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  1. Just watched Silver Blaze on YouTube. Christopher Plummer and Thorley Walters made a good team, though Walters is decidedly a bit in the Nigel Bruce school of slowness. ("By Jove!") Here we see CP doing a more traditional take on SH than we got in Murder by Degree some 7 years later. Watching CP crawl around on his knees in the mud using his stick to propel himself along was great fun. I am wondering how they got a star of CP's stature to agree to appear in a 30-minute short film. He'd been the Captain 11 years earlier, after all and should have been on the A-list. I wonder if he thought at this time that he wanted to do more Sherlock movies after this.
  2. Hi, Herl, I didn't know Chris P. was in Silver Blaze. I will have to see if I can find it. Was that a full-length feature? I enjoyed that story very much; one of the lighter-hearted ones, but I'm trying to imagine getting 90 minutes or 2 hours out of that plot. This past weekend, I rewatched "The Sound of Music" which I had not seen for maybe 10 years. We used to watch it every year growing up when it aired at Easter time on TV. Maybe because I was viewing it for the first time on my high-def flatscreen TV, but the mountain scenery really popped. I watched the opening credits sequence several times--gorgeous. Chris was 35 and Julie was 26 years old at the time. CP would refer to the film that made him an international superstar as 'The Sound of Mucus'. It may be a little sappy, but it is nostalgic for me--the sounds of my childhood. The movie soundtrack album was one of the first LPs I got on my own. RIP, Captain. One of the commentators on YouTube calls Maria's first encounter with the Captain as 'Hufflepuff meets Slytherin" and now I can't un-see it!
  3. https://thenorwoodbuilder.tumblr.com/post/43348143379/about-john-three-continents-watson-but-which This article was posted 8 years ago, but makes a compelling argument for Dr. Watson's Three Continents of womankind being Europe (obviously . . England inclusive, but also the Continent, chiefly France, possibly Italy, too.), Africa and Asia (India & Afghanistan). It was very likely that on Watson's long journey to join his regiment en route to the Battle of Maiwand, that he would have travelled through the Suez Canal to Bombay, or possibly long way 'round the horn of Africa to arrive at the same destination. In that passage about his experience of women on 'many nations and three continents' not showing him any woman to compare with his beloved Mary, who he was meeting for the first time, he is engaging in a touch of male braggadocio, perhaps. He's been struck by the thunderbolt--to be so instantly captivated by the sweet young governess who is Sherlock Holmes's latest client, but he slips that bit about being an homme du monde in at the top just to assure the readers that he, John H. Watson, M.D., is no naif--he's a world-travelled soldier, and he's known his share of womenkind--enough to know that his future bride here is something special. He's not 'settling' for this woman who literally has presented herself on his doorstep-it's kismet! The effect of that phrase is to make him sound quite rakish, but he could easily have been referring to benign interactions with shopkeepers, officers' wives, family friends and so on. I can well imagine the peer pressure that JW would have faced, as a Victorian gentleman of the professions and an *Army* man, to indulge, with his mates, in visiting houses where ladies entertained for money. Before he joined the Army, he was a university and medical student. Opportunities certainly would have been there, and for someone of John's class, it would have been regarded as both a rite of passage and a gentleman's privilege. For the Victorian gent of some means, visiting a madam's establishment was practically socially acceptable--for the men--or at least somewhat indulged by the police. The thriving sex trade is one of the paradoxes of the rigidly prim (on the surface) Victorian age. This is not to say that Dr. Watson indulged himself, but he may have been at least tempted to, or cajoled by friends to join them on their debauches. I prefer to think of Dr. Watson's adventures with women of three continents in a more romantic vein . . though as a medical student and then an Army recruit, his social interactions with ladies would have been fairly restricted. Our doctor is a Romantic soul and I can easily see him forming emotional attachments with local women he may have met socially at mixers for troops, or nurses. He may have been stationed for a stay of months' duration somewhere enroute to Afghanistan, enough time to get to know a local lass or two quite well. On account of this 'three continents' tease, it has been a popular convention among pastichers to give Watson a pre-Mary wife, possibly an American, circa the time of the Jefferson Hope case. That timeline doesn't really work, unless the marriage was so brief the bride died practically at the beginning of the marriage. From the time John moves into Baker Street and gets embroiled in the matter of the Study in Scarlet with his new flatmate to Miss Morstan presenting herself at their door, it's only about 18 months, and during that time, John is still recovering from his war wounds. There was not time for him to assume a wife before shipping out to Afghanistan, either, and he arrives back in London very much a bachelor. So personally I think that Mary was John's first wife, and then he later remarries, much later, in 1902, to the second Mrs. Watson. She can't have been the great love of his life because she doesn't even rate a name; she's a companion for his last years and I guess she's OK with that; at any rate Conan Doyle does not find John's remarriage sufficiently interesting to elaborate upon. Mary Morstan is and remained the One Woman for John. He loved her deeply and truly. But is it realistic to think that John came to his marital bed a virgin? An Army veteran and university/medical man who was by then past 30 years of age? That would indeed be notable if true. I tend to think there were at least one or two girlfriends in John's life before Mary who foiled their chaperones and gave themselves to the exceedingly charming Dr. Watson. But a womanizer? No. John enjoyed the company of women, but generally with clothes on.
  4. Continuing the OT elegy on winter weather . . .any of you Midwestern gals familiar with Charlie Berens? The pride of Manitowac, Wisconsin is one of my pandemic YouTube discoveries. Here he partners with fellow vlogger and sometime collaborator Dude Dad (Taylor) for one of his funniest videos ever. Head on over to Charlie's channel for more hilarity, including 'Midwestern Christmas Party', 'How to Make a Bloody Mary' and 'Midwest Translator' among others.
  5. I was born in Michigan and raised in NE Ohio not far from Cleveland. Currently I reside about 45 minutes from Ft. Wayne. In my experience the weather all over the state can be changeable, sometimes by a lot, but I suppose Lake Erie does have a somewhat moderating effect. For about three years, I lived right on Lake Erie, but the massive snow dumps of 'the snow belt' did not occur directly at the lake shore but 20-30 miles inland. My sister is about a half hour from the lakeshore and they get absolutely buried every season.
  6. I'm sure buildings that can be retrofitted are considering this possibility since a lot of the Covid restrictions will be the 'new normal' from now on. Those businesses that could not adapt their services to encompass takeout and curbside failed in large numbers in the last year. Our patron foot traffic into the building is about 10% of 'normal' after nearly a year, but our statistics look a lot healthier than we had anticipated, since so many people are taking advantage of curbside pickup and all our digital offerings. If we have 200 kids watch a FB Live story time (that is an average number), we can count those numbers as a program. Previously, those numbers would only be seen at an in-person event once a year during our Summer Reading kickoff launch. Now we get those numbers weekly. A normal story time in the building is 20 kids, plus parents. So that's a win. But the interpersonal aspect of our service is severely curtailed . . but we are open and available to the public for everything except extended hanging out time in the building. They are *choosing* not to visit the physical plant, even though not a single case of the virus happened here. Everyone who has gotten ill has gotten it from school/daycare kids or a spouse working elsewhere. We have a one-way drive and book drop boxes already, but there'd be no way to install a drive-thru lane next to the building without removing our front sidewalk and ramp to the second floor which is enclosed in glass. The least cost-prohibitive option would be to build a little sentry hut next to the main doors where a staff member could be positioned with a space heater and they could pass books through the car in one designated space. Though a core group of families prefer curbside and never use anything else, the numbers have dropped way off since the building reopened, so our current system is working OK, except during major weather events.
  7. I'm in Ohio, and our governor was one of the first nationwide to institute a state-wide lockdown in the spring. Our area schools closed on March 13th or something like that. We carried on working for that following week, but on the Friday about an hour before the end of the day, our director called a staff meeting and told us all to go home for the indefinite future. We were given an hour to finish things up and collect stuff to take home. In all we were home for 6 weeks. Then we did six more weeks of PT curbside only service. Since June 22nd, we've been back to work full-time. Our operating hours have been shortened by 3 hours, so we don't have a night shift any more, but we still get our 8 hours. Our director teased possibly closing again when things got worse, but he never did--though about half the staff has either been through quarantine or had Covid by now. We've had some losses, relatives of colleagues, but we carry on. We had a snow day this week, but we are here! Back in the spring I thought, if I got laid off, I could become a contact tracer . . that never became necessary. It would make a change to help run a vaccine clinic, but I doubt this will ever be a thing here. We are directly next door to one of our two major hospital systems and the giant medical campus takes up most of the two blocks behind us. So there will be lots of sites.
  8. Your library board and architects were prescient! I know drive-up windows have been a thing with bigger systems for some years now; others also offer pick-up *lockers* where patrons can pick up their preselected items after hours. We are an urban location and for a variety of reasons, neither of these is feasible for us. We don't have the space to add either of these features which are very nice but have to be added at the construction stage. Also 'urban' is synonymous with crime and undesirable elements loitering around the library already and we don't need to give them more incentive. We had to remove our public pay phone some years back due to vandalism and several threats of mayhem to local schools called in on that phone. Anyplace where the public could have access to lockers after hours would be problematic for us. We are across the street from a bank and a gas station, both of which have had robberies in the past. We are fortunate that we've never had that sort of violence in our building but I wonder if a drive-thru window might encourage something like that. This is how we have to think in a 'downtown' library. But I imagine that drive-through facilities will be a part of all new construction going forward, or existing buildings that can adapt to one will. Thanks to corona, I think our curbside and virtual services are here to stay because people have gotten used to them and we are able to reach more people this way. But right now, our staff has to go outside to deliver items to cars and a drive-thru would be a lot more comfortable for everyone concerned.
  9. We can't compete with Minnesota, but we have our moments. The salient difference is, Upper Midwesterners know to dress for the cold. You don't mess around; I bet you've got the chains on your tires by November 1st. Ohio winters can be severe, but more Ohioans seem to live in denial that winter is *going* to happen, no matter how little we do to prepare. We cannot hope it out of existence by driving on bald tires and wearing flip-flops in the snow. But still, we try. Seasonal denial is most often practiced by males, who might condescend to don a hoodie over their basketballl shorts and flip-flops as they are shoveling the driveway with their inadequate shovel. Girls are more apt to at least wear some form of coat, even if it's too short and kept open to show off the cute shirt underneath. It's amazing more of us don't die from hypothermia each year.
  10. My dropping by this board has been very sporadic over the last year, so I missed this whole discussion. Welcome daffodilkhan, if you are still around! Love the juxtaposition of soft & hard in your username. I too am a public children's librarian, now in my 21st year of this glorious employment, and four weeks away from my first anniversary of Covid protocols. It's been tres fun (not). I actually find that we are nearly as busy as we were, pre-pandemic. Our busyness has shifted a bit to different formats . . we are not wrangling in person toddler storytimes or running herd on mobs of after school tween gamers starting fights on the computers (and can I say I don't miss that at ALL . .?) . .but the types of mental/planning work we have always done vis. programming, analyzing library trends, ordering books, etc. still goes on. If anything, ramped up because we've had whole other skill sets to learn, like mastering picture book reading and singing via Facebook Live & setting up thematic Google Classroom virtual platforms. Our story times and other programming is all virtual, but our DIY craft kits to go are monster hits. It takes a lot more time to assemble monthly craft kits for 50 than it did to do an hour-long library program for half that number. We are still finding/fetching books for people; it's just about 50/50, in person vs. curbside delivery and some of our patrons enjoy the convenience of curbside pickup just a tad too much. That will be permanent and and I have a feeling that some of them are never coming back inside. Why should they, when we've made it so easy to stay in the car and get all their needs delivered to them? We should start up a pizza business while we're at it as a fund-raiser. I would have pegged the reference librarians for being the diehard Star Trek fans since the hardcore sci-fi fanatics seem to congregate there. It's not that the children's librarians have more time, definitely not. I find the reference librarians tend to have quite rigidly codified duties and schedules to the point where they know exactly when they are eating their lunch every day from now til retirement. If I have to hazard a guess, I'd say that children's librarians are drawn to the profession and to chatrooms because we view reading as a means to adventures of the imagination, and we learn to view fictional characters as friends. So chatrooms devoted to our favorite book characters will attract those characters' fans. As a group, I'd say the reference librarians also read a lot, but they are not reading for imaginative escape so much as for *information/facts*. One guy I know who worked in reference for years is a die-hard George R.R. Martin fan and theatre nerd . .but I don't think he is *really* a reference type; he just needed a job. I had a past colleague (she lasted for two years) who was so introverted/afraid of the patrons and their demands that she'd move her chair as far away from the desk as she could get it while still being in the designated area and, for want of a better description, do her best to pretend that she was invisible. She'd curl herself into a ball in the chair and pointedly ignore people while reading a book. Not great customer service. We thought she was just terribly unfriendly and hated children, but she confessed later (after she'd left) that she suffered from crippling social anxiety and was actually terrified that she'd be asked something she didn't know. She had a degree in elementary education and interviewed really well, but she just couldn't sustain the daily grind. I tend to be introverted too, but to a large degree I have had to get over it, or at least fake being over it to do any sort of employment, really. There is a supreme irony in the fact that so many librarians are introverts and yet are expected to be the fount of all knowledge and lead tour groups or do press interviews at the drop of a hat, sometimes with zero warning. For several hours each day, we have to project being 'on'--outgoing, helpful, there to serve, and camera-ready as required. Our Facebook Live story times go out to audiences of hundreds, sometimes thousands--Live!--If you find out later you had something in your teeth the whole time, you can't do anything about it. My journey from hard-core introvert to Less So, Outgoing on Occasion, has been basically learning to live with embarrassment. You WILL screw up, that's inevitable. The trick is to stop caring (much). Nobody but you is likely to remember any screwups the next day. As Artemis pointed out, our top questions are not brain trust material. Where's the bathroom? was leading, pre-pandemic. Now the top contenders are: Do you have a FAX? Are you open? and Do you have tax forms? A reference librarian friend of mine said ruefully that she'd spent $20,000 on her masters' degree in library science and what she does with it mostly is help homeless guys get on the computer. Yep, that's pretty much it. And sign people up for the mobile hotspots. And pass out tax forms. Someone queried on the next page I think, what makes people gravitate to this career? For me it was an entirely lateral move. I was an unemployed English teacher and I needed a job with benefits that was not retail. There are transferrable skills. I love books . . I just never thought that this would end up being my career. It was going to be a way station. I had a 5-year plan. But in any given year there are still a glut of English graduates for available jobs and so, here I still am. In my 21st year I have to admit that for better or worse, this IS my career.
  11. View Halloa, everybody, from the frozen Midwest of America. 10 inches yesterday and negative windchills today, but still, the public library must be kept open! (There is no one here but us church mice as I write this). It has been quite some time since I have revisited Sherlock Holmes, either in the canon or in pastiche, but I remember the heady days of my most recent Sherlock-mania (circa 2017 - 18) with nostalgia. Only three years, but it seems like a lifetime ago, as everything pre-pandemic seems to. I'm trying to romanticize my current situation of social isolation, distrust and suspicion of my fellow man and the government at large and two-pronged difficulty in getting supplies in the midst of a pandemic Arctic winter like I'm living out a scene of 'Doctor Zhivago' but so far I'm not convincing myself terribly well. I don't know if this constitutes a strict adherence to 'books about the Canon' but one of my very favorite pastiche authors is Donald Thomas. Mr. Thomas's ouevre is quite slender, consisting of only three or four book-length collections, but I think his influence on the genre of Sherlock Holmes has been profound. His books are marketed as novels but are in fact collections of several novellas in each volume, which is titled after a story in each. This can be a little confusing to the collector. I found this on Amazon, which I did not purchase, having already bought the collected stories in three different volumes. But if you are looking for more stories featuring Sherlock Holmes which are faithful to ACD's creation while amplifying his available adventures, try these. Collected as 'The Lost Casebooks of Sherlock Holmes' by Donald Thomas In these sixteen tales of intellectual derring-do, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: He co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed siege of Sydney Street; helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram; establishes a link between two missing lighthouse keepers and the royal treasures of King John; contends with a supernatural curse placed upon an eccentric aristocrat; and discovers a lost epic poem of Lord Byron. Everywhere in these finely wrought tales, encompassing the critically acclaimed The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and the King’s Evil, and Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly, riddles and mystery hover in the air. But they are not beyond the grasp of the incomparable Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Thomas imagines Sherlock Holmes's encounters with real historical personages, or cleverly inserts SH into other well-known literary adventures, adding to the Great Detective's aura of realism. I particularly enjoyed Sherlock Holmes & the Ghosts of Bly, in which the Great Detective sets out to get to to the bottom of one of literature's great mysteries, set by Henry James in The Turn of the Screw: Are the ghosts of Bly House, which drive governesses mad, real manifestations of evil spirits? The ravings of a madwoman and some seriously disturbed children? Or is it all an elaborate prank? Who better to solve this mystery than Sherlock Holmes? I highly recommend all of Mr. Thomas's books.
  12. It might have been very interesting to see Chris play Holmes in a less lurid case. On the whole, MbD is very well done and I liked the partner dynamic between the two gents. Chris was a very handsome 50 here, even though Holmes was technically still in his thirties in 1888. The character of the psychic, Robert Lees, played by Donald Sutherland is problematic. At first, it seems that Lees looks good for the villain, due to DT's otherworldly stare and strange manner. But when Holmes starts to actually give credence to these 'visions', that was decidedly out of character for him. CP was so twinkly, so kind, so jovial . .it was a bit disconcerting. He needed to inject a touch more of the Captain von Trapp into his Holmes, because his SH isn't nearly acerbic enough. He would have been delightful in more adventures with Mr. Mason. I took the news of his passing very hard, because it was so sudden and tragic. He'd was still working up til the end, but apparently he suffered a fall at home and died of his injuries. Not the way a proud man like him would have wanted to go. A first-rate storyteller and artist who should have had an even bigger career.
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    House is a very flawed character, which incorporates both good and bad. The first four seasons were the high point; after that, as too often happens with medical dramas (cf. ER; Grey's Anatomy) most of the original cast had departed, to be replaced with 'younger, hotter' interns, whose hooking up and romance soap operas overrode the medical drama which was the ostensible reason for the show in the first place. Addicts also become very tedious after a while with their antisocial behaviors. After House went off the air, the baton for self-destructive addict-centric dramedy was picked up by Showtime's Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco, a sort of female House, albeit she's a nurse. A nurse in a busy Manhattan ER with unfettered access to really good drugs. Her Achilles heel is the same as House's, an addiction to pain narcotics initially taken to manage a real medical issue. House is worth a view to see how thoroughly a very skilled actor can become a completely different person. I actually had not seen of any of Hugh Laurie's work prior to House and so I had no difficulty at all accepting him as a doctor from New Jersey. He's brilliant, and the role has a bit of everything, including physical humor. It's realistic to a point, though it's really astounding how many extremely rare (like in, never before seen in humankind) diseases wind up in House's diagnostic unit. The comparison to Sherlock Holmes is apt because until the show started losing its focus around about Season 4, the 'medical mystery solving' aspect was front and center. Hugh would make a fantastic Victorian era Holmes, but this was the next best thing. Hard to believe that it's been 17 years since the show started.
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    David Morse shot to fame in the 1980s medical drama St. Elsewhere. Maybe you saw him in The Crossing Guard (with Jack Nicholson); 12 Monkeys or The Green Mile? 16 Blocks, Disturbia or The Hurt Locker? David is one of those actors, like Anton Lesser, a supporting actor who has been in a million projects, a face that people recognize but don't necessarily remember his name. I hadn't seen him in anything lately so I looked up his resume and was surprised that it was so long. I'd seen several of his movies and forgotten that he was in them. Not an easy feat for a guy who is 6'4" to fly so under the radar and be unmemorable, but he manages it. And then you watch him at work and wonder--why doesn't everyone know this guy's name? When speaking of his role as Gen. Washington in John Adams, he said he didn't feel his face projected enough authority, so he suggested a prosthetic nose and that did the trick. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Morse Last night I watched the 'House meets his nemesis' scene on YouTube, and laughed all over again. Tripping a guy with a cane isn't very nice, but House had it coming. House does not respond well at all to other alpha males, and only marginally better to alpha females like Cuddy. He is a tiny bit nicer to people with boobs, but only if they are strong. If they are weak like Cameron he will make them cry at any opportunity. Wilson is more like a woman in his demeanor and knows his place in the hierarchy of their relationship. This cop was too much of a threat to House's sense of himself so he was on his extra-crappy behavior. When DM pulls House over and physically whips him around to be cuffed, the expression of shock on Hugh's face was worth an Emmy by itself.
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    Have you finished Series 3 yet? That was a very good season, but it is also the one in which House starts to cease being a loveable curmudgeon and quirky bad boy of the hospital and starts doing unredeemable things as the hardcore drug addict that he is. Brilliantly played by Hugh, of course . . but what House does to his loyal friend Wilson ventures, for me, into the 'unforgiveable' territory. If I were Wilson, I could not continue to be friends with a guy who nearly costs me my career and gets me sent to prison. Of course Wilson had to eventually forgive House or else the series couldn't go on with its 'Watson'--but if it were me? I would most likely change hospitals, get a restraining order, if not other means of legal recourse for defamation and I would never speak to the a****** again. My heart would be broken but it would have to be done. Many times throughout the series, I wanted to kick Wilson for being so weak. That's what addicts do--they exploit personal relationships as far and as often as they can, because unless they can successfully seek treatment, *nothing* is more important to them than their next high. 'Kindness' is not really recognized by them as anything but opportunity. That's David Morse as the cop . .one of our finest actors. I love this character as one of the few individuals on Earth who House cannot browbeat, charm or bully. He's not having any of it. Anyone who could make Greg House afraid is a formidable being. And David has a way of being super-menacing with this silky-smooth tone that never raises the volume. He's played villains and good guys about equally--he played the father of the United States in John Adams, and the resemblance is astounding. I don't view this cop as vindictive though, really--he is dedicated to upholding the law, and he is committed to making the miscreant answer for breaking the law. House is so brazenly unrepentant that it maybe gets a little personal . .must rewatch! . . but actually--even though House is our antihero and we've been smiling at his antics . . we don't want him to get away with it this time. Was this before or after House pretends to have brain cancer so he can get free drugs for a clinical trial? His team thinks he's dying and all the while he has stolen another patient's x-rays and is using an alias. Addicts are extremely inventive and House is a genius-level addict.
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