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From Winter to Winter in just under 12 hours: - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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From Winter to Winter in just under 12 hours:
2016 ended with a shitty bang: God took William Christopher, M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy. When you're resorting to offing your own priests, your status as a deity takes something of a hit.

We both turned in early, but I woke to my usual Sunday alarm for Dog Church.  Our usual congregants were absent, but we got there at the usual time, finding the Parp! passageway looking more suited to pond hockey than puppy paws:



At least it was warmer: the crick wasn't frozen over, and the buttholes in the water surface were gone, perhaps because the sun had returned for the first time in days:



There was a pack of pups who we eventually let lap us; they included "Neutoric Greta," a Shepherd who kept barky-baiting Ebony to play with her when she wasn't humping her human for treats; and said human's two Dobermans, one of whom is clearly ADD and chases all over the park at top speed.  I talked with the human: Boy Dobie gets wound up as soon as they drive through Tim Horton's, which is the trigger for much greater happiness.  He also marches all over the car and can even operate the down-window button so he can stick his head (and sometimes more) out the window. His female Dobie companion from today is much more mellow, but I caught her in a touching moment, guarding not one but two tennis balls near the park entry/exit. Daddy explained: her older brother used to be a major playah of catch and keepaway, but he passed from cancer last year. So they still bring three balls every Sunday, and she makes sure both are well protected.

I found myself totally loving a dog I never even met:)

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Eleanor headed off to chant soon after we got home, and I worked in a workout, a fish cleaning, a nap and a wholly disgusting Bills recap, by mid-afternoon.  Then we headed out to the cinema for La La Land, which is in five acts, beginning in Winter and passing through the remaining three seasons before ending in L.A. Winter again (with maybe five degrees variation in temperature).

Ok, it's schmalz. (There's even a guy named Schmalz in the credits.) And they should put water buckets at the end of each aisle so you can deposit your brains in them for some of the suspended-disbelief moments. But even though other films have made me laugh more, cry more, think more and get angry more, I can't remember the last film I sat through for over two hours with mostly a smile on my face.

The local indy cinema chain now has the recliner thing going, but unlike AMC, they don't have reserved seating.  So when we got there, the only adjacent recliners were too close to the screen, and just like our honeymoon flight to London, we had to talk our way into sitting next to each other in the back recliner-less row, but pulled it off.

We ended the night with a Branford Marsalis CD we haven't listened to in years- Ryan Gosling's character's love of traditional jazz would have approved- and also had Beauregard join us for New Years dinner. B is the stuffed gorilla who lived with Eleanor in Penfield, and came over with her when she moved into my condo 30 years ago today; I was deathly ill from a terminal condition called "a cold," and she brought him over to comfort me, as he still does, all these years later:




May you guys also find the Gorilla your dreams;)
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mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: January 3rd, 2017 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
2016 ended with a shitty bang: God took William Christopher, M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy. When you're resorting to offing your own priests, your status as a deity takes something of a hit.

^^This.
mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: January 3rd, 2017 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
2016 ended with a shitty bang: God took William Christopher, M*A*S*H's Father Mulcahy. When you're resorting to offing your own priests, your status as a deity takes something of a hit.

^^This.
warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: January 3rd, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the snow field pix.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: January 4th, 2017 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
It's easier to deal with when the mercury is heading up, as it has been.
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