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Fast Approaching

Lisa and I went into Center City to experience the Christmas Village set up around City Hall. It was touted as a German Christmas Market. It was similar but certainly not the same. No Glühwein. We then walked to Macy’s to see their Holiday Light Show and Organ Concert. I remember going back in the late 70’s with my mom, back when it was Wanamaker’s. It was so high tech back then. And now it seems so analog. Watch the finale:

Afterward we planned on going to Macy’s (Previously Strawbridge’s) Dickens Village but we were getting very warm and very thirsty. Besides we were there last year and it just seemed too soon to see it again. It’s funny how a year can sometimes seem so long and yet at other times, so short.

I am back home and really wishing I could watch an Andy Williams or Judy Garland Christmas Special. I remember one year the local PBS station broadcast a ton of old Christmas Specials and it was just so neat. I checked Hulu.com but found nothing. Youtube did have a clip of Judy singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from her movie, Meet Me In St. Louis. Here it is:

Gosh I love this part of the movie. Watching sad little Margaret O’Brien and hearing Judy sing, well all I want to do is bawl my eyes out. There’s particular resonance right now for me hearing the lyrics, “…Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.” I don’t have any troubles, what am I talking about!? I am just biding my time until the next opportunity appears.

Here’s another clip from Youtube, Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing Little Drummer Boy.

When I was a little girl, I remember traveling to and from Gym Jam with my little girlfriend Dana, strapped into the back seat of her mother’s light blue station wagon singing The Little Drummer Boy… regardless of the season. I can’t recall exactly why but the two of us just always sang that song.

And somehow I feel a need to end with this old Christmas commercial:

It’s funny how it still gives me chills. I love the Native American chick with the long pigtails.

Yes Man

FINALLY! A movie I want to see! Yes, I want to see Yes Man! I love the concept that the trailer purports of someone deciding to say “Yes!” to everything that comes his way. I read a blog post not too long ago by either Steve Pavlina or Steve Olson that talked about how we should say “Yes!” more. I immediately realized that I often said “no” because I was scared of the unknown. By saying “no” I knew exactly what would happen whereas “yes” led down a path that I couldn’t always forecast. As a salesperson, I realized that one of the issues I faced had to do with people choosing no because it was safe for them. They didn’t know if I was trapping them with a good-natured offer or if they would then owe me something or maybe they’d find themselves placed in an uncomfortable position later. These were all the same fears I had myself. I learned to phrase my offers in a manner that described exactly what my prospect could expect and by removing the unknown, I made it easier for them to say yes.

So why should I start saying yes? I realized that if I wanted people to say yes to me, I should be more open to saying yes to others. Besides, if I dislike rejection, why should I be heaping it upon people? If someone stuck their neck out to offer me something, why shouldn’t I say yes? Does my fear of the unknown trump their fear of rejection? Heck, the unknown is only the unknown for a short period of time anyway. And if I do get into a situation that is awkward, I can usually think fast enough to get myself out of it.

Has anyone seen the trailer to Yes Man? Did you recognize Jim Carrey’s colleague who invites him to a costume party and then opens the door dressed as a Spartan? That’s Murray from Flight of the Conchords! Yes, GINGER BALLS!

The Trailer:

Ginger Balls:

“Hey kid, wanna try some crack?”
Obviously there are times when “no” makes perfect sense. I am suggesting saying yes rather than going with an automatic no because you are unsure of the outcome and you want to stay in your safe and comfortable zone. I am not suggesting anyone say yes to situations in which the outcome is obviously not healthy or morally wrong. Like dressing up as a Spartan.

Kid Galahadelicious

How come no one told me that Elvis and Charles Bronson starred in a movie together? How could I have been unaware of this factoid? The movie was Kid Galahad. Elvis plays a boxer and Charles Bronson portrays a vigilante, bareknuckle street fighter errrrr, I mean trainer. I only caught the end but I gotta see this movie now! Although I do fear for my own safety, I mean I honestly could just combust watching my two favorite actors on screen together!
Elvis and Bronson

Cincinatti Kid is starting up now. I wish Steve McQueen had left us with more movies in his lifetime of achievement DVD boxset. I loved Bullitt and The Thomas Crowne Affair. The problem is no other movies of his seem to have a similar quality to these two movies. If I am wrong, please tell me. It’s a shame movies nowadays suck because I really could see this new James Bond, Danny Craig following in Steve McQueen’s footsteps. He would be just great as a grizzled San Francisco police detective who drives a green mustang, determined to find the underworld kingpin who shot his witness.

Special Special Special…

New Specials
“Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh,” Nickelodeon, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
“A Miser Brothers’ Christmas,” ABC Family, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 24, 7 p.m.
“A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” NBC, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. A new Muppets special
“Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown” NBC, Dec. 22, 8 p.m. From submitted home movies.

Perennial Specials
“Shrek the Halls,” ABC, Dec. 1 , 8 p.m. The youngest of the perennials. Also playing Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ABC, Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m. The 1966 cartoon. Repeating Dec. 21.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Burl Ives narrates the 1964 special, now nrely remastered.
“Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer,” The CW Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” ABC Family, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Also showing Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” ABC, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
“A Garfield Christmas,” ABC Family, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
“Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 9 p.m. Repeating Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” ABC, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 20.

New Movies
“Christmas on Mars,” the Flaming Lips sci-fi production. Sundance, Dec. 24, midnight.

Recurring Movies
“The Polar Express” ABC Family, Dec. 2, 6 and 8:30 p.m. With Tom Hanks in every computerized role. Replaying Dec. 22 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
“A Christmas Story” TNT, Dec. 3, 8 and 10 p.m. But also in its annual 24 hour marathon on TBS, starting Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
“The Santa Clause,” TBS, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ABC, Dec. 5, 9 p.m., with Jim Carrey as the green one.
“Prancer,” AMC, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
“A Christmas Carol,” AMC, Dec. 7, 10:30 p.m.
“Jack Frost,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 10 p.m.
“Surviving Christmas” ABC, Dec. 13, 9 p.m.
“Elf,” USA, Dec. 10, 10 p.m. Repeating Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” NBC, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 24, 8 p.m.

Music Specials
“Christmas in Rockefelelr Center,” NBC, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. They flick a switch, yes, but otherwise there are musical performances from Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Miley Cyrus Neil Boyd, the Jonas Brothers, Harry Connick Jr., David Cook, Rosie O’Donnell and the Broadway Kids, Rascal Flats and Solange Knowles. Al Roker and Jane Krakowski co-host. And Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Stephen Colbert drop by.
“Christmas in Washington,” TNT, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Kristin Chenoweth, Julianne Hough, Darius Rucker are among the performers in the annual concert hosted by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw.
“The 10th Annual A Home for the Holidays,” CBS, Dec. 23, 8 p.m. with Faith Hill

Found here: Courant

Highlander

I LOVED the Highlander TV Show. Watched it when I was in college and I totally miss it now. Hulu has the old episodes and every now and then I will catch an ep. Today I found posted on Hulu a mini-reunion episode! Oddly enough, it looks like it was made on home video. Duncan isn’t in it but Methos, Amanda and Joe are there. Despite the extremely low production value, it’s not bad. Although I don’t think anyone but a Highlander fan would enjoy it. Here it is regardless:

Joan Jett

Slumming around Rhapsody this morning I stumbled upon a song by Sweet that I honestly thought was a (relatively) new Joan Jett song! The song is A.C.D.C and the Joan Jett video featured Carmen Electra. It was right around when this video came out I posted an entry admitting I had no idea Joan Jett was gay and I was oddly surprised. Listening to the Sweet song, I noticed the lyrics were changed just slightly for Joan. Women became Fellah. I guess they had to do that to keep the whole AC/DC vibe going. Otherwise it would be AC/AC or maybe DC/DC? Is alternating current male or is that direct current? I have no clue! At any rate, it got me thinking of another Joan Jett song, Crimson and Clover. That was originally an old Tommy James and the Shondells song. (Is Joan the world’s best cover artist?) Joan didn’t change the words for that one. She sang, “I don’t hardly know her, but I think I could love her…” I remember, years ago, sitting in the car with Audra and Lisa and this song came on the radio and I said, “I wonder why they didn’t change the lyrics?”
“What would you change them to?” asked Lisa.
“Well, she could sing, I don’t hardly know HIM, but I think I could love HIM.”
And then Audra said, “Yeah but then the next line would have to be, Crimson and Clovem, Ovem and Ovem.” I don’t know why but I still get a kick out of that and whenever I hear the song I can’t help but sing it as, Crimson and Clovem, Ovem and Ovem. 🙂

Sweet:

Joan:

It’s funny what I don’t mind as long as it has a good beat and I can dance to it.

Me so…

I am so tired. I DO NOT want to go to work today. I am POOPED! And here’s the thing. I’ve been pooped ALL WEEK! On Tuesday I thought to myself, “How can it only be Tuesday!?!” The next morning I woke up and thought, “Wow, tomorrow is Thursday!” It’s amazing the power of a Wednesday to transform the beginning of the week to the end of the week.

Last night I watched Ghost Adventures. It was the episode in which they locked themselves into the Goldfield Hotel. TOTALLY FREAKED ME OUT! The only proof they gave that I thought was credible was the brick that flew across the basement room! Holy Ghostbusters, Batman! I’d love to know if they toyed with that or if it really happened. And if it really did happen why did that wimpy jerk have to run away? He should have stayed and filmed! Obviously he wasn’t keeping his eyes on the prize.