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Initial post: Aug 18, 2011 6:40:01 PM PDT

I want to warmly and sincerely welcome everyone to our newest thread. This will not involve actually moving because the original Restaurant At The Edge Of The Universe referred to those travelers who were entering the universe. The Restaurant At The Other End Of The Universe is the sign on the other side of the building for those travelers who are leaving the universe. A simple matter of perspective.
The rules here are simple. All persons of good will are welcome. We do not discuss Politics, Organized Religion, or malicious gossip. The rule of this place is aside from the exceptions above...any topic is welcome here. But the guiding rule is CIVIL DISCOURSE.
We will certainly have our share of disagreements but these will take the form of civility and through respectful discussions. Rude behavior, should it occur as it has before will simply be ignored. We have a wonderful core group here of the finest people I have come to know. We, as this is really a joint effort, do welcome newcomers. This is a friendly and respectful place.
This is also designed to supplement the BARONZO STORIES where alternating writers engage in creative and fun story telling.
Mrs. Danvers is still here, doing whatever it is that she does to keep the joint sparkling and well stocked. Mrs. Danvers also continues to pick up the random "R's" that continue to turn up.
Thank you all, quite seriously, for the friendship and joy you bring me. And for filling this stage of my life with a happiness beyond anything I could have hoped for.
Now I will turn on the lights. And off we go!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2011 7:19:47 PM PDT

I look forward to another stretch of pleasant diversion and delightful conversation here, just as we had on the previous thread.

And it's comforting to see Mrs. Danvers tidying up, and putting the lifesized porcelain cherub back in its correct place.

Baron (Portraits a Specialty)

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 7:27:34 PM PDT
By the way, I really like the title for this thread. So simple and clever. Tt's as if the former one is continuing without missing a beat.

By the way, I was looking through my horror movie collection and realized that I do not own the 1933 film KING KONG (bet you do!). What a sin that this isn't in my little library. I will fix this; I will be trading in some DVD's to Amazon for a gift card. I will buy KONG with that, among other things. (It's nice that they have a trade-in program for DVD's and things. Maybe I can get rid of some books, too.)

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 7:38:10 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:
Addressing a few posts from the other other end of the universe.

Franklin - Oh, how I enjoyed our OZ parody! And Hansel and Gretel! I know a few found H&G to be a bit childish/boring, but I enjoyed it so much! Speaking of OZ, did we ever finish it? I vaguely remember a sapphire road...or was it Sapphire City? I'll have to go back and enjoy it all over again!

Baron - Well, I absolutely abhorred that atrocity of a DRACULA RIP OFF!!! I don't even know what else to say about it...!

Thomas and Baron - Thank you both for your WARM invitations into the writing! I do look forward to DISCOVERING the story that will be parodied. ;-)

Thomas - Is organized gossip allowed? If you say no, I'm afraid I may have to talk about your decision behind your back. :-P


Posted on Aug 18, 2011 8:05:44 PM PDT
Nancy says:
I have started viewing LITTLE DORRITT, the 1985 version. The newer one from BBC or PBS did nothing for me, as for this one! WONDERFUL!!

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 8:10:06 PM PDT
Nancy says: for my reading material, young Duke (LETO) in waiting has landed on the planet IX.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2011 8:42:11 PM PDT
Sort of a Mobius trip, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2011 8:47:53 PM PDT
ronzo says:
Well ... I'm here. One end of the universe to the other. With just the power of my mind....

Heavens, but I'm spiffing. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2011 10:54:03 PM PDT
My Dear Baron,
Re:"New Thread"
When the Baron says, " this thing. I do this thing."

Your Loyal,

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 1:50:35 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 2:27:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2011 9:26:36 AM PDT
Baron, Baron, Baron(Portraits a Specialty),
Thanks for liking the title. It popped into my head just a few weeks ago. This is the same old joint, just a different entrance. "I was entranced by the entrance."
As for KING KONG...I do NOT have a version of the great 1933 classic. I have the two remakes but not the original. I've seen it so many times on TCM it feels like I have it. A few years ago I bought STAGECOACH and that night it was on TCM so I watched it. My DVD remains unopened on my shelf, yet I've seen the film many times. At the same time I've purchased many movies that turn up often on TCM like THE MALTESE FALCON(my favorite Bogey movie) and I can re-watch it endlessly. There is no logic to movies.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 2:31:50 AM PDT
Re:"I've decided not to (participate).
Well, sorry to hear that but as always that's just a free and easy choice. I just hope that you will continue to visit us and grace us with your happy posts. It is really nice having you here.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:15:48 AM PDT
Say hey JJ,
I'm not actually sure what I mean by that. I just hate gossip in general, probably because confidentiality was so essential in my profession. If you want to express your love for Vilma Bankey or Pola Negri that's absolutely fine.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:20:41 AM PDT
Nancy Gaius Mohiam,
Isn't that the one with Alec Guinness that's about 37 hours long? And
Wow Nancy, you are on a roll! You are finding amazing books and movies from all over the place. SWMBO has forbade me from going to those stores. I really wanted to get to BORDERS but nope, not me. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:26:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2011 9:27:40 AM PDT
Reverend Mother Nancy,
Yes, and I know why you're there! The whole concept of IX has fascinated me and the other Duncans from DUNE the very first DUNE novel. I remember seeing that in a book rack at the ACME back in 1967. It was h biggest SF paperback I had ever seen, plus it cost 75c!
I was with my Aunt Anne and I asked her if I could get it and she said, "of course Tommy...I never say no to a book." That seems like yesterday to me.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:29:13 AM PDT
Re:"...Mobius trip..."
Yes, a loopy trip anyway. Not to mention a possible visit by the Krell!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 3:32:10 AM PDT
ronzo the magnificent,
Re:"..., but I'm spiffing..."
Well as we Irish say, "Cam down lad....Cam down." But know this, it would be an empty place without you here!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 10:16:38 AM PDT
Nancy says:
Dear Thomas Idaho
I never say no to a book purchase to my Nieces...ever! :))
Danielle, whos 28, still has two original works by Mercer Meyer that were a limited realease I purchased for her back in 1982!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 10:18:41 AM PDT
Nancy says:
Dear Thomas Dickens
Yes, it is with Sir Alec Guinness. I always wanted to see this version. What a treat!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 11:14:28 AM PDT
Nancy Gaius Mohiam,
Re:"Books and Actors"
One of my all time favorite authors is Graham Greene. One of his novels OUR MAN IN HAVANA was turned into a great movie which starred Alec Guinness. I've watched it several times on a DVD and always enjoy it. Sir Alec's performance completely makes the film especially the last look he gives the camera. The movie is a satire and is frequently hilarious. You're so wide in your range of interests I wonder if you have seen this one.


Posted on Aug 19, 2011 12:34:03 PM PDT

I am sorry you won't be writing with us next month, but there's always another in the works which you could add your own pizzazz and panache to, of course.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 12:45:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 1:01:53 PM PDT
ĴĴ says:

Whenever I join in on the writing, trust me, the weak link is moi lol. I, overabundantly, use, commas. I allsoe mispel lotss uv wurds. Lol, but it really is all about having fun! And being creative! And did I mention fun? Plus, nobody would even dare criticize your work! (((((they've been lying to me about mine for about a year now))))) :-P They might give you a helpful tip to help you grow as a writer, but it would always be with the essence of kindness; I don't even recall this ever happening either.

Anyway, even though I may technically be the weak link, I don't really think of us as a chain that will break if one of us is weak. We are more like a souffle! We are all the ingredients, and we add to the deliciousness of each other. And we most certainly ARE all delicious.

I say all of this to encourage you to jump the bandwagon, throw caution to the beavers, and embrace the art of...whatever it is we do. ;-) Perhaps try speaking FRENCH every now and again, oui? It helps ME!!! :-P

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011 1:18:26 PM PDT

I felt apprehensive at first but once you have done it for a while, have a few tales under your belt, the anxiety is long gone, believe me.

Nobody's decided on the next parody yet.

Speaking of which . . .

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 1:18:39 PM PDT
Et al:

Come on, folks, we need more ideas for our next gig. Mot suggested Tarzan and Dr. Zhivago.

If nobody chimes in I will start throwing ideas into the fray myself. Yes, that's a threat, lol. ;-)

Dr. Zhivago would be fine with me but I will have to watch it. Never saw the whole thing in its entirety. I have it somewhere on tape, recorded off TCM.
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