the nation right now.

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  3. adrianne said on December 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Boy, I am tempted to buy the Corey Lewandowski book, if only for gems like this:

    “Trump went fucking ballistic. We were still over the New York metropolitan area, where you can get cell service if you fly at a low altitude.

    “Lower it!” Trump yelled to the pilot. “I have to make a call.”

    He got Manafort on the phone, “Did you say I shouldn’t be on TV on Sunday??” Manafort could barely hear him because of the helicopter motor. But Trump said, “I’ll go on TV anytime I goddamn fucking want and you won’t say another fucking word about me! Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! I don’t wanna tone anything down! I played along with your delegate charts, but I have had enough.”

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  4. Icarus said on December 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    SUPERHERO MOVIES ARE SO BORING. They’re about 30 percent longer than the story needs to be

    that’s because they always feel the need to tell the origin story, especially in a reboot because you know there are 5 people who went to see the movie but no nothing about the backstory.

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  5. LAMary said on December 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Adrianne, you convinced me I should get the book.

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  6. susan said on December 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Adrianne & lamary, consider getting the book from your public library so as not to enrich Lewandowski.

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  7. Brandon said on December 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I’d like to see Wonder Woman start throwing that thing around Washington D.C. these days.

    In fact, the TV show was set in Washington.

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  8. Jakash said on December 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    “SUPERHERO MOVIES ARE SO BORING” Indeed. I was never that much of a fan of the genre to begin with, not going far afield from the Justice League of America crew. Well, maybe Spider-man, because he had a cool theme song on TV, and a couple others. So I saw Superman in 1978 (what, that make me old?) and a couple of those sequels and some of the Batmans and the first Spider-man, but boy, I cried Uncle well before the deluge that we’re in the midst of these days. “Wonder Woman” got wonderful reviews and we almost made an exception for it, but you pretty well nail why we never quite pulled the trigger…

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  9. Jolene said on December 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Meanwhile, there are a lot of movies about humans with no superpowers that either came out earlier this year or are being released at year’s end that have gotten great reviews. Hoping to catch up with things I missed and also to see some new releases over the holidays. Get Out, The Big Sick, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, and Ladybird are all on my list.

    What else should be?

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  10. Julie Robinson said on December 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Agree about superhero movies. Same plot, all special effects, no heart. Even with all the noise and violence, they put me to sleep.

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  11. Dorothy said on December 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    We said the same thing about Wonder Woman when we saw it a few months ago. It went on entirely too long. I remember loving In Bruges. We saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing (?) Missouri last week and really liked it. It had a lot of laughs in addition to lots of serious stuff. Can’t wait to see Lady Bird. I’m knitting and making a new quilt for the grandbaby to try to keep my mind off of politics, which is really next to impossible these days. All I really want for Christmas, my birthday, my anniversary, etc. for the rest of my life is to see Trump gone and hopefully behind bars. With a really close prison shaved head. Boy howdy that would make me happy!

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  12. adrianne said on December 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Dorothy, the part about the prison shaved head made me LOL!

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  13. Jakash said on December 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    “In Bruges” was very good. Fine list, Jolene. We saw “Get Out” and liked it a lot. That’s our one “horror” movie for the year, though there’s much more to it than that. “Dunkirk,” I was not wild about — personally, I thought it focused too much on the small stories at the expense of a better overall presentation of what was going on. I’d really enjoy the performances and voices behind “The Big Sick” from what I’ve read, but am just not up for the medical/hospital story-line, alas. I never watch medical shows on TV, either. Well, MASH was an exception. ; )

    Did you happen to see “Big Little Lies” on HBO? We didn’t, but after it won 8 Emmys, it was on our radar. Turns out that they’ve crammed all 7 episodes onto one DVD, which we picked up at Redbox one rainy weekend and binge-watched. You might like that pretty well, though that’s a bit of a commitment! ; )

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  14. Jolene said on December 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I did see Big Little Lies when it was initially shown and thought it was excellent. There are a couple more HBO series that I didn’t see when they were released, but want to go back to: The Deuce and The Night Of.

    As I understand the plot of The Big Sick is not so much about illness or being in the hospital as about people from different worlds coming to know each other in a stressful situation.

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  15. Jeff Borden said on December 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Read this and weep. . .
    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14004148/senate-tax-bill-explained/

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  16. Jakash said on December 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I understand that about the plot, Jolene — still not sure I’m up for it. Big thumbs up for “The Night Of,” but only saw one episode of “The Deuce” via a free weekend of HBO…

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  17. Suzanne said on December 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Lady Bird is very good, especially if you have a daughter or are one. Very touching and honest. Loved it.

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  18. Joe Kobiela said on December 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    My daughter the movie reviewer for the local paper gave Lady Bird a stellar review, I enjoyed Dunkirk but I had a hard time hearing the dialogue, the actors needed to mumble a little less, I also enjoyed the big sick, looking forward to three billboards outside.
    Pilot Joe

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  19. Scout said on December 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Speaking of Big Little Lies, the audio versions of all of Lianne Moriarty’s books are worth listening to for the pleasure of Caroline Lee’s amazing performances as the reader. So far I’ve listened to Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret. At some point, I will probably borrow the audio version of Big Little Lies even though I already read the book.

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  20. LAMary said on December 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Definitely a library book, Susan. Some books I buy just to enrich the authors, some I borrow to avoid enriching them. I have a friend who has written a couple of books I find unreadable, but I buy them just the same.

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  21. Dexter said on December 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Metro reports: “Donald Trump once told a reporter for a golf magazine, “There’s nothing in the world like first-rate pussy,” while ogling a young socialite at his Mar-a-Lago club, the Daily Beast reported.

    The remark happened during a interview for the August 2000 Maximum Golf magazine, and the quote never made it into print because the magazine’s editor wouldn’t allow it. But the article’s author, Michael Corcoran, and another editor, confirmed it happened.” ~ END

    When you’re President, everything you ever said or did makes news these days. Or, if you are any public person or personality or actor or whatevah. Some are above the fray in death…JFK and his pals used to ride uptown and have orgies with hookers in Harlem when he was a university lad. Even the revelations about Frick & Frack (two young ladies JFK swam naked with and whored with when Jackie was gone) and that woman Judith Exner…no big deal anymore. But this ain’t 57 years ago, and we all now know Trump is a real, real, piece of shit and liar to the max. That old lawyer, John Dowd trying to take credit for that tweet on Saturday..pathetic. And Kellyanne saying, why, those Tweets are not really from Trump himSELF!—what ever made the public think THAT? The tweets are from a committee of underlings who have access to the Trump Twitter account. Oh. OK…RIGHT! I got it now. I can hear Ashley Morris now—“FUCKING FUCKMOOKS!”

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  22. Suzanne said on December 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve been following the James Levine debacle. Yet another open secret, apparently, that those at the top of the classical music industry intentionally ignored. And the comments I’ve read have more than a smattering of cries against victims who waited too long to say anything & so should stay silent. I admit Levine always kind of gave me the creeps.

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  23. Colleen said on December 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I had heard rumors about Levine and my involvement with the classical music world was as a classical music announcer. If I knew…how come those closer to the situation didn’t do anything?

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  24. Dorothy said on December 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    We really liked Big Little Lies. Could not get through even one entire episode of The Deuce.

    I sure wish that golf magazine had audio of that interview.

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  25. Julie Robinson said on December 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    They changed the plot of Big Little Lies quite a bit for the HBO show, right? I know they set it in this country instead of Australia. I did listen to the audio book but I found most of the characters unsympathetic, so I’m wondering if I would enjoy watching it.

    I can’t bring myself to read about the tax bill right now. I’ve spent the entire day working on my sister’s estate and am frustrated and angry. It’s not untypical to spend close to an hour on hold and then get lied to or obfuscated to and not make any progress at at all.

    And you already knew this, but don’t waste your money on cancer insurance. By rough estimates she had spent $12,000 on premiums since 1989 with a supposed refund of premium rider. When I called today I was told she had to hold the policy until 2029 for that to take effect. Vipers. Or, see Dexter’s quote from Ashley @21

    BTW the payout for that policy was $1800 on diagnosis with similar paltry amounts for surgery, etc.

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  26. Dexter said on December 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    “Three Billboards…” and “Lady Bird” are all the movie lovers are talking about. I gotta wait for cable or Netflix. I can’t stand the downside of attending movie houses…sticky floors, tall people’s big heads in front, outrageous candy-soda-popcorn prices, and assholes talking over the damn actors on the screen. I quit going in 1998. How much does a Fort Wayne or other town’s theaters charge for admission this century? I know the wide-screen fancy theaters in NYC charge like $22 and a regular theater is between $15 and $17.50 now. This is also the town where a retail package of cigarettes is also $17.50 and climbing all the time….

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  27. Heather said on December 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I love Kumail Nanjiani but I could not get through more than 15 minutes of The Big Sick. Just thought it was kinda boring, or maybe I’m just too bitter and old to watch rom-dramedies. I will try to give it another go.

    I did enjoy Their Finest (via Hulu), bittersweet story about writers and actors making movies to prop up the populace in Britain during WWII. Featuring my beloved Bill Nighy. I also sprang for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Friday night as a respite from the tax bill horror. I heard from so many people that it was bad, but I thought it was enjoyable enough.

    Did I give a plug for Godless on Netflix here yet? If you like westerns, it’s a must-watch.

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  28. David C. said on December 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Their second try at the Silverdome got the job done.

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  29. Jakash said on December 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I forgot about “Their Finest.” Not exactly cutting-edge film-making, but we enjoyed it pretty much.

    That was in a theater, a while back. Floors: not too sticky. Tall people’s heads: There’s stadium seating in lots of theaters, these days, Dex. Assholes talking: That movie drew a rather light crowd, so no problem. Candy-soda-popcorn prices: Uh, outrageous, indeed. Admission price: In Chicago, at the right time and the right place, we often pay $6.50. There are places in the suburbs where even a regular evening show is $8.50…

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  30. brian stouder said on December 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Dexter – Fort Wayne matinee approx $7.75; full evening price $11.90

    We get one Big Soda Pop and one Big Popcorn – which they refill for free – and divvie up during the previews, and then re-fill(!)

    Last movie Pam and I paid to see was Wonder, which is as good – or better! – as everyone says

    My job,too, has changed; pay-rate is the same, but I’m no longer at a desk in the office, but out in the warehouse.

    Lots more exercise (I’ve lost about 10 pounds over the past several weeks), and a different mind-set.

    As NN used to say, ‘entre nous’, I’m about 95% not on a computer anymore (which isn’t entirely bad), so there’s that.

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  31. Jolene said on December 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    The NY Times has published a list of best TV shows of 2017. It’s actually three lists, with one part focused on US productions, one on international productions, and one on good shows that ended this year.

    Lots of things to take in when the real world is too much—or whenever.

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  32. Dorothy said on December 5, 2017 at 5:45 am

    We take advantage of the Neon Theater’s $5 Tuesday shows as often as we can. That’s for new, first run movies, NOT old ones. It only has two screens, not sure of the capacity but they’re small and frequently sold out. It’s a terrific venue in Dayton and we love it. They replaced the seats recently and they’re very comfortable. Lots of leg room, too. As far as paying for snacks? I’ve always been cranky about that. My husband isn’t – he gets popcorn and a drink most of the time. I refuse to pay for that overpriced sh**. I try to bring candy from home if I’m in the mood – otherwise I just watch the movie and I’m perfectly content. I rarely hear people talking at that place. Everyone there is a movie lover, you can just tell.

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  33. basset said on December 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    We don’t go to movies much, last two we’ve seen were “8 Days a Week” at an art house, think a ticket was $10, and “Dunkirk” at the mall Imax, $19 apiece for that one. Both good, though.

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  34. Deni Menken said on December 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

    $3.50 at the Wanee with popcorn the same. Great old movie house with new seats and new sound system. Just don’t look up at the the creeping stains on the acoustic ceiling tiles.
    Seeing Wonder there tonight.

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  35. Judybusy said on December 5, 2017 at 9:32 am

    We have a treasure in Minneapolis, the Riverview Theater. It’s a restored 1950’s place. Tix are $5, and they are second run. But everyone knows they’ve got the best popcorn in town and a medium pop and popcorn combo is about $5.50. With actual butter! There’s also a more boring cheap theater in a nearby suburb with similar pricing.

    I am looking forward to seeing the remake of the Orient Express. We bought tickets for various performances this December, and the calendar is filling up, so I don’t know when we’ll get to it. I wouldn’t mind seeing it at the Riv, as we call it.

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  36. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on December 5, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Watching “White Christmas” in a caffeine induced haze.

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  37. Minnie said on December 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    We’re blessed with The Naro Cinema, an independent, single screen movie theater. It’s comfortably old fashioned (built in 1936, still has a draw screen and balcony) and personable. The owners are on premises, sometimes taking tickets, introducing movies. It has comfortable seats, the latest in projection and sound. Shows are independent, international, particular Hollywood films, lots of documentaries and other film series, some with presenters. The audience is appreciative, loyal. The most expensive tickets are $10; matinee, senior, and child tickets are $8. We buy tickets by the book of ten, reducing the price for any showing to $7.30. We have more than 40 years of affectionate memories connected to The Naro.

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  38. Minnie said on December 5, 2017 at 10:03 am

    My edit didn’t post, so here it is: I hardly ever eat at movies, though make an occasional exception for the locally baked brownies sold at the concession stand. My husband sometimes gets a drink or popcorn. We’re happy to put a few dollars in the owner’s pockets.

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  39. A. Riley said on December 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

    One of the nearby multiplexes shows the Met Opera HD broadcast — and it’s terrific!! Part of the fun is what goes on during the intermissions. There are a few cheerful interviews and then they just turn the camera on the goings-on backstage. Stagehands getting ready for the Act II curtain, moving stuff around and tawkin’ in dose Noo Yawk voices dey got.

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  40. Dorothy said on December 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Minnie is that the Naro in Norfolk/Ghent? My daughter and her partner went there frequently. They walked since it was in their neighborhood. They moved to Alexandria a few months ago, though.

    Judybusy I’ll be anxious to hear what you think about the Orient Express remake. I know two people who saw it and said it was incredibly boring.

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  41. Peter said on December 5, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Dorothy #11: Trump’s shaved head reminds me of the Simpsons episode where he joined the Army and had to get his head shaved – it took one second.

    I’m sure many of you know by now that John Anderson died yesterday. It’s very sobering to think how far we’ve fallen since 1980. Or heck, since 2015.

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  42. Suzanne said on December 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I often go to the Met HD broadcasts, too. They are superb.
    Oddly enough, before the last one I saw, the promo mentioned that Levine was supposed to conduct one of the upcoming productions, at which point I turned to my friend and said that surprised me because he’s not in good health and that there are so many rumors floating around that he’s a perv. And then, lo & behold!

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  43. Bill said on December 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Deni Menken@34, is that in Kewanee, IL? My home town.

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  44. Icarus said on December 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    We haven’t been able to go see many movies since the twins arrived. Once a year an in-law will watch moose and squirrel while we go see the latest IT movie, usually a Star Wars one.

    I use to enjoy a medium bag of popcorn and cherry coke but now that they have these luxury deals with big seats and real food, I don’t know how I can go back to sitting with the unwashed masses in the cheap seats.

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  45. Jakash said on December 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    We’re not big opera fans, but have gone to a couple of the Met HD showings. It makes me feel even more like a Philistine than I already do, but I’m afraid I prefer that to showing up at the real opera house. Much cheaper, much better view compared to the lousy seats we’ll pay for at a live performance, and, as noted above, the intermission stuff is interesting and fun, especially compared to whiling away 20 minutes noting how underdressed I am among the swells in the lobby. ; )

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  46. Minnie said on December 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Dorothy, indeed it is one and the same. Ghent is a great neighborhood that I aspire to live in once ready access to kayaking here in a neighboring suburban town is less appealing. From reading nn.c I realized that your daughter worked at the local newspaper to which we subscribe and that she now works at our favorite online paper. Three cheers for journalism and journalists.

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  47. susan said on December 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Welp, Conyers gone, and he wants his son or grandson to replace him. ??? What is this, royalty? Well, screw that, jeezo. Find someone else, people of Detroit, get some fresh blood into that mouldy seat.

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  48. Bob (Not Greene) said on December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Susan, didn’t you know? The hereditary Congressional seat is a proud tradition in the Midwest. Several years ago (probably a decade now) longtime Congressman Bill Lipinski won the primary for the 3rd Illinois Congressional District (unopposed as usual) and then promptly resigned, which allowed the Democratic Central Committee to anoint his son, Dan — who at the time was teaching economics at the University of Tennessee — as his replacement.

    The district is reliably Democratic and GOP candidates tend to be fringe-y. The lone GOP candidate filing for the seat this time around is an actual Nazi named Art Jones (http://artjonesforcongressman.com) — the guy threw a birthday party for Hitler at a local restaurant one year; you could look it up! Anyhow, Dan’s getting a Dem primary challenger this year, a progressive woman. The district skews Blue Dog, so we’ll see how that goes.

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  49. Jolene said on December 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Apparently, two of Conyers’s relatives will compete for his seat—his son and his nephew, who is currently in the state legislature. I don’t know anything about either one, but it’d be entertaining if their competition led to someone else being elected.

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  50. beb said on December 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I assume James Levine is an outstanding conductor. So I can where management might tolerate a little criminal sexual conduct to retain a great conductor…. But that would be wrong. Levine is not the only talented person with a reprehensible personal side. I had a fantasy where someone like Levine is wheeled on stage in a straight jacket and mask, a la Hannibal Letcher, released just for the program, then wheeled away until the next performance.

    Most genre movies — rom-coms, action-adventure, superheros, etc., have highly predictable plots. There’s the set up to the problem, a first attempt to solve the problem, which fail. This followed by a moment of crisis when the hero/heroine loses all confidence to succeeding, followed in turn by a new resolution and a big and messy finale. If superhero movies as predictable so every Hallmark ™ movie ever made.

    A number of movie theaters in recent years have been remolding their auditoriums. They replaced the old stadium chairs where recliners, carpeted the floor, which seems foolish but even when wet aren’t sticky. And of course use pitched, stadium floors so it’s rare to have obstructions to seeing the movie. Matinee tickets are still very cheap and if you don’t eat during the movie save a lot right there. Other than just being in a room with a lot of people it’s a pretty nice experience. As for people talking. The better the movie the less people talk.

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  51. Suzanne said on December 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    And now this! http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-sports/42242007

    Also, has anyone already linked to this article about VP My Pants? It’s worth visiting just to see the picture of My Pants, the Prophet.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/gods-plan-for-mike-pence/546569/

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  52. Little Bird said on December 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Looks like Deborah and I have a movie we need to see together! Lady Bird is high on my list of movies that I want to see.

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  53. beb said on December 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t think Rep. Conyors should have retired and I don’t think Sen. Franken should quit even though the DNC seems to want both to disappear. They should stay in office because Republicans never quit. This story from Talkingpointsmemo is typical:
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/farenthold-accuser-told-speaking-out-would-end-career-dc-it-did
    What he did was was worth $84,000 in compensation but oily drunken toad Farenhold is staying in office. Why should democrats surrender the field when Republicans never do.

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  54. Peter said on December 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Suzanne, I was going to post the Russia story as well.

    Let’s see what our Top Sports Player In Chief has to say about this. I’m sure it will include “SAD” and a reference to Hillary.

    Speaking of which, I should look into doing Trump Bingo….

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  55. Bruce Fields said on December 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    “Why should democrats surrender the field when Republicans never do.”

    So that people working for Democrats can be safe from harassment even if people working for Republicans still aren’t.

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  56. Peter said on December 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Another entry in the it never ends department – The Labor Department is proposing new rules for restaurant wait staff – the big item being that a restaurant owner can take for themselves the portions of tips that would provide more than a minimum wage to the waitstaff.

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  57. Scout said on December 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Conyers resigning is fine. Franken should not because he did not do anything close to what these other men have done. Additionally, he apologized for his actions and the apology was accepted by Tweeden. We know she is a Hannityette, that this accusation was timed to deflect from the Roy Moore scandal and that he is of no danger to anyone he works with. Perspective is everything. I hate that zero tolerance high horse crap for D’s while R’s are poised to elect a FUCKING PEDOPHILE FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!! Yes, I know I was yelling.

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  58. Minnie said on December 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Scout, absofuckinglutely.

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  59. David C. said on December 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    We have the Time Community Theater in downtown Oshkosh. They play movies from the 20s through the 80s, lots of old campy horror films, and old classics. Tickets are $3.00, popcorn is $2.50, soda is $1.50, all cash only. It’s volunteer run and sometimes when the movie is sponsored, tickets are free. It’s a little threadbare, but I love it. I haven’t been to another movie theater since we moved to Wisconsin.

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  60. alex said on December 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    We have a well-subsidized nonprofit art house theater where the programming is a lot like that of the Music Box in Chicago. Wish they’d have a Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation here, though. I have no idea what it costs these days as I’m completely out of the movie-going habit.

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  61. Mark P said on December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    The Republicans would love it if the Democrats play by the rules because it gives them a huge advantage. What good will it do us to sit in the ruins of our society congratulating ourselves about how high-minded we are? Killing may be immoral but when the Japanese started killing us, we responded in kind.

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  62. Suzanne said on December 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Now Steve Bannon is stumping for Roy “The Perve” Moore. Thank goodness Aldi has good, cheap wine. I am going to need it. The world has gone mad.

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  63. Deni Menken said on December 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Bill @ 43,
    Yes, it is! Packed tonight as it was “Bring your own Bucket” night for dollar popcorn refills. And they give you a punch card that awards a free movie when you reach twelve punches. I could never smuggle in drugstore candy due to the guilt. Not so for the mega screen palaces.

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  64. Jakash said on December 6, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Neil Steinberg discusses Bob Greene in his new blog post. First, ridiculing the Tribune’s self-congratulatory attitude toward dumping him:

    “‘Well-known, endlessly-discussed fact’ is more apt, since you couldn’t spit in a newsroom without finding revolted female professionals with tales of staving off Greene’s crude advances.
    It was no secret at all. I wrote a column mocking Greene for two years in the Chicago Reader and, in 1995, seven, count ’em, seven years before the scales fell from Lipinski’s eyes, mentioned in print Bob’s proclivity for luring young interns to hotel rooms, or trying to. Not that it did any good.”

    Then, from 1995, a deep dive into Greene’s portion of the Tribune archive at that time:

    “Woody Hayes shows up ten times. One hundred and twenty-four columns pass through an airport; 72 mention a hotel room (though, oddly, none of these include a young intern). In a decade’s worth of ostensibly soul-baring columns, none contain the words ‘hairpiece,’ ‘smarmy,’ or ‘too many vodka gimlets.'”

    http://www.everygoddamnday.com/2017/12/bobwatch-knew-why-didnt-trib.html

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  65. Connie said on December 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I just spoke to an employee about making fun of our customers on her facebook page. (they are always stupid.) She tells she me she can do anything she wants on her personal facebook page, stomped out, and immediately unfriended me. So I will never see them in the future.

    Clearly we need a better social media policy.

    I would be interested in your comments.

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  66. Connie said on December 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Awesome choice for people of the year Time Magazine. The silence breakers. My friend says it should have included Anita Hill.

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  67. Peter said on December 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    #64 Jakash – there was a line in Sternberg’s post today – “….I’ll tell you, it’s like going down to hell and staring up Satan’s ass.” – that describes 2017 to a T.

    #65 Connie – I’m getting really close to Get Off My Lawn territory here, but there’s a big difference between lunchtime stories and putting your opinion on Facebook. Bad enough to make fun of your customers, but when you post it, you’re making fun of your company as well.

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  68. Deborah said on December 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Popping in for a minute, from London. Every newspaper today has a front page story about the death of Christine Keeler. Those of a certain age will know who that was. What a scandal back then, would be a yawn fest today.

    Much has changed from the last time I was here 18 years ago, but one thing hasn’t, I had completely forgotten about the bad plumbing. Taking showers in this ritzy hotel isn’t fun, scalding hot intermixed with freezing cold. Other than that it’s wonderful.

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  69. Suzanne said on December 6, 2017 at 10:32 am

    It appears Mr Perv Moore’s wife wasn’t exactly divorced when they began dating:
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/court-records-suggest-roy-moore-dated-wife-while-she-was-still-married/article/2642679

    Maybe that is why the 10 Commandments monument was removed in ‘bama. It was faulty. Missing a commandment.

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  70. Jeff Borden said on December 6, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Is there anyone in the NN.C community –I’m assuming Bibi Netanyahu isn’t a regular– who sees anything positive in the Orange King proclaiming Jerusalem the capital of Israel? Along with retweeting those hideous snuff videos created by Britain’s version of the KKK a few days ago, the pussygrabber-in-chief seems intent on setting the Middle East aflame. Has anyone told him that won’t stop Robert Mueller from continuing his investigation?

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  71. susan said on December 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

    jeff borden, I listened to BBC this morning about the impending Jerusalem conflagration, and there was no one on any side of the issue who thought this was a good idea. No one. The image projected was of Trump stumbling around out there by himself, holding a lit match, surrounded by pooling gasoline. Yikes.

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  72. Jerry said on December 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Deborah, I’ve not visited the William Morris museum but we live about five miles from The Red House which he had built for himself and his family. A most attractive Arts and Crafts building and well worth a visit – should you happen to be in South East London suburbia, of course.

    Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s rain; it was torrential for a while at midday.

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