Lucille Ball and Frank J. Scannell — Slowly I Turned, from The Ballet episode of I Love Lucy. This episode originally aired on February 18, 1952.
What’s on your mind?
congrats tuez! how ya doing tonight?
Wowsers, Suz, Sly Stone is down and out in L.A…! 8-(
aloha tut — i saw that earlier.. so forking sad :( how’s the big isle tonight?
Aloha Suz and lln pups…!
Muggy and Soggy all day long…! I did get a small fix of Ikaika today, made my whole day…! ;-)
I remember when I used to think Lucy looked old and Ethel absolutely ancient. What happened?
I think they were younger than I am now, when that was filmed.
Oh my, that is sad. I saw FS in Denver in 1967 or so. I’m glad he has some support. Fuck the banks and their ilk.
that episode aired in 1952 and i’m too tired to do the math (laughing)
they were younger than i am too – in fact i think they were around my oldest girls age (mid 30′ish)
Oh shit…the fuckin’ real world got Sly Stone…it’s enough ta make ya wanna chuck it all in until ya realize that the monster that sucked ‘im dry and tossed ‘im in the street is the same one that’s suckin us all dry…reminds that we must hold each other up…it ain’t how many times the fuckers knock ya down, it’s how many times ya get up!
hey ce — how’s cleveland tonight?
norske! how ya been comrade?
I rewatched on of my favorite movies tonight. It’s called Sliding Doors. Anyone else see it? It stars Gwenyth Paltrow. It is two parallel episodes. One in which she catches a train and finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman. One in which she does catch the train.
I love the way you can see how different choices can mean different things.
it ain’t how many times the fuckers knock ya down, it’s how many times ya get up!
That implies people are punching bags and I find that generally unacceptable, in the same way I hate the term “resilience”, which implies a person has been abused over and over.
…it ain’t how many times the fuckers knock ya down, it’s how many times ya get up!
You betcha, Comrade Norske…! Aloha, How goes the fight in the Land of the Lakes…? ;-)
Fall is fast upon us! We’ve had lots of rain, followed by bursts of sunshine. My drive to and from work includes a drive through a beautiful cemetery, where trees are showing multicolor already.
hey spocko — how ya doing tonight? i remember the film from the ads on tv when it was airing… amazing what a big deal little decisions can mean….
I gotta pulse and a blood pressure, it doesn’t get any better’n that unless we get the majic herb legalized. And there is plenty goin on in local organizin…Scott Walker can run all day but there ain’t no place for ‘im ta hide!
when i was driving mom over the coast range back to jen’s (jen took her to the airport) we noticed how much more color there was. it had only been 5 days since we made the trip over here — i can only imagine how gorgeous it must be by now… the winds monday sure blew a lotta leaves off some trees
Just tryin’ ta make it brother CTut…just tryin ta make it bro.
Since I wasn’t born until 61, no wonder they looked old to me. While watching that episode you posted, and I haven’t seen any reruns since i was a kid, my first thought was of how I used to think they looked old.
i heard the forker is trying to change the way recalls are run to avoid the inevitable…. typical gop tactic of changing the rules to benefit him personally and fork the people
i’ve not seen lucy in tv in years — she’s a LOT younger than i remembered. a sf bay area station used to run the lucy reruns late at night and i would watch them when i got home from swing shift…
I LOVE October here — so windy and colorful, and the residents totally get into the spirit of fall and Halloween. Miss little trick or treaters these days. After hiding from the heat all summer, I am looking forward to baking and cooking. My new favorite recipes are from Everyday Food, a Martha Stewart publication.
Suz, I hate to admit it, or even say it, but I think this means we are getting old.
Well If You’re Going to San Francisco, tonight’s a Warm San Francisco Night. Haven’t had many of those, and the SF Giants’ season is over. But I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco (And I Don’t Drink At All).
One should never ‘pack it in’, tuez…! I was just reading a new study out that says Suicide is the third leading cause of Death, Nationally, in parsing the data, I had found that 19 veterans commit Suicide every day, and, also that Suicide was last year’s leading cause for Soldiers’ Deaths… [end rant]
october has always been a favorite month for me…. the fact my birthday falls in october probably has a lot to do with its appeal, along with all the fall foods and, of course, halloween.
Gee, I was just a tiny little few-week-old dragon kitten when that episode first aired.
If the comics wanted, they could do either an extended or a short circuit riff using the fact that other classic versions of the act use “Niagara Falls” as the trigger.
hey mikey — how was your day?
hey pd — how ya doing tonight? the skit has its own wiki page – tis interesting reading
I’m not saying anyone should pack it in. What I’m saying is we shouldn’t be “abusing” society. There is no reason anyone should be homeless in the “richest”, country in the world. Resilient is used to describe people who have just suffered either a man made or natural disaster, i.e., the gulf coast following Katrina and BP. I can live with Katrina, as that was natural (global warming aside), but BP was an added affront no one here deserved.
I’m guessing the people in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc., would feel the same way.
On edit:PS. The soldiers feel the need to commit suicide because they too are victims of abuse. I find it disgusting that the suicide rate is as high as it is.
Well now, I debated whether or not ta respond to your reading of what I said to my friend but since I wasn’t talkin’ to you I’ll waste a little a my precious time and enlighten you…first of all get rid of the romantic notion that the forces of power and evil can’t touch you or knock you down unless you let ‘em. The fact is that in the struggle, you are measured not by whther or not you are knocked down and abused but whether you get back up. There are many ways to fight back and to make a difference for yourself and others but you ain’t worth a shit on your back. And don’t talk to me about how to handle “abuse”…ya don’t live as long as I have in this country without learnin’ what “abuse” really is.
There is no reason anyone should be homeless in the “richest”, country in the world.
There is no real excuse for it, but, the list grows daily these days…!
Good, thank you. Hereabouts we have Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park this weekend. (It’s great, but I can’t handle the crowds; gives me anxiety attacks, and Xanax doesn’t work.)
Next week I’ll be on the Jeremiah O’Brian for Fleet Week in the middle of SF Bay. Yes, all those flying machines will be in the air. Recent air shows have had some bad outcomes, I know, so I hope we fare better.
Never understood why the performance happens over a crowded city like SF; can you imagine what might happen? And yeah, it’s rah-rah for US death machines. (Got it.) But free beer!
i remember fleet week and those flyovers (and fly unders). always reminded me of movie scenes of evil forces invading… still, is awesome to watch
never made it to the bluegrass fest… i liked big crowds when i was younger but the combo of crowds and all that walking and standing and sitting on the ground just doesn’t do it for me anymore
I love this sketch, thanks Suz. Beautiful Fall here, we’re hanging in there.
What you say is true, and the news makes me so sad. When MrCE and I were grad students, we shared a house with other students, in a civilized way. Some of my coworkers are having their parents move in with them. I haven’t seen this since my Dad’s tales of the Depression.
hey margot — glad ya liked it. how was your day?
Easy, Bro… tuez means no harm…! *g*
tuez, both Norske and I are/were strident advocates against the Iraqi war and our miserable, failed Foreign fiascos…!
I don’t really think we disagree.
Caught Doc Watson a coule’a years ago. Didn’t have a clue who he was. D’oh! Magical…is all I can say.
deep river blues
Sorry Brother CT but I don’t have any time for sanctimony or folks who enter others conversations with any air that stinks of “holier than thou” condescension. Don’t waste your breath, folks who really understand what war and “abuse” are don’t need ta justify themselves to anyone. Peace bro…and further more Katrina, the BP spill, the wars in Afgahnistan and Iraq and the war in Vietnam for that matter are all of a piece…their etiology is the same mother fucker.
norske, babe, can we disagree with the message and not insult the messenger?
G’nite sweet thing.
Namaste, Bro…! *g*
wow, what a voice.. i’ve not heard of her before ce.. thanks
I give up.
banks of the ohio
So true, CE, so true. And does no one ‘get’ that young people desperately need to be on their parents’ insurance til 26 because they cannot find jobs that both pay and offer health insurance.
Maybe I’m misremembering, but wasn’t there a balance in the last year of Clinton? And I do recall that the economy was going south at that time, but the fact that Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rummy ran wars without ever budgeting for them just stuns me. That no one just screams this to the public. What in the hell is going on here?!
And then, oh well………..we’re screwed.
And what did Palin say today? And Nancy Grace had a nip-slip. And a big whatever.
hey dearie – how ya doing tonight?
Aside from being in a kind of perpetual snit about political stupidity and duplicity, I’m doing just fine. Had a nice day with my dad……took him to a doctor appt. this morning and then to lunch at a lovely beachside cafe. BIG waves. He paid for lunch. It’s fun to spend time with him.
mom saw some big waves while she was here but i didn’t let her see the really big waves sat and sun as that storm was approaching… i find them mesmerizing to watch but knowing how mom worries about my location as it is thought it best to stay away from the ocean and focus her attention inland :)
…had a nip-slip… I don’t even want to know what one is…! ;-)
CTuttle had a wardrobe malfunction?
I’m glad you had a good time with your mom. What’s funny is that my dad insists (!) upon paying for lunches…..and I laugh because I insist (!) upon paying for lunch when I take my daughters out to lunch. Family patterns, I guess. My dad’s birthday is coming up, and he’ll let my brother and me pay for dinner out for that occasion. I think it’s an independence thing……I drive up to take him to medical appointments; he pays for lunch. Even steven, as it were. I learned honest/open generosity from friends late in life. I’m trying to avoid being a tit-for-tat person. Old patterns, you know.
a janet jackson moment on dancing with the stars…
Which she now insists never happened……… okay, sometimes shiny objects are a good thing for diverting from market downturns. (The SHE being Nancy Grace…..who apparently doesn’t believe in video or UTube or such. …. bless her heart.)
mom and i did that back and forth about paying for lunches and the seafood dinner we had sat nite — we ended up pretty even steven :) some things just don’t change no matter how old we get
Was she interviewing Justin…? ;-)
i learneda bout it from the daily show last night…. i was so glad they blurred it…
Ahh… I see…! ;-)
I do want to say, there is very, very good news from Florida.
Over the weekend we get out of the 90s. 83 Sunday. Yippee.
Who want’s to visit?
can’t forget fred and ethel
i’m sure by the time i get down below freezing, i’ll be coveting your tropical breezes and soft winter nights…
No, no, no: this is the one and only genuine “Slowly I turned” courtesy of comedy maestros The Three Stooges:
trust me, ya really don’t wanna see it… i got the shrudders even tho jon used the blur thingie
Lucille Ball was 40-years-old when I Love Lucy premiered. Before that, she made a lot of movies, including one with The Marx Brothers, and was labeled the Queen of the Bs (B-movies)….
hey blue — was wondering if anyone was gonna link to that one — i had an email debate with a buddy over which was the best
how ya doing tonight?
hey robert — wow, i didn’t realize she was that old….
O’Reilly going on about $16 muffins on Jon Stewart. Crazy, perhaps, but on this one issue….govt. waste….I gotta agree. I also know that the $16 muffins included gratuity, set up, linens, clean up and such. But I do actually agree that govt. needs a haircut (remember Bridge to Nowhere?)
But for god’s sake, someone stand up for the United States Postal Service!
Doing well. My work is done for the Circle 8 Writers Group for at least a week. Might write a diary for FDL….
United States Postal Service — because I don’t want to pay my bills online.
that $16 muffin was a coffee and continental breakfast along at a conference iirc.. i saw something on twitter when the show aired in the eastern time zone bemoaning how jon didn’t debunk it
It was the first thing I thought of — I was a grade-school boy at the time, so the Stooges are high in my comedy pantheon.
I’m doing okay. Having a little trouble with the publisher over my book — contract still not signed and am not sure if this thing will work — but am hoping for the best.
Political stuff: a week from Friday (Oct. 7), along with a bunch of people associated with ICUJP (Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace), I’m gonna take part in a civil disobedience action at the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles. This will be my first time getting arrested on purpose.
ooooo be sure to let us know when its up dood – what are ya gonna write about?
Two states restrict voting to mail only. How many will mail in their votes when postage jumps to $1.50 or more when the United States Postal Service is one more thing we miss only after its gone?
Could someone refresh my memory how to do a diary? I did one a long time ago and honestly can’t remember what the procedure is.
usps is the only agency or company that is required to have 75 years of reserves built up in 10 years… that law needs to be forking changed and that would resolve their ‘solvency’ issues
Ask me in February, please.
And your comment at 14 was great. NF is well meaning but I think takes himself too seriously at times. One comes into any discussion at the Lake under the under almost assured understanding that any firedog may take him/her to task at some level.
Late night/early morning greetings to all.
Maybe the history of ‘nip-slips’….
fork, fingers and toes crossed for ya and sweet! i would love to read about your experience of getting arrested for the first time in a diary blue. i was always an arrester and never an arrestee (if ya don’t count my juvenile record which is sealed so it doesn’t count)
Since Sly and the Family Stone have come up — here’s “Everybody is a Star,” a song that still gives me goosebumps.
Again, if you could remind me how to do it…
my state, oregon, is one of them — i forking LOVE their system
I take it that that was a Republican poison pill just before Bush retired to his Barcalounger and beers&bongs in a gated community in Dallas. So much for cutting brush.
$16 muffins are an issue but those $300+ bottles of wine were okay. Go figure.
I do stand up for the USPS.
Have you ever been subjected to Smart Post? It’s the send it by air via Fed Ex and then Fed Ex drops it at the PO. It would be faster and cheaper sent via the USPS all the way.
sure blue — click on myfdl and look in the right side column for your toolbox. click on ‘write post’
hey nonq — how ya doing tonight?
I think the other one is North Dakota….
congrats on snagging the happy lucky 100 robert!!!
You and me both, they will then want to draw from your account automatically and if you are late with a deposit, the banks can rack you into ruin with late fees. A stamp is really pretty cheap when one considers the cost of a computer, annual ISP, upgrades to technology and security of the non-digital transmission from ID theft.
Bingo. Thank you very much.
my pleasure :) whatcha gonna write about?
See, really, $16 muffins really aren’t an issue when you realize that the charge includes set up, clean up, tax, gratuity, & probably coffee/tea. Someone must have searched long and hard to find someone who didn’t list the charges accurately.
I’d rather got all ditherish over some of those defense dept. charges! But then I’m not a Republican.
This will be my first time getting arrested on purpose.
Are ya sure you will be, bw…? ;-)
That sounds like a great protest…!
Thank you. I was just saying we should be kinder to each other. Or so I thought.
Bingo! (Plus I owe you an email and will get there when I get there….haven’t forgotten you for a moment. And you are doing it right.)
Fairly well thank you. We are in for a wind advisory tomorrow, gust to 60, but the leaves are beautiful, I am finding a tiny bit of work, and ten days ago Leo Kottke rocked.
Did an easy paced, 30 minute, training my butt to ride bicycle again, ride in the state park near my home.
Oh my, slipped away for a few minutes and come back to find I’d slammed 100.
Guess I better take that job at Walmart….
sounds like a wonderful day — we had gusts of 60 up on the cape monday — twas a gnarly wind storm with 2″ of rainfall that fell sideways
Just what you inferred — doing my first civil disobedience.
or buy a lotto ticket as openhope says…
And don’t forget during Obama’s first campaign, Grey Poupon mustard was considered elitist.
Interestingly, when it came out Bo cost $2k, their mouths shut.
Has probation for 6 months with Social Services in place of juvenile court. Keeping my fingers crossed that the minimal requirements will be successfully met and someone can stay out of trouble for the duration. Thanks.
That’s the message I got and there is more than one way to make progressive advances in the revolution.
Am I sure we’ll get arrested? Yes. We’re setting out to get arrested, and we’ll find a way to make it happen. It seems like it’s going to be a pretty polite civil disobedience, but for my first time, that’s okay. More information here.
I tried to send you two emails, but my new computer ate both of them. My safety system was way more aggressive than I’d counted on. But I will write anyway……just remember “15 is the worst” … it gets better. Sounds like the ‘right’ outcome. I’ll send some tips based on experience, but it does sound like you are doing it right.
tis about time for me to turn back into a pumpkin peeps. thanks for letting me hang out with ya tonight.
Sweet dreams to all from the heartland. Niters every doggie.
God bless and God speed, bluewombat…! *g*
Sweet dreams, Suz and all…!
Hey, thanks for the link! I’d looked up info on the skit some months ago, but don’t think I found this.
Thank you muchly!
3 Stooges 1944
“Slowly I Turned” is the most common name associated with a popular vaudeville sketch that has also been performed in cinema and on television. Comedians Harry Steppe , Joey Faye , and Samuel Goldman each laid claim to this timeless classic of show business, also referred to as, variously, “The Stranger with a Kind Face” by clowns and clowning aficionados, “Niagara Falls” by fans of The Three Stooges, “Pokomoko” or “Bagel Street” by Abbott and Costello lovers, and “Martha” by fans of I Love Lucy.
The routine features a man recounting the day he took his revenge on his enemy – and becoming so engrossed in his own tale that he attacks the innocent listener he is speaking to. The attacker comes to his senses, only to go berserk again when the listener says something that triggers the old memory again. Typically, the routine has two characters meeting for the first time, with one of them becoming highly agitated over the utterance of particular words. Names and cities (such as Niagara Falls) have been used as the trigger, which then sends the unbalanced person into a state of mania; the implication is that the words have an unpleasant association in the character’s past. While the other character merely acts bewildered, the crazed character relives the incident, uttering the words, “Slowly I turned…step by step…inch by inch…,” as he approaches the stunned onlooker. Reacting as if this stranger is the object of his rage, the angry character begins hitting or strangling him, until the screams of the victim shake him out of his delusion. The character then apologizes, admitting his irrational reaction to the mention of those certain words. This follows with the victim innocently repeating the words, sparking the insane reaction all over again. This pattern is repeated in various forms, sometimes with the entrance of a third actor, uninformed as to the situation. This third person predictably ends up mentioning the words and setting off the manic character, but with the twist that the second character, not this new third person, is still the recipient of the violence. (However, in some variations – as in the 1944 the Three Stooges short, Gents Without Cents – the newcomer may be the attacked party.) Abbott and Costello performed the “Pokomoko” version in their 1944 film, Lost in a Harem, and later did a version for their early ’50s television show. The television version ended with Costello’s troublesome lawyer entering the scene. Costello asks for the lawyer to take the case of the storytelling stranger, and the lawyer says, “Help him out? I don’t know anything about him! What’s his name? Where is he from?” Costello whispers in the lawyer’s ear, to which the lawyer says aloud, “Niagara Falls?” Then he, of course, is immediately attacked. Another variation on the show was the Susquehanna Hat Company/Bagel Street routine, also done as the Fleugel Street routine. Steve Martin’s character of Rigby Reardon had a similar trigger, the words “cleaning woman,” in his film noir homage Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. The lyrics of “Don’t Call Me Dude,” by eclectic thrash metal band Scatterbrain are based on this routine.
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