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  • mistermuse 9:55 am on August 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    A POST-OP CALL ON DR. JOKES 

    No doubt you’ve heard the old aphorism that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Nowadays, you don’t need apples to keep the doctor away, because doctors (as a general practice) don’t make house calls — except perhaps for horse doctors whom it behooves to call on horses in unstable condition.

    Anyway, tomorrow is NATIONAL JOKE DAY, and who better than docs to probe for laughs?

    What do you get when you ask a proctologist for a second opinion?
    Two fingers.

    Four surgeons were discussing their work on their coffee break. The first said, “I think accountants are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is numbered.”
    The second said, “I think librarians are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is in alphabetical order.”
    The third said, “I like to operate on electricians. You open them up and everything inside is color-coded.”
    The fourth said, “I like to operate on Republicans. They’re heartless, spineless, gutless, and their heads and their asses are interchangeable.”

    Doctors can really try your patience. You wait months for an appointment, and after he examines you, he says, “I wish you had come in sooner.”

    A doctor husband told his wife one night, “You’re not that great in bed anymore.”
    The wife went into the bedroom and returned dressed to go out.”
    The husband: “Where are you going at this hour?”
    The wife: “To get a second opinion.”

    My doctor told me I’m overweight. I said I want a second opinion. He said, “OK, you’re ugly too.”

    A bellyacher went to his doctor and was told he had acute appendicitis. He asked: “Compared to what?”

    Woman: “My husband swallowed some aspirins by mistake? What do I do?”
    Doctor: “Give him a headache now!”

    Well, all good things and bad jokes must come to an end….but no post of mine would be complete without a song:


     
  • mistermuse 8:35 pm on August 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL….SONGS? 

    I am. As every red-blooded American male knows, and lives and dies with his favorite team, the National Football League preseason is already underway….and the equally heart-pounding college football season is just around the coronary. This calls for some spirited football songs to get those of us who aren’t already in the spirit in the spirit. I’ll kick things off with this oldie:

    Next, we double up with the fight songs of the University of Maine and Georgia Tech:

    And we enter the end zone with a W (as in Wisconsin):

    I’ll close with this quote about “sport’s central allure — the way it reduces messy existence to clear winners and losers, good guys and bad guys.” –S. L. Price, Sports Illustrated, 2014

     
    • walkingoffthechessboard 9:23 pm on August 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Really looking forward to the start of football season. Around here, the high schools start in a couple of weeks at the same time college football gets underway. And soon after, the NFL! Good tunes to welcome back football with.

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      • mistermuse 12:24 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I’m looking forward to being the best (armchair) quarterback in my family….which (besides me) consists of my wife and two daughters who know practically nothing about football.

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    • obbverse 1:04 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      And so it begins; the beers, the cheers, the growing fears, the tears, the loose language, the barely restrained kick at the TV screen. Ah, happy days.

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      • mistermuse 1:41 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I never kick at the TV screen….but I’m often tempted to throw things at it. Fortunately, the local pro and college football teams are loaded this season, so I AM looking forward to happy days.

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    • Rivergirl 8:01 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      And as a red blooded American female, I could care less.
      🀣

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      • mistermuse 10:29 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Well, that’s a fine how-do-you-do after the trouble I went to to include a clip of the University of Maine fight song in my post! πŸ˜€

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        • Rivergirl 10:56 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink

          I did appreciate the shout out, but still not a football fan. I’m a baseball and boxing girl.
          πŸ˜‰

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    • equipsblog 9:00 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      My two favorite teams are Ignorance and Apathy. Don’t know and don’t care.

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      • mistermuse 10:35 am on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think Trump University fielded both of those teams before it folded in 2011.

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    • magickmermaid 5:56 pm on August 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No. πŸ™‚ The only sporting events I occasionally watch are the Olympics.

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    • rawgod 12:10 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Livibg and dieing with our favourite teams? You don’t know the half of it. I have been dead for so long (Detroit Lions’ fan!) I don’t think recovery is possible. And I’m not even American!

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      • mistermuse 1:10 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a Cincinnati Bengals (aka The Cincinnati BUNGLES prior to last season’s Super Bowl run) fan, so it IS possible to come back from the dead.

        “Hope springs eternal in the human breast”
        Until the boys of autumn put it to the test.
        Alas, that’s usually when all hope is lost….
        ’til getting the spirit again around Pentecost.

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        • rawgod 1:45 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink

          Goot try, mm, but until the Ford family decide to spend some money on all parts of the team at the SAME TIME, they will be perennial losers. When they had the best running back in the history of the game, they had about the cheapest front line and untalented quarterbacks in history too. Had Sanders had a real offence surrounding him, he would own every rushing record in existence. And a few Superbowl rings too.
          Look at what an old and battered quarterback Matt Stafford did for the Rams last year after years of playing for the listless Lions! They had no star running back for years, and their defence, though having great individuals, knew nothing about teamwork.
          Ownership determine what kind of team a city will have. The Fords waste money on Model As instead of buying Thunderbirds and Lincolns. A few Mustangs do not a team make!

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        • mistermuse 2:05 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink

          It took the Brown family a long time to ‘get it’ — but get it, they finally did. And to help pay for getting it, they recently sold the naming rights for Paul Brown (the late founder of the team) Stadium. Whatever it takes (especially in a small market city)!

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    • Ricardo 12:24 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I went to Penn, which has one of the worst fight songs ever to be sung by a horde of drunk undergrads. It begins “Penn-cil, Penn-cil, Pennsylvania! and gets markedly worse from there. There’s the “Pennsylvania Polka” as well. As soon as a could, I started singing “California Here I Come,” just to move to a state with a better libretto.

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    • mistermuse 1:49 pm on August 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Univ. of Pennsylvania football team is called the Quakers, so maybe this would be a better fight song:

      Or maybe not. πŸ˜‰

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  • mistermuse 3:10 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT 

    After all the posts I’ve posted, I have finally come up with one that is NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT. It is also pretext for a nose-y question I’ve been itching to ask for y-ears: How LOUD do you sneeze? Whether you (like me) sneeze as loud as Sneezy, or soft as a summer breezy, I believe you should sneeze as loud or soft as you pleasey (provided, some would surely say, that your sneezin’ be within range of reason).

    Some also say sneezing calls for a certain etiquette, the predicate for which is not unlike table manners:

    When it comes to sneezing etiquette, my wife says I should always sneeze into my sleeve. In the first place, I don’t ALWAYS sneeze….and when I do, I don’t believe in letting my sleeves in for a wetting. Marrying germs would be a snotgun wetting, which is sure to get my sleeves up in arms.

    As we all nose, sneezing is a very ticklish subject, and I have only touched the surface of the matter….so I will close on a more in depth note:

    P.S. Thank you for your very kind attention!

     
    • OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more 3:23 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

    • magickmermaid 4:14 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Love those Etiquette Blues! I sneeze so loud I surprise myself! πŸ˜€

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        When I sneeze, I often double sneeze, one after the other….which doesn’t surprise me or the wife, but others look at me like I’m weird. Little do they know! πŸ˜€

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        • rawgod 5:34 am on August 10, 2022 Permalink

          When I sneeze these days 5 cats run for the hills, or other unknown places. The thing is, I have started to sneeze in trio — one for my me, one for myself, and one for my I. But if ever I sneeze a lung, Carl Jung might accuse me of unconsciously collecting a tongue-lassing.

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    • Rivergirl 4:38 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a purist and sneeze like a mini explosive device just detonated in my nostrils…
      πŸ˜‰

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    • walkingoffthechessboard 5:10 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I always make an attempt to sneeze into my sleeve. That being said, I sneeze so loud it even startles myself and I know what’s coming. You can imagine what passers-by think. The worst part is, I often sneeze three or even four times before recalibrating to no longer vibrating.

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      • mistermuse 5:29 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Three or four times in a row? Wow — I thought my double sneezes are ‘a cut above’ the ordinary, but you take the cake! Your family is probably getting tired of saying Gesundheit!

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    • annieasksyou 6:22 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I am also a multiple sneezer, with each succeeding explosion reaching decibels alarming to those expecting a delicate a-choo from someone my size.

      I thank you, mm, for this illuminating post, concluding with that little ditty I don’t ever recall hearing. Truly something to sneeze at.

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      • mistermuse 10:23 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        You’re most welcome, Annie. I thought my multiple sneezing was relatively rare, but I’m learning from you and other commenters that it’s not. But at least I’m in GOOD company!

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    • obbverse 7:09 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Three fine songs not one to be – ignored.
      I pinch my nostrils
      Till the itchiness stills
      And the moment has passed
      And I’m safe at – BLAST!

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      • mistermuse 10:17 pm on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Though I’ve done deeper blasts from the past,
        Could it be the air-headed blast from this post
        Has made an impression that may last
        Longer than those I dig the most? πŸ˜‰

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    • rawgod 5:42 am on August 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Loud sneezes are one thing, but loud hiccups are a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. A girlfri3nd onece got the hiccups as we walked down the main street in our city (not town). With 8 lanes of traffic between sides of the street she hiccupped, and people on the opposite sidewalk looked to see where the car accident was. Foghorn Leghorn would have been proud, had he been there. “I say, I say, I say now, boy, that was a HICCUP for the ages!” (No names mentioned.)

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      • mistermuse 9:14 am on August 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Your mention of Foghorn Leghorn reminded me that I own the autobiography of Mel Blanc (“The man of 1,000 voices”), the voice of Foghorn Leghorn in those great Loony Toon cartoons. Not having read the book for years, I dusted it off and found that Blanc called Foghorn the second most difficult voice he ever voiced. The most difficult? Yosemite Sam. They don’t make ’em like that anymore!

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        • rawgod 12:27 pm on August 10, 2022 Permalink

          They certainly do not, though Jim Carrey, a Canadian, could be the “Mel Blanc of Facial Expressions!”

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      • mistermuse 9:26 am on August 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If I were Jung and foolish,
        I might accuse you too….
        But now that I’m older and a wiseacre,
        I’ll just say: Happy achoo, achoo, achoo.

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        • rawgod 12:34 pm on August 10, 2022 Permalink

          There is no reply to that! Happy Sneezing! Doc was Sleepy which made him Grumpy, but being Bashful he ended up Dopey.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 10:40 am on August 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a multi-sneezer, Mr. M. Sometimes up to ten in a row. It’s ridiculous. I do try to sneeze into my sleeve, to prevent germs from filling up the universe. And there’s nothing like letting a giant one out (when alone at home). Really clears out the whole body. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • mistermuse 11:43 am on August 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Ten sneezes in a row? That must be a world record! When I compare my measly double-sneezes to your prodigious output, I am truly humbled, Diana. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:22 pm on August 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I sometimes sneeze 4 or 5 times in a row. My spouse too, and often in stereo. It’s a wonder the siding stays in place.

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  • mistermuse 10:00 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    SELECT QUOTES & POTENT QUOTABLES 

    I suppose it could be said I’m something of a ‘quote-aholic.’ When I come across a quote that grabs me, I grab a pen to copy it, or seek a scissors to clip it — but in the latter scenario, tattoos of quotes don’t make the cut. You might call it the case of the taboo tattoo (in any case, it’s no skin off my knows: tattoo quotes are only skin deep, which is an obvious case of substance abuse).

    Speaking of tattoos as a body, have you met Lydia?

    Now, where was I? Oh, yes — just as you can learn a lot from Lydia, so too can you learn a lot from quotidia — which is a word I made up to rhyme with Lydia, and a definition I’m making up to get us back to where we started: namely, SELECT QUOTES AND POTENT QUOTABLES. Sorry we got off track, but after all, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

    Anyway, here’s a gallon of my favorite saved quotes, in no curricular order:

    “Order leads to all the virtues, but what leads to order?” –G. C. Lichtenberg

    “You date a facade, marry the truth, and divorce your mistake.” — Carolyn Hax

    “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” –Elie Wiesel

    “Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.” –Robert Rubin

    Of course, there’s a lot more where those came from, but….

     
    • equipsblog 10:56 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The quotes were loftier than the leaden lead-in.

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      • mistermuse 11:28 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If my word play is absurd play,
        It’s not for lack of trying….
        I’d say it’s just my way
        Of selling, but you’re not buying.
        πŸ˜‰

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    • obbverse 11:12 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Who knew Groucho wanted to be a history buff?

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    • equipsblog 11:49 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I like your rhyme. It doth amuse. Perhaps with this, you’ve found your Muse.

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    • Don Ostertag 11:54 am on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      If quotes are an addiction, it’s a fine vice to have, Mr. Muse.

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    • magickmermaid 12:00 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Marx Brothers are always fun! (You may quote me.) πŸ™‚

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    • Ricardo 3:43 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      “Anyone who has ever had to supervise more than four people should know not to believe in conspiracy theories.” Just saw this on Facebook today. I’ve already forgotten who said it, but the guy’s a genius.

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      • mistermuse 4:47 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Apparently I miss a lot of stuff by not being on Facebook, Ricardo. Nonetheless, I shall continue to resist temptation.

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    • magickmermaid 4:10 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ˜€

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    • walkingoffthechessboard 1:27 pm on August 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I liked the Rubin quote the best. And yes, life is certainly what happens when you are busy making other plans. Groucho always gets a smile. πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 3:02 pm on August 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I Googled Robert Rubin and found that he was Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton. Here’s another of his quotes you might like:

        “Once you’ve internalized the concept that you can’t prove anything in absolute terms, life becomes all the more about odds, chances, and trade-offs.”

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 2:13 pm on August 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      We had new neighbors move in a year ago. The wife is named Lydia. For a complete year, I’ve had to suppress my desire to sing the Groucho song to her (even though I’m sure she’s suffered through that her entire life). This post of yours isn’t helping! πŸ˜‰ – Marty

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on August 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        It could be worse. If the wife’s name were JEZEBEL (of biblical infamy), she would probably be associated with this song:

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  • mistermuse 3:00 pm on August 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    MORE THINGS ARE LOOKING UP (AND DOWN) 

    Welcome to Part 2, songs #3, 4, & 5, of THINGS ARE LOOKING UP (AND DOWN). Part 1, as you recall, ended with Fred Astaire singing song #2 (“Things Are Looking Up”) — therefour, it’s only fair two follow up by letting song #3 go directly opposite the way of song #2. So hold on four dear life: we’re going….

    For our UP song, we’re going UP AMONG THE CHIMNEY POTS, composed in 1930 by the long-lived Kay Swift*, one of the finest female (or male) songwriters of a time when there were relatively few composers of her gender:

    * http://www.kayswift.com/bio.html

    We’ve all had our ups and downs (especially if you were an elevator operator back in the day), so before you get too high, remember this:

    Happy landings!

     
  • mistermuse 9:17 am on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THINGS ARE LOOKING UP (AND DOWN) 

    You — if I may use you to speak for I — never know where ideas for a post will come from. Some come when you’re not even looking for post ideas, as when you’re reading a book, or when you’re sleeping — awakening you with a start (whether a literal start, or a starting point for a post.

    As for me, I’m reading a memoir by Wheeler McMillen titled OHIO FARM, recalling his boyhood on his father Lew’s farm many years ago. Chapter 3 ends with this anecdote about a tenant farmer named Marve, who worked on the farm for a year:

    “Father enjoyed Marve’s tenure, both because he was reliable and could joke and take a joke. He had an extraordinary facility for finding objects — pocket knives, coins, arrowheads — that were turned up in the fields. He was slope-shouldered and habitually walked in a posture less than erect. One day Father, half serious and half jocular, asked “Marve, why don’t you stand up straight? Throw back your shoulders and stick out your chest. Why walk with your eyes on the ground all the time? Why don’t you look up instead of down?” Marve grinned as he answered. “Lew, I never found nothin’ yet when I was lookin’ up.”

    So, now that you know from whence cometh the idea for this musical epistle about ups and downs, are you up to me getting down to business? But the deal is such that it’s too much for one post, so this will be but Part One, giving you something to look forward to (?) next time. I’ll close this part looking up:

     
    • rawgod 1:05 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      So if Fred Astaire is looking up, how did he see the four-leaf clovers? I’m calling bullshit. Meanwhile any second of any day could be the start of something big, if one is ready to see all the possibilities…

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      • mistermuse 2:38 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, if Ira Gershwin can write that things are looking up when Fred Astaire sees four-leaf clovers, who are we mere mortals to say it cannot be? As for your second observation, we share the same view.

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    • walkingoffthechessboard 1:10 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      That definitely is a glimpse into what made Marve so very successful at finding stuff. There is a lot to be said for watching where you are going, but also what you’re about to go over.

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      • mistermuse 2:54 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Marve reminds me of myself, in that I found a lot of coins in my lifetime by looking down as I walk….mostly when I was young. Now that I’m old, I mostly find things to stub my toes on, so I really should get back in the habit of watching where i’m going. πŸ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 5:58 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I also have found several coins as I walk! So I generally look down. But I do try to keep hoping that things are looking up. πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If you’ve ever heard the song or seen the movie PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, mm, coins can also come from above (BTW, I read that Fred Astaire hated this film….but I love it):

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    • magickmermaid 6:35 pm on August 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ™‚

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    • masercot 5:51 am on August 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Joan Fontaine??? Give me Ginger Rogers!!!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on August 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think Fred and Ginger had gone their separate ways by then (1937), though they later got back together for another picture or two. Nonetheless, DAMSEL IN DISTRESS is a very good movie, IMHO, with a great cast, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, who have never been better than in this film.

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    • mlrover 7:06 am on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I loved Steve Allen. So talented and that crazy high-pitched laugh. The clip also brought back memories of visiting the Burbank Studios. My dad got us in via a friend who working there in lighting. The place was a monster barn but even though so large, it was friendly. The only set that was closed was for Johnny Carson. He didn’t allow anyone on set until showtime.

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on August 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I love your comment. Steve Allen was a man of many talents, including songwriter (he wrote THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG)….and what an amazing production number was made of the song in the above clip (especially considering that TV was still a relative rookie back in 1958)!

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  • mistermuse 6:07 am on August 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    WELCOME TO AUGUST 

    The weather in the month of August shouldn’t happen to a dog.” –Bill Vaughn

    Welcome, amigos, to August on the first day thereof. For this august occasion, what do you say we begin the new month with a fitting old song or three (or four).

    These are, of course, the Dog Days of Summer here in the northern sphere, but do you know the origin of the term? Here, my fat feathered friends, is the skinny:

    What Are the Dog Days of Summer?

    Speaking of dog days and the skinny:

    Fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes may remember this 1966 hit. I was going to post Sinatra’s version, but here’s a different treatment I found which didn’t blow me away, but still has appeal in a summer breeze kind of way:

    As an August rule, I hope you’ll keep cool. It’s no time to be a fool.

     
  • mistermuse 2:57 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE LAST OF THE SNOW WEEKENDS 

    I’ve often stretched the limits of wordplay in my posts, but with the above title, Icy myself as having gone where (s)no(w) man has gone before. I feel so confident in saying this, I’m offering a free snowball to anyone who can guess what the title is wordplay on….and appear in person to claim the prize (unfortunately, I can’t guarantee the prize will last long enough after I remove it from my freezer to throw at you (it is July in America, after all).

    Anyway, your time is up. The title is a play on THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, the famous novel by James Fenimore (or less) Cooper. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s no excuse. I only accept novels I’VE never heard of as an excuse.

    In case you’re wondering (like me) what all this is leading up to, I’m about to try to explain. You see, my oldest daughter recently emailed me that she enjoyed my post of July 19 which included clips from a film she loves (SOMEWHERE IN TIME), as well as “time songs”….and she wondered if I was looking for songs with July in the title. I replied to the effect that (other than patriotic songs) I wasn’t sure there are enough good OLD July songs for a post.

    Well, it turns out that there are a few….although, IMHO, this first song isn’t particularly good. But it is timely, the vocalist (Helen Forrest) is good, and, to be morbid about it, she died in July (1999), so it has that going for it:

    I’ll close with what I think is a better tune (Academy Award nominated for best original song), sung by a pre-TV Dinah Shore:

    And with that, my time is up (well, not literally, but a novel ending is the last thing I was shooting for).

     
    • Ashley 3:40 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I hate endings! So let’s not talk about them! Okay, you can throw that snowball now!
      Missed! πŸ˜‚

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:51 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No snowballs right now. I’ll see enough of those soon when I return to work in the subarctic …

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      • mistermuse 4:17 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me of an old joke. A grandfather say to his grandson, “When I was your age, I thought nothing of walking five miles to school over ice and snow.” to which the grandson replied, “I don’t think much of it myself.”

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    • equipsblog 4:14 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Last of the Moe-hicans. Curly and Larry were Stooging around and missed the train. Mistermuse, what ‘s the use of serving up this much abuse?

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    • equipsblog 4:28 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Crime to fit the Pun-ishment . Mar-gulargo

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    • magickmermaid 4:33 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I really like the Artie Shaw tune! There can never be enough puns! πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 5:45 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I think the lyrics are mediocre, but I like everything else: the tune, Artie Shaw’s rendition, and Helen Forrest’s vocal. Three out of four ain’t bad!

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    • obbverse 5:21 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No snowballs have much of a hope down Yosemite way this July though!

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      • mistermuse 5:49 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        They say some of those huge trees in Yosemite are 2,000 years old, so no doubt they’re survived many a forest fire, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they survive the current one.

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    • obbverse 5:54 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Still, the word ‘Hellfire!’ doesn’t go amiss. I saw Yosemite a few years back and it was beyond majestic .

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    • rawgod 8:45 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Was I seeing things, or was the a young hirsuite Yul Brenner standing in the wings, the obvious cause of Ms Shore’s tears. He is not in the cast, but “bells” rang in two short glimpses. Must have been “seeing things.”

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    • jilldennison 10:51 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, no fair!!! I got the answer right before you said time was up, and was packing my bags to come collect my prize in person! Ha ha … fun post, mm!

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      • mistermuse 11:08 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        My apologies! I would’ve loved to throw a snowball at you, but it turned out for the best because the snowballs in my freezer had turned to ice — and with my deadly aim….well, I shudder to think of the result. You probably would’ve been knocked out cold! πŸ˜€

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        • jilldennison 1:58 am on July 29, 2022 Permalink

          Ha ha … or more likely you would have broken the neighbor’s window! Still, though, I guess I’m glad not to have an iceball whizzing toward my head!

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    • mistermuse 10:51 pm on July 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      According to Wikipedia, Brynner didn’t make his film debut until 1949 in an obscure movie called Port of New York. Nonetheless, unless we’re both “seeing things,” the hirsute guy in the wings in Belle of the Yukon (1945) does resemble this 1948 photo of Brynner with hair:

      https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/actor-yul-brynner-sporting-a-full-head-of-hair-during-a-news-photo/3323644

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:23 am on July 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Now you have me curious–what month inspires the most songs?

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      • mistermuse 2:04 am on July 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        December, no doubt, because of Christmas. As for months which have no major holiday, I’m guessing that February inspires the fewest. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single old (pre-rock ‘n’ roll era) February song.

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    • literaryeyes 2:21 pm on August 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      “I didn’t know enough to come in out of the moonlight.” Great line! Dinah had a beautiful voice. That song is a little treasure. As for the The Last of the Mohicans Mark Twain did a scathing and funny review of it.

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      • mistermuse 4:26 pm on August 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I like that song a lot too. Dinah of course went on one of the biggest recording artists and TV stars of the next two or three decades.

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    • literaryeyes 2:24 pm on August 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, it was Cooper’s The Deerslayer that Twain eviscerated.

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    • mistermuse 4:18 pm on August 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No problem. Twain was also critical of Cooper (according to Wikipedia). Thanks for commenting.

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  • mistermuse 11:39 am on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WARP 

    Now that we have witnessed (thanks to the January 6 Committee) what the world according to warped American minds looks like, the rest of us Americans can only hope that some semblance of sanity, integrity and justice will prevail. Are our principles mere pieties, or (for example) is no one really above the law? In upcoming elections, who will win the lion’s share of offices: the lyin’ crazies, or men and women of character?

    The answer, my friend, is….

     
    • equipsblog 12:15 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Some people blow it from a lower orifice.

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    • Geoff Stamper 12:34 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Right now I’m even willing to take any one of the three choices of sanity, integrity, or justice.

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      • mistermuse 12:50 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I hear ya, Geoff….though I don’t know how there can be justice without integrity. That leaves SANITY if there is to be only one, which at least would (presumably) stave off lunatics running the asylum.

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    • magickmermaid 12:55 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The song is as relevant today as it was when Dylan wrote it in 1962. Will humanity ever learn from there mistakes?

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      • mistermuse 4:05 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think of mistakes as being mostly unintended blunders or errors, mm….so even if humanity did learn from them, much of our misery stems from deliberate wrongdoing, which ain’t going away anytime soon (as in NEVER). πŸ˜‰

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        • magickmermaid 5:09 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink

          I have to agree!
          That should be “their” not “there”. Silly auto-correct and I didn’t notice until now! Definitely a mistake! πŸ˜‰

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        • mistermuse 5:22 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink

          You’re forgiven, m.mermaid — I’m sure it ain’t easy typing underwater! πŸ˜€

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    • Ashley 1:50 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I grew up listening to Alistair Cooke’s “Letter from America” so you can understand my puzzled look! πŸ€”πŸ₯΄ What happened?

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:23 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Perfect song choice.

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    • Don Ostertag 4:30 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Where is our Dylan of today?

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      • mistermuse 5:01 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I read that he just sold a newly recorded version of BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND a few weeks ago, so he’s still around. Unfortunately, so is Trump (speaking of blowin’ in the wind).

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    • Rivergirl 5:31 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No one should be above the law.
      Sad that we live in a country where that’s not always true.

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      • mistermuse 5:50 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve become a bit more optimistic that Trump will pay (more or less) for his crimes, as I don’t see how the DOJ cannot prosecute him, given the overwhelming evidence against him.

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    • obbverse 6:42 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Trump is the perfect example of bullying, entitlement and self-importance. And lying. And petulance. And self-indulgence. And lying. And deception. And lying. And nepotism. And lying. And-

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      • mistermuse 11:11 pm on July 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        ….not to mention the perfect role model for intellectually indifferent young people susceptible to becoming intellectually and morally indifferent adults.

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    • jilldennison 4:11 am on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      That, my friend, is just about as perfect as it gets for this time, this day! Thank you!!!

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      • mistermuse 8:17 am on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank YOU, my friend. I believe this is the shortest post I’ve published in a long time. Need I say more?

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        • jilldennison 6:02 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink

          It’s really funny, because I did the same with my a.m. post this morning … almost no words, just that Gilligan’s Island parody. I find I’m too … what? Depressed? Angry? Anyway, the words just aren’t flowing like they usually do. I thought it was funny that we both did similarly brief, yet meaningful posts.

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    • jilldennison 4:00 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
      Our friend MisterMuse is in the same mood, of the same mind as I am today, likely as many of you are. I think this sums it up perfectly … thank you, MM!

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      • mistermuse 5:28 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Jill. If Merrick Garland and we voters do our duty, Trump will be prosecuted, and most of the rascals seeking office will not get in. The last election was the most important of our lives until the next one, and the next one will be the most important until the one after that, and so on until Trumpism (not just Trump) is no longer a threat to democracy.

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        • jilldennison 12:26 am on July 24, 2022 Permalink

          I can see no reason for Garland not to prosecute Trump … to me, the evidence that he a) incited the attempted coup, and b) failed to put the security of the nation ahead of his own personal interests, is overwhelming, clear, and indisputable. I think that if he isn’t held accountable, there are going to be some angry … nay, furious … people in this country and I am one of them. You’re right … it will take time for Trumpism to die, but die it must, for the alternative is a dictatorship. Period. Sigh.

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    • Professor Taboo 4:21 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Muse, couldn’t agree more with you. And as you and many others know, I am DEEP in the swampy quagmire of warpedness down here in Texas, supposedly the β€œFriendship State.” Pffft. πŸ™„ Not even close; hasn’t been since 1995 when Gov. Ann Richards left office.

      You may already know about this re-airing on CNN Special Reports tomorrow evening at 7pm CST: Deep In the Pockets of Texas. A must see for anyone not in Texas and if you’re a sane, moderate or progressive American. Yes, as Ed Lavandera reveals, these Texas oil tycoons and their GOP puppets indeed plan to move THEIR ideology outside of Texas and across the entire United States. WARNING! This is very real. Fyi.

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      • mistermuse 5:39 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I’ve seen the plugs on CNN for DEEP IN THE POCKETS OF TEXAS and plan to watch it. I expect it will paint a slightly less rosy picture of the state than this old song:

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        • Professor Taboo 6:17 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink

          Oh my, Gene Autry comes from my grandparent’s generation and THAT was a completely different Texas back then, not even close to what the state is now! Night & day is a gross understatement.

          But in fact, people like Gene Autry and his kind, are what I and most all of my 8th and 9th generation Texan family-members REMEMBER about most all (white, kind, peaceful, moderate, reasonably sane…) Texans back then. The state no longer represents ANYTHING resembling a Tioga, TX, World War 2 veteran eager to SERVE his country! That bygone era no longer exists in Texas’ 21st-century. Period.

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        • mistermuse 7:05 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink

          I was last in Texas almost five decades ago, which was closer to Gene Autry’s time than to the current time, so I guess I should thank my lone-ly star for that. πŸ˜‰

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      • rawgod 3:31 am on July 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, we don’t get CNN where I live.

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        • Professor Taboo 12:03 pm on July 24, 2022 Permalink

          I’m sure CNN’s Creative Dept/Division(?) will at least soon release the transcript of the show on their website. I saw many/most transcripts of most all their previous “Special Report” airings there. Fyi.

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        • rawgod 1:30 pm on July 24, 2022 Permalink

          Thanks. I have never been to CNN’s website. I hope you aren’t creating a new monster in my life.

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        • Professor Taboo 5:03 pm on July 24, 2022 Permalink

          πŸ˜„πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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    • Professor Taboo 8:04 pm on July 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      HAH! Yes you SHOULD Mr. Muse! πŸ‘πŸ»

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    • OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more 11:05 am on July 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

    • Elizabeth 11:44 am on July 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      And to think we believed that things would get better when we first heard that song.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 4:43 pm on July 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      But will it matter who gets what? Even if the “sane” people win… the others won’t believe it and will try to fight it.I think that’s where we are now. 😦

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      • mistermuse 6:41 pm on July 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Trimpism will go on even if Trump ends up behind bars, but there is still such a thing as justice, which cries out for Trump to pay for his criminality no matter what “others won’t believe.” Otherwise, “where we are now” is a walk in the park compared to where we’re headed (IMHO, of course).

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    • selizabryangmailcom 7:19 pm on July 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      God, I know. I don’t even want to think about it. I hope you’re right and justice will prevail; it hasn’t always, so maybe this time is “big” enough and far-reaching enough to get the gears in motion. I still have hope.

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    • da-AL 9:05 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      well done β€” we can’t let ourselves get jaded & apathetic…

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      • mistermuse 10:45 pm on August 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If we apathetically let MAGA Republicns take power by default, democracy is doomed to be replaced by autocracy. This means VOTE despite voting having been made more difficult and onerous in some GOP-controlled states.

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  • mistermuse 4:35 am on July 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN 

    Perhaps you have noticed a recent commercial on TV for a product called Crepe Erase, featuring actress Jane Seymour. Normally, I wouldn’t give the commercial the time of day, but something about her struck a chord….and then I remembered: she co-starred (with Christopher Reeve) forty-two years ago in a film I’m almost embarrassed to admit I liked very much at the time (and perhaps still would if I saw it again):

    The reason I say “almost embarrassed” is not so much that it received mostly poor reviews, but it’s what some people would dismiss as a sappy romance (film critic Leonard Maltin called it a “superficial tearjerker”). So call me a sucker for sappy romances — which I ordinarily am not — but in this case, I fell for it….and so I plead guilty.

    For the next offering in this sequel to my previous post (IT’S ABOUT TIME), I’m taking a cue-pid from SOMEWHERE IN TIME to deliver one of the most romantic old Time songs in my quiver:

    And now, not wanting to push love beyond its limits, I’ll take leave. I hate to say goodbye, because….

     
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