Friday Night Open Thread: 9 Days of Rain and Counting

It's still raining. Thunder, lightening, the whole nine yards. 9 days and counting.

Speaking of Who'll Stop the Rain (one of my favorite movies with Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld and Michael Moriarty about Vietnam, heroin, Haight-Ashbury, federal drug agents and Percodan), I watched the Lincoln Lawyer last night. It was good -- not as great as some of the reviews, but worth seeing.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    How high is the water, Mama? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 09:56:50 PM EST
    Ok, Jeff, so I'll spot you Five Feet High (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Peter G on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:10:22 PM EST
    and raise you a favorite old-timey fiddle tune:  "Waterbound, Down in North Carolina."

    Wonderful! Love his old-fashioned under the (none / 0) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:15:57 PM EST
    arm fiddle playing, also.

    great voice ... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:00:48 PM EST
    but terrible lip-syncing!

    And one more ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Peter G on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:07:22 PM EST
    Couldn't resist:  Rain, by the Beatles.

    I started writing a spec piece today (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:19:01 PM EST
    comparing US policy and history in Afghanistan to French Indochina.

    I'm finding some remarkable similarities. I'll post some here before anywhere else.

    Write, write, write... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Dadler on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 12:09:06 AM EST
    ....you have a valuable and unique perspective, you're whipsmart and funny, go go go, my man, I can't wait to read some of your stuff.

    Whatcha gonna do with this paper? (none / 0) (#32)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 11:00:30 AM EST
    When you are done with it, I know of one guy who would really like to read it.

    Geting ready to watch the original (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by shoephone on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:31:15 PM EST
    (1946?) version of "The Razor's Edge." I love Bill Murray, but an evening of Tyrone Power won't make me shed any tears!

    That might be my most re-read tattered cover (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 06:25:45 AM EST
    on my shelf. Still have my high school copy and read it every few years. Thanks for the reminder! Great book for a steamy afternoon as this promises to be.

    How was it? I've never seen the original (none / 0) (#27)
    by ruffian on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 06:31:22 AM EST
    but Tyrone Power is a lot closervto the look of Larry as described in the book. I thought Bill Murray did fine, but I had a definite image of Larry in my mind that he does not fit.

    I liked it (none / 0) (#31)
    by shoephone on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 10:45:33 AM EST
    though it is somewhat melodramatic in parts. (After all, it does have Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb in it.) I thought T. Power fit the role well. I was disappointed, however, that the mountain journey in India isn't really shown, but mostly referred to. Anne Baxter was good in her role as the tragic Sophie.

    Overall, I would assume it was considered ahead of its time, for American cinema. A tangential thought: Actors of a certain generation all knew foreign languages, and all were trained in singing and dancing. How different from now. These actors all spoke French well, and with very good accents.

    I've never read the book, which I'm now inspired to do.


    I added it to my netflix Q (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 02:07:04 PM EST
    Sounds like it is worth watching. As you can tell, I strongly recommend the book. The great writing makes it more than just a good story, especially the voice of the older gentleman narrator.

    It's definitely on my reading list (none / 0) (#35)
    by shoephone on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 02:35:47 PM EST
    When I was sixteen I read "Of Human Bondage." It left a huge impression on me. Also read "The Moon and Sixpence," but I barely remember it. I don't think I liked it much.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that Herbert Marshall played Maugham in "The Razor's Edge." No matter what he plays, he'll always be Horace from "The Little Foxes" to me.


    now batting for the Unterbussen (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by The Addams Family on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 12:59:45 AM EST
    As Gomer Pyle would say: (none / 0) (#23)
    by shoephone on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 01:32:13 AM EST
    Surpraz, surpraz!

    Obama is such a chicken sh*t.


    Bachmann did a (none / 0) (#1)
    by observed on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 09:55:22 PM EST
    Presidential deed today. She quit her longtime church, because of the controversial pastor. Shyt, she may be a real threat!

    that musta taken a lot of (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by DFLer on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:01:03 PM EST
    Chootz-pa on her part

    Will she give a Speech? (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:28:54 PM EST
    Bet it won't be the greatest speech (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:44:06 PM EST
    evah. The question is does she have a grandma to throw under the bus.

    Do we know that's why (none / 0) (#20)
    by gyrfalcon on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 12:51:17 AM EST
    she quit? Or is that just the MSM assumption?

    perhaps she wants (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by observed on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 09:49:26 AM EST
    To spend more time curing gays through her ministry

    The Church is said to teach (none / 0) (#33)
    by christinep on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 12:38:46 PM EST
    that the Pope is the Anti-Christ. Per a few MSM reports in the past few days. The news was already out there before her "action" in quitting.

    Between that report (which will certainly be known soon throughout the Catholic Church) and her husband's penchant, maybe Bachmann as the flavor-of-the-month will be replaced by caramel Perry!


    For some reason, appropriate (none / 0) (#4)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 10:06:30 PM EST
    for a friday night...Jobu.

    Good to see Marrisa Tomei (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:05:36 PM EST
    in "Lincoln Lawyer.". Made me jittery to watch liason between DDA and defense counsel. But an entertining flick.

    It was a good book... (none / 0) (#12)
    by Anne on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:15:48 PM EST
    by Michael Connelly; just read "The Scarecrow," which was also good.  Great beach book, sit-on-the-deck-til-dark book, stay-up-til-wee-hours-of-morning book.

    Speaking of which, going to go read the new Harlen Coben; will no doubt be up way too late!


    i just made the (none / 0) (#25)
    by observed on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 03:05:29 AM EST
    Mistake of starting a Connelly book at 11 p.m., a few days ago. 2nd time I  have made that error. Good thing  it wasnt a work night.

    We could use some of that rain here... (none / 0) (#13)
    by desertswine on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:18:39 PM EST
    We're south of you and drying up.

    Same to the east of you (none / 0) (#28)
    by Towanda on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 06:38:42 AM EST
    in the Midwest, already dried up in too many gardens -- and fields.  Not good for crops, not good for food prices for the rest of you.

    Padres continue to s*ck. Petco Park full of (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:31:37 PM EST
    alleged Giants fans.  

    not to boast, but the Braves (none / 0) (#17)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 11:45:47 PM EST
    won the 10,000th franchise win tonight. PAdres haven't been around anywhere near long enough to do that... only the Cubs and Red Sox.

    My first Braves game was in 1978 (none / 0) (#19)
    by Dadler on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 12:12:03 AM EST
    Bravos v. Cardinals in front of about 1500 people at Fulton County Stadium.  Lou Brock was still playing for the Cards, and 6'5" Dale Murphy was still playing catcher for the Braves.  It hurt watching him squat behind that plate.  Emptiest stadium I have ever seen a game in, but I remember it well.  One drunk guy yelled crap the whole game and it echoed all night for EVERYone in that stadium to hear.  

    My First Game (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 01:13:59 AM EST
    was a Braves game sometime in the 70's. And with the wonders of the Internet I just found the box score based on remembering only a few things. It was a Sunday, Jerry Koosman pitched for the Mets, the Braves had a player named Earl, and the Mets lost.

    May 25, 1975 and looking at the stats for the day I see Joe Torre played for the Mets and Cito Gaston played for the Braves. After their playing careers, between them they managed teams to 6 World Series Championships. Also, Yogi Berra was the manager of the Mets that day.

    Damn I love the Internet. It shows me where I've been when I had no clue even when I was there.


    My second grade teacher... (none / 0) (#36)
    by Dadler on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 05:30:53 PM EST
    ...was Jerry Koosman's sister.

    The Braves (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jul 16, 2011 at 01:32:40 AM EST
    played the Cards at Fulton County Stadium 6 times in '78. Murphy caught three of them, played 1st base for two, and pinch hit in the other. If he was catching when you saw them play it should be one of these three games.

    June 12

    June 13

    June 14