By Emerald63 on May 17, 2016 at 3:51 PM
WooHoo it is then. :D As for it being international, I'm reminded of something that wasn't. I was in Florence, Italy, in July of 1985. I happened to be there on the Feast of John the Baptist, the city's patron saint, and there were fireworks to celebrate. Some of the younger locals, who were sick of tourists and probably too young to fully appreciate tourists' contribution to the economy, made fun of the Americans for saying "Oooh!" and "Ahhh!" after an especially good firework explosion. To be clear, they made fun of us in a very mocking, almost intimidating way. There'd been some violence over a soccer match earlier, so it really made us nervous. I still don't know what sounds the Italians make about great fireworks, but I'm pretty sure it's not "Oooh!" or "Ahhh!" :\ ++ And yes, Max speaks English quite well. It will be interesting to see if his win was beginner's luck or if he'll be able to be a true, long-term champion. I hope for the latter for you both.
By Emerald63 on May 17, 2016 at 2:41 PM
Oooooops.... Sorry! I've never heard that about early bee-day grats. My bad. Maybe it's a Dutch or European thing? But considering how you spent Friday the 13th, I agree - you'll bee fine! :D ++ It's been in the lower teens here most of the week, but we should catch up with you by the weekend. ++ I saw that about the 18 year old driver winning. I just read the headline and blurb, though, so I didn't know he was Dutch. Congrachamalayshunz!!! Hmm... what's the Dutch equivalent of "WOOT!" aka "WooHoo!"?
By Emerald63 on May 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM
OH!!! Happy Early Birthday! :D Are there any celebratory D-Day events that are fun for your birthday? You know, not somber remembrances but "Hot Damn, the Good Guys Are Here!" happy dansin type of thing? ++ I'm sure we have bats here, just not in huge flocks. I suppose the biggest number might be in attics of abandoned barns or houses. but since we don't have caves or any other large natural venues, we see them in much smaller groups. I used to live in the eastern part of the state where there are caves, in a somewhat larger town. For a while I worked for the Public Works Department. Our offices were in administrative area of a decommissioned church. One room had a fireplace and evidently no one had ever closed the flue because we had a bat come in through the chimney. We closed the flue after that! You have to be careful about bats, at least ones acting weird, because they can carry rabies. ++ Yeah, I'm the one in our house to "escort" large spiders out the front door. I don't like squashing things, especially big things that leave a gooey mess. But also, spiders are our friends because they eat the ooky stuff that would otherwise try to get into our food. However... they're our friends like the big biker guys next door, the ones with the nunchucks, are our friends. Useful, but not especially sociable. >:D ++ We're back to being really chilly again, and rainy. The rain is a good thing, but the temps being 20' below normal is NOT. Due to last till this weekend. Grrr.....
By Emerald63 on May 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM
You have wild hedgehogs just wandering around? Like squirrels? HOW COOL IS THAT?!!! We have plenty of Canadian geese, which is to say, too damn many. To think, at one point they were almost extinct. Balance, people, we need balance! Because wherever there are Canadian geese there's Canadian goose poop, and lots of it. When I was looking for an outdoor venue for my wedding, I had to pass on more than one lovely lakeside park because I didn't want my guests getting goose poop all over their good shoes. Grrr... ++ You live in the city, right? We live in a mid-sized town (pop ~40k) so our neighborhood is more like a suburb. Translation - birds, but not enormous, noisy flocks. Ya know, I hear there's some good eatin' on squab... But if you *really* hate pidgeez, you'll love this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY. And this is my favorite from the same artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvhYqeGp_Do. ++ < bows head in honor of Remembrance Day > YEA Liberation Day! And yea Wikipedia for telling me what Schiphol is! That's some video you found. I could see a few cars still going, but slowly. But the planes, just stopping... Before that, it was cool how the time-lapse made them look like cars zipping in and out of parking spaces. Over here, though, I'm not sure any airport would shut down for anything other than a weather or terrorist event, or maybe a major animal incursion. Some airports use dogs to scare off birds and deer to avoid that last one, 'cause we've got to go, go, go! ++ We have Memorial Day, which is traditionally May 30th, but it's been moved to the closest Monday so folks can have a 3-day weekend. And tons of people travel because of that. So... no traffic slow-downs. :( I have a personal upside, though - May 30th is my anniversary (18th this year) and our actual wedding day was on what would have been my grandfather's 100th b-day, had he lived that long. :) ++ Question: "the REAL force came the 6th"? Are you referencing June 6th, D-Day? If not, what? ++ BTW, I looked up Heidegger, as I had been unfamiliar with him. I don't think there were any of his speeches on TCM. I hate to say it, but I think I probably would have fallen asleep if there had been. >_> zzz...
By Emerald63 on May 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM
Was it a wild hedgehog? Or was someone walking it? (O_o) ++ My brother's a long-distance cyclist; I'll ask him about the Giro d'Italia. He rides 80km 2-3 times a week + special events. I don't know which of the oodles of stations to check, but maybe a keyword search in my onscreen guide will work. And hey, I can always check out Tiel thru online street views! ++ Believe it or not, I'm an American who actually knows about the Weimar Republic. Many Americans may be disgustingly ignorant about history, even our own. Not me; I'm a big history buff. The TCM special covered 1919-39, tho the Republic didn't get going till after 1919 & ended before '39. The doc was about the artistic development of film between the wars in general. The movies shown were covered in a documentary based on "From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film," by Siegfried Krakauer. That's probably the 1st time I've watched a 2 hour show in German. It had subtitles, but I'm not good at just sitting and watching. But doing anything else means missing some subtitles. Anyway, that's how interesting the documentary was. Krakauer proposed that the subject & mood of films in that time were a reflection of a subconscious, then more open, tendency of Germans to accept authoritarian rule as an outgrowth of both their cultural heritage & the worsening economic times. Of course I wanted to see some of the films... which were also in German. Yea for subtitles! Boo for being fidgety! I saw the titular "Cabinet of Doctor Caligari," as well as two Murnau films, & one of Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films. These were followed up by another doc, "Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood," made for U.S. public television in 2009. It discussed the mass exodus of film industry Germans to the U.S. from 1933 on. When things got really bad in the late 1930s, all those already here who were working contributed a % of their pay to assist those who couldn't find work & to help those still in Germany & the occupied territories get out. Eventually over 800 German film people came here, not to mention lots of other nationalities later on. Some were able to adapt to the different working structure, some weren't. Lang especially had to learn his way out of being an autocratic director to being one more able to work with studio execs, actors, & crew. It's to his credit that he could, making around 20 films after coming to Hollywood. Sadly, Murnau died in a car crash soon after arriving here. TTFN!
By Emerald63 on May 3, 2016 at 5:21 PM
Ooh... actual *real life*? Cool! That reminds me of a movie quote... Have you ever seen National Lampoon's Vacation? (The original from 1983) While a family is driving cross-country, they stop to visit poor relations in the country. When the cousin pulls out a bottle of Heinz ketchup, the dad acts all impressed and says, "*Real* tomato ketchup, Eddie?" "Nothin' but the best for you, Clark!" So "real life" is definitely cool, but seeing as how so many of us spend so much time here, it's kind of a real tomato ketchup thing, too, LOL. I know I haven't had real tomato ketchup - or much of a real life - lately, so more power to you, Cheezpeep! What manner of real life? If you don't mind sharing, that is. :) ++ Geeze Louise, that recent Dutch weather sounds miserable! Ours has been back and forth, back and forth, back and... well, you get the idea. After having been almost 28' a week ago, it then dipped all the way down to 13' or so. Brrr! And boy, did it rain! We'd been more than half way behind for what we should have by this time of year, but over the last couple of weekends we not only caught up, we're 2.5cm ahead! Woot!! We're slowly climbing our way back up towards 28' later this week, which is actually a few degrees warmer than it should be. Like I said, back and forth, back and forth.... ++ I've been tuning in now and then to a marathon of movies from Wiemar Republic era. We have a classic movie station here, Turner Classic Movies, that features stuff from all the way back in the silent pictures day to fairly recent, if it's a film that became an "instant" classic. And they have themed marathons and monthly special collections, too. Got to see Murnau's "Nosferatu" again, and a couple of talkies by Lang and Pabst that were darn good, too. Also been getting my own LOLs saved to my hard drive - finally! - just in case the slow down here gets, um, terminally slower. Hoping not, but you can never be too safe, eh?
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