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The Mistletoe. . . 12/15/2008 - 6:00 PM

Mist Well, this li'l shaver is bringing our holly wreath with mistletoe. It has been "blessed," Check out the description from Getty Images:

A young boy carries away a holly wreath bought at the mistletoe and holly auction which was blessed by Druids at Tenbury Wells Market, on December 6, 2005, Tenbury Wells, England... Ancient druids believed mistletoe had magical properties because of the way it grows, never touching the ground and without taking nourishment from the earth. Tenbury Wells has been the traditional mistletoe capital for over 150 years. Druids blessed this years crop before buyers put their bids in for the festive plant. Many buyers fear it could be the last ever auction on the site as the land has been sold off for development. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas comes from the belief that mistletoe has fertility magic.

We're tacking this up at 6 PM in an appropriate location (a hallway, just to stay properly public!). Take advantage of it to let your fellow comment posters know how you feel about them. You ladies have to watch out for sexy engineer Sam, who has amply earned the nickname, The Mistletoe Missle. I'm taking Rosangel there as soon as I can get that danged camera off her shoulder and, guys, I'm taking first dibs on Jackie-Oh, too.

You know, when I contemplate our crew of lady posters - Jewel, Ms.Rubin (although I'm afraid of her husband; I hear he's the jealous sort - and for good reason!), Beth, Ruthie, Gauloises (in that killer corset, no less!), C1, Dwiz, aw, hail, the list is endless. . . all I can say is that a fella (or lady) can end up needing a chap-stick the size of a tube of Pringles before he's done! What the hail, though, I'm on my fourth GE, it's the holidays and, as I find myself asking at least once a day: What's the worst that can happen (apart from someone pressing charges). . .

Happy Holidays, everyone.

PS - If and when the Comments on the Virtual Holiday Party go over the 1,000 mark, move the action over here. See y'all at 9 PM or so. . .

-- Pete


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Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:07 PM

I like E.T. too!!!

Go Beth!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:08 PM

yeah - (unforgiven too - playing)

------------------------------------------

lay beside me - this wont hurt i swear ...

-

yeah Andy Duframe and - RED

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:08 PM

Ha! Just saw your message next door, Nancy.
I found some fruit cake and a punch in there. s'all good. Happy holidays to you too! :)

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 10:08 PM

LOL Lleytsie, sure, JR is gorgeous and such a great actress but that movie was really blah, though loved her in Erin Brokovich.

Jenni - oh tell me about it, spent two hours yesterday at the his pics thread. he's irresistible. If he smiled at me once, my knees won't hold up.

*off to get more wine*

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:08 PM

beth - happy holidays - bye, lovely takin to ya

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

WHAT? He turned himself in.

OMG, see? Someone DID spike my drink!

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

"Gone With The Wind!"

Posted by jb (happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

wait. i loved unfaithful, and am a total fan of diane lane.

but i thought gere DID go to jail? mhm. now i'm confused.

and oliva martinez was beautiful. i actually think i saw him, or his clone in london. almost went right off my bar stool after him, but i'd just gotten a new glass of vino.

and you know what they say, time and wine waits for no man...

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

ohhhh man Ren - i loveee ET too

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 10:09 PM

Nite, beth. We can discuss The Godfather later. :)

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

remember the boy kid in ET

i actually saw him perform in toronto once, hes a musician

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

Llyetsie: I'm +ve about 'Shawshank Redemption' too. I would say 'Almost Famous' or 'Phonebooth' would be nice addition too. But, don't wanna stretch the list and bore the party!

Good Night, Beth!

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

You know what's a much better Father-Gets-Whacked-Son-Gets-Revenge story?

The Princess Bride.
"You kill my father. Prepare to die" is so much better than "It's not personal. It's business"

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

Shawshank was a fine movie.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

are there two versions ?

gere did not go to jail -

and yeah, diane lane is DREAMMMMMY !

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:10 PM

"The Killing Fields"

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:11 PM

ptenisnet, plus it has Andre the Giant. Clearly, that makes it better.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:11 PM

PTENIS -

while we are at it

lets add charlie and the choc factory and thomas crown affair

the ones with

depp and brosnan (mcqueen was blahhhhhh)

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:12 PM

LLeytsie: Funny! But gosh, e.t. was just a feel good movie! And love Drew!!!

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:12 PM

Thanks Arun!

Posted by Bismarck 12/15/2008 at 10:12 PM

yo TW people.
frohe weihnachten to everyone.
i always appreciate throwing a bone to the poor german speaking minority of TW - but why is the TW christmas tree decorated with colours and crest of arminia bielefeld (german football club, but a particularly boring one)?

Pete,
your firekitten article was what brought me to TW, i found it when googling news about hingis´ comeback... and once one has found this place it´s pretty addictive!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:12 PM

yeah - thanks roon

so am gonna stop with the list in here ....

'playing (MASTER)*

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:13 PM

LLeytsie: Can't believe myself when the next Drew movie I saw was "poison Ivy!" Ha-ha!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:13 PM

bissy

Guten Abend - vikit is dea ?

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:13 PM

Lleytsie, you'll appreciate this and forgive the name-dropping. Once I was at Boris Becker's place on Fischer's Island during the Miami Masters and he and Barbara invited me to join them for dinner at someone else's apartment. On way over, along a pretty dark path between buildings, some chick screams "Barbara!" and jumps on her back and there proceeds a lot of hysterical greetings and outward expressions of love. This woman is with a date. We all go to the building where the dinner is and when we get in the elevator (which is brightly lit), we're introduced by first name and I'm thinking, man this woman looks familiar - where have I seen her before? We get upstairs to this doctor's ultra-fancy apartment and soon the Chinese take-out arrives (I kid you not), and little by little as we talk I figure out that this girl is Julia Roberts. She was a pain in the *ss - very clearly needed to be the center of attention and was "on" all evening. The guy she was with, on the other hand, was a nice low key fella (the kid easily pushed around by a tough chica) - some kind of musician - and we had a nice talk about fishing (he was familiar with upstate NY). I think Julia dumped the guy a few weeks later, and if you ask me he was better off without her. By the end of the night I wanted to pitch her off the balconey.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:13 PM

50 first dates ?

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:14 PM

Hey Bissy!!!

Posted by 1221 12/15/2008 at 10:14 PM

it has been a long time greenhopper...Im officially working now, its getting harder and harder to post.

Im looking forward to 2009. I reread our past posts every now and then especially during the great matches of the year...you guys are really hilarious!!!

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:14 PM

Totally jackie. Something for everyone of us.

My brains, his steel, and your strength against sixty men, and you think a little head jiggle is supposed to make me happy?

I did like TC Affair.

anyone up for LA Confidential?

Posted by Darcy 12/15/2008 at 10:14 PM

Happy holidays all. Pete, I still have my Tennis Magazine hat from probably your first caption contest. Wore it tonight on the court. 80 degrees and humid here in young Courier country. Hard to get in the spirit sometimes. But spirits will help...

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:15 PM

Ohmigosh, Pete! What a FANTASTIC (and hilarious) story!!!

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:15 PM

I like that for its psychological significance to me--anterograde amnesia!!! Hooh!

Posted by jb (happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 10:15 PM

The Princess Bride - WAY betterer than the godfather, imo..!

nite beth!

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:15 PM

Bismarck - So glad you could make it to the party, you can leave the steel helmet in the hall closet, it will be okay. I'm hoping you have a few GEs and start quoting Rilke, but will also settle for an interpretive dance based on the Firekitten post. . .

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 10:15 PM

"george clooney had a pet pig; which goes to show you, women will forgive a hott man a lot."

Is this a bad time to admit that I can't stand that man?

Greenhopper - see? you picked on my poor guy for no reason. I've been like his shadow all night, he didn't eat much. We're both royally drunk though.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:16 PM

what a cool story Pete .... (LL?)

loved the story ...

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:16 PM

you can leave the steel helmet in the hall closet

Just tell Reeshard not to sit on it by accident.

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:16 PM

Thanks for sharing Pete! Wow-Julia-quite the diva.

*Goes to kitchen for a GE and some snacks*

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:17 PM

Darcy! You look as fabulous as way back then. . . Have a pop with Kenneth, you two probably have lots to talk about.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:17 PM

yeah - he crushed my dreams now - that darned pete

i thought i'll data JR one day - when i get rich and famous

sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:18 PM

Gift for Bismarck: http://www.tribalartifacts.com/images/324.index.jpg

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:18 PM

date date

not data

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:19 PM

Rafadoc: Did you get my gift for you?

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:19 PM

diva is right. funny story, though.

1221 -- working ? pfft. hopefully we'll see around more often from Jan ?

Man, LA Confidential. I'm having a Kevin Spacey moment now.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:19 PM

gift to bissy - http://www.amazon.com/Crocodile-Hunter-Incredible-Adventures-Steve/dp/0451206738

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:21 PM

"Kramer vs Kramer"

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:21 PM

> anyone up for LA Confidential?

*raises hand*


Pete: Very interesting story. For some reason, I thought Julia wouldn't behave likee *that* kind of a diva in real life.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:21 PM

"Pulp Fiction"

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

Lleytsie: JR is indeed a hottie, but I reckon if you dated her for a week it would take six months for your spine to grow back, not to mention the considerably longer time-line on certain other anatomical features of the male human being.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

Spacey in 7 is one of the scariest movie nutcases. Not that I know any scary nutcases in real life.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

*raises two hands!

Posted by jb (happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

lyle lovett pete? he seemed a nice regular guy, but hilarious story Pete. Loved that you didn't register who she was, she was prolly totally wigged about it.

and makes you wonder about those famous people who SAY they want to live like the little people, in anonymity. yeah, right.

I'll second la confidential.

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

Guten Abend, Bismarck! Or is it not Bismarck ?

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:22 PM

Rafadoc - totally cute shoes!

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:23 PM

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest!"

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:23 PM

HAHAHAHA, Pete!!! OMG, we should get you liquored up more often.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:23 PM

yeah

its think its LL -

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 10:23 PM

Eh, hate to disagree, folks, but Shawshank isn't as fine as it's often made out to be. So two ex-cons eventually break the law to be together at the end, while preserving their "integrity." How deep. And remember that scene where Andy plays Mozart's "Che soave zeffiretto" for all the inmates, and the Rita Hayworth-admiring, testosterone-driven men, all suddenly transfixed by the music, turn to the loudspeaker with the same robotic motion? It's gotta be one of the most laughable scenes in cinema history. Seriously, how can anyone put this film among the very best ever made?

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:24 PM

Hi Ren! You know what-you handed it to me and remember thinking what lovely wrapping paper and then I set it down briefly to hug Nancy.
*goes to look for Ren's gift*

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:24 PM

I Haven't reached 10 yet!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:24 PM

yeah

for some reason i thought JR wasnt like that either

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:24 PM

Totally agree, ptenisnet. Specially the part in the drive with Morgan & Brad towards the end. LOVE IT.
And there's always Keyser Soce.

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:25 PM

Thanks Pete! Your wife is a lucky woman to have a man who notices cute shoes when he sees them!

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:25 PM

NP

two (alleged) ex cons -andy wasn wrongly convicted

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:25 PM

Wrestling update: Dolph Ziggler (yep) is wrestling Santa Claus (yep again).

How am I able to function in the real world.

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:25 PM

And now comes "Pulp Fiction".. Some great suggestions tonight!

ptenis: I agree about '7'.. The movie was excellent to start with but didn't like the way it ended - nasty!

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:26 PM

*opens Ren's gift which is perfect from the kindred soul and squeals with delight*

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:26 PM

yeah

god came down from heaven and STOPPED these mofo bullets !

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:27 PM

> Dolph Ziggler (yep) is wrestling Santa Claus (yep again).

Santa Claas, hehe!

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:27 PM

Yep. Was just thinking Usual Suspects.


Also City Lights.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:27 PM

no reservations ? (OK - may be not top 10)

Posted by rafadoc 12/15/2008 at 10:27 PM

*remembers gift for Ren is in coat pocket...goes to look for coat*

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:28 PM

Se7en was a great movie. NP disagrees, I'm sure.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:28 PM

pete - was that before (or) after 'pretty woman'

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:28 PM

Have you seen K-PAX ? The man can do no wrong in any role.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:29 PM

Lleyts Shiraz -jejeje

Posted by Jackie 12/15/2008 at 10:29 PM

Arun, you watching with me? Yeah, I guess I shoulda clarified ... Santa Claas/Santa Haas. ;)

Ahhhhhh, why can't I be watching SD now?! Want me some Jeff Hardy!

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 10:29 PM

Great story, Pete. Didn't know JR was such a diva, at least not to that degree. And what's a holiday without a little celeb-bashing?

Posted by Nancy 12/15/2008 at 10:29 PM

"hate to disagree"

NP - no! you don't say! :)


Merry Christmas, Bismarck!

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:29 PM

Something just made me think, "Aguirre, Wrath of God"

Oh, NP - Lawrence is easy to explain - great scenery, great narrative, faithful to book (Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of my non-fiction faves). . . With the exception of a very few writers, I am interested primarily in narrative. Most of the "quality fiction" I've tried in recent years struck me as the equivalent of gothic romance but for the smart set - at the end of the day, though, it's just (psycho)melodrama of a higher order. Guess I'm more interested in events and people's actions than in relationships, of which I have two right here in my own home. Quite enough, thanks very much.

But let me go on record as a big Richard Russo fan, although I've lost touch with him after the Nobody's Fool book (which was made into one of those rare movies that does justice to the book it's based on).

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:30 PM

For Rafadoc: http://www.jeepneygang.com/graphics/sanmig.jpg

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:30 PM

Ofcourse mate - ptenis

a special one from you from the hills of Adelaide -

i dont know how lleyton's hip is holdin up, i do hope is OK to go play come OZ open

any updates anyone ?

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:30 PM

Yeah. Seen K-Pax. Also the movie about the reporter in new england who gets executed?
Life of Something Gale?

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:30 PM

"no reservations ?"
Aw, saw this on a flight back home once... cute movie.

City Lights ? Haven't seen much of Chaplin. Sin, I know.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:31 PM

"The Deer Hunter"

Posted by Bismarck 12/15/2008 at 10:31 PM

hey Lleytsie.
i´m alright. just that too much uni work and too little party make Bismarck go all ... crazy.

Pete,
GEs sounds like just what i need right now. maybe a gringo especiale without crushed ice and without lime juice?
though a couple of beers for starters will fine too...

Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr groß.
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren laß die Winde los.

Befiehl den letzten Früchten voll zu sein;
gieb ihnen noch zwei südlichere Tage,
dränge sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Süße in den schweren Wein.

Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.

totes not fitting for this season cause it is "autumn day" by rilke.
but it´s the only one from him i can recite without having to look it up.

ptenis,
jejejejeje.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:31 PM

finally - GH

yeah, i thought eckhart and CZJ had great screen chemistry

Posted by Pete 12/15/2008 at 10:31 PM

Now you got me thinking. Very high on my list (and in my limited movie experience): Angel Heart.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:31 PM

is ledger nominated for Oscars - ? for Joker ?

Posted by Jenni 12/15/2008 at 10:32 PM

Oh lord, Jackie. That brings back some tables, ladders and chairs memories. Or should I say memoriez, as that was when my burning hatred of replacing 's' with 'z' began.

Posted by NP 12/15/2008 at 10:32 PM

Lleytsie, I know. But that still doesn't make the story any more relevant.

Jackie, right you are, but something tells me you'd rather not hear why. :)

Posted by Arun 12/15/2008 at 10:32 PM

Lleytsie: I'd posted this on the official invite thread.

Hewitt training six hours a day to crack tennis top 10: http://tinyurl.com/6oofz8

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:33 PM

pete

the bar is runnin out mate -

and we have a crazy German in the house now -

Posted by ptenisnet 12/15/2008 at 10:33 PM

Angel Heart. Is that the one with Mickey Rourke? Fantastically bizarre movie.


City Lights is the romance movie against which all others will be compared and found lacking.

Posted by greenhopper 12/15/2008 at 10:33 PM

The Life of David Gale ? Its next on my queue in Netflix.

Posted by Ren (SUBSTANCE IS BETTER THAN FORM) 12/15/2008 at 10:33 PM

"Scent of A Woman"

Posted by jb (happy holidays!) 12/15/2008 at 10:34 PM

omg pete. angel heart just scared the crap out of me. still makes me shiver, and i think i saw it when it was a first run movie.

Posted by AmyLu 12/15/2008 at 10:34 PM

I see the movie discussion is still going strong! Se7en is a movie that both members of this household enjoy. I also LOVE Love Actually -- we're going to watch it this Thursday night -- JJ hasn't seen it yet.

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:34 PM

thanks roon

i dont think hes gonna get anywhere near the top 10 now? nooo

Posted by Lleytsie (Shiraz or Coopers Anyone?) 12/15/2008 at 10:35 PM

am so proud .... everyone floves the movie discussion i started (i sound like Nole again)

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