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Tonight was the final Boston Legal eppy. Silly. I won't miss it. What I will miss is the occasional appearance of James Spader on talk shows. He was on Ellen today and not for any length of time either, and you know, he (probably) did it because he had to (Ellen's on ABC; BL's on ABC; obligatory promo. It's the only reason he does these shows). He seems to have a special relationship with Ellen; they were next-door neighbors at some past point. On an earlier Ellen appearance we learned that his dogs were a neighborhood nuisance, and that he had a white-trashy yard. He said as much. Can you imagine? So much money and living like that. Then admitting it on national TV. Spader is very private about his personal life and yet he shared this bit of info on Ellen some years ago. I don't know. I'm going to miss him.

Anyone else seen this? YIKES!

This is an unbelievable list. If you have any "gift cards" from these stores, make sure you use them, or you will lose them!

Watch those store money cards and gift cards.. and credit slips! Stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.
Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 store nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Lowes to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores.
I've copied what follows from another ljournal.


"What we have here are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf unread, or get checked out of the library and returned unread.

Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish, strikethrough the ones you actually own but haven’t read. (That last bit’s a change because it’s particularly telling. Also if I read something for pleasure and later had to read it for school, I put it in bold.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude (I'm, uh, reading it right now?)
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick (I don't know that I've ever finished "Bartleby the Scrivener")
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales (We read selections from it. In several classes, actually.)
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath (Hahahaha, funny story. The rest of the sophomore class had to read this. We read a dramatization of Of Mice and Men, which was approximately 90 pages long.)
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Is open here beside me as I type this.)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune (I think? I don't remember!)
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved (At the end of the year, I was given an award for my unrivaled hatred of this book. TRUE STORY.)
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers" (End of entry)



I've read:
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
Don Quixote
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
The Iliad
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
The Canterbury Tales
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Middlemarch
1984
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Lolita
The Catcher in the Rye
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
David Copperfield

Had to read the majority of these for school. I do have some from the original Lj entry list which I have not read. Can't think what it says about someone to own some books they've not read.

Anyway, I liked the majority of the books I had to read.
I was busy and in the middle of a Big Project earlier and was desperately wanting to get away from the BP but could not think of a thing to do that would ameliorate the guilt I was feeling for wanting to Stop. Everything. And eat shrimp steamed in Old Bay.

So I decided to look at LJ which I don't do much of anymore. It's too time consuming and robs one of other good things--well, if you let it, and I did let it rob me of other good things sometimes. You know where this is going...

Spent Hours away from BP reading the journal of a person I don't know. Found myself wanting her to find a job, leave home and eventually stop making so many LJ entries. I mean, I really enjoy LJ but moderation in all things, you know?

Anyhow, I'm quietly, and on the other side of the ocean, cheering her on. Wanting so much for her to win at life, or at the very least, get her hair cut and meet up with some friends for an evening out. Know what happens next?

"Why do Americans blah, blah, blah?" Anti-american sentiment from someone I think is a nice person with nice friends always causes me to seize up. My heartbeat slows and sometimes misses a beat--well, the rhythm changes a bit--and I just start looking around the room but I don't know what I'm looking for.

It's like the first time I realized that English sounds are German sounds. It stopped me cold. I don't know why either.

Well, I'm off to finish the BP. Actually looking forward to it.

Question

What do the Latin Mass and Crane, Poole and Schmidt have in common/
My good friend thornogson is giving up LJ for Lent. I thought about giving up some of my television viewing habits, like ABC's BL on Tuesday nights at 10/9 central, but, I can't bring myself to not record it, so I don't think that counts. There is supposed to be something of sacrifice in what you give up. Sacrifice would be giving away the TV.

I've given up chocolate as many times as is equal to the number in years that JPII was Pontiff. One year I gave up sugar in my coffee because the cost of sugar had tripled, and, being of that generation that always has to demonstrate feelings, not just voice them, I was successful. I've never taken sugar in my coffee since.

I've also given up coffee a number of times, but, historically, that has resulted in anyone who has to be around me in the morning having to "share" my Lenten experience. When Lent is over, I want to celebrate new life by having a great cup of coffee with a friend or two, but, by that time, no one's talking to me. Since loneliness is everything it's cracked up to be, I won't be doing that this year.

What to do? What to do? Oh, damn. Be nice to Cathy. That's it. *headdesk*

Be nice to Cathy, my sister--the awful sister as opposed to the other, absent sister, but that's for another time-- who is making everyone around her miserable right now and doesn't care that she's making a very bad situation worse. She really deserves a smack, that's what she deserves.

So, off I go to be with family. Once more into the bleech...

I don't know. Maybe I could give one television away...
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I've had a hellish couple of weeks. I've been so busy that I forgot the SAG awards were on, and, anyone who knows me knows that I love James Spader, love James Spader and William Shatner together, and love Philip Seymour Hoffman. The SAG awards were an opportunity to see them at the same time. And I forgot.

Well, I've been able to piece together parts of the show, and that's made me feel a bit better. Plus, BL is on Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm. When it used to come on Sunday nights, I got used to the show being preempted, because I, like all BL fans, had lots of opportunities to get used to it. ABC would wield its massive power and move the show for coverage of a Bid Whist game. (That's not entirely true, but, almost.) It's been nice not to have Tuesday night date after Tuesday night date broken. I suppose I should be grateful that it's happened so infrequently this season, but, dammit, I missed the SAGs, I was looking forward to an hour with 2 of the 3 men I missed the other night.

Anyway if you're a BL fan, too, you may be annoyed as well. Maybe not for the same reason, but, nonetheless annoyed. So, I wrote my own Alan/Denny balcony scene and thought I'd share it with you. I do feel better for having written it. Now I can watch the State of the Union without breathing daggers!

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Denny: I haven't seen you much this episode.
Alan: That's because there is no episode this week, Denny.
Denny: Really? No one told me. Why not?
Alan: We're preempted. It's the State of the Union tonight.
Denny: Oh. Well. In that case...Why don't you come over tonight? That way we'll be together when he mentions us.

Alan: Sorry. I make it a habit to never watch any State of the Union address given by anyone whose last name begins with the letter "B."
When who mentions us?

Denny: I knew you wouldn't want to watch the State of the Union message with me, you arbitrary bastard! Who do you think is going to mention us? Bush. That starts with a capital "B."

Alan: Denny, until two minutes ago you had not remembered that the State of the Union was being given tonight. Far from calling me a bastard--which usually starts with a lower-case b--you should be thanking me for reminding you.
What makes you think the President is going to mention us?

Denny: I suppose you're right. Thank you.
Alan: You're welcome.
Denny: I happen to know that the President tivoed my Larry King appearance. His people have let my people know that he's interested in my thoughts on a number of very important issues, Alan.
Alan: Dear God. And that's why he's going to mention you?
Denny: It is.
Alan: And why is he going to mention me?
Denny: He's interested in your thoughts because you're the best friend of Denny Crane.

Alan: No doubt; but, I rather think he already knows any positions I may hold as regards his administration and its policies.
Denny: *gasps* How did you know?
Alan: Know what?
Denny: That all your phones are tapped and your emails are being intercepted.

Alan: Denny, this is America: Land of the free government official to do anything, anytime, anywhere to anyone, with impunity. Home of the Patriot Act.
Denny: What the hell does that mean?
Alan: It's a David Kelley show.
Denny: David Kelley? Rings a bell.
Alan: *eye roll* He's the person who hired you.
Denny: Hired me? Do you see the name Kelley anywhere? He's not a named partner, he's not an honorary partner. Crane's the only name that matters. Know why? It's the first name...that's all you need to know.

Alan: His name is on your check.
Denny: Oh. Yes. That Kelley. Good man. Good, good man. He's going to have a chance to be an even better man when we're nominated for a handful of Oscars.
Alan: Dare I ask?
Denny: Ask.

Alan: The Oscars are given for motion pictures. The last time I checked, Boston Legal was a television program. So, how, Denny? How will this come to pass?
Denny: Well, last time I checked, Boston Legal was a drama. In what category were you nominated for a SAG award, Mr. Greenjeans?
Alan: Point well taken, Soupy Sales.
Denny: So, how many Oscar nominations do you think we'll get?
Alan: I don't know what to say.

Denny: Just give me a number, Soldier.

Alan: None. The Oscar nominations came out earlier today. We got nothing.
Denny: *gasps* Not even Best Costumes?
Alan: Not even Best Choreography.

Denny: Well, Soldier, don't be discouraged. We'll clean up at the Grammy's.
Alan: Will we?
Denny: We will.
Alan: Dare I as...
Denny: "Ya Got Trouble." "I've Had the Time of My Life." Did you forget?
Alan: I've been trying awfully hard.

Denny: *glancing at watch* I've got to run, Alan. Bev and I are being fitted for matching wetsuits. You can't imagine what we're planning to do...
Alan: I shudder to think.
Denny: Do something for me, will you? I'm instituting a new policy for the employee dress code.
Alan: Wetsuit Wednesdays?
Denny: This is serious, Soldier. There's a box of neckties in my office. Please see that they're distributed to all necktie wearing employees. Effective immediately, the color of the necktie of any employee of Crane, Poole and Schmidt must be the same color as that of the nation's color-coded terrorist alert for that day.

Alan: You're serious?
Denny: As a heart attack, Alan. Can I depend on you, Soldier?
Alan: You may depend on me, Denny, but there's a condition.
Denny: What's that?
Alan: I prefer not to be called "Soldier." That's a term best reserved for Bradley.

Denny: Bradley who?

Help finding missing loved ones

Here's a link for a list of places where you can get help finding a missing person in the Gulf states.

http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml#vgn-finding-loved-ones-vgn

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