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Knoxville, TN

Gasoline prices continue to slide

Love the photo, Bailey! Bassets really are just a nose attached to a dog, aren't they?  (Nov 9, 2008 | post #4)

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Let's start planing our turkey dinner!!!

Whole berry cranberry sauce and lots of stuffing with celery. I'll wear a muu muu, as it has no waistband. Christmas music, to prep for Black Friday (for the benefit of shopping participants, and for the benefit of those that will laugh at the participants).  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #3)

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Limited government

Impressive effort, Nightserf, to say the least. What I say will not be with the extensive knowledge that have chosen to acquire, but I have been offended for a long time by the "lawsuit lottery" mentality. I think many civil judgements are totally out of control (vs. criminal law, which is what you are talking about). In particular, I wish there was some sort of cap on medical malpractice suits. Again, the awards seem ruinous and out of control. Leads to outrageous premiums that doctors have to pay for their insurance, which doesn't help the medical costs for either the insured or uninsured.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #2)

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Your Favorite...

Glad to see all of the Lord of the Rings fans here. Awesome movies! Not sure if you've heard, but The Hobbit will start filming next year, and will be released in 2011(and I think I read that there will be two movies). Jackson is not directing, but is writing and producing. Director is Guillermo del Toro.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #18)

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Your Favorite...

Another incredible book for me is "How the Other Half Lives", which details tenement life in NYC is the late 1800's. Riis does have some very troubling issues with stereotyping ethnicities, but if you can look beyond that (as many critics do), it's shocking that the ancestors of some of us actually made it out of such grinding poverty.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #11)

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Your Favorite...

Wow, Earl, you think everything recent is garbage? Have you seen "The Fog of War", with Robert McNamara? Yes, political aplenty, but his life is political. The film itself is spare and riveting.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #10)

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Your Favorite...

I have to also say that "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is a hughly significant movie, helping to usher in acceptance of the MPAA ratings (for what the ratings are worth, anyway; just ask George Lucas, Spielberg with "Poltergeist ", and anyone with enough clout to lobby and succeed in changing their film's rating. And yes, I think Spielberg is the true director of "Poltergeist ".)  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #3)

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Your Favorite...

I can't say it's my favorite book, as I'm just reading it for the first time, but I'm enjoying "The Year of Living Bibically", by A.J. Jacobs. Very witty. "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond changed my worldview, so it's my personal "best" book. As to movies: my husband and I co-mod a movie discussion group, so while I would never claim to be a cineaste, I think I have some quality of judgement. I enjoy Wes Anderson movies, especially "Rushmore ". The Coens are great, of course (well, let's ignore "The Ladykillers", "Bad Santa", and "Intolerable Cruelty"; I probably need to re-watch "The Man Who Wasn't There".); "No Country for Old Men" absolutely deserved best picture (although "There Will Be Blood" was a worthy contender). Mira Niar is great too, especially her "Monsoon Wedding". So many wonderful documentaries out there, but watching Errol Morris' "Fog of War" totally shifted my film paradigm. That may be my personal best film. Morris rocks, as does Werner Herzog (as does their shared personal history). Older favorites, and some more personal "bests" for me would likely include "Rebecca ", "Twelve Angry Men", and everyone should watch "The Seventh Seal" at some point.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #2)

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Earthquake reported in Blount : Local News : Knoxville Ne...

Thanks!!  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #3)

Knoxville, TN

Earthquake reported in Blount : Local News : Knoxville Ne...

Man, how did I miss this? Darn! Did anyone here feel it?  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #1)

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Knoxville, TN | Well known eatery to close doors; owner c...

Great pizza: Roman's Pizza. It's by the Windsor Square 7 on Kingston Pike, West Knoxville. Great guys, fab pizza; owner is not originally from here, but he's been open almost as long as I've been here (almost a decade). Besides my beloved Mellow Mushroom (run by REAL hippies in Athens, GA), one of the few places you can get a slice.  (Nov 2, 2008 | post #27)

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Obama the Empath and his Aunt Zeituni Onyango

Whoops, meant ..."ST:TNG ". Sorry Trekkies. Or Trekkers.  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #4)

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Obama the Empath and his Aunt Zeituni Onyango

I know Dan is being serious, but I found the title of this thread, "Obama the Empath..." humorous. I was like, is this a new show is the "spirit" of Medium and The Ghost Whisperer? Or maybe like Deanna Troi in ST:TN? An empathic President would kinda be a big bonus for the US, and would make one heck of a tv drama. Adios, 24! ;)  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #3)

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Knoxville, TN | Well known eatery to close doors; owner c...

Owens, located on Kingston Pike, near Pellissippi Pkwy, in the shopping center with Crouch Florist. They serve turkey and chicken, pies, all sorts of stuff. They have the Gobbler sandwich, which is turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, lettuce, on bread, and it's unreal. Everyone we rec. this place to loves it. Open for breakfast and lunch. They also do turkeys and sides for Thanksgiving. The owner is the nicest guy.  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #7)

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Knoxville, TN | Well known eatery to close doors; owner c...

Awesome idea!! Soups and Scoops, at the corner of S. Peters and Kingston Pike, in the shopping center behind Walgreens. Be sure to moo on Mondays, and get your rich, rich ice cream half-price.  (Oct 29, 2008 | post #5)

Q & A with Knox_LB

Hometown:

Knoxville

Local Favorites:

Soups and Scoops, McKay Books, and Shakespeare on the Square

When I'm Not on Topix:

Reading.

I'm Listening To:

I prefer radio to CDs

Read This Book:

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Favorite Things:

My family!

I Believe In:

Humanity's innate ability to survive.