April 02, 2014 - Msg 97328: and going to the big house

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97329:
Goober-Fife, your very first post here was May 14, 2011 - Msg 83975.

John Masters and Goober-Fife, although I grew up watching many westerns including The Rifleman, as an adult, I no longer have an interest in watching them. However, I love listening to the theme song of The Rifleman, especially the longer version during the closing credits. You can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkM0NT4YMlo.
Because I am a former professional musician, I also enjoyed viewing a five part interview with the composer of that music over at YouTube. You can search for it by using his name (Herschel Burke Gilbert) as a search phrase. He talks about composing the music for The Rifleman in part 3 of 5.
Herschel Burke Gilbert also wrote another theme song that I enjoy listing to. It's the theme to Burke's Law. You can view/listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWffko5T_xo

from Poor Horatio

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97330:
G-F--you been here two years already? wow!
and to think at first I thought you were just an interloper! ha
TOM--was that you with the big house comment? if so, good sweep!
JOHN- I was referring to the number of shots at the beginning of the show...has always been a controversy that the gun only held 10 rounds, but we hear 11 shots, as they dubbed one more in for some reason. Just another one of those trivial trivialities that I bet PH could solve.
A little rain coming this way too Maudie.
God bless,

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97331:
MDC, you are incorrect about the number of shots Chuck Connor's fires with his 1892 Winchester rifle. He actually fires 12 rounds within 2 seconds. For verification, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-URFKIZU4 and cue it up about 40 seconds in.

from Poor Horatio

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97332:
Speaking of the westerns I used to watch while growing up, look at what I found over at YouTube.

from Poor Horatio

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97333:
MDC, for another confirmation about the number of shots in the opening sequence of The Rifleman, view that link I posted in Msg 97332 and cue it up to 20:25.

from Poor Horatio

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97334: Thanks PH, May 2011, I didn't realize I have been here that long...Thanks ya'll for making me feel welcome.

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97335: We're opposites then, Poor Horatio. As a child, I didn't like watching the westerns that my dad was always watching. But now, I've grown to really appreciate and enjoy them, including The Rifleman, Bonanza, . I also like a lot of western movies now as well.
In fact, back then I didn't even like - and I hope this doesn't get me banished from the Front Porch - The Andy Griffith Show. Gasp!!! But to me it was just too "talky". Not enough lasers.

Well, the wife is off in Minnesota for 3 days for more training. So it is just the kids and me until Friday evening. I'll try to survive without calling Clara Edwards over to clean up. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

-Sterling Holobyte

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97336:
PH--I can only get that video to the 6:57 mark. Any suggestions?

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97337:
PH--never mind, I went to the wrong clip. mdc

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97338: Sterling, I'm the opposite...liked the westerns as a child, don't like them now. Wish I could get into Bonanza because its on all the time. My local Cable provider dropped several of our channels this week...something about Viacom raising their prices. One of the channels we lost was TVLand, so if I watch TAGS it will have to be on DVD. I hardly watch television anyways so it doesn't really matter, I guess. I was getting really fed up with TVLand and all its commercials, anyway.

Erin is up early getting ready for school..today is picture day so I guess she wants to take extra time.


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97339: Morning all. Mornin Boo. Happy belated birthday to Sean. Hope he had a good one. I am really considering dumping my satellite deal altogether Boo. I just don't watch much tv either anymore. I have numerous stations and always end up watching the same two or three programs all the time and not much else. And those I recoord on the dvr and watch them later so I can skip the commercials.

Well Sterling, you're a bachelor again for a few days. Yessir, you best leave the house a disaster so the Mrs. will feel she was missed, right? lol

Goober Fife, so you've been here since 2011. Seems longer than that. I don't mean that in a bad way either. You just seem like one of them fellers that I've knowed for ever. Must be your dazzling smile. :)

Been a bit snowy here the last couple of days. Nothing to bad. And we sure need the moisture. So all in all it's been good. Got me off the roof for a spell. Be back up there next week getting things ready for summer.

Well I reckon I better get moving. Going to have a three day weekend this weekend, Up to lose or use on vacation, so I'm taking Monday off. That means I have lots to do today and tomorrow.

Prayers for all. Glad your doing better Big Maude.


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97340: Hey there.
Asa want a little time for yourself go to the BIG HOUSE for your vacation.
G-F is there .
MDC it soming that I start with G-F&ASA win ROM was on her little VACT


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97341: Good *slosh*...*drip,drip,drip*...Morning, Folks!

Boy is it WET here on my end of the porch! T-storms, rains, rumblers, more rain! We need those big ponchos that Andy and Barney wear! And MORE active weather is coming today!

PH - That's funny. I am the opposite like Sterling. Shows that were on when I was a kid and early adult, I didnt care about. Now, that I am older, I go "Yeah, now I see what the fuss is about. I see why I SHOULD'VE watched that when it was on!" Did you know Johnny Crawford (Mark) grew up to be a musician and now has his own small orchestra! You can find him and his band on YouTube

MDC - Ohhh, I didnt even think of that. Now that you bring it up, I am curious myself.

Sterling - And make sure Goober doesnt stay over either! or you'll be up to your ears in Oregano!

Anyone notice how TVLand feels about the color TAGS? They played the B&W episodes almost all the way up to the color episodes and brought it right back around to the beginning.

Good morning to Asa,TOM,SPOT,Possum,Maude,Boo,Ro,Lucy,Charlotte and everyone else that was worn in from the flood! Have a great day!!

John Masters

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97342:
Boo, don't forget that you can watch certain episodes of TVLand online at http://www.tvland.com/full-episodes where I think they change what is viewable each week.
You can also search for Andy Griffith show episodes over at YouTube. There is a person named Brian Ladd who loaded complete Andy Griffith Show episodes without any ads. There is a trick to search for these episodes. He misspelled the word "episode". So when you search for them at YouTube, use type "andy griffith full epsoide" without the quotation marks.

Asa, you mentioned that you are considering dumping your satellite service. In my case, I have a cable service. However, I just ordered a high gain VHF/UHF HDTV antenna. I will test it near Chicago and here near Toronto to see just how much FREE TV I can receive. Then I might get rid of my expensive cable service where I am forced to pay for channels I don't watch.

from Poor Horatio

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97343: sworn^^^


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97344: Poor Horatio, do the episodes online have as many commercials as they do on the tv? Can't stand TVLand, but love TAGS, of course.

Have you ever considered making your own HD antenna, PH? I made one and can pull in about 12 stations, 10 really come in good and the other two depend on weather or something, but sometimes they pixelate a lot. I know it may not seem like many, but combined with our Roku box, I think we may finally be able to get rid of cable and the hundreds of channels that we never watch and don't need to be paying for. And quite of the channels are in HD, which we don't have on our current cable lineup. I think in bigger cities you may be able to pull in even more channels. I live in a pretty small town with no big cities nearby so that could account for my relatively low number of channels.
The tutorial I used for making one of the antennas was on Youtube. Just search for a guy named babblin5. There may be more recent tutorials, and possibly improvements, on making these types of things, but I know for certain that this one works, so that is all I can recommend at this time.
You may even be able to return your boughten antenna and get a refund if these work for you. It cost me about $7 bucks to make mine.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97345: Yes, thank you PH...I will have to sneak Erin's tablet and watch some in bed at night. I don't have a tv in my bedroom because I try to keep my bedroom designated for sleep. I have my routine..shower..a good book...sometimes a little Melatonin, and I am out like a light. It might be fun to watch a little television in bed, though sometimes. I think it was Hazel who used to say she liked to watch a little TAGS on DVD before bed because it relaxed her.

Well, Asa, sure hope you have a relaxing 3 day weekend. Wish we could all go up to O'Malley's cabin on the lake for some boating and fishing. Maude might even drop by for some dancing. Asa, you bring the squeezins'. Possum can make the hamburgers.

We had a nice dinner last night for Sean's birthday. I ordered the beef tenderloin and it was ok, but I was disappointed with the texture of the meat. Usually tenderloin is so tender and flavorful, but this meat was a little stringy and not seasoned enough. Oh well. Sean really enjoyed his meal with his family and friends so it was a good evening.

Better go fold the towels and put the sheets in the dryer...


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97346:
Sterling Holobyte, I did mention in my Msg 97342 that the TAGS episodes that Brian Ladd posted over at YouTube do not have any ads in them. That means no commercials or those annoying banners that YouTube superimposes over most of their videos. That is what I like about his videos.
Regarding your comment about antennas, I have watched a few videos at YouTube about making your own HDTV antenna. And while I may try building one, I will have a professional store bought one to compare it with. With a 30 day return period, if my homemade version turns out better or just as good, I can return the store bought one.

from Poor Horatio

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97347: MESSAGE: Hey Asa, If you stop by the "Big House" while your off, bring by a peanut butter & jelly sammich, and a glass of milk.. You know there's no peanut butter in prison!.... I'm with ya all, on TVland's to many commercials. I agree waaay to many and stupid ones too! I can't stand the one where a older guy falls off the ladder and all the wife & daughter worry about is if they have enough in$ur@nce on him or not, plus it's a looong one too. Raining a lot today too on my end of the porch JM at least it's not snow... Boo.. That tenderloin you ordered must have come from "Diamond Jim's...


April 03, 2014 - Msg 97348: Gonna call it a day, friends.

G-F - The rain and storms seemed to have went blooey. Nothing here except clouds and sun fighting to get through. Looks like they might miss us and go south.

A great and good night to everyone! I will see you all tomorrow!

John Masters

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97349: Anyone know the whereabouts of Terry Dickinson who played the bully in the episode Opie and the Bully ? Im on a quest to find out, just watched the episode had not seen it in forever

April 03, 2014 - Msg 97350: Thank you Poor Horatio. I will have to look at those videos when I want to watch some TAGS.

Please let us know how your antenna comparison goes. If your store bought one works better, I may just have to look into buying one myself. I don't mind paying a little more for free tv... That just sounds weird, but you know what I mean.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97351:
Such goings on...
SH--there is one on the market for $19.95, but I'm not sure of it's range. It is called ClearTV.
97349--I have no idea about him. Anything on Google? I do know that Barn and Andy got their nickels back! :)
Well, have a good evening.

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97352: That's right, G-H, my steak came from Diamond Jim's, for sure. I'm never asking that Clara where to get a steak again! ;)

Our day yesterday sounds like your's, JM> threatening to rain all day, but nothing. I do like cloudy days, though, because it keeps the temperatures down. It has been very warm here in south texas all week.

Wish ya'll could hear my dogs right now..they hear a siren and are both howling in unison...sounds like Barney in the choir.

Finishing up my coffee and preparing for the day ahead. It's Friday so it should be a good one.


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97353: Where's Romeena? Hope she's ok, it's been a few days since she posted, that not like her...

Boo I have a chorus of singin' dogs across the street too! When one starts they all chime in. Don't get the neighbors coon dog started, that boy can howl for HOURS! You think a dog barking like that would lose his bark after a few hours, not him, he goes on, and on and then goes on for some more. Just when you think he's done he starts up again! Dogs,Dogs,Dogs!!

TOM, It's Opening Day for the Indians, could I get sprung for a couple of hours to watch them this afternoon? Unless there is a rain-out which is likely...


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97354: Good morning, porch! I'm rightchere, thanks for asking. Just been busy. Joe and Jorge came yesterday, and we (mostly they) planted five flats of petunias, two flats of impatiens, potted up a beautiful clump of "black" petunias (really purple but so dark they appear black until you look closely), planted 25 gladiola bulbs, five sweet potato vines, and cleaned out the drainage trench along the foundation in front of the house (the one that had become clogged and led to the water getting into the house). The weather was nice - cloudy but still pleasant - and we got so much done. The yard is fully awake now, and things are popping everywhere. There must be at least fifty iris buds just in my field of view from the window. The clump of red iris out front has at least fifteen buds and more will come. Looks like it might be a good year for iris.

The ARC of Texas pickup people are due here this morning. I dragged six huge, heavy bags of clothing to the utility room door. I can't lift them, so that's as far as I got. I put the ARC's placard on the garage door, with a note to ring the doorbell. I'll open the garage for them, and they can come through to the door to the house and get the bags. I can't get them outside. They contain clothing and shoes that have been in my closets for an embarrassing period of time. All that stuff should have been donated years ago, so someone could get some good out of it, but I kept kidding myself that I'd wear it again. Some of it is four sizes back. I'll wear it again when donkeys fly. Fortunately, I've never been a trendy dresser, so none of it really looks dated. I'm so glad my Heather got in there and jump-started me on getting this done. Now I can actually see what's in my closet and can find the things I do wear, and some women who need them will have clothes. It's a win-win all around.

Well, I'd better get dressed. I can't let the ARC people in, when I'm still in my nightgown! Blessings, folks! --Romeena

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97355: Hi All
Nice day I you like some rain and cold.
G-F go to the game and injoy it
just tell me who win or it was rain out and have all the P B J stands.


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97356: A Good Morning to Everyone!

Well, been a might stressful on my part of the porch. Turns out the people we had our horse, Dakota set up with to take her tried to chisel us financially. Wife went out to meet them and told them what we can afford, what we cant and how we would work with them in caring for her. They had a great talk, EVERY....and I stress EVERYthing was agreed to and then.....she texts my wife yesterday saying things will cost way more PLUS they need more hay than agreed on! Needless to say, the wife and I were livid! So, that went out the window and we quickly have ANOTHER couple who will take her. BUT....now the woman that is currently holding Dakota called our advisor and complained that were taking too long to find Dakota a home and she thinks she needs to giver away to someone else who can find her a place to go!

Are you gettin' all this, folks??

When we first got Dakota, we had a place lined up and THAT person backed out because hse says their were predators killing her horses. So it has been downhill ever since! We THINK the current agreement will work out finally. But we feel very betrayed and angry because the woman holding Dakota right now didnt have the decency to call US and used our advisor as the middle man. Sorry so long folks, but that's really what happened. We have had THREE different people / couples back out on us in a MONTH and we're getting blamed!

With that, I wish you guys a great and happy Friday and hope you all have a good day! You might rub a rabbit's foot, say an incant and rub the head of a red headed man so THIS arrangement doesnt fall through. See you later on!

John Masters

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97357: ^^^ she says there were predators

Fingers seem tied up today!


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97358: Good Morning Porch,

Storms seem to be covering a large portion of the US. Y'all be careful now, ya hear? My husband flies home from NJ today so I'm hoping the thunderstorms stop by then.

I'd like to jump in in the Andy'd girlfriend convo. I adore Miss Eleanor Walker! Some of y'all may recall I wanted to use her as my handle here (I don't like what I settled with but she was the only other dark haired young lady that I could think of). In an interview with Eleanor Donahue she said she wished she had not left TAGS, but she was tired as she had just left Father Knows Best right before joining TAGS. Peggy was nice too, but I personally wasn't a fan of her "higher the hair closet to heaven" thing she had going on. Helen was a child, emotionally. I like the fact that she was firm with her students, but she acted like them when it came to her relationship with Andy.

Well, I need to get this house in order. It's Bryan's birthday and all he asks for is a spotless house. Y'all have a blessed day!


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97359: Exactillioso! (:

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97360: Thanks TOM, I'll behave, and give you a report later.. The rain has stopped and they are hoping to get the game in before the next round of rain comes. I'll get me one of the big ballpark PB&J's and wash it down with a beer... "Root Beer" that is, since the Goob does not partake in the "hard" stuff! Never found a taste for it since having a shot of the Morrison Sisters tonic as a kid..haha!

John Masters, Sorry to hear about your troubles with finding a home for Dakota.. You may have to saddle her up and ride her down to South Texas.
I hear of a "Funny Farm" down that way which may take her in. They have a wide assortment of animal characters to keep her company ;) ** ;) !!

Lucy, I think the word you were describing Helen as is: "Childish" I think that's what I heard Barney say...haha

Romeena, Glad to see all is well, got sorta of worried when we didn't hear from you for a couple of days, I forget at times we have lives outside the porch... Good to see you are donating some of your clothes that the washing them in "Tide" made them shrink. I have the same problem with MY laundry detergent too!! I suppose Noah needs some clothes on the "ARC" too, the animals may want to dress up from time to time during the long journey. (Maybe throw in a couple "dangly" earrings too) as part of the deal?

Have a good day all..."Play Ball"!!


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97361: Afternoon, folks

G-F - Thanks for the sentiment. NOW we are having trouble getting a trailer to get her where she needs to go! All of a sudden, it seems like everything is working against us. We THINK we might have it in hand, but not totally sure! Waiting for the Royals to start their home opener here in about 40 minutes. Love using the "Gameday" simulation page on MLB.com. If you havent, you might give it a whirl! Kinda neat.

I forgot to tell you all that I did see the movie, "NOAH", out of sheer curiousity and I'll be straight forward....it is an abomination! That thing was about as FAR from the Bible as you can get. If you, family, friends or acquaintances are thinking about it, DON'T! My father-in-law hated it so much, he was telling people going into the theater, as we went back to the car, "If you're going to see Noah, don't!" The people we were in the theater with left with smiles and giggling and making comments like "What was that?" and "Uh...Ok?!" It was simply terrible. No, I take that back. It was a pretty good movie if you take it for pure fiction!

Ok, y'all have a good rest of the day!

John Masters

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97362: Dont know if I'll be around the Porch this weekend. Grandma-in-law celebrates birthday No. 80. Will drop by if I get the chance, that's for sure.

Have a great night, folks! Will update you on Dakota's progress as soon as I can! Take care, everyone!

John Masters

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97363: TOM....Indians 7 ** Twins 2 It was a good game even tho the winds were wicked...(like the old days @ Municipal Stadium on the Lake)....G-F

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97364: I'm really sorry, John, and you can bet if we lived closer she could stay here with us. :) I wouldn't even charge you above some hay and feed.

I don't plan on seeing "Noah," JM, and I'll take your word for it. I like the original story best. :)

The weather here is south texas is beautiful! cool and dry. Thinking I might go sit on the porch swing for a bit before staying in for the evening.


April 04, 2014 - Msg 97365: I'll do it! (Trying to sound like Goober in response to Boo saying I cook the burgers-did I sound like Goob?)

possum under a rock

April 04, 2014 - Msg 97366:
Hey to possum, Boo, JM and all!
Too bad about Dakota. Sure hope it can work out.
LUCY--good to see you on the porch.
Happy Birthday to Bryon and JM's grams.
Have a nice evening.
Prayers, Jesus loves you,

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97367:
To Whomever posted Msg 97349, I could not find any current information about Terry Dickinson. Because you have a name and approximate age (around Ron Howard's age), I would suggest you use www.Linkedin.com and www.zabasearch.com to begin your investigation. And if you have a facebook account, try www.facebook.com to find him. Don't forget to search for "Terrance" as well as "Terry".
Good luck.

from Poor Horatio

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97368: Good morning, porch. It's 52 here, and very cloudy. If it doesn't rain today, it's going to miss a very good chance. I surely wish it would. I'm thinking something may be on the way. Birds are scarce, and I've only seen one squirrel. They all seem to be remaining sheltered somewhere. This little cool spell will allow the tender stuff I just planted to take hold and get established before the heat returns, and some rain would just be the crowning touch.

John Masters, I sure wish I could take Dakota for you. I'd rent a trailer and come get her, but I don't much think the city of Irving would look too favorably on me keeping a horse in my back yard. That's a shame, that people are so fickle and are not living up to agreements they've made with you.

Well, I had convinced myself that I'd go on and see "Noah", but now I'm rethinking that idea. I'm hearing more negative than positive, from all sides, and I just don't think I'm going to spend the money on it. It's gotten so it's a major investment just to go to a movie these days, so I think I'll pass.

Incidentally - just a random thought - several years ago a story made the rounds on email that was very touching. Here's a link: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/s/smellofrain.htm#.U0AZoRFOWdo Be sure to scroll through the Truth or Fiction report and read the story, shown as it was circulated in email attachments.

This story touches my heart every time I think of it, because I know it's absolutely true. Every word. The Blessing family were members of my church at the time, and the ballpark mentioned in the story is the little ball diamond group located in the Trinity River bottom area, about a mile and a half from my house. We were not closely acquainted with the Blessings (it's a big church) but we knew who they were. They were younger than we were, and in a different Sunday School department. Well, OK. That's a freebie. Don't know why it came to mind today, other than the fact that I'm sitting here hoping for rain.

Have a great day, everyone. --Romeena

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97369: Hey Romeena, did you ever bake the cake with the clementines and the almond flour purchased from Amazon? Howie Fice

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97370:
Romeena, that story about the Blessing family was an emotional one to read about. I can understand why some might call it a miracle. As for me, why their child was "blessed" when others aren't so fortunate, that is a mystery I can't explain. According to the National Institutes of Health, 1 out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect. How sad that innocent babies have to suffer. It is one of the reasons why I don't have children of my own.

from Poor Horatio

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97371: How very sweet..and how wonderful to lay one's head on the chest of God. Someday. :)


April 05, 2014 - Msg 97372: Good afternoon, porch. No, Howie Fice, I haven't baked that cake yet. It may be that I'll wait until the first of May to bake it, for my bunco group. May is my turn to host the group, and I think they'd enjoy it. I'll have something else in reserve, maybe root beer floats or something, just in case. Or - I may decide to try it in the next few days. I can always bake another one for the bunco gals. Sure is an interesting recipe.

PH, I don't think anyone can explain the mystery. Some things I guess we're just not supposed to understand on this earth. However, I can't resist mentioning that if it's true that 1 out of every 33 babies is born with a birth defect, then it is also true that 32 out of every 33 babies are born free of defects. I would like to know what the NIH's definition of "defect" includes. How broad is that definition? Certainly the obvious things, like cleft palate, microcephaly, the various trisomy variations, but did they also include the little girl with a dime-sized hemangioma on her head, that looks like a little wad of pink bubblegum, and will be covered by her hair later on? Or a little boy with crossed eyes, which can be surgically remedied? Statistics can be misleading. Also, I have known children, and adults, who were born with very definite physical variations (I don't like the term "defects" but our language offers very few alternatives). I have chosen "variations." Some, of course, are tragic and have many consequences. Others are just, well, they're just part of who the person is. One of my favorite people is a high-functioning Down syndrome person. I have a cousin who was born with cerebral palsy. He walks with a pronounced limp, sort of dragging one foot, and he carries his left arm as though it were in a sling, but it isn't. His speech is a little halting at times, but he's very intelligent and creative, had a successful career in administration for the DMV in Houston, and is happily married. His condition was due to an injury at birth, it wasn't genetic. His mother went into eclampsia during delivery and he was injured during her seizures. She did not survive, and he was raised by his grandmother.

Genetic or otherwise, the birth of a child can be like a roll of the dice, but fortunately, at least 32 out of 33 times, the outcome is a happy one. I had five pregnancies, the last one ended in miscarriage. The first four were uneventful, I felt wonderful, and had easy deliveries. Technically, my first one, my oldest son, had a "birth defect." He had a skeletal deformity of his chest - pectus excavatum. It was relatively mild, and when he was five, it was surgically corrected. It healed nicely, and other than a four inch scar on his chest, he has no noticeable evidence that there was ever a problem.

The decision to have or not have children is a very personal one, and not subject to the opinions of anyone but the individual involved. It's usually based on a number of factors, and I'm sure that's true of your own decision. The only opinion I hold on the subject is simple. If a person, in their own heart, feels they don't want to have children, then they should not. To each his or her own.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97373: Here at work gang...gona try to keep the lights on for the night...lets order Hot Wings?...what you all think...SPOT

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97374: SPOT, Hot wings? is that what Bernie gets when he gets to close to Boo when she's cooking?.... I was going to ask what Chipper Jones is doing since he retired. Is he coaching within the organization or jus enjoying retirement? I always like his style of play even tho around here we don't see the Braves much, I liked to watch when I could.....G-F

April 05, 2014 - Msg 97375: Hello Porch: I just seen Dr. Harrison Everett Breen on a half hour episode of Batman. He played a prison warden. I have to confess, I have no problem watching 4 plus hours of TAGS everyday. (I know, I have a problem.) While watching other shows besides TAGS I always seem to notice the actors who were also in TAGS. They seem to stand out immediately. I never usually noticed this until I started over dosing on TAGS. Howie Fice

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97376: What's your hurry? (:

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97377: You know a young man came up to me and asked? What's the meaning of it all.

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97378: Whoohooo! It's raining on my porch! I just got up, didn't know it had rained last night, and it did. It's not raining at this moment, but looks like it will any minute. However, it rained during the night, because when I looked out my window, everything is WET! I don't know how much it rained, but I know we got some, and maybe we'll get more! Thank you, Lord!! And now, I'm off to preaching. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97379: Romeena, April showers brings May flowers, except in Texas they already have flowers!.. Unlike in Ohio we still have a brown tint to everything. But... Today we are to have sun ALL day! As Romeena says: Whoohooo but its' only getting to the 50's tho, I'll take it, at least it's NOT snow!

JM, I see your Royals did ok yesterday, unlike the Indians who lost their game, that's ok they have a lot more to play, I'm being being optimistic, they seem to have a good energy level this year, hope it stays up thru the whole season.


April 06, 2014 - Msg 97380: Ha ha G-F..hey Boo,possum,Romeena,PH,Lucy,John and all...well gona be storms here tomorrow...Miss Martha and I are gona to head on a little road trip to The Chattoona Choo-coo for a couple of days..anybody been there?...well im on the night shift tonight...gona get reports ran and hope the race will be run in Texas !..prayers..SPOT

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97381:
SPOT, the last time we drove to Disney World in Florida, we stopped overnight in Chattanooga Tennessee and stayed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. For those not familiar with it, that hotel offers both regular hotel rooms as well as converted railroad Pullman sleeping cars. Since we were raised in a railroad family, it was a natural choice for us. Our only complaint was that since it was the winter season, we had difficulty obtaining enough heat in the car. However, it was not bad enough for us to request a transfer to a regular room.

from Poor Horatio

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97382: That sounds neat, Spot and Poor Horatio. Though if I stayed there I think I might be playing that old forties song in my head all the time. Did that happen to you, PH?

-Sterling Holobyte

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97383:
Sterling Holobyte, since you asked about it ... as Tex Beneke of the Glenn Miller Orchestra used to say "Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?"
and yes, that is Milton Berle in the video.

from Poor Horatio

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97384: Rain! We got rain! It rained during services this morning, and on the way to lunch, we had a regular frog-strangler for a few minutes. Then it has rained gently off and on all day. I love it! The temp has hovered around 50, and I'm liking that, too. It's chilly, but it's slowing down the above-ground growth of my newly-planted petunias and impatiens. Meantime, they're getting a root system established, so when it warms up again, they won't be so likely to faint and fall over. Also, it's slowing the development of the sea of iris buds - many dozens of them - so they won't be all bloomed out by May 2, when my bunco group meets here. A short cool time like this in the spring does wonders, just so long as it doesn't freeze. That's not likely here, but it has happened. I remember years ago, we had a light snowfall in the middle of April. Kids were out making little foot-tall snowmen on their driveways!

Well, guess I'll go finish off some tuna salad I made last night. It's good, especially on a good nut-and-whole grain bread, which I always buy. Blessings, friends. Sleep tight! --Romeena

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97385: Wow, PH, that's a great clip! That was done back when music was music. Today, it's mostly just, well, noise. Those dancers at the end were great, too. Thanks for sharing that. --Romeena

April 06, 2014 - Msg 97386:
Romeena, speaking as an amateur musician and former professional musician, I call some of the music today a "train wreck" because that is exactly what it sounds like to me.
Regarding the video link I posted in Msg 97383, the Nicholas Brothers were a very skilled dance team because of the daring acrobatics included in their performances. Even the legendary dancer Fred Astaire claimed that one of their performances was "the greatest dance number ever filmed".
And now for an encore performance with Tex Beneke, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Nicholas Brothers ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQfK8Bqkw0

from Poor Horatio

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97387:
Good stuff PH. "It don't mean a thing if it aint got that swing." :)
I showed "The Glenn Miller Story" starring Jimmy Stewart at my dad's group home a few weeks ago, and
all 10 residents sat thru the whole thing!
They try to show modern stuff like Madagascar, and
they all walk away, so I said to the owner maybe its WHAT you show. I have DVDs of Welk, the crooners like Dean martin, etc and they sit thru them just fine!
Romaeena--glad you got the rain. You were really hoping for it. Did the race get rained out?
I hope you all had a good Sunday.

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97388:
MDC, I also have seen The Glenn Miller Story multiple times. I have only one complaint about that movie; they make no mention of Tex Beneke. Not only was he one of Glenn Miller's talented saxophone musicians, he also sang the lead on a some of their best selling recordings including Chattanooga Choo Choo, I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo, and Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree. Also, Tex shared the driving of Glenn Miller's car when the band traveled. And Tex took over the orchestra after Glenn Miller went missing in action during World War 2.
Since your audience enjoyed The Glenn Miller Story, I believe they would also love two other movies that the Glenn Miller orchestra appeared in. They include Sun Valley Serenade (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ucP6y8p17w) and Orchestra Wives (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQqz-NMMIxQ)
You can find more Lawrence Welk show videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40EAG2ClDsoYL7ItafuI3g
Also, a couple of other movie suggestions include:
Shirley Temple movies (feel good movies)
Laurel and Hardy movies (clean humor movies)
Check with your local library. If they don't have them, they might be able to obtain them through an inter-library loan. Ask the reference librarian.

from Poor Horatio

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97389: Thanks, PH, that's really good stuff. Those dancers are amazing. It must be wonderful to be as flexible as they are. Their legs are like rubber - I could swear their knees bend laterally as well as the normal way. And those splits they do - mercy! The dropping into the split is amazing enough, but just watch them stand up. They just pop back up, like there was a string pulling them up. Really something.

Yep, MDC, we got some good rain, and I'm grateful for it. As for the race, I have to admit I have no idea whether it went on or not, but I doubt it. I'm not a racing fan, don't follow it, and today was no exception. I knew there was one scheduled, but I don't know if it happened or not.

Well, it's late. I'd better get to bed. Y'all have a good night. --Romeena

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97390: Oh, I have to add this. Watching that orchestra perform, it occurred to me once again that a trombone must be very difficult to play. I think all the horns would be hard, but they all have keys, so you have precise control over what note is being played. With a trombone, if I understand the mechanics of it correctly, you don't have that. Instead, you have the slide, and you just have to "feel" the proper position for that slide to achieve any given note. It's all by touch, and that can be difficult, I would think. Since the extent of my musical expression is a little very untaught plinking on the piano, I don't know much about any of it, but at least it looks to me like a trombone would be very hard. --Romeena

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97391: PH,MDC,Romeena, All the talk about the good old days of music, film & stage, and we wake up to the news of Mickey Rooney's passing.. Another legend gone, but he left us with a lot of memories of his work.
I liked the Andy Hardy ones myself, they show on TCM at times. He worked with a lot of stars over his many years in the business.
8 marriages 11 kids...Mighty Mickey is more like it haha....

SPOT, I don't know if they got the race off in Texas yesterday or not I'll have to check after posting.

Romeena, Your weather sounds more like Ohio than Texas, but you gotta take the rain when you can get it right? In the summer you'll be begging for some of it.

PH.. Chattanooga Choo Choo Motel, that sounds like a cool experience... Did they let ya "Ring the Bell"? Maybe you should write a book, sounds like you have led a interesting life my friend.. Wooo, Wooo!!...


April 07, 2014 - Msg 97392: PH, You could write as "Helene Alexienne Dubois" it worked for Miss Crump...haha

Pere' Horatio DuHornbloure' that sounds like fancy one for you....haha Just as long as you don't get "uppity" like Helen did....

G-F again....

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97393: Good Morning, Porchsters! Good to see you again!

Well, the Dakota drama is over! *whew* She is now in a new home and seems quite happy as she has cows in an adjoining field that come over to her to say Hi and visit. And she has LOTS more room here than where she just came from. The people that have her now have opened their hearts to her and the wife and I. Needless to say...it's about time to relax! THANK YOU for all of the sentiment, offers and well wishes you gave us!

Howie - You dont have an addiction, you have an appreciation. I can watch TAGS back to back to back........well, you get the idea! I noticed "The Rifleman" sure had a huge TAGS connection! Clara, Mayor Stoner, actor Dabbs Greer (and his numerous TAGS characters), Jim Lindsey to name a few!

G-F - Doggone, them Royals!!! Here we go again! Our third baseman, Mike Moustakas is ice cold to start THIS season, the bullpen has decided to crack and crumble, this upstart and dangerous offense (that everyone was so excited about) has YET to show up! Meanwhile, the Tigers are 4-1! I am getting SOOOOOO tired of my two Kansas City teams. EVERYTHING is "rebuild" and "patience" and letting players "grow." I'm just sick. No, not that kind of sick. I'm just sick!

PH - Those Pullman rooms sound pretty cool! Might have to try that someday! The Nicholas Brothers performance you refer to that Astaire was so big on was their dance at the end of the film, "Stormy Weather" with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lena Horne. I have seen it and it has to be seen to be believed!! It's jaw dropping!

Mickey Rooney was an icon and legend and we dont have many left. I shudder to think that. Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Tony Bennett, etc. I have been watching the "Carson on TCM" clips and it almost brings a tear to the eye. It's hard to believe still that all of that is all gone. And Johnny's Studio 1 in Burbank, CA is now just a plain ol' studio and NBC itself, moved out of that building and went down the street to Universal Studios. Hard to believe the stars and power and fun that used to happen in that "plain" studio now. I'm like Barney too. I dont like change even though life has to move on.

Better git. You all have a great and healthy day!

John Masters

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97394: JM, I'm with ya on getting tired of all of the "patience" "rebuild" & "grow" concepts too. Remember I root for the Indians & Browns... But I ain't talking BAD about them anymore, cause TOM will send me back to "The Big House" if I do. So I ain't sayin' ain't anymore or talkin bad of the Indians straight and narrow for G-F! I kinda like a peanut butter sammich with dill pickles on fresh white bread now and then....G-F

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97395: G-F - Oh, I'm so sorry. My condolances for being a Browns fan. LOL! It seems like the new administration has good intention. They just cant seem to put it together though. The Indians are definitely on an upswing. Terry Francona has pointed them in good directions and they may competetive for awhile!

I've really had it with the Chiefs. We let Denver sign everyone in free agency and did N-O-T-H-I-N-G! We have had like nine head coaches, four general managers and several philosophies since they were champs in '69. Tired, tired, tired.

Hope y'all have a good lunch. Run by a SONIC if ya' can. Creme slushes on me!

John Masters

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97396: Good morning, porch. I'm sorry to hear of Mickey Rooney's passing. He was an American icon. He wasn't the glamorous leading man type, but that didn't seem to matter to eight beautiful women. He did have a charm and a charisma that was hard to define. I was privileged to see him perform in a dinner theater venue here in Dallas many years ago. The play was "Three Goats and a Blanket", and it was absolutely hilarious - because of him. With anyone else playing the leading role, it would have been funny, I guess, but nowhere near as funny as it was with him in the part. You can find information about it through Google. There's one scene I'll never forget. It would help if you knew the whole story, but the scene was of Mickey, standing in the middle of his ex-wife's living room (where he was living), wearing just a t-shirt and a pair of boxer shorts. The shorts, of course, hung down to below his knees, since his legs were so short. He's standing there in those droopy shorts, doing a slow "take" for the audience, as the lights dimmed out and closed the scene. Funny, funny stuff. He will be missed. An era is ending, folks, and I'm something less than thrilled with what we're left with now. Good movies are few and far between, and TV is mostly garbage. I shudder to think what's going into the minds of our children. Remember the old adage - "Garbage in, garbage out." I know, of course, that Mickey himself was something of a scoundrel, but at least the stuff he put on film, and did on stage, was clean, entertaining, and you could watch it with your kids and your grandmother.

Hey, G-F. You like peanut butter and pickles too? So do I, but I like sweet pickles better than dill. Sliced cheddar cheese and sweet pickles make a good sammich, too. Maybe I just like pickles! And yes, gotta be on fresh white bread. I love the whole-grain breads, with the nuts and seeds and all, but for PBJs or cheese and pickles, or bologna, it's got to be fresh, white bread.

Well, speaking of lunch --- blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 07, 2014 - Msg 97397: Amen Romeena!! I try to tell Mrs. G-F there are just some things you HAVE to have on fresh WHITE bread peanut butter or bologna are it...


April 07, 2014 - Msg 97398: Hi All
G F we will have to see how the Indians do befor I say a thing about thim.
you can bad mouth thim and have all the peanut you want to eat.


April 07, 2014 - Msg 97399: Y'all have a great night! Get in some TAGS if you can and relax. I'll see you tomorrow!

John Masters