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Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:18 PM

Introduction from a new poster here on DU:

To whom it may concern:

Hi. I'm a new poster here on DU. I'm a single woman in her late 60's, who lives in a large artists' community, in a blue-collar city just outside Boston, Ma, and who's artistically, musically, and physically inclined, as well.

I'm a silversmith, a knitter, a Tae Kwon Doist, and a huge fan of movies, especially older classic ones. West Side Story (the 1961 film version) is my all time favorite movie, hands down, however.

I also wish to say that I'm a liberal whose ideology was tempered by a good dose of realism, when Boston's Federal Court-mandated, large-scale, cross-city school busing edict (which came as a result of years of extreme recalcitrance by an opportunistic, politics-and-patronage-ridden, and racist all-white Boston School Committee that refused to knuckle down and comply with the Racial imbalance law at every turn) took the city of Boston by storm, beginning in the mid-1970's, a storm that lasted for over a decade (i. e. well into the 1980's).

Although I realized that, I never thought that the remedy that the courts were compelled to implement was the best way to go about it, but it was the best that could be done at the time, given the circumstances that many people were dealing with, if one gets the drift.

I also like to walk, listen to rock-n-roll, and I own an adorable pet female Congo African Grey Parrot, now 9 years old (who I purchased when she was a 2.5 month-old baby) named Aziza, who I adore the heck out of.

Anyway, I look forward to corresponding with everybody here more and soon.

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WSSlover Feb 2019 OP
guillaumeb Feb 2019 #1
uppityperson Feb 2019 #2
WSSlover Feb 2019 #32
GeorgeGist Feb 2019 #3
WSSlover Feb 2019 #50
RKP5637 Feb 2019 #4
WSSlover Feb 2019 #49
Aristus Feb 2019 #5
Ohiogal Feb 2019 #6
WSSlover Feb 2019 #36
rurallib Feb 2019 #7
WSSlover Feb 2019 #22
rurallib Feb 2019 #84
AJT Feb 2019 #8
WSSlover Feb 2019 #23
AJT Feb 2019 #25
WSSlover Feb 2019 #27
MLAA Feb 2019 #9
WSSlover Feb 2019 #14
Tikki Feb 2019 #10
WSSlover Feb 2019 #15
CurtEastPoint Feb 2019 #11
WSSlover Feb 2019 #16
watoos Feb 2019 #12
WSSlover Feb 2019 #18
magicarpet Feb 2019 #13
WSSlover Feb 2019 #21
volstork Feb 2019 #17
WSSlover Feb 2019 #24
beveeheart Feb 2019 #19
WSSlover Feb 2019 #26
blm Feb 2019 #20
WSSlover Feb 2019 #29
jrthin Feb 2019 #28
WSSlover Feb 2019 #30
CentralMass Feb 2019 #31
WSSlover Feb 2019 #45
nolabear Feb 2019 #33
WSSlover Feb 2019 #39
iluvtennis Feb 2019 #34
WSSlover Feb 2019 #54
Mr.Bill Feb 2019 #35
WSSlover Feb 2019 #43
Haggis for Breakfast Feb 2019 #37
WSSlover Feb 2019 #40
jls4561 Feb 2019 #38
WSSlover Feb 2019 #41
alwaysinasnit Feb 2019 #42
WSSlover Feb 2019 #52
Hamlette Feb 2019 #44
WSSlover Feb 2019 #47
c-rational Feb 2019 #46
WSSlover Feb 2019 #48
Heartstrings Feb 2019 #51
WSSlover Feb 2019 #53
MontanaMama Feb 2019 #55
sazemisery Feb 2019 #56
seta1950 Feb 2019 #57
summer_in_TX Feb 2019 #58
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IrishEyes Feb 2019 #60
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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:20 PM

1. Welcome to DU. eom

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:20 PM

2. Welcome to du

WSS rocks

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:41 PM

32. Thank you, uppityperson.

WSS rocks


Yup! Could not agree more! Thanks again, uppityperson.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:21 PM

3. Welcome.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:17 AM

50. Hi, GeorgeGist!

Thank you for the welcome!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:23 PM

4. Boston, a beautiful and wonderful city!!! Welcome!!!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:14 AM

49. Thank you for the welcome, RKP5637!

Yes! Boston is a beautiful and wonderful city, which is one reason that I'm glad that I stuck around. Since I've never had a family that's tied me down, I could've gone anywhere I wanted after finishing art school in the early 1980's, but I opted to stick around here of my own volition, and am more than glad of it!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:26 PM

5. Welcome to DU!



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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:27 PM

6. Welcome to DU!

I think you will fit in here rather nicely!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:44 PM

36. Thanks, Ohiogal!

I'm looking forward to being here and corresponding with you all more often.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:29 PM

7. Welcome - a good time to join during the never ending winter of 2019

listen to some music and talk some politics among friends. Sounds good.
My daughter and grandson are Tae Kwon Do-ers also.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:21 PM

22. Hi there! That's Cool!!

Thanks, rurallib. Listening to music and talking some politics with friends is cool. Glad to hear that your daughter and grandson are Tae Kwon Do-ers, as well. How long have they been taking TKD, and how far advanced in rank are they? A curious, inquiring mind wants to know.

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Response to WSSlover (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 10:13 PM

84. They are a little over a year in - maybe 18 months

grandson just got upgraded to purple I think. Mom started a little later and is a belt behind. I get confused by all the belts and stripes.

He is 8 3/4 so he is doing very well.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:30 PM

8. Welcome

From a fellow 60+ year old single woman.

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Response to AJT (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:22 PM

23. Thanks so much!!



Back at you!!

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Response to WSSlover (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:26 PM

25. You mentioned West Side Story....

Get ready for the 21st-century edition of the Jets vs. the Sharks. Steven Spielberg is officially remaking West Side Story, the classic romantic musical about rival gangs in New York City. The script will be written by Tony winner (and Lincoln screenwriter) Tony Kushner; the cast, however, is still to be determined.

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Response to AJT (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:34 PM

27. I've been reading/hearing about Spielberg's upcoming re-boot of WSS

Get ready for the 21st-century edition of the Jets vs. the Sharks. Steven Spielberg is officially remaking West Side Story, the classic romantic musical about rival gangs in New York City. The script will be written by Tony winner (and Lincoln screenwriter) Tony Kushner; the cast, however, is still to be determined.


and I have to admit to one thing: At the risk of sounding somewhat old-fashioned, and like sort of a stick-in-the-mud, I'm not real keen on the idea of such a beautifully dynamic and powerful movie-musical as West Side Story being re-made, by anybody, including Steven Spielberg. I have seen some of the cast members, and they don't seem to have much charm or believability to them.

Re-makes of these older classic films have generally come out badly, and have not lasted long in the movie theatres. Some films are best kept as they are, and, for a number of reasons that would take up too much space and time here on DU, West Side Story is one of them. I apologize for being sort of a stick-in-the-mud about this, but I had to state how I felt. Thank you for listening.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:30 PM

9. Welcome!

What is WSS that you love? 🙂

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Response to MLAA (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:07 PM

14. Thank you very much for welcoming me, MLAA!

I'm a devout fan of the original 1961 film version of West Side Story. it's my all time favorite movie, hands down, and I never get tired of seeing it over and over again!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:33 PM

10. Welcome..



Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:08 PM

15. Thank you so much for the welcome, Tikki!




Back at you! (Picture me waving back at you!)

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:44 PM

11. Welcome and what a nice intro you presented!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:09 PM

16. Hi, CurtEastPoint!

Welcome and what a nice intro you presented!


Thank you so much for welcoming me to DU, and for your compliment!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 10:49 PM

12. Welcome

 

When things get frustrating in politics DU helps.

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Response to watoos (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:11 PM

18. Thanks , wattoos.

When things get frustrating in politics DU helps.


I can feel that already! Thanks for the welcome!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:05 PM

13. Welcome to DU,.. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston,.. a lovely area.

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:15 PM

21. Hi, magicarpet

Welcome to DU,.. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston,.. a lovely area.
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Thank you, magicarpet. I, too, grew up in a Boston suburb. I could've gone anywhere I wanted to go after I finished art school in the early 1980's, but I opted to stick around the Boston area and was adamantly determined to continue to live in the city, which I'm more than glad of having done.

What suburb of Boston did you grow up in, btw? Where are you living now? A curious, inquiring mind wants to know.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:10 PM

17. Welcome aboard!

Cool that you have an African Grey-- I think they are gorgeous.

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Response to volstork (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:26 PM

24. Thanks, volstork.

Cool that you have an African Grey-- I think they are gorgeous.


African Grey Parrots are gorgeous--plus they're extremely intelligent, as well. Aziza's funny--she makes me laugh, and she makes all kinds of neat sounds! Gee, I love her!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:14 PM

19. Welcome to DU!

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:27 PM

26. Hey there, beveeheart!!



Back at you, and thanks for the welcome!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:14 PM

20. Hello and welcome

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Response to blm (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:36 PM

29. Hi there, bim

Hello and welcome


Thanks, bim!

Back at you, too!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:34 PM

28. Welcome to DU.

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Response to jrthin (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:36 PM

30. Thank you, jrthin!

Glad to be here!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:38 PM

31. Welcome from a former long time MA resident.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #31)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

45. Thank you, CentralMass!

i like it here already!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:43 PM

33. Hey there! Among other similarities I've got a Grey too.

Her nameís Pidge. Sheís seventeen and as you know a complete crackup.

Iím in Seattle but a Gulf Coast and New Orleans gal from childhood and young adulthood. Now Iím a retired therapist and a writer.

Good to meet you. Hope you like the place.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #33)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:50 PM

39. Hi, nolabear!

Thank you for telling me about your 17-year-old African Grey Parrot, Pidge, and about your life and places of residence! That's such a cute name! African Grey parrots are a riot. Aziza, who just turned 9 years old at the beginning of February, is also a laugh-inducing bird.

Good to meet you too, nolabear. So you grew up in New Orleans and moved to Seattle for retirement and writing? Wow! That sounds cool!

I think I'm liking this place already! Thanks for welcoming me aboard!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:44 PM

34. Welcome.

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #34)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:24 AM

54. Hi there, iluvtennis!

Thank you for welcoming me aboard.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:44 PM

35. Welcome to DU.

You sound like you will fit right in and have much to contribute.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #35)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:54 PM

43. Thank you, Mr. Bill.

I'm happy to be here!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:45 PM

37. Welcome aboard the USS Democratic Underground.

We are the ship in the center of the hurricane that is in the WH. We list to the port side here. Glad to have you on board.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #37)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:52 PM

40. Thank you, thank you, Haggis for Breakfast!

We are the ship in the center of the hurricane that is in the WH. We list to the port side here. Glad to have you on board.



Glad to be here on board, and to be with you all!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:48 PM

38. Hello and welcome!

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Response to jls4561 (Reply #38)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:53 PM

41. Hey there, jls4561!

Hello and welcome!


Back at you!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:54 PM

42. Welcome from a West Coaster. Great intro!

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Response to alwaysinasnit (Reply #42)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:20 AM

52. Awwww....thank you too, alwaysinsnit!

Thank you for the welcome, and for your compliment!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:56 PM

44. Welcome!

have you read Common Ground by Anthony Lukas? It's a very interesting take on that decade's bussing issue. Made me recognize what a complex problem it is.

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Response to Hamlette (Reply #44)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:06 AM

47. Hi, Hamlette!

Thank you for welcoming me to DU!

Yes, I did read Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas--a good many times more than once! It's an excellent book, and my favorite book, to boot!

I always knew what a complicated problem that the mandatory school busing issue was, but Common Ground, and some other books that I've read on the subject, plus actually coming into contact with people who were either Boston public school students at the time of the busing, or parents whose kids were bused to different schools at that time, also gave me some insight as to how complex mandatory school busing during that decade was.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:05 AM

46. Welcome to DU WSSlover.

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Response to c-rational (Reply #46)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:08 AM

48. Thank you, c-rational!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:18 AM

51. Welcome!

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #51)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:21 AM

53. Thank you too, Heartstrings!



(Picture me waving back at you!)

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:27 AM

55. Welcome to the jungle, WSSlover!

Happy to have you. Say hello to Aziza....arenít birds amazing? My kiddo has a Canary Winged BeeBee parrot named Kiwi. We got him when he was 3 month old and he turns 2 next month. That little dude runs our household....he owns the dogs and he owns me. Big personality to be sure.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:30 AM

56. Welcome! Central Mass here...

Enjoy your stay.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:42 AM

57. 60+ too

Welcome to DU

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:47 AM

58. Welcome!

Enjoy the ride here on DU!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:49 AM

59. Welcome aboard. A lot of really smart people post here.

And it's truly a Democratic forum. As in herding cats. As it should be.

As a music lover you may want to check out the Music Appreciation group. Go to the Entertainment Forum and you'll see MA.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 12:58 AM

60. Nice to meet you.

I'm a knitter as well. I'm pretty new at it but I have made a couple of things. I've been a liberal democrat since birth. I enjoy classic black and white films. I love West Side Story. I met the amazing Rita Moreno a few years ago.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 01:13 AM

61. ...

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 01:16 AM

62. Welcome WWSlover

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 02:28 AM

63. Hello neighbor.

Sadly remember the Southie busing very well. Very ugly time in Boston. Classic film lover here too.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 02:48 AM

64. Welcome to DU!

I hope you enjoy your time here, especially the Lounge. I've been here over 14 years and it's a good place.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 04:29 AM

65. Welcome to DU, WSSlover. ❤ nt

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 07:33 AM

66. Welcome WSSlover

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 08:37 AM

67. Grew up watching Rita Moreno on Electric Company

after school in grade school. My favorite skit was when she was the movie director and would inadvertently smack Morgan Freeman's fingers with her riding crop. Didn't know about WSS until I was an adult. Didn't realize it was the same Rita Moreno until much much later (yes, embarrassingly later). I am slow out of the gate with that kind of stuff (for example, it wasn't until my late 40's that I did the math that my parents were married 6 months before I was born - I was the last to do that math in a family with 2 younger sisters). Talk about such a good childhood, it never mattered to me.

I love the DU - hope you will too!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 09:14 AM

68. Welcome - Can't improve on Natalie Wood or Rita Moreno

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 09:45 AM

69. Welcome!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 11:00 AM

70. You sound like the kind of person I'd like to meet.

Welcome. And give my best to Aziza.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 11:46 AM

71. Welcome to DU!

My family loves Boston! We have been going to Cape Cod for down time for over 30 years now, and when we land in the States, we usually land in Boston.

We have a good friend who is a goldsmith/silversmith, but she lives in her home town of Stockholm. I am a musician from WAY back (as in 50 years), even played at the Nameless in Cambridge once upon a time.

You should find a lot of common ground with people here--maybe even some political common ground, although the primary bloodletting seems to have started early season, so beware of a LOT of people who just KNOW that they are right and everyone else are wrong

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 02:18 PM

72. From The purple Lone Star State

Howdy mam! Welcome to this special group. I'm a retired builder and my padna is an NP. Our pets are three American Gascognes. I write and play music now and work on completing our house (a work in progress).
Would love to see some of your silver work. Got any photos anywhere?

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 02:19 PM

73. Welcome to DU!

You will like it here.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 02:58 PM

74. Welcome underground

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:12 PM

75. Welcome from just 12 miles north of Boston along 128.

Last edited Thu Feb 28, 2019, 07:28 PM - Edit history (1)

Commuted over the Mystic River Bridge for 20 years to the Prudential Center. Still miss Boston. Most of my family still in the area.

Enjoy your time in DU. Pretty friendly crowd here. Can get a bit cannibalistic during election periods. This year may be better. The Lounge is always a great place to relax and have fun or learn something new. Also many other great forums for you to explore. All listed on left hand of the page.


GO SOX! Let's have another Double Championship Year!!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:14 PM

76. Welcome to DU!!!!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:19 PM

77. Welcome to DU

Looking forward to seeing some pics of your art ... and Aziza.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:30 PM

78. working on a pair of selbu mittens

right now .

Love Boston (went to college and grad school there).

We live up in Vermont.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:55 PM

79. Welcome to DU!

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 03:59 PM

80. Definitely a much better place with you here. You sound open and fearless.

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 04:13 PM

81. Welcome, WSSlover

GREAT to have you aboard-- thanks for your intro

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Response to WSSlover (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 04:54 PM

82. Welcome to DU WSSlover & Aziza!

Enjoy!

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Thu Feb 28, 2019, 05:38 PM

83. cool intro and welcome!

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Thu Feb 28, 2019, 10:18 PM

85. Welcome home.

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 10:35 AM

86. Welcome to DU! You're going to love it here!

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 02:09 PM

87. Welcome! I've got a friend who walks her African Grey daily -

and had special booties made for winter walks. They are the smartest birds! Hi and a shout out to Aziza!


https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/02/harvard-study-shows-parrots-can-pass-classic-test-of-intelligence/

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 11:21 PM

88. Welcome aboard. This place is a balm for the liberal spirit, and a hoot to boot

I was fascinated videos of Alex the Parrot that his human, Dr. Irene Pepperberg, used to post. So intriguing. One of my cousins has a parrot of some kind, and that bird can mimic my cousin's hearty laugh with such precision that I can't tell the difference.

I think you'll love it here.

Glad to meet you (from a 67 yr old married nurse practitioner cat lover)

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Mon Mar 4, 2019, 02:18 AM

89. Welcome to DU!

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Mon Mar 4, 2019, 03:46 PM

90. Welcome to DU neighbor!

I have lived in Boston for a total of about 15 years (with a stint in San Francisco and NYC in between), back now about 7 years. Even though I am a native New Yorker, I feel like a Bostonian now since I have lived here so long.

Look forward to hearing more from you!

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Mon Mar 4, 2019, 08:26 PM

91. Welcome!

I'm from MA too.

Don't forget to check out the crafts forum (show off your knitting!) and the pets group (show off Aziza!).

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