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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Celine Dion, , , Ebenezer Scrooge, , , Kathryn Grayson, , Luciano Pavarotti, , , , ,   

    BETTER HATE THAN NEVER 

    It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

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    Eight days from today, much of the civilized world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Between now and then, the candy kiss and chocolate industry will make nothing short of a mint, selling sweet somethings to buyers to treat lovers….what some might call a vast capitalist conspiracy to take advantage of the lovesick. I* call it, “Bah! Humbug! A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 14th of February!”

    Therefore and mean-while, I’m proposing to you the need for a date — a day to counterbalance that upcoming day of over-commercialized romance and mushy love with a date which celebrates its opposite: hot-blooded, hard-boiled HATE. And what better way to inspire a hateful frame of mind than appropriate mood music:

    *and Ebenezer Scrooge

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    Still not feeling the hate? All right, ladies, repeat after me: I Hate You, Darling….

    However, being the sensitive soul that I am, I’d rather you not hate me personally. So let’s broad-en the scope and close on this e-gal-itarian note:

    Hold on. We can’t close without a name for this hate date. Down With Love Day? Cupid Sucks Day? Miss Ogamist Day? Better Hate Than Never Day? Wait a sec — now we’re back where we started.

    This is the end.

     

     
    • Rakkelle 12:08 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      😂😂😂 You said “picking men’s pockets”. I’ll have you know that women purchase Valentine’s card, candy and even flowers for their men too.

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:28 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I usually don’t like it but I want to send out cards this year if I can find appropriate or maybe inappropriate ones.

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    • calmkate 7:27 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol can’t endorse a hate day as it’s too strong a negative emotion … how about a friendship day like the Indian’s celebrate … and agree it’s purely a commercial exercise but that’s an idiot tax :mrgreen:

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My ‘excuse’ for this post is that, like all my satirical posts (well, except for those dealing with Trump), it’s written in good fun. As for a Friendship day, my good friend, you’ll be happy to know there already is one — it’s the first Sunday in August in the US and a number of other countries. 🙂

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        • calmkate 6:21 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink

          aha then we must campaign for it in oz … makes more sense to me until they commercialise that too …

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    • rivergirl1211 9:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Tamp down your inner Grinch and enjoy the holiday! Stuff yourself with chocolate and roll naked in the roses… Cupid would approve.

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      • mistermuse 10:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I, for one, don’t need Valentine’s Day to stuff myself with chocolate — I need a Willpower Day (at least six days a week) to keep from stuffing myself with chocolate. As for rolling naked in the roses (ouch!), one look at me and Cupid would definitely NOT approve (though I’m sure, in your case, his reaction would be highly favorable). 🙂

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    • scifihammy 9:44 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s called Anti-Valentine’s Day! 😀
      Nice post. 😀

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    • Elizabeth 12:46 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Tina Turner’s wonderful “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” What’s love but a second hand emotion? Not explicitly hate, but the next best thing.

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:02 am on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 1:11 pm on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Love stinks? Not to skunks (speaking of which, I wonder how The Donald is making out?).

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    • Silver Screenings 6:55 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I was a kid, so I was glad to read your thoughts on it. 😉 Plus, beautiful music besides. You think of everything!

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      • mistermuse 10:30 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for thinking I think of everything — now if I could only get my wife to come to the same opinion, I’d consider getting her something for Valentine’s Day (like my favorite candy, for instance).

        As for the music — the first song in particular — I was struck by the contrasting styles of Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion. He sang to the audience, hardly looked at her, and was ‘all business,’ while she never took her eyes off of him and emoted like ‘nobody’s business.’ Nonetheless, they both sang beautifully and I think the overall effect was quite captivating (but there I go, thinking again).

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    • etiliyle 5:52 am on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ✨💕✨💕✨💕✨

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    • pjlazos 9:34 am on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, but love (and not necessarily romantic love) is the strongest force in the universe so why would I fight that?

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    • America On Coffee 9:46 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another non available

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      • mistermuse 1:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You didn’t indicate which of the post’s 3 clips is non-available. If you’ll be specific, I’ll try to find a substitute for the song. Thanks.

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    • America On Coffee 2:19 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My mistake. Luciano pavarotti does not show.

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      • mistermuse 6:15 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        AOC, there are a number of clips of this performance, so if this one doesn’t take, you can Google Luciano Pavarotti Celine Dion I Love You Then I Hate You for others to choose from. It would be worth the effort because it’s a powerful emotional performance which gave me a new appreciation of Dion’s voice (of course, Pavarotti’s voice ‘speaks for itself’):

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    • America On Coffee 12:32 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Got it. Thanks. Love Pavarotti, he is so opera I love Celine too, she is so modern classic. Unique combo.

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    • moorezart 10:54 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hate to tell you, but I love you when you reblog my posts (strictly platonically, you understand).

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    • America On Coffee 7:10 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Listening to Jane Walsh and Kathryn Grayson’s version, i cannot imagine how the song has remained a classic. My guess, it has to be because of the lyrics.

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      • mistermuse 10:21 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, they are three different songs. The first is a 1997 adaptation by Celine Dion of an earlier song titled NEVER, NEVER, NEVER by Shirley Bassey. The other two were composed (both music and lyrics) by the great Cole Porter: I HATE YOU DARLING (1941) is from his musical “Let’s Face It” and I HATE MEN (1948) is from one of my favorite musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” which was made in 1953 into a film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Pardon me if I disagree, but I like both the music and lyrics of his songs — it doesn’t get much better than Cole Porter!

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    • America On Coffee 9:16 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse you’ve really hit on some memories here. Kiss Me Kate… I love it. Mistermuse, you are classic!

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  • mistermuse 12:16 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Ebenezer Scrooge, , , Muppet Christmas Carol, ,   

    FAVORITE CHRISTMAS LINES FROM SONG & FILM 

    I hear that Dec. 25 is Christmas, so I’m departing from my every-five-days schedule to post a day early. For this post, I thought I’d make a little game out of several of my favorite Christmas lines from song and film. It’s simple enough: below are the lines; you name the song or film from whence they came. If you’ve been good, attentive little girls and boys, you should get all of them right; otherwise, I’ll tell Santa you’ve been naughty. However, if you’re a big, grown-up girl, I’ll let him know — ere he shows up down your chimney tonight bearing gifts — that you plan to behave yourself (unless you have other ideas).

     1. He’s making a list. Checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.

    2. Christmas Eve’ll find me where the love light gleams. [SONG TITLE] if only in my dreams.

    3. SCROOGE: “Let us deal with the eviction notices for tomorrow, Mr. Cratchit.”
    KERMIT: “Uh, tomorrow’s Christmas, Sir.”
    SCROOGE: “Very well. You may gift wrap them.”

    4. You can’t fool me – there ain’t no Sanity Clause.

    5. Although it’s been said, many times, many ways….Merry Christmas to you.

    Now for the answers:

    1. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN  (song)

    2. I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS  (song)

    3. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (film)

    4.
    Chico Marx to Groucho in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

    5. THE CHRISTMAS SONG

    You say you answered them all correctly, and you want to know what you get? BAH HUMBUG, that’s what! Nonetheless….

     

     
    • ladysighs 5:59 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Three out of five……ain’t bad. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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    • carmen 7:02 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Always learn something from your blog posts! Merry Christmas to you AND ladysighs! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:29 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, girls, and Merry Christmas to two of my favorite ladies (WordPress ladies, that is – I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I have a harem). 🙂 🙂

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      • carmen 7:29 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Whyever NOT?? 🙂

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        • mistermuse 8:13 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink

          Caremn, you got me there – after all, I am very broad minded (I don’t mean to ignore you guys, but it’s a lot more fun to tease broads – I mean, lovely ladies).

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    • arekhill1 11:12 am on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ho, ho, ho to all, and to all a good night, or day.

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    • Don Frankel 4:01 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I got 4 out of 5. I could have lied and said I got them all but then Richard the IVth, set the standard when he admitted to not getting a single one right on my quiz.

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    • Don Frankel 4:09 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ooops I almost forgot. Merry Christmas Muse.

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You got 4 out of 5? Now you got me wondering which one you missed. I KNOW it wasn’t #4, and I don’t think it was #1, 2 or 3, so I’m guessing #5. In any case, Don, I echo Merry Christmas to you (although it’s been said many times, many ways).

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    • Leyla 2:36 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Merry Christmas 🙂

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    • mistermuse 3:06 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Leyla. May you picture dandelions as flowers, and may your dreams flower all the days of your life.

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  • mistermuse 2:13 pm on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas giving, Ebenezer Scrooge, , , , ,   

    DEC. 21 IS HUMBUG DAY – BAH! HUMBUG! 

    Let misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge fend off Christmas giving for all he’s worth — for my money, the humbug that refuses to be set aside and saved for another time is old age. This is not to shortchange fate’s other humbugs (such as incurable diseases and pompous politicians) — old age is like a bad penny: once one aproaches one’s November-December years, it won’t stay away, no matter how august one feels.

    Having resigned myself to that venerable state of longevity,
    I now find myself amenable to stating my stages with levity:

    First, you forget names.
    Then, you forget faces (& toil to let out feces).
    Next, you forget to pull up your zipper.
    Last, you forget to pull it down.

    At age 4, success is….not peeing in your pants.
    At age 12, success is…having friends.
    At age 16, success is…having a driver’s license.
    At age 19, success is…having sex.
    At age 40, success is…making a lot of money.
    At age 50, success is…making a lot of money.
    At age 65. success is…having sex.
    At age 78, success is…having a driver’s license.
    At age 80, success is…having friends.
    At age 84, success is…not peeing in your pants.

    The trouble with old age is there’s not much future in it.

    An old person is someone who is ten years older than you are.

    You know you’re getting old if…
    …5 a.m. is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
    …you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
    …you give up all your bad habits and you still don’t feel good.
    …you sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.
    … you wake up looking like your driver’s license picture (unless you’ve always woken up looking like your driver’s license picture).
    …you can’t remember how you were going to end this post, so you end it like this.

     

     

     
    • scifihammy 3:12 pm on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very funny post 🙂

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    • mistermuse 5:02 pm on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. May you still think it’s funny when you reach my age!

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:14 pm on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Humorous post. Loved the poem. I think I may never get that old, mistermuse. No one can guess my age. I stiil have a full head of hair and my face has no wrinkles, Unless I am laughing or frowning. People say I look ten years younger than I actually am.

      This condition helped me win a lot of prizes for my baby girl at local fairs. Recall the “guess your weight or age” guy? After two trips there, he glared at me. probably thinking “I hope she doesn’t come around here again.” I didn’t want him to give me all his silly stuffed animals. Anyway, my girl liked the fake snake the best.

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    • mistermuse 5:43 pm on December 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It certainly is alright, Michaeline — have a good night as well!

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    • ladysighs 8:35 am on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am reading this on Dec 22 and it is still funny. Love it!

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      • mistermuse 1:30 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, ladysighs. Ham that I am, I like to go back and re-read my posts myself. Unfortunately, I don’t always like ’em as much the second time around, but in this case, I think the “good until” date may even last through tomorrow.

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    • Don Frankel 8:36 am on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When it comes to old age who else to quote but Casey Stengel. “They examined all my organs. Some of them are quite remarkable and some not so good. A lot of museums are bidding for them.”

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    • mistermuse 1:41 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Another “old age authority,” George Burns, said when he was 98, “It’s good to be here. At my age, it’s good to be anywhere.”

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    • arekhill1 1:51 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      To which I would add my own observation, which is that being the oldest person in any state, nation or the world is that location’s most celebrated temp job.

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    • mistermuse 4:19 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      They always ask the oldest person anywhere, “To what do you attribute your living so long?” Fortunately(?), I don’t expect to live so long that I need to start worrying how I’d answer that question.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 5:36 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Mistermuse, I will excuse that comment about “not living so long.” Could it be that Humbug Day influenced you to get the blues (and I don’t mean the musical kind.) You better shape up or I will not be happy this Christmas or New Year. Not having to worry about your defeatist attitude would make my day. Cheer up or have a glass of cheer and please put a smile on your wonderful face. Do it for me, okay?

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    • mistermuse 8:16 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Far be it from me to cause you to be unhappy for Christmas, Michaeline. I still don’t expect to ever be the oldest person in town, but how about second oldest – that should still put me over 100, and make your day.

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    • barkinginthedark 5:05 pm on January 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ‘o gawd…so true. continue…

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