Friday, November 19, 2010
I may not know very much about movie stars these days, but I must admit that 30 years ago tonight I was sitting on the edge of my chair to see...."Who Shot JR?" I wasn't alone. 90 million Americans were also watching. I remember the first time we watched the show in 1978, we laughed at it because we thought the acting was so bad and the content of the night time soap opera really comical. But we tuned it the next week and most every week for years. I just saw an interview tonight that Katie Couric did with Larry Hagman. If I had not seen that interview I never in a million years would have remembered this night 30 years ago. He was talking about how they shot a scene of everyone on the show shooting him and he had a vest made with holes in it and when they each shot him he said..."Missed.." and then took a drink of his gin and all the holes started leaking. The interview led me to search around on the internet for things about the show and I ran across this you tube of Sue Ellen punching JR. I don't remember seeing this show. I am guessing this was towards the end of the show in the early 90's and I don't know if I watched it then because our children were little during the 80's and early 90's.
About 15 years ago while visiting some friends in Texas they took us on a tour of the house in the picture above. It was fun to see it, but except for the outside, it didn't look anything like what we saw on TV. I think they said that they didn't do that much filming in the inside of the house, but I don't remember where it was filmed. I didn't get too involved with the follow-up shows like Knots Landing or Dynasty. I watched them here and there but they didn't interest me as much as Dallas. Oh the 80's.......they were...well...the 80's. I can't think of a word for the 80's. The 50's...rock n roll....the 60's....peace and love and tragedies...the 70's....mellow....80's...? Maybe I was too busy being a Mom to know what to call it.
Hopefully you can see the interview with Larry Hagman by clicking on the link below.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving already! This year it will just be the three of us, Bob, myself and our son Bobby. Katy and Brian and the girls will be in Cleveland visiting his family this year. We got them last year. The photo above was taken by my talented daughter, the family photographer. I have debated about making a turkey because we have such a small group and my son doesn't really care for turkey...but I think I will anyway just because it is "Tradition." It is time for me to start making my menu list. They say they like the side dishes, which are...typically, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, green beans and sweet potatoes and cranberry. For some reason that sounds boring to me. Should I get adventurous or stick to the same menu...and what movie will we watch. I feel like maybe we should go work in a soup kitchen this year, with all of the unemployed families there must be. If not that... then maybe we will just donate more turkeys this weekend to No Hunger Holiday. Yes...for sure more turkeys. We are very blessed.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Over the weekend Bob and I went to a Trivia night with his former boss/owner of the company and his wife and daughter and grand daughter. This was our first time of going to one of these Trivia night events. We didn't do all that great. They ask questions about Harry Potter which I know nothing about, and maybe some movie stars we aren't familiar with. Also I think one of the questions was about a rap artist...don't know any of these. Even cartoon characters...like Green Lantern. Who is he??? The next time we attend I think we need to read some of these People magazines. I found out from reading them at the dentist office that Brad is about 10 years older than Angela. So I am armed with at least one little tidbit of info. I have a lot of catching up to do........
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I would buy everything in the National Geographic Holiday catalog.
I would start out with this Peruvian Wildflower Alpaca Wool Cloak.
I would buy this La Paz Alpaca Sweater for my husband...weather he liked it or not.
I would buy this Streamlined Leather Travel Bag in every color.
This Bolivian Alpaca Sunset Scarf
This Outback Canvas Jacket
and Australian Leather Bush Hat
for my son. He would not like it... or wear it...but I would get him to let me take a picture of him in it. After all....money is no object....and I would tell him it comes with a trip to Australia.
This WWII A-2 Flight Jacket would be for my son-in-law the Pilot.
His gift would come with an airplane.
And for my daughter I would buy a Weekend Photo Workshop. She would have a renowned National Geographic photographer on location in America's most photogenic cities doing field assignments with editing and critiquing sessions. She would also have the best camera equipment money could buy and enough money to travel the world taking photos.
Whoops....I just woke up out of my daydream and realized I have to go clean some toilets.
Aww...but the dream was good while it lasted.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I have had the strangest flu bug for the past 3 weeks. I started feeling better after about a week of it, and then it came back. Then I felt great Friday and Saturday and now on Sunday...it is back. I hope that after the dusting and cleaning I have managed to do...while sick...I will have had my share of the flu for the season....
Attempts have been made to train zebras for riding, since they have better resistance than horses to African diseases. Most of these attempts failed, though, due to the zebra's more unpredictable nature and tendency to panic under stress. For this reason, zebra-mules or zebroids (crosses between any species of zebra and a horse, pony, donkey or ass) are preferred over purebred zebras.
In England, the zoological collector Lord Rothschild frequently used zebras to draw a carriage. In 1907, Rosendo Ribeiro, the first doctor in Nairobi, Kenya, used a riding zebra for house calls. In the mid-19th century, Governor George Grey imported zebras to New Zealand from his previous posting in South Africa, and used them to pull his carriage on his privately owned Kawau Island.
tsetse fly. He considered the quagga well-suited to domestication due to being easy to train to saddle and harness.
So it appears at least one person was able to train them. I would be interested to know if there are other stories about them.
I have not found out the name of these animals, even after looking on the Zoo's website. I just like how they blended in with the rocks.
I have a few more photos but will save those for another day.