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feeling nostalgic for independent video rental stores

SIX SMALL IN­DE­PEN­DENT VIDEO RENTAL STORES could be found within two miles of our apart­ment in Bellevue, Wash­ington. While each store car­ried the req­ui­site hits to pay the rent, each also had unique ti­tles that re­flected the tastes of the owners. A couple even had small rooms in the back where little kids weren’t allowed. [Read more] “feeling nostalgic for independent video rental stores”

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the sexiest slow dancing in the dark album ever made?

IMAGINE A DARK­ENED ROOM. Per­haps it’s your apart­ment which, with the lights on, is unim­pres­sive. But it’s night­time and all the lights are out. In the dark­ness, it’s . . . dif­ferent. There is a single candle burning, giving off an il­lu­mi­na­tion that softens every­thing. Little can be seen but a lot can be felt. [Read more] “the sexiest slow dancing in the dark album ever made?”

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a bell, book, and candle to die for

MY WIFE LOVES STO­RIES ABOUT WITCHES, whether novels by Alice Hoffman and Katherine Howe or movies that are scary or funny. For Hal­loween, I or­dered sev­eral witch movies from the li­brary, in­cluding the comedy classic Bell, Book And Candle. Among the DVDs were two with Nicole Kidman: Prac­tical Magic and the non-witchy To Die For. [Read more] “a bell, book, and candle to die for”

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“nope” the movie (a review in thirty words)

A DOLLAR TO SEE A MOVIE? NOPE—NO WAY! Okay, it’s been a long time since I thought that way but having grown up paying a quarter for the Sat­urday mati­nees, a buck seemed like a bit much. Decades later and in­fla­tion has boosted the cost of a movie ticket into the stratos­phere, rel­a­tively speaking. [Read more] ““nope” the movie (a review in thirty words)”

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we love sandra and amy but we’re gonna see avatar again!

WHEN WE SAW “AVATAR” AGAIN in 2010, tickets were $9. As a kid, my mother gave my brother and me a quarter each and dropped us off at the the­ater to spend all day at the Sat­urday mati­nees. The quarter cov­ered the 15¢ ad­mis­sion and left us enough to buy two boxes of candy each! [Read more] “we love sandra and amy but we’re gonna see avatar again!”

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the circle of life (the vicious circle)

 

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“No one ever thinks they’re the evil one.” – Negan

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pam grier, a long time woman, and coincidence

OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGH­BORS KNOW that we don’t watch “tele­vi­sion.” It’s not that we don’t have cable or do any streaming, we don’t even have our tele­vi­sion set up to re­ceive the stan­dard local broad­casts. But we love good movies and tele­vi­sion se­ries! Our media of choice in seeing these is the in­creas­ingly an­ti­quated DVD. [Read more] “pam grier, a long time woman, and coincidence”

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is the consistent misuse of “moot” is just a moo point anyway?

SEV­ERAL WORDS ARE MIS­USED with great consistently—and often great dexterity—on the in­ternet. “Moot” is one of them. Given that it can be used as a noun, a verb, and an ad­jec­tive, it’s not sur­prising that users get things mixed up and be­come mis­users and even abusers. While its use as an ad­jec­tive is what I want to ad­dress here, I might as well give you the whole shebang. [Read more] “is the consistent misuse of “moot” is just a moo point anyway?”

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you don’t appreciate a lot of stuff until you get older

I MAY BE GET­TING UP THERE IN YEARS, but sex re­mains a topic of in­terest, both in its arousing forms an in its hu­morous forms. I was re­cently emailed a col­lec­tion of quotes about sex and mar­riage and found many of them rather fun. Some were even too ac­cu­rate, making them all fun­nier. [Read more] “you don’t appreciate a lot of stuff until you get older”