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A Christmas Story

Sorry folks, I couldn't leave her there...

Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.

In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.

Mother: All right. Now, are you ready to tell me where you heard that word? Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Now, I had heard that word at least ten times a day from my old man. He worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium; a master. But, I chickened out and said the first name that came to mind. Ralphie: Schwartz!

Fra-gee-lay. It must be Italian.

Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. Though my personal preference was for Lux, I found that Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand... YECCHH!

He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Adults loved to say things like that but kids knew better. We knew darn well it was always better not to get caught.

The old man stood there, quivering with fury, stammering as he tried to come up with a real crusher. All he got out was... Naddafinga!

Of course. Santa. The big man. The head honcho. The connection. Ha, my mother had slipped up this time.

Actually the Old Man loved it. He had always pictured himself in the pits of the Indianapolis Speedway in the 500. My old man's spare tires were only actually tires in the academic sense. They were round and had once been made of rubber.

With as much dignity as he could muster, the Old Man gathered up the sad remains of his shattered Major Award. Later that night, alone in the backyard, he buried it next to the garage. Now I could never be sure, but I thought that I heard the sound of "Taps" being played. Gently.

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A Christmas Story

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

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A National Treasure- You are too funny!

Hey Marye- I think Travolta is a great actor. I watched " A Love Song For Bobby Long". I thought that it really should have won some awards. It made me tear up a little at the end. The movie is a few years old, but I'd never heard of it until I ran across it. Lovey Dovey, check it out when you have the time.

Peace

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on a COMPLETELY different note

last night finally watched the DVD of Hairspray, which had arrived from Netflix a few days back. While it is nothing whatever like the Dead OR the Shawshank Redemption (though I suppose a creative college student stuck for paper topics could come up with something), it was pretty much a treat from beginning to end and I recommend it heartily.

And let me just say that John Travolta is a flippin' national treasure. He makes you entirely forget about John Travolta and see Edna Turnblad, which is remarkable in itself. And he's not only a fabulous dancer (in a fat suit yet...) he's an utterly endearing dancer, and I rarely think of those two words together. Academy Awards are very much a product of prevailing industry winds (as my bro the sound engineer who's won four of them says himself), but if he does not get nominated for this role there is even less justice in the world than I thought.

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i agree on shawshank

i just love the way that morgan freeman narrates the movie. his tone is sooo mellow. i could listen to that guy read the phone book.

nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile

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Shawshank Redemption

Mine too! Such a classic.

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Shawshank Redemption is my favorite of all time!!

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Into the Wild from Wikipedia

Into the Wild (film)

Into the Wild is a 2007 drama based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It was directed by Academy Award winner Sean Penn, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Jena Malone, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Academy Award winner William Hurt and two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener. It was given a limited released on September 21, 2007, and a wide release on October 19 .

Plot Into the Wild tells the adventures of Christopher McCandless, a top student at Emory University and an athlete. After graduating, McCandless decides to give his entire $24,000 savings account to OXFAM and burn all the money in his wallet. As he hitchhikes all the way to Alaska to live in the wild, bringing only a .22 caliber rifle, a camera, several boxes of rifle rounds, some camping gear, and a small selection of literature—including a field guide to the region's edible plants, Tana'ina Plantlore. During his adventure, he encounters several unique people that change his life before he faces the dangers of wilderness.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. Wiliam Blake

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gypsy soul

You are right, that is the one I'm writing about. I very rarely go to movies, but this one is very good. The risks we take when young and how we think we are invincible, especially this young man.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. Wiliam Blake

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