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I remember, back in the day, since my parent's had the most kids, we also had the most space to host others. Typically, everyone would come to our house for the biggest holidays - Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, etc. My dad sat at the head of the table, with his father/mother and aunts/uncles on either side of him. Lots of good food and good times.
My old uncle was also an excellent cook. Then again, many of the men in my family (both paternal and maternal sides) seem to be pretty good in the kitchen. My dad was a great cook. One of my older brothers is awesome at it, taking after our mom's older brother. In truth, my brothers and I can all cook to one degree or another.
My entry this morning in the "Did You Know..." thread was inspired by a memory of my great uncle. He was a bomber pilot in WWII, who's B-17 was shot down over Germany. He then spent 18 months as a "guest" of the Germans.
Anyway, beyond that he was a cool old dude. He and his wife were very close to my family. We'd go over to their house all the time. He and my dad also used to fish a lot together - it was during those fishing trips that my dad became one of the few people he opened up to about his experiences as a POW.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.
The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.
From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 developed a reputation as an effective bomber, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tonnes were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.
As of May 2015, ten aircraft remain airworthy. None of them are combat veterans. Dozens more are in storage or on static display. The oldest of these is a D-series veteran of combat in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
We don't know for a fact.....yet. It's been my assumption that's how the story would go, since the actress will be one of the leads in another, forthcoming show. My thinking is Sasha will be a substitute for Holly from the comics.
Otherwise, it was a weird, but entertaining episode. I guess now we know just which actors on the shows can't sing their way out of a wet paper bag.
Super Chick and Barry both have pretty good pipes. Same with Jesse L. Martin, although I recall reading he's been in a ton of broadway shows, so that wasn't surprising. I think it's the same for Victor Garber, with regards to broadway.
I was most surprised by the Cicso/Winn/Merlyn performance. I was unaware any of them could sing so well.
The Martian Manhunter/Kid Flash/Vibe team up was pretty cool.
Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991) was an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or "Fender" for short. In January 1965, he sold the company to CBS and later founded two other musical instrument companies, Music Man and G&L Musical Instruments.
The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still widely used: the Fender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars; the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars, and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular enough in its own right, became the basis for later amplifiers (notably by Marshall and Mesa Boogie) that dominated rock and roll music. Leo Fender was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992—a unique achievement given that he never learned to play the instruments that he made a career of building.
Overall, though, I thought this was one of the more piss-poor episodes of the season.
You introduce more Daxamites, also revealing that Mon-el is the prince of Daxam. Thus you provide a major opportunity for character development on someone who will be one of the greatest members of the Legion of Superheroes....
....and you spend half the episode (or more) on relationship drama and intergalactic art theft. I mean, yeah it's the CW, but come on....
Why even bring Mon-el into the show if you aren't going to use him to set up a Legion story as well? I mean, other than the obvious of giving Kara someone else to receive apologies from.
Kohler Co., founded in 1873 by John Michael Kohler, is an American manufacturing company based in Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler is best known for its plumbing products, but the company also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. Destination Kohler also owns various hospitality establishments in the United States and Scotland.
And thus are we reminded of the perils of long-running TV shows.....
That when an actor gets another job, you sometimes have to write them acting like complete idiots in order to have them exit the show.
Because, yes! Sasha and Rosita were acting like complete f&*@ing morons. I mean, I thought the Children of the Junkyard were stupid. Sasha and Rosita make them look like f$&%ing tactical geniuses.
Otherwise, I really wanted to see Gregory get killed, but I think I'll have to wait a week or so for that.
And now I have to kill time until Talking Dead comes on. Stupid Badlands show.
Not finished yet, but....
The last episode we watched last night was the one where they have her tied up in Colleen's dojo. From the moment they introduced Gao in Daredevil, I kind of figured there was something big about her character. Now I can't help but wonder if she's some sort of gender-swapped version of Master Khan. Especially with some of the power she's shown, and that line about being tortured in the 17th century.
Even if that's not the direction they're going, I'm still enjoying her character immensely.
And although I stopped watching Into the Badlands after one episode, I can agree the fighting scenes in that show were far superior.
The Swamp Thing is a fictional character in the DC Universe. He is a humanoid/plant elemental creature, created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing has had several humanoid or monster incarnations in various different storylines. He first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971) in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century. The character then returned in a solo series, set in the contemporary world and in the general DC continuity. The character is a swamp monster that resembles an anthropomorphic mound of vegetable matter. He fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.
The character found perhaps his greatest popularity during the 1970s and early 1990s. Outside of an extensive comic book history, Swamp Thing has inspired two theatrical films, a live-action television series, and a five-part animated series, among other media.
The J. C. Penney Company, doing business as JCPenney, is a department store with 1,014 locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. In addition to selling conventional merchandise, JCPenney stores often house several leased departments such as Sephora, Seattle's Best Coffee, salons, optical centers, portrait studios, and jewelry repair.
Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls. Before 1966, most of its stores were located in downtown areas. As shopping malls became more popular during the latter half of the 20th century, JCPenney followed the trend by relocating and developing stores to anchor the malls. In more recent years, the chain has continued to follow consumer traffic, echoing the retailing trend of opening some freestanding stores, including some next door to competitors. Certain stores are located in power centers. The company has been an Internet retailer since 1998. It has streamlined its catalog and distribution while undergoing renovation improvements at store level.
Saw it tonight with the wife. Enjoyed the s+!! out of it. As noted in previous posts, there was way more of the monsters in this than were in Godzilla. Plenty of Kong action.
John C. Reilly was awesome.
The post credits scene had me stoked. Most of the other people in the theater left, rather than watch it.
So after watching most of the day, I'm about half way through. So far, it's been not bad.
I was a bit disappointed that it seems to be The Hand as the main villains, and that it seems (so far) to simply be their drug smuggling operation.
I was surpised, however, to see that Madam Gao seems to be a member of The Hand. Although, I get the feeling there's way more to her than that. No matter what, though, I love the character. So full of menace and supreme confidence, especially in the package of a little old lady.
Finn Jones is doing a pretty decent job, but his fight scenes could be a bit better. And I wish they'd have him use the power of the Iron Fist for more than just the punching. I did like the fight tournament he did against The Hand. That was pretty cool.
I liked seeing Claire and Jeri again. It helps to bring that connection with the other shows. It seems like they're shaping Claire up to be the common link between all the heroes.
The chick playing Colleen Wing is a hottie. And she's pretty damned bad ass as well. Her fight scenes come across better. I'm really hoping they run with her and Misty Knight as Private Investigators. And I hope they play up more of her Samurai past. I loved the references to Bushido they had her throwing out.
The Meachums have all been mixed. I've gone back and forth between disliking them and kind of feeling sorry for them. It took me awhile to realize that Harold was being played by the dude who played Faramir in the Lord of the Rings movies.
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