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December 21, 2010


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How does the girl-on-girl fight go? This reminds me of the episode of "Galactica" of a few years ago, where Starbuck challenges Adama's son (whom she loves) to a boxing match out of anger and her style is anything but 'girlie'.

(One of the most savage fights I've ever seen in a movie was in Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain". No nice choreography.)

There's a scornful reference to a previous girl-on-girl fight as being nothing but bitch-slapping, but the one we actually see involves some actual punches and then enough magic to settle the issue in a less hands-on way.

Slapping reminds me of a few years ago, when Turner Classic Movies's Star of the Month was Joan Crawford and they did a montage of all the movie scenes in which she slapped or got slapped. Very forceful slapping. As far as I know, it's never been posted on YouTube.

How...fetishistic of you to know this, Serge. :)

Heheheh... By the way, that's also the month where the network referred to Crawford as "...every heterosexual man's nightmare and every homosexual man's dream..."

TCM: defining male sexuality with reference to classic movie stars since 1994!

Maybe I should tell Ted Turner I don't have dreams (or nightmares) about Joan Crawford. I wonder what that means? While researching this comment (none of the research can actually be seen until here->) I discovered that Faye Dunaway received a Razzie for worst actress for playing Joan Crawford in 1981.

I remember that movie, Neil.

Speaking of TCM... A few years ago, their Star of the Month had been Doris Day so of course they did a "Que Sera Sera" montage sung in a grunge style, and they even threw in a bit of Martin Scorsese saying that when he was a kid, he wanted to become a priest.

By the way, Neil, I had no intention to offend you. It's just that, when I had mentionned this to a buddy who lives in San Francisco's Castro, he thought it was hilarious.

Not offended. It's quite funny on the dace of it but also Turner Classic Movies... amuses me* with their hyperbole and that categorical statement. EVERY heterosexual man? EVERY homosexual man? Gosh.

* That's probably the emotion I was feeling through the haze of a slightly drunken marathon board game session last night when I wrote that

Well, I think they said 'every'. They may have actually said 'a'. I have a good memory for trivia, but it's not perfect. That being said, I think I'm coming down with something. Not how I want to end this exhausting year. How I want to end it is by enjoying the Skiffy Channel's traditional "Twilight Zone" marathon.

I think I have never seen a Joan Crawford movie, which should surprise no one.

Second furnace repair in two days. Let's hope this one fixes it for more than 24 hours.

The lack of a furnace in winter is an experience that adds some 'piquant' to the Season and brings some glow to the memories of my childhood. Not.

"There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel."
- Joan Crawford in 1939's "The Women".

And HERE is Joan in slapping action.

The combination of being every homosexual man's dream and every heterosexual man's nightmare and that trailer has caused me to add "Joan Crawford Movie Night" to my hairbrained schemes for 2011 list.

Someone needs to design a heating system more likely to break down in Summer than Winter, when you can take your time repairing it. Good luck.

Neil... Will 2011's Joan Crawford Movie Night include 1970's "Trog"?

A sympathetic anthropologist (Joan) uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

I had two heat pump repairs a couple weeks ago. The first time, the repair guy said the wires had loosened from the breaker, and he showed me that after he'd been in the utility room for a while. I watched him tighten all the wires to the breakers. Then four days later, the heat pump turned off again. This time he said the problem was that there should be a better breaker for that heat pump.

I'm still thinking about this, but shouldn't he have put a better breaker in the first time, if there should be one there? And that company is the one who put the heat pump in, and if it should have the better breaker, why wasn't it put in when the heat pump was?

That sounds like a dishonest outfit, Marilee.

Yeah, and they're well-known for being a good company. I'm going to call this week and ask to talk to the owner. I did have a guy who only works nights and weekends, so I suppose it's possible that the owner doesn't know what happened.

Well, the guy who came out for repair #1 said he thought I had a bad gas valve along with a fried thermocoupler. But we replaced the thermocoupler and the heat went back on. We tested it repeatedly. So I was just as happy not to shell out another $250 for the gas valve. But I wasn't entirely shocked when it went off again and it turned out that yes, I really did need a new gas valve.

Everybody hates to pay more than they have to!

Thanks for the card. :)

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