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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 5,231

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Best Flannel Sheets

Everyone in New England knows the luxury of flannel sheets in the winter. So warm and soft you never want to get out of bed.
The NY Times rated 14 sets recently. Their ratings seem to factor in value and comfort. Their top three (price is for a queen set):
1. LL Bean (no surprise) Ultrasoft Comfort. Luxury Portuguese flannel. $120
2. Target Threshold. Incredible bargain. Offered in many changing patterns. In short supply now. They get restocked throughout the winter $30.
3. LL Bean Premium Supima: Even thicker and softer than 1. Perhaps lower rated because of the much higher price $200.
Apparently they have been doing these ratings for years. Durability is taken into account.


Dirty Old Town - Chad and Jeremy

I Could Write A Book - Dinah Washington

Pal Joey

Zip - Elaine Stritch

Rodgers and Hart celebrate Gypsy Rose Lee. Elaine Stritch starred in the 1951 production of Pal Joey.

Awadagin Pratt plays Sesame Street

Covid's Mysterious Two Month Cycle

For reasons that are not well understood Covid seems to run in a cycle of approximately four months or so, peaking halfway through and then quickly dissipaiting. We appear to be on the downslope of the cycle now with cases dropping 35 percent in the US since Sept 1 and 30 percent worldwide.
Reprinted from today's NY Times:


Metropolitan directed by Whit Stillman (1990)

It touches on such pressing social issues as the escort shortage and the downward social mobility of the UHB.
Out of five stars it deserves about eight.

Streaming on HBOMax and occasionally appears on TCM.

Small World - Johnny Mathis

It's Delovely - Lester Lanin and his Orchestra

Lester Lanin's band played at the engagement party of Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco!

Surprising Murdaugh Murder Development

People Magazine recently reported that the late wife of Alex Murdaugh consulted a divorce lawyer six weeks prior to her murder:

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