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Initial post: Apr 4, 2014 10:26:18 PM PDT
Susan says:
Good morning all and welcome to Free Books and Chat - Saturday April 5, 2014

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The next book discussion is RE-SCHEDULED for Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.

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Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:26:44 PM PDT
Susan says:
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Chemmaj RN - Sunday, April 6 - start time apx 9 pm PDT
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Susan - Saturday, April 12 - start time 11 pm or 6 am EDT
Susan - Sunday, April 13 - start time 11 pm or 6 am EDT
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Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:27:07 PM PDT
Susan says:
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I appreciate your thoughts on the matter; in fact I encourage you to always challenge me when you feel it's appropriate; you should never be cowed by authority. Except, of course, in this instance, when I am clearly right and you are clearly wrong.

--RUPERT GILES

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:27:37 PM PDT
Susan says:
Hopefully I'm not the only Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan here....if so, I think it may be a quiet day 

But....all other topics are encouraged.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon. The series narrative follows Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as "Vampire Slayers" or simply "Slayers". In the story, Slayers are "called" (chosen by fate) to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. Like previous Slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides, teaches, and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang".

The series received critical and popular acclaim and usually reached between four and six million viewers on original airings. Although such ratings are lower than successful shows on the "big four" networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox), they were a success for the relatively new and smaller WB Television Network.[7] The show was ranked 41st on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, second on Empire's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time", voted third in 2004 and 2007 on TV Guide's "Top Cult Shows Ever" and listed in Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-Time". In 2013, TV Guide also included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. Buffy was also named the third Best School Show of All Time by AOL TV. It was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards, winning a total of three Emmys. However, snubs in lead Emmy categories resulted in outrage among TV critics and the decision by the academy to hold a tribute event in honor of the series after it had gone off the air in 2003.

Buffy's success has led to hundreds of tie-in products, including novels, comics, and video games. The series has received attention in fandom (including fan films), parody, and academia, and has influenced the direction of other television series.

Facts You Might Not Know about Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a hugely successful television series on WB and UPN from 1997-2003. Writer and producer Joss Whedon, long heavily constrained by the requirements of others, finally had the opportunity to create a series that was completely his own. Whedon had worked on it for years, first selling the screenplay in 1988 for a film version which was released in 1992. The story had been shredded and reworked into a campy, funny movie that Whedon loathed.

After five years, he was able to launch a darker, more dramatic, but still funny television series which captured the imagination of a generation of fans. Here are eighteen facts that you might not know about that show:

1. Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia, was Whedon's original pick for the role of Buffy. Sarah Michelle Gellar was slated to play Cordelia. Gellar had to lobby Whedon heavily before he would allow her to read for the lead role.

2. When she was five, Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in a Burger King commercial that disparaged McDonald's burgers. She was promptly named in a lawsuit by McDonald's and had to give a deposition in the case.

3. If you were watching US television during the early 1990s, you may have spotted Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) in a series of 13 commercials for Taster's Choice coffee which imagined Head as the wooing paramour of a new divorcee. The role somewhat typecast him, so Head came to Los Angeles during "pilot season" in order to find a very different sort of role.

4. The name "Giles" came from Barbara Giles, Whedon's housematron when he attended a private high school in the UK.

5. Nicholas Brendon (Xander) has a stutter.

6. James Marsters' (Spike) first role was in a fourth-grade production of Winnie the Pooh. He played the role of Eeyore and fell in love with acting. His professional debut came years later in a stage production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. He had a nude scene in that play and has been comfortable performing unclad ever since. Marsters later broke into television as a bellhop on Northern Exposure. He returned the next season to play the role of a priest.

7. Can you imagine Spike with a deep Southern accent? Because that was Whedon's original plan before casting Marsters.

8. Sunnydale's ZIP code would place the town in Morgan Hill, California.

9. Sarah Michelle Gellar has a pronounced fear of cemeteries.

10. Whedon was inspired for The Gentlemen in the episode "Hush" from, in part, Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. This episode, a fan favorite, received two Emmy nominations for writing and cinematography.

12. Buffy occasionally made favorable references to Xena: Warrior Princess. The writers of Xena returned the favor by mentioning a play called "Buffus the Bacchae Slayer" in their episode "The Play's the Thing."

13. The show was the central metaphor that terrorism expert Anthony Cordesman used in a major 2002 treatise called "Biological Warfare and the Buffy Paradigm." Cordesman explained that Buffy was "about a teenage vampire slayer who lives in a world of unpredictable threats where each series of crises only becomes predictable when it is over."

14. The Simpsons was a leading inspiration for Whedon's work in Buffy. Whedon wrote "If I could write for any show, it would be The Simpsons and Twin Peaks...

15. The episode "I Was Made for You" has Warren building a robotic girlfriend who goes crazy and becomes destructive. The role was written with Britney Spears in mind, but she turned it down.

16. "Graduation Day" was delayed and rewritten due to the Columbine school shooting. The story involves the destruction of Sunnydale High School with explosives by the show's heroes. That central element was kept, although certain statements by them were removed.

17. The musical episode "Once More, With Feeling", lasted 68 minutes during its first run. It was edited down for subsequent rebroadcasts. Much of the episode is sung. Even the mutant in the Mutant Enemy trademark at the very end of the credits sings. That name, by the way, comes from a line in the song "And You, And I" by Yes. 

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:28:40 PM PDT
Susan says:
Favorite Character?

Buffy Anne Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
The show's titular protagonist, Buffy is "The Slayer", one in a long line of young girls chosen by fate to battle evil forces in the form of vampires and demons. The Slayer has no jurisdiction over human crime. This calling mystically endows her with a limited degree of clairvoyance, usually in the form of prophetic dreams, as well as dramatically increased physical strength, endurance, agility, intuition, and speed and ease of healing. There traditionally has been only one Slayer alive at any given moment, with a new one called upon the event of her death.

Alexander "Xander" LaVelle Harris (Nicholas Brendon)
Possessing no supernatural skills, Xander provides comic relief as well as a grounded, everyman perspective in the supernatural Buffyverse. In another departure from the usual conventions of television, Xander is notable for being an insecure and subordinate male in a world dominated by powerful females.

Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan)
Willow was originally a nerdy girl who contrasted Buffy's cheerleader personality but also shared the social isolation Buffy suffered after becoming a Slayer. As the series progressed, Willow became a more assertive and even sensual character; in particular, she became a lesbian and a powerful Wiccan. Willow is Buffy's best friend through everything that happens and maintains her humanity and kindness to others throughout.

Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head)
Giles, rarely referred to by his first name, is a Watcher and a member of the Watchers' Council, whose job is to train Slayers. In the earlier seasons, Giles researched the supernatural creatures that Buffy must face, offered insights into their origins and advice on how to kill them. Throughout the series, he became a father-figure to Buffy, Willow, Xander, and the others, giving them advice not only on the supernatural world, but on life issues as well.

Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter)
Cordelia is originally an archetypal popular, shallow, mean-spirited cheerleader. She is tactless, but direct and honest, and she becomes a reluctant ally of the Scooby Gang, even after her relationship with Xander disintegrates. After season 3, she joins Angel in L.A., where she abandons her attempts at acting to fight evil at his side.

Angel (David Boreanaz)
Angel, a vampire, formerly known as Angelus, was a cruel killer until he was re-ensouled by a Romani curse. After decades of guilt over his past atrocities, he allies himself with Buffy and they fall in love. The consummation of their relationship brings him a moment of true happiness, breaking the curse and releasing Angelus upon Sunnydale. Buffy is forced to send him to a hell dimension to save the world. After his release from hell, Buffy and Angel continue to struggle with their ongoing love. Angel breaks off their relationship and moves to L.A. (after season 3) to give her a chance at a more normal life. There, he gathers new allies in his own fight against evil in the five-season spin-off, Angel.

Daniel "Oz" Osbourne (Seth Green)
Oz is a brilliant (yet generally unmotivated) student, and part-time rock guitarist. He is Willow's first and only boyfriend, and an active member of Buffy's inner circle, despite the fact that he has recently become a werewolf. Portrayed as taciturn and unflappable, the contrast between his outward coolness and his violent animal episodes is an example of the show's efforts to subvert usual character expectations, as well as to display double-personalities (like Angel/Angelus). As an unusual side-note, the actor Seth Green went on to co-design and supervise the creation of the acclaimed line of Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures.

Spike (James Marsters)
Spike is a vampire character whose role varies dramatically through the course of the series, ranging from a major villain to "love's bitch", to the sarcastic comic relief, to Buffy's romantic interest in a relationship that grows from miserable lust to a friendship, and eventually to a self-sacrificing hero, dying as a Champion at the Hellmouth. His path to redemption subsequently resumes in L.A. (in season five of Angel), where his resurrected character continues to develop into a selfless hero and reconciles with his former nemesis and love rival, Angel, and occasionally works with him. Spike is known for his Billy Idol platinum hair, his catch-phrase "bloody hell", and his black leather duster, which he acquired after killing his second Slayer.

Anya (Emma Caulfield)
Anya is a 1,120-year-old former vengeance demon (Anyanka) who specialized in avenging scorned women. After being forcibly stripped of her demonic powers by Giles, the character is forced to re-learn how to be an ordinary human, a journey which is portrayed as both comical (e.g., her fear of rabbits and her love of money) and poignant (e.g. her grief over Joyce's death). Her story is largely focused on her romantic relationship with Xander, and like many characters on the show, she is portrayed as morally ambivalent.

Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenberg)
Dawn is introduced in Season 5 as Buffy's fourteen-year-old younger sister, sent to Buffy in human form as a disguise for the Key, a dangerous magical artifact sought by a hellgod. Although Dawn's genesis is magical, she functions as a complete and normal teenage girl, and, after her true nature has been revealed, she is accepted and loved as a sister, daughter, and friend. Although Buffy initially tries to shelter Dawn from her work as Slayer, Dawn later becomes a useful member of the Scooby Gang.

Tara Maclay (Amber Benson)
Tara is introduced first as a fellow member of a Wicca group during Willow's first year of college. Their close friendship evolves into an ongoing romantic relationship; their relationship attracted significant attention as one of few featured same-sex relationships on television at that time. Tara uses her magical skills to assist the Scooby Gang in their fight against evil, and she struggles with how to deal with Willow's growing addiction to magic. Tara is killed by a bullet intended for Buffy, her death triggering Willow's transformation into "Dark Willow".

Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku)
Faith, a Slayer, is called when Kendra is killed by the vampire Drusilla. When she arrives in Sunnydale, she fights alongside Buffy and the Scooby Gang. Throughout the series, Faith displays a much darker, dangerously fun-seeking approach to both slaying and murder; she is the dark side of a Slayer's personality. 

Favorite episode?

Don't worry - I won't list any but here is a snippet from one of my favorites....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUaCOHpNrTY

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:30:28 PM PDT
Susan says:
Free when posted

Key Witness: A Southwest Mystery
A loner from New Jersey and a lady Navajo cop form an unlikely alliance when the two join forces to track down a killer and solve the puzzle of a mysterious key.

Abe Freeman has always felt alienated from his family and strict Jewish upbringing. When the young pianist's girlfriend dies, he loads a pickup truck with a few possessions, his stash of marijuana and his dog, Patch, and heads west. Shortly after arriving in New Mexico Abe is arrested by Navajo Tribal Officer, Emily Etcitty as a suspect in a murder case. Though innocent, he is haunted by a dark secret. But then, so is Emily.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:36:54 PM PDT
robb says:
I liked Buffy.

Headed to bed now though. Thanks for the start

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 10:55:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2014 10:56:37 PM PDT
Susan, I Loved Buffy too..
It would be so hard to pick a favorite because they were such a good team..
I'll have to think about a favorite episode... There were so many many good ones to choose from..

I hope you and Amy have a good day trip..
Also thanks for the start..

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 11:17:49 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Susan
Thank you for doing the start today, even though you have a day trip planned, it is much appreciated. I am looking forward to hearing about the day trip when you get home again.

I am afraid that I have never heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and have to report that the subject matter would not have drawn me to the series had we had it aired here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2014 11:20:07 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sandy
I am loving hearing about your new job, and so very pleased that everything is going well for you, that is apart from your finger episode - hoping that the bruising will heal fast, and that you don't have to do too much whisking while that is happening.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2014 11:43:32 PM PDT
Not to worry the swelling has already gone down a lot and that is what was causing the problem..
What are your plans for today?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2014 11:48:26 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Today is planned for tidying and cleaning, making ready for the guests I am expecting over Easter - funny I am not really feeling very motivated :-)
How about you ?

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 12:01:35 AM PDT
Right now I'm planned to be off today but it is possible that they will call me in..
I need to work in my house... And cook something with lots of veggies..
I don't know, Soup or Stir Fry.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 12:11:01 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Since we don't have any birthdays on our own calendar (that we know of) I thought I might mention some others - names that have meant something special to me

1827 Joseph Lister d. 1912 English physician, founder of antiseptic surgery. He performed the first operation using antiseptic (1867, mastectomy on his sister). He concluded, after reviewing research on disease-causing microorganisms, that wounds need to be disinfected. He discovered that carbolic acid was an effective disinfectant and pushed for its widespread use.

1856 Booker T. Washington d. 1915 (Booker Taliaferro Washington), American educator, founder of the Tuskegee Institute (1881) for the training of Negroes. Renowned African-American author and presidential advisor who served as the director of the Tuskegee Institute. His 1901 autobiography, "Up From Slavery," made him famous, as did his 1895 Atlanta Address.

1900 Spencer Tracy d. 1967 (John Edward Tracy), American actor. Film: Boys Town (1938, Father Flanagan), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941, Dr. Jekyll), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958, narrator). He starred in nine films with Katharine Hepburn. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1937 and 1938.

1908 Bette Davis d. 1989 (Ruth Elizabeth Davis), American Oscar-winning actress. She turned down the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939). Film: All About Eve (1950) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Her performance in the 1935 film, Of Human Bondage, earned her a great deal of critical acclaim.

1916 Gregory Peck d. 2003 He played Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, a role that earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. As one of the top actors of the '40s and '50s, he starred in The Keys of the Kingdom and Gentleman's Agreement. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times in the first five years of his film acting career.

1950 Agnetha Faltskog Swedish singer who joined husband Bjorn Ulvaeus in ABBA, the group known for songs like "Dancing Queen."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2014 12:15:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2014 12:16:46 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy
Have they given you a schedule yet ? Are your hours fitting well with Chris's hours ? I am thinking pick-up and delivery times here LOL
For me soup sounds like a good option, easy to freeze, easy and comforting to eat, and since we are all looking forward to spring, but it hasn't arrived for so many yet, a nice cozy cold day meal.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 12:21:54 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thank you for starting Susan, I hope you have a good day trip.

I also have never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although I think it has been on our television. Also not something that would appeal to me, although I read all the Twilight books and watched the films, and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Morning Sandy and Red.

I am getting ready to make my usual visit to my sister. My DIL is not playing golf today so he will be taking us to lunch.

I hope everyone has a really good week-end.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2014 12:37:17 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sally
Nice plans - hope that you have a good day and check in later

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 1:02:39 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ verymerry
How exciting that your new grand is a girl, the group has recently been reporting the births of boys, how old is she now and is she your first grand - it is all very exciting :-) Perhaps a photo will arrive on your profile (hint hint)
I do hope that you have got a handle on your recent illness and are feeling better, it is great having you back again.
Not knowing much about the geography of the US (although Robb does try very hard to educate me) I am wondering whether being in PA is very different for you than CT - hope that you are happy where you are now.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 2:52:04 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.

He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on the couch. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position on the couch and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: "Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: "He lives in a home with four children -- he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 3:45:11 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Ballroom, Bars and Seawater Baths: Sequel to The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe by Jamie Sinclair (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense) 400 pages

It is eighteen months since the Midland Hotel burned to the ground. Now the 24 Hour Jazz Cafe stands in its place.
Owner Mitch Johnson is missing, leaving his oldest friend and business partner Rupert Watts to run their new venture.
A woman's purse is found by children playing on the beach. Then a man is brutally murdered in his bathroom. Newly promoted DS Jane Harper must connect the pieces to find a killer.
But when Harper learns that the purse belonged to the wife of the murdered man, and that the missing woman has run away with Mitch, Harper begins to wonder if her consulting detective might actually be the prime suspect.
This thrilling sequel to The 24 Hour Jazz Café pushes Mitch and Rupert to their very limits as they are exposed to a case far wider reaching than anything they have faced previously. Even detective Harper, usually in total control, is floundering as the clues lead nowhere and mistakes are made.
In the end, with Rupert in danger and a lack of options, it is Mitch who is willing to risk everything to see justice done.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 3:51:42 AM PDT
Susan says:
Morning everyone

Red - I think you are the only one around right now? :)
I like the dog joke.
How are you today -

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2014 3:56:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2014 4:37:23 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Susan
Yep seems like I was the only one for a time, but now you are here too :-)
I am fine but trying to put off the chores I need to do right now.

The next post is especially for you (and Robb) think you might be surprised that it is actually me who is going to post it but ....

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 3:56:30 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Great Exercise for Seniors

I came across this exercise suggested for seniors, to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy, so I thought I'd pass it on. The article suggested doing it three days a week. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides, and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks. Then 50-lb. potato sacks, and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each sack.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 4:04:40 AM PDT
Suze says:
Good one, red!! Thanks Susan....Hope you have a fun day today. I'm off to L.'s swim class, for the first time in about 6 weeks.....He's 10 months old already. Last year at this time I hadn't even met him yet.....what a fun adventure this has been!

verymerry,
Maybe we are neighbors in western Pa?? I live north of Pittsburgh.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 4:06:13 AM PDT
Not surprised after reading the punchline!
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