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 on: Yesterday at 06:58:55 pm 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by serious crayons
 laugh

I think I've heard that quote is apocryphal, but if she did say it, I think she said "eat" (or, more likely, "mange") -- and look what happened to her!


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 on: Yesterday at 06:30:16 pm 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by CellarDweller
And "have cake" vs. "eat cake" is in the horseshoe/hand grenade category, if you're askin' me.


ask Marie Antoinette.

 laugh

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 on: Yesterday at 06:28:46 pm 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by CellarDweller
My friend Phil started calling me Cowboy Jeff, but evidently that was too long, so he shortened it to C.J.--like C.J. Craig, the press secretary on The West Wing.  Grin

This afternoon I phoned to make a dinner reservation for myself for this evening. When whoever it was who answered the phone asked for the name for the reservation, I said, "Just put down C.J. Phil will know who that is since he's the one who gave me that nickname."  laugh

I kind of like having a nickname, at least that one, anyway.


that's cool!!

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 on: Yesterday at 06:26:03 pm 
Started by Aloysius J. Gleek - Last post by CellarDweller
laugh

 5 
 on: Yesterday at 10:02:46 am 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by Front-Ranger
How about Aguirre, since they have so many traits in common?

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 on: Yesterday at 09:32:44 am 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by Jeff Wrangler
In an ideal world or for official purposes, sure. But when you use a Brokieism with your coworkers, you're not really "quoting." You're pretending it's you talking. Which of course it is.

But yes, of course, when talking to other Brokies I try to get it right and, if necessary, I'll often look at the text or google it.

If Chuck, when offered cake by his coworker, didn't say "wait a minute!" and run to get his text so he could be precise, I can understand that.

I'd rather quote it exactly. It amuses me because I feel like I've got a secret that nobody I'm talking to knows.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:37:52 am 
Started by dragonlady - Last post by BBM_victim
I don't know about anyone else but going into it knowing what happened to Earl made everything in Part I so poignant.  
Part II felt like that irreversible fall that Ennis went into on the last day on the mountain.  All paths leading to the inevitable conclusion.  And the aftermath of Earl's death was extremely well told.
In Part II I found the character of Elvon (Ennis's father) fascinating.  His development from a small boy to the man who dragged his sons to see the body of Earl in the ditch was so realistic, and so sad.
Tied up with the whole story of Earl and Rich was the bigger picture of the decline of the West.  And the story of both just came together like an elaborate tapestry.  
And how different Earl and Rich were to Ennis and Jack. It seemed so simple when the former decided to make a life together.  If only the latter had had more self belief and less self hatred.


Friends, i read it. === Spoilers ahead ====
....... I'm at a loss for words. One word - HUNTING!

First, as a non-native English speaker "Roots" was a bit hard for me to read. Lots of unfamiliar words, too *blush*.

Second, i get the whole idea of the story - seeds, roots, branches. But at times the number of roots and the number of branches is a bit overwhelming. I wished there was some kind of chart depicting ALL those characters and their relationships. The person who wrote this must have had one for sure!!

Third, again, i get the idea of roots, but i felt that maybe the story went too far back. Why do we need to know the story of Rich's grandfather? So we know that his father was a halfbreed, too? I think the story actually starts in 1799, 100 years before Earl and Rich meet.

Fourth (now comes the positive stuff ha), the plot after Earl and Rich meet is GREAT. When i think about BBM it does really seem odd that Ennis' parents missed the only curve in a familiar road. "Roots" implies that this was the works of a curse for what Ennis' daddy had done to Earl. And it is so sad and ironic that Ennis' cursed fate leads him to fall in love with a man, with whom he will not be able to be together, constantly being apart, to be tortured by longing and in the end to have the love of his life being taken from him by tire irons.
[Note 1: Milomorris questioned whether the curse affected Ennis' and Jacks fates. It did - it's clearly stated by Rich that he curses all Elvon's children.]
[Note 2: I still believe Jack was killed by an accident, but for the sake of argument and continuity in view of "Roots" lets say he was killed by tire irons.]


Also, regarding the plot. I agree with the author that Rich would not have called the sheriff. That he also would not have just gone ahead on a revenge mission killing off everybody with a gun. The author gives the story a bit of mystery and superstitiousness by making Rich a half-Indian who speaks a mysterious language and sometimes executes mysterious rituals (the funeral) and then by introducing all those animals who seemingly carry out the curse. But the actual actions Rich takes after Earl's death are very believable. I agree that Rich would not want to live on without Earl. I agree that he would make sure any of their property would be gone together with them. (But maybe this is based on Rich's character in "Roots".) Therefore, the story after Earl's death is extremely well done.

And fifth,
You can feel the author's fury.
Yes. First part after Earl meets Rich is just beautiful. Second part is all burning in fury like that fire at Lazy Y. Great story!


There were some things that i did not understand, though:
Why did Elvon shift from being friends with E&R to hating them? Was it just the influence of his friends? Peer pressure? As far as i can see E&R had done him nothing wrong.
What happened between Rich and his father? I was not sure about their last time together, why they parted and why Rich was having some hard time with something that happened before that.

I will go have a look at DC forum.

 8 
 on: Yesterday at 02:24:11 am 
Started by serious crayons - Last post by serious crayons
You don't think if you're quoting something you should get the quote right?

I had the text in front of me when I wrote my post.

In an ideal world or for official purposes, sure. But when you use a Brokieism with your coworkers, you're not really "quoting." You're pretending it's you talking. Which of course it is.

But yes, of course, when talking to other Brokies I try to get it right and, if necessary, I'll often look at the text or google it.

If Chuck, when offered cake by his coworker, didn't say "wait a minute!" and run to get his text so he could be precise, I can understand that.




 9 
 on: July 24, 2017, 06:57:33 pm 
Started by chowhound - Last post by Aloysius J. Gleek


Looking forward to watching this tonight! Thanks, John!



Enjoy, Lee!  Wink

Michael Palin and the Mystery of Vilhelm Hammershoi
BBC4





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 on: July 24, 2017, 06:45:45 pm 
Started by Aloysius J. Gleek - Last post by Aloysius J. Gleek

Interesting--why Bitty is sometimes nearly as good in the ice as he is in the kitchen--

Hockey is partly about luck, baking is all about skill, and Bitty has both!

 Wink Grin



Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball
(A statistical analysis of luck vs skill in sports.)
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