Tittle-Tattle

crazy ladyBack Fence Talk, Prattle, Trivia, Gossip! Call it what you will…This is my ‘spout off’ page, good and bad.  From incorrect colloquialisms, to just plain stupidity, or ironic history, this is my TITTLE TATTLE!  I’ll frequently update this page with observations, praise and complaints. I’ve given up on Forest Trump; it’s too easy to take daily pot-shots and this is NOT a political page.

 

NostalgiaA Greek word meaning to Grieve, to Ache

Modern Dictionary:  a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition

I guess I’m the last person, on the planet,  to watch the series, MAD MEN.  I was so surprised; it’s my life as a young (very) married housewife. I was treated like that as a woman. It’s hard to believe now and of course when it was happening, I didn’t know any better…..and the men in my life CERTAINLY DIDN’T!!!  That was my husband; me always asking for permission. Him handling the money, etc. Cheating on me. Demeaning my worth with tiny arrows and jabs. And the employers I had at the time….just like the ‘ad men’ in Mad Men.  Talking down to the female employees and always reminding us of our place. Where did men (mad) at that time learn this behavior? Their fathers…and their fathers before them?

  I swear I even had some of those skirts that Peggy wore.  And one of the dresses that Joan wore was in my closet too.

Read more on my post: March 17th.

 

Has anyone discovered the comedy, “Schitt’s Creek“? (yes you’ve got the pronunciation correct).  This is a brilliantly
written comedy offered by Daniel Levy. Ultra-rich, entitled family goes bust and the IRS wipes them out with the exception of a little town, (yes you guessed it: Schitt’s Creek) that Johnny Rose (Daniel Levy) purchased as a joke. It’s the only place they can now go after being stripped of all their wealth. It sounds like it would be broad-brush comedy, doesn’t it?  Surprisingly it‘s not. Because of the great cast of actors and the writing, it’s subtle and so so clever!! 
Stream previous seasons, yes.  Also current season can be found on Pop.

 

The network channel, ABC, cancelled “Nashville” last season. Am I the last fan to realize they have a new season on CMT (Country Music Television)???  I am so happy someone picked them up because you’ll be hard pressed to find a larger pool of talent on one show!  Thank you CMT for bringing them back!!

 

 

Many of you are too young to remember or relate to Nazi Germany. It began with:
1. Promised and delivered Jobs
2. Obsession with rallies and crowd count
3. Registration and then persecution of certain sections of the population
4. Rule by extortion and intimidation
5. An elitist government
6. Criticism not tolerated
7. Propaganda/FREE Press dies
8. Door knocking and ripping families apart
9. Mass Murder
RING ANY BELLS?? I’m just say’in.

 

Andy Weir’s book was made into the movie, ‘The Martian‘ starring Matt Damon.  With all the enthusiasm Mars is stirring up right now this film is a “Don’t Miss”.  It’s accurately based upon the technology of NASA’s space programs to get to Mars. It’s funny, suspenseful and human. Matt Damon does a fine job of acting.  It is of the same caliber that he pleased us with in “Good Will Hunting”.  There is something forbidding and desolate about the Red Planet that awakens the adventurer in us all, I think. 

 

c-w-musicDo you know what happens if you play a country western song backwards??

Your girl/cowboy will come back to you.cow-love
Your truck won’t be re-possessed.cow-truck
You’ll find your dog.

 

 

 
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My co-author friend, Tara Ford, had a thief steal Christmas lights right off their house one night recently.  When looking around the next morning, she discovered that they had cell-snowdropped their cell phone in the snow.  You know what I always say, ‘stupid is forever‘.

xmas-lites-houseShe called them on the mobile and told them if they would return the lights, they’d get their phone back and she wouldn’t call the cops on them.  My friend is much more generous than I would have been!  What a Hoot!!

 

Will greed and money win over a basic American right and tradition? That is, to publicly, peacefully protest against the protest-march actions of government and/or big utility companies. I speak of Standing Rock, North Dakota. Where thousands of Native Americans and non-natives have been protesting, without arms, without violence in the longest running protest this country has ever seen. The ONLY violence occurring is from law enforcement, with trained dogs, high dog-warrantpressure water hoses, pepper spray; the list goes on.

Illegal arrests included members of the press for just being there to report the news. The charges brought against Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) in North Dakota v. Amy Goodman are a clear attack on journalism and freedom of the press.

What’s the big kerfuffle about? Coverage of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. If completed the $3.8 billion dollar pipelineprotest-horse would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from N. Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada. These indigenous people are standing for sacred Indian Burial Grounds and they contend that the pipeline would be a serious threat of contamination in the Missouri River, our longest protest-waterriver (traveling east from the Rocky Mtns to St. Louis) in the United States, furnishing over 100K people with water.

Why the use of excessive force by authorities?  When our populace took to the streets in peaceful demonstration over the election this did not happen. Unless state government can prove that these PROTECTORS (protestors) are being violent, this is just WRONG!

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Trivia…did you ever think about how a US President could react so quickly to certain events? I hadn’t.  It seems that if an event in the course of our history, such as landing on the moon, should go terribly wrong, speeches were written to prepare for the worst.

The trick at the time wasn’t only to get the men landed on the moon; the real question was, would the rockets that needed to propel the landing craft back to the main ship work on the moon? This was unknown. So speeches are routinely written, ahead of time, to cover all eventualities. Success or failure.

Text of William Safire’s speech for President Richard Nixon in the event of a disaster besetting Apollo 11.moon

‘Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.’  Happily, this speech was never needed!

 

Does wealth ever reach an obscene and crass level? I leave it to you. The Kardashian Rich List:kim

krisKris K. $80M (million) those management fees she earns off her kids must be pretty healthy.
Caitlyn J. $65M  Where did she disappear to?
Kim K.  $41M It pays to be stunningly gorgeous and have the most famous ass in the world.
Khloe K. $12M  What can I say? She’s Khloe.
kourtneyKourtney K. $12.8M In my opinion the most sensible and grounded of the bunch. She seems to be quietly going about her business of raising her kids.
Kendall K.  $3.2M An international super-model and rarely in the lime light with the exception of the cat-walk.
kylieKylie K. $3.8M  Not bad for an eighteen year-old. But the silicone is messing with her brain.

K. West $145M He does like to flash his wad of cash but seems to duck the cameras when around his wife and the family.
Why am I less offended by (for example) Trump’s, Zuckerberg’s, and Gates’ achievements and billions. They built something tangible, I guess. The Kardashians’ millions are based on physical looks and reality TV. What happens when the looks fade and the fickle audiences turn their attention to younger, more beautiful, more scandalous? 

 

The actor ( Eddie Redmayne) and the director (Tom Hooper) treated this film with such elegance. Redmayne, as eddie-1 o-eddie-redmayne-570The Danish Girl, was so delicate in all of his movement; especially with his hands, that I was shocked to learn that he is a straight man with a wife and family.  I want to gush about this story and this film!  Set in Europe, in the 1930’s, when gender identity was considered a mental illness, the Danish Girl tries to resist her gender conflict. Radiation, shock treatments, eddie-3you name it she had it, trying to ‘cure‘ herself. A wife, who was a better friend, stands by his/her side through it all.

 

thI discovered a television show that is probably not well known outside of ‘science geek’ worlds. (pun intended) It’s neilcalled Star Talk and is hosted by astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The set up is entertaining and funny. Neil has, on his panel, a comedian co-host, and another physicist, usually in a different field. His guests are stars, themselves, each week. From Christopher Lloyd, to Andy Weir, George Takei to Buzz Aldrin, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Irons to Whoopi Goldberg, just to name a few. All geeks in their own right.  This week the guest was Ben Stiller talking about Night at the Museum and how it became a pop culture rage. Filmed on the same set as Star Talk (The Museum of Natural History in NYC).  The movie is so popular with young people that there are ‘sleep overs’ at the museum. Sleeping bags lay at the feet of the Tyrannosaurus Rex’s bones and the kids play with shadows of the fearsome beast on the walls .

spockLast week’s guest was Ben Stiller, who Neil described as having a ‘soft geek underbelly’. Ben denied it, saying, “No, I’m a full blown geek when it comes to Star Trek.” He went on to confess that he owns a copy of the Star Trek Technical Manual. “The Star Trek folks made up a manualfake book with fake blue prints for a space ship that never existed,” he laughed. He went on to say that he bought a original pair of Spock ears, at auction, from the second TV season. When Leonard Nemoy heard about this he sent Stiller his Spock ears from the original movie. Wow. Am I showing my ‘underbelly of geekitude’?
You can watch Star Talk on Monday nights on National Geographic.

 

 

 

Interviewees on CNN: “I don’t have a horse in that fight.”  Jeezz!  Get your colloquialisms correct or don’t use them!!
“I don’t have a horse in that race.”
“I don’t have a dog in that fight.”
“I don’t have an iron in that fire.”

puppetKelly Dodd (from OC Housewives) “Heather is the puppet and all the little masters are below her,” (hand motions showing the puppet master above with all the puppets dancing to the ‘master’s’ tune) She is talking about how the other housewives do what Heather says. Why do people insist on using analogies when they are uncertain (or just plain don’t know) of the expression.  Webster’s Definition: Puppet Master – ‘one who makes and entertains with puppets’.
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