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Laurie
27 June 2016 @ 09:25 am
....the long 10-month wait for the next season of Game of Thrones.

*sigh*

This show is arguably one of the best (if not THE best) television show right now.

I thought last week's episode was amazing?

*laughs*

Last night's season six finale might have a slight advantage over episode nine.

Firstly, the music throughout the episode was perfect. Amazing. Absolutely stunning.

I'll argue with anyone over the intense, complex, beautifully crafted writing on this show.

All the actors gave brilliant performances.

The way this show grabs the audience (given the number of times I yell, scream, cry, or just react in any way) is perfect.

*sigh*

Is it April 2017 yet?

 
 
Laurie
06 June 2016 @ 08:01 pm
I buy a ticket to an event then get invited to something else on the same day.

I might change my mind about going to the beach.

My sister just invited me to go see Eddie Money on September 24.

I knew it was Sunfest weekend that weekend.

Will my car make the 150 mile trek (and back) to the beach?

Why is this my life?????
 
 
Laurie
17 May 2016 @ 09:38 am
The poem:

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg:

I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, “Remember when you told me something special?”
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too

You know how to be silly
That’s why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it’s time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Maybe never
Too late, it’s a quarter past silly!

Sometimes we don’t say a word
We snurkle under fences
We spy secret places
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off
You are one too
If I pretend I am drowning, you pretend you are saving me
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
HOORAY!

That’s because you really like me
You really like me, don’t you?
And I really like you back
And you like me back and I like you back
And that’s the way we keep on going every day

If you go away, then I go away too
or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
You don’t just say “Well see you around sometime, bye”
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
You can’t stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute
You want to think about things
It takes time
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about punch them in the nose

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up
then you are really sorry
You don’t just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that
You say, maybe it was something you ate
You say, the same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don’t
If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too
Then it’s fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you.



The song:
Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy

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Laurie
07 May 2016 @ 08:40 pm
I know not many folks know who they are, but I'm a HUGE fan. They are a 3 man comedy troupe who perform fast paced shows that condense topics into a 90 minute show. Today I saw their new show -- entitled "William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play." The premise is, they found an old manuscript which is the first play Shakespeare ever wrote. It has characters from many of his plays in a silly story about a battle between the fairies -- Puck and Ariel. It's hilarious watching these two characters match up other Shakespeare characters in hopes of love. And three guys, constantly changing costumes play ALL the characters in the show. It's brilliant.

Rachel and I had front row seats, which was awesome. The small theatre we were at is in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. -- and it is designed to look like the Globe Theatre. Here's photos I took:
Love the design!
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Our view of the stage:
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So, being in the front row, we got to participate. In the scene right before intermission, was the Tempest. Two audience members got called to wave a large piece of cloth to simulate the waves of the storm. The rest of us in the front row were given water pistols to squirt at the actors to provide the rain! SO MUCH FUN!!!!! At the end of the scene, Reed and Austin secretly had large water guns and squirted them at the audience! OHMYGOD! FUN! FUN! FUN!!

Just a great show all around. Good thing I know enough about Shakespeare to get all the jokes about the characters. But they insert jokes about the current times as well. And being as we were in Washington, D.C., and it's a presidential election year, oh, the political jokes were aplenty!

I love those guys. Can't wait to see another show of theirs!

Afterwards they always meet the fans. I got them to sign a lobby card, and got a photo. When I told Austin this was my 5th time seeing them, he said, "oh, so you are the groupie!" LOLOLOLOL!!!

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Laurie
22 April 2016 @ 08:12 am
I was shocked when I heard the news. I'm glad I was home, so I could take the time to just...sit..and let it sink in. A quiet man, but onstage...was a powerhouse. I never saw him life, unfortunately, but my daughter did -- twice -- and said it was the best show she's ever seen.

Prince was an AMAZING guitarist. I LOVE a talented guitarist. Watch this video and be blown away:





And his performance at the Super Bowl in 2007 (while it was raining heavily) was beyond brilliant!!!! (this link you have to click on "watch on You Tube" to view, because of silly NFL regulations).





His legacy will live on forever.

 
 
Laurie
21 April 2016 @ 03:14 pm
AMAZING! INCREDIBLE! AWESOME! FANTASTIC!

Although, those words *still* do not describe this show. Just a superb night. (although it started off crazy!).

I should have left my house sooner, I ended up driving around for more than half an hour before I found a garage to park in. The perils of downtown Baltimore with a sold out concert and a baseball game -- and both venues just blocks from each other.

I got into the arena and found a bathroom...and sure enough, the show started while I was in line for the bathroom! I got to my seat and my friend - wwowie was there and was like "I was getting worried!"

A Springsteen concert is 3 1/2 hours. I don't know how the man does it, but his energy is endless. He even crowd surfed at one point! There was a marriage proposal during the show. I learned that songs I only liked (not loved) are SO MUCH BETTER live and in person. I'm not going to post any of my videos; my seat was good, but still up on the 3rd level. (so I searched you Tube for videos from last nights show and found a lot!). But this arena is sort of intimate, and I was looking down directly to the stage, so it could have been worse.

The best part? Being one of about 15,000 backup singers. There's nothing better than being at a concert and joining the crowd in singing every word to every song with that many other people. A Springsteen show is like a party.

He has the house lights turned on for the encores. Just brilliant! I can't say enough about a Springsteen show. He knows how to engage the audience, heck he lets them sing half the songs instead of him. I love that he and his band have been together for decades and it's obvious they all LOVE their jobs.

As the band was exiting the stage, they had to walk this corridor to get backstage. We all got to wave at Bruce as he was leaving. It was awesome when he acknowledged us fans upstairs since we were waving like idiots!

No one else delivers a show like The Boss. The man is amazing. I've been a fan for 40 years and I always will be.

Videos:

Here's the marriage proposal:



Gotta post the song "Hungry Heart" since my city is in the first line of the song, and the audience sings the first verse.


This video is the song "Thunder Road." Which is one of my favorite songs of all time.


This is "Dancing in the Dark" - one of the encores when the house lights were on. Bruce dancing with the fans!


He's been performing the song "Shout" as the finale on this tour! Love it!

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Laurie
04 April 2016 @ 12:30 pm
I know how awesome it is to see a film on the big screen, but I just don't get to the cinema much anymore. I guess it would be different if I lived with someone who I could say "Let's go to a movie!" and just go, but that can't work for me. So, going to the cinema takes planning these days. I suppose I could get up and go by myself, (and I do, on occasion), but even then, I get lazy (or I just don't feel like spending the money it takes to go).

But Rachel and I did go see Allegiant at the cinema. It was good. Very different from the book, but I still enjoyed it. And Theo James is nice to look at. And I adore his character, Four. Tris is awesome, too, and Shailene Woodley has beautiful skin.

Don't know when I'll get to the cinema again.

Here's what I've gotten from Netflix recently:

Savage Grace - 2007 I got this because I saw an interview with Eddie Redmayne and he was talking about his role in this film. This is based on the true story of Barbara Daly Baekeland, a socialite who was murdered by her son. This was a very dysfunctional family. So many issues with all members that I won't even go into. Julianne Moore (who I always love) was great as Barbara. Sometimes difficult to watch, but intriguing at the same time.

8MM - 1999 I watched this because Norman Reedus had a *very* small role in the film. This was also a story that I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't be able to watch. A widow hires a private detective (played by Nicolas Cage) to find out if the snuff film she found in her late husbands possessions is real or not. How this case affects Tom Welles (the detective) is hard to watch. Joaquin Phoenix was also in this a did a good job.

I had a lot of 'hard to watch' films this past month, but as a film buff, I will give these a chance. Because I know I can always find some good in the story and/or performances.

Room - 2015 Yet another heavy story. Although a lot of the abuse is off screen. This movie is based on a book -- which I haven't read, but based on the perspective of the film, I wondered if the book was told from the viewpoint of the boy. This also comes down to the deep love a mother has for her son, I thought that about the film, too. Her determination to escape the room was admirable, I thought. Bree Larson totally deserved all the awards she won for the role. Jacob Tremblay was amazing as the boy, Jack.

The Hunger - 1983 I wanted to watch this again since David Bowie is in it. I'd forgotten how quickly his character exits the film. It's just a weird vampire story, and no one ends up happy. Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon are both very sexy in the film, though...

Steve Jobs - 2015 I wonder how much of this is true. If so, Steve Jobs was a jerk to a lot of people. I thought Michael Fassbender gave a great performance, though. So did Kate Winslet.

Talk to Her - 2002 I watched this because the guys of my current You Tube obsession mentioned it. I'd love to talk films with RJ, but I know I'll never meet him. This is the story of a friendship that develops between Marco and Benigno, two men who meet under tragic circumstances. Marco's girlfriend is in a bullfighting accident and falls into a coma. Benigno is a nurse, tending another coma patient, Alicia, a ballet dancer -- who he is very obsessed with. I really liked this movie - it won several awards - for Foreign Language film (it's in Spanish with subtitles), and won the Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars in 2003. Just an excellent film all around.

Carol - 2015 A relationship develops between a young store clerk, Therese (played by Rooney Mara) and Carol, a wealthy socialite (played by Care Blanchett).
Carol's ex husband wants her back, and a legal battle over custody of their daughter ensues. Therese is just trying to figure out who she is. This all takes place in the 1950's. A very interesting film.

Spotlight - 2015 This won the Oscar for Best Picture back in February. This is a brilliant film about the team of reporters for the Boston Globe newspaper whose expose about the Catholic church's history of priest child molestation and how it was all kept under wraps. It was amazing to watch the amount of research this team did before anything was published. (This was in 2001-2002. In depth journalism like that is become a thing of the past, and that's kind of sad). After their stories were published, so many other cases were uncovered. At the end of the film when it lists everywhere in the world that his abuse was kept hidden, I was shocked. This was a great film, totally deserved the Best Picture awards it won.

The Danish Girl - 2015 This is about Danish painter Einar Wegener, who was the first person to receive gender-reassignment surgery. His wife completely supported him in obtaining the surgery. Excellent film. Alicia Vikander won every award for her portrayal of Einar's wife, Gerda, and she totally deserved it. Eddie Redmayne was amazing in this film, too.

That's it for this post!

 
 
Laurie
21 March 2016 @ 11:43 am
So I went to two out of the three days of this con. It was very nice, well run from my point of view. A small crowd (this is only the second year for the con), which really helped with the atmosphere.

I don't have photos to post since I'm at work. (but I really didn't take many photos anyway)

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Now it's back to work!

 
 
Laurie
15 January 2016 @ 01:15 pm
TV Show premiere dates 2016

January 4 (Monday) The Shannara Chronicles
January 5 (Tuesday) Limitless
January 10 (Sunday) Shameless
January 20 (Wednesday) Supernatural
January 24 (Sunday) The X Files (moves to Mondays as of 1/25/16)
January 25 (Monday) Lucifer

February 12 (Friday) The Amazing Race
February 14 (Sunday) Vinyl; The Walking Dead
February 15 (Monday) Better Call Saul
February 18 (Thursday) Vikings
February 21 (Sunday) Girls
February 29 (Monday) Blindspot

March 7 (Monday) Bates Motel
March 18 (Friday) Daredevil

April 1 (Friday) Banshee
April 10 (Sunday) Fear the Walking Dead
April 24 (Sunday) Game of Thrones

May 1 (Sunday) Penny Dreadful



Sadly, no date for Outlander -- just "Spring 2016."

I'm giving two new shows a shot. Lucifer -- the promos intrigue me... And Vinyl -- love the idea of a show about sex, drugs and rock and roll!


I also watched the first two episodes of Mr. Robot. Excellent. I'll spend the weekend watching the rest of season one.


I was kind of meh about the season finale of American Horror Story:Hotel. Didn't end with as much of a bang as I was hoping...

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Laurie
11 January 2016 @ 08:25 am
I truly loved his music. So many legendary songs. His collaborations with other artists were truly amazing. His spirit will live on.

Sadly, I only managed to see him live once. I dug up the program I bought at that show:

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I think this song is appropriate today.




The one radio station I listen to often (public radio) was only playing his songs on my drive to work. When this song's intro came on, I was like, "YES! I remember this!" What a great duo!






Godspeed, Mr. Bowie. You will be remembered forever.

 
 
Laurie
04 December 2015 @ 10:27 am
RIP, Scott Weiland.

It always makes me sad when I think of how real rock and roll isn't as popular as it used to be. And then something like this happens.

It's also sad he never got the help that may have saved him.

This is my favorite Stone Temple Pilots song:




Scott was also in a band with Slash called Velvet Revolver. This is my favorite song from that band:



 
 
Laurie
23 November 2015 @ 07:08 pm
Just have to put it in writing so it's on record. The 11-22-15 episode of The Leftovers is one of the finest hours of television I've seen in quite some time.

Sure, it was all about Kevin's quest for redemption, and that's a story that has been told many times. But this one just blew me away.

Kudos to Justin Theroux for an incredible performance.

This is why I'm so picky about television shows and the 'regular' network shows just don't work for me anymore. Quality storytelling. And I can only seem to find it on cable networks these days.
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Laurie
08 November 2015 @ 02:58 pm
YAY!  
The title of the mini_wrimo I'm working on came to me late last night and I like it. I REALLY like it.

Getting used to writing in first person.

I'm seriously hoping to finish this story in November...then I'll need to decide what to do with it.

Meantime...I'm seriously loving these characters and thankful they are sharing their story with me.

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Laurie
Music as it was meant to be played...with actual musical instruments, not machines.



 
 
Laurie
27 September 2015 @ 12:11 am
Typing this from the mini iPad. I should be asleep but I've been puttering around.

It's been overcast and extremely windy since I got here. But hey, I'm at the beach. It's Sunfest weekend and the town is packed with people. Sunfest is music, crafts and food. Today (okay officially yesterday now), my sister and I went and watched the Heart tribute band and they were brilliant! Then the Elvis impersonator came onstage. He was really good too. I took some short videos, I'll post them when I get back.

And I'll make a more coherent entry when I get back home, too.
 
 
Laurie
24 June 2015 @ 09:33 am
Firstly:

Rachel passed the licensing exam and is now officially a Registered Nurse! So happy and proud of her. She starts her job on July 6. She and her boyfriend Charles are taking a trip to Maine -- they leave on Sunday. Charles's band is playing in Boston on July 4, so it's nice they could take a few days to enjoy while in that part of the country.

I'll be at the beach (in Maryland, not in Maine like Rachel and Charles..) July 2 to the 6th. I grew up going to Ocean City every summer (my parents owned a house there for a long time. My mom had to sell it a few years after my dad passed away, but my siblings and I have wonderful memories of that house). My sister Kathy and her husband Bob bought a condo in Ocean City last summer, so that's where I'll be staying.

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Nothing else going on. Work is good. Just busy. I've been so lucky my entire working life that I've worked with wonderful people. They are all thrilled for Rachel, too, they had to listen to me go on and on about her entire nursing school experience! Work friends are a special sort of people.

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I don't buy DVD's (although I should say Blu Ray, since that's what I'm buying these days) like I used to. But recently I bought the movies 'Serena' and 'American Sniper.' Yes, because of Bradley Cooper. I have SO MANY of his films (and one tv series) on DVD/blu ray. Serena was one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' films in the cinema. I certainly missed it...it never played anywhere remotely near me. It was good, BC and Jennifer Lawrence play a married couple running a timber company in North Carolina in 1930. The government wants the land to turn into a National Park. I did see 'American Sniper' at the cinema. Funny, Rachel told me she was trying to get Charles to watch it with her but she said he said no because it's "right wing propaganda spinned to tug at our patriotic heartstrings." LOL. Charles DOES have *very* strong political opinions. Plus he just isn't much into tv and movies. Rachel said as much and that it 'sucks because I am definitely a movie and TV buff to say the least!" I replied by saying, "Gee, I wonder where you get that from!"

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TV?

Ripper Street season three is complete. It sure looks like they sent off Matthew Macfadyen. I don't know if he'll be back for season four or not. But that's okay, his character, while great, was never my favorite. That honor belongs to Jerome Flynn's portrayal of Bennett Drake...

I watched all of the Netflix series "Sense8." Not a bad show at all. I hope it comes back. I want to know more about how these 'clusters' work. How many clusters are there? Why do the Whispers want to destroy them? Is Jonas working on both sides? (It sure seemed that way to me).

There are WAY too many good shows on Sunday nights. I can't possibly watch them all. I don't want to spend all my non working hours watching tv shows!

I did tune into the first episode of Poldark this week. Only for Aiden Turner, but I did really enjoy the show. Poldark is a British soldier who fought in the American Revolution, and comes home to find that his father passed away and left the homestead in shambles; and his sweetheart is now engaged to his cousin. I want Ross to show his uncle he *can* make the ramshackle homestead he inherited come back to life. And I'm sure he'll fall in love again, too.

I also watched the season two premiere of True Detective. I liked it right away due to the use of the legendary Leonard Cohen's song "Nevermind" as the theme during the opening credits. I was truly impressed with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughan's performances. It got a little draggy in the middle of the episode but at the end when they tied all the characters together (including Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch) I was sold.

And Penny Dreadful has been AMAZING this season. I am in awe of Rory Kinnear's performance as John Clare aka "The Creature." He commands every scene he is in. Although the scene with him and Billie Piper this week? Totally blew me away!! She was incredible. We knew what was going to happen with her character at the end of last season, but 'Lily' has certainly evolved to a degree I didn't expect as season two has progressed. And so sad about Angelique!! And we finally saw the portrait of Dorian Grey. Oh, can't forget about Sir Malcolm! Poor guy! He needs to get released from Evelyn's clutches!

And that's all the tv I'll watch this week. I LOVE having a tv break! Been doing more reading instead... Although the writing thing has been ignored. I wish I could stay focused on that!!

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Better get back to work right now. Have a good week everyone.

 
 
Laurie
31 May 2015 @ 10:11 pm
Enough superlatives to describe how EPIC tonight's episode of Game of Thrones was.

That battle sequence? Amazing. This tv show is like an hour long movie each week.

Definitely IS one of the best shows on television right now.
 
 
Laurie
SPN parody of season 10: (I'm kind of glad I don't know the Shake it Up song...(If a song isn't played on rock radio stations, I don't know it)).

It's so funny, and even the cast gets involved...



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Laurie
01 May 2015 @ 09:02 am
I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!!

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Laurie
15 April 2015 @ 08:50 pm
The series finale of Justified was AMAZING!!!! Gotta love a show with a satisfying ending..

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Shows to look forward to:






*sigh* Arrow is currently on, but I'm hardly watching it. I'm really losing interest in this show and I'm a little bit sad about it. The show just isn't doing it for me anymore.


But I'll have it on simply because it's on right before Supernatural.

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