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  4. Technically? TECHNICALLY? How about physically? I feel the cold fingers of Death scratching the back of my neck every time I try to recreate some earlier easy task such as crawling under the car to check something, or responding to my wifes request to dig a couple of holes for some scrawny plants she wants to embed! It's weird, but I really feel like I'm on the downward slope to oblivion. Five or ten years ago I never gave it a thought, but now, that lite at the end of the tunnel seems to be a hell of a lot closer! Sorry, all, didn't mean to sound dismal, just reflecting about stuff. Meanwhile, back at the Ready Room............................................................................!
  5. It has always been open season on me. No worries though. I have always been able to handle it. I am used to...
  6. Morning y'all, clear skies, 73F and 87% humidity. Expecting increasing cloudiness and a high of 87F. Chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms as a cold front approaches.
  7. Eventually, yes, so technically you are correct.
  8. Damn hamsters. They get all the breaks. All they do is run around on the wheel in their cage and poop little brown pellets. Kind of like Herr Butt Lick.
  9. Morning all. Clear skies and 51F. Mainly sunny. Pleasant. High of 77F.
  10. Johnson & Johnson Ad - August 1943 1939: Joseph Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop sign a non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany, freeing Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin to invade Finland. 1942: Hitlers orders that Leningrad should finally be captured after a siege which has last a year. The Luftwaffe begins a 48 hours long air raid on Stalingrad, that involves over 4,000 sorties into the city. The city erupts into a sea of flames along its 40 km length as oil storage tanks pour their flaming contents into the Volga. Thousands of civilians perish in the flames. The 6th Army punches a hole in Soviet 62nd Army's defense's as the 14th Panzer Corps crosses the Don River at Vertyachiy and reaches the Volga at Rynok, north of Stalingrad. An 8 km wide gap is torn between Vertyachiy and Peskovatka that allows the 6th Army to reach Volga. Hoths 4th Panzer Army is held up by stiff Red Army resistance south of Stalingrad at Tinguta. The Germans make further progress on the Kuban peninsula on the Black Sea. A platoon of 1st Gebirgsj├Ąger Division hoists the Swastika flag on the top of Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in the Caucasus. This marks the 'high water' mark in the German attempts to secure the Black Sea coastline. Matters for Army Group A were not helped by the increased priority given to Army Group B in its fight for Stalingrad. *Joan Fontaine 1943: The heaviest raid to date on Berlin, when 727 RAF bombers drop more than 1,700 tons of bombs on the City. 1943: The Soviet Steppe Front, occupies Kharkov, while the 5th Guards Tank Army beats off the consequent German counter-attack. Joan Fontaine 1944: German SS engineers begin placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 1944: U.S. armor is now at Melun, 35 miles Southeast of Paris. U.S. and Free French forces meet outside Bordeaux. Joan Fontaine 1944: A Liberator bomber crashes in a storm on a school near Preston in England, killing 38 children and 22 adults. 1944: King Michael I of Romania dismisses Marshall Antonescu, his head of state and brings his country over to the Soviet side. Exide Battery Ad - August 1943 1944: U.S. destroyer and smaller naval vessels start a bombardment, repeated daily for 4 days, on Japanese installations and positions on Aguijan Island, Northern Mariana Islands. 1945: The Japanese in Burma say they are now ready to surrender having 'clarified the position'. Joan Fontaine 1945: The Japanese official casualty figures from air raids including A-bombs are 260,000 killed, 412,000 injured, 9.2 million homeless, along with 44 cities being completely wiped out. Joan Fontaine *Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs. de Havilland and the two girls settled in Saratoga while their father went back to his practice in Japan. Joan's parents did not get along well and divorced soon afterward. Mrs. de Havilland had a desire to be an actress but her dreams were curtailed when she married, but now she hoped to pass on her dream to Olivia and Joan. While Olivia pursued a stage career, Joan went back to Tokyo, where she attended the American School. In 1934 she came back to California, where her sister was already making a name for herself on the stage. Joan likewise joined a theater group in San Jose and then Los Angeles to try her luck there. After moving to L.A., Joan adopted the name of Joan Burfield because she didn't want to infringe upon Olivia, who was using the family surname. She tested at MGM and gained a small role in "No More Ladies" (1935), but she was scarcely noticed and Joan was idle for a year and a half. During this time she roomed with Olivia, who was having much more success in films. In 1937, this time calling herself Joan Fontaine, she landed a better role as Trudy Olson in "You Can't Beat Love" (1937) and then an uncredited part in "Quality Street" (1937). Although the next two years saw her in better roles, she still yearned for something better. In 1940 she garnered her first Academy Award nomination for "Rebecca" (1940). Although she thought she should have won, (she lost out to Ginger Rogers in "Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman" (1940)), she was now an established member of the Hollywood set. She would again be Oscar-nominated for her role as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth in "Suspicion" (1941), and this time she won. Joan was making one film a year but choosing her roles well. In 1942 she starred in the well-received "This Above All" (1942). The following year she appeared in "The Constant Nymph" (1943). Once again she was nominated for the Oscar, she lost out to Jennifer Jones in "The Song of Bernadette" (1943). By now it was safe to say she was more famous than her older sister and more fine films followed. In 1948, she accepted second billing to Bing Crosby in "The Emperor Waltz" (1948). Joan took the year of 1949 off before coming back in 1950 with "September Affair" (1950) and "Born to Be Bad" (1950). In 1951 she starred in Paramount's "Darling, How Could You!" (1951), which turned out badly for both her and the studio and more weak productions followed. Absent from the big screen for a while, she took parts in television and dinner theaters. She also starred in many well-produced Broadway plays such as "Forty Carats" and "The Lion in Winter". Her last appearance on the big screen was "The Devil's Own" (1966) and her final appearance before the cameras was "Good King Wenceslas" (1994) (TV). She was, without a doubt, a lasting movie icon. On December 15, 2013, Fontaine died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her Carmel Highlands home. Joan Fontaine TRIVIA: Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m) Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops. She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943. Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine. She is a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, expert rider, prize-winning tuna fisherman, a hole-in-one golfer, Cordon Bleu chef and licensed interior decorator. Spouse: Alfred Wright, Jr. ...(27 January 1964 - 1969) (divorced) Collier Young ...(12 November 1952 - 3 January 1961) (divorced) William Dozier ...(2 May 1946 - 25 January 1951) (divorced) 1 child Brian Aherne ...(20 August 1939 - 14 June 1945) (divorced) Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times. Howard Hughes, who dated her sister Olivia de Havilland for awhile, proposed to Joan many times. Her autobiography No Bed of Roses was published in 1979. Ex-husband William Dozier thought a more appropriate title should have been No Shred of Truth. Wyeth Ad - August 1945
  11. Come on, Flicksie. It's be kind to Donster week, hadn't you heard? What? It's not be kind to Donster week? Hamsters? Not Donsters? Okay. I have no problem with being kind to hamsters. Never mind, Flick. I guess it's open season on Donster. Don't get carried away, though. We can always get the medics to drag you back in for more electroshock therapy. OG
  12. Of kourze it ist kode for zomezhink az zhere ist nicht einyvone in zhe vorld vho ist intereztedt in zhe veazher in Iova. Doez it involve Herr Dumzter? Only if it vrekuirez zhat he be kompletely kluelezz.
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  14. "An interest in Iowa weather reports" Aha, the plot thickens...............I'll bet that's NSA double talk for something OG isn't allowed to talk about...........fiendishly clever, these spook types. Could it possibly involve Donnie and --------------ANOTHER? (Music sting plays, along with a rapidly receding scream) Stay tuned.........................!
  15. evening all, getting hot again!
  16. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!
  17. Morning y'all, 71F, clear skies, 94% humidity. Expecting another tropical day with clear skies, high humidity and 93F for a peak temperature.
  18. Cloudy here. Did get darker and the winds increased. Watched a streaming program from Carbondale Illinois. University of Southern Illinois. They had thousands in the football stadium and live cameras set up, along with some commentary from some Astronomy nerds. They had a total eclipse there, was interesting to see the whole stadium go completely dark for just under three minutes.
  19. Morning all. 66F with a few clouds. Gradual clearing. Breezy. Wind out of the NW at 15-25 MPH. High of 76F.
  20. Bell Telephone Ad - August 1944 1940: Churchill dispatches a heavily armed convoy with 150 tanks to reinforce the middle east. 1942: Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe. *Greer Garson 1942: The Admiralty announces the loss of the famous submarine Upholder. (MORE INFO) 1942: The advance of 17th Army toward the Black Sea port of Suchumi west of the Caucasus bogs down. Greer Garson 1943: The Germans evacuate Kharkov. 1944: The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm begins four days of attacks on the German Battleship Tirpitz and other shipping in the Alten Fjord, Norway. Greer Garson 1944: The Red Army captures Jassy on the Prut river in the southern Ukraine. 1945: U.S. War Office estimates that there are a quarter of a million POW's and civilian internees in Japanese hands at present. Greer Garson 1945: Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China. 1945: MacArthur says the surrender will be signed in the Tokyo area on the 31st August. Greer Garson *Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born in London, England, on September 29, 1904. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress. She was educated at the University of London with the intentions of becoming a teacher. Instead she opted to work with an advertising agency. During this time she appeared in local theatrical productions gaining a reputation as an extremely talented actress. She was discovered by Louis B. Mayer while he was on a visit to London looking for new talent. Greer was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film in 1939. The movie in question was "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939) which won rave reviews and garnered her a nomination as best actress, the first of six nominations. Already she was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The following year would see Greer in the highly acclaimed "Pride and Prejudice" (1940) as Elizabeth Bennet. 1941 saw her get a second nomination for her role as Edna Gladney in "Blossoms in the Dust" (1941). Garson won her first Academy Award for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), a role which she would forever be known by. As Marie Curie in "Madame Curie" (1943), she would get another nomination and the same the next year in "Mrs. Parkington" (1944). It seemed that any movie she was a part of would surely be a success. Sure enough, in 1945, she won, yet, another nomination for her role as Mary Rafferty in "The Valley of Decision" (1945). But through the 1940s she was constantly typecast in roles that didn't allow for a lot of creativity. MGM felt that the roles she played were sure winners and for the time being they were right, but that didn't make Garson feel any better about it. She would stay with MGM until 1954. In 1946, Greer appeared in "Adventure" (1945) which was a flop at the box-office. 1947's "Desire Me" (1947) was no less a disaster. Her downward spiral stopped in the hit "That Forsyte Woman" (1949). The next year she reprised her role as Kay Miniver in "The Miniver Story" (1950). Unfortunately it didn't fare too well. For the remainder of the 1950s she endured several less-than-appreciated films. Then 1960 found her cast in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960). This film was, perhaps, her finest work and landed her seventh Academy Award nomination. Her final appearances on the silver screen were in "The Singing Nun" (1966) as Mother Prioress and "The Happiest Millionaire" (1967). After a few TV movies Garson retired to the New Mexico ranch she shared with her husband, millionaire Buddy Fogelson. She concentrated on the environment and other various charities. By the 1980s she was suffering from chronic heart problems prompting her to slow down. Greer Garson died from heart failure in Dallas on 6 April 1996, at the age of 91. TRIVIA: Measurements: 36 B/C-25-38 Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Nickname: Duchess Garson was married three times. Her first marriage, on 28 September 1933, was to Edward Alec Abbot Snelson (19041992), later Sir Edward, a British civil servant who became a noted judge and expert in Indian and Pakistani affairs. The actual marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but was not formally dissolved until 1943. Her second husband, whom she married (at age 39) in 1943, was Richard Ney (19162004), the younger actor (27 years old) who played her son in Mrs. Miniver. They divorced in 1947, with Garson claiming that Ney called her a "has-been" and belittled her age, as well as testimony from Garson that he also physically abused her. Ney eventually became a respected stock-market analyst and financial consultant. That same year, she married a millionaire Texas oilman and horse breeder, E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson (19001987), and in 1967, the couple retired to their "Forked Lightning Ranch" in New Mexico. They purchased the U.S. Hall of Fame champion Thoroughbred Ack Ack from the estate of Harry F. Guggenheim in 1971, and were highly successful as breeders. They also maintained a home in Dallas, Texas, where Garson funded the Greer Garson Theater facility at Southern Methodist University. War Advertising Council Ad - August 1945
  21. Where the hell have all these people been hiding? In the Green Vinyl Lounge? No, that place is a wreck. Maybe the old gang is hanging out at the Symbiotic Saloon. I haven't been there for some time . . . Now. What was that code phrase I used to activate a transfer to the Saloon? Jeez, I can't . . . my memory isn't what it once was. Ah, yes. Now I remember. "My waders are full of eels." Nothing happened for a long moment. Then one wall of my office developed a wide doorway. Dark wood, heavily carved, filled the opening. Black stonework famed the door. The designs on the wood depicted the torments of Hell interspersed with Gothic-lettered signs advertising several brands of Egyptian beer. As I watched one such ad morph into a vile creature inspired no doubt by a Dark Age nightmare, the door swung silently open. "Anubis!" I rose to greet the god. "How are you my dog-headed friend?" "Jackal-headed, dammit." The creature of myth, clad in worn jeans and a Hawaiian shirt, made himself comfortable in a bright red director's chair, which had not been part of my office decor five minutes ago. He removed a pair of expensive sunglasses and sighed. "Ten seconds I'm here already and no beer." "I wasn't expecting company." The excuse was waved away. Proceedings were delayed while I fetched booze and snacks. "What the hell can he want?" I wondered. "I'll probably have to listen to complaints about his latest girlfriend and the plotting of those infernal Priests of Set." He surprised me. "I hear there's a new production. What part do I play? I'll need time to learn my lines. When do we start? Will there be babes?" "There's no story in the works." I shrugged. "Combatsimian Publishing is out of business." "Then why are those clowns showing up in the Ready Room?" "I have no idea. Maybe they all have an interest in Iowa weather reports." "Right." He popped a handful of peanuts. "As if." OG
  22. As the eclipse began in here in central Virginia, clouds rolled in. I figured it would be just like all the other eclipses I've seen, nothing. But as quickly as the clouds rolled in, they rolled out just before the peak of the eclipse. I was finishing up with a couple of patients, so we all went outside and could not believe how much cooler it had become. It was a solid 10F drop in temperatures and the humidity seemed greatly decreased. I did the pinhole in one piece of paper to project an image of the sun on another and we all saw a crescent of light. Pretty neat! Oh, and the normally blue sky took on a bit of a slate gray tint. Once the eclipse was over and by the time we closed for the evening, the temperatures and humidity had gone back to tropical.
  23. 54 years Whiz! God bless you mate...I 'm on 34 years last week!
  24. QUIET! I'M TALKING TO MY FRIENDS!! Cobraj yells up to his wife as he taps away on the keyboard. i NEED TO KNOW THE WEATHER IN iOWA SO i KNOW WHAT MY WEEKEND IS GOING TO BE LIKE HERE IN THE EAST!!! frustrated Cobraj types what he did "upta camp" last week. Someday he thinks.. we can have a re-union at my place.. only 3and1/2 hours from Boston instread of 6 hours!
  25. afternoon all, eclipse was a yawn fest here in the Northeast. Got dusky like a bad thunderstorm and then it was over. bck from the camp and a god awful work week last week. few more days in a long weekend and put summer 2017 in the books!
  26. Kinda eerie here this AM. Around 9am everything got very quiet, no animal or bird sounds, and it progressively became gloomier and gloomier, until it seemed as though everything was holding its breath.........................around 10am the sky reappeared in its usual bright blue, the birds started chattering, and the world returned to normal, or what passes for it in California. I can imagine how it must have felt hundreds of years ago, before science enlightened us as to the cause. I still maintain that the Earth is flat, don't care what they say!
  27. I'd forgotten those heinous crimes, so rant away!
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