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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: ShadowGram Update #407
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:54:13 PM »
A documentary about DC... because we ALL KNOW that DC was what made DS great. LOL

I keep thinking of how long Barnabas would have lasted if Bert Convy had been cast, as was DC's intention. I doubt the storyline would have run the full 13 weeks.

I thought that a "50th anniversary" documentary had been shot, or was going to be shot--presumably whatever I read about that was really in reference to the DC show. He was a significant force in the industry--Trilogy of Terror and Winds of War will no doubt be given lots of airtime, along of course with DS fan fave Night Stalker.

cheers, G.

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Denise's recovery is really coming along. Jasmine posted this video earlier today of Denise singing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDn0CMQDY4E&feature=share

I hope that link works...

G.

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Current Talk '18 / Old House basement door
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:55:51 PM »
Fans, I was playing this video of the credits for Horror of Dracula (1958), one of my favorite films, today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ0KW6IqjxI

I somehow never noticed that it looks as if the cellar door in the Old House, the door to the stairs that lead down to where Barnabas's coffin is kept, seems to have been copied from the crypt door seen towards the end of this little sequence. Plus, the music is AWESOME.

cheers, G.

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A friend sent me this link with a series of Constantine gifs. It amused me.

http://sssssssim.tumblr.com/post/170823717236/i-forgot-how-much-of-a-raging-bisexual-constantine

I'd say Constantine is more flaming than raging but I suppose it is all a matter of semantics.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: The name Lara
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:36:46 AM »
The could have also been fans of the Omar Sharif/Julie Christie film, Dr Zhivago, from the Pasternak novel. Remember what a big top 40/junkbox hit "Lara's Theme" was?  The theme was introduced in that movie. That may have been where our Lara herself came up with the name.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: Dark Shadows on Svengoolie
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:19:54 PM »
Hi Josette, a member of our own Collins family was buried in that cemetery.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: Elementary Upcoming Schedule
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:21:28 PM »
Gosh, they show new episodes of things during August now?

In the late Bronze Age, when I was a child, the only new material that was aired during the summer were variety specials and "summer replacement" shows--sometimes the latter were various pilots that hadn't gone to series, and they were often very interesting to see.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: Preacher
« on: August 06, 2018, 11:14:27 PM »
I don't watch this show (or any current show since I do not have a signal), but a friend told me about Eccarius and I watched a couple of clips with him and Cassidy (the punk vampire) just to have a look. I found the clips on youtube, of course. Eccarius seems sort of like a glam-rock version of Oscar Wilde. Really a lot of fun.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: The dark shadows of Rebecca
« on: August 06, 2018, 04:53:20 PM »
I thought we'd discussed 1970 PT as a "version of" REBECCA a few times. There are a number of elements that were incorporated into that storyline from the du Maurier novel and the Hitch film.

My personal favorite version of Rebecca is the one done on the BBC in the late 70s with Jeremy Brett and Anna Massey. It ran over here on MYSTERY! I watched it again a year or two ago on youtube. Wonderful stuff. Vivian Pickles who I always love has a great role as a rather fruity county dowager type.

G.

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Jasmine posted an update. Denise has been home now since last Friday, I believe.

An excerpt:

I have given her three feedings this far. The first two were terrible, the most recent was a breeze. But fortunately Josh was home and I could train him how to do so, too.

This is a process but even still I don't feel like I got much done today. Laundry, dishes, installed her bedrail, and some light organization. Everyday will be a bit easier hopefully.

Denise had been up and down all day. She wandered around the living room and kitchen a few times with our help. She's really adept at standing up on her own and walking around. She can change her own clothes and gets up to the bathroom when that urge hits her. She is overall doing pretty well. We agreed to take it easy today for therapy. (end quote)

Best wishes,

G.

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Jasmine posted a video update, I think sometime yesterday afternoon or early evening. Denise has been refusing to cooperate and comply with therapy and care directives from the rehab staff--basically refusing to go to therapy, I think. This means she is due to be discharged and sent home on Friday. Which also means that Jasmine has had to give notice at her own job and begin preparing the house for Denise to live there.

Jasmine has had a lot of medical training and experience and they have most of the equipment already, but they will need a lot of help, particularly in the next two days.

It was a very sad video to watch. Both Jasmine and Josh (Denise's son) are under a huge amount of stress.

I send thoughts of support and care to both of them and, of course, to Denise.

The video is public on Facebook but it's a very sad tape to view. Jasmine reported that Denise is not eligible for MedicAid, and will not be "for a very long time," which means that Jasmine will not be eligible to receive a salary for taking care of Denise at home. (I am just trying to summarize what was said by Jazz on the tape; I don't have training in the Byzantine crenellations of medicaid, care for stroke survivors, etc.)

G.

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Jasmine posted an update--I think last night, but it hasn't been added to the "support" group yet, possibly because the individual who has been maintaining that group is having some personal things to attend to.

Jasmine wrote about Denise:

She's getting more vocal. As in, her voice has more strength and she's saying different combinations of letter sounds than before. She's showing less anger and aggression towards people (including us) and more frustration that she isn't being understood. But as she grows more frustrated, more "word" sounds become more clear.
She used the bathroom on her own after walking to it today. Another thing they and we didn't think she would ever do. But she did. On her own, granted with her nurse watching, but still. That's an astonishing feat. (end quote)

Jasmine wrote that the rehab center has made much needed improvements to Denise's care. There is also a current photo of Denise. I'm not friended to Jasmine but she is making all these posts public (if I'm understanding the Facebook "protocols" correctly).

Best wishes,

G.

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A short update from last Wednesday:

She had a shower and did pieces of therapy. She walked around, got herself dressed, and is moving her right arm independently more. She's still really mad and being obstinate. (end)

Best wishes,

G.

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OK, I will continue to post here when I do see an update.

Jasmine shared the family's perception that only 5 of the 20 people assigned to Denise's care are actively helping her. I think the difficulties include staffing issues at the center, as well as the fact that Denise is not always sufficiently lucid to understand her own best interests much of the time--though it would seem that she is starting to get better. They mentioned difficulties getting Denise to accept food, water, and medication. This is a familiar problem for people providing care to patients recovering from this kind of event, unfortunately.

Let's hope the good news outweighs the bad in the next update.

G.

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Since folks can follow Jasmine's reports on Facebook without having to have a profile on the site, I'll stop posting updates now.

Thank you all for your prayers/good thoughts for Denise and her family.

G.

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