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Virtual Holiday Party, 2008 12/15/2008 - 1:01 PM

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Evening! Nice reindeer scarf. Come on in, can I take your coat?

Beth is here already, and probably wondering what she's doing doing dressed to the nines at a holiday party at 10 AM, PST. But she's an old TW hand, and understands that the party starts any time we want, because it's always night, or day, or whatever you want it to be, somewhere in TennisWorld. I'm not sure Gauloises is coming until a little later, and be warned - smoking is allowed at this party. And that dude(ette) smokes like she gets paid for it!

Jackie-Oh is in the kitchen, preparing what she claims is her killer buche de noel. Anybody know what she's talking about? Is that some kind of tree?  I'm proud of the fact that when Jackie ordered me to put out some of the nibblings and snacks, I fought off the urge to eat all the Brazil nuts before anyone even got here.

The week before Christmas is always such a rush, and it's extra tough this time because I'm heading to Bradenton, Fla., tomorrow, to write a "Day in the Life" piece on Nick Bollettieri. That will be for the mothership, but I'll do a post on my visit as well. And, of course, I still have some Christmas shopping to do. My wife, Lisa, kind of wants an Ipod but she thinks they're too expensive. I was ecstatic when, returning from the farm with Cowboy Luke and Asad, I popped into Wal-Mart to return a heated blanket and found a Star Wars Tie-fighter (complete with Darth Vadar figurine) that - you don't have to put together out of 450 pieces! That means Christmas morning, he can just rip off the packaging and get busy. Yes, there is a God.

What can I get you to drink? Lleytsie, as promised, brought along some vintage Shiraz for the women, and some Cooper's ("for us blokes"). But the bar is pretty well stocked. You'll have no trouble identifying our off-the-(electrical)grid dancin' fool Rudy3, either. As she wrote late last night, in a pitch-perfect comment that somehow really caught the holiday party vibe:

Ok, well I'm bringing Patron and tortilla rollups (my specialty). I'll be the redhead in the kitchen wearing a black turtleneck, gap jeans and a smokin pair of Kenneth Cole boots. My subject du jour will be how Colt McCoy got gipped out of the Heisman, and how the BCS sucks. I should a joy to be around :), that is until the Patron kicks in, then I'll be funny and slightly loud.

Love how she wrote,"slightly" loud.

Once the party gets rolling I'll have to check out for a few hours and go pick up the cowpoke at school and get him fed and to bed, but I'll be back around 9 PM tonight to hang out until ?????.

And don't worry about dropping a dollop of dip or a pig in the blanket on the floor, the dog will take care of it. This is a dog-friendly and smoker-friendly and just-about-everything friendly party!

Oh, let me get a picture up, ASAP. . .


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Posted by Tari 12/15/2008 at 05:56 PM

Merry Christmas, Beth! *clinks champers*

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 05:57 PM

Jacko, that's one of my fave WSS numbers, along with "America." Glad you like it.

JJ, looks like we have quite a few faves in common. Definitely with you on The Age of Innocence, still a woefully under-appreciated film, but not so much on Magnolia, though it does have the best lines Cruise ever uttered on film.

Posted by Juan José 12/15/2008 at 05:57 PM


lulu B: You're welcome!

Christopher: AmyLu requires me to write that she was too tired that night. Not the ideal setting to watch a movie spoken in Mandarin.

Now, about "Happy Together"... that movie rocks. As you know, it was shot in Buenos Aires. Well, turns out that Bar where they dance tango is located around the corner from my University. So I walked by that corner endless times, thinking that Wong Kar Wai had been standing there, telling Tony Leung what to do.

Incidentally, the film was processed at a lab in the outskirts of Buenos Aires where my University had an agreement to process our student stuff.

Oh, and I completely agree on the "favorite film" lists rather than the "best films of all time". Much more interesting.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 05:57 PM

Jewell
do you remember this line?

"A small dusty man in a small dusty room:"

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 05:57 PM

one of moi's fav films is Good Will Hunting,gee still cry at the scene with Robbie Williams and Matt Damon,when Robbie says,its not your fault?

Posted by marie j vamos rafa numero 1 ! 12/15/2008 at 05:58 PM

hi twibe ! just popping one eye and hand to wave hello :)

i'm quite busy lately and there is little action on the tennis front even if here everyone seems ready to start the arguing-mad-silly-witty-whatever conversation going on just as usual ;) it feels like the old good place whenever you jump in :)

i'm glad you have a big party, but i'm resigning myself to go to bed that early for once... very early meeting next morning.

the funny thing, i had today my collegue official gathering cooking party this mid day... raw tuna with lemon spice and spinachs, cooked lamb, pommerol, cheese... and champagne s'il vous plait !!!

i had a good time myself, i hope you enjoy it here too ;)

bye and catch you sometime ;)

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 05:58 PM

Nice list Juan Jose:

Again for stuff like The Trial, have you read Kafka's Process?

And if you did that, did (anyone) also try Faulkner's Bear?

http://www.enotes.com/short-story-criticism/bear-william-faulkner

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) JJ IS COMING!!!!! 12/15/2008 at 05:58 PM

Juan José . . .. . i LOVE Y Tu mama Tambien!!!!!LOL. . . .. . . . .and Gael garcia Bernal!!!!!LOL. . .Bad Education . .. .. pans labyrinth . . . . .. ..the orphanage. . . . i love spanish cinematography!!!!!LOL
Another movie i love. . ..french . . . . .. Love me if you dare!!!!LOL
Hard Candy . . ..Juno . . ... i love ellen paige .. .. ..
Mean Girls. . . .don't attack me for it!!!LOL
and of course . .. ..... .. .DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

*continues dancing*

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 05:59 PM

*wanders back in, plucking twigs from hair*

Lovely garden.

Wow, it got very cultural in here while I was gone.

*needs cigarette*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 05:59 PM

thanks, ptenisnet.

I seem to remember a discussion of The Age of Innocence a few weeks back. :)

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:00 PM

miss Tari, love your friend on the tw flickr site!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:00 PM

The Dark Crusader!

*loves*

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:01 PM

Hat-tip Jewell.

Do you know it begins and ends with that sentence?

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 06:01 PM

HA, gauloises! Bad girl.

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:02 PM

Ah, AM, so that what it means in English culture, that you are supposed to come into money?

Does our explanation ( Romanian) that that person is sensual make more sense to you? :D

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:02 PM

Marian have a great Christmas and New year!

Posted by Sherlock 12/15/2008 at 06:02 PM

Jewell, love your geek girlness. :) Yep, Clint was the U.S. Army Ranger in that one. Burton was very cool.

Jackie, Hard Day's Night is good in any conversation. :)

Great Escape....love me some Steve McQueen.

Marian, cool. :) What war movies are on your list then?

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:04 PM

*clinks glass with Beth*

Welcome back Gauloises...glad the err, "garden" was nice.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:04 PM

jewell, and Magnolia, too. Yes, I blame you for all that wasted time.

BTW a few thread is up, folks.

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:04 PM

Same to you AM and vamos rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign!
BTW, I take your post as an yes? j/k

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:05 PM

marian sorry thought you were going.,still on about the teeth thing,well moi really cant think of teeth being sensual,but hey,horses for cources,as they say no?

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:05 PM

Tari - never can have too much champagne at a holiday party - can you ?
and
mariej - so glad you dropped in - Joyeux Noel - ( i hope I spelled that right )
my french is a bit rusty

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 06:05 PM

Thank goodness for you, Sherlock.

Check out the mistletoe next door!

Posted by Juan José 12/15/2008 at 06:06 PM


Marian: I love books, too, and Amy claims I'm more of a snob with books than I am with movies. Which is probably true.

About The Trial, it's one of my all-time favorite novels, and when I saw the film, I was flooded with satisfaction. I always say that that book-film combo should be mandatory for people who are interested in adapting a great novel to film. Doesn't always work.

About Lord of the Rings, I actually came to the books after I saw the films. I liked the films (especially the second one), but once I got to read Tolkien (first in Spanish and then in English), I became a huge fan of the books. Like my significant other.

I think Jackson did a great job, and in a sense, the three movies (expanded edition, though), are great for a relatively short Middle Earth fix, but there's absolutely nothing like the beauty of Tolkien's words.

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:06 PM

Not the teeth per say AM, but having that gap :)

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:06 PM

Never mind. We still have at least 300 more comments to go before the number hits the 1000 mark. I think Pete would've liked us to continue the party here for the time being.

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:07 PM

Cheers, rafadoc. Are you up for some punch? I might mix some.

And don't blame me, I got the idea from jewell and her exploration of Rafa ... er, with Rafa, that is, of course.

Posted by Nancy J 12/15/2008 at 06:07 PM

Sorry, NP, about the "funny story." LOL RJ thinks its HILARIOUS (he's got that old Hollywood dirty sense of humor). So, when I saw someone mention Niven, I had to include it. RJ also believes the rumor that Niven was a spy during WW2 for the resistance! Niven had survived some tragic times (horrible accidental death of his first wife, and an unloving second), but the guy remained one of the "coolest" ever in Hollywood-UK filmmaking.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:08 PM

ptenisnet, I did...I really love Alistair Maclean. :) And that's a particularly good one. "You, me and the lights of London." Oh! *sadness*

How is Redwall going?

Posted by Tari 12/15/2008 at 06:08 PM

My favorite movies list is huge, but off the top of my head, and in crazy random order: Life is Beautiful, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ordinary People, Terms of Endearment, Imitation of Life, The Lives of Others, King of Masks(not sure if that is the name), Affair to Remember...still thinking...

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:08 PM

Hi everyone!
What did I miss?
Is the party in full swing yet?

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:09 PM

Marian and JJ, Kafka is one of my fave novelists, but I must say he was better in shorter forms. In his case the critical consensus is right: "Metamorphosis" remains his best work.

Posted by tina 12/15/2008 at 06:09 PM

Gee, has TW time changed to GMT? Cocktails at 1 pm EST?

So, people are drinking Ginger Beer and Martinelli's? Add dark rum to that Ginger Beer, and it's a "Dark & Stormy" - very Newport (and I don't mean South Wales). I'll have one of those. Hope nobody minds that I've brought the dog - George is not only used to parties, but he's met more tennis pros than most humans.

Anyone catch Munster's win in Heineken Cup rugby the other day? It made me sorry that American football was ever created, even though Walter Camp was an alumnus of my high school.

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:10 PM

tina ... I didn't, but I was highly delighted with Harlequins winning over Stade Francaise. Great stuff from my guys.

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:11 PM

That sounds great Gauloises!
*heads to kitchen for Gauloise's famous punch*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:11 PM

Ha, gauloises. :)

NP, wasted time? Now I'm insulted. ;)

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 06:11 PM

*already drunk...trying to make an enterance but trips and breaks her heels*

well hello guys! am I late to the party? are we all drunk here or not yet?
I want my virtual drink anyway.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:11 PM

Almost done with Redwall. Am that is just went looking for the sword.

"You, me and the lights of London."

Marie Hopeman, yeah? See, this line to me trumps anything from the C-word movie.


Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:12 PM

Nancy J, excuse my ignorance, but I'm not sure who this "RJ" is.

Howdy, Vanessa. I think the party is getting hotter and hotter, but haven't seen anyone fall down due to exhaustion or intoxication yet.

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:13 PM

I am afraid my list of favorite movies would be considered mindless entertainment, not great art or cinema
but I don't really care
I like them
and my all time favorite is Animal House
there is no other that can compare
I laugh every time I see that one
and I have seen it many , many times

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:13 PM

Tari-I love Fargo! So twisted. I also like Terms of Endearment -Shirley McClain yelling at the nurse for pain killers...*anguish*
*goes for more punch*

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:14 PM

Juan Jose, so you're AmyLu's significant one? Nice meeting you!

Two good examples of the book-movie combo are The Deluge and War and Peace, imho.

Like the Deluge I was expected to dread the movie, simply because they had casted a blond guy, Daniel Olbrychski, to play the main character, Andrzej Kmicic who was supposed to be dark haired; but the movie was actually good, in spite of details like that that :)
The book (the trilogy) has actually won the Nobel prize in literature, so...

I usually have no choice, as I read the good books first, before they are turned into movies...
I got to Lord of the rings, because of reading stuff like Robert's Jordan "The wheel of time" (don't expect that one to be turned into a movie too soon though)...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_of_Time

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:14 PM

Howdy, Nancy. I think others can handle your virtual drink matter better.

jewell, 'twas my intention. :)

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:14 PM

tina - that adorable dog , George , is a great party guest !
and Nancy - we are not so very drunk yet
join in
we are working on it

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:15 PM

Nancy!

Hold on, I'm just making some punch.

Now let's see ... tequila, absinthe, mint-flavoured vodka, grenadine, blue food colouring ...

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:15 PM

Hey mariej, Nancy, Vanessa and Tina, happy Christmas!

ptenisnet, yeah, Marie Hopeman, and it's a great line. :)

I am picking Casablanca as my favourite film, not the best film ever, btw. :)

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:15 PM

Season's Greetings vanessa.

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:16 PM

Hi Nancy and I need a drink too :D

ttyl

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:16 PM

oh well either I was not invited and people are ignoring me on purpose or the lights are turned down so low that my entrance went unnoticed (the horror! lol)

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 06:16 PM

*picks Nancy up, straightens her out, and gives her a big sloppy hug*

Posted by jb (Go Smiley tennis!) 12/15/2008 at 06:16 PM

>"Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure ( whoever she is hubba hubba)"

good heavens - are we talking where eagles dare?

Let me put down the tequilla and limes and fix my first GE!

*totters off to the kitchen with tequilla and a sack o' limes*

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) JJ IS COMING!!!!! 12/15/2008 at 06:16 PM

Awh. . . Stan and Gilles hav left me!!!!:(
But marat is still here!!!!!!LOL
I think we'll hit the hay folks. . . and take advantage of the mistletoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
*giggling, pulls marat by tie playfully upstairs*
NITE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:17 PM

fair enough jewell. I was just, unnecessariy as it turns out, prolonging my rant.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:17 PM

Marian, you want a really crappy book-movie combo? Anna Karenina, hands down. Rather surprising, actually, for such a filmable book.

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:18 PM

Marian the Gap you say,mmmmm,no sorry,thats not sensual at all to moi!

Rafadoc yes,Terms of Endeament,what a film,!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:18 PM

Goodnight, Jacko, sweet dreams, not that you will need them. :)

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:18 PM

Jb
"no one moves until I find out exactly what the hell is going on"

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:19 PM

oh hi Jewell, Ptenisnet! I knew I couldn't go unnoticed (sigh of relief)
What's up? Anyone exhibiting drunkenly behavior?
Any make out session? Any dirty dancing? I need details (if only I could make myself go back to read previous posts, lol)

Posted by Nancy J 12/15/2008 at 06:19 PM

I'm sorry NP and all. "RJ" is Robert Wagner. He's the one with the great David Niven stories. I met him a couple of months ago in Hollywood and then again in Santa Monica, along with his daughters Natasha Gregson Wagner (another really NICE person), and Katie Wagner. He shared some amazing old Hollywood stories. Someone mentioned High Fidelity. Natasha was in that film.

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:20 PM

Hi Nancy and Vanessa and anyone else I haven't greeted! Happy Holidays!

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:21 PM

Hi Rafadoc! Having fun?

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:22 PM

Night Jacko.

Send Marat down when you're finished with him, please. It's Christmas, it's nice to share.

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:22 PM

vaanessa sorry,aussie barbie getting a little out of hand here,thought Tony Roche could pacify Newk,seeing the Poo has arrived,Newk cant seem to move on! as they say,nearly strangled Mark at one stage,geez,Newk has his own keg and all? by the way you look great!

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:22 PM

Vanessa! - have a holiday drink ?
I recommend the champagne - it is cold and quite good
I am well into my second bottle by now

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:23 PM

Gotcha, Nancy J. I thought you might have been talking about your hubby. :)

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:24 PM

Vanessa-yes...so far so good!

Posted by Tari 12/15/2008 at 06:24 PM

Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Notorious....

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) Marat Is Waiting!!!!! 12/15/2008 at 06:24 PM

Woops forgot to say happy holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. . . TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. . . . . .
Now i really am off to bed .. .. . . sorry gauloises!!. . . . i like to wake up in sum1s arms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
Anywho u have ur Elf. . . . ....i was there remember!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
*hears marat calling*
Alritee . . . .. Really NITE THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:25 PM

Another childhood movie, I'm trying to dig out, but can't remember the title had a samurai with a two handed sword handling :D

And like in tennis 2h > 1h

Can anyone help me on this one?

And my last movie question, have you guys ever watched the same movie, French and English versions, sort of off?
If so, which one did you like better:

1. Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita with Anne Parillaud

or

2. Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne
(Actually based on Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita)?

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:25 PM

Rebecca!

"I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool."

And Edith Van Hopper FTW. (Is that the name?)

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:26 PM

gauloises
don't worry - Marat will be back
he cannot stand being away from the blonde girls - ya know
and I am still here - downstairs - in the kitchen -
ahem - Marat - do you hear me ?
of course, he does

but - i am not greedy
I am sure there is enough Marat to go around

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:26 PM

NP, ok but have you read and/or watched War and Peace?

AM: You got it wrong: the person with a gap between the front teeth is presumably sensual (at least in my culture) lol

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 06:26 PM

Gauloises! my pub-mate! let's get wasted woman.

and Hello my Jackie, thanks for collecting me from the floor!
Hey Jewell, NP, Beth, Marain...etc. *hugs everybody*
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and all that.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:26 PM

I watched Star Wars, the one with the Ewoks, in French. It was definitely better that way. :)

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:27 PM

Hi Beth! I left a msg for you on flickr. I think you had asked me my age when we were discussing kids but I didn't answer you. I will be 24 this month. If you have any non-alcoholic champagne then I'm all for it!

AM, the aussie barbie sounds good! I'm hungry!!

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:28 PM

Oh hi Vanessa! Dirty dancing aka you like Patrick Swazye? 'Cause I like Cynthia Rhodes...

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:28 PM

Here's another lovely work by Marin Marais, a chaconne in G major:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Bf7QsK_AY

Certainly one of my desert-island faves (not this performance, though). Now tell me: Why the hell would you wanna visit a shrink when you've already got all the psychotherapy you need?

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:29 PM

*adds orange juice*

Can't remember the last ingredient ... oh well, sod it.

*tips in a bottle of rum*

Here's for you, rafadoc, and you, Nancy.

Cheers.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:29 PM

OK,
I read rebecca a long time ago. Is the leading character's name not known?

Posted by Christopher 12/15/2008 at 06:29 PM

Juan Jose--

SO COOL about your connection to Happy Together. That shot when Leslie Cheung looks back over his shoulder in the car with his trick and the Frank Zappa song comes on is one of my favorite moments in cinematic history.

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 06:30 PM

Okay, guys, I'm bushed and in a food coma. Going to take a nap in one of the bedrooms for a bit - be back later to do it all over again! :)

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:30 PM

Ty Jewell, I don't know that French Star wars (I'll look it up), but between:

1. Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita with Anne Parillaud

or

2. Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne
(Actually based on Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita)?

I've also preferred the first one, the French one, mainly b/c of the dialogs and emphasis on feelings and less on action...

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:30 PM

marian fine,methinks the champagen beth and I have been drinking has gone to my head,just a little,maybe a dentist can help,mmmm,also will everyone stop bringing up Marat's name,gee should have brought a Blonde Wig!

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:30 PM

Hi Marian, well dirty dancing like we do in Miami (salsa, merengue, bachata)

Posted by beth 12/15/2008 at 06:31 PM

Vanessa - I believe we have some Martinelli's somewhere
sparkling cider - will that do ?
24 is a great age( remember lots of fun being single then , and I met my husband the next year )
I will check out the comment after the party

Posted by gauloises 12/15/2008 at 06:31 PM

ptenisnet, that's right. She's nameless.

"Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again ..."

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:31 PM

Marian, read it, but not watched it. That's like 24 hrs long, isn't it?

Nancy, U 2.

jewell, SW3 is actually considered the weakest link of the original trilogy.

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:32 PM

Ah and Vanessa: any kind of dancing with you sounds exquisite

Posted by jb (Happy holidays!!) 12/15/2008 at 06:32 PM

Marian - definately luc besson's version.

hey ptenis! *waves GE happily* sigh - i'm TERRIBLE at recongnizing quotes. mind like a sieve y'know? is that from Where Eagles Dare - when they're around the table talking about hte double / quadruple cross?

guns of navarrone is my fav, i have to admit. though the movie was 'meh'..

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 06:33 PM

*takes glass of punch from Gauloises and gulps some down*

Thanks Gauloises-cheers!

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/15/2008 at 06:33 PM

where the hell is Pspace,he came as Sleeping Beauty's Bed,maybe i could flop a little too,maybe i should start drinking Champagne Cocktails,yes that will do the trick!

Posted by Vanessa 12/15/2008 at 06:33 PM

Beth, yes single=fun (for me anyway, lol)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/15/2008 at 06:33 PM

Mmm, Rebecca...not keen on the hero, though.

I read SW3 as a postcode in London.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 06:33 PM

Later, Jackie. Hopefully you aren't planning a scary vegan takeover.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 06:34 PM

ptenisnet, that's right. She's nameless.

How did they swing that in the movie?

Every time I see manderley I think of George Costanza. I know, I am a philistine.

Posted by Rosangel 12/15/2008 at 06:34 PM

Marian: speaking of Robert Jordan, have you read George R.R. Martin's ongoing "A Song of Ice and Fire" Series? It's one of very few fantasy-type series that I've been able to get absorbed by since Lord of The Rings. I first read Tolkien over 25 years ago. Lord of the Rings is still one of the greatest books I've ever come across - every so often I re-read it.

Posted by tina 12/15/2008 at 06:34 PM

much as I adore Gabriel Byrne, "Point of No Return" was one of the most ill-advised remakes of all time.

"La Dolce Vita" is the film that changed my life. George is sleeping in the corner, as he does even at European discos, so I'm going to see if there's any more Slivovic left...

Posted by Tari 12/15/2008 at 06:34 PM

Wow! You know...I've seen that movie many, many times and never noticed that the character has no first name! I can't believe I didn't notice that.

Loved it, though. Olivier was so handsome in that.

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 06:35 PM

Cheers G!

*Hugs Rafadoc* Happy holidays hun!

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/15/2008 at 06:35 PM

NP: I'm sure it wasn't 24h, I watched it at the pre-screening session when they brought it from Russia to Romania; more like 8 hours.

"The film took 7 years to produce and cost over $100 million. If inflation is taken into account, a film of this magnitude would cost over $700 million today, making War and Peace the most expensive film ever made."

AM: It's all good :) And I can understand the Marat part, even to my family (me included) he's the most sexy tennis player out there.

Vanessa: And I posted before reading your great explanation :D

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