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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: Today at 05:30:09 AM
RR you do realize that there's a big time difference between you and many of us? Your post came out at 2145 my time. I was getting ready to go to bed and made a quick folk music related post on another Board - didn't see your post until now.

I have to leave in a few minutes to attend a talk out of town. But I see nothing wrong in saying that cats are "making biscuits." Sure looks like they are happily kneading dough.
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Billy Joel on: Yesterday at 09:57:46 AM
For the Billy Joel fans with satellite radio, just got announcement from Joel's FB page that the Billy Joel channel is back on Channel 30 for a limited time.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: If you could go any Beach Boy concert in history on: October 17, 2019, 04:45:36 PM
I'm a sentimental fool right now. Would have loved to have been at that Pandora's Box show in 1962 to see Brian spill the cocoa on Marilyn.
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 16, 2019, 06:58:54 AM
Haven't forgotten Zasu Pitts. I haven't been able to sit down and concentrate on a movie. Tried to watch a movie I had taped and kept falling asleep, so gave up.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 16, 2019, 06:50:49 AM
Thank you so much, John.

Mari, I had moved in with my Mother at her house. This was the house we all grew up in.
It's a fairly big house and too big for one person. Also the taxes are supposed to be going up a lot (The taxes had been lower because my Mother was elderly and her taxes hadn't gone up). And the flood insurance cost is crazy. So the bottom line is that I can't afford to live there. So we will start the process of cleaning out the house.
I will start moving my stuff (including LOTS of books) to the house in the woods . That house was left to me. At some point I'll bring the dog and cats.
My oldest sister, husband and 2 horses live next door in a house down the hill. One other sister who is ill might move in with me. She has lots of cats  (too many cats for her to care for but she won't part with any of them). So I will be close to family.
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: October 16, 2019, 01:43:43 AM
Love that mouth wiping gizmo, and Chaplin's facial expressions when it's used.  Grin

I recall that in the early/mid 1970s, all of Chaplin's features were released in the US. Other than The Gold Rush (which by the mistake of not renewing the copyright passed into public domain ), the other features had been pulled out of circulation when Chaplin went into exile in Switzerland in the early 1950s. Interestingly, since the movie Limelight had not been shown in Los Angeles upon its release in 1952, it became eligible for the Oscars when it finally was shown in the early '70s. Its  theme song which I remember hearing on the radio back then, was nominated for an Oscar.
I didn't see the films at that time but my older sister did. And I remember seeing the movie posters when they came out and thought they were cool (still do).
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Entertainment Thread / Re: Your favourite movie clips on YouTube on: October 15, 2019, 07:16:00 PM
Today (October 15) was the anniversary of the world premiere of The Great Dictator in 1940.
 I love Chaplin's films.
This past year there have been showings of his silent films accompanied by an orchestra.
They had pretty much all been in Europe, but now I'm getting some announcement s of showings in the US, including one in North Carolina in a couple of weeks. I'd love to see Chaplin on the Big screen again - last time was over 30 years ago at a Chaplin festival in Houston.
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 14, 2019, 05:39:58 AM
Thank you for your kind words.
Cancer thank goodness doesn't run in my family. (knock on wood!) My Mother died partly because her heart was starting to have problems, and her lungs were really messed up, making it difficult to breathe. Strange - both of my parents died from lung disease, and neither one of them smoked.

Yes, having a pet is a huge commitment that shouldn't be started without thinking it through . If one is adopting a cat from a shelter it might have been abused in some way by the previous owner. The cat is probably not "bad" but actually afraid :-(
That's why I haven't adopted any more cats after some of my older cats passed away. with the craziness at home I wouldn't have been able to take care of another pet.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 13, 2019, 07:28:13 PM
I'll be sure to watch this in the next few days. It's been kind of stressful on my end these past couple of weeks. My Mother passed away, funeral was a couple of days ago. I feel a little "adrift"

My cat Tanner has been especially affectionate lately, lying down next to me. Pets are such a comfort.  Smiley
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 13, 2019, 07:24:27 PM
Have you seen "Duel?" That was a movie ( think his first feature) from 1971.
Stars Dennis Hopper. Very suspenseful film about Hopper and his car being pursued by a big, bad truck.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: October 13, 2019, 07:21:27 PM
Yes, an amazing city. The Hermitage was incredible!
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 10, 2019, 07:06:41 PM
I'm really not familiar with Weruva. Chewy is actually a company that ships dog and cat food and other products. I think the shipping doesn't cost anything if enough products are ordered. I am tempted to start using this. I have a bad back, lots of pain, and it would be so much better to have heavy bags of food and cat litter delivered instead of having to carry them inside.

I sometimes use Friskies wet cat food. The dry made one of my cats sick. For dry I use Purina for Indoor Cats. I've heard of Whiskas but haven't used it. Not familiar with the other brands.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 08, 2019, 02:54:06 AM
I'm not familiar with "POTP." But then I'm not up on a lot of things nowadays.

 I think most High Schools have marching bands. They play at their team sports events and March in parades. There are some schools however that have dropped Music programs due to lack of money.

I looked up what that "bottle" was. It's a bottle with a dropper in it. If you want a cat to calm down, place a few drops on its fur and rub it in. The bottle contains herbs that calm cats down - but the info didn't list the herbs. Some cats apparently are allergic to those herbs so caution is needed when using for the first time.

Yes, Jackson Galaxy is a real guy. He has a show on television, maybe you can find clips of it online. It's called My Cat From Hell. He takes cats who are so bad that their owners are about to get rid of them, and turns them into adorable fur babies.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 07, 2019, 03:34:19 PM
I went to an all girls high school. Some girls schools (such as my Mom's school) have bands but most in our area do not. We had a choir, also some sports teams - Volleyball, basketball, softball.
I remember that Dominican High School was our main competition in basketball . We would chant, "DominiCAN'T! DominiCAN'T!" Unfortunately, they could. Never could beat them  Cheesy

 Don't know about a bottle. Hard to describe what Jackson Galaxy looks like. Let's just say that he's one of a kind. He's totally bald (or maybe just shaves his hair off), long sideburns and a wild beard. But it would be hard to find a greater cat lover.
Read that his wife's name is "Minoo" (a common name for cats where I live).

I don't put garments on my pets - they hate wearing anything.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 04, 2019, 01:28:08 PM
I wasn't in a marching band because there wasn't one at my school.
If we had one, I would have liked to try to play the clarinet.
My school did have a choir. I didn't sing in it, but accompanied it by playing various percussion, xylophone, guitar, and alto recorder. Helped me to get an "Honors" grade in music.

Cats - am familiar with "crate." Another word for cat carrier, or kennel ( cage to keep cats in).

Rainbow Bridge - The thought that at the end of the rainbow good things happen. So when our pets cross the "rainbow bridge" it is hoped that they are going to be happy and healthy once again.

That's a good question, how to stop bullying in cats. I love Tanner, but she wants to be the number one cat so would get snippy around all the other cats. Jackson Galaxy has had success with "bad" cats. I'd be curious to check it out.
Haven't had the experience of one cat family bullying another. In fact, the worst bullying I had to put up with was two sisters, Tasha and Shana. Poor Shana was a little "slow" and Tasha was merciless around her. Had to make sure they were separated as much as possible.

P.S . My present temporary avatar (as of 4 Oct 2019) is of aviation pioneer John Moisant and his cat Mademoiselle Fifi. Picture was taken in 1910.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Jessye Norman (1945-2019) on: October 01, 2019, 09:01:30 AM
I'll always remember watching TV in France in July, 1989 during a tour with the group I was in, and seeing Ms. Norman in Paris singing the definitive Les Marseillaise . She was absolutely amazing. It can be found online.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 01, 2019, 01:35:00 AM
'K. Next - FB link to marching band - big fan! - The Fort Payne Wildcats (Alabama high school MB). Jennifer, Scooter Bug/ Princess Tinkerbell cat page creator's son "brudder Nick" plays drums in it. They compete & win in each category, song performed - "To Build A Wonder". Anybody hear it b4?
Cool clip with big band & flag dancers in big green field, looks like arena.

Thanks for this. Very interesting. Fort Payne is a town in Northern Alabama that's called itself the "sock capital" because of the factories there making socks. It's a beautiful area - there's a nearby state park we've gone to several times, that has waterfalls and gorges. 

What the band is playing is music from Scheherazade, a favorite of mine. "To build a wonder" looks like it refers to some fantasy game that I'm not familiar with but I see references to it using search engines.

I love marching bands. Wish I could have been in one. My Father played trumpet in his band, and my mother played trombone in hers.
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: October 01, 2019, 01:08:59 AM
Checking 60+ cat stuffs, liking cat slang/ puns:
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"I is ..." speech pattern

Addendum: peeps describe each fur baby "such a ham". Figured it's food. Looks like it may be used to tell cats nicety.

Yup. That about covers it. However, MY cats would never say "I is," LOL.
 Calling the cat "such a ham" means that kitty wants to be involved in everything, to be noticed. Which means that kitty is doing funny things.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: September 29, 2019, 03:11:55 PM
Will have to check that Coltrane recording out.

Heard just what I needed driving home. One of my all time favorite songs, The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes for You.
Getting out of the car at home, someone in the neighborhood was playing Grover Washington Jrs Funk/Smooth Jazz classic, Mr. Magic. Perfect song for a sultry afternoon. Yes it's Autumn technically, but it's definitely still Summer temperature wise today!
Going inside, after listening to Russell Thompkins Jr's take on Don't Worry Baby, listened to the Stylistics' Betcha By Golly Wow.
Great, relaxing listening all around.
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: September 29, 2019, 10:04:39 AM
I've heard the name Dick Francis but haven't read any of his works.
Was able to find a volume containing four of his short books including Rat Race.
Will give them a read when I find some time.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2019 Tour Thread on: September 29, 2019, 01:29:08 AM
Blown away by Russell Thompkins Jr's take on Don't Worry Baby at tonight's show (clip shown on Brian's FB page)
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: September 28, 2019, 07:53:47 AM
Obviously from my POV the documentary has nowhere to go but down-letís be honest modern country is mostly just pop music for non-urbanites. Thereís not much to discuss after 1990 or so.....

That's generally my impression of modern country music as well. Hoping that perhaps the documentary might bring a pleasant surprise or two.
I do like some of the post 1990 work, some of George Strait or Ricky Skaggs.
But I don't listen to any of the radio stations playing modern country. I had to share an office for a few years with someone who had the local country station on. Most of the songs seemed overproduced and formulaic. There was one song in particular that drove me nuts and it was on heavy rotation . The refrain included lyrics where the guy didn't care that he "didn't know the difference between Iraq and Iran". Arggh!
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Country Music on: September 27, 2019, 12:00:04 PM
I've taped all of the episodes but have only been able to watch the first one. Hope to be able to watch a couple tomorrow.
I really enjoyed the first episode . I realize that there were so many greats in Country music over the past 90 plus years of recordings and some are not going to get their due. Hopefully those who haven't had stand alone documentaries will have them. Over the past few years I've seen docs on the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson...

Ordered the Big book that is associated with this . It's supposed to have valuable info and photos. I'll either get it tomorrow or Monday.

24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2019, 06:55:22 PM
Although not movies, I just got a announcement that 6 restored Twilight Zone shows, along with a mini biography of Rod Serling, will be shown in 600 or so US theaters in November.
Hope I can go!
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2019, 06:32:44 AM
I like movies that have good character development. The line "Get busy living or get busy dying" means different things during the course of the film. During the early parts Dufresne decides to make the best of a bad situation, to get busy living instead of vegetating in prison. So he helps to build a Library, tutor prisoners to pass their GED s (test to have them credited with finishing High School).  Doing other stuff such as taxes for the staff and Warden helps bring other perks.
However when the Big plot twist arrives (JK hasn't seen movie, so won't give spoiler ) The "Get busy living" line takes on an entirely new meaning.
I also like Dufresne's friendship with Red. And the sad story of Brooks.

As for theaters showing these oldies, there's a national company (Fathom Events) that shows these movies, along with old TV shows and concerts, on movie screens throughout the U.S..
We also have a local theater that shows an old movie every week, on Sundays and Wednesdays. This week's movie is "After the Thin Man" from the 1930s.
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