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Macy’s Christmas Story Windows

In 2003, the Macy’s on Herald Square in New York City featured window displays with scenes from A Christmas Story. Those displays were then sent to Hammond, Indiana where they are set up every year at the Indiana Welcome Center. … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story House

I’ve watched A Christmas Story perhaps three times, but Sally’s a big fan, so when she found out the house in Cleveland used in the movie was open for tours, we had to go. Jean Shepherd wrote a memoir of … Continue reading

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Cool Stuff from Recent Reading (and movie watching)

from Roughing It, by Mark Twain His one striking peculiarity was his Partingtonian fashion of loving and using big words for their own sakes, and independent of any bearing they  might have upon the thought he was purposing to convey. … Continue reading

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Day Two — Alexandria, Minnesota to Alfred, North Dakota

Our room in the Holiday Inn in Alexandria, Minnesota had a complementary rubber duck. When I decided to stay the night in Alexandria, I checked the web to see if the town had any adventures to offer. Turns out there … Continue reading

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Recreating Groundhog Day

When James Jordan, a friend who also happens to be a professional photographer, asked if I would be interested in having him take some photos of the chair, I not only said yes, I gave him total freedom to pick … Continue reading

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Disney Animation Canon

In January, 2010 I went to a convention at one of the Disney World Resorts. Disney makes you pay through the nose to get into the parks, but the transportation is all free. So whenever I had free time, I … Continue reading

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Funniest Thing I’ve Seen In A Very Long Time

I watched a 1928 Harold Lloyd silent movie and laughed so hard at this scene that it hurt. Get the Flash Player to see this content.

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More Thoughts on Attending the Opera

I will admit right at the start that I went to the opera expecting not to enjoy it. But I was willing to be pleasantly surprised. Here’s what I saw and heard … The Marriage of Figaro is a ridiculous … Continue reading

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What’s Black and White and Good All Over?

Do you fall asleep or leave the room the moment a old black-and-white movie comes on? Do you refuse to watch any film made before you were born? You’re missing out. No matter what you think about old black-and-white movies, … Continue reading

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Oz Park — Chicago, Illinois

After touring the zoo and the conservatory we had a half hour to kill before dinner. We walked three or four blocks west to Oz Park. It was named in honor of Lyman Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of … Continue reading

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