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Firefly's Lounge Is Now Open

 
 
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 01:29 pm
We can't have patrons downing all those mint juleps on empty stomachs.

We'll have to set up some buffet tables where food and munchies are available.
http://ribbonboxevents.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/wedding_buffet.jpg

It's a nice day, so we'll use the patio too.

http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TOH/Images/Photos/38/expm33285_HC1146484D188.jpg
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7076/7310724006_1a735ed1bf_z.jpg

Our chef is also going to prepare Burgoo--it's Kentucky's official state dish.
http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/kentucky/burgoo

http://www.friendsdriftinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/burgoo.jpg

Now I've got to go and don my hat for the occasion.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 04:02 pm
@firefly,
Derby Horses and how they got their names..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/whats-in-a-name-for-19-kentucky-derby-horses/2014/05/03/97bd856a-d2a3-11e3-8f7d-7786660fff7c_story.html

Here's Dance with Fate -
http://c482944.r44.cf2.rackcdn.com/Dance_With_Fate_Blue_Grass_615x400_orig.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 04:43 pm
@ossobuco,
Ok, Chrome! CA Chrome used his speed to clear trouble...in a race full of trouble...clean trip and proved best (quoting someone on a race chat page).

firefly
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 07:19 pm
@ossobuco,
Interesting how the horses got their names.

You picked the winner! Smile

Actually, by the time the race started, I was hoping California Chrome would win. It was a clean win, and it was exciting to see California Chrome break from the pack and take the lead toward the finish line.

Coming From Humble Beginnings, Favorite Defies Odds
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/sports/california-chrome-wins-kentucky-derby.html?hp
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 09:15 pm
@firefly,
link in a minute - well, two, over on the beautiful animals thread..

http://able2know.org/topic/89445-890#post-5650222
http://able2know.org/topic/89445-891#post-5654022

And now you give me the NYTimes link, yeah, more to read..
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 10:13 pm
@ossobuco,
More to read. Wink Did you see this article in the NY Times?

A Sport’s Beauty Clashes With the Stain of a Scandal
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/sports/scandal-casts-shadow-over-grandeur-of-kentucky-derby.html

I wasn't aware of a lot of those things.

ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 May, 2014 11:50 pm
@firefly,
Uh oh..

I'll look at it in the morning.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 4 May, 2014 08:13 am
@ossobuco,
Just read that, ugh.
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firefly
 
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Reply Sun 4 May, 2014 02:45 pm
Quote:
Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Audrey Hepburn
Samantha Grossman
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A pink, black and white illustration honors the actress on what would have been her 85th birthday

Audrey Hepburn died of cancer in 1993, but her stunning visage lives on, primarily through posters in college dorm rooms. But today, on what would have been her 85th birthday, it lives on through a Google Doodle.
http://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/screen-shot-2014-05-04-at-12-27-43-pm.png?w=560&h=267

The image was adapted from a 1956 black and white photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh, artist Jennifer Hom explains in a Google blog post. The Doodle team rotated through several options (which you can see here http://www.google.com/doodles/audrey-hepburns-85th-birthday) but ultimately settled on the above image because it showcases the actress’s beauty and grace along with her passion for humanitarian work.

“Finding the right solution for someone as timeless as Audrey proved a tricky task,” Hom writes. “Not only was she a classically beautiful actress, she also dedicated her life to philanthropy. I wanted to show both sides of her life’s work.”
http://time.com/87152/google-doodle-audrey-hepburn/


I think I enjoyed all of Audrey Hepburn's films--with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" "Charade" and "Roman Holiday" among my particular favorites. Not that long ago I re-watched "Wait Until Dark" in which she turned in an impressive performance as a blind woman who was terrorized by intruders in her apartment.

She was just lovely--talented, beautiful, and committed to humanitarian causes--and rather unique in her appeal. I'm glad Google's remembering her today.

Audrey Hepburn fans are invited to grab some popcorn and head for our screening room--we have all of her films available for your viewing pleasure.
vonny
 
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Reply Sun 4 May, 2014 03:25 pm
@firefly,
I loved her in The Nun's Story and My Fair Lady. The Google image is excellent.
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firefly
 
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Reply Mon 5 May, 2014 08:36 am
http://www.commenthaven.com/graphics/cinco-de-mayo/happy-cinco-de-mayo-dancers.gif

Today is Cinco de Mayo--a time to celebrate Mexican pride and heritage in the U.S..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

So our menu today will feature a variety of Mexican foods.
http://static.tastykitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/TKB-Cinco-de-Mayo-collage-special.jpg

And we'll have lively music out on the patio.




http://cdn.sheknows.com/articles/2012/04/isolated-sombrero.jpg

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firefly
 
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Reply Mon 5 May, 2014 01:08 pm
I found this tidbit in today's news interesting...
Quote:
Amanda Cochran/CBS News/
May 5, 2014
Young blood rejuvenates older animals, studies show

Three new medical studies show young blood may be able to improve lives.

Researchers took old mice and gave them blood, and blood proteins, from young mice. They found the old mice showed improved muscle and brain function. The older animals ran faster and longer on a treadmill, had an increased rate of new brain cell creation, were more sensitive to changes in smell and improved on age-related memory tasks.

The studies were conducted at Harvard University, University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University and published in the publications Science and Nature Medicine.


"It was something -- a cross between vampire and Frankenstein where they took two animals and they hooked their blood supply for four weeks called parabiosis," CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus explained on "CBS This Morning."

"It was an experiment that was originally done in the '50s that showed mice seem to reverse aging. Now we know the mechanism. So three separate groups showed this. When you hook the blood together, after four weeks, the stem cells in the brain and the muscle and heart, they get activated and turn back on. And in fact, the young mice age and old mice reverse age. Very powerful. Their brain works better, they were able to get through a maze better. Their muscles work better. So certainly very exciting findings."

Scientists hope these mouse studies will lead to anti-aging treatments for humans.


Looking forward to clinical trial research on humans -- which researchers say will begin this year -- the hope is that the particular protein will be identified so researchers won't need all of the blood from the young person, Agus said.

"So the dream is, instead of treating the disease, we actually change you so you're not aging and you can actually, hopefully even reverse it," Agus said. "It has enormous implications for people with disease and people as they grow older."

Though the implications for humans based on this animal study are unknown, Agus said, "there clearly is something here."

He added, "These are the best science journals with really well done science, but it will take a while before we understand how to control it and use it appropriately and safely in humans."
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/young-blood-may-rejuvenate-older-animals-studies-show/


I think I'd definitely welcome a transfusion of some young blood. Smile
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sat 10 May, 2014 04:49 pm
I'm just stopping in for some pastrami sandwiches and a nice bowl of carrot soup as offered by the proprietress of this establishment. (although she's under the illusion that I'll be preparing this)



firefly
 
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Reply Sat 10 May, 2014 05:14 pm
@Sturgis,
Welcome, Sturgis! I've been hoping you would join us.

Your sandwiches and soup will be coming right up...

http://karenhkerr.smugmug.com/Food/Cooking-the-Alphabet/i-qhmzsWz/1/M/IMG_7416-M.jpghttp://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/05/49/c6/cc/katz-s-deli.jpg

Is there anything else we can get you?

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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sat 10 May, 2014 05:25 pm
A glass of cranberry juice and a black coffee would be nice as well.
The soup looks delicious, and the sandwich meat is sliced perfectly as well. Thanks!


(looking about, nice decor you have here too)
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 10 May, 2014 05:54 pm
@Sturgis,
Cranberry juice and black coffee coming right up...

http://passionforphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/food-02.jpg

Glad you like the décor. We're still evolving, so I'm open to any suggestions you might have.

Did you hear they did a remake of Rosemary's Baby--as a TV miniseries? It's on tomorrow night, the first part anyway. I don't know whether to record it or not. I read some reviews which were decidedly mixed. They apparently altered the original enough to give it some suspense and new interest, but they also seem to have added more gore, which I could do without.

I really enjoyed that novel. I did find it heart-pounding at times, and I couldn't put it down. The original movie was quite good, and I don't know why they would bother with a re-make, even one that's altered somewhat.

It's a funny choice to put on for Mother's Day. Laughing

I think a cable channel is putting on Mommie Dearest--the one about Joan Crawford and how she abused her children. I think they have an entire lineup of movies, about mothers who were horrors, scheduled for tomorrow.

Doesn't anyone like mothers?
vonny
 
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Reply Sun 11 May, 2014 08:33 am
@firefly,
The cranberry juice and black coffee look rather delicious - I might order some later.

I'm curious about the remake of Rosemary's Baby - the original film was very good, had some very frightening moments. The tv version hasn't reached our shores yet, but I'll try to catch it when it does.

Meantime, not Mother's Day here - we had ours in March. But, like you, we usually get a bundle of family oriented movies at that time - anything and everything with 'Baby' or 'Mother', 'Son' or 'Daughter' in it seems to be dragged out of the archives and aired.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Sun 11 May, 2014 01:34 pm
Oh yes, Mothers Day. Yesterday there was the movie about the serial killer step-mom. Never know what to expect. One channel is running nonstop episodes of The Bionic Woman. Since she wasn't a parent or even a foster parent in that show, I can't figure why they are showing it. Sort of reminds me of the station a few years ago which every St.Patrick's Day would show programs with the word Green. Therefore they showed How Green Was My Valley and The Green Berets. These would be aired right before the John Wayne film, The Quiet Man and interspersed with well wishers wishing everybody a 'Happy and safe St. Paddy's Day'.

Enough remembering for now, I think I'll just take that nice plush cushioned bench seat over by the window overlooking the avenue. No sense me being out there getting jostled about.

While I'm here I think I'd like to try the red snapper with steamed veggies and a baked potato. Thanks.
firefly
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2014 12:09 am
@Sturgis,
Quote:

While I'm here I think I'd like to try the red snapper with steamed veggies and a baked potato

http://scrumptious.typepad.com/srbeack/images/2007/08/19/redsnapper_veggies.jpghttp://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/PotatoesBaked1.jpg

Any dessert after that?
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firefly
 
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Reply Mon 12 May, 2014 12:41 am
I thought this actress looked stunning in the gowns she wore to the Oscars and the Golden Globe awards. But this one she wore to the Met Gala? I don't think so...
http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1777692/thumbs/o-LUPITA-2-570.jpg?7
Lupita Nyong'o's Met Gala 2014 Dress Takes The Theme Very Literally
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/lupita-nyongo-met-gala-2014-dress-photos_n_5269526.html

What do you think of her dress?
 

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