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  1. She is still awesome - 24 and working toward her doctorate in microbiology. Billy, 27, enlisted in the Air Force right after high school and is now in college studying electrical engineering. Their younger sister, Kelley, is getting her Master’s in forensics. (All reported with permission of Tammy; many of us who went to TARCon and the TARFlies lunches got to be friendly with the family. At one TARFlies lunch Carissa played the ukulele and sang Tiny Bubbles; clown Al from S4 wore the plastic coconut bra and skirt I brought from Hawai’i.)
  2. Leo and Alana are now married. I saw a post on Twitter tagging them, and they have the same last name (Alana’s!), so I googled. I wish you two many happy years!
  3. I, too, would have found it incredibly depressing had I not watched it after the New York Times report about Trump’s taxes came out. I kept saying to Saturday John (is that when it’s filmed?), “Cheer up, buddy! It’s going to get a lot better in a couple of days!” Of course, Amy Coney Barrett could still be confirmed by the Senate, which would lead to many of the bad things mentioned by John, but some of them likely won’t come before the Supreme Court if we have a new administration, especially if there’s also a predominantly Democratic Senate. I’m hoping that my new semi-optimism is not unfounded.
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    Fargo In The Media

    Thanks, @cpcathy. Here’s Matt Zoller Seitz’s review from Vulture if anyone else is interested. I skimmed a few other reviews. The NPR reviewer raves, but also believes Season 3 was as good as Seasons 1/2, so his taste may be a bit questionable. The Rotten Tomatoes score is 80% - snippets of reviews are at the bottom of the page. CNN’s review is mixed, praising the atmosphere but panning the slowness and recognizing that both S3 and S4 are far below the peak of the first 2 seasons. I’m pretty sure I’ll watch it, or at least start to, but with low-ish expectations.
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    Fargo In The Media

    Do you have a link or the name of the reviewer, @cpcathy? Thanks.
  6. Yes, it is often jarring to me, too, that people shake hands (like Zoey and Jessica did this episode) and are crowded together. But I’m just watching it now, and an even bigger shock are the show’s beautiful shots of San Francisco skyline compared with photos from the past few days. Heartbreaking.
  7. Hawaii Five-O. Exciting days catching the bad guys (though I fear I wouldn’t be much help), topped off with evenings of mai tais with the crew at a beachside bar. (I lived in Hawai’i for 10 years, so this would be a way to go back.)
  8. @Dani - partial solution found, though I guess you’ve already found your own and this might depend on the kind of non-TV device you’re using. I signed in to the HBO MAX app on my iPad using my Hulu sign-in info, and now I have Friends, Studio Ghibli, etc., but only when I open the HBO MAX app and only on my iPad. If I access it via Hulu, I still get only HBO content. Haven’t successfully sideloaded it to my TV yet.
  9. @Dani - I’m sorry, I didn’t realize there was an HBO MAX that incorporated non-HBO shows. I don’t have Friends (except for 5 random episodes that were apparently on TBS recently) or The Big Bang Theory (except 1 episode). You could add them to “My Stuff,” and they would be recorded from regular channels when they’re aired in syndication, but I realize thar’s far from the same thing. I’m going to check with Hulu and/or try to use the sideloading method described on the previous page. I don’t have time right now but will get back to you.
  10. I don’t have cable/satellite anymore. I do have plenty of TV, though - Hulu Plus Live TV, bundled with ESPN (which I don’t use) and Disney+, as well as HBO and Showtime/Cinemax add-ons. PLUS Netflix and Amazon Prime as apps. I just go to Hulu to watch HBO Max, and I didn’t even have to download a new app when it switched from HBO Go. I was afraid the transition wouldn’t go smoothly because I use a Firestick, so my home screen is heavily oriented toward Amazon, but it was seamless. And Hulu with all my bundles and premiums is less than half what I paid my satellite provider. Negatives: it’s a little harder to navigate until you get used to it, and the DVR functionality isn’t as good. There is no physical DVR, just a cloud DVR with limited recording capacity, which doesn’t bother me because everything shows up in “My Stuff” & you can just stream it. I do, however miss seeing what I’m recording in the future and being able to sort my recordings alphabetically or chronologically.
  11. I don’t think they’ve announced an exact premiere date (someone correct me if I’m wrong!), but it’s scheduled for this fall - so maybe late September or early October? This will be Season 32, which was filmed a couple of years ago. After that, it will probably be quite a while (if ever?) that we get a new season. Season 33 started filming and was “suspended” after it became clear coronavirus was a serious global threat.
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    Hamilton (2020)

    Interesting; thanks for your responses. They must have changed it very soon after Hamilton opened OR I completely imagined it. But I have such a vivid recollection of it! I’ll have to ask the friends I went with.
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    Hamilton (2020)

    One difference I noticed between the Broadway show I saw and the film is that Hamilton/L-MM had white hair starting with “It’s Quiet Uptown” on Broadway but not in the movie. I wonder if the change to white hair has been modified since 2015. (I also saw a touring production in 2018 but can’t remember.) Has anyone else noticed?
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    Chit-Chat

    Oh well, not the first, nor the last time I’ve been duped. I’m actually not even sure I called the pet store - it was a lot of years ago. I may have looked it up online, which I (also?) did just now and skimmed a few articles saying that tomato juice doesn’t get rid of the skunk smell technically but that it is strong enough to mask it via a process known as olfactory fatigue.
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    Chit-Chat

    Babalu the cat, my namesake, got out early one morning and was sprayed. I was working from home that day, so was still in bed when my husband brought him in, and you’re right, it’s a rude and immediate awakening. I called the pet store about tomato juice, and they said to use it only if you want your animal to smell like an Italian skunk. So I drove to the pet store, smelling pretty skunky myself by then, and got some special shampoo. After three shampoos in two days, the stench was’t as strong, but there was a lingering smell for weeks. Hope yours turns out better, @JTMacc99.
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