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April 03, 2009


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That photo of the dogs in their special beds - perfection. Thanks for your entertaining posts!

I have never laughed so much! I wish I were a beagle! Love the dig about Milwaukee's Best. Do you need any help pampering the dogs?

Love the dog beds. So cute! You might have to replicate that at home.

Love the photo of the boys both asleep on their beds. Beagles do enjoy the good life, don't they? Thanks also for the very entertaining link to Letterman's stupid pet tricks. Very funny!

IMDB is one of my favorite websites of all time, movie junkie that I am. Having said that, I just can't look at that list, based on what you're saying. I'm afraid that movies like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Casablanca" won't be on it. Good to hear that "12 Angry Men" was on the list. I really liked Shawshank Redemption, but over some other classics? Nah.

Abbey and Elvis are jealous of the pampering Fred and Hank are receiving and may rebel at any moment. I could do with some pampering, too, so maybe we'll just have to all go.

Oh, and I almost forgot: See? Acupuncture can cause a state of euphoria because it gets the endorphins going. So that's what was going on with Fred. He was, like, mellowing out, peeps!

Best movie of all time "Godfather" followed by "Godfather II". Best movie no one has seen "Little Big Man" w/ Dustin Hoffman. Milwaukee's Best is best consumed via shotgun.

Deadheads are chilled out during 30-minute guitar solos because that's when we can finally get up to use the john.

The Cronkite students, staff and faculty had a great time hearing Jim's perspective on all matters digital and washpost.com specific. Great to have a mini-reunion of Jim, me and Retha Hill, each of us starting at Digital Ink in April 1995. And Jason Manning is on faculty here, too, and Len Downie arrives autumn semester! Anyway, those of us who have relo'd from the Beltway know we've got a sweet deal, and welcome stopovers from others. Come enjoy the sunshine -- great for napping, even without a snazzy down bed.
For a look at our state-of-the-art facility that Jim visited, see the Cronkite School profiled in an Apple ad: http://www.apple.com/education/teachers-professors/profiles.html#cronkite

Now that we are on our own, Jim having addicted us to his journey and then gone off on a fantasy thing, I thought I'd share my list of favorite souvenirs I hope we get to win in a Fred & Hank triva game when the trip is over. If anyone else has souvenirs they want to get, I'm sure Jim & Joan won't mind knowing in advance what they are expected to provide:

a) signed, framed and pawed photo of Fred & Hank at White Sands
b) Fred's dog tags in a jewelry box from the Clinton Library
c) Beagle acupuncture pin cushion
d) Joan's pic of the trip on a t-shirt
e) Autographed copy of Bruce's Working on a Dream

Enjoy your fantasies.

My own Beagle Fred manages to make himself comfortable just about anywhere, but he would most certainly be a happy puppy on THOSE beds!

IMDB is a great site, but I, too, will not go look at the list of best movies. I agree that "The Shawshank Redemption" is a fine film, but it's definitely not one of the ten best films ever made. Others listed sound wrong, too, and ANY TIME that "Forrest Gump" is on a list of "Best Films" just creeps me out.

That said, I do have my own list of best films. They are, pretty much in order:

Citizen Kane
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Searchers
The Third Man
Singing in the Rain
The Quiet Man
The Godfather
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Schindler's List
The 39 Steps

If you want to see the definitive Top 100 film list, see the AFI website. Check it out here (Flash required) http://connect.afi.com/site/PageNavigator/micro_take_tour2

The AFI Top 20 are:
4 RAGING BULL (1980)
9 VERTIGO (1958)
10 WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
11 CITY LIGHTS (1931)
12 SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
13 STAR WARS (1977)
14 PSYCHO (1960)
15 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
16 SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
17 GRADUATE, THE (1967)
18 GENERAL, THE (1927)

So glad you guys are enjoying the FireSky. You should really give some of the Kimpton hotels a try in San Francisco too. I like the Argonaut - very convenient to the wharf.

Enjoy your pampering at the spa & safe travels!

Beagle heaven is
A down bed to take a nap
Our people are chill

Those spoiled hounds have a more comfortable bed than I do. But then, I am reminded that we sleep in the bed we make, or some prophetic nonsense of that ilk.

One of the great sidebars of this trip has been seeing names in the comments I haven't seen in many, many years . . . Jody Brannon, Retha Hill, Doug Feaver, the G-Man, etc. Awesome, really. And Jody, loved the link to the tremendous Cronkite School of J and seeing Chris Callahan. What a lot of fun J-school would be these days.

So, FireSky only gets 4.5 out of 5 stars? What does it take to get a perfect score? Or are you holding out the 5-star rating just in case?

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