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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 25, 2010 06:18AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Sometimes my memory plays tricks on me. For quite a while now, I've been keeping a list of names which I tend to confuse with one another.

In this topic I will gradually add those different names. Please feel free to add comments. Tell us if you ever confuse names, or simply comment on any name mentioned here. Perhaps your comment will help fix things in my memory or readers' memories.

I am placing this topic in the "Books and Reading" section, because some of the names may be the names of authors.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THE 3 FAMOUS "BLOOMS":

1.Benjamin Bloom (Bloom's taxonomy)
2.Harold Bloom (literary critic and author)
3.Leopold Bloom (fictional protagonist & antihero of James Joyce's _Ulysses_, assuming the role of the 'Odysseus' character.
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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Samuel Beckett - 1906-1989
Irish writer - Nobel Prize for Lit. 1969 - wrote "Waiting for Godot".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_B...

Thomas Becket - 1118-1170
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_B...


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.


Jimmy Hoffa:
James Riddle Hoffa (born 1913 – disappeared July 30, 1975, legally dead since 1982)
Hoffa served as the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1958–1971


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Ian McEwan
Larry McMurtry

Ian McEwan (wrote Atonement)

Larry McMurtry (wrote Lonesome Dove, Loop Group: A Novel, and screenplay of "Brokeback Mountain" (movie 2005), based on short story, Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx)

PS - Ewan McGregor is an actor. (was in movie: "August: Osage County" with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts - 2013)

PPS - [Also see Message #66 in this topic/thread.]


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments "LONESOME DOVE" & "WINGS OF THE DOVE"

Lonesome Dove (1985) is a novel by Larry McMurtry.
It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1986).
The book was made into a TV mini-series (1989. It's an "epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana."
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...

The Wings of the Dove is a 1902 novel by Henry James. One of the masterpieces of James' final period, this novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her. ...
There's no question that Milly is based on Minny Temple (1845-1870), James' beloved cousin who died from tuberculosis.
FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wing...


message 8: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jul 28, 2013 07:11AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Alan Bennett
(author): The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

William J. Bennett
(author): The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

ADDENDUM - 7/28/13:

Arnold Bennett
(author):
The Card: A Story of Adventure in the Five Towns
The Grand Babylon Hotel

NOTE: The book, The Card, was adapted to film. See links below:
1922: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218870/?...
1952: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045056/?...
(starring Alec Guinness) (See my review at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... )

As you can see, there are 3 different Bennett's.
Their first names are: ALAN, WILLIAM, and ARNOLD.



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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Frederick Douglas, abolitionist (1818-1895)

Stephen A. Douglas (debated Lincoln, ran for president, 1860)


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nancy Milford
Nancy Mitford


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Below are actors whom I sometimes confuse:

Kristin Scott Thomas / Emma Thompson

Nathan Lane / Jason Alexander

Jonathan Winters / Dom Deluise


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Nina | 6067 comments "The Uncommmon Reader," was one of the funniest books I have ever read. I loved it. Joy, are you snowbound? nina


message 14: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 27, 2010 07:24AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: ""The Uncommmon Reader," was one of the funniest books I have ever read. I loved it. Joy, are you snowbound? nina"

Nina, we have snow coming down, but we're not snowbound.

Which one of the following books are you referring to?

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader by George Steiner

An Uncommon Reader by Amos Hawley

PS-After looking at the GR descriptions, I can see that you were probably referring to the book by Alan Bennett.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Michael Gambon - Irish-British actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_...
Photos:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm312105984...
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm164731136...

Michael Chabon - American author
Per Wiki: In 2000, Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_...


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Nina | 6067 comments Ian McEwan wrote "Saturday," which was a short fascinating story. Try it. nina


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Thanks, Nina. I'll keep it in mind.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments The role of Alex P. Keaton in the TV sitcom, "Family Ties", was played by Michael J. Fox.

That's why I confuse Michael J. Fox with Michael Keaton! :)


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6324 comments Have you read or listened to Fox's biography? It's interesting. He has Parkinson's, which my uncle had & a friend of mine has now. Horrible disease that cut short his acting career, although I was surprised to see him in a show a few years ago. He played the paralyzed boyfriend of the ex-wife of Dennis Leary in "Rescue Me". Did a great job, too.

My friend, Mike, worked here with me up until about 2 years ago when he got too bad. He went on short term disability, then long term through a different company. For over a year, he's been trying to get on Social Security disability, but the government seems to think he should still be working, even though 2 private insurance companies & several doctors say otherwise. There's a lesson in there for anyone who thinks our government can fix health care.


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Nina | 6067 comments Did any of you know Ray Bradbury died a couple of days ago. No, I don't usually read science fiction but he is my exception. I think Dandeline Wine was one of the best written stories I have ever read. I once saw a special interview of R. B. at a writer's conference and while watching him he said he remembered being circumcised as an infant at the hospital shortly after he was born and when no one believed him he described the yellow dress his mother had worn. They were amazed. I have never forgotten that.


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6324 comments Yes, I heard. It's a shame. I never considered him an SF writer, more fantasy, & I don't believe he liked being pigeon-holed at all.

My favorite story by him was "The Sound of Thunder", a time travel story. (view spoiler) Very cool.

He used to have a radio program, The Bradbury Theater (I think), in which short stories were acted out. I think it was in the 70's. I have some of the episodes. One of his stories was also done on 2000X, another radio program of the same type.

I remember watching The Martian Chronicles, too. Rock Hudson starred in it, I think. "I Sing the Body Electric" was a Twilight Zone. My favorite book by him was Fahrenheit 451.

Yes, I'll miss him. Great author.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Jim wrote: "Have you read or listened to Fox's biography? It's interesting. He has Parkinson's, which my uncle had & a friend of mine has now. Horrible disease that cut short his acting career, although I w..."

Jim, I haven't read either of the following 2 books by Michael J. Fox:
Lucky Man: A Memoir
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

I'll bet they're very good. He's a remarkable person. I've always like his acting.

I've put in a request at the library for an audio version of Lucky Man: A Memoir. Thanks for the suggestion.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "Did any of you know Ray Bradbury died a couple of days ago. No, I don't usually read science fiction but he is my exception. I think Dandeline Wine was one of the best written stories I have ever r..."

Nina, thanks for mentioning that Ray Bradbury died a couple of days ago. Here's an obituary:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/...
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Excerpt from link above:
"Ray Bradbury, who has died aged 91, was the 20th-century American short-story writer par excellence. Although he was also known for a few novels – principally the science-fiction book-burning dystopia Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and the dark fantasy Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) – as well as for children's books, plays, screenplays and poetry, it was for his short stories that he gained his widest fame, with his best-known collection being The Martian Chronicles (1950)."
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May he RIP.


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Werner Like Nina, I'd give Dandelion Wine very high marks, too. It's actually mainstream fiction, with no actual speculative elements at all (Greentown is closely modeled on his own hometown, Waukegan, Illiois, and Douglas Spaulding is his own alter ego, there and in some other works); but he infuses the everyday world with such a sense of wonder, magic and mystery that it seems not so far removed from his speculative tales.

I've been a Bradbury fan for more than 20 years, and I always will be. He was a unique treasure in the world of American literature, and left a very special legacy.


message 25: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 07, 2012 10:39PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Dandelion Wine is on my keep-in-mind list. Don't know when I'll ever get to all the books/movies on my lists. But it feels good to have them there, like candy or good food waiting to be enjoyed... or like money in the bank. :)


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6324 comments Joy H. wrote: "Jim, I haven't read either of the following 2 books by Michael J. Fox:
Lucky Man: A Memoir
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist..."


I think I read the former, but am not sure. As I recall, it was an audio book on cassette tape.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments It's so hard to remember what we've read. Thank goodness for Goodreads keeping track for us.


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Nina | 6067 comments Joy H. wrote: "Alan Bennett
(author) (The Uncommon Reader: A Novella)

William J. Bennett
(author) (The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories)"
The Uncommon Reader, one of my very favorite books. A joy to read.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Here's a short YouTube review of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUCVXP...

Here's a reading of part of the book:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKJ61B...

From the GR description: "When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word."

I've got this book on my to-read list. Sounds like fun.


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Nina | 6067 comments Do you feel like laughing out loud; then read, The Uncommon Reader." Also, thanks for suggesting, Middlemarch. Both my husband and I enjoyed watching it. Do try Little Lord Fauntleroy.


message 31: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "Do you feel like laughing out loud; then read, The Uncommon Reader." Also, thanks for suggesting, Middlemarch. Both my husband and I enjoyed watching it. Do try Little Lord Fauntleroy."

Is it the 1995 movie you're referrring to?
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108838/
http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Littl...

A while ago I saw the 1936 version with Freddie Bartholomew and loved it:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027893/


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Nina | 6067 comments yes, that is the one and it's excellent. Think I'll try the 1936 version. I am sure I watched it as a child but didn't remember it at all. I once read a bio of Frances Hodgkins Burnett and it was excellent. Wish I could remember the correct name. After reading it, I was more than ever enchanted with her works.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I'll try the 1995 version but I'd also like to try the 1980 version with Ricky Schroder and Alec Guinness. Trouble is trying to get it.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081062/


message 34: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Jun 09, 2012 05:23PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "... I once read a bio of Frances Hodgkins Burnett and it was excellent. Wish I could remember the correct name. ..."

Was it either of the following?

Thwaite, Ann (1991), Waiting for the Party, Waiting for the Party: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849-1924, David R. Godine, ISBN 978-0-87923-790-5

Gerzina, Gretchen (2004), Frances Hodgson Burnett: the unexpected life of the author of The secret garden, Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0-8135-3382-1

I found the above titles at Wiki.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_...


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I just found the following at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY8sfX...
It's entitled: "Rufus Sewell (Part 6) "Middlemarch" - my fav scenes of Will Ladislaw" (about 15 minutes long).
It's a good way to refresh one's memory of the film.
Rufus Sewell is so handsome in this movie.


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Nina | 6067 comments It's been so long I have forgotten the title but it seems like the second one could have been it as I remember something about The Secret Garden. Thanks for the info as I think I will try to get it at the library and refresh my memory. And tomorrow I will watchthe Middlemarch you tube. Too tired tonight; busy week and last week also; Last week fourteen for a sit down luncheon(my garden friends) and two days ago another luncheon for ten; former sailing friends and had three great grandchildren and their mother over for waffles and my grandson and his father over for dinner twice as my daughter is in Europe with another daughter. Next week busy but then the following week I go to my daughter's home to take care of her dog and cat; not her horses. She is moving them to a friend's. She and her husband will be in D.C. she will be on business and he will follow after the business is through. So, that how it goes for me. Busy, Busy..In the meantime I am watering watering as we have no rain for six weeks..


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina, you are amazing!


message 38: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 17, 2013 07:47AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I often confuse the following names
because they look and sound so much alike:

James Hilton - wrote: Lost Horizon

S.E. Hinton - wrote: The Outsiders (also see description at: The Outsiders)


message 39: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 12, 2013 07:07AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments BELOW IS A LIST (with notes) WHICH I HAVE COPIED FROM A FILE I WAS KEEPING ON MY COMPUTER. I'M TRYING TO GET THEM ALL TOGETHER.
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Over the years I have tended to confuse the names or faces of certain actors or actresses, either because their names were similar or their faces held some resemblance to one another. Have you ever had this experience? If so, which actors or actresses seemed alike in some way?
Below is a list of some of the actors or actresses who seemed alike in some way:
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William Powell/Don Ameche (is it the mustache?)
Susan Sarandon/Lesley Ann Warren (is it the eyes?)
Marcia Gay Harden/Stockard Channing (resemblances?)
Alison Jani/Christine Lali (sp?) (resemblances?)
Dorothy Lamour/Betty Grable (same era)
Frank Morgan/Monty Wooley/Nigel Bruce (similar styles?)
Michael Rennie/Michael Redgrave (similar names)
Emmanuel Lewis/Gary Coleman (similar roles)
Trevor Howard/Leslie Howard
Glenn Close & Cloris Leachman
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I have finally managed to get the above names straight in my mind, but it took some doing.

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At one time all the blonde actresses seemed to look so much alike to me. Below is a list of famous blonde women who, IMO, seem similar in some way (forgive the spellings):
Sharon Stone
Jessica Lange
Michelle Pfeifer
Elizabeth Shue
Loren Hutton
Cybil Shepherd
Daryl Hannah
Kim Bassinger
Gwyneth Palthrow
Olivia Newton-John
Melanie Griffith
Elizabeth Hurley
Dyan Cannon
Cameron Diaz
Cheryl Ladd
Cheryl Tiegs
Meg Ryan
Leslie Stahl
At one time, I even confused Glenn Close and Meryl Streep.
However, after seeing enough of each face, I am now able to distinguish them from one another, even though I may not be able to recall their names immediately.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

At one point I confused the names of Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

I also confused Sean Penn's name with Brad Pitt's, until I finally got them straight.

And then there were: Michael Gambon (actor in Gosford Park) and Michael Chabon (writer of movie "Wonder Boys").

I occasionally confuse Errol Flynn with Douglas Fairbanks.

Also, Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris.

Also, Winona Ryder, Winona Judd, Naomi Judd, and Reba MacEntire.

Also, Andie McDowell and Janine Garafalo.

Also, Gene Hackman and Karl Malden.

Also, Maureen Stapleton and Jean Stapleton.

Also, Carole Landis and Carole Lombard.

Also, Elizabeth Montgomery and Elizabeth McGovern.

To me, Kevin Costner and Donald Trump look a bit alike.

I'd better stop. This is getting embarrassing. LOL


message 40: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 12, 2013 07:31AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments DON'T CONFUSE THE FOLLOWING:

Foxfire Books (which is the name of a series of books) https://www.foxfire.org/index.html

AND

Mozilla Firefox (which is the browser often used instead of Internet Explorer)

FOX fire
fire FOX


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I don't know why, but sometimes I confuse the names of
the following two authors:

Bill Bryson, who wrote: A Short History of Nearly Everything .

Dave Barry, who wrote: Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States .


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Nina | 6067 comments Today was seventy three degrees and the grass is green and we welcome spring. It is to turn colder next week again but now that we have a taste of what's to come; we're impatient to get on with it. And now I'm off to watch a Spanish soap opera; Dame Chocolate. Has anyone seen it?


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6324 comments Wow. Those are two I never would confuse & I've read both. That's a weird one, Joy.

Nina, we're supposed to warm up a bit soon. I can't wait. It was 21 this morning & supposed to be 60 tomorrow. This up & down is killing me.


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Nina | 6067 comments The book up next in our book club is, "Sense of an Ending," and so far I am not all that thrilled with it. Have any of you read it or know anything about it?


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Nina | 6067 comments My favorite recent quote recently is from Pope Francis when he addressed the cardnals after the election: "May God forgive you."


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Jim wrote: "Wow. Those are two I never would confuse & I've read both. That's a weird one, Joy."

Jim, I confuse them because they seem to write in a similar genre. (Bryson and Barry)


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "... And now I'm off to watch a Spanish soap opera; Dame Chocolate. Has anyone seen it? "

Haven't seen it, Nina. But here are the links:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1058596/?...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dame_Cho...


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "The book up next in our book club is, "Sense of an Ending," and so far I am not all that thrilled with it. Have any of you read it or know anything about it?"

Nina, I found the following:
The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction
Haven't heard anything about them.


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Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Nina wrote: "My favorite recent quote recently is from Pope Francis when he addressed the cardnals after the election: "May God forgive you.""

He seems to have a sense of humor!


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Nina | 6067 comments Nina wrote: "Today was seventy three degrees and the grass is green and we welcome spring. It is to turn colder next week again but now that we have a taste of what's to come; we're impatient to get on with it...."March Madness is here; 81 degrees today and they are predicting snow mixed with rain and thiry six degrees on Sunday. How's that for up and down Jim?


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