Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017

I had two light sockets with broken light bulb metal stuck in the fixture. I tried many things from potatoes to needle-nose pliers. Nothing worked. Then I found Alden 9207P Ease-out Standard Light Bulb Extractor Kit. Worked like a charm. Only $6.59 (shipping almost as much.)

NYS Tax refund arrived. Fast for them.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

Had a 20% coupon, this looked like a good one. Love the title: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks who plotted Hitler's defeat.

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

I'm glad for the day off.

Now North by Northwest is on TCM on-demand. I can watch what I missed the other day. Of course, when Thornhill is at Chicago airport, he goes to the Northwest Airlines area.

Roger Thornhill: In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.

as "The Professor" put him in good stead for spymaster Alexander Waverly on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

From Russia with Love owes many things to North by Northwest including the Grey Suit and the helicopter scene.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

I've had the DVD of Django Unchained for several years now. Finally watched it last night. is amazing. Lots of cameos: as Big Daddy, as U.S. Marshall Gill Tatum, as Son of a Gunfighter, as Old Man Carrucan, as Bag Head #2, and as The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee /Robert (Bag Head.)

Watched the last hour of North by Northwest. Loved this line:

Roger Thornhill: Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed. 

The real Mt. Rushmore sequences were limited and most scenes were done away from South Dakota: "Alfred Hitchcock's Expedient Exaggerations and the Filming of North by Northwest at Mount Rushmore."

“We’re talking about putting a manifestly irresponsible man on national television.”

Network still packs a punch. Wonder what Paddy Chayefsky would think of today.

in the house.

This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing moment of clarity. I’m imbued, Max.I’m imbued with some special spirit.It’s not a religious feeling. It’s a shocking eruption of great electrical energy.I feel vivid and flashing,as if suddenly I’d been plugged into some great electromagnetic field.I feel connected to all living things.To flowers,birds,all the animals of the worid. And even to some great,unseen, living force.What I think the Hindus call prana.

Prana: In Hindu philosophy including yoga, Indian medicine, and martial arts, prana (प्राण, prāṇa; the Sanskrit word for "life force" or "vital principle") is all cosmic energy, permeating the Universe on all levels. Prana is often referred to as the "life force" or "life energy".

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

Fed Tax refund came in today. NYS will arrive next week.

$17.50 win. Also $1 from Mega and a free ticket from Take Five.

Friends have recommended Amazon Prime. I signed up for a one year try-out. My boys will enjoy the streaming audio and movies. I will enjoy the free two-day shipping.

Doing a Penne Bay Scallop Shrimp Alfredo dish tonight. I always take off the white, fibrous looking flesh on the side of the bay scallop.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017

Son's pictures from the Grand Canyon.

Latest gift book. Interesting read.

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

A visit to AMNH, dinosaurs on tap.

Olmec head.

Cuba exhibit.

Twelfth Night.

Stone Cold Creamery Valentine's cake.