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“guess who Lois?”

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Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#21056 Jan 2, 2013
Denny Crain wrote:
<quoted text>All us Jack Reacher fans couldn't believe Tom Cruise was playing the part. Reacher is 6'5" and about 240 pounds. If you see the movie you will want to read all the books :)
It's about projecting the attitude, I guess.

For his height, for Sylvester Stallone to truly fight as a 205 lbs heavyweight he'd either be quite fat, or be built like a offensive linesman ...

“guess who Lois?”

Level 7

Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#21057 Jan 2, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Mickey Rourke would have been ideal!
maybe the old Mickey Rourke but not as he is these days .. I find him too odd. Dwayne Johnson (The ROck) is a wrestler turned actor who could have done the part and has the size.

“guess who Lois?”

Level 7

Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#21058 Jan 2, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello there Fish, very nice to see you here, want to wish you a
very Happy New Year.
That is a very interesting name to a genealogist, which I like to think
of myself as, lol...I do know that the surname Blanc is Hugeonot, I
believe that branch settled in Ireland....
Von Blanc certainly sounds German....have you tried searching for the surname on ancestry.com
Couldn't resist replying to you on this, one of my favourite subjects!
Hope you make yourself at home in the kitchen....you are more than welcome.
The prefix Von is often used in the Netherlands, but the word blanc means white is French .. so maybe it is from Belgium or Luxembourg which is between France and Germany and has French influences in the language?

“guess who Lois?”

Level 7

Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#21059 Jan 2, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
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me again...
Grace...I never miss Graham Norton if I can possibly help it, his
show is always very entertaining as is he. I saw him on 'Who Do You
Think You Are' that was interesting.
Isn't that marvellous of Brendan (Mrs. Browne) glad you mentioned
that, give an insight into his character, I think you can 'tell'
myself whether they are decent people or not..
Another good episode on Sunday...where the hypnotist does his thing,lol
really very funny.
Have a good rest Grace, it's natures way of getting back your strength,
I know the feeling, we should take a leaf out of the animals book, and
hibernate I think.
I will say Good Night now,
Good Night Everybody.
Hiberation?? NOw there's a good idea .. I wonder if I can make an infomercial on that, how much money would I make? After all in the 1950;s they sold pet rocks.

“Hey, Sarge!”

Level 2

Since: Dec 10

The Milky Way

#21060 Jan 2, 2013
franko wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the old Mickey Rourke but not as he is these days .. I find him too odd. Dwayne Johnson (The ROck) is a wrestler turned actor who could have done the part and has the size.
Right! And a number of others, no Arnold, no Stallone!

“Hey, Sarge!”

Level 2

Since: Dec 10

The Milky Way

#21061 Jan 2, 2013
franko wrote:
<quoted text>Hiberation?? NOw there's a good idea .. I wonder if I can make an infomercial on that, how much money would I make? After all in the 1950;s they sold pet rocks.
The pet rocks were later in pop culture.

“Ignore the trolls”

Level 6

Since: Oct 08

Bath, UK

#21062 Jan 2, 2013
RMQuinn37 wrote:
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Now would that be just a layover?
No, I have friends living in WI to the north of the city (which I've never seen incidently) and friends in St Louis (which is six hours away on Amtrak), both of whom I have known since university days. Trying to work out a trip to catch up with both of them.

“Ignore the trolls”

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Since: Oct 08

Bath, UK

#21063 Jan 2, 2013
Deer Whisperer wrote:
<quoted text>
You must be a jet-setter! Cool ... Austria in January, USA/Chicago in February.
I wish - it's just that I have the time over this winter: who knows when it will become available again. To be honest, can't really afford it, but unless I do it, time will slip by. Haven't seen the friends in St Louis for around 20 years, so it's a "catch up" trip.

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Since: Jun 06

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#21064 Jan 3, 2013
franko wrote:
<quoted text>The prefix Von is often used in the Netherlands, but the word blanc means white is French .. so maybe it is from Belgium or Luxembourg which is between France and Germany and has French influences in the language?
Thanks Franko...I believe the variation is Van in the Netherlands,
visited Belgium so do know where it is, lol...
oh..and ...je parle trois langues couramment!

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Since: Jun 06

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#21065 Jan 3, 2013
tony1003 wrote:
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I wish - it's just that I have the time over this winter: who knows when it will become available again. To be honest, can't really afford it, but unless I do it, time will slip by. Haven't seen the friends in St Louis for around 20 years, so it's a "catch up" trip.
nipping in...go for it Tony, the opportunity presents itself, grasp it!

Meant to thank you for your input on the question I put to you on the
liberals being held responsible, so thanks for that. Can hardly believe
the latest idea, and this is from the liberal party I understand, that
they propose councils across the country check on individuals who are obese, and on benefits, if they find they are not exercising to get fit, cut the benefits. Whatever next? Shrieks of dictatorship to me.

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#21066 Jan 3, 2013
franko wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the old Mickey Rourke but not as he is these days .. I find him too odd. Dwayne Johnson (The ROck) is a wrestler turned actor who could have done the part and has the size.
He is rather odd lately, I'll give you that, btw, did you see
The Wrestler? He was brill in that.
I am keeping an open mind on Tom until I see the movie.

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#21067 Jan 3, 2013
Deer Whisperer wrote:
<quoted text>
Hopeful here for a good prognosis from the vet,{{{ Cuz El }}}
Thanks so much {{{Cuz Luke}}}

please wish Tiger Lilly a very Happy New Year from me....

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#21068 Jan 3, 2013
Fisherman 808 wrote:
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Thanks for the welcome El.
I see it's time for you to go to bed, so, Good Morning, if that's when you're reading this now.
I figured you might find that family history interesting.
My mom (and her mom) have passed away, so it's hard for me to get information (I'm an only child.). My uncle, mom's only sibling has passed away too. I will try to remember to ask one of my cousins on that side what they know about names, if I ever get to see them. It's funny how I get some of the old stories mixed up. But, I'm sure my mom told me she thought the "Blank" name was originally preceded by 'Von', I might have made up the 'Blanc' spelling. Records show Blank. Most of my life I thought my Grandpa on that side died falling out of a train caboose on his head (I think he was part German too and did work for the railroad.). I brought it up to my mom not too long before she passed away, about 10 years ago, and she laughed and said something like-'where did you get that?'. She said he died of brain cancer. I think my parents must have told me that when I was little, can't believe I made it up- in my mind.
I know, when you look at history books, there are a lot of 'Von-.....' Germans. One question is, was that girl right, was the 'Von' from some other place, from people that moved to Germany?
Good Morning Fish...
I did a little research on the name and it is interesting to know that
Von means 'to' or 'from' and was only used by landed gentry and/or
nobility. Are you able to get the death certificate of your Grandad?.
that would confirm the cause of death. The site I mentioned is invaluable as you can access the census if you know where your grandparents lived in the USA, I started that way on a free trial basis with ancestry.com it's quite fascinating as you can find other people who are researching the same family name...and who knows, they could be your relatives!
I found a relative in Arizona in that manner, and oddly enough her father
was born and brought up in a house approx 12 miles from where I now live, I was able to take a photo of the house and send it to her, she shared her findings with me and I learnt a lot of our ancestors lives
from that.
Makes it harder when the next generation have passed away, often I think I should have asked more questions while they were alive, but I found that mine only told me what they wanted me to know!
Good luck with finding more on your Von Blanc family Fish..and if I can help....

“ain't she sweet?”

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Since: Nov 10

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#21069 Jan 3, 2013
Boomer7 wrote:
Quinn, maybe we should bump travel time to 90 minutes! We are good to go.
Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee are all in reach.
More planning...
Maybe a weekend jaunt.
Enjoy your day.
I'm game -- not meaning to be indecisive -- I drove from Chicago to Minneapolis twice.....to follow a local band!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

“ain't she sweet?”

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#21070 Jan 3, 2013
Denny Crain wrote:
<quoted text>All us Jack Reacher fans couldn't believe Tom Cruise was playing the part. Reacher is 6'5" and about 240 pounds. If you see the movie you will want to read all the books :)
Sounds good, the movies don't often do justice to the books.

“ain't she sweet?”

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#21071 Jan 3, 2013
Fisherman 808 wrote:
<quoted text>(hi El, and thanks for letting us talk in your kitchen)
Things are OK lately, it's a long story.
It stormed last night, strong wind and lots of rain. The rain was good, it hasn't rained hardly at all for a LONG time, the plants needed it.
The Mrs and I are from Oregon and are of many mixed European backgrounds. I have French, German, English and others, and some native American, my dad was born on a reservation.'halo' is spelled 'haole'-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haole
Yep, could be called that. I'd say I fit in more with the locals than the new haoles though. Left the mainland in '83. Haole is a derogatory term, and nobody calls me that to my face, lol.
I have a German heritage story... My Grandma (on one side- obviously) had a maiden name of Blank, which was said to be a shortened form of Von Blanc (sp?). So a long time ago, I was talking to a German girl and told her I am part German and my Grandma's maiden name was Von Blanc, and she said that's not German! That it's from a small country next to Germany, as I remember. So, I don't know much really.
My bad. Didn't realize its an insult.

Lots of Germans in the thread. My maternal grandmother's parents came over. Baumann. She even did the family genealogy in 1970, pretty interesting stuff and long before the Internet.

I had forgotten if you mentioned you were from Oregon. Very different lifestyle, huh? I would have loved to have stayed on Maui, probably not practical since the jobs must all be in the hospitality industry.

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#21072 Jan 3, 2013
tony1003 wrote:
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I wish - it's just that I have the time over this winter: who knows when it will become available again. To be honest, can't really afford it, but unless I do it, time will slip by. Haven't seen the friends in St Louis for around 20 years, so it's a "catch up" trip.
You are right to go as the mood takes you,
I LOVED ~Austria with a passion..
here is where I was "Fuschl am See"
in the state of Salzburg..

It was VERY BEAUTIFUL

https://www.google.ie/search...

mind you, reminded me a lot of WICKLOW in my own country,
so lovely it is called> 'The Garden of Ireland'

https://www.google.ie/search...

I saw great similarities between the two,
except for the snow(:

“Grab all the good”

Level 5

Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21073 Jan 3, 2013
Boomer7 wrote:
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The pet rocks were later in pop culture.
No one has ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American Public. So said HL Menkin :)

“Grab all the good”

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Rowlett Tx

#21074 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
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Thanks Franko...I believe the variation is Van in the Netherlands,
visited Belgium so do know where it is, lol...
oh..and ...je parle trois langues couramment!
LOL I saw an elevator in Nashville that had an inscription of Ludwig Van Beethoven instead of Von :)A very expensive mistake

“Grab all the good”

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Since: Jul 10

Rowlett Tx

#21075 Jan 3, 2013
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
He is rather odd lately, I'll give you that, btw, did you see
The Wrestler? He was brill in that.
I am keeping an open mind on Tom until I see the movie.
That is the problem you always see with liberals. They want the perfect solution. The perfect should not be the enemy of the good. 85% of people in America have health care insurance. With Obama care they will destroy the insurance companies trying to get 100% coverage

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