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Fabulous 1923 silent movie with Ramon Navarro and Alice Terry on TCM tonight, stunning B&W. Who needs color? Who needs words?

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Car Talk

I drove pickup trucks for over 35 years. I finally got tired of hauling a relatively large vehicle over the winding roads that are necessary for us to reach the more civilized world and bought a Honda Fit 3 years ago. Which was a dandy little car. $17K complete (new). 1/3 more storage than similar size cars, 35 mpg, nimble on the curves.

All that ended when a rolling rock that I hit knocked the motor off its mounts a few months ago. It was so expensive to fix that AAA declared it a total and gave me $12K, a fair deal. Which helped a lot because Shelter Pubs was running on empty and it allowed us to pay a printing bill and avoid borrowing to stay afloat. I know, small peanuts in this day and world, but we’re a small peanut company.

I’m going to wait a while to get another car (meanwhile driving my 14-year-old Toyota 4-cylinder, stick shift 4×4, which gets about 20 mpg and is a magnificent vehicle and can go anywhere and pull other cars out of ditches).

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Documentary on Early San Francisco Surfing Feb 23 in SFO

“More than just three miles of heavy waves on Ocean Beach, the Great Highway is part of the early history of California surfing and beach life. This new documentary covers it all; from the Sutro Baths to the former six million-gallon saltwater Fleishhacker Pool, once lifeguarded by Olympians and big wave legends, to the champions of today. Winner of the 2016 Golden Gate International Ocean Film Festival Award (IOFF). (88 mins)

Mark Gunson, filmmaker and co-producer, and Kristin Howell, co-producer will be in attendance for Q+A.”

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"I don't have to show you any stinking badges."

Famous movie quotes quiz (mostly vintage).

I have to remember, when talking to people much younger, that we don’t necessarily share the same points of reference. These are all embedded in my memory, and I have to remember that there’s a certain age requirement for them to have any meaning.

1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

2. “He vas my boyfriend!”*

3. “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

4. “We’ll always have Paris.”

5. “Round up the usual suspects.”

6. “Made it Ma, top of the world!”

7. “Mussolini, Hitler—and now, Peterson!”

8. “I coulda been a contender.”

9. “You talkin to me?”

10. “Go ahead, make my day.”

11. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

12. ” You just put your lips together and blow.”

13, “Nobody’s perfect.”

14. “It was beauty killed the beast.”

15. “The Dude abides.”

16. “You’re my baby, man.”

17. “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille.”

*in what is probably my favorite film of all time: 

18. “…just exactly what is it that you do do?”

19. “Put the candle back!”

20. “Don’t put the candle back!”

20. ” Do not open this door.”

21. “Open this god dammed door…”

22.  “Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and you’re off with the boys…”

Hey, this is fun, but I gotta get back to work. We’re putting the finishing touches on Small Homes: The Right Size this week.

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