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Hi Love at First Bite,

at this point, I'm feeling more negative than positive about going to the Festival.  I just had another harassing weekend of dealing with stuff connected with my move, and I'm just not sure I have the stamina for a day trip into NYC next Sat.

I am asking folks who live in the area whether we might be able to meet up in NYC later in the Fall, if I can't make it to Brooklyn for the big whoopsie.

Is your Mom back online now?

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Hallie's Hand
« on: August 25, 2003, 07:56:15 PM »
I always think whenever I watch that show, "Oops, Grayson nicked herself shaving again."  I know it's hateful but I *always* think that (those episodes are among my favorites of the entire series).

That was in December and I think what really might have happened is that she skidded on a patch of ice and banged her chin. She used to walk the short distance between her apt and the studio, and she was just a bit accident prone.

Her own son used to refer to her distinctive gait as a "duck walk," back in the day.  *My* Mom would have brained me senseless if I had ever said something like that to her face.

G.

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I'm still on the fence, too, though I would love to come and visit with my friends, plus any new folks who can find me.  Just bear in mind that the crowds are HUGE, especially in the main rooms--you'll be amazed that there are that many Dark Shadows fans who live and walk the earth.

John, hope I can see you there!

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Another olive, Barnabas?
« on: August 22, 2003, 03:48:05 PM »
Hi Cassandra,

sad to say, I believe Mrs. Johnson only appears in one episode during this storyline--Clarice Blackburn's final appearance on the series.

Clarice was such a wonderful actress. At the time I didn't appreciate the quality she brought to the shows in which she appeared.  I hope to have time to watch some of her 1966 episodes, as I have heard they are so wonderful.  I about died watching this one a couple of years ago where Mrs J had come to Maggie's coffee shop, told her she was a good girl and gave her a dime for her trouble.  The expression on both actress' faces was to die for!

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Guest Stars?
« on: August 22, 2003, 03:35:52 PM »
I would have loved to have seen Gale Sondergaard appear in DS, hopefully in a role that would have required her to have had some juicy scenes opposite Grayson and Joan.  According to KLS, not a terribly reliable source, Gale visited the set one day and DC talked about wanting to have her on the show--it may have all just been a joke.  Gale did play a wonderful DS-esque part in one of my favorite 70s telefilms, The Cat Creature, directed by queen bee Curtis Harrington.  (WHEN will it be released on home VHS???)

A lot of the Forties horror stars would have been great guests on DS.  Think of Elizabeth Russell, for example--"moya sestra" in Cat People.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:She Will Die??
« on: August 19, 2003, 10:03:24 PM »
I agree with what has been written, though there are a couple of possibilities...  It seems as if Daphne knows that Barnabas and Julia have the power to change what happened, which is why she is trying to help them.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:OT--Wicker Man film is a go!
« on: August 19, 2003, 03:28:37 PM »
Thank you for posting this, Luciaphil.  I am excited by this project.  Today's Pagan community is divided on evaluations of the original Wicker man.  Some regard it as a blasphemous caricature of Pagan spirituality; others regard it as a fascinating artistic exploration of light and dark aspects of surviving Neolithic religions in a modern context.  I saw the restored DVD a few months ago, and was impressed by it.  As I see it, the point of the original film was a critique of "varieties of religious experience" and the role of religion in human social life.  I really loved the music, especially the Maypole song.  There's an interesting new book out by British scholar Miranda Green, Dying for the God, about human sacrifice amongst the Celtic peoples.  It is very difficult to document the practices, role, and beliefs around human sacrifice. Green points out that the Roman writers, who were so critical of the "barbarism" of Druid sacrifices, had their own skeletons rattling around in their closets on this issue.  In the Wicker Man, Robin Hardy makes a similar kind of statement by presenting the *symbolic* sacrifice of the Mass at the beginning of the film, counterpointed with terrible irony by the literal sacrifice at the end.

Having said all that, "May Day" could be just plain awful, but I'm hoping it will be done with wit and intelligence.  There was talk of Ewan Macgregor participating in it.  He would look beautiful clad in nothing but a stag-horn headdress.  sigh.

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Miss Fellows, I Presume
« on: August 19, 2003, 02:30:12 PM »
I just love 1995, and one of the many reasons is that Grayson is in nearly EVERY episode!  Heaven on Earth for those of us diehard Hall-o-holics in the audience.

The Divine One, twenty-four-seven.

I was quite struck by the lower right hand corner snapshot of Grayson.  The tilt of her head and the slightly maniacal smile twisting across her lips reminds me so much of her performance as Judith Fellows in Night of the Iguana.  Am I completely off my mark (wouldn't be surprising given what I've been through this past week) or do other Graysoniacs in the audience also note the resemblance?

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Young Grayson?
« on: August 18, 2003, 04:48:37 PM »
OK, I just took a look at the capture on the montage, and I'm betting dollars to doughnuts that this is NOT a young Grayson Hall.  It just bears no resemblance to her, and the young pictures of her I have seen have a very different style from this.  I actually thought it looked like a headshot of a younger Lisa Richards.

just my two drachmae,

Steve

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Young Grayson?
« on: August 18, 2003, 04:35:45 PM »
Well, I have seen photos of Grayson from the Forties, and, as I recall it, the Jean Flagler photo looks completely different.  A friend asked me the last time 1995 was broadcast whether I thought that was an old headshot of GH's from her Shirley Grayson days--I did not think so. I can have another look, though, at some point.  Once I unpack my Dark Shadows tapes (I just moved).

Or perhaps some kindly soul could post the jpg here...

Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:OT - Personality Test
« on: August 12, 2003, 05:25:11 PM »
Thanks, MB.  Well, the quiz was fun.  I didn't answer the oral/anal question.  It would have been nice if they had had a setting for "versatile."

The little sign under your name is now informing me, in addition to my ISP code and browser status, that "there is no spoon."

I think the ghost of Douglas Adams is haunting you.  Either that, or you're a Zen monk in your spare time these days.

btw--you're not thinking of going to NYC for the big do-do, are you?

G.

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Current Talk '03 II / Another olive, Barnabas?
« on: August 12, 2003, 05:01:20 PM »
Today's montage (8/12) has me in stitches! Barnabas looks as if he just unintentionally swallowed his martini olive in that upper right hand corner snapshot!  way to go MB!

So... are we all ready to party like it's 1995?

Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:OT - Personality Test
« on: August 12, 2003, 04:39:17 PM »
Well, I almost never take these things, but you've goaded me into it.  I didn't answer some of the questions because, frankly, they were idiotic (that whole mouse thing at the end eluded me).  This is what it came up with:

POLITICIAN
(Dominant Extrovert Abstract Thinker)

 Like just 5% of the population you are a POLITICIAN (DEAT)--forceful, outgoing, and forward-looking. You are strong-willed and extroverted, so you enjoy interacting with other people. You aggressively pursue your goals.

Your creative style of thinking allows you to come up with unusual arguments and original ideas that appeal to others, but behind it all is an analytical mind that never forgets the bottom line. While some might see you as manipulative, your close friends know you are a talented person who deserves the best in life.

Whatever. You *are* manipulative. Whether you use your power for "good" or "bad", it's up to you. If you're confused what good or bad means, ask a HEALER. Like EXPERIMENTERS, you have a propensity for cheating.

btw, I think statements that begin with such phrases as "like 5 % of the population" can be described as spin, pure and simple.

There's another word to describe these statements, but it's more appropriate to a barnyard than a civilised forum such as this.

And, OK, so I only shook your hand, but I have very good instincts about these things--trust me, darling.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Who are the lucky ones....
« on: August 12, 2003, 04:27:57 PM »
I'm pondering coming in for the day on the Sat.  If I do, it will all be very last minute.  I'm moving this coming weekend, and am reaching my wits' end (they don't extend very far--trust me).

I probably won't actually register for the Festival, since I imagine they are doing the same idiocy with pre registration that they did last time.  If I go, I will just sit in the lobby and look for some old friends I only get to see on these occasions.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:OT - Personality Test
« on: August 12, 2003, 04:06:14 PM »
My most darling Mysterioso, you may have the brain of a hot shot programmer and the hands of a lover, but I have it on good authority that you have the soul of a poet.

Your admirer,

Gothick

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