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  1. That is hilarious! "While Delta Force rescue teams had expected the woman to be weakened and afraid from her isolation, she actually fled the scene on foot with incredible cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. “Stay hydrated,” she advised her rescuers."
  2. Maybe he had one too many slugs of Johnnie Walker before his performance.
  3. I've lost the quote now, but the actor who plays the husband in the much-loathed Christmas gift Peloton commercial was interviewed and he sincerely wondered why people were creating so many narratives that extrapolated their feelings about the ad. I feel for him in that his face is being associated with the negative feelings people have about the character he plays in the ad, but I can tell him that people are creating narratives because that is what people do. I work in the field of trial law, and I can tell him from experience that JURORS - who are supposed to make decisions based solely on the evidence presented at trial - frequently make up their own versions of events to "support" what they think the verdict should be. One that stands out is when we learned that several jurors on a case in which a couple sued because their house was damaged decided that the couple was just in it for the money so they could split in when they got divorced. Because the couple didn't hold hands during the trial. That was many years ago, the verdict ignored the evidence, they are still married.
  4. I watched a Christmas Cookie Challenge episode last night and Ree looked... odd. Her face seemed really lumpy, and I noticed a distinct lack of close-ups. She is also so pale, which I know it typical for redheads (I think she is a natural ginger even though her current hair color seems to be, um, enhanced), but it makes her look sort of like an alien alongside Eddie Jackson and the human judges. I literally wondered if she is ill.
  5. Enjoy! Thank you @Haleth for the link to that article.
  6. Sad news for those of us who value grammar. I'm not sure what the Apostrophe Protection Society actually did, but still... https://www.npr.org/2019/12/02/784063204/founder-of-apostrophe-protection-society-disbands-group "the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won." I have a persistent thought that we are regressing to the times of cave paintings and pretty soon all communication will be accomplished using only emojis.
  7. Holly was a high power executive in a big city, but was originally from a small town called Mistletoe Springs that she hadn't been back to since her father passed four years ago. While waiting to hear about a big promotion , Holly's mom ask her to come home for Christmas ,when she arrives at her family's Christmas Tree farm Holly's mom tells her that a developer wants to buy the farm and she's leaning towards accepting the offer as its getting to be too hard to run the farm on her own. Holly has a fit and argues that she won't let her mother sell the property, then tearfully storms off to the local diner to get a hot chocolate, where she runs into her first love, the high school boyfriend she abandoned to go to the big city... little does she know that he is now the mayor of Mistletoe Springs and is all in favor of the development that will destroy her family farm to build a luxury hotel and spa! Back at the farm, Holly's mother (whose name is Joy) is having second thoughts. If Holly stays to help her, Joy thinks they can run the farm together as a B&B/wedding venue. The farm is quaint and just needs some sprucing up, especially the barn, which would be ideal for weddings, dances, etc. While Joy waits for Holly’s return, her good friend, Doc Jack stops by to give her the test results that she’s been waiting for and the news is not good; ‘Joy, I am so sorry, you are going to need surgery and a transplant as soon as possible;’ in tears, Joy collapses into Doc Jack’s arms; ‘Don’t tell Holly. I can’t ruin Christmas for her.’ But just as the words leave Joy's mouth, she realizes Susie, Holly's best friend since they were 4 years old came to the house & overheard the conversation. Joy begs Susie not to tell Holly, but Susie is conflicted, she loves Joy & wants to keep her secret, but thinks Holly has a right to know. Holly comes back and there's only one thing to do: Joy makes her special hot chocolate (secret ingredient: a generous slug of Kahlua; Holly says, “this is so much better than the hot chocolate at the diner!”) and they bake dozens of cookies for the annual Mistletoe Springs Christmas Cookie Contest – then comes a sudden knock on the door – it's Blandon, Holly's high school sweetheart, with his adorable and never-complaining 8 year old son who's pining for a new mommy (Blandon's wife died, but we never learn what happened to her). Blandon ask Joy if she has made any decisions about the farm and ask if he can stop by sometime this week and cut down a tree, Joy says Holly can take you boys now, Holly says she hasn't cut down trees in years but Joy insists and off Holly, Blandon and Blandon's son Noah go. The leave the house and Noah, the tow-headed little scamp, dashes to the old barn. Holly and Blandon go in and are unable to locate him, until they hear giggling in a giant hay bale in an overhead area. Holly and Blandon climb the ladder and all three have a great time throwing hay at each other, until they see movement in a far corner of the barn below. Blandon climbs down and finds a mama cat and litter of kittens. Holly's cell phone rings: it's her boss, saying that the ad agency's Tiny Hats account has gone viral due to an alert poster on Primetimer, and if Holly can create a winning ad campaign by Christmas day, she'll get the big promotion; otherwise, she's fired. Holly looks out the barn door at the Christmas trees, and at the kittens, and has a wonderful idea - Tiny Hats for people, for pets, and as Christmas Ornaments! Later, Holly muses as she uses a curling iron to get her hair just perfect... it seems like days have passed since anything has happened. Is this the Christmas Magic that everyone talks about that's causing some kind of time travel? Or is it possible that no one cares about her story?
  8. Damn you, Apple, for caving in to China on Hong Kong protesters and to Russia on Crimea, and then you do this. I cried, of course I did, but your heartstring-jerking manipulation of the public doesn't make up for bad things you do.
  9. The part at the beginning with Ashley Williams and Jill Wagner welcoming Maggie Lawson's character to Evergreen was sooooo Stepford, I expected them to start chanting, "One of us, one of us." Then Holly Robinson Peete showed up and I was out.
  10. I liked Hip Hop Holiday on BET, the cast was great, especially the leads (but Jesus save us from the awful pink wigs sported by Leesa J - even though they were eventually kind of a character in the story). The script was fairly formulaic (successful woman gets put in her place for being ambitious instead of needing a man), but was set in today's modern world instead of the 'it's 2019 but really 1950' vibe I get from most of the Hallmark offerings. There was a lesbian couple that was presented as totally usual, no big deal. That was nice. I think Hallmark may have bitten itself in the ass with its onslaught of carbon-copy Christmas movies.
  11. I'm generally liking Lifetime's Christmas movies much more than the Hallmark ones.
  12. Brining is the magic of meat! Wet brines for poultry and pork, dry brine for beef.
  13. Holly was a high power executive in a big city, but was originally from a small town called Mistletoe Springs that she hadn't been back to since her father passed four years ago. While waiting to hear about a big promotion , Holly's mom ask her to come home for Christmas ,when she arrives at her family's Christmas Tree farm Holly's mom tells her that a developer wants to buy the farm and she's leaning towards accepting the offer as its getting to be too hard to run the farm on her own. Holly has a fit and argues that she won't let her mother sell the property, then tearfully storms off to the local diner to get a hot chocolate, where she runs into her first love, the high school boyfriend she abandoned to go to the big city... little does she know that he is now the mayor of Mistletoe Springs and is all in favor of the development that will destroy her family farm to build a luxury hotel and spa! Back at the farm, Holly's mother (whose name is Joy) is having second thoughts. If Holly stays to help her, Joy thinks they can run the farm together as a B&B/wedding venue. The farm is quaint and just needs some sprucing up, especially the barn, which would be ideal for weddings, dances, etc. While Joy waits for Holly’s return, her good friend, Doc Jack stops by to give her the test results that she’s been waiting for and the news is not good; ‘Joy, I am so sorry, you are going to need surgery and a transplant as soon as possible;’ in tears, Joy collapses into Doc Jack’s arms; ‘Don’t tell Holly. I can’t ruin Christmas for her.’ But just as the words leave Joy's mouth, she realizes Susie, Holly's best friend since they were 4 years old came to the house & overheard the conversation. Joy begs Susie not to tell Holly, but Susie is conflicted, she loves Joy & wants to keep her secret, but thinks Holly has a right to know. Holly comes back and there's only one thing to do: Joy makes her special hot chocolate (secret ingredient: a generous slug of Kahlua; Holly says, “this is so much better than the hot chocolate at the diner!”) and they bake dozens of cookies for the annual Mistletoe Springs Christmas Cookie Contest – then comes a sudden knock on the door – it's Blandon, Holly's high school sweetheart, with his adorable and never-complaining 8 year old son who's pining for a new mommy (Blandon's wife died, but we never learn what happened to her). Blandon ask Joy if she has made any decisions about the farm and ask if he can stop by sometime this week and cut down a tree, Joy says Holly can take you boys now, Holly says she hasn't cut down trees in years but Joy insists and off Holly, Blandon and Blandon's son Noah go. The leave the house and Noah, the tow-headed little scamp, dashes to the old barn. Holly and Blandon go in and are unable to locate him, until they hear giggling in a giant hay bale in an overhead area. Holly and Blandon climb the ladder and all three have a great time throwing hay at each other, until they see movement in a far corner of the barn below. Blandon climbs down and finds a mama cat and litter of kittens. Holly's cell phone rings: it's her boss, saying that the ad agency's Tiny Hats account has gone viral due to an alert poster on Primetimer, and if Holly can create a winning ad campaign by Christmas day, she'll get the big promotion; otherwise, she's fired. Holly looks out the barn door at the Christmas trees, and at Noah, and at the kittens, and has a wonderful idea - Tiny Hats for people, for pets, and as Christmas Ornaments!
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