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Some Film Roles Meryl Streep Didn't Get

Posted at 5:18 AM on February 12, 2010 by Radio Heartlander (78 Comments)
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From the Desk of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - Cynthia in Mahtowa

In June 2008, I was enlisted as a volunteer actor to be in a film written and directed by my friends' daughter, Summer. The story of the "Muck Monster of Cloquet, Minnesota" is based on her father frequently covering himself in muck, mud and weeds to scare his young daughters and their friends while summering at their cabin near Cloquet, MN.

The film has the feel of a documentary, or rather a Christopher Guest-syle "mockumentary" (re-dubbed MUCKumentary) with a "journalist" in search of the answer to the question "Does the Muck Monster really exist?" With the exception of a few professional actors, most of the cast was made of friends and family, cousins and acquaintances - amateurs all.

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The Muck Monster was played by Summer's real life father, Roy. I played Clara Lyndhurst, Spiritual Leader of the Slimetologists.

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Recently I received an email from Summer inviting me to play a "creepy old woman" in her latest endeavor: filming two weekends in February the story of "Lumber Jill" - another tale of life in northern Minnesota. In 'Lumber Jill," she plays the central character, Jill LeBlah, "an outcast who discovers she doesn't belong to the people and place where she has grown up." The story follows her as she seeks her true identity, home and family in the "magical and oh-so-quirky town of Cloquet." Along the way she encounters "talking taxidermy, magical lumberjacks and a community of strange but loveable characters who, in the end, teach her about true warmth in a frostbitten town."
If you are signed up for Facebook, you can see more photos and get updates on the movie's progress.

Link: facebook.com/lumberjillmovie

By the way, I immediately accepted the challenge of portraying the Creepy Old Lady. And look how she imagines my character!

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If you could choose to play any character in any movie, who would you be?


Comments (78)

Cathy Bates in "Fried Green Tomatoes" - ramming cars in parking lots and being sassy. :-)
i can't wait to for the release, Cynthia! will it be at Free Range FF this summer? very exciting and thanks so much for explaining. as newbies to the area, we were a tad confused by the origins of "Muckmonster" - ha, ha!
the drawing of COL is wonderful - but your embodiment of her is really, really cool (and creepy). hope folks get to see your picture on FB.
off to a very early meeting after an early milking. this will be fun reading when i get home late morning.
good morning to All

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 12, 2010 6:09 AM


Good Morning All,

Cynthia! Far out! You are a far out film star.

I was just watching a sitcom series called Doc Martin that we got via Netflix. I'm not at all an actor, but I think if I became one, I would choose to play Doc Martin.

Doc Martin has moved to a small town to serve as their doctor and has all kinds English sitcom type problems fitting into the town. He manages be a strange type of hero solving medical problems in a backward way in each episode even through he is afraid of blood.

Posted by Jim | February 12, 2010 6:13 AM


Easy. I'd want to be Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Unfortunately God didn't see fit to make me that tall, that handsome, that wise or that respected. My second choice would be Valentine in Tremors which isn't quite as much of a stretch.

Tim: Sorry, I failed to see your request yesterday. I hope you tune in this AM. Write me at mnstorytelr@comcast.net

Good topic, Cynthia

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | February 12, 2010 6:16 AM


Barb, the film will be at the Free Range Film Festival in Wrenshall (sw of Duluth) this summer...assuming the editing goes well.

Jim, I have seen some episodes of Doc Martin and need to re-visit. It looked like fun, but I got distracted.

The other question I had which Dale talked me out of was...if you could make a movie of your family and/or hometown, what stories might you tell?

Morning all...!

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 6:25 AM


Melanie Hamilton - Gone With the Wind. Someone who can always see the good underneath and truly believes in the best that people have to offer, even if they don't always offer it!

Posted by sherrilee | February 12, 2010 6:29 AM


elwood p dowd in harvey,

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.


Harvey and I sit in the bars... have a drink or two... play the juke box. And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile. And they're saying, "We don't know your name, mister, but you're a very nice fella." Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments. We've entered as strangers - soon we have friends. And they come over... and they sit with us... and they drink with us... and they talk to us. They tell about the big terrible things they've done and the big wonderful things they'll do. Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then I introduce them to Harvey... and he's bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed. The same people seldom come back; but that's envy, my dear. There's a little bit of envy in the best of us.

Attractive sales lady at a department store: What can I do for you, Mr. Dowd?
Elwood P. Dowd: What did you have in mind?

Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.


my personal favorite!!

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 6:34 AM


Tim...Harvey was the very first play I was ever in...yes, love it. And the sentiment. I played the nurse.

Do you have that all memorized?

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 6:40 AM


Greetings! Barb, I can so see you as Cathy Bates character -- Cowabunga! I think I would be Sigourney Weaver's character in the original "Aliens." Strong, smart and kicking badass alien butt. Besides the fact she was the one that survived the whole ordeal.

On the other hand, being Meryl Streep's character in "Mama Mia" looks might fine, too. Living in gorgeous Greece and being courted by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, etc. That's all I can think of at moment. There's probably a wonderful female character I'd like to be, but I can't think of one at moment.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | February 12, 2010 6:41 AM


cynthia,
if i made a movie of my family it would be .....the muck monsters of the minnesota river

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 6:47 AM


cynthia, how fun to get to do that play for your first theater experience. i do remember the lines but i do not memorize them. i knew which ones i wanted to include. i google quotes from harvey the movie and up they pop. isn't it a marvelous world we live in

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 6:53 AM


One of the two best internet sites about movies is IMDB (internet movie database). If you go there and pull up their page for a movie like Harvey you will often find the choice bits of dialogue under the "memorable quotes" header.

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | February 12, 2010 6:57 AM


steve
thats it ..bingo
sent you the email on the wolf book.
welcome once again to our little blog group.
cynthia, it is my observation that people must have a different agenda on fridays. the blog starts off slower.
or it may just be your weird topic.....

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 7:03 AM


Tim, coincidentally, the year we did Harvey in Leadville CO (1969) was the same year there was a revival and I think i saw several productions that year...had to take a rest for a while. Recently rented the movie...so sweet....and who could do it better than Jimmy Stewart?

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 7:04 AM


Hat to say this, tim:
I am not really fond of acting--nobody tell Lee Adey I said that--but that is one role I have long wanted--Elwood, or maybe the title character himself, now that I think about it.

Posted by Cyd de Dowd | February 12, 2010 7:12 AM


cly de pooka, i like it
i think it is a perfect fit

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 7:21 AM


What a fun blog entry! Thanks for sharing.

I would like to do pretty much any role that Helen Mirren played! :-)

Happy Friday!

Posted by elinor | February 12, 2010 7:31 AM


Thank you Cynthia, for today. Amateur film making takes guts. If the festival is catered by Gordy's High Hat, I am there.

Today I am going to be like, eh, do not want to bother to go to imdb to look it up, the Cary Grant character in Arsenic and Old Lace, which is stupid I do not know because that's another play I did a bull pen reliever directing job on. Anyway, a slightly naive, very harrassed good looking yound man, yeah that's what I am today. And like him taking care of a dizzy old aunt, but not on stage, far off stage in Florida. This is what kept me off the blog all day Tuesday. This is a very interesting story you might like to hear, but I will have to wait until it fits the blog topic, It is a rule of mine not to go off topic in conversations real or cyber-spatial.

I could play the deputy sherriff in Support Your Local Sherriff, who was also a "horse holder at madam Ore's Whorehouse."

Posted by Cly de Crusader | February 12, 2010 7:31 AM


cynthia, leadville colorado 1969 what a great time and place. isn't it fun being old hippies? i get to go to the cedar cultural center regurlarly and the vw vans may as well be parked outsdide. fun memories of those days.
i saw it at the guthrie and the notes in the handbook made mention of the fact that the lead didn't review the movie because he didn't want to be influenced too much but i don't know how the imprint of jimmy stewart with those lines and those pauses , could possibly be anything but the oly way that role could ever be played.
i just heard an episode on bob edwards this week about how the bach cello concerto were found in a drawer somewhere years after bachs death and they had no notation as far as tempo or
...........so they have kind of become the piece each artist puts their signature on, i think jimmy stewart did the opposite to his roles, no matter who ever does it it is locked in your brain, harvey, how the west was won, mr smith goes to washington, its a wonderful life rear window and on and on...........
thanks for lighting up the thought cynthia,

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 7:33 AM


There are lots characters I can think of and it's hard to choose; but one in particular that would be fun is Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride. Buffy, in the movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer would be a hoot to play.

Posted by Lynne Howard | February 12, 2010 7:38 AM


Maybe Fran in "Strictly Ballroom" - she looks kinda nerdy, but she turns out to be a fabulous dancer. Or the Joan Cusack character in "Grosse Point Blank" (or most anything else she has played - she almost always gets someone fun to play).

Posted by Anna | February 12, 2010 7:40 AM


tim--I agree it is too JS to really do well. I do not see any direction to go. It was his favorite role. Played in on broadway too, in revival aftet the movie, maybe for that reason.
Dale--Chad Mitchell Trio, man am I old, used to have a song that had the line in it "He hollered what the hell as he alid the parallel for he thought that he would never have tro turn.? Super skier or something like that. But bet you do not have them in the library.

Posted by Clyde | February 12, 2010 7:42 AM


I am frequently amazed at the range we have in this group! Thanks, Cynthia, for stretching us a little more...

I'll think of a movie roll pretty soon here, but first thought is Maggie in Northern Exposure. (Of course, we'd have to time travel backward first...) I just loved her feistiness.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 12, 2010 7:48 AM


...or maybe Rose Thayer (Katherine Hepburn) in "African Queen"...or maybe not - I recall there being icky bugs and leeches in that one...maybe I could just be Katherine Hepburn?

Posted by Anna | February 12, 2010 7:50 AM


here's my call--yup, Dale, Super Skier by Chad Mitcehll trio. If you have it, bet not, better check the lyrics.

good wked all

Posted by C_ | February 12, 2010 7:53 AM


I'd be Ouiser Boudreaux, Shirley MacLaine's character in Steel Magnolias. I always said that's what I want to be went I grow up and it seems to be happening - turning into a cranky crone "in a very bad mood for 30 years". LOL! Everyone have a wonderful Friday and weekend.

Posted by Kathy in Wisconsin | February 12, 2010 7:59 AM


princess bride, strictly dancing northenr exposure, african queen, fried green tomatoes gone with the wind, mama mia, i am not sure there could be a better group on the planet.
the leaches are on humphry bogart not katherine hepburn, (she does help him pick them off though and he is creeped out by leaches too)
let us know when the film runs cynthia, i'll buy the first round after the movie for the rh-ers present

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 8:20 AM


i forgot atticus and the jack elam film fest. great group!!

Posted by tim | February 12, 2010 8:22 AM


You are on, tim! The Film Festival is the last weekend in july....in the barn! Hope lots of RH/TB's make it up north.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 8:22 AM


gosh, lots of related topics to comment on--

if i were to go back in time and film family, i'd love to have a film of my father scaring the kids in my family by singing the Anne Bolyn (sp?) song, and doing a marvelous version of the creepy scream...

LOVE the pic of the muck monster! what a great dad...

who would i like to play? Cher's character in Moonstruck would be fun and romantic...and Kate Hepburn's in Holiday and a number of other films...

Posted by Kay H in Utah | February 12, 2010 8:26 AM


What a great post, Cynthia! I 'd love to be Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. I guess that's a musical, but anyway, it's a great character.

Posted by Renee | February 12, 2010 8:38 AM


Very fun blog today : )
Maybe Lumber Jill should sing a song in the movie. How about the old folk song "Pants on the Ground"?
Morning all!

Posted by Teri in Zimmerman | February 12, 2010 8:41 AM


Boy, this is a tough one. I'd either want to play Teri Garr's "Inga" character, Gene Wilder's lab assistant in Young Frankenstein, just because they're both hysterical - but so is everyone else in that movie, OR Madeline Kahn when she played Ryan O'Neal's stripper girlfriend, "Miss Trixie Delight", in Paper Moon. I loved Madeline in anything, but I'll never forget how whenever Dixie had to go to the bathroom she'd exclaim, "This baby has to winky tinky!"
Cynthia - can I please pick both, please, huh, please, please, can I, can I, pretty please, huh, can I, please?? I promise I won't make fun of you in that long red underwear!

Damn! I've got to rent Harvey this weekend!

Posted by Donna | February 12, 2010 8:42 AM


Oh, now you've started something, Cynthia. SO many:
Jack Lemmon in Mr. Roberts (get to make people laugh)
Ginger (or Fred!) in any of those dancing movies (dancing like that!)
Shirley Maclaine in Irma La Douce (not sure why)
Doris Day in That Touch of Mink (making people laugh)
? in Jane Eyre (the one opposite George C. Scott)
Audrey Hepburn in Charade (gets to kiss Cary Grant)
Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story (loved the ending)
Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian (gets to kiss Sean Connery)
... and like Anna, anything with Kathrine Hepburn.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 12, 2010 8:56 AM


Harvey does have an academy award performance in it (JS was nominated) in a delightful woman's role, Vita, for which Josephine Hull won.

I think tim has it right; from now on my semi-permanent blog name will be Cly de Pooka. Not quite that tall, but only the truly initiated really get and my role in life.

Posted by Clyde holding the phone | February 12, 2010 8:56 AM


Playing a character or being that character? I'd love to be able to play Hamlet. In addition to having all of of those wonderful lines, it would also mean I had incredible talent and that I were at least 30 years younger. Romeo might be even better. But would you want to be Hamlet? Or anyone fitting the definition "tragic hero?"

I think the most fun roles to play would be larger than life where you can overact to your heart's content. Think Captain James T. Kirk, or pretty much anything Zero Mostel ever did. Maybe some really nasty villian - say, Hannibal Lecter, or Sweeney Todd. I think the further away the character is from the real you, the more fun it would be to play.

But I think I'd eventually settle on a musical, and my favorite role in a musical is (drum roll, please) ...

Professor Harold Hill. Who gets to sing the best number ever in a musical, "You've Got Trouble."

Oh, would that be fun.

Posted by Don in West St. Paul | February 12, 2010 9:00 AM


Cynthia,
I hope your role includes the opportunity to sing "I'm a lumberjill and that's OK."

I think I would like to be one of the witches in The Wizard of Oz-but I can't decide if I would rather be the good witch or the bad.

Have a great weekend in the Heartland!

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 12, 2010 9:08 AM


I have to wonder: are the roles (and actors) people picked chosen because they are extensions of our natural personalities or because the actor is just almost the opposite? Do nerds want to look like nerds on screen? I doubt it. Does a nerd dream of being Fred Astaire or Cary Grant?

I'm a sweet guy who cries at chick flicks and who has never thrown a punch. But boy, sometimes it is fun to put all that tolerance and cooperation aside and identify with Bruce Willis as he kicks bad guy derrieres.

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | February 12, 2010 9:08 AM


Oops - I mean whenever Trixie had to go to the bathroom she would say, "This baby has to winky tinky!"
Just give me any ditzy blonde role - I'll make it work!

Posted by Donna | February 12, 2010 9:10 AM


OK...I want to jump in here.....
I think it would be fun to play Uma Thurman’s role “the Bride” in Kill Bill,1 & 2.
Kick some butt! Talk about playing something completely opposite, I'm pretty passive.
Or, Juliana Moore’s Maude in the Big Lebowski would also be fun…..

Posted by Kate in Eden Prairie | February 12, 2010 9:38 AM


wow, such a range and such a list of movies to see (never seen Harvey, but have always wanted to-now I really must).

Would love to play Norma Cassidy (Leslie Ann Warren-love that she was also the Cinderella of my childhood) in Victor/Victoria, just to get to do those lines and sing "Chicago, Illinois, is like a shiny toy".

Or anything of Ethel Merman's-if I am going to perform, I want to be really out there.

Guess that is the playing opposite thing.

In my experience, the funniest people on stage have always been the most serious and focussed backstage.

COL rendering is great, good luck with the film, Cynthia

Posted by catherine | February 12, 2010 10:21 AM


CATHERINE--you are back. Missed you. Did you read Little Ice Age?
tim gets EPD; then I will play Sully in Nobody's Fool. About the only lead role I want. (Newman).
I love the great long-lasting character actors like Elam.
A Jack Elam film fest would last a long time--200 plus movies. A much beloved and very intelligent man. Once an accountant, very good gambler and player of all sorts fo games. Has one of the great lines in Hollywood, often said by others of themselves, but it's his line. Career of character actor "Who's Jack Elam? Get me Jack Elam. Get me a Jack Elam type. Get me a young Jack Elam. Who's Jack Elam?"

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 10:39 AM


I love all these movies, you guys! I think I may have to go to the video store tonight and stock up for the weekend!

When Princess Bride came out I saw it three nights in a row.

Blazing Saddles is STILL one of my favorites, although the sanitized version you see on TV these days isn't as fun. I love Madeleine Kahn... "Roses, how ordinary"

Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein... "He was my... BOYFRIEND!"

Have a great weekend all!

Posted by sherrilee | February 12, 2010 10:42 AM


Donna...you can play whatever part you really, really, really want to play!
Barbara in Robbinsdale...oh yes, Audrey Hepburn in all those movies for all those reasons, but I always wanted to be Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys...and wear Givenchy clothes while eating breakfast on the street looking in Tiffanys' windows.

And I HOPE I am not being typecast!

I'll keep you posted on progress, we finish shooting next weekend.

Thanks everyone, love the discussion!

PS...doesn't anyone want to be a character in "A Thousand Clowns?" Jason Robards...or, the kid?

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 10:43 AM


Wow, cynthia. I love Thousand Clowns, and I was going to name it but thought it was maybe too obscure, not the Nobody's Fool isn't. Another great supporting role winning an Oscar. I would play the Martin Balsam role, but if I could play opposite Barbara Harris, one of the very best little used actrsses (like Kim Novack who just quit and is now a very very good painter). Harris: sexy, sweet, coy, complex, sloppy cute, sophiticated all at once. She and Robard made another wonderful film little known based on writings of Thurber, with Jack Lemon as the Thurber role "The War Between Men and Womwen."
My family's favorite Christmas movie, "The House without a Christmas Tree." Barb in Blackhoof, you and I know the man Robard plays in that.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 10:57 AM


Yes, I'd forgotten, but A Thousand Clowns is one of my alltime favorites. I'd love to play whatsername, Barbara Harris' (is that right?) role...
And Joanne Woodward in Rachel Rachel.

I'm puttering around the house today preparing for two weeks on the road, folks. Probably be adding to this all day.

Yes, welcome back Catherine.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 12, 2010 11:04 AM


Thousand Clowns also has in it one of those marvelous long-lasting character actors, sometimes in leading type roles, William Daniels. His performance in 1776 and and John Cullum's (Holling the bar owner in Northern Explosre, for which he won one of his Tonys) make a sloppily-put-togther movie worht watching. But in that movie in one of her walk-through roles, my secret love, Blynn Danner.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 11:17 AM


Thousand Clowns was on TNT a week or so ago...got to watch a bit at work (no cable at home)...I got to play the Barbara Harris part in a community theater production sometime in the 70s...I had fallen off a horse and cracked ribs the week of the performance...and was playing opposite an actor who couldn't remember his lines and would make them up as he went along...he got rave reviews, the rest of us apparently seemed "a little tense"

Netflix still doesn't have a dvd copy...it's in my wish list.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 11:17 AM


Growing up, I always wanted Grace Kelly's roles.
I'd love to play any part in which I can be young, tall, slim, shapely, elegant and blonde. All of the above would require considerable skill on the part of the plastic surgeon, hair stylist, make-up artist, and a wizard.

Posted by Lu in Plymouth | February 12, 2010 11:20 AM


Okay, off the phone and can type more attentively. That of course is Blyth Danner in 1776, mother of what's her name. Blyth and Barbara Harris, great voices.
Think I have taken care of my Florida project. I wonder how many 91-year-old senile women are preyed upon by Pat Robertson, Sarah Palin, and many scrupulous and unscrupulous charities and political organizations?
Barbara--good trip. Are you going to Savanah?
A pop quiz on the great character actors: without cheating with IMDB, identify Royal Dano by 1-3 roles or movies of the 180 or so which are credited to him, but the number is much higher.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 11:31 AM


Well, what about the Last of the Mohicans from the early '90's? Most things with with Daniel Day Lewis are must see films.

Posted by Renee | February 12, 2010 11:33 AM


Clyde - I will admit to failing your pop quiz.

Kay H - If you get the Cher role in Moonstruck, I'd by happy to play the sassy Olympia Dukakis role, Rose (Do you love him, Loretta?..Aw, ma, I love him awful...That's too bad.)

Posted by Anna | February 12, 2010 11:54 AM


Dano movies, TV shows:
Twin Peaks, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Teachers (the incomparable Mr. Ditto) Something Wicked This Way Comes, Little House (recurring role), How the West Was Won, Outlaw Josey Wales, Great Northfield MN Raid, Gunsmoke many many times in different roles and every TV western at least once I bet, Undefeated, Alfred Hitchcock Presents many time in many roles, Moby Dick, Trouble with Harry (My favorite after Teachers), Red Badge of Courage, A. Lincoln many times including the voice at Disneyland Etc., many many cartoons, and endless TV live theater of the 50's.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 12:21 PM


The house laptop has power issues and the house desktop (Dumbledore) is too old to do anything but dial-up, so can't check in.

Am at the neighborhood coffeeshop that has a computer I can use, so thought I would see what was up.

Guestbloggers, you are awesome, such writing ability!

Clyde, finished Little Ice Age last night. Especially liked the author's observations on the climate change as revealed in art history. Next trip to the MIA, I will be looking for it.

To all who mentioned it, yes, Princess Bride does indeed rock, possibly the only movie with the word "princess" in the title my anti-mush son will watch. We like it as a double feature with Ella Enchanted (I want to be in a movie with Carey Elwes (sp?)). Could not pull myself together if Harrison Ford would be involved. Never get star-struck, but anything I would say to him would just sound dumb.

Working at the coffee shop today turning a sock heel (I know you are all jealous), will check back in-miss you guys too.

Fun to see several new names.

Posted by catherine not really back | February 12, 2010 12:28 PM


I'm late posting this, but I want to say that I also vfery much like A Thousand Clowns and I am glad to find out several of you like it.

Posted by Jim | February 12, 2010 12:31 PM


"GOOD MORNING, CAMPERS!!"
Catherine, hurry back. Dumbledore is inspired. Have never named my computers. Any suggestions?

Princess Bride is wriiten by the man who wrote Butch Casidy. One of the best pieces of flim chemistry--Fred Wills and Peter Falk. Why do I so much like actors with weird eyes--Peter Falk, Royal Dano, Jack Elam, Diane Lane.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 12:39 PM


And wasn't the novel "princess bride" written by the same man who wrote "Lord of the Flies" -- now there is a complex person/brain, if you ask me.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 12:48 PM


Cynthia--I think you are confusing William Golding--Lor of the Fies--with William Goldman--Butch Cassidy, Princess Bride (novel and screen play) , Marathon Man, All President's Mn and many others.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 1:30 PM


Well Clyde, all our electronics are Harry Potter characters. The laptop is George, the printer, Fred.

The new digital camera we don't know how to use yet is, of course, Collin Creevy.

My suggestion is to find a theme and go nuts with it (just like the blog).

When our beloved cell phone had to have his SIM card transplanted into a new and inferior phone, that became General Grievous (Star Wars).

Googled the Princess Bride/Lord of the Flies thing and not the same guy (PB William Goldman, LOF William Golding), but wacky how many things have those 2 titles linked.

He did write Marathon Man, so the complex brain still holds, IMO.

Posted by catherine | February 12, 2010 1:41 PM


I'm laughing out loud thinking about naming my electronics! I am one of those who names their cars. Current car is Ivy the Ion... last car before that (for 16 years) was Civetta the Civic. Both red -- best color for cars!

Posted by sherrilee | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM


I will have to go with Tolkien characters, I think, Sam,Gandalf, and Treebeard. I tried to get my osne to name his dog Gandalf, but he did not do it.
Sherrilee-safest car color is white--most accidnets happen at night, white is most visible at night. So what names are you going to choose?

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 1:56 PM


I do have a Tolkien-named dog - Thorin. He is a rescue dog and came with name that I just couldn't envision that I would use, so my daughter and I spent an evening in front of the computer and ended up with Thorin. Much better name for him.

I'm also fond of the Camelot names. Had two gerbils once named Merlin and Nimue. Growing up had an Irish setter named Guinevere.

Posted by sherrilee | February 12, 2010 2:06 PM


Cly de Pookah, Catherine...you're right, I have confused the two.

Sherrilee, Red cars...absolutely the best! My first car was a red 1963 Falcon convertible I named "Independence or Indy" But my current 2005 red Vibe is nameless, alas. Will have to work on that!

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 2:10 PM


Actually, the cats that live with me are lucky to get names, much less the electronics!

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 2:10 PM


Clyde, I am done for the day, but will check back tomorrow (I hope) to see who got which Tolkein name. For us, it has a lot to do with our relationship to each of them (and their relative reliablity/capriciousness factor).

Sherrillee, I can really see Merlin and Nimue as electronics-Did one of the gerbils manage to entice the other to eternal imprisionment?

Posted by catherine | February 12, 2010 2:13 PM


Thorin Oakenshield--I have known dogs like him.

I was expecting my day to be very busy with little time online, but my bike broke so I am not doing my riding, one phone conference got cancelled, and another took much less time. So keep talking to me.

I have 91-year-old aunt Mabel, retired military, very conservative, very ditzy her whole life. Over the years she has given away much money I gather to fundamentalist and conservative causes, which is all her right. I am her heir and executor. At some point ditziness turned to senility and she gave away her money into a zero balance. So we have taken care of it. She has a new unlisted phone number, all her mail is intercepted, and another very fine person is taking care of her bills, mail, etc. We have worked with her lawyer on this. Anyway. Here’s my point: she was getting many calls from the same organizations such as Pat Robertson and other TV preachers and many Republican candidates in Florid and Sara Palin and some charities. Sometimes3-5 calls in one week from the same one. So clearly they had earmarked her and must have surmised senility. How many Mabels are out there especially in Florida. These groups have to know what they are doing.

Posted by Cly de Pooka | February 12, 2010 2:25 PM


Catherine -- well, technically they were BOTH eternally imprisoned in their gerbil cage w/ their little wheel. In Mists of Avalon, Bradley writes that Nimue's spell rebounded on her so that while Merlin was imprisoned, Nimue was also imprisoned by her love for him. So I suppose both of my gerbils eternally imprisoned might be just right!

Posted by sherrilee | February 12, 2010 2:40 PM


Cly de Pookah...don't you wonder how many elderly, lonely and/or senile people out there are easy "marks" for "causes" -- I heard recently on the radio that the emails from Nigeria (and other places) are still striking gold.

Then you have my stepfather who won't part with $7 for meals on wheels when he can get a little hamburger for a buck at Wendy's...going to take it with him, he is.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 12, 2010 2:48 PM


OMG, I leave for a few hours and look what happens! Cynthia, I'm in awe that you got to be Dr. Sandra (Sandy) Markowitz. (I just looked that up.)

Lu - how could we have forgotten Grace Kelley?

My favorite cat name was Slushball - he was a quarter siamese, came out white as the driven snow, but darkened as he aged, so his name evolved...

Clyde - I don't think we'll be near enough to Savannah -- what do you love about it?
That is really sad about the scamming, I read about it often in the AARP magazine too, there are always these warnings.

Have a great rest of February, Heartlanders. I'll check in when I can.


Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 12, 2010 4:21 PM


Gee, thanks for the write-up about my dang movie! You are a fantastic creepy old woman!

-LumberJill (Summer Hagen)

Posted by LumberJill | February 12, 2010 5:09 PM


Barbara--don't know if you will catch this--everything in Savannah is to love--one of the great places to visit, the squares, the food, the history, Tybee Island.

Posted by Clyde | February 12, 2010 5:42 PM


Then I will have to catch that on another trip, clyde. I have a friend on Folly Beach (island across from Charleston) that I'm neglecting to visit this time, so maybe in a future run. I love new places that people recommend...

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 12, 2010 6:08 PM


Wow. Charleston. who can argue with that. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOd trip.

Posted by Clyde | February 12, 2010 6:19 PM


i love coming back and getting caught up. a thousand clowns is a fav. saw it two nights ago. the best.
naming stuff is a hoot.
clyde lets introduce legislation where the slimeball organazations ie pat robertson and sarah palin have to pay the money back with interest and make a contribution to the alzheimers research fund. aarp would get behind it and i hear they have a good lobbiest.
as a pooka your capability to stop time and go to wherever you want stay for as long as you want do whatever you want with whoever you want and when you come back not a second has passed.
being able to effect not only time and space but any objection to it.

where would you go, who would you go with, and what would you do? topic for another day.

i am serious on the legislation.

Posted by tim | February 13, 2010 3:29 AM


3:29 a.m. you posted. I do not want to hear that you have sleep problems. You and I have far too much in common now.

The lawyer down there says one of the huge questions in his work is when is a person senile. Mabel by choice gave away money for years as was her right. But back then she would not give to one of the callers two days in a row; she would remember. So at some point she would not remember she wrote a check yesterday. So, does she then lose the right to control her money? She volunteered to have Ann run her life, but legally it would have been tougher. I am not trying to get any money out of this. It is hers. I doubt there was ever a lot there at once. She was mostly giving away a part of her quite good monthy income,.And the last many months she did not give away many thousands of dollars. It is that she did not know to save for the monthy bills, to pay those bills, to know she had only so much. If she wrote only one check a month to the groups who were calling her, she would have been fine; checks ranged from $45 to 160 each, mostyl $50. The terrible thing here is that legal non-profits have figured out to identify women like her and to make those many calls.

Posted by the Pooka | February 13, 2010 6:36 AM


C d Pooka - the good news is that your aunt is a generous woman, i guess. (her choices for beneficiaries - PR, SP, etc. are questionable) i do agree, Tim, that it is despicable that they would target those who are least able to make good decisions. i've seen that, though, when we donate to something we get something almost in the return mail asking for donations - almost counting on us forgetting. pretty creepy.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 13, 2010 6:47 AM


MPR is one of those. I didn't give for about 9 months because of medical bills, writing twice on their pledge reminder bill that I was not going to and answering two phone calls that way. Then I did a sustaining pledge. Now I get letters asking me to pledge, about once every two weeks. I suspect this as just poor communication between the various parts of JASPER or JASPER's fellow MPR computers.
But this is a small glitch in a day setting up to be very very nice. Drive in at 5:30 down a winding street through the river bluffs with fog draping over it all, was very enlivening.(Named Glenwood Ave, believe it or not, barb.) Almost made me excited to do a stationary ride. (That gets so old this time fo year.) Then I am going to make fresh bisquits for my wife and I for lunch, then make a meal to bring over to Evan to cook for our grandkids. We will babysit while parents go out on a date, stay the night, go to church with kids. Two kids will hang all over grandma. Lily has discovered the power to read, which is so fun to watch. So she will read to us and Jonah will make up superhero stories. I will watch the little girl hop and the little boy meander. Lily's pirncipal says she is the only child she has ever seen who floats everywhere all of the time. I told her about your goats. She wants to come dance with them.
tim--reread your poem yesterday afternoon. You do know what autonomic writing is and you do it very well. Some nice springs from though to thought.

Posted by The Pooka | February 13, 2010 7:25 AM


clyde,
the sleep thing is occasional not devastating. i can enjoy productivity usually rather than giving in to exaustion but it does throw off the schedule a bit.

i get it that your aunt wasn't rich and that you are not after the money. it just riles me that the "legitimate non profits" have figured out exploitation. i would like to see if this kind of harassment can be legslated since integrity isn't the answer. thanks for the mpr example it puts it in perspective. its not the scumbags at mpr. they don't have any .....but everybody else

the autonamic writing was fun. i had heard of it before but not tried it until that effort. it does bounce you around a bit and let the inner voice run on its own. i will try it again more often. thanks for the intro.

enjoy those kids. i have a floater and she is a joy to watch. my dad was great with kids and dogs. you don't always notice a person who is nice to people but kids and dogs certainly do and thats why they are attracted. kind of a halo alert.

Wilson: [reading from an encyclopedia] "P O O K A - Pooka - from old Celtic mythology - a fairy spirit in animal form - always very large. The pooka appears here and there - now and then - to this one and that one - a benign but mischievous creature - very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?" "How are you, Mr. Wilson?" Who in the encyclopedia wants to know?

clyde you are a pooka!!!

Posted by tim | February 13, 2010 9:08 AM


This is fun reading, folks. And now I know what the Pooka is (Harvey is on my list of movies to rent, having never seen it.)

When we are in Atlanta area, we get to see the "almost grandson". Not sure if he's a floater, but something close -- it will be a joy.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 13, 2010 9:31 AM


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