Archive for June, 2002

More Dirty Dancing – The Reunion Prologue

June 30, 2002

More Dirty Dancing – The Reunion


It was hot for an early June morning. The blacktop rippled in the heat making it look as if it were liquid. Everything was still, there wasn’t a breeze blowing anywhere.

The car moved quickly in the right hand lane of the New York Thruway. Traffic was light for the first summer weekend since Memorial Day. It was usually jammed with vacationers.

Frannie hit the gas pedal. She had gotten a late start. The rest of the crowd was already there, waiting for her. This was her baby, her show. She wanted everything to be perfect so she could surprise her parents.

It was going to be perfect. She just knew it. It was going to be big, bold and beautiful. She had invited all of the best students that she had.

And to think this whole thing started when she found that diary.

Frannie found it in one of the drawers of her dressing table. It was a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. Now it was Frannie’s turn. But finding this diary was not an accident. It was left with the following inscription:

These are for you, Frannie. The dressing table is for your clothes and personals. The diary, of course, is to satisfy your curiosity. Enjoy.

Frannie never forgot that. This show would be her tribute to two wonderful people and to thank them for everything that they had given her throughout their years together.

She stopped the car at the nearest rest stop. There was a beautiful overlook where she just wanted to rest for awhile. So she’d be a little later. It was only rehearsal anyway. Tomorrow night would be the real thing.

Frannie walked to the edge of the overlook and sat down on the stone wall. She held the diary in her hand. She wanted to check something, to make sure she got it right for the show. She opened it up to the first page and began to read.

[ Edited by susan on 2002/6/30 2:12:25 ]


To Have and To Hold Chapter 45

June 30, 2002

Chapter 45

Auguste turned around to answer, but it was Francis who spoke.

“This sword,� he said, holding it up, “is a family heirloom. It’s been passed down from generation to generation and will be given to Henry when he becomes the Crown Prince. It was hanging in the same place for years until last night when I invited Auguste and his family over for our evening meal. It wasn’t until this morning that Marie noticed it was missing. In fact, it was one of our servants who witnessed the theft.� He turned to Jean-Claude. “It was you, wasn’t it? Come, my boy, admit it. All charges will be dropped.�

“What charges?� Jean looked angrily at him. “I found this buried in the ground next to where my mother was digging. How could you prove it was…�

“Didn’t you hear what he said, Jean?� Monique said. She looked at the King. “It was both of us, Your Majesty. We both took the sword. Jean Claude took it on my dare. We brought it back with us, buried it and pretended we found it. “

Colette shook her head. She looked puzzled. “If that’s the truth, then where is the sword that Nicole and I buried.�

“Oh that one,� Auguste laughed. “Well, I found that a long time ago. I trained Danielle on it. It belongs to her now. She is great with a sword. You should see her sometime.�

“He’s right,� Monique said, “she is.�

“I was the recipient of it,� Jean-Claude agreed. “She’s the best I’ve ever seen.�

“You treat her as if she were a little boy,� Colette said. “Does she know anything about being a little girl.�

“I’m learning right now, auntie,� Danielle said. “My lessons were cancelled for today, in fact, I don’t know what happened.�

Henry smiled. “Hector and Mademoiselle le Monde were spotted this morning walking in the castle garden. Perhaps it will develop into something else, like more cancelled lessons.�

Danielle laughed with Henry.

“Nothing like a married pair of tutors, would you agree, Auguste?�

Auguste smiled. “I hope that doesn’t happen, Francois, then we’d have to pay for the honeymoon as well.�

They both smiled at each other. “Come along, everyone, these pressing matters will wait no longer.�

To Have and To Hold Chapter 44

June 30, 2002

Chapter 44

“You continue to astonish me, Auguste,� Colette whispered. “How did you know all that? I told you before, no one was watching me. No one knew what I was doing.�

“Nicole did,� Auguste said. “She had it all written down in that journal. She knew you, Colette. She knew you better than anyone else. After all, you were such close friends.�

“I don’t have time for this,� Colette said.�

“Well, if the truth be told, I don’t have the time either, my cousin. There are other things that I have neglected far too long.� He looked up at Francis, then to Henry and Danielle.

“Come to my study, the three of you. We have much to discuss this night.�

He looked at Antoine. “As soon as you settle things with your wife and children, please come and join us.�

“I will, my brother.� Antoine said, “when I finish here. I also have much to discuss.�

“Then we will take our leave.� He looked at his daughter. “Come Danielle, you will finally learn all about the mother you never knew

Auguste turned, took Francis by the arm with one hand, and herded the children toward the door with the other. They were about to open it, when Colette’s voice rang out,

“What about that sword, Auguste? You still haven’t told me about that sword.�

Auguste turned. “Haven’t I made this clear, Colette? I would have sworn that you would have recognized whose sword it is by now.�

“I do not understand,� Colette said, “I thought it was a present. We buried it so that we would feel that we were digging up buried treasure.�

“Yes, you’ve said that. Think, Colette. The sword has the royal seal on it. Isn’t that obvious enough?�

Auguste turned his back and attempted to leave the room.

“Is that all?� she said, smiling. “Is that all there is? You have not answered my question. Not to the fullest anyway?�

[ Edited by susan on 2002/6/29 1:27:01 ]

real fact 10

June 30, 2002

good one for summertime:

mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas..

i don’t know about this one, guys…

Cinema Paradiso – long version

June 30, 2002

Has anyone seen the new longer version of
“Cinema Paradiso”? Have a ticket to see it,
but saw and enjoyed the original; am not sure
that I want an extra hour of it.

PowerPuff Girls

June 29, 2002

“The PowerPuff Girls” {Movie} should have gone
straight to video. The animation does not work
well on the big screen. There are some
attempts to involve adults but this film is
just for small children and not that great for them.

and still another real fact

June 29, 2002

# 96

the average american will eat 35,000 cookies during his/her lifetime..

i think i’ve eaten more than that already…

where is everyone?

June 29, 2002

this place was hopping a few days ago..where did you all go? 😮

Things we would never know if not for the movies…

June 28, 2002

If you are blonde and pretty, it is possible to become a world expert in Nuclear Fission at age 22.

The more a man and a woman hate each other, the more likely they will fall in love.

Having a job of any kind will make father’s forget their son’s eighth birthday.

Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at that precise moment.

Guns are like disposable razors – if you run out of bullets just throw the gun away.You can always buy a new one.

During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick’s Day parade – at any time of the year.

All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets which reach up to the armpit level on a woman but only to waist level on the man lying beside her.

All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French Bread.

It’s easy for anyone to land a plane providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

Once applied, lipstick will never rub off – even while scuba diving.

The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No-one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.

You’re very unlikely to survive any battle in any war if you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.

If your town is threatened by an imminent natural disaster or killer beast, the mayor’s first concern will be the tourist trade or his forthcoming art exhibition.

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.

All single women have a cat.

A man who will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.

When paying for a taxi, it is not necessary to look at your wallet as you take out a bill just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

Large loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range of most people – whether they are employed or not.

If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises while wearing their most revealing underwear.

Word processors never display a cursor on screen but will always say: Enter Password Now.

The Chief of Police will always suspend his star detective – or give him 48 hours to finish the job. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

If a killer is lurking in you house, it’s easy to find him. Just relax and run a bath – even if it’s the middle of the afternoon – then look in your bathroom mirror and he will suddenly appear behind you.

Even when driving down a perfectly straight road it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.

It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.

If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

When confronted by an evil international terrorist, sarcasm and wisecracks are your best weapons.

One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them than 20 men firing at 1 man.

Creepy music coming from a cemetery should always be investigated more closely.

A gang of highly-trained terrorists will always separate and search for an intruder on their own – so they can be killed one by one.

Megalomaniacs intent on world domination won’t be able to resist telling their arch nemesis every detail of their evil plans.

It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts – your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

If you think there is an intruder in your house, your cat will choose the precise moment to leap out at you from inside a cupboard.

When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.

If there is a deranged killer on the loose this will also coincide with a thunderstorm that has brought down all the power and phone lines in the vicinity.

Any lock can be picked by a credit card or a paper clip in seconds — unless it’s the door to a burning building with a child trapped inside.

Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.

More Facts

June 28, 2002

~ Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.

~ Chrysler built B-29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant call Diamond Star.

~ In the film ‘Star Trek : First Contact’, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. but New Zealand is missing.

~ George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

~ If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

~ Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

~ The lead singer of The Knack, famous for “My Sharona,” and Jack Kevorkian’s lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug & Jeffrey Feiger.

~ The band “Duran Duran” got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie “Barbarella.”

~ The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

~ Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

~ In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’

~ Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.

~ The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.

~ Despite the hump, a camel’s spine is straight.

~ A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

~ Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on “Scooby-Doo.”

~ The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

~ A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length.

~ Only female mosquitoes bite.

~ By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.

~ The name of the Vulcan’s heaven is Sha Ka Ree, this is a play on the name Sean Connery who was considered for the part of Sarek, Spock’s father.

~ The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

Well, at least I know where my car came from now and just what might be wrong with it 😛 … but I’m really wondering just exactly who got paid to stand around listening to heavy metal and watch termites eat…:roll: and I guess the Presidents haven’t changed too much over the years 😉 but it you Aussie’s really have worms 10 feet long… I don’t think I’ll be visiting :hs: