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  1. 8 days ago on FoxTrot Classics

    Saw it once in the theater. I only have one good thing to say about it: I felt that they got the Titanic’s interior nearly perfect.

    About a week after I saw it, they were (of course) running a documentary about the real thing. They had a remote-guided sub moving about inside the ship. After a few moments I realized that I knew what to expect as they rounded certain corners because the movie had duplicated the real thing.

    (The rest of the movie I’ve tried to erase from memory.)

  2. 19 days ago on Pickles

    Our neighbor kid had a Newfoundland. On walks, the dog was usually carrying his own leash in his mouth.

  3. about 1 month ago on Bloom County

    Seeing the little table the TV is on reminds me that in many older homes in the 80’s the (lone) TV seemed to be placed as an afterthought – probably because the TV didn’t exist when the house was built and the place hadn’t been remodeled (or even refurnished) since the first TV was purchased. (At least in the economically repressed area I grew up.)

  4. about 1 month ago on Pearls Before Swine

    My Dad remembers getting a whooping from his parents for writing left-handed in the late ’30s.

  5. about 1 month ago on Bloom County

    I vaguely remember those ads. (According to wiki, the campaign was a response to 20 years of declining coffee consumption.) I don’t remember the phrase “coffee achievers,” but I do remember them always saying that coffee “…gives you the serenity to dream it and the vitality to do it” and that it “…picks you up and never lets you down.”

    I remember the latter phrase because it is used by the protagonist in the movie Summer Rental to justify his coffee drinking – to which his wife responds “It also gives you heartburn and fattens your adrenals” as she takes his cup away.

  6. about 2 months ago on For Better or For Worse

    If you live in REAL snow country and have a driveway longer than 10 feet, the thinking goes like this: “There isn’t THAT much snow today, but I’d better fire up the snowblower just to make sure it’s working right. The forecast is for 18” of heavy stuff tomorrow. No way I’m moving THAT by hand."

    Then if you have trouble getting it going, you figure “Well, I’ve GOT to get it running anyway. I can either shovel by hand and then fool with it, or I can fool with it and then use it to shovel. Plus, it will be a good test.”

  7. about 2 months ago on Wizard of Id

    I swear I’ve been in more than a few of Wiz’s meetings.

    Conference calls on MS Teams are the best. The connection is usually such garbage that you can get away with the ol’ “I think I’m losing you guys…..”, hang up, and get back to work.

    Of course when you actually feel your input is needed is when Teams wonks out for real. Sigh.

  8. 2 months ago on Arlo and Janis

    23 years ago I lived in Farmington Hills MI. The Sears store in the 12 Oaks Mall had their Christmas stuff out the day after my birthday – which is mid-September. That’s the worst I remember it.

  9. 2 months ago on Arlo and Janis

    I consider Thanksgiving Day the “Opening Day” but I’m taking today off so I’m willing to call it a “soft opening.” (In case my counsel was required in such matters.)

    I’ll finish getting the outdoor lights put up today but I won’t light them until Friday. I want to give Thanksgiving its due. (And by that I mean, I have a 6’ Airblown Inflatable Turkey in my yard right now that’s using a critical extension cord.)

    Indoor decorations will be dug out of the basement tomorrow and Friday. Friday morning my Wife will begin her mulit-day project of (as one of my daughter’s friends once put it) “…making it look like Christmas vomited all over every room of the house.” (I think she meant it as a compliment.)

    The artificial tree will go up in the Family Room. The prime spot in the Living Room is reserved for the real tree – one we go to the tree farm to cut. That will happen a week or two before Christmas.

  10. 2 months ago on Wallace the Brave

    “Swampers” growing up in the U.P. of Michigan